Welcome to our blog! Ling is a former biology teacher but now on adjunct-teaching, and myself – CY – currently working in a tertiary institution. The both of us have been together for a while, and were married in November 2006. Our daughter, Hannah, joined our family in June 2009 and she was joined by Peter in June 2013.

Our blog entries themes have evolved over the years, including phases where we ranted of living and working in Singapore, dining at foodcourts, recipes when cooking at home, and the current general focus now – as young parents, technology, photography, and of stuff about our home. This web site has been around since early 1996, and I’ve been writing my reflections and muses here since that time though most of the posts before 2000 were lost when we transited between host providers.

Our web site is privately own, paid for and maintained. We do not receive sponsored products or services to review – whether it’s our vacations/holidays we take, our dining experiences, or tech toys that we buy. So when we like something and say so, it’s really because. Similarly if we say something didn’t work for us, it’s exactly just that. We are not influenced by any commercial agencies nor affiliated to social media influencer companies, and are not obligated to express anything other than our genuine and earnest perspectives, though we do strive to say so politely and responsibly. In short, we are fully independent.

We’re glad to have you visit our site. Do enjoy your stay here, and God bless!

Disclaimer too: none of the three authors in this blog are representing our respective institutions and workplaces in the materials we write and post here.

Also, this is a privately owned space albeit in public sphere, and the only full freedom of expression allowed here is for persons known personally to us. Profanity-laden strangers, please visit someone else’s blog.

Updated Jun 2016.

82 Comments to Welcome

  1. Vivian says:


    Could you let me know the ID you used? Many thanks in advance!

  2. CY says:

    Sure – will email you later too.

  3. M&M says:

    Hi, I read your blog with much interest. Would be grateful if you could share with us the two IDs that you and your wife shortlisted?

    Many thanks.


  4. CY says:

    Hey there. Sure thing – will email you later.

  5. Ian says:

    Hi! Stumbled upon your blog and really like your bedframe! Mind sharing how much was it and the ID you used?

    Thanks in advance!

  6. CY says:

    Hey there. Sure – will email you.

  7. CC says:

    hi there, I have just started my reno … To be honest it’s kinda overwhelming. We realized along the way, we have few change of mind moments. Stumbled upon your blog and it helped alot! Would you mind sharing your contacts for ceiling fans (Crestar), solar film and blinds too? Thanks in advance and have a great week!

  8. Janice C says:

    Hi Came across your blog when searching fr reno info. Thank you for putting up the info. Really useful. I used to keep a parenting blog w great readership. Unfortunately, its now locked ( was locked before my first feature in newspaper. Had to protect my familys privacy) and I also kept a reno blog. Anyway, just dropping you a note to say thanks fr info .. :)

  9. CY says:

    Sure thing – will email you later.

  10. Timothy says:

    Hi! Can I also have the contacts for the fans? Your blog really helped me in my planning for my coming bto:) Thank you for your hard work!

  11. CY says:

    Sure – will email you later too.

  12. Angela says:

    Hi! I would like to have your id contact if that’s possible? Thank you for the useful info you have shared!

  13. CY says:

    Hey there. Sorry for the late reply. Will email you our contact.

  14. Loh says:

    Hi CY,

    Can u pls share with me your contact for the decking.
    I read your good reviews and would like to get the same product and contractor to do our balconies.
    Thanks in advance

  15. CY says:

    Hey there; will email you later.

  16. Rachel Tan says:

    Hi Chek Yang

    Will be renovating my new place soon. Could let me have the contacts for your designer & decking ? Thanks in advance.

  17. CY says:

    Sure thing; will email you now.

  18. HL says:


    came across your blog while researching for reno ideas.
    possible to share the 2 IDs you shortlisted?

    you have a very detailed write-up on the whole reno process, i am still trying to go through all of them.

    thks for sharing

  19. CY says:

    Hey there; thanks for visiting. Sure thing – will email you shortly.

  20. YL says:

    Hi CY,

    I found your blog very informative esp on your renovation process. We just got keys to our place and we’ve two young kids too.
    Can you share your ID contact and ceiling fans? I would also like some feedback on the invisible grilles company you engaged. Are the grilles still in good condition after a few years?

    Thanks so much!

  21. CY says:

    Sure thing; will email you in a minute.

  22. JT says:

    Hi! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog posts, especially those on your reno process.

    Would you mind sharing with me the contacts of your ID and the other potential ID? Also, please share your curtains contact as I am considering venetian blinds.

    I’ll be engaging Legate as well, hope it goes well for me as it went for you!

    Thank you very much!

  23. CY says:

    Sure; will email you later.

  24. DL says:


    Would like to know the contacts of your final shortlist 2 IDs?

    Thank you for sharing!

  25. CY says:

    Hey there. Thanks for visiting our blog. Will email you later.

  26. Jac says:

    Hi CY,

    I would like to check if you are aware of any swim class for kids in Minton ? Many Thanks

  27. CY says:

    Hey there; let me email you on that later.

  28. Rachel Tan says:

    Hi CY

    Am looking around for LED lights and was shocked by the price range.

    May I know if your 2nd batch of lights are better & more lasting ?

  29. CY says:

    Hi Rachel. The new lights have fared much better than the ones we had when we first moved in. We installed the new ones for more than a year now and all of them are still working.

  30. Grace says:

    Hi CY,
    How are you ? I have followed the posts on this site especially on the renovation works. So thankful to have come aceoss your detailed analysis of the various aspects of the ID’s deliverables.
    May I please ask if you can share with me the ID’s contact details ?

    Thank you very mich in advance.

  31. Grace says:

    Apologies for the various horrifying spelling errors! This is what happens when using mobile phones and trying to ask questions!

    Cheers, Grace

  32. CY says:

    No worries. I’ll reply you later too with my ID contacts. Thanks!

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