18 December 2017, by E-van and Terry
As you would’ve guessed by now, yes, we’ve officially moved in!! It’s been three months and our place is slowly transforming to a home.
Being a new home owner means settling more bills! As of now, we’ve been quite blessed because the government offsets some of our utility bill (according to the size of your flat). And since we belong to the 3-room flat category, we get to have a bigger portion of that sum! It’s been pretty helpful! Haha.
The only bill that almost gave me a heart attack was the “service and conservancy” bill. (Whats that now?)
We are to pay for the services rendered towards the maintenance and upkeep of the common property (e.g. clearing of our dumpsters and the cleaning of our common corridors). So being new and clueless, I thought this was offset with my utility bills. But no, this was actually a whole other different bill!
We kept receiving their bill and one day it came in a pink letter.
I’m clueless but I know PINK LETTER MEANS DANGER.
After calling them, I cleared things up with them and realised we don’t get to offset this hahaha. So I paid for three months’ worth of service and conservancy…
Bills aside, it took time for all our furniture to finally arrive in their new home.
Speaking from experience, I would definitely recommend new home owners to go for furniture shops that can deliver within a few days to a week.
Ours was bought from a small shop that said “6-week delivery time”, because it is custom made to fit our tiny area. It took eight weeks to arrive… it came in the wrong color… so we waited for another four weeks for a replacement set and TADAAAAAHH 10 years later (haha…okok 12 weeks later…) we finally received our dining table set!
In all honesty that was quite the roller coaster of emotions. From impatience to frustration to anger and finally, to peace in the heart and mind.
Since then, I’ve had myself a birthday party celebration with my good friends, where for the first time, we had a pretty large group in our house.
It was such an awesome party, we had lots of food, conversations and a failed birthday cake song where not all lights were switched off together. I even helped to cue them to sing happy birthday to me 😂
As a surprise, Terry also got me something really really reeeeeally special this birthday.
When I got home, there was a big box covered in a big blanket and there was a note on top of it.
It said “Please take me home and promise to take good care of me. I’m a little early for your birthday. I can’t imagine being in anyone else’s home. Ps: I haven’t got a name yet, and I’m two months old!”
It was signed off with a carrot. Just then I heard a scurrying sound in the “box” and I started crying because I know, although in disbelief, I know what’s inside!!
A pet bunny!!! He has such a good temperament. I’ve decided to first name him Mochi, then I kinda changed it to Tangyuan (aka glutinous rice ball). Both means the same thing. So, Mochi is his English name. Hurhur 😂
Having a pet bunny at this point is, I have to say, seems to be the right thing to do. We love dogs, and would’ve loved adopting one. But we also know that we’re not ready to have one.
Needless to say, the month of December has been pretty great despite the fact that I’ve been working longer hours or knocking off later than usual from work.
I have Tangyuan (and of course Terry) to look forward to whenever I’m heading home.
Speaking of surprises, I cannot not mention the birthday surprise by my family. I was touched to tears so thank goodness it was too dark for you to see. Hahaha!
Here’s the video of the surprise:
This Christmas we will be having some of Terry’s friends over for a nice little Christmas dinner and that is another thing to look forward to this month.
I hope you’re having a good December thus far and enjoying the cool weather and rain! Here’s wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and a Happy New Year!