Saturday, December 28, 2013

My DIY Christmas Gifts

After finishing 7 photobooks this year, I guess its safe to say that it became a full blown hobby =))

My 4 personal photobooks
So I've decided to give it as semi-DIY Christmas presents to my Tita Jinky who often "get" photos from our family album and Tita Anne who takes a lot of family photos but doesn't bother to print it! As usual, I bought a discounted online voucher and chose the one that will deliver before Christmas. I have to say that of all the Photobook makers that I've tried, I'm very happy with the quality of print of Fotosnaps!
Printed by Fotosnaps
My second DIY gifts project is for my friends. I'm a type of person who likes to give something but unfortunately, I'm on a tight budget so I had to be creative. Instead of buying them random stuff (like I usually do in the past), with the help of Pinterest, I had an idea of making rock chocolates/gummy bears on small jars.  Originally, I wanted to use Mason Jars but its too expensive here and will defeat my goal hahaha! 
I'm at my happiest when I'm creating =)
These choco rocks can be deceiving, its really yummy
Ta-da!

Love, Hate: SMDC Light Condo

This is my long overdue rant post about my SMDC Light Condo. It turned out to be my biggest disappointment for 2013 and caused me a lot of stress!!! When they were pre-selling it, they said that the turnover will be on July 2013. When I got my "Contract to Sell", it specified 3rd quarter of 2013 so I expected the worse and conditioned myself that it will be by the end of September (the last month on 3rd quarter). Fast forward September, we're invited to the condo blessing but I wasn't able to see my actual unit. I was asking my agent to give me an exact turnover date because technically speaking, I already fully paid my unit. November passed quickly and still no word from them. 

Finally, they told me that it will be ready by December 26. It seems like a joke or a trick date because most people are on holiday or out of town during this time. Fortunately, my province is just 2 hours away so I said yes, we can do the unit turnover on that day. I already packed my stuff and I was ready to move in on 27th because 26th was supposed to be my first time to view my actual unit, final inspection and unit turnover.

snippet from my Contract to Sell
My parents, sister and my agent met with another SMDC representative on the lobby and she guided us to the 50th floor. She said that she'll warn us now that the built in cabinet is not yet ready. When we arrived on my floor, I already felt sad because there still an on going construction on the hallways and other units. There is no way that it is ready for moving in.  The lady then explained that we cannot move in yet and they cannot give a specific date. I was mad but I was also sad for my condo agent who was sick that day and wasn't informed by their office that the unit is not ready for turnover. It turned out that the "turnover" became an "actual unit viewing".  We traveled all the way from Caloocan for nothing.

Logically, I expected to be settled in by this time but they said they had issues with "Project Director replacement", "contractors" and "my unit was on the 50th floor". So many excuses and what's sadder is that 6 months of delay wasn't enough for them to finally deliver what I paid for! :(

Excitement is now replaced by Disappointment

This is my first investment and I've been paying for it for the last 2 years and there's 5 more years for my bank loan. They say that buying a house/condo is a leap of faith but in my case it was also a test of patience!