Finally, we get new toilets!
It’s been exactly 10 years since Dear1 and I moved into our own house. When we did renovations 10 years ago, our ID mentioned that Bukit Batok should be doing HIP soon, so we did not change our wood door and the toilet windows. 10 years on, and it’s finally our turn to do HIP. -_- We also don’t know why we allowed our ID to con us into thinking that having the washing machine discharge pipe at the toilet door is acceptable; we’ve tolerated with NOT being able to close the toilet door for the past 10 years. @_@
Finally it was our turn to do HIP where we changed our 2 toilets, and what a depressing 12 days that was! I was getting used to the constant LOUD drilling sounds from the neighbors’ houses, but did not anticipate the huge amount of dust and sand, and the inconveniences of being confined to the sole clean room in the house. It was a messy, gloomy 12 days, but hey, we’ve experienced some sliver linings too. :)
For the first time in 10 years, I spoke to many more neighbors than I have in the past 10 years. We asked each other about the progress of our toilets; we groused about the massive cleaning afterwards; we offered toilet paper when we bump into each other at the temporary toilets at the void deck. Wow.
Baby1 and Baby2 also displayed kindness to Dear1 and I when they offered to exchange their comfy beds with our hard makeshift mattresses. After the first night, Dear1 and I experienced blue blacks on our hips from sleeping on the floor. Baby1 offered to exchange beds first, and also persuaded Baby2 to continue sleeping on the floor for the rest of the HIP. Such sweetness from the kids, aww…..
Being holed up in the kids room the whole time also made me slow down my “fast-paced” SAHM life when there’s literally no housework to do. I become soooo bored that I started to take out the kids’ coloring book to color. I also made various beautiful flowers with the kids’ construction blocks everyday. That’s why they say kids need to be bored, so that they can find creative ways in a limited situation. Same goes for adults I guess, heehee…
Not cooking for 2 weeks also make me appreciate my own cooking. I was hung up on cooking homecook meals 5 days a week. So much effort put in but so little appreciation. During the HIP, we had no choice but to eat out every meal every day. Though food is literally right across the road for us, but after 12 days of eating out, homecooked meals is still the best. :p
The best thing that happened because of HIP must be the throwing out of the spare sink that we’ve stored in the storeroom for the past 10 years. We had an extra sink as we did not install it in the kitchen toilet. We’ve faithfully kept it in the store for 10 years, you know, just in case we’ll ever need it. Now that we have a brand new sink, so adieu you sink, and stop taking up precious storeroom space!
It was a difficult 12 days of HIP, but I’m glad that we have gone through it well. We took care of each other, and the kids were so sweet to Mummy and Papa. Now our toilets are always bright and privacy included!