TV, shopping and culling

It was one of those rare days where we had nothing whatsoever scheduled. Gotta love those days! πŸ˜†

We started the day watching a new tv show that N discovered: Titans. It’s so good! There’s only been two episodes released so far, but according to IMDb, there is another ten episodes scheduled to be released before the end of 2018. So that’ll be something to look forward to as the year comes to an end, as well as a welcome diversion as we work our way through this move overseas 😊

By the time we left the house to go buy some new work shoes for N, it was past 4pm πŸ˜‚ This is one thing that I love about Asia: shopping malls are open until late every single day. Unlike in Oz where malls close at 6pm on most evenings. I know it’s changing in the cities, but it’s still not quite the same. Here it doesn’t matter if you’ve had to work back late or if you need a last-minute gift for a party, you know that you can just drop by and pick up something at 8pm, whether it be a bottle of wine or a new dress or just a quick dinner πŸ‘ And for those who are not morning people (like us) and it’s afternoon by the time you leave the house, then the later opening and closing times is just perfect πŸ‘Œ

We then just went home and then continued our culling. It seems like I’ve culled quite a fair bit, but I think that I’m still holding on to a few things that I really shouldn’t be. HK will be a good test of my ambition to be truly minimal. With the lack of space in that country, you really can’t afford to hoard – literally! πŸ˜‚ I still have a few weeks left (today is T minus 28), so I’m sure I can still cull some more items during that time.

And then we finished the day with another new show: New Amsterdam. They’ve only made four episodes so far, so along with Titans, this show will also keep me distracted from all the stress of the move. Perfect timing to have found these two shows πŸ‘

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Surviving on adrenalin

I have been running on adrenalin these last two days now, and I will continue to do so tomorrow at the comp. So come Sunday, I’m just going to crash and not get out of bed until sometime in the afternoon πŸ˜‚

Two people actually followed through on their transactions on my listings on Carousell, the local online marketplace. I’m now pleasantly surprised when someone is honest on there. I don’t know why people say one thing and then don’t follow it up with action. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. So I’m grateful for these honest people, as they give me hope that there are more decent people out there 😊

I was primping today, oh so exciting – NOT πŸ˜‚ My nails are all done now, and I’m all Oompa Loompa’d up – ie fake tan applied. I am so fake orange that I feel like a real-life Oompa Loompa, hence the name I’ve given it πŸ˜‚

We’ve been so busy going in between HK and SG these past few months – and now with the pending move there – that our training has been severely disrupted, so we don’t feel anywhere near ready for what is perhaps the largest comp in SG for the year. But it’ll be our last comp in the country before we move, so it’ll still be a memorable one, even if our results probably won’t be that great πŸ˜†

Today, focus on the positive

The countdown to HK continues. It is officially T minus 33, so just over a month away. But N actually needs to be in HK pretty much from 1 November, so his countdown is actually T minus 12! 😲 And he’ll come back for the last 5 days to clean and pack up the apartment, just before we hand over the keys to the agent. I’ll be flying back and forth for the weekends, as we hope to see some properties together. I am really hoping that we can find something semi-decent relatively quickly… 🀞

I met up with the pet transportation company today to arrange Kitty’s flight to HK. And to pay. The cost for her to fly over is basically the cost of a business class ticket 😲 Crazyyyy… But he’s been flying pets around the world for over 20 years, and our vet recommends them, so I’m confident that Kitty is in good hands. He was telling me some crazy stories about having to fly pets to certain countries that make it mega difficult to bring animals into their country. Maybe he was trying to reassure me that flying Kitty to HK is relatively straightforward in comparison!

I then went to go and get my results from my medical check-up a few weeks ago. It was all relatively ok, but there’s one gynaecological issue that I need to go get checked by a specialist πŸ˜– And as with all things medical or dental, I’m currently freaking out. The GP wasn’t overly concerned, so I’m trying to not freak out either, but that’s easier said than done. I’m going to call the specialist tomorrow and see if I can get an appointment later this week, to get their opinion. It’s just fantastic timing since HK is just around the corner… 😩 And it’s not just the move, but it’s also the insurance cover. And there’ll be a point where our insurance ceases in SG and commences in HK, so the management of my medical treatment and just general monitoring is just going to be disrupted by moving countries regardless πŸ˜”

So with the HK move sneaking up on us so quickly; paying an arm and a leg for Kitty’s flight to HK; and then having to go see a gynaecologist for some dodgy test results…. I did not have a good day πŸ˜” I can’t muster up any excitement today whatsoever, no matter how hard I try 😞

I saw this on FB, though, so here’s my attempt:

  1. Despite my gynaecological anomaly result, I had good results on almost everything else, especially on everything that people mostly worry about, like blood sugar levels, cholesterol and blood pressure;
  2. I had a nice lunch at Paragon today, discovering Shimbashi Soba and their late afternoon mini lunch set for S$8.80++, which is a perfect size for people like me who don’t eat much at all 😊;
  3. I discovered this new tv show A Million Little Things, which I’m really enjoying. It’s challenging the Korean dramas! Well not quite, but it’s pretty good πŸ˜‚

OK, I’m glad I did that. I needed to do that, especially today. I feel that little bit better now 😊

Distractions

With my parents being in town the last few days, they’ve managed to distract me enough to forget all my anxiety about this move to HK. But now that they’re on their flight to their next destination, the planning has resumed, and the stress of it all has also returned πŸ˜”

We are working on a leaving date of 18 November. Removalists are coming 15 November, and we have a few days to clean the house before we hand over the keys. We’re staying at the Fullerton Hotel for the last few days. I thought that’d be a nice way to end our stint in SG, staying in an iconic hotel at Raffles Place right by the Singapore River.

I tracked my parents’ flight to Dublin, and then I started packing for my own trip to Manila this weekend. We’re going to a wedding on Saturday! 😊 At least that also distracted me from all the moving stuff, and being in Manila for the next few days will hopefully continue to distract me.

I watched a Chinese movie on the plane called How Long Will I Love U. In Chinese, it is called θΆ…ζ—Άη©ΊεŒε±…, which I would translate as something like “Living Together Across Time and Space” – which is more closely linked to what the movie is about! Why do they give such random English names that is totally unrelated to the Chinese one?? My loose translation probably isn’t very marketable (and may not even be accurate πŸ˜‚), but surely the guys at the movie company could?! I don’t understand πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ It wasn’t a bad movie, nonetheless 😊

We’re hoping to practise a bit tomorrow, we brought our shoes and everything πŸ˜† Let’s see if we can find somewhere in the hotel to practise…!

The same pattern

Our day pretty much followed the same pattern as yesterday: breakfast at home; lunch outside; activity (we went to the national museum today); then afternoon tea πŸ˜‚ But no dinner tonight, as they had a plane to catch. They left for the airport at 5:30pm – for a 10:30pm flight πŸ˜‚ But at least they’re heading to Changi. They could easily find ways to occupy themselves for a couple of hours at the airport 😊

Their flight took ages to take off, though. I hope they make up the time in the air, as I know that they only have a very small window to change to their next flight when they arrive in Heathrow… 🀞 I’ll be tracking when I get up tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll see some improvement in their time…

Our activity today was visiting the National Museum of Singapore. We didn’t really get to see much of it before my mum’s feet started to get sore, at which point she just wanted to go home. I did get to see the section on SG’s independence and how Lee Kuan Yew got very emotional on tv about breaking the news to the rest of the country. He actually requested that they stop the interview so he could compose himself. It must’ve been such an emotional time. I guessing it would be like if I’ve considered myself Australian my entire life, but NSW decided that it couldn’t remain as a state of the country due to fundamental and irreconcilable differences in beliefs, and all New South Welshmen will from this day forward, call themselves as such, and can no longer call themselves Australian. And that I was part of these discussions between the two governments, but I couldn’t reconcile the differences, and the only choice I had was for NSW to form an independent state. That would be tough. Really tough.

But SG has done very well for itself since that time. I’m still very impressed as to what this tiny nation has done to transform itself in just over fifty years. Totally amazing.

Food and sunflowers

Today is the only full day that my parents have in SG – and we spent the day eating πŸ˜‚ We had breakfast at home, but then by the time we left, my mum was like “well it’s 12pm, we should go and have lunch”. Okayyy… But we just had breakfast less than two hours ago…?!? 😐 So we went and had lunch.

And then just before we started heading over to Marina Bay Sands, my mum wanted to stop by Bread Talk to pick up some bread for snacks later in the afternoon. So we stopped by Bread Talk 😳

And so we make it to Marina Bay Sands, and then my mum suggests that we stop somewhere for coffee. So we stop somewhere for coffee and cake 😳

And then we finally make it to Gardens by the Bay, where we roamed around the Flower Dome for a while, before we headed back home – and my mum whips out some Bread Talk bread for their afternoon snack 😳

We actually had a bit of break from eating for a few hours before we grabbed a quick dinner down the road. I was surprised there was no pre-dinner snack πŸ˜‚ But we did stop by the supermarket on our way home to buy some dessert, so we had that when we got back home after dinner 😳

So obviously my intermittent fasting went out the window today.

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And the current sunflower theme at the Flower Dome is not one of my favourites. They had this Wizard of Oz theme running through it, but Lion was tiny as, compared to Scarecrow and Tin Man, and Dorothy looked like a scary-ass doll πŸ˜‚ Plus I’m not really a fan of sunflowers, so coupled with a mediocre Wizard of Oz, I just wasn’t that excited about this theme.

I hope I can get to see the next theme before we go, and I also hope I enjoy it more than this one. I’d like the last theme that I see as a SG resident to be one that I really like. Fingers crossed…! 🀞

Aircon, Kitty and parents

The aircon guys came again today. The aircon unit in our bedroom started leaking on Friday, and then again on Saturday, so we slept without the aircon on both nights. But we tried again last night, and it didn’t leak, so I felt like I’d be crying wolf today. But surely there is a problem, since we had two days where it was leaking, so hopefully they’ll find the root cause…

They actually didn’t find anything specific, but they’ve cleaned it out as best they could, they said. They were working on it for two hours, so they certainly did a thorough job! They even checked the outdoor component of the unit – no one has done that before! It involves jumping out of the bathroom window, which is where the outdoor units are. There is no other way to get to them! Total dedication to the job. Love their work πŸ‘ So hopefully there won’t be any more issues with that aircon unit for the next few weeks! 🀞

We got Kitty’s vaccinations for HK today. You’d think she’d be used to going to the vet by now, but no, she still hates it. We also need to find a cattery for her to stay for the first few weeks that we’re in HK, as there is no pet-friendly serviced apartment available. I don’t like leaving her in a cattery for too long, as she gets very sad when she’s away from us for too long. So I’ll have to see if we can find one where I can come and visit her on a regular basis.

I messaged a cattery in Hong Kong, and the guy rattled off a whole heap of Chinese. So I asked if he spoke English – in Chinese. But in any case, I figured this was as good a time as any to practise my Chinese, and since my reading and writing isn’t too bad, I can fumble my way through it πŸ˜‚

And I did! I was so happy! So with his limited English and my limited Chinese, we communicated. Sooo good!

But then, as our conversation progressed, I soon find out that he looks after a different branch to the one that we want to use, one that is closer to our proposed neighbourhood area. Awww.. So he then had to give me his colleague’s details, and I had to start the enquiry all over again. But I didn’t mind, as I got to practise my Chinese 😊 But the rooms at his cattery were sooo cuuute! Shame it wasn’t the branch that we wanted to use πŸ˜”

And my parents safely arrived in SG. I tracked the flight, as per usual, but missed their takeoff as I was so preoccupied sorting things out for HK! 😫 Grrr!

We’re going to Gardens by the Bay tomorrow – YEAH! My dad’s suggestion, not mine, believe it or not 😊 Just because it’s one of my favourite places in SG doesn’t mean others also want to go there as frequently as I do…! πŸ˜† I just let people decide where they want to go – and I am secretly glad when they suggest we go there 😊 It may be the last time I go there for a while, so I’m going to make the most of it…!