I talked with the owner of the apartment I was eyeing the other day. We haven’t agreed on the final rent yet, but it seems the deal has been closed. I will go back to his house tomorrow to issue the necessary post-dated checks to his secretary. My target date for moving in is October 15, barely a month from now.
Finally, we’re moving into a bigger house. It has a bedroom, a bathroom and a space big enough to serve as kitchen and living room, very much like what you’d get from a typical condo unit. It’s on the top floor of a three-storey building. We’ll be using the stairs to get there, but I don’t think it would be much of a problem with me and my siblings.
As early as now, I have a lot of things that I want to start doing once we have settled at our new place. I want to revive my old form of exercise called ‘morning jog’ and continue drinking lemon grass tea which I have stopped taking recently because of my crazy work schedule and the tons of things I need to accomplish before the month ends. I also want to start cooking new dishes and invite my friends over to feed them with the results of my kitchen experiments.
You bet, I am very positive about this move. It’s going to cost me more than what I usually pay for our place at present, but at least we’re going to have a bigger living space. It’s something I have always dreamed of. It’s something I’ve always wanted to get, and it’s within reach now.
Rent in Manila can go sky high. These days, it’s anywhere between P5,000 to P15,000 for a studio unit. Consider yourself lucky if you get a one-bedroom apartment within that price range. Before moving in, you have to pay the usual requisite: two months deposit and one month advance. Steep, yes, but that’s how it goes here.
Well, I guess what anyone planning of moving should do is prepare beforehand (financially and emotionally). It will help greatly if you’d choose the community where the house is located wisely. Check for crime rate, pollutants a.k.a. noisy/violent neighbors, flood problems, etc. This way you could reduce your future hassles and troubles to the size of a pea.
On a related note, my family has decided to maintain our Cavite home and I think it’s a wise decision. My parents will continue to live there but can also stay with us in Manila whenever and as long as they want. I consider this move a blessing. Love it!