Saturday, May 31, 2014

BTO or Resale?

Went to my cousin's house warming today. Their new flat at Punggol. Haha bf and I took this opportunity to ask my uncle to go w us to the bto site to take a look and give us his opinions. Cos we're undecided if we should take it or buy resale. 

Went around the estate, parked next to the project and walked in the tall grass to look ard, and he drove into the construction site. LOL. Fearless.
Based on the built foundations I would say we actually drove right up to the drop off point at the future block of we were to pick it. Hahahaha. He says we should go for it. Hope when the time comes, the unit we want is still available.
Climbed up the stairs at the nearby LRT to see the view. The reservoir is just behind those trees. 
Going to go see a resale flat at amk tmr evening. Hmmmmm.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Home to call our own?

Maybe I should start writing this down to remember the whole process. So.... Last November we tried to put our names into the balloting box for a place to call our own. I had my eye on the Hougang  Meadow project. But we didn't even managed to get a queue number. Results were released in late January and the next BTO opened shortly after that. We decided to try again and so we tried for Punggol Bayview. The place overlooks the reservoir, but only the 5room units had good views. So.... we tried for the 5room. The ballot results came out around March, also slightly before they released the next batch of BTO units. We got a number!!! BUT! Our number was HUGGGEEE. Like wayyy back in the queue. But thankfully within the total number of units available.

And so the waiting game began. I was like a stalker (still am), stalking the HDB site constantly, to see when the units started disappearing. We had 2 choice units in 2 different blocks picked out, but I guess everyone thought the same because they got snapped up at the light. =( Upset, but now to look for other choice units. Our plan is that if we don't find something suitable to our taste, we'd forgo this project and look for a resale. Because location wise, Punggol isn't really ideal. But for the view it provides and for the price of a brand new 5room in Punggol vs a resale 4room in Amk with probably not ideal view, why not, right?

Not sure what we'd actually do when the time comes for us to pick, but our appointment is coming soon! Next Friday!!! So... excited and scared. Another step closer to another milestone in life.

Oh and I'm thoroughly confused by everyone about fengshui. So... which direction should your flat face? And which part of the house do you determine that as the "face"?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Purebreed vs Mongrel


I was posed this really interesting and thought-provoking question by the human from We Live In A Flat via Instagram.

Thing is, after thinking it through, I don't really think there's a difference, unless it's physical. And there are so many variables!!

Thing is, Mango is not exactly a typical Sheltie. That was what I told her. Or at least from what I can tell from this year and half of having Mango around and comparing him to other Shelties I've met. Okay let's check it against a checklist!


Shelties:
1)     Lively: not really, intelligent: I've seen him make some really stupid decisions, playful: not quite, trainable: yes, and willing to please and obey: most of the time?2)     Athletic: Not at all.
3)     Loving: yes, loyal: yes, and affectionate with their family: yes-ish, but are naturally aloof with strangers: yes.
4)     Do well with children if they are reared with them from an early age: Seems like he likes children quite a bit.
5)     Vocal dogs: YES only at home, not a sound when we're out of the house, and are very alert to outside stimuli: YES. The average Sheltie is an excellent watch dog: YES.
6)     The herding instinct is strong in many Shelties: NO.
7)     They love to chase and herd things, including squirrels, ducks, children, and if an owner is not watchful, cars: No.
8)     Shelties love to run in wide-open areas: NO, he stuck to me like super glue when we were at The Green Corridor (off leash) and any instances when he is off-leash.
9)     Some Shelties get so excited or anxious that they perform a fast series of tight spins without chasing their tails: No, but maybe jump around.

So as you can see, Mango doesn't tick “YES” for everything. Thing with Mango is that I got him when he was slightly past 2years? And he came from a petshop. So I don't have access to his birth history and have no idea how he spent his formative years (though I have a pretty good clue).

You have to factor these in when you want to compare a “Sheltie” with any other breed. Are you comparing a breed standard Sheltie, or just My Sheltie? And what about your Mongrel? What kind of mongrel? Any recognisable breed in the mix? Where was the dog from? What were the parents like? Are we talking about mongrels in general or are we talking about Donna, whom I've interacted with before she was adopted?

I personally think there isn't much difference unless it's physical.

Although, some breeds are built to do something which I don't think will change much even if store-bought or not. Like hunting dogs. Or guard dogs. Everything outside of that particular characteristic that makes that breed, that breed, are the same. I mean, you go looking for a puppy who will go well with your family, is happy, not nervous, friendly with other dogs and all those positive traits, right? Nobody goes looking for a nervous wreck/shy/aggressive/crazy puppy, right?

Reasons:
  • Genetics
I've seen purebred dogs from proper breeders with the sweetest temperament and the same breed dog which is like a dog from hell with the worst temperament that was store-bought. But I'm not saying that all breeder's dogs will have good genetics (only if they are responsible enough to do thorough checks and breed selectively) and not all store bought puppies are crazy (if you're lucky/unlucky enough because you'll never meet its parents so you'll never know what to expect. But the chances of you getting a “lemon” from a store-bought puppy is pretty high because…look at the stats for unethical breeding. In-breeding is rampant in puppymills and all those recessive traits. *shudder* Also, how do you think your puppy will be like if the mother is scared throughout her entire pregnancy? But I've also seen dogs like Echo who was store-bought turn out to be wonderful dogs. So it's like a gamble when you get a puppy without knowing it's parents.

For mongels, I've actually seen puppies from different litters in the same environment. This allows for a fair-enough comparison? Mother A was rescued from the streets, highly wary of humans, quite aggressive in the beginning. Her puppies born in the shelter have shy/nervous qualities, are highly wary of people, and are not so open to making new friends /exploring, sometimes even slightly aggressive. Mother B was also rescued, but is very friendly, very happy to see people, loves anything and everything. Her puppies were also born in the shelter and are well-adjusted, very happy/playful/curious/friendly dogs. Both were born in the same place, same upbringing, but why are they so different?

  • Upbringing
The other point is upbringing. Even if you have the perfect puppy with the perfect temperament, no matter the breed, if you don't start right, genetics can't help you, man. If you don't teach it, don't socialise it, don’t correct bad behaviour, should you still expect your dog to know what it should know/do just because it came from good genes? Good genes can only ensure you so much. Like I can guarantee you that this puppy will be like the mother, the most gentle, sweetest dog, ONLY IF you train it well after you bring it home.

But if you're lucky enough to get a problem child, there is always training to help solve issues. Though it will be a long and hard road to solving some issues. 

Take Buddha from “CutieandtheBeast”. Buddha is really really good with Sienna. And he's a Doberman. The typical stereotype would be that Dobermans are aggressive! But no, look at Buddha. He was from a reputable breeder and picked for his temperament, and trained by the owner to be the amazing dog he now is. This is why you need to buy responsibly. And not support disgusting puppymills with puppies of dubious backgrounds.

And so to conclude my long grandmother story, I'd say that there is not much differences in temperament or breed characteristics between Sheltie and Mongrel. It all boils down to genetics and upbringing.

P.s: I think this has got to be my longest entry in a long while! Haven't typed so much in forever! But I've ever thought about this before so… I've got plenty to say here. Hahahaha.

Ok bye.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Ring Problems

The weather can kill me. It's too hot!!! How I wish I was back in hk. I'd rather freeze to death than melt in this heat. 

Anyway on Sat we went to T&Co to get the ring resized.. But!!! They don't have stock in the whole of Sg. Only have the gold one. But mine is rose gold. So... They will have to contact the NY office for stock. But no guarantees, because it's a soon to be discontinued design. Don't know to be happy or sad. They better have it in my size!!! I want to wear my ring!!

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Biggest surprise

That magical moment
Am so happy I can't sleep so I better write this down. He proposed today!! Today meaning 5th May, as it's past midnight. And it came as a huge surprise because I totally didn't expect it and it was so romantic!! Ahhhh. Thing is, we're not in Sg!! I'm on a holiday with my 2 friends in Hk and we were at Disneyland watching the fireworks when suddenly I heard a familiar voice behind me asking if I dropped something. Turned around and there he was, holding onto a ring. Kind of went into shock because the fireworks just started and I was busy trying to take pictures Hahahaha. #failgf. He actually told me to go back to taking pictures first. LOL. I kept turning around to ask him why was he here how he got here how come I don't know!!!??

Apparently he planned this and contacted Demi to let him know where we were so he could come find me during the fireworks. Haha. Sneaky. And he took leave and flew here this morning!! Ahhhhh. Super touched. >.<

I'm still in shock. And swimming in happiness.

I love you so much! Thank you for this unforgettable moment!!

And YES I DO!!

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When we entered Disneyland ytd, the announcement told us to have a magical day! I said "Yes I will"! Little did I know how true that would be. Hehe


Queued up to take photos with the Chip and Dale!! Love this photo!


Waiting for the fireworks to start!! And right before that moment *^-^*

"Pursuit of happiness"

So apparently he posted this on fb!! But he blocked me so I didn't realise that he posted something. Major awwww. #heartmelt. He flew all the way here for this!!! Ok la and also to do a little holiday trip cos I'm going back today and he's staying here till Thurs. Haha. We're an odd couple.


Annnndddd!!! The ring!!! Omg la he actually went to T&Co to buy!!! Omg melt. But probably need to resize cos it's a little big. I don't wanna lose it!!! My first little blue box. Ahhhhhh. 

After disneyland, we went to have dinner tgt with my friends. Oh ya he contacted Demi so he could find us when we reached. Lol. So cute. I thought my bf wasn't one for romantic gestures, but I was wrong!! 

And dinner was the worst. Didn't even finish a quarter of my rice. Bleh. But it can't spoil my night!!!

<3. 

Thank you love. This is one memorable trip 😊