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“New” coz it’s about my age. In a country where everything is ANCIENT, this apartment is relatively new, and I daresay among the newer ones around.

 

It’s a little daunting to be faced with this much work to do, but I hope everything will turn out well. It looks like we will have to change the tubes too, so that’s gonna cost quite a bit bomb. But it’s expected really. The water here has SO much lime, the tubes will most likely be clogged and rusty even. We will likely be retiling the place, and definitely redoing the two bathrooms.

 

Here goes:

 

Entrance@Ingresso

Entrance@Ingresso

 

1/3 of the kitchen

1/3 of the kitchen

 

I have no idea why the cameraman preferred to focus on certain aspects of the house and not the house in its entirety. Ahem.

 

1/2 of the balcony

1/2 of the balcony

 

 

"Roof" of balcony

"Roof" of balcony

 

Kitchen on the left, living room on the right. Picture taken from balcony

Kitchen on the left, living room on the right. Picture taken from balcony

 

 

View of living room from balcony

View of living room from balcony

 

 

Living room view 3

Living room view 3

 

 

Walkway to rooms

Walkway to rooms

 

Bathroom 1, view 1

Bathroom 1, view 1

 

The previous owner was oh-so-kind to leave us one sink. *smirks*

 

Bathroom 1, view 2

Bathroom 1, view 2

 

 

This would be MY bathroom 😀

 

Room 1

Room 1

 

 

Master bedroom view 1

Master bedroom view 1

 

 

In the main bedroom, there is a smallish balcony (white door), and the brown door leads to the ensuite bathroom.

 

Bathroom 2

Bathroom 2

 

This would be HB’s bathroom 😀

 

I’ve got tonnes of other pictures, but really, uploading pics is quite a pain :p

 

We are in the midst of getting quotations from contractors (muratore), and once that’s finalized, I will post more pictures of ongoing works. Lets just hope and pray that the renovation works wont cost an arm, a leg and a dozen cows (cross my fingers).

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After a LONG and TEDIOUS process, finally, HB and I have finalized Project H(ouse). It’s probably the world’s worst kept secret, but yea, HB and I have bought an apartment here. You know, when people said that red tape in Italy is a pain in the @55, I took it with a pinch of salt. How bad can things get anyway? But here I am, a few months later, and I tell you this. RED TAPE IN ITALY IS A FREAKING PAIN IN THE A55!
 

We had to get two witnesses, a translator for me (even though HB understands Italian well and can translate for me), the seller, the notaio (notary-similar to a lawyer), the agent who sold us the house, and the bank manager. All in all, we had close to TEN people in the conference room just to legalize documents to buy our apartment. It really really is an eye opener.

 

I wont even begin to rant about how expensive the notaio’s charges were.

 

But anyway, rants aside, WHEEEEEE, we have our own house here! And OMG, the “new” apartment has got two bathrooms! It’s such a luxury over here; most apartments at this price range only have one. I’m really excited. HB will pick out the theme for the ensuite bathroom while I get to pick out the one in the living room.

 

The strange thing about renting/buying a house in Italy is that when you move in, the house is BARE. Not even with a sink. Or toilet bowl. So yes, we have to pick out sinks and what not too! Personally, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Victorian styled bathrooms, like this one:

 

Victorian Styled Bathroom

Victorian Styled Bathroom

Picture taken from http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2007/07/18/garden/19BATH3.jpg

 

The HB on the other hand, prefers a more modern, hotel-like look, like this one:

 

Hilton Hartford Bathroom

Hilton Hartford Bathroom

Picture taken from images.businessweek.com

 

This bathroom happens to belong to the Presidential Suite in Hilton Hartford. Room rates are a “mere” $700-$1200 a night.

 

Ahh, we’ll see how it turns out. For all you know, the quotations may throw us back a mile, and we may just end up getting stuff from Ikea 😛

 

As for the kitchen. Gosh. Had many a headache pertaining to this. You see, the kitchen cabinets here are removable. And we happen to have a small current set in our present current apartment which HB bought from the previous tenant. I would SOOOO love to have a spanking new white kitchen like this:

 

 

OR

 

 

BUT 😦

 

we already have our current cabinets which can still be used. So, use it we shall.

 

 It will be an exciting yet *expensive* time for us.

 

There are SO many things to mull over, and now, I’m needing a stand mixer, and I CANNOT, for the life of me, decide on either a KitchenAid Artisan or a Kenwood Major. Oh Lord, decisions!

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EDIT: Dear readers, thank you for your support. Together, we managed to raise RM550 from my group alone for Hospis. This totally exceeded my expectations. Thank you to one and all.

 

Dear pa,

 

Happy 62nd birthday. Though I wish you were here so we can celebrate together, my fervent wish is for your soul to rest in peace and that you are happy by His side.

 

Since you are no longer here, I would like to do something more meaningful to mark this occasion.

 

Dear readers, when my dad fell ill, my family received a lot of support and care from this NGO called Hospis Malaysia

 

Hospis Malaysia is a charitable organization that offers professional palliative care to patients who are suffering from life-limiting diseases such as cancer. Hospis is NOT affiliated with any political, religious or govermental groups, and thus relies on public support for their funds.

 

When papa was sick, their doctors and nurses (who were very,VERY nice I must add) came to visit papa at home. When mama was concerned about papa’s any particular symptom, all we did was call Hospis, and they’d send a nurse or doctor over.

 

From time to time, their nurses would drop by to check on papa’s condition. They also provided counselling services, to the extent of offering to speak to my little sister’s school teacher!

 

They were also a blessing as they loaned their medical equipment for papa’s use at NO charge whatsoever. They lent us their Hospital Bed & Ripple Mattress, wheelchair, nebulizer, commode and oxygen concentrator. The wheelchair especially was such a great help.

 

At times like these where money speaks for everything, we are eternally grateful to Hospis for their help, care and concern with nary a request for a single sen.

 

Thus, dear readers, I urge you to support my effort on behalf of papa to simply donate by clicking your mouse on the link below, as DIGI would donate RM5 to Hospis for every click received. Do remember to click on the Hospis Malaysia Logo under the Health category.

 

How does it work?

  • Click on http://www.lovetosave.com.my/vote.php?cid=7&caid=303
  • Click to donate to Hospis and DIGI will contribute RM5 of THEIR money, NOT YOURS to Hospis
  • Each registered user is only allowed one click/vote for one charity
  • To raise more funds for Hospis, do refer your friends via email or this blog link of mine to donate.
  • You will see my group name as whimsical@HOSPIS appear

 

What could be a better way to donate? You dont have to fill in tedious forms, and heck, you don’t even have to fork out a single sen.

 

Bear in mind that I am NOT doing this as a paid advertisement. I do not get a single sen out of this. I am doing my wee bit for charity. And especially for all the help that Hospis has rendered for my late papa.

 

Go on, click http://www.lovetosave.com.my/vote.php?cid=7&caid=303

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