Got young kids? Look! Bladeless electric fans.

After running errands and spending hours at the showroom of a custom kitchen designer, Speedy and I had dinner then proceeded to the grocery -- first at S&R for dog food, cat food, vegetables and fruits, then at Shopwise Libis for rice paper (you … [Read more...]

Some thoughts about buying a clothes dryer

Living with no house help, you can't imagine how many times I've been tempted to buy a clothes dryer and a dishwasher. These electric appliances may be considered standard household items in First World countries but not in the Third World. In fact, the … [Read more...]

Cooking ranges: Ariston, Elba and La Germania

The kitchen of the new house was designed with a cooking range in mind. What we have right now is an Ariston cooking hob glued into the marble countertop and an Ariston built-in (electric) convection oven both of which are too narrow for the 33-1/2 inch … [Read more...]

The refrigerator that’s right for you

I grew up with a huge frost-free Kelvinator. When Speedy and I bought our first fridge back in the 1990s, we ditched the "frost-free" feature to save on power consumption. It was a 12 cubic foot two-door Kelvinator. That was the fridge we brought when we … [Read more...]

Water heaters

The house we're buying is equipped with centralized water heating. The plumbing and electrical system are there and we just need to buy a tank-type water heater. What a welcome relief after years of boiling water in kettles and pouring them into buckets … [Read more...]

Ceiling fans: they’ve come a long way, baby

That time that Speedy and I had a fight over whether to use a ceiling fan or a stand fan, we were actually trying to decide what fan to install in our bedroom in the new house, the one we'll be moving into in a few weeks' time. That makes it less silly … [Read more...]

My new Tefal blender

My very first blender, bought before I was married, was an Oster. I enjoyed it for years. It lasted all through the early years of my marriage. It was the blender that pureed fresh fruits and vegetables for my daughters when they were first learning to … [Read more...]