Posted in House

5 Things You Need to Know in Buying Your First Home

Starting a family, given the right conditions, can be an exciting new chapter to anyone’s life.  But at the same time, it is undeniable that it could be troubling and worrisome no matter how ready someone thinks they are. This is new territory and there is a whole lot of responsibility that needs to be taken in. There are many things that need to be considered that go beyond the intimacy like financial security, how to make it work on a daily basis, and decision making.

And perhaps one of the biggest decisions in this new stage in life would be choosing the place to start up a family.  There are several locations in the Philippines that are ideal for building a good family foundation. Each location may have their perks and downsides. Metro Manila with the commodities it can offer, has always been an appealing location for those who are planning to start up a family, but the cost of living might be a little too demanding.  That is why in the discussion of viable alternative location when budget becomes an issue, Pampanga, Bicol, Negros Occidental and Iloilo come to mind. These locations are considered as up and coming locations for real estate with affordable houses for sale. Houses for sale in Cagayan de Oro shouldn’t be left out on this topic as well. Cagayan de Oro is a highly urbanized city in Misamis Oriental with a population of 675,950 and a land area of 412.80-kilometer square; it is almost ten times bigger than Manila and a lot less populated. Houses for sale around this area are likely to be more affordable compared to those in Manila too.

But whether you aim to purchase that house for sale in Cagayan de Oro or take a few hit to get established in the metro is really up to your preferences. To help you decide on that matter, here are some helpful tips and data to guide you in purchasing the home for your family.

  1. Pay good attention to details during a home inspection. Chances are, the realtor will try to highlight many positive things about what they are trying to sell to you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to check out things for yourself.
  2. Consider the opinion of the family. Any house that you will purchase will be theirs too so might as well ask for their thoughts about the house. They might be able to point out some valuable points that can make or break the house deal.
  3. Check out the community the house belongs in. It might help to gather information on what the people around the area are like. Who knows what you might find out?
  4. Have a second or third option ready. Even though you might think you found the right house for your family, it will still be wise to have a comparison or other options you can fall back on in case things get a bit unpredictable.
  5. Live within your means. Do not go for a house that you can barely afford. Check for deals or arrangement that can be beneficial for your family in general. After all, there is more to starting a family than owning a house.

Again, whether you intend to live it big in the metro or settle for a low-key life in those houses for sale in Cagayan de Oro, Pampanga, or anywhere else in the Philippines is totally up to you. But you still have to be cautious and careful in deciding to make the most of the purchase you will make.

Posted in design

6 Ideas to Redesign your Bathroom with White tiles

The bathroom is like your mini getaway away from stress. Your relaxation sanctuary before or after the long day stress.

If your bathroom is sad as your life now, taking a bath there would be a real struggle. A person with so much in their hands deserves a relaxing hot bath.

To make your sad-looking bathroom look big and calming, design it with one of these white tile design ideas for the complete relaxation you deserve:

The All White Everything

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From your drawers to your sink and bowl make sure to have it in white and partner it with tiny white tiles with a gray grout to give off a simple and clean looking bathroom.

Though all white could sometimes be off putting why not add a pop of color such as colored flowers put in a clear vase to give the right contrast for your all white washroom.

The Bold and the Light

Mixing and matching of white with black is always the favored look which gives off a regal vibe.

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The idea of this is inspired by a DC character named, Harley Quinn, the diamond pattern gives off the jester factor emanated by this character. While the walls are simply styled with white tiles and accentuated with other fixtures that are in black hue palette.

Marbled White Aesthetics

Marble tiles are always seen to be the choice of the rich due to its simple yet admirable look plus the durability it promises.

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This design was inspired by infinite space. Through using marble tiles and with other geometrical shaped tiles, the inspiration was achieved. The simplicity it possesses makes the room feel calming and at the same time clean but not as off-putting due to the patterns brought by the marble effect.

White with Brights

If you’re not a fan of an all-white themed lavatory perhaps a splash of color would do the trick but still leave a serene vibe in the bathroom.

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The walls may be designed with white tiles the floors could be splashed with a bright pattern hue of orange with white and carefully place it on ground with a mindset of keeping the design look finished. Else, take necessary measures such as continuing the tiling procedure up to the walls of the washroom.

Whites with Vintage

If you happen to be a collector of vintage items or a proud owner of old decors why not put it to good use by adding it to your washroom design.

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If you’re thinking of filling it up with overly priced vintage collectibles, I strongly advise you to not do it. Don’t let those items go to waste for the sake of decorating, preserve it and later sell it for quite the amount of money. Best to buy those found in garage sales which no one ever buys but fits your old persona.

Whites with wood

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The idea is to contrast the all white colored bathroom with a touch of freshly varnished drawers.

The rustic feel brought by the wood furniture makes the room appear homey and cozy.

Designing your bathroom with tiles should be aesthetically pleasing to your style to give you the right amount of comfort you truly needed.

Posted in safety

8 Essential Gadgets You Needed When the Big One Happens


No one is resilient to the impending threat brought about the natural disasters caused by global warming. Do you think you’re ready for one or just swinging it and not minding the situation?

Though when these calamities arise you are somehow assured that someone will risk their lives on saving you but could really rely on that, having the right amount of preparedness would enable you to have the right tools at the right time.

To help you cope when these things arise, here are handy gadgets that would surely help in any way possible to survive this saddening tragedy:

1. Hand Crank Radios

Instead of relying on battery-operated radios that do not ensure how it will survive. This is truly a gem if you ask me. Having the ability to get information when you need it most will alert you and enable you to evacuate on a much safer place for you and your family’s safety.

Plus when you buy one that can act as a charger that would be even great. Charging your phone would enable you to contact anyone for help. Be saved in no time.

2. Waterproof Stuff Sacks

If there are items or gadgets that should be kept dry when something happens. Keeping them dry and clean in a waterproof sack would diminish the chances of it getting wet.

3. Handpump

Used to store extra fuel when gas pumps are inoperable due to electricity loss.

4. Solar powered lanterns

Though they are widely popular nowadays, this item is truly a gift when the power is out. The energy needed is just energy coming from the sun which is about anywhere so no need to worry on the darkest of nights.

5. Handheld GPS

This item is useful anytime possible more so if you’re no good with directions. This item will enable you to help be on your path without fail.

6. Waterproof Ziplock Bags

Sacks are storage for bigger items while ziplock can be your security blankets for your documents, emergency cash, and important IDs.

7. UPS (Uninterruptible power supply)

This gadget comes in handy when your work and data are all stored in one place. Through a UPS, assurance of no sudden shut down will deteriorate your device to avoid data loss.

8. Generator Set

To keep you warm on the coldest of days, a generator could be your source of power. Though pricey yet still handy.

These are just some of the gadgets you should be equipping your home with to somehow withstand incoming calamities. Being cautious and alert at all times would guarantee you of a safer place possible. Invest in your safety, not on luxuries.

Posted in design

5 Floor Design ideas for Keeps

A new home deserves a quality kind of flooring that would never go out of style just like what Taylor Swift said and would still be aesthetically pleasing for decades to go. Design ideas and planning could be tough as well as time-consuming so it is a must to have your floors please your eye for style to avoid unwanted redoing of stuff.

To help you decide on what floor tiles you should be designing your home with, here are a few ideas that would ignite interest for your aesthetics:

The Wood Finish

The good ole wood finish would never get you wrong. This kind of style dates back to the Colonial Era (1607 – 1780) wherein due to the overwhelming supply of wood which brought about the use of wood plank flooring. To this Day, wood finishing is still a preferred choice for any home for it gives warmth which travels you back to our founding fathers.

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This forward pattern gives off that freely vibe. Signalling you to go this way.

The Bright and Funky

If your style is more into the hype of fun and bright colours, going funky with yellow could never get you wrong.

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The yellow neon takes over the white ensembles of the home. The white hue of the home points you directly to what matters most, the yellow tiled floors. If you wanted your floors to be the centre of attention no better way than splashing it with a bright, fun touch of yellow.


A perky pattern of your choice could either trick or amaze your visitors. Either way, it always leaves a mark to anyone.

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The idea of this bathroom tile design is to let you focus on what path you should be taking wherein the centre is always the right way. No more bumps and aches just a path leading you to where you’re headed.

Floor Art

If you’re too bored with your wood finish floor why not change it up big time with paint. If you don’t have any experience on painting your floors here’s a nifty guide to help you with that.

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The idea of the floor is to avoid the addition of a trip-prone rug. This design matches well in a beach house with swatches of blue and white. Did you feel that, the zing!

Or like of most of us, yours are concrete ones, here are a bit more ideas to glow up your concrete floors.

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The setting is to make you feel you’re at sea feeling the breeze coming from the north. The former tiled basement was given a nice smooth by a diamond grinder and finishing it off with a turquoise acetone stain. The unevenness of the floor gives off the vibe of floating on water.

The Stone Setting

A marbled floor travels you back to the monarchical era where marbled floor design was the taste of the wealthy.

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The clean shiny effect of the marble floor radiates wealth and cleanliness. The minimal patterns laid on the floor does not empower the aesthetic of the style. Plus the lighting effect from the rustic chandeliers completes the setting.

A home should be styled according to your taste but with regards to your budget. If your tile supplier in the Philippines meets your taste and budget looking elsewhere is not needed. Keeping your design according to your style would result in a relaxing home you deserve.

Posted in Philippines

How the Government Restructure can Affect Cities Outside of NCR

There are one-hundred and forty-five cities in the Philippines. Most of the wealthiest cities like Quezon City and Makati are inside the National Capital Region (NCR). The Metropolitan Manila is also composed of other populous cities like Caloocan, Las Piñas, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig, and Valenzuela. These cities have been the center of commerce and trade of the country. It’s 12,877,253 total population on its 619.5 km2 land area is enough proof why it is considered as the heart of the country.

Outside the seemingly unmoving streets of the National Capital Region—way down south—there are other flourishing cities. It’s really wonderful that in the previous years, these cities are being brought into the limelight and to the consciousness of every Filipino. They are now being mentioned on conversations about decentralization of resources that can help improve the economic condition of the county in general. This boosts the sales of house and lot for sale in areas like Cagayan de Oro and the Peninsula of Zamboanga.

The thriving South is being brought into the picture, now that the talk about federalism has started.  In the proposal of the former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr. on how we will shift into federalism, it has been stated that Mindanao will play a major key role.

In the proposal, Pimentel suggested that the Philippines should be broken down into 11 federal states: 4 in Luzon, 4 in Visayas, and another 3 in Mindanao.

Luzon will be broken down into the Northern Luzon, the Central Luzon, the Southern Tagalog and the Bicol Area. Metro Manila will make up the federal capital. Visayas on the other hand, will be comprised of Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, and Western Visayas. While the islands of Romblon and Palawan will be declared under the Visayas territory to form another federal state.

But let us pay more attention to the possible division that may happen in Mindanao since it will focus on making the thriving cities as the anchor and center for each state. In the said proposal, Mindanao will be composed of federal states of the Northern Mindanao and the Southern Mindanao, as well as a separate federal state for the Moro people.

One of the Federal States proposed in Mindanao is the Federal State of Northern Mindanao which will be composed of 11 provinces, 16 cities and 188 municipalities from Region IX, X, and XIII. Cagayan de Oro City will be the center of this state.  If the state will be deemed too big, it can be divided into two more federal states, the North-Western Mindanao and North-Eastern Mindanao. The North-Western Mindanao will cover Zamboanga Provinces, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental. The North-Eastern Mindanao will be comprised of Agusan Provinces, Bukidnon, Surigao Provinces, and Dinagat.

The aforementioned regions have vast forest resources and previously used to export logs, lumber, veneer, and plywood. Mineral deposits include gold, chromite, coal, iron, lead, and manganese. Among its non-metallic reserves are coal, silica, salt, marble, silica sand, and gravel. It’s fishing grounds are devoted to commercial and municipal fishing. It also has aqua farms for brackish water and freshwater fishes. These resources will be the main trade of Northern Mindanao to sustain the state.

The move for a government reform is already on the roll out and the possibility for it to materialize in the near future is really high. This will be more reason to purchase, properties and house and lot for sale in Cagayan de Oro and other cities within the area since it will be a valuable asset when everything is set into stone.

Posted in House, Pueblo

Halloween ready homes: 5 Ideas to make your home the Spookiest home in your neighborhood

It is that time of the year again when wearing your favorite television character, anime, hero or whatever you desire will not be seen as something weird and strange. The weirder it is the more acceptable it is. This is also the time when horror stories are at its popular rate and giving someone a fright is actually the treat. And the kids will be roaming the area together with their buckets and elaborately thought out costumes to say these magic words and then you hand them some candies. Nice right! But handing out treats is not enough, get your bought house and lot in CDO spookified with these home ideas and be the spookiest home there is and win the best designed Halloween home this year.

  1. The never gets old Jack o’ Lantern
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If you somehow own a farm full of squash why not go all out with the jacks this year and fill the home with face carved pumpkins with lights inside and then dim the outside lights and voila you now have a house of jack without needing to spend more. What you could do with the rest of the pumpkin is turn them into a nice soup treat or a pumpkin flavored candies.

Or perhaps you could get clever and color the pumpkin black and turn it into a kitty cat by adding in some whiskers through cut outs from a paper as well as the ears, the nose, and the eyes which can also be a bonding time with the kids. Have your guest be welcomed with a carve-free pumpkin kitty, an activity which is both safe and fun to do.

  1. The shadow effect
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Get your creative heads on and think of a good scenery to be cut out from a paper (preferably adhesive black vinyl sheets) then find an empty wall to put the decorations. No need to put in the extra efforts just to get your home Halloween-ready. Plus this decoration is your friend on clean up duty for it can easily be stripped off when the season has passed.


  1. Let’s go realistic
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If you happen to have a mannequin at home or couple of bottles at storage, these things will help you get through the Halloween season.

An unused mannequin dressed as an average person lying on the ground with some blood to add in the dramatic effect of the crime done could do the trick.

Another is through the use of bottles, arranging those bottles to form a body could give the crime scene you want your home to look this spooky season. A sprinkle of blood around the body would totally finish the design perhaps use your hands too to make handprints on the walls or the ground to show signs of struggling.

No better way to spookify your home than going basic and making it seem realistic.

  1. See Cindy glow
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To turn your home the glowing stand up ball, just ready up the following materials: chicken wires, gauzy cheese cloth, liquid fabric starch, and a battery-operated fluorescent light.

Form the chicken wires into big ballooned gowns then cover it up with the gauzy cheese cloth. To fully utilize the light from the fluorescent, sprinkle the formed dress with the liquid fabric starch to fill the dress with whites to give the reflective effect you wanted to see.

Also, if you happen to have a carriage rotting in the storage, put it out and use it as decoration in your background by adding in the lights underneath the carriage making it appear like a spookified means of transportation from the old age.

  1. Minimalist kind of decoration
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Perhaps this decoration might not help you win but will not be judged as party-pooper house since you hang a picture of the ever famous Nicolas Cage, looking into your soul ready to entrap it with those eyes. Spooky, right! Who says you need to buy those big bulky messy decorative to spookify your home. Do the bold move and use the eyes.

These designs are some of the useful creative ideas to decorate your home this Halloween season more so if it’s your first time to celebrate Halloween at your newly bought house and lot for sale in Cagayan de Oro with the family. Take advantage of this spooky season to mingle and get to know your neighbors.