Apr 30, 2011

Here Comes the Bride

I don’t remember what the master of ceremony’s saying was; but it must be funny enough to make the bride smiling. It really broke the ice! I captured this moment; just a few minutes before the sacred part of a wedding ceremony will be held.


Apr 27, 2011

8 Considerations When Choosing Flooring for Your Home




When you invest in new flooring, it is best to have a good understanding on the total impact of what you choose. Many people neglect only a single factor, and this leads to the wrong choice. This article highlights all the issues you should be considering.

Cost. Obviously, you have a limited budget. Cost includes all factors such as removing your old flooring, getting rid of it, preparation of your surface, underlay if necessary, and installation. Getting quotes on all of these factors will mean you don't find yourself out of pocket later. Sometimes we neglect the cost of dumping or moving old materials and we get a nasty shock.

Time. Some flooring types can take a long time to install. If you are building a new home, this can have a great impact on your progress. It is important to talk with your professional in relation to your situation. Remember, the environment may have an impact on installation time. Some techniques and materials can be more difficult than others. Contractors can often be misleading. It is important you look at the experience of others with any particular floor type. Try to get some form of firm guarantee. Make sure your installation contractor fully understands the conditions of where you will be installing.

Purpose. More often than not, we cannot install one flooring type for our home. Wood floors might look great and durable, but cannot take the rigours of your dining room perhaps. It is important you understand your usage, and what type of furniture you will be using on your floor. You might need to make modifications to your furniture. Wooden floors can be easily damaged by furniture. Carpet will come under considerable attack in your dining room, and although it may look luxurious, it is not a very good choice. High-traffic areas need to durable. Getting this mix right is essential to getting value for your money.

Insulation Properties. Different materials have different insulation properties. Even different tiles can differ greatly. If you are in an extremely cold environment, this is something that you want to think about. A bathroom that is always cold, and difficult to warm up, can be very uncomfortable.

Flexibility. If you are living in a region that has four pronounced seasons, you may need to consider the properties of the materials that you are using. Some grouts will allow for more movement in your tiles. Pronounced seasons can wreak havoc with even the best installation work.

Environment. Although this has already been mentioned, it does deserve consideration on its own. Your environment will have huge impact on your choice. Carpet is a great choice for colder environments, and obviously not a good choice if you live in a tropical region.

Maintenance. Some floors may require a large amount of maintenance once a year. Make sure you understand the costs of what you will need to do. We all need to keep our lives as simple as possible. Maintenance could mean more than just cost. Not being able to use your flooring for a day or so, might be more than a little annoying. Maintenance is an absolute must, and if not done right, your flooring will not last as long as it should. Neglecting is non-negotiable.

Safety. Some floors may look great, but will they have the anti-slip properties you need? This is a big consideration for kitchens and bathrooms. Slips and falls can lead to serious injuries. Selecting the right surface type is a must.

Apr 25, 2011

At Sagoo Restaurant





Today we had lunch at Sagoo Restaurant (Botani Square, Bogor, Indonesia). This restaurant has unique decoration. It’s full of things that remembering you with your past time and childhood.
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Apr 24, 2011

Cousin’s Daughter

Meet sweet Asti, a cousin’s daughter. Yesterday we visited her home in Bandung (West Java, Indonesia) for having a rest for a while after attending another cousin’s wedding.

It’s my father on the back ground. Today is his birthday. Wish him good health!

Apr 21, 2011

A Towel Rail

A very good way to make a kitchen (or bathroom) door more useful, is to install a towel rail on the back of it. You will find that most internal doors are hollow, preventing you from screwing things properly to their thin facing.

So, the method of fixing requires a bit of ingenuity. The answer is the hollow wall anchor or the spring toggle. These devices are natty little fellows which you poke through a hole in the door.

When they are tightened, part of them folds back securely against the back of the door facing. This results in immense holding power.

Apr 18, 2011

Bikers Friendly Signs

It's my first time to see this kind of sign around my city (Bogor, West Java, Indonesia). Yesterday, on the way to Gunung Pancar (Sentul, Bogor), I saw several similar signs along the Raya Babakan Madang st. in Sentul City.


I guessed before I would see many bikers along the road; but that time, I only saw some bikers. Approaching our destination, I saw many bikers at a bike track in Wana Wisata Gunung Pancar (Gunung Pancar Tourist Forest). That's why I didn't see many bikers on the road; they're still busy there!

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Apr 16, 2011

Youngest Nephew

Azman is my youngest nephew. He’s a special kid, as his parents have waited for him for 18 years.

Apr 15, 2011

Planter

This handsome planter is superior to any store-brought one. Choose Western red cedar; it is the only timber that has the capability to withstand the moisture and elements without rotting or twisting and cracking.

Painted Oregon or treated pine can be substituted, but at your peril as they will not weather well. The metal strapping (it could also be brass) idea is borrowed from the wine barrel and is vital to hold the planter together.

As the joints are just butted and screwed, epoxy glue should be used on them to give the planter strength, especially if it is going to be moved around occasionally.

Apr 13, 2011

Peep-Hole



Before purchasing a peep-hole from your local hardware store, check for clarity and the range of visibility it allows. Where you position it must be determined by the height of those most likely to use it.

Keep in mind that people who knock on the door may stand in a certain place because of a fly screen or other object, so position the peep-hole opposite this point.

The device consists of two parts which screw into each other; all that is required is that a hole of a suitable diameter be drilled through the door. When drilling a ply-faced door, make sure you come in from both sides. Should you come in from one side only there is a chance that the ply could break out on the opposite side. Once drilling is complete, screw the peep-hole in place.

Apr 11, 2011

Pile of Sacks

I don’t know for sure what’s inside it. But since the sacks are put near the unfinished house; I guess sand is the most possible contents. Have a great Monday, every one! MellowYellowBadge

Apr 9, 2011

A Little Girl Portrait

Meet one of my nieces, Aflah. I captured her cute face while we’re in a fishing place weeks ago. Don’t you like her hair style? Her Mom said that it’s Aflah’s favorite hair style.

Apr 5, 2011

Installing Window Locks



The extensive use of glass in our homes makes it relatively easy for burglars to smash or cut their way in. However, you can make it difficult for them to remove your belongings if you install dead-bolts on external doors and keyed locks on all the windows. Unless the burglars can locate the keys, they can’t open anything and are forced to clamber out through a window edged with broken glass.

Putting locks on timber windows is relatively easy; it may even reduce your insurance premiums and, better still, may considerably reduce the likelihood of burglary.


Purchase a system with a single master key. Keep the key in a secure, secret spot. Locks featuring one-way screws are the easiest to install, a one-way screw can be screwed in but can’t be screwed out.


Establish what type of timber window you have. A timber window consists a number of sashes (the frames that hold the glass) which are fixed by a variety of fittings to an outside frame. These sashes will be either horizontally or vertically sliding; casement (opening outward from the side); awning (opening outward at the bottom); or hopper (opening outward at the top).


Make sure the type and number of locks you select will suit your windows. If you’re unsure, ask at your hardware store.

Apr 4, 2011

A Female Vegetable Vendor

I’ve never seen this kind of vegetable vendor in my city (Bogor, West Java, Indonesia). Around here, all vegetable vendors are male; and they are carrying carts.

In my husband’s hometown, all vegetable vendors are female; but they are taking baskets to carry the merchandise. I saw this woman when we’re on the journey to my grandfather’s house. At that time, we had our chicken porridge for breakfast on a small food stall in Tasikmalaya city (West Java, Indonesia).

This woman uses a tray to carry vegetables. Is it too heavy for her? A yellow sign on the left indicates that she has just walked on the ascending road. She didn’t look tired at all. MellowYellowBadge

Apr 2, 2011

Trees and Wavy Ground

I captured this spot while we were eating at a food stall in Sentul City area (Bogor, West Java, Indonesia). It looks like a little jungle; but in fact, it’s just an open green area inside the city.

My entry for The Weekend in Black and White this week.

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