Wednesday, February 25, 2009

1 month ago...

2 pictures of what vin and i saw the next time we went to our new place in Jan 08... be prepared!!! =)))

we changed our toilet entrance from the one on the right, to the one on the left! now you can see the BIG pipes that take up so much space in our toilet...

view from the utility room into the kitchen, dining then living room. yes!!! open concept!!! =))) things are getting exciting... even more so as we designed our home ourselves since we didnt engage an ID... hee... but no matter what, it will be great as its our love nest that God has blessed us with!!! ^_^

Monday, February 16, 2009

renovations coming along!!!

we had an unforgettable valentine's day this year - shopping for toilet bowl!!!!! hee... plus many other home accessories =))) at the end of the day, vin and i took stock of what we accomplished and are very impressed with ourselves!!! this is what we bought:
1) kitchen hob and hood @ $550
2) water heater @ $120
3) toilet basin @ $90+
4) toilet bowl @ $150+
5) kitchen sink and tap @ $120+

all from 3 different places!!!!! simply amazing how God blessed us... cos for each place, there is a minimum of $400 you have to spend before they will waive the delivery charge. the heaviest item is the toilet bowl so we had to make sure that this is shipped.

wanted to buy our toilet bowl @ $170+ from sim siang choon but in order to waive the delivery charge of $40, we had to buy more items to hit the $400 mark. this meant we had to buy their toilet basin @ $110+ and some miscellaneous items on top of the kitchen sink and tap that we already intended to buy. but it was so hard to come up with the miscellaneous items and we were in a fix.

then we went to chuan heng to check out their stuff and found a cheaper toilet bowl @ $150+!!! but they too had a delivery charge but it was only $10, but that didnt substantiate us having to buy the toilet bowl from this place at only $10 cheaper (after factoring in the delivery charge). but a part of me just didnt want to pay any delivery charge at all, so vin and me walked out to think for awhile, what was the best solution. we walked a few steps away and somehow came to their other shop front, 2 shops away and this shop had kitchen hoods and hobs on display. so we decided to walk in to query just for market knowledge.

we had intended to buy a set which cost $640+ but our contractor could get it for us @ $590. we thought that only our contractor could get us such a good price cos distributors would most likely have to sell @ list price. it's really by God's direction that led us to go in to inquire and the guy told us he would sell it to us @ $550!!! wow praise the Lord! and this would be above $400 so we could buy the toilet bowl @ 150+ w/o incurring delivery charge!!!

anyway after that lengthy post (so many numbers and words hor? hope i didnt confuse you hahaha), show you pictures of our home in original condition (just after the previous tenant vacated). will post pictures of our place along the way so you can see the process!!! ^_^

our future dining room

our future living room

view of kitchen from dining room

view of kitchen from utility room

one side of our tiny toilet - our toilet is the place in our home where we spent the most time racking our brains and squeezing our creative juices on how to design it... cos of the space constraint and the huge pipes in the middle... our kitchen is a close second cos of the many huge pipes everywhere that we need to conceal...

the huge pipes and the toilet bowl squeezed in a corner

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Psalm 37

i love our home cell. through exploring God's Word together, vin and i learn more about God, about each other and about ourselves. last night's cell was very encouraging! we felt so lifted up by it that we are going to read it every night and meditate upon it. let me share it with you. take a read =)))

our God is a faithful God! reflect upon all His blessings upon our lives and know that He is always there for us. David wrote Psalm 34 when he was in times of trouble and yet when you go and read it, he sounds like he has already overcome and is looking back at what has happened. this is true closeness with God. when you have such a strong relationship with Him that even in the darkest hours, you can smile and know that God will deliver you and He has already won the battle for you. i desire to be so close to Him and look past all these circumstances in my life and know that in Christ, i already have the victory!

Psalm 37

Of David.
1 [a] Do not fret because of evil men
or be envious of those who do wrong;

2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.

3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:

6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.

9 For evil men will be cut off,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.

11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy great peace.

12 The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;

13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.

14 The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.

15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.

16 Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;

17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the LORD upholds the righteous.

18 The days of the blameless are known to the LORD,
and their inheritance will endure forever.

19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

20 But the wicked will perish:
The LORD's enemies will be like the beauty of the fields,
they will vanish—vanish like smoke.

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;

22 those the LORD blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be cut off.

23 If the LORD delights in a man's way,
he makes his steps firm;

24 though he stumble, he will not fall,
for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

25 I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.

26 They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be blessed.

27 Turn from evil and do good;
then you will dwell in the land forever.

28 For the LORD loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
They will be protected forever,
but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off;

29 the righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.

30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks what is just.

31 The law of his God is in his heart;
his feet do not slip.

32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
seeking their very lives;

33 but the LORD will not leave them in their power
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.

34 Wait for the LORD
and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.

35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing like a green tree in its native soil,

36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.

37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
there is a future [b] for the man of peace.

38 But all sinners will be destroyed;
the future [c] of the wicked will be cut off.

39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.

40 The LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.