update on the house so far

we’ve had the keys to our place for just slightly over three months now, and if you take a look at our place now, it really looks like we just started our renovations. SIGH..  I guess it’s partly our own fault, first taking forever to check for defects, then the longest time to figure out what aircon we want and sort out the installation.  You see, you can’t start any renovation work until those two things are sorted out.  It also took us forever to figure out cabinet laminates and room colours so my poor contractor was actually chasing us to hurry up so he could start work.  It’s usually the client chasing the contractor on updates and to meet deadlines rather than the other way around.  Of course now, it’s all in his hands, and he’s taking a while.  Every time I ask him how long more, he says ‘two weeks’.  It’s been ‘two weeks’ for a while now.   But we’re not in a rush so, it’s okay.  The only thing is that now we’re going on our annual sail trip to tioman for 2.5 weeks in mid june and i may have to go on a biz trip almost immediately after that so we’d want to finish the thing before then.

We’ve also spent the last two months going around the island looking at various household stuff like

  • kitchen sinks,
  • taps (who knew there were so many types!! ack!),
  • lights (my neck was damn tired from look up all the time),
  • sofas (all the way to ulu land at sungei kadut!),
  • bed frames
  • coffee tables
  • tv consoles
  • dining tables
  • dish racks
  • electronics

yes, it’s been a tiring two months, and let’s not even go to the arguments we had over how big the damn fridge had to be (me: BIGGER IS BETTER, jet: NO COUNTER SPACE, rinse and repeat for one whole day).  Actually most of our conversations tended to be whether an item was too big or not.  things we have yet to buy / decide on

  • curtains vs blinds
  • tv
  • kettle
  • iron
  • ironing board
  • a decent mop (jet insisted on buying a regular mop, you know the dreadlocked looking one, and i don’t know how to use that.. i only know how to use the squeege sponge mop thing..)

there are actually a whole lot more but i think we’ll only by the tv next and just slowly see what we need.  I suspect we might some of these things as gifts (no that is not a hint, you don’t need to get us anything for the new house, but i think our family members may come with things and there are also the mom who have started buying all sorts of things so I want to see what they are first before we add more things).

i really am looking forward to moving in, this time my contractor has given us a date so it really is two weeks.. the final two weeks. hahahaha.  have decided today to use professional movers as I can’t be arsed to do the heavy lifting, plus i may have one or two bulky pieces of furniture to bring over so might as well just get them to move all my bajillion things.

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Ding ding ding part two – we can haz home!!!

After months of waiting, I’m proud to announce that we are proud home owners!!!

The journey started many moons ago, first with the several unsuccessful tries at getting a new flat…  Then we went to a show flat at redhill…  Only to get even more depressed at the fact that we had been unsuccessful at getting ridiculously small flats…  I believe Jet’s first remarks were “where are we going to put the pool table?!”  I was just too shocked at the size of the place (my bedroom is bigger than the master bedroom and let’s not even get started on what they are trying to pass for a kitchen) to say anything.

After the initial shocked had passed, we decided to look at resale flats, as they had better locations, bigger floor areas and way better amenities compared to the barren lands of sengkang and punggol where most of the new estates were located… We had a really good real estate agent (give me a buzz if you want his contact! He’s a fantastic agent who gives good advice on what to look out for in a flat), and unfortunately we also learnt a new acronym – COV, also known as cash over valuation.  This was basically what the home owners wanted over and above what the house was valued at.  In the two estates we were looking at, one was completely out of our range (the range was between 80k to 100k COV), even our agent was like don’t bother… The other place was averaging between 30k to 50k, however, many of the flats were too old to be worth that much… After a few months of being unsuccessful again, we were back looking a new but small flats…

At this point we were balloting for any of the new estates regardless of location… Yes, that’s how desperate we were.. And then one day, we got an email from the housing board saying that our queue number was 233 which were really good odds… The day finally came in jan 2008 for is to go down to pick our flat and today we collected our keys!!

We still have the final leg of the journey to go… Probably the toughest bit but it’s also the most exciting bit… Renovation works, furnishing and decorating our home…


finally, the wait is almost over

we’re finally getting our keys to our flat in ROHAN (okay it’s actually somewhere in sengkang.. **) in jan.. woot!  Now begins the insane task of looking for look / design of the place.. HMMM…

 

**we call punggol which is next to sengkang Mordor so we decided that Sengkang was rohan..