Thursday, 26 July 2018

Ridiculous men in Jin Yong drama

Sito and I were watching Jin Yong drama on YouTube last month. We started with 射雕英雄传 胡歌 version and went on to 倚天屠龙记 苏有朋 version. I couldn't remember all the details of the novels but I believe the dramas are a little different.

I enjoyed the show - great entertainment value - but I was obviously pissed at these two guys who dominated the pugilistic world but sucked at everything else, especially in managing their love life!!!

Look at 郭靖 who was engaged to 华筝 but fell in love with 黄蓉 - he couldn't decide whom not to 对不起! There was even one scene where he told 黄蓉 that he couldn't 对不起华筝 but he would always always only love 黄蓉 who said she would love only him - while 华筝 was standing there the whole time looking sad? Pissed? Frustrated?? And when he didn't see 黄蓉 after that, he decided he couldn't live without her!

And now, 张无忌 with four girls - he couldn't decide whom he loved! Suddenly went from hating 赵敏 to being more than friends, but got engaged to 周芷若 when saving her, buried 珠儿 as his wife, and it was complicated with 小昭 who supposedly understood him so well but he kind of treated her like a maid..

Sito asked me what if he were like those two. My eyes rolled to the back.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

P1 registration complete!

Last Wednesday, 4 July, was Phase 2a1 of this year's P1 registration exercise. We got ready Sito's alumni letter and Kai's immunisation records way back but only got down to preparing the rest of the stuff two nights before. And we did scramble to find his PSLE cert!

We took one day leave and took a bus down. I was wondering how long it would take. Well, we got there very early and it didn't take more than an hour or even half.

Signage leading us to register for P1

Sito filling in the form

When we were handed the acknowledgement slip, it sounded like there should be no balloting involved in this phase. Good!

We then left for dim sum at Tim Ho Wan, which opened early enough for us. Also walked around town a little and shopped a little before heading home coz Sito had to go to work and then to the airport.

By the next day, I learnt that we got it. Only 90 registered for more than 130 places in this phase. The official SMS came on Monday and today, I found the letter in the mail, which said little more than what was in the SMS.

I learnt about the orientation data mid last week and was so grateful it missed our Taiwan trip by a day! It would have been awful if the orientation was during our trip - I might just cancel or reschedule the trip!

Looking forward to bringing Kai to his new school!

Kai is six already!

Can't believe it but we've been parents for six years! Still rookies :p

So, so sorry to my Kai for being inexperienced parents at every step of his growing in the past, present and future. That's for being a first child. But hey, you get benefits too, like more solo time with Papa and Mama...

Coz Sito was out of town last Saturday, we gave him his Lego fire station on 30 June. He had been asking for it for some time. And he could build really cool fire trucks and rescue helicopters etc all on his own. For example, just last month, he saw Papa building a huge ship that he got for himself (ya). He returned with his own and replicated a retractable anchor using available pieces from his store. No book. Papa 0, Kai 1.

Papa and son bonding over Lego

So we splurged on his present while we were last at Legoland. It did seem too young for him to get a $200 present but it's such a fun and useful toy for him that we thought it justifiable.

And he was so happy!

Deeply engrosses in the manual

Still at it two hours later! (I was out :p)

Though Papa was sitting with him, he pretty much did the fire station all by himself! And he was might pleased with it :)

I also loved the fire station! It was quite fun - I love the shutters hoho! And I also love that the brothers can play together coz it's big enough!

Kai lets Yang play with him

Kai lets Yu watch him - until Yu started to touch and pull things apart!

He requested for Macs for dinner that Saturday though...

Dinner was more wholesome the following weekend, i.e. last weekend. Like for Yang's birthday, Mum they all came over. We had three cakes - one for Kai, one for Ah Yee and one from Jiejie who went for a cake-making session. Yummy!

Successful wefie! (N was off!)

Kai got a dinosaur Lego set

And a moving dinosaur!

Yu was sitting on me saying "scared" - awww, poor thing! But very soon, he was also playing with the dinosaur. Today, I had doubts over what his "scared" meant coz he was quite happy to press the dinosaur... Does it mean "dino"???!

Today, I took leave to spend his birthday with him. After all, this was his last birthday on which he didn't have to go to school even though it was a school day!

While at Yakun for breakfast, we got bad news that the school had to cancel his birthday celebration due to HFMD cases! But he took it pretty well coz his teacher told him on the phone. I think it would be a meltdown if it was me breaking the news - he spoke to his teacher so sweetly! I'm jealous, hmph! :p

Making funny faces at breakfast

Kai got stuck in the supermarket trolley!! Told ya, too big already la...

He played with Lego at home for a while before we went to the playground. But it was getting quite hot so I dragged him away to our main agenda of the day - Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum!

Face to face with an orangutan

The main attraction was the dinosaur fossils!

But Kai was a lot more interested in the snakes coz the dinosaurs didn't look like meat eaters

So Mama made funny poses instead :p

Though I managed to coax him to go look at the dinosaur properly

He spent most of his time upstairs killing laser crabs

And then we must visit the snakes again....

He was holding an origami crab he made and two badges from the staff who heard that it was his birthday - he was quite happy to tell everyone it was his birthday :p

He wanted to have pizza for lunch, and he preferred to go somewhere he had been before. So I decided on the Saizeriya downstairs. It was quite late but he wanted to take public transport. I forgot his fare card coz we took a cab out. Luckily no one questioned us..

More funny faces while waiting for the bus back

Having his fave pepperoni pizza

He didn't nap. After playing a bit on his own, he got a bit bored. So I decided to teach him money. I have put aside some notes and coins. So I asked him to identify the value and "buy" things from me. I started by enticing him to buy donut, which he does every Wednesday on our way home from school. He had to pick out $1.90 for me. Also got him to buy other things either of us chose. Then he got lazy and just gave me more money to get change back instead!! He also wanted to be the seller here and there. We had good fun :) But more importantly, I hope he is interested in this - need to go canteen on his own next year!

And then we went to the pool!

We stayed in the jacuzzi pool for an hour. Took a little walk to the aqua pool but the machines felt strange. Or I didn't know how to use. Ah well. We got up only when Mum arrived to pass us dinner and airfryer.

Papa came home earlier to cut cake with Kai!

I bought a 1kg cake for his class so there's still more than half a cake in our fridge. So hard not to get fat!

With that, my eldest turned six. Happy birthday, my dear boy!

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Wet wall be gone!

I can write water chronicles already...

As I mentioned, I found Kai's wall wet for the third time on Saturday, 19 May.

So faint I would have missed it if it didn't happen before

I monitored the wall for a few days. Every evening, I found it wetter than in the morning. Perhaps coz the overnight aircon dried it, and the day time cleaning of the bathroom made it wet. Also googled and learnt about rising damp but that's about ground water; not sure how that applies to high-rise. But that made me realised that it was possible for water to have seeped upwards if waterproofing wasn't done well.

Brown spots appeared further from the doorway on Sunday

I finally reported the wet wall on Thursday, 24 May, and on Saturday, the contractor came to take a look and scratched off a bit of loose paint due to the damp. He suggested drilling a hole on Monday to let the condensation out. But I didn't think it was condensation! I think it's waterproofing! So I told him my plans - to check on the wall after not using the bathroom for three days in Legoland.

Friday, 1 June - I realised I did not take a photo on Tuesday before Legoland so I could compare only with Sunday. Decided to leave it for a few more days so that I could tell if usage made it wetter.

Sunday night vs. Friday noon

My monitoring wasn't conclusive. I finally texted the contractor on Monday evening.

Getting worse on Monday, 4 June

The contractor replied me earlier morning of Tuesday, 5 June, that he would go up that day. I wasn't there but when I got back, the skirting was gone along the whole wet wall and also the wall next to the bathroom as that contains the aircon pipe.

No more skirting

Wall continued to be covered up on Wednesday

They also started testing water pressure

But to my horror, there was no hot water! N was going to shower Yu but the water pressure was very low. Eventually, there was no more water. I called security but they found the mains open! So the issue was internal. How would I know which valve?!

No hot water!

And at night, I heard some water sounds but couldn't see any leak in the bathroom. Later, past midnight, when Sito was working at the desk, he heard it and asked me to stand next to the dining table to hear it. I checked the bathroom again - nothing. But when I opened Kai's room, I stepped into a big puddle - the aircon was dripping madly! When I turned the vanes down, it looked like it was raining *.*

Sito said it was not the usual condensation. Indeed, the contractor said the next day that they didn't connect back the pipes coz they thought we wouldn't be using the room! There was so much water I had to use a mop and a floor mat to soak it up, and another floor mat to dry the floor.

Floor mat was totally wet!

On Thursday, 7 June, I got a call saying that they had to remove the cabinets. This time, they would be responsible for the whole thing and put it back; I didn't have to get our ID back. When I got back, the cabinet and toilet seat cover were in Yu's room. And they had hacked a whole in the wall.

They wanted to replace the white pipe, for which they couldn't test the water pressure

And then on Friday, 8 June, the contractor said that after installing internal valves to isolate pipes for the past two days, they discovered a leak in an inlet pipe behind the mirror! But luckily, they could replace it from the wall side so there was no need to take down the mirror!

Can't tell if it's the leaking one or the replaced one :p

What it looks like in the bathroom - can see the lobang to the bedroom?

And Kai's room

On Monday, 11 June, they patched back the walls on both bathroom and bedroom sides. The next day, the WC was back in position. N said the guy told her final painting will be on Monday.

The cabinet was put back on Thursday. Looked pretty ok to me inside and out. Kai's wall was still covered by card board.

But on Friday, 15 June, I found that the silicon in the shower was all scrapped out. Turned out that they had removed a tile in the shower area to check as well. I must have missed seeing that.

Anyway, the job was not completed the following week coz the manager thought the paint job was too ugly for me to pass it, hoho!

Seriously cannot pass this lumpy wall!

It took a full week before the work was done, and it was not even perfect. The patched up areas are no longer lumpy but they look too smooth unlike the rest of the wall which is naturally rough. But well, I guess that was it. I signed it off on Thursday 5 July. Hopefully, the wall stays dry!!
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