Our Home [Renovation] Part 3: Carpentry works Day 4

/ 8:48 PM
I said I would pot the photos shortly right?

Yes, in just a few minutes.

Alright!  It was his turn today to submit a field report. After alighting me at my work, love sent me a text : Very Serious Jam. I thought nothing of it since I was so busy at work. Work ties me down completely that I hardly digest or type any more letters which I feel necessary. Sometimes, i would just answer: Yes,Ok, See you. Busy. Like shit. Sian. Well, only my love would understand what i'm talking.

But anyway, back to the report. Due to massive "jam"  somewhere, love ended up at our new home again. He took some photo to show me the progress of the carpentry works.

Let's see what we've got.

By Tuesday, we already had



Bed frame up

My wardrobe

Feature wall up

Doors of the shoe cabinet

Doors of my wardrobe

Doors of his wardrobe

Toilet glass door, shower screen, the basin and toilet vanity.
Well, my hubby was standing right in front of the mirror taking photo of his selfie.

By this week, all should be up and we will be seeing more progress. Understand from Love that the aircon guy will be coming to install the aircon this Thursday. Also,our dining table will be delivering to us on Thursday. Right now, we are hunting for sofa, TV and fridge. More money will be gone soon.
I said I would pot the photos shortly right?

Yes, in just a few minutes.

Alright!  It was his turn today to submit a field report. After alighting me at my work, love sent me a text : Very Serious Jam. I thought nothing of it since I was so busy at work. Work ties me down completely that I hardly digest or type any more letters which I feel necessary. Sometimes, i would just answer: Yes,Ok, See you. Busy. Like shit. Sian. Well, only my love would understand what i'm talking.

But anyway, back to the report. Due to massive "jam"  somewhere, love ended up at our new home again. He took some photo to show me the progress of the carpentry works.

Let's see what we've got.

By Tuesday, we already had



Bed frame up

My wardrobe

Feature wall up

Doors of the shoe cabinet

Doors of my wardrobe

Doors of his wardrobe

Toilet glass door, shower screen, the basin and toilet vanity.
Well, my hubby was standing right in front of the mirror taking photo of his selfie.

By this week, all should be up and we will be seeing more progress. Understand from Love that the aircon guy will be coming to install the aircon this Thursday. Also,our dining table will be delivering to us on Thursday. Right now, we are hunting for sofa, TV and fridge. More money will be gone soon.
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After the lights were up. our ID informed us that carpentry works will start on 2nd March. It will take about a week or so to complete since our renovation permit ends by 21 March. Carpentry works would more or less sums up the end of the whole renovation.

Last Thursday, I took a half day off to visit the guys at work. When I reached there at about 2.30pm, I saw the cupboards and shelving along the corridor. It was quite messy at the walkway but there aren't many people since our neighbor were either at work or they have not moved in.

Saw this board but not sure where it is used for haha.

Shelf

When I entered the house, I saw 3 carpenters working on different area of my house. And to my surprise, the kitchen was almost 80% done!

On the first day of carpentry works.

We opted for an industrial feel for the kitchen so it was kind of greyish and dull, dirty look. 




Our shoe cabinet was also 50% done.
Ta-da!


I think I will need a ladder to climb up to get the top shelf. Also, I am not sure how my hubby is going to slot his army boots in those shelves.


Toilet vanity was screwed to the wall too.


Toilet door was installed as well



Not only that, they did help us to clean up the dust in the rooms..


And our toilet bowl...


And the fan which my hubby brought from home!



Coming to the room, part of the wardrobe was also done. After I was done with some photo taking and submitting my field report to my hubby, I left the place to do some shopping at Suntec.

Crap! Somehow I looked funny in the photo. But whatever it was, I was really tired from both personal and work life.

I shall post more progress on our nest on my next post.

It's 1 year. Finally I can remove my P-plate.This plate was passed down from my husband,then to his younger brother, and finally to me. Perhaps next can pass down to Linda? Hope she will get her license soon!

Workload is getting more and more as we are taking on new stuffs. Job is repetitive but i guess all jobs are the same. Our company has released bonus for this year and all seems good, as I felt that handwork does pay off. However, all my bonus will end up in in my house renovation and furniture.

I am looking forward to our new house and how it would end up to be. Doors were up and the latest update was that toilet glass door was up too. Contractor will be coming this Thursday to do carpentry work.

Last weekend, love and I went to have a short getaway at Hotel Jen Tanglin. They are currently having a weekend promotion for Recharge and Refuel and the price was attractive. Breakfast is add on service and it totaled up to $300. It was about 15 mins walk to Orchard and 7min to Hardrock Cafe.

Over the other weekends, Love and I will hop places and places to hunt for furniture and household accessories. I remembered the times we used to hop cafes to cafes during weekend but the hype seems to be over.

While moving on our life together as a couple, there are many things we must accept and love for who we are. It's not like child play that we can just break up if things doesn't work out. There are many things which  I learnt from my mum and dad throughout their wedding life. My love is an emo one and he is just an odd one sometimes. But I just love him, that's just him afterall. But whatever it is, the feeling that there's someone who will always be for you, feels like home...

Ya, that's him!
  

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by on 9:20 PM
It's 1 year. Finally I can remove my P-plate.This plate was passed down from my husband,then to his younger brother, and finally to me. ...
It is exciting to see how your house slowly formed out to the one depicted from the 3D drawing.
Chinese New Year is over and now we are back to our renovation schedule.

As mentioned from Danny, the carpentry works will start this week after the workers returned from a 3 weeks long holiday. Our paint job was already done and the colour are looking good.

Our living room : Lime Green

Guest Room: Pastel yellow


Our Masterbed Room: Red

Overall colour theme in our house

I get comments that our house is very colourful. Oh well, yes it is. I initially wanted earth tone (greyish blue) for my house as we want that sort of cosy feel. But after asking the feng shui master, he says that lime green and red suits us, therefore our house became very colorful. Danny chose the powder blue and pastel yellow for us, which i feel it blends really well.

Just last week, we went to Balestier Road to get some lights for the storeroom, service yard, dining, toilets and a room. We had survey some shops previously and decided to get them from Lights Store and Chant Huat. The lights were installed yesterday and let's see how they looked. The rest of the light were bought locally except our corridor light. I shall post some photos here.


This is the only light I bought from Taobao. It cost me only $10 and seriously it looks great. The only risk i having was whether it would be a working unit or not. But luckily, all went well.


Kitchen light. It is a simple design which comes in 3 colours, Cool light, warm light and white light. Item bought from Light Store at $160.00

Bought this square light from Light Store too. It has 3 different design  on how the light shine. The outer layer shine only warm light while the middle one shines white light.  It costs $30 per piece.

We bought the same kind of light, but in round from Light Store and it cost $40 per piece (It is slightly bigger in size than the square one). For the panel which gives off cove light were bought from contractor. Those were LED T5. 


This is another light bought from Light Store for our bedroom 2. Can't really see the effect of it but it the light emits that kind of glittery feel.. Comes with 3 tones as well. It cost $50 per piece.

We bought our dining light from Chan Huat. We have not collected them yet but will post up some photos after the light has been installed.

Lights Store Pte Ltd
473 Balestier Road
Singapore 329843
Tel: +65 6256 1140


We have started our renovation around the last week of 2016. Love and I could finally call a place our home where we can start our family and grow old together.

We chose our BTO at Sengkang and it is located just next to the expressway. It may seems to be noisy but we expected the there wouldn't be as many cars at night. We got a high floor and it was pretty good.

Looking inside our home... ...
We took the flooring from HDB for both living room and guests room. Went through 2 times to BSC to file complaints for the hollow tiles, water leakage in the toilet, poor skirting, uneven windows and some other minor defects. After 2-3 weeks of correction, we were more or less satisfied with what we received initially and went ahead with the renvo few days later.  

We chose Darwin Interior as the ID, Danny, did the interior design for Xiong's brother in Punggol. We felt that it was good and so we engaged him for the services. He suggested that we hacked down the kitchen wall and planned to build an island as we wanted something different.

Living room and Kitchen
Photo taken from kitchen

They remove the electricity point from the hacked wall and placed them in another place. 

Kitchen 

The washing machine, fridge base are up, together with the sink. They can build really fast and these are done up in a week. In the following week, we engaged external company to build the aircon. They lay the pipes in a way and will come again the 2nd time (near to completion date) to put up the aircons.

Toilet kerb is up too

Once the piping is laid, in the following week itself, the L-box and false ceilings were up too. 



Window grills for our house were also already installed. 


As Chinese New Year is coming, Danny mentions that the renovation will be paused for 2 weeks as most of them will return to their hometown to celebrate their festive. After they return from their holiday, the carpentry works will be up and by then, it should be ready by end March.

Honestly, I am pretty excited to how our new house will be like.  >.< I shall continue to post more of our new house in the coming weeks!

Our home [ Renovation]

by on 8:47 PM
We have started our renovation around the last week of 2016. Love and I could finally call a place our home where we can start our family an...
Happy New Year everyone.

2016 has come to an end and its time to embrace a brand new year and life. 2016 was not an easy year for us.  Mum has passed away since 6 months ago and I am now engaged. We've been through so much together as a family and never had once we forgot our mum. We missed her cooking so much that we tried to gather our thoughts of what she had cooked for us before. Dad missed her Bee Hoon and I can seriously say that no where or anyone will be able to cook near her standard.

Sis will come back almost every weekend without fail and that's where the kids bring joy to dad. The little one is beginning to crawl and soon, he will learn to run. The elder one has just started her nursery and she is in her 2nd day of school today.

For the past 6 months, I've learnt to stock up groceries, visiting supermarket and wet markets whenever I'm free. I have to buy foods for prayer and breakfast too. If my sis or brother needs me, I will try to be there. Xiong has also been very patience with us, driving us up and down, to and fro many places,  for dinner, to go grocer shopping etc. I am grateful that he is such a reliable man I could lean on.  

Christmas was the time where we met up people of our lives. As we grow older, our social life shrink to just a few of us. These are my friends whom i believe will be friends for life. We grew up together, watched each other being single to married, hopping places from restaurants to dining at their homes and so much more.

There are so many more things to explore in life and never should we stop connecting with people we love. Time is precious and it would be regrettable if it if not utilized rightfully.



  




Credits to WT

These are friends whom I cherished a lot. 

Hope all of you have a great 2017!

Goodbye 2016....

by on 8:28 PM
Happy New Year everyone. 2016 has come to an end and its time to embrace a brand new year and life. 2016 was not an easy year for us.  Mum...
Time to blog about my Flea market last month.

It has been 2 years since the last time i had flea with my Sister in law at Lucky Plaza. The flea at 2 years ago was so much better in terms of location and space of our booth. But this time round, our location for this one time off business was shifted to right-inside the flea market at level 6. We had to move through those permanent tenants and carry our luggage through the narrow pave. 

The rental space for 1 table is $160 before GST. The flea start at 12pm and will end at 7pm. We are allowed to queue outside the entrance before 12pm so that we could get a good slot inside. This flea was shared among me, my sis and my cousin.

We were queuing outside the entrance.

The crowd at Lucky Plaza was crazy on Sunday. When we arrived at 10am, the whole orchard road was empty except Lucky Plaza. It was so crowded that we had to move through the crowd slowly with our luggage, When we arrived at level 6, we were 2nd in the queue. There were many of us ta-baoing McDonald' breakkie and iced Milo. Some of them came with trolley as they have twice more than what we had to sell. 

When the organizer allowed us to enter the premises, we chose our booth (Its first come first serve basis). Just as I expected, the people (mostly Indonesia helpers) rushed in and started helping themselves with the luggage. They would ask if can open and they are more than willing to help you to do it. 

Next, your clothes will be everywhere.  

Flea on an early Sunday

They began to ransack your luggage, flipping the clothes right and left, tossing them around, trying on etc. We initially sold the clothes for like $5 per dress while top/bottom at $3 each but the price is dropping every hour. At a point of time, someone was shouting 3 for $10 for dresses. We had to match their price so that we are able to clear our pre-loved stuffs. Not more than often, they were also asking for bags and shoes. If you have lots of bags and shoes to clear, Lucky Plaza is one place where you can clear your bags away. One of our customer also took our spoil luggage for $10!


The serious money making mode.

At 3pm, we still have a lot of unsold clothes and the prices continue to decrease.

$1 per piece, cheaper than Daiso!

At 6pm, we managed to our shoes, bags, jewelry, 90% of clothes and some makeup. We were getting tired and sore from standing straight 5-8 hours without much toilet breaks. sweating and tolerating the fabric dust in the small enclosed area (including queuing time till closing ). At 6.30pm, after we sold the last piece of jewelry, we slowly packed up and headed to Paragon for dinner. We earned a decent amount from the flea. After deducting the rental cost of the booth, we treated ourselves to Thai food. It was a satisfying dinner from a hard day of work.

Took some really nice Christmas photo before going home. 


I love staycation. I love getting away from the noise pollution at home and some privacy with my husband.

I was searching for staycation deals and I knew that Safra has some joint promotion with the Millennium Group. If your boyfriend /husband is a Safra menber, you can go to the website and view their current list of promotions. They have staycation deals at Copthorne King's Hotel at $190 nett in a night stay in Superior Room with a pair of movie passes, Studio M Hotel at $212 nett per night stay with a pair of movie passes etc. I was looking if they have any promotion at M Social Singapore but unfortunately, there was no promotion. But anyway, we wrote in to them to see if there is a better rates for Safra members. The rates given by them were slightly cheaper (maybe about $10 cheaper?) with breakfast included at about $240 per night.

We went ahead with it since it's been a while since we went for a get-away. 

M Social is situated at Robertson Quay and among the hotels under Millennium Group. It is a great place to chill and relax and the night view was awesome.

The lobby was really small as they can only serve 4 customers at one time. Almost all of the guests are young adults. Some of them check in as a couple while many others, came to celebrate hen's night or just a simple gathering with friends.

Love and I booked a room at Loft gallery. I felt in love with the the tall ceiling and chic layout shown on the website. We felt that the price was reasonable and so we proceed with the booking.

Ok, let's look at the real photos:

M Social Loft Gallery

The living space



The upper deck

Took a photo of the room on the stairs.

The check in time was 3pm, and their check out time was 12pm. Our room was at level 9 and right at the end of the corridor. The room was really posh and comfortable that you wouldn't want to leave the room once you were inside. The TV is at the upper deck and was separated from the rest area.

Rain shower!

The toilet is a panel of see through glass but rest assured that you can turn the blind on inside. The vanity is outside the toilet so you just have to brush or wash your hands in the living hall.

Opposite us is a residential building. with a nice pool when you looked down from our window.

Some of them were having breakfast on their balcony!

What I like about M Social is the luxury decor and high ceiling. The bed was also comfy and I had a good sleep throughout the night. I slept at 11.30pm and woke at 8am. It was really shiok! The TV has sports channel, so in case your husband/ boyfriend want to watch their soccer at night, they can go to the upper deck to watch and cheer without disturbing you.

The variety for breakkie wasn't that sumptuous but it was good enough for a boutique hotel. Breakfast is at Beasts and Butterflies.




The pastry is good.

If you are going there by car, do note that they do not have free parking. Xiong paid below $20 for an overnight parking. 

If you are just like me, looking for a luxury yet affordable stay in Singapore, you may want to check out 

M Social Singapore 

90 Robertson Quay

Singapore 238259

Tel: +65 6206 1888


An a selfie of myself  >.<  Sorry hubby, you are not in my post  :/