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I'll be writing a 4 piece series with Philips Avent in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week in August.

This is my final piece: Transitioning back to work. Have you read the first few pieces? I wrote about my pre-preparation for Aidan's arrival, bringing Aidan home and a dad's role.

I won't lie. Going back to work was hard. The first day I left Aidan, I cried. Honestly, I hated going back to work and being apart from Aidan.

It is still hard but it's much better now. My last piece will focus on how I managed to transition back to work.

Pre-preparation.

16 weeks of maternity leave is way too short. Seriously. In the beginning, Skai and I thought of sending Aidan to my MIL's place (she will be the primarily caregiver while I'm back at work) a week before I started work so that it would be easier for me to be apart from Aidan.

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OMG this one must share to my crazy fellow Shopbop fans!!! The Shopbop Friends & Family Sale is on!!!!

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Enjoy 25% off when you use the Shopbop promo code INTHEFAM25! Do remember to check out the list of exclusions here!

Sale begins today 12 noon till Friday 11.59am! Let me know what did you buy! Do share your favourite buys with me!

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As some of you guys may know, I collected my keys to my spanking new BTO not too long ago. I joined my BTO group discussion on Facebook since we first ballotted our keys years ago. From the group discussion, we learnt a lot of stuff e.g. beginning of key collections, group deals, tips and tricks!

One of my neighbours had actually recommended and had organised a group buy with Ark Interior who specialises in defects checking.

We decided to take up the deal after reading about the crazy amount of defects other HDB owners have spotted. After waiting 4 years for a premium BTO, one would expect a decent place right?

We were wrong. Upon collecting our keys, Wee Kwang from Ark Interior (at the time of inspection, I understand that he has left to Absolute Inspection now) and his crew inspected our humble 4 room flat.

Ark Interior, Absolute Inspection

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Our yearly friend, the haze is back! Personally I'm feeling quite unwell from the haze and thus decided to share some tips on how to combat the dreaded haze!

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You've probably read my last few entries about my preparation for my new place. During my journey in searching for a contractor/interior designer, I've encountered plenty of hiccups.

While I have yet to commence on my renovation journey (due to the pantangness of the 7th month), here are some tips on shortlisting a contractor or an interior designer!

Hopefully our tips may help lessen your headache when selecting your prospective partner interior designer or a contractor.

For us, we first set up meetings where we share 1) our needs 2) our wants and 3) our floorplan. From there, we used these methods to shortlist our preferred contractors and interior designers.

1. Rapport

This is the number 1 most important rule to me. If you feel like you can't work with them, forget about them. If you feel that you can't get along with the potential contractor/interior designer, just don't bother.

I met a very irritating Interior Designer from T*** S******** who insisted that we did not brief him on a specific item (we had requested for a brick wall in our meeting which was highlighted in the pdf brief that I sent across BEFORE meeting the fella and also recapped in email).

He also seemed very forgetful and just didn't seem to hit it off with us. So no go!

Another, a contractor from K*** arrived at our house in a foul mood. Not only that, he was late for more than an hour and pretty hard to reach. Alarm bells were ringing in our heads. NEXT!

Remember that you'll have to work with this individual for at least a month. If he/she ain't gonna get along with you, it's gonna hurt working with him/her!

2. Creativeness

For us, we shared our needs and wishes. Any contractor or interior designer can well.... 'follow the brief' and do exactly what we requested. But a good contractor/interior designer will recommend alternatives and suggest the best way possible to suit your needs with aesthetic and functional purposes.

But of course, do your research as per our previous post on things to prepare when searching for an interior designer. Know your stuff so that you won't be agreeing blindly to everything your contractor/interior designer say.

Most of all, gauge how creative (and yet functional) your prospective contractor or interior designer is towards meeting your needs.

3. Cost

In the end, cost would be a huge factor in deciding on your prospective contractor or interior designer. If the initial quote does not meet your budget, talk to them. If they are able to suggest alternatives, it'll be great.

But in the end, we had to drop a couple of interior designers due to the high costs sadly. Also, do take note that some interior designers are GST registered. This means your cost would likely to go up by 7% more. Do factor that in too.

Here are just some tips to make your search for an Interior Designer or Contractor in Singapore, a little less painful.

Will be sharing more tips once we've started on our renovation. Wish us luck!!!! Should you have any recommendations, please comment! We'll also be sharing on possible places where you can shop for furniture!

Should you'll like to collaborate, we'll be more than happy! ;)

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