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Monday, March 12, 2018

Here's the ultimate guide for home renovation


It's pretty satisfying to receive the keys to your new house because you’re halfway there for your dream house. So, what’s the other half to fulfill the dream house? 
It’s the renovation to transform your ‘raw’ unit into your liveable dream house. 
Whether your house is a HDB unit in Rochor or landed house in Bukit Timah, renovation is still needed to transform your house. 

Here’s some guides to home renovation.

Check your new house defects
Before renovation begins, be sure to check your unit like the window panes, if they are able to properly close. Check the paint on the walls as well to see if they are painted evenly. Also, do inspect the water pipes if there are any potential leakages, you can trace it by looking at the wall and paint with water streaks. 

Locate your cable, wiring and water works
It is vital to locate and plan all your points for your conveniences. Be sure to point and mark those points before discussing with your contractors on your renovation. It would be rather frustrating when the nearest point in your bedroom is far away from your bed. As for water works, identify how many faucets you want to install because it would be troublesome if you realized there’s shortage of water supply to your washing machine or fridge.

Keep your budget in check
Often the renovation costs exceeded our affordability could be frustrating and worried if we don’t keep track the spending. This is why setting a budget is really important, during planning your budget, increase your budget by 20% to 30% for any unexpected charges. Survey and research before engaging your contractors or interior designers. Share and discuss your concerns or priorities with them to ensure they don’t overcharge you. Plan ahead to avoid last minute changes especially when taking measurements or choosing the right material for your renovations and furniture. Lastly, always do research and reviews before making your decision.

Schedule your delivery items to arrive on time
The delivery items that we are referring to is your home furniture and electrical appliances. Be sure to set your delivery to arrive before your move in date. It would be awkward and inconvenient when your items arrive one by one after you have moved in. But arriving way early before your move in date is also a risk. Whilst the contractors are transforming your homes, your furniture may be at risk being ‘transformed’ or get stolen. 

Engaging the right ID or contractor for yourself
There are times you would curse and swear your interior designer or contractor when they screw things up, regardless front or back. This often happens when the briefing or communication is not clear or focus enough. There are times proposals from them tends to set unrealistic budgets or ridiculous timeline, like way overdue kind. To prevent these from happening, you will need to often communicate with your engaged interior designer.

It would be better to research and review few ID firms before engaging the right one. Make sure your ID is someone who you can talk comfortably with, transparent and reliable. Be sure to be present during the materials selection process as this will make sure you do not overspend your budget or get short change for what you have paid. Be as detailed as possible when you brief your ID or contractor, so they will know your direction and ideas of your dream house.

Car park permit application
If you are driving, be sure to apply for car park permit before moving in to your new HDB unit. This will make your move in process smoother rather than fumbling for car parks in the car park lots. There are different seasonal car park charges for you to choose from based on your monthly affordability.

Friendly neighbours, harmony neighbourhood
Although contractors start their renovating works during the day time where everyone is mostly out to work or school but do be considerate and understanding your neighbours. Before renovation works start, talk to your neighbours about your renovation works and let them know the duration of the works. They will appreciate for the information received so they can plan their schedule to stay away from noise (if it’s big renovation) or helping you to keep an eye around the neighbourhood or home while you were not around. This will form a comfortable bond between you and your neighbours even before moving in.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Tiger Beer celebrates CNY 2018 and wishing their consumers overflowing togetherness, wealth and prosperity. Exclusive Mahjong sets and MORE!

It’s that time of the year again, the great “ dong dong chiangs” rise from it’s slumber and erupts into the atmosphere. Chinese New Year is coming in a months time and Tiger Beer along with Heineken Malaysia Berhad is more than ready to celebrate it with their consumers.

Boasting a great 2017, Tiger is ushering the new year with overflowing wealth and abundance. Promising consumers a variety of activities and premiums to be given out when you buy choose Tiger Beer this festive seasons.

These items include premium playing cards, angpow packets as well as bottle cap lucky draws that could win you some extra ang pow money too!

The one that caught my attention was the exclusive mahjong set.

This beauty is available at all participating super/hyper markets when you purchase 3 crates of Heineken Malaysia products ( must include at least one crrate of apple fox) and you can get it for RM99

Basically, buy 2 crate of Tiger and a crate of Apple fox then you can get the mahjong set for Rm99, neatly packaged in a box filled with all the glorious marble mahjong tiles that you just love to hear in the festive seasons.

The celebration was one of the better ones i experience, with grand lion dance performances by 8 lions and the visiting of the 8 Choy sans that was the highlight of the night. The food was great at Grand Imperial as well.

If you are going to stock up for the CNY celebrations, i think you can a lot more when you choose Tiger and Heineken beverages. XD

For more information on this campaign and the abundance of promotions, as well as the dates and locations of outlet events, please visit . These promotions are only open to non-Muslims who are 21 years old and above.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Jiritsu 18th October 2017


Distant World makes its return to our land for yet another great experience featuring your favourite soundtracks from the Final Fantasy Franchise.

Marking their 30th year anniversary and with legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu and Music director Arnie Roth taking the helm, fans will be treated with a spectacular musical tribute to 30 years of FINAL FANTASY, music from FINAL FANTASY XV and a visual experience to accompany the show. It definitely sounds like we are going to amped up for a once in a lifetime spectacular.

For new fans of the franchise, Distant Worlds started in 2002 in Japan, and since then the concept has toured the world. Bringing some of the most magnificent OSTs to life and to live. With this new 30th anniversary production including music from throughout the 30 years of FINAL FANTASY games as well as new scores and arrangements created specifically for these concerts that will definitely entice old and new fans alike.

Prepare yourself for massive goosebump action and maybe sheding some tears as well because it will be goooooood.

Tickets are selling fast and with just 5 days to go for this amazing show you best decide to get them this weekend!


To purchase tickets head over to CLICK TO BUY TICKETS

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Seri Mutiara Cup 2017 results and final day highlight

The Seri Mutiara Cup 2017 Basketball tournament happened last week and it served Malaysians a full course of great entertaining live basketball action.

After a week of competitive matches, Beijing BRCB emerged as champions of the tournament. Not an easy feat despite having NBA Star, Stephon Marbury in their roster.

The 2 days were packed with nail-biting actions with scores that were less than 10 in difference by the final buzzer. Fluid teamwork and explosive individual talents from the players drew in more and more crowd towards the finals.

I was fortunate enough to catch some of these matches, one in particular was Japan Link Tochigi Brex’s group match against Beijing BRCB.

Yuta Tabuse and his boys played and outstanding team game, successfully locking down some of Beijing’s best scorers. Yuta’s precise passings and penetrations paired with Ryan Rossiter’s offensive prowess were too hard to keep up for Beijing’s defense, with the complete team effort of the Japan side’s roster, Japan Tochigi Brex were the only team to win team that later on won the tournament.

The 3rd/4th placing match between the home team NS Matrix and korean boys LG Sakers was an interesting match as the korean side sent out a full local roster with non of their imports to play. The match was evenly played out till the third quarter as the quick picks and plays from LG Sakers sliced through NS Matrix’s defense. It seems that the local team has some more work to do before the coming Agung’s cup. But to be honest, they players looked pretty good at times.

In comes the finals, a close game up till the very end. Beijing DRCB takes the tournament cup with strong plays from their forwards and a tenacious display of solid basketball by Yang Chin MIn who later become the finals MVP and his team mates. Shavlik Randolph kept the team’s scoring afloat when the Croatian side stepped up their game in the second half. Mate Kalajsic and Henrik Sirko of KK Split were a fun pair to watch, driving into the paint and scoring from beyond the arc…they really gave Beijing a run for their money but it was Zaid Abbas who came alive in the last quarter that ultimately sealed their fate.

It was indeed an eye opening experience and it really got my blood boiling for some basketball action. XD

A big round applause for all the teams and a big thank you for Seri Mutiara and other sponsors for bringing this tournament for us. It would certainly be exciting to see the basketball scene grow big again in Malaysian soil.

All photos credit to : Onvisa Thewphaingarm

Friday, April 21, 2017

Anime Recommendation: Koe No Katachi, A Silent Voice 聲の形 ( 2016 Movie)


Based on a multiple award-winning manga series by Yoshitoki Ōima, Koe No Katachi OR A Silent Voice tells the story of Shoya Ishida who during his primary school years bullied a female transfer student, Nishimiya Shoko who had hearing disabilities, who after a series of incidents stopped schooling. The aftermath ensued where Shoya unaware of his actions was alienated and bullied due to his initial actions. 

The story that takes us into his highschool years, alienating himself and unable to overcome the trauma that he took upon himself. He soon meets Nishimiya again and embarked on a road and attempts to fix what he broke. 

Blogger's Review
The story starts off simple with child-like innocence but explores the consequences of ones action which ultimately affects the growth of a person in the world, it bravely depicts a very real premises that is even relevant today. The actions of bullying is one that shouldn't be taken lightly, no matter in what form. 

I truly enjoyed myself with the plot and it's characters ( the one that were chosen to matter) were all very purposeful to the story itself. Loved the Shoya and Shoko confrontations as they try to understand each other more and more. The characters reflect how real life looks like and gave a clear view on how things could be resolved. 

The movie really brought the characters to life and gave me the laughs and the drama at the right times. It's not your average teenage romance drama although at some point it felt like it was taking that turn but smartly twisted into what the story original was about.

It had a lot of moments and set pieces that made the movie so much more entertaining to enjoy, almost every moment of the movie was purposefully created to push the story forward or reveal a certain motive. The film has it's own unique direction on how the story flowed as well which can defer depending on the audience watching it. :)

Koe No Katachi was visually pleasing and satisfying for the heart and soul, I loved it so much and enough for me to blog it about after so long. I would really recommend everyone to watch it and let me know what they think about it. The 2 hours was worth it, in fact i really wanted to see each character more.


PS. The movie was based the Manga therefore the Manga explores even more into each character and it's very real struggles as they all grow older. I've manage to catch a few chapters and I am pretty hooked in every character. Will find a chance to recommend it in another blogpost when I am done. :)

Movie title:  Koe No Katachi 聲の形 , A Silent Voice
Runtime : 2 hours 7 mins
Watch it at: MBO and TGV selected cinemas ( From 20th April Onwards at Malaysian Cinemas)

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