We finally moved in! We actually did it last weekend, but until Sunday the 15th we still haven’t had everything assembled. It took us nearly 7 afternoons to finish everything. But we are here!
And now we take you for a virtual housewarming party! I know, kinda lame party, but still a party.
I believe you can buy a house, but to make it your home you need to add some personal touch. This is why I buy bunch of ‘worthless crap’ according to Sing, however even he was surprised with the final effect. All the little details added together gave us a feeling of real home. And don’t forget the cat fur everywhere.
There’s no crazy cat family home without cat fur LITERALLY everywhere. Biscuit’s fur was on the bed before Biscuit was even moved here last weekend.
It’s been a loooong journey that started already in America. We didn’t want to give our money away, at least you can be paying off your own property instead of sponsoring someone else’s extra income.
Before I met Sing I thought once you get a flat you’re pretty much tied down to that particular spot – my parents’ house is still in the same place as it was nearly 25 years ago. Now with all the property management companies you can still move even to another country and still get income from renting the apartment.
Since the properties in Ireland are cheap comparing to Hong Kong, after a year of renting, we decided to get our own place. To be honest with you, if we spent last year’s rent on paying off the new home we would have 1/10 paid already. Not to mention we think about baby seriously, and we wouldn’t want to worry if the landlord would increase the rent or will he kick us out.
This is not only our own place, but also one more step in our relationship. We first met, dated, then we got married, move in together. We moved again. And again. Sometimes it feels so surrealistic to me. I look at Sing and think ‘now we are not only tied together by love and the cutest cat ever, but also by mortgage (some people say it can last longer than love itself). We now have a place made by us, for us. Place we set up for ourselves, with our rules (although Momzilla complained that the mirror is not following the feng shui rules and demons will come and haunt Sing).
I cannot wait till the day we actually have a child and I can tell him or her ‘My house, my rules’. #stereotypewhiteparenting
Getting this flat was pain in the butt – all the bidding war against invisible buyers, then all the paperwork taking forever. Renovation process that was needed. But because of how much heart we put into getting this apartment and changing it, we can appreciate it and love it more.
This said, I want to share some before and after pics with you, so you can see how much effort was put in here!
We changed nearly everything – bathroom tiles, shower, floors, painted the flat with 4 coats of white paint, changed the kitchen cabinets, got a splash back, new appliances. The difference is unbelievable, you wouldn’t say it’s the same place. I still look around shocked having in mind what we first saw entering this flat.
Let us know how you feel about your home, moving, decorating, touching up! I hope we all feel the same lovelly squeeze in the stomach! Share your thoughts and experience! 🙂
PS I got my Internet connection back so MyHongKongHusband blog is up and running again! Be prepared for more posts and videos!