|Our rented serviced apartment at Regis|
|We had a kitchenette which was really small and not ideal for cooking|
|View from the apartment|
The IKEA delivery truck turned up at 1pm. I was told by the deliverymen that our apartment was 50 metres away from the road thus they cannot carry all the items up to the apartment as it was against the company policy (the distance from truck to residence has to be under 50 metres). "We'll have to leave it by the footpath," he continued. WTF?! How do you expect me to carry the bed, dining set, study desk, sofa etc on my own??? And it looks as if it would rain soon! They weren't at all helpful with the situation, adding further that I could call a friend to help move the furniture. ARGH!!!!! I eventually sorted out the problem by calling the apartment caretaker to find out if I could have the truck drive up the footpath to the entrance of the apartment and thankfully he said that was no problem. Great! Finally we can get the furniture to the apartment - sheesh, what drama!
I quick stop at Annie's Place Cafe located at the end of our street by Mitchell Road for a takeaway falafel kebab and coffee, and then the rest of my day was spent putting together most of the IKEA items we bought. Jono turned up with Indian takeaways for dinner at 7pm and bought toilet paper too (the latter, very important). We ate sitting on the floor while we continued to fix up the furniture and caught up on Jono's first day at work. He enjoyed the induction day and proceeded to show me what he was given: a Macbook Air (work laptop), a sturdy backpack and a Noogler (new Googler) propeller cap. All meals were provided for staff (they have an on-site cafe and if the cafe was closed, they could charge their meal on the company credit card) and there were many other perks including free entry to museums and attractions. Google also pays for our medical insurance (yes, it's for the Googlers and their family members so as Jono's partner, mine is paid for as well) and subsidises up to $70 for our monthly internet expenses. I like it that they take good care of their staff and their family members as well. It is a very awesome company to work for, that's for sure (I wished I work there too)!
I enjoyed putting together our IKEA furniture though my hands and arms were pretty sore after working hard the whole day trying to complete as many pieces of furniture as I could. I got Jono to check all the screws to make sure they were tightly secured and we worked together to set up the bigger items like the sofa, study desk and bed. Finally got to sleep around 11.30pm, tired but happy. Ah, our first home, just us :)