10 Quotes on a Twenty-Somethings’ Journey to Finding Home

Home can mean different things. It can be a Lerato for rent condo, a suite in Holiday Inn, or a villa in Quezon City.

Whatever it is, different things make us feel that we are homeSometimes, we feel that home is where we spent our childhood. It can also be where we found our partner or where we forged friendships. But because of time and the winds of change, we are forced to leave the place we love and a new one.

If you’ve been away from home for some time and you don’t know where it is anymore, here are some quotes that describe how it feels to leave home in your twenties and come back again.


  1. The moment you left your humble home for a rental.


“After you leave home, you may find yourself feeling homesick, even if you have a new home that has nicer wallpaper and a more efficient dishwasher than the home in which you grew up.” 

– Lemony Snicket



  1. When you’re denying you aren’t lonely but deep down want to come back.


“Home is not where you live but where they understand you.” 

– Christian Morgenstern


  1. The inner-battle of self-sacrifice and freedom.


“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss.”

― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


  1. When you decided to not return to the place where you don’t have to pay rent and mortgage because you found “home” in your significant other’s arms.


“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.”

― Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye


  1. But your relationship didn’t last long, and going home feels like the only way to ease your heartache.


“The desire to go home is the desire to be whole, to know where you are, to be the point of intersection of all the lines drawn through all the stars, to be the constellation-maker and the center of the world, that center called love. To awaken from sleep, to rest from awakening, to tame the animal, to let the soul go wild, to shelter in darkness and blaze with light, to cease to speak and be perfectly understood.”

― Rebecca Solnit, Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics


  1. Fortunately, it’s perfectly fine to come back.


“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

― Maya Angelou, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes


  1. Besides the hardships of being a twenty-something from career, dating to finances, don’t lose hope.


“Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.”

― Cecelia Ahern, Love, Rosie


  1. You still have your parents, relatives and supportive friends. Chin up and live in the moment. You still have a lot of time ahead of you.


“Well, sometimes home is a person.”

― Beth Revis, A Million Suns


  1. The right person will come to sweep you off your feet and accept you for who you are. This person will make a home out of nothing and will make it seem that every place, as long as you are together, is home.


“Home is the nicest word there is.”

― Laura Ingalls Wilder


  1. He or she will tame your rebel heart and make you see you and your family’s worth in your life. It will make you understand what home really is.


“I don’t care if we have our house, or a cliff ledge, or a cardboard box. Home is wherever we all are, together,”

― James Patterson


What You Need to Know When House Hunting

Make things easier with a checklist. Whether you are looking at bungalows in a subdivision in Bulacan or a townhouse in Quezon City, narrowing your options when choosing your next abode will make the selection process easier and quicker.

When house hunting, buyers often focus on the exterior and interior design rather than the functionality of the structure. Others prioritize the price of the house and lot because of the economic and financial aspects. Having a checklist will help balance what’s important and what is necessary.

It’s easy to get swept by the newest trends in architecture and real estate. House agents and brokers can be very persuasive. With a checklist in hand, you can stay right on track. Below are few pointers to guide you in completing the list.


Source of electricity

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Electricity and gas should be the first thing on your list. Some important questions to answer are:

  • How many sockets are in each room? Are there conveniently positioned?
  • Do all electrical sockets work?
  • Are there any interferences to electricity sources?
  • What alternative sources can you use in case the main power goes off?

If all of these are answered clearly by the seller or agent then it’s worth to consider the house. But other than the central electricity source, it’s worth noting how gas can be utilized in the space. Where can you store the gas cylinder? Does the house rely on LPG or petroleum to run the central heating? Is the heating system working properly? These things are equally important as they can also save your wallet.


Water source and plumbing

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When you are planning to move to an area with a limited supply of water, ask where the water came.

Live in a place that is comfortable, not worry about water rotations and rationing. Do some research and survey the area if their supply is stable. It may not be an issue now, but it can be in the future. Look years ahead before settling in a location.

As soon as you find no interruption with water supply, check the plumbing. Inspect the fixtures and pipes for noises, leaks and weak spots. Rusty pipes and fixtures are more likely to appear in aged houses, so pry the previous homeowner of the house’s history. Consulting a professional plumber for a second opinion is also advisable.

Hot water and bathtubs are additional features in Filipino homes, but newly-built houses often have these. Make sure the water heater still works properly and is connected to all water lines. The bathtub shouldn’t be clogged and the bathroom should be well-ventilated. It better to have a bathroom with a window. If that isn’t the case, choose one with an exhaust fan.


Lot and Surrounding Area

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Take into consideration the land area of your property – yard and side gutter included. The house might check everything on the list but if the gutters and drains are clogged, just forget it. It may cost you more because you did not consider the water damages caused by the blocked waterways.

If you’re on the scrimping side, consider the spread of the yard and the garden work. The lot may have a landscape that is high maintenance. The yard may have expensive turf that needs water more than your family does. Do you really need those? Think about it.

When scouring the exteriors, watch out for signs of decay and rot in woodwork.

Consequently, the surrounding area and neighborhood play a huge part in your everyday life. Living close to the places you frequent (school and work place) and facilities like hospitals, banks, and retail stores make life easier.

Communities accessible through different modes of transportation are much ideal than places exclusive for private vehicles. Best of all, choose a location that fits you and your family’s lifestyle.

Remember, a safe community is always a priority.

If you’ve been to a couple of houses visits, take note of the details that fit the details listed above. The next time you view a house, bring the list and compare if they have the potential to be your new home. Buying a property is a decision that should be hastened, so come with an open mind, inspect the structure thoroughly and compare your notes. Do not hesitate to ask questions about the house. Most of all, trust your judgment on deciding the perfect home.

What You Need To Know When Buying a Luxury Property


Every one of us dreams of living in a luxury home, right? Who wouldn’t like that? When it comes to choosing the right home for us, we would always go to a place where we feel happy, satisfied and be proud of. Of course, whether you are living in Ayala Land Condominium Taguig or any other Philippine properties, you can feel comfortable when you have the right atmosphere in your home.

But if you are a kind of person who cares about his/her welfare, then investing in a luxury home would a good idea for you to make. Obviously, we are not talking here about investing in a million or billion worth of property. I’m sure, not all of us can afford. A luxury home is not just about its elegance and value, it also implies who comfortable and satisfied you are with your home. To give you an idea, below are some qualities you should invest to have a luxury home on your own.

Invest in a property from a trusted developer

Never invest in a property where its foundation is not strong enough. Before deciding to have that particular property, make sure you know who the developer is, to make sure that they can be trusted when it comes to the building’s firm foundation. Moreover, you will feel at ease knowing that the place where you live will not easily be destroyed when it comes to earthquakes and any other accidents.

Invest in a property that promises a high rate of long-term returns

Since people living in the Philippines has a high purchasing power, and a growing market for health and wellness traveler, the demand of the luxury properties are also growing, and high demand for luxury properties is increasing. That means the value of each property would also increase each year. And if you are one of those people who would like to invest in a luxury home, this is now the time for you to invest. You don’t know, the value of the properties next year would increase which makes it hard for you to afford such.

Invest in a property that you will like and enjoy.

Don’t ever decide to invest in a property for the sake of having one. Of course, you don’t want to regret the choice you made, right? That is why, before anything else, you have to make sure that you know what you want when it comes to the features of the property you would like to have. Moreover, investing in a property of your choice is one of the many ways you can feel happy and fulfilled. Of course, investing in a property can also be one of your successes in life.

The property should have the capability to earn even while you sleep

Some of us here would like to invest in a particular property to make some extra income. Well, talking about renting it out. Of course, this is also one of the many ways you can take advantage of the property that you have. As an investor, you also have to make sure that it is not just about you, liking the place. Make sure that any people who would like to rent your unit can also feel happy and satisfied with the quality of service and facilities available around. With that, tenants would love to stay longer in your place.

The property should come with a solid investment plan

Always remember that owning a home is an investment. That means, you have to make sure that you are what you will not go to waste. Yes, if you are not careful enough in choosing the right property, there are tendencies that the management is not that capable in giving their clients the best facilities and services they have. As a result, you definitely might not like living in such place.

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For Homeowners: Things To Avoid When Decorating Their Living Room


Living room is one of the important areas we have at home. Of course, it is in the living where we usually gather and have good moments together with our family and friends, and it is also where we spend our spare time to entertain ourselves. Well, it doesn’t matter where you live. Whether you live in condo Cebu or any other condo units in the Philippines, you can still have your living room.

Well, if you are one of those homeowners who don’t have any idea at all when it comes to the arrangements of their furniture, then you better stop and read these tips below for you to know what makes your living room look bad. Of course, avoid these things.

Following trends

There is actually no wrong if you follow home décor trends. But there will also be danger when you tend to follow different trends – it might not look good on your living room. Just because it is a trend, it doesn’t mean it also good for the living room. No, not all. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to know your living room and the kind of ambiance your home has by heart. With that, it is easier for you to determine what design would you like to have for your living room. Give some personal touch to it, not just simply following the trend. This is also one of the many ways to give your home a homey feeling.

The wrong paint color

This is one of the most common mistakes a homeowner can do. They Paint their home with the wrong choice of color. Remember, the color of your home plays a big role when it comes to beautifications. When you have the wrong color, you will most likely have a hard time finding the right furniture or interior design that would match the color that you choose. Moreover, you might not want that particular color which leads to not having the enthusiast to make some decorations at all in your home.

Bulky overhead lighting

For some homes, having a bulky overhead lighting might not be a good idea for them. Unless you want your home to look heavy and your ceilings to appear lower than they really are, then going big might not be for you. Moreover, if you want to have a sense of light and roominess, you better not choose the heavy fixtures for your room – it doesn’t look good. Well, you better look and choose light fixtures with open designs, slim lines, and try something with crystals on it if you want to go stylish and to reflect some light on it.

Uncomfortable furniture

One of the most common misconceptions of most homeowners is that, whenever they see something that looks great, they include it in the arrangements. Just because they look good it doesn’t mean that it is also fine to include it in your living room. Remember, the things found in your living room are mostly useful. And if you think that that particular thing is not useful at all, then you better find other furniture that can be of use. It is better to find another one than filling your living room with useless things.

Some of us here don’t realize that they have been arranging their furniture in a way where it ruins the style and beauty of their living room. Yes, not all of the arrangements are stylish and good enough for the area. Of course, before you decide what you should do with the furniture you have for the living room, you also have think about whether or not the things you want to include would fit perfectly with the other furniture.

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A No-Money Weekend: How to Spend Quality Time at Home


Whether you realize or not, we all spend money every single time. How much more during weekends? This is the time where most people get the chance to go to malls and any other places where they can have fun and enjoy the moment. Of course, it is not a bad thing at all. In fact, you need such recreation to make sure you will have a work-life balance. However, do you know that you can also enjoy your weekend at home? Although some of you may find it boring, there are a lot of things you can do at home. You will not just enjoy what you do, but you will also be productive on such matter.

It does not matter if you plan to invest a house and lot in Pampanga, you can still enjoy your weekend at home without spending too much on the money. And to give you some ideas, you might want to refer to these tips below.

Set goals

This is one of the things you need to consider when spending your weekend at home. Of course, you need to know what you want to do for you to be productive as of the moment. If you are a kind of person who just loves to do some DIY then, you can create something that would unleash your creative side. With that, you are not just doing some productive things; you are also saving money.
Setting goals will also help you decide on what you need to do for the weekend without spending too much of your money.

Define no-money

Ok, let’s just admit! Not all of us here understand what “no money” means. Does it literally say that you are not going to spend a single peso? Well, that would be impossible for us to do. The definition of no-money is all up to you. If you think that you can go on a day without spending on a single coin, then this can also apply to you. However, this can also mean that you are not going to spend too much on a particular thing. If you want to buy some chips, you can spend. But not to the extent where you are spending too much without mindful of the things that you have just bought.

Plan ahead

This is one of the things you should also consider if you want to save money. For some, the best time to have a no-money weekend is during the first or fourth week of the month. Perhaps, that is because these weeks is “pay the bills” time. When you have a particular plan in mind, you are going to be obliged to do the things that are expected. Moreover, it will be much easier for you to do a particular that are as planned.

Get creative

Of course this! There’s nothing more precious than spending your time alone and unleashing your creative side. If you are a kind of person who usually wants to watch television all day, then you need to stop. You have to do things that can make your more productive. Perhaps, you can read a book or do something that would not make your bored at home. Again, you are not just enjoying your time at home, but you are also doing things that can make your productive. And of course, you also have to choose things that can entertain you for you not to get bored easily.

Go outside

Just because you spend your weekend at home, that does not mean you cannot go outside. Of course, you can! You can have a walk around your neighborhood. This is also one of the many ways you can know your neighbors more. Especially if you are new to your place, you can stroll around and familiarize where and what place that can best spend your time.

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Why Do We Need To Conserve Energy At Home


As we all know, conserving energy is a must. Perhaps, some of you here already have an idea on what and what not to do when it comes to conserving energy at home, since there are a lot of articles that talks about things that help conserve the energy. However, not all of us here are able to grasp and understand why we need to conserve energy at home. Of course, it does not matter if you are living in a condo in Taguig or a condo near Makati, you are not excepted in conserving energy.

Although most homeowners have their own ways in doing their thing, but we all have the same aim – to conserve energy. Perhaps, a lot of you here might be wondering whether if conserving energy is important or not. Well, if you are one of those people who share the same sentiments, then below are some reasons as to why we need to conserve energy at home.

Energy efficiency saves you money

Whether you realize it or not, conserving energy saves your money big time. Of course, you are paying the bills. And if you use too much energy, your electric bill would definitely go up. Not to mention when you use appliances that are not energy saver, it will definitely add up to the cost of your bills. If you want to save money, you have to buy energy-efficient appliances, making energy-efficient home improvements, and taking energy-efficient actions every day.

If you think that buying energy saver appliances can cost you a lot, then you better think again. These kinds of the appliance are affordable enough for you to buy them for your home use. Replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient halogens, CFLs or LEDs saves you more than the previous one. And most importantly, you also have to observe proper measures such as turning the lights off or the AC off if it is not in use. With that, you can definitely save you from worry about your bills.

Energy efficiency improves the economy

Aside from it help us save a lot of money, we have also helped our economy by conserving energy at home. How much more when we practice conserving energy not just in our home, but also in business establishments? This will definitely help businesses and city, towns and governments save on a much bigger scale. Well, think about saving millions to billions of money while conserving energy. And if they have the money, they can definitely put up other establishments to create more jobs for the unemployed. See how conserving energy can save us a lot of headaches?

Energy efficiency is good for the environment

Always remember that not all appliances are eco-friendly. Most of the appliances produced chemicals when is use that can definitely destroy our Mother Nature. However, if you just convert your appliances that are friendly enough to the environment, then you are also helping our community by protecting them from harmful risks. Moreover, through converting your appliances into an eco-friendly one, you are also conserving and saving a lot of money.

Energy efficiency improves national security

Perhaps, not all of us here know this, but energy efficiency safeguards our nation by decreasing the overall demand for energy, and the need to import and transport fossil fuels. Of course, this also paves way to our country’s independence when it comes to our resources. Moreover, with energy efficiency, we can save energy resources for future generations to use.

Energy efficiency enhances quality of life

Of course, this is the most important thing we need to achieve. Whether you realize it or not, conserving energy can improve the quality of life that we have. Generally, we will have a more comfortable life in our community since there are not dangers when it comes to harmful pollutants. Moreover, you can also be productive at home and at work through taking advantage of energy efficiency in office buildings and production processes.

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Tips in Choosing the Right Furniture


If there’s one thing that completes a home design, that would be our furniture. However, if you think that choosing the right furniture is as easy as counting 1, 2, 3, then you better think again. We’ve seen different kinds of furniture, but the most difficult part is when we choose the right furniture for our home. It doesn’t matter if you live in Amaia Homes or any other real estate properties; you need to be keen when it comes to the style, color, texture, and shape of your furniture.

You might wonder why is it hard when all you have to do is choose. Yes, it is! But the real question is, does it look good on your home? Obviously, you’re not going to choose furniture for the sake of having one. Right? That simply means it is not just about choosing a thing for your home. You also have to be mindful if it is worth it or not.

However, if you are one of those homeowners who are having a hard time thinking about what furniture that matches the ambiance of their home, then below are some tips on choosing the right furniture for your home.

Consider the size first

Before anything else, you have to think about the size of your furniture. If you have a bigger room, you’ll need to decide how much space you want to occupy. For instance, if you are planning to include a coffee table, then decide on how big your couch or sofa will be to fit in. Moreover, if you want to make the couch be the focal point of your room, then rounded couch shapes would be advisable to provide a lot of seating.

However, if you have a smaller room, then you should also pick something that is practical, yet has a strong design that could carry and complement with the rest of space in your room.

Determine which shape will suit the room best

Again, there are different kinds of furniture. They differ in shapes, textures, and sizes. However, not all shapes are the best match with the other furniture in your room. For instance, if you have an L-shape couch, then it is great for open areas that need to be divided such as separating the living room from the dining room. And if you have a rounder shape couch, then this is best for smaller spaces that meant to serve as a gathering area for your guests.

A daybed could be a good alternative to a traditional couch if you want to have more chairs and tables in your living room. Moreover, it doesn’t just give you a good seating capacity, but it is also compact and can work as a more sophisticated version of the futon.

Research upholstery materials. Which will be best for you?

Yes, beautiful and stylish furniture is important. But you should also not forget about the functionality of it. Obviously, you’re not going to include furniture that is not useful to your room, right? You are only keeping junks at home. That simply means, you also have to choose furniture that is made with durable materials. If you are planning to buy a couch, then you have to make sure that its upholstery materials used are best for you to use. If not, then you better find another that fits the standard of good quality furniture.

Choose a style that complements your home

“Our home reflects who we are.” Yes, cliché as it may seem, but it is true. That means, what we decorate – whether if it’s interior or exterior home design, it shows who we are. That is why you have to choose a style that will complement your lifestyle. Of course, it is not just about the style of the furniture. You also have to choose the right color, texture, size and other components that give beauty to your home.

Whether you like it or not, choosing the right furniture would do a lot of thinking. However, when you know what you really want to have or do, then you can most likely choose the right furniture for you home. Yes, this might sound challenging and daunting, but who cares? The end result is all worth it!

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