I had major surgeries in 2021 to remove a tumour in my jaw. I now have braces which I might be able to remove in a year’s time.
Who am I?
As you can see, I don’t exactly have a coherent identity. I have too many things I like to do.
All of them are me. But each one of them alone is not the whole me.
I sometimes wonder if I’m being deceptive about my identity. But I can honestly say I am not so that’s not true.
I wasn’t so sure what I wanted to say with the post but I want to say “Hi” to anyone who drops by. I hope to write more here but it wouldn’t be coming from the point of YQtravelling who travels to different countries.
Maybe YQtravelling means “moving”–which at this point I’m not but I hope to get back to it.
I’m unfortunately in the C-word era so many flats developments are stalled and the ones available for OBF for singles haven’t been finished yet.
The leftover flats have lower floors and a very tight ethnic quota. So the houses that I can buy are not very ideal.
But I did manage to look around and found one in Yishun that I would consider.
The worst part was that even the earliest I could get my keys was late 2022. (And that’s being optimistic.)
But the flats are definitely very cheap. The one I looked at was only about $110,000–but prices can change depending on the location.
I was already camping at the website at 11.50pm. I think many people had the same idea since the computer hung for many minutes.
When midnight came, I tried logging in my desktop and it didn’t move. I hopped on to my phone but it was very difficult to navigate. So I went back to my computer and by that time, it was 12.06am when I logged in.
I did finally get a queue number and I heaved a sigh of relief.
It was 00195 and the queue was for the next day at 3.45pm.
Before going to HDB to pick your flat
You will need to track which flats are sold out before heading over.
Have a list of which flat units you are ok with so you can actually pick when you’re there.
I knew that I was only considering Yishun Glen (and I didn’t want it that much neither.)
Documents to prepare
Here are the items they require:
Identity card(s) of all person(s) listed in your application (bring a copy too)
Income documents for latest 3 or 6 months (depending on your nature of employment) — bring 12 months of payslip and CPF contributions
Option Fee (payable by NETS)
It’s C-vid season now so don’t bring too many people to HDB with you.
Wait for your queue number and put your option feed down for the flat.
My final decision
At first I planned to put $500 option fee down to “book” a unit while I hunted for resale flats.
Then the HDB lady said that should I decide to pull out, I won’t be able to buy a new house for a whole year.
So I decided not to take the flat this time.
I still have a choice of Sale of Balance of Flats in November, and also looking for a resale unit.
A reporter from local broadsheet Straits Times found me through my most popular post and wanted to ask for my comments on the new service. Thankfully, I caught his e-mail in time as my e-mail notification pinged while I was staring at my phone.
I prepared for the interview by reading on the background of the new service. I even jotted down “juicy” quotes that would make me look slightly unhinged but endearingly colorful to the audience.
The reporter called and we had a 12-minute chat during which I sounded bipolar. I was totally against the service at one point, talking passionately about its cons but at another point, I discovered its merits. I couldn’t make up my mind.
Still, the reporter summed it up in two sentences and made me look like a very practical traveller (which I am).
I did request that he use “travel blogger” as my job title as “marketing exec” seems like a totally irrelevant commenter on this subject. He obliged. Thank you, good sir.
The report came out on Page A2 on Straits Times and also on My Paper. I can now officially say that I was on the news as a travel blogger.
Besides reminiscing my travels with my mother, I also share tips on how to survive a trip with your mother (as in the plural “you”). You should also check out the previous guest blogger on Pamela’s website, Agnes, who has really good tips on how to travel with your mother.
Prompt #16: What city in Europe would you like to visit the most?
Having visited Paris in 2011, I can’t really think of any other European city that I would like to visit. I think my imagination has been eroded from too much travelling.
Although I don’t have a a particular city in Europe that I’m dying to visit, if I were dying, I would choose to go to the fictional land of Westeros in Game of Thrones (which is kind of in Europe and filmed in Europe).
Credit: Robert whose handsome face I’ve cropped out
Compared to my current life, Westeros has 1000 times more swords and an infinity times more shadows dragons. Those are good enough reasons to go.
I would love have been a part of the storyline but based on my karma, I’d probably end up as Character Who Crosses The Road in the books or the film. Plus, I wouldn’t have survived a day in Flea Bottom.
Actually, come to think of it, I don’t feel like dying that soon. The one reason I want to be in Westeros is so that I can wear fantastic braids all year long (which I have been doing in a mini scale these days).