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Monday, December 17, 2012

Busy moving week

The past week has been rather challenging. Not only i was busy moving to a new apartment, i have spent considerable amount too on buying stuff for the new place.

Mom arrived in Wellington on Tuesday (11-Dec) night, or rather, it should be Wednesday early morning (12-Dec 12am+). I went to pick her up at the airport. As the last bus to the airport was at around 9pm+, i waited there for more than 4 hours when almost all shops were closed. I had thought of having my dinner at the airport but didn't know that the shops at the airport here do not operate 24 hours like at Changi Aiport. I gotta eat Subway sandwiches for dinner since it was one of the few shops that was still open. And on that day itself, i have had bread for all my three meals.

When mom and i got back to the apartment hotel, it was already 1am+. We had to check out from the hotel by Wednesday 10am and then lug our luggage across the street for about 350m to the apartment that i have rented for the next 6 months.

After moving in to the new place, there were (and still are) lots of things to settle. I have hooked up the electricity in time but not the Internet. I am still using the expensive prepaid mobile broadband now for accessing the Internet. There are still some stuff to buy as well despite this apartment is supposed to be furnished. After all, it does not come with the other household stuff such as laundry basket, dustbins, detergent, toilet paper, etc. There also isn't enough wardrobe space for my clothes and drawers/cupboard for my other stuff, and also i need to get a proper working desk and chair for working on my laptop. I am now sitting on the carpeted floor with my laptop on the living room coffee table, and this makes my arms and buttock ache!

Mom and i have been out shopping everyday after i got home from work and over the weekend. For the stuff that i couldn't find in this city, i managed to find some on a popular NZ website and ordered them online. There are lots of things that can be easily found back home but not here. For instance, we could not find table mirror and the one that we did find in a furniture shop cost NZD30+, which we did not buy. There are still quite a number of things to buy, and i have actually spent a lot already. I am now running out of NZD and gotta use my SG credit card. This means that i will have to suffer some currency exchange loss.

Besides furnishing the place, I also need to settle some outstanding issues with the property agent / building management because the inventory list that was given to me does not exactly match the things in the apartment. I have emailed to the agent but she did not reply me on my dispute. I gotta get this right lest I am held liable for the missing stuff or damaged areas when i end the lease.

It is 12:36am now and i ought to go to sleep soon. On days that i am not staring work at the client's site, I have been going into office late everyday (official working hours is 8:30am to 5:30pm), at around 9am. My boss has been kind and understanding about this in view of my needs to settle down quickly. However this cannot go on forever. I have decided to be on time tomorrow and hence will have to get up a bit earlier than usual.

Will update more tomorrow... hopefully.


and i thought you would have wonderful time sightseeing and shopping around wellington with your mom on the weekend, not to be mentioned catching a movie too ... hmm, does the furnish includes washing machine and TV? oh wait, important one - a nice comfy bed. please don't tell it does not include a bed, oh wait, no, if it does, you wouldn't have aches when you can sit leaning against a pillow whilst logging with the ipad. but then if you buy so many stuffs, you'd probably have problem in moving the items if you decide to move to new place. i wonder if clothes stand or canvas type of wardrobe would be the perfect temporary solution. if it's me, topmost priority would be pillow, it must be big comfortable soft pillow of course, not only it can be cushion, for leaning and hugging, a comfortable nice nice sleep will rejuvenate for tomorrow freshness.

oh, suggest better to snap photos on the items and the apartment condition first for record. when it comes to business, i never know nz agents would be quite that unfriendly. maybe it's an isolated case, hopefully things are settled amicably. gotta show good impression to your boss, punctuality and discipline might be a bit problem (a-ha) but you have skill and talent and truly capable for all what you are doing, if you put focus into it. you wouldn't be this far if you are weak. so girl, ganbatte, and never never easily succumb to frustration and overstressed. and don't use poor diet for excuse with your mom around hor. all the best pinpin, look forward for the good news. cheers.

gosh, am i late am i late ?!!. the good news is the world is still there - no armageddon, no asteroids, no giant tsunamis. just some non-stop rains as usual. but hey, i'm not here to tell 2012 is a hoax, somemore it's probably already 23 dec in NZ. CHRISTMAS is coming ! And, a merry christmas to you in NZ (hmm, where should i post this ..) -
okay, it's kind a lame without small elvish pinpin dancing around. and then the fringe, hope it did not bring the bad memory again .. oh well -

merry, merry christmas
to a friend who brings cheer to us
wishing her prosperity, joyous, happiness
though distance apart greater than thousand miles
with a simple drawing to draw her smiles

gee, i sense there's a creativity race over here. oh, my apology if the image size kinda large to download with the prepaid ... kidding only. hope you settle down in NZ soon, nice and comfortably as depicted by the cottage in the card (oh, i copy and paste from a christmas card i have here that one, oh wait, NZ is summer). Remember there is always light in the darkest valley and be guided to it with pure heart. 2012 is a change indeed and 2013 is still an uncharted path. but with strong faith and determination, you will override all waves. have a nice wonderful christmas and new year in NEW ZEALAND. cheers.

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Monday, December 10, 2012 @ 7:32 pm: The land of the Middle Earth
Sunday, December 09, 2012 @ 8:08 pm: First working week in NZ
Sunday, December 02, 2012 @ 11:51 pm: End of long holiday
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 3:02 am: Mom's flight confirmed
Thursday, November 29, 2012 @ 9:45 pm: In Wellington
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 @ 5:51 am: The final night in JB
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @ 5:07 am: JPO
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 6:00 am: Getting ready
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 6:40 am: Work visa
Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 6:24 am: A carpark incident