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- How do I feel? : calm
It has been a month since renovation started and things have even progressing well. Frankly, I want things to move more quickly. (I blame my impatient nature for that!) However, I know that certain things take time.
It has been crazy trying to schedule deliveries & fit furniture shopping into weekends. Coupled with Preston's weekly Berries class, we are left with precious time to settle as much as we could without taking leave excessively on weekdays.
Here are some photos...
And Hubby wasn't satisfied with the pillar at the corner and insisted that it should be removed. We left it to our ID to solve the problem & he did!
Ahhh, a "seamless" unobtrusive look from entrance into our planned living & study rooms.
Our vinyl flooring was laid on Tuesday, 17 September & the whole place looks much better!
We almost opted for tiles for we have old folks & a kid at home. Falls *touchwood* could potentially lead to a lot of medical problems so we went for vinyl strips. Laminate flooring, as experienced by us in our current home, tends to be noisy i.e. creaky & amplifies footsteps. So it ended up being our 2nd option.
Our window grilles were installed yesterday! Now I no longer have to watch Preston like a hawk when he goes to our new place. It's a sigh of relief especially he enjoys playing at the service yard.
More updates to come soon! I'm off to enjoy what's left of my Sunday.
It's been waaayyyyy too long since my last blog entry.
To my readers, if you have been faithfully visiting, i'm truly sorry that there has been a dearth of entries.
So what's up/new? For starters, we collected keys to our new place in mid July and since then, it has been a whirlwind of activities on weekends. We confirmed our interior designer (ID) on 5th August and we cannot wait for the entire renovation to be done.
Some of you who have been following my Instagram account has been asking me who my ID is and how we picked them. Well, i'm going to give a summary of our selection process and how we made our decision out of 3 contenders.
I'll like to think that we were fair & we invited all 3 companies/reps to our unit on the same afternoon. We told them our concept, needs and basically told them to come back to us with a quotation within a week.
#1 Interior File
This ID was recommended by Diana as she has used them for her current place. ID was very friendly and understood what we wanted. When we met up subsequently to view the quotation, he has even prepared 3D drawings for us. Score! We felt that he was sincere but disappointed that the so-called OEM "BLUM" system was just a simple soft-closing hinge. We were quoted around $50k for everything.
#2 Rezt & Relax
A well-known company and they even had good promos. ID was a young lady who also prepared 3D drawings for us when we met up to discuss the quotation. On that day, i was even nursing a bad throat and she made me warm honey lemon. Definitely a personal touch there which i appreciated. We liked the carpentry works' finishings and even managed to negotiate for BLUM kitchen fittings to be included in the quotation. The only problem was that the lack of chemistry between the ID and us. At some points during our discussion, she didn't quite seem to get our concept or ideas. I attributed that to her lack of experience as she was probably in her mid-20s. However, every client would have 2 IDs working together and we felt slightly assured.
A day after we met, they came back with a lower quote to try to win us over. The final quote (excluding flooring which they recommended we source ourselves) was only $37k!
#3 NID Design Studio
This is a relatively new company and one that we found after we googled for ID companies. Their name came up with numerous raves about their service and standards. So we dropped them an email enquiry. It turned out that the ID "assigned" to serve us was the boss himself. The initial quote was very high but after our meeting, the quotation was revised based on what we wanted and the pricing became very competitive with the initial quote by #2.
After we met #2, we decided to be thick-skinned and told #3 the price offered by their competitor (without revealing which company it was).
From then on, we created a slight price war between #2 & #3 with each trying to offer more perks to win our business. In the end, we decided on #3 despite the slightly higher quotation of over $40k.
1. Chemistry between us and Sam (the boss)
2. Sincerity. We could tell that he was genuine in wanting our business and he was very prompt in replying our emails and Whatsapp messages.
3. BLUM fittings and all electrical works are included.
The only request Sam had was to show our flat to prospective customers after he has completed the renovation. We were fine with this request and in fact, I think his company would definitely do a good job. Surely you'd want to show something you're proud of to potential customers right? :p
And that is how we wound up engaging NID Design Studio as our ID for our Punggol Nest.
Lesson learnt? It doesn't hurt to ask for a more competitive pricing as you are the client.
Renovation work has started 2 weeks ago and accordingly to Sam, everything should be completed by early October. We are targetting to start shifting our belongings from mid-October onwards and from November, we will be living in our new place.
Last Sunday, we made good on our promise to take Preston for water play at Bishan Park water play area. He had been asking to go again since our 1st visit but our doc told us to keep him away from swimming or water play for a couple of weeks.
Thankfully, the weather wasn't bad on Sunday morning. In fact, it was just sunny enough & windy! Perfect for some outdoor fun under the sun.
I didn't take any photos at water play but since I didn't post those we took during our 1st visit, I shall post those instead!
Exploring the sluice gates with Daddy!
I know... I play cheat but I really forgot to take photos of him at the water play area this time!!! *sheepish*
But this time, we remembered to bring his skate scooter!
Where did my baby go??? He's just so grown up now!!!!
And what's a visit to Bishan Park without trying out the newly-opened Grub?
Luckily, we arrived at 10.45am and there were only 5 groups ahead of us. So while we were waiting, Preston had an impromptu Science lesson about the plant life around the eatery.
We got a table indoors, for which I'm thankful cos i don't deal well with heat & humidity. Here's what we ordered!
The fries are for the little rascal!
Once Somebody saw the sugar coating on the churros, he couldn't even wait for me to finish taking a photo before taking a bite!
Overall, the food was ok. Not the most fantastic but I told hubby we must come back another day (evening time?) to try the burgers.
And that was a Father's Day treat for Hubby!
How did you spend Father's Day?
About a month ago, our rascal got infected with chicky pox!
It was rather bizarre cos no one in our family has chicken pox and as we found out subsequently, Preston was also Patient Zero in his school. We had no idea where he contacted it from but I guess it's probably due to us being out every weekend.
Anyway, it started very innocently on a Tuesday when I thought he came home from school with a few mozzie bites. Then on Wednesday, he woke up with a few more around his belly and I brushed it off. On Thursday morning, my suspicions were aroused when I noticed a couple more on his arm but again, i didn't think much. Then, my mother-in-law phoned me at work and said the school instructed her to take Preston home. Only then, did things click into place & i told her it's probably chicken pox.
The doctor confirmed the diagnosis and Preston was only too happy that he got to stay home for school for the next 10 days. Unfortunately, he was feeling rather miserable because the spots got itchy and he knew he wasn't supposed to scratch. The doc gave us some calamine lotion and that helped to ease the itch but Preston forgot to let the lotion dry and he would leave white spots all over the couch!
Bath time was something he looked forward to! I googled and found out that an oatmeal bath was a natural remedy to soothe itch. So we tried it out and he loved it! I placed the oatmeal into tea/coffee filter bags (from Daiso) & tossed 2 bags into this baby tub. (Thank goodness we still kept this tub because we don't have a bathtub in our bathroom!) Preston loved it and i think the oatmeal bath really helped cos he didn't start complaining about itching until about a few hours after his bath. Plus the bath smelled really nice!
Oh, to prevent him from scratching in his sleep, I made him wear socks over this hands! Haha... he didn't mind and i think he even found it rather amusing! Thankfully, i have a rather vain son and he didn't welcome the thought of getting scars so he obediently wore the sock-gloves to bed.
Anyway, he was finally cleared to go back to school by our doctor after about 1 week. Doc said that his case was rather mild and I was just very glad he has no scars! I have this sense we got off lightly because Preston's appetite was affected too much and he was old enough to comprehend that his diet had to be restricted (i.e. no eggs, mushrooms & seafood!). Hopefully this means no more battling any bugs for the time being. I just want Preston to regain some of his chubbiness first!
- How do I feel? : happy