31 July 2009

No House in Sight

Our agent told us that Avida will start applying for the permits in April and this will take one to two months depending on how fast the government approves them. Then they will start building the house. By my calculation, they should have started building the house in June.

Last month, I called the Alabang office coordinator for an update and Raquel told us that there was already a "notice to construct" and that this means they have "started gathering the construction materials". So I'm thinking that by July, we would be able to visit the site and see their progress. Right?

Two weeks ago, I spoke to Rommel from the construction group and he informed me they have yet to start building... Huh? Apparently, the land management group has yet to turn over the lot as it has not yet passed the soil compaction test. He did say that the lot has been filled but they have to wait for the moisture in the soil to dry out before doing the test again.

Uh, it's been raining since that time so when will the soil dry out...? Another thing, it's currently the RAINY SEASON.

I asked Rommel how long the house will take to finish once the lot is turned over to their group. His answer? Six months. We're thinking that the stated turnover schedule (supposedly fourth quarter of this year) will definitely not push through.

But then again, this will give us more time to save for what will go in the house. So all is well.

11 July 2009


They sent the wrong book.

I ordered "Knack Organizing Your Home: Decluttering Solutions and Storage Ideas by Emily Wilska" through Books in the Balance (BITB), one of the Amazon Marketplace sellers. A few weeks later, I check with my aunt in the US and it turns out that BITB delivered "Knack Green Decorating & Remodeling: Design Ideas and Sources for a Beautiful Eco-Friendly Home by Heather Paper" instead.

Inconvenient but I wasn't too bothered because I knew that things would be fixed quickly. I sent them an email and after three days (and one follow-up), Amazon sent notification that they've given me a full refund ($9.46).

Now that bothered me - I wanted to return the book BITB delivered and get my actual order. But that was not to be since I asked them how I could give the book back and they sent an email telling me to "please keep it on us."

When I check online, the same book is now selling for $16.22 (inclusive of taxes). Sigh.

Well, I ordered it again despite the price increase which brought my total to four. Hmmm... Four books about storage? I must admit that's a little too much.

On the bright side, I now have a book on decorating that will help save the environment at the same time!
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