Monday, January 28, 2019

Davao project.

Proposed exterior perspective

In connection with my previous post, "Finally, a new project!" and after all the studies made, I finally came up with a design solution.

Designing a new residential with a 300-sqm lot is sometimes not that easy, too. Especially, when the client wanted a 100-sqm per floor or a total of 200 sqm total gross floor area only, plus a narrow-shaped lot. And note that it's my cousin's house, so you'll give your best shot.

The project is a 2-storey residential with 3 bedrooms and 2-carport slots. The construction will not be mine, though, since I am located in Cavite and the project is located in Davao City. Target start of construction, hopefully, will be on November 2019.

Can't wait to complete the sets of plans so I could start to design its interior. Hihi!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Better than a design contract.

I had a short meeting with my former employer. It was nice to reminisce the past especially when she almost gave me a company. And I am very grateful by then. But things are meant to take its real purpose and that is to take the risk, to have my own company. I am still thankful for she never forgotten about me and actually gave me a project. Well, its like I am still her employee though but not. Hehe! A real contract per project. :)

The project is to interior design her hotel resort. :) I was the designer before when I was still her employee and it landed on my hands again. Haha! I am still happy that I will be able to finish my unfinished designs. Hehe!

I was actually moved by the time we met again and felt forgiveness for her. Yes, there are stories that I should be keeping to myself but maybe its time to move forward. Holding grudges won't make me succeed in life. Big or small, just forgive. Its part of life they say. I am still grateful for all the recognition she had given to me. I owe her bigtime. And I think it was God's will to resign in her company so I could start my own. At the end of the day, it was still her who helped me out to start a company, by resigning in hers before and now as a client of my own. Hihi!

Thank you Ma'am for pushing me so high to be a real Architect. God bless! :)

Cheesy quesadillas over my signed design contract hihi! Yeah, contract is important but food first. Haha!

I only order cheesy quesadillas but my former boss ordered me tapsilog. Haha!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Coffee and mango.

Hot cafe mocha

Fish and fries

Subi Mango. Its actually their new craze and it is soo delish! A must try! :)
One of my favorite things to do is to go to coffee shops. But I've been very busy last year so when I went to Subi Monte Cafe in Centennial Kawit to have some coffee and snacks, I felt like I've never been there for years. Haha! But I got so surprised when they gave me Subi Mango. Its a gift they say, a late Christmas gift. Hihi! Or maybe they missed me haha! And yeah, I've been staying at their shop for hours to finish my workloads. Haha! But anyway, thank you Subi Monte! :)

Custom prescription pads.

Ongoing production of prescription pads of Dra. Alonzo.
For inquiries, you may visit the facebook page of The White Paperbox PH.

Ramen night.

Tonkotsu is love!

Our tonkotsu with gyoza
Been craving for ramen, thanks to boyfie! He dated me for this. Haha! :D
We had these ramens at Sabro Ramen at Cavite City.

Birthday celebration of the Prince

Got a little time to prepare the backdrop but still the celebrant enjoyed the balloons haha! :)

Simple preparations but made with love :)

Balloons all over! :)
It was only a family gathering since we didn't made it grand. As long as he enjoyed his day, everything is already enough. :)

On his day.

Had our lunch at Kuya J Restaurant in Kawit to celebrate boyfriend’s birthday. We were supposed to dine at a buffet restaurant but unfortunately, we both had colds and can’t accommodate big meals.
I can’t rate this Kare-Kare due to my colds But we will definitely try it again :)
Even these Chorizo Dinamitas, can’t rate And the year was just started :(
We still managed to celebrate his day and enjoy the rest of the day at his place together with good friends. And we had so much fun! ;)

My Christmas rush project.

It was a 2-week project that must be completed before 2018 ends. But it ended until the first week of January due to additional works. Well, it always happen in every construction. Hehe! 

This was actually the project of Kuya Darrel of DDMCS and he contracted me as his Project Manager.

Installation of acrylic build-up signage and wallpapers.
Restoration of existing wood flooring, repainting of existing walls and installation of acoustic ceiling.
Installation of wallpapers and repainting of existing walls.
Installation of wallpapers, repainting of walls, installation of acoustic ceiling and restoration of wood flooring.
Installation of wallpapers, installation of acoustic ceiling, repainting of walls and installation of new lighting fixtures.
Repainting of existing cabinets.

Installation of new lighting fixtures.
This actually completed my 2018. :)
Hoping for more! :D

Our first summer.

Like any other couple, we have plans to travel local or international, too. And to start off our adventure, we’ve gone to local north, Baler, Aurora.

Our first ever out of town trip was finally materialized! We’ve drove for almost 8 hours with friends. Felt guilty though for I haven’t renew my driver’s license yet Hehe! We’ve checked-in a cheap but fully furnished guesthouse which also allowed us to cook. This help us to save some bucks, too. Hihi! We also made our own itinerary so we won’t need to pay for tourist guide. Thanks to google maps and waze. Haha! But, really, we don’t spent much on our trip because we would rather buy more pasalubongs.

Our obligatory shot
So calm

My first ever surfing
Aside from surfing, we caved-in the biggest Balete Tree in Asia

Seafoods! We also bought meals for us to try their delicacies :)
Just few shots from our trip but we really had fun! :)

More adventures awaits us soon! ;)

First of 2019.

Our annual Christmas tradition was always a family reunion or gathering. We usually celebrate it on the 25th of December. But on this day was celebrated on the 1st of January 2019. :) We even got a chance to celebrate it with Christian, our cousin, and his wife, Roxanne, who got a short vacation here in the Philippines. So, it was really a blast! Though we're not that complete, we still managed to enjoy the day.
And yeah, got drunk on this day. Haha! Cheers to a better year! :)

New year’s eve 2018. Welcome 2019!

We welcomed 2019 with these simple preparations. I hope everyone would have a great new year ahead! :)

Davao visit after a decade.

Just months ago, I finally paid a visit in Davao after 14 years. A decade, indeed! So, I literally spent every hour to enjoy my stay. On my first day, I immediately invited my classmates and friends. So excited of me haha! And had our dinner at Out of Nowhere Kitchen in Matina, Davao City. The foods there were really affordable and each serving is sooo big. It was really worth it! A must try!
Carribean Grilled Chicken
Jurassic Ribs

We also went to Matina Town Square where I was able to meet the rest of the batch. It was lucky of me! Before, we can’t actually visit the place due to minor age. But I can finally enjoy the place. ;)

On my 2nd day of the visit, I finally visited Pearl Farm Beach Resort! It is one of the finest spots to visit in Davao. It was actually my first time since I never had a chance before due to my studies. So, I promised myself that I will definitely book my vacation here

I’d spent an overnight stay only at the resort because the main reason for my Davao visit was to celebrate the 1st death anniversary of my grandmother.

Well, right after the day of the celebration, we schedule another meet-up with friends. So, we headed to Batu House Cafe in Marfori, Davao and had our great feast. Haha!

Aside from I forgot the names of each food, I already forgot that I am on a diet.
Of course, I will not let my vacation end without spending it with my cousins. They set our itinerary and visited sites that I haven’t visited before. First was at Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen. Very native!

A chicken dish cooked in a bamboo.

Their very owned blue rice which was cooked with a flower.

Homemade ice cream dessert. Very yummy!
Our family had also dined and had a few drinks at Amiya Resort Residences.

And lastly, we went at Malagos Garden Resort. There, we enjoyed at butterfly sanctuary, bird feeding, learned at their educational bird show and we especially enjoyed the Chocolate Museum! I even bought packs for pasalubong. Haha!
The Chocolate Museum
Believe me, aside from lack of sleep due to time constrain vacation, I gained sooo muchhh weight. But to be honest, it was really nice to be back. I could say I got a great teenage life.:)

Finally, a new project!

One of the nightmares that architects or contractors could possibly have is to have new projects. Yes, not all is that fortunate. But God really moved His way for me. He gave me another blessing! It took me almost 2 months to have this! Imagine my office bills and other expenses? I’m almost depressed!

Well moving on, my Auntie Tess talked to me last October that Ate Cathy, my cousin, bought a new lot and wanted to hire me as her architect to design her house.

The project is a 2-storey residential located at Davao City. The scope is design services including interior design. Unfortunately, I can no longer accommodate the construction since I’m based in Cavite. And it would cost her less if they will get the contractor within the vicinity. This is already enough to sustain my solo business life. Haha! But I would still hope I could get a construction project. Just trust Him. :)

Monday, January 21, 2019

Coffee is a must.

Coffee actually helps me a lot in my entire working hours. I always buy a pack of coffee grounds and make my own brewed coffee. And it really cost me less for I don’t need to buy an expensive coffee in a coffee shop which is actually cost almost a pack of coffee grounds or beans.

One of the things that an office should have is a coffee maker. But since it cost much and I am on my own now, I decided to shop in a Japan Surplus store and got this coffee pot with strainer. Perfect for my coffee grounds! I will no longer spend much for a disposable coffee filter and actually could save a lot of money and save the environment as well. I can finally brew anytime I want! :D

Starting up.

Starting up a business is really never an easy task. You have to get projects, small or big projects. It doesn’t matter. As long as it’ll push through. In our industry, bidding a project could only give you 70-30 of chance. A competition, a real life race. Even you’re selling an excellent design and a reasonable construction cost.

My studio was started last July 1, 2018 and our advertising shop can now give a full-time services as well, since it was already started as a sideline last January 2018. Well, the first month was really good. But like any other businesses, we’ve encounter trials, too. A ghost month, indeed. But God is really amazing. He did gave us solutions in a very timely way. Charge to experience, they say. But I know there are still alot of problems in our way. We just have to be more prepared than before. Who knows what will it be. Just pray because at the end of the day, God’s plan would still prevail. :)

First project of my firm.

Just this August, I finally got my first design project, a bookstore cafe. It will serve you soon at Shopwise Lancaster Imus, Cavite.

Businesses are really flexible nowadays to give the best services in just one shot. Just like me, I have my design and build firm plus advertising shop. Well, if you have a long term goal in life you must find ways to have it. It would be a long way but it will be a wonderful journey. :)

Small beginnings.

After being employed for so long, I finally started my own. It was not an easy job though to start with nothing but hopes. But I guess God will never give such responsibility if it is for nothing. Let’s just trust His plan and the process for I would definitely build an empire. :)

And hey, you might want to consider me in designing and construction needs, just message me. ;)