(Above)New modern playgrounds dot the estate
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
(Above)New modern playgrounds dot the estate
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
AFTER INSTALLATION :
Reflective properties good for privacy
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Adding Olive oil to the pasta
Cooking in progress !
Prawn head broth in white wine simmering. It is useful to buy cooking pans with spouts on either end for efficient pouring of gravy or broth without spilling
The chef tasting the broth!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Ceran glass panel top :
Thickness of glass ceramics
Inner-Flame Burner :
Rinnai Corp., Nagoya, Japan, has turned burner design completely around with its inner-flame burner. Instead of shooting flames outward from the burner perimeter, as with a conventional burner, Rinnai’s inner-flame burner is ported so that flames shoot inward toward the center.
The purpose of the unusual design is to create a coherent, unified flame that rises under the center of a pan, then flows outward, bathing the entire bottom of the pan in flame. This approach heats the pan with greater uniformity and improves the efficiency of heat transfer from the flame to pan, which is good for even frying without getting burned food.
In addition to aiming the ports inward, two other design factors assist in shaping the flame. One is that the burner sits slightly below the surface of the cooktop, helping the individual flames to coalesce toward the center as they rise through a hole in the cooktop surface.
Secondly, and more importantly, the burner ports are angled slightly on the horizontal plane. The effect of the flames shooting out an angle is to create a fiery vortex. The swirling flame is meant to accomplish two things. One, it assists in driving the flame outward across the bottom of the pan, helping to evenly bathe the pan bottom with flame. Two, the vortex creates a pressure drop that assists in drawing air in for combustion allowing for a strong consistent flame.
RH - 988 C Cooker Hood
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
My darling hubby bought me a Gucci handbag today. So sweet of him!! We saw this small canvas Boston bag in a magazine few weeks ago and both of us thought it's really nice and unique. It has a younger and hip feel to it and really appealed to me. I've always liked sporty bags and was quite surprised to see that Gucci has this very youthful range this season. It also happens to be in one of my favourite colours, green! Heehee...For those who are interested, it's also available in orange. The size is also just nice for me, for the stuff I normally carry in my bag. So my dar dar brought me to Gucci at paragon to buy the bag.
The interior (a small compartment useful for small items like keys)
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
We asked our ID to build a pulmet for discreet mounting of the day and night curtains to give the room a cozy feel. We spent a bit on curtains in the master bedroom.We install suede night curtains to totally block out the light and make it dark and cozy ( good for privacy and watching movies ). The suede gives the room a lush and luxurious look. We also installed Thai silk black coloured day curtains to provide privacy, cut out glare during daytime, yet have enough light coming through to do some reading. Another pulmet was created at the MB's entrance after the walkway from the study area and main room entrance. Another double sided suede black curtain was installed to close up the MB entrance(below) to keep the aircon air in and provide further privacy to the MB.As the walls of the MB were painted dolphin grey, we decided to create a feature wall using a cheaper alternative of wallpapering. A customised feature wall would also take up space as our bedframe was large. We went to a few places and found something we liked at Goodrich ( located at 8 Changi South Lane ). We chose a dark grey with red motifs patterend wallpaper - MyWall Glamour Allover MG43051, priced at $120 per roll (above). With installation by Goodrich, it costs us $610 using 3 rolls of the wallpaper. While one can choose to ask the contractor to install for you free, we decided to spend more and have peace of mind as wallpaper is something that has to be fitted by expert hands. At the end, we were very pleased with the time , commitment and care shown by the Goodrich installer who took nearly a whole day just to do up wallpaper for our one feature wall. Even the areas around the trunking, switches were cut to precision and covered completely. See pictures below.
For the flooring, we continued with the dark oak laminated flooring(below) used in the common bedroom and the walk-in cum study room. For 470sq ft of laminated flooring in all the rooms, we paid about $2300.
To furnish the room, we lowered our cost by mounting a IKEA LACK wall shelf costing only $29 instead of spending $600 on a customised tv console. Also the use of the IKEA shelf which is compact preserved the walking space between the wall and the bedframe . However to hold up the weight of the home theatre system and the SCV setup box, we asked our ID to use three heavy duty mounting screw to enable the shelf to take the weight.To add that luxurious touch to the MB, we installed a Egyptian crystal pendant lighting which is really beautiful at night when it casts the halogen lighting through it's crystals onto the walls.The pendant light(above) cost us $450 after discount, sourced from i-Lite at Jalan Besar. We added two bedside lamps from Lightcraft at Jalan Sultan ( $98 each ), which are in line with the contemporary designer look. Many of our family and friends mistook the bedside lamps(seen below) to be some Bose hi-fi speakers.To create individual storage space, we managed after a long search to source two TENZO bedside dual drawer units (below), with glossy laminated black finish from OM. They look good and provide space to keep personal items with a large desktop space for the lamp. We splurged on these bedside tables costing us close to $700 in total for both.
Of course, being couch potatoes, we mounted a Samsung HD LCD TV ( model: LA32 R81 BX ) shown above. To get the correct TV viewing height, we made sure that our bedframe arrived before the TV so that we could assess the correct height. We sourced the TV from Mega Discount Store at Katong for $1529 which included a free DVD player. We traded in the DVD player and top up $100 to purchase a more stylish looking Samsung DVD Home Theatre 5.1 system ( Model HT-XQ100 ) seen below.
(Above)Adjustable ,reclining backrest of our suede bedframe