Last November, E and I faced the dilemma of whether to ship our stuff over to London. From E’s point of view, we could buy everything in London. Obviously, I preferred shipping over my things- like the baby cots, the kitchen stuff, the kids’ toys, books and so on. From my point of view, it definitely made more money sense incur the shipping costs vis a vis buying everything from scratch. In the end, we came to a consensus of shipping “not too many” things. After selling and giving away whatever we could, we ended up shipping 44 boxes of home stuff from Singapore all the way here in London.
We used Astro Movers for moving. I thought the quote we got was pretty reasonable. (It was SGD900 for the first cubic meter and and additional $250 for additional cubic meter. We used 6 cubic meters) Thankfully the move went very well. Nothing was broken and the movers even fixed up the two cots for us. 🙂 The delivery took about one month from the time we confirmed our London address. Everything arrived in our new home two days before Chinese New Year. Not exactly the best time to arrive. Trust me, unpacking with a time crunch was a horror.
(The play area before all our toys and mats came.)
(This is how our current play area looks like.)
(Our family photos line the stairways now.)
Looking back, when my mother, sister and I were packing for the big move in November, it was bat-crazy and it never seemed to end. There were days when I wondered if we “over-packed” and should I have taken up E’s suggestion of buying everything new. However, after unpacking everything and seeing Ryan’s face light up when he saw the decision his toys, all the hard work in packing and unpacking was worth it.
Life is good.