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  1. Hi charmed and Missysoul, How's the installation and aftersales service of Andy? Can share your quotes with me? Think of installing by end June.
  2. Dunno why suddenly cannot receive leh, tried re-scanning for the channels again but still not working. Could it be because I have not activated the cable point? I can get good rtm2 but no Okto. Hi lormee, If at current pricing I think most of us here will not be able to afford too. It's scary. Wonder who can afford the Bishan DBSS too. I agree with the view that the prices will start dropping once HDB gets poor response from sales due to high prices. So if you can wait don't buy yet. Jacky777, New flats no other housing grant except for the very low income one ($10-20K AHG). If low income lagi cannot afford liao. So if one is not CPF nor cash rich, very hard to be within $8K income ceiling and still afford to buy.
  3. Hi groovygenie, That someone is me lor, go my blog and see. Cost wise is zero because I had overlaid wall tiles. Anyway that cost is insignificant compared to what the id can earn from me so he absorb lor. If you were to do it separately from the initial reno, it will involve plumbing and tiling works, and also sealing/removing that gas pipe above (if you have not already done so). And yes I also have the storage heater in my bathroom but is the common one not master like Liana's. The plumber never complain dunno how to do. Oh ya, anybody still using the normal TV point in Blk B, can you receive Okto (the new channel)? Mine was fine previously but yesterday could not receive at all.
  4. contractor can add laminated wood on top of black tiles to form one whole piece with your cupboard's side (eh the side which you dunno what colour to choose), this way you still can choose a white laminate to get the same look as your original 3D. Or if choose red laminate then will look like your left option except that the black tile part covered with red laminated wood too. Hope you'll get what I'm saying.
  5. Glad to have helped! I have a extendible table from XZQT and I love it, hope that you will love yours too. I still eyeing some foldable chairs and stuff from them but must stop buying expensive non-essential furniture liao... So can only lust for it.
  6. For the XZQT glass tables, you're paying for the extension mechanism and the table finishing. Most of their range are from Calligaris, you can go to Calligaris website and look at the different types of extension tables. I did not find that LifeStorey's tables are cheaper. I think they are about the same price leh. Tip: You can bargain at XZQT, even during sales ... So if you really have your eye on it, wait for their sales then go down and see if can discount somemore. Maybe you can state your budget so that forumers can help recommend.
  7. Thanks for your suggestion, that's a good alternative too. But I am not sure how much the light fixture inself incld ballast contributes to energy usage, and whether final energy used is determined by the ballast and/or bulb?? Coz if there is no energy savings, i just don't want to switch to lower watt or remove one bulb then get false impression that I am using less energy. Any lighting experts can comment?
  8. Got a question about energy saving fluorescence lights. My ID advised me to use 2x13W downlights in my living/dining room and I can control two downlights with each switch button. However even when with only 2 downlights on, I still find that it's a bit bright when I am watching TV. If I buy 10W fluorescent bulbs to fit into the current 2x13W downlights, will there be any energy saving since the ballast is still for 13W bulbs? Will it cause the 10W bulbs to 'blow out faster'? Hi lawry, I saw some bulbs in Japan, I think it's still about 20+W each bulb, the colours is like those neon/argon light tubes. Not as energy savings as the normal fluorescent type. Think we can't use japan bulbs here though as they are made for use at 100V not 230V. Note that some bluish bulbs are with UV light for attracting insects/disinfecting.
  9. If you are looking for the Advant white range, and don't mind 2nd hand ones (I changed switches in new flat), I can sell you at nominal price. PM me.
  10. Hi Dazzle, Yes, that's what will be done. Don't worry, we'll got the same ID and his tilers are very good and responsible. In fact for mine they came back more than once to re-do or repair damages that were found after air-con/ carpentryworks. But for those that you think you can live with, you can opt to leave it be.
  11. You can check out my blog for my kitchen pics. I find it very sleek and easy to clean, no scratch marks or stains yet since i have cooked few times liao. Out of habit I do not drag things around and always use pot stands though. If you have the budget and like the range available, and is planning to stay in your flat many years, then go for it. I wanted a white counter top and felt that white acrylics either scratches or stains easily so i splurged on this.
  12. Need advice here... I hung a washed duster on a large SS hook unto the inside of my kitchen window's ledge but the wind was very strong and it made the SS hook move and rubbed against the brown aluminium. So now some of the brown coating has been scrapped off... feel so stupid! Any suggestions on how to minimize the eye sore? I was looking for paint marker but don't have that aluminium brown colour.
  13. Sorry for the off topic here but KK, how is the plastic grid in the litter box supported? I use to use a metal BBQ grid from NUTC that fits the ikea tray, throw and change that once it is rusty but now want to switch to plastic.
  14. Especially for flats like ours which have a horizontal beam along that stretch, if do top cabinet the topmost level can only have 10-15 cm depth, what can you put there? If just have one row of top cabinets then will have a ledge above that collects dust and hides lizards so I rather not have. So in the end only have at the sink area for dishes. Nevermind, if you don't have beam above, then the extra space will be good. Me and CraB have to be disciplined to not to accumulated unnecessary things in the kitchen.
  15. Sorry I've been really busy so never bother to contribute to my own house blog, better start as CraB's busy too. Based on memory, the both the MBR basin and wc are Acacia model, the basin stated price was $160 and the wc was $59X for the two piece (the one we have) and $62X for the one piece (which we cannot use because of the water inlet pipe placement). They probably only gave some slight discount of <$50 overall for these and the Renso WC + pan collar. Well, we gave up things like the HS and TV feature walls (can save up to $3K) and spend on such things we use routinely everyday instead. At least I can dismantle them and take them to another place if the need ever arise. Any built-in carpentry is for sure wasted one (except my Blum tracks/hinges). We actually considered whether to have silestone very long but gave in on that whim.