We moved into a new apartment! We are now surrounded by other expats and bunches of expat kids. The swimming pools are beautiful, there is a great work out facility with daily yoga classes, and we can now walk to work. I am so happy we made this happen!
The move itself was a little rough. Derek and I had to take a personal day off work because our old apartment complex wouldn't let us move out on a weekend. Then the new apartment was not ready for us on Monday morning. It hadn't been cleaned and we were missing a bunch of furniture that had been agreed upon in the contract. After a bit of arguing with the landlord, he finally agreed to order the remaining furniture. For some reason, contracts don't seem to matter much here. My recommendation: get it in writing, get it signed, get it stamped, and stick to your guns and all will be okay.
As far as the apartment and complex go, we are incredibly happy. It is so clean and quiet. And we feel safer. And I can not even begin to describe how nice it is to bump into people we know at the pool or market. It's only been a few days, but I am positive that this is a better fit for our family.
We have a great view of the Saigon River and the other side of the river is mostly undeveloped and very green. It is so much nicer to wake up to a river and green and a highway and grey. The apartment is much more modern and just feels a lot cleaner than the old place.
It's been quite the journey to find our "home" abroad, but I think we're here now.