These past few days have been extremely exhausting. Moving houses isn’t exactly an easy feat; I’ve lived in Singapore for over six years now and have already stayed in about eight flats around town.

Back in 2008, I only brought two luggage bags with me when I decided to find a living in Singapore from Manila. Now, I have a little over 50 cartons-worth of things–from clothes, shoes, books, kitchenware, bathroom cleaning materials, a 3-panel wardrobe, a 32-inch TV, among many others.

Heard from a friend that I can book cheaper lorries through the GoGoVan mobile app. It’s really very similar to how the Uber or GrabTaxi app works; download the app and start searching for the nearest available van. If you just need a truck with no manpower required (provided you carry all your boxes yourself), the rate is roughly around $30-40, depending on the distance to be covered.

lorrie service moving out

moving out box

When we unloaded all our things in our small new flat, it was a total disaster. Felt like it was a venue for some relief operations. It was boxes all over. It was chaos. And usually I don’t last long in chaotic places… thank god I had the patience to endure this.

new house at commonwealthAs some things were not provided by our landlord, we needed to buy a couple of items from Ikea such as a new wardrobe, bedroom mirrors, and a few other decors.

ikea plantsFor a week, we slept at around 12 midnight and have been waking up at around 7 a.m. every day to clear the boxes one by one. At last, we succeeded in making our house look more presentable and liveable. And the result was something my flatmates and I are proud of.

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Here’s a little snapshot of our humble abode…

new house at commonwealth living room


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About Author Paolo Avis

Living abroad for more than half a decade now, Paolo works in Singapore as a sales and marketing manager for a luxury travel publication. His creative urges can’t always be contained, hence photography, video documentaries, and blogging are his go-to forms of artistic release. Since he didn’t get to pursue TV production after getting a degree in Communication, Paolo now turns to Random Republika as an outlet to keep himself updated and to share his thoughts on what’s happening in showbiz and beyond. Follow his other stories via Instagram (@bigbluefish).

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