I can't believe that a whole week has gone by (again!) without me posting.
Last Saturday we had our shipment from the US delivered to the house. Which resulted in one destroyed bookcase, and little delights like this where they had put both Remi's longboard and Oscar's guitar unwrapped into the hanging box with my clothes.
At the moment, it is the lead up to the mid Autumn or "Moon" festival, which means lots of lanterns around and even more moon cakes.
moon cakes here)
I am still on the hunt for furniture for the house, which has meant another trip to IKEA this week, and yesterday I went out (with great hope of finding what I wanted ) to the "Furniture mall".
A shopping mall,
and another shopping mall; all under construction.This is so typical of Singapore at the moment. A few weeks ago one of the kids counted 36 cranes looking out from our roof deck. Getting around, there are whole areas I just don't recognise; so many new buildings, so many areas under construction.
I was very disappointed in the furniture mall. Like most of the furniture stores in Singapore, it's all uber modern (and ugly) leather couches, and shiny surfaces; glass, stainless steel etc. Really not my style. And while there is still some gorgeous furniture out there in reclaimed teak etc, it is mostly, sadly, out of our budget range at the moment. Looks like we will be furnishing another house with IKEA furniture, at least to begin with.
Although my trip to IKEA earlier in the week did provide me with a solution to our privacy problem. I bought some bundles of twigs (used for sticking in pots or baskets to look pretty) and, using fishing line, tied them together and then tied them to the balcony. I think with a few plants in front it will provide enough of a visual buffer. I've been at the house a few times in the afternoon in the last week, and there is a steady stream of kids coming down that hill for a few hours every day.
Still got quite a way to go with it, and I may have to call on my friend with a car to do an IKEA run with me to pick up some more bundles as it was somewhat difficult to get these home in the taxi.