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Dec 02

About me – introduction

I am Teoalida and I made this website since 2009 to show various works made by me, share knowledge and educational material, and promote my services.

I have a variety of hobbies, doing research, writing articles and making databases about real estate and cars, as well as designing own housing models. Also playing games that involve buildings.

I do not have a full-time job, I fill my time with part-time work at customer request or from personal interest and sell works via website, also doing voluntary work when I can help large number of people.

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Feel free to contact me if you have any enquiry about AutoCAD design, architecture, real estate, research, data mining and analysis, or any other field covered by articles of this website.

All the articles, drawings, 3D models, Word and Excel databases shown on website, is the work of ONE-person. Respect my copyright! Except the photographs, which are linked to the original source or the source is indicated, and HDB brochures.

Portfolio of works and services offered

While most people spend their free time playing games or chatting with friends, myself I developed many creative / artistic hobbies, since childhood I was playing in AutoCAD (3D modelling), Word and Excel, etc. They remain forever and can be shown on website. Even if some works have no real use (playing games isn’t an useless activity too?).

Most of pre-2012 works can be called pure hobbies, done from personal interest rather for a specific customer. Since 2012 I concentrate on working for people and abandoned most of non-paid works. Please leave comments, constructive critics appreciated more than praises.

Housing design – the Virtual City

Apartment DesignI started self-studying architecture in 2008 and I made “Teoalida’s Virtual City” with over 20 apartment block concepts designed for high-density, dozens of apartment layouts from 30 sqm 2-room studio to 150 sqm 5-room and even 200+ sqm penthouses, based on an average 25-35 square meters per capita and 100 sqm average apartment size.

Although designed primarily for artistic purpose, they are fully livable homes and can be built.

 

House DesignStarting from 2010, I completed the Virtual City with landed houses too, detached, semi-detached, terraced and cluster houses (landed condominiums), small and large house plans plus 3D models, currently ranging from 50 sqm 2-bedroom to over 300 sqm and 6 bedrooms, inspired from different parts of world.

(virtual city – because I am not a developer, I don’t have capital to build them).

 

Housing design – architectural services

House DesignThe “Virtual City” 3D artistic hobby, have impressed people dreaming to build a house but also architects, and turned into business since 2012.

My experience was originally limited to making efficient floor plans and 3D models, but since 2013 I learned to make “construction drawings” by laws, fully-dimensioned floor plans, elevations, sections, as required for building permit.

However, architecture is mostly a waste of time rather than a profitable business, and since 2015, due of the success of database business, I rarely do new projects in architecture.

Palace design in AutoCAD

Palace DesignProbably the most beautiful piece of art that I ever made in AutoCAD, this 3D model is a virtual reconstruction of a REAL, abandoned building, which today was left in ruins.

Originally designed in 2006, I improved it in 2009 and 2014 to show you my abilities of 3D modelling in AutoCAD and geometry design.

 

 

Furniture & interior design

Interior DesignIf I design buildings why I would not design 3D models of furniture and interior design too?

I do not have experience in interior design as high like the experience in architecture design, but… feel free to contact me and help me training!

 

 

Car design

Car DesignOne of my older passions was for automobiles, since 2000 I designed side views of few real cars in Paint, also my own car models, in Paint and later in 3D in AutoCAD.

“Teoalida’s Cars” are not very modern or sport cars, but they are designed with as many details is possible, and rendered with all photo-realistic effects available in AutoCAD, to showcase my skills of 3D modelling.

I no longer design cars. Last car I designed was in 2007 (photo).

Car database – research and data analysis

Car DatabaseDue of my passion for automobiles and obsession for doing research, tables and statistics, since 2003 I made a car encyclopedia, several lists in .DOC format and tables in .XLS format which allows you to sort and filter car models. This include a table with 15000+ car models, detailed with 40+ colums of technical data, which required over 1000 hours of work!

A variety of companies are looking for vehicle database are buying my Excel tables, turning my hobby into a business but only after extensive transformation to make my databases suitable for the unexpected audience.

Word books & Excel databases – data mining services

HDB Database

For many years, manual data entry in Excel (sourcing from books, as seen in this video) or manual copy-pasting from websites, was my only way of creating databases. A slow process which limited the size of the databases I could make. Even in this slow process I made about 40 databases about cars, geography, real estate, gaming, etc, from pure hobby.

Starting from 2015 I offer web scraping services… meaning programming a software to visit a list of given pages, copy specific data and put it into a database automatically.

Note: scraping is usually legal, but using data scraped from a website to make another website, is usually illegal.

– The Geography works, country area and population, list of cities, etc, made in 1998-2005 before connecting to internet and discovering Wikipedia. Improved and published on website for first time in 2015.

– The Music Database with song ratings according my personal preferences, one of the most USELESS things that I ever made, started in 2005 and as 2016 still expanding it.

– The Hong Kong Housing Database, table with 1000+ public and private housing estates, made in 2011 for an insurance company (my first large project done at customer request and not as personal interest/hobby).

– The Singapore HDB Database, one of my biggest research and data mining projects, a table of buildings in Singapore with year build, number of units, upgrading programmes, etc.. Started in 2009 from personal interest and put ON HOLD because the potential of turning into a business is under question (too much effort vs low sales potential), resumed working in 2014 and finalized in 2015.

– The Skyscrapers Database, made in 2015, one of my first databases where I used a program to scraping data from websites.

– The Mobile Phone Database, made in 2016 via web scraping.

What will be the next database to do?

Mapping design

Map DesignAs related with architecture and urban explorer passion, I love to design maps too!

Between 2004 and 2007 I designed artistic maps for my city and nearby towns, vectorial drawings in AutoCAD then colored in Paint, but this turned in a high-effort job with no much usage and generating too little income.

In 2009-2010 I also made a very basic map of Singapore in AutoCAD.

 

Other types of graphic design in AutoCAD

Graphic DesignOther projects that I had made during my life as freelance graphic designer and CAD draughtsman, that does not fall into above categories. Including paper-to-CAD redrafting services!

Feel free to hire me for any CAD-related work, technical, mechanical design, 2D design, 3D design, etc, but I have most experience (and most customers) for architectural design (because my website promote it)

 

Housing around the World, real estate research, educational articles

WorldI love exploring the world to study architecture, housing and living conditions, and write articles about this field. This hobby is usually NOT money-making.

Originally (2009) a page with general info about 3 countries, plus a page dedicated for Singapore HDB history, photos, statistics and floor plans, because it was my main source of inspiration for “Teoalida’s Virtual City” so I studied it extensively. One year later I made a similar study for Hong Kong, to design apartments inspired from it too.

The research expanded to 15 pages for Housing in Singapore, 2 pages for Housing in Hong Kong, plus 11 pages with general info about various countries/regions. See also The 10 Greatest Cities in the World!

Gaming – The Sims housing

The Sims 2 planned citiesThe favorite game for most architecture students!

Before starting designing buildings in AutoCAD in 2008, I practiced my urban planning ability even in The Sims 2 where in 2007-2008 I planned nice-looking big cities with apartment blocks (although non-functional), towers and houses, on Isla Segundo, Pleasant View, and Starling Springs (photo).

I keep playing the game and I also build functional homes, efficient or beautiful houses and apartments, and I play the game in normal way, life simulation in them. I offer over 40 houses for FREE download for The Sims 2 and 3.

Gaming databases

The Sims 2 house designGames are the LEAST important part of my life, I am playing max 5% of time sit at computer in average. I show you my Word / Excel works related with games… because I love these software to make databases, statistics, charts, and comparison about almost everything encountered in my life, including about games! For example measuring speed of each car and put the data in a spreadsheet and chart.
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Age of Empires, one of the most-played games by me, played until 2005, but not favorite anymore.
Beetle Crazy Cup, shit racing game that can be played with 2 players at same computer.
Caesar 3 citiesCaesar 3, the best city-building game, played in 2005-2007 and 2011.
Grand Theft Auto Vice City and San Andreas, played in 2005-2006.
Need for Speed Porsche 2000, Hot Pursuit 2, Underground, played in 2003-2007.
The Sims 2 & 3, my favorite game, played in 2005-2008 and since 2012 onwards. I also played and liked Bridge Builder / Bridge Construction Set, Railroad Tycoon 2 & 3, Quake 2 & 3, Worms, etc.
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Too old games?
From when I got internet connection I found that the world have much more games that I though, no reason to waste time with them, so decided to not try new games.
If I do not have anything to work or I get bored by working in AutoCAD, I prefer to play creatively in same AutoCAD, explore the World in Google Earth, learn new things from Wikipedia…
Also, I am mature and often busy by having many responsibilities. I rarely play games, and if I do, I play the same old games which I have from many years ago.
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Web design

I can NOT say that I am a web expert, but I made my website myself without any professional help!

I have high SEO knowledge that helped my website to be on 1st page of Google for dozens of keywords and raising traffic from 100 visitors per day in January 2012 to 800 visitors per day in 2014.

I do not know PHP yet so I cannot make complex websites on custom-made platforms. In terms of coding and programming, my knowledge is limited to HTML and CSS. 90% of people do not even know these, so feel free to contact me for any help related to website building, promotion, optimization, etc.

Frequently asked FUNNY questions

Where is your office located? Can I pay you a visit?

I offer services ONLINE to people from all over the world, as typical freelancers do. I do not have any office and I do not meet customers. Even if you live just few kilometers away from me, I prefer to not meet in real life unless is absolutely necessary. If you need to hire someone to work at your office, or travel somewhere, I am NOT the right person for you.

What is all this mix of stuff on same website?
Are you designer, researcher, database provider, gamer, or…?

I am ALL OF THEM! This is PERSONAL website and my life is very diverse!

What is your profession / primary job?

I do not have any profession and I never had a full-time job, all my income is from part-time jobs and sales of my works.

For few years I promoted the AutoCAD & architectural design services, which in 2012 was generating 60% of my income, but became unhappy of this job because I was getting many non-serious customers mostly from third-world countries who pay little or nothing. As 2015 AutoCAD-related services generated only 10% of my income, due of rising other hobbies, such as research and making databases which turned into main source of income. A database once completed can also be sold to multiple people. I may migrate to IT industry in the future.

Not every day is money-productive. I also do voluntary work, but ONLY if is in benefit of many people and will improve website traffic (example: writing about real estate). If you solicit me to do a project just for YOU, you should PAY me!

I love working online, while doing architectural design for someone, I can do customer service job and sell a database to someone else. I have a diverse life and this is nicer than having a full-time job and do only one thing 8 hours every day. This allow me to chat with website visitors and offer a little free consultation without disturbing my “job”.

Are you a company who offer services or this website is made as hobby?

LOL… only companies can offer services? Being an 1-person business there is no point to register as company. Most of what you see on website are hobbies, but if you define hobby = non-profit, my hobbies show my abilities and help me to get customers paying for various projects, so should be called business website. Am I right?

Currently I may not fully use the business potential of my hobbies. Suggestions for making money are welcome!

How much does this website cost?

$10 per year, the domain name.
$60 per year with 50% off, shared hosting (2012-2015).
$130 per year, the VPS from Hosting24 (since March 2015).
$200 per year, the chat software from Zopim.

Note: I started originally in 2009 with a FREE website teoalida.webs.com

What do you do for a living?
How do you earn money from website? I do not see any ads!

I am not sure what is the CORRECT answer… because first, a website is not mandatory to be money-making, then you can see on website examples of what I am doing every day, but these things are not really “done for a living”, some works are non-profit hobbies, some works are paid by customers, others works are done to sell them to anyone instead of done for one specific customer. YES I earn money from website, but I do NOT live with this money. My family give me free food (probably will do even if I will be a millionaire from my own business), so theoretically I do not need money to survive, but I want to work for money to start my own family!

I put NO effort in promoting it and get customers until 2012, but after that, the revenues are rising every year. Also, I do not put AdSense because few people click it and the earnings will be insignificant compared with earnings from offering services.
(added in 2013 after this guy asked funny-weird-stupid questions)

Why do you made this website?

What a question… instead of asking why I made it, you should say THANK YOU for making it, as I offer free educational materials.

I started in April 2009, under URL teoalida.webs.com, to have an online portfolio of my hobby works, primarily 3D modelling in AutoCAD (note: some works are made at customer request so may be not called hobbies). I intended to send links to companies and potential customers, for possible collaboration, but I did this only in 2009-2010 less than 10 times, without much success. Currently I get customers primarily along people coming from Google.
Over time, I added more content and the website evolved from a portfolio of my works into a BIG educational resource in real estate and architecture fields, and most of visitors are not interested in the person behind it and its services.
For the full story, read About my life page, I hope it answer you, if not, contact me and suggest how to rewrite the page.

If you are from Singapore, asking why I made this “website about HDB”, you may be surprised but I have NOT made it for Singapore. But if during my architecture study, I done research on Singapore housing, shall keep the research only for me instead of sharing it online? Some people may suggest to remove the hobby pages and concentrate on housing… but what, the study of Singapore housing isn’t HOBBY too? More likely I should remove / move elsewhere the Singapore section because it is slightly off from the original intended purpose of my website and it do not generate revenue while my other hobbies are!

The reason for which I keep all them on same website, is that the non-profit Singapore section generate 60% of total website traffic and 80% of Likes and Tweets, thus helping entire website to maintain a high ranking in Google searches.

I am proud when I do myself so please do not send me any webdesign offers! I enjoy writing and coding the website myself, only contribute with ideas from random visitors. Although 90% of people praise my website, but the <10% professional webdesigners may consider it poorly-looking.

Please DON’T send me Webdesign & SEO promotional emails. You are welcome to send me ideas and suggestions for website, I am happy to do them myself, I DON’T want to pay a SEO company to manage my website.

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  1. Emmanuel Gambo

    Good day please I am interested in shwan in Iraq design. I need more information.thank

  2. Patrick

    I’m a Singaporean and I’m impressed with your effort to collect data on HDB.
    You are smart, multi talented and self driven with a sense of purpose and direction.
    I hope to see more of your work and wish you great success in life and making our world a better one.

  3. yk

    check out silversea

  4. Ericson

    Hi. I find your site very useful especially for those people planning to build a house in the future.
    Thanks.

  5. Dr Sing Kong Yuen

    I am Dr Sing Kong Yuen from Toa Payoh Vets, http://www.toapayohvets.com and Asia USA Realty, http://www.asiahomes.com.

    You are one of the rare Singaporeans who take so much time to upload floor plans of HDB and to provide various interesting information out of passion. Well done.

  6. Teoalida

    TEST…. seems that there is a problem with notifying people when someone reply to their comment

  7. William Lai

    Please call me 96682657 . Would be ideal if we could meet up for lunch tomorrow to discuss HDB data. William

    1. Teoalida

      I emailed you and received opening confirmation but no reply from you.
      I am afraid that we can’t meet or call. Better let’s use text communication, use the LIVE CHAT in lower-right corner of website daily after 3 PM.

  8. Mr Bond

    welldone i have scroll and see much of your works, am impresed. i need a comprehensive CAD drwaing of 4bedroom with penthouse. also with 4bedroom terrace of 1 suspended floor. what is your quote thanks

    1. Teoalida

      Do you want a drawing of an existing penthouse (Paper-to-CAD conversion), or you’re going to build it (architectural drawings)?

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