Personal Residence #1 – Round 1 Final Renovation Update (April 24, 2019)

Well, just like I had anticipated, I won’t be getting a chance to start renovating the kitchen before my time in Manila is up; I’m now scheduled to head back to California and will be there before you know it. With that said, I continued to make incremental progress over at Personal Residence #1, and it’s advanced enough to the point where its now in a (very) livable condition…

Being able to install blinds was a “game changer” since I like to take naps during the afternoon, heh.

The following is an older update (from ~1.5 weeks ago), but I didn’t get around to posting pics, so here you go…

Simple, but I like it… It’s clean and the color scheme is neutral enough (it’s freekin all white!!) to the point where I shouldn’t have to worry about being penalized for any kind of building code violations (seriously after my Shitcago experience, I mean TOTAL DISASTER, you best believe I am going to ALWAYS do my best to comply with whatever rules/guidelines are put in place by the city/HOA!)…

At this stage of my life, I’m all about living drama-free… Just give me peace of mind and some high quality sleep; the following will help with the latter.

In other news, I continue to waste money on near-useless gadgets being offered at Lazada

Half-kidding, this water dispenser gadget has sort of worked ok and it was super cheap, anyway…

But yeah, eventually, I need to come up with a better (more permanent) solution…

In any case, refilling this giant 5 gallon jug of water only costs 50 pesos (~$0.96 USD), which includes FREE DELIVERY to your front door, so really, no complaints from me!

Again, I’ll look to try and save $$$ however/wherever I can… but at times, even if I have to resort to the “ghetto jam” lifestyle, it’s all good, I really dig (and can greatly appreciate) the simple life.

When I get back to Manila later this year, I’m looking forward to tackling on the kitchen remodel!

Oh and last note — Although I’m currently still sleeping on just a simple mattress on the floor, I did ultimately end up biting the bullet and pulling the trigger on the following bed frame…

I just couldn’t resist the 30% off sale + additional 10% off

No doubt, this is a luxury item that I probably don’t need, but sometimes, you just gotta do what makes you happy… 🙂


With early FI, it’s important to pick and choose your battles… I’m NOT one of those guys that’s gonna say you gotta give up your avocado toast, lattes, and even having to deprive yourself of basic furnitures (and other stuff)…

Know (and respect) thyself!

In the grand scheme of things, live within your means… but hot damn, life is entirely too short as well, so you gotta figure out how to achieve the right balance.

Happiness ftw!


See you all back in California!


Fight On!

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Your mattress is one of the most important attributes to a good life, so don’t be a cheapskate by looking for the cheapest solution out there. I had a hard foam one decades ago, always bad back aching from it. Switched to a springs+enclosed air pockets one, and never looked back. Now sleep exceedingly well, until I got to pee, and the back aching is gone forever, unless I lift something the wrong way …

For your kitchen remodel, instead of pulling up an L-shaped kitchen by following the wall perimeter, maybe do a bigger U or D shaped one, where you also have one or two lower cabinet sections extending perpendicular to one or the two walls. Those perpendicular sections without upper storage cabinets would then allow you to put drinks/ready meals/other stuff (shopping bags) on top while keeping the cooking area + sink section free for whatever you need to process at the same time. And under the perpendicular flattop area, you get yourself some probably much needed extra cabinet storage area, plus where you can put a laundry machine, unless you got one in the building basement that is for communal use for the condo occupants, like is done in many part in the world.

I would buy myself some blue small painters duct tape to paste on the kitchen floor area to simulate the used kitchen frame space, and see if some decent setup allows a still comfortable living room maneuvering area, while maximizing the perpendicular to the wall storage and kitchen tabletop area (since this will be your main residence for a time, if I understand your enthusiasm for BGC).

I don’t know your cooking skills, but I suspect that a decent designed and equipped kitchen will be a major selling point down the road, if you decide to move away, and in the meantime, it is also a good selling point if you want to turn it into an Airbnb. Not everyone fancy basic kitchen amenities. And since you have to do it only once, better put the effort to make it great, while trying to get a FIFighter price reduction in the process.

Enjoying the picture stream, I get a feel how it is in BGC, without having to go thru the hassle of sitting in an aluminum tube traveling high up for hours and hours and hours.

And on a side note, if you get yourself some troubles with local condo bugs, buy a peppermint plant in a pot, and water it a bit once a week, the chewing gum menthol scent that the plant delivers for free will be great for your condo atmosphere, but the bugs will flee the area, since it smells like shit to them, while it is smelling like heaven for us humans. A natural bug remover that smell well for free. And you can use the cut leaves to deliver special taste to some food stuff, if you care, or make mint tea from them (peppermint is noted for it’s digesting tract clean up properties: “your shit turns into solid stuff”).


Good buy.