Well, it’s been a little over a week since Daniel and I finally completed the packing and shipping of our belongings to Singapore. One thing I always looked for when I was searching expat blogs was how the moving process went, but was rarely able to find. So here is the story of our moving process, from beginning to end.
Step 1: The Purge
Dan and I made the choice to sell a lot of our belongings before moving to Singapore in order to 1) purge and 2) make some money to take to Singapore. The things we chose to take were pieces of furniture we bought as a married couple, clothes, a bed (we would not fit in an Asian-sized bed) and pretty much everything in our kitchen. We sold the majority of the items on Craigslist, but some friends also expressed interested in our stuff. Things we couldn’t sell, we just put under the Free section of Craigslist and watched it go within the HOUR of posting. Vultures.
Some things I could not bear selling, and that was 1) our pre-lit Christmas tree and 2) all my amazing kitchen appliances. These all went to my Mami, who promised to take care of them until I returned home.
Step 2: Inventory time
Before the big move, Singapore American School put us in contact with the moving company in Asia who would be assisting us in our move. Asian Tigers have been nothing short of amazing and thorough and as someone who has moved with the military several times, I have experienced enough moving people to know when people are legit.
In April, Asian Tigers sent us an Excel spreadsheet for us to inventory all of the items we would be sending to Singapore for insurance purposes. Now I always liked to think I lived pretty minimally, but when you have to count every DVD, kitchen item, and article clothing you have and price it, you realize how much shit you truly have. Needless to say, that inventory spreadsheet took about 2 months to fill out, and was sent literally 2 days before the shippers came.
Step 3: COSTCO – Everything from birth to death
One thing that I was definitely warned about before moving to Singapore was to stock up on pretty much EVERYTHING you use to take care of yourself because it will either 1) not be available in SG or 2) will cost you your first born just to buy it. Our friend Anne, who has lived in Singapore for several years, sent us the most comprehensive list I have seen and definitely set us up for one hell of a shopping trip.
THE LIST: CLICK HERE
Fast forward to late May, about 2 weeks before our move. Our awesome friends, Angie and Chris, hooked us up with a trip to Costco where we took our handy list and dropped a lovely $900 on everything from razors to Q-tips to deodorant to last us over a year. Buying 300 tampons was definitely an interesting experience; I’m 99% sure the people at Costco thought I had the world’s heaviest flow or some other sad menstrual affliction.
Step 4: Moving Day!
While the buildup to our moving day was eternal and eventful, by the time June 10th rolled around it was done in a mere 6 hours in which I did nothing but chat with Warren and Jesus, our movers from Houston and tell them what to pack. We were forbidden to help them pack anything for insurance purposes, which is probably for the best because they were some moving ninjas.
Step 5: The goodbye
Walking around our first home for the last time in almost 4 years was bittersweet to say the least. Dan and I have shared so many memories here, and the thought of saying farewell did not hit us until we starting walking through the echo-y, empty rooms. I can’t say if Daniel and I will ever return to this condo, but it is nice to know we will always have it here if we want to end our overseas adventure. So I close this crazy long blog with the very first picture we took in our first home back in 2009. Here’s to what our next home holds in store for us.