We went to go withdraw some cash at the bank in order to pay for our deposit tomorrow when we get the keys to the apartment. Obviously not wanting to walk around with a few grand on us, we dropped off the cash in the safe in the hotel, and went to go find somewhere to eat brunch. While we were at brunch, the agent called me. We normally just message one another in a group chat, but now she’s calling. Greeeat. I figured another problem has arisen.
Apparently she called the landlord to confirm the handover tomorrow, and that we are all set with our cash deposit. His response: “great, just make sure it is in my bank account by tomorrow”. The agent called me to relay her conversation with him at 12:20pm, and the landlord’s bank closes at 1pm. And we had just ordered our brunch. OMFG. So needless to say, we were not at all impressed with his insistence about having it hit his account. Seriously, we have just signed the lease, we have no incentive NOT to pay you the deposit. Unless he just didn’t trust his wife or the agent to receive the cash on his behalf, I have no idea why he was being so difficult. Sighhh 😔
Luckily we decided to have brunch near the hotel, so N quickly ran back to pick up the cash, and then ran down to the landlord’s bank and deposited the cash – at 12:45pm. He made it with 15mins to spare, phewww 😅 He was pouring with sweat from all the running – and remember that HK is very hilly, which made it doubly worse – just as he was about to deposit a huge sum of cash at a bank! He must’ve looked a bit dodgy to the teller! 🤣
The landlord also sent back a copy of the signed tenancy agreement on his side, to acknowledge his acceptance as well. The original will be sent to his solicitor on Monday, and they will arrange to deliver it to him via post back to SG. He and his witness will sign, and they will send it back to HK for some official stamping, and hopefully that will be it! The true finish line is oh so close now 🏁 Ahhh… I cannot wait for this ordeal to be over! 😂
His wife was also quite apologetic with the whole deposit debacle, so I’m hoping that they’ll be more reasonable going forward, especially once they realise that we’re actually pretty good tenants 😇
N made his way back to the cafe and finished off his brunch, and then we made our way to IKEA to get some ideas for new furniture, as we need a new dining table and a study desk for me, since we got rid of both in SG as they didn’t really work for us. We’ll wait until our existing furniture arrives in the new apartment before actually buying anything, so we can better assess the space and decide what would suit it when all the other furniture is already there.
We then caught a bus back to the hotel afterwards – and when it arrived, we soon realise that it’s one of the minibuses! 😱They’re still rather stressful for me, as I don’t quite know what you’re supposed to yell out to the driver when you want to get off. That’s how you get off, by yelling something to the driver! I just don’t quite know what, as it’s always in Chinese – more specifically, in Cantonese. But today, someone yelled out in English “No 1, thanks!”, so I guess you go by the building number that you want to get off at. But I don’t know the building number at my stop! 😂 Also, there are designated bus stops for the green minibuses, but drivers still stop wherever they want, which is what happened today at “No.1”, as I’m pretty sure the building at No.1 isn’t an actual stop…! 😳 So this non-standard way of taking public transport is still a bit challenging for me… Hopefully over time I’ll be more comfortable with it, as these minibuses are actually quite convenient and service our new neighbourhood reasonably well.
I also bought a new carrier for Kitty online. Her current one is CLEAR, which isn’t going to do the job well of sneaking her in and out of the apartment building 😂 We were also thinking about the no pets policy, and that maybe it’s there to just make people much more conscious of their pets and to make sure they are well behaved, so as to not cause disturbance to other residents, given the close proximity of everyone in this very densely packed city. And to keep them in a carrier bag so that residents who are more fearful of them do not have to steer clear of the pets in the lifts and other public areas within the apartment building. But we’re still just hypothesising. I still have to get the true story! Hopefully when we’re in the building tomorrow, we’ll get a better idea.
So just one more day before we get the keys! 😱🔑 After this past week, I’m going to be sooo glad for these damn keys! I feel like we unnecessarily worked hard for them. It better have been worth it!