Monday, November 16, 2015

House Project files (pt.6)

This will probably be the second to the last post of House project files in construction mode. The succeeding post will be about the kitchen, and the final post of House project files will be that time of the move, making it as officially livable by human standards. We are aiming the project to end at least two weeks before Christmas to allow us to deck the halls with boughs of holly and tacky frills as this will be the first Christmas in our dream home.

I am, of course, excited. The photos that T has been sending me sets happiness to my mood in spite of the stress at work. T has his own share of stress as he does the impromptu approval for any last minute revisions and at furniture-hunting. We are buying everything because we have nothing at all, not even a set of cutlery. Since getting married, we have been living and working overseas as temporary residents so we never had furniture acquisitions except for Amber's. So comes another stress of finding the right furniture to fit our personality and not something that we threw altogether and be contented with it as long it serves its purpose. We want something we really like and most importantly, budget-friendly. Cebu, though capital of furniture-making in the Philippines, has limited choices of affordable and chic furniture. We have Mandaue Foam, SM, Wilcon and Cebu Builders. The rest are high-end which will cost both of our arms and legs. I wish there's IKEA in Cebu.
(LEFT) Remember in my previous post on how badly I wanted three (3) pendant lights of this design from Azcor? Well, we bought only one because it is costly and considering the size of our home, we were convinced that one will do.
(RIGHT) The Master's T&B. Grey being the prominent color.

(LEFT) This industrial lighting fixture has been a fad lately. Boutiques and establishments have them which we both admire. With all the many choices of industrial types, T settled for this(?!) but I love it, too.
(RIGHT) Amber's room has the same round drop light as the Master's. We were supposed to color her whole room with yellow as per her request but T decided to only have one wall painted with that color.  I think Amber wouldn't mind.
(LEFT) This is looking at the kitchen and dining from the living room's perspective. Most of the workers are working overnight for small retouches and finishes. The cove lighting looks really nice.
(RIGHT) The kitchen cabinet frames are now up. I decided that only this part of the kitchen where the cabinets will hang because I feel that having two sides of the kitchen filled with cabinets will only make the area smaller. This is the part which I am more excited but it is the last to be constructed. I am not complaining, LOL!
The succeeding house project files will focus on the kitchen, primarily.
TIP: When renovating or building a house, please allot enough monetary buffer because always the earlier estimation does not cover the whole actual costs. Not even close. I've read a local forum to prepare twice the price of the estimation or else you'll end up getting an unfinished, substandard or settling for less than you hoped for of the final outcome. In some cases, if unfinished, people tend to forego to continue as other priorities suddenly came up (from my own family's experience, this happened). If budget permits, do it one time. 

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Five Random (vol.2)

(1) The long weekend (4 days) turned out just fine. Today is the 4th day, so I spent it doing household chores and goggling 'custom made sofa in Cebu'.  The 2nd day of the long weekend was spent at Meiji Shrine in Omotesando. It was Saturday and weather all fine, so I went to travel that far to walk around. It would have been a waste to just stay indoors anyway.

(2) Currently reading: Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. It appeared on my Amazon page as one of recommended books and little did I know this was a much anticipated sequel. After all, we are talking about Harper Lee, who authored the timeless masterpiece 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. The sequel focuses on adult Scott while taking a vacation back to her hometown, Maycomb. I'm halfway done and to be honest, I enjoy reading stories set in the past. It gives the reader a feeling of what it was like during a particular time. I was born in the 80's and adult Scott's story was set in post WW1.

(3) I have been sketching since October began. It just started with wanting to revive my drawing skills and of course, boredom. It took a while to getting back since I had to check Youtube videos for tutorial. I knew I am capable of sketching profiles but they never come close to good. Someday, I'll make a separate post about it in detail.

(Right) Amber was the first sketch I made. Needs no detailed explanation why I chose her. 

(4) The second sketch I made was the incumbent President of my country. President Aquino is on his last few months of term. Come May 2016, a new President will be proclaimed. I sure hope it will not be Binay, Escudero, the Intergalactic President whoever, or even another Marcos. Aquino, so far, is good in my books. I couldn't care less what people think of him because he did a good job, if not excellent, in spite of the circumstances. Let's face it, whoever people elects to sit at the Malacanang, the people will always find a way to criticize him/her. Just for the sake of my country, please not a Marcos nor Binay. Roxas is an option if Duterte will not run. Si Kris na lang kaha, I bet it will be a landslide victory.

(5) Amber as Snow White for Halloween. Every little girl wants to be Elsa or Anna (mostly, Elsa). Amber likes them, too. She does not know Snow White but I chose her because she's a classic. Kids her age probably don't know her but every living adult my age without a doubt knows her. FYI, Snow White was the first ever animated picture Disney produced making her the first ever Disney princess (though not the most popular). Besides, her skirt is yellloooooww (Amber's favorite color of the moment).

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Hitachi Seaside Park

After having seen photos of Kochias from friends posted on their FB accounts, I decided to see them for myself yesterday. The journey took almost three (3) hours which I have known prior to taking the challenge because I did some research. That's why I started it early (at 6:00am, I was wide awake on a Saturday). The odds were at my favor for the trains were not crowded, weather was ideal (typical early autumn breeze) and no delays whatsoever.

The early rise and long journey paid off when this sight of a hilltop covered in red greeted me.
By the way, Hitachi Seaside Park is huge. It is located in Hitachinaka-shi, Ibaraki Prefecture. By far, best nature park I've seen and been in Japan to date. Clean, not smelly, and looks well maintained.

Bassia Scoparia or Kochia Scoparia, according to Wikipedia, is a herb. Details here
Kochia is actually green in color. Eventually, their color turns red as Autumn approaches, then wither after. According to this park's website, Kochias are popular in the month of October, the time when all are fiery red. From afar, they look like large Rambutans.
What amazes me about them is the color red and their fluffy facade but in closer inspection, they could pass for just ordinary weeds that sprout from nowhere.
This man made lake situates at the center of the park. No boats or anything afloat is present (or maybe not design for such). When I saw this from this exact view, it allowed me (again) to appreciate nature and be grateful. The point is, one must get out, see and feel nature because it allows you to take a break from everything. Sleep works, too. 
Since Autumn has set in and there's a total of four days at my disposal next week (yay! for long weekend), I plan to take another nature trip. Maybe just somewhere in Tokyo.