After 40

July 29, 2015

The pains of the past days/The suffering your heart/The preciousness of people close to you/You’ll understand when you are over 40.

The fragrance of wildflowers/ The pain of love/The happiness of your children/You will appreciate when you are over 40.

The pen that doesn’t write the truth,/The missteps you take in life,/The pain that fills your heart,/ You’ll understand when you are over 40.

The hearts that yearn for you/ Generous and heaven-like hands/ The roads that you’ve walked on without a trace/ You’ll understand when you are over 40.

The suffering you’ve caused for your lover/ Fair and unfair judgements you’ve made/ True and false friends/ You’ll understand when you are over 40.

So when the good people leave you/ You sing a dirge/ Your heart will be torn/ The precious value of your parents/ The love of the people in your homeland/ You’ll understand when you are over 40.

Oh my heart, please have mercy on me, this naive man / You really have to cherish your mother/ This you’ll understand when you are over 40/ You must treasure your father / This you’ll understand when you are over 40.


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July 17, 2015

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July 16, 2015

Hi all!

I’ve been pretty excited the past few days since making the first call; I haven’t figured out why I get so animated thinking about calling and texting contractors but for some reason I think it’s super fun. Maybe it’s because I’ve had success with 4 of 5 firms/people I’ve contacted, and also it’s big picture stuff at the beginning which I generally find very appealing. I’m sure once the details come crowding around and demanding decisions as to which of the ten air conditioning brands are to be ours, the pathways and complexities of wiring have to be reckoned with, I’ll be singing a different tune. But let me enjoy what I can. And stop analysing every train of thought in me brain. So here goes!

Basically, John has one favourite dude and so have I. I had also a favourite id firm which I called first of all but they were so busy I was informed their salesperson would take more than a week to get back to me. And we’re working on limited time, so the artistroom escaped. Here are the rest, in no particular articulate order-

1) Artharenovations: We called him because a fashionable friend recommended him, and someone who passes muster with fashionable friends must not be sniffed at. Turns out he’s in Bangkok at the moment, but he’ll call me on Saturday when he returns.

2) JE of renotalk fame: I’m really stoked to get a site visit with this pair! They’re so so popular. They’ll be at our humble abode Tuesday afternoon, and we’ll see where it goes from there. Apparently their quotes are reasonable and workmanship good, the main reason for their popularity. I suspect their price won’t be the most competitive though; pity, cuz they’re my personal favourites.

3) K2LD: this was another hard to get contact that I managed. John’s favourite of the lot. I’m quite impressed by their work too. Wonder how this will go.

4) Mr Y: my parents-in-law’s bathroom person. We think his workmanship is good, and he’s not famous on renotalk so that could mean his pricing will be the lowest of the lot. We’ll see.

Yup, that’s the big 4 for us! Our dear friends did give us other contacts and I’m aware it’s quite common to meet up to ten design firms/contractors but we don’t have that kind of stamina so that’s that. To be honest, I’d have been happy to just meet with our two personal favorites. To be honestttt, one of the other two was a practice call cuz I was tongue-tied and didn’t know what to say. But when I called JE I was still tongue-tied and nervous anyway. Hahaha. So fan girl it’s embarrassing.

Alright, that’s all from me! I’ll update after Tuesday, when we’ve met everyone. I wonder who we’ll have! How interesting.

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July 14, 2015

I can manage an essay.

I’ve learnt a few rules

Je suis enfant

How does this add up for Life?
In other news, we’re starting to contact contractors! Exciting and slightly nerve-wrecking at the same time. Every phone picked up is a victory, every wait for a meeting time is possible rejection. And every message is crafted with much deliberation! Do i say i like his work? Would that be too much? How do i even begin the conversation?? Hmm. Maybe this is how guys feel when asking a girl out. Hehe

P.S not that I’ve made many calls or crafted many messages! I’m just waiting for my favourite contractor to reply; he’s so well-regarded he’s like a celebrity in the reno world! Gosh what is happening; this grown up big people life.