Sumo being VERY helpful while packing!
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Over the last year or so before moving, we were toying with the idea of moving on from Shanghai. We LOVE Shanghai and especially loved our new home that we just moved into but there was this nagging feeling that maybe it was time to move back to Hong Kong. So back in August 2017, we finally made the decision that it was time to go. And within just 1 month, by end of September, we were packing up 5 years of our Shanghai life and making the big move back to HK! Within 1 year and 2 months, from July 2016 to September 2017, we basically moved apartments FOUR times which sucked but at that point, we were pretty much moving experts. BUT it’s now been almost 6 months in HK now and so far we have been really loving it.
In September 2017, it was so intense, basically only having less than a month to pack and move and sort out all this life stuff like flying back to HK to find an apartment, closing up bank stuff in China and just dealing with a few life admin things – talk about a stressssssful month. But everything happened so fast which turned out to be a good thing cos we just didn’t have time to freak out. It was sad that we didn’t have more time to do all the things we wanted to do in SH in our last month but I’m sure we’ll be back up there for travel sometime soon!
We ended up finding the most perfect apartment in Hong Kong. Size-wise, we were super lucky and location is just perfect for us, near quite a few parks for Sumo to play in and close to tons of supermarkets and right by the tram! We managed to settle into our new apartment just perfectly, making it super cosy and filled with plants and plenty of light. And something even better? Our new mattress from Sleeping Duck! We opted for the queen size mattress on top of the Ikea Malm Ottoman bed frame and it’s absolutely perfect. I’m not joking when I say that the past 6 months have been some of the best sleep we’ve ever had. I’m not sure if anyone remembers but I used to have such problems falling asleep in SH but now on our Sleeping Duck mattress, literally within 30 minutes I’m out like a light. 15-30 minutes is SO good for me, it used to take me no joke up to 2-3 hours to fall asleep! With our black-out blinds, it’s literally a fight every morning to get out of our comfy bed..even more so when Sumo snuggles in there with me, it’s like I never wanna leaaaave! If you’re in the market for a new mattress, I highly highly recommend Sleeping Duck! The mattress comes vacuum sealed in a tall skinny cardboard box and all you have to do is pull it out and it expands back to normal within a few hours, SO easy! Huge thanks to Sleeping Duck for guaranteeing the BEST SLEEP EVER!
Watch the whole move in my latest YouTube video above!
Read on for tons more pics about our move!! Oh and if anyone else needs any help or has questions re: moving out of China, lemme know!
Sumo fully enjoyed our empty Shanghai house! We had to pack and ship like 90% of our belongings first because it took like 10 days to get to HK. So we shipped it out early so that it would be arrived and ready by the time we arrived in HK.
I miss this George Nelson lamp shade EVERYDAY.
[L] Our last morning in Shanghai ✌ | At the airport checking in our 7 huge bags, with like 5 carry-ons! We managed to use our Asiamiles to pay for the extra baggage.
[L] Signing the lease for the new apt! | [C] Bunking at Nanz’s place while we wait for our apt to be ready | [R] Ikea runs!!!
All 45 of our boxes have arrived…yep…FOURTY FIVE.
[L] BEFORE | [R] AFTER! If you’re wondering what those cupboards are, they are the Ikea Eket and I love love love love them sfm.
New TV…but no internet yet so..Nintendo Switch Mario Kart it is!
[L] It’s here, it’s here! The huge queen size mattress comes vacuum sealed and rolled up into this cardboard box that has wheels on the bottom so super easy to move around.
[C] Cutting the mattress open! Watch my YouTube video above to see what funny thing happened hahahahaah
[R] Instantly feeling the comfort! The mattress is ready to use RIGHT out of the box but is fully expanded to its full potential within a few hours.
Finally ready for sleeping on! Okay so our ghetto blinds…we hadn’t gotten the real blinds delivered yet so we had to use our cardboard boxes to block out the light..squatter style haha
First morning after a great night’s sleep. We were sooo tired from all the unpacking so sleep was so crucial.
Finallyyyy our bed frame is here!!! It’s the Ikea Malm Ottoman bed so we could stuff as much stuff under the mattress.
The second bedroom is super spacious so naturally, it became our enormous walk-in closet.
[L] Gifts from Wool and the Gang ♡ | [R] Sumo baby ꒰˘̩̩̩⌣˘̩̩̩๑꒱♡
Sumo and the gang!
Making new friends and hanging out with Snoop dog!!!
Keeping Auntie Helie company
Sumo says thanks for reading pals!