Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Moving On: Five Packing Tips for A Stress-free Move



“There is always a sadness about packing. I guess you wonder if where you are going is as good as where you have been.” -Richard Proenneke


Moving is considered to be one of the most stressful events one would go through in life. More often than not, you would have to find prospective buyers for the home you are putting sale, and on top of that, you have to pack a significant number of years' belongings. Indeed, when you add this all up, packing to move can be an incredibly overwhelming experience—so much so that you would often feel burned out and anxious. However, this does not have to be the case as there are techniques and tips you can undertake to ensure that on the day of your move, you would not be too stressed. After all, there are a lot of things involved when it comes to moving houses and not just packing alone, so you could at least do with the least amount of anxiety on moving day. So, before you move into that condo in Manila or elsewhere, here are some tips you should keep in mind:


1.) Declutter

One of the initial steps you should take when packing is to declutter. You cannot expect to take every single item with you into your new home as there are things you would not necessarily need anymore. Once you have collected all the things you do not need, decide whether you want to sell or donate them. Alternatively, you can also throw them away. By decluttering, you are also providing yourself an avenue for the organization of your things, and in this way, you can pack easier and much smoother.


2.) Plan what will go where

As said above, decluttering is an opportunity for organizing stuff as well. Organizing your things is imperative when it comes to packing because it would make sorting them out into which rooms they will go much easier. By now, you should have a rough idea of how you want your new house to look like—especially since to how your furniture and other personal elements will be positioned. An excellent tip for this is to have a copy of a plan of your old house and a plan of your new ones and designate your belongings as to where you want to position them.

3.) Color code the plan

Seeing as you already have a rough idea of where you want your things to be moved during your move-in day, the next step is to do some color coding. On the floor plan of your new house, use sticky dots and assign each room a color. After which, you can go around the house and start attaching color coded stickers on various items. On the moving day itself, all you would need to do is follow the color-coded plan which would remarkably speed up the process.

4.) Elevate your labeling game

By now, you should already know that labeling your moving boxes is an integral part of packing. However, do not simply smack them with labels that designate each room. Instead, label it in a way that you would be able to identify which boxes contain valuable items and would need to be opened straight away and those that can wait until you have everything unpacked. To do this, each room should have a designated “essentials” box which must be unpacked immediately. It could be labeled with a star sticker or a red marker or anything that would make it easily identifiable as an “essentials” box.

5.) Essentials

One of the dreaded things on moving day is not being able to have access to the things you need when you need it. After all, there is nothing more frustrating than having to use the toilet without any tissue paper or trying to find your pillows after a long and stressful move. With this in mind, pack essential items such as paperwork, valuables, kitchen essentials, toiletries, spare clothes, etc. in your own car. It should be with you at all times as you would not want to run the risk of having the movers lose them.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Quick vacation? Make it Happen, Make it Makati!

For the people in the labor force, hustling every day is tiring and draining. Other students seem to drag themselves to school. Sometimes, you just end up all-day on your bed on weekends even if you promise to enjoy yourself. But not anymore! It is your time to get up and explore the wonders of Makati City.

Makati City is a home for skyscrapers, condominiums, shopping centers, Ayala Malls and establishments, and recreational activities. Whether you are a going for a daycation or a staycation, you will surely enjoy your sweet escape in this city.

Below are only some of the must-visit sites in Makati City:

1. Glorietta



Perfect for a daycationer who needs to go shopping (real shopping or window shopping) within a day. Aside from tons of choices and variety of stores to be seen in Glorietta Malls, you will also enjoy a peaceful scenery and picturesque buildings along the way. Not to mention you can also treat yourself a movie in Ayala Mall cinema.

2. Ayala Museum



Other students might have visited Ayala Museum already for a class requirement. Why? See for yourself and indulge in excellent art and historical pieces. Ayala Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9 AM to 6 PM. There is also a library facility, Filipinas Heritage Library, with the same operating schedule.

Aside from Ayala Museum, you can also visit other similar establishments like Makati Museum, Philippine Army Museum, and Yuchengco Museum.

3. Ayala Triangle Gardens



Wanting to distance yourself from the everyday hustle and bustle? Take a good walk in Ayala Triangle. You can unwind and connect with nature, and at the same time eat at different restaurants and stalls surrounding the Triangle.

Ayala Triangle Gardens is a perfect place to visit during Christmas season where you can witness majestic light shows at night.

4. Washington Sycip Park



A privately owned park in Makati which nests different flora and fauna, Washington Sycip Park is another good place to stroll and jog. You can also spot many birds in the Park such as pied fantails and yellow-vented bulbuls.

There are also other parks to visit in Makati City, particularly Legazpi Active Park, and Makati Park and Garden.

5. Guadalupe Ruins



One of the oldest stone church in the Philippines is located in Makati City. Yes, that's Guadalupe! Perfect to celebrate the Holy Mass if you are having a quick get-away on a Sunday, or maybe waking up from your hotel or condo staycation. If you're looking for a serene place to reflect and enjoy, then you should schedule your visit in Guadalupe Ruins.

6. City Kart Racing



Looking for some fun and adventure? Ready, set and go to City Kart Racing at Circuit Makati! Whether you're a first-timer or a competitive kart racer, you'll have fun in City Kart Racing.

In addition to City Kart Racing, for more recreational activities to do in Makati, you might want to check out Mystery Manila, The Escape Hunt Experience, Kodanda Archery Range, Ball Pit Manila, and Music 21 Plaza.


Now you have a short list of where to go and what to do in Makati, for staycationers, it's time for you to look for a place to stay. Given a wide range of options to choose from, be sure to pick the one that will complement your “vacation mode”. Fairmont Makati, Raffles Hotel, and Holiday Inn & Suites Makati are just a few of the luxury hotels in Makati. You will be relaxed in seeing the magnificent Makati skyline at night.


Remember, it is not how much you spend on your vacation but how you indulge yourself in the experience. So for your next quick get-away, make it Makati!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

3 Crucial Factors When Finding The Right Condo to Rent

"Real estate is an imperishable asset, ever increasing in value. It is the most solid security that human ingenuity had devised. It is the basis of all security and about the only indestructible security." - Rusell Sage


Whether you plan to purchase or rent a property, real estate is still an ideal investment one can make. It does not just give you the sense of security or belongingness, but it also gives you the lifestyle that you need. If you are one of those home investors who is planning to rent, then you can also decide whether to go for a condo for rent in Makati or any condominiums in the Philippines. Either way, you can still get the desired property.

Sad to say, not all people can find the right condo for them. Perhaps, they do not know what and what not to do when it comes to property hunting. Keep in mind that not thinking about the important things or qualifications that make a good property can ruin everything. One thing is for sure; you do not want that to happen, right? So, to give you an idea, we list down the top 3 crucial factors every home investors should consider.

1. Affordability


There's nothing wrong with choosing an expensive property. However, if you cannot afford to pay its mortgage, monthly dues, maintenance fee, etc., then this may not be your wisest decision. The moment you decide to rent a condo, make sure you know your financial status. When you do, you will be able to determine what type of property you are going to find. Always keep in mind that being able to afford the rent is the key factor in property hunting. Even if you like that particular property so much, you still need to see to it that you can afford it. Another thing, try to find properties that are in your price range, this will prevent you from tempting to invest in an expensive one.

2. Safety


When choosing for the right condo, you also have to make sure to think and consider its safety. Check whether the place is not dangerous enough for you to live in. Moreover, it is also a must for you to check whether the building has security cameras. This is to make sure that there will be no any suspicious person that would attempt to do bad things. Also, checking out crime reports in that particular area is also a good thing to do to ensure safety and security within the place.

3. Location


The location of the property is one of the most crucial factors you should not forget. No matter how beautiful your unit is if the place is not accessible enough when it comes to the transportation, malls, school, then you might have a hard time getting to and from your home. When choosing the right condo, make sure to check the location. If you think that that particular condo is far from your working place, then you need to find another. Do not settle for the condo that you do not like since you do not have any choice. Keep in mind that you have a lot of options online. All you have to do is to pick the best one that would suit your lifestyle.


These tips mentioned above may be simple, but it will guide you to a successful property hunting. Again, if you want to achieve a desirable outcome, then it is a must for you to think about these important tips before you invest in that particular property.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Top 5 Ways To Create An Ideal Room


Did you know that a happy and productive life starts in your room? As a kid, you probably didn't care about how messy your room can get. But as you get older, you'll eventually realize that having a sleep sanctuary is essential to living a better life. After all, your bedroom is where you begin and conclude every single day. Keeping your room clean, tidy, and organized would make a sleep sanctuary.
Regardless of where you live; be it in South Park District or any other real estate in the Philippines, there is no reason for you not to have the right design for your bedroom. Here’s how:
  1. Start an idea book and create a floor plan

To create an idea room, you need to have an inspiration on what you want to have or do with your room. Perhaps, you can gather some inspirational images and collect the best in an idea book. By getting some inspiration from different images, you will eventually know what you want to do. And once you have the general view of your design, you can now start arranging or renovating your room. Moreover, having an inspiration will help you choose which design will suit your taste and for your bedroom.
  1. Decide which furniture to keep

Bedroom makeover would also mean deciding which furniture you have in your room to keep. Of course, you are not going to put all your furnishings in one place. Right? This will only make the room look congested. That is why it is necessary for you o know what furniture is best for your room. Moreover, before you buy anything new, consider updating your existing furniture with fresh paint or knobs. With this, you are not just saving a lot of money, but you are also saving some space for your room.
  1. Incorporate photos of friends

There will always be advantages when you display some pictures of your room. Perhaps, this can give you some motivation or inspiration to do the things you love and reach your dreams. But aside from displaying your picture and the picture of your family, you can also have the picture of your friends. With this design, it will sure to give you an opportunity to have some recent photo printed. You can put them on frames or a tape up in a rotating display.
  1. Try a small DIY project

An excellent way to decorate your home is to make it personal. That means, incorporating creativeness in your project would make a great room. Perhaps, you can have some old things that you might want to recycle and make it into something useful for your room. Give it a touch of your personality. With this, you can do the things that are on your mind.
  1. Think about color and lighting

When it comes to bedroom makeover, you do not just think about its design but also its color and light. Whether you realize it or not, these will give your room an in-depth. But before you decide to buy paint enough for the whole room, you can use extra-large paint swatches or get sample-size amounts to trying out colors directly on the wall to prevent any costly mistakes. Moreover, the right lighting can instantly make the biggest change in your room. That means, you also have to be mindful when choosing the right lighting fixtures that will look good in your room. Perhaps, you can add some ambiance with cafe lights strung across the ceiling, and install some dimmer switch for an overhead fixture.



Friday, April 14, 2017

6 Things Homeowners Should Consider When Buying Mattress


If there's one thing that makes us feel comfortable whenever we want to rest, then it would definitely be our mattresses. Its soft and comfy feature that makes us wants to stay on the mattress as long as we want to. And especially when we are too tire from work or school, then our mattresses is one thing that can solve such stresses. Of course, it doesn't matter what if you live in Solstice or any properties in the Philippines, having a comfortable lifestyle is within your reach.
But you cannot achieve these things when you don't have the right mattress for your home. Yes, choosing the right mattress matters the most. When you have the right mattress, you will have a better rest at home. However, if you are one of those people who doesn't have any idea at all on how to choose the right mattress for them, then below are some things to consider before buying a new mattress.
  1. Research online before going shopping

If you don't have any idea at all, then you better ask help with Google or any other websites that cater mattresses. You have to know what kind of materials that are used to have a soft and comfy mattress. You also have to know what brand sells the most comfortable mattress in your place. And don't forget about the benefits you can get when you purchase one.
  1. Know that firm mattress aren't always better for your back

Just because they are called a mattress, that doesn't mean it is good for your back. Sometimes, it gives you back pain instead. Well, refer to tip number one. You have to do your research for you to know what kind of mattress is best for you.
  1. Talk to your doctor

This is one of the important things you should consider before buying a mattress. If you have any health condition, then you better talk first with your doctor if it is ok for you to use a mattress. Yes, some doctors may not sleep experts, but you also have to keep in mind that they know your health conditions. That is why, for you to be safe, you consult a doctor first before you decide to purchase a mattress.
  1. Shop at a store that specializes in mattresses

This is one of the things you should consider. Obviously, you are not going to trust the comfort of your mattress to shop where it is not well-known for it. Also, you might not know if you can trust the shop for it.
  1. Pillow tops aren't for everyone

Just like any mattresses, pillow tops aren't for everyone. Yes, there are kinds of pillow that are intended for a particular individual. There are times that that particular pillow might not be advisable for your back. That is why you also have to make sure that you need to know what kind of pillow to best fit for you for as not to regret any decision you made.
  1. Adjustable beds are a great option

If you are looking for a more relaxing experience, then adjustable beds are a great option for you. Whenever you feel like sitting down instead of lying, then you can adjust your bed to elevate your head and knees for a better position. In this way, you will feel more relax than not having one.
If you are concern with the lifestyle you have, then you also have to make sure that you will not regret the decision you just made. Also, if you there is anything that you need to know, don't hesitate to ask the seller about the mattress that you are going to purchase. With that, you will know if it is worth it or not.




Friday, April 7, 2017

6 Golden Rules For Bathroom Use Every Homeowner Should Know



As we all know, being clean and organize at home is a must. Who would not like it, right? However, being clean at home doesn't just apply to your on the outside appearance of your home. Whatever you do, don't forget that there is also etiquette for bathroom use whether you are living in Manila Properties or any other real estate properties in the Philippines. Obviously, if you don't know how to take good care of your bathroom, it will reflect the overall factor of your lifestyle at home.

However, if you are a first timer in hosting a party at home, below are some tips for you to follow on how you can achieve a satisfying bathroom use. And mind you, when you have a good bathroom to use, your guests will impress on how good you are in taking good care of it.


1. Hide anything you don't want them to see


This is one of the most shared and obvious things you should never forget. If you have anything in particular that you don't want them to see, then you better hide it in a safe place. Well perhaps, it's your napkins, and other stuff women usually use on their body parts. Of course, it is a private thing that you should not display in the bathroom that's open for guests.


2. Provide a trash can


For an apparent reason, a trash can is important thing for bathroom use. And mind you, a bathroom will never be complete if there is no place where they can put their trash such as toilet papers and another kind of trashes. That is why, if you don't want to make your bathroom dirty or messy, then you better provide a trash can for it.

3. Clean and especially "boy clean" your bathroom


It is inevitable that guests may sometimes do some messy stuff in the bathroom. Of course, it is also your duty on how you are going to make it and keep it clean. Perhaps, you can provide a signage indicating to clean after their mess, or you can get personal clean the bathroom from time to time. With that, you can make sure that the bathroom is always ready for the next user.

4. Have lots of toilet paper back up


When it comes to parties, you should expect that there are guests who wish to use the bathroom. However, letting your guests call out a request for more toilet paper might not be a good experience for them. It is not just embarrassing on their side, but it is going to be a reflection of your personality, on how prepared are you when it comes to emergencies like this. And mind you, guests who request for toilet papers is not going to be a good experience for both sides.

5. Have citrus spray or matches handy


 For any emergencies like having an upset stomach, you cannot avoid using the bathroom. Of course, you need to let your waste go out. But if you don't want to ruin your party by having a foul odor in your bathroom, then you better prepare a citrus spray, this will lessen the odor and the embarrassment felt by your guests.


6. Make sure there's a plunger in there somewhere


Aside from the trash can that is an important thing to have, you should also not forget about the plunger. Because without it, this might be worse than running out and extra toilet paper. You should complete all the bathroom necessities for you not to have any worries at all. Moreover, if you don't have any problems with the bathroom use, then you will continue to enjoy the party. Of course, make your guests feel comfortable in when for bathroom use.


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Friday, March 31, 2017

5 Qualities to Look When Hiring a Cleaning Service


It is given that a clean home is a good and healthy home. And whether you like it or not, you have to clean your home to ensure you're living in a clean and healthy environment. But let's just admit! Cleaning our home is one of the hassle things to do, especially when we have limited time to tidy things up. That is why some of us here would prefer hiring a cleaning service than seeing their home in a state of mess. Whether you are living in High Park or any other real estate property in the Philippines, cleaning services are willing to extend their help wherever you live.

Well, if you are one of those homeowners who is planning to hire some cleaning services, then below are some qualities you should look before you can decide to hire them.

1. Extensive experience in the field of commercial cleaning


When you hire someone in the cleaning services, it is expected that they know what to do when it comes to cleaning your home. Of course, they should know how to clean different kinds of stains or rusts found in your home. If you think that they are not good in their field of cleaning, then you might as well find other cleanings services that can deliver a clean and satisfying outcome. Moreover, you also have to know if that specific person who will clean your home has enough experience in cleaning their client's home to ensure that they can clean your home properly.

2. Sophisticated tools and equipment


One of the must-haves of a cleaning service is that they are equipped with sophisticated tools and other cleaning equipment. Of course, without those things, cleaning their client's home would not be a satisfying one. Moreover, not just having good tools, you also have to make sure that their cleaning equipment is not noisy for as not to disturb your neighbors. It should be well maintained to work in good condition.

3. Customized customer service


When it comes to cleaning, not all homes are all the same cleaning routines or patterns. Some of you here might want an extensive cleaning, and some might want a lighter cleaning. That would depend on how messy your home is. Of course, when you hire someone, you also have to expect that they know what to do in everything you want them to do. If you want them to clean a hard and stubborn stain, you also have to expect that they can make it clean with the use of their tools. Well, you just have to make sure that it is still possible for them to clean. Just be considerate of them, though.

4. Quality of work


There are a lot of cleaning services in the Philippines where you can choose from. Of course, before you can decide on which cleaning service you would like to hire, you also have to make sure that they have a good background. They are known to a good cleaning company. And if you think they are not that known to be a good one, then you better think again before hiring them. You don't want to regret hiring them later on, right?!

5. Professional workers


Yes, they may be working in a cleaning service, but it doesn't mean that they are not going to apply professionalism on their work. Of course, you are dealing with your clients. You also have to professionally approach your clients in a way where they will like not just the way you deliver your task but also with your personality. You don't know; your clients might be one of your potential repeat clients shortly. You have to value them as much as you value your work.

Moreover, you also have to make sure that the workers know how to respect every decision that a client would make. That means, whatever you request to them, they would deliver the things or whatever what you want without any murmurs and showing other unwanted attitudes.

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