Slowly, but surely

I’ve been meaning to keep a record of building up our new home but I just didn’t seem to manage to set aside time and effort to actually track things down

Anyway, to briefly sum it up:

  • 26 Aug 2014 – collected keys
  • 22 Oct 2014 – engaged a contractor
  • after Christmas – paid deposit for kitchen sink and tap
  • end Jan 2015 – started renovation works
  • Subsequently, I did not really keep tabs or “milestones”

(Somewhere between start of 2015 till now: plans for a custom bed to be made, chose colour of wall paint and kitchen cabinet material, paid a deposit for window blinds to be made, installation of ONE window blind (because the other was damaged and had to be installed in a later date ), got (and installation of) air-conditioning units, lights and ceiling fans, a mattress, an oven, a stove hob, a (random) chair and side table, bathroom accessories and a washing machine.)

A pano shot from the dining area

A pano shot from the dining area

Even though I flipped through the IKEA catalog several times and both Guan and I made a couple of trips to IKEA Tampines to have a rough idea what we wanted, I still felt undecided on a lot of things so I made a couple of solo trips with Kaien while Zayden and Reuel were in school

Making him pose with things so I can have a gauge of the size :lol:

Making him pose with things so I can have a gauge of the size

I want this quilt cover! *ahemhousewarminggiftahem* *coughqueensizepleasecough* ;)

I want this quilt cover! *ahemhousewarminggiftahem* *coughqueensizepleasecough*

I love love love LOVE this colourful couch! But it’s way too pricey and it’s canvas-y material (Guan and I agreed we preferred, er, fake leather to cloth-kind of sofa/couch because the former is much easier to clean) and even though there are two sets in the AS-IS section at half price off, Guan won’t take them because “you may never know what people have spilled on it” (I quote).

Darn me and my love for all things pretty (and colourful)!

Since about the beginning of this month, our renovation works have more or less been completed. We were left with things to be drilled and attached to the walls and a bulk of them were from IKEA. I knew we would take a really long time and planned to spend at least a day shopping at IKEA. Finally, last Sunday afternoon, Guan was available and parents-in-law could help watch the kids and we made our way to the Tampines outlet with my shopping list in hand.

Goodness! Even though we had (somewhat of) a plan and had a list, we weren’t able to finalise several items because we needed to see what was available at the store (in past trips, we chose items that were sold out when we went back for the second time). One of them was the TV bench. I could not care less about that since I’m not even keen to have a TV at home. But Guan needs a TV and we saw something that both of us liked aaaaand… it was sold out We asked when would the restocks be available aaaaand… it would only arrive in September

I asked the staff if she could check the stocks at the Alexandra outlet and she informed me that both outlets don’t share stocks. So I made Guan call up the other outlet to find out that… they had stock! Two pieces left! I asked Guan, “What are the chances of those two pieces selling out before we get there?” He said we would never know and told me to hurry up shopping here so we could get over there.

We went on checking out items and penning the numbers down in my list so we could get them at the self-collection area. Several items were either not available or they no longer had the colours that I wanted After making a second call to the Alexandra outlet in regards to a limited edition chest of drawers (they had 59 pieces available!), we decided to get what was available at Tampines and to get the rest at Alexandra.

I had no idea the amount of boxes we would be piling up on that trolley of ours. I mean, I roughly knew the items that we were getting but seeing Guan pulling out more boxes and loading them onto the trolley just made it look like we were getting a LOT of wooden furnishings So much so that we needed a third trolley.

Achievement unlocked: two people pushing three three trolleys to queue at the checkout counter, and from there to the delivery counter.

Achievement unlocked: two people pushing three three trolleys to queue at the checkout counter, and from there to the delivery counter.

By then we had spent about five hours at IKEA and gobbled down some hot dogs and curry puffs *yums!*

We quickly made our way to Alexandra outlet and got the rest of the items on our list. Even though this is the smaller outlet, it carries the newest items and has more stock the the mega outlet! They still had the BRĂ…KIG plates! *squee!*

We finally made our way home at 10 p.m. and reached home to realise that… WE FORGOT TO BUY THE STOOLS! *facepalm*

Things left:

  • to fix up IKEA stuff before attaching to walls
  • to buy a wall fan, (random) towel rack, fridge, TV
  • to buy other smaller electrical appliances that I won’t need until I move in or I can hope someone will gift it instead :p

Boys on CNY

Reuel, Kaien, Zayden

Reuel, Kaien, Zayden

Reuel: I cannot keep saying “Happy New Year” else I will be tired.
Guan: Just shake people’s hands then.
Reuel: (shakes hands with others) I cannot keep saying “Happy New Year” else I will be tired.

I Spy

For lunch today, Guan and I brought all three kids to meet up with the 7ners to celebrate Jo’s birthday. (I’ll do a separate post for this.)

On the drive home, Zayden wanted to play “I Spy”. What inspired this post was Reuel. He didn’t quite understand how the game is played.

Reuel: I spy with my eye… something red! No–purple! (short pause) It’s prune!
Me: Reuel, you have to choose something that we can see. Where’s the prune?
Reuel: Er–I don’t know?

Reuel: I spy with my eye… something blue! It’s my Crocs!
Me: (chuckles) You’re suppose to let everyone else guess first, Reuel!

Reuel: I spy with my eye… er, something orange!
Me: The ball!
Reuel: Nope! It’s orange!
Guan: Where’s the orange, Reuel?
Reuel: Er–at home!

Haiyo! This boy ah…

Morning Walks

I’m not a morning person. But I love to observe how the world wakes up.

I used to do that back in the days where I stayed out all night. It’s subtle, but it starts around after 5 in the morning. People start waking up, start leaving for work/school. The surroundings shift from the quiet night to the bustle of morning busy-ness. The air, so fresh and cool–it just rejuvenates me.

I like walking through the neighbourhoods and the heartlands experiencing how it all starts coming alive.

I’ve been taking the boys to school and I enjoy our walks because they will chatter away–usually comment about the vehicles that pass us by as we walk along the road.

Reuel: 222! Kor kor! Your favourite bus! But not double decker though.
Zayden: Yeah.

Or,

Reuel: 28 double decker! My favourite!

And this:

Both: Papa watch this show!

Both: Papa watch this show!

Anyway, earlier this morning, Reuel spotted Bus 14 and he went, “Forty-one!”

“The other way, Reuel,” I gently told him.

“ONETY-FOUR!”

Reuel’s Antics

When Reuel began speaking, my sister wondered why he sounded strange. We then realize it was because he had a slightly monotonous way of talking. Now he has his injections of tone when trying to express vocally but I feel that it’s just his personality.

He was always observant–even as a baby. He would sit quietly and look, absorbing his surroundings. Sometimes he has this poker or deadpan face when talking. Like sometimes I’ll ask him: “Reuel, did you have fun at Grandma’s today?” “Yes,” he would reply me in a flat voice

As I picked him up from school this week, Mrs Yang (the school admin), mistook Reuel for Zayden and she was telling me how he tugged at his name tag and told her, “See? My name is here! It’s not Zayden!”

He is so much like me–not a morning person. He doesn’t jump out of bed like Zayden, all hyped up for school. Instead, he will mumble that he’s tired and would much rather prefer to head back to bed. I would usually wake the boys between 6.40 to 7.00 in the morning and make their breakfast drink of milk and Milo. After two weeks of school and early risings, he came into my room at 6.45 a.m. and before he could speak, I whispered that he shouldn’t talk so loudly lest he wakes Kaien. He said softly, “Mommy, I want my Milo.”

I sleepily brought him back to bed and told him to head back to bed since it was a Saturday

Anyway, I wanted to write this post because what happened at breakfast made me laugh out loud.

Reuel (spots the gems on MIL): Ah Ma! What is that?
MIL: Diamonds.
Reuel: Why you wear diamonds?
MIL: Ah Ma likes diamonds.
Reuel: Why you like diamonds?
MIL: I like diamonds. Do you like diamonds?
Reuel: No. I like circle.

(If you still don’t get it, feel free to ask )

Backside

I have NO IDEA why Zayden likes to say anything that relates with the bottom–backside, poot, poop, da bian (passing motion in Chinese) are some examples. Of course, Reuel will follow his big brother in learning all the wrong things and have been saying the above words more often than I would like them to And they both like to giggle over those words like it’s the funniest thing on earth. (Is it a boys’ thing? )

Kaien is a funny baby (I know he’s a toddler now but he’s still the baby of the family ) and expert at picking up two syllable words. His first word was flower and was followed by thank you. We tried teaching him to say light, fan and please but he rather say cupcake, apple and nana (banana).

Anyway, MIL was bathing the boys last night when Zayden yelled out, “Backside!”

No points for guessing what happened next.

“Backside!” Kaien echoed