wow, it’s been a while since I wrote anything here. let’s see, where do I start..
Tioman trip was cool, except the parts where Kevin and I fell sick, leaving jet to do most of the heavy work (more on that once i get round to digging up my travel log of the trip). After the trip I basically had 2 days in the country before I had to fly off to the US for a work trip. Well more like going on a short course which happened to be at DISNEY LAND!! (yes how cool is that) and then an association’s convention which was really an excuse to eat and drink.. HAHAHA.. then came back and had like 2 weeks to pack and move! yes we have moved in! The renovation is not exactly100% done, but J wanted us to move in before the 7th lunar month so I moved in on 28th July (jet moved in on the 30th).
When I say the renovation is not completely done, I mean things like our additional kitchen table isn’t done yet, our add ons (side table, tv console for bedroom) we wanted aren’t done, but the house is livable. We have the internet sorted out (long story, don’t ask) the lights are all at the height we want etc and my kitchen is fully functional! WOO. the one last room to sort out is really the store room, which currently has the bedroom sink that came with the house. We don’t want it and we’ve been asking my contractor to remove it but well he hasn’t. So because of that we can’t get a storage rack in that room which means a lot of a spare / storage stuff are lying around. After that, we will need to go get some paintings / posters framed (I have posters from the OATMEAL that are going on our room doors!), put up the wall decals and get some book shelves and we shld be good to go!
It is very odd to live full time with J. But i can’t write about it now cause SOMEONE is peering over my shoulder and correcting my grammar. GRAGHGDSFHOGI *cue angry face* Honestly, I think we are still adjusting to living with each other, even though we’ve been married for quite a while. Especially the laziness surrounding the housework, the first two weeks were really exhausting!. HEH. Luckily, we have kinda found our own way about diving up the work, so far it seems to be working (Jet does everything! I just have to iron and apparently wash toilet.. ).
Think one of the hardest part for me was not talking to my mom everyday. We make up for it by calling her every now and then (and she nags via text msging everyday!) and it’s like she hasnt talked to anyone for a while so she talks nonstop when we meet up. HEH. Of cos she also ninjas up to my place like a mystery elf delivering packages like food or things from her home every now and then too and I try to meet her at least once a week.
Anyway going to watch some tv now, will post photos soon!
So we continued on our hunt for the right furniture (without breaking the bank) and made our way to some ulu furniture place in yew tee… okay actually the place is at sungei kadut but there is a shuttle bua from yew tee station… after walking all three levels our hearts were still set on a sofa set, bed frame and most of all the dining table. We picked the same exact colour for the sofa and you can see Jet is getting comfy on it already. Oh and it comes with a matching Ottoman which can go into the games room or for the cats to sleep on
the bed frame, we chose a black on black print and asked them to make the pillow thing on the headboard one piece instead of two… </
forgot to snap a photo of the dining table so you will just have to rely on my dedcription for now… The table is a round, 4ft in diameter and made of some black powder coated glass so it has a matte finishing (won’t have to worry about fingerprint stains on the glass top… yay!). We also got dining chairs since they had a deal to get them for cheap… I’m not that impressed with the chairs mainly cause they’re leather and will be gross to sit on on a hot day… when I realised this morning that I could always get chair covers to deal with it…
Furniture left to buy…
1. Coffee table
2. Tv console
3. Computer chairs (we saw some ergonomic chairs but they’re like $1.7k each!!!!)
Other improve things to sort out…
1. Air con (without this we can’t start the reno)
3. Wall colours
4. Cabinet layout (we’ve picked out the colours.. now we have to decide where do drawers go etc…)
6. Electronics / white goods…
Living on the 24th floor means we have quite a nice view and even without fans, the house is quite airy… here’s the view from our living room
and service yard
this is really pretty and i’d like to try to do something like that in our living area or dining area
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…
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..