Voice by: Jim Carrey
This is a story of two worlds. One LARGE and one very very small. It all begins with a little speck of dust. When a cataclysmic event causes this speck of dust to become displaced, it is sent floating through the air. Horton the elephant is enjoying life in the Jungle of Nool when he notices the speck and hears what sounds like a tiny voice calling for help. Horton tries to show his neighbours... but no one else can hear it, and they don't believe him. Horton is convinced that there's a world living on that piece of dust, and it needs his help. We quickly learn that Horton is right. Living on the speck is a population of 'Who's' who live in Whoville. When Horton connects with the Mayor, the Who's soon learn that their entire world is vulnerable to destruction, and Horton is their only hope. Together, the Mayor and Horton need to work together to save Whoville.
Yup above is the show which i watched with Hubby this week.
Thursday hubby took leave as we was to meet two ID.. However one of them fall sick.. So we decided to eat our lunch at TBP then catch one show.. Happen that i wanna watch Horton.. Well i can say the show quite heart warming and fun in some scenes.. Most of all.. Not much people watching at that timing.. Cos we watch 2.50pm slot.. Hei hei.. (^.^)v
After show, we bought dinner for my parent before rush off to another ID appointment.. Erm.. Turn out quite good. Now waiting for the final quotation out.
Oh one bad news too all taking their key this year onwards.
Home makeovers hard hit by price hikes
Spike in building material prices, labour crunch pushing renovation costs up by 20% this year
By Jessica Cheam
PLANNING to renovate your home? If so, be prepared to pay 20 per cent more.
Construction costs - for both big projects and home renovations - have risen due to a rise in raw material prices and labour costs. And they are expected to increase even more this year.
Industry experts say overall construction costs are expected to rise by another 15 to 20 per cent this year - following a 40 per cent spike in the last two years.
A global spike in raw material prices, and a construction resources and manpower crunch here, are to blame for the relentless rise, say market players.
In particular, prices of reinforcing steel bars - used extensively in construction - have soared 64 per cent from $753 per tonne in January last year to $1,235 this January, according to data from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).
Rising global demand for steel, fuelled by a building boom in developing countries such as China, India and Vietnam, is pushing prices up sharply.
The price of cement rose 30 per cent to $117 per tonne in the same period.
Consumers' pockets are hard hit by the price hikes. Contractors say home owners now have to fork out up to 20 per cent more for renovation works.
Renovating a 110 sq m five-room HDB flat, for example - which would have cost $80,000 at most at the start of last year - would now mean forking out $100,000, said contractor Steven Koh, 51, of Colorado Design.
But there is good news: the extra cost of building a new home is unlikely to be passed on to flat buyers.
Real Estate Developers Association of Singapore executive director Chia Hock Jin said developers cannot simply pass on the costs: 'It's the market that determines the prices.'
Given the recent cooling of the property market, price hikes for homes are also unlikely.
Local developer Frasers Centrepoint Homes said it has partly absorbed the rising costs and has also tried to mitigate them by adopting more efficient ways of building and securing raw material in bulk.
Construction costs typically make up 20 to 25 per cent of the total cost of a development, with the bulk coming from land cost, said Mr Seah Choo Meng, executive chairman of quantity surveying firm Davis Langdon & Seah Singapore.
Meanwhile, main contractors are starting to feel the pinch, with price rises eating into their profit margins. Wacon Construction & Trading, hired for a $5million spruce-up of MacRitchie Reservoir, was recently reported to have gone bust due to the hikes in raw material prices.
Mr Simon Lee, executive director of the Singapore Contractors Association Limited, said contractors had only a small margin in factoring such rises into building tenders.
One source of relief is the stabilising prices of sand, granite and concrete. BCA's latest data show prices of these materials are easing, after an artificial spike following Indonesia's abrupt ban of land sand exports last February. Still, compared to January last year, these prices have escalated and, in some cases such as sand, even doubled.
Mr Lee said there was concern that developers were slow in paying contractors, especially those affected by the sand ban, which might exacerbate contractors' cash-flow problems.
Mr Seah said he does not expect the construction crunch to abate, predicting that constructing demand will go up to $27 billion this year.
Up by 20% wor.. Not 5% or 10%... is 20%... so i can foresee quite a few of my friends going to hit hard on this.. So word of advice. Do what you need. Save for later to add on.. Don't do all at one shoot.
Ok back to main topic..
Thursday nite, stay over at hubby house.. Then friday afternoon mj with hubby, BIL and MIL.. Me is the biggest loser.. $3.. hahaha.. Cos we play small small la.. Just to kill time..
Then hubby came to my house to stay over... Finally.. So happy sia.. We walked ard to buy food and watch vcd... love lazing with hubby..
Sat, busy but fun.. Cos i gotta cook ceral prawns (yes again) for my neighbour cos she having her bday celebration.. Hubby love to cook together with me.. lol.. Mummy say how nice to have him helping out.. BUT... HIS AIM IS TO PLAY!!!
Ok la.. in the end let him fried the prawns.. While i do the finishing step..
After that we went to Redhill Mkt to eat our dinner... Night activities is Prawning.. Hahhaha.. Lost touch on catching prawns le.. So bad result.. But hubby and i have quite alot of fun la.. Cooked riceball for darling to eat before he went home..
Today planning to go town area... Yeah.. Later then meet hubby... Ok la.. Mummy nagging me to eat my lunch le.. Tata..