Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Home Renovation Chapter 1: From key collection to the first day of work


The day when we collected the keys to our #suntannest

A dream that finally came through after more than a year of HDB BTO application. 

We probably have applied about 3 times before this successful one. I recall, we were even telling ourselves that this will be our last try, if we couldn't get it, resale flat it should be. Because we don't intend to let owning a new BTO flat be an obstacle to delay our reunion. ^^ 

Thankfully, we got our flat. 

At last. 

We were extremely excited that day!

Well, who wouldn't right? 

Our scheduled time was 10.10am, but please come earlier to purchase your fire insurance (level 2) before heading to level 1 for queue number.

Next, with the HDB officer, he/she will go through lots of documents and paperwork with you. After which, you will be ask to head SP services counter @ level 2 to activate your account. Then you'll have to head back to the same HDB officer to sign more papers. Hahha! 

Finally the keys are yours! <3 


My home. ^^

Now, the next time you want to do is to check out your home like IMMEDIATELY. 

Wait, wait! Hold the horses!

Superstition or not, I believe at least a simple door opening ritual is needed. :)

Well, rolling a pineapple into the main living area while shouting 'HUAT AH!' is probably the simplest of a door opening ritual for us Chinese.  

If you want to go a step further, you can refer to this website over here. They give really detail guidance to doing a proper 'door opening ceremony'.

As taken from the site:

Choose a good date/time for first time door opening. 
For us we use this website to do a check > 
Just key in your key collection date on the left.. 
Make sure Zodiac never clash.. 
Even if Zodiac clash is alright, you can keep the keys first and open the door another date/time :)

Procedure for initial opening of door:
1. Knock the door 3 times, say auspicious things (up to individual what you want to say)
Huat ar

2. Open door, roll 1 pineapple in (bowling style) while continue saying auspicious things. Use the pineapple to roll around the house (excluding the toilet)

3. Mix uncooked rice, sea salt, tea leaves (Tie Guan Yin) and green beans and scatter ALL around the house (including toilet and yard). The process of scattering the "Rice and Green beans" means sowing of wealth around the house :) and the "Sea salt and Tea leaves" means chasing away the evils :)
4. Proceed to the center of the living room and put the following items:
1 huat kuey (brown, yellow or orange) DO NOT PUT WHITE! 
1 red packet with 8 one dollar coins 
5 red apples
5 oranges 
1 bunch of banana
1 bunch of grapes (purple or reddish only)
1 box of strawberries
1 packet tea leaves (tie kuan yin)
A dish with wet cotton wool, water with green beans for germinating, let it grow into bean sprouts, this process symbolic "growth" and have some "yang qi" at home.
    Note: For fruits you can decide on your own, preferably buy 5 or in a bunch. 
    But no pears allow!

    5. Go to the 4 corners of the house and put the following items
    A cup of white vinegar
    2 oranges
    1 red packet with 8 one dollar coins inside at 4 corners of the house (for our floor plan, 2 in living room, 2 in master bedroom)
    Note: you may refer to your own floor plan to see where is the 4 corners. For us the 2 corners is the master bedroom, another 2 corners is in the living room (1 behind the door, another one near the window).

    6. Last step, put the following items at the gas outlet
    1 huat kuey (brown, yellow or orange)
    1 red packet with 8 one dollar coins
Go ahead to check defects..walk around the house.. 
Before you leave the house, you can bring the fruits in the living room back.. except the pineapple (leave it there), the rest you may leave it in the house (the oranges at the 4 corners do not bring back too). 

Do not sweep/enter the house for 3 days after placement (count 3 days excluding the day you perform the "ritual") After 3 days, clear everything and use the red packet $ to buy sweets or sweet drinks for own or family consumption.

Extra things to take note:
  1. Try to perform the ritual with your partner alone, or with immediate family members, do not include outsiders. Ensure no one's zodiac clash!
  2. Fruits need to be eaten or thrown away. Do not give it to other people
  3. Money in the red packet use to buy sweets or sweet drinks for family consumption, can buy ice cream too, as long as it is to buy something sweet "甜甜蜜蜜"
  4. If green beans does not sprout, place it at somewhere with light, even after three days you can still add water, make sure it grows. After one week, you may throw it away.
1 pineapple
1 packet of rice
1 packet of sea salt
2 packets of tie kuan ying
1 packet of green beans
2 huat kuey (brown, yellow or orange)
6 red packets with 8 one dollar coins in each red packet (total 48 one dollar coins)
5 red apples
13 oranges
1 bunch of bananas
1 bunch of purple or reddish grapes
1 box of strawberries
1 dish with cotton wool (For the planting of green beans)1 bottle of vinegar
Bring 1 or 2 containers for mixing of green beans, rice..etc
Bring picnic mat or stool (So that you can sit and rest)
  1. Bring water! (weather is super hot, you definitely need to drink water for sure!)
  2. Bring a door stopper if you want.. if not the door will auto close, no wind.


From key collection to the start of the renovation, we spent quite some time to do confirmation with our ID. 

Speaking of that, we've starting looking for a ID/contractor since Dec 2015! We probably have looked for no less than 10 different IDs/Contractors. 

In the end, we decided to engage an ID instead. 

From the initial state before 14.03.2016

From dream to reality. ^^

Usually the first day of renovation will be all the 'messy work', like the hacking of wall here. 

Yes, we have decided to do away with the kitchen to create a more spacious feel. 

This is for Day 1 of our home renovation! ^^

I hope that I'll be able to update this space more often to share with everyone, not just food, but on my home reno journey and subsequently, my wedding planning journey too. :D

Catch us on my Dayre, for more instant updates! 

Meanwhile, see you next time! ^^



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