Totally Pimped Out 3-room HDB Smart Home [Overview]

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Woohoo! My first, ever, commissioned Feng Shui Drawing – modelled after the one Li Ka Shing has in his office, albeit a little more cartoonish…

Finally, I got to put aside some time to write an overview of my full-blown smart home. By a full-blown Smart Home, I literally mean everything top-down.. even the toilet bowls! (.. and not just one room or merely an area or space in the apartment).

Also, this is probably, the only 3-room HDB apartment you’ll find that is totally pimped-out with smart home devices at this point. Everything was designed from scratch, down to the electrical cabling and wall-hacking placements.

I’m still adding in stuff at various parts of the apartment, but there’re simply way too many people are asking about various components and features – so I figured why not start with the overview of what I have now! 😊

Here’s what this series of posts will be broken into;

✓ Smart Stuff: Gadgets, Devices, Fixtures & Setup
✓ Carpentry: You don’t need an ID if you know what you want.
✓ Internet & Security: Planning connectivity for a huge number of smart devices
✓ Taobao: Yes! Everything from small things like decorative pieces, to a 3-seater sofa, to even flooring for the entire house (..and a $6000 washing machine!?)

Ok, let’s get started, then:

Our mini collection of BE@RBRICKS posing atop 2 Google Home Max devices. Because, the “Mini” doesn’t sound good enough.

Let me say this first:

I bet you’ve never seen these many smart devices installed in a single HDB apartment before.

1. For Voice Control, Multi-room Audio, and basically, Assistance

8 Google Home devices in total, consisting of:
3 x Google Home, 3 x Google Home Mini, 2 x Google Home Max

This basically means the entire apartment is blanketed with Google Home devices, even in each washroom!

I mean, there’s absolutely a need for you to control your home while you’re doing your…. you know… right?

2. Every Switch is a Smart Switch

At last count, there are about 16 Smart Power Switches which we painstakingly got the electrician to re-wire to introduce a neutral wire. This was done so that every switch in the house would be remotely controllable via Z-wave.

It’s a mix of both single and double switches, all with tactile feedback so that when you press the button, you actually know it is being pressed. The models we actually used eventually was TKBHome‘s TZ36S and TZ37.

I’ll go into a bit more detail about the selection criteria for this part in a later post, too.

3. Sensors Overkill

Well, this wasn’t as overkill as the rest of the stuff above, but there’s a total of 12 sensors installed.

4 x Z-wave Motion (+ Temperature/Light/Movement) Sensors
1 x Water Sensor
4 x Door Open/Close Sensors
2 x Human Arrival Sensor Tags
1 x Smoke Sensor

The sensors came from a variety of vendors as we wanted to test out the feedback and response time from each device to determine which to get more of, but it seems the choice turned out pretty clear cut after a while…

The hub I eventually used was the Samsung SmartThings Hub v2. This hub supports Z-wave and Zigbee, and has a wide variety of integration points as well. Oh, and remember to get the UK-version, not the US one.

4. (Almost) Everything is Controllable via Mobile Phone & Voice

Almost all plug sockets, TV’s, water dispenser, aircon, heater, washing machine, robot vacuum, blinds, etc – everything is essentially able to be controlled via my mobile phone, or by voice.

I’ve actually intentionally provisioned a separate system for the door locking system of the house, for security reasons, but let’s discuss that in a later post.

..and all these are squeezed into a

67 sqm, 3-room HDB apartment

with all walls (legally-possible) torn down.

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Experience Deep Cleansing with Origins x Sephora

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Ever since I recovered from the massive outbreak, I have been extra cautious about the products I use. However, that doesn’t stop me from looking out for good products that will keep nightmares at bay or even better, improve my complexion.

That said, I got my hands on a few Origins products from Sephora Singapore a while ago added to my beauty regime – Of course, as usual, I’m working towards a much clearer skin and here I’m giving my review!

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My 30-minute Lunch Time Facelift! [Hiko Nose Threads + Dermalift]

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Hiko Nose Threadlift and Dermalift done in less than 30 minutes. ⏰

For those who have been following my blog, you would probably realize that for me, fillers doesn’t last long on my nose and cheeks. However, I wasn’t ready to go for surgical implants (aka a permanent nose job). The thought of it just scares me – especially when my two not-so-small dogs love to cuddle up with me (what if they paw’ed my nose!? 🐾😱).

But no, I didn’t give up washing for a sharper and smoother nose line… Contouring using makeup helps to create the illusion of a sharper nose but from the side view, the small bump on my nose ridge is still there.

No amount of makeup could help hide that other than Mei Tu Xiu Xiu (it’s branded by many to be the Photoshop-ish beauty app of mobile phones, some even say it’s even better than Photoshop.) #照骗😪

8 Medical Aesthetic is located in the heart of Town.

After much research about the procedure I wanted, Reene from 8 Medical Aesthetic helped me to arrange a consultation with Dr. Daniel Chang!

True to its branding of being a “Lunchtime Procedure” – you can literally get it done during your lunch break and head back to your daily operations immediately after that!

I went down to 8 Medical Aesthetic located at Cuppage Road during a weekday lunch in-between my events and meetings as the whole procedure is pretty fast (less than 30 minutes for Dermalift and HIKO Nose Threadlift) – unlike the traditional medical procedures.

It’s so fast that your friends and colleagues will wonder where you went or did that made you much prettier suddenly in just a lunch break. *flips hair* #心机美人👸🏼✨

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Yeap! That’s Dr. Daniel Chang!

Dr. Daniel is well known for his Korean medical aesthetic and skills.

Basically anything to do with beauty and face, he is THE person to go for. I know it because I have been going to him even before I started blogging. 😉

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Kohepets x YandaoTheSpitz

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Not too long ago, I was actually shopping at one of the well-known pet “megamarts” in Singapore with my little Japanese Spitz, Yandao, like most other fur-parents. No doubt the shopping part was fun, but alas, the carrying of dog food, together with huge, bulky accessories proved really painful… especially when you’re not driving!

Enter Kohepets

I came to know about them just a few days back, and wow, did they have the largest inventory I’ve even seen in an online pet store.

True, they’re not the *only* online pet store in Singapore, but I dare say they have the widest variety of products and arguably amazing prices. Plus, their free delivery quota is only $60!! I don’t really think its feasible for a pet store to ask for a minimum of $200 unless you’re stocking up daily staples such as food(kibbles?) and pee-pads(if your little furry ones do it indoors), etc.

You know especially… on some of the days when you’re a good mood to spend a little extra cash out of the sudden or feel like getting little surprise for your furkid(s). Or else it’s kinda a challenge to “hit” when you’re just trying some stuffs. ?

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Those of you who know me would actually know that I *love* shopping – but hate all the hassle of carrying loads of stuff back home. I mean, don’t we all?

..and, the best part was, they’re *all* about the freebies. You know how it gets awkward at the pet shop counter when you have to point and ask for a specific “free” item? Not anymore! There’s basically a whole section of freebies which you can grab all you want from in Kohepets, too!

I placed my order, and waited 2 days... and as promised, a package with enough goodies to spoil Yandao for a while arrived!

I placed my order, and waited 2 days… and as promised, a package with enough goodies to spoil Yandao for a while arrived! (Spot the paws ?)

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