House Bites: First Anniversary and First Thoughts on the First Day

Alhamdulillah we have moved in yesterday on our anniversary! Both our families were involved with the move including a few of H’s cousins. One of his aunt who stays nearby came over too. My parents-in-law ordered nasi bungkus, my parents bought drinks and mum made us pulut kuning and ordered a Polar cake with our photo on it to celebrate our anniversary! H also got my sisters-in-law to buy some helium balloons lol.

It was quite a hectic day because there were also many deliveries. Fridge, washing machine, TV console, coffee table, wall mounting for the TV and installation of bed frame. Since FIL is the more tech savvy guy around, we got his help and advice with setting up the WiFi and TV+soundbar too. Managed to put the router on the TV console but my wifi connection from the master bedroom is almost non-existent, so we need to blast it further somehow. By yesterday evening before bedtime, we managed to unpack like 20% of our stuff. Not bad lah hor, considering we are both working today lolz.

My first thoughts? Wow rumah besar nak kemas leceh ni. Suddenly got so many windows to open/close, Continue reading “House Bites: First Anniversary and First Thoughts on the First Day”

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House Bites: Reno Journey

My reno is already like 80% completed, and I feel like I should have started blogging about this earlier, but the truth is, I don’t really know what or how to blog about this lol. At this point of time, if all goes well, we will be moving into our new home this Sunday insyaAllah.

When we got our keys on 19 Dec, we immediately told our ID that we are on a very tight timeline because 1) we are living in a rental flat, so time is money; 2) we are going overseas on CNY for 1.5 weeks, so we need to move in before we fly off because if we don’t, then we will be leaving our rental flat empty which is just a waste of rental money, so might as well faster move to Bedok.

The good news is, apparently we are not doing much works for our reno. Well it looks like a lot of works to us, but according to our ID, it’s not that much, so the timeline is quite manageable. But despite that, the reno will NOT be 100% completed by the time we move in this Sunday.

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House Bites: Key Collection!!

So H and I finally collected our keys on Tuesday, alhamdulillah! This is probably the longest BTO ever – 5 years!! Yes, it was launched in 2012. But we applied under SBF last year, so we waited for 1.5 years only. We were considered very lucky for getting a super good ballot number and even got a top floor unit, ala ala penthouse yaw!

The key collection process was very smooth because I did my research and settled the fire insurance and SP account opening all online beforehand. The only thing left to do was to sign a bunch of documents, paid our conservancy charges and collect the keys! And the process was over in less than 30 mins.

Then off we go to our house! Continue reading “House Bites: Key Collection!!”

When in-laws come over unexpectedly

So yesterday, H had to pass something urgently to his dad. But instead of just a short meet up, my FIL ended up fetching H, me and my MIL from all our workplace, went for dinner and all 4 of us dropped by our place in Boon Lay for solat Maghrib and Isyak.

Obviously it was all impromptu, so I was panicking silently in my mind the whole time we were on the way to our place, while making faces at H to show my panic cos the house is not in its neatest and cleanest condition at that moment.

Sesungguhnya my MIL has high standards when it comes to cleanliness and keeping the house tidy. But my bags were all over the carpet. Ntuc plastic bags were not cleared away properly. The dining and coffee tables were cluttered with flyers and letters. And did I mention bags? Plastic bags, paper bags everywhere omg. When my MIL rushed for the toilet first thing when she entered, I terus zoom zoom zoom and went through all those clutter like lightning and shoved them into any hidden spots I can find, while she was still in the toilet.

To be honest, it was quite embarrassing but they were polite and didn’t say anything lol. H was initially more nonchalant than me, but after awhile, I spotted him cleaning up some mess when his parents were not looking. Lol tau takpe. Other than the random cluttered items all over the living room, I am so glad the sink was clear of dirty dishes. To be honest, even our bed is not always 100% made up most of the time, but thankfully, H decided to help make the bed and fold the blankets that morning. PHEW.

Sigh, it’s going to take me awhile to get over this trauma. But it’s our first experience, so let this be a strong lesson for us to always keep the house neat and tidy in case of random or sudden and unexpected visitors, no matter how busy or lazy we can be.

Wife’s Bites: Why We Moved Out

I thought I would write about one of the most common questions we got during raya this year. I moved out of my in-laws’ in May, specifically over the labour day long weekend, after 3 months of marriage. We got a rental flat under HDB’s PPHS scheme. Apparently, this move was quite shocking to most of our closed ones.

Well, I can imagine the kind of things they were thinking. What’s with the sudden decision? Why? Where? Did something happen? It’s so sudden, so something must have happened? For how long? Were they chased out? Are they running as far away from their family as possible? Continue reading “Wife’s Bites: Why We Moved Out”