It’s been three months since we officially moved to our home here in Dubai. It’s memorable because it was our wedding anniversary and instead of our usual dinner date we were busy moving in. It’s definitely one to remember.
Initially we were planning to lease a bigger (than our apartment in Manila) condominium unit in either Marina or Downtown Dubai but eventually we decided to go for a house in a gated community because we wanted our kids to experience this way of living. We want to take advantage of being outdoor more so our kids can enjoy biking around, playing at the park and the like.
We’ve been regularly going to the park and the court. And by regular I mean at least twice a week, often thrice pa. We’ve never spent this much time outdoors when we were in Manila. Though we would enjoy hanging out at Ahma’s house to bike and play basketball on weekends, it’s nice to see how my kids choose outdoor time than screen time since we’ve moved here.
Home Away From Home
I posted this on my Instagram a month after moving in but this was actually taken a few days before we moved as we were waiting for some installation and deliveries. We’re the first tenants of this house so all the more I get super OC about keeping it clean and making sure we treat it like our own with utmost care.
On the left is the second floor living room pre-filled with balikbayan boxes while on the right was a snap I took of our stairs. I love the marble finish and have been excited to have stairs because this means I’d be able to do more steps hahahay–what condo living has done to me!
Our things arrived the day after we moved. I love how we were on schedule. Though we miss hotel living, we were pretty excited to turn this house into our home.
About 10 boxes solely for kitchen items. When I think about it I’m amazed at how these fit in our tiny kitchen back home?! Our kitchen here now is twice as big and has thrice as much storage.
I prioritized organizing and fixing the kitchen first because this is the room I frequent to since I prepare food for my family four times a day. It’s so satisfying to have a kitchen that’s spacious. I hope I can keep it neat and clean. Three months in and I’m happy to report its still spic and span. ☺️
I can’t believe we brought a lot of boxes coming from our tiny apartment in Manila. And to think we didn’t even bring any big ticket items nor furniture (save for our treadmill). These are mostly clothes & shoes actually. Personal items from our childhood/younger years we didn’t even bring na (save for some photos) and most of my books are in my parents-in-law’s house plus our winter clothes! Heehee. I gotta admit, I was pretty excited to unbox it all. Initially, Jago wanted to movers to unbox it so that there would’t be any boxes left but I told him seeing all of our things on scattered on the second floor living area would only stress me and that I won’t be able to put them all in their respective areas in a day or two (since he’s busy with work and I have to shuffle checking the kids’ online distance learning while doing other chores hello!).
Eventually I managed to unbox everything. If you saw my Instagram stories you know how OC I can get with organizing and keeping things in order. It was a struggle to pace my unboxing because I want it done right away but at the same time I want to purposely put things where it should be. So after nearly two weeks slowly but surely, each item in our home is put in its proper place.
The maids room turned into our gym which eventually we had to move to the guest room because this room feels too cramped for a gym. So we converted this to our utility room where our shoes and house items such as ladder, broom, mop, laundry basket are stored.
I’m learning how to let go of being OC about when it comes to keeping our home clean. The thing about me as a homemaker is that I’m used to cleaning our entire apartment floor every. single. day. I try to do it here as well but I just always end up being stressed because lets be honest, I can’t keep up knowing the floor area of our home here is more than double of what I used to clean. The challenge really is not keeping our house clean but me resisting the urge to clean every nook and cranny daily. Four rooms and four bathrooms require a lot of time and energy to clean especially if you’re like me who needs double floor scrubbing and vacuuming pre-mopping and post-mopping. Hahahay. 😅
Our living room is the first area that has been made up. Though it still needs an artwork, I’m very happy how it turned out. The moroccan poufs are from Funnest PH which I got when we were still in Manila. I love how it matches well with our living room.
So I asked a question on my stories if you’d be interested to see a house tour. It was a 100% YES also a few of my close friends wanted a peek too. Honestly I don’t think our house is ready for public viewing? Hahaha. Though it feels like home, there are a few key elements we haven’t had time to get or haven’t found the perfect piece (like adding artwork and plants). I also haven’t scheduled a day to shoot because quite frankly its only recent that I’ve gotten my groove back. After finally establishing our daily routine, managing chores and spending quality time with my family, pressuring myself to create content is throwing me off. So I’m really taking my time to enjoy the whole process. Hopefully I get to produce content regularly because I’ve got a handful of ideas from you guys when I did my Ask Me Anything on Instagram.
Probably the only home accessory I’ve been splurging on is candles. Well this plus good quality bed sheets (which I haven’t really found good ones here so reco please if you know where I can purchase). Back to candles. I love me a good smelling, long burning ones like Le Labo and Diptyque. I’ve tested these two brands for years and I love how they burn slow yet give the scent off nicely (not too strong) even after I’ve blown it off. Also discovered Spruce Up reed diffusers. Hotel Scent 01 reminds me so much of Shangri-La Hotel in BGC, Fort back in Manila. Smells so so so good and it brings back memories of our stay at the hotel (we celebrated Juro’s birthday weekend there, dinner dates, holiday feasts and even blogging events). I believe aside from the furniture styled personally, it’s the scent of one’s home that makes it even more special.
I get OC on how to keep the floor white and spot-free! Anyhow, spot the Perfect Pieces wall mirror. We got it months before leaving as we haven’t had any place in our apartment to put it. Look at it now so perfect in our dinning area.
I’m not a plantita (plants literally die on me even cactus) but this fresh eucalyptus is giving me so much joy. I bought this at Waitrose in Dubai Mall. I placed it in my Uashmama pouch and instantly makes a difference.
We’ve always leaned towards modern, sleek pieces of furniture. But we also like some classic/vintage pieces that we can mix and match. If you notice we opted for velvet texture for our living room furniture and played around the style by mixing metal.
Our second floor living room now has furnitures! Hahaha. It took a while because we couldn’t decided on what couch to get but eventually went for this lovely leather seat– I super love the whiff of leather overtime I pass by or sit on it. Then we got this IKEA area on sale for AED 99! Brought up the morrocan poufs and it instantly spruced up the area. This has now become our movie night hangout place. Hopefully we can complete this area soon.
Ending this post with a photo of the sky I took at our garden. So much to be grateful for as each day we get to wake up on this side of the world. What a beauty.