Where to Dine in UP Town Center

There are a number of Ayala Malls, but UP Town Center is something special. The idea is that for the students, workers, and residents around the area to have a place which would respond to their needs and wants. The 7.4 hectare UP Diliman East Campus property will be reconstructed to become a hub of opportunities and businesses. Aside from the stores and restaurants in this establishment, there are a lot of events and activities held in UP Town Center. UPTC, as fondly called by their visitors, is open every day, from 10 in the morning until 9 in the evening every Sunday to Thursday, and until 10 pm during Friday and Saturday. Some stores have their own schedule so check them out as well.

To give you a quick food trip in UP Town Center, here are the ten places where you could (and should) try dining in:

Silantro Fil-Mex

Silantro Fil-Mex, Silantro for short, is known for serving Mexican food infused with Filipino taste. You’d get delicious food and fine service with a good price. Since the place is superb, expect a lot of people dining so if possible, get a reservation before you visit.

What you should try: Beef nachos, Beef Quesadillas, Chicken wings, Seafood Paella (and you can order alcoholic beverages too!)

St. Marc Café

If you’re out for a quick snack and some refreshing drinks or desserts, St. Marc Café is your go-to. This specialty bakery and patisserie is a well-known place from Japan. They envision and work towards satisfying the needs of their customers, as well as making them “need” some more.

What you should try: Little Fuji, Kyoto Delight, Mango Fantasy, Nara, Matcha Latte, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Egg Salsa, Chococro, Salmon Cheese Potato, Carbonara

Cold Stone Creamery

Serving the finest, freshest ice creams, cakes, smoothies and shakes for 25 years, Cold Stone Creamery is really something. This international franchise from Arizona has a signature way of delivering ice creams as it’s created on a frozen granite stone.

What you should try: Berry Berry Berry Good, Birthday Cake Remix, OREO Overload, Midnight Delight (and you can also create your own mix)

Pepper Lunch

ペッパーランチ Peppaa-ranchi is a “fast steak” restaurant in Japan and was established in 1994. The customers can cook their food choice of beef, chicken, pork and salmon over an electromagnetic plate which is heated up to 260 degrees Celsius to make sure that your meat is perfectly cooked. You can also pick your seasoning and sauce – Amakuchi or the honey brown sauce, or Karakuchi or the garlic soy sauce.

What you should try: Beef pepper rice, Shimofuri pepper steak, Salmon pepper rice, Beef BBQ Yakiniku with egg

Rodic’s Diner

Since 1949, Rodic’s Diner serves nothing but the best beef tapa and garlic rice. They are known for being a budget-friendly restaurant for classic Filipino food.

What should you try: Tapsilog, Kare-kare, Sisig with egg and rice

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen

As what the name suggests, Mama Lou’s offer yummy Italian cuisine along with a relaxing ambiance. Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen started in 2010 and still delivering good food which they are known for.

What should you try: Spinach and goat cheese pizza, Italian sardine pasta, Gnocchi, Vesuvio, Take the Cannoli

Backyard Kitchen + Brew

If you are looking for a chill place to eat or grab some drinks alone or with friends, Backyard Kitchen + Brew offers good food, drinks, and company. It also has an artsy interior to add on its ambiance and comfort. The servings are enough for you to share, but you might want to eat it alone because the dishes they give are nothing less than perfect.

What should you try: Slow roasted pork and beef belly, Salted egg chicken skin, Buffalo wings, Tinapa and Quinoa Salad (and alcoholic drinks as well)

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6 Things To Do Before Hiring A Mover

 

 

What comes to your mind when we talk about moving out? Perhaps, a lot of you will think about what to do to make sure that there will be no damages while moving the things.

That is why most people would prefer hiring some professional movers to make sure that their things are still intact after the transfer. You may be moving into your new condo in Quezon City or any other real estate properties in the Philippines, hiring a mover is a good choice. However, you also have to know that not all movers are professional enough to do their job properly.

There are actually a lot of things you need to consider before deciding what moving company you should choose. And if you are one of those people who are first timers in hiring a mover, you might as well refer to these tips below on how you can effectively hire a mover.

1. Get recommendation

One of the things you might want to consider is the recommendations from your family and friends. Since they suggested that particular moving company, that means they trusted them when it comes to handling the things of their clients. Obviously, they will not recommend it to you when they know that mover is not that trustworthy enough to do the job properly.

 2. Do an initial screening

When choosing the right moving company, don’t just stick to one option. You must have a list of the companies you may want to hire. And for you to know if they are good enough, do some initial screening on them. Well, you can base your judgments on the reviews from their clients on whether they have a good service or not. And if they don’t have high ratings when it comes to the services they gave, then you might as well find another one.

3. You should end up with at least three or four companies to call for an in-home estimate

After narrowing down your options, make sure to end up with at least three or four companies on your list. Well, that is for you to make sure that if one is not available at that moment, then you still have the other three options for you to call. Just make sure that those remaining companies in your list are all trustworthy and professional enough on their field of work.

4. When an estimator comes to your home, show home everything

When you hire a mover, you should also expect that there will be estimators that will come to your home. Of course, they have to know how many moves will it takes to transfer all of your belongings to your new home. From the things in your closet, backyard, basement, and even in the attic, you have to show them everything. This will also give the estimator an idea on how much you should pay for the overall moving package.

5. When you’ve gotten all your estimates in, compare the bids

Whether you realize it or not, each moving company has their own way to estimate your things. That is why it is a must for you to know which company offers a lower price than the other. Moreover, don’t forget to make sure if there are any add-ons on the overall cost of the moving process.

6. Make sure your moving company has the license and insurance it needs to move your things legally

For you to avoid any complications later on, you need to make sure that the company you choose is legally enough to do the job. At least, if there will be some problems later on, at least you know where to complain. Moreover, this is also to ensure that they are not any scammers who will trick you will a higher price yet with a lower quality of moving services.

Four Features of a Good Neighborhood

 

 

Love thy neighbor as yourself, but choose your neighborhood. ~Louise Beal

One of the most crucial aspects to consider in purchasing a home is the neighborhood. As it is, you are not only there to buy a comfortable home to live in, but you are buying into a neighborhood where you would raise your children and foster relationships as well.

Considering this to be the case, it is a good idea to carefully scrutinize every single facet your potential neighborhood has in such a way that when you have ultimately arrived at a favorable decision, you can see yourself and your family acclimating to the new environment well.

Every single one of us may have a different set of standards for when purchasing a home, but a universal characteristic for these homes regardless of whether they may be billeted in a condo in Mandaluyong or any other lush area is that they should all be from good neighborhoods.

So what are the various characteristics that would make a good community? Read down below to find out.

1.) It should encourage greater mobility

Apart from accessibility, your neighborhood should offer its residents the convenience of getting around not only for motorists but for pedestrians as well. It should provide an equal ease of access and mobility for everyone. In the same vein, your neighborhood should be equipped with adequate parking spaces for cars or motorcycles and similarly should have sufficient pathways for pedestrians.

These pathways should be well lit and should accommodate pedestrians of any kind (cyclists and people on non-conventional vehicles such as Segways, Skateboards, wheelchairs and the like).

2.) It should have features that would add to the overall comfort and convenience of residents

A comfortable and safe home is one thing. But a good neighborhood complemented with essential establishments within its vicinities such as places of work, malls, recreational facilities and hospitals is the penultimate factor in deciding whether a home is billeted in a good neighborhood.

This provides its residents easy access to major establishments and would make city living rather easy.

3.) It should have adequate security measures

One thing you should never compromise when it comes to choosing a neighborhood is safety. It is imperative that each and every single one of your family members can truly feel at safe whether they are coming home from work or school or are making their daily commute towards their destination.

One thing that can guarantee you that a neighborhood’s safety is of paramount interest to the developer is when you see visible security personnel such as security guards doing rounds at random hours of the day. Take note, your home is a place of sanctuary, and if your neighborhood is not even safe, to begin with, any potential breach into your homes is not entirely impossible.

4.) It encourages social interaction

People are social creatures, and in choosing a neighborhood, it is important that you consider the potential neighbors you might have should you integrate yourself into their social sphere. One aspect if a good neighborhood is one that has an established sense of community and belonging among its residents. This is because should you be their neighbor, you would know that your neighbors would be more than willing to help you should there be anything you need.

Community facilities such as playgrounds, sports courts, and other recreational amenities would provide easy avenues for neighbors to interact and bond.

Last, but not the least characteristic that one should consider in choosing a neighborhood is that it should have character. Whether that may be the artsy neighborhood where most lost artists, vocalists trying to find their voice and soul or revolutionary chefs or an emerging hub for young corporate employees looking to establish a family.

Whatever it may be, make sure it has that one distinct and identifiable character that would strengthen your affinity towards it. This would set your neighborhood apart from all other communities and make it uniquely you—a home in an environment you can truly come home to.

For Homeowners: Morning Rituals You Should Try To Become A Winner

 

 

One way or another, our home plays a big role in achieving our goals in life. And whether you realize it or not, the activities we do at home can also affect our attitude for the entire day. That only means, your day will always start and ends at home. But let’s face it! It is not all the times we encounter happy moments at home. Sometimes, we need to reevaluate the things that caused a gap or tension around our home.

Although problems may be around the corner, successful people won’t allow such unwanted situation to ruin their day. It doesn’t matter if you are living in a condo in BGC, Taguig, you too can have a good morning vibes. But the real question is – HOW?

Basically, starting your day right at home is not that hard as you think it is. Although there are times that you need to adjust to adapt the situation you are in, then you must also know that there are also certain ways where you can follow to make sure that you can achieve the desired outcome. And to give you some ideas, below are some morning rituals or things most successful people do at home.

They wake up before or just after the sun rises with ease

Always remember that mornings are important. It can either break or make your day. If you are not keen enough in doing the right thing every morning, then you might not like the way you start your day. However, successful people avoid such unwanted situations by getting up early before or just after the sun rises. Just so you know that you can always get good vibes and other benefits when you wake up early since it put your mind at ease and prevents you from panicking when it comes to time management.

They revisit their to-do list made the night before

One of the nature humans have is being forgetful. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t mend it, right? That is why having a to-do list is one of the important things you need to have. It’s not just about taking down notes, but it also helps you to remember the things you need to do for the day. And revisiting it the night before makes sure that you don’t forget important things or tasks. Moreover, for you not to be confused, you better check the tasks that you have finished working with.

They get active

Successful people don’t just settle for a norm. They tend to seek constant change in everything they do. That is why engaging in physical activities makes them feel energetic and productive to the every task they do. Moreover, engaging in an active lifestyle would also mean they are physically and mentally fit to do the everyday tasks. Well, there are actually a lot of activities you can engage with. You can do some exercise such as running, a 7-minute full body workout, 20-minute yoga session or a 30-minute jog around your neighborhood. This will keep your body fit for the day.

They do something that reminds them of their goals

One thing that most successful people never forget is to set their focus on their goals. And one thing that helps them remember such is doing something that would keep them in mind that they have something to reach and that is their aim. The more they are focused on their goal, the more chances they will be most likely to get what they want in life. That is why they tend to start their mornings with activities that would draw them closer to their goals.

They update their knowledge bank

Every day is a learning day. Yes, cliché as it may seem, but this holds dear and true to every successful people. Although they may have a lot of experience already, they still strive to learn something new each day from the people around them. Moreover, they also tend to read books that would help them gain more knowledge on a particular topic. That is why they will always find a way to learn something out from everything they observed.

Home Security 101: Five Essential Things to Have and Do

My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience. ~Luis Barragan

Our homes, may it be the cheapest house and lot in Laguna, Philippines, are our personal sanctuaries where we should feel most safe, protected and at home. It is that one place that we can count on to shelter and shield us from any harm that the outside world may bring upon us. The living spaces we reside in do not only function as dwellings but safe places where we can foster the growth of our children, nurture and cultivate relationships and serve as the comfortable respite from the day’s activities.

This is why any form of breach into our private refuges is the pinnacle of any homeowner’s trepidation and anxiety. It matters not whether you are living in a lush estate or elsewhere because burglars do not discriminate. When they see an opportunity to steal, they will steal.

Installation of home security equipment and gadgets may be a way to discourage unsavory, uninvited guests and pilferers from marking your home as their next potential target. And though installation of these state of the art devices would allay your fears of possibly having your house burgled, complementing them with classic security measures would be your home’s best avenue for security.

And the great thing is? Some of these would not even cost you anything at all.

1.) Update exterior locks

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Deadbolts may look clunky and may seem outdated, but they should be the primary lock when it comes to your exterior doors as this is the primary door that separates your home from the outside. Your throw bolt which is the part that enters the door frame should extend deep into the frame.

It does not stop there, however. You should also make sure that your windows (especially the old ones) have window locks installed that still work well.

2.) Choose solid doors

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When it comes to exterior doors, you should not want anything fancy such as glass doors which are not only easy to break but would give potential miscreants and thieves a peek into what they can potentially steal from your homes.

Exterior doors should be made entirely from wood or are otherwise wood covered or enclosed in a steel shell. Additionally, these doors should not be weaker than the lock you place on it.

3.) Consider having a dog

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Dogs do not only function as your furry and cuddly pet companions, but they can also serve as your home’s chief in security as well. They do not have to be incredibly huge so as to deter robbers from raiding your homes as their bark would be enough to prevent thieves.

Dogs are known to be loyal to their owners and would easily recognize who is an unwelcome guest. Alternatively, if you are allergic to dogs, you can install security alarms that would mimic a dog’s bark.

4.) Trim areas where robbers may potentially hide

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Having a beautiful lawn can aesthetically augment any home, but having an unkempt one can be to your disadvantage. Bushes, shrubs and trees positioned near doors and windows can be tricky spots for robbers. This why they should be routinely trimmed and cut down. Thieves can easily hide behind these plants and go undetected.

5.) Have a safe

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If there is an imperative need to invest in anything that would contribute to home security, acquiring a safe should be your first bet. These safes do not only function as an obstacle for your thieves in accessing pivotal documents and items, but they also keep those precious items in case of a fire which effectively doubles its purpose.

Should you have documents (marriage certificates/licenses, birth certificates, social security cards) and small items of great value (jewelry and spare cash for an instance), placing them inside a safe is the best way to conceal them or if discoveredkeep them from falling into a thief’s hands.

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Home Living: How to Deal with Bad Neighbors

A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing. ~Hesiod

Say what you may about choosing the perfect location for your home, but it remains a fact that you can never be as discriminating and selective when it comes to your neighbors.

Where you live is of no consequence as you can have a luxurious and posh townhouse or a luxury condo Philippines Ayala, but unless you live in a gated abode with walls high enough not to be breached, interacting with your neighbors is an inevitability. No matter how you put it, living with bad neighbors is still a pressing social issue until today and unless you could afford a change of address, you would need to do something about it in order to make your home living a lot more pleasant and comfortable.

Dealing with these types of neighbors can elicit a range of reactions from being passive-aggressive to receptive and accommodating with the latter being the favorable one. Settling with irksome neighbors amicably can cause you a lot of stress but, as it would negatively affect your experience at home, it would be best if you dealt with it and communicated your concern.

The worst that could happen is that they would be uncooperative, but at least you conveyed your issues. The ball would be now in their court in addressing your complaint. If you have a bad neighbor (or think you might be one), consider the steps below in dealing with them.

1.) GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER

This is more of a precautionary measure than an actual solution, but it works. Introduce yourself to the community or befriend new neighbors, say a little “hi” and “hello”, maybe borrow a cup of sugar of some garden tools to start establishing a rapport and a working friendly relationship. Chances are, whenever your neighbor starts doing something that may cause you to take issue, it would be a lot easier to convey your problem than be all awkward about it if they were strangers to you. Additionally, constant chafing neighborly issues rarely happen between two neighbors who actually are in good terms with each other.

2.) DOCUMENT THE PROBLEM

If a certain issue arises, keep notes and photos if necessary. This can assist you in evaluating the problem (or whether there really is a problem), give you some information that would back you up when you tell your neighbor your concern. Finally, when worst comes to worst and everything escalates, you have proof to show authorities instead of looking like a whiny and finicky neighbor.

3.) COMMUNICATE

Do not readily assume that your neighbors are well and aware what your issues are—chances are, they do not know they may have less than neighborly practices. Discuss your concerns with them. Be open and direct about it and be respectful as well. Ask for their side and propose a solution that might be favorable to the both of you and compromise. Whatever you do, do not lose your temper as this will only aggravate the tension between you two.

4.) CHECK WITH YOUR OTHER NEIGHBORS

This does not necessarily mean you are snitching on your infuriating neighbors. This means you are trying to find out if you have a solid claim and whether your other neighbors are experiencing it as well. If some of your neighbors are experiencing the same predicament as you are, they may be more than willing to assist you in resolving it. So, when the time comes that you would confront your errant neighbor regarding your issue, you may have someone to come with you to talk it out.

5.) GET A MEDIATOR

A neutral party that is rather experienced in the area of settling disputes amicably may succeed in resolving your issue better than you can—especially if your bad neighbor is willing to talk. This will save you a lot of money instead of taking up your claim to court and in most cases, it is free and much less hassle. Try looking for a neutral third party or a friendly neighbor who is not involved in the issue in any way and have them assist you in dealing with your concern.

Furniture 101: When to Splurge or Save on Furniture

 

 

Furniture must have a personality as well to be beautiful. – Rose Tarlow

It is said that a house is merely a shell without its furniture. In fact, nothing can be more drab and dull that a house devoid of its customary fittings and furnishings. This is why people would actually dedicate time and effort to finding the best types of fixtures their home should have. And because of this, furnishing styles have become incredibly diverse.

Styles emerged such as modern, minimalist, traditional, art deco and the like–all to cater every type of homeowner there is. However, as enthusiastic as we may be in committing ourselves to shopping for house furniture, we should never let that very same enthusiasm cloud our judgment when it comes to choosing the best bargain and deals.

Of course, this is not to say that you should always negotiate with the pricing as there is some furniture that you could actually splurge on. The key is to know which of this furniture you should splurge money on or strike a bargain with or perhaps get at a lower price. So that regardless of whether you are finishing up your condo Philippines interior design or your residential homes, you would be conducting your furniture shopping wisely.

WHEN TO SAVE

If a particular furniture is seasonal

Some of us, Filipinos, are known for being festive when it comes to house decorations–Easter, Halloween, and Christmas, you name it. But think about it, these seasonal items only see the light of day about once a year when the holiday occurs. Seeing as this is the case, the wisest course would be to skimp on splurging on those lavish yet pricey decorations. Go for the thriftier options when it comes to these decorations.

If the item is not a necessity

This needs no further elaboration, but to illustrate what need means in this context think of your budget and see how far it would stretch. Suppose it is kind of tight, and yet you saw that beautiful antique vase that would make the perfect decoration for your living room. The thing is, as pretty as it may be, this item is not a necessity, and it is certainly not worth compromising your budget over.

If the item is not an accent piece

Accent pieces are items that are of pivotal use for your everyday living. Non-accent pieces are their designated complementary furniture that serves a secondary purpose which is to enhance how the accent pieces look. These pieces would include side tables, storage bins and the like and more often than not, they rarely become a room’s main feature, so it is best to save on these and splurge on the primary ones such as sofas, dining tables, etc.

WHEN TO SPLURGE

If it affects your productivity

Furniture items that would make you more productive is a sound investment. It is definitely better to have a good night’s sleep on a good mattress after a day’s long work, so you could definitely splurge on a premium mattress. In the same vein, if it is how you earn your living (such as writing freelancer), it would be best if you splurged on furniture that would enhance your capability in doing your work such as a computer with a good processor and air conditioning to help you stay focused.

If the item has more than one purpose

This one is relatively straightforward. When you splurge on items that have a dual purpose, it is essentially getting two or three for the price of one which is necessarily practical as living spaces have no become rather smaller and yet pricier. So, the more functionality the furniture piece has, the better as you may be splurging a lot more when it comes to cash, but you are definitely saving up on space.

When it comes to furniture shopping, come up with a realistic budget before heading out to the home depot. Think of the things that you will truly need and take note how much time you would be spending at home to enjoy these items (a TV set wired to cable is hardly practical when you are never home to enjoy it). From there, use this as a guide to tick some items off the list on which ones you should save on and splurge on.

UTILITY HACKS: Ways to Lower Your Electricity Bill

 

 

When Thomas Edison worked into the night on the electric light, he had to do it by gas lamp or candle. I am sure it made the work seem that much more urgent. ~George Carlin

George Carlin may have pegged Thomas Edison’s sense of urgency back in the day when the entire world had to illuminate their surroundings were candles and gas lamps, but I am fairly certain, the current generation does not share the same sentiment as regards to how they handle the seemingly unlimited supply of energy we have nowadays.

Today, almost everything runs on electricity and we seem to have a boundless and perpetual supply of it leading people to neglect to conserve this. These can have innumerably varied effects and they are all detrimental. Additionally, energy wastage is one way to make ensure you will be receiving a very hefty electricity bill by the end of the month.

But, regardless of whether you are seeking to reduce and cut down your electricity bills or are just looking to conserve electrical energy, the world can certainly benefit from both. Now, you may be under the misguided notion that “going green” would mean extra costs for your pockets, but the good news is, there are many simple ways and hacks to reduce energy costs—and some of them would not even cost you a single peso.

So, if you are looking for a cheaper electricity bill to pay monthly for the rest of your life, incorporate these energy saving hacks into your homes today. Because whether you are living in a residential home or in a condo in Manila, Philippines, conserving energy and cutting down electricity bills are two very possible things with these five easy hacks.

1.) DETERMINE ENERGY CONSUMING ELECTRONICS

If you have truly made the commitment to conserve energy, take a gander around your house and observe which items you have that would consume the most energy. Notorious for being the hungriest energy eaters, air conditioners would top this list. But, apart from this, you would certainly have appliances that are causing you to rack up the energy bill. Determine what these are and use them sparingly.

2.) CREATE A SHADY SPOT

When you are billeted at a high-rise condominium, it would be rather impossible to have the kind of garden you want but if there is one possible thing you can do, it is to create shady spots within your unit. Potted plants would not only give your units an aesthetic touch, but they can also serve an energy-saving purpose. Line them up near your air condition so that they prevent the sun shining straight onto your air conditioning unit.

3.) RUN YOUR APPLIANCES AT NIGHT

A nifty way to save more on your electricity bill is to run your appliances at night. Electrical companies tend to charge more during the daytime as everyone is up and about and doing their activities and would relatively charge you cheaper for running your appliances at night. So, stick to a nocturnal routine when it comes to your electric appliances.

4.) LAUNDER YOUR CLOTHES WISELY

For those of you who prefer to machine wash your clothes rather than handwash them, cutting costs on your laundry would require minimal effort on your part. Simply stop using heat when you are washing your clothes whenever possible and pack the right amount of clothing into the machines and like we said above, this is best done at night so as to lower your electricity bill.

5.) HAVE AN ENERGY EFFICIENT FRIDGE

If you kept your fridge running at maximum efficiency, you would be successful in keeping your energy usage low. To accomplish this, you should set your temperature to the recommended setting of 37 degrees Fahrenheit for the fridge and 0 degrees Fahrenheit for the freezer. If you set it up any colder and you will be only wasting power.

Additionally, your fridge should not be teeming with food and should only be about three-quarters full as this would allow enough room for air to circulate. Do not pack your food up top as these will prevent hot air from escaping and would cause your unit to work overtime.

Renovate or Relocate: Six Questions to Ask Yourself

A house is made of bricks and beams while a home is made of hopes and dreams

While this well-known maxim about homes and houses is true, the same could not be said about a home or a house that has been deteriorating over the years. And this may prompt you to look for an affordable house and lot Laguna, Philippines.

While our homes could withstand ordinary wear and tear, it would not stand erected perpetually as certain factors may contribute to its steady decline, some of these factors include how many years the house has stood and what sort of wear and tear the house has withstood over the years.

As you grow older and spend more years billeted at the same residence, you’ll notice the wear and tear. You would probably see more and more broken tiles, doors detached from their hinges, kitchen cabinets that no longer close properly, floorboards that creak. These are just some of the things you would routinely notice around your homes as it gradually ages with you.

And as the things you have slated for repair start to pile up, you are presented with a rather common dilemma of whether to renovate the old and trusty home you have known for years or buy an entirely new one and save yourself the time and effort of doing it all on your own.

Both options have their own respective advantages and disadvantages. One of them is the financial consideration when it comes to purchasing a new home while fixing up an old home does not always guarantee that you would get the best bang out of your buck.

However, the list of pros and cons are more extensive than the one given above, but before weighing your options, you should first consider asking yourself some critical questions that may potentially affect your decision making. To have a clear picture of what sort of questions you should be asking yourself, take a look at the listed items below.

Location:

Is the location you are staying in really that important to you? The neighborhood you are living in is a crucial factor in deciding whether you would renovate your home or just relocate to a brand new neighborhood. Because whether you are residing in a high-rise condo or billeted in residence in the suburb, it is all about location.

Budget:

Do you have the budget to renovate your home? Consider the type of neighborhood you are moving into, if it in the high-end price range, it might be friendlier to your pockets if you renovate your existing home.

Floor plan:

Deliberate on the renovations you are about to make, would it affect or change the existing structural elements of your home? Do take note that it would cost you, at least, fifty percent less if you left the structural elements as it is. If you are considering a renovation that would involve a significant change in the home’s structural elements, then it may be wiser to just invest in a new home.

Increase in value:

Remodeling your home may cost your exorbitantly depending on the type of accents and overhauls you introduce to your home. Consider the type of remodeling you would want to introduce and assess if it would potentially augment your home’s existing price in the market. A wise advice would be to consult a remodeling expert before you embark on aesthetic or altering projects as you may just be flushing money down the drain.

Long-term plan:

Reflect on your long-term plans before making any costly renovations on your home. Are you planning to expand your family? If you are, then maybe making improvements on your existing two-bedroom flat may not be the most practical route you can take and consider buying a new home instead.

Mortgage:

Depending on the current market conditions at the time of your purchase, buying a new home might mean a lower mortgage for you. There are also some instances where you would end up with approximately the same mortgage as you had before. To weigh your options properly, consider seeking the aid of a real estate pundit and hear their counsel so that you may be able to have the best deal you can have.

Why Hosting a Holiday Party is an Advantage

Christmas is fast approaching. And one of the traditions we usually do is to have a Christmas party to celebrate the birth of our Lord.

There are even some of us here have already had their Christmas party at their office and their respective abode may it be a condo at BGC or a house and lot in Quezon City. While others are still planning to what they should do during Christmas.

Why not host a holiday party at home? Yes, invite some friends and families to come over! With that, you can, at least, make other people happy through inviting them over.

However, there are also some of you here who are not convinced of having a Christmas party at their house. Well, perhaps, they just don’t want any hassles at all.

If you are one of those people who just doesn’t feel like hosting a party, below are some reasons why hosting a holiday party at home is to your advantage.

Build community

When we talk about our community, it is not all the time we tend to mingle and have a good time with them. Of course, they also have a lot of things to do, especially to those neighbors who are busy with their work.

We only tend to mingle with them every weekend, and sometimes not. That is why, when you invite them to your place, this might be a chance that you and your neighbor will have good bonding moments together.

Try new food and wine

One of the things you should never forget to have when it comes to Christmas parties is the food and beverage. Of course, you should also provide your visitors good food and good wines. With that, they don’t just enjoy good memories, but they will also enjoy good dinner.

Moreover, you don’t have to worry about too much food or beverage, since there are some of your friends and families who will also bring good food and good wine. Well, you all just have to enjoy what you can all bring.

Have an opportunity to dress up

If you are a kind of person who doesn’t usually does some dressing up, then here is your chance. Sometimes, it will also depend on the theme that you will have. But usually, dressing up is one of the common themes most people choose.

You got the chance to show off your best dress that you have in your closet. Moreover, this is also one way to bring good feng shui to you and your home.

Recognize employees for their hard work

If you are an employer, Christmas parties are one of the many ways or chances that you can give your employees a reward or a thank you gift. Of course, it does not end just about gifts; it is also about the bond that you will make, setting aside work.

Well, you don’t know, there are still things that you don’t know anything about your employees. With that, you will eventually realize that your staff still have a lot of skills that needs to enhance. And with that alone, you can give them a chance to impart their abilities to work.

Experience a night in the town

Christmas parties usually end up late at night. Of course, there will be a lot of chatting, mingling, eating, drinking and enjoying the evening with the others. If you go home early, you might miss something important and fun.

Well, if you are one of those people who is not used to staying up and going home late, then you might want to try for a change, even if just for a night. With that, you will eventually realize that it’s good to have fun once in awhile.