Friday, December 7, 2012

The "BIG PROJECT" Revealed! :)

Some of your might have already read my tweets and seen my instagram pictures... Therefore, I shall officially reveal that the "BIG PROJECT" that I've been talking about on my blog is indeed our NEW HOUSE!

With Allah's grace, the husband and I managed to get our very own place in the east. This rare opportunity came as a surprise and we grabbed it because of the price and space of the unit. It's a Maisonette. A dream come true for now. Ma Shaa Allah. :)

At first, I was apprehensive about sharing it. You know when people say, "Dengar-dengar, dah dapat rumah eh?" And the next question would be.. "Rumah apa? 5 bilik eh?" So, how do you reply to that? Be honest I suppose. My mother has always thought me to be humble and not show off what we have in public. Therefore, I hope that my readers and followers will not see this as "showing off" but rather as an inspiration. Why? Let me tell you a story.

I grew up in a broken family. My parents were divorced when I was 2. My siblings and I were taken care of by my aunt (whom I refer to as my mother and Ibu) and my beloved late grandmother. Life was very simple. We were poor and lived in a 3 room flat with a small living room and 2 tiny bedrooms. BUT, we were happy with what we had. My grandmother taught me good values in life. To always be thankful for what we have and to thank ALLAH for all the blessings that he has given us.

Growing up, I've NEVER had a room of my own. Cos I had to share it with my siblings and grandmother. When my brother got older, his "room" is the living room. We had a mattress and he took it out to the living room and sleep every night. That was just the routine and we're used to it.

When I was a teenager, I've always envied friends who had their own room. Pretty rooms that were well furnished. Most of my friends are well-off and they stayed in beautiful houses. Unlike me. Bersyukur, and that's what I did.

I told myself that one day, I'll work hard. Make lots of money. Buy a spacious and big house for my family to live in. So that we all can have our own rooms. At the age of 28, that dream finally became a reality for the husband and I. It hasn't been easy but with Allah's amazing grace, we managed to get the house that is able to change our lives FOREVER. So I spent 16 years in  Queen's Close, 12 years in Bedok and many more memorable years to look forward to in Tampines! In Shaa Allah!

The Bedok flat has a very sentimental place in my heart. I got emotional and broke down on the day when we were moving out to our temporary place. I spent my late-teens there. Started my radio and tv newscaster job there. Lost my father and grandmother. Got engaged, married and gave birth to my firstborn, all at Bedok, that tiny 3 room flat that saw me grow up from a girl to a woman.

Cried buckets while hugging the Mami from level 3. She was the first neighbour that was so kind to us. She said, "Nona pindah sini bila Nona masih sekolah lagi.. Bila arwah Nenek masih ada.. Sekarang Nona dah kerja bagus, ramai orang kenal.. Nona baik-baik jaga diri kat rumah baru ye.. Bila senang, datanglah jumpa Mami dan Mamu.." I cried.

From a NOBODY, to a "somebody". That Bedok flat saw me through  so many ups and downs. :(

Farewell Bedok. It has been bittersweet, really. Thank you for housing all those memories. It's now time for my family to move on to something greater...

So, HELLO Tampines. May this wonderful house be filled with love and joy. The husband and I finally, have a place to continue building our little empire of happy souls. 

The renovation has started. Hisham and I are very practical people. We are not splurging to revamp the house as we will be spending within our means. It's our first property anyway, so it shall be simple and basic reno works. Nope, we did not engage any interior design company to do up our house because their prices are a killer for a maisonette. So, the husband, being the financial planner that he is, did an AMAZING job, in sourcing out for contractors, tiles suppliers and carpentry experts to do up our house. EVERYTHING in the house is ala carte. ;)

We are really hands on for the renovation that I think we should seriously call ourselves the Project Managers. Lol. He is into numbers and budget, while I'm into the creative side of things. Sometimes we argue over little things like, a specific tile that I LOVE but wayyy beyond our budget. So, I had to compromise for a cheaper alternative to fit our budget. I think we work very well as a team. I joked and told him that we can set up our own renovation company once all of this is done. SERIOUSLY. haha.

Renovation is ongoing and it's been fun so far. Can't wait to see the final product once everything is done.

There you have it. My "BIG PROJECT". Will blog in detail about the whole renovation process and share my experience for those who are on a tight budget to renovate their new flats.

When people ask, "Wah.. ni mesti renovate besar-besaran.. Mesti banyak sponsor kan?" 

I smile.. and say.. "Tak, Cik.. Nona dan Hisham budget-budget je. Ikut kemampuan. Takde yang sponsor pun. Semuanya kita bayar sendiri. Kenapa? Cik nak sponsor ke?" Makcik terus senyap. How like that? Heh. 

Sponsor atau tidak, semua ni rezeki masing-masing. Tak perlu lah kita nak persoalkan. Kalau ada yang nak sponsor, Alhamdulillah, itu rezeki dari Allah, kalau tidak, bersyukur dengan segala kemampuan yang ada. 

This house itself, is already a blessing and our rezeki.

For that, the husband and I are very thankful.

Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah. :)


  1. Congrats on your new house..I like the idea of ala carte renovation..Hope you don't mind sharing the company name of your contractors and suppliers for your ala carte renovation..

  2. Im not being jealous. I am living in executive apartment. But why are you talking like as if you have finish paying for the house and its yours? I personally would love to stay in a 3 room flat. Smaller space to clean & i love the idea of sleeping together as a family rather than a room to yourself. Makes the bond between family closer, dont you think so? Count your blessings. Congratulations on your half a million loan. :)

    1. Instead of living in an "executive apartment" and making sure everyone knows you're not "jealous"( oh why would you be? You live in an executive apartment, we all must know that), why not chase your dream of living in a 3-room flat with a close knit family, and let Nona chase her own dreams? Without having you shoving condescending remarks down her throat and telling her to "count your blessings"?

      Your comment drips disdain and sacarsm, and what's your point, really? Feel better about yourself, already? Annoyingly barking around and no one gets it. Congratulations if you managed to pay off your executive apartment, but a bigger congrats for showing how insecure you are, oh-noble-executive-apartment-living-never-jealous-anonymous-keyboard-warrior.

      Nona, good luck on the new home! You deserve it, babe! Hope to bump into you at the office. :). - marianah

  3. dear nona,
    i come across your instagram. dun bother about what anyone has to said. The house is for you and your family not for others.Wheather it is a million or half million loan or heavily renovated or budget renovation well again, it is your house. We can't pleased everybody.
    and for Everybody else , ini semua rezeki masing2 :)

    lurve: lizah