Get lit. Ask any interior designer and they'll tell you that lighting is integral to create the illusion of a bigger space. But, where can you get quality lights without breaking the bank in Singapore? Well, we'll be shedding some light on that! From classic track lights to chic pendant lamps, these are the stores in Singapore that carry everything you could possibly want! 1. SOL LUMINAIRE | FOR THE STYLISH MINIMALIST Sol Luminaire (previously known as Hiiga) aims to minimise the environmental impacts of traditional lighting through the use of LED lighting products, all without compromising on style - think sleek luminaires with a twist. Though there are distinctive updates made to these lights, they remain clean and polished, great options for minimalist interiors as a whole but also adaptable enough to work into any other home setting! 2. VERDE LIGHT | FOR THE BESPOKE ENTHUSIASTS AND THE ECO-CONSCIOUS Lamp-making isn't the most environmentally friendly but Verde Light aims to change … [Read more...] about Where to shop for the best lights in Singapore
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If you're renovating for the first time, there's plenty to puzzle over, from budgeting matters to the myriad of design features to consider for your home's new look. And so, the last thing you need is even more confusing renovation jargon. Fortunately, we have got the perfect solution: A handy cheat sheet of commonly-used renovation terms in Singapore. Use it the next time you're on a site visit or discussing ideas with your interior designer! 1. SUB-CONTRACTOR You probably already know the difference between contractors and interior designers as well as what they do (if you don't, read this), but what about sub-contractors? Like contractors, they are in charge of handling specific renovation works on the ground (e.g. plumbing, masonry, air-conditioning), but only the ones that an interior designer or contractor can't do. So, think of them as third-party specialists who are called in for special jobs! 2. LOAD-BEARING WALL Not every wall in your home is the same. While some can be torn … [Read more...] about Do you know these home renovation terms used in Singapore?
So you are finally making the big move? Congratulations! But moving houses can be quite hectic so we are trying to save you some time by giving you some quick tips to help decide if you should hire professionals or do it yourself. Before you choose to hire a moving company or start renting a van to do it yourself, there are a number of factors to consider which is the best option for you. For example, your budget, your location and how much time you are willing to spend on this move. So keep that in mind as you read what each option involves as well as their pros and cons. DIY MOVING While it might be tempting to do the moving yourself to save costs, there are many factors to consider if this option is best for you before choosing this route. Considerations for a DIY move: 1. THE MOVING CREW How many people are in your household? How many friends are willing to help? How many belongings do you want to take with you? If you are planning on moving yourself, chances are you have … [Read more...] about Moving houses: Should you DIY or hire a moving company?
If you didn't already know, Singaporeans who have never been married before can buy a HDB flat once they turn 35. While you may not be eligible for another decade or so, it's a good idea to know how much you'll need to buy a flat so you can start getting your finances in order. We talk to Amy Lim, an associate division director at Propnex Realty, to help you figure out what sort of flat you'll be able to get at 35, and how much you'll need to put down for it*. BTO OR RESALE? There are two main options when it comes to buying a HDB flat: brand new Build-to-Order (BTO) flats or resale flats from the open market. If you're earning $6,000 or less a month, you can apply for either. But if you're earning more than that, you can only apply for a resale flat. IF YOU GO FOR A BTO FLAT... BTO flats have 99-year leases and are generally much cheaper than resale flats. According to Amy, a two-room BTO flat in Punggol goes for about $130,000. Assuming you pay for 20 per cent of it … [Read more...] about Can you afford a HDB flat when you’re 35 and single?
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Deepening Chinese activities in the Arctic region could also pave the way for a strengthened military presence, including the deployment of submarines to act as deterrents against nuclear attack, the Pentagon said in a report released on Thursday (May 2). The assessment is included in the US military's annual report to Congress on China's armed forces and follows Beijing's publication of its first official Arctic policy white paper in June. In that paper, China outlined plans to develop shipping lanes opened up by global warming to form a "Polar Silk Road" - building on President Xi Jinping's signature Belt and Road Initiative. China, despite being a non-Arctic state, is increasingly active in the polar region and became an observer member of the Arctic Council in 2013. That has prompted concerns from Arctic states over Beijing's long-term strategic objectives, including possible military deployments. The Pentagon report noted that Denmark has expressed concern … [Read more...] about Pentagon warns on risk of Chinese submarines in Arctic