Stuff and nonsense

Our shipments have arrived! Note the plural – an air and a sea shipment from Singapore and an air shipment from the UK. We were told that the sea shipment would take at least an extra 4 weeks after the air and I was pissed that I had wasted time sorting out what we needed quickly but now I don’t care, I’m just happy to have my things again.

We came to Korea with just 4 suitcases and that included towels and essentials for Katrine’s birthday, which when you are turning 8 in a strange country is quite a lot. Which didn’t leave much space. Richard was the only one with 2 pairs of shoes as he needed a work pair and a not work pair, the rest of us just had the 1. Now, I am not a shoe person but after 4 weeks I am really fed up with my sandals.

Here are the inventory lists that I had to tick off as they brought the boxes in.


First, they taped carpet and lino on the floor, they even covered the door frames with spare cardboard.


The boxes start arriving. It was hard to keep up with which box was which and where it should go.


I so do not have a whole box full of handbags!


My cheese grater! I have missed you, and the other kitchen dodahs. Because we knew they were coming we didn’t want to waste any money buying more but cooking is so much easier with the right things.


Our bed has disappeared under a mound of stuff.


This will eventually become the playroom / guest room. Ready for when anyone wants to come and visit – it is only an 11 flight from the UK, an hour to change airports at Seoul and another hour flight. Pop over for a weekend!


This is just books. To be tackled another day.


Shoes! The female unpacker disappeared off with the shoes and I later found them in this cupboard.


We were wondering what this stand in the hall cupboard was for – scooters


I promised in the title some nonsense, the best I can do is tell you about some of the random things we got in the UK shipment. We had to just pick the items by box number and the inventory list wasn’t very clear. So we now have my wedding dress and shoes, Gregor’s very first pair of shoes, a wallpaper striper, some plant pots (Katrine is happy about these) and a carpet cleaner (we have marble floors). In my defense for the last one, the box said vacuum cleaner which I did want.

I am going to stop faffing with this and get back to the unpacking!


Emergency Lego

Our shipment has been delayed, it will now turn up on Tuesday, hopefully It was due to arrive yesterday, but when we did our alien registration Gregor’s photo was rejected, which has delayed everything. It is all in country, it just needs to clear customs, so now both the air and sea shipments will arrive together. I was told the sea shipment would take an additional three weeks so spent a few days sorting though our stuff to find the bits and pieces we wanted quickly. I know I should be pleased that everything is here but feel a bit miffed that I wasted so much time.

Right, back to the point; Katrine and Gregor were very disappointed to not be getting their stuff. We only brought 4 suitcases with us, which is mostly clothes. Yesterday the weather wasn’t on our side, it was hot and very close so no one fancied going out. Instead we headed back to Emart and picked up some emergency Lego supplies.

Gregor found these really cool monster trucks.


They are designed to crash into each other and the little Lego man gets catapulted out. They had a competition watched by all the other Lego people.


The green truck was declared the winner and awarded a trophy in a medal ceremony.


Katrine picked Lego Friends, the girls first put on a rockin’ concert for the post race party.


Before heading back to the lab to get some work done.