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I can hardly believe that I've quite happily lived in Hong Kong for over a week now! I'm so sorry for the (technical) radio silence around here. I completely underestimated how hectic moving to a new country would be... I've hardly stopped since stepping onto my plane at Heathrow. (A slightly traumatising experience, I won't lie, plenty of tears leading to the Chinese lady sitting two seats away telling me to "man up".)

My last few days in the UK feel like aeons ago. I honestly can't believe it was only, like, 11 days ago. My Granny was so sad when I said my goodbyes with her; I hope she's doing fine without me. That friend I spoke about a few posts ago that I hadn't spoken to in a while? He completely surprised me with a farewell wander the evening before my flight, so that helped with the whole 'peace of mind' thing.

Settling in has been much easier than I anticipated. As I type this, I actually have no sofa, no chairs and no bed frame. I'm sat on my mattress in the living area and my furniture is all due this week. LIFE. WHY. I seriously can't wait to see how my little apartment comes together and of course I'll share it all on here when I can. I've already completed a week at work and it feels a little easier every day - the commute is crazy but the people are nice. I just need to get my head down and nail this probation period.

I also did a lot of shopping the other day, so, er, stay tuned for that ;)

25 comments

  1. I'm so happy to hear that you're settling in well Michelle, nothing like a bit of retail therapy too ;)! x

    SophiesMakeupBlog

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  2. Hope everything's going okay Michelle, excited to hear more about it :)

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  3. I knew you'd settle in ok and CANNOT wait to see you style those purchases!! ;)

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  4. So glad to hear that you're settling in well! I'm kind of jealous. When I first moved out (only 150 miles away though) I definitely indulged in quite a lot of retail therapy... it certainly helps. Looking forward to hearing more x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

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  5. WOOHOO! I knew you'd be doing just fine but I was secretly hoping you'd come running back to the UK, because eh... London isn't London without you. #cheesymuch?

    - Elodie x
    http://www.elle-yeah.com

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  6. go glad to hear you're settling in! my friends are still convincing me to make the move at some point - and I'm so tempted! I think I'll be constantly shopping and eating if I did! Can't wait to see/hear more updates on the apartment! x
    www.article21.co.uk

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  7. So glad you are settling in, can't wait to hear more about your new life! Love from the UK!


    Maria xxx

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  8. Ah I know right! I started reading blogs in 2007 and began DB in 2009, only starting to post properly in 2010. It's amazing how fast our little industry and community has grown - like, srsly, we can call this an industry now?! x

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  9. It really is! I saw our Bose headphones ad being played in Hong Kong the day - now THAT blows my mind...

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  10. I love writing copy, taking and editing photos, putting posts together, researching and sharing - I could see myself doing this forever! But I also feel overwhelmed at the sheer amount of new content out there everyday - it's insane!

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  11. I heart your blog though Ria! <3

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  12. Thank you Sophie! (Seriously, I took retail therapy to the next level and I haven't even started feeling homesick or sad yet!)

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  13. Aw thanks Jane - shall post a proper home update and some outfit posts once my apartment is ready! Currently sleeping on the floor with suitcases and boxes everywhere...

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  14. Aaaw yeah ;) nothing to welcome a new home than an accidental splurge to make Shopaholics Anonymous proud!

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  15. Ah thank you so much Charlotte! I actually haven't even started feeling homesick or sad yet which is the most worrying thing ;) can't wait to have some free time so I can catch up on your blog!

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  16. Oh Elodie! I'm already fairly tempted not to move home to England for quite a while - I love it here. I just never felt this way about London ;)

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  17. Oh gosh you should totally do it sometime! Honestly, I have no regrets at all about coming here - it's the best decision I ever, ever made. Such a crazy step but so life-shaping (more shaping than changing).

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  18. Awh thanks Maria! Kisses from HK (:

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  19. Glad you're all settled in!

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

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  20. I feel like you've been living out there for an age already, crazy to think it's only been 11 days! Glad to hear you're settled - despite lack of furniture - and I cannot wait to start seeing your HK hauls on here too ;) Xx
    (seriously though if you use 'HK Hauls' as a new post feature I totally want credit for that :P)

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  21. *blushes* you're too kind <3

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  22. So good to hear from you! I am glad you are transitioning well and can't wait to see how you decorate :)

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  23. I'm so happy to hear everything is going ok with the move! It only seems like yesterday to me when you first mentioned it! Hong Kong must be amazing! :)

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  24. Hullo! New reader here - I loved this post! It's entirely applicable for start-up blogs too, and it's given me that extra little kick to not give up quite yet :) Love your blog to bits, and thanks so very, very much for sharing motivational pieces like this!! xx

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