Saturday, July 24, 2010

MP#7 - Shopping, Shopping...

Men don't shop.

I do shop. Err... So am I a guy or not??! Ya, sometimes I do confuse especially times when lunching with a group of women. Perhaps that could be the cause why occasionally I exhibit some women behaviors, well, according to that group of women. Anyhow I feel better and normal though, at least I don't shop for sexy panties, victoria secret, wacoal and whatnot, my favorite shopping mall is LYP. You might be amazed or annoyed (if go with me) that I can go every single shop in LYP to check out the price before purchase. And now I extend my such shopping mania (on gadget) to the Mega Project.

While contractors were busy working on the renovation, I am also busy "shopping" for those home appliances and accessories. From Klang to PJ, Puchong and to Kepong just to get the stuff in cheap price. Sound crazy right you may think? How much petrol I burn for merry go around like that? Well, I will tell that in later paragraph, let's see what stuff I've shopped so far...



Put them together...


A 10-inch rain shower made of brass chrome. If you follow the previous post, you might observe some hacking in the toilet with a tank above the tiled wall. That is to conceal the hot water pipe and to install the mixer (I forgot to take photo of the mixer) for cold/hot water shower. This rain shower will be installed after touch up. A tip, I learned that those cheap rain shower is made of ABS material (plastic) so I guess it's not durable for long use. Try pay a little to get better material, if budget allows.

The very first and most important requirement to enjoy rain shower is water pressure. So you should not save money on this...


The Grundfos water pump. It guarantees you a steady pressure and ensure the rain shower really pours heavily on you. I suggest not to get any other brands, Grundfos is the most well known and reliable brand in pump industry and the price is only at a premium of a hundred or two compare to the other brands. Perhaps it gives you hassle free experience.

Not only body cleansing, I need to make sure my macho handsome face looks fresh everyday too. So...



"Lego" them together...


Hehe... A lame excuse. This is actually unnecessary, I just dislike the ordinary basin given by the developer, so "no choice" but to spend to replace it. Warn you, don't simply dislike this and that if you plan to renovate, it costs! I am a good example here. Likewise, don't simply like this and that, it costs too! An example, the rain shower setup costs me a thousand plus which I could get an 1.5HP aircond for the same price.

Now move to kitchen...



A small sink for dry kitchen. A tip on kitchen faucet selection, there are in-wall type (the faucet is installed on the wall) and in-cabinet type (like mine, the faucet is installed on the kitchen cabinet top), so get the right one. The latter has more varieties and the design looks trendier and classier than the former. Again, if you "like" the latter, very likely you will have to pay the plumber to re-pipe.

I don't fancy branded stuff in this area and believe those well known brands are way way overpriced. For instance, a similar tap from Teka or Sorento will cost double to what I got above. I surveyed these stuff in few locations and finally found a hardware shop in Kepong that gave me very reasonable price. They are not from those well known brands but feel very heavy (which translates to good metal material) and solid when hold, and come with 5 years warranty. The brands are Arino and Bruno, I have no clue if these are branded like Teka, Google could not find their respective website and only found this Singapore site that sells products from these 2 brands. I paid all above (including a mixer not shown in the post) around RM2500, it would cost me at least RM3400 for the similar items from Teka! So ain't it worth to pay a full tank of petrol to go around? Though, it's not environmental friendly. Hehe...

This is the hardware shop in Kepong...


Immense Hardware Trading SB. It's a distributor shop where you can find a lot of its customers are contractors, so I believe the price is cheap to attract contractors. Very honest indeed, for instance, most shops charge extra for good waste cap (like mine above) when you buy kitchen sink, this shop doesn't and I was told all sinks should come with the waste cap at no extra cost. Also, other shops wanted to charge RM50 for the same waste button (for basin above) and I paid only RM22 at Immense Hardware. The shop is just like a typical hardware shop or warehouse and not a show room, so ask for catalogs and specify whether you want cheap or expensive stuff. Look for Ah Theng 阿婷, speak Hokkien with her may get you better price. :)

Above is all the "wet stuff", I shall post about the electrical stuff in the coming post.

~ exhausted ~