Maximizing Space: How to Make your Small Office Space Look Bigger

We all do know that office spaces are important. The office is where we usually do our work efficiently and productively. However, even if you have an office space in your own condo or if you are working in a condo office for rent in Makati, if you feel that your room is not that spacious and welcoming, then the productively of your work will be compromised. Of course, if you are doing business, a compromised work is a no-no.

In times when you don’t feel like working at all, think of the things that might be the cause of it. Perhaps, you just don’t like the ambiance of your office space or the things inside the office are all messy which makes it harder for you to focus and think of a better idea. And mind, you don’t want to experience that kind of thing.

There are a lot of ways you can make your small office space look bigger than you think it is. Well, if you are curious and want to know more about it, then below are some tips on how you can achieve your desired office space.

Multipurpose everything

When it comes to the things that you want to keep, there are a lot of ways you can make a neat and clean arrangement. Of course, if you think that a particular compartment in your office is still empty and is available for other things, then you can use it. You just have to make sure that you arrange the things correctly on the empty spaces.

Moreover, you can use your walls or any other spaces where it can still be of use as storages on your other office stuff. For example, if you are planning to decorate something on your walls, you can place a book or any magazines in it. With that, it saves more spaces than before.

Flexible and moveable

When arranging office things, you have to remember that not every arrangement that you have will be permanent. Your arrangements will depend on every situation that you have. If you want to change your arrangement into a particular arrangement, then you can easily pull that off since your arrangements before are flexible and movable.

This also gives you an advantage whenever you want to decorate or renovate your office. You can decide to whatever theme decorations for your office without any worries about on how you are going to move office things.

Essential elements

One of the many things that you should not forget to consider and do is the key elements that need to be included in your office. Of course, you should not forget the lighting and ventilation of the office. Without such, it is impossible for the employees to work efficiently and productively. Moreover, if you include the essential elements such as the clock, cabinets, and other things that are useful for the office can help the productively of an employee.

Moreover, for you have a good outcome; why not consider the suggestions of your employees. With this kind of method, they might give you a beautiful and exciting idea to include in the office. And of course, when you have proper elements found in the office, you can work efficiently.

Divisions

If you are planning to put some divisions in your office, you have to make sure that the measurements are correct. When you do, there will be no spaces that will not go to waste. You need to think about the measurements of a particular cubicle or division for you to know where and how much space you need to have to have a distinct work area.

Moreover, if you think that putting up a division is not that important, then you better think twice or thrice before deciding to have one. Since divisions can sometimes eat spaces in your office.

Well, the renovation of your office will be depending on how are going to make it look like what you want it to be. If you want to make it bigger, then you have to think of the things that can help in achieving such desires for your office.

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Rainy Season’s Food/Beverage Checklist

Rainy season is when we find ourselves wants to stay put and do nothing. Agree? Well, who doesn’t? Because the weather is cold, you really want to eat something that can satisfy your food cravings. Sometimes, we think of going to the restaurants in the Philippines to eating the foods that we like to have.

The best part when it rains is that we tend to eat something that we want to have. Of course, you don’t want to be sick due to hunger, right?! That is why we tend to eat something. And admit it! We really like the idea when it comes to eating something that we want. Agree?!

Well, there are actually a lot of foods that you can eat during the rainy season. You can eat whatever you want, but you have to be very careful when it comes to what kind of food that you are eating. Well, if you don’t want to have some indigestion; here are some healthy foods that you can eat during rainy seasons.

Hot soups

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Rainy season is the best time to have some hot soups. Of course, the weather is so cold, our body wants something that can make us feel warm inside. It is also a good way of getting nutrition from vegetable soup without consuming any harmful bacteria in the process.

Well, you don’t have to worry about what kind of soups that you are going to eat since there are already a lot of recipes available online that you can follow to create a delicious hot soup. You can have various soups with every meal that you have.

If you want to taste different kinds of soups, you can try to experiment your soup. Of course, you just have to make sure that it still tastes good.

 Hot coffee/tea

Having a cup of coffee or tea is also a great way to make you feel warm during the rainy season. Like hot soups, it will make you feel warm whenever you drink it. You will definitely one to have one since your body will need some of it.

There are actually a lot of health benefits that you can get just by drinking it. Well, coffee contains a stimulant called caffeine that makes and improve your energy level whenever you feel like you don’t want to do something during rainy seasons.

Likewise in tea, especially green tea. Green tea contains various bio-active compounds that can improve your health. Of course, it is also antioxidants that can lower the risk of multiple types of cancer.

Tasty snacks

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There are actually a lot of healthy snacks that you can eat during the rainy season. Of course, you have to choose wisely on what kind of snacks that are good for your health. You can definitely choose some fruits salads, macarons, fruits, and/or any other kinds of healthy snacks that you want to try.

Eating of snacks is also good for you. It is better to eat a small chunk of snacks than being hungry. Agree? Well, you just have to make sure that you eat snacks in a healthy way to make you fit and fab.

Clean water

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There will never be a side effect when you drink a lot of water. Of course, you have to make sure that the water that you drink is clean and save enough for you to drink. Drinking a lot of water will keep you hydrated.

There are also a lot of health benefits that you can get when you drink a lot of water. If you are a person who is on a diet, drinking water can help control calories, which can also be the cause of overweighing. It also helps energize your muscles. And of course, if you want to stay and be beautiful, then you have to drink some water.

These foods above are some of the most common food that you can eat during the rainy season. There is no actually rules on what kind of food are you going to eat for as long as you can be moderate in everything you take into your mouth. Also, know what kind of food that is good and healthy for your body.

An Eco-friendly Way to Save More on your Home Budget

One of our nightmares in living in an Alveo condo Makati is when we have our high electricity bills.  The worst part that we usually experience is that we don’t really know how to save electricity since all the things that we need in our daily life are usually the things that need the electricity consumption the most.

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Yes. We may have read articles about how to save your electricity bills, but is it an eco-friendly kind of saving? Sometimes, what we thought that is necessary for the savings yet it jeopardized our environment. We didn’t expect that that kind of saving electricity bills can destroy our surroundings. Well, just think about the future if we hastily continue doing such hazardous things.

There are actually a lot of ways you can save and cut your electricity bills in half, but there are only a few ways on how you can save electricity in an eco-friendly way. Now, if you are a kind of person who is concerned and do not want anything bad to happen in our surroundings, then you might want to try these simple yet effective tips on how you can be eco-friendly.

Conserve water

As a concerned citizen, you don’t want to make the water dried up. Yes. There will be times that the water from the well or from the dam will run dry if we don’t conserve water. Wasting of water is a big no for us to do. If you have kids, teach them and make them understand that water is essential to every living thing.

Conserving water doesn’t mean you will not use water anymore. It means that we have to minimize the usage of water, especially when we do not really need to use the water. If you are doing the laundry, you can reuse the water to clean some things in your house. Do not waste them, instead, use water wisely.

Use insulators

The use of insulators in your house will help you minimize the heat coming from the sun. Insulators will also help you reduce the electricity bills in half since you will not need to constantly turn on the fan and/or the air conditioner whenever you feel hot.

Also, if you have insulators in your home, it helps circulate the air in your house. That is why you don’t feel any hotness in the place since there is air inside the house.

Use compact fluorescent light bulbs 

Choosing the right bulb for your lights also matters. It adds a factor in reducing your electricity bills. Not just in cutting your bills in half, having the right fluorescent light bulbs will also help you reduce the heat on your house.

As a homeowner, you also have to know what kind of light bulbs that are appropriate on your house. You also have to know and understand that not all light bulbs are eco-friendly. That is why you have to carefully choose the right bulb for your lights in your house. And also, you have to choose the best quality for the protection of your eyes.

Installing of a programmable thermostat

Installing of a programmable thermostat in your house will also be a big help in saving your electricity bills. The thermostat will help you determine the temperature of your house, whether it is already heating and/or cooling. In that way, it will maintain the temperature in your house.

If you this kind of gadget in your home, you need not worry about the room temperature. All you need to do is you will only going to install it in your house, and then you are ok.

These are just some simple tips above yet are effective ways on how you can save your electricity in an eco-friendly way.

4 Basic Things a Landlord Must Know

We do all know that buying a property in real estate Makati is an investment. As the owner of the property, you can do whatever you want in your house for as long as it can be to your benefit. You can either live in that house or have it rented. Well, it will always be up to you.

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There are some homebuyers prefer to let their house rented than living in it. Perhaps, they want to have a profit out of it. Still, it is a wise decision. If you are one of those people who would prefer finding a tenant for their house, then you must know the obligations to your tenants as a landlord.

As a landlord, knowing your obligation is for your own good. It creates harmony in your dealings with the tenant and of course, to avoid future problems that might occur later on. Below are the obligations that a landlord must know.

1. Landlords must set the rent

Of course, this is the main purpose of letting someone rent your house, to make a profit. Who would want to let someone live in your house without any payments? No one, right? For you to make a profit out of it, you have to set how much is your house rate.

Setting a rate on your house can sometimes be critical. You have to set a rate that is fair and justifiable enough on both sides. You also have to know how much is the value of your house and/or the value of the market rate for you to have also had an idea of the price that you are going to set on your house.

Not just giving your tenants a rate on the house, but you also have the obligation to collect the payments on their due dates. You have the right to remind them about their payments when they forget about it their monthly dues.

2. Landlords have the right to terminate a tenant

As a landlord, when you see that your tenant is not worth your time. When you notice that your tenant is not paying his/her monthly dues and is disobedient in the rules that you have set in the house, you can definitely terminate the contract that you have made.

There are still a lot of tenants that are waiting on the list, you don’t have to endure tenants that do not care about his/her surroundings. Well, it is still your call on whether you will immediately terminate them or warned them first on the things that they have done.

3. Landlords have the right to be informed

It is not all the time that you, as a landlord will be watchful of the things that surround your house. When a tenant has concerns about whatever things that might not be good, you have the obligation to address that concern for your tenants to live a comfortable and satisfying life in your house.

It is definitely a big no ignore the concerns of your tenants. That is, of course, when it is reasonable enough for you to address those concerns that they have. For example, a tenant would suggest that you should repair the pipes since it already likes inside the house, then you have to address to it.

4. Landlords have the right to review the rent annually

There are tenants who would prefer a long-term rent. That is why, to avoid confusions when it comes to the payments, you have to review for them the rent annually. You have to let them know how much they already have paid the rent or are the tenants have any debts to the landlords. You also have to inform them that the rent of the house is increasing or decreasing.

As a landlord, you have to be honest when it comes to the record of their payments for them to stay longer in your house.

The Don’ts in Fine Dining

Knowing Filipinos, we like to treat our families or friends. And there are just times when someone asks and treats you and your family out for lunch or dinner in the restaurants in Greenbelt Makati, of course, saying ‘no’ is the least you can do.

Unlike other restaurants, fine dining in Manila can sometimes be demanding. There are a lot of things that you must keep in mind when in fine dining. And if you don’t want to be embarrassed while eating a good and delicious food, try to remember these simple don’ts in fine dining and, apply it of course.

  • Annoying Kids

Carefree and playful, yes they are!

When you decide to bring your kids or your younger brother or sister, make sure that they behave. You have to tell them that shouting, roaming and running around the restaurant is a big no. Let them understand that when they do, they might annoy and disturb the people who are also eating in that restaurant. And you even don’t want them to stumble and break things that are expensive.

Another thing, making a mess out of their plate is also a big no. When your kids are still too young to eat on their own, spoon feed them so as not to waste food out of their plate.

  • Noisy mouth while chewing

Ugh! This is annoying!

There are just people who tend to eat and chew their food noisily, and it’s absurd! Some people called it ‘eating like a pig.’ Anybody, who hears it will feel gross. Please don’t do that when you are in the fine dining restaurants if you don’t want to feel embarrassed. Trust me, it is really embarrassing when someone will tell you to eat and chew your food silently.

Of course, you can definitely talk while eating. That is also one way you can bond and share your experiences with others. Just don’t crunch your food that everybody can hear it. It will kill the mood of those people who enjoy eating their food.

And another thing, when you sip your soup or hot coffee, do not sip it too loud. It is unpleasant to hear sipping it loudly. Except when you are in the other country where you must sip the soup or hot coffee to express that you like and appreciate the food that is served.

  • Using of utensils noisily

Fine dining restaurants usually use glass plates, which is why whenever we use our spoon and fork to eat, we make sounds. And that is totally acceptable, but not to the extent that it is too noisy that can already disturb and annoy other people inside the restaurant. Be moderate since we can’t avoid making the sound on our plates out of it.

And another thing, as much as possible, do not eat with your bare hands unless it is needed. Well, we can say it is unsightly eating with your bare hands especially when you are in a fine dining restaurant. You can use your fingers tho when it is really needed but not the entire hand. Always use spoon and fork.

  • Laughing out loud and chatting loudly

Yes! This is also annoying!

Sometimes, when the topic is exciting and we are so eager to express our feelings, we tend to talk or laugh it out loudly forgetting that we can disturb and annoy other people who are also eating in that restaurant. Yes, we all know that we have the freedom of expressing, but we also have to be considerate of the people who don’t want to hear your talks.

Always be moderate in everything you do, coz it is also not good when you do things over.

The Perks of Being a Traveler

Traveling is one of the most exciting factors in our lives. The feeling of excitement and anxiety mixing up, especially when going to a place where you totally have no idea where in the world you are. There are a lot of cities in the Philippines that you want to explore; Makati City can be one of those. A city where the word ‘ask’, is a necessity.

Aside from traveling to a place where nature is abundant, traveling and exploring cities can be fun. Struggling from the jeepney ride, the place, the crowd and especially from the noise makes the travel more exciting, and exhausting you may say. But it’s worth it.

There will always be a good and a fun side of traveling. One way or another, traveling can expand the possibilities on how you perceive life in different aspects. Perceiving it positively can create good vibes with good and satisfying outcomes.

 Opportunities

This is one of the things you don’t want to miss. Great opportunities right up ahead. Even though you are just traveling, exploring and you don’t intend to stay longer than you planned, there are a lot of simple things where it could be the start of a great opportunity for you. Being in the city means grasping what is ahead. Opportunity may come in different forms, be it materially, physically, spiritually, intellectually and emotionally. You can have those things just by traveling productively.

“Opportunity knocks only once.” Cliché as it may seem, yet it holds value to whoever seeks. It will come if you let it.

Meeting new friends

Traveling from place to place gives you the chance to meet different people with different personalities. You can have the chance to know what interest them the most, the ins and outs of today and shares some insights that can make us inspire to do more in our lives.

You can also get to meet potential people who are willing to help you in your endeavors. Listening to their experiences might give you an idea what to do next. It is not bad though, having an idea out of their experiences might be one of the opportunities you are looking for. It is a great opportunity hanging out with them and learns something from them.

Understanding their way of living

In every particular place you go, they have a culture that they are used to. Staying some time in that place, you can observe different practices that are new to you. It may be awkward when you encounter these practices since you are not used to doing it. Asking them politely about their culture might help you understand deeper and better.

At the end of the day, you have to accept their practices for you to adapt to their environment. There is no harm though in adapting their culture and the way they live. Trying to do one of those practices might be fun after all. You will get used to it, eventually.

There is always fun in traveling

When you travel, be it for business meetings, outings or traveling alone, there will always be fun in it. You will be amused by the busy city day and night, the people who pass through the streets to and fro, and the way how you made up your day. Recalling the activities that you did at the end of the day, you will have at least one thing that makes you happy. And in every simple thing that can make us happy, it can make a wonderful and unforgettable experience. Who knows, you will write or share your enjoyable experiences with your families and friends, and they might decide to go to that particular place and experience the things you have been experiencing.

Five Things to Consider When Picking a Hotel to Stay in

Whether you are leaving for a business convention or traveling in leisure, you are bound to stay in a hotel during one of your trips. Choosing a wrong one may lead to unpleasant experiences and wasted money. It is only sensible that you pick the right accommodation to ensure that you receive the comfort you deserve. 

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What To Consider When Picking A Hotel To Stay In

Learn some basic tips on what to consider when picking a hotel to stay in. Here are five tricks to help you through.

  1. Prices and rates. Suppose you are based in Cebu and you’ve been assigned to give an in-house training in one of your branches in Makati City. With over 60 Makati hotels to choose from, how do you know where to go to? This is where research comes in. Identify your budget and note down all the places that fall within the range of what you have in mind.
  1. Location. Another important consideration is the location of the place. Is it far from the office? How near is it from the bustling area of the city? While you may be there for business purposes, it would be nice if you can easily go around the metro to do some shopping or maybe sight-seeing, at least anytime you feel like you want to unwind.
  1. Meal options. More often than not, breakfast is usually offered for free. How about lunch or dinner? While you can always order room service or dine in on one of their restaurants, do remember that it may cost you a lot. It would be wiser than to opt for hotels that are within walking distance from local eating establishments or those with an option to prepare your own meals like a room with small kitchen perhaps?
  1. Amenities and customer service. Do you see a need to visit a spa or massage center after long hours of work? How about a dry-cleaning service? Do they have Wi-fi access inside your suite? Identify what type of facilities you want to be included for the duration of your stay. Assess how quick and responsive their customer service too. You may have found the perfect accommodation but if you are not treated well, what’s the point?
  1. Reviews and ratings. Take time to browse the internet and read customer feedbacks. If no review has been done yet, find something else. It helps to check the star ratings as well.

ALI to complete Ayala Center facelift by Year End

Property giant Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) is set to complete the first phase of the P28.5-billion redevelopment of its crown jewel, the Ayala Center, by December this year, in line with its goal to convert Makati City into a premier regional center in Southeast Asia.

In a briefing yesterday, ALI president and chief executive Antonino T. Aquino said the Ayala Center facelift is the group’s most ambitious program and biggest investment in a singular area to date.

The first phase will bring to the market 214 new retail outlets with a gross floor area of 54,000 square meters and two office buildings with a GFA of 50,000 sqm, new residential towers and three new hotels – Holiday Inn & Suites, Fairmont Makati, and Raffles Makati – offering a total of 660 additional rooms.

Aquino said the project ensures the transformation of Ayala Center into Makati’s cosmopolitan lifestyle hotspot with a captive market.

“This is consistent with ALI’s thrust of continually developing large-scale, mixed-use urban hubs in the country. As we pursue our growth strategy with the development of other business districts in Metro Manila and across the country, we will continue to enhance Makati so it maintains its place as the premier destination in the Philippines,” Aquino said.

“Makati began the trend of master-planned communities in the Philippines over 50 years ago. It will remain a prime example of sustainable urbanization, and the main vehicle for transformation this year is the Ayala Center,” Aquino added.

Aquino said the reinvigorated Glorietta will offer three floors of retail, a new activity center, and two levels of basement parking when it opens its doors in December. The redevelopment cost was pegged at P3.1 billion.

Encouraged by brisk sales of the upscale Park Terraces, Ayala Land Premier will soon launch Garden Towers, a two-tower residential project slated for turnover to buyers in 2019.

Bobby Dy, head of ALI’s Residential Business Group, said the first tower will comprise 340 units with an average size of 140 square meters. Unit prices range from P10 million to P140 million.

Dy said the special units will be sold for P100 million to P140 million each or P175,000 per sqm.

The Park Terraces is now 84 percent sold since its launch in 2010. Its first tower will be turned over to residents in 2015 and the two other towers by 2016 and 2017.

Also to open in December are the 280-room Fairmont Hotel and the 32-room Raffles Makati All suite-hotel to cater to affluent business and leisure travelers. Both hotels, accessible from Makati Avenue, are the newest luxury accommodations to rise in the last two decades in Makati.

The two hotels will share a 30-story tower with Raffles Residences Makati which will occupy the 11th to the 30th floors.

By April 2013, the 348-room Holiday Inn and Suites Makati, one of the most recognized brands globally, will offer spacious guest rooms and comfortable workspaces for both business and leisure travelers.

The Ayala Center redevelopment forms part of the P60-billion five-year capital expenditure program for six distinct and complementary districts. The five other districts include Makati North (young and creative), Makati central business district (business), Ayala Triangle Gardens (urban oasis), Makati South (transport hub), and Sta.Ana (Makati’s entertainment district) covering a total of 70 hectares.

The Philippine Star
30 October 2012
By: Zinnia B. Dela Peña