Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Watching the tide III: Got banana milk?

My neighbour's old door. He now has a spanking new one!
KUDOS to the upgrading crew who removed and replaced countless sewage pipes. They hacked countless floors and wall tiles, replaced countless squatting loos with seated ones. They must have installed countless grab rails too. It is very, very tough work. I saw one of them in the lift, he was covered from head to toe in dust, pushing a trolley containing pails of cement.

They went about their work cheerfully. They were polite and never demanded anything.  Only when I asked them whether they needed drinks, one of them said "banana milk" -- and the others all nodded enthusiastically. The provision shop near my place said yes, that is their favourite drink. Probably because it gives a lot of energy. (Apparently this milk at the shop was almost sold out -- I only managed to grab a big carton and a small one.)

But upgrading (for me) is still a big hassle. So the foreman (I presume he is the foreman, there were a couple of them going around with walkie-talkies) asked me, "Why you don't want to change gate...So old already! How about your door, don't want to change also? See your neighbour's one? So nice! Bathroom tiles also don't want. Next time you want to change ah, very expensive!"

The gate must be as old as those sewage pipes (now replaced by PVC ones, and painted a gleaming white). But I had recently given it a paint job and it looked good still.. Those mosaic tiles in my bathroom are still good.

If it ain't broke...

Watching the tide II is here: http://bitspiece.blogspot.sg/2015/07/watching-tide-ii.html

6 comments:

streetsing said...

Construction and renovation works are tough especially in our humid country. Just painting the house is exhaustive. Hard to find mosaic tiles nowadays in today's home should keep it unless its leaking :)

Tienyin Lo said...

Yes, indeed! Mosaics are really lasting. They are non slippery too. The only thing is that they are a bit difficult to clean.

streetsing said...

Hope the upgrading works to ur home is completed and u can go back to ur normal routine :)

Tienyin Lo said...

Oh yes, thanks. After about three packets of wet ones for floors, a bottle of bleach and a bottle of detol.

Lay Tin Qua said...

Ta-daa....friend! I chanced upon your blog and hope the renovation is reaching completion and your life can return to normalcy..haha

Tienyin Lo said...

Wah, Ms Qua, how on earth did you stumble upon my blog? Hahaha. Yes, life has returned to normalcy some two weeks back already :)