My Future Home – Part IV

All newly completed HDB flats are covered by a warranty within the 1-year Defects Liability Period starting from the date of key collection. When we collected the flat keys from the HDB officer, we were reminded to report any defects to the Building Service Centre (BSC) located next to our block within 7 days. If not possible, we have to made the report at least 7 days before renovation.

At the first look, the unit looks good. But when we started to scrutinise every corner, the list of minor defects grew longer and longer.

We spent 2 half days inspecting the flat, and jotted down 53 minor defects. Below are some of the examples:

The door of the bomb shelter door could not lock completely as there is misalignment of the bolt and the wall holes.

We flooded the 2 toilet floors and found that the water drainage is poor. There was puddles of water trapped in the middle of the toilets and the side of the toilet bowl.


Same issue noted at the service yard. This was the puddle of water 1 hour after we flooded the service yard floor.

For the main door, there were scratches. The handle and face plate were rusty.


See how bad the paint of the main door is. And there is a gap between the door and the face plate.

We also found loose/detached glazing beads and weatherstrip on the windows.


There are also several door rusty hinges for the bedrooms and toilets.


There is a chip underneath the toilet bowl water tank cover.

The paint of the laundry rack came off. The tap was not attached properly.

These are the more obvious defects which we spotted. Overall the unit was pretty well done and we didn’t find any hollow tiles. There are also several tiny defects which we ignored because those could be rectified when we do the renovation.

We filled up the feedback form and went to the BSC to submit. The customer service officer (CSO) informed us that the project supervisor will check the defects and then rectify them (if possible), and then schedule a joint inspection with us later.

We use a number lock to lock the main gate and gave the lock number to the CSO so that they can enter our house to check the defects. For future security reasons, do not pass your house keys to the BSC. Use a padlock or number lock instead. Also, do not leave any equipment or valuable stuff in the house as there will be different contractors entering the house to rectify the defects and BSC will not be responsible for any missing items.

Hopefully the defects could be rectified quickly. We still need to have complete the floor cement screed before renovation can start.

*Fingers crossed*


My Future Home – Part III

Finally… after waiting for almost 3 years and 11 months, HDB invited us for our BTO flat key collection in first week of Oct. It was such a long wait… I waited from being single to married to pregnant, to giving birth to my daughter becoming a 17 month old toddler. GOSH! Dear HDB, you really need to speed up in flat building!! This Lego-like technology in construction doesn’t seem to shorten building time, does it? Plus, we appealed for earlier key collection date, but ended up getting it later than people who didn’t appeal. WTF?!

Anyways… we got the key. Y-E-A-H…

Our appointment was at 12.15pm, we got there 40 mins earlier and got a queue number by scanning our appointment letter at the HDB hub.

What to bring:

  1. Original NRIC of applicants
  2. Original NRIC of occupiers (if any)
  3. Original birth certificate of children below 15 years old (if any)
  4. Latest CPF Statement
  5. Certificate of Fire Insurance

The husband had applied for the fire insurance from ETIQA, activated electricity and water from SP services online prior to the key collection day.

When our queue number is called, we headed to the assigned cubicle to meet the HDB officer. There was a lot of paperwork and lotsa signatures from us. Then we have to login using Singpass to submit/authorise HDB to wipe out our hardearned CPF… *sobz*
Once this is done, the husband has to go to level 3 to pay the Conservancy Charges of $74.20 (Fees for 5-room flat). We filled in the GIRO form for monthly deduction of this Conservancy Charges but it will take about 2 months to process (according to the HDB officer). So meanwhile, we have to remember to pay the monthly charges on time as there will not be any letter or reminder. Late payment will incur a penalty of $5.

After all the paperwork is done, the HDB officer presented the keys to us~


After getting our keys, we chose an auspicious date to open the door of our new home.


This important task has to be completed by me~


We were welcomed by these flyers on the floor. The vendors must have slotted these through our house door when the barricades below our flat were removed and they could access to the units on each floor.

The view of our living and dining area. It is much smaller than what we expected. We felt cheated by the floor plan. But we were pleased that the ceiling (top floor) is higher compared to our neighbour’s unit below us. After measuring, the floor to ceiling height is 2.78m. This is almost 20 cm higher than the standard 2.6m for other non-top-floor units. The house feels less claustrophobic but we would have to fork out more for carpentry works.


The view from my living room.


This is the smaller bedroom 3. Notice the 5 ugly awning windows? I wonder which weirdo designs this. Did he/she think that it’s fun to have to open so many windows or cleaning them? Or did he/she not know that this type of casement/awning window always gives hinge problems? And what’s worse? HDB does not allow us to change them to sliding windows… =___=”

My very tiny kitchen plus service yard. Smaller than my office pantry sink area…
Good news? There is no piping on the kitchen ceiling because we are at the top floor.


The laundry racks which I hated the most. Other than floor mats or cleaning rugs, I will never hang any clothes on these racks. See how close the racks are to the wall? All the clothes hung there will be brushing against the wall and indirectly cleaning the external wall. #nocommonsense


The very small bomb shelter which will serve as a store room.


The slightly bigger bedroom 2.

This is the master room. It’s longer but very narrow.

Master room toilet. No ugly pipes on the ceiling as well. We opt out for the sanitary fittings so the toilet only comes with a toilet bowl.

Common toilet. A big window for accessing to the air con ledge.

Ok, so that’s it for the house tour.

In case you were wondering what ritual we did for the door opening day, this is it:


An offering of McD breakfast set, placed in the middle of the living room.


We didn’t do any ritual at all. Just ate out breakfast there, and then got started on the defects inspection.

I will write about the defects inspection in another post. So stay tuned!

Five Little Monkeys Quiet Book

I have recently developed interest in making quiet book pages for baby. It looks fun and I can customise the pages according to her liking. I began by making the Itsy Bitsy Spider page and now I have completed the Five Little Monkeys page.

Five Little Monkeys

I downloaded the printable templates from a blog named Imagine Our Life. The blog is written by Stephanie who is a graphic designer, crafter and montessori homeschooling mommy. Her blog has many quiet book tutorials and printable templates. I really admire her hard work and creativity.

Last month, I ordered the craft materials from EZbuy at a very attractive price. I bought various colors 1m felt cloth, 99 pieces of pre-cut 30cm x 30cm felt cloth (multi-color), buttons, velcro, fillers, and fabric.

After cutting out the templates, I traced them on the felt and cut out the pieces. All the small pieces were hand-sew because mum’s sewing machine is kept too deep in the storeroom and she is reluctant to get it out for me. For the big pieces, I used glue gun to stick them to the background felt. Personally, I prefer to sew all the parts because it gives a more 3D effect. But without the sewing machine, it would take ages for me to complete 1 page. So all hail the glue gun~


Unlike Stephanie’s guide, I added velcro for the Mama Monkey and Doctor Monkey. Baby is too young to use clip buttons so velcro makes it easier for her to stick the monkeys. These yellow velcro which I got from EZbuy came with adhesive and I reinforce it with glue.

Notice the 5 little monkeys are individual pieces with no velcro attached. As I sing the song, baby will take 1 monkey to jump on the bed and then drop it on the floor until there is no little monkey left on the bed.

Five little monkeys 1

There is matching numbers on the little monkeys and their pillows. I would use it to teach baby numbers and asked her to match the numbers. Baby is 17 month old and she can recite 1 – 10 in English and Chinese with help for number 3 and 7 as she could not pronounce these two numbers yet.

Each monkey is filled with fillers so they are not so flat-looking.

In total, I took 4-5 nights (~3 hours each) to complete this page. I had to wait till baby is asleep before I can work on my project.

Mummy Monkey

Notice the phone which the Mama Monkey is holding? It coincidentally looks like iPhone X. LOL~
Anyway, it has a “picture” of the Doctor Monkey in white scrub because Mama Monkey is calling the doctor.

Doctor Monkey

And for the Doctor Monkey, he is holding the phone with Mama Monkey’s picture. When baby plays with the Mama and Doctor Monkeys, she would put them on her ear to pretend to make a call using their “phones”.

Overall, baby adores this quiet book page because she loves the song. She would not allow me to keep it away even when it’s her bedtime. Now I am even more motivated to make more pages for her to play and eventually bind it into a book.

Five Little Monkeys Lyrics

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Four little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Three little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Two little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

One little monkey jumping on the bed
He fell off and bumped his head
So Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

No little monkeys jumping on the bed
None fell off and bumped his head
So Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
Put those monkeys back in bed!