Day 11 – 2nd June – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Windows

I’m lucky enough to have gotten a room with big windows.

Switched on the lights for this picture. Getting dark inside at 5.30 pm.

The view I get is pretty fantastic. Well, for a concrete jungle. I tend to focus on the clouds.

A grey day today at 5:30 pm

But looking up or down, the view is expansive and this helps me in feeling less closed in, and for that I’m grateful. In my mind I soar from cloud to cloud, from rooftop to rooftop.

(Like, you know, Janet in Runaway. But of course even in my mind I don’t look half as fabulous and sexy and cheery as she does doing it, but yeah.)

Same view, 6:30 am today. I’ve stood in front of the big window and watched the changing colours of the early morning several times now. It’s pretty special.
Turning my head left, I see this. 5:30 pm today.
Same view, 6:30 am today
View from the smaller window. That’s City Square Mall on the left, and City Square Residences on the right. 5:30 pm today.

That traffic junction is to cross over to reach Mustafa Centre. (I miss you, Mustafa! So much! ๐Ÿ˜ฟ )
Looking up a bit.

Signing off with Janet. Ms.Jackson, if you’re nasty!

Before & Before photos

Finally started to take some proper photos of my body to see if there’s any change after slogging to all those YouTube fitness videos.

There’s just a month between these photos below, but I was still hoping to discern some difference.

Left: 1st May, Right: 1st June

The more I stare at it the more I *think* I can see an itsy bitsy just teeny weeny bit difference, but maybe it’s just wishful thinking in my head.

That, or it could be the lighting. I couldn’t get the same lighting as they couldn’t be shot in the same place. The photo on the right was taken yesterday in the hotel room I am in now for my quarantine.

And maybe I was also sucking in my stomach extra hard ๐Ÿ˜‚.

Let’s not call this “Before & After”. Let’s just call it ‘Before – Part 1 & Before – Part 2” instead. Let’s hope the next one will be a proper Before & After instead of involving a Before – Part 3.

But you know what, f**k it, this is my journey.


The fun revelation though is the big difference lighting can make. Check out the photo below I took in a different part of the room. I actually almost look buff here! If I squint really hard I can make out the beginnings of a bicep. All just because the light from the window hits me on my side, not front. Crazy.

Moving into the bathroom next, even the photo in there makes my body look a bit better than what it looks like in real life. Lighting really is everything. Yes okay I’m still sucking in my belly like crazy, but you know what I mean.

Hello, bathroom selfie! Pleased to make your acquaintance, I’ve heard so much about you. Let’s be friends. ๐Ÿคฎ ๐Ÿคญ

By the way I’m not showing my face in these shots because I’m shy, I mean vain. If I achieve a nice body one day God willing, maybe I’ll be happy to attach my face to it. Maybe.

Day 10 – 1st June – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Bedside table

What I like most about this table is how unexpectedly well the white onyx top goes with the rest of this barn-inspired design. It certainly elevates the simple, laid back look with some elegant polish.

The onyx is so pretty, with an almost mystical quality to it. ๐Ÿ˜ I love it.

The base design, hmm, it looks lovely but to be honest I’m not crazy about furniture parts other than the legs touching the floor. Why? Because I want to easily do my weekly cleaning of the floor (sweep, vacuum, mop) without having to move the furniture.

And I suppose it’s drawerless for the crate look, for the barn feel or shabby chic idea or whatever, but I would give it a drawer. In wicker. Or, to match, the material already in use at the open wardrobe.

Yes that’s the one. The bottom one.

It looks bigger than its 45x45cm (approx.18″) size. In a layout drawing, that size would look squeezy and might be cause for concern, but as I’ve seen and experienced here myself, it’s really comfortably big enough.

Day 9 – 31st May – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Open Wardrobe

I like this clean, crisp design. Maybe some people might call it Scandinavian or whatever, but it brings to my mind the traditional Japanese house with its sliding doors.

Lived in

I don’t like having to look at this clutter, which is why I don’t like open wardrobes. Unless I’m staying at a budget hotel like, say, an Ibis, then it can’t be helped because the rooms are a lot smaller. But this room is spacious and I don’t believe this is a budget hotel ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ

The dedicated closet for iron and its board is neat, but wasted space when hung in the middle like this. They both could be moved to one side, making space for small drawers or cubbyhole storage.

Especially since there’s not a single drawer in the whole wardrobe to put underwear and other small items, which is my main negative feedback about this wardrobe.

The safe is not deep enough to store my 17″ laptop, unless I prop it up at an angle (as shown in the last photo above), and I wouldn’t be comfortable having to leave it like that for long periods of time.

And yeah this is the laptop that went into a coma on me and which I can’t use until I’ve changed the hard drive. What perfect timing! Three weeks stuck in this room and I can’t even use my f**king laptop. Argh!! ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฎ

The aluminium rail looks nice, but the clanging sound of the metal hook of a hanger against it annoys me. (Yes, sorry, I’m rather anal about noise) I would line the rail with velvet cloth or vinyl, for a quieter, gentler clothes hanging experience ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿคซ *bliss*๐Ÿ˜‚

I love the colours and materials used, including the minimalist lines of the black metal frame and especially the linen-like wallpaper covering. Elegant and soothing to the eyes. Once again, it makes me think of a Japanese traditional house.

Day 8 – 30th May – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Electrical Socket with USB charging port

This is pretty neat and reminds me that I really should change some of my electrical sockets at home to those with USB charging ports like this one. That would free up the main socket for another device.

There are three in this room: one at the desk, and one on each side of the bed. The ones at the bed are also international power outlets, an added convenience factor which makes them even cooler.

Day 7 – 29th May – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Floor Finishes

I really like the taupe shades of the laminate flooring of the room. The colour is pleasing and soothing, and because you can lean towards both modern greys or classic beiges and tans when it comes to furnishing, it’s really fabulously versatile. Warm gold or cool silver shades for metals likes doorknobs and switch plates? Either one would look good with this floor.

The wood grain design is also beautiful and looks so natural. If I gaze at a wide area it makes me think a bit of a shag carpet! Maybe that’s why I find it cozy and warm.

Bedroom floor with colours/materials of curtains and armchair.
A touch of glamour with a bit of granite for the threshold between bedroom and bathroom.
Bathroom tiles with colours of wall finishes.
Floor trap with tile insert, 13x13cm (approx.5″). Note also how its problematic location is resolved with a neat cutout of the built-in concealment for the WC plumbing.
A smaller floor trap in the shower. I’ve never seen that small size before in a shower. 8x8cm (approx.3″)
Different colours and materials in harmony together.

Day 6 – 28th May – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Food packaging & serving

This is how the Food Fairy leaves my meals, three times a day. He/She/They press the doorbell and will have completely vanished from the corridor by the few seconds I take to slip on my mask and get to the door. I think they are as scared of my germs as I am of theirs.

(Can’t wait to do the post for that hideous carpet!)

When I first arrived last Sunday evening, I was given this set of cutlery in the lobby, so even before I stepped into the room. Love it. I’ve always wanted to be all precious and grandly whip out my own cutlery when out at the hawker centre or food court ๐Ÿ˜‚

Example of Breakfast

Usually stingy with the jam ๐Ÿฅบ, but no matter, as I’ve packed my own jam! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคญ

Example of Lunch. I love fried fish ๐Ÿ˜ป This meal was yummy.
Example of Dinner. I love me some green leafy vegetables. This was a nice meal too.

I have to say the portions are too small for my liking and what I’m used to. (Thank God I’ve brought a snack. See previous post) It’s like we’re at a fat farm to prepare for a supermodel pageant or something.

I cope by telling myself that this is the proper portion for an adult. That I’ve been eating 2x or 3x the portion of rice all these years, and that’s why I’m overweight ๐Ÿ˜‚. So yeah, I guess I’m on quarantine AND a diet. *sucks in cheeks*

All the meals are labelled with when they were first ready, and when you should not be consuming them anymore, for safety’s sake ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸฝThat’s actually important information and much appreciated. Food poisoning would suck at any time but to happen during quarantine would make it far worse.

Day 5 – 27th May – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Desk

Barely 45cm/17.5″ deep (for comparison a kitchen counter is 60cm/23.5″) the desk is surprisingly adequate.

I like the barn-inspired or industrial design or whatever you call that design now. It matches the floor and the rest of the room. Neutral colour scheme without being boring, and pleasant to look at.

The laminate surface selected for the table top provides a welcome contrast yet goes well with the veneer of the fridge cabinet. It’s also pleasant to the touch.

While not a subject of this post, I’d like to say I appreciate the comfy chair. It gives proper support to my lower back. However, it slides around a bit too easily when I lean in to write, so I constantly have to consciously brake. Not a big deal to me, though.

The cabinet contains the minibar fridge
Location of vents for the fridge. – Inadequate, as every time I open the cabinet housing the fridge, I can feel a bit of hot air released.
How the desk looks like lived in.
The ‘kitchen corner’ of my desk ๐Ÿ˜„
– I can’t believe this sign is necessary! Some guests are really too much. ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜คโ˜น๏ธ And when they say “food items” I’m guessing they mean instant noodles ๐Ÿ˜‚
My therapist. Tom Hanks had Wilson in Cast Away, I have Suzy. She’s good! Patient, understanding, and doesn’t interrupt me. In fact come to think of it she’s never spoken. Highly recommended.
Afternoon snack: instant oatmeal
Grocery list, after coming across NTUC supermarket’s website. Hoping the hotel will allow for grocery delivery, not just outside food order delivery.
Motivational list to keep me from moping and keep my ass busy in this ‘luxury prison’.

Day 4 – 26th May – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Bathroom Wall Finishes

I was impressed to see Bianco Carrara marble in the bathroom of a decidedly non-luxe hotel room. Then I quickly realized upon touching it that it was a synthetic veneer of some sort. ๐Ÿ˜นHad me fooled!๐Ÿ˜น But it’s beautiful. Bright, fresh, clean, and modern.

Curiosity had me Googling it, and I was intrigued by what I found. Obviously waterproof for it to be in the bathroom, this panelling comes in a range of marble finishes. Some nice, some some not so nice. I think a factor why the one in this bathroom looks good and effective is because of its low sheen. A high gloss or too distinctive a vein ‘pattern’ might make it look somewhat gaudy and less convincing.

They also come in a range of concrete finish designs, for example the panel installed in the shower, shown in the photo above and two other photos below.

The ‘concrete’ and ‘marble’ selected here go surprisingly well together, I think. It also dials down the posh factor a notch (let’s pretend the Carrara marble is real) to cleverly tie in to the theme of shabby chic lite out in the bedroom.

And it goes soothingly well with the tile selected for the bathroom floor.

I take a bad picture. The floor tile is a truer grey than this, I must had let it take in some of the warm light from the bedroom for it to look more brown.

Day 3 – 25th May – Quarantine Room Design Notes

I rather like this handsome little fella. I ๐Ÿ’œLOVE๐Ÿ’œ the look of the burlap (burlap linen?) fabric. It looks smart and tidy yet affably casual, like a dapper gentleman in a linen suit, Panama hat and loafers. Surprisingly it’s not itchy at all and in fact I love the feel of it against my bare arms.

I like the size. It’s not too big, but big and deep enough to accommodate a big behind, I should think. Armrests are the perfect size too. Big armrests are unnecessary and would render the piece unsuitable for small or tiny spaces. I also love how low they are so I can sit with a leg over one as I sometimes do.

Two things I don’t like, though. 1. The backrest is too low. I prefer one that I can rest my head against.

2. No legs at the back, for its decline-back design (see side photo above). I like my armchairs (in fact all furniture) to have void space below throughout so it’s easier to vacuum and/or mop the floor.

So, for a burlap armchair or sofa: do I file it under “Things I’d love for my own home in the future”? YES!