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Oct. 23rd, 2005

Dropped by squarenails's place for her bbq yesterday evening but we couldn't stay long coz Aidan wasn't feeling well. He was running a temperature and didn't agree with the food (puked twice) or it could have been the 2 bottles of yakult he drank. Sorry Pei Fen..he fertilized the grounds of your condo :P.. Didn't have the opportunity to get to know the other peeps there except for Hans, whom Andrea introduced as her partner (though I recognise him from the pics in her lj) Heh..sorry for being so blunt then but i'll still say it again. He looks good & really sporty irl [your pictures don't do him justice *grin*].

Aidan's okay now..Actually, he's fine aside from his see-saw temp..Was ultra active after we reached home and in a very good mood and simply refused to sleep. Temperature has dipped a li' after we gave him meds but we know that it make spike up again. He had a birthday party to attend this morning but I decided not to bring him there for fear that he may end up spreading his germs to the other kiddos. Probably better to let him rest at home too. Many kidsI know seem to be having this type of fever too..and the scary part is the fever isn't the mild sort - His temp was a high 39.5!

Took a few pics before we chaboked!

With squarenailsPei Fen, am_klutzAndrea & missustay

I've never met anyone quite like this chabor..she really takes one's breathe away.
Cant help but marvel at her sheer energy and enthusiasm, her talking speed (abt 1000 words per minute), warm hospitality & generousity!

with the very lovely Andrea

The seller of the apartment counter-offered. So we decided to view the place again, this time with our pals so that they can give us their opinions about it..

It was a good idea since a second viewing gave us a better perspective of the apartment. Somehow, the place looked smaller compared to the first time we viewed it. Although it's 1700 sq feet, it doesn't actually feel that spacious mainly because it's a split level apartment. The master bedroom has a strange shape and may not fit in as many furnitures as we would like. Furthermore, the 3rd bedroom is located next to the kitchen which is somewhat odd.

But I still like the apartment..so does hubby..but we are not prepared to pay more than the price that we quoted..If owner rejects our offer again, I guess it's just not meant to be..

Have listed down the pros & cons of the place..
a) The tenure is freehold
b) It's location. Quite central - Near Holland Village and within 1km from Henry Park Primary School
c) It's well-renovated and done so only recently. Not much reno needed if we would to purchase it
d) Two of the bedrooms have attached bathrooms.
e) North South facing
f) Lift-Landing floor
g) Condo has large land area. It has an abundant green-trees garden ambience and sprawling grounds
h) Full condo-facilities and amenities with Full condo-facilities and amenities which includes covered Covered Car Park, Gymnasium, Minimart, Beauty/Hair Salon, Play/Language schools for Children Multi-Purpose Hall, Playground, Squash Court, Swimming Pool, Tennis Court, Clubhouse, Shops, Putting Green, Indoor Golfing Range and cafe within the condo compound. Facilities have only been recently upgraded
i) Reasonably priced - below $500 per sq feet
j) SweetStiks, the yummy icecream joint is there!

a) Age of Condo - Old (more than 20 years old)
b) Odd shape master bedroom
c) Location of 3rd bedroom (next to kitchen)
e) No built-in toilet in 3rd bedroom
f) Living room is quite small
g) Dining area could be larger

Some photos I took (had permission from owner)..

the entrance to the aptment

upon entrance on the top floor is the study room just next to the stairs..

the living room (on the 2nd lower level)
the master bedroom is to the left..

another view of the living room

the balcony

master bedroom

the view of kitchen & dining area from 2nd lower level

the dining area (3rd lower level)
the 2nd bedroom is just behind the top of the stairs.

the kitchen
I like the general layout & I'm sure I can do it up really nicely *itchy fingers*
More Pics of the Apt here

Honestly, I'm fine with staying put where I am now..I think the main gripe my husband has is the CTE which can be a nightmare at times. It doesn't help that the ERP charges doesn't help to control the heavy traffic flow [even in the evenings!] and only serves to pad the coffers of ze gahmen .. Hubby is usually quite mild-mannered but he tends to be rather 'passionate' when it's anything car-related..be it an acquisition of a new car [he'll scour thru the net and car magazines for all the latest info/reviews), being in the driver's seat (where he's the king & everyone else is wrong regardless whether he wants to cut into their lane or others cutting into his) or the general state of traffic. Driving, he says, is a stressful affair & I can't help but agree because that's usually when I see the other scary side of him. Moving 'out' of the CTE zone may help alleviate his stress level especially since his work can be quite pressurizing too.

And then there's the issue of our kid and his education. Again I'm rather easy-going in terms of the schools that he should go to when he turns 6. I'm really not into 'branded' schools..Aidan goes to playschool nearby simply because it's convenient. I never saw the need to send him to Julia Gabriel which has expat teachers to teach him proper english or the other enrichment schools like Shichida which supposedly develops one's right brain (or issit left *blur*). But deciding on the right Primary school for one's kid seems to such a major decision for parents. Having not studied for ages and keeping track of the education system in S'pore, I had no idea what the various phases for admission are. It was a colleague who told me that we could consider Aidan for one of the schools under 'parents from a church directed connected to school' which is phase 2B.. There's also the proximity issue where the distance from your home to the school of choice could be a factor which honestly, is one main reason why we're planning to move ..Of coz there's no guarantee that our kid will get into these schools because there's probably gazillion hundreds other 'horse' kids with kiasu parents like us trying to get them into the same schools..

Alamak..so complicated! He's not even 3 years old yet and we are already deliberating on all these matters.I usually let hubby make the decision since he's the more particular one & also because he's both the CEO & CFO :P Not that I have no say but probably because I'm the more bochap parent..Maybe I should be changing my mindset and be more diligent on such issues. Afterall, he's probably gonna be our only child :P

Have been reading some pple's blogs disparaging 'Blogs abt kids' (my type of blog i guess) where we write mainly about children and fill up our post with their mugs and 'force' pple to comment about how cute they are (even if they aren't ;P). They think kids are generally a nuisance and better both unseen and unheard..(have they ever been children before?)..Is there anything wrong with our type of blogs? Yes, we write as if our child is our entire universe and there's more to life than our rascally brood..but then again, it's our journal and we can devote our entire blog entries to them if we choose to, right?

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Oct. 23rd, 2005 05:14 am (UTC)
i like old apartments! they are so spacious! and near good schools!
Oct. 23rd, 2005 07:13 am (UTC)
and this one is very near to HV hor *grin*..can go find u at anthro! So far not much luck hor!

but yeah. Old apartments are great that way! Just that the pipings may be old and some pple's place are in the original 'condition' so lotsa renovation needed.
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(no subject) - angeliatay - Oct. 23rd, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 23rd, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
write as if our child is our entire universe -- children are parents' everything!

it's our journals and we write whatever we want to! i think i might annoy ppl when i keep complaining also. ;p

the education system keeps changing these days. so maybe you can find out more when aidan is 5? gives you some time to do volunteer work to earn points if they're still using this as a basis. heh!
Oct. 23rd, 2005 07:15 am (UTC)
heh..our blogs are a good way to vent our frustration...! I do that too.

Agree that the education system is always changing and it's so hard to keep up. Yeah..may end up having to do volunteer work too and again, that still does not guarantee you a place...argh. tough lah nowadays!
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Oct. 23rd, 2005 05:39 am (UTC)
i like the apt pics :) esp the split steps in the master bedroom... the issue i usually have with split steps in sg (not that i've come across them here in the US heh) is that cos the space is usually so tight you don't get the *feel* that the split steps can bring to your room... usually the bigger the room, it makes the bed feel more intimate cos its' closer to the floor... and that also the corners of the step can be painful :X but nothing you can't get used to :D

i wrote all that realizing that you might take it away when you eventually do move in :P hah... sorry just always wanted split steps in some room of mine at some point, so i get excited when i see them..

Havent been on lj a lot.. Aidan's grown a lot! still got that babyboy cuteness.. :)
Oct. 23rd, 2005 07:11 am (UTC)
actually, i do like the split steps in the masterbedroom. I told hubby that that was exactly what i wanted..don't need to buy a bed. Just invest in a good mattress! voila! Just need some extra shelving since I read alot and need a place to put my books.

yeah..u've been busier since u started work eh! Hope everything's fine:)
Oct. 23rd, 2005 06:11 am (UTC)
If erotic blogs, anti-govt blogs etc can exist, why cannot have kiddo blogs? So silly these people.

Don't like, can always don't read one mah! Sheesh. o.O

Hope Aidan's all recovered liao...
Oct. 23rd, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)
i dunno..im just ranting lah. Sometimes, i don't understand why pple are just so against kids ! And no..not everyone expects pple to bow to them (offer them seats, ensure all restaurants must have childseats etc) just coz we have a kid.

yeah lor..dont like dun read lor..

Still has fever but again, he doesnt look/behave sick so..cant be that bad :P
Oct. 23rd, 2005 06:15 am (UTC)
arww nice piccies!
Wow the apartment looks nice! Looks pretty spacious!
Don't bother about what others comment about your blog. Your blog, your say! Anyway Aidan's a cute kid so he deserves all the blog online time that he gets :P
Oct. 23rd, 2005 07:17 am (UTC)
was good meeting you yesterday although it was too brief! you look just as good in person as you do in ur blog :)

the apartment doesnt look that spacious actually but i like the split level concept and Aidan loves the stairs heh! The cleaning may be a headache though :P
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Oct. 23rd, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
The drawback about buying from an old estate is the mortgage period - if its leasehold. ( I don't quite get what you mean about pertualty ) It may also bundle other problems when you need to sell it in future. Other than that... this apartment looks very home-coming :)
Oct. 23rd, 2005 07:09 am (UTC)
hah..i meant to write freehold. thought i changed it :P So there wont be any problem with the mortgage period. That's why we werent looking for brand new apartments because they are usually quite small and one of hub's wish for the new place is that it be more than 1600 sq feet. The older aptments tend to be more spacious!

(no subject) - phoebeparry - Oct. 23rd, 2005 11:38 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 23rd, 2005 07:23 am (UTC)
I did not know that apartment has 3 levels. From outside look like single level apt. Cool.

Eh, when you enter the apt, where it leads you? the 2nd floor?

I like the store room the best.
Oct. 23rd, 2005 07:36 am (UTC)
Yeah..that's why we like the apartment in this condo devt..it's called split level aptments & all of them have 3 levels. Some aptments go upwards (meaning the living room and kitchen/dining area are on the 2nd & 3rd upper levels) whereas the one we like are on lower levels. Cool eh!

When we enter the apartment..the first thing is the stairs leading to the living area with the study area on the right of the stairs. On the 2nd lower level, the master bedroom is on the right and the 2nd bedroom (no pics) is on the left. Both has attached bathrooms. And then the stairs from living room will lead to the 3rd lower level which houses the kitchen (there are actually 2 kitchens which is divided by a guest bathroom)..The storeroom that you see is actually part of the 3rd bedroom but the owner split it up so there's now a storeroom (to keep their children's toys) and a smaller bedroom. Not shown here is maid's room, the laundry area and a pathway that can be used to air the clothes..

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Oct. 23rd, 2005 07:33 am (UTC)
Buy lah! I like that place! Maybe we come back also buy that place, then we be neighbours and Aidan can send Macy home without having to worry about taking bus or taxi home alone next time... haha.... I always remember Ed feeling relieved when he realised where I was staying. He said," Wah if live in Pasir ris, sian jit bua liao."
Oct. 23rd, 2005 07:46 am (UTC)
Nice hor! heh..do check out the place when u are back. But we don't wanna over-pay for the unit. The price the owner quoted is on the high-side, above market valuation im sure..

waliao! sekali Macy dump Aidan how..then he everyday mope but cannot avoid seeing her since she stays so near him hehehe..

Easy for you hor..your girls can go to MGS since it's ur alma mata!
Oct. 23rd, 2005 07:46 am (UTC)
I was from Henry Park Primary Sch and honestly, I feel that being in a relatively prestigious does benefit the child in the long run. : ) Just a passing thought.

And Pandan Valley sounds like a good catch, I've got a couple of friends staying there and even an aunt there too! : ) Hope you manage to negotiate the price with the owner successfully. Luck!
Oct. 23rd, 2005 08:08 am (UTC)
thanks for your views..i guess it really depends. I wonder whether we are giving our kids unnecessary pressure but placing them in 'prestigious' schools. It also doesnt mean that the other schools aren't any good in education our kids..

Heh..i like the location of Pandan Valley although there are quite a no. of units for sale there. It is afterall a big development. Thanks..hopefully, the owner won't insist on selling at his price. Maybe we can come to a compromise!
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Oct. 23rd, 2005 07:56 am (UTC)
The apartment looks spacious. One good thing about old apartment is the configuration, usually more squarish and less wastage. The newer apartments tend to have big balconies, planters, the so-called private exclosed area (PES). Well, wish you all the best! :P

And don't be bothered about what others' think about our blogs, like you say, it's our journal and it's our life. They can say all they want and we can write all we want.
Oct. 23rd, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
Agree with you. Sometimes, i don't understand why the newer developments have such strange config..which totally doesnt fully utilize the space allocated. Such a waste.

heh i know i shouldnt be bothered..just ranting that;s all :)
Oct. 23rd, 2005 08:20 am (UTC)
Why do people pick on the TYPE of blog? I think it makes more sense to pick on specific points/content. :P

I hope you find a home you love! It was quite a pain for us but now we really like our place. :)
Oct. 23rd, 2005 10:02 am (UTC)
in a way, i guess they have a right to complain abt anything they want to in their blogs...i was merely ranting anyway..

Thanks. I really do like this place and i hope it works out for us!
Oct. 23rd, 2005 08:21 am (UTC)
Nice house! Im sure with a bit of redecoration, it'd be v nice and cosy. Its not v big, but I always prefer smaller and more cosy spaces. :)

How's Aidan? Hope he's feeling better..
Oct. 23rd, 2005 10:03 am (UTC)
yeah..i would definitely wanna do it up really cosy. Like what u said, it aint exactly big but im sure it will be very homey :)

Aidan's better now..thanks!
Oct. 23rd, 2005 08:41 am (UTC)
it looks lovely ...
and the third bedroom is prob for ur future live-in help? good luck with ur search sweetie! (ur friend on level 6 :))
Oct. 23rd, 2005 10:04 am (UTC)
Re: it looks lovely ...
Hi! Must be WT since Ian would never call me sweetie *grin*

I have a live-in help already and yes, i do plan to let her z in the 3rd bedroom if we manage to buy the place! See ya at work!
Oct. 23rd, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)
Hiya so sad, got photos with you and my darling but none of me. Heh. Hey sorry we didnt get to chat much yesterday. You were busy looking after your kid and I was busy running round be a social butterfly cos I have NEVER met anyone before except peifen. We will talk more sometime soon. And I agree with Drea, I think mothers around the world are envious of the way you look :p. Hope Aidan is feeling better. So how Madamme, can add you to my friends list or not?
Oct. 23rd, 2005 10:06 am (UTC)
heh..u have enuff photos with your darling! the pics are meant for the lj babes *coff*..

Add ahead if u dun mind reading abt inane mummy stuff..! How come i dunno u had a lj..must have missed it somehow.
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Oct. 23rd, 2005 09:12 am (UTC)
was great to see you yesterday ... :)
hope aidan's better!
Oct. 23rd, 2005 10:10 am (UTC)
*paiseh* i dunno which of her friends you were..i knew most of you were ljers and i recognise some of the gals from the pics posted by Pei Fen.

I would have posted the group pic cept that everyone but me & Candice were not looking at my cam :P
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