Archive | October 2015

8 Motivational Quotes for Aspiring Homebuyers

Whether you agree with me on this or not, there are homebuyers need a push for them to pursue their investments. And for some, they are waiting for the right time or signs when they are capable on buying their own home. Yes, a big sign of a Makati condo for sale or any other real estate property that are put on sale, yet they don’t do anything to own it. It is indeed a big waste! However, if there is just someone or something that can motivate them to pursue what they really want in life, then owning a home is definitely not impossible.
There are hundreds to thousands of motivational quotations from well-known and successful homeowners who give and extend their effort in giving encouragements to homebuyers, especially to those homebuyers that are first timers to pursue what they dream of.

“Owning a home is a keystone of wealth… both financial affluence and emotional security”
-Suze Orma-

There are some people who used to misunderstand that owning a home is just spending more and more money. But what they don’t know that it is one of the most precious wealth that one can have. Happiness? Indeed it is. We can find happiness when we have a good and satisfying home, and no one can simply take that away from you.

“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.”
-Robert Frost-

When you have your own home, you don’t have any fear at all of being yourself. You will not feel being an outsider since you can do whatever you want to do at your own home. Talking about curfew, you can go home whenever you want and still get in, since you own your home. No landlord that will scold or reprimands you for being late.

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comforts.”
-Jane Austen-

If you looking for a real comfort without spending too much money on having a vacation, staying at home is one of the best things that you can do to have a good rest. Of course, without any distractions, your home is the safest and cheapest way to have your own comfort.

“There is something permanent, and something extremely profound in owning a home.”
-Kenny Guinn-

When you own your home, you will not feel worried about a landlord that will kick you out of your place without any prior notice. You will not feel anxious about where to stay next since nobody is there to let you remind the long overdue rent that you need to pay.

“There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home.”
-Rosalynn Carter-

Owning a home can give you an assurance that you are in good hands. You are away from the danger of your surroundings. Whenever you feel scared, going home is one of the best feelings you’ll going to have. And when you do, all the fear or anxiousness that you feel will be all gone. If not totally gone, at least, the pain that you feel will be lessened.

“Home sweet home. This is the place to find happiness. If one doesn’t find it here, one doesn’t find it anywhere.”
-M.K Soni-

There’s nothing like your home indeed. Cliché as it may seem but it is very true and applicable to those people who are longing to have their own home. Yes, it might not be entirely about the structure of your home, but it is the feeling that you put in it to make it as your home.

“Peace, like charity, begins at home.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt-

When you find your home a place of refuge, you will definitely also feel at peace within. Your mind is not messed up and you also tend to be nice to your neighbours. Of course, it all begins in your home.

“Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.”
-Sarah Ban Breathnach-

There are just times that you feel alone and no one to turn to. But thanks for having a good home, you feel at ease when you run inside, cry and let all your pain get out from your system.

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You’d Definitely Want to Have These Creepy yet Classy Halloween Decorations

We may like the thought that it’s now the season to scare people out. But there’s no scarier and creepier than having decapitated heads and skeletons decking out of our home. Although we might need these creepy decorations at home, if you have children, this is definitely not an option. Who would want that? But of course, Halloween season would not be completed when there are no such things. Fortunately, there are already decorations (not the real thing tho) that are creepy yet classy, having still the right balance between the two extremes.

Of course, whether you’re living in a condo or any other Ayala land properties, decorating your home with spooky decorations is achievable. And to keep the essence of the Halloween season, you have to take into account your current decorating scheme. You have to know what you want your home to look like. You have to start focusing on the things that you want to have in your home. Of course, it is not just about the decorations that you will need but also, you have to consider the color schemes. If orange doesn’t fit, then try just black and white. Play with the color, and you will eventually get the right accent for each decoration.

The choice of your decorations matters the most and below are some of the decorations that you might want to include.

Ravens or Crows

Ravens or crows are the most common symbol for Halloween. They are known to for perching on tombstones. There are actually stores that sell fake ravens. Well, you can already buy it at an affordable price. And for you to make it more creepy and classy, you might want to put these on top of a pumpkin or a black book. Just play with the color and the design. If you don’t have any black book at all, then you can cover it with black paper or Carolina.

Chemistry equipment

Chemistry equipment such as test tubes, bottles, and/or even old-fashioned-looking periodic tables of elements are known to be used by the witches for making potions. Of course, you can also use these things for your home decorations. Well, you can also put some colourful liquid that looks like a potion. Just make sure that you also arranged it like you are about to make an effective potion for your visitors.

Old-fashioned remedies and cures

Vintage papers or books can definitely add the sense of Halloween season. Especially when you have an old-fashioned remedies and cures that witches used to use, it is going to be a lot creepier than you think it is. Of course, it is one of those spells that you definitely want or don’t want to try with your friends.

 Spooky lighting/candles

Halloween decorations will definitely not be complete when there is no right lighting. Of course, the choice of your light also matters. And especially when you have a spooky looking light, it will definitely add beauty. And don’t forget the candles too.  Gothic candlesticks can practically add creepy feeling, especially when you grouped it together on a mantel or on the top of your piano. Red or black candles are advisable.

Creepy wall hangings

Of course, you also should not forget to decorate your walls. You can hang something creepy on your walls such as a skull picture, a picture of an owl or a dead person. Also, make the frame vintage look vintage. Don’t forget to hang the cobwebs, they also add a spooky feeling on your home.

Bloody handprints

If you want something scary, you can definitely do DIY bloody handprints all over your windows or walls. This decoration will literally scare your neighbours and/or kids. You don’t have to worry since it is just an easy thing to do. Just paint both of your hands with red and you are ready to scare the people out from it.

Decorating your home with creepy yet classy decorations is definitely a fun thing to do. However, you also have to be reminded that you should observe safety. If you have something that you want to hang on your ceiling, you need to make sure that it is properly installed for as not to accidentally fall on the person. Moreover, if you are using candles, make sure to place it in a safe place for as not to start a fire. Always think safe.

Home Improvements: Do-It-Yourself or Hire a Professional – That is the Question

When it comes to renovations, one of the commonly asked questions of most homeowners is whether they are going to do it with their selves or call and hire a professional to do the necessary things to be fixed. For some homeowners, they would prefer a hands-on home renovation than calling for a professional. Well that of course, if you know what to do. However for some, DIY renovations might not be a good idea, especially when you know nothing about the things that you’re supposed to do.

Yes, there will be pros and cons when you choose either way. If you are a kind of person who wants perfection, then you better hire a pro. But if you are a kind of person who doesn’t want to spend a penny for any fees, then DIY is an ideal thing for you to do. However, don’t pick up a nail and a hammer just yet! Before you do, you better ask these questions to yourself.

Do you enjoy physical work?

First and foremost, if you decide to do some home renovations, you always have to remember it needs physical work. If you don’t like doing things like fixing your faucet or hammering your roof, then don’t do it yourself. You better hire a professional to do the work for you.

Are you persistent and patient?

Not all the things you do are perfectly done in one try. There are just times that you need to have a hard work in order for you to achieve the desired outcome. And if you are a kind of person who doesn’t have any patience at all, then you better hire a pro.

Do you have the skill and knowledge on the home renovations?

 
If what you need to fix is just a minor thing and it can be done by yourself, then there is no need for you to hire a professional to do that simple work. However, if you think that the damage is beyond your capacity to repair, then this is the time for you to call one. If you don’t know what to do, don’t impulsively, it might cause a bigger damage.

Do you have the time that will be required to complete the home renovation?

If you are a businessman and you have a lot of things to attend to, a hands-on home renovation is not an ideal thing for you. Basically, your time will solely focus on the paper works and/or any other documents that need to be done. Just thinking about what to do with the renovation can add the burden that you have. Hiring a professional to do the work for you is one of the best solutions that you are going to make.

Are prepared to handle the kind of stress home renovation will create in your family relationship?

Basically, when it comes to the process of renovating your home, one of the most hassle things to experience is the noise, dust, mess and/or any other unwanted things that might get on our way. And if you are a kind of person who is concerned with the health of their children, then keeping them away from your home might be a good option while the renovation is still ongoing.

Are you familiar with your local building codes and permit requirements?

Whether you like it or not, there are just some things that are not meant to be fixed in a particular way. There are set of guidelines on what and what not to do when it comes to home renovations. Of course, guidelines apply, especially when you are living in an Ayala Land Philippines and/or any other real estates. You better follow the guidelines if you don’t want to have any troubles in the long run.

How to Maintain a Good Relationship with your Helper

Regardless of his/her background, your helper is still a person who deserves respect. However, there are just times that we tend to forget to show the right attitude towards our helper. Of course, I know that not all of us have this kind of character, but needless to say, treating your domestic helper with respect is still a must for you to do, even if you are his/her boss. And that is, whether you like it or not.

First and foremost, you should not hire a helper when you don’t know how to treat them nicely. Don’t you know that you can get a lot of benefits when you treat them well? You can have your helper as your friend. You can make a good and satisfying day with your household help, especially when you feel bored. They can also be one of your lifesavers when something’s not right. Second, changing your helper frequently means you are not a good person to deal with. And I’m sure you don’t want that labeled on you, right?

Yes, treating your helper nicely seems easy to do on our part, but there are also some guidelines that we need to know, for us to maintain a long lasting relationship between our helper. With these guidelines, we would know our limitations as to how we should approach our helper.

Set reasonable expectations

One of the reasons why we usually feel dismayed on our helper is that we tend to set high expectations on them. And sometimes, we even have high standards on what kind of house staff that you want to have. Remember, your helpers are there to help you with the chores at home where you are living in a small condo unit or a big house and lot in Cavite. As their boss, you have to know that your helpers are not your slaves where you can let them do the things beyond their capability. You have to expect that they also have their own limits. Of course, we are all humans. Don’t put your hopes too high on them.

Proper training

Even if knowing what to do when it comes to household chores, there is still a need for you to properly train them on the things you particular want them to do. Tell your helpers the things that you like and don’t like when it comes to the arrangements of your stuff, and/or if you have anything in particular where there should be a special care when handling or cleaning. You have to make sure that you have explained it to them properly, for them to know and understand as to why there should be a proper care.

Set terms and conditions

Yes, we want to have a good relationship with our helper. But there are also certain rules that they need to abide. If you don’t want them to enter your room, for example, you have to tell them that it is beyond their boundaries and they should not enter without your permission. And if there is a particular thing that you don’t want them to touch, tell them in advance for them to know what and why.

Set a working schedule

When it comes to working, your helper must also work. Of course, you also have to make sure that they have enough sleep for them to work efficiently. Also, give them time to rest, and a good food to keep him/her fit and healthy. Setting a working schedule can help your helper have enough energy to do a better performance on the tasks you have assigned to them.

Communicate

Proper communication is one of the important things you should do with your helper. Without this, it is impossible for you to understand your helper, and for your helper to obey you. If you want your relationship to work out, you both should have a two-way communication to do and have a better outcome.

In sum, building a good relationship with your helper is not as bad and hard thing as you think. You just have to make sure that you possess the right approach towards them. Know his/her limitations and strength. With that, you will know as to where they excel in the household chores.

Working Home-based: 7 Jobs You Can Do at Home

Dreadful traffic! That is one of the struggles we face every day. Agree? We usually experience such situation, especially when we are in a rush. Whether we use our own car or by commute, traffic is everywhere.  Of course, we end up late for work. And let’s admit, some of us here wish they could work without leaving their comfortable homes. Who wouldn’t, when you got to save some time in going to your respective offices? It is also a convenient way to work!

Working at home has become more and more popular these days since there are already jobs that cater people who wish to work home-based. Generally, there are also advantages when you work at home. You can wear comfortable outfits that you like, and you also control your time. Of course, the only difference between an office-based from a home-based is that you are working from the vicinity of your home, but the rules and regulations are still the same. Here are some jobs for you to consider if you want to work home-based.

1. Virtual assistant

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A virtual assistant generally provides professional administrative, technical, or creative/social assistance to the clients. Basically, when you work for a virtual assistant, you are self-employed since you are catering independent contractors. Your clients are not responsible for any employee-related taxes, insurances or any other business. However, there are clients who work with you just to meet their exact needs. And of course, they are willing to pay you for a 100% productive work.

2. Freelance writer/web content writer

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Generally, a freelance writer specializes on writing contents for the web. They are also called bloggers, and/or content marketers. So basically, their topics depend on the nature of the company or website they are writing for, and with the company’s target audience in mind. When you are a content writer, it is a must for you to be an internet-savvy, and should always be updated with the current events related to their specializations, since you are responsible for keeping their website up to date.

3. Medical transcriptionist

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This work might be a critical one since you are dealing with medications. However, this is also an in-demand job. Basically, you cannot have this kind of job if you don’t have any work experience. You have to carefully listen to your clients in order for you to cater the medication that they need. And if you don’t have any idea about medicines and all, then this kind of job is not for you.

4. Web developer/designs

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When you’re a web developer, you can work in all types of organizations, including large corporations and governments, small and medium –sized companies, or alone as freelancers, from the vicinity of your home. Of course, you can also work as an independent consultant, or as a contractor for an employment agency. Usually, your job involves implementing all the visual elements that users see and use in the web application.

5. Data entry

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A data entry is similar to a typist or encoder. Basically, your job is to update the data into the computer system database, often from paper documents. This may be a simple task; however, you are also responsible for making all the information usable and accessible for the employees and employers. And considering the fact that companies need to transcribe their paper documents into digitized formats, most of them cater people who are interested in working home-based.

6. Online seller

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With the availability of the products that you want to sell, you definitely can post and promote it through online. This is also one of the convenient ways to do business without leaving your home. However, if you want to pursue this career, you have to be patience and diligence, since it will take some time to attract your target customers.

7. Online language tutor

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With a strong internet connection, you can already tutor foreigners who wish to learn English or Filipino. Usually, if you want to apply with this kind of position, you will be interviewed through online after a satisfying requirement. Basically, your job requires you to teach your students the coursework through a video conference, task to correct, share resources, and administer seat works to their respective students. It doesn’t just give you an extra income; you can also enhance your communication skills as well.

Although there are pros and cons when it comes to working at home, however, choosing home-based is not a bad thing after all. In fact, it gives you the freewill to do the things that you like without any reprimands from your boss. That of course, when it comes to work, you definitely going to work. Accomplish your task diligently for you not to be fired!