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And imagine the black monolith silently standing amidst the dry rocky landscape.

Well a sideways monolith at least, but since I’m likely to be lying on the sofa when watching TV, the reference still stands.

What’s the size of the telly you might ask (all guys do that, it’s primal instinct; it’s like how ladies pass judgement on each other’s toe nails). And I would reply, it’s “as big as I could afford” size. In this case, 60 inches.

And while that’s a decent size, and the largest TV I’ve ever had, it was strangely anti-climatic because it fits perfectly and is the correct size for comfortable viewing. I wasn’t going for “correct”. I’d much rather have “huge ass” and “WTF that’s big” than “correct”, but such is life and my pockets…

Up On The Wall

Posted: May 15, 2011 in Living room
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Haven’t posted in a while, been too busy with housework…

We recently framed up a few more posters, filling up a couple of empty spots which have been bugging me the last few weeks or so.

The sofa area is pretty much done.

The dining table area still needs two or three pieces to be complete. I think something landscape orientated, to counter all the vertical pieces that we’ve put up.

This batch of posters was framed at Daniel’s Frame Shop along Still Road. I hadn’t framed much since my regular framer retired, and I was a little worried because this batch had a few rare pieces, but Karen from Daniel’s Frame Shop was really professional and everything turned out really good.

For more detailed photos of my posters, click here.

Candy Coloured

Posted: April 19, 2011 in Living room
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Things are moving at lightspeed now that we are in control. It’s a Saturday and we take delivery of the fridge and some of the dining chairs today.

Close up of Ultimate Mao-ri Love Warrior. I’m only test fitting it in this photo, I doubt we can have it on the fridge when the cat comes over. I have to say, the colours work really well together.

One more test fitting with the Hutt instead. I’m really digging this, but Stiletto has an aversion to lizards and he looks like a really obese legless one so…

Our classroom inspired chairs. Though I never ever had such pretty looking ones back in the day.

We’re also in full on DIY mode today. After a back breaking morning hauling my poster collection over with Le Wanker’s help, Stiletto and I waste no time in getting the frames up. While I work on the drilling and screwing, she figures out the layout.

I’ve got approximately three times more posters than wall space, so one thing we’re factoring in is poster rotation. I.e. whatever layout we go for has to be able to fit the rest of the collection…tough job indeed.

Here are the final results, with some spaces left out for missing posters:

I Spy With My Little Eye(s)

Posted: March 30, 2011 in Living room
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Inspired by the palace door eye droid in Jabba’s pad, 4-Lom and a whole bunch of spiders, I decided that the entrance to our home had to have a similarly imposing ocular look. The cheapest way to achieve this? Multiple peepholes. Thankfully Stiletto had no objections.

We started with marking out the peephole locations, trying not to be too rigid with the placement.

Contractor obliged and helped us to drill the holes in the door.

Peep holes not installed in yet, they’ll go in after the door has been painted. With the lights on at night, it sure looks like we live in a bullet ridden ghetto…

***Access Denied***

Posted: March 24, 2011 in Living room
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Every kid wants cool gadgets growing up, Stiletto and I included. Who in our generation has not lusted after Data’s oil squirting Nikes in The Goonies, and Matt Tracker’s entire M.A.S.K arsenal buried under Boulder Hill.

Now, thanks to advances in modern science, mass production, and a little bit of money, we can all relive those fond childhood memories, and so can you too! Here’s how you can have your very own biometric door…

Step 1: Identify one old, weathered lockset

Step 2: Find a highly skilled Malaysian door specialist

Step 3: Get rid of the ugly bronze stuff

Step 4: Procure new lockset, preferably a high tech looking one (love the cheesy slogan on the box btw. Now I feel like I have my very own HAL 9000)

Step 5: Enjoy the feeling of one less key in the pocket…

In all seriousness, we got this so that we can nip down to the coffee shop or mail box without bringing our keys.

This is a Samsung SHS5230, which is one of the few models with a manual override key. I believe Yale/Gateman has one as well, but that costs about 60% more. We got ours from Interlock, a parallel importer, so the pricing was pretty competitive.

Ok…so we’re being a little melodramatic with the title of the post. There was a lot to be happy about today, with some significant things accomplished. But some of the end results left a lot to be desired, and made us wonder if we were the fussy ones, or if the standard of sub contractors in SG was simply just low.

Moving along with the photos…

Remember the Shera light from this post? It’s been replaced by this outdoor cage light. It looks a little crooked in this photo, but has since been somewhat straightened by the electrician after some nagging.

While we’re still at the entrance, here’s the nice straight wall the masonry guys built up, but the painters ruined with some over-generous last minute plastering. The once flat wall was quite literally bulging with plaster, and had to be hacked up again in order for the light switches to sit flush.

The intercom handset has finally been moved. This was a seemingly simple request (move handset 5 feet to the left) which has dragged out for the longest time. Contractor seeks MCST approval. MCST takes a few weeks, reverts and points us to original installer of intercom. Installer deflects our request to distributor of the intercom, who after some back and forth correspondence with contractor, eventually caves in and comes down. On top of fees to hack and move the point, we’re going to have to pay for “testing” of “systems”…

Having said that, it was worth the hassle. Shifting the intercom handset was the final piece of the puzzle in making that wall clean (we also relocated a light switch and buried the doorbell). At its new position, the intercom handset will be hidden from view behind the fridge.

The kitchen pendant lamps. These are getting quite common, I’ve seen them being used in quite a few of the houses featured in Home & Decor. They’re actually test lamps used by mechanics, and you can get them for as low as $11-$12 at the hardware shops around the Jalan Besar area. The electrician managed to mount the right-most lamp slightly lower than the left one, so that’s another thing which we’ll need to rectify soon.

Behind and to the right of the kitchen pendants is fresh cement. These are the final patches of wall which needed to be “made good”.

The track lighting for the living room. Turned out nicer than we expected, but unfortunately, needs rectification too. Seems our ceiling is not entirely level, so one of the tracks is unable to sit properly without warping. In the photos, you can see how the track nearest the kitchen has a kink near the middle.

Our original concern was that the tracks laid out this way would be too imposing (which is why we chose not to suspend the frame the way we originally intended). Curiously, the black tracks on a white ceiling seems to provide an optical illusion of a higher ceiling, so we’re really glad for that. It feels like looking at the underside of some space craft when you look up at the tracks, if that makes any sense at all.

Close up of the warped track with the kink in the middle. We’re looking at the possibility of hacking slightly under the track to balance things out. Another alternative might be a spacer or something that would let the track hang slightly. Done that way, minor adjustments could be made to make up for the unevenness in the ceiling.

First Shades Of Grey

Posted: January 9, 2011 in Bedroom, Living room
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Primer is on. In addition, these two walls have been painted grey first, as the sliding doors need to be installed.

The paint is a really light grey. In bright sunlight it almost looks white. Look at the ceiling and unpainted beams to see how it stacks up against white.

We’re hoping to colour match the floor epoxy to the walls to achieve one flat tone.