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8 Reasons Why We Bought a Light Residences Unit

By on May 13, 2012 in Condominiums, Philippines | 8 comments

During our 2-month vacation in the Philippines early this year, my husband and I had an unplanned condominium purchase, which we do not regret (so far). We bought a one-bedroom condo unit in Light Residences on one of its towers that will be completed in 2014, two years from now. Light Residences are one of those pre-selling condominium projects that are popular in the Philippines nowadays. The units are sold/reserved before they are actually built. You give your trust to the company’s name when you involve yourself in this type of project and SM, the developer of Light, is a Philippine company you can trust. Pre-selling is a set up that worked for my husband and I since we do not plan to go back to the Philippines anytime soon. So, the two year building time for Tower 3, where our unit is located, is not bad of a waiting period. And we look at this as a sort of investing in an...

SM Residences, Avida Towers, and other Condominium Projects

By on May 13, 2012 in Condominiums, Philippines | 7 comments

A condominium is my husband and I’s biggest purchase to date as a married couple. This is actually unplanned, but since we are currently on a vacation in the Philippines, we decided to give condominium-shopping a try. Chateau Residences near SM Bicutan We frequented Mall of Asia during our stay and passed multiple SM Residences booths, thus; the first unit we checked out was developed by the SM Development Corporation (SMDC), the Chateau Elysee in Parañaque. It just happened one day that one of their agents, whose assignment was Chateau Elysee, approached us and gave us a flyer. He told us the location of the project is near the airport, and that selling point caught our attention. My husband and I looked at each other, and I asked him, “why don’t we check it out?”. The next day, we found ourselves riding a taxi from Pasay Taft to SM Bicutan, and riding a...

The Freemason Filipinos

By on Nov 26, 2011 in Philippines | 4 comments

I learned about Freemasonry and Knights Templar from reading Dan Brown’s books. So, when I saw a show running in the History Channel about the Holy Grail, I sat and watched it. The show’s conclusion led me to re-dig more information about the Freemasons and find out who were the famous people known to be Freemasons. The Wikipedia’s list of Freemasons surprised me as I recognize the Filipino names listed there. It amazed me how these Filipinos shaped the Philippines history. I might had overlooked the fact of their membership of this mysterious organization before but it’s harder for me to ignore it this time. So, let’s take a look at those notable Filipinos who were members of Freemasonry, a fraternal organization, and let’s wonder what had they taken from their membership and brought to the Filipinos. José Abad Santos, Chief Justice of the Supreme...

3 Ways to Send Money to the Philippines

By on May 28, 2011 in Philippines | 26 comments

I’ve been sending money to the Philippines from US since May of 2010; Either through my Wells Fargo account or Xoom money transfer. But before I came to the US, I was the one receiving money and I get it through a US debit card. Wells Fargo Global Remittance Service Most of my remittances are received using this service. I pay $5 when the money is directly deposited to a BPI account connected to my Wells Fargo Account, and I pay $7 when the remittance is received as cash. What I did was asked my parents to create a BPI account and send the account information to me. Once I hard this information I went to the Wells Fargo branch nearby and requested to connect the BPI account of my parents to my account in their bank. The verification process took a week but after it is verified, I was able to send money through the remittance service. I need to deposit my first remittance in...

Why Most Filipinos Aren’t Fat?

By on May 28, 2011 in Philippines | 2 comments

Alert: This post may be found racist. My American friend who had been to the Philippines  have asked me this question. He wondered why most Filipinos are not fat at all compare to people in US. What do you think he thought the reason was? Poverty in the Philippines. His answer was not a surprise to me at all but I feel somehow upset that this is his first thought. The Philippines is seen as a poor country abroad that there will be foreigners who will easily look down on Filipinos in general. But I immediately replied to my friend, “No, I don’t think it’s because they are poor that they can neither eat nutritious food nor eat three times a day”. But poverty is surely a factor. So here are what I told my American friend: A lot of Filipinos commute – Most Filipinos don’t have cars to go to wherever they want. If they want to go somewhere they have to...

Tagalog Quotes mula sa ating mga Bayani

By on May 3, 2011 in Philippines | 18 comments

Ito ay koleksyon ng mga siniping ideya mula sa ating mga bayani. “Ang pagsusumikap at pagpipilit na kumita ng ikakabuhay ay nagpapahayag ng tunay na pagmamahal sa sarili, sa asawa, anak, kapatid, at kababayan.” - Andres Bonifacio (Kartilya ng Katipunan) “Ang unang kabanalan ay ang pagsunod sa matuwid, anuman ang mangyari.” - Jose Rizal (Ang Liham ni Dr. Jose Rizal sa mga Kadalagahan sa Malolos, Bulakan) “Kapag totoong nakalat na sa buong kapuluan ang wikang inglés ay siyang gagawing wicang-bayan.” - Apolinario Mabini (Panukala sa Pagkakana nang Repúblika nangPilipinas) “Ang babae ay huwag mong ituturing na isang bagay na libangan lamang kundi isang katulong at karamay sa mga kahirapan nitong kabuhayan; gamitin mo nang buong pagpipitagan ang kanyang kahinaan at alalahanin ang inang pinagbuhata’t nag-iwi sa iyong kasanggulan.” –...