Our Lil’ Housing Project

After the very painful defects inspection process which took longer than expected (you can read more about it here: Our New Nest & The Defects Inspection Process), our new home is finally coming together. WHEE.

As we are currently stationed in Jakarta, I had to resort to buying all my lights online and having them shipped to my parents’ home in Singapore. They would then help me pass the lights to my contractor for installation. Along the way, I would take snapshots of how I wanted the house to look and mom would liaise with the contractor on my behalf.

Here are some pictures of what has been done so far. Let me take you on a virtual house tour! 🙂


Living room.


Feature wall and TV console just completed today.


Pendant lights over dining area.


Birdcage pendant at main doorway entrance.


Tape lights for the kitchen (so I can spot worms hanging out on my vegetables!!)


Track lights for the study.


Master bedroom.

One good thing about being based in Jakarta is that we are able to collect pieces of artworks on our travels around Indonesia. Indonesians are such talented artists, really! More often than not, Agent D has to rein me in whenever I pass by an art shop/chance upon an online art store. :/

And the best thing yet?! Custom-made frames in Jakarta are inexpensive compared to Singapore! (See post on Lovely Custom-made Frames in Jakarta: Setia Jaya Frame & Mirror.)

Here are some art pieces I recently framed for the new home:

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In addition to the paintings, I also lugged back the Scandinavian clock I bought in Jakarta. Agent D was like, “Aiyoh why you bother?!!”

Sigh guys don’t understand. zzz


Scandinavian clock up on the wall.

As well as the perfect wooden box for my daily caffeine fix. 🙂 🙂 🙂


Isn’t it so pretty!!

Will update again when my curtains are up. Crossing my fingers they’ll look okay on the walls! x

Our New Nest & The Defects Inspection Process


Our new home.

Hello there! Can’t believe it has been almost 2 weeks since I last posted. I’ve been awfully busy the past couple of days – settling the new house and taking care of Agent D who was sick.

On to more exciting things…we have finally gotten the keys to our apartment back home (!!!). WHEEE. It’s our very first place under both our names which we are paying off (bit by bit of course) on our own. Hence the strong sense of home-ownership. *so proud*

Here are some pictures of the grounds:


Connecting pool across blocks.


Pool access right outside the doorstep of ground level units (sadly not for us!).


Poolside lounge chairs.


What’s a pool without her jacuzzi.


Children’s playground with water features.


Barbecue pits and tennis courts.

However, the joy of collecting our keys was short-lived. Then came the headachy part…the defects inspection (lonnnng) process. Both Agent D and myself do not have a trained eye whatsoever in looking out for defects. Seeing how our fellow neighbours uncovered MANY defects (literally hundreds, some had over 600 defects) on the Facebook group, we decided to engage a professional defects specialist – Ronny from Ark Interior.

That turned out to be the BEST DECISION EVER. For $400, Ronny’s services include 3 rounds of defects inspection: first inspection and filling up of the defects list, joint-inspection with developer, and final inspection to check that the defects have been rectified. Any additional visits required of Ronny are chargeable at $100/trip/hour.

Ronny made use of various equipment and tools to carry out the defects inspection. Here are some pictures of the defects in our home:

There were a total of 170 defects (or 13 pages worth of defects) found in our home. *horror*

Some common defects were uneven plaster and painting, chips and scratches, cracks, hollow tiles, poor fittings and joints, debris in drainage pipes, and the list goes on. According to Ronny, these things are considered ‘defects’ only when they exceed the tolerance level stipulated by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore.

Our home will undergo defects rectification by the developer over the course of the next one month. Will update again after the final handover!

When I was a young girl, I loved building doll houses and buying miniature furniture to decorate their insides. Now I finally get to do up an ACTUAL house. Whoooop. Can’t wait to buy matchy matchy furniture. 🙂