Archive for the ‘Stuff’ Category

Takes A Kit Kat To Tell The Time

Posted: May 15, 2011 in Stuff

Of late, we’ve been going to bed really late. Not so much an issue of too much to do, but rather, losing track of time due to the absolute lack of persons in the house who keep normal hours.

A clock was needed, and we knew exactly which one. Introducing our very own all classic (from 1932 after all…), all kitschy, all hypnotic, Kit-Cat Klock.

The pendulum tail sways from side to side, and the big bulbous eyes scan the room furtively 24-7.

This is traditionally a kitchen clock, so it’s apt we mounted it here.

Judas was plenty spooked initially, but has since gotten used to her new plastic playmate.


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?

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!

Domestic God(dess)

Posted: April 19, 2011 in Stuff

You know you’re lao puay when vacuum cleaners get you all excited. The pretext: A good workman needs good tools. The plan: Get a bitchin’ vac. The shortlist: Miele, Karcher, Dyson, in that order.

Miele gets rave reviews on Amazon, its fan following almost a religion of sorts.

Karchers have that nice tough-as-nails industrial feel to them, and cute yellow styling. There is however, not a lot of user feedback online.

Dyson takes the cake for sci-fi looks, as though a sentinel from the matrix decided it had enough of trawling Zion and embarked upon a new career in sanitary control.

We went with the Miele in the end. Pretty well thought out in terms of design, a bunch of accessories and attachments available should you ever decide you need more than the five or so vacuum heads that are provided, and an all-round proven track record. I also like that it uses dust bags (as opposed to the Dyson) as billowing clouds of dust every time the vacuum has to be emptied is not something we want to see.

The only issue with Miele is its confusing product line. If anyone is wondering, in a nutshell, the main differences between the series 4 and the series 5 are marginally more suction power, cord length and dust bag volume in the series 5, and the ability to store the three basic heads within the body of the vacuum.

So what do grey cotton sheets and the evil Empire’s giant mechanical beasts have in common? Well, nothing besides the fact that we bought them both today…

Gorgeous grey cotton pillow cases in a T-shirt material. Sorry, no 1,000 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets here. We’re not so high class. Anyway I prefer the feel of grubby cotton PJs.

The general colour palette is grey and olive drab, but we’re softening it up with organic textures. We also managed to find the puffiest duvet we could find (side note: I had no idea feathers cost that much!), so that’s going to contribute to the comfy, cloud-like vibe.

And here’s the mother of all AT-ATs. IMHO all guys should have at least one, if not ten of these. I’d been eyeing this for the last 3-4 months, but held back due to the high price. Saw it by chance at OG on discount, and wasted no time in swiping one. This is going to look awesome wherever we place it. A Star Wars toy the size of a dog…how can you beat that???