Sunday, October 04, 2015

This has what became of my dining table

Well, even when T and Amber were here, the dining table has served as a catch-all of our things. 

It is getting worse everyday as I have decided to completely dedicate much of my time in this very spot at home. At night, after work, I eat dinner here while surfing the net or catch up with my series marathons. Mails, whatnots, expired snacks and my CD player are all in here and within my reach. Even while half watching random TV, I still prefer to sit here instead on the couch because my attention span at TV programs (unless it's a favorite) is short and I'd rather check on Pinterest boards to amuse me. 

Oh well, living alone means no rules. I'll declutter if the case need be. 

P.S. This shall not be tolerated at the permanent home address. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

House Project files (pt.4)

While in Cebu for a week, this is the progress at Week 16. Expected completion of work will be in Week 20. That's a month from now.

The doors have been installed and they are all white. The ceiling was our architect's idea, which we did not oppose because who wouldn't fall in love with a dramatic ceiling?! At first, I was contented with a plain ceiling and make up for a dramatic lighting fixture but, but too much drama in a ceiling is better. This is just one of the many exceptions on 'keep it simple' mantra.

The stairs are almost complete. The railings come with a wooden handle which are yet to be installed. The area beneath the stairs will be a small study/office. That pole supports the upper floors as it was judged before the renovation that the upper flooring was weak. Beams were installed and now covered by the dramatic ceiling. I was annoyed by the pole's presence at first in spite of its technical benefits that I wanted badly to come up with something to make it not too visible; thus, the study/office area came to mind.

The stairs from the second floor landing

The second floor. We have a small space at the second floor that will serve as a common area. There, the high shelf filled with books will come to dwell. The right door leads to Amber's room (walls to be colored with yellow, her preference. I asked her many times, and she responded 'yellow'. Hope she doesn't change her mind once painting is done). The left is  a narrow hallway that leads to the wash room and the Master's bedroom.

The kitchen is not yet close to functional, hehe.

Still at the kitchen. White door had been installed. The old window has been knocked down to accommodate a half (horizontal) of its current size. 

The facade from the Master's bedroom terrace. These are tiles with brick designs. From afar, they don't appear to look like tiles but upon closer inspection, those are tiles but not the ordinary flat types. It took a while to decide the right design. 

Mind you, the whole tile searching is fun and exhausting at the same time. Sometimes, the cause of disagreements. And don't get me started with cabinet colors and texture for the kitchen! It's fun but a lot of decisions have to be made at such a short notice, and they have to be final.

Almost there. House and everything about it is fun and I can now relate how peers and my own parents felt when they were planning for small renovations. 

I was worried with the size not leaving any piece of earth and yes, our small lot is fully occupied by the house itself; so we made sure to save some small space for a garden.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Five Random (vol.1)

Since I am such a sporadic blogger, and my posts lately seem to focus on not a single subject (with the exception of 'house project' posts), I have decided to posts random of anything. Anything which deserves to be posted for record. Five photos or thoughts, posted previously or not, will be featured and justified.  

For my first ever 'Five Random' series, my daughter takes the lead. Of course.

When I first saw her in uniform, I couldn't be more proud. I know, she's cute! She's been attending a 2 hour nursery-play morning class. While in the afternoons, she takes power naps which are prerequisite for kids her age.

'Language Month' in English. As fate would have it for school kids in the Philippines, she had her first ever Buwan ng Wika celebration earlier today. I was not there to witness but the other half was as excited so he skipped work in the morning to witness this milestone!

Though not a huge fan of alcohol, this by far is something I enjoyed drinking especially when paired with cheese or tortilla chips. Costly if consumed daily but mine has been kept chilled for a while now. I stopped when I suffered cough for two weeks since coming back from Cebu. I might take a sip this weekend while watching movies. Inset photo was while watching 'Gone Girl'. That movie was crazy and one of the best I've seen in my movie-rentals this year.

As for red wines, I am still on the search for the right taste.

CURRENTLY READING: The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
The book is a must read for those wanting to manage their finances properly and grow them exponentially. Not that I had difficulty managing mine, modesty aside, I am frugal so saving is an inherent character. It started with a coin box. In kindergarten, I graduated with honors so my mother gifted me something. The gift was a coin box. I could still remember its design: Snow White. Every time my parents gave me spare coins, I put most of it inside my coin box. My coin boxes have evolved (can't even remember how I lost Snow White) and so the amount of savings have increased, too. Up to now, I still save and a proud frugal. I do treat myself  with little luxuries once in a while but always, saving comes first. I am by far not 'Rich' by definition but having a job, a little business and funds on the side prepares me and my family for uncertainties. I am actually thinking of gifting my daughter a coin box someday as a start-up lesson for her in saving.

Whenever raining, which has become a daily occurrence lately, I wear my ever reliable water-proof pumps by Free Fish (a Japanese shoe brand). This pair is from Urban Research x Free Fish collection which I bought last Summer 2014.