Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Day Has Arrived

That I brought home a live plant 2 live plants. If you remember, Nino - the onion, it died a glorious death so basing on that fact alone, these 2 will have to beat the odds (100%!). 

A royal purple phalaenopsis ...

... and a miniature one. 

I guess taking home orchids is way better than taking home a cat and a puppy which we seriously thought about for 5 minutes yesterday after spending our entire traveling time with a friend talking about cats. 

I've always loved flowers but not really live plants. Growing up in a shrub-tree-grass-orchid-name-any-plant-most-likely-my-mom-has-it-filled home, I understand that plants are clingy, needy beings. They need constant care: water, trimming, fertilizer and the whole she-bang. With only us 2 running the house and most likely we are dead tired at the end of the day, having these plants would be some responsibility. 

However, I've always been enamored by these classy blooms. These Moth Orchids are simple but very elegant which I thought would be perfect to beautify our home. This is one corner of our dining area. As much as I want to get the white variety, the deep purple perfectly suits our Ikea storage boxes and the Alessi fruit basket. 

Now this miniature version is too cute not too take with me home. And is perfect with our now-white shoe cabinet/console and the wall clock. 

If you are interested in taking care of Phalaenopsis, I was told that:

1. The blooms last for 2-3 months. Some varieties last for 6! Imagine the savings I will have by not buying cut flowers. 
2. They don't need much sunlight, a little water and warm temperature - perfect indoor plant. 
3. I was advised to water the plant once every 2 days. The appropriate volume is that of a small Yakult bottle. 

Wish us luck. We still intend to plant an entire garden. Let's see how that will pan out.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Casa Cunanan

I have been quiet for a few weeks and with good reason. We transferred to our first home - technically second - but we will be staying here for a few years so our weekends are spent on furniture shop - hardware store runs,  home arrangement and cleaning and doing some odd paint jobs. The husband was successful in transforming my 5-year old black shoe cabinet to something that suits the current house theme. 

Boysen lang ang katapat, nyan!

Hence, allow me to do a quick update on how things are at Casa Cunanan.

We invested on an electric drill to make decorating easier and a pint of paint is a wise buy, too: this is the black shoe cabinet I shared earlier. 

PhP 5000 savings, yan! Puti na siya, kani-kanina lang. 

The pinterest-y part of the house, our dining area.

Thanks to the very pretty bunch the husband bought from Amsterdam on his way home. Since our wedding, the husband has flown some mileage. I am sorta-kinda inggit. 

We attended a morning wedding during Valentine's weekend... it's love. 

The husband wore his rockstar cufflinks. 

We also enjoyed a massage that weekend and a free night stay at a hotel courtesy of a friend. 

We are blessed. 

Life in the South is very relaxed and ... windy. I kid you not. We like it a lot here. We venture to the North to be with friends and sometimes invite them over to enjoy the charm of the South. 

We are slowly getting there in making our house a home that we can fill with love. Earlier, we went to the gardening supply shop to choose the plants we are to grow in our mini garden and the husband is designing the make-shift shelter we plan to have at the back of the house.

We can do this a step at a time. 


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