Happy Labour Day, South Australia!

Today, is the 5th of October, Monday, and a public holiday too. This is probably the first day since handover that I am actually chilling out at home and not racing with time to get something done urgently. It’s Labour Day today, and I think I’m going to reward myself for all the labour in the past few months by not labouring. Lol. I’m sitting here thinking to myself, I could get used to living here. Haha.

I guess you would say
– Duh of course you would! You designed it yourself!
– It’s your first home! It’s impossible for you to not want to live there!
– You’ve just moved in, there’s no way you’re sick of it already.

I guess that’s all correct, but it is also true that many times during the entire process, I was getting sick and tired of it, ready to give up and just build a crap house, forfeit my deposit with the builder and just keep the land till I’m more ready for it, etc. I wish I could say the entire process was extremely pleasant, but the truth is, it wasn’t for me. Truth is, it was quite nightmarish, and I was convinced that I wasn’t going to complete this project.

But today, as I pottered around the house doing laundry, buying a long garden hose, cleaning out the rabbits’ new and bigger hutch, watering the gazanias, picking out caterpillars from my kale shrubs, it dawned on me that this is where I’m going to be for quite a long time. So, at the end of all the stresses and anxieties, I am starting to find that sweet aftertaste in having my own house.

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It’s burning in SA

It’s summer alright. Not only is it burning hot, but it is actually burning.

bushfire

Seen on http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-03/adelaide-hills-face-most-dangerous-fire-day-since-ash-wednesday/5998294 by Ben Goode / Earth Art Photography

I’ve only seen the fire glow from over the other side of the hills, but I haven’t actually seen the magnitude of the fire like this. Coming from Singapore where we have never really experienced disasters like this (whether you call it natural or not), I’m thankful I don’t live in the high bushfire risk areas because before seeing this picture, my bushfire action plan was to pee everywhere but I certainly have changed my mind now. :X

Regardless of how this major fire started, it is still very sad to hear that many of those houses have gone down in the fire, and the wildlife that has perished with it. Being in the midst of the building process myself, it is horrifying and devastating to imagine all that time and effort gone into constructing a house being wiped out instantly by a fire. And it’s definitely worse for those people because they have spent years building their lives and beautiful memories around their homes.

And as I type, my friend is driving my car up to his place to check on his house and making sure everything is alright. To those who are at risk of bushfires, I hope you are well-prepared because this season ain’t over yet. Do the best you can, but remember that your lives are most important above it all. To those who are safe from bushfires, let’s support them as much as we can.

I will be praying for rain, and for the people who are affected by the fires.

#SAfires #prayforadelaide

Liebster

LiebsterAward

I am not really sure what the Liebster award is, but heck it sounds cool and I shall do it! According to Google, it’s given by bloggers to other bloggers, to well, as the award says, discover new blogs! I never quite saw myself as a blogger, it’s really just to document a big part of my life. But as people say, changes happen all the time, and now I’m documenting EVERYTHING in my life lol. It’s great finding like-minded people through blogging, and that serves as a great motivation to write. Many, many thanks to Sheilzy from Our Metricon Hudson for nominating me! Sheilzy’s journey to a dream home is enough to get me excited about building a house, I tell ya!

To get on with this, here’s the rules that came with the nomination:
1. Link back and recognise the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer ten questions given by the nominator.
3. Nominate ten other bloggers for the award.
4. Create ten questions for nominees to answer.
5. Notify your nominees.
6. Get an award button and display it proudly.

Answering the questions:
1. Describe yourself in three words.
Food-lover and coffee-lover mostly (Yes, the biggest things about me is about what I love). Hmmm…. The last one. I’d say ~71%-sane. Yup, true story.

2. What does your family think of your blog?
I didn’t tell any of them about my blog! :X

3. What’s your favorite post that you’ve written and why? (Link, please!)
https://thebellbirdsong.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/weeding/
I wouldn’t say it’s because I love weeding, but the picture in the post reminds me of what I will be waking up to seeing every day in future 🙂

4. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
Meeting like-minded people and being inspired by each other’s project accomplishments. There’s no community group for that!

5. What are three things you cannot live without?
Physical, mental and spiritual sustenance – food, coffee and God!

6. Which song always gets you on the dance floor?
Here’s a little story: When I was about 7 years old, my friend came up to my mum and asked her why she didn’t get me to join the dance club in school. Mum was brutally honest, replied that I would look like an elephant dancing on stage.

Dancing Elephant
[Click picture for original link]

-_-”’ So, I must say I can’t dance, but as of today, All About The Bass by Meghan Trainor gets my head bobbing! 🙂

7. What super power do you wish you have?
Teleportability. I do love driving, but at the rate I cram my life with things to do, I’m finding time spent on travelling my least favourite option. Plus, I’d like to be able to teleport myself back to Singapore to satisfy my “home food” crave whenever I want. And travelling would be pretty easy too wouldn’t it? 😉

8. What is your idea of heaven?
There is the Bible’s description of heaven, and there’s my imagined version of heaven. Either way, I’m hoping there’s a good cafe up there with hazelnut coffee.

9. If you could meet one person from the past, who would it be?
Audrey Hepburn. She’s got it all – naturally beautiful, talented, multi-lingual, has a big heart for people with all that humanitarian work.

10. Favourite holiday destination.
Can’t say I’ve been to a lot of places, but I do love the castles in Germany!

My nominations:
Isla House Number One
Libbynjeff The West House
Curt (mis)Adventures in Remodeling
Icecjan Our Building Journey

I don’t actually know many bloggers who haven’t been nominated, so I think 3 is as many as I could list!

My 10 questions to the nominated people:
1. List 3 things you love most about yourself
2. Who is your favourite person on Earth?
3. If you are given one chance to do or change anything, what would it be?
4. Which area in your house is your favourite?
5. What would be the worst nightmare to come true for you?
6. What is your dream job?
7. Name one movie you would watch all over again.
8. What is your favourite childhood memory?
9. Name 3 things that you definitely have to cross off on your bucket list.
10. What would you say to your younger self if you time-traveled?

Have fun!

Becoming an obsessed home-building enthusiast

As most of you already know, my primary job is scientific research, and home-building is kinda like a hobby or a personal project for me.

Just earlier at work today, a fresh kidney specimen came in, with an abnormal appearance of what looked like marbles or multi-coloured pebbles embedded in it. While feeling grossed out yet in awe at the same time, I said out loud,

“My goodness!!! This looks like an exposed aggregate concrete driveway!”

Exposed aggregate concrete

(click picture to see original link)

 

Then came a mental gasp. The technician looked at me, probably expecting words like “cysts/polycystic” and “fluid-filled” rather than “exposed aggregate” and “driveway”. So much for being in this profession for 3 years.

FOR THOSE NOT WILLING TO LOSE THEIR APPETITE, here’s a link with a cartoon that demonstrates what I saw:
http://www.ezyhealth.com/magazine/bubble-trouble/

FOR THOSE BRAVE ENOUGH, here’s a few examples of what I saw:
http://medicalpicturesinfo.com/polycystic-kidney-disease/

 

Afterthought: I think I have levelled-up as a home-building enthusiast.