Dapitan: A Haven For Your Decorating Needs

A home will never be complete without the decorations we see on the wall, on the console table or on every nook and cranny imaginable that adds "life" to the environment. These are pieces of items that may signify a milestone, a collection of sort you have been purchasing through the years, or simply a decor that blends with the rest of your furniture pieces.

In this time and age, the term, minimalism seems to be the trend in interior design. Even with this concept or theme in mind, one has still to incorporate the kind of light, furniture or even room color to achieve the "look." Dapitan is absolutely the place for homeowners where you can find all the  knick knacks you may need to call your place a home. Enjoy the various photos of stalls I have captured with interesting items. Oh, you may want to enlarge the photos too to clearly see how lovely they are!

Crystal lights and mirrored vases

Porcelain vases and plates, Chinese ornaments

Christmas decors for the coming season

Glass vases

3D wall decor, lamps

Wooden posters, clocks


Plates and glasses

Ceramic decorations

Map of the Dapitan Arcade


Road and Food Trip at Real, Quezon

An impromptu outing is always the best. Though short and brief, my senses were exceedingly satisfied with the breathtaking sceneries I rarely experience in the metropolis, including the change of the weather from fine to stormy on our way home.

Because it was National Heroes Day last August 28th, we decided to go to the East for a short drive. My dad, brother and nephew tagged along and savored the beauty one cannot see and smell in the urban jungle.

This body of water is close to the Pacific Ocean. It is now getting famous especially to the surfers who are in their happiest status when the tide is high. Similarly this is closer to Metro Manila too so it means lesser travel time and more time to bask under the sun and enjoy the high waves.

As we lowered the windows for the fresh breeze and the saltiness of the air, one cannot help but to be mesmerized at the sereneness and tranquility of the blue water. At an instant, I was recharged from the renovation anxieties.

Garlic and buttered sugpo, spicy ginataang sting ray and spicy adobo pusit were the highlight of this adventure. With all sincerity, the food were extremely delectable not because we had a very late lunch or early merienda at past 3pm. All of these were fresh! You choose, they cook while you wait and serve it piping hot. Unfortunately, we discovered that the cooler was missing so we weren't able to bring home affordable and fresh seafood that were in abundance.

I was stunned to witness a wide variety of ornamental plants my mother and I would love to have for our house along the roadside! They were wild; in green, red, purple and yellow colors. I was tempted to get out of the vehicle and gather as many plants I could possibly bring home but I was as happy to just see them swaying and waving their leaves at me, awaiting for someone to keep them.

On our way home, we were happy to view the majestic sunset despite its melancholy. Our somewhat weary bodies reached our home safely yet, our souls were revived from the beauty of our Lord's creation we have once again witnessed! 


Helpful Furniture Websites With Great Furniture Pieces

Let's admit it; window shopping from store to store (even from website to website) for a new furniture can be very exhausting and daunting. There are so many designs, materials and colors to choose from and their prices vary too. Let me share with you some practical pointers when window shopping for a furniture:

1. Have a theme in mind be it color, style or concept. This way, choosing a furniture will be easier because you exactly know what you want. Similarly, you won't be distracted from the plethora of items that may appeal to you.

2. Stick to a budget by looking around first. Most likely you'll find a cheaper, even better item when you go around unhurriedly and while meticulously scheming through a showroom replete with lovely furniture. You'll also find inspiration for a specific room in your home that are visually delectable to the senses. The Internet has also a wide selection for inspiration.

3. Be mindful of the materials used. For example table top glass can be ordinary or tempered. The latter is more expensive but sturdier. Fabrics vary too and a leatherette can be lasting by applying conditioners to avoid cracking. With this knowledge, you can be sure to maintain and make your items lasting.

I am also sharing some helpful websites where you can purchase your next furniture.

1. Jiabei Kitchen Trading. This company makes modular kitchen, vanity, wardrobes and entertainment cabinets that are custom fit. And quality-wise, they opt for the best and lasting materials. For example, their modular kitchen is made of car paint that is oven-baked. Most companies use laminates. They also recommend the use of quartz rather than granite for the counter top. It is scratch, heat and  stain resistant while the latter is porous.

2. Furniture Shop Ph. Gives you a wide variety of sofas to choose from. I personally liked how Jen attended to her customers and promptly replied to our queries. Their turnaround time is also precise.

3. GPG Glass and Aluminum. They offer the cheapest price compared to the other companies I've inquired from. Their aluminum screen repair is only P40.00 per square foot. You can look for Romy, the owner.

4. RICAD. Offers a wide variety of decorative panel boards to beautify and transform a plain wall in your house to something Instagram worthy. 

5. Interior Zone. Found at SM City North Edsa is a haven for all your interior needs with an eclectic array of designs you can choose from. There are more than 20 selection of stores that will definitely satisfy your budget and style preference. Please click the link for directions.

Source: Real Living Philippines

Hopefully you found these helpful. Happy shopping!


The Role of Resources and Work in Growing Your Assets

Photo from Wealth Institute

Since time immemorial, we have been richly blessed with abundant and innumerable resources. This is prevalent even in the Old Testament days. The faithful and the just have a long-standing history of wealth in the form of silver, gold, livestock, servants, a good harvest and many more.

In this age and time, resources can be translated with the tangible things you have acquired from working hard, the wise investments you have painstakingly thought about. It is also the skills, knowledge and talents we possess, the group of people we manage and endear so dearly or the time in our hands.

Similarly, work, according to Meriam Webster means to have a job. And if I may add, it is done for the purpose of obtaining resources. To many, it is something that we must love doing to sustain it for years, even decades. As prudent Christians, choosing the right job is necessary so we can concurrently follow our Lord’s commandments especially on Sundays for reverence.

Resources and work go hand in hand. Resources are obtained by working and work is done to get resources. They are interdependent from each other like our need for the Word of God to learn, to grow and to survive in this temporal world. Once our basic needs are met, we are able save. We save by scrimping on unimportant and unnecessary things we can live without. It is simply saying no even if the urge to purchase something is so strong. The moment our savings increase, we invest and eventually diversify the investment. It is also vital to put aside the 10% of our earnings for our tithes and offerings which is rightfully His.

The growth of our asset depends on how early we start saving for a rainy day, for retirement, for education we securely put in banks or organizations. Both couples today work to alleviate the growing needs of their families. Some couples even engage in businesses they can do on the side like sell products payable in installments, offer their skill to earn extra cash or buy a popular franchise to earn more. Consequentially, an aspiring writer will continue to hone his skill to be excellent which will eventually be his bread and butter. Simply put, our assets gro if we continuously work and regularly put aside a part of our resources.


Look! Sunflowers All Over University Avenue

This is the season when you can view the thousands of sunflowers - all lovely, attractive and delightful to the eyes and the soul along University Avenue at UP, Diliman. The sidewalks and the island are all filled with these flowers. You need not go so far to Allied Botanical Corporation in Pangasinan for instance to witness the seasonal sunflower maze with a minimal fee. Surprisingly, many motorists like us would stop to capture these beautiful creation. And they certainly made us happier!