Maximizing Your Space

In a housekeeping magazine, I read this quote:

“A home does not have to be big, just  smart.”

I could not agree more.  For me, there are ways to maximize your the little space that your house has.  If you only know how to smartly arrange your stuff, space should not be much of a problem.

“Think vertical,” is one of the advises experts would tell you.  Tall  cabinets  to store your books and things  in could be the key to make use of your limited space.  They could actually add variety to your room and enhances the feeling of spaciousness.  With the space you have saved, you can even be more creative with your choice of  furniture.  Speaking of which, you can also buy dual-purpose ones like sofas that can be converted into beds at night. If you can have one of those  foldable and collapsible bookshelves , the better!

Make use of every available space you have by buying small scale chairs and sofas to make your room look more spacious. If space is really a problem to you and you don’t know what to do,  you can always hire or ask an expert.  It’s a one-time investment you would not regret because home designers know what to do best with your home.  Not to mention of course, there are always sites online to get helpful tips from.

If there is still not enough space for all of your belongings why not consider external storage company? Perhaps you decided to redecorate or buy new furniture but your heart can’t let go of your old things. Self storage could be a good solution to that problem. There are many cheap storage options available that can help you free up a bit of space in your house and help you keep things that are precious to you.

 

 

 

 

Missing Home

Although Thailand has been our home for three years now, there are times that we just miss the Philippines so much.  The kids would especially reminisce a lot of good memories with friends, cousins and classmates.  They are currently homeschooled so they do not have as much friends as they do in our home country.

Lately, though, the kids have been making more friends when we go teach at the schools and communities we are serving.  It’s a joy to see them chat with Thai kids, although they are not really that good with the language.  We challenged them to ask other kids’ names, how old they are, etc. in Thai.  They get so happy when they hear a response, although they still could not have a prolonged conversation.  They will get to that, I am sure.  This language thing is just taking so much time.

One of the things that they also enjoy in the Philippines is the fact that they could fish, run around and enjoy the trees and lots of greens! My father has a machine shop so Roi gets to watch his granddad fix things, drive his backhoe and many other things my very handy dad does. I would not be surprised if Roi would know er Wagner if he hangs out with his grand dad more!

 

Us at the Wedding

I have blogged about our going home to the Philippines for my sister’s wedding.  As expected, our first week was busy with the wedding preparations.  Our excitement for Reyna’s big day was far greater than the exhaustion we felt working until late nights with the wedding giveaways.

I am currently working on posts about the big day in my other blog– but here’s a photo of us at the wedding.

Us and our growing kids!

Reyna and Ian’s wedding was such a joyous event.  It was great to be with family, cousins and friends we have not seen in a long time.  There was no classic bubble machine for added effects, but the dancing part after the reception sure was fun!

…celebrating the joys of family life!