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Friday, March 16, 2018

General Guidelines for Renovating Your Home

Friday, March 16, 2018 0 Comments

There are many properties available for sale and for rent in Singapore recently, such as  property in Geylang. If you have just recently gotten a new house yourself and you are planning to renovate your house, this article is for you! I will be writing about some general guidelines for renovating your 'home sweet home'.

You are renovating your home? So what ? Just call the contractor to renovate.... mmmmm...isn't that impulsive? You need some planning works to do that.

There are 2 options in hand for you to choose :

* Engage an ID (Interior Designer) ? At least you less headache. Just leave the the entire process to complete it all the way for you. Start from designing to the move in day. Leave it to the 'pro'. This will cost you more money.

* Self manage by engaging with contractors and various service providers. I won't say this will not cost you more money or less money. If you don't manage it properly , this could be a huge disaster.

Well, if you are opting to self manage the entire process or renovating your home , then read further. Here are guidelines for you to follow when it comes to renovating your home.

1. Design and Planning

Make an Excel worksheet to jot down :

* ideas
* list down the costing from different suppliers and some input from family and friends

Why you need an excel sheet? This is to simplify your process to keep it smooth , easy and easier for your overall comparison of ideas and costing. 

Important note : Please set a realistic budget for your renovation to make sure its within your budget or getting a huge renovation loan. Make sure you don't end up regret when it come to payment time or it will be too late to even turn back time.

Nowadays, the technology make us convenient to browse for information. Just search around for some inspiration or idea. Sites like  Pinterest or Qanvast will show you different ideas from paint color or bedroom designs and up to even types of lighting and furniture used.

After you done with your search and identified the style and design suits your preference for living room, kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms, you can then make and appointment and start to discuss with your service providers to achieve your ideas. 
Always bear in mind , you might not achieve 100% as what you see in photo but you may get your contractor to works towards the closest.
There are many contractors available in Singapore, so make sure you do some research before you engage one. Make sure engage the one you feel most confident with in their workmanship.

2. Demolition and hacking

If you plan to restructure your house, make sure you double check with your contractor on whether any demolition or hacking work is allowed in your premises. An experienced contractor will then be able to give you some advice on what can be done and what cannot be done.

Cost of hacking could go from $400 to $1,000, depending on the size.

3. Electricity, plumbing and air conditioner

Any shirting in electrical points, pipes and air conditioner trunking should be done as early as you can before the massive renovation work starts. Air conditioner trunking should be done earlier and the air conditioner units can be installed much later.

Furthermore, you will also need to decide on whether do use a storage tank heater, electric heater or gas heater when it comes to water heater at home.

 4. Masonry and flooring

There are a few areas in your house that you might wish to build kerbs at, such as the main entrance door, toilet area and the kitchen entrance door.

If you wish to have a change in the floor tiles, the cost of it would go from $6,000 onwards, depending on the material and size of your home. I personally love laminated flooring.

5. Windows and grills

There are many types of windows: top hung, casement or sliding. You could choose to soundproof your windows and tint the glass as well to prevent heat from entering and blocking the noise. As for window grills, it is mainly for child safety purpose. Oh!for my case I would add more fencing to my grills to avoid stray cats and dogs to enter. I am afraid of animals. isk isk 

6. Painting and wallpaper

Choosing the right paint, the right color makes a huge difference. Using the right paint can instantaneously revive and brighten your initially dull looking unit. Some people prefer all white. Hence, choose a color that will brighten up your unit or a color that adds a touch of liveliness for your unit. Nobody wants to come back to a place where it further brings down the already-tired-from-work mood. Make sure to use only good quality paint as well to protect your home and will certainly last you a few years. If you are unsure of which color to choose, you can always ask for advice from the stores, as most stores offer a wide variety of colors for you to choose from and they will be able to advise you on the matching of the color that suits your house theme.

You could also opt for having wallpapers it is a cheaper option to nice and creative painting. Moreover, it is easily changeable if your tastes ever change in the future.

7.  Ceiling works

You could install false ceiling to your home to beautify the place. You could choose to install false ceiling at your living area, foyer area and the bedrooms. Different ceiling work such as lighting holders or L Box could give a different classy effect to your home. This work well for those who love to install chandelier to make home look more grand.

8. Carpentry works

You could do some carpentry work on your kitchen cabinets, TV consoles, false ceilings, doors, feature walls, wardrobes, bed frames and the tables at home. Do your research and look for a carpenter with good workmanship. If you are using the same design and material for your whole house, you could try to negotiate for a better price with your carpenter as the material will be cheaper when it is ordered in large quantity. Up to you feel this is so much work to do? are almost there to own a fabulous dream home.

9. Cleaning up

You are now one step closer to moving in to your dream house. After the renovation is done, it is time to clean up the mess left behind. You will need to engage with some cleaning service and disposal service to dispose all the renovation debris, and do clean up your house, including a chemical wash. I would rather hire the cleaning service people to do it for me rather than breaking my arm and waist to do this myself. Its not an easy job you know!

10. Moving in

Finally, you can move in your furniture and electronics items. This is normally the last step as it is to prevent any unnecessary damage to your precious furniture and electronics during the renovation period.

In conclusion, renovating your home on your own is not too difficult of a job, as long as you monitor closely to the work done by different service provider. Most importantly, they are definitely affordable as compared to engaging an interior design  that would break your bank account. Additional reminder, make sure you have the time to manage it all too.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Yearly Affair with The Womens Weekly Malaysia

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 12 Comments
I am big fan of The Women's Weekly Malaysia Magazine ever since in my early 20s. I am still a big follower of this magazines. I tried not to miss workshops organize by this magazine. Previously, when I was in KL alone I have nobody to tag along with me to these workshops. Then my third sister started working in KL , I invited her to go with me. Recently, my last sister started working in KL too. It has been 2 years she joined my third sister and I. The Women's Weekly Malaysia beauty workshop become Sisters annual event for us. 

I told them this year will be my last one. Reason, I don't think they will invite me again even I want to attend due to age. Sometimes the sponsor especially for beauty products they will want the attendees to be young and at youthful age. Yeahhhh! age has no limit but still I can feel this becoming the obstacle in my life recently. You can talk whatever you want but hey.....this is the reality of life. I feel it now.

Same like last year this workshop was sponsored by The Face Shop Malaysia and co organized with The Women's Weekly Malaysia Magazine. Ohhhh!!! for all readers...FYI, I paid some fees to attend this. NO FREE ya! So don't come ask me how come you don't get the invite and so on, ok! Plus I need to apply for it and if got lucky they will select you. It has been 2 years my sisters and I got some lady luck with us. My third sister almost cannot make it and was added to the last minute due to some attendees back out! Phewwww!!!!

Started my last Sunday morning at the New World Hotel near Kelana Jaya. Last year event morning refreshment was way better than this. Around 10:00am there was another break. Just a simple 'fried meehoon' and hotdog wrap in pastry. A bit annoyed when the somebody kind of shoo us back to the room after barely 5 spoons of fried meehoon. Annoying part she told us off (to me personally) with saying... " We still will feed you for lunch. There are plenty of food waiting for you." My sisters and me was stunned and speechless. WTH! 

Nobody went into that room and out of that many crowd eating outside, why you just said that to us? Oh! by the way we reached early for registration. Barely no breakfast, just coffee, juices and cookies. Cookies??? For breakfast??? You should say so if you want us to eat breakfast else where before hand due to time constraint. We not so 'hadap' for free food. Oh! its not free. We contributed some amount for this workshop too. You should punished those Women who came late which result the workshop to start late and you guys running out of time. Almost choked with the fried Meehoon.

Just because you met me once in blogger event doesn't mean you can said that to my face and make me look like a glutton. Don't look down at me at such manner please! You guys only allowed 10 minutes break when the few minutes wasted to queue at the ladies and another one to get the food. Other then this.... I have no complain to this year beauty workshop and my sister and I really made a good memory here and we love it!

The Face Shop Beauty Tips and Make Up Demonstration

I love the Beauty Trainer from The Face Shop this year. The products and beauty tips presentation was fun, exciting with lots information. Last  year presenter was so dreadful and the feeling last year was like .... please kill me...please slap me... why am I wasting my time here. Main focus The Face Shop product for this year is Yehwadam skincare range. Nothing new to me. Since I am a beauty blogger myself. Hegelian is an anti aging range from The Face Shop. Talk about anti aging. My age for anti aging when aging has started???? huhuhuh...being negative again. 

This is nothing new since they highlighted this range in previous beauty workshop too. I was surprise they still focus on the same range since the beauty workshop Feb last year. mmmmmm........  I was told the Face Shop relaunched this age-defying skincare line as a tribute to the beautiful, confident women who have impacted our lives and inspired us. This range very pricey. Well...most anti aging range are expensive irregardless of its brand. 

Yehwadam is inspired by the traditional beauty secrets of Korean Women. The main ingredients consists of plants, herbs (ginseng) and flowers.

For those who have fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity like me can say goodbye to it with regular use of The Face Shop Yehwadam range.

Did I get any of Yehwadam range from this beauty workshop?
They added in the trial kit of Yehwadam for attendees goodies to try. No bad for RM35 beauty workshop. On top of that received one full size raisins body butter and one meaningless cash voucher. Why I said meaningless cash voucher? Too many restriction for me to use it !

There was make up demonstration by popular beauty youtuber Emily Quak. After that all of us have fun to try out The Face Shop Make up range. The best 5 make up look walk away with beauty box full of The Face Shop make up. huhuhuh...congratulation to all winner. Yours truly still having problem with eyeliner. So no luck! I no talent in doodling on my face or paper. Ehehhh...

Candle Making Session

The highlight of this workshop is candle making. I was looking forward to this. Always wanted to try this out for once. Yeayyyy!!! finally. I even brought along my own essential oil which I bought during my recent trip to Bangkok. I made my own scented candle from scratch yo! I burn it last night and it smells super good. Now planning to get my own soy wax or bee wax to make my own candle myself. Ambitious me!!! Look forward for me the candle maker after I ditch my finger knitting hobby. Huhuhu....fickle me....

This is a half day workshop. After the candle making session and while waiting for our candle to dry out, we have our buffet lunch at Pasar Baru, New world Hotel. By that time almost 2:00pm. hmmmm.... still cannot 'brain' that feeding part statement during morning break. Next time if I have a chance to attend again...well if they read this post, I may stand no chance to attend. isk isk isk...I will make sure to at least have some breakfast beforehand. I have been attending many workshops organized by The Women's Weekly, nobody told me off in such manner! They always provide us good refreshment and lunch. I would say they are awesome to me for many year!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Property Insight In The Year Of The Dog

Sunday, March 11, 2018 18 Comments

Woof! Woof!

Year 2018 is the year of dog.
Dog is known as man's best friend due to its loyalty, warm, intelligent and energetic character. So...What is the significance for the property owners in the year of dog?

Questions for all of us...

Is this the year for property investor to invest on more properties?
What other essential to add into your house in the year of dog?

Now..Let's see what's there to take note for the year of dog.

Purchasing property

In year 2017, the property industry was in the bear market situation with it's oversupply in the market. Although Singapore government has ease the cooling measures for property market by adjusting the Seller's Stamp Duty (SSD) and TDSR. The SSD'S holding period has been shortened and the rates lowered due to the declination of properties' speculation. The mortgage equity withdrawal loans with loan-to-value ratios of 50 per cent or lesser has been excluded from the TSDR framework in hopes to give home owners better flexibility to monetize their properties for future retirement funds.

Hence, with the lifting and easing of the cooling measurement, it is foresee that the year of Earth Dog is all about property market, with element earth that signifies properties. This year we foresee the upside of the property market as the oversupply of properties caused the properties' prices to drop.
But as the market stabilizing itself , do not rush into sealing the deal. Always take your time to survey and research the offers and prices around the market. Ensure the property you chose suits your lifestyle and your finances' needs. The month of October is the best time to buy properties as the earth related industries will start to do better. So, if you're looking for a  HDB unit in Choa Chu Kang or Pasir Ris, it's your time and and take your time.


It's the element of Earth this year, the nature of earth is about consolidating factor to bring greater harmony and prosperity. Therefore, the colour for year 2018 is to emphasized on the warmth and pinkish-brown echoes the natural earthy tones to balance the combination of fire and earth elements. If you want to something brighter, you can consider light yellow, beige and sandy. If you're considering to change wall color, it's time for you to do so by refreshing the walls' paint. According to Fengshui, it s not advisable to keep the wall colors dark and non-earthy element colors. For example , blue, green, black, grey or white tones are best to avoid.

Interior Design

Year 2018's fengshui will be expecting metal element to visit and if your house is in the East with wood element, the fengshui will project negative energy as metal cuts wood. Therefore, to neutralise the negative energy, water elements is needed to be in position. How you can add the water element is using the water features in the East area- fountains, mirrors and images of water as well. You can also add in the decoration elements such as pillows , rugs and lampshades with flowing shapes. Besides, you can add crystals in your HDB unit which represents water, sui jing.

Interior designing part is to keep simple, less is more.
So, the rule of thumb when it comes to house decoration is to de-clutter your home items and keep it neatly. Keep your things neatly and hidden to let the qi flow smoothly. Lesser extravagant oranments is the trait of canine, keeping it humble and simple. Opt for simple and elegant pieces to place in the house to elevate the look and feel of space and overall classy vibe. 
Another reminder to take note is to avoid renovation and activity in the area that is hosting a negative star.

Fixing the broken Entrance

The paramount of the house is the gate which creates the first impression when inviting guests to your house. Thus, you have to make sure your entrance is well-maintained. Based on fengshui basic concept, it is to keep it attractive and tidy , you will notice how opportunities are " knocking " at your door. Ensure your door bell is working well, so you can hear your opportunities looking for you. 
Since the water represents money and emotions and water's movement is all about the flow of it. In that case, be sure to check your pipes, tapes and faucets, ensuring no water leakage so that water and money would not flow out from the house. You would need to fix immediately as fixing your house means fixing your own life!

I know some of you will things Fengshui is craps...but hey...all this is information has been analyze by an expert based on logic and common sense in life. You may not take it hundred percent but it is no harm to take some points out of those and apply it what is suits to improve your life in overall. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Play Time! Video Games Park at SkyAvenue, Resorts World Genting

Monday, March 05, 2018 20 Comments
Apologize for the bad quality photos on this post. 
Allow me to say this is due to yours truly was chased by Zombies at Zombie Outbreak! WTH! hahahaha...My heart still beating very fast when I reached here.

For those who bring along their teenager children up here at Resorts World just show their way to The PlayTime! Video Games Park with many best range of cutting edge games for arcade lovers. Do you believe if I say this is my first time really spend time and play games in such arcade? Really this is my first time did this and seriously bad at playing any games.

This is a cashless game center. One need to get EZiCsh Card from the counter and reload as much you need to spend. I got mine for RM50 and share it with my sis.

The first game we targeted was The Spacetime Squad Virtual Reality. Sounds like a pro huh? In this game player must try to stay alert whilst a horde of flying evil robot destroyers and their bosses attack from every side and see the avatar annihilate them systematically.
No joke first time experience playing VR , I think in real life situation I sure die for instant. We both last for less 10 minutes. hahaha
Swipe my EZiCash for RM30 just for VR games. It cost RM15 each player. Our card now has RM35 in balance.

There are many other games here for example PaCMan Battle Royale with cannibalistic element of 'eating' opponents; the Jurassic Park where players can try to battle their way through some missions and meet over 30 species of dinosaurs along the way; the Star Wars battle pod and Storm Racer G for those who love speed.

I tried the pac man and waster RM8 for 2 players since it cost RM4 each. Now my EZiCash card left with RM27.

I came here to relax my mind and peace of mind. All those sounds super difficult for me and need to use lots of brain juice squeezing and energy too.

Never mind let me settled with this putting ball into the hoops as fast as I can. RM3 each game for each player. This game really exciting and one will get hooked by this. We did!!! We spent the rest of EZiCash card for this game. The result...back down to KL with sore shoulders. Muscle pain all over my body too, Huarrgghhhh!!! driving also difficult when it come to turn my steering wheel.

PlayTime! Video Games Park really good to release out anger and stress in life. hahahaha.. Exciting!!!!

For more information , call +603 6101 1118 or visit

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Big Box at SkyAvenue Resorts World Genting

Sunday, March 04, 2018 21 Comments
Resorts World Genting is getting more exciting by month now. I know many of us are waiting for 20th Century Fox World Theme Park to be opened soon. But hey!!!! that doesn't means you can't make your way up to Resorts World Genting now.  I was told the Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park is open and recently got a chance to spend a day up at Level 4 SkyAvenue having fun at Big Box and The PlayTime! 

If you head up at Level 4 , SkyAvenue you will be greeted by armored Elephant with flapping massive ears. Just step into that place and you will be amazed on what is waiting for you. I started out with my childhood TV show exhibition call Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium.

This place has everything and anything extraordinary on display. They have over 400 exhibits , a cabinet which including artifacts of lost worlds which allows visitor to  enjoy the wonderment and interaction. There are few bizzare and wacky collection which includes the model of Vampire Woman, Mike the Headless Chicken and many more. 

King Kong Tire Are

The Kong model shown here measuring over 13' tall and weighing nearly one ton, is made completely  of recycled tire pieces.

Top left : Vampire Woman and her name is Maria Jose Christerna from Guadalajara Mexico.
Top right : Mahatma Gandhi Leaf Painting using the leaves of the pipal pr bho tree which are often used in India by folk artists as canvases to paint miniature painting.
Bottom left : Mermaid from fiji
Bottom right : Believe it or not this is paint on toast

There is space section for you to experience life in space.

Then you will be mesmerized with all sorts of unique animals including the Albino Phyton, 2 face pig, Massive Gigantic Alligator owned by late Michael Jackson and this amazon shrink head too.

I really feel one of the most on display here is that bird painting on snake skin and girl on swing by thousand of stamps. Oh yes!!! don't forget to take a selfie with this life size human look a like mannequin too. She look so real!!!

After getting awe with all sorts of weird and unique things from every part of the world, just head on to The Jurassic Research Center. 

To tell you the truth , I don't really fancy Dinosaurs. I have horror experience where my nephew back then when he small now already in his 19th always watch this Dinosaurs video over and over again. His collection for Dinosaurs collection is enough to give people headache when he left it lying around the floors. Anyway , I bet you children will love this place. 

Many different species with massive figures of different figures is spread throughout the center such as Brachiosaurus, the Triceraptors and even the Sabre toothed tiger. I bet your kids or even yourself as an adult will be having fun learning the pre historic animals. Most dinosaurs figure here reminds me of Ultraman show when I was kids too. Bet the 1970s adult would remember that that show too.

Did I mentioned that the Dinosaurs figure here move their head, tails and even it look as if they are breathing too.

There is even a fossil laboratory to study different specimen models of dinosaur fossils with details inscriptions . The highlight of this Jurassic Research Center is a 4D experience of witnessing velociraptors wrecking havoc in a discovery lab. Horror!!!!

Talking about horror...nothing more thrilling and terrifying moment other than being in a small dark room chase by group of Zombies. I am really glad I brought my last Sister along with me here. Lucky at least she the brave one. If you read my horrifying experience where I was chased by Japanese Zombies at USS. Here...I never thought to experience it again.

Here at Zombie Outbreak the visitors can experience what it is like to be one of the last survivors of nightmare Zombie Apocalypse. Visitors that try to seek shelter in the abandoned house will find that the course is spread out like a maze with an new terror awaiting at every turn, keeping the survivors on edge as zombies consumed with a ravenous desire for human flesh are everywhere waiting for you. No turning back and definitely not for the faint hearted.

Say WHAT???? Not for faint hearted??? I was there experiencing everything. Actually not really...kekekeke...lucky me to have brave heart and cold hearted sister. I practically hold her hand and keep my head down and eye closed the whole course. hahahahaha...I see nothing and try my best to hear nothing too. My sister dragged me from start to the end. kakakakaka... I bet she hate me for that. kekekeke 

If this happened in real life and I am the last survivor, the first thing I do is to kill myself. Eat my sweet and tangy juicy flesh zombies. Most important I know nothing and feel nothing already. huhuhuh

Enough with horror story at Zombie outbreak. Its time to have fun at the Alive Museum.  

This place is not as big as the one in Jeju Do...Yeahhhh!!! sometimes when you travel around and sees more thing, its hard to impress this kind of people. Ya right like you can't impress me with all those engaging optical illusion art????

As soon as I entered the room....excited like I am the 7 years old child. Give my best pose for memorable photos to bring home.

See this excited woman in 40s. My sis having hard time keeping up with this big sis acting.

I forgot to pose with Superman who look like Running Man star Lee Kwang Soo and my photo with Song Joong Ki doesn't turn out very well too. Over here at Alive Museum, every corner and space is created with mural and really make one imaginary blown away.

If you bring your little ones there is this Jungle Gym of free play for kids to run , climb, jump, slide and tumble whilst simultaneously developing their sensory scales. Parent can just sit back and relax  while their kids having fun there.

If you are in need to organize special occasion such as birthday, this is also a special place to hold such memorable event. Upon request the management can even organize a themes party like Safari, Dinosaur,and Fairy Tale.

After all the excitement, you can unwind yourself for a few hours of pure bliss and relaxation moment at Healing Touch. The wellness studio offer a quick recharge and pampering moment.

Then if you are hungry there is food outlets nearby like Wendy's , The Baker's Cottage, Texas Chicken, Pizza Hut, Kenny Roger's Roastes, MarryBrown , JR Curry House , Only Mee and even Boat Noodles. You can also have shop at nearby marketplace area.

My recent trip to Level 4 SkyAvenue, Resorts World Genting really so much of fun. I will write on my experience Virtual Reality Game for the first time at The PlayTime soon.

Operation times are from 10:00am to 10:00 pm. you can purchase the attractions ticket as separately or in combo of two or three attractions. Prices are vary for standard tickets for adults and children and for Genting Rewards member.

Ticket as at March 2018, month I went up to have fun :

A. Ripleys Believe it or Not!
B. Zombie Oubreak
C. Jurassic Park Centre

Single ticket for each attraction :
- RM30/each adult
- RM25/each child

Combo 2 (A + B + C) 
- RM56/each adult
- RM46/each child

There is other combo pass like Elite and even VIP pass which includes in the Alive Museum.

For more information on latest prices  and package please call +603 6101 1118 or visit