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  1. Random update... we put up the shelves + cart for our mini "bar". Both are from taobao. Looks like we need to make more trips to the alcohol store to stock up image
  2. Hi, sorry for the lat reply. Here are some pictures, the bathroom is pathetically small so I had some trouble taking photos... Shower screen With our shower head Vanity table + mirror (pardon the mess) sure will PM you.
  3. Yes we have installed the sink and we used their sink drainage trap. I am not too familiar with the casing actually we just passed everything to our contractor to install. The sink is working well, no issues. Thanks!!
  4. Thanks! Yes I really like it, very comfortable. You may wish to go down to Castlery to test it out yourself Hi elyse, have PM-ed you.
  5. Quick review of 2 more Taobao stuff bought Toilet Roll holder. (Link) Pros - Looks good, and the wooden 'shelf' was pretty useful for putting stuff like your handphone lol Cons- The wooden shelf was obviously larger than what was shown in the stock picture, also can be quite flimsy and needs to be tightened. Cushion Cover (First two with the prints) (Link) So this was another DIY. I bought plain cushion covers and got my sister who sells screenprinted t-shirts(DODT) to screen print on them. Turned out pretty cute! Pros- Good quality. Get the 45cm x 45cm ones and you can buy the Ikea $4.90 cushions for them. Cons- Sister commented that material a tad thick to screen print well
  6. So we are partially moved in! Finally! There are still some more bits and pieces to be installed (mostly because they are on the way from Taobao) and lots of stuff to be unpacked so pardon the mess. Some pictures here and there Loving our shoe cabinet laminate (pardon the loose wires, electrician was installing led strip lights ) Grey doors against our grey tiles against grey toilet tiles. I love grey so most of my home is grey ( despite protest from my ID for some color haha) Walk in wardrobe with vanity table. ID designed such that the top of the table can be flipped to reveal a mirror. "Railway track" shelving in my cabinets so that the heights can be easily adjusted. Loving this. Quite pleased with the workmanship of the carpentry too TV wall of the MBR. Another design by the ID to hide all unsightly wires. Holes were created in the wall (that lead out to the wardrobe on the other side) for all the wires. The cubby holes also allowed us to put stuff like tv box, dvd player etc
  7. Thanks! Have DM-ed you! The entire left side of our toilet is the shower and separated by a shower screen but the master toilet is really very tiny, hardly any space regardless of what you do zzz..anyway will try to take a pic soon
  8. hi neighbor! HAHA i know what you mean about the mosaic n the bathroom.
  9. DIY "Feature" Wall If you noticed on the 3D drawings, our ID had initially proposed for us to have 2 feature walls - one in the master bedroom and one in the living room. However we werent a fan of stucco walls so we decided on craftstone brick wall for the living room (no money for both rooms lol). Still the masterbedroom looked a bit bare and we wanted to do something, did some googling and came across the easiest and cheapest way to jazz up our wall. Not an arts-n-craft person at all so key word was easy haha. Before: sticking masking tape on the wall Before part 2: masking tape pattern done. Took us about 30 mins After: 2 coats of paint later. I thought it turned out really well and I really like it alot. Best of all, if you make a mistake/dont like it after awhile can just simply paint over.
  10. Thanks! Its from Castlery Thanks! Yes taobao is addictive. We just made our 4th round of purchase and still adding more stuff to cart. Would love to see your loot too!
  11. A couple more updates, suddenly everything is speeding up. We decided to pop by at 9ish pm last night and was surprised to find workers still working! Painted bomb shelter door and door frames. The bomb shelter door is chalkboard paint while the rest of the frames are in matte black. The ID gave us a choice between glossy (not as nice but last longer) and matte (looks nicer but need to touch up often). First time home owners of course we chose aesthetics over practicality hah Another layer of chalk board paint on the kitchen wall too Brick wall in the process of being re-done. Also the new bricks filled into the empty spaces in the shoe cabinet + below the console
  12. Progress has been a bit slow due to CNY break also lazy to update but I shall attempt to revive this t-blog. Some pictures from the past 2 weeks The fans are up! We got the crestar fans from Phylux. I like them cos they are so cute and small. Btw, the customer service by Phylux was pretty horrid. Installation of the wardrobes and the vanity table (the "hole" in the middle of the table will be a mirror that can be flipped up). Cant wait to have my Carrie Bradshaw moment here Sealing up of the air-con pipes Shoe cabinet + additional storage by the door. The empty spaces in the cabinet and the space below the bench/tv console area will be filled up by remaining craftbricks. We were not too pleased with the workmanship of our brick wall, luckily our ID was pretty cool about it and asked his contractor to re-do the problematic areas. This week will be finishing up the remainder of the carpentry and then furniture + electronics will be in! Coming to the end of our renovation journey soon and we cant wait! Oh yes, we also did 2 more rounds of TB shopping (seriously addictive!) Will post more pictures when the contractors install the TB items.
  13. You might want to check out ecoled if u wanna get from sg.. I heard it's one of the lowest in sg. Glad it helped
  14. I think it is now... I spoke to a few friends who did it, around the same rate... But I could be wrong? Doesn't help that the price of craftbrick is increasing
  15. Hi there, I bought the warm white one, 暖白光. On the wattage, I consulted with my ID and we decided on the 7w one. The picture u see on my blog, that's a 4m track as well. You can get the connecter and the link below. If I'm not wrong, there's a L-shaped connecter as well if you need it. It's under the same link as the track, but there's an option to purchase 轨道条-直接头. How this helps! Overall, I thought the quality of the track lights were decent. Not the best, but for the savings you can get, no complains! http://h5.m.taobao.com/awp/core/detail.htm?id=43021117166&spm=2014.12193480.0.0
  16. Updates - review of taobao purchase (part 1) So things are moving along, albeit at a slightly slower pace (also partly our fault cos we were overseas and didnt have time to tie down some details with our id). Thus far, majority of the lights are up, brick wall partially done, carpentry 25% installed... Here is a quick review of our taobao purchases, at least those that have been installed. So far, we have been quite lucky, everything that we bought seems to be working fine. As with all purchases, price and quality go hand-in-hand so as expected the cheaper stuff we bought from taobao quality wasnt great but overall still acceptable (at least to us) Schneider switches : we changed all our light switches to the ones from Schneider. I dont know much about switches but they look really good and work beautifully. (Sorry forgot to take pictures). Ok to buy Link: http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=17075684050&spm=2014.12193480.0.0 Bath room lights We changed the light bulbs to LED ones. Quality wise not too bad but I thought the coverage was limited and hence not able to light up a large area. We are planning to install LED strip lights in our bathroom so we were fine with it. Just something to bear in mind. Link: http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=42004705460&spm=2014.12193480.0.0 Link (LED light bulbs): http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=41647285432&spm=2014.12193480.0.0 Spare bed room light Love this! Solid quality, came packaged nicely and looks really good. Good buy! Link:http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=39674480159&spm=2014.12193480.0.0 Bomb Shelter Light bought this super cheap light (<$20) and quality wasnt great lah, casing was a flimsy plastic. But surprisingly very bright when installed in the bomb shelter. (Sorry no picture because its just a basic light). So ok to buy for bomb shelter since nobody will see it often and serves its purpose lol Link: http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=13157196521&spm=2014.12193480.0.0 Service Yard light Another super cheap buy. Quality slightly better but still flimsy. I thought it was a bit low when hung up, also bigger than it looks. Link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=37355445979&spm=2014.12193480.0.0 Dining light This was quite heavy and solid. Not too bad but need to change the bulbs to LED, we turned this on for awhile and could feel the heat emitting from the non-led bulbs Link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=41051660349&spm=2014.12193480.0.0 Track Lights for rest of the house Great buy, the track lights look good! The husband felt that the lights could be of a more warm tone but I like it this way, brighter! Link: http://www.65daigou.com/Product/Detail?url=http%3a%2f%2fitem.taobao.com%2fitem.htm%3fid%3d41596758299%26spm%3d2014.12193480.0.0
  17. Yeah... i was quite surprised as well.. but after some chatting with serene, apparently there has been alot of singapore customer getting from them causing the singapore office sales to suffer. Thus prices has gone up. The free delivery within JB also gone... :( It was 100RM/car, and it was after much negotiation. They initially wanted 500/car.. thanks to my malay-speaking malaysian PR friend, we got it reduce to 100RM/car! haha! hilarious actually! There were 3 of us.. so we had SGD450 tax free, so our tax was like 9 bucks..
  18. Getting Craftbrick from Craftstone Malaysia Hi All! I know I (this is Edwin btw, the wifey insisted i blog this myself -_-") mentioned in my previous post that I will be posting something on our experience getting craftbrick from Msia. Thus here it is!! Sorry for the long wait though.. FIrstly, you must first know that there seem to be two different companies called Craftstone (You can try www(dot)craftstone(dot)com(dot)sg and (dot)my) Though both looks almost identical, the showroom and factory are in different locations. The company that most sg homeowners deal with is the .sg one, which has a office in Singapore as well as a factory/showroom in Malaysia (Jalan Air Hitam). We have seem different people do it differently, for us, we decided on the following option: Purchase craftbrick from Msia and ask our ID to provide tiler to do it. Initially our ID quoted us about 4K to do the brickwall (Full height 2.8m x 4.5m length) using craftbrick that can be purchased from Hafary. We almost fell of our chairs! We wanted to try stucco wall, coz it cost less than half (our ID quoted 1.8k). However, after some helpful info from renotalkers and some research, we decided with this option. The tiler would cost me 1.7K and the craftbrick from Msia would cost about S$600. Almost 2K worth of savings from the initial quote from brickwall and only about 500bucks more than stucco! Lets do it!! So.... first you need to contact the msia office and tell them which craftbrick you want. Serene from the msia office was very helpful and responsive. You can choose the colour you want from the .sg webite (CSI-***). You might also want to check with your ID/contractor how much would it cost for labour. Generally 1 box will cover 1m2, so you need to do your calculation and order accordingly. Remember to factor in about 10% for wastage. You might also consult your ID/contractor for how much is needed. At the point of my purchase, 2 months ago, it was 110RM/box. With the good exchange rate now, you'll probably save alot more! Upon confirmation of your purchase, you have 2 options. One is to ask for delivery from Msia to Singapore or delivery within JB (Of course you can drive all the way to their outlet to save even more). Delivering to singapore will cost you SGD250. However, delivery within JB (used to be free ) is 150RM (about SGD60!). We decided to save more money and asked for delivery within JB. We asked them to deliver to the Shell Petrol kiosk right outside the custom checkpoint and did the transaction there and then. You can tell them its the Shell along Jalan Yahya Aldatar. Here is video on how to get there after custom: Here comes the tricky part, getting past custom. I was going to purchase 14 boxes, thus i thought it would be better to get a friend with car along. 7 boxes each car. manageable, your suspension won't die on you and getting one more person in you get more tax relief (at singapore side, SGD150/pax relief). Even the tax singapore is pretty ok, 7% only what. What is tricky is msia... I manage to put 4 boxes in my car boot, and decided to put 3 boxes in my back seat. This prove to be a mistake. The msia custom saw the 3 boxes and stop me and my friend. They claim that it is taxable (although we insist that it was for personal usage), they started to fish for bribes and after a some negotiation, I gave up. Paid a "compounded fine" of 200RM and drove off (Still cheap la..). Sooo... my advice if you are getting it yourself, is to try getting all the boxes in your car boot. If you want to avoid all form of trouble, just pay the SGD250 for delivery to Singapore i guess. So that was the whole experience! Hope this helps!
  19. Hi coppers! I'll be writing a post on my experience of getting craftbrick from jb soon!