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Yes we have finally moved to our new house, a place we can truly call our own. The house is like a warzone now. There are boxes just about everywhere. For 2 nights, we slept on the sofa bed in the living room while waiting for our new mattress to be delivered. Though the hubs would disagree, I find it exciting to be living in a camping sort of state 😛 , digging for clothes and cooking utensils in boxes. It reminds me of when I was little and we played camping in tents on our front yard.

 

For posterity’s sake, I just HAVE to put up this picture. I find it really cute (hopefully not rare :P)

 

Awwwwwww

Awwwwwww

 

Altogether now…..AWWWWWWWWW 😀

 

But seriously, credits to him. The HB is a stickler for clean and tidy. I prefer just clean. 😛

 

I will not post many pictures for now as the house is still in a state of disarray. There are still little things that need to be fixed, i.e. wires, some pipes here and there etc.

 

Warzone!

Warzone!

 

This is how the living room looks like now. >____< We have another room filled with boxes, and the entire corridor has boxes lined up too. I have no idea where all the stuff comes from. *turns around slowly and looks at the HB*

 

My favourite part of the house is no longer my bathrooom, but….my kitchen! 😀 *beams*

 

The kitchen is quite small compared to the rest of the spacious house, but I think I did well to have chosen the right colour and style for the kitchen.

 

The kitchen..... BEFORE

The kitchen..... BEFORE

 

I absolutely adore the white sliding door 😉

 

I discreetly took pictures while the guys were assembling the kitchen cabinets. They had such fierce faces I think they would have confiscated my camera had they seen me taking pictures of them at work. That would explain the hastily taken, blurry pictures.

 

Men at work

Men at work

 

Kitchen cabinets being assembled

Kitchen cabinets being assembled

 

 

My groovy Smeg oven

My groovy Smeg oven

 

My oven is so shiny, it reflects like a mirror!

 

And the end product…….jeng, jeng, jengggg………

 

My white kitchen

My white kitchen

 

And because I love my kitchen so much, here’s another picture

 

My white kitchen

My white kitchen

 

That wooden part of the house you see is the balcony which we have converted into a dining area. It makes a great lounge area too, and I am sitting here right now, blogging 🙂

 

I asked the hubby to help me clean the fridge and fill it with foodstuff that needed chilling while I washed the bathroom. I came back an hour later and found that he put 1 (ONE) item into the fridge:

 

THE most important item in the fridge

THE most important item in the fridge

 

His wine. >______________<

 

 

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Gosh, I’m up to my ears with so many things! Moving house is no easy feat. Couple that with another new house to deal with, movers, painters, new classes for me and arghh, lack of blogging is what you get. There are days when the HB and I come home so exhausted, we just want to crash. I haven’t even been checking my email regularly lately, and that says a lot for a Netaholic like me.

 

Anyhoo, I figured I would post a sneak preview of the house before my UK entries. There are so many pictures to edit but so little time! And worse still, I may be deprived of my Net connection soon when we move house and disconnect everything. Knowing the Italian system, it may be ages till I get my Net back at the new place. Boo hoo.

 

The lights and kitchen have not been mounted yet although they are ready. I will post a full entry on the totally completed house once they’re all ready. In the meantime, here it is, my current favourite part of the new house, my bathroom! 😀 The glass door to the shower has not been fixed and the walls have not been painted. But I LOVE it already nonetheless.

 

My bathroom

My bathroom

 

Toilet bowl and bidet – Pozzi Ginori

Rain shower – Tender Rain

Shower tap – Grohe

 

I especially love the concealed cistern and the very Zen looking tiles that go well with the mosaic in the shower.

 

Floral tiles to match plain tiles

Floral tiles to match plain tiles

 

And on the floral part of the tiles, we will mount the bathroom cabinet/sink.

 

Can’t wait to see how it looks like once the lights and sink are fixed 😀

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Back!

I’m back from my little holiday, and boy-oh-boy do I have lots to write about!

 

England and Wales were lovely! I’ve gained TWO Kilos in a span of two weeks from all that eating; English Breakfasts, Indian Food etc. Arghhh! It was a wonderful two weeks, although we had some “incidents” disturbing our sleep, nope, not of the supernatural type, but of the fire-alarm-evacuation type 😀 More on that later.

 

In the meantime, the HB and I are super busy with the house, we should be moving house in two weeks time! We paid a visit to the new place yesterday and *insert bimbotic squeal here* I LOVEEEE the way it looks now, especially the bathrooms. They totally exceeded my expectations. I’m super happy with our choice of tiles and what-not.

 

I have FIVE loads of laundry to do, and surprise, surprise, it’s pouring outside. With weather like this, I might as well be staying in London 😀 😛 Gotta run now, tonnes to wash and pack and clean. Stay tuned for updates!

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Response to our ongoing renovation works:

 

Nice Neighbourly Notice

Nice Neighbourly Notice

 

Translated loosely: Please. When do you finish the drilling? But what, is it (are you building) the Duomo of Milan?? Boeri family.

 

HB and I were dumbfounded when we saw this notice in the house. I wonder whether they pasted it on our door or slipped it under the door, as the workers must have taken it in. I went out to see which was the Boeri family, and lo and behold, they were just right next door.

 

Good Lord, we have not even moved in and we get this kinda remarks already??? I’m TOTALLY ok if they were to put up a note asking when the works will be completed, to complain if we were disturbing their “peace”, but was the sarcasm really necessary?

 

Firstly, we have done everthing LEGALLY. The contractors put up notices informing the residents of the building that works would be carried out for approximately 2 months (that 2 months isn’t even up yet!!), we informed the caretaker of the building, we got permission from the management office and the workers adhered strictly to the working hours. What, do you expect us to sound-proof our walls before carrying out building works???

 

What is it with so many of these Italians and their rudeness? I don’t mean to make sweeping generalizations, but I’ve encountered so many of them that they seem to overshadow the nice polite ones. Like our really nice, friendly neighbours upstairs.

 

And here I was, thinking I’d bake my neighbours some cupcakes once we moved in. Well Boeri family, you ain’t getting ANY of my cupcakes. Heck, I hope you don’t even get a whiff of my baked goodies. I do hope you get LOTS of whiffs of my belacan/shrimp paste and ikan bilis/anchovies. It isn’t any secret how much I love my belacan. Muahaha 😀  Too bad I can’t find any durian in this country, else you’d be getting lots of whiffs of THAT too! Grrrrr.

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The new apartment – Update 2

 

These pictures were taken on September 5th. The major piping and electricity cabling work has been completed.

 

New heating pipes

New heating pipes

 

Toilet tank

Toilet tank

 

This is the toilet tank that is embedded in the wall. Thus, one would not see the tank. To flush, there will be two “buttons” on the wall.

 

New water pipes

New water pipes

 

Repositioned water meter and new valves

Repositioned water meter and new valves

 

New track for sliding door

New track for sliding door

 

New piping for air-cond placement

New piping for air-cond placement

 

Elevation of electricity sockets

Elevation of electricity sockets

 

The sockets spray-painted with a big X are the old sockets. Italian law requires that electricity sockets be at least 30cm from the ground, and thus we have requested this to be carried out. To see how much tiles and concrete that has been removed from the ground, look at the grey line at the bottom of the wall where the blue bottle is. The workers had to remove about 15cm worth of tiles and concrete in order to remove the pipes. When the works are completed, the floor would be 15cm higher.

 

Can’t wait for them to put in the tiles 🙂

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So the renovation work on our house has been going on for about two weeks now. We drop by from time to time to see what work has been carried out, and woooooo…. The place is like a war zone now! That’s a good thing coz it means that they ARE doing their job and are on schedule, as we have to move out of this rented place by mid-October.

 

On our visit on 25th July 2009, this is what we saw:

 

Doors removed

Doors removed

 

All the doors in the house have been removed. If you look carefully, the doors are really retro, from the 70’s, what with the glass and all. We are replacing them with white doors.

 

Wallpaper removed

Wallpaper removed

 

The previous owner had put up wallpaper in the entire house, and we had to pay quite a bomb to have it removed, as I can imagine it is no easy feat to clean the walls properly so that it would look smooth and good painted. If the wallpaper was tasteful and in good shape, I think we wouldn’t have minded living with it, but err….they weren’t exactly our taste, and they weren’t in good shape.

 

Toilet bowl and bidet removed

Toilet bowl and bidet removed

 

Am excited to see what my new bathroom would look like 😛

 

Flooring of Room 2 demolished

Flooring of Room 2 demolished

 

I was happiest to see the sight above 😀 Wow. Do you see the pile of brown stuff at the corner? Well, that’s parquet. Or it used to be, anyway. You may wonder why the floor of the room had to be destroyed just to remove the parquet. Well, that’s because we are installing an insulation material beneath the flooring. Also, it is because we are changing all the pipes in the house. Pipes in the room? Err, yes. That’s because the pipes channel hot water to the heaters throughout the house.

 

Demolition of flooring in Room 1

Demolition of flooring in Room 1

 

As you can see in this picture, part of the parquet has been removed, but the flooring has not been “drilled open” yet – for a lack of better words. The pile of white rubbish on the left is the wallpaper that has been removed. And yes, those are my legs that you see 😛

 

Demolition of floor tiles outside rooms

Demolition of floor tiles outside rooms

 

 

And four days later, on 29 July 2009, even more progress. Yay!

 

Water inlet

Water inlet

 

Look closely, and you will see a piece of pipe that has been removed, lying in front of the shovel. It is in bad shape, rusty and clogged with muck and limescale that has accumulated over 30 years! Good thing we decided to change the pipes. Imagine using all that water to cook, clean and what not.

 

Bathroom 2

Bathroom 2

 

Tiles on the walls and floor of my bathroom have been removed!

 

Partial demolition of living room tiles

Partial demolition of living room tiles

 

Yesterday, we paid the house another visit, as we had to meet our architect and electrician. More progress has been made. Where previously we had concrete to walk on, now we only have bare earth in the house! They have dug below the concrete to remove the old piping and what not. I forgot to bring my camera, and so I have no pictures to show, but will definitely take more pictures this coming week.

 

HB and I have been agonizing over the type of lights we should choose. We’ve been to a number of shops, but none quite appeal to us.  It’s not like in Malaysia where there are light shops aplenty. (There are LOTS of light shops in Puchong especially). Over here, what’s aplenty are cars, cars, and MORE cars. Blek. Unfortunately, the HB and I don’t plan on getting a Maserati or Ferrari so we had to venture out of the city center to look for them elusive lights. And WOOT! Who would have thought, we accomplished our light searching mission today! In one shop! The first shop! Without bickering! 😀

 

Now the only pain remaining is the darned bathroom sink cabinets. Really hard to find. I’m happy to settle with the kitschy white Ikea sink cabinet. But the HB wants something more expensive impressive elegant, so that’s that 😛

 

And oh, did I mention that I *am* getting a new kitchen after all?  😀 Thank God Unfortunately we have kooky walls in the new place, so we have to custom make our new cabinets instead of using our current one. Yea, kitchen cabinets here are removable, so when people move houses, they bring their kitchen cabinets, sinks, stove etc with them too. Moolah aside, getting a new place is quite fun 😉

 

Stay tuned for my next house update! To read my earlier posts about the house, click on:

 

https://whimsicaljottings.wordpress.com/2009/06/10/the-new-house/

 

https://whimsicaljottings.wordpress.com/2009/06/15/pictures-of-the-new-apartment/

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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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