Thursday, October 13, 2016

Cake2Go Hershey's Reese's Tiramisu


It's my daughter's birthday and gusto namin mag try ng ibang cake other than the usual na Goldilocks and RedRibbon. Madalas namin madaan tong Cake2Go sa may Katipunan, maliit lang sya kaya nag aalangan ako i-try o mag COntis or Bannaple nalang kami. Sabi ni Fluffy try namin para matigil nadin curiosity naming dalawa.

Pagpasok namin wala silang masyadong display na cake, siguro dahil October at maraming my birthday kaya nagkakaubusan ng cakes...? Sinama namin si Lil one at sya pinapili namin ng gusto nyang cake. Pinili nya yung Hershey's Reese's Tiramisu Php720 yun lang naman kase ang chocolate cake na display nila. Yun nga lang iniisip namin coffee ang Tiramisu bawal pa sa kanya. We asked the cashier lady kung matapang ba yun taste ng coffee and she assured us na mas maraming peanut kesa coffee. Kinuha nya yung display without telling us na yun nalang ang last piece and yun ang ibibigay nya. Nung napansin ko, tinanong ko kung wala na bang ibang stock.. wala na daw. Tinanong ko si Fluffy, ano kunin na natin or punta tayo Contis. Dun nalang daw kami tutal andun na kunin nalang namin yun cake. I ask kung my free candle, 2 pesos daw isa. Napaisip tuloy ako sa RedRibbon, Goldilocks and Contis my free candle sa kanila 2piso isa. Kumuha nadin ako ng 3 kandila, ayoko na maghanap pa sobrang traffic sa labas. Naisip ko tuloy, naku dapat masarap ka kundi hindi kita babalikan.

Verdict: Buti nalang nagustuhan ng mga kasama ko. Hindi sya nakakasawa, tamang tama lang yun tamis. Yun cake nya lasang Black Forest ng RedRibbon. Yung peanut na sinasabi nun lady cashier, yun Reese's lang sa ibabaw yung lasang peanut. Kahit ganun pa man, simot yung lalagyan.. ubos!

Kung babalik ako... siguro.. baka.. kung marami na silang display na cake.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

La Lola Churros



Ang tao, nag iiba ang pananaw sa buhay habang tumatanda.. nagiging kuripot! (or ako lang yon). Hindi ako inggitera pero sino bang hindi macucurious kapag madalas ka makakita ng pagkain sa Facebook diba?! Unang papasok sa isipan mo, "Ano kaya lasa nito?!". So para matigil na, si Fluffy nilibre kami ng La Lola sa Eastwood.

We ordered 6pcs Churros Clasicos with Chocolate dip and 6 pcs ChocoChurros (Churros dipped with Dark Chocolate). Nakalimutan ko ang price parang nasa Php400+ ata.. mahal noh?! hahaha again, mahal na para sa isang kuripot na tulad ko ang ganyang halaga. Kung nung dalaga ko, kiber kiber lang sa price, ngayon kelangan ayusin ng mabuti ang pagba-budget. Una naming tinikman ang ChocoChurros, hindi ko nagustuhan, makunat at dugyot sa kamay. Try nyo nalang kung nacucurious din kayo baka magustuhan nyo, iba iba naman kase taste nating lahat. Ang Churros Classic naman, sobrang malinamnam, crunchy sa unang kagat then soft sa loob ng bibig. Hindi naman ako nag sisi na sana pala puro Classic nalang inorder namin kase baka hindi rin ako tumigil kakasabi kay Fluffy na "ano kaya lasa nung ChocoChurros" hahaha.

Sa mga hindi pa nakaka try kung meron man na late bloomer tulad ko, mas masarap yung Churros Classic, yung bagong hango sa lutuan.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Condo Fit-Out: Hiring A Contractor

Things you need to do before hiring a contractor:

1. Background Check

Check if the contractor is licensed and registered and has a good reputation. Interview the contractor or their previous clients regarding their works and if possible ask for some pictures of their previous or on-going projects.

2. Seek for referrals

Talk to your friend, family, relatives or neighbors and ask if they know a contractor who would fit on the project.

3. Meet the contractor

Meet them personally and face to face to discuss the project. Let them know what you want, ask questions and if they have any suggestions or what they think about the project.

4. Get Bids

Ask the selected contractors for quotations or estimation of the project. Break down the cost of materials, labor and other expenses. Communication is very important so before deciding, make sure you are very comfortable with his personality, communication and skills. A bad contractor will tell you they don't want you visiting the place while they're working. A good contractor will advise you to make a surprise visit to see if they are doing a great job.

5. Request for a contract

Timetable, details of labor and materials should be included in the contract

6. Discuss the payment

Hire a contractor that you're comfortable with. Do not hire a contractor that is very desperate to get the bid of the project because they want money from you. The priority of the contractor is the customer's satisfaction and the outcome of the project and not on how much money will he earn and get from you.

We get the service of Uni Connections Enterprises. Uni De Velez is the Managing Director and a licensed contractor. He's easy to deal with and I am very comfortable discussing what we wanted on this project. He guaranteed us he will always be there everyday monitoring the progress and suggested to do a surprise visit for us to make sure that they are really doing a great job. He always sends us reports and pictures everyday of what they have accomplished. If you need a trusted contractor,  I would highly recommend Uni Connections Enterprises. Please check my next entry for the before and after pictures. Contact Number: 0916 284 3772. 


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Condo Fit-Out: In-Progress Shots

To give you an idea on how we are maximizing the 22 sqm studio type unit and make it a 1 bedroom loft type unit. Here’s in-progress shot on how they built the loft framing and stairs.

Before... 



Painted all Tubular steel with Redox red oxide anti rust paint


They used anchor bolt for the loft frame foundation (not on the picture). Below is the frame of the loft.


Stair stringer


Stairs railings


Loft railings



Next entry is about hiring a Good and Trusted Contractor and wait for my BEFORE and AFTER pictures.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Condo Fit-Out: Scope of Work


Here's the Scope of Work/Material:

1. Ceiling Installation, cove lighting
2. Super White Tile installation in the living area and kitchen floor
3. Vinyl wood plank flooring in the second floor (Loft)
4. Stairs
5. Closet cabinet and drawers underneath the stairs.
6.. Electrical lighting and accent cove light
7. Kitchen sink, counter top,  hanging and cabinet installation
8. T&B wall and floor tiles installation
9. Fixtures
10. Waterproofing
11. Steel bars and anchor bolt (Loft Frame and railing)
12. Overall painting

Total cost of project.. tantananaaaaaaaaaan

Abangan ang susunod na kabanata

Related Post:
Condo Fit-Out: Tile Flooring
Condo Fit-Out: Requirements

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Condo Fit-Out: Requirements

For the requirements, you need to ask your building admin and engineer before you can start renovating your condo. As mentioned on my previous post, we are planning to have a small loft or mezzanine to maximize the space and because we have a high ceiling.

Requirements are the following:

Architectural drawings

You need to submit architectural drawings by a licensed architect. This includes; floor plan, electrical plan, plumbing works, electrical load, cabinet installation, kitchen, T&B, ceiling installation and bedroom. We waited for the approval of the building engineer because we need to use steel bars and anchor bolt for the mezzanine. Engineer said, we are the first unit owner who proposed such plan and design, wala pa daw naglakas ng loob mag palagay ng mezzanine sa studio unit unless designed talaga yung condo na lagyan ng mezzanine.

Construction bond

Building admin required us to pay 50k and only 38k will be returned after the renovation has been completed.  Ang tanong, saan mapupunta ang 12k, madaming sinabi na kesyo ganito kesyo ganyan, may bayad yung pagbabantay nila at marami pang iba. Mabigat ang 12k pero kung poproblemahin ko yan sasakit lang ulo ko at baka hindi pa matuloy tong project na to.

Application Form

It’s an application form for the working permit. This will be provided by the building admin and we need to fill it out with the scope of work, name of contractor and the date of completion.

CARI

Contractors All Risk Insurance for construction projects consisting of protection against loss or damage, injury or property damage. We paid Ph2, 648 then submitted the following to the insurance company: Scope of work, Bill of Materials, Total cost of fit-out, working days, date of completion and complete name and address of the owner. Once processed, they will send the contract with the receipt via email. Then you need to submit it with the Application form to the building admin.

Once everything is good, the building engineer and foreman will meet the unit owner and contractor for the briefing then you may claim the working permit to start your condo fit-out or renovation.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Condo Fit-Out: Tile Flooring

It’s been almost 3 years since my last post about tiles. I just discovered that there are many types of Tile flooring. But the most commonly used is ceramic and granite.

Ceramic Tile is made from red or brown clay and other materials. This is only recommended for interior walls and floors but it is not advisable for kitchen floors and bathroom. BAKIT? Kase ansabe, ceramic tile absorbs too much water. Ano nangyayari sa paso ng halaman kapag laging basa at hindi nasisinagan ng araw? Tinutubuan ng lumot so in short, yung likod ng tile nyo may lumot and eventually magkakaron ng monster na unti unting lalabas kapag nagkabutas na ang grout.

Porcelain Tile is also made from ceramic fired at a very high temperatures. This is recommended for indoor and outdoor use because of the extra density. It is more durable, harder and more impervious to moisture. Ano ang impervious? Ang ibig sabihin, not allowing fluid to pass through. Code nga pala B1a is porcelain, B1b semi porcelain then the rest ceramic, yan ang sabe ni ateng sa Wilcon.

Granite is a natural stone produced from natural materials. It is nearly impervious and recommended for high traffic areas. Meaning, kapag laging dinadaan or may mga mabibigat na gamit, it is recommended to use granite.

If you are following this blog, last January 2013 na turn over ang condo unit namin. It is a bare unit, wala kahit ano parang box lang na puro alikabok. Nakatengga sya for 2 years and 6 months, so imagine mas makapal ang alikabok at insektong nanirahan sa loob ng condo. At sana walang multong pansamantalang nanirahan dun. Last July naghanap hanap kami ng contructor at humingi ng quotation. What we have is a 22sqm studio unit with a high ceiling. To maximize the space, we plan it to have a small loft or mezzanine for the bedroom. Just to give you an idea how limited and small the space is tignan nyo nalang yung picture. Ganyan lang sya as in maliit na box.



May napili na nga pala kaming contractor, sa mga may planong magpa furnish or fit out ng condo.. just follow my blog para magkaron kayo ng idea kung ano ano mga  dapat gawin at para masubaybayan kung ano kalalabasan after ng lahat.