Thursday, June 16, 2016

5 Reasons Why Sharing Food With Your Roommates is an Advantage


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As we all know, sharing is an act of generosity of a person. And believe it or not, many friendships are formed because of sharing food. How much more when you share your meals with your roommates? This gives an opportunity to build a rapport between you and your roommates. Even if you are sharing a room in a condo in Cebu, Alabang, BGC, Davao or any other condos in the Philippines, you can definitely achieve a good bond with your roommate.

Although a lot of us here would agree that food is essential for our daily consumption. However, it would not hurt you and your wallet if you share your meals with your roommates. Who knows, they might do the same to you. Well, if you are a kind of person who is not used to sharing their foods, then you might want to know why sharing of foods can also be to your advantage.

And mind you, you will definitely enjoy sharing your foods with them.

1. Communicate regularly

Whether you realize it or not, sharing of foods can help you communicate with your roommates. Of course, you need to find a topic to discuss or any random things that come to your mind, for as long as it would not be awkward for the both of you eating in the kitchen together with nothing to talk about.

Moreover, this can also be a chance to share his or her experiences in life, which you can learn from them too.

2. Cook together

Having a roommate who knows how to cook is an advantage. Of course, just by observing how they cook and what ingredients to include, you can definitely learn from them. Moreover, this is also the chance for the both of you to know each style of cooking. Perhaps, you both have your own recipe to share.

With that, you are not just cooking your favorite food or dish, but you also give your roommate a chance to learn a new recipe.

3. Split with the expenses

There will always be times when you and your roommate decide to do some groceries for your daily food consumptions. With this, you are not just sharing the foods, but you are also saving money by splitting the food expenses with your roommates.

Of course, you also have to know who to budget the food for it to fit for the entire week. However, you also have to be considerate. Make sure that you and your roommates have a fair split of everything to avoid misunderstandings just because of the food.

4. Knows the best and affordable restaurants in town

When both of you share the same interest when it comes to food, then this will also give you a chance to share your favorite restaurants to hang out. One way or another, you can definitely share where what restaurants that have the best food choices yet with an affordable price.

Who knows this can be the start of you both hanging together at that particular restaurant? Moreover, this is also a good chance to know which fast food chains are open 24 hours. This is good when you decide to have some midnight snacks.

5. Sharing home chores

When we talk about sharing, that does not only mean sharing of foods with your roommates. Of course, you can also share the daily chores at home. Perhaps, you can have some routine on who gets to cook and who gets to wash the dishes.

With that, it will be a lot easier to clean the house since you and roommates are helping out together.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

How to Spend Quality Time at Home Without Spending Money


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 actually 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.

Generally, it does not matter where you live to be it in park point residences (or nay other residences in the Philippines), you can definitely 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 in order 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 mean that you are not going to spend a single peso? Well, that would be impossible for us to do. Generally, 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 the mind, you are going to be obliged to do the things that are planned. 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 definitely 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.

Friday, June 10, 2016

5 Things That Can Ruin Your Living Room Design

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If there is one room that would immediately welcome your guest, that would be your living room. Where else? Unless you have a front yard, then living room is the common place where most homeowners warmly welcome their visitors. And if you succeed with designing your living room, then this is one way to give your visitor a good first impression on your home.

Although planning or arranging your home may sound easy, but wait till you do it on your own. There are just times that it may also be challenging on your part especially when you do not have any idea on what and what not to do when it comes to its arrangements.

Arranging your living room can make or break a good impression on your visitor. Perhaps, they would think about how creative enough in considering what arrangements you should have for your living room or perhaps, the opposite. But sad to say, not all homeowners can achieve a desirable outcome on their living room design. As a result, they are not satisfied with living with it.

And if you are one of those homeowners who does not have any idea on how to arrange properly, then you might want to refer to these tips and try to avoid these things that can cause to ruin your living room. Of course, whether you are living in a condo in New Manila, house and lot in Pampanga or any other real estate properties in the Philippines, having an appealing living room is within your reach.

1. Uncomfortable furniture

Having uncomfortable furnishings is a no-no. Of course, one reason why living room is important since it gives us the chance to feel relax when we need some time for ourselves. The living room is also used for entertainment for our family and friends to have more bonding together. However, if you have an uncomfortable furniture, this might kill the fun. And I'm sure you do not want to experience this kind of nightmare. Right?

2. The wrong paint color

Whether you realize it or not, the color of your wall matters the most. If you do not know what to paint on your wall, then you better consult an interior design for you to avoid costly mistakes. Of course, your walls can also give life to your home. And if you have the wrong paint color, then you might not like living in your home. And most importantly, a good wall color will give a good impression to whoever may visit in your home.

3. Bulky overhead lighting

One important factor when it comes to living room design is to create a sense of light and roominess. Obviously, you want the person who is in the living room to feel comfortable while taking some rest or entertaining his or herself. That means lighting is an important factor to have. Try not to have a bulky light, where it may look dull and your ceilings to appear lower that they are. Well, you can look for light fixtures with slim lines, open designs, and if you want to reflect light, then try something with crystals.

4. The wrong size rug

Whether you realize it or not, your rug is also one of the important factors you need to consider. It does not just add beauty to the room but is also give us the feeling of a cozy and comfortable living room. However, if you do not know how to choose the right rug for your living room, then you might not be satisfied with its outcome.

5. Following trends

Although trends may give us some living room design ideas, you have to know that not all patterns are good for our room. This might not give you the best look you want to have. Remember that each living room has a unique way of styling, arranging and decorating it to make it more appealing to look at. Some trends are not good to look at when it comes to doing it in our living room.

Well, for as long as you know the don'ts of the living room arrangements, then you are free to do whatever style you want.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Worst Decorating Mistakes You Should Avoid



If there is one thing that frustrates us the most that would be committing mistakes in home decoration. Who would like to commit mistakes, right? However, there are just times that we tend to do things without even thinking whether if it is nice or not. Even if you are living in Davao apartments or any other real estate in the Philippines, it is inevitable that we sometimes commit mistakes. As a result, most homeowners or even you too are not satisfied with the outcome of your home design. Right?

Yes, not all of us here are able to achieve a great home decoration. But of course, you can definitely avoid such when you know what and what not to do when it comes to home design. And if you are one of those homeowners who tend to commit mistakes, then you better refer to these things below and try to avoid these mistakes all over again.

Not investing in a durable furniture

This is one of the common mistakes most homeowners made. They do not want to invest in a furniture that is durable enough for them to have at home. Although there are furniture that are expensive enough for you to buy but minds you, it is definitely worth your investment. Of course, you do not need to buy and spend for furniture because your previous furniture is already damaged. And if you are a kind of person who does not want to spend too much, then you better invest in durable furniture.

Moreover, this is also one of the many ways you can save your things from damages. Since you have a good and durable furniture, you need not worry about moving your things from time to time without breaking or damaging it.

Buying generic art

Although buying a generic art may be good sometimes, but it does not mean you are going to have some collection of it. If you are creative enough to make your own art or do some paintings on your own, then you can definitely have some of it. Of course, instead of spending some money out from the arts of other people, why don't you try doing it on your own. Well, you do not just save a lot of your money, but you also got the chance to show and prove yourself that you can definitely do some artworks.

Generally, if you want to showcase your artworks, then why don't you try putting some designs on your home? With that, your family and friends will definitely be able to recognize that you are a good artist. Of course, this is also one of the many ways they will also appreciate your works.

Purchasing furniture from the same place

When it comes to designing your home, it is not always pretty to look at having some furniture from the same store. Of course, you definitely do not want to make your home look like the showroom that you saw in the store. Right? That is why, you need to be creative enough to look at furniture in different stores. That is to make sure that you will have the design that you really want to have. Who knows, you can find a lot of other furniture that would match the theme of your home than the previous store that you just bought. Right?

However, if you are not sure enough about what kind of furniture that would match the style of your home or even with your lifestyle, then you better find an interior designer to make sure that you will definitely have the design that you want for your home. This is also to make sure that you will not commit costly mistakes while doing some home decorations.

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