For the love of spreadsheets

I felt so much better today compared to yesterday. I must’ve just needed to rest and give myself a bit of a break from all things to do with this move.

N found this spreadsheet of mine that itemised all our items for when we moved to SG. I LOVE the spreadsheet!! πŸ˜‚ I completely forgot I created it. It’s so neat and organised. Why aren’t I as organised with this move as I was back then?! My current inventory is handwritten and is nowhere near as detailed. I feel so unorganised in comparison to the old me. Where is she now?? I need her to come back! πŸ˜†

But now that he reminded me of this spreadsheet, I’m using it as a basis for this next move. I’m so pumped to update it now! πŸ€“ In fact, once it’s updated, I’m going to try and maintain it on a more regular basis, so that we have a consistent inventory list for future moves. And perhaps also use it to start working towards an “ideal” list: a list of what we consider to be an ideal amount of “stuff” in our lives to lead the minimalist life that we currently aspire to lead. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re working on it 😊

N has taken tomorrow off to continue this culling / packing, so I’m even more pumped now. I’m expecting us to get through almost everything tomorrow, and I’ll finally feel in control once again. Fingers crossed the finish line will be pretty darn close by the end of the day… 🀞

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Crashing down

I felt like I was crashing down from the adrenalin high that I’ve been living on the past few days. I felt really tired, lethargic, and had a mild headache the entire day. I spent most of the afternoon sleeping. A family friend is actually in town for work and we were supposed to catch up tonight, but I just wasn’t feeling up to it, so I had to take a rain check. We may have to catch up next time she’s in HK! 😲

I did manage to track a friend’s flight though, from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore, on his way back to Brisbane. He’s spent the last four years in Vietnam, and is now on his way back home to pursue a new business venture. He too is starting a new chapter in his book of life. He came over to Asia just before we did, and now he’s going back to Oz. While we are just starting a new Asian chapter. It’s all happening.

Today is T minus 27, and for N, it is T minus 6 😲 I don’t feel like we’re anywhere near ready for the move πŸ˜”

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‘

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˜†

Inventory taking

I did a ton of HK prepping today. I fielded queries all day from people about all the items I’m selling on Carousell, the popular online marketplace here in SG, while also continuing to upload more items, and cleaning items for sale so I can pass them on in good condition to their new owners.

One guy asked me to reserve an item for him, but then when I went back to him today, he is now umming and ahhing about it. Seriously?! If you hadn’t made up your mind about buying it, why ask me to effectively take it out of the marketplace while we negotiate collection and payment?? I was not happy. So it’s now back on the market. I’d rather that someone else make an offer for it now.

I also continued with my inventory taking of all the items that we are shipping over to HK. The moving company wants estimated replacement values for all items being shipped! 😱 And they also want a list of all electrical items, brand and model, their serial numbers and year of purchase 😲 So I am itemising virtually everything. The only thing that I have really aggregated is clothes. Everything else has an estimated price tag attached to it. Hence the selling of as many items as I can! πŸ˜‚ And I am only halfway done! 😫

So you can imagine just how drained I am feeling right now…! πŸ˜“

N’s countdown: T minus 9 😱

My countdown: T minus 30. That is exactly one month from today πŸ˜”

My ever shrinking world

A colleague from N’s work gave him the details of a property agent in HK named Ben. His colleague recommended Ben because he didn’t mind him, as he was quite transparent and didn’t have the usual property agent BS. I half jokingly said “I wonder if it’s that jerk stick guy who I went with to go see a property last time we were in HK”. N quickly dismissed the possibility, as a normal person would, since there are a bajillion agents in HK. But after the dancing doctor yesterday – which I am still floored about, btw 😱 – I am much more prepared for things with a very low likelihood to actually occur πŸ˜‚ So I asked N to give me Ben’s number just to double check that we’re not liaising with the same person. And O-M-G, WE ARE ACTUALLY TALKING TO THE SAME PERSON. Seriously?! How is this happening?! My world is getting smaller and smaller!! πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ So maybe I will be giving this guy a second chance after all 😊

Kitty has been very restless in the mornings, scratching numerous times around dawn, waking me up each time. Today I picked her up and sat with her on the couch, and she had her tail wrapped around my arm. She’s never done that before, and I thought that was really sweet. I would’ve taken a photo of it if I wasn’t so catatonic and hadn’t just been woken up for the third time in two hours in the middle of the night πŸ˜‚

I spent the day continuing to prepare for this lovely move. I’ve posted online all the furniture that we want to sell, and two people have already expressed interest. I’m working with N’s countdown, and today is T minus 10 😱 We will be in single digits tomorrow! My own countdown is T minus 31, but I’ll be going back and forth between SG and HK during November as well, so I don’t actually have that many days to get everything sorted. Wahhh… It’s oh so close now! 😩

We had our last Ballroom lesson with our teacher today. That’s so sad. And then we had our last Latin practice too, as I don’t think we’ll be practising next week after the comp. We’ll probably just spend the evenings doing more culling and packing, and closing down accounts etc etc.

I must keep telling myself that this is all very exciting, a new chapter in our lives, a new adventure begins. Coz I still feel quite sad about it all πŸ˜”

Can the world be any smaller?!??

I went to run an errand at City Hall today, so I decided to have brunch at Raffles City, the shopping mall attached to City Hall MRT. I got caught up in writing a blog post for my food blog about the cafe that I was at that I completely forgot that I still had an errand to run! 😩 Once I remembered, I quickly went to pay so I could go run my errand.

So I get to my destination, only to discover that they have MOVED 😫 To JURONG, which is way out west!! So now I have to make a concerted effort to go all the way out there πŸ˜” I think I’ll go on Friday and make an afternoon of it 😊

I then made my way to the gynaecologist who the GP from yesterday referred me to. That’s one awesome thing about SG: getting a specialist appointment is wayyy easier than in Oz. I rang this morning asking to book an appointment, and the receptionist asked for when. I’m used to THEM telling me when I can come in – and it’s usually at least six weeks from when I ring! So of course I said as soon as possible, so I can deal with this stupid medical thing as quickly as I can. And she offered a slot for this afternoon! 😲 I don’t know why it’s so much easier to see a specialist here compared to Oz. I had a similar experience with the eye specialist too. Maybe it’s just a case of supply and demand?? πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ In any case, I’m very grateful for it! πŸ™

So I get to the medical clinic, and after a short wait, I see the gynaecologist. The first thing she says to me is “we’ve met before”. And I’m like OMG where. We are in SG, and my social circle here is much smaller than in Oz, so surely I can place her much more easily. So I study her face a bit, and after a few seconds, I figure out who she is: she has her dance lesson after us!! She looks different in her corporate attire, so I didn’t recognise her straight away. But O-M-G. CAN THE WORLD BE ANY SMALLER?!?? πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ

In a way, it was good that she’s a dancing gynae, as she understood my lifestyle as a fellow dancer and could take this into consideration in her recommendations. She actually wants me to do more tests, and asks if I’m available this weekend – β€œor are you competing at the Singapore Open?” Omgggg who would know this except a dancing doctor?!?! πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ I am still floored that we know each other!! This small world that we live in is distracting me from my medical issues, at least! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I then decided to stop by Orchard Road to use my Charles & Keith vouchers that are going to expire very soon. I still have S$200 worth of vouchers 😲 And being a non shopper, in a way, I feel like I’m being forced to buy something, so as to not waste the vouchers, if that makes sense.

So I bought two handbags, one of which is to replace one of my existing ones that is on death’s door. This is how bad something has to get for me to go shopping! Clothes and accessories need to be falling apart before I will replace them πŸ˜‚ So now I’m down to S$50. It’s going to expire before we move to HK, so I have to find one more item within the coming month πŸ˜†

And then we practised tonight, seven of the eight dances we’re doing at the comp on Saturday. Now my thighs are sore hehe But that’s good, means I worked hard tonight πŸ’ͺ 😊 Dancing gynae will be there too 😱 After all the medical talk, we then proceeded to discuss the comp and dancing in general. So weeeeird!! πŸ€ͺ