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  1. On 2/15/2018 at 4:20 PM, KFC1189 said:

    If you don't want to use the mopping function, just remove the water tank. Usually, I shall just do floor vacuuming first without mopping. After that, I attach the water tank and the robot will vacuum and mop the floor.

    oh.. cos i see the price also alot more. so didnt wanted to. lol.
    but power wise i read it's more or less the same, slight more powerful.

    i usually schedule my cleaning when i'm not at home.

  2. 10 hours ago, KFC1189 said:

    Hi Clarence,

    Did you buy your Xiaomi Robot recently? Because my Xiaomi robot is the second generation one that comes with a water tank and mopping function. This 2-in-1 vacuum and mopping robot has very good performance.

    yes, i bought recently. i didnt want the roborock model (gen2 which has mopping) because i prefer to mop it myself. 


  3. 14 hours ago, Picco said:

    Yes pls! Interested to know how it work :wub:

    here are the pics.




    As you can see above, it's being slotted into the "groove". so to remove/open you just have to slide out the acrylic panel.

    14 minutes ago, bykaraanne said:

    Glad your Caesarstone wasn’t fake. My contractor told me he used CS in a previous Reno and told me not to choose it... I still don’t believe him. Now seeing yours I do. 

    Glad everything is over. Your bathroom is so nice!

    Actually.. after using my CS Top for awhile, i dont find it that great.
    There's still a scratch there even thou they came down and "rectify" it. 

    my kompacplus top might seems way better and durable, less scratch resistant/chip resistant than the CS top.
    Oh well. use until it spoils then see how.


    And to @KFC1189 my xiaomi vacuum:


    And this is the current master bedroom. shifted the sofa bed there to become "entertainment room" lol.
    will be this layout until the king bed comes.

    Now is a good time to make use of the space and keep/slot whatever i want to keep inside the platform before the bed comes.


  4. On 2/8/2018 at 5:24 PM, sce said:

    I feel you mate. I having the same situation as u now. Multiple of discussions plus sending the wanted designs to my ID. Ended still back to square ONE. 1st - 4th 3D drawings almost the same.

    Patient hit to MAX and I decided to forgo the 2K deposit and hunt for another ID with chemistry.


    2k still heartpain.. we paid 6K i think, but it's not the company that we dislike, it's our first ID.
    I feel that finding the right ID really plays a strong part in the whole reno. Super irritating when you have to feed them ideas and design and they just recycle other people's idea/layout and give it to you.

    On 2/9/2018 at 3:38 AM, Picco said:

    Like your display cabinet! May I know how u open up the glass to put your legos? Curious as I see no hinges.

    they are actually all acrylic panels. it's slotted into the groove of the cabinet edge.
    I can take some pictures tonight.. :sport-smiley-004:


    On 2/10/2018 at 12:31 AM, KFC1189 said:

    Hi Clarence,

    Your newly renovated house looks really cozy now! Good effort!

    I noticed that your bath gel bottles and shampoo bottles lie flat on the shelf under the sink. Is your shelf too short?

    Where do you keep your Xiaomi Cleaning Robot base? I place mine under the sofa in living room.

     Also I notice you got a queen mattress. Did you change your mind for not having a king mattress? 

    Hahahha.. oops, that's not meant to be seen.
    They are spare/extras that i store them under the sink.

    my xiaomi base is at the area inbetween my kitchen and living (my momento wall there)
    Queen mattress is just for the time being only, our king will only come when it's nearer to my wedding day because of the "an chuan", which is this coming May.

    Right now, we are sleeping in the guest room, and i have shifted the taobao sofa bed to my masterbed room and acts like a sofa for watching tv/chilling. lol.

  5. just some updates:


    Had a called with them regards to the hook, all kind of reasons. Oh well, i dont intend to place the hook there anymore, so it's now hooked on my service yard's window grill. 
    *problem solved*.


    had some issues with Justin's carpenter and carpentry's work, so manage to engage R&R's contractor to come rectify all the problems.

    1) change the island wheels to heavy duty caster wheels
    2) change the flap to conceal the wheels + re-laminate (Justin's carpenter didnt touch up. Sighs
    3) change all hinges and runner track to blum. (Super pissed off with this, was promised all hinges to be excel and runner track to be blum. End up they are NONE:curse::curse::curse:
    4) install the ledge behind my kitchen top and bottom cabinet (originally where the ledge was meant to be installed but was damaged by Justin's guys.)
    5) Amend island drawers, the original intended cutlery tray/blum inner drawer wasn't installed and fixed at all despite repeat reminders. R&R carpenter have to cut the drawer and insert the blum i3 drawer.
    6) express service, Monday he came and measure everything - today gonna fix all up.

    One bad thing.. it's quite expensive. sighs. 1.2k?
    We need all to be completed before CNY.


    Our neighbour's friend is looking for a modern house to do some fliming for some Suria show, and therefore approached us.
    Here are pictures of the whole house in a snapshot that i've sent over as they request for the master bedroom pictures., hopefully they are ok. :dunno:








    Caesarstone Review
    Now that i'm using the original quartz from Caesarstone, i have to admit that their white/light colour tabletop are soooooooooooooooo lousy.
    I did some baking of pineapple tarts over the weekend, didnt really do much except shifting the baking trays from oven to table, table to oven kind. There's a scratch already. -.-
    I'm not even dragging all my stuffs across the table, further i use a cooling rack to put it on top. You can see the "deep" scratch from below. Caesarstone guy has came down twice to fix my table (once for the tea stain, which is now gone) and now the scratch (but still can feel and see..)

    Might have been better off just using other tabletop as it doesnt live up to its name. :no:



    Overall R&R Review
    So far, everything has been good and well. Don't see much peeling/damage or problems with their stuffs. One good thing about them is that you can really put your mind at ease on the kind of work and finishing that they deliver
    One bad thing is , if your ID happened to be the super busy/popular one, you have to keep chasing for updates and progress. But after chasing, you can ensure that things are done. Not just done, but done properly. Unlike Justin's work.

    Things get done for the sake of doing, and it's sub-par standard. It's those kind that you think you can do a  better job kind. *sighs*.


    XiaoMi Vacuum
    Just started using my XiaoMi Vacuum cleaner today (scheduled cleaning @ 9am)
    i must say that it's quite amazing and interesting, it mapped out the whole house and show the cleaning pattern.

    Gonna do spot check later when i get home.





  6. 18 hours ago, matchalatte said:

    hi stranger, nice to see you around again lol. joking! 

    great you're posting again!! super adore your cutlery drawer. wished i had the luxury for that kinda space *sigh*

    re : paint peeling - if that makes you feel better, its definitely the paint. you're using vinilex 5000 isnt it? its a latex paint so its kinda rubbery. once you have a chip or scratch, one whole piece can be peeled off. same goes for mine. good thing abt latex paint is the low odor and fast drying rate. brushes are also easier to clean, no need for turpentine. just rinse under running water lol

    hello stranger! *lol*

    your house looking great and pinterest-ish. Great work there.

    yea.. vinilex 5000.
    I read from elsewhere, if the wall is treated/painted with wall sealer, the paint sticks better. super regret never force my ID to paint all the wall with wallsealer before painting. That is also why momento painters say it's a MUST to paint wall sealer before painting the momento.

    Gonna paint that patch on Saturday, getting lazy to do all these touch up now aday.
    I think some day i might just give up and get all my walls to white. (low maintaince! and no one can notice any patches!) :dunno:

    2 hours ago, bykaraanne said:

    My 3M products have both worked and failed, though the success rate is higher than failure rate. I have not had such bad peeling though, but small ones in areas without the clean removing tape. 

    I just use putty to patch, sandpaper down, then repaint. In most circumstances it looks perfectly ok. 

    With 3M products I found that it’s crucial to wait 24 hours regardless of weight bearing and pressing it really hard for 2 minutes during installation before using.

    that said, failure rate is about 1 in every 5 items for me. But the second time I paste everything seems ok (touch wood). If you suspect it’s 3M problem, email them, they will repay you strips. 

    hi @bykaraanne, yes i follow the instructions as per the hooks. I leave it overnight before hooking/hanging stuffs.
    i'm using 3m photoframe hook for my clock and it's working fine (hopefully) for now.

    which sandpaper grit do you use, i want to sand the area and do a proper paintjob.
    I have also emailed/contacted 3M and told them that their products damage my walls. No reply, no response, no calls.

  7. 3 hours ago, kingandbin said:

    Omg, the peeling paint on your service yard wall looks pretty bad. The paint around that area looks like they're also lifted off the wall already! Did applying putty and repainting cause it to look like new again, or can you still tell that the patch has been touched up?

    There's a small patch of paint on my living room wall that came off because I used 3M tape to attach a key holder there. Beneath it the wall is grey (and looks like concrete? why?!) :unsure: I've no idea what to do with it apart from sticking the holder back over the hole so no one else can tell what's going on. Lol. 

    I patch it using putty and re-painted that area, have to admit that it doesnt look flawless anymore. my OCD tells me to sand down the area then repaint the whole wall...

    i think the paint doesnt stick well with the original HDB wall paint/coating. So my lesson learn is - to paint the whole house with wall sealer no matter what, before you the painting starts. 
    all ID/contractors/painter won't do it because they will give you all kind of excuses saying the wall is ok, hdb already treated the wall, etc.. No!! I dont trust anything anymore. *sighs* 


    On 1/18/2018 at 9:13 AM, orihs2015 said:


    i like the color on the left side of the wall. but it looks different from the ash grey on the nippon sample book. Do you mind taking another photo of your wall? 

    Thank you!


    Hi @orihs2015,

    picture below, sorry for the late picture.




    Apologies, been busy and MIA-ed for awhile.
    Here are some pictures of my replacement island, this time - this is definitely authentic as it comes with the "serial" printing as you can see below. The previous table doesnt have such printing.
    On Saturday, the Caesarstone guy also came down to check my table and told me that no matter what, all their tops will be printed with the "serial".

    Was lucky that i spotted this and have it replaced! If not i will be using a non-caesarstone top and assuming it is! Felt so cheated. Super dishonest. 8|





    Some of the Lego display are done, will take a full picture once everything is completed. :sport-smiley-004:


    On Saturday, we went down to Blum and purchased the cutlery inserts/trays. Here are the pictures comparing before and after.
    It is SO much neater now. :wub:

    I have yet to fix the non-slip mat, as it's about $17+ per roll. Dont want to anyhow cut and spoil it.


    Anyway, i have asked R&R's carpenter to fix my island and ledge.
    So waiting for them to revert back, the carpenter came last week to measure and quote.

    Rough quote to fix the island shakiness, change wheels, fix the laminates, install ledge + suspended cabinet will cost me about 800+
    Shouldn't have scrimp and save, and should do it all at once. Now i seems to be paying more and having so much problem. :help:




    Lastly..... 3M

    I so pissed off with 3M products, not sure if it's the wall, the paint or their products.
    TWO TIMES, i use their product and it feel off - TOGETHER WITH THE PAINT. :~

    I use their product to hang my BoomJoy mop at service yard.



    End up, i have to touch up using putty and paint AGAIN!!!!!

    I might just end up repainting the whole service yard wall with wallsealer and then painting it over again.
    The problem might be because of the wall.

    For my future house, i will make sure that all my walls are painted with WALLSEALER before anything else! :curse:



  9. 7 hours ago, bykaraanne said:

    That’s unfortunate! Never thought that there could be a possibility of Contractors installing fake Caesarstone! What!! 

    But I was told that although Caesarstone is well-respected for quality, some Contractors found that certain colours stained easily. Odd. I always thought Quartz were virtually indestructible from day-to-day use. 

    Hope your issues get rectified ASAP! 

    i wasnt expecting it too.. *sighs*

    till date, i'm waiting for the invoice/evidence that my caesarstone top is authentic.
    If it's original and authentic, why cant just send me at least the soft copy of invoice? have to delay SOOOO long. (maybe waiting for someone else to get the same model/colour as me).

    Stains and scratches shouldnt just appear that easily from day to day use, it's meant to be stronger and tougher.. but seems otherwise (if this is real caesarstone)

  10. so.. what happen 2days ago:

    - the supplier (hua hien i think) that Justin ordered the caesarstone from, came to "check" on the scratches as i found new scratches and reported it to him
    - clarified with caesarstone and Justin, these scratches are caused by machines, not by daily usage as it's deep scratch. unless i use a drill and drill into the top.

    And guess what, those guys came, did dont know what kind of polish.. now there's ugly stains on it. There's a rectangle and oval faded mark there.



    Told Justin to bring it back to caesarstone/his supplier for warranty. He say they will replace another one for me, installation is Sat or Mon.
    Oh well, let's see.

    anyway, we lifted up the whole top. there's no serial/numbers underneath the slab. Apart from the invoice (that he say will be giving me), there is no way to proof the authenticity of it. :dunno:

  11. 2 hours ago, andotang said:

    Have you read here?


    To ensure you have certified Caesarstone® brand products, check the underside of the bench top for the genuine, authentic identification information.

    After installation and on receipt of your warranty registration information, we will provide you with a complimentary Caesarstone cleaning kit and a genuine stainless steel Caesarstone Authenticity Badge (this badge demonstrates authenticity of your Caesarstone product which you can attach to your countertop).

    Did you register for the 10 yrs warranty?

    Do read the care instruction carefully to take care of your worktop.


    i'm waiting for Justin to provide me the warranty/receipt. till now he has been "delaying" and not giving it to me.
    Care instructions wise, i have read it. 

    There's no way to check the underside of the caesarstone top as the top is too heavy to lift up and check/look.
    But thanks for sharing. 

    I'll be contacting Caesarstone SG later to check.. Caesarstone told me they need my purchase receipt and etc then they can schedule an appointment to come down and take a look at my slab.

  12. On 1/6/2018 at 10:52 PM, geneo79 said:

    Happy New Year!

    I like the color tone of your master bedroom toilet.

    Do you mind to share the color code from hafary?


    hi @geneo79, sure. Pm-ed u.

    Anyway, we just found out  feel that my caesarstone island top doesn't seems so authentic (anyone know how to check/confirm this)?
    I did a thorough cleaning/polishing of the top yesterday and found stain marks, scratch marks on it. -.-

    Is it that lousy? Inferior caesarstone maybe? very doubtful on the islandtop now.
    le wife also doubtful on the colour we wanted, we wanted 5141 but suspecting this table is 5111.

    Have contacted caesarstone via email and FB messenger, hope they respond soon.

  13. Happy new year all.


    fixed up all my fortytwo chairs and placed them.

    Not forgetting the countdown party with a "mini barrel" :sport-smiley-004:


    Manage to bake some cookies over the weekend. Finally open my kitchenaid to use. (forget to take picture):




    not forgetting my island "drama"
    Justin still want to get his carpenter fixed the island and not charging us anything, oh well. Why not? Let him do whatever he wants.

    So, his carpenter came today to fix all the damage laminates. They also fixed the blum inner drawer to my island and guess what?
    This is after fixing:
    Like a seriously? You know that it can't work, and you still proceed to fix? How is anyone going to put their hands inside and take things? I wonder where the common sense gone to. :dunno:
    Anyway, i told him to remove the inner drawer and shift it to the bottom drawer instead. Told me need another 2-3days to re-fabricate the drawer door. Oh well.





  14. Yesterday Justin painter came to touch up all the damage walls in my kitchen/service yard, but look at their workmanship/quality. Sighs. 
    I can't take it anymore, just have to do it myself. No longer trust any of their people. 8|

    This is status as of now, i think i can do a much better job in patching the hole and painting than them. Seriously. Maybe i should change job be a painter instead. :dunno:
    The washing machine that 3 holes very hard to putty, already did of layers and the holes are still visible. Looks like i need to do another layer again.. *sighs*
    can't live with these holes on the wall. *OCD kicks in* 

    This is their standard vs my standard (although not perfect, but better..?)


  15. 13 hours ago, infinity2015 said:

    sorry to hear this .... always find difficult to deal with IDs and contractors when they dont deliver ...

    anyway, from what i know, caesarstone does have a pricing across the range (price range from 120-520 pfr for classico), supernatural frosty carrina, 20mm for width 600mm (20mm flat polish) is 190 pfr and 40mm downturn is 210 pfr. For Island top 700-900mm is 250 pfr 20mm, 40mm downturn is 290 pfr etc.  

    May I know how much is the Blum related hinges and doors cost? blum is very expensive ...

    Hi @infinity2015, yah. especially when both doesnt have the same workmanship/quality and eye for detail.

    my island top that r&r quote me is around the high 350s pfr. it's a 6ft island, so the top alone cost 2100 and onwards.

    Blum related hinges and door are all included as part of the agreed "standard" hinges/mechanism that i wanted.
    same for both R&R and Justin.

    Blum really has the quality and it's very sturdy as compared to other hinges. They are expensive for a reason. hahah. :sport-smiley-004:



    Bonus picture for today:

    Chilling with a glass of coffee on my island.
    It seems that Justin is not taking back the island table. i will make do with it first. Also, checking with R&R if they want to do this "sai kang" to re-laminate and touch up the island + increase the height.
    still pending reply.

  16. 15 hours ago, KFC1189 said:

    I am sorry to hear your quality issues. It seems to me your carpenter was trying to rush through your job and forgot to patch up any mistake that they made.


    Sighs. Yah, tomorrow is the day. If they can't deliver, then too bad for them. Gonna not pay for the remaining.
    They did too much damage to my kitchen walls!!

    Look at the ugly holes at the washing machine area, and also the "wooden plank" to support my ledge is not even BALANCE/equal.
    How to accept?? :argue:

    also, the bracket to support the ledge is so fugly. I thought ledge should be like a plank of wood stuck into the wall nicely kind. then with kompacplus on top?
    Seems like not the case. Justin apparently used some ugly L shape bracket that is so old school and ugly and huge.


    5 hours ago, matchalatte said:

    hey! hows everything? sorry i havent been coming to renotalk v often nowadays, gotta re-read a few pages back. i dont really understand the part about you using another contractor for tabletop (justin) or is it the whole island counter? how come u didnt go with R&R? also, you mentioned yr island is 70+cm including the top, its actually dining table height. definitely too low to use as a worktop. have they rectified? and how are they going to increase the height unless they redo it? cant possibly be that they put something at the bottom of the island to make it higher right? 

    hello~! Been good just that facing problem with this contractor that we engaged for the island/toilet door/ledge.
    It's the whole Island (incl of table top) that we engaged Justin to do.

    Justin is the contractor that is currently handling my parents-in-law's house renovation. He was previously from *** Interior.
    He took over our initial ID (for my in-laws house), as we didnt like him and have some issues with him. Apparently, both of them moved to this company call Dezign Station (located at Tradehub 21) :dunno:

    So we also ask him to quote us some of stuffs and find it quite reasonable pricing, but totally didnt expect that the quality is ... :fire: x 999999...

    Reason i didnt go with R&R is because of the pricing. :deal:
    R&R quoted me is about 5k (if remember correctly) for toilet door + island with ceasarstone top - 5141 (Frosty Carrina) as this colour belongs to the 2nd most expensive range of the ceasarstone as claimed by R&R.


    With the same price, i can get additional ledge installed to put my kitchen mixer and air fryer.

    Actually, this is just bullsh**. Ceasarstone themself don't charge you different price base on the type  you select. It's the same price for all across. Just that we consumer can't deal direct as there is MOQ.

    The reason higher price is given maybe because of the MOQ they has to hit for certain model/etc, not because it falls under the Super Natural series it demands such high price per foot run.CaesarStone_5141_Slab.jpg.jpg.f183f0a75cdc98ec515afa2ae9e28df7.jpg

    Justin quoted me about 3.5k for everything (island, top, toilet door, ledge)

    If you were me, i think you will go for Justin? 
    I was thinking.. how bad can it be since he's from ***. Oh boy, i was so wrong...

    Island height is not suppose to be 70+, all along i told him that i want it to match my countertop. He keep saying he noted, but till now.. it's the same.
    I dont even think his carpenter that's coming tomorrow will even remember this. Justin say that they will insert wood underneath the top to increase the height.

    Sighs, big regret now. Should just save up and wait abit more and just get R&R to do the job.
    At least their workmanship is there and i don't have to worry.


    really is 一分钱,一分货 (what you pay is what you get.)





    We just had a conference call with Justin (me, le wife, Justin), he himself say that he's not confident that his guys can complete the task tomorrow. So, to cut the story short, we are calling off the whole thing.

    Things that we are going to retain:
    - ceasarstone counter top (for the island, if he dont want to take back, i'll keep it and get R&R to rectify)
    - kompacplus top + plywood support (he has to cut and give me the correct size as per the top
    - common toilet door (he will get his guys to come replace the door 1-1 to the glass panel on tuesday. The price i paid for comes with glass panel but they installed hard PVC  instead. Cheat money!)

    Told him to re-calculate the cost, and also told him that we won't be topping up him any amount as all the works are not complete.

    Also separately, called my ID - Danielle and told her about these issues. She must be thinking that why I dont engage her to do these in the first place.
    Oh well, it's always the cost issue. I ask her to check with her carpenters if they can come re-laminate all all the defect laminates on the island and ledge. Told her that we can pay for the labour and materials, she say ok but still waiting confirmation on this.

    Anyway, that's how things are at this moment.
    Cheap = not good
    Good = not cheap
    Conclusion: Cheap + Good = dont exist. 8|8|