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Operation GR: Couch for Sale!!!

Time to set Operation GR in motion! I am selling some stuff that I will no longer need in the near future, and this is the first (well actually second - have a prospective buyer for the poker chip set) to go: the couch.

I hate to sell the couch, but really, what would I do with it? It's not covered with matouk linen, but it is very very comfy - ask anyone who has had the chance to sit on it. I think practically everyone who's used the couch has fallen asleep! It does have a few tiny holes:
And that's why I am selling it for less than half the price I paid for it. It's 1 year and 3 months old, and I'll be ready to hand it over first week of October.

If you know anyone who's interested (and lives around Metro Manila and its suburbs), please let me know.

Up next...dining table. I just need to take photos and it's not very organized right now. ;)

Operation GR

Last weekend, I started sorting my things. Yeah, I am getting rid of unnecessary things in my life and going down a different path. Where it will take me, I don't know.

Unfortunately, this path also means saying goodbye to some attachments. I had to say bye to Dexter, but he'll be in a better home with more people to play with him. I also had to say bye to Koryu, but she'll be with Silas so it's all good.

Now for the crap that I have left. I will be taking photos of stuff that I am going to sell and posting them here. I just need to sort the items out, but do look out for that - you might find something. Don't expect anything like modern office furniture though - they're all from the condo. ;)

So anyway, Operation GR is underway, and I can't wait to get it all over with!

Thank God For Comfy Couches

Remember that couch? I think it's become my comfort zone these past weeks. I have been spending practically all my time in it. I write on the couch. I study on the couch. I even eat on the couch! Often, I find myself falling asleep while sitting on it. It's just that comfy! I am so glad that we got it, despite my initial misgivings.

I am planning to go to the mall next weekend to look at furniture, though. I don't know, but I have been going through this retail therapy phase, and I feel like looking at stuff for the house. I am sure I will see a lot of modern sofas and couches, but I think I will not trade my trusty old just yet.
What's your "comfort zone" at home?

Home Maintenance = Headache

Times like these, I am glad that I don't own my condo. Have you ever noticed how, when one thing breaks down, every other thing in the house follows suit? First the toilet clogged (thank God the plunger worked magic). Then the light bulb in the bathroom burnt out. Then I noticed that the bathroom door is going bonkers. (Gotta look for discount door hardware.)

The good thing is that the landlord should cover the costs, but it's such a hassle to get in touch with the broker and reimburse and all that stuff...I can just imagine if I actually owned the place and had to do major repairs. Pfft.

THE Couch - Finally

See that? That's the couch that gave us so much trouble in the beginning, but is giving us so much pleasure right now. We decided to get rid of our old leatherette love seats when we moved, so we had to go find ourselves a replacement. Unfortunately, it was not as easy as we thought it would be. The affordable ones were crappy and the one we liked were priced astronomically.

After hours of looking, we found one overstuffed couch that we fell in love with as soon as we sat down. We spent another 30 minutes or so determining whether or not it would fit in the elevator - I even called the condo admin to make sure. We finally got it into the back of the truck and headed on home, only to find out that no matter how much we tried, we couldn't fit it in the elevator.

So back we went to the store to get a replacement. We weren't able to make up our minds till the next day and we ended up with this lovely camel-brown whatever color you want to call it three-piece thingie. …

The Torn Sofa

When we moved into our previous apartment more than a year ago, we didn't have any furniture. Our old condo came with most of the furniture we needed so when we moved to an unfurnished unit, we had to buy most of our stuff. We got two 2-seater faux black leather couches which suited us perfectly well.

Now, one has torn upholstery - I guess from over use? I am thinking of replacing the sofas and have been looking at modern furniture. However, the other sofa is still in perfect condition and I don't want it to go to waste. Perhaps an upholstery job would do fine? But I heard that this would cost almost as much as getting a new one. What do you think?

The Red House

I have never been one to conform just because I had to. Although I tend to follow rules (thanks to my parents who ingrained this strong sense of respect for authority), I still do a lot of things my own way. Take our new unit for example, the interior walls are red. Some might not think much of it but over here, not too many people have red walls for the insides of their homes. I have been posting a lot about our new apartment but I just want to share it again - it is slowly becoming like home to me.

Everything that needs to be done is almost done. We just need the screen door and the front wall for the store. The good thing is that they can both wait until we actually have funds for them. We just need a couple more fixtures here and there. I am thinking a bit ahead here - maybe some Christmas decorations like a christmas wreath hanger or a mantle hook.

Of course, I have been searching online for inspiration for these things and I found one in Wrought Iron Haven. They have so m…

Ana's Furniture Store @ Marikina

For those who might want to pay Ana's furniture store a visit, here is a flier that she is giving out.

It's really easy to find if you know what you are looking for. You might not see a sign that says Ana but it is the big orange building on the left, if you are heading towards the Marikina Bridge. Happy shopping!

Our Tiny Shoebox

When we decided to move to our current apartment, we called it our tiny shoebox. It is a very apt name, actually. The apartment is rectangular and is quite small, especially compared to the condo we used to live in. We were able to make do, however, and our things fit.

A year later, it seems that we are running out of space. I am planning to buy an oven but there is nowhere to put it. We got that TV from Earl and we wanted to put it in the bedroom but there really is no space. I might have found a solution for the TV, though.

I found a web site offering a tv lift cabinet that is so thin that it just might fit at the foot of our bed. It will still be a tight fit but this is the best solution that I have seen so far. Any other ideas?

Moving Houses

My friend Ren is thinking about moving to another condo when their current contract expires in a couple of months. They just moved in to their current place last year - roundabouts the same time as we did. It got me thinking, do I want to move again?

Now that I think about it, I have moved 6 times in the past 8 years. The first 4 moves were easy because I shared apartments with college friends and I didn't really have too many things. The last 2 were awful because by that time, I had collected some furniture and household appliances.

Moving isn't easy. The last time we moved, it took me days of packing and buying moving boxes to put all our stuff in. Luckily we had our maid to help us then. Now, we are on our own and I don't know if I can handle all that.

I wish we had a moving service here in the Philippines like Discover Boxes. They operate in the States and they provide all sorts of supplies for moving. Having access to their services would surely make things much…