In Singapore, many people often have their kitchen and bathroom areas renovated first.
This is because the kitchen and bathroom are the ones that show the first signs of wear and tear.
In this article we take a look at how kitchen renovation in Singapore does not have to be tedious and expensive.
All you need is proper planning, a good eye, the help of a very reliable renovation contractor, an interior decorator if you can afford one and a very open minded attitude towards this project.
Here are a few useful tips to get your project started:
• The right attitude comes a long way. Just because you have a very limited budget, it does not mean that you make do with the ugliest of kitchen renovations.
You deserve the best – if not, at least something better.
• Quality materials make a difference. When buying the materials for your kitchen renovation, always choose ones that will endure, are sturdy and of good quality.
The longer your materials stay put, the less you spend in the future. Make sure that you get quality woodwork for your cabinets and that your hinges and locks are rust proof.
Take a look at how the drawers close, if they stick together or not. Look at the doorknob and how well it is placed.
Avoid particleboard and instead, invest in quality wood. Wood or wood veneers are always better than melamine.
Make sure that the cabinet sizes are final and will withstand changes in technology and in times. Also check that your cabinets are within arm’s length even when your little kids grow up.
If you have a high ceiling, make the most out of it. Install shelves and rows of other storage spaces.
26 July 2013
Yey! They’re back!
These tiny blue creatures will invade Singapore Cinemas starting 7 August 2013!
Sometimes watching movie is a great escape to unwind and shake off stress.
So, Sit back, relax and laugh your heart out!
The Smurfs 2 Overview
Hoping to harness the magical Smurf-essence, evil wizard Gargamel creates a pair of Smurflike creatures, called Naughties. However, only a real Smurf can give Gargamel what he wants, so he kidnaps Smurfette to force her to cast a spell that will transform the Naughties into Smurfs. Papa, Clumsy and the rest of the Smurfs reunite with their human friends Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Grace (Jayma Mays) to rescue Smurfette from the wizard’s clutches.
So here’s the link to watch the official trailer of Smurf 2, click the link below.
PG — Some Rude Humor, Action
Official movie site
24 July 2013
(photo from Flickr.com)
Today, I read an article in PropertyGuru regarding latest market news.
Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) worries about the risk of rising household debts to its financial system. In a surging market price trend nowadays, a lot of Singaporean households over-borrowed in their mortgages due to banks lower rates and longer repayment terms. It was stated that 5 to 10% of Singaporean mortgagors may have borrowed more than what they can afford. They worries that those who over-borrowed, especially those household with low-income or savings may struggle to repay their mortgage if interest rates rise.
Therefore, Singaporeans needs to be very careful in taking up mortgage loans. There are a lot of things to consider. Banks also may need to practice responsible lending as well.
Owning/Buying a property is a very good investment, of course if you have the mean$. But its not the money, on how much you will earn that always matters, you need to be wise in making decision especially in taking up mortgage loan. Happy Investing!
料金に関しては、よくあるホーカーセンターの食事（だいたい３シンガポール・ドルぐらい）よりもちょっと高めです。だいたい７シンガポール・ドルぐらいでしょうか（ちなみに日記を書いているいま現在はおおよそ１シンガポール・ドル＝６０円なので、このお店の食事は４２０円くらいになります。） 私自身、結構長い間ひいきにしているお店です。皆さんもぜひここでお食事してみてください！ Bukit Timah Market “Zhong Zhong Fine Spice” The signboard looks ordinary and not attractive, so if you’re new to Bukit Timah Market, you’ll probably not take a look at this stall. But… the surprising thing is that it tastes really good! Yum yum… And there’s always a queue. Not so long to the extent that you will lose your patience waiting though. When you want to go for some oily stuff once in a while, this can be your choice. They will fry the food you choose, so it tastes really crispy and fresh from the wok! And the sauce is yummy… As for the price, it is not as cheap as the ordinary hawker centre food (usually about $3). It costs about $7. The food is “bee hoon” with side dishes like compressed minced meat, squid, beancurd, you tiao (dough with stuffed paste)… Please try! I have been patronizing this stall for many years now… (thumbs up)
Property in Singapore Everyone knows Singapore’s property prices continue to soar despite the government’s tremendous efforts to control the pricing, with some “cooling” measures. Example loan limitations, etc. We hear about property news almost once in every 2 or 3 days. Foreign investors and local buyers are still very “hot” about property purchase despite the increasing price. Some say it is the peak now and wait for the price to drop, while others believe the price will continue to increase and are entering the market now. I often hear that foreigners are very amazed at why Singaporeans love to talk about property. It is almost the topic of every Singaporean when they gather together. Interesting ya? It is not surprising that investors love to “collect” properties in Singapore, especially new ones as they get more interesting with more and more facilities… Like this new condominium where home owners are just collecting their keys in September/2011, there are massage pavilions where residents can arrange for their own masseurs to come over. You can relax and enjoy massage even in your own condominium… Sounds great right!! (thumbs up)
それにこのジャムはそんなに高くありません。５ドルぐらいかな？ 体型をスリムに保ちつつ、ジャムのおいしさも忘れられない！みたいな方には絶好のアイテムではないでしょーか！ あと絶賛しておりますが、スマッカージャムの回し者ではありません（笑） Smuckers Jam This brand’s jam is nice! There’s low sugar type and you can buy this type to reduce calories and sugar intake. Not much brands carry low sugar jam… And it is not expensive, about $5 per jar. I think it’s good for people who like to keep slim and yet enjoy jam at the same time! My choice!!
ちなみにこのターフシティへは、いくつかの場所からシャトルバスもでているようです。でも、普段は車で行くことが多いですね。 シンガポールには珍しく駐車場も無料ですし、車で向かうほうが便利なはずです！ここでお昼ご飯や夕飯を食べた後はジャイアントスーパーマーケットでお買い物も済ませられます。 ちょっとお話がそれました。レストランの話に戻ります。実はこのレストランの入り口の側には水槽があって、水槽にいるカニや魚を見て、食べたいものを選べるんです！！すごいと思いません！？人にもよると思いますが、私はとてもおもしろいと思います！
他にもSambalというマレー系の風味のエイはシンガポーリアンの大好物なんです。日本の方にもぜひ挑戦してほしいです。（少し辛いので、そういう食事が大丈夫な方には特にオススメです）海鮮レストランレポートでした！次回もご期待ください〜 Owen Seafood Restaurant @ Turf City. Seafood is recommended at this place. There seems to be some shuttle bus there. I’m not sure where to take the shuttle bus, but usually I’ll go by car. It seems more accessible and convenient to go by car. The parking is free! After lunch or dinner, you can drop by giant supermarket. You can see and choose the seafood you wanna eat!! Exciting? It’s really up to individual’s thinking… I personally feel it’s interesting! 😀 The food is nice and not expensive. A chilli crab costs about $20-$25. The fried rice is also yummy, fills up your stomach and nice. There is lunch special at this restaurant. 50% off for some menu, you must try! Sambal stingray is the all-time favorite of Singaporeans. You must try! Some Singaporeans will just order sambal stingray with rice for a meal. It is spicy though… Michelle