Moving Day – Hong Kong

22 07 2010

We are so thankful for God’s leading this past week in directing us to our new apartment.  We were able to meet with our new landlord & sign our lease Tuesday afternoon.

Dining / Living room - before the move

Dining / Living room - before the move

We went over to the apartment on Wednesday to ‘check’ out the rooms – where we would put everything.  It all looked nice – but we knew that we might need to downsize a bit.

Kitchen - before the move

Kitchen - before the move

By Hong Kong standards, it’s a good sized apartment – 1,200 sq ft is the size on paper (includes elevator, hallway to the elevator, etc. – actual size is probably more like about 1,000 sq ft.

Master bedroom - before the move

Master bedroom - before the move

But as moving day approached, we had one other concern to deal with – the weather was turning stormy, with another typhoon heading for Hong Kong.    While the typhoon wasn’t going to directly hit Hong Kong, the typhoon was going to come close enough to bring the potential of high winds and heavy rain on our moving day.

Office - before the room

Office - before the room

Thursday morning came, and it started with good weather – some gusty wind, but no rain.  The movers were scheduled to arrive at 12 noon, but at 8:45 am we heard from them that they wanted to come earlier – for 10 am!

So we quickly put our stuff together and headed over in time to do a few last minute preparations before they started loading our belongings onto the elevator and up to our apartment on the 21st floor.  Fortunately the parking garage in our complex is in the basement – & inside – which meant, even if it was raining outside, the movers & our stuff would stay dry.

Moving day

Moving day

The movers started shortly after 10 am – and finished 2½ hours later. They did a wonderful job, nothing was broken and they even put together several things for us. The great thing about having an impending storm was that the weather was a few degrees cooler than we have been having, which is welcome when you’re moving.

Dining / Living room - after the move

Dining / Living room - after the move

By the time the movers were finished, there wasn’t very much open space in the apartment – but we finally had all of our stuff in and could still close the door!

Kitchen - after the move

Kitchen - after the move

And now the work begins for us, the fun of unpacking boxes and finding the right place to store everything.

Master bedroom - after the move

Master bedroom - after the move

Thanks to all of you for your prayers. God has been taking care of us every step of the week.  How amazing to have all of our things into an apartment just a week and a half after our arrival in Hong Kong.

Office - after the move

Office - after the move

We have an amenable landlord who seems easy to get along with – the couple agreed to give us a two year lease with a fixed rate and an option for a 3rd yr.

This is a milestone of sorts – our 15th move since we were married (1982). We are looking forward to making another new home – we see lots of positive factors in this place. We’ll show you more pics after we’re more organized (and have gotten rid of a few things).  Thanks for your prayers and support.

ShaTin at night

ShaTin at night

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Apartment, apartments, apartments!

17 07 2010

We’ve found an apartment to rent!

We arrived back in Hong Kong ‘early’ on Monday morning, and have spent most of the past week getting acclimated to the weather and looking for an apartment that fit our budget and belongings.

Apartment towers - New Territories, Hong Kong

Try and guess which of these apartment towers will be where we’ll live!

After looking at several higher priced apartments in the area, Joel found a personal ad for an apartment that is only a 10-12 minute walk from the school where Debbie will be teaching.  It was freshly painted, would have all new light fixtures, and it was the first kitchen that had drawers (that sold Debbie).

We decided to make an offer to the landlord through our mission secretary – US$250/month less than she was asking, just to see what would happen. The response came back the next morning – she & her husband would accept our offer!

Our apartment will give us a view of the race track (foreground) across the river from us.

We’re scheduled to meet with our new landlord on Monday evening (Hong Kong time) to sign the new lease, and get the keys to the apartment.  Once those details are taken care of we can schedule a day to have our belongings moved from storage to our new apartment.

We know that the ‘fun’ will begin with the arrival of our belongings – what to keep, what to get rid of or give away – but the fact that we have been able to find an apartment so quickly, and close to the price we had planned on spending is a giant answer to prayer.

Our apartment will be on the 21st floor of Tower 1 (on the left) of this apartment complex!

Thank you for your prayers on our behalf, particularly for this apartment.

Joel & Debbie