Archive for April, 2011

The Empress’ Many Thrones

Posted: April 28, 2011 in Main
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On sick leave so got to spend the day with Judas. It’s a new environment for her, but it seems she’s already established a few favorite hang out spots.

Atop the fridge

Guarding the main door

Chilling in the closet

Sofa, which worryingly, she likes digging her claws into

The Muji down duvet is another place she disappears into for hours

By the window, watching the world go by


Moving In

Posted: April 24, 2011 in Main

About 85% moved in now, but enough is in to post photos of the furnished home.

Main entrance. Have stacked IKEA shoe cabinets to the ceiling.

View of kitchen from the living room.

View of living area from kitchen.

Dining table. $79 affair from IKEA, comes in raw pine so we slathered it in paint. We also added another yellow chair to “cap” the table, it’s mirrored by the yellow frame on the opposite end.

Bedroom. Stools for the computer desk are in.

Wardrobe with all the bits and bobs in. The right side is our utility area, where the vacuum cleaner and shopping trolley (yes, I’m 32, it’s ok for me to have one) are kept.

We’ve also moved the cat over, it took a day or two for her to get used to things, but now the top of the chest of drawers is one of her favorite perches.

Balcony with cat perch/litter cabinet. This is an IKEA under-desk cabinet modified with a set of kitchen cabinet legs.

On the right is a tiny dresser thing from Muji. It’s so small I don’t even dare to sit on the stool.

Forgot to take pics of the bathroom so here are some lo-res ones from the phone cam.

Robinsons Spree

Posted: April 24, 2011 in Stuff
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One of the few idioms I still remember from four years of higher Chinese classes popped up in my head while I was struggling with the spoils from today’s shopping expedition.


It didn’t help that we had to stop for dinner at Shin Kushiya, looking like fresh off the boat refugees while the rest of the Bonzi Bunch were all decked out for a night out at Overeasy.

Still, at least we managed to settle a good bit of the kitchen stuff in one day.

Zojirushi Zutto rice cooker and hot pot. Grey and silver, matchy-matchy with the rest of the kitchen counter. Robinsons was having a sale on these and they were significantly cheaper than at Tangs or Taka (based on our experience, Robs seems to have most things cheaper).

Dish drying rack in a cute box. This is white with baby blue accents. Original plan was to get the green one with orange accents, but that sold out. Seems like fate is on our side because after placing it on the counter, it’s pretty obvious that this colour combi works better.

Bread bin and a couple of pots.

A little overkill no? Macam LV bag or something…

Had to include a photo of this, too funny. It’s pretty obvious who their target market is I guess. Well, as they say, sex sells, even for German pots. Also, was quite confused to see instructions for a pot. Erm…put pot on stove, put food in pot, cook?!?

Ok time to ‘fess up. We’re not cooks, never will be. Didn’t get the cookware because they spread heat evenly or sear meat beautifully. Got ’em because their lid handles look like Mickey Mouse and the bigger pot reminds us of the Android mascot.

Some nice detailing where the handles meet the pot.

The Longest Day

Posted: April 24, 2011 in Stuff
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Boy oh boy…did I know it would take me three days to get everything sorted out? No, but even if I did, I would have done it all the same. An aching back and numb thumbs (I literally felt like I had no fingerprints!) are nothing compared to the assurance that your flat-packed furniture has been assembled properly. As it is, IKEA furniture isn’t the most solidly built, so the very least we could do was to make sure it was put together with some TLC…

So the final tally:

1 x sofa
3 x chest of drawers
1 x dining table
1 x computer desk
1 x bed
1 x computer storage (cat’s outhouse and perch)
5m worth of pole system wardrobe

To make things more interesting, I used only an electric screwdriver (thanks for the loan Mr Wong), a three dollar hammer from NTUC and the crummy tools provided in the packaging. OK that isn’t exactly Man Vs Wild but…

Thanks to Sonny Boy. I mentioned this in passing, and there was no response on his end, so I assumed he missed my email. But he turns up from Cali with this in tow, despite his busy schedule and the legion of lady friends he has to keep happy. And now, we can tell the world (and our neighbours), how we truly feel.


And on the other end of the door, what ever pimping abode should have, a brick of that yellow stuff. This doesn’t really match anything else in the house, but it was so tacky we just had to own it.

Also delivered today, the seating for the other end of the dining table. We didn’t plan for this to match the classroom chairs but as luck would have it, they are both oak. The bench stirs up memories of the canteen tuck shop (if you’re old enough), remember noodles for 30 cents?

Curtain Call

Posted: April 20, 2011 in Bedroom
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MGL Curtain came down today to install our wardrobe “doors”. They had some initial problems getting the curtain track up to our floor as it was a single five metre length and wouldn’t fit in both the lift and the stairwell. Eventually we had to dangle rope down the building’s facade and haul it up from the bedroom window.

String guide to make sure the holes to be drilled are all aligned. On the right you’ll see the IKEA pole system mount which I modified to fit.

The installer’s sexy beast of a rotary hammer. This has a dust extraction attachment so the dust from the drilling gets vacuumed up as it is created. When I saw this I felt like half a man with my T-loaned Black & Decker toy. The Bosch is now on my “to buy” list.

The track goes up. This is an S-track, which creates a nice wave in the fabric quite like the effect of using eyelets. Why not use eyelets then?

1) hangs lower, so there will be a gap from the ceiling to the top of the curtain. This, being wardrobe doors, would be an issue.

2) curtain rod do not come in such a long length. We’d have to split it into two or more rods/curtains, and that’s not the look we wanted.

3) sliding action not as smooth as an S-track. Think shower curtain and you more or less have the feel of using eyelets.

Fabric goes up. We went for a latte coloured, linen-like fabric, and added an off-white lining to make it less sheer. We also specified that it skims the floor.

And we are done!

The curtain turned out perfect. It adds a certain texture and softness to the room without overpowering it. And because it is floor to ceiling, it somehow enhances the sense of vertical space.

So another hearty recommendation for May and her team at MGL Curtain. We didn’t spend much (it being a simple job) but it felt like we had first class service. MGL has a pretty good reputation on the local forums, and after you pay them a visit, its pretty obvious why…

Welcome To The Future

Posted: April 20, 2011 in Stuff

An early birthday present for Stiletto, from her folks. This is going to team up with the sentient door lock from before. One will refuse us exit, while the other renders death by suction. Beware the tin men I say…

We hooked it up immediately (who could have resisted!) and it does a surprisingly decent job. It’s not too good at spot correction, but let it have full run of the house and it will wander about seemingly randomly and keep dust at bay.

Occasionally it get trapped in the shower stall if we forget to close the door, but besides that it navigates fine.

This is a US set running on 110v, so you can see the step down tranny we’ve had to use. I contacted the local distributor asking if they would sell me a 240v power adaptor. Their reply? $180 for buyers of their local vacuums (which cost double that of the US ones), and for me, I would have to pay $360. Now I’m all for supporting brick and mortar businesses, but that is way overpriced by anyone’s books. And we haven’t even considered the low exchange rate!