We’ve been experiencing some wet weather for the second half of this week, but that cleared up on Saturday past noon-time to reveal wonderfully sunny and clear weather for the rest of the day – enough to go by for a quick visit to The Minton site for pictures again.

As in the last several visits now, there doesn’t seem to be major visible improvements to exterior works, though from the construction sounds going on still, I’m guessing interior works and touch-up are still going on. I remembered while working on the transitional montages this week that it’s been a long while since I’ve done stitched panoramas, so went about composing a couple. These really do show how large the project is – all 1,145 units and its supporting facilities and landscaping.

Workers at Tranquil World's lily pond picking up debris and dead leaves.

Workers at Tranquil World’s lily pond picking up debris and dead leaves.

Tried a different perspective of the Fun World wallpaper pictures. This was taken by sticking out my hand out of a window ledge and guessing for the right picture angle! Had to ensure that the E-M5's leather strap was secure around my wrist for this.

Tried a different perspective of the Fun World wallpaper pictures. This was taken by sticking out my hand out of a window ledge and guessing for the right picture angle! Had to ensure that the E-M5’s leather strap was secure around my wrist for this.

Workers scrubbing the tiles at Fun World.

Workers scrubbing the tiles at Fun World.

These are the normal wide-angle views of the front facade.

Wide-angle view of the front facade and main guardpost.

Lots of FB neighbors especially liked this picture. I was just casually taking the shot though without intending it to be this iconic!

Lots of FB neighbors especially liked this picture. I was just casually taking the shot though without intending it to be this iconic!

The Retail Block from eye level.

The Retail Block from eye level.

Casual banter with the construction workers and a FB neighbors revealed that one of the pools had been problematic and potentially caused complications in the recent TOP. Not sure if that was indeed the cause of the delayed TOP, but the heated pool had been completely drained this afternoon.

Casual banter with the construction workers and a FB neighbor revealed that one of the pools had been problematic and potentially caused complications in the recent TOP. Not sure if that was indeed the cause of the delayed TOP, but the heated pool had been completely drained this afternoon.

Panoramic stitch comprising 9 images of Fun World and Blocks 8, 6, and 2.

Panoramic stitch comprising 9 images of Fun World and Blocks 8, 6, and 2.

Another panoramic view of the same.

Another panoramic view of the same but composed from level 5 of the opposing apartment block.

Panoramic stitch comprising 6 images of Tranquil World and Blocks 14 and 12.

Panoramic stitch comprising 6 images of Tranquil World and Blocks 14 and 12.

Panoramic stitch of 6 images with Block 2 as subject. This picture is a nice transitional contrast from the first picture in the earlier montage how far the development has come along. Just 3 years ago, this view showed an empty plot of land.

Panoramic stitch of 6 images with Block 2 as subject. This picture is a nice transitional contrast from the first picture in the earlier montage how far the development has come along. Just 3 years ago, this view showed an empty plot of land.

Panoramic stitch of 6 images of the front.

Panoramic stitch of 6 images of the front.

These panorama pictures, alongside others for this afternoon’s visit are available here. And lastly, a third transition montage I did yesterday – and this time of Tranquil World.

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Mega-sized version here too.

Like the last visit to The Minton site, it’s getting harder to spot visible or significant changes to the ongoing construction now. Given how close the project now is to the award of Temporary Occupancy Permit, I guess most of the work now is internal to units that did not pass inspection, or still require touch-up work. The front facade signage has also been lit up now, reportedly looking quite lovely with its purplish lighting. We’ll go by on an evening soon to check that out.

We’ve also started picking up several digital and printed issues of Squarerooms, a local interior design publication that features lots of ideas, discussion plans, things to do with homes and so on, and been pouring through them figuring out what we’re going to advise our appointed designer later on once we receive keys. More to come on that soon too.

In the mean time; pictures from this afternoon’s visit. The larger pictures are available here at my Flickr album.

Some of the residents at the FB group were concerned earlier whether the Croquet Lawn post would be usable on rainy days - well, the newly installed awning nicely addresses those concerns.

Some of the residents at the FB group were concerned earlier whether the Croquet Lawn post would be usable on rainy days – well, the newly installed awning nicely addresses those concerns.

Boulders have been placed at several spots around the Tranquil World pond's circumference

Boulders have been placed at several spots around the Tranquil World pond’s circumference

Worker is lost in his own construction site.

Worker is lost in his own construction site.

Peer into the Master Bedroom of a low-level unit at Block 10.

Peering into the Master Bedroom of a low-level unit at Block 10.

Oddly, the carousel's horses have been installed and removed repeatedly several times now over the last couple of visits. Wonder what's going on.

Oddly, the carousel’s horses have been installed and removed repeatedly several times now over the last couple of visits. Wonder what’s going on.

Checking out Block 12C units.

Checking out Block 12C units.

Touch-up work going on at the Contemporary Bridge.

Touch-up work going on at the Contemporary Bridge.

Corner balconies at selected floors @ Block 10D have planter areas installed now.

Corner balconies at selected floors @ Block 10D have planter areas installed now.

The car wall facing Blocks 8 and 6 have been painted in strips with grey color.

The car wall facing Blocks 8 and 6 have been painted in strips with grey color.

Deck chairs have been placed at the Lap and also Heated pools.

Deck chairs have been placed at the Lap and also Heated pools.

The plant climbers facing the HDB apartment blocks are about three-quarters past the fence height.

The plant climbers facing the HDB apartment blocks are about three-quarters past the fence height.

Another week and another visit to the construction site of The Minton. Bit of unfortunate news too; the BCA web site indicated on the 18th September that some plans submitted required resubmission while the rest were noted as “In order”. I’m not sure what this means since I’m not in this industry, but my guess is that TOP while close will still not be imminent as long as resubmissions of documents are required. That will just mean more delays to the start of key distribution. Sigh.

Still, this Saturday’s afternoon visit saw that the site is gradually winding down its major development activities and moving into touch-up work. Large containers filled with debris were about and ready to be carted away, and workers in small groups could be seen patching up and making good defects, paint spot areas and the like. I paid special attention also to shrubbery surrounding the compound too, given the growing sense of anxiety among many of the FB residents that the place isn’t as private as one might had though.

The Amazonian Lily Pond @ Tranquil World looks filled with its actual body of water now, and is now finally starting to look like its actual form.

The Amazonian Lily Pond @ Tranquil World looks filled with its actual body of water now, and is now finally starting to look like its actual form.

The Observation Island has also been fully decked.

The Observation Island has also been fully decked.

Lilies! The water body is still somewhat murky with a distinct green tone about it. Probably algae is thriving in the pond now.

Lilies! The water body is still somewhat murky with a distinct green tone about it. Probably algae is thriving in the pond now.

The pumps for the cascading waterfall were switched on this afternoon too.

The pumps for the cascading waterfall were switched on this afternoon too.

Wood decking surrounding the Main Pool @ Fun World has been completed.

Wood decking surrounding the Main Pool @ Fun World has been completed.

Block 10 framed against flora.

Block 10 framed against flora.

Eventually the fences here facing Lorong Ah Soo should be well-covered by greenery, and give the compound some semblance of privacy - hopefully!

Eventually the fences here facing Lorong Ah Soo should be well-covered by greenery, and give the compound some semblance of privacy – hopefully!

Taking a close look at the shrubbery frame at the corner signage in front of Lorong Ah Soo.

Taking a close look at the shrubbery frame at the corner signage in front of Lorong Ah Soo.

Support ropes tying the shrub to the fence.

Support ropes tying the shrub to the fence.

Fences beside the Clubhouse have been painted a dark grey color. It still looks a little cheapo though.

Fences beside the Clubhouse have been painted a dark grey color. It still looks a little cheapo though.

The first shrubs have also been installed beside the fence in front of the Tennis Court. These need to grow, quick.

The first shrubs have also been installed beside the fence in front of the Tennis Court. These need to grow, quick.

Home on a sunny Saturday mid-afternoon.=)

Home on a sunny Saturday mid-afternoon.=)

 

Bit of both good and also bad news at The Minton project. On the first; the TOP inspection earlier this week was passed successfully, according to persons on the inside and across several sources. No clue if that’s really true – running a query on the Building and Construction Authority status of plan application hasn’t yet revealed the updated status yet – but if so, actual TOP should follow in a few weeks’. Hooray!

On the down side – given the sheer number of units in the condo, key distribution and release is going to take a long while, with some projections running at six months now, and depending on the phase of stack release a few years ago during purchases. That might mean that our unit’s keys might only be released at the end of this year. That’ll certainly delay our renovation plans, even if we’re not really in a hurry to move. Boo!!

Still; here are the pictures from my weekly paparazzing our new home. This particular visit was on a sunny and warm Saturday noon.

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The Amazonian Lily Pond at Tranquil World. Water’s quite muddy at the moment, presumably because construction has still yet to complete.

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Greenery has been planted around the croquet lawn. I still can’t figure out if Singaporean kids today are actually gonna play croquet.

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Lilies. Ling pointed out that these aren’t ‘Giant’ lilies, and if the pond has been designed for giant lilies to begin with.

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Wood decking around the Badminton Dome looks nearly complete, with just a few more patches to go. From this angle, the Dome looks like the Hindenburg. Hope it doesn’t crash and burn like that airship!

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The Checkerboard activity at Fun World. Still no clue what kind of activity is planned for kids here.

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The wonderful serene and blue waters at the Heated Pool looks very inviting.

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Of concern though is the relatively low fence at the front of the compound. Sure hope that other security mechanisms will be in place.

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The Contemporary Bridge looks done too.

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The Roundabout’s water feature produces a wonderful reflection of The Minton’s signage.

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Keycard access-only past the island next to the Retail Block

More notes on our visitations to Interior Designers, wardrobe specialists, and other contractors.=)

The weather on our island has been, surprisingly, quite wet and cold over the last several days – and it’s not even November monsoon yet. We’ve been experiencing rain everyday for nearly a week now, some of which has been intense enough to cause flash floods and bring down grown trees onto vehicles even. Thankfully no real injuries have been caused yet, aside from lots of the usual inconveniences from sudden downpours i.e. traffic jams and the like. We finally got a little sun on Sunday mid-afternoon – enough for me to quickly pop by The Minton construction site for another weekly look-see.

In general, some progress is visible, though the initial TOP of end-September is starting to look less likely. Sigh. If we don’t get our keys by mid-October, that will mean we won’t be moving in this year after all, what with the about two months it will typically take for our apartment’s unit renovation to complete.

The Amazonian Giant Lily Pond @ Tranquil World has received its first water body. Still quite shallow though, and the water there might just had been the result of the rain we've been getting.

The Amazonian Giant Lily Pond @ Tranquil World has received its first water body. Still quite shallow though, and the water there might just had been the result of the rain we’ve been getting.

The interconnecting bridge between walkways and observation islands have received its support beams. Ling was a little disappointed at the lily planters though - they sure don't look like 'Giant' lilies.

The interconnecting bridge between walkways and observation islands have received its support beams. Ling was a little disappointed at the lily planters though – they sure don’t look like ‘Giant’ lilies.

The Treehouse children's playground has received steel railings for its staircase.

The Treehouse children’s playground has received steel railings for its staircase.

Block signage has been installed around the compound too, and waiting to be unwrapped.

Block signage has been installed around the compound too, and waiting to be unwrapped.

Ostensibly the Checkboard activity area @ Fun World. Realistically, still no idea what this activity is really about LOL.

Ostensibly the Checkboard activity area @ Fun World. Realistically, still no idea what this activity is really about LOL.

The Badminton Dome has been getting wood decking around it. Workers were also (finally) mounting up its door frame too.

The Badminton Dome has been getting wood decking around it. Workers were also (finally) mounting up its door frame too.

Keycard access at the pedestrian sidegates.

Keycard access at the pedestrian sidegates.

The front signage's water feature is complete - nice! Check out the almost perfect reflection of the condo's name.

The front signage’s water feature is complete – nice! Check out the almost perfect reflection of the condo’s name.

The Contemporary Bridge looks nearly done. Still no idea what's so 'contemporary' about it though.

The Contemporary Bridge looks nearly done. Still no idea what’s so ‘contemporary’ about it though.

Access into the main compound at the Grand Clubhouse is via keycard and sliding glass doors.

Access into the main compound at the Grand Clubhouse is via keycard and sliding glass doors.

Keycard access/intercom system into individual blocks.

Keycard access/intercom system into individual blocks.

 

Another weekend visit to the ongoing construction at The Minton. Just 4 more weeks away to the projected TOP – Temporary Occupation Permit – and from residents who’ve checked out the place at the early evenings, construction hours seem to have been extended to try to get the apartment project completed timely.

We’ve also just started meeting up with Interior Designers starting this weekend, though given that we’ve got up to two children in tow, it’s a real logistic challenge to plan for each visitation! Those of us who’ve gone through a full interior design and renovation project will know how long-drawn and time-consuming it will be. Anyway, more on that in a different post for later. In the mean time, pictures showing the new developments at The Minton:

Support beams for the wood decks have been installed for the observation point at Tranquil World.

Support beams for the wood decks have been installed for the observation point at Tranquil World.

The roofing support of the BBQ pit area at Tranquil World remains me of one of those old bamboo fans!

The roofing support of the BBQ pit area at Tranquil World remains me of one of those old bamboo fans!

The Treehouse has been completely fenced up, and also fitted with climbing steps.

The Treehouse has been completely fenced up, and also fitted with climbing steps.

The 50m lap pool sure looks very inviting for a swim on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon.=)

The 50m lap pool sure looks very inviting for a swim on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon.=)

The current state of Tranquil World. The tree saplings are still growing, and hopefully will provide plenty of shade when they mature.

The current state of Tranquil World. The tree saplings are still growing, and hopefully will provide plenty of shade when they mature.

Wood decking is in progress along the main pool at Fun World.

Wood decking is in progress along the main pool at Fun World.

Workers installing decks at the main pool.

Workers installing decks at the main pool.

Vehicle gantries have been installed, though the placement of this one is odd. It's pretty far in and a short distance away from the main gate itself.

Vehicle gantries have been installed, though the placement of this one is odd. It’s pretty far in and a short distance away from the main gate itself.

The corner signage has been beautified with shrubbery planted in front of it. It might need some trimming soon though - the shrubs are already almost covering the letters' base.

The corner signage has been beautified with shrubbery planted in front of it. It might need some trimming soon though – the shrubs are already almost covering the letters’ base.

We bought Peter to his PD this morning for a check on a possible skin condition, and were relieved that it was nothing serious but just a mild case of neonatal Eczema. Here’s a noon-time visit to The Minton after Ling settled back at home for Peter’s late morning feed. Bits of visible improvement again to the construction. Interestingly, the cascading waterfall seemed to have been turned down in intensity, so the rushing water din I heard during last week’s visit was far less noisy this time round. In fact, the sound was finally therapeutic, to use another resident’s descriptor.

The Amazonian Lily Pond has received its next base layer. Wonder if this is the last layer before the water gets pumped in.

Observation islands at the Lily Pond have been installed with support beams for the wooden decks later.

What looks like the Pond’s BBQ pit area is also currently getting its wooden deck installed.

The Fun World play areas have received their first base paint coat.

Some new development work going on at the Checkerboards too.

Wooden deck at the Atas Diner looks done!

Slider at the Treehouse has been installed. Hannah and Peter are going to go nuts over this one and running up and down the platform.

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The Grand Entrance Signage has gone up.

…. and this gave me a laugh! Sensor-based car bay system!

The other feature wall has been installed with flora to.

The Facebook group reported a couple of significant improvements to the ongoing construction of The Minton, so I went by again on Saturday noon time for a photo-look-about. The cascading waterfall has indeed been finally completed with its water pumps started a few days ago, and all three pools – the main, 50m lap and heated – have been filled. It still seems though like a lot of additional work is still remaining – a couple of amenities are still undergoing construction and the like – and I’m not sure if we’re going to be getting keys in a few weeks that other residents are hoping for.

Sky was very sunny and weather very hot too, but the circular polarizer worked pretty well this time for several of the wide-angle shots. I brought my two m4/3s cameras again. Oddly, the E-PL2 with the 12-50mm doesn’t work well at all. Lots of pictures taken suffer from an odd loss of sharpness, even when shot at 1/60s shutter speeds and faster.

The Library patio and deck looks done, and just missing interiors and furnishing now.

The Library patio and deck looks done, and just missing interiors and furnishing now.

The cascading waterfall really looks lovely. In fact, some of the residents from the opposite HDB blocks were on the balcony admiring the view even.

The cascading waterfall really looks lovely. In fact, some of the residents from the opposite HDB blocks were on the balcony admiring the view even.

Slow exposure to create milky water currents. This was handheld with a long lens, and the slowest I could manage was 1/10s - this would not had been possible with the E-M5's 5-axis stabilization system.

Slow exposure to create milky water currents. This was handheld with a long lens, and the slowest I could manage was 1/10s – this would not had been possible without E-M5’s 5-axis stabilization system.

The 50m lap pool has been filled and looks ready for swimming. The changing areas just behind it though still look incomplete.

The 50m lap pool has been filled and looks ready for swimming. The changing areas just behind it though still look incomplete.

Fun world areas  have been surfaced. Wonder if this is the final color, or it will be painted over soon.

Fun world areas have been surfaced. Wonder if this is the final color, or it will be painted over soon.

The main pool has also been filled.

The main pool has also been filled.

The heated pool, quiet and serene at noon.

The heated pool, quiet and serene at noon.

The main gate's roundabout has been built and just lacking its water feature now.

The main gate’s roundabout has been built and just lacking its water feature now.

One side of the feature garden well at the Grand Clubhouse has been done up; the other side hopefully soon too.

One side of the feature garden well at the Grand Clubhouse has been done up; the other side hopefully soon too.

The Minton... is smokin' hot! But seriously, it was because the Chinese workers had just conducted their Seven Month rites just nearby, hence all the smoke.=)

The Minton… is smokin’ hot! But seriously, it was because the Chinese workers had just conducted their Seven Month rites just nearby, hence all the smoke.=)

It’s the start of the long holiday weekend, though we’re not exactly very mobile with a 5 week old baby. Ling was quite amused when I packed my camera gear into my Billingham bag after lunch, chuckling “But you just went by for a visit last Saturday.” Well, one of the nice things about staying just 10 minutes away from your new home is it’s not hard to just swing by when you haven’t got anything else to do and just kay-poh a bit to see how the construction at The Minton is going.

A bit on the equipment outlay this time. The graduated neutral density filter (which I’ve rarely had the chance to use) and also circular polarizers came for the ride – though because the photo-visit was in the early afternoon, the CPL really wasn’t able to visibly tease out cloud layers any clearer than human eyes could. The GND was used sparingly as it introduces pretty artificial-looking blue hues into the picture (below to see what I mean). The E-M5 was the main workhorse with the wide shots, and my old E-PL2 – still haven’t sold it away – for the long shots.

This was a new feature I'd not observed before in earlier visits. It's a small observation post just in front of Block 10 and facing Tranquil World.

This was a new feature I’d not observed before in earlier visits. It’s a small observation post just in front of Block 10 and facing Tranquil World.

The main pool looks done, and workers were about scrubbing the pool base too. The dining cabana is also looking the way it should, with the excess flora removed.

The main pool looks done, and workers were about scrubbing the pool base too. The dining cabana is also looking the way it should, with the excess flora removed.

Lawn patches have been planted on blocks facing Fun World.

Lawn patches have been planted on blocks facing Fun World.

Here's what I mean using the GND filter; the condo against National Day decorations. The Facebook group members liked the picture, though I think it looks really odd!

Here’s what I mean using the GND filter; the condo against National Day decorations. The Facebook group members liked the picture, though I think it looks really odd!

The feature wall backdrop has been mounted at the Grand Clubhouse.

The feature wall backdrop has been mounted at the Grand Clubhouse.

Workers laying and tossing bricks near the main entrance.

Workers laying and tossing bricks near the main entrance.

Paving work between the Clubhouse and Retail outlet block.

Paving work between the Clubhouse and Retail outlet block.

The first August visit to The Minton building site. Lots of small visible changes to the construction as most of the large developments to amenities have been done now. Each visit reminds me the pixel hunts in those old PC adventure games; here, I have to squint very hard from the several vantage points to see what are the new developments each visit.

For logging’s sake too since in a couple of years, I’m pretty sure I’d forget the walking path I take each visit. Here’s a map of it:

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The circuit starts from (1) Block 142, which offers very different points of views of Blocks 10 and Tranquil World at levels 12, 9 and 5 with their public corridors. From there, it’s a short back down to the ground floor and up to levels 12 and 9 at Block 143 (2) for a look at Blocks 2, 6 and 8 and Fun World. Next comes a walk around the compound’s perimeter. The pedestrian’s path at spot (3) Block 14A is adjacent to the private housing areas, and makes for a pleasant-enough walk though sans shade. There’s a temple around (4), which makes makes it necessary to go round Block 155 to spot (5), which offer a look at the heated pool, carpark entrance, and also the elevated tennis court.

From there, it’s up to levels 13 and 9 of Block 158 (6) for very different views of The Minton’s front area. Then back down to ground level to complete the walk from (7), then along Lorong Ah Soo, turn a corner at (8) where the secondary exit point from the compound is. The last stop is the low-ride apartment at Block 145 (made an incorrect annotation there for (9)) which gives a good view of the fitness station stretch in front of Block 8A.

And as for the developments at site:

Tree planting in progress just in front of Fun World.

Tree planting in progress just in front of Fun World.

The Fitness spot in front of 14A has been paved.

The Fitness spot in front of 14A has been paved.

Wonder if those are bamboo plants at the landing between Blocks 12C and 14.

Wonder if those are bamboo plants at the landing between Blocks 12C and 14.

Wooden decks have been installed at the heated pool.

Wooden decks have been installed at the heated pool.

Paving work at the entrance roundabout looks mostly done.

Paving work at the entrance roundabout looks mostly done.

Front signage has been installed too. Still looks quite bare at the moment though.

Front signage has been installed too. Still looks quite bare at the moment though.

The long stretch of fitness stations in front of Block 8A have been surfaced and painted too.

The long stretch of fitness stations in front of Block 8A have been surfaced and painted too.

The treehouse playground has been decked.

The treehouse playground has been decked.

Wood deck for the library patio is done too.

Wood deck for the library patio is done too.

Very Zen-like Tranquil World.

Very Zen-like Tranquil World.

Wood surfacing at Contemporary Bridge still in-progress.

Wood surfacing at Contemporary Bridge still in-progress.