life of a cuddlebit

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collected and comfy

One of my favorite pastimes is to look at other people’s houses (on blogs) at the internet, I look at them for fun and inspiration. I like looking at how others decorate their place and their lifestyle.

But my personal favorites are those quirky homes/apartments that have a lot of character that doesn’t look like it just brought a whole showcase from the store or grabbed everything from pinterest. Because who the hell does that?! Common people do not live like that.

Therefore it has been my mission to style my home with practicality, and without breaking the bank. I source items that are practical and useful and also adhere to the “style” I wanted to create. I still believe that style isn’t expensive, but it does take thought and time. *ie, in looking for items for home I really stick to my guns and look for blues, greens or anything that will complement the items I have at home if there is none then I don’t buy. I have an assortment of plastic items (I have my balde and tabo in green and blue of course!), metal shelf, bargain stuff (daiso items) and even some local/native and hand me down items.

So this time I am sharing my real life home style – including items that I use and can be found in my home.

ecclectic modern tropical

welcome to our eclectic modern tropical home 

Collected and comfy was my guiding principle in creating our home style. We worked around with the existing green bathroom on our home and build up around it. I used a calming analogous color scheme of blues and greens to create a cool and calm feel on our home. I got very much excited with creating the color palette as you can see above. I even added plants to make the home more inviting.

Every day has enough challenges, so it’s worth it to splurge on some of the items we use most, like a good smelling hand soap, or a cup of coffee…etc. Its about the little things that make everyday living less of a bore.

We usually have friends over so the most used area in our place is the dining and living. I made sure to get decent throw pillows, table ware, extra seating (in our color) some fun matching place mats and a picture frame that we personalized with a quote and our wifi passord! That simple frame got a lot of compliments. Because sometimes its the effort that counts. 

Not bad right? To think most of our stuff are brought on sale!

 

While our home style continues to evolve and change what I love most about my home is:

It is my comfy place, the place where I can be myself.

The one I share it with.  ❤

 

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a case of the Mondays every day of the week

Getting me up from the bed each morning is a struggle now. I’d rather stay under the covers.

I’m breaking out a lot these days, mostly on my forehead. The biggest is right between my eyerows, making me look like a three eyed alien; It looks hideous! Some of my friends even saw me with the huge ass zits but whatever; I shall stick to my no popping rule. #uglynoworuglyforever

Having the rain falling everyday makes me extremely sluggish. Then again nobody will do my housework for me so, I just went ahead and did indoor gardening (I tried to save what is left of my ice plant) and laundry duties-even if it means that all the wet clothes will be drying indoors making my living area look like it’s on a perpetual garage sale.

A friend of mine also took pity on my potted garden and sent me some golden pothos cuttings and small fittonias to accompany what was left of my ice plant. Much thanks and hopefully I can keep these plants alive.

stay with me

stay with me – the remnants of my Iceplant (left), Fittonia (middle), Golden Pothos (right)

However this weather makes me have the perfect excuse to drink coffee all day long! So that works for me.

Since I am forced to stay home, the shopaholic in me found a new avenue to window shop. I am now scrolling through Instagram like going on a window shopping stroll. I also try catching them all Pokemons at home while watching some random stuff from YouTube.

How was your week? Keep dry and safe!


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under attack

It has been a rain soaked work week for me. While I am ok with the rain, my schedule is not. I am now tardy for the third time in the week and it ain’t pretty, I have somehow managed to rack up more than a couple of hours worth of tardiness. I am sure to get a memo from the office. Despite my best efforts to be early, the traffic always gets me every time. If only I can just curl up on my bed all day.

Seeing this makes me want to crawl back to my bed.

Seeing this scene makes me want to crawl back to my bed.

The constant rain is also unkind to my plants. Most of them are now overwatered.

And just when I thought the pigeons are ok. It was only a false sense of security because they managed to destroy my hanging planters completely.

If I ever catch these two, they are going to be cooked.

The suspects – If I ever catch these two, they are going to be cooked.

They tried to make it as their nest! Arrrggghh! After all those times of tending to my iceplant , succulents and spikemoss it is all bent and broken with some of the plants good as dead-as it was snapped in half. It is so frustrating and I wanted to just shoot the birds- if only I have a pellet gun, which I don’t. It’s just irritating.

my plants look pitiful.

my plants look pitiful – The bald iceplant on the left, the snapped into two succulents in the middle, the bent spikemoss to the right.

I posted my gardening woes on facebook and Matti sent over some articles about shooing away pigeons. So I quickly got bbq sticks staked to the pots to deter them from trying to nest again. This is kind of like bringing the big guns out! Hopefully this time it would do the trick.

Never could have thought that garden pests could be this big (and can fly too). 


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home improvement project: greening up the view

Since I last posted about plants, I thought I’d show you parts of our home that has plants.

Now that Kei and I have our own home, I often look at the window and see grey walls and roofs that are kind of drab/sad. This is how our patio looks like when we moved in. I thought we could do a home improvement project.

our patio before the plants took over

our patio before the plants took over

I wanted to liven up the place a bit and make it look more “home-y”. So, I decided to create my mini patio garden with potted plants and hanging planters. To get some color as well as to act as a privacy screen and some sort of shade. Better to have a bit than none right?

They kind of liven up the view don’t you think?

say hello to our patio plants!

say hello to our patio plants! The airplant looks so chill in its hanging basket!- we also added a plastic bench so we can sit outside and keep an eye on our neighbor’s pooping pigeons (they seem to understand now that they cannot poop inside our patio)

Our laundry area also got the same greening treatment. This is how it looks like before.

our laundry area before -just the machine and a soap basket

our laundry area before -just the machine and a soap basket

And how it looks like now. We placed small native wooden blinds and a row of marigolds.

not bad right?!

not bad right?!

While it is not exactly a makeover of sorts, it did feel more “happy” to look at. We plan on acquiring more house plants to keep.

Any suggestions?


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balai indang

Last Aug 25, 2013 my fellowship went to Balai Indang. I was so glad to get away from work and home stress!

After all the stormy days, work issues, I want a piece of quiet.

entrance to balai

entrance to balai

I liked the place a lot. Feels homey and there were a lot of greenery to soothe tired eyes. I also loved their whimsical decor and the mismatched chairs added to the old world charm.

Inside the Balai are more interesting stuff!

inside balai

inside balai

there are old clocks, Thai figures, Chinese vases, a daybed, toy boat, and lots of stuff loaded with character.

Thai figures

thai figures

balai boat

I was fascinated by this floating side table.

floating side table

floating side table

After a bit of milling around, We had lunch. The lunch was so good! I didn’t even know I was already eating vegetable omelette! I dont have any photos, because I was hungry and ate everything right away we were pressed for time!  We then had games then proceeded to caregroup bible study and a praise and worship session.

Along the way to the worship session, I spotted this.

My wallpaper as of the moment

my wallpaper as of the moment

I sort of realized that we were blessed with good weather, since the past few days  has been a stormy. We can have sunshine!

I then, promptly rejoined the others for our next activities. Sorry for the lack of photos. Its been a blur of activities for me that I didn’t get the chance to take many photos, besides, I went there for quiet time and worship, so for now, I leave you with the colorful flowers found at Balai Indang.

flowers at Balai Indang

flowers at Balai Indang

Given the chance I would like to visit this place again without the rush.

 

Balai Indang 

88 Mahabang Kahoy, Indang, Cavite


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rainy days

I have a love hate relationship with rain.

Back when I was a child I used to welcome the rain, I would wear my raincoat and boots and dance till I’m soaked and my nanny would just let me bathe in the rain. I am more than happy when the school declares no classes, I would gather used paper and make paper boats to float in the puddle/flood waters outside our window. Add to that is the thought that the plants getting their supply of water (although at times too much) being the little gardener of the house I am happy as could be knowing that my kalamansi/corn/whatever seed(s) I got from the kitchen and planted on the soil, would grow.

Tropical Rain

Tropical Rain image from whatwallpaper.com

A few years more I still love the rain, although I don’t play outside anymore.  I would cozy myself with a book by the window and have a bowl of ice cream or a cup of hot chocolate, and some cookies and I am all set to enjoy the cool wind and the splashy noises of drizzling water.

Now, I still like the cool wind that comes with the rain but, I am now more aware of the hassles/damages the rain and the rainy season brings. A few years back my family had our share of the damage/s it brings our house was flooded (half of the first floor), no electricity, no water, our car got water damaged due to the flood (we had to sell it and buy a new one), we ran out of vegetables and our pet rabbits have to eat bread to get by, we got stuck in the house without drinking water and my sister and I have to wade through thigh deep waters to get a few bottles of water. Going to and back home from the office is also a real challenge since it easily floods in the area, I have to wade through knee deep flood waters to get to work. I sometimes go to work wearing a rain boots or worse,  beach slippers!

After the flooded house/car experience, I am now wary every time it rains. I worry about how will we get home? Are my loved ones safe and dry? Do we need to move the car to a higher place? Is the supply of food and water enough for us? Did we have means of communication with others?

It became more tedious as I grow up. Maybe because I can now understand better.

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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A little surprise

In the middle of this dreary week, I got something a little unexpected.

A lavender tulip  Photo by Sherry White

A lavender tulip Photo by Sherry White

This week I am buried in a long list of workloads, and it keeps growing everyday. Also feeling down the dumps due to all the negative stuff in the office, I really cant wait for the weekend to come… I feel awful and it is still the early days of the week.

But somebody thought I could use a little pick me upper.

Last night, Kei surprised me and got me a purple tulip (for our 20th month)! Plus a pink Starbucks cup and a banoffee pie. I did not expect him to show up at home, since he is a really busy with all the projects he is doing, and as of this writing I believe he still has a ton of projects to do. Comes with being a big-shot architect!

I thought last weekend we celebrated our 20th in advance but he surprised me this time.

Thank you Kei. I thank God for you everyday.