Our New Home

We just moved in to our new house and so far, Jamie did not have any problems adjusting to the new environment. We haven’t moved all our stuff yet, like my 2 BMX’s and 2 Mountain Bikes and a whole bookshelf full of books that are all still at the Teresa house.

Our house. You might think it is big, but this is a townhouse, so it is only up to the aircon hole at the 2nd floor, pass that on the left is not our house anymore.

Thanks to Mang Jun, who just lives near by whom we got to fix the house up. Emil the Iron Works guy, thanks to him too, who worked on the steel gates and window grills. Both really gave us very ideal prices. Thanks to them we still have enough money left to place food on the table. 🙂 LOL

This garage is just right for our car. You even have to park it a bit sideways to get the whole car in and still have room to walk around and be able to close the gate well.

Our garage did not even exist before, the soil was so high that we needed to have truck loads of soil hauled out. So our front door is much higher than the garage.

Stairs between the garage and front door

A view from the garage below facing the front door.

This is not a big house, but since it is a corner lot, at least we still have some space on the side for gardening, well probably have some grass on this mini-yard. This space is still good enough for Jamie’s mini swimming pool, a pingpong table, jumping around, morning exercise, kicking exercises and other activities.

This is not as big as it looks like. It just looks longer in pictures.

The back gate

Good enough to live in but is still working on it. We do not even have a refrigerator yet so all we eat should be good enough for us to have no leftovers since we have no place to store them. We have no washing machine yet, but I think we’ll buy a refrigerator first.

Me and Marcia really spent a lot of time thinking on how everything looks like before we had things made and we really looked around for the best deals. Tiles at Federal Hardware was cheaper than others. But our bathroom tiles came from this tile store along Regalado near Lagro. Basic supplies from Ramos Hardware just in front of the North Olympus gate at Phase IV. Ace Hardware and Handyman were also cool for the puzzle carpets and other high-tech stuff. Cabinet handles were very cheap at Uniwide Sales Warehouse at Novaliches. A big drop from the prices at Ace and Handyman. HomeWorks at Ever Gotesco had cheap entertainment system furniture and living room center tables. Briones-Casal aluminum and Glass works always gave us the best deal. Our dining table was on sale at SOGO/Blims at Robinson’s place Novaliches.

I like going around looking for the best price, but I would not feel like doing it alone, that’s a good thing that Marcia likes going around for the best price alone or not alone, so it was nice going around with my wife looking for the best deals in town for our house.

Keep visiting this site from month to month and you’ll see how our home will even improve a lot more.

Mama and Papa Arrival

As the day started, I was still awake from the previous day. I was burning CDs for my students in PC Networks and Troubleshooting. When I reached the last CD, I laid down on two chairs and closed my eyes to take a nap, and after 10 seconds of rest, Marcia woke me up and told me to get ready to go to the airport.

We left the house at 4:45am and got to the airport at 5:15am. I even felt like I was not going that fast since I was sleepy and would not want anything crazy to happen since sleepiness sometimes slows down reaction time. We were a bit early so me and Marcia slept first in the car.

When we woke up, it was past 6 already. We first saw Joey and Puking in the van. Then we joined Emil, Janet and Harry. I was so sleepy, I sat on the sidewalk as they waited, experiencing microsleeps. When Mama and Papa came, we all greeted them, welcoming them back to the Philippines.

Harry was the first to leave since he still had some work and already had a memo on tardiness at GSIS. Marcia, I and Emil left next since Marcia had to get to work since her boss was getting irritated already for her many lates and absences. I needed to get to work as well. Emil had to go, since I also needed to assist him to his appointment at Dr. Jameson Uys clinic.

Before we left, Janet asked is we could bring Harry’s pants, that he left with Janet. When we passed by GSIS, it was all traffic all the way back to EDSA.

At Emil’s appointment, he found out that he has a cyst in his knee. Thus a surgeon should work on his knee and not a chiropractor.

When I got home, I prepared to go to work, got their late. After my class I received a Notice to Explain document, tell me to explain my absences and tardiness.

When I got home we still needed to go to and fro at North Olympus up to night time.

Jamie’s Fever

It’s the 3rd day of Jamie’s fever. It’s a Monday, and it’s my day off at work. So most of the time I’ll be with Jamie. She has been taking Biogesic for kids orange flavor, 2.5ml every 4 hours.

Passed by North Olympus to bring some plates, spoons and forks since Kuya Gerry & Emil are there right now.

Will call up Dr. Jameson Uy later to set an appointment for Emil. Then bring Ate Dawn to her UPCAT Review.

Got to finish a CD for my PC Troubleshooting and Networking class. And talk to Lani of En Blaze for print-job clarifications.

Emil’s Arrival!

Last night, right after work, I headed to McDonald’s just outside Ever Gotesco Commonwealth where I work. This is were Marcia, Dawn and Jamie were waiting. We were all heading for the airport to pick up Emil, Marcia’s younger brother coming from Japan.

In the car, with us was my colleague Bennette who road along up to Philcoa where we then headed home since out way was also his direction home.

It was 9:40pm when we left and the estimated time of arrival of the plane was 10:40. We got there on time since there was no traffic. We first went to the Centennial Airport, and found out we support to be at Ninoy Aquino International Airport since Centennial is for Philippine Airline flights only.

When we got there, Jamie kept going all over the place while we waited for Emil to arrive. We stayed at the waiting area labeled GHIJK which means that is the area where the people arriving with lastnames starting with G, H, I, J and K should go to. When Emil arrived he Marcia to go to section TVU waiting area.

We then all walked to the parking area and headed straight home. Dawn was so tired and sleepy, she was out cold in a few minutes along with Jamie beside her. Me, Marcia and Emil ate some mechado for dinner and had a few chats.

Before I retired to bed, me and Marcia did some few emails to send and receive and Emil got to bed. Emil slept in our room. Me, Marcia, Dawn and Jamie slept in Mama’s room. My Mom slept in my sister’s room with my sister and her kids.

We all woke up about 9am preparing to go to work. I was not able to go to work on time since I remembered I needed to print something for En Blaze, my client and burned a CD, brought the laptop and printer to work so I could do it there in my freetime.

Emil seemed to be preparing all his schedules since the day his foot landed on Philippine soil. He was finding out where places are and how to get there.

My teaching schedule is 9am to 9pm and I am still at work right now, will be back home in 4 hours. And after that me and Marcia will go to Citation to do a few things there before going to bed.

Dawn’s UPCAT Review, The House, En Blaze, Informatics, Funtastic

After waking up, I decided not to prepare to go to work yet and do a lot of other important things that needed to be addressed.

Gas was going down on my car and I had it filled up with P160. Because that was all we got. I got P60, Marcia gave me P100. I chose to fill up at Petron Fairview near SSS Housing, because by experience, them seem to be filling up more than other stations.

Then I brought Marcia to work and went to the new house. I tested the LAN and it was not working well. I got the other receipts of what we owe to Ramos Hardware and brought the Aircon box which was a lot bigger than the hole in the wall! I decided to come back in the evening to test the LAN.

I then brought Dawn to Robinson’s for an ID picture that she might need at the UPCAT review, took a bath and brought Dawn to Our Lady of Lourdes School of Novaliches for the UPCAT Review.

I rushed home and took a quick lunch and headed for work. At work I started on with my XP2OP class where I basically teach MS Outlook and the basics of using the Internet. It was nearly no rest period, after modeling my blog template a bit, my XP4A1 class started. This is AutoCAD Module 1 and gave them an exercise while I work on with Funtastic again.

I was able to talk to En Blaze and passed the message that printing with the short notice was not possible, but I could come up with alternative ideas just for their presentation on Monday with some big company. They might have an NDA so I would not say the company.

After this class, I will then continue on with Funtastic.