Archive for July, 2010

Renovating a very old condominium in Singapore

July 25, 2010 8 comments

I recently purchased a “Freehold” condominium in Singapore for a low price of SGD$880,000, about US$628K.

It’s very old for Singapore, about 25 years old located in the central west area of Singapore next to some great shopping.  25 years is ancient in Singapore where new condos/buildings are going up every hour. 

The good news is that many condos next to mine are going for 1.5 times a price premium (at the least) making this place a pretty good buy if you intend on keeping it.

Here are some pics when I took it over:

IMG_0172 IMG_0189 IMG_0178 IMG_0179 IMG_0181 IMG_0191IMG_0185   IMG_0174

It gets worse, trust me, so I only included the tidy pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Anyhow, I obviously need to renovate since I will be moving there soon with my wife, and she likes a clean place too.

Basically, the entire condo will be renovated.  All flooring will be pulled up, all walls retiled or repainted, new everything, etc. etc. etc.

It’ll cost a lot, around 50K USD for all of the work – then I need to buy the appliances, etc.

Kind of a waste of money, renovation is, but since the condo is a freehold, it’ll be worth it in the long run I think.


Gotta include one of the wife 🙂

Anyhow, more on this condo renovation next posting – I will show you the CAD drawings I’m creating and the software I’m using.  It’ll be cool 🙂



Moving my blog to WordPress

July 21, 2010 2 comments


I’m in the process of moving my blog (what few posts there are) to WordPress.

Windows Live Spaces was fine, but didn’t allow users to post anonymous comments.  Unfortunately, Microsoft wants the world to use their Live ID authentication system, while the rest of the world just wants to leave a simple comment without having to log in and all of that hassle.

WordPress looks good and easy to use, and it works with the best, free blogging editor I’ve been able to find… Windows Live Writer 🙂

If you know of something better, I’m all eyes.