Two weeks later

As of right now I am 90% settled into my new quarters; when I will reach a full hundred (if at all) I will never know. It's a very troublesome thing, moving. This is my first time to deal with expiring leases and property agents and looking for rental flats online, and it's no fun at all. Before finding this gem of an apartment (read: cheap and inhabitable) I was stressed out for weeks - every morning when I wake up my first thought is "I am going to be homeless at the end of the month".

I'd say I found this house by accident, but that just sounds so cliche. It's true, though. Why I was searching for a six-bedroom units I could not for the life of me remember, but somehow I managed to find one for rent, with four bathrooms to boot. I sent the link to my officemate, captioned with "What's the catch?", and that same afternoon we found ourselves viewing this monstrous flat with, yes, six bedrooms - two masters, four common rooms, and even a maid's room (with windows!) - and no conceivable catch. To be honest up until my first night here I was still convinced the whole thing is a hoax.

The first time I moved, all I had to do was call a cab. This time I had to rent a truck. Just a tiny one, but still. It's appalling how much junk I've managed to accumulate in a year.

The apartment is unfurnished, so I had to buy a bed. Fortunately, moving day coincided with the Ikea sale *big grin*. 

I was resigned to getting the simplest of beds - no headboard, no details, no nothing. But when we tried to purchase it a week before the move, I was informed that if the target delivery date was more than three days from the point of sale I had to pay 20 dollars per item per day! For storage! Crazy, yes? So I went back a couple of days later, and lo and behold.

So that tiny bit of annoyance worked out for the best. ^^

My room is still a work in progress - I am hoping to upgrade my (very cramped) budget workstation when my finances allow it - but I am quite pleased with how everything worked out.
(Side note: I said almost the exact same thing when I moved to my former apartment).

Plus, I have these huge huge windows and every morning I wakeup to this awesome view of... construction sites!

And they're nowhere near completion (2015, according to the posters), so I guess the drapes shall remain closed for my entire stay here.

The balcony view is not too bad, though.

Yep, not bad at all.

Franc Franc!

I'm on a serious blog backlog, but I've just been so crazy busy with the move and all (more on that in a later post).

Anyway, Franc Franc opened in Vivo City a couple of weeks ago, and I just had to come visit because I've been missing Japan lately.

Franc Franc is a Japanese store full of random nifty things. Or at least that was how I remembered it.

Cebu + Bohol: A Photodump

As much as I wanted to discover everything Cebu and Bohol has to offer, I'm not crazy about doing it by myself. I guess that makes me the worst tourist ever, but I really think half the fun in traveling is the company. Or at least that's my excuse for not getting anywhere (coupled with the fact that my schedule was really alanganin). 

No direct flight from Singapore to Bohol, so I had to take the red-eye flight to Cebu. A couple of hours before I had a verrrrry disappointing apartment viewing (I almost burst into tears when I saw the house - it was that fug) so I was a haggard mess by the time I reached the airport because I only had a couple of minutes to pack. Thank goodness for web check-in (which is now free, by the way, whereas before you had to use the seat selector which has an additional charge).

(Non) Friday Favorites: Travel Edition

My apologies for the lack of posts. I'm moving to my new place (yay!) soon, and given the amount of stuff I have managed to accumulate you can imagine how crazy things have been going.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I went back to the Philippines to attend a wedding. It's not everyday that two people you've been friends with at different stages of your life - she was my dorm mate in college, he was my batchmate and projectmate in my previous company - tie the knot. So despite the fact that at that point in time I was virtually homeless (my lease is about to expire and I have yet to find a place to move), no way was I going to miss it.

The wedding was held in Bohol, and unfortunately for me, there are no direct flights from here so I had to go to Cebu and take the ferry to Tagbilaran. It was way too much travel and waiting time for such a short distance - I left Singapore at midnight, and it was past noon when I collapsed into my hotel bed - and in the process I discovered a couple of things that from now on I am never going to travel without.

It's a bit clunky and weighty (and yes, pricey), but when you find yourself in a toilet stall with no hooks or platform to rest your bag on, you'll be glad to have a Clipa with you.

Instant toilet door hook!

This is actually my gift to le BF, but he insisted I bring it with me, and thank goodness he did! Red-eye flight, a dozen screaming kids, a handful of babies, and a heavily snoring kuya on the seat behind mine. End of story.

Bare MineralsNatural Sunscreen SPF30
It's a proud little multitasker - it provides sun protection, it eliminates the shine, and it even gives a bit of coverage. While I wouldn't rely on this to protect me from UV rays, say, on the beach, I think it's sufficient for normal use. The bonus is, it's not a liquid or gel, so you can stash it in your carry-on bag. The attached brush is actually pretty great (and soft!), and the finish is very natural - it doesn't cake at all - which is perfect for on-the-go application (yes, even without a mirror).

Kindle 3G
Whether you're lost, or just looking for places to eat at the last minute, you'll be glad to have that slow clunky (but free!) web browser.

Note: I can browse the web for free in the Philippines, but in Singapore it seems to have been disabled. Hmmph. Go figure.

Giant sweater
Emphasis on the term giant, because you want a sweater you can wrap your entire self in when the cabin temperature starts to dip. At first I thought all airlines provided blankets, but that was when I was spoiled by business trips via JAL. I have since woken up to the harsh harsh reality that PAL flight attendants whisk your blanket away an hour before landing, and that budget airlines don't even have blankets at all x.x

Travel Pillow
I actually don't own one yet, which is insane considering how yammered my neck gets after a long trip (and how much I envy people who had the foresight to bring one). So next trip I'll definitely have a travel pillow smooshed inside my schlepping bag, I promise. Most probably in pink :p