Reno Project

My in-laws and the family are moving in to their BTO flat next month at Hougang next month. You know what that means? *grin*

GOODBYE 30-MINUTE LONG BIKE RIDE TO DOVER!

GOODBYE TO NUMB BUTTOCKS! (I think our buttocks are excited too.)

HELLO TO CYCLING FROM PASIR RIS TO HOUGANG!

HELLO TO NICE VIEW FROM THE NEW LIVING ROOM!

This also meant searching for a good and reliable interior designer to renovate their place. The past few weeks all of us have been busy doing just that. The nice thing about having many grown children, is being able to to source for various things within a short time. Heh.

Going in to one interior designer shop and to the next one and the next one. It has been an eye-opening experience and quite educational for me doing these things. Finding out about the different types of kitchen tops, looking at the colors of the laminates for your kitchen cabinets, being kay-poh looking at other people’s houses (hah), looking at showrooms, etc, and then finally comparing quotations.

Gulps. Ok husband, we must save more every month from now on. Less eating out. Yes, renovation loans from the banks are available, but I try not to explore that option, as much as possible.

So last night, we were gathering all the quotes and so far these companies quoted between $7000 to $14000 (my in-laws are mainly doing the kitchen, mind you). Later, I asked my dad how much it costed renovating the current 5-room HDB flat. He chuckled and said, “Dulu murah… sekarang lain…”

Long pause, and then he continued, “Kalo sini, that time $40000 lebih je.”

Say what!!! That is five zeros uolls! $40000 lebih JE???

I think my parents are secretly millionaires billionaires.

Now I look forward to furnishing the new house during the fasting month. Confirm dapat lose weight lebih ni.

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