Monday, October 25, 2010

A New Job!

And it is official. Hubby received the call today, he has been offered a new job back in KL. Putting aside the extra salary (which is of course a bonus!), we are extremely happy that this job is in sunny ol' Malaysia, which means he finally gets to come home for good! And we finally finally finally get to move to our new house!

Can you see how being a single mother for one whole year has affected me? I am DELIRIOUSLY HAPPY that he will be home, soon!!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Behind The PE

Since the last time I grumbled about the PE (being beside my house and also about the small swimming pool I have at the land behind the PE), today we finally rejoiced when the developer of Cahaya SPK decided to do something about the land.

It all started that one fine day when we were at the new house, choosing wallpaper.

Check out our 3D batu bata wallpaper. Tak pernah dibuat orang, I tell you!
And while I was busy doing the honours of putting the curtains up, I saw a LOT of activity going around the land right outside my house fence! This was my view from my family hall window.

Imagine my excitement when I figured out what they were doing. They were making a paved walkway towards the gate (which the residents proposed during the last RA meeting) which will provide easy access for the semi-d homeowners to get to the surau.

The view from the 3rd bedroom window. They also turah the bukit to make space for the walkway. All I hope is that this new walkway will not worsen the level of land beside it, causing worse swimming pools during the rainy season.

Dayang, you recognise that potted plant? *grin*

Also, we are proud to announce that Aiden telah merasmikan the jacuzzi for the very first time. Yes, we have had the jacuzzi for quite sometime, but due to a short power cord that was only rectified by SPK last week, we couldn't get the jacuzzi up and running.

Oh.... I so can't wait to move!!! *excited*

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Happy 29th Birthday Daddy!

Finally, after all the house hunting drama in the morning, we found the time to celebrate Hubby's birthday during the night. Initial choice was to surprise him with Italian at Favola, Le Meridian but when I casually asked him whether he preferred Aglio Olio versus a fat juicy steak, he wanted the steak! Hurriedly went online using my iPhone to check the price of a Rib-Eye at Prime, Le Meridian and nearly died when I saw the price. With only a few hours to spare before the big dinner, I finally settled for Jake's at Starhill Gallery instead.

And it was definitely a good choice. Very laid back but still, delicious nyummy fat juicy steaks. Prime would have been too stiff, anyway.

Aiden was occupied with crayons and colouring cartoons.

"I want a steak bigger than the size of my palm, since it is my birthday!"

I went with the retro 70's look that night.

Happy colouring away while Mummy and Daddy order.

Aiden gets the kids meal - nuggets and of course, fries.

Look at his chubby fingers grabbing the fries!

Daddy's freshly squeezed mango juice.

Slurping my strawberry smoothie.

Aiden loves feeding us all. I wonder why...

He loves sharing his food with just about anyone. Check out his wide open mouth, as if motivating us to open our mouths wider.

Daddy imitating Aiden.

Oh, and did I tell you that Aiden now knows how to pose???

The birthday boy's Australian Grain Fed T-Bone (min 400 gm).

Yours truly posing with my Australian Grain Fed Rib-Eye (200 gm).

So Daddy gets the bigger piece!

Look at that medium well juicy tender steak oozing with goodness!

My two boys.

His first time attempting the corn on the cob.

Look at this pose! *cair*

Another adorable one.


Daddy went trigger happy with all the poses Aiden was giving him.

Daddy "waiting" for the birthday cake surprise. Tak surprise langsung! No thanks to the lady waitress who actually called me to the side to ask whether I wanted one or two slices of cake for the surprise. Macamla tak boleh tanya after the birthday song surprise!

At Jake's they do the birthday song a bit differently, mostly with percussion instruments like castanets and baby cymbals. Of course Aiden wailed his lungs out in fright!

Happy 29th Birthday, Sayang!

We love you to bits and pieces.

Birthday present courtesy of Jake's.

Nyummy chocolate brownie.

Aiden was smiling again, with the presence of a balloon, again, courtesy of Jake's.

Our verdict, steaks highly recommended although some planning with them on the birthday surprise would be much needed so that it becomes a surprise!

Aiden enjoying the fishy swimming in the tanks right across the restaurant.

Back home, Aiden insisted on modeling the hairband.

House Hunting in Alam Impian

The next day, we found ourselves yet on another house hunting trip. Albeit it being Hubby's birthday (sorry Sayang, we are soooo not romantic this year, can't believe we went house hunting on your birthday!!!) we managed to roll out of bed, dressed up and left for our first stop, Kinrara.

Kinrara is seriously overpriced. Sorry, let me rephrase that. Houses are so overpriced nowadays. I remember being this *shows tiny gap between thumb and index finger* close to buying a semi-d in Kinrara only to change our mind last minute to SPK. And now, a link house in Kinrara is as expensive, if not more, than that. My friend has been pushing me to buy a house in Kinrara. Being freehold and all that, he claims that if I invest +/- 700K now, in 2 years the link house would appreciate to about 900K. I like the prospect of a capital appreciation, but seriously, I cannot phantom the image of a 900K link house! I honestly pity the new graduates, how the heck are they ever going to buy a house with these obscene prices???

Besides checking out Bandar Kinrara, we also checked out Kinrara Residence, a mixed residential development with Super Links, Semi-Ds and Executive Bungalows (guarded and complete with clubhouse) by Mah Sing. Can you believe that despite it being leasehold, all the non-bumi lots are sold out??!! What is wrong with people nowadays? Too much money kah?

And then off we went to Alam Impian. Again. This time we were determined to check out the show house!

When will money ever start growing on trees? Because I want one of those babies!

The sales gallery was housed in one of their sold-out first phase semi-ds. It was packed full of people!

The verdict? Perfect built up for a semi-d which means minimal renovation, hugeeeee master bedroom, excellent finishing... and I love the solid timber flooring. I want!!!
The down side? Semi-d sold out. There were only 3 houses remaining of their latest launch of link houses (~540K, 24x80), with one being sold as we were standing in the sales gallery. Like hot cakes, I tell you!
Are you drooling yet?

Okay, maybe the Cahaya SPK lake is better looking (ayat sedapkan hati).

After that we ventured to the other side of Alam Impian, the TTDI Alam Impian to be exact. This one had a totally different strategy to it. Instead of sell and build, they build and then sell. So the Spira (link houses of 20x70 and 22x70) are built and ready and then sold off. Not a very good strategy for investors, because the house would not appreciate as much as if you wait 2 years (and of course, pay minimal interest until the house is ready in which you then get it off your hands). Of course, what else is new, it was sold out too. But since the show house was open, we decided to check it out for deco ideas!
The facade. This is the 20x70.

Living hall. I like the splatters of blue in the otherwise very neutral coloured room!

Dining hall. See the blue rimmed bowls?

Blue wall filled with white frames. Pretty!

The view from the master bedroom. Horseshoe concept, with the playground in the middle.

Out of all the rooms, I love this one the best. Must be because of the daring yellow. But Hubby would not let me replicate this in our own home. *sob*sob*

The master bedroom. Loving the yellow armchair!

Walk in closet.

See how simple shelves can transform a room?

Maybe I need to buy paintings for the various rooms first, and then paint the wall to match the painting?

This is the 22x70.

Dining hall. A bit too mature for me.

Can anybody tell me where I can get this book shelf?

Black and white master bedroom.

Full mirrored walk-in closet.

Hubby sibuk nak inter-frame.

Very neutral.

Definitely the cutest room.

By the way, those box shelves are expensive okay? We found the during the HomeDec but bila tengok price, no thank you lah!

And best of all, all the houses come complete with a horizontal pond that crosses across the living hall sliding door! Hubby loved it!
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