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Monday, October 20, 2008

Our Move Journal

Tuesday, 8 October 2008

Informed by agent that we got the unit we applied for. Left the office early so I can pay the reservation fee.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Agent told us that we can have the signing of lease the following Monday.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Shopped for cleaning materials and stuff we need for the move.

Sunday, 12 October

All day packing of at least 85% of our stuff. Ready for moving on Wednesday.

Monday, 13 October

(1) Finalized arrangement with a removalist company.

(2) Signing of lease at 4:30pm. Got the keys. Waited for Chris at Dolce, had to reward myself with Iced Coffee (hehe). When husband arrived, we bought pork buns and dim sums then walked straight to our apartment. Had dinner on the floor which I found very peaceful because we were watched the sunset via our verandah while eating. Cleaned kitchen and toilet and administered Do-it-yourself pest control before we left our unit.

Now for some photos....

Presenting our very bare 2-bedroom unit on the 3rd floor a building....

We arrived at the unit in time for sunset so it was such a lovely welcome.

We had dinner on the floor...siopao and siomai. :)

My mom advised me to bring our little Poon, rice and sugar. It's probably for good luck so I followed what she told me.

My little but powerful helpers.

Before we move in, we want to make sure that the kitchen and toilets are clean so we brought a multi-surface spray and degreaser. We also want to somehow eliminate the cockroaches and insects' eggs so we brought and administered the Do-It-Yourself Pest Control kit.

Wednesday, 15 October

The BIG move! =)

10:00am pic-up of mattress at Hilda's place. Before 11:00am we were at Woodcroft already. Putting stuff in the truck took less than 30 minutes. Arrived at our unit at 11:30am. Took about 45 minutes to bring everything in from the truck to our unit. Moving was over by 12:30pm.

Our removalist's truck. I had the experience of riding on the front of this truck, scary but fun.

Chris arrived from RTA and Westpoint a little after 1:00pm with KFC in tow for our lunch. After lunch, we made our way to Bing Lee: bought a refrigerator, vacuum and iron. From there, we went to Westpoint: bought house stuff like Brita, ironing board, garbage cans, placemats and food that I will cook for dinner.

This was how our home looked like when we arrived from the shops. Luggages, boxes and plastic bags lying everywhere.

On the first night in our unit, I started working on the kitchen while the husband worked on our room. The goal is to have both areas somehow functionable, being that we need to eat and sleep.

Tired and busy but I tried to make the unit a home by cooking dinner. I cooked Adobo becuase it is the easiest ulam to cook. We still ate dinner on the floor...the dining table hasn't been set up by the time the Adobo was cooked. We had plates made of hard plastic so we used that instead of Corelle as I didn't have time to open boxes yet. I had the Tefal pots and pans, cutleries, knives, etc. setted up first.

Our first visitors were our Grandma and the Balilos. They came in around 8:00pm.

We ended the sorting, cleaning and vacuuming by 10:00pm. We realized it was late already and our neighbors might complain due to the noise the vacuum made.

It was a good day. We were blessed with a good weather (cloudy but the important thing was it didn't rain) and helpful removalists. Moving was a scary thing, was worried that things may turn out wrong or something, but we're relieved everything fell into place and we're just happy we have our own place now.

Back story:

It took us almost three months to find a unit that we like. Looked at options in Parramatta, Surry Hills, and Ashfield--but Blacktown won our hearts. Chased up Real Estate Agents who never call back. Gone thru cancelled ocular inspections, applications that did not go thru due to suddenly being sold or leased.

After all we've been thru, we are so relieved that we found our first love nest. It was worth all the trouble.