Furniture vs Carpentry Works

February 2019

February 2019

Hello All! Happy Year of the Pig, y’all!

I was meant to write on Monday but it was the Chinese New Year Eve and everything have been whirlwind ever since. Pineapple tarts, bak kwa, steamboat, cakes and packet drinks. Repeat the cycle twice or thrice in a day. Wow! I always have mixed feelings about huge gatherings over the festive seasons. Honestly, I am okay with all the get togethers. But the intensity is another thing. Lol. Anyways, it is nice to see how the children enjoy their off days from school.


The plan for this blog post was to write about my love for furniture vis-a-vis getting carpentry works done for my homes. I have moved 7 times and I belong to the group of people who enjoy such normadic lifestyles. Throughout my job and life, I do observe there are people on the other end of the spectrum who like staying in a place for at least 10 years or more. Different. Similarly, I know of people who likes getting all sorts extensive carpentry works done in their homes- from the made to measure bed frames, to sofa, to shelves and whatnots.

For my homes, I like to have as minimal carpentry works done as possible, which pretty much means stuff done in the kitchen and toilets only. (Unfortunately, I don’t have any one to recommend for ID works. The two that we have engaged before have left much to be desired.) The rest of the shelvings, tables, cabinets, bed frames would then be bought from various furniture shops. I like to have this small little backstory of how E and I got to a decision of getting this item together and where did we eventually find it. E and I have many of such memories and some of them can be quite hilarious. Legit.


Here’s some back story for our Home Number 7
Most of our furniture were from Ikea, Commune and Celini. There are some who feel Ikea is of poorer make compared to carpentry works. But the quantum is so low that if you ever get tired of the look of it, there is always the option to sell it away(on Carousell, Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist) and get something else. E and I have successfully sold many of our old furniture/items through these portals.

The little ones helping E to fix up all our Ikea furniture.

This is our favourite part of our house- the wall and our Samsung Frame TV. E and I had a long debate of how our TV console should be like and the budget that we were okay to spend on it. Definitely loving these Kallax shelvings from Ikea- functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Not much changes to the kitchen as well. I kept the old cupboards and get the ID firm to give the doors a nice varnish. The doors of the cupboards were made of solid woods and I thought it was a pity to replace them with the modern looking doors that were made of chipboard. So we basically changed the splashback to subway tiles and the surface of the kitchen top to granite.

Before and After- Kitchen

We used the old wardrobes installed in the master bedroom. Just like the kitchen, we gave the doors a nice lick of varnish and they do look a wee bit smarter. My dresser, mirror and cabinets were from Commune, a local furniture brand. They carry a number of beautifully designed and carefully crafted pieces. Choices were aplenty if you were into the dark, wooden theme. No carpentry works done in the children’s bedroom. We only bought very simple white Ikea furniture. I suppose the colours of their toys and books would make the place just as vibrant.

We are on our 2nd year living in this place. Of course, it has gotten a whole lot messier with time. There are still some bits of changes here and there. Just last month, we revamped our entry way with shoe cabinets from Ikea and this is how it looks like-

As you can see, I am very much a pro-furniture sort of person. I don’t think there is one fixed method for anyone. But buying and selling furniture gives me some sort of flexibility in how I envision my home from time to time. One of my friend managed to buy a lovely set of lights from Grafunkt from Carousell. It is one of those ‘wow’ statement pieces in her house and something that caught my eye real quickly. That being said, I have seen some good carpentry works done in my clients’ house. Despite the years, the the fixtures and fittings still looks in mint condition. (Hmm… I wonder about the pricing as well. Lol.)

How is it like for you when you plan for your home ID then?


You can read more about my thoughts on home renovations, interior design and furniture here and here as well.


25 versus 35

January 2019

There is this trending topic/post in the January 2019- the #10yearchallenge.

June 2008 versus December 2018

It is funny how in the January of 2009, I was a teacher, in a fairly new relationship with E. We were dating , learning salsa and spending most of our weekends doing fun activities with mutual friends. I was also conscious of my weight but was more into dieting, so lots of small portions.

January 2019– I am married to E for 9 years come June. I have 3 not so little(but awesome) ones. I am in my official second career as a realtor. For the past 9 years, E and I have been through quite significant changes in terms of housing and location of stay. We bought, sold, rented as tenants and as landlords before. In E’s words, ‘It is not so much the length of the relationship but the mileage of it.’ Our weekends are work(for me) and E ensuring the kids go off for their activities.

I am still conscious of my weight(I stand at 52kg now. Sighh… Weighing machines and me are like arch enemies,) but instead of dieting, I try to exercise in order to fit into my clothes.

So on the surface, many things changed- my relationship status, the number of children, my job, my house and so on so forth. But, delving deeper, I do find my personality changed too. As much as youth is a precious commodity, I enjoy being in my mid 30s. It is nice and stable. (I am not one for the heights of ecstasy or depths of depression.) I like constant and balance. So far, being in my 30s or rather as the years go, I feel better and stronger of my being.

10 years ago, I always wondered what was going to happen and if I was ever going to be ‘happy’. I was nervous, self-doubting and always wanted social acceptance. On hindsight, I do think all these feelings were because I did not feel anchored. With E and the kids, my personal/family goals are more defined and this clarity was what I needed. What I like about E is that he is a superb motivator. Trust me, if you are feeling negative or horrible about yourself, you should speak to E. He is just the ever optimist and is able to see good in almost everyone. When I have terrible days and I feel bad, he is able to see beyond the ‘calamity’ and tell me what I did well and how to move forward from that point.

So dear me in 2029, I hope you like being in your mid 40s, embracing the greys on your head, enjoying time better with loved ones, and are more Christ-centered in life.

As usual, may the odds be ever in your favour. Cheers to 2029! x


Back to Blogging!

January 2019

Hello there guys! It has been a while. I stopped blogging for an entire year and tried out Instagram to share about my life and stuff. The dynamics of blogging and Instagramming are entirely different. Blogging feels reflective as more time and effort are involved. In contrast, Instagramming feels more about recording of the daily happenings. I like both. I miss the ‘writing'(actually more of typing down) my thoughts and re-reading them at another point in my life, with emotions ranging from bewilderment and nostalgia.

Oh… my new blog name is May Lee Homes! Is there any surprises there? I have been through several blogs over the years. Truly in Love had a good run but I thought since I am entering a new phase in my life as a mid thirty-something working mother, a new blog address would be nice. Unlike my old blog, I will try my best to share lesser on the little ones. The little ones are not so little anymore and I think it would be ideal for them to create their own digital footprints So, I imagine this is not much of a Mummy/Parenting blog but more of a diary of a middle aged woman’s ramblings on her attempts to balance love, life, kids. Blogging has always been therapeutic and allows me some sort of needed clarity in my life. Perhaps this will be a good avenue for it.

2019 feels scary. Every year feels terrifying to me. It is the big unknown for so many things. Instead of letting fear rule my life, I will just plow through everyday with a plan. But I believe with God, everything is possible. I will pray. Happy 2019 to all of you. I wish you wisdom in everything you do and may the odds ever be in your favour. x