wow… i’ve stopped writing for more than a month! how time really flies when there is so much to do. we’re setting up our house little by little, we have most of what we need, the basic necessities like the bed, wardrobe, dining table and chairs, kitchen cabinet except for curtains and a sofa set. i think we’ve gotten so used to living without curtains in Brats (well, we have them in Brats but they were the see-through type) that it’s not in our priority list; but it shall come soon.
after we touched down, we stayed over at Bro Ray’s for a few days and borrowed a car from Bro Fred so we could go around (very grateful to them for their generosity and hospitality). Sis D prepared our lunches and dinners the few days we were there. the kids had a tough time settling down what with the jetlag, different environment and especially the change of weather. Ashton cried and cried nearly every night and didn’t want anyone else but me; not even his ‘Slumberland’ daddy. and because Ashton was crying so loudly, Arielle couldn’t fall asleep. so we’d end up sleeping at 5am and waking up at 12pm for almost a week!
we decided that it wasn’t so nice to have the kids continue wreaking so much havoc in our host’s house (their kids need to go to school) so, we went to purchase a mattress (Vono – comfy!) and quickly moved into our then empty apartment as soon as possible. John’s sister gave us a single mattress and also a small infant mattress, so that helped a bit with our sleeping condition. few days later, we went to purchase things like the water heater, aircon!! and my gas cooker with oven :). woohoo! i get to bake and grill here too!
we got more stuff from Ikea since they were having a SALE and (i don’t know how to phrase this better but…) we got a culture shock! LOL!! either we forgot or we’ve gotten used to shopping at Ikea Bratislava, we just couldn’t understand why there is so many people at Ikea KL – it took us nearly an hour looking for a space just to park our car! what the heck is going on! and inside the showrooms and market place itself, it was so packed that one can’t even walk, you’ll need to tag slowly behind the massive sea of people with trolleys and prams and crying children and oh! just trying to describe it now makes me breathless and lightheaded again. and all we wanted to do was to get what we wanted and get out of there, but then the line at the checkout counters were long as well. really really? does everyone go there to shop for something or just for fun’s sake – coz it was no fun at all for us. no way are we going back there again unless it’s really worth the trip.
currently we’re still waiting for 70% of our stuff from the sea cargo; it’s ETA is mid Aug. by then we’ll have another headache of unpacking and looking for space to keep our things in proper. hopefully everything will fit into this smaller unit. meantime, the kids have adjusted themselves and we’ve somewhat resumed a daily routine; the next big purchase will be for a suitable car because currently we’re using my little white kancil 660cc. nothing wrong with that since my father kept it in really good condition, it’s just a bit constrained due to 2 babyseats behind, and a ‘Slumberland’ daddy-o in front. 🙂
oh and i nearly forgot to mention; the kitchen cabinet we got from the hired contractor was fabulously done with a good price. (thanks Goons!) the materials used aren’t el-cheapo and the workers who came fixed up everything nicely and NEATLY (swept and wiped everything after). needless to say, we were happy with the end product as well as the service. if you’re interested, drop me a line.