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给猫猫的第十二封信

第365天,猫猫妳是否过的好… 有没乖乖喝水,有没回来看我们?

摸摸头… 一定要回来看我们,让我闻一闻你的味道,一定要。

永远爱妳

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We survived Home Improvement Programme – Part 1 (Preparation)

Hi there! The fact that you are reading this post, you’re probably in the midst of preparing for Home Improvement Programme (HIP), or you have completed yours and is living in regret now for the lack of preparation. Nonetheless, let’s learn from experience and prepare ourselves for the upcoming battle HIP or your future HIP.

We have opted in for Home Improvement Programme and EASE, hence we will get 2 Brand new bathrooms (Common and Master Bedroom), new wooden main door & metal grille, as well as new rubbish chute hopper.

Dust-proofing

The upmost important procedure that you should never miss for your preparation. No matter how minor a renovation work is, there bound to be dust, and HIP ain’t minor work at all. So, dust proof everything that you are keeping. The whole dust-proofing process took us (2 ladies) 4 days. -A 4rooom HDB unit

 

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Box it up!
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Seal them up!
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Living Room – Bye TV, see you in 2 weeks! (oh our sexy TV)
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Living Room – We sealed the TV console after wrapping TV, but leaving the internet router and modem exposed. We left an opening with the transparent sheet because of the internet modem’s switch, so the switches are still accessable during HIP. (Picture shows half done sealing)
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Living Room – Final layer of dust-proofing, which sealed up our furniture as well. All plastic sheets are taped on both sides to the ceiling, you won’t want the sheets to drop half way through the HIP! (Picture shows half done sealing)
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Living Room – Almost done sealing this part of the living room.
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Living Room – HIP contractor will cover our floor with either vinyl or rubber sheet to protect our tiles, but they will already be dusty from previous works when being laid on our floor. So we covered the working area with plastic sheets, to minimise the after-HIP cleaning.
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Living Room – This is the sealed part of living room from the above picture. It works as a temporary storeroom as well, where we keep all the tapes, cleaning equipment and boxed up items. We sealed our windows too.
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Living Room – It’s our temporary storeroom on the left. We built a re-sealable door with plastic sheet and a Daiso retractable pole. This divides the war zone HIP area and our re-created living space (which consists of a walkway and 2 unaffected bedrooms). We seal up the “door” only for Day 1 and 2, which are the 2 most dusty days. Right side of the wall has been sealed on the other side as well, leaving our living space dust-free.
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Dining Area – Needless to say, dust-proof it from ceiling to floor as well.
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Bedroom – This bedroom is unfortunately beside main bedroom toilet (which is undergoing HIP), so seal up the windows. Praise the invention of aircon!
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Bedroom – the other bedroom has a ventilation window above the door, although this room inside our living space (which is dust-free), we decided to seal it, just in case.

 

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DB Box – You can seal your entire house, but never the DB box, for safety reason. We cut a hole on the plastic sheet, leaving the DB box cover exposed.
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Main bedroom – It’s almost a cleared-out room to start with. We stored our washing machine and a shelf here, sealed from ceiling to floor.
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Main bedrom – Wardrobe and floor covered. Will be throwing away the fan, so we didn’t bother covering it.
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Kitchen – This will be the worst war zone HIP area, because our common toilet is in the kitchen. So we double-sealed our kitchen. First layer to cover fixtures. Fridge on the other side of this wall has been sealed as well. Remember to clear the food before sealing, for you only have access to the fridge 2 weeks later!
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Kitchen – double-sealing in progress. We wanted to leave the sink exposed, but decided to seal it up in the end, because hashtag dust is nightmare #dustisnightmare.
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Kitchen – Outer layer done on both sides, floor covered, bringing dust-proofing to a whole new level.
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Kitchen – We took the advice from neighbours, seal up the powerpoints. Some workers tend to use our electricity for minor drilling works (which they are not supposed to), so sealing up prevents them from using our points. (Look out for my next post to see how workers asked me for permission to use our points, when they already knew they are not supposed to.)

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Kitchen – We sealed this powerpoint differently. It’s re-sealable. In case we need a powerpoint outside our living space, we can still use this.

Tagging

We tagged the items in both toilets which we intend to keep and re-install after HIP, so that the workers can help to keep them aside for us.

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Common toilet – We tagged items we wanted to keep with blue post-it and reminded the supersivor during Day 1 of HIP before hacking works start
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Common toilet – Tagged. (We threw this away in the end, not sure what state of minds are we in when we tagged this. Hurhur)

Materials

You may think that we are being exaggerated in our dust-proofing work, but I have to tell you, it works, not much of cleaning to be done in the end because the entire house is almost dust-free, except for the stones on the floor from all the hacking works.

So there are the items we used:

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Hunter masking tape (on the right) is highly recommended (tried & tested) to be durable and does not peel paint when removing). So we used it to stick plastic sheets to ceiling and wall. Hi-bond (on the left) works on walls too. But it’s thin, not as good as Hunter.

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Plastic sheets we used for the entire house except for floors.

A full list of items we used:

  1. Hunter masking tapes (12 rolls)
  2. Hi-bond masking tapes – for connecting 2 plastic sheets and wall (8 rolls)
  3. SLM masking tapes – for for connecting 2 plastic sheets (a few rolls)
  4. Transparent tape – for connecting plastic sheet to tiles (1 roll)
  5. Plastic sheets – entire house except floor – (17 packs)
  6. Extra thick plastic sheets – for floors (did not track usage

Sorry Mother Earth for not being green, but we feel that this is essential.

Look out for next post topic: The beginning of HIP and how the detailed dust-proofing saved us.

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Life Made Easier – Steigen Automated Laundry Systems

What do you need when you need to dry your wet laundry?

I’m staying at 90s HDB flat, and here are the items I need:

  1. To lift the bamboo pole the wet laundry, bring it out of window and stuff it to the bamboo pole holder and ensure it doesn’t break and land at ground floor.
  2. A platform. I 1.56m tall short, I can hardly reach the bamboo pole holder outside the window without a platform.
  3. The legendary Sun that keeps playing hide and seek with everyone, that leads to my next needed item…
  4. Some clothing are just too precious to me, and I will over-turn them before hanging them in the sun to dry, to prolong the colors of my clothes, especially black ones.
  5. If I am lucky, I have the Sunshine at the kitchen windows, else I can only air-dry my laundry in the living room. And yes, I am lucky for I live in the 90s HDB, where living room is not in a match-box size.

I thought things should turn better when I move into a new BTO flat, until I see the new laundry hanging racks.

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3 poles, Thank you. I had 6 much longer poles.
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I guess we are expected to dry our laundry indoor. This would save my muscles, but where do I get the Sunshine and wind from? Unless I can direct the Sunshine and wind into our service yard, say goodbye to fresh smelling clothes.

Perhaps we should get a dryer, I did a quick research and at my best knowledge, there are 2 types of laundry dryer, #1 electric dryer and #2 gas dryer. In any case, both are not cheap, in terms of product and electricity / gas bills.

Having rumbled so much, I am fortunate to have chanced upon a solution to my problem recently. After watching the demo and had a try out on the solution myself, all I want to say is, “what more can I wish for?” Continue reading “Life Made Easier – Steigen Automated Laundry Systems”

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Accommodation Review (Hua Hin): Royal Pavilion Hua Hin Hotel

Think Hua Hin, think Royal Pavilion Hotel, at least that true for me. It was our second trip to Hua Hin in July 2017, and we knew we had to go back to this hotel for it’s fantastic services and comfort. The building looks 3-stars, but service unquestionably matches it’s 4-stars rating. Continue reading “Accommodation Review (Hua Hin): Royal Pavilion Hua Hin Hotel”

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My home country

It’s always so welcoming to be back at Singapore airport. Some countries make me wanting to stay longer, while some just make me miss home.

It was a short trip, but enough yo make me miss my home country.

High standard of living makes me want to visit some countries for shopping, but I never want to stay there for long. 

Constant train breakdown makes me complain about my life. Then i realised, at least our ez-Link card allows us to take all sorts of public transport, while some countries uses different cards for different transport. Ours often breakdown (at least recent years), but stations between different lines are linked, we don’t need to cross any bridge or road like some countries do.

I am taught to queue for everything. You want something? Go queue for it; but this doesn’t appear in every countries. Cross only when there’s green light, but not every countries green man blinks. Pay as per the price tag amount; but in some countries you need to bargain and half it (it’s tiring and I don’t like it)! Well it’s pretty obvious where I went to, isn’t it?

Having educated in the city, there are many things that I donnot have knowledge about (blame it on my little reading knowledge too). For example, that solid looking ground might be just a thin layer of hardened soil on top of muddy water

But I really enjoyed the quality customer service there. Be it at the street market or malls, you know why they are called the Land of Smiles.

Oh my bed, I’m back to my comfy firm bed and high pillow! What more can I wish for, for now…

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给猫猫的第十一封信

上一次出国的时候是去年十月,那时妳还在。记得当我在收拾行李的时候,妳一直看着我的包包。我在香港的时候,姐姐说妳在家里找我,从我房间到鞋架…

妳是多么的惹人疼爱。那时我在夜市来回走了好多遍,就是为了买衣服给妳。原来十月份买夏天猫服饰不简单。

如今妳走了,但是我们对你的爱不变,这次出国我还是会买东西给妳,等我回来。

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给猫猫的第十封信

半年了,离开的半年以后,我们仍然想念妳。
今天翻回旧照片,看到很多的妳,那双大眼睛是多么的温柔… 

从前一直认为让妳躺在我的腿,是我在给你温暖。原来妳的体温,一直在暖着我的心… 

好啦,不该一直难过… 好多照片啊!该冲洗那些呢?