Welcome to Hong Kong!

As you read this post, please also pretend you hear Taylor Swift’s “Welcome To New York” playing in the background, but change New York to Hong Kong.  Nolan and I have been singing this since the day we arrived!  In case you don’t know the song — check this out.

So, let’s get started … Welcome to Hong Kong! This will be my shortest welcome post yet because our house is literally the size of a shoe box. While yes, it is 3-bedrooms and 2-baths, it is by far the smallest space we’ve ever lived in and by the end of our 3-weeks, I know we will all be ready to move on! We will all need a little extra patience and grace over the next few weeks.

We are staying in Discovery Bay, which is just across from Hong Kong. I have a few other blogs planned to showcase Discovery Bay better, but for now, let’s stay focused on the apartment. We are in a 19-story building in a long row of apartment buildings. Upon entering the apartment, you basically see the entire space; to the right a very small kitchen space, to the left very small living space, and a short hallway to 3-bedrooms, and 2-bathrooms. That’s it.

The kitchen is the smallest kitchen yet. There is a full-size refrigerator that is about all you’ll find. There’s a 2-burner top, a microwave, and very few pots and pans. Cooking will be an adventure this month. I’ve already started researching one skillet meals, and I did purchase a small toaster oven to give me a few more options. I did find a coffee pot, though I quickly discovered it did not work, so I’m sticking with my traveling French Press.

The living space is tiny. Both Jim and I have set up a working space on the dining table, and the living space only has a small couch with seating for 3, so there’s a lot of shifting around of bodies. We can’t all be in the same room at the same time.

We do have 3-bedrooms, so it is nice that we each have a bedroom to make our own. Priya and Nolan each have a room with bunk beds and Jim, and I have a room with a full-size bed that barely fits in the room. The apartment is very cluttered. There is “stuff” everywhere — which makes the space seem even more cramped and uncomfortable.

In such a small space, I’ve decided it is essential to fully embrace the good things about this apartment, which there are a few biggies

1) we do have a full-size washer and dryer, which we haven’t often had on this trip. I am very much looking forward to laundry. I might actually do laundry, just because I can!

2) a working shower. We have plenty of hot water, a shower that drains, and excellent water pressure. Also, something we haven’t had in a long time, so I’ll take it.

3) we are still basking in the sunshine and warm weather!

Now, let me who’s you around the apartment a bit more.

Building & Entrance:



Dining & Living Space:

Nolan’s Bedroom:

Jim & Kathy’s Bedroom:

^Standing in the bedroom, you can see all the way back to the front door!

On-Suite Bathroom:

^Hot water, great water pressure … and it drains!  Heaven!

^Still not hot water in the sinks!




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