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Top 5 Tips for Refurbishing Your Home

May 30, 2014
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Whether you’ve just moved into your new house or you’ve lived there practically all your life, there comes a time when all houses need a new lick of paint, some new carpets, a new bathroom or a complete makeover. For most people, it’s a massive job and it’s difficult to know exactly where to start. Here are my top 5 tips for any homeowners who are taking the plunge and seeing how beautiful they can make their house.

 

  1. Make a list of things in the order they need to be done

It’s common sense to get the bigger jobs out of the way first and then concentrate on the smaller and more decorative things. Don’t start buying new carpets until you’ve painted the walls, and don’t paint the walls until all the plastering jobs have been done! Make a list, since this will help you along the way, especially if there are lots of different jobs and tasks which need to be done. You can sit down with other members of the household and combine your ideas and thoughts in order to make sure everything gets done as effectively as possible. Once you’ve listed all the things which need to be done, list them in the order which they need to be completed.

 

  1. Be careful who you hire

The term “cowboys” when referring to builders and other tradesmen hasn’t come out of nowhere – it’s evolved because of the poor and shabby workmanship which people have paid for on their houses. It’s incredibly important to hire somebody who you can trust to do the job properly. Never hire somebody just because you know them and you think they’re a nice person – people can have great personalities and yet they can’t do their job very effectively. The best way to decide who you’re going to hire is by going to houses where work has been done previously and having a look around. Most tradesmen will have a few references in the area which they can give you. Once you’ve got the contact details, get in touch with the homeowners, explain the situation and they’ll probably be more than happy to let you go and have a look at their home. If it’s an outside job, such as a conservatory or roofing task, you could have a drive to the house and view it from the outside without actually having to go inside.

Be careful when reading reviews from the individual’s website, since reviews on a managed website can be easily faked and might not be from real people who have used the services before. Go to websites which are not connected to the tradesman, such as directories and websites which allow people to advertise their services. These are much more likely to be true, although getting references and speaking directly to people is the best thing to do.

 

  1. Set a budget

One of the worst things you can do when refurbishing your home is to start getting into debt and having poorly managed finances. If you already have a mortgage and other bills which need to be paid on the house, getting more debt will just bring on stress and anxiety and won’t make the makeover of your home an enjoyable experience. When you’re making the list of things which need to be done, research the market rates for each job and find out an estimated amount which each job will cost. You can contact tradesmen and ask them to come to your house and give you a free quote for the work which you need doing. You can then keep track of the price each one gives you, and if you’re trying to decide between two workers, make the decision based on the price.

Another way to help with budgeting is to set a budget for each individual room of the house. For example, if you know the bathroom needs to be entirely taken out and replaced, give this a higher budget. The kitchen, on the other hand, might be in good condition and only need a new coat of paint on the walls, therefore, this room will be given a lower budget. You can always manage your finances effectively by downloading budgeting software and apps, and reading top 10 reviews on a variety of products is a brilliant way to find the perfect one.

 

  1. Do it your way

When people hear that you’re refurbishing your home, they’ll want to give you all their ideas about the house. However, remember that it’s your home and you can design and decorate it in the way that you want it to be done. You can appreciate their help and ideas, and you might be able to get some great tips from them, but don’t let them take over and make decisions for you. Remember that you’re the one who will be paying for the work to be done, so you shouldn’t feel pressured by other people into how you should be decorating the home.

Don’t rush when you decide how to decorate, especially when it comes to colour schemes and which colours are going to go in each room. Take samples of different colours of paints and different carpet patterns, and remember that there are loads of things to choose from, such as vinyl, wooden floors, thick carpets and rugs. Think about which colours which match in different rooms, and if there are other people living in the house, remember to ask their opinions too. If they sleep in one of the bedrooms, see if they have any preferences when it comes to colours, patterns and what type of furniture goes in the rooms.

 

  1. Shop around

Don’t walk into the first shop you see to buy your new fireplace, and don’t choose that patterned carpet just because you know the shop owner. Shop around – look online to see if you can get some good deals. A lot of carpet stores and DIY shops are hidden in warehouses that you never knew existed, and a quick Google search will reveal a variety of stores in your area where you’ll be able to purchase things.

The same applies to the tradesmen and workers that you hire – do your research and speak to as many different people as possible in order to get the best prices and the best value for money.

Have a look at the things that you can purchase yourself. For example, if you have a plumber coming to do some work on your bathroom, they will charge you extra for parts in order to make a profit. Taking the time to search these things yourself will enable you to find out what the current price is for the items, and if you want to purchase them yourself, you’re at liberty to do so.

Don’t miss out on vouchers and discount codes too. If you’re going to be spending quite a lot of money in one store, they may have a loyalty card or a discount voucher that they can give you for your spending. This will help your budget too, since you’ll be saving money on the budget and spending less than you anticipated!

Kpop Fashion: Lee Seunghoon Airport Fashion (Full Black)

May 30, 2014
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I’m actually trying to push myself more to update this blog, at least one post a day. Because lately, I’ve been too lame and quite stressed on what Google made this site (penalized), istarblog.com, which made the result of me loosing interest on blogging at all. Maybe though am just tired already by doing my blogging activities each day without seeing any improvement and sorts that’s why my interests to this are not that strong like before. But now, I am really trying my very hard to get myself on track again and share what I most interest about…. And I hope by this time everything will take place on the right path.. ehhe So – that’s why I up this new series of post which tackle mostly Korean celebrity fashion.. As you noticed to this blog. I really used to post up Kpop idols as well some well known persona inside the fashion industry. Because they’re the most fun to blog about since a lot of peeps are keep on following them and liking to update on what’s these celeb mostly doing. Hence, I might get an strong readership too as I often includes them here, Yes! that’s what my main reason is..

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Lee Seunghoon From Group WINNER

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Lvr Limited Edition “Moon” T-shirt by Marcelo Burlon

Heart Patch Cardigan by Comme des Garcons Play

Today, let me share with you on what this guy,Lee Seunghoon , wearing. By the way, Lee Seunghoon is now on the kpop group called winner and it’s under by Yg entertainment, might most of you knew this already, and what I’d liked on his styling here was his cardigan that gives the accentual appeal to the whole black outfit. Though, the full black outfit was already dope but adding an top piece to it really gives it a great classy styling for him. I think, most Korean guys are into this kind of styling these days..

He’s wearing Marcelo Burlon for his Black Tee that has the snake prints on it. And the Cardigans was from the brand Comme des Garcons Play or others knew this brand as Play. You can also try this outfit by finding the same pieces he does wore in this.. I might try this as well soon as I got time to shop online or if a client will sponsor me some..ehhe

Okay then.. that’s it for now and I hope you’ll keep on checking me here for more Kpop fashion because I assure you that I’ll update this category so often.. 🙂

Play Cloths 2014 Summer Delivery 2 Lookbook

May 30, 2014
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Nowadays, prints and patterns are took place the big role in mostly men’s wear. Because these are the ones most demand and trend in away most specially in the street wear fashion for men. I’ve seen actually a bunch of brands like Balmain, Top Man either some local brands who uses prints and patterns for their current season’s collections as well in their upcoming ones. Today, the brand Play Cloths had released their newest pieces from their Play Cloths 2014 Summer Delivery 2 Lookbook. I must say, these pieces were quirky and I simply loved the colors they’d uses to it, Plus, the it can surely brings dopeness to a guy as he wears one of it. S0 – if I were you, I will consider myself now to have at least one piece from this brand because they might be the most and lead pieces soon as it’s gets released in the market.

As I’ve heard, these pieces are on it’s pre-release, meaning you can have them now at their main online shop ( heads to Play Cloths website for more details) but of course, soon enough, the brand itself will release this collection fully which pretty awesome because you might have these pieces even in the cheapest prices. Okay, that will be all for now and as I gets any further details regarding this collection, I will surely then update you all here. Meantime, you can watch the recent episode of Roommate here: http://istarblog.com/asian-things/eng-sub-sbs-roommate-ep-4. Thank you!

[ ENG SUB] SBS Roommate Ep. 4

May 28, 2014
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As I promised, here are the newest subbed videos of reality show called Roommate ( Episode 4). I hope you may enjoy watching it. BTW, thanks to ThanhnamKoreanTV for the effort by subbing the whole current episode..

Also, if you do have pets like cats and same others. I think, you’ll be needed to have this renavast for cats which may help your cats to feel better and strong. It’s like an vitamin, I guess, for animal especially of course for cats.

Sponsored Video: Cage vs. Uncage: What Will You Choose?

May 22, 2014
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I believe that we create our own destiny. If we badly want something to happen, we can make it happen. Everything is in our hands and within our reach if only we are determined and truly have faith in ourselves. There are some people though who are not strong enough to go against the pressures of family and society and live their lives conforming to what is ordinary and usual. They are also afraid to take a different path and start all over again because they might not succeed. They think that they are free but in reality they live in cages. But we need to realize that if we do not try, we will never know if we will succeed. We must uncage ourselves and live life the way we want to.

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I always live my life in #caged due of the workloads I needed to attend everyday as blogger

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I also #uncaging myself by hanging out with friends and share the same interests

There are times when I cannot help but feel like I am likewise living in a cage. Being a blogger entails long hours behind the desk tinkering with my computer. It is not much different than working in an office all day. Although I sometimes wonder if an exciting career is better suited for me and would make me happier, I know in my heart that blogging is what I want to do and I know that I am good at it. To take the stress out of my daily routine, I just do things that make me happy and relaxes me such as dining and drinking with family & friends. This is my way of “uncaging” myself.

Tiger Beer, the world famous Singaporean beer brand, has come up with a new campaign and it features three videos about individuals who go against the grain of society, choosing to live life uncaged rather than in a cage. One video is about Anthony Chen who chose to be a film maker rather than a businessman. He wrote his own story and suddenly saw the world differently. According to him, when you are brave and determined you can leave the cages behind.

If you are interested about this campaign and would like to know more about it, check out the Tiger Beer Facebook page and Tiger Uncage Site. You can also visit their website to join their ongoing photo contest.

Sponsored By: Tiger Beer

Akdong Musician(AKMU) – ‘GIVE LOVE’

May 21, 2014
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I used to blog up some YouTube videos here, istarblog.com, particularly K-pop or sort of. Because K-pop musics are indeed entertaining , plus, the soul of the song are still there which capture the interests of the listeners even it does sang in their mother tongue, Hangul/Korean. Yeah! that’s how the Korean musics invades the whole music industry today.. Also, Korean pop music are composes of variety of materials where you can even hear some jazz sounds to it and at the same time pop sounds are blending well to one another, I dunno on how they arrange their musics but overall the Kpop is amusing to listen and it is really catchy and easy to follow.

Few days back, the sibling duo, Akdong Musician, had released their new song called GIVE LOVE. Actually, I’ve heard this already when the siblings are still on to Kpop star and I think they’re the one who composed this song. But I am not still sure though about it.. ehhe but you can try to listen this give love song at above video, you may also see the duo dancing in their cute moves..

Rockwell by Parra 2014 Spring/Summer Nylon Windbreaker

May 21, 2014
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I simply liked this playful jacket that Parra had cooked for us for their Rockwell by Parra 2014 Spring/Summer Nylon Windbreaker. Though most of you are not into this type of wears but I think colorful pieces are really fits well on me that is why I am quite pleased then already to put this quirky piece here, istarblog.com..

Actually, this was really my first time to hear the brand nor to see either their playful collection or pieces. And yet, I think, their each pieces are quite promising and might be the most consider pieces in these following seasons. Because colorful pieces are the ones versatile ( I think so) in any seasons that is why this is the practical way to be stylish most of the time by having one piece that maybe cope up in several seasons. I hope you can get what am trying to say here… ehhe

Alright, that will be all and as I got the further details about this collection, Rockwell by Parra 2014 Spring/Summer Nylon Windbreaker , I will surely update you all here. Meantime, let me finish this off because am already running out of thoughts for this lovely piece here.. ehhe bear with me then..

[ ENG SUB] SBS Roommate Ep. 3

May 21, 2014
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Korean entertainment industry are getting big today. Because we (other nationalities) are fond of watching their shows whether it;s into the Kpop to dramas or even some of their reality shows like this SBS Roommate, are still patronizing. Yes! that’s how the Korean entertainment huge these days. To the fact that most of us doesn’t really understand the whole things they were saying due of the language barrier and yet we’d still watching them because of the whole materials and concepts they were using as they put up one show, besides we can still watch the subbed one for us to understand a bit or just the thoughts of what they’re doing on the entire show..

Recently, the one leading Korean TV station, which the SBS, had released this awesome reality show called Roommate, quite similar to Big bother house but in different concepts. And i must say, this show is really great and can really gain popularity because of the individuals they had put together in the one roof.. You may watch the latest episode of the show below.. No worries! from now on, I’ll be including each latest episode of this reality show in this blog, istarblog.com, for you to be updated as well..

Thanks to ThanhnamKoreanTV team for exerting the effort for putting the english sub for this SBS Roommate Ep. 3.

Tips To Be Consider As You Travel

May 15, 2014
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Many people enjoy traveling and everyone is looking forward to it but sometimes things don’t go as we planned and a trip can easily go from perfect to really, really bad. And that is why you will read some tips that might help you not ruin your vacation, holiday, honeymoon or anything you are planning.

1. Always pack a hat. In the winter it will keep you warm and in the summer it will keep the sun off your face.

2. Bring a travel first aid kid.

3. Never pack something that you haven’t worn before. The first time you will wear it you will feel very uncomfortable, and that’s not how you want to feel.

4. Make a packing list a week before you travel and whenever you think of something you need, write it down.
5. Bring little packs of tissues because toilet paper is not given in many parts of the world.

6. Border control agents do not get sarcasm. Keep this in mind if you’re someone that likes jokes

7. Prepare for every single situation. Few days before leaving home, make sure you have everything you need and prepare for every single scenario that might happen. If you are traveling with children, then make sure you brought something to keep them busy during the trip so they don’t annoy everyone around them.

Top summer destinations

May 15, 2014
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Summer is not that close but some people like planning ahead. This is article for those who wonder where to go this summer. Here is a list of attractive summer destinations:

1. Maui. It has multi-colored beaches, jaw-dropping scenery and five-star resorts. Adventure-seekers can hike through the lush Haleakala National Park or drive the winding Road to Hana. Or if you’re craving a bit of sun, spend your summer lounging on Wailea’s shores.

2. Fiji. There really isn’t a bad time to visit Fiji, but many consider the summertime — with its constant sunshine — to be the best season. If you’re able to get away in early June, you might be lucky enough to score an over-water bungalow without busting your budget.

3. Antalya. According to Budget Travel magazine, the Turkish Riviera is a beautiful European destination that comes without an excessive price tag. Hotel rates have dropped by nearly 25 per cent in the past year, and as a result, it’s become a must-visit playground for money savvy travellers.

4. Sardinia, Italy – The Mediterranean Island of Sardinia has long been a favorite summer stop for Italians, but it’s stunning beaches, growing culinary scene, and historical monuments have helped make it the top summer destination for international travelers.

5. Algarve, Portugal – The Algarve region in southern Portugal is home to some of Europe’s most spectacular coastline and is still one of the continent’s most affordable vacation destinations. While coastal cities like Portimao and Albufeira are popular among package vacationers, Algarve’s real treasure is the endless miles of seaside cliffs dotted with spectacular grottoes, hidden beaches, seaside cafés, and dazzling underwater caves.

Also, dont forget to bring some cookies to bite as you travelling in any of the places mentioned on top. Just found them here for you to choose..