The QiRanger Adventures

New Digs Update!

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One of the things I’ve been looking forward to the most is having Jo here to help me decorate and organize the New, New Digs. This OfficeTel has so much more potential than a standard one-room apartment, thanks to the loft, that Jo and I had a lot of ideas. Here is a link to the original blog post for this apartment.

So what did we change?

Enhanced Kitchen

The kitchen has been greatly enhanced with hooks in various locations. We affixed several hooks to the tiles using wax so that we could hang our pans. This was a joy, since it allowed us to free up space in the bookshelves and to the side of the burner.

The one thing that was a huge problem was the rack for the utensils. Originally we wanted to put additional hooks behind the sink for them, but none of the hooks we had fit them. So we tried something else… a suction hook.

It was a great idea, but because the tile has an embossed floral pattern, there was no way to get a good seal. Sure the bar would stay up, but as soon as we put any weight on it, it would come crashing down. And let me tell you… sharp scissors falling through the air is not a good thing.

So we decided on putting the bar is S-hooks on the fume hood. It stuck and hasn’t created any problems for us. Plus it achieves everything we need in terms of improving cooking efficiency!

We also added a toaster oven from G-Market. It’s a convection oven that does a great job of cooking meat and toasting bread. Best of all, there’s three racks inside and cooks at a maximum temperature of 250C (482F). I don’t think there’s anything we can’t cook in there! It will be awesome to grab some steaks, season them and put them in there!

Jo moved the coat rack into the hall, something that I originally objected to, since I like nice, clean lines. But after three weeks of having it there (in true Korean style), I’ve come to love it there. See, Jo is perfect for organizing things!

Extra Bar


In the bathroom, we made two changes. First we hung a shower curtain (right) to protect the toilet from splashes while we shower. It’s a great little addition to the space. The second thing we added an additional towel rack. We placed some hand towels on it, since the original rack is just big enough for our two bath towels. The best thing about these to additions, is that when we eventually leave this apartment, we can take them with us.


By far, the best addition to the apartment has been our new sofa. It was a great find on G-Market by Jo. It’s a 5-fold mattress that folds up into a couch. It sits on the floor, so it’s perfect for lounging by the window having a cup of coffee and talking with friends. Since there are several folds, it also lends itself to other modes. We call this “Movie Mode” since we pull out the bottom layer and use the extra cushion to relax and lay back when watching a movie on the TV. However, the best part about the sofa is this:

Nap Time and Guest Bed


Written by Steve Miller

December 27, 2009 at 11:39 am

4 Responses

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  1. The apartment is looking great! It’s awesome how little things such as those you mentioned can make such a big difference!

    And I’m loving the 5-fold mattress! Talk about your multi-functional easily store away thing!


    December 27, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    • Yeah, it’s an awesome addition. Jo and I have spent the day lounging on it!


      December 27, 2009 at 9:45 pm

  2. that little couch IS cute! i remember i had something similar to that in one of my first houses/apt in Japan… they are really handy… your apartment is finally looking domesticated and not so much like the bachelor’s pad! yippee!


    December 28, 2009 at 9:30 am

    • Thanks! We love the little couch! It’s perfect for us. We’ll be sure to take it where ever we go!


      December 28, 2009 at 9:35 am

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