Lin Peifen splurges on $100k revamp for new condo

The YES 933 DJ’s swanky west-side residence even boasts a special “cat highway” (that cost thousands of dollars) for her three fur-kids

Lin Peifen splurges on $100k revamp for new condo
13 Mar 2017

Lin Peifen splurges on $100k revamp for new condo

Photos: Lin Peifen

It’s only March and YES 933 DJ Lin Peifen has already made two big moves since the year began: in January, her radio station relocated to the new Mediacorp Campus from its old Caldecott Hill studio, and last month, her family shifted into a four-room condo in the island’s west area.

One major reason – or rather, four of them – for her personal change of address is her brood of babies, 20-month-old son Luke and felines Mr Snuggie, Night and Mono. “My son is growing up so he needs more space to play and run around, and there wasn’t enough room for my cats [in the old house] as well,” the 34-year-old explained to us in a phone interview. “I’ve been wanting to move for a while, but we couldn’t find a suitable place until recently.”

So what’s so special about their new residence? “I like the environment and how it’s surrounded by lots of greenery,” she said. “It’s also convenient because it’s located near places like a shopping mall, train station, park and restaurants.”

In addition to the hefty price they paid for the unit (Peifen requested we keep the figure under wraps), she and her husband, business development project manager Lie Wei Xiang, poured in an additional S$100,000 for renovations to give their abode a chic Japanese and Nordic touch. “I’ve always been fond of this style, and I wanted to give my home a warm, cosy feeling,” she said, adding that the process took over three months and was generally smooth-sailing.

The final look differs greatly from how her hubby originally pictured things. “He wanted the place to have a rugged, industrial feel with steel or iron and other ‘manly’ features, but I thought that looked more like a bachelor pad than a family home,” she said. “However, I did want a rustic look, so our interior designer incorporated details such as an exposed red brick wall.”

Peifen’s fur-kids’ needs were certainly not left out during the planning process – the doting mama had a special “cat highway” installed high above the ground for her precious pets to hang out on, or to hide whenever there are visitors (they are afraid of strangers). The special feature was built in with the surrounding cabinets, shelves and TV console, and cost somewhere around $5,000 to $8,000. “Our interior designer also has two cats of her own, so she was very understanding of our needs.”

Luke plays with the instruments in the study, his favourite room in the new house
13 Mar 2017

Luke plays with the instruments in the study, his favourite room in the new house

Although little Luke is still too young to have much of an opinion on his new surroundings, Peifen revealed that he loves spending time in the study, where there are many musical instruments. “He loves music! We often play the guitar in front of him and we will want him to learn one day. He also knows how to dance and sing along to songs,” she gushed.

However, the lad is also showing signs of the dreaded “terrible twos” phase. “He knows how to throw a tantrum; for example, if you tell him to go to bed and he doesn’t want to, he’ll just start crying,” sighed Peifen. “Not too long ago, I scolded him for knocking over a cup of water because he refused to drink it, and he kicked up a big fuss.”

As it turns out, the usually sweet and amiable Peifen is the fiercer parent. “[My husband and I] don’t argue about our parenting methods, but there have definitely been some differences,” she admitted. “For instance, when Luke cries in public, I believe that you should just let him cry, while my husband will try to comfort him by teasing him or offering him sweets, but I don’t think that’s the right way to teach [Luke] how to deal with his emotions.”

While it appears she already has her hands full with such a feisty toddler, Peifen shared that she and her husband are sticking to their plans to try for a second child. In fact, they picked their new place with the possibility of welcoming an extra family member in mind.

“If we have another baby, he or she can have Luke’s old cot and we will buy a new bed for Luke, and they can share the same room,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if we have a boy or a girl, but I am curious to see what having a daughter is like!”

Catch Peifen with DJs Jeff and Kunhua on their YES 933 morning show, weekdays from 6am to 10am.

Peifen and her family play guitar in their new living room
13 Mar 2017

Peifen and her family play guitar in their new living room

Peifen's cats Mr Snuggie, Night and Mono
13 Mar 2017

Peifen's cats Mr Snuggie, Night and Mono

It looks like Peifen's fur-kids love their new "cat highway"!
13 Mar 2017

It looks like Peifen's fur-kids love their new "cat highway"!

It looks like Peifen's fur-kids love their new "cat highway"!
13 Mar 2017

It looks like Peifen's fur-kids love their new "cat highway"!

The happy Lie family (including two of their kitties!)
13 Mar 2017

The happy Lie family (including two of their kitties!)

Peifen chills in the dining room, while her cat hangs out above her
13 Mar 2017

Peifen chills in the dining room, while her cat hangs out above her

Looks like the cats love hanging out everywhere around the house - not just the "cat highway"!
13 Mar 2017

Looks like the cats love hanging out everywhere around the house - not just the "cat highway"!

The living room (spot the sleeping cat!)
13 Mar 2017

The living room (spot the sleeping cat!)

Peifen's wedding and family photos are neatly hung up on the wall
13 Mar 2017

Peifen's wedding and family photos are neatly hung up on the wall

We also spot a picture of the family with Jacky Cheung!

The living room, dining area and a peek into the bedroom
13 Mar 2017

The living room, dining area and a peek into the bedroom

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