Although we had a good time in Gordon, we were yearning for our own space. It had been a long month of living in a single room, searching all suitcases to find one small thing. Since we had told Donny that we would afford a single room, they had attached a single bed to the double bed in that room. Now Abbas and I have never slept apart, we are so used to each other’s touch. We decided to make Mantam sleep at the edge which is attached to the wall, I would sleep in the middle and then Abbas. I was placed in a strategic location which was the joining point of both the beds. Due to my weight, the single bed would plunge down while the double bed was firm and stayed in place. It was a funny and uncomfortable position to sleep in. If I would move completely on the single bed, Abbas would fall on the ground, and Mantam almost occupied the double bed. We had told them that they would have to sleep in their own room once we moved in to our home. With the hype of how fast they are growing and how cool it was to have a room to themselves which would be dedicated to all their stuff and toys, they were easily sold.
We had applied for internet connection just two days before moving as that is when we got the agreement signed. Now the internet provider had an SLA of 20 days but we thought they might get it done quicker but that was not to happen. The only saviour was the 1 GB data limit that I had on my phone which we decided to use sparingly for e-mails and any essential browsing. The tragedy for Abbas was that he missed the FIFA world cup in the process. My heart went out to him when we saw FIFA merchandise, deals etc when we stepped out and he would hang his face in a frown. This was the first FIFA that the soccer freak was missing. He would use my phone to just catch up on the scores of the matches everyday
There was a lot of confusion on the eve of our move. We had called the same Chinese guy who had helped in shifting the things we had bought from S to A’s garage. (I had forgotten to mention that we had to again hire a taxi to get the two carton boxes that we had shipped via air cargo. These boxes were also placed in A’s garage) We had found another bed on gumtree at Pymble (close to Gordon) and the lady had agreed to wait till 12th to be picked up. We had strategically planned to hire a van which would pick our suitcases, then pick the bed from Pymble and then pick all the things from A’s garage and finally unload everything at our home. The Pymble lady had specifically told that we were to pick it before 9 as she would not be at home after that. The van guy said he couldn’t make it that early. So it was a mad rush looking for van hires. Whatever we found were exuberantly priced. After a lot of tension, we finally found one who charged $85 for 1.5 hours and then $30 for every half an hour, which was the cheapest thus far. We booked it immediately for 1.5 hours. We said we would extend if the situation demands. All was well till the lady who took the booking called back and said that the guy will reach around 10. We had to call the Pymble lady and ask if it was possible for us to bring the bed out of her house and wait in front of her house. She had no qualms with it but her only concern was that she had to leave at 9, and since the bed was in first floor she said it wouldn’t be possible for one person to bring it down. Since the van driver wouldn’t be there, I had to accompany Abbas. So we checked with Kelly and Mendell if they we can leave Mantam with them for some time but Kelly already had some prior plans that morning. Taking Mantam would be difficult as they would have to walk a lot. Luckily Mendell solved all the problems by offering to drop us at Pymble with all our suitcases. It would also mean that the van driver could directly come to Pymble, which would save some time from the 1.5 hours that we booked it for. Since the van would accommodate only one person to sit in the front, we decided that after bringing the bed down Mantam and I would take a train and go to Hornsby, grab the house keys form the real estate agent and wait for Abbas.
As planned, we went to Pymble early morning wrapping up our existence from Gordon, bidding an emotional goodbye to Kelly. Mendell dropped us at Pymble and he offered to wait for some time so that he could drop Mantam and I to station so that we didn’t have to walk back all the way (Such a sweetheart he is) Abbas and I brought the bed down and he casually asked the lady if she had anything else. And we ended up picking a round dining table with 4 chairs and a display unit (which was not at all needed then but Abbas liked it a lot and thought it was unwise to let it go) Abbas stayed in the garage and we left in Mendell’s car. We reached Hornsby, picked the keys and I thought I would wait for Abbas and enter the new house together. But Abbas messaged that the van guy is running late. So we thought we would go home and wait there. Abbas waited for 4 hours there as the guy came at 1. I had picked some gozleme in Hornsby, we grabbed a bite each. Mantam wanted to poo but I asked them to control as there were no tissues We whiled away time waiting, waiting and waiting some more.
The van finally arrived, picked everything from A’s garage and reached our home. By now it was already an hour down. We started unloading everything and placing it in the courtyard in front of the apartment. There were only 5 minutes left and the guy asked if we needed him to move things upstairs. He would charge 30$ even if it would be 1 extra minute after 1.5 hours. Well, at that point in time, we were spending every dollar thinking of it at Rs.55. We told him to just help us in moving the washing machine in the last 5 mins as there was no way we could manage it. Once he left, we slowly started carrying little by little upstairs to the 1st floor. Mantam helped a lot with whatever was within their capacity. It took us almost 3 hours and we were dead by then. Every single muscle in the body was singing giving a chorus effect. It took us a week to put everything in right place as I had opened all the boxes and suitcases together. Then organized everything after putting a lot of thoughts to which room would be whose and where to keep what and so on and so forth. Attaching a few pics of the house.
Woah, it’s a super long post. Kudos to those of you who managed to not fall asleep midway.
PS: Regarding Abbas’s toilet training, I was elated that this house had a separate toilet with no water outlet at all and was at a distance from the bathroom. So he was bound to let go of that mug 😛
PPS: We bought only the refrigerator, microwave and vacuum cleaner first hand as many suggested that buying electronic items second hand was not a good idea. We ordered them from Appliances Online and they were delivered two days after our move.