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Post by Isambard » Thu, 25 Sep 2008 4:53 pm

I should have loaded our container with Pampers Nappies from the UK (the nappies here are woeful in comparison, in my son's experience) and, as I'm tall and not built like a ironing board, several swimming costumes.

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Post by Callalily » Thu, 25 Sep 2008 7:45 pm

Great tip Mr P, but do they hold very heavy frames too?(mirrors)

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Post by sierra2469alpha » Thu, 25 Sep 2008 7:49 pm

Callalily - I think with a combination - they can hold up to 4KG - here is a link to the products:

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/e ... /products/

We have three quite heavy canvas paintings, and one glass with wood frame - hanging on these - no problems at all.

Worst comes to worse, you're welcome to invite me over to drill Dyna-Bolts through - it'll cost ya a beer or two though!

Cheers, P

[EDIT: Typo again!]

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 26 Sep 2008 12:03 am

Whatever you do, don't use them on smooth ceramic tiles though. The don't hold there. I learned the hard way with a wall clock. :x
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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Post by Zeenit » Fri, 26 Sep 2008 12:26 am

Callalily wrote:picture hooks!!! the B&Q ones with 3 pins and loads of Earl Grey tea. It is true you can find most things here but you have to shop around.
You can get it at Great ..........City.
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Post by Callalily » Fri, 26 Sep 2008 8:08 am

Mr P,
Just for the kind offer: thank you. Beers are ready any time.
:D

Zeenit,
did you mean Earl Grey tea?
xx

lily

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 26 Sep 2008 11:30 am

Zeenit wrote:
Callalily wrote:picture hooks!!! the B&Q ones with 3 pins and loads of Earl Grey tea. It is true you can find most things here but you have to shop around.
You can get it at Great ..........City.
I'm assuming you are talking about Great World City?

It's okay for our member to recommend places, locations complete with store names and addresses and contact numbers.

It's not okay to promote your own store however. That's advertising and or solicitation. We encourage recommended places as there's no better form of advertisement than satisfied customers. We tend to stomp on creative methods of trying to get around the boards policies though.......
:cool:
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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Post by Zeenit » Fri, 26 Sep 2008 3:22 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
Zeenit wrote:
Callalily wrote:picture hooks!!! the B&Q ones with 3 pins and loads of Earl Grey tea. It is true you can find most things here but you have to shop around.
You can get it at Great ..........City.
I'm assuming you are talking about Great World City?

It's okay for our member to recommend places, locations complete with store names and addresses and contact numbers.

It's not okay to promote your own store however. That's advertising and or solicitation. We encourage recommended places as there's no better form of advertisement than satisfied customers. We tend to stomp on creative methods of trying to get around the boards policies though.......
:cool:

Thanks SMS, it was Great World City, but I went blank.
I was not advertising. :P
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Post by Taoism32 » Fri, 26 Sep 2008 3:24 pm

This forum cracks me up. A discussion about what to bring can turn into a full blown conversation about picture hooks. I never knew that picture hooks were such a big issue in Singapore.

I think in Singapore, they call this a Rojack thread. A little of everything.

So anybody catch the results of the USC game? haha, Just kidding.

Oh, how about things not to bring to Singapore, ie drugs, weapons, and China milk powerder:)

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 27 Sep 2008 6:53 am

Taoism32 wrote:
Oh, how about things not to bring to Singapore, ie drugs, weapons, and China milk powerder:)
You can go here:

http://www.customs.gov.sg/topNav/hom/

Anyway, regarding picture hooks, there is another alternative for those who want to invest in this system. It's pretty good, but not for me. I've had this link under my Misc heading on my links site for quite some time:

http://www.picturehangingsystem.sagg.com.sg/

It's an interesting alternative.......
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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Post by mrdodge » Sat, 27 Sep 2008 12:35 pm

sierra2469alpha wrote:Our care packages usually consist of the following (From Australia):

Stockings
Tampons
Codeine (ssshhhhh!)
Coffee beans
Wine (yes we declare it and pay the duty)
Hair colouring
Twin blade razor blades
Bras

HTH, Mr. P (please note female items are not for my personal use!)
You can get very decent coffee beans here, you just need to know where to look. Boncafe in Cold storage is passable - but Spinelli , Santini, Highlander and a number of other roast really good quality stuff. its not cheap though

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Post by boffenl » Mon, 29 Sep 2008 3:05 pm

If you've got little people bring vitamins and any and all cold medicines you use--Tylenol suspension isn't available here. Also those patches for their chest when they're congested (blanking on the name, but they really helped my daughter). Mucinex and vitamins are what I bought at Wal-Mart when I was home, along with Advil and Advil cold and sinus. I also stocked up on chocolate licorice (yes, it does exist) and gum. We also purchased numerous dvd's and tv series on dvd since they're cheaper in the US. I also stocked up on kids haircare products. Suave is only $1 there versus $4 here, so it's worth it if you have room in your container. I bought 15 bottles and we've got 4 left. We do a lot of showering in Singapore!

The bra issue is a big one--seriously. But I've recently discovered JC Penny is here in Singapore. Although it seems they get everything directly from the US anyway. But I could find a few big girl bras on-line and expect then anyday now. And I think biggirlbras.com also delivers internationally.

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Post by sierra2469alpha » Mon, 29 Sep 2008 3:09 pm

MrDodge - not really fans of BonCafe. It's all about personal taste, but also availability of actual beans as distinct from pre-ground coffee. As you say - those places aren't cheap - in fact close on 50% more expensive than our previous country! That's why we get them put into the care packages!

Thanks anyways! P

[Edit - added cost factor]
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Post by boffenl » Mon, 29 Sep 2008 3:13 pm

Oh, and spices cost a bomb here. I brought back a huge container of Old Bay seasoning and McCormicks Season All. I wish I had bought a lot of red chili powder since I haven't seen it here yet and mis for guacamole (yes, I am that lazy!). I also stuffed a 14 piece stainless steel cooking pot set in my luggage. :) Fit in well with the licorice.

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Post by sierra2469alpha » Mon, 29 Sep 2008 3:48 pm

Boffenl - did you try Mustafa's in Little India for your spices ? When I restocked all of ours it cost me about 1/2 of what we paid back in Aus!

HTH, Mr. P

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