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  1. Track lights from Lightcraft . Some lights from the other more expensive shop down the road but more reliable. Consult between both for pricing and recommendations and make sure your electrician is informed on whether it is H shaped track or just an N as the shape is necessary to hide the wiring? Both shops will tell you different things for sure. I since upgraded with some lights and Bulbs can get from Taiwan vintage shop in furniture street and some cheap vintage bulbs from Bali Legian shopping area. There is also the pricey LED bulb you can get from TANGS but worth every bit
  2. OOps. just happened to see all the messages as have not logged in for a while: Pipsqueak>> TV console is from Danish Design located in Pasir Pangjang. It will match well with a Dyson Fan and the B&O A9 Play Applegoh>> City Gas sells it. Just google information for the heaters online (they may upgrade the models every year and head down to their office at 1st floor Triple 111 Somerset Benjamin90lim>> If it is a key pillar or sorts, Need your contractor or ID to work with a certified engineer to apply with HDB to do it. Extra $500 just for certification but hacking should not cost too much, ask them throw it in with other hacks.
  3. Wow. Chanced upon your posts and realised we have similar themes. I'm 80% done for mine pending some extra pieces (because we exceeded our budget and now have to save up if we want more). Once our leather single seater sofa and some cabinetry comes in, we will also be looking to you for design ideas for some parts. But we seriously may be so sick of the dust from any drill work or cabinetry work we may just stop for a year!
  4. Remember the chair i bought is the Ya Ma type - Looks rougher but wears better and quite comfy. Just that it's weaved design (not very fine weave) is like a salt and pepper mini schaunzer rather than a clean color
  5. http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z09.2.9.24.T0JeAc&id=42299744204&_u=s1sas9d3db83 Just bought this as well. Fingers crossed it all turns out well! So far beside table and lamp were the best buys!! Photo frames are dirt cheap from China - just know your sizes for 5R and 6R correctly - double check! Baby stuff from UK and USA is the best at 70% off Big Alzipmat Baby mat (colour folder series) from Korea if you want high quality but you got to cart it back like a hero with giggles from the airline check in stuff Mega discount store is your best bet for some good appliances. Hope all this helps everyone!
  6. http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z09.2.9.158.Z5jTtE&id=38305089246&_u=s1sas9d399dc chair - http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=14739573093&spm=a1z09.2.9.43.KiEjuY&_u=s1sas9d3fbca small coffee table http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=36208303578&spm=a1z09. door bell http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=27150188307&spm=a1z09. bedside table http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=36314282557&spm=a1z09. tissue box http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z09.2.9.214.wJhggp&id=36782041096&_u=s1sas9d32fbf bedside lamp http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=38736294594&spm=a1z09.2.9.178.wJhggp&_u=s1sas9d3b049 knife holder http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=38633313165&spm=a1z09.2.9.71.wJhggp&_u=s1sas9d3d9a6 butterfly stool to wear shoes at genkan http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=21085643160&spm=a1z09.2.9.210.Z5jTtE&_u=s1sas9d30822 http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=21085643160&spm=a1z09.2.9.210.Z5jTtE&_u=s1sas9d30822 various bronze look fittings if you are after the English look like me Leather Sofa from Commune is the cheapest nice one you can get in my opinion. Commune stuff is good and affordable if it suits your taste Crate and barrel has nice bar cabinets but everything else there is a reap If you are after a neutral palette like me (white, wood, light grey) then Muji will work very well too. Just need to dot the house with lots of piece de resistance, i splurged on a few pieces that cost a bomb but can follow me 20-30 years whichever house i go. Built-in stuff keep to minimal/zero to make sure house can be flexible to change for kids/for sale if i relocate back to Japan
  7. Wow I saw the table of contents. This is a great resource! Thanks for the information! Currently reading a lot of books from Taiwan that are so thick and boring. This one is a great summary!
  8. Yes slightly above. But you see HDB already has the pipes built-in as indicated by blue/red tapes before reno. You cannot hack BTO toilet to change that, unless you want to extend pipes outside and downwards. So i stuck with having the mixer higher. Thankfully it works okay (Before renovation) After renovation - replaced with an awesome mixer but has to be at same height photo hosting sites
  9. Bun Bun - your photo reminded me of my wife and my horror of installing bathtubs in HDB units - The Mixer! Dainty flair please take note: Because you cannot hack BTO toilets or want to waste money digging out the pipes to adjust the height - The mixer will have to pour from a height of 1m? Maciam waterfall blasting down. We we are used to it now since there is no choice. Bear in the find the choice mixer should allow the flow to hit into the bathtub (not the sides) properly - else lots of splashes!
  10. Followed internet tip and used expired stale lemons (leftovers from cocktails also can) for the cleaning. Just squeeze some juice on the taps/mixers and wipe dry - all natural and cleans all the taps in the house in 2-3 minutes! Really fast useful! No need Autosol to shine! Works to remove the soap suds/water marks on my granite sink as well.
  11. Agree with you! But everyone needs some hocus pocus to believe in and for some folks to make a living I guess? Milo also can add some extra powder on top make Milo Dinosaur and charge more money It's always things that are subject to interpretation that allows a lot of spin-offs. That's why just take it as supplementary knowledge pinch of salt - Like Lao Yu Shengs and jumping over charcoal stove - Makes for great Chinese Cultural Rituals whether they work or not. Everything is still pretty much up to self - positivity can change everything. Not everyone will want to rationalise properly even if they get the real truth though. Well at least it's not as crazy as "China Wine" CDs That was blatant to me but to this day there are still a lot of Biebers for that. oh wait..there was the Bomoh with a good fan base trying to find the missing plane as well... "Open Light" is true - Real monks really would not be involved in such rituals unnecessarily. But it's a way to earn donations for the temple for sure and bless/keep the masses happy as a good deed. Our government always ask various religious leaders out to bless certain events like National Day though and "Open Light Blessing ritural" for the emblem on the Beret is an NS story that the previous generation pass down and even NCO/Specs today talk about it" What's No-No is that monks definitely do not hang out on the streets to ask for money - have to beg for alms(only FOOD) at Dawn and return very early for breakfast - no more outings after that in Mercedes Benz and nor more horse racing in Australia like a certain someone.
  12. Wife said not Muji. Maybe Sarasa? http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/sarasa-designstore/ Now is good time to go Japan. The Yen will fall further this month. Will be almost $1 = 100 Yen unlike that days I chased my wife was $1.70 = 100 Yen. Life is unfair, huh. Tip: Joseph Joseph is less than half price in Japan if housewives out there want to shop in japan. Just buy from Rakuten and ship to your hotel. 30% of Robinsons' prices to be exact. Local dept stores are a rip off. Just don't buy high wattage electronics (ovens/grills) as even with transformers, the stuff I brought over do not work at 100%.
  13. Because Anchorvale Isles has the smallest Master Bathroom in Sengkang/Punggol, IMO ( 2.6m x 1.7m), I had to get the smallest tub in the market. 1370mm Hydrabath tub - Anyone over 162cm in height would not be able to full stretch out their legs comfortably. I could have tried for a 1450mm tub but ID was not confident and I may risk hitting the walls (1700mm minus walls and build up about 1500mm left only and tub needs 30-50mm each end)? I got an uncanny feeling this information is bull and the ID made some money or convenience bringing me to the bathroom boutique in Balestier road? But let's give ID the benefit of doubt as it's good to be on the safe side (though other shop should have other sizes that might fit and do a product exchange if it does not fit) If only I have >1.75m toilet size like everyone! But the bathtub is great for bathing toddlers. And my wife being Japanese, just GOT TO HAVE A BATHTUB - no negotiation. She is not as tall so fits her okay. This bathtub is affordable at $650*. Don't think should spend more than $900 for one and there should be many choices at below $1000. Don't go for branded ones because most Singaporeans don't use their bathtub often to justify the expenditure. Actually a 50 degrees Celsius hot water soaking for the feet each day does wonders to health. Side by side with the wife while drinking Ocha = Even better. It does helps the resale value pitch if I want to sell the house later. Tip: Pair with Ikea battery tea candle lights ($2-$3 only for 4 and put them in translucent cups/see-through cups) for a romantic bath experience without burning down the house with real tea lights. *prepare to get "carrot-head" for ordinary installation accessories for the plumber to install bathtub - about $25-$50. If you want a better deal, I did research on renotalk and many recommended 1-2 common places for sanitary fittings (esp toilet bowl). Go for it! Alternatively you can discuss with your contractor to give you a bonus build by building a bathtub out of concrete somehow? I knew a young couple did it this way when I was shopping for a resale flat Block 248. Super small tub but deep one - but outside the toilet is open walk-in-wardrobe full of mould and musty smells.
  14. You are right. But my wife is Japanese so get the comment my house is a Muji Japanese childcare center because of the partition door and her choice of soft furnishings/cutlery/cooking.
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