Archive for May 20th, 2010

Bali is an island located in Indonesia and it is known for its marvelous beaches. Once you visit this “island of the gods”, you will feel the peace of mind. The local Balinese people are known for their craft works and other type of art piece. They make many different types of handicraft and souvenirs for the tourists.  It is definitely a fantastic destination for tourists coming from different continents.

These handicrafts have different styles and sizes. Most of them are specially made for home decoration. There are millions of tourists that buy original Balinese handicraft products every year.  The idea is to decorate thier homes by adding statues, paintings, masks or even desks and tables to give an exotic ambiance to your house. Moreover, if you go to Bali or if you know someone that make handicraft, you can always give information directly to the craftmen to develop your own customize products. Therefore, there are many customized traditional designs have grow up to be simply and modern.

Here below are some of the handicrafts (masks)

Besides the decorations, the balineses sell also furnitures like sofa, table, chairs and also kitchen appliances made from a combination of wood and rattan.

If you are fan of asiatic decoration, putting these handicraft will definately make your house so much different. The asian influence will be strongly present and you can feel directly the calm and peaceful ambiance as if your house is protected by the gods.  🙂

For further information about balinese crafting, visit these pages:




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Remodeling your kitchen.

Thinking about remodeling and designing a kitchen involves taking different decisions that might help you to find ideas of what kind of comfortable kitchen that you are planning to have.

I will try to provide some important points that you need to consider:

  • Try to decorate with fitted kitchen that occupy less space and give more place for storage. If what you have at the moment is freestanding kitchen make sure that you will not have a hard time to move them.
  • You need to know how many people, who will use the kitchen, a single person that cooks would prefer to have minimalist kitchen. While, kitchen for the whole family require bigger space for storage space, groceries, cutlery and of course for kitchen tool along with the sitting area for family dinner gatherings.

Seating Area

  • Seating area: a small kitchen might accommodate a small breakfast table, while a big family kitchen would require a big dining table to serve the whole family. Otherwise, having an island bar for have a quick breakfast would be a good idea.


  • For the refrigerator, you should never place it near the cooking hob as the appliances may not work properly. The best placement of refrigerator is between the entrance and may sure that everybody can easily access it.
  • The same for the sink, you need to put them in an accessible area. A part from that, it would be better if you have double sink in order to have bigger space to put the dishes in one side and for food preparation in the other side.

Kitchen Shape

  • If you have a big family kitchen it is always better when you have two- way galleys or U shape kitchen. Even though for small kitchen the L shape kitchen would be a good solution.
  • L-shaped kitchens provide more work place and storage area. Although the walking distance is minimized, the kitchen corner still can be used as dining area.
  • Make sure the placement of the working areas are next to each other.

To resume, before remodeling your kitchen, think first about the layout of the kitchen that you desired. Starting with the placement of sink, the placement of fridge and the service points for water, electricity and gas.
Ventilation points and daylight should be kept in mind too.


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The mystery of plants

Have you ever think in whether your plants that you have at your house can feel hunger or sad when they are not properly feed or whether you don’t give them enough water? Maybe it sounds a little bit crazy but plants do have emotions, they just express it a different manner as they communicate through chemical signals.

The Polygraph Test

An American scientist Cleve Backster conducted a research in 1966 that lead to the conclusion that plants can communicate with other life forms. The test involved the use of water and a polygraph/lie detector that is usually used for humans. Polygraph can measure electrical resistance and water would alter the resistance of the leaf. After the test, Backster has confirmed that

the tracing began to show a pattern typical of the response you get when you subject a human to emotional stimulation of short duration

Cleve Backster

Moreover, Backster conducted the second “more extreme” test that involved burning the leave of the plant in order to know its reaction to heat. Surprisingly, even before touching the leaves, he discovered that there was a dramatic upward sweep in the tracing pattern as if the plant can feels Backster’ intention to burn the leaf even before he touched it. As a result, the fact had come to a conclusion that plants can’t not only feel things, but can also perceive bad intentions as it relates to the plant itself.

This is sound bizarre right? but it’s true. A homeplant will have a healthy grow by showering them with talk and tender touch, just ask Prince Charles :). They will feel “happier” if we give them more attention and affection. Because at the end of the day, they feel like we feel. They feel love like we feel love, they can feel pain when we hurt them. They are just like us and the animals.

This is what we need to realize, plants are not only a living vegetation that dont feel any physical pain when we hurt them, actually the do. It howl just like animals when you cut or burn its leaves…only we just couldn’t hear it.

Therefore, it’s time for human to think about changing our perspection about plants. We need to treat them with more care and more love. We need to get rid of our animals mind by destroying other living creatures. Try to understand them better, give more attention to them just like you threat your pet. Remember that plants play a big major in our ecosystem, it’s not too late to support green environment.


Source: http://www.wikipedia.org, http://www.youtube.com

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For all green house lovers, this summer is the right time for you to give a little more attention to the preservation of your green house. During the summer, your plant might need some extra care in order to avoid dry out.

How to treat your plant during summer time?

Pure water regularly to each plant because during the day, the heat of the sun absorbs water faster and this can risk the health of the plant. They also need to be fed as required to give them more energy against the heat.  If possible, put some shade nets in the early summer days to protect the plants from direct overhead sunlight.

Some experts say that watering plants in the middle of the day could scorch the leaves, so don’t do it. The humidity control is also very important for plants, it’s important to splash the floor with water to give the humidity that they want or use hand-held mist sprayer. Moreover, cold water sprayed directly from the tap can give unpleasant effects on plants. Using conserve warm water from the rain barrel would be a better solution to spray plants during summer time.

Do pests and disease control regularly. Pests that love humid condition like aphids, red spider mite and mealy bug can really warm your plants from growing healthier.

Cleaning your green house

Clean your green house regularly to maintain the good structure of your greenhouse, especially for the materials made from woods that are likely to decay if you don’t treat them carefully. The windows have to be clean to maintain good sunlight level entering the green house, so cleaning the window often will make your plants grow healthier.

Before starting to clean the interior of the greenhouse, do not forget to turn off the electricity and other electrical equipments are unplugged. Clean the interior by removing all containers, pots, and shelving. Take away dead leaves, used growing bags and sweep the floor to remove dirt and spilled fertilizer. If you find infected leaves, do not hesitate to burn them in order to avoid contaminations to other plants. Clean the path and the bricks with disinfectants in order to keep the cleanliness of the green house.

Last but not least, don’t forget to check the ventilation panels and windows operate properly and the water irrigation is working.

Enjoy the summer my friends!


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