Archives

Independent Living Starter Pack

Finally, you’ve been able to move into your newly acclaimed affordable condo in Mandaluyong City. It surely feels great to say that you are free finally. Hooray! But we all know that independent living is not just all about the happiness and perks of living alone. If you are that person, or someone who is planning to live away from parents, relatives or guardians, for fun, here is your solo living starter pack:

I am so glad that I MADE this happen

happy condo living

Other people have that luxury or blessing to be given a new house or condo unit for his or her use (yes, you are super lucky!). And it’s a different wonderful story for those who had struggled for we-do-not-know-how-many-years before they were able to get their place finally. Since from renting to owning and paying his or her dues are difficult, the return of glee and happiness is priceless. So yes, you are so glad that you made that happen!

You will remember all the hardships you’ve been through to be able to see yourself in your dream home and thinking of all the possible countless things you can do since you are now alone. Yay, excited!

Wait… am I really ready for this?

thinking condo living

So here comes self-doubt and anxiousness creeping in. From being so joyful and ecstatic about imagining yourself living independently, the thoughts of how will you be able to pay everything, have the time and energy to clean and cook, study and work at the same time, and much more kicks into you. This doubting stage is not just for a one moment, but it will get it into you a couple of times; possibly after a bad day, when you are sick, too exhausted or whatnot.

No worries, dear. This thought will not haunt you forever if you claim it yourself that you are really ready and your decision of living independently is nothing but correct.

Got to make my place clean and presentable

clean condo living

I don’t know if it’s just me or whenever we have something new. We want to make and keep it clean as much as possible. Moreover, you want to see your belongings beautiful and in pristine condition, because you know how precious it is for you and how hard it was before you finally get it into your hands. Same as with your new house, you do countless hours of cleaning and keeping it nice. Yes, hardworking!

Then that day of laziness

tired condo living

It’s not every day that you will choose to pick up the broom and sweep the floor, if it is, good for you and your home. But for those who struggle to get up and cook for themselves, there are times you would rather go lazy than tired. We all deserve a break and pamper ourselves in whatever way we are used to – not cleaning the house, ordering food instead of cooking, lay down and have a movie marathon – yes, whatever!

Your old things are still there

teddy bear condo living

Your favorite stuffed toy and lovely pillow are still in your bedroom. Your good-old cabinet also moved in with you. Of course, for practicality, you don’t need to have everything brand new. There are things you can leave with your previous home but decided to take it with you. Why? Because you need that sense of comfort, belongingness and companion to a “whole new world” in which you don’t know anyone but your old things. These materials will also give you the vibes of the home of your “faraway previous home” in your “new home.” Nostalgia and tears are coming right up!

And of course, a lot of adventures!

adventure condo living

No explanations needed. It’s for you to discover yourself.

 

So we hope that you were able to see yourself in this basic independent living starter pack. What’s in yours?

Where to Settle and Retire in the Philippines

As young as you are, you’ve been already interested in where to settle and retire – if it’s abroad or here in the Philippines. Like what others usually say, life is short, so you got to prepare yet enjoy all the things happening around you. Given that idea, of course, you would want to retire in a place where you are not just “resting” but also have an excellent time.

Here are our top three picks on where to settle and retire (and enjoy life) in the Philippines:

Cebu City

Cebu, dubbed as the “Queen City of the South” ranked fourth as the best place to retire in the country in a survey done last 2016. You can effortlessly find real estate in Cebu for sale and rent as Cebu has a booming economy and a welcoming environment for new inhabitants and investors too. This province is in the Visayas region and comprised of three big islands – Camotes, Bantayan, and Mactan. You’d get the mix of urban and rural vibes in Cebu as there are mountains, hills, and beaches surrounding the City.

The native language is Cebuano, and most locals are also fluent in English. You’d often hear Cebuanos mix their mother tongue with English, not with Filipino words. So if you are a foreigner or more comfortable in the English language, I guess you won’t be having a hard time with the language.

Batanes City

This is an unpopular choice, but if you are looking for a peaceful and scenic place to settle for the long run, you should go for Batanes City. Another well-known tourist destination, Batanes is rich in history and culture as well. The ancestors of the Ivatans, the natives of Batanes, came from Austronesians who migrated to the archipelago 4,000 years ago. Their ancestors are seafarers, boat-builders, and farmers too. Until now, about 75% of Ivatans are farmers and fisherfolks.

The province is vast in hills and mountains, given such beautiful landscape, prolonged flooding is most likely not going to happen. Given its incredible landscape, there has been a study which confirms the need for a national park in the province to keep safe and nurture Batanes’ protected landscapes and seascapes, proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The proposal was submitted on August 15, 1993 and they are eyeing to declare the whole province as a Heritage Site by the end of 2020.

The people there are accommodating and very honest. You’d actually spot some honesty stores where there are no sales person or tindera to take your payment, and you just get what you want to buy and leave your money there. The primary languages are Ivatan, spoken in the islands of Batan and Sabtang, Itbayaten on the island of Itbayat, and Ilocano. You’d probably need to make some adjustments with the language, but it would surely be worth it.

Baguio City

The world-renowned summer capital of the Philippines or “The City of Pines” is another place to consider for retirement. Baguio is located within Benguet but has been administered independently from the province and known as a separate entity. As of 2015, the population of Baguio is 345, 366. You’d see a lot of local and foreign tourists visiting and residing for good, in the City.

Aside from the cold climate, you would also have healthier food options as the province’s environment is suitable for cultivating vegetables and fruits. Living there might be similar to getting used to a field trip in a great region like Baguio. About the transportation, jeepneys are also widely present as well as taxis. Cabs are way cheaper in Baguio, and the drivers always give you the change, and they don’t ask you for “extra” payment because of “traffic” and “place is hard to find” (the things we usually here in the Metro Manila!). Indeed, another people-friendly city to consider.

Top 4 Decorating Mistakes Homeowners Are Still Doing This 2017

interior-designers-tips-to-avoid-home-decor-mistakes

Decorating your home is one of the things that excite us the most. Although there are times home decorating can also be challenging and frustrating, but the end results would pay it off. Of course, that if you are doing the right home decorating techniques. However, there are just some homeowners who just didn’t realize that they are repeating the same home decorating mistakes all over again. And mind you, this is not a good habit to start with.

 
Whether you are a tenant in a Makati condo for rent or any other properties in the Philippines, there is no reason for you to commit the same mistakes again. And if you are one of those homeowners who doesn’t have any idea what mistakes they are making, then below are some common decorating mistakes most homeowners are still doing.

1. Having more than one focal point

Having a central point at home is used to feel more inviting and offer a more comfortable place to stay. This feature can be your picture, mirror, or dramatic piece of furniture that catches every person’s eyes. But there’s a caveat though; a good focal point can only do once. If you tend to have more than one focal point at home, this might not be a good idea, since it can make the room feel disjointed and leaves a person’s eye without any rest.

 
For you to be comfortable, you have to choose one focal point that would complement the place. Don’t be overwhelmed with the spaces you have at home and just choose one to make a good and satisfying focal point.

2. No considering your lifestyle

Just because the interior or exterior home design is a trend, that doesn’t mean it is also good for you. Nope, not all! Obviously, you are not going to do some renovations to your home if you don’t even need it, right? But if you still continue to follow the trend without any knowledge on whether or not it fits into your home, then you might regret your decision later on.

3. Too many throw pillows

Throw pillows are one thing that gives beauty to our home. Apparently, it doesn’t just add beauty; it also provides us with the feeling of comfort whenever we want to relax at home. Throw pillows can also give a homey feeling or ambiance on the place. However, having too many throw pillows at home is also not nice to look at. Instead of giving us the comfort that we want, it provides us with the feeling of annoyance since we don’t know where to seat already.

 
When it comes to adding throw pillows on the couch, you have to make sure that there will be a space where you can still seat. Perhaps, 2-3 pillows on a couch are enough.

4. Not testing your paint color

Colors are important. The color of your home doesn’t just add beauty, but it can also create a mood or ambiance at home. And if you are not careful enough when choosing the right color paint for your walls, then you might not like the result of the interior and exterior design. Before anything else, you should not forget to test the color before choosing and buying a particular paint. If you think that the color of the paint is a little bit dry to look at on your walls, then it is better for you to find another paint that would match or complete the design of your home.

 

Moreover, you also have to make sure that the paint is durable enough to last longer than any other paints. Yes, some paints can easily be torn off especially when it rains. So, you have to choose the right color paint for you home.

 

Following the trend when it comes to home design is not a bad thing at all. In fact, it is one of the many things you can upgrade your home design into something new. However, before deciding to follow such design, you also have to think again and again if you need it, or if it is worth it. Think and then decide. With that, you will know what and what not to do when it comes to the design of your home. Of course, this will also prevent you from committing costly mistakes all over again.

 

Image Source

Home Inspection 101: Things To Inspect During Your 5 Years of Owning a Home

img3

Ok, let’s just admit! Not all of us here would like to expect something that isn’t happening yet, right? That is why most of them do panic whenever something they don’t expect. However, if you know that something such happens, then you know what and what’s not to do when it comes to fixing your home. And whether you like it or not, repairs at home is also inevitable whether you are living in Solstice or any other properties in the Philippines.

 
Well, if you are one of those homeowners who are curious about on what to expect, then below are some of the things that might help you get ready especially when it comes to home repairs.

Leaky faucets, running toilets

You might not want to experience repairing such leaky faucets and running toilets, right? And not all of us here know how to fix those damages. I know, fixing these stuff is annoying since you have to deal with dirty and smelly water and all. That is why you already have to know on what and what you should not do when you experience this. Of course, you don’t want to do more damage. Right?

For you to successfully repair such, you have to know the basics. Or if not, you better hire someone or a professional who knows better when it comes to the repairs and all.

Jammed disposal

It is a must in your community or even as a homeowner that disposal of your garbage should be in a proper way or method. Of course, this is to prevent any troubles when it comes to your wastes. Moreover, most communities are strict in that particular policy since they know that if garbage is not properly disposed of, it is not good for the environment and the community.

However, if the disposal of your garbage is jammed or clogged, you might be fixing it on your own or call some help to the people who knows better. Or even hire a professional for you to fix it. Again, don’t do things on your own if you don’t know anything about it at all, it will only cost you. Better save it and hire someone. With that, it makes the work easier and faster.

Peeling cracked paint and siding

Of course, this, if you are not keen about what paint you used when you first paint your home, you also have to expect a peeling, cracked paint and siding. Well, if you notice that the paint of your home is already peeling, then you better find quality paint. Make sure that you apply the paint correctly for as not to have some peelings on your walls.

If you don’t know anything about how to paint properly, then you better find or hire a professional to do the work to make sure that you will have a good and satisfying outcome. Do not do things on your own especially if you don’t know anything about it at all. It will only cost you a lot more.

Concrete cracks

Cracks on walls are dangerous especially when there are earthquakes. A little shake on your home might cause more damages to your home if not taken care of immediately. Of course, if you want to be safe while living, then don’t wait for the cracks to widen. You should always think safe at all times.

Nail pops

This is dangerous if you don’t notice it on your home. This can be the reason of your injuries or a serious wound. Before you let your kids roam around the house, make sure that there will be no nail pops around the corner. It is dangerous. When you find one, make sure to get it or simply punch to drive the nail deeper. With that, it will be safe for you kids.

Image Source

Condo Living 101: Four Reasons Why Condos are Ideal For Newlyweds

Happy Couple Placing Sofa In Living Room

“Living together is an art, it is a patient art, it is a beautiful art, it is fascinating” -Pope Francis

After saying your designated, “I do’s”, the next possible milestone and adventure would be choosing where you and your spouse would live. From the myriad of choices you and your partner have, it would be a challenge to zero-in on one. However, if you and your spouse are just starting out, your best tack is to start your familial life in a condominium unit. Expansion and some renovation constraints may be a problem, but if you considered the advantages of living in a condo, you would realize that it takes out so many of the complications and headaches that a single home ownership might bring to your relationship.

Additionally, condo living has been a growing trend among newlyweds, young professionals, and small families—and needless to say, with the proliferation of condominium real estate properties all over the city, you have a wide range of properties to choose from. From lush real estate properties such as Solstice and High park to affordable properties with flexible payment schemes, you do not have a shortage of options. Apart from those stated above, here are more reasons why living in a condo is ideal for newlyweds:

1.) More bonding time

Most condominiums are located near business districts and entertainment hubs which would mean that your regular commute from work to home is significantly shortened. If the convenience alone of living alone is not enough to convince you, consider how much this effectively cuts your commute and as a result, give you more quality time with your partner. Additionally, if you and your spouse are looking for premier amenities, you are granted unlimited access to the condo’s swimming pools, entertainment rooms, and the sprawling lawns. You and your spouse need not go out of town just to bond when you can do it right in your condominium.

2.) Sleep peacefully at night

One of the most integral characteristics a neighborhood and a home must have is excellent security. Knowing that you are safe and secure in your beds at night without fear of anyone trying to enter your property would make you sleep more soundly. In condominiums, they take their tenants security seriously and home safety is non-negotiable. Condominiums usually have security guards stationed everywhere from the gates to the common areas. Additionally, almost every nook and cranny except the units themselves are equipped with security cameras.

3.) Stay fit easily

If you and your spouse are fitness buffs, you will find that it is easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle in your condominium community. You are free to use the gym amenities that come with the condo and are free to sprint in any of the open spaces. The possibilities of designating time for a good workout are endless such as a quick jaunt before heading off to work, or even a yoga session at the rooftop garden on the weekends. No need to worry about any mishaps occurring as these amenities are always well-maintained by the staff.

4.) You can build mutual friendships easily

Starting and building your life together as husband and wife is an exhilarating and exciting chapter in your married life. Part of this is building and fostering mutual friendships together with your spouse which you can easily do in your own condominium. Living in a condominium community opens a lot of prospects for cultivating these kinds of relationships—most especially since most condominium units are populated with unique, zany and interesting individuals and newlyweds just like you. This would enable you to form lasting friendships and relationships with your neighbors who can potentially be your lifetime friends. Introduce yourselves to your neighbors and invite them over for an afternoon tea or dinner. You might not know it, but that could be the start of a lasting friendship.

Image Source

Bored at Home? Here’s How You Can Spend Your Time Productively While Staying in Your Comfort Zone

 

 

There are a lot of ways on how you spend your free time. It does not matter if you live in a condo in Alabang or any real estate property, you have the freedom to do anything that you want. It is your time; it is up to you what you want to do with it. You may waste it or spend your free time productively.

When we say ‘productively,’ according to the dictionary, it is doing or achieving a lot that produces good results. And when we say ‘spending your free time productively,’ it is doing the things that make you productive. Well, if you want to know what are the things that can help and make you productive, you might consider doing things brilliant ways.

Family bonding

This is also one way to spend a quality time, not just for you but also for the family. Having you around makes a family bonding complete and fun since it is when we tell or share our thoughts and experiences with our family. Cheesy as it may seem, but one way or another, we can have our moral support from them.

Eating together with our family is also a way to bond. Bonding with your families is not just for fun; it is also where we can have a heart to heart talk with them that can bring the family members closer to each other.

Listening to good music

Everyday, we are bombarded with the noise around us. Noises from the vehicles and the people, all these can make your day a living hell which can affect your entire day.

Listening to good music can put you in a good mood. Sometimes, even though you are stressed, it makes you feel relax and at ease. There were also times when you needed some inspirations; listening to good music can help. It can make you do better things when you are in the right mood.

When we say ‘good music,’ it doesn’t mean rock or hard rock. ‘Good music’ is when we listen; it is pleasant to the ears.

Writing

Unfortunately, there are already few people who write. Writing is not that hard as what you think. You don’t have to write an entire article for you to start writing. Writing journals is a good start.

Writing can give you the benefit of telling or sharing what you feel where you cannot share it with others. You can write what you feel for the entire exhausting day, how annoyed and pissed you are, how your boss or friend sucks or how happy you are when your crush talks to you. You write it down.

You are the boss of your writing; you can write what you want and let your imaginations run wild. Just write it down, it is fun!

Reading

What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘Read’?

When we hear the word ‘Read,’ a lot of people won’t do it since all they know, reading is boring, it can make you feel sleepy, it can make your eyes and head hurt, and it is not fun to read. I know you had those feelings too. But what if these ‘boring’ textbooks can make you productive, are you going to change your mind and read?!

Reading books, magazines, newspapers and other references give you a lot of information that other people don’t have. You know what the ins and outs of today’s are; you know who these particular individuals who contributed significant time to our community or our country, and you will know what to do when circumstances occur.

It is always an advance when you read. Reading can bring you to places where you haven’t been there yet, and it gives you better perspective and understanding of the world. You will also feel confident to whoever you meet since you know something that they don’t.

5 Worst Decorating Trends Homeowners Should Avoid

“If you wait until you have enough money to decorate and make your own it will never happen. If you wait until you can afford to buy everything new you are missing the point. It is the old, the new, the made, the hand-me-down, the collected, the worn (but loved) things in your home that make it your own.” – Stacy Risenmay

If there’s one thing that completes a home, that would be its interior design. Decorating a home is a great way to give your home a sense of belongingness and comfort. Without such, your house would be as empty as it feels. Whether you are living in a real estate Manila or any other real estate in the Philippines, there’s no reason for you not to decorate your home.

But there’s a caveat, though, homeowners should also be mindful of what and what not to do when it comes to interior or exterior designing. To give you an idea, we list down some worst decorating trends that a homeowner should avoid.

Colored appliances and bathroom fixtures

1989fcaf585757e3c8a336cbe39521ea
Colors are crucial when decorating – it can break or make a home. However, choosing the wrong color would ruin everything. Many homeowners would prefer using neutral colors to make sure that it would look good on your home. Moreover, if you are color blind, make sure to ask help from the professionals to guide you on what color should you use to achieve a desirable outcome.

Plastic furniture covers

plastic-sofa-covers-and-love-plastic-sofa-covers-things-latinos-love-or-hate
Although plastics may be a convenient thing to clean since you can just wipe the dirt out, it is not attractive to use plastics at home. If you do not want to get your furniture dirty, then you can use a pretty cloth to cover it. Not to mention sofas with plastic covers, it is a turn-off. That means, if you want to cover it, then use something that would also look nice on the sofa.

Artificial plants

golden-dieffenbachia-silk-plant-p13549668
As much as possible, never display fake or silk plants. It is a turn-off when you use such plants. If you want to decorate plants at home, make sure it is fresh. Of course, plants would not just give you the right ambiance at home, but putting them is also beneficial to our health. That means you have to make it fresh to make sure you will get the necessary benefits from the plants.

Matching patterns

clothing-5712daf2afc79bd951a39f6a365c15f3_h
There’s nothing wrong if you try to match patterns. However, if you want to have a stylish home, then make sure to use your creativity to achieve such. For instance, try to avoid matching your drapes with your throw pillows and sofa. Keep in mind that too much of a good thing is also a bad thing for interior decoration. So, try to think of an alternative where you can incorporate each design at home.

Wall-to-wall carpet

wool-wall-to-wall-carpet
Carpets are a good thing to have at home. A wall-to-wall carpet is even considered as an expensive thing a homeowner could have. However, this may not always be the case. For some people, having a wall-to-wall carpet at home is a no-no since it may be placed for dirt and germs to gather more than anything else, especially when you do not clean your home regularly. This may cause you some health risks due to an unclean carpet.

Leopard print

free-leopard-print-vector
It does not matter if you like leopard print or not, but this design is a no-no at home. This trend would only look tacky when applied to home decor. And one thing is for sure; you do not want to ruin the design of your home.
As a homeowner decorating a home may give you so many things in mind for you to consider. Things such as what’s good and what’s not? Or what’s in or what’s out? However, if you know what you want to do with your home, then it would be easier for you to decide the right decoration for your home.

Image Source, Image Source, Image Source, Image Source, Image Source, Image Source