Swimpeccable Eats at 8 Seas Food Park Adventure

My appreciation for mermaids and seas is nothing new to you my dear merfriends, that is why imagine the delight on my face when I saw the design of 8 Seas Food Park Adventure!

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It was like a pier, with big floaters and a ship! I truly felt like a mermaid who turned into a human. 🙂

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I have already posted an introduction in my Facebook page how I felt about going to events now that I have a 5-month old baby. I was really excited to try different dishes from this new food park given that it is so near our place.

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CHICKAPIG

https://www.facebook.com/ChickapigPh/

(02) 451 29 26 | 0932 849 4560 | 0917 862 1212

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This one is a great choice for families and friends when dining out as their food concepts are generally preferred by Pinoys. Showcasing family tradition and culinary passion, Chickapig is driven to satiate and invoke customer loyalty by offering tasty food and appetizing atmosphere.

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I enjoyed their sisig and chicken wings. I am a big fan of the latter that is why I am quite picky and tend to veer on more familiar tastes such as garlic parmesan and honey lemon.

They have adequate servings so there’ll be no hunger pause buttons. I believe pairing their food either with rice or standalone can still be mouth-watering, and definitely worth trying.

KOCCO

https://www.facebook.com/Koccotea/

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As a breastfeeding mom, I’m quite thirsty all the time, so aside from water, it is a great treat to drink flavoured liquids from time to time.

Kocco Tea Kitchen offers tea, milktea, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, and frappe for all drink junkies out there. I am more of a milktea person rather than liking coffee. I actually grew up thinking coffee is only for adults. 😀 Haha That is why this is a haven for me.

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I ordered Strawberry Daiquiri Lemonade and it was thirst-quenching as well as refreshing. I didn’t even know I was about to finish it right before I start the next meal.

I also find this little nook quite cozy. It’s intimate and very discreet. I think most youngsters would enjoy trying out their swills.

SAMGYEOP SA TIMOG

https://www.facebook.com/SamgyeopSaTimog/

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I am not a fan of Korean Buffets because I find the smoke quite annoying, to which I am very allergic. That was why I was a bit hasty on trying this restaurant.

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But as I was trying on the appetizers and the unlimited meat, I finally found why Pinoys are so addicted to this type of dining. It’s a great fuel after a hard day’s work and it’s a great way to unwind with friends.

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The unlimited deal is such a steal too, because for only 299PHP you get to have unlimited pork, while at 399PH you get unlimited chicken, beef and pork meat!

Both prices include the side dishes such as kimchi, fish cake, cucumber, atchara, raddish and carrots, peanuts, vegetable curry, lettuce, japchae, and kimchi soup. You also get to have three sauces: ssamjang, yangnyum and sesame oil with salt and pepper.

They also provide melted cheese that goes well with everything! 😀

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I actually had a lot of inquiries from my Facebook MyDays and Instagram Stories upon posting!

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With the sprouting unlimited samgyeopsal around Timog Avenue and Tomas Morato, Quezon City, SamgyeopSaTimog has the lowest price! It’s a great excuse to finally give in and enjoy good times with your good friends! Plus, ending it with a coffee jelly puts everything satisfyingly delicious.

There are many other interesting food junctions in the park, to which I want to try on my next visit. What better day to go than Valentine’s Day?

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On February 14, Thursday, 8 Seas Food Park Adventure is having a Valentine’s Day Special called “A Pair 2 Remember”. Come in twos, as friends, siblings, child-parent, boyfriend-girlfriend, husband-wife, exes, almosts, unlabelled, etc. enjoy a hearts’ day set meal at 999PHP that’s good for two!

Enjoy the lovely night with some bossa nova at the background too!

See you there! 😀

8 Seas Food Park Adventure

122 Timog Avenue, Quezon City

https://www.facebook.com/8seasfoodpark/

0933 642 6683

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Bubble Man for a Happy Wife and a Happy Life

Truly, married life is totally different from the days when I still stay in my parents’ house. It has a lot of adjustments, and can be pretty tricky especially if you’re not really the household-chore type of girl, and when you’re allergic to almost everything!

That is why I am so lucky when my husband and I found a way to work around our roles in our little home, in preparation as well as we await our little bundle of joy!

Since I don’t cook (Disclaimer: Not that I’m too ‘maarte’, but the smoke really gets to me. I can really get sick from the allergies just by smelling fried garlic, fried rice, onions, etc.) , we were able to establish that John does the cooking, while I wash the dishes.

Now that I am answerable to our clean plates and his clean pans, I am so happy that I found Bubble Man!

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Bubble Man is a highly efficient, economical, environmental-friendly and Philippine-made Dishwashing Liquid that promises to make cleaning easier and more fun for the entire family.

Would you believe that is three times more affordable than the market’s popular and leading brands? Growing up, I’ve been used to watching commercials showing the efficacy of such brands, and now that I am a wife, and a soon-to-be mother, I am wondering if there are other alternatives for me, especially that we have to manage the budget effectively.

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It is good to know that upon using it, I was able to clean more dishes with just a small amount, not to mention it can easily rinse off. But for this morning, my husband was extra sweet to take the liberty to wash the dishes on my behalf. I might have overslept and abused my snooze button!

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He said he loved using our new dishwashing liquid! 😀 But was a little creeped out when I started positioning the bottles and took this photo. Hehe 😛

A single drop mixed in water can already be used to clean the kitchen sink, few more drops in a water bucket can make an entire floor spotless; you can even use it to clean your car! And the best of it all, its gentle formula, can be mild enough to clean toys, milk bottles, and even my delicate make-up brushes!

I don’t even have to buy separate washing liquids for the last few items I mentioned!

I was surprised how gentle it is on my hands as well, it’s like a handsoap too! No need to put hand lotion after!

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Bubbleman comes in three variants: Lemon, Antibac, and Kalamansi scents. The 270 ml size retails for only Php 32.50, while the 880 ml bottle retails for only Php 70.00, with special promo pack 270ml for only 55.00 while promo pack 880ml is only 130.00

You can find Bubble Man at all leading supermarket such as Puregold, Mercury Drugs, Robinson, Waltermart, Landmark, Fishermall Supermarket, METRO  and other groceries nationwide and is a proud product of Mikewell Corporation.

Mikewell Corporation is a 100% Filipino-owned company established by two Chemical Engineers in 2005, with the objective of creating house cleaning products that improve quality of life, through clean homes and a safe environment.

 

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram! 😀

https://www.facebook.com/BubblemanPH/

https://www.instagram.com/BubblemanPH/

 

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From Being Half-Orphan to Marrying my Better-Half, and All the Life-Changing Crazy Things of 2017

It’s the last day of the year, and I normally do not blog to review what happened in the last 364 days, but for 2017, I’m making an exception.

There has been no year that has saddened, challenged, frustrated, and uplifted me so much. So to give reference, and make me remember in the future, I’d like to share with you my year, in review.

January – Mom passed away.

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Not exactly the thing I was expecting for the first week of the year. And for the rest of my life, starting at my 27th year on earth.

I never felt so low in my life, and be subjected in a state of so much disbelief. This is something you can never recover from, but you can get used to.

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Sadness. Longing. Regret. Few of the many despairing words you feel when someone you love dies. But then again it leaves you with so much awe how that person has affected you so much, that the feelings left can actually change and improve your perspectives on how you would want to live your remaining days until you see her again.

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As for me, I want to make her proud everyday.

February – I got engaged.

Again, disbelief.

As I accepted that ring 31,000 feet above the ground I knew my life is about to change even more.

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At that moment, I knew this year is going to kick my butt every chance it gets. It maybe for the better or worse, but I just have to be ready at every whim when the kick comes.

But this one, I love so much.

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I was single for 4 years from a colorful 6-year relationship, and at 26 I was worried that I might be still single until I’m 30. I’m not getting any younger, and I was a bit panicky for myself already.

But hey, love finds you when you least expect it.

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I just can’t believe I’m getting married to a younger man I met in a club. 😮 And I’ve never been more sure in my life.

 

March – I resigned.

I ended my 5-year tenure to one of the most established and elite real estate companies in the country.

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I never thought I could be that brave. But then again, choices have to be made, and things are going to turn in one way or another.

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My resignation just happen to be marked on this month.

It was a big leap, the biggest actually for my career. It was heart-breaking and liberating at the same time.

And the most forward-thinking if I may say. I wasn’t planning on shifting to another organization, so it was truly a game-changer.

I was now on my own, planning my own game.

April – I got my first paid freelance talk and a feature in Rappler. And, I changed my hair color!

Changing my haircolor to a very bold hue was one of the bravest and best decisions I made in my life!

Changing it didn’t just paved the way for new opportunities, it also armed me with a whole new gear of confidence for much riskier and happier adventures!

A month ago, I never thought someone would want to hire me to talk in their company. I mean, I’ve never talked anywhere without representing where I’m working for.

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But that day, I felt like a superwoman! I felt like I could do anything, as long as I pour my heart into it.

I created a new module and syllabus, and facilitating it felt like I was already teaching it for a long time.

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I really have to thank my experience and the opportunities given to me before, without which I wouldn’t have the skill to create something of my own.

I will always be grateful. 🙂

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And I also made friends with a young photographer and writer who happens to be having her on-the-job-training in Rappler. I didn’t knew participating in her OJT interview feature assignment would actually end up being released in this bigtime news site!

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May – I got a publicist and had my first meeting with a celebrity for Versaheel.

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This was waaaaay over the top. I was like, it’s barely half a year! And now this? I met this International Blogger and Publicist named MJ Racadio, and he opened doors I never knew were even there before!

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I met him in a Francis Libiran Fashion Show, and he took interest in my shoe work, and before I know it, I was meeting and dressing up Jaclyn Jose.

 

June – I was named a blogger ambassador for a brand.

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My blog is still new. I wasn’t that kind who was very religious when it comes to updating her blog, but I am striving very hard, that was why I was so shocked when I got an email about a brand wanting to partner with Encyclopevia.

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Gown for Rent couldn’t be timelier as I was set to be married soon. So it provided a really good angle for me to write on. And I enjoyed shooting amazing gowns from their studio!

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And since you’re right here already, next time you need a quick outfit fix for an event, you can rent your beautiful dress for a price you can’t refuse, and get 20% off! Use my code: GFRVIA728

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July – Together with my then-fiance, we booked our major wedding suppliers and I was invited to talk in a business expo in SM Megamall.

At this moment, I was extra concerned already because I haven’t quite done a good deal for our wedding planning. I was totally freaking out about the date I wanted, if it’s still available in our non-negotiable church.

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To my good grief, it was STILL! Not the best time slot, but it will do! 🙂

I felt so triumphant, because after two days, we were also able to book the reception and caterer which is just 5minutes away from the church! Yay! 😀

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I also had the stage all to myself when I discussed Instagram Marketing with a bunch of business owners, marketers and students in an expo in SM Megamall. Mall talks are a big deal for me!

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This was the same organization that gave me an opportunity to talk in Glorietta last year. Gladly, I was more calm on this one compared to the travel expo in 2016.

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August – I travelled to Cambodia and Malaysia and got my first feature in a TV show.

This year is totally giving me a lot of firsts.

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I got to visit Siem Reap, Cambodia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! I love travelling! It has made me understand more people and their unique cultures!

I believe aside from being a good story-teller, you also become a better and more tolerant person when you travel.

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Plus, I got to see my face on TV for the first time! Not as an audience of a show, but actually as myself!

I got featured in News5 at TV5 for my story as a shoe designer, and a live interview was also held in Pambansang Almusal at Net25 featuring my work and some designs.

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I never thought I’ll have these opportunities this early when I am just a girl who is madly fixated with shoes.

 

September – I enrolled in a shoe construction class.

Taking my shoe designer dreams and skills to the next level! My then-fiance and I thought it would be a great move to learn more about the craft.

I was so excited because I have always dreamed of studying in SoFA (School of Fashion and Arts).

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I learned to design with more precision, do pattern-making and the actual shoe-making! I am stocking so much leathers at home already! 😮

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I even earned my first battle scar! 😀 I accidentally cut myself while I was tracing my pattern in the shoe last. I am so thrilled on getting my own shoe machines soon!

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October –My first shoe collaboration project happened.

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Before I was just taking photos from the shoe factories, Marikina Public Market, and the basement of Farmers’ Plaza, but now I actually experienced shooting a collection of my own designs! What’s better is that it is for a collaboration between a New York-based artist, Peter Marco of MARCO NOT POLO.

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The Princess and the Peacock 2My heart swells with joy as I also made good collaborations with Tobi Cabrera of Funkadelic Photos and Joshua Miguel Paungan of A Day in the Life.

 

 

November – I met new people for the first time who recognized me and read my blog.

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This was such a revelation for me. Some people ARE actually reading my blog! OMG!

 

I went to some events and met new friends, and to my surprise they recognize Encyclopevia! As it turned out, they’ve visited our humble page before already! I was so kilig and happy! I cannot wait to meet all of you soon and share stories together! 🙂

December – I got married.

I may have started this year pretty sad, but the happiness it brought me as 2017 ends was unimaginable.

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There were a lot of hiccups that happened on why we were able to celebrate our civil wedding in the last month of the year. 

There were age, time and ID issues to name a few, but I guess everything came in to fruition when we finally set the date on December 20, 2017 – exactly two years after we first met!

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With only 28 days for planning, I am pleased to write that we were able to carry out our goals, and even got bonuses along the way.

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Photo by: Yves Bryan Photography

It’s just fleeting to celebrate a very special day with all the people you love, who reciprocate the same ardour (fortunately for us) as well.

I cannot explain how happy I am that my prayers were answered and the long wait for God’s perfect time was all worth it.

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So 2018, get ready! I’m tougher and (more) ready for your new kicks! 😀

Wishing you more love and happiness for the year to come! :*

 

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Holiday Parties Just Got Swankier with LG InstaViewTM Door-in-Door

Hey, I just got married!
If you’re my Facebook friend, and if you’re following Encyclopevia on Facebook, you probably have seen me and my new hubby’s civil wedding yesterday.
While I am so excited into moving into our new home, it’s also my first Christmas as a Mrs. I am still trying to get the feel and getting used to my new surname, but anyway I just found a new home appliance we’ll never have to worry on getting used to.

It can definitely make anyone’s future home a lot more stylish and entertaining, especially this holiday season!
Entertaining comes easy with the right technological products. This holiday season, make sure to enlist the right refrigerator that will transform you into the best host; the LG InstaViewTM Door-in-Door® (DID), party planning and entertaining become easy peasy.

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With a state-of-the-art mirrored glass panel, checking the fridge for ingredients that you have to buy at the grocery is as easy as taking a peek. You only have to knock twice to see inside the easy access compartment without ever opening the door, reducing cold air loss to help keep food fresher longer!

That’s like tapping on a smartphone to wake it up!
The LG InstaViewTM DID® is also equipped with the SpaceplusTM Ice System. The door-mounted slim icemaker provides 20% more storage space, so you don’t have to lose your cool about running out of ice during a party.

Furthermore, fresh produce stays crisp longer with the Moist Balance CrisperTM. Specially designed by LG, the Moist Balance CrisperTM is an innovative lattice-patterned box cover, which maintains the moisture in the food and vegetable section at the optimal level. This way, impromptu dinner parties can be hassle-free.

For more information about the LG InstaViewTM Door-in-Door®, please visit http://www.lg.com/ph/refrigerators/ for more information!

#BloggersPhilippines #LGInstaViewTM

 

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SM and Globe Together?

Well, not together, together. But something really exciting is happening now! 😀

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I am so psyched to know that SM Supermalls will be partnering with Globe Telecom Inc., to fire up the mall-going experience by boosting free internet services in selected SM malls nationwide.

I recently knew that it started last November this year. I usually go to SM to shop, particularly SM North EDSA, and this is just great news don’t you think?
From now on, you can save up on your data bandwidth, and be able to access everything you need online!

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As a blogger, and entrepreneur, it’s highly essential to be plugged 24/7, and this team up is just going to make things a lot easier, more seamless, convenient and more enjoyable!

Being #AlwaysConnectedAtSM, customers can update their social media accounts, check out emails, review movie schedules, book a ride and get in the latest scoop on what’s new regarding dining spots, fashion finds, beauty loots, and anything that SM houses in its gigantic roofs.

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Mall goers only have to connect to @SMFreeWiFi through their devices to enjoy 60 minutes of free data service.

Wait, there’s more!

SM’s GoWiFi Auto will also be available for customers to experience up to 100Mbps of high-speed internet connection with affordable promo packages starting at P15/day. All they need to do is open their device’s WiFi settings, connect to @GoWiFi_Auto hotspot, and follow the easy step-by-step instructions on the pop-up screen.

Being two the most prominent brands in the country, SM Supermalls and Globe’s tandem will surely be a major hit in giving everybody high-speed internet services, that’s going to take the SM mall experience to greater heights!

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For exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit http://www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through SM’s Viber Public Chat. Tweet your thoughts, upload and share your photos about your memorable moments at SM, then use its official hashtag #EverythingsHereAtSM.

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5 Underrated Smartphone Brands You Should Invest In if You’re New to Blogging

A lot of my friends go to me and ask what camera should they buy since they are going to start a blog.

Does this sound familiar to you?

Well, I actually had the same question when I started Encyclopevia. I started researching for good brands, but I ended up calculating how many things I have to give up just so I can save up for the camera of my dreams.

And then John advised me, why not invest in a good smartphone with a nice camera instead?

A smartphone can be of so much use than a camera alone, plus you can invest in one without having to shell out that much. He emphasized that I can invest in a good camera later on, and source the funds when I finally start earning from my blog.

Aside from the point he made well, I was actually in need of a good smartphone at that moment. My old one just went ballistic and power loop-y. 😦

I wasn’t eyeing expensive and popular brands at that time, because I knew there could be other smartphone flagships that can be or are equally at par with cutting-edge features and capabilities.

With a lot of research, and late night stalking on smartphone reviews, I finally got into grips about underrated brands that deserve to become best-sellers because they are amazing, and are definitely the smartphones you should not miss!

If you’re starting out a blog, and on a budget, capturing good and crisp photos with the right gadget and brand is easy! Check out these brands, and sorry to be a perpetrator of you new found worry: choosing which one!

  1. Vivo

This is what I’m actually using right now! They have the best selfie cameras in the world!

2. Star Mobile

Are you shocked? The logo apps in their screens look too real for life! Like, you can actually pinch and get them out!

3. Google Pixel

It’s from Google! What could go wrong?

4. Xiaomi

If you’re a music junkie, you have to check out the quality of their speakers!

5. OnePlus

You get a great measure of screen real estate with their phones! These are perfect for multi-taskers!

 

Or are you already a proud owner of one of these brands? Show some love, and comment your smartphone’s brand! 😀

 

Me: Vivo! :p

 

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What Would Have Made Me Stay in the Living Room More than the Bed Room

I love going places. I am restless, and adventurous – particularly someone you can’t pin and bribe down in one place and expect her to lie there forever. There are even times I feel more like a bird, than a human. That’s why when asked how my future home would look like, I was particularly challenged. Because honestly, I was never home.

But whenever I am, I usually stay and lock myself in the bedroom. Going back on the thought though, I realized I should have stayed in the living room more, because that’s the place where my family usually spends a lot of time to watch movies, chat, and talk about what happened during the day. I miss those times, especially now that my mom isn’t here to welcome us with her finest dishes anymore.

On a lighter note, this inspired me to come up with ideas on what I think will make me stay in the living room more than my bedroom. I intend to make this dream design in my future home too. I want my future kids to be more interactive at home than I was. So I present to you my mood board for a beach-themed living room!

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I love how homey and relaxing these details make me feel. I basically want to add a hanging sofa and some wooden or rattan chairs and tables to make the place feel like a resort.

I want to use this color palette too. The calm shades of blue, cream, brown and mauve makes me want to rest and enjoy a breezy afternoon in the living room with my family.

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I want to use capiz, shells, and beach elements to add to the resort feel of the place. Mermaid accents and color gradients are additional intricacies I want to incorporate too.

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I was blown away how this boat posed a valuable element in taking the design of this living room a notch higher. I wouldn’t have thought of that! Or maybe, the boat can be a make-shift sofa or table! The possibilities are endless!

Finally, going home is a thing of the past when heading back is an unpleasant feeling travelers dread after a wonderful vacation, a.k.a. #backtoreality. With a beach-themed design, everyday vacation is a reality! I can’t wait to make this dream living room! I can’t wait to have a vacation at my home everyday!

I also happen to find an incredibly good source for home designs and furniture. You may find exciting deals and awesome things at Arhaus! Like them on Facebook!

Hope you enjoyed this post. I will be happy to know your thoughts my dear merfriends! 🙂

 

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