Saturday, April 10, 2010

Life Begins Again In HK

Its been about a week and a half now since we arrived in HK. We're living in a tiny serviced apartment in Central, extremely close to Hubby's work. The kids are on holiday mode and not having too much structure to each day is starting to make them go a bit nutty. In addition to the excitement of being in a new place, Gong-gong and Puo-puo (my parents) were also here the first 4 days to add to the fun and mayhem.

We have received the keys to our new apartment already, but our container from Australia does not arrive in HK until the 19th. And it will still take 3-5 days for the container to be delivered to our place from the port. So in the meantime we'll have to settle for a tiny kitchen with limited kitchen items and living out of our luggage.

Our tiny kitchen.

View from our new apartment.

Boy Wonder having time-out.

Fun with Puo-puo.

Hanging with Gong-gong before they leave for the airport.

The weather in HK has also been terrible since we arrived. We have not seen blue skies as of yet. And with 80-95% humidity, I wonder how people even dry their laundry! It's something I've never worried about before, but having to bring our laundry to the shop every few days it needs to be tumble dried. I've only realized now that about 80% of all our clothes say "Do Not Tumble Dry". I've already noticed a few of the kids' clothes have shrunk... or maybe they've grown considerably in the last 2 weeks. And Nachos' new set of school uniform also said do not tumble dry which I dread to see all shrunken when I pick it up later today.

But one good thing about being back in HK is that the kids are being trained to be good walkers. I heard non-stop complaining the first few days from them about how tired they were and asking to have a drink everytime they see a 7-11. And to think when we first got here we were taking cabs everywhere. Now that we're settled in a bit more, I've put my foot down and we've been taking buses, mini-buses, trams and trains as much as possible. Good thing Boy Wonder is such a transportation nut or else I'll never hear the end of it.

I've also figured out what to do when no one offers me a seat on the train. I now make sure I enter the MTR where the handicap section is. And if no one offers me a seat, I simply walk over to the seats which are marked for persons in need or pregnant and firmly ask someone to get up. I've only done it once so far since most of the time someone gets up. But that one time, the guy who I asked to have the seat stared at me for a full 10 seconds and I had to point to the pregnant picture twice before he got the hint and reluctantly got up. I felt a bit bad about having to do it. But in the end, I couldn't be stuffed. I was tired, I had 2 kids clinging on me and was actually glad I was pregnant or else I would have had to stand!

Nachos starts school on Monday and we get to visit Boy Wonder's school that morning. I really hope Nachos settles into school quickly so I won't have to stay with her the whole afternoon. Since space is so limited everywhere in HK, they do not have a place for Boy Wonder to wait, so I've bribed him to stay with some friends for the afternoon.

I'm dreading and looking forward to school starting for both kids. I'm looking forward to it because at least both of them will be occupied and some structure will be restored. But I dread the logistics of having to bring them both and pick them up from school everyday. Boy Wonder is on the waiting list for the school bus and I have not signed Nachos up since I have no idea how she will do taking the bus by herself. I'll see how she goes the first week of school then sign her up if all is fine.

More updates again soon!

1 comment:

DarthBertz said...

Nice looking apartment. The view is fabulous! Hope you and your family settle in quick.