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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Live and Work Well in Singapore

Did you know Singapore is been considered as one of the best countries work and study for a certain individual. Below I will be stating few reasons as to why Singapore is considered as one of the best options to work and study.

The first and foremost reason that can be taken into consideration as to why Singapore is a best country to work or study is because it has a greater quality of life offering great tax benefits to the citizens in the country making them to believe that it is one of the peerless destinations. Apart from the grater tax benefits Singapore offers facilities such as a well stable government, modernized urban design, one of the lowest crime rating countries, fully modernized transportation system.

When talking about the education system in Singapore. All the schools provide a western curriculum and they make sure all the students are been taught Chinese from the small ages as to Mandarin is one of the popular languages that is been used in the business world. And also Singapore provides a welcoming environment to the English speaking society which resulting in many popular organizations to set up their companies in Singapore.

Singapore been one of the multicultural and multilingual countries is also known as one of the busiest container ports and cargo airport. The reason behind is Singapore can be identified as one of the international hub for travel and cargo from the East to West.  So Singapore can be taken as unbeatable destination when conducting business activities. There is a very low unemployment rate shown in Singapore because of the stable government.

It has been clear that Singapore has made space for the international entrepreneurs and businesses to enter the country. These people are mostly persuaded to enter Singapore due to the following reasons.

  • Leading low corporate tax rates of comparative international business hubs
  • Tax exemptions for the first 3 years of a business’ incorporation
  • Tax exemptions on income sourced from outside Singapore
  • Various incentive programs run by government agencies to attract foreign investment and start-ups
  • World-class infrastructure and transport logistics facilities
  • A high quality of living in a tropical climate that appeals to foreign executives from all over the world

Finally Singapore can be identified as one of the best countries to work in because the above given reasons. It is certain that you will be able to live a comfortable life in Singapore and experience lot of new opportunities that you have not experienced in your life before. So make sure you consider Singapore to be your destination of work and study which you will not regret in your whole life.

Rohan Gamage Life, Living, Singapore, Work
Friday, January 20, 2017

How to find an apartment in Japan

If you are about to enter Japan and make a living there you need to find an apartment in Japan. As Japan is a country where the priority is given to the Japanese language and Japanese culture, it is kind of difficult to find you a suitable apartment in Japan. Many of the landlords will be not favorable in renting out you an apartment. But if you know the other ways to find an apartment as a foreigner in Japan you’ll be trouble-free.
Accommodations provided by Employers
If your company you are working is providing an accommodation for you, you don’t need to worry over. Everything will be fine as you can settle down easily and slowly as you get along with the country. Most of the companies that recruit foreign employees have their own accommodation buildings that are being rented out over the years by Japanese Landlords. But the trouble with these accommodations is that it might be kind of old and not comfortable enough. But for you to kick start this will be enough and satisfying.
Renting Apartments and Houses
If you are financially fit enough to rent an apartment or a house you can go for it. You can go for a real estate agent in Japan and let them take you through the apartments they have. Normally you can find real estate agents in every location you want to find an apartment. You can then tell them your needs such as the space you are looking for and the prices range that you are okay with.
If you are curious about the type of apartments or the houses available in Japan, here are some details for you. Normally Japan has a 1LDK apartment which has 1 Living room with a Dining and Kitchen and then they have 2 LDK apartments along with 2 Living rooms and areas for Dining and Kitchen. Japanese rooms are measured using joand the size of a traditional Japanese tatami mat (roughly 180x90cm). A 4.5 jo room is 261 x 261cm (approx. 102 x 102 inches); a 6-jo room is 261 x 352cm (approx. 102 x 137 inches) and an 8-jo room is 352 x 352cm (approx. 137 x 137 inches). Normally a Japanese house consists of a small balcony which is not spacious enough to chill but could dry your clothes.
About the rooms of the apartments in Japan, the rooms with the tatami mats are known as Washitsu and the rooms with wooden floors are known as Yoshitsu. Most of the times the rooms are supplied with a closet to keep your clothes. And the kitchen might have a 2 rings gas cooker along with a fridge. These facilities might be different from one apartment to other therefore once you narrow down your places ask your agent to take you to see the accommodations. Then you can come to a conclusion on which to buy and do all the necessary document work via your agent. You need to know about the policies you need to follow. Normally a house will be rented for 2 years, but you can notice the landlord and move. If you have any issue with your accommodation always contact your agent to solve it.
Gaijin Houses and Hostels
If your employer doesn’t provide you with accommodation of course you need to find one. As you are still getting along with the country, this will be tough living if you don’t know how to do it. Gaijin houses might not be the permanent solution for you but until you get settled it will be fine. They can be rented out for months, weeks or even a day sometimes. If you want to find a Gaijin house for your stay you can buy an English newspaper or  a magazine and look for the Advertisement column for Gaijin houses, single rooms, dormitory rooms or shared apartments.
And Leopalace is also another option, which is known as weekly mansion. This is popular among students, singles and working crowd who are staying in Japan a little bit longer. These places have short term contract that will be easy for everyone if they need to move soon. Theseleopalaces are fully furnished with all the necessary kitchen appliances and TV and internet. Therefore the payment includes all the services too.
So though you don’t know the language, if you know these necessary tips to follow in finding apartment in Japan it won’t be a tedious task. You just need to choose what is best for you. Welcome to Japan!

Source: http://www.wonderdiscovery.com/find-apartment-japan/
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Best option to lease your apartment

Let’s say that you found a great apartment, but what about finding a suited lease type? That is really a difficult thing to do in today world. What is a lease? It is a contract between the tenant and the landlord which has a set of conditions and which costs the rental, services provided within the length of stay. Leasing can be varying according to the situation and that is why it becomes more difficult to find the correct option for you. Basically there are two different leasing options, long term and month to month. So having a good understanding about these options will make you to choose the best option.

Long Term/Fixed term Lease

Normally a long term lease is having the minimum requirement of 1 year which can be renewed prior few weeks to the lease expiration. And apartments near colleges and campuses have this option for 9 months of time which is basically one year of academic. This long term leases are the most common leases because this offers cheaper monthly rentals compared to the month to month leases. But if you break the contract at the middle you’ll be ended up with large fine from the apartment complex.

Month –to-Month/Periodic Lease

The good side of this contract compared to the long term lease is that this type of leases can be terminated at any point of the period due to its flexibility because this requires less time of termination notice and also it is self-renewing. But every good option has its bad sides; therefore in here periodic lease is always coming with higher rent rate. But if you are not so sure about your length of stay, the best option with a flexible outcome will be month to month lease.


So deciding what you want in a short term and a long term basis will make yourself in to fewer troublesin choosing the best option for your lease.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Is It time to move out of your Apartment?

Almost all the good things come with a bad side in it. So do apartments. You might be happy with most of the good things and qualities of your apartment. But what about the small issues you have to deal every day? Just like you have enough rooms yet all are small in size. Then it has all the luxuries yet it seems so old. So what about your mentality when those small inconsiderable issues become little bit louder and unbearable? That’s the point where you need to make the decision. But that decision is of course will be one of the turning points. Therefore, before that let’s consider few common areas to make the correct decision.

Doesn’t fit in to your budget anymore?

You chose the place because of its comfort and especially because it totally fit into you budget. But what if your landlord wants you to pay little bit more suddenly? Or else what if you lease is getting renewed time to time? If you still try to let yourself into that apartment you will surely end up in a financial crisis. Here before that you need to find a good place for you to fit in and also which fits in to your budget.

Too small?

Space is of course important. Because it always gives freedom to your mind. If you are financially fit to afford a new place which is more spacious than where you live now, go for it. That will definitely lessen your stress and keep you happy.

Not happy with the landlord?

Sometimes your landlord might feel bored to see you every day in his apartment or maybe she found a new tenant for a higher bid. That’s the point where she/he will start to treat you badly. If your landlord or the company who owns your apartment is less supportive especially in maintenance and repairs, it’s time to make the decision to find better landlord or a company.

Far from where you work?

When you have to travel for long to get to work you’ll be really tired at the end of the day where you won’t have any time for you and your family. Therefore moving a little bit closer to where you work will never make you in trouble. Because at the end of the day what matters is your happiness. So work for it.

Can I make my current apartment to a better place?

When you dwell at one place for years, there are of course certain things that can be changed for good, but the rest needs to be left alone. Therefore try to change few things at your place and live the new experience. But if it doesn’t work that is in most of the cases because of the things that can’t be fixed.Let the things be not fixed and find a new place for yourself.


You make the choice or the correct decision when it comes to sensitive matters like this. Because an apartment is your home, where your memories, laughter, tears reside. But before you take the decision you will ask the questions and figure out most of the areas in which you have re consider. Hope that helps you.
Rohan Gamage Apartment, Apartment Life, Tips
Monday, April 11, 2016

How to bring up a puppy in an apartment


Making your apartment puppy friendly

In order to do so you could put yourself in to the shoes of your little puppy. Make sure keep away all the cables, wire, clothes, shoes which the adorable little one will think as food at try to consume it. Ad also make sure you lock all your cupboards so that the little puppy won’t be snooping around inside the food cabinet. I hope you readers would not like to find your puppy in bag of flour or your packet of cornflakes. By doing so it will make the puppy feel safe to live on in the apartment.

Letting your puppy sleep in its own crate

You might find it hard to let your puppy sleep alone. But if you want a great good night sleep its better you start from day 1 to train your puppy to sleep in its own crate. It might be difficult for the puppy to adjust at first but they will get used to it with the time and without knowing they will feel safe in their own crate which would give you a peace of mind in your night time sleep.

Been considerate about your neighbors

Make sure to soundproof your apartment as much as possible so your neighbors won’t be disturbed by the barking noise of your puppy. Because you don’t like to be disturbed with a sound of barking throughout your day when you need relaxation mostly. So it is best to aware your neighbors that you are on the process of training you puppy to the apartment lifestyle. So that the neighbors would be more understanding with your situation.

Having a walk with your puppy


In living in an apartment there will be no garden for your puppy to play around. So it is advisable for you to take your puppy out to a ground once in a while. So the puppy could run around freely and play for a little while rather than been kept in one place. This will increase the healthiness of the puppy and will make the happy and closer to you.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Now you can do your own Apartment Maintenance

Are you living in an apartment? Then of course you are having the extras and benefits of the maintenance service. But what if it takes too much time for the maintenance team to arrive and you need to fix something immediately, then you need to act at the point. Therefore here are some DIY maintenance tips to follow to make your immediate maintenance issues no more suffering. 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Apartment Lighting Problems, Solved

When choosing for apartment the main things you may consider into account is the space, location, layout, amenities and so on. But when you move into your new apartment you may realize that the lighting available is not up to your mark. This may be a small problem for some people but as for my opinion lighting plays a major role in making your apartment and its furniture a great outlook. So if your apartment has lighting read the below point which I guarantee will give your apartment more light than before which make your living space more beautiful and attractive.

First point is the situation where your apartment does not receive natural light. The remedy I would recommend to follow is to paint the room in a lighter shade you could do so if your landlord permits. You could also hang a mirror opposite the windows which would bring light and will give room a bigger look. And also try not really focus on hanging wall hangers which gives a darker outcome.

Another problem you may realize is the room lighting is too plain. The things you could do to solve this issue is to install small lights around the room. And give lighting to corners of the room which gives a bigger picture to your mind. And also you may use pretty lamps which you could keep on the tables and on the floor.


You might now think with all these lighting solutions it will cost you big raise in your electricity bill value. The remedy to solve this issue is to use a dimmer in your lighting system where you would have the ability to control the lighting to your choice so that the usage of the electricity could be minimized. 
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Apartment Decorating on a Budget

Seasons change. So what about your apartments? They too need a new look. In the falls, it is better looking if you could change the look of your apartment to something which is tranquil and warm than what you had during the summer. You can follow these 5 easy and less costly steps to give a good look to your apartment.






1. Decorate in your own way 

You don’t always need to purchase decorations of high cost. You can go for easy ways to decorate and add some familiarity to the spaces of your apartment. Craft some new pieces and bring the personalized nature with aesthetic sense which will make you feel like you are living in a brand new apartment.

2. Rearrange the furniture

You can change the settings of your apartments by rearranging your furniture. But what if your apartment is small in size like a studio apartment? Of course it will be not practical to change the setting in the big scale. But you can always rearrange the accessories of your apartment like lamps, wall paintings and small tables and it will definitely give a renewed look to your place.

3. Plant your place 

You might not enjoy planting but if you keep some plants in your free spaces it will refresh the surrounding and add some cooler colour to your place. You can always go for plants like snake plant and fiddle leaf fig tree which are easy to maintain yet refreshing.

4. Add new furniture

If you are okay with spending a little bit you can rent new furniture for your apartment in order to add more glamour in the seasons change. Renting furniture is cost effective than buying new furniture as it will enhance the look of your old apartment temporarily.

5. Reduce accessories

 You need to focus on the key items of the apartment then you’ll find it more comfortable and spacious. Therefore you have to get rid of the trendy unnecessary decorations of your apartment. Then you can set your apartment removing the items which are less charmed and keep the most favorite items in the best suited order.








Tuesday, November 17, 2015

How to save your apartment from winter



It is a sure fact in winter season that the Colarado residents wrap up and turn on the thermostat to keep away the unbearable freezing weather from their apartments. Though you do that in order to keep yourselves warm it is never enough. And also the nice look of your apartment and the stability of your infrastructure of the apartment are always very important to you. In winter season maintaining these two aspects are really difficult. Due to the negligence about your so comfortable apartments all over the Colarado in the winter season, severe damages can be caused to your apartments that will cost you so much to recover later on. Therefore we are giving you some important tips to save your apartment from the coming winter.

1. Save the Windows 

When the wind of cold strikes your windows it could lead to a massive damage as it will crack your window frames and damage the widespread structure of your apartment. You need to fix the cracked windows and seal them with weather strips, caulk or insulation film to prevent the foremost damage beforehand. Remember, windows are important as it will expose first to the cold weather.

1.     2. Save the Floors

Snow can lead you to have a water running floor and then a muddy floor. You can always use a rack with a plastic trey or mesh shelf to put your winter accessories in one place rather than leading them to wet your floor. You canprevent this issue by keeping this rack either inside of your front door or outside of the front door. And also small plastic boxes help the same way to keep things organized and to save your floor and expensive carpets from damage.

3. Save the Pipes 

Good look of your apartment is really important even in the winter season. But what happens if you miss to take care of the infrastructure of your apartment? So it is really important to take a good watch on it. Water pipes play a major role in the infrastructure of your apartment. When the temperature goes down water pipes most probably will freeze and burst and then lead you to a definite messy situation. Here is what you can do to prevent this issue. You can do pipe wrap and foam insulation where you need to wrap the pipes to bring down the heat. And the most reliable yet complicated method is heat tape where the heat tape which looks like an electrical wire is connected to your thermostat and then programmed to maintain a preferred temperature. So your pipes are saved now.

4. Save your roof and gutters 

Before the outside weather gets too freezing, you need to remove the rubbish that are trapped in your roof and gutter. Otherwise snow and ice will be gathered in your gutter and the roof. That will lead your gutter to dip down which will cause to damage the infrastructure of the whole apartment and will lead your roof to descend and cave in a noticeable amount. Other than cleaning your roof and gutters beforehand, you can use heat tapes to wrap the gutter to prevent large scale of ice forming around your roof. Or else you can contact a maintenance team to clear your roof and gutters for you.




Rohan Gamage Apartment, How to, Save, Winter
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Things To Consider When Leasing An Apartment For Seniors

Are you planning on renting a one bedroom apartment to spend your elderly life peacefully or looking for a suitable place for your elderly parents? Then you might want to speak to your inner self and see whether the place you chose answers these five questions.

·        Does the apartment have a convenient access?

This means the place you choose is easy for the particular people to access. As we all know it is always better for the seniors either lives in a ground floor level property or any place which has access to an elevator. Sometimes you might think they do not need these facilities but when dealing with seniors you have to always keep in mind to think about the future because facilities they don’t need now will be very useful in a later stage.

·        Is there a responsive staff in the apartment?

This is an important element you need seek into when you plan on buying your elderly parents an apartment. Because in a case of an emergency you need to be sure they will be right away to help until you arrive. So make sure to check whether they promptly answer the phone when they are been contacted, whether they do maintenance care. So that you can offer the best to your parents or an elderly person can live comfortably.

·        Is the apartment has an easy access to a hospital or doctor?

You need to scan the area and see whether there are hospitals nearby in case of an emergency. And if there are any make sure you have the contact details of the hospital or clinic and find out whether they are any physician specialized in your sickness if you have any.

·        What are the amenities available?

If you have an idea of renting the apartment makes sure you talk to the neighbors around and see what amenities include the rent and what don’t. Because since the elderly normally live in fixed income you will need to spend the money wisely by getting the maximum amount of amenities for the amount you pay.

·        What’s the type of transportation available?

You need to find how far it is to the bus stop or any other public transit. Because it’s always wise to have a convenient transportation method for the elderly.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bad Apartment Habits to Break

Since its still 2015 January there is chance for you to make few resolutions for the New Year. That is adjusting you to few changes that you were hoping to do the last year but didn’t find the right time or so. I will be discussing few bad habits you may follow when living in your apartment. This guide will help you to be more organized and clean in 2015.

At first this common bad habit all the people who live in apartments have, that is losing your apartment key because you are not use to keep your keys in one place so because of that you walk around your whole apartment to find the key when you’re going out of your apartment. By doing this you will waste a lot of time unnecessarily. So make it a point to hang a key hanger on the wall near the door or keep a small bowl and make it a habit to put the key into to the bowl or hang it so you need to waste your time finding the key. And to be on the safe side make around duplicate keys of your apartment door and give it to a faithful neighbor or friend.

Second bad habit is you might be lazy to do some day to day workout making excuse that you are too tired after work and you just need to lie on your comfy couch and watch some television. But try your best to at least some exercise everyday because it is good for your health. So make it habit wake a little bit earlier that your usual time and have run around your apartment as a practice. Try to continuously do it for a few days and then your body will be used to doing your daily workout.
As your body needs some exercises your plants at your apartment needs some watering. As your reading this you might have a look at your plants and think how often you water them.  The best time you can water your plants is when you wake up in the morning you might prepare your coffee, tea or milk. So when you’re having your morning tea, make it a habit to water your plants. By that you won’t waste any time watering your plants you can simultaneously water your plants as well as drink your tea.

Up next is a popular a bad habit most of people have in their life that is the messy closet. Just imagine a situation where you have the neatest closet where your clothes a nicely hanged in the hangers shoes neatly kept on the rack how much easy will it be for you to choose your clothes at a time you have got late to go to work or any other place. If it’s not the case if your closet is the messiest you will spending so much time to find the outfit you want and then walk around the apartment finding the matching shoes for your chose outfit. This will be tiresome as well as annoying for you at times you cannot be late for work. So to reduce all the disappointments make a New Year resolution to keep your closet neat and tidy.

Another popular bad habit which can be seen in most of the apartments is the messy kitchen. Sometimes you might have one day to wash all your pots and pans. But it is a very ugly site to see as the moment you enter the apartment after a tiring day at work. So make it a habit to wash your pots and pans daily. When you eat something in a dish make it a habit to wash it and leave it on the cupboard so you won’t be able spend a lot of time rubbing the dishes to remove the food stain in it.
Finally since it’s a New Year try to color wash your walls in the apartment and have a new change to your apartment.  So you will also feel fresh and new since you have got reed of all the old stained walls with a whole new color of paint moving around few of your furniture around the apartment will give bright look to your apartment. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Create a study space in your Apartment

As you move into an apartment if your child is going to school or planning to start schooling you need to prepare separate area for your child to his/her own studies. This is very essential for a child to give their own space of studying so because of that they can concentrate well on their studies. So below I’ll be discussing few points you can consider when preparing your child study area.

Firstly you need to select an area to be your child’s study area this should be permanent area without having to be changed from time to time. You don’t need to have big area to make this study area for your child. Look around your apartment and see any place where you don’t take much use of and turn into a perfectly designed study area. 

And another important fat to consider when choosing the place it would be very ideal if the study areas is located in a silent place then the child won’t be distracted by any kind of noise while they study for their exams or when doing their school home work. Especially remember to not have the study close by to a television or any other electronically device so the child won’t be tempted to have sneak peak at it. And also select area which has good ventilation or make arrangements to keep a fan then your child won’t be feeling hot and be distracted by their studies.

Secondly after choosing perfect place for your child’s study area you need to either buy or use the furniture at the apartment if it’s available. You need to prepare table considering your child’s height and a comfortable chair. And apply different color paint to that area so it will be notified as a significant or a separate place in the apartment. And make sure if your child is small you can hang the multiplication table, alphabet or any other related charts so it would bring a interest in the child to study and do their daily school work.

After preparing the study area make sure to keep all the stationary items such as pens, pencils, ruler, eraser, scissor, glue, stick notes etc. so there won’t be a chance for your child to get up and walk around the apartment to search for a pen or a pencil or any other stationary item. So it will save your child time which can be used for productive studying.

So after preparing everything you will have the ability to see that your child will be more interested in doing their studies since there is a separate place allocated to them in their apartment. And help your child to maintain a study schedule so that they can divide their time accordingly for each respective subject.