August 2, 2015

Blogging Again!

I was talking to myself yesterday and I convinced myself that I should blog again. LOL! I don't know exactly what convinced me but here I am.

I think I should start by posting photos from our recent vacation to Siargao Islands in the Philippines. We love Siargao. It's too bad we didn't get to explore much of the islands because most of the time we were there, it was raining.

Here are a couple of photos from that vacation. I edited these in PhotoGrid and I think they look nice.

{During our Island hopping in Siargao Islands}

{Hubby and I chillin' at our Cabana}

I really hope to be able to blog again. I kind of miss it. 

March 4, 2015

Contractors for Renovation

I think hubby and I have been watching too much lifestyle shows lately, particularly building tiny houses and renovation shows.

We have been inspired to build a tiny house in our province. We have made plans of starting this June but we realised, we have a commercial building that we needed to renovate first. Our tiny house can wait while we work on our commercial building by the highway.

So, I have been reading about how to go about the renovation. At first we we're bent on DIY-ing. But with no background between hubby and I, we think it's better to hire contractors.

Preparing for a Commercial Building Renovation
When you have purchased a commercial building and need to make renovations for the new business, hiring the right commercial contractors for the job is important. Some commercial buildings just need a facelift and others need to have demolition with rebuilding. Taking the time out of your schedule to interview contractors and inspect the project may not be available. You can use a placement service to assist.

Use a Contractor Placement Service
A contractor matching or placement service is ideal for busy business owners. They do all of the interviewing for you. Their experts take the time to examine certifications, verify qualifications and view the relevant experience that qualified contractors have. This ensures that only the most qualified individuals will be presented to you for consideration.

Present the Details for the Project
As you present the project to a contractor locating service, it is essential that you provide the exact details of the project. This should include a preliminary blueprint, a breakdown of the necessary features and what the space needs to provide. This helps the service match these skills needed to the available contractor pool.

Accepting a Bid
Once you have found a contractor that you are satisfied with, accepting the bid is the last step before construction begins. Ensure that the bid is itemized and that there are no discrepancies. An accepted bid and signed contract move the project forward.

Having the right contractors working on your commercial space is a must. There are specific building codes to maintain as well as zoning standards, safety standards and health codes to maintain. All of these items must be taken into consideration when selecting the right team to complete the work.

January 18, 2015

Happy 2015!

Hi! Just checking in to greet the blogosphere a wonderful 2015!

{We spent Christmas and New Year in Manila}

It's been a long while since I last blogged. I miss blogging. I wish I could go back to my old blogging routine but I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon. I'll probably write a few posts here and there though.

I wish everyone a great 2015!

September 20, 2014

Packed Lunches for a Grade Schooler

EJ has started Grade 3 about two months ago. He likes his teacher and he says he's having a great time learning new things. As parents, that's what we want to hear.

Since he's back to school, that means I am busy in the kitchen everyday preparing his snacks and lunches. EJ brings his snacks with him when he leaves for school in the morning. But the lunch, I send it to his school just before their lunch break.

Last week, he had these:

{Fried rice, Sauteed shrimps, Jellies}

{Penne pasta in tomato sauce, Garlic bread, Mango}

{Rice, Sauteed mixed veggies, Chicken adobo}

{Fried rice, Sausage and beans, Fruits}

{Penne pasta in white sauce, Sausage, Fruits}

EJ eats most of the food I prepare, as long as he doesn't see the onion. But would you believe, he loves fried garlic? He eats it like it is chocolate! He also loves broccoli and mushroom.

I know EJ is not a picky eater but it doesn't make it easy for me to prepare his food everyday. The challenge is to make his lunch non-monotonous, as healthy and as appetizing as possible.

My reward is when EJ comes home and his lunch box is empty. It makes me happy.

July 30, 2014

Surigao del Sur's Tourist Destination: Enchanted River

Enchanted River is probably the most famous of the several tourist destinations in Surigao del Sur. I saw for myself why.

It's Enchanted River for a reason. The water is crystal clear turquoise blue on the deeper part of the river and emerald green on the shallow part.
{the deeper part of the river}

From what we heard, the river is connected to the ocean but nobody can really pinpoint where the water flows in and out. It's a mystery and it's part of the allure of the Enchanted River. 

{the shallow part}

Enchanted River is about an hour and a half travel by car from San Agustin. The road from the national highway going to Enchanted River is still rough road, sad to say. It rained on our way, which made our travel slower because the road was slippery. Paging the Department of Tourism or the local government (or whoever is in-charge of the development in the area), please fix the road asap.

{It was cloudy when we were there but the water was still blue/green. Awesome!}

{we saw several foreigners splashing in the water}

Entrance fee is P30/guest. Tourists/guests are allowed to swim. If you're not a confident swimmer, vests are available for rent. They close at 5pm so overnight swimming is not an option. Besides, who wants to go swimming at night with mystical creatures? Well, at least that's what locals say.

{Enchanted River is located at Brgy. Talisay, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur}

We were also told that the best time to go to Enchanted River is during midday. At around 12nn, the caretaker will ring the bell as a signal to the swimmers to get off the water. The caretaker will then bring out food (rice, bread, etc) to feed the fishes which seem to come out of nowhere. They say it's  a feast for the eyes as these colorful fishes fight for food. After feeding time, the fishes become scarce again while tourists can go back to splashing in the water.

Unfortunately, we were not able to catch this spectacle. But that's another reason for us to visit Enchanted River in the future.