27 July 2012

A New Direction

Almost a year ago, I made a post on why we can't move in yet much less buy furniture (which you can read here). Now, we definitely have an answer as to where we are going:

We were there last week for the "look and see" trip and accomplished quite a few things during our five day stay:

1.) We had our papers stamped by the Ministry of Manpower. The cards for Earl's employment pass and my dependent pass were released this week.

2.) Opened a bank account with DBS.

3.) Found an apartment to rent.

That last bit has gotten me so excited that it's all I can think of at the moment.

To give a brief background, earlier this month Earl's office recommended a property agent, Victor Nai, and I sent him a rather lengthy email describing the type of unit we had in mind. We agreed to a meet up just so that he could give us an idea of what apartments look like in the areas we were interested in. The plan was to seriously start searching for a place next month, so we didn't expect to find one so soon.

Since we are still at the start of the rental process, details of the apartment hunt will be in another post, but here's a picture of the building which I got off the Internet:

16 July 2012

Shop Hop: Noah's Nest

Dropped by this store out of curiosity and was pleasantly surprised at what I found. Let's put it this way, had we been moving to the house, I'd be going crazy and buying almost everything! And the best part is, it's less than five minutes away from where we currently live. Hmmm... maybe that's not such a good thing after all, at least not to my wallet.

They have furniture, kid's clothes, kitchenware, and decor items. Below are the aprons and table runners (Php 1200 - Php 1350 each) for sale:

Three panel window glass divider - Php 16,000

Decorative plates - Php 1750 each
Purple picture frame - Php 750
Blue & white picture frame - Php 600
Mini lamps - Php 1350 each

Blue & yellow stripe square plate - Php 1600 set of 6
Orange & yellow stripe rectangular platter - Php 600 set of 2
Cake stand that flips over to be a chip & dip server - Php 450

Square jars - Php 350 set of 2
Spice jars - Php 250 set of 2

Polka dot platter & bowl - Php 600 set of 2

Yakal & guigo wood table with capiz - Php 26,000

The store is located in the same building as Express Lanes by Shopwise.


11 July 2012

Pest Control: Mapecon

We've decided to go with Mapecon since not only are they the cheapest option, they also claim to be "economical, highly technical, indigenous, safe to human health and plants, environment friendly and proven effective in our 49 years of expertise in pest control business."

Here's their full quotation:

A. SOIL TREATMENT (ST) - To prevent subterranean termites from damaging your home/building, we treat the soil around by cordoning, trenching or injection methods using MAPECON’s effective F3D Insect Growth Regulator. F3D IGR contains not only time-tested persistent termiticides but also MAPECON’s patented household IGR concentrate (Pat. 16556) and organic lignin material (Pat. 13155) which long-lastingly bonds the F3D IGR with the soil creating an uninhabitable environment for subterranean termites.

Frequency : General Treatment

B. WOOD DRENCHING (WD) - With this service, we treat all infested parts of the building/or homes, concentrating on floors, walls, cracks, ceilings and crevices, by direct spraying of F3D IGR to control surface infestations and help minimize further infestation. F3D IGR mixed in either kerosene, turpentine, varnish, diesel oil can be used as wood preservative. F3D IGR is effective against wood rot.

Frequency : General Treatment

C. TERMITE ABATEMENT MAINTENANCE PROGRAM (TAMP) - If your home is termite–infested, there’s nothing like a regular termite check-up. During this monthly or quarterly visits, our licensed technician inspects all crevices, surfaces corners, and places conducive to termite attack. He treats any signs of infestation by dusting or trophallaxis method, wood injection, residual spraying or other similar techniques using MAPECON F3 Powder and/or F3D IGR when needed. Regular TAMP inspections and treatments minimize the possibility of an infestation by dry and damp wood termites as well as by subterranean termites.

Frequency : General Treatment & Quarterly Maintenance

D. GENERAL PEST ABATEMENT MAINTENANCE PROGRAM (GPAMP) - For effective control and/or prevention of all flying and crawling urban pests such as mosquitoes, houseflies, cockroaches, among others inside and immediately outside of the premises, a GPAMP service is hereby recommended to be done GPAMP service may come in the form of either spraying, misting, painting or brushing on infested surface areas with our exclusively formulated MAPECON Household Insecticide (HI). GPAMP treatment is for effective control of disease transmitting both flying and crawling and household, commercial pests such as cockroaches, mosquitoes, flies, etc.

This is accomplished by spraying or misting of MAPECON Sysnergized Household Insecticide Concentrate (HI) on pests and pest-infested and/or susceptible areas. Mapecon HI Concentrate dilution rate is 20 cc HI conc. to one (1) liter of water or kerosene. This solution, while maximizing its effectivity, has both flush out and knockdown effect. HI concentrate is 75% - 80% cheaper than other brands in the market and 120%-130% cheaper than other imported products such as Resigen. For residual control of roaches in cabinets, MAPECON NORO, a pelleted roach bait and its powder form MAPECON Power may be used. On surfaces where the cockroaches and other crawling insects pass and breed, spraying or brushing with MAPECON HI IGR concentrate may also be done.

Frequency : Free on General Treatment Only

E. RAT ABATEMENT MAINTENANCE PROGRAM (RAMP) - This covers the control of all species of rodents either by the installation of exclusive MAPECON Patented products. Most effective for this is MAPECON Encapsulated Zinc Phosphide concentrate (EZP). One EZP teabag mixed with one (1) cup leftover foods and wrapped like candies, will make 8 to 10 baits or ready to use baits. This bait will be placed in strategic and inconspicuous areas in your building/home.

Frequency : Free on General Treatment Only

Php 15,800 - Total cost for one year contract with one general treatment and quarterly service maintenance. (VAT inclusive)

TERMS: Less 5% discount or Php 15,010 payable in full upon signing of the contract.

*For non-full payment

Php 11,000 - Payable upon 1st service and remaining balance of Php 4,800 is payable every quarterly service at Php 1,200.


We have yet to decide though whether to do this quarterly considering the house is mostly made of concrete and the only wooden structures are the cabinets, baseboards and cornices.

05 July 2012

Sale! Special Value on Ethan Allen Upholstery & Accents

Pioneer cor. Reliance Sts., Mandaluyong City
Telephone Number: 634 8587
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm

The Residences at Greenbelt, San Lorenzo Tower, Esperanza St., Makati City
Telephone Number: 794 2095
Open Monday to Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-7pm

02 July 2012

Window Shopping: Pest Control

We have yet to live in the house, but some creatures have moved in already. Recently, we opened a window to find an ant colony living in the cavity of the frame... But the ones that have really taken over are the spiders, lizards and a few cockroaches.

So we called a few pest control companies to inspect the house (surveys are free of charge) and give us an idea if this project will be within our budget.


Telephone Number: 525 0434
Email: mapecon_marketing@yahoo.com

Scope of Work:
1. Soil Treatment
2. Wood Drenching
3. Termite Abatement Maintenance Program
4. General Pest Abatement Maintenance Program
5. Rat Abatement Maintenance Program

Php 15,800 - Total cost for one year contract with one general treatment and quarterly service maintenance. (VAT inclusive)

TERMS: Less 5% discount or Php 15,010 payable in full upon signing of the contract.

*For non-full payment

Php 11,000 - Payable upon 1st service and remaining balance of Php 4,800 is payable every quarterly service at Php 1,200.

International Fumigation

Telephone Number: 0916 540 9530
Email: i_f_s_i@yahoo.com

Scope of Work:
1. Subterranean Termite Control Treatment Service

Php 13,500 - First comprehensive treatment for entire residence wooden structure, and soil treatment.

Php 2,500/quarter - For quarterly maintenance treatment service.


Telephone Number: 0917 803 7771
Email: markjayson.canaveras@rentokil.com

Scope of Work:
1. Strategic Sub-Slab Termiticide Application
2. Spraying for the Control of Termites
3. Spraying and Misting for Cockroaches and Ants

Php 21,960 - One time treatment only (VAT inclusive)

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