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Top Tips and Pointers to Employ a Domestic Help in Asia

domestic helpOne of the luxuries of living in Asia is the fact that you can easily afford to hire a domestic help to take care of household chores  including cooking, cleaning the house, washing and ironing the clothes, paying your utility bills and looking after your children or your pets. And because you don’t need to spend a fortune to employ them, based on your requirements you can hire different domestic Read the rest “Top Tips and Pointers to Employ a Domestic Help in Asia”

Five Golden Rules of Home Renovation Only we will Tell you

So, you have moved in to your new house and you must be dying to change everything you see around you. Even for home owners who have been living in their house for a couple of years now, they would like to give their home a new lease of life by make some changes to the decor or otherwise. But before you pick up the hammer and start pulling down Read the rest “Five Golden Rules of Home Renovation Only we will Tell you”

Still not Sure if you Can Afford to Retire today – The Way Forward

You thought you would have some millions invested to fund your retirement, but now when you are toying with the idea of retiring, you are nowhere near that figure! Well, this is the story of many. You may be making a lot of money but with both low investment returns and the progressive tax system you will never be able to reach your target. Everywhere, interest rates on CDs, bonds, Read the rest “Still not Sure if you Can Afford to Retire today – The Way Forward”

Hak Guna Bangunan and Hak Milik – 2 Local Terms Related to Foreign Property Ownership in Indonesia

 

It has always been a point of discussion on the complexity of Indonesian property laws pertaining to foreign ownership. The local property terms are difficult to comprehend and you might find buying a property in this tropical paradise stressful, time consuming and frustrating.

Not anymore though! In this article we are here to make things easy for you as we are about to discuss the ABCs of property buying Read the rest “Hak Guna Bangunan and Hak Milik – 2 Local Terms Related to Foreign Property Ownership in Indonesia”

Moving to Thailand with Children – Top Schools and Locations to Look for a Property Near Them

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For expats relocating to Thailand with children it is imperative to take their education into account when they are looking for a property – either to rent or buy.  Invariably the best schools available for expat Kids are the international schools where the level of education is at par or even considerably higher than the level in any public high school in the West.  There are many international schools throughout Read the rest “Moving to Thailand with Children – Top Schools and Locations to Look for a Property Near Them”

The Balikbayan Program – General Benefits and Laws Around Buying Property in the Philippines

The Balikbayan Program of the Philippines has been in force for more than two decades now, but many Filipinos are hardly aware of the laws and benefits they can avail when they return to their own country.
So who can avail the Balikbayan privileges? The Balikbayan program is applicable to:

(i) Any Filipino citizen who has been continuously out of the Philippines for a period of at least one year
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Tabien Baan (Yellow Thai House Book) – Does an Expat Need One

A tabien baan or Thai house book is many a time misunderstood by expats living in Thailand and hardly give any importance to it feeling that it is issued by the local municipality and not by the land department.

While, the book to proves your residency when required to do so by various government departments, it is however not a proof of ownership of a property or land. Though might Read the rest “Tabien Baan (Yellow Thai House Book) – Does an Expat Need One”

Guide to Taking Permission to Build a House in India – Procedure, Documents Required and Cost

Building permission IndiaLast month I have been putting together documents required to take permission from the local authority to build a house and I can safely say that, there is more than meets the eyes. While the application form will not tell you much about the documents you would require, unless you are aware of these, it can really get frustrating and will mean that you have to make several rounds to Read the rest “Guide to Taking Permission to Build a House in India – Procedure, Documents Required and Cost”

Certain Thai Laws and Rules Resident Expats Should Know

Thai laws 2In a foreign land which you have adopted as your home now, knowing the laws of the land is an utmost necessity. Many might have this notion that in Asia and particularly in a tourist-dominated country like Thailand, you can get away with anything. Contrary to this view, Thailand has some of the strictest laws for its citizens in order to make it a foremost location to retire.

In our Read the rest “Certain Thai Laws and Rules Resident Expats Should Know”

Floorplanner.com – Our Review on this Online Room Design Application

FloorplannerLast month I have been working closely with an architect to get the floorplans of the building I’m about to work on. Everything came out fine. But I wanted something more. I wanted to see if the room plans were good enough to accommodate my furniture. Plus I wanted a 3D design – it’s just so appealing to the eyes and creates a good impression when you show someone how Read the rest “Floorplanner.com – Our Review on this Online Room Design Application”

Funding your retirement overseas (Part 2) – Starting an Export-Import Business

If you are the kind that believes opportunity waits at every corner of the globe and every step you take, then starting your own export-import business can be a good idea to fund your retirement. Stay anywhere you like, you can still do this business even without any prior training or proven success strategies. The best part of doing an export-import business is that it can be a fun way Read the rest “Funding your retirement overseas (Part 2) – Starting an Export-Import Business”

Setting up Your Living Room – Choosing the Right Sofa and Accessorizing with Benches and Coffee Tables

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The living room which is today considered as a family room no longer holds the formal touch it used to in the earlier days, and thus is more relaxed now. Unlike the yesteryears when the living room was the formal extension of its counterpart – the dining room. As the name shifts from ‘drawing room’ to ‘living room’ this space which opens up to our guests has seen a gradual Read the rest “Setting up Your Living Room – Choosing the Right Sofa and Accessorizing with Benches and Coffee Tables”

Chiang Rai and Rayong – 2 Off-the-Beaten-Track Cities for Expats to Retire in Thailand

Our search for an ideal tropical destination in Asia to retire to takes us to different locations. While Thailand is a preferred for most of us, its main cities are getting crowded and more expensive, thus making retirement a more stressful experience instead.

So for those who want to beat the crowd and settle in a much quieter location and still benefit from retiring in Thailand we have two cities Read the rest “Chiang Rai and Rayong – 2 Off-the-Beaten-Track Cities for Expats to Retire in Thailand”

Trend Spotting: Using the 80/20 Rule

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We often get queried as to how much color do you need to use in order to have any space looking nice while not assaulting the senses. The simplest rule to always fall back on is the 80/20 rule. This is one of the universal design rules and is used not just for interior design but for a lot of areas that play on the visual senses – a good Read the rest “Trend Spotting: Using the 80/20 Rule”

The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 9 – The Kitchen

Minimum Counter Frontage for Combined Work Centres

This week, we look at kitchens – how the spaces in your dream kitchen should be planned.

Planning a kitchen is all about ergonomics. If you are an enthusiastic cook, you’ll know exactly what you need, and the kitchen can be designed specifically for you. This means that counter heights, storage heights and so on will be designed for you, but may not be comfortable for others. If your kitchen Read the rest “The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 9 – The Kitchen”

Property Report – The Tale of Phnom Penh’s Three (Satellite) Cities

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Cambodia’s pre-2008 robust economic growth coupled with the capital city, Phnom Penh’s overtly populated boundaries made it necessary for the government to go with the decision to develop its suburbs on the model of satellite cities that could easily attract for domestic and more foreign buyers looking for a cheaper yet more fulfilling retirement in a country bordered by Thailand, which is already a No. 1 retirement destination is Asia Read the rest “Property Report – The Tale of Phnom Penh’s Three (Satellite) Cities”

Great Storage Ideas to Reduce Clutter of your Home

It won’t be wrong to say that at one point of time we always end up with too much of stuff in our homes with no space to store them. While, disposing the unwanted can be the best way forward, there will be certain things in the house will are not used  daily, but are still of value and may find usage once in a while – you just can’t Read the rest “Great Storage Ideas to Reduce Clutter of your Home”

Your Guide to Buying the Right Bedsheet

Here is a checklist of all the things that you have to keep in mind while buying a bedsheet. Some of course are the obvious, but you would never have considered before:

THE OBVIOUS:
Material: The popular material used in making a bedsheet is cotton. Also, there are bedsheets of cotton blend and others. But, most people prefer cotton, as it is soft and soothing, when it comes to touch Read the rest “Your Guide to Buying the Right Bedsheet”

Ideas to Utilize your Outdoor Space Better

Ideas to Utilize your Outdoor Space Better

When it comes to our homes, we mostly spend our time and money decorating, cleaning, and maintaining the interiors of our homes, while the exterior living spaces, if not completely overlooked,  are definitely underutilized. Most homes have some type of outdoor space that can be used for rest, relaxation, or recreation. This space can vary in size from something as small as a balcony in an apartment, to a small Read the rest “Ideas to Utilize your Outdoor Space Better”

Smart Ideas to Re-Paint your Home

House-paintingA fresh paint job enlivens the interiors of a house and if you have a holiday home that you rent out to guests then what better time can it be than now to initiate your home painting project just before the peak season. Having said that picking the right color or a combination of colors and figuring out where best to put it and how much to use can prove Read the rest “Smart Ideas to Re-Paint your Home”