Spic & Span

For all those bits and bobs required to keep things sparkly clean and bristol fashion…

DAISO

Plaza Singapura (#04-01)

68 Orchard Road

Singapore 238839

www.daiso-sangyo.co.jp

T: (+65) 6884 9210

A Japanese $2 store which is an amazingly cheap source of air-tight plastic containers in every imaginable shape and size, as well as a host of all sorts of other things that you never knew you needed, from banana guards to hairclips to cha soba noodles.  Really very random and really very good.  Great value Japanese cooking ingredients as well as cleaning products, crockery, stationary and just about everything except clothes.  BTW: There are 4 other branches, including one in VivoCity.

Opening Times: 10am-10pm daily

THE HANDYMAN

Eddy Tay

T: (+65) 9238 8600

Edy is listed under 3 capacities – firstly as a very competent electrician who takes electrical safety pretty seriously (something we noticed was rather lacking in his competitors). He is also happy to be called up out of the blue to do any odd jobs (he will even work Sundays) and is very practical whether he’s hanging pictures, thinking up creative ways to child-proof windows in a multi-storey building or making an Early Learning Centre kitchen (he can do in hours, what would have taken days).  Thirdly, and even more usefully as we’ve failed to find anyone else who can, he also does carpentry.

MUSTAFA CENTRE

145 Syed Alwi Road

Singapore 207704

http://www.mustafa.com.sg

T: (+65) 6295 5855

Besides designer sunglasses, groceries, jewellery, DVDs and just about anything else you can think of, Mustafa also has a great DIY section that is far cheaper than Homefix (not hard), for everything from adapters, plug converters and the like.  If you can’t face the schlep to Little India or the potential queues at Mustafa (never, ever go on a Sunday), then Homefix it is – see www.home-fix.com for store locations. They even have their own Edy (see entry above).  Call Vincent for their Handyman Services (+65) 9237 1174.

Opening Times: 24 hours

B88 HARDWARE & PAINT SUPPLIES

Block 57 Dawson Road (#01-10)

Dawson Place

Singapore 142057

T: (+65) 6474 4388

If it’s not in here…then it probably isn’t for sale in Singapore.  Excellent and good value trade DIY and hardware shop with a great range of Dulux paint. Owner Henry Chua is very helpful (mobile number: 9619 7583).

Opening Times: 10.30am-8.45pm daily

VARIWARE

Holland Road Shopping Centre (#02-31)

211 Holland Road

Singapore 278967

T: (+65) 6468 1890

Better than Home-Fix and been around for years….this family run shop is a good bet if you are stuck in your quest for the perfect plug to fit a bathtub, a strange sized bolt or a good old fashioned hammer at a good old fashioned price.  Next door to Lims.

Opening Times: 10am-8.30pm daily

CORTEN

Block 138

Potong Pasir Avenue 3 (#03-112)

Singapore 350138

T: (+65) 6287 1831 / 9704 7647

The cheapest (yet still very reliable and trustworthy) air con service company we’ve found.  A father and son team, they charge $20 per air con unit providing you take, as a minimum, a 6 month contract out with them.  Despite paying up front, they always answer their phone and can often come the day after you call them.  BTW: It’s up to you to remember when your next service is.

Opening Times: 10.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri

Ask For: Jason (the son), who speaks good English.  If you do call and speak to someone who doesn’t understand you (the father), Jason will be the one who rings you back, always within the same day.

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