5 things I hate about condo living

Ever since we got married, the wife and I were compelled to live near our workplaces. So for more than two years, we lived in a condo unit somewhere in one of the Metro’s business districts. That was a new experience for me, having lived in the more suburban areas of Quezon City. Now that we’ve finally moved, I can definitely feel the difference between living in the suburbs and condo living. Here are some things that I simply never appreciated living in a condo. Small space We’re pretty lucky that, even if our unit is a 1-bedroom unit, it’s still almost 70 square meters. Compared to newer condos, that’s relatively huge. It’s not as huge as many of the other units in our condo (the penthouse units boast more than 300+ sqm). Still, I find it relatively cramped. I wonder how others can cope living in those boxes they call “studio” condo units that only span 20 or so sqm. Space is such a huge issue for me. I like to have enough space to efficiently position stuff. I’m not a huge fan of visible clutter so we maximize storage space by cramming everything into cabinets and drawers. Nevertheless, we still ended up with boxes tucked in awkward spaces due to my rule of not throwing any packaging for appliances or electronics that are still within warranty. (Read...

KPUP simplified

After a couple of takes (Grade Conscious,  Measuring What?) on how DepEd plans to assess learning in the new K-12 system, they’ve gone and revised the assessment framework yet again. DepEd Order 8 Series 2015 provides the details on the new framework. The underlying principles remain the same but instead of KPUP, they’ve reworked the levels of assessment to the simpler: Written Work (WW), Performance Tasks (PT), and Quarterly Assessment. The document defines them as such: Written Work (WW) (Read...

Sunday Bloody Sunday

We’ve moved in to a new place a couple of weeks ago and we’re hankering to fill the space with some activity. The family’s filled with Pacquiao fans so we decided to get a pay-per-view subscription and host a viewing party for the Pacquiao-Mayweather “superfight.” I woke up giddy. Contrary to popular belief of me being just a cranky bastardly hermit, I actually enjoy the company of good family and friends. I went to work at the kitchen to fix a brunch buffet of bacon, hotdogs, corned beef, and my signature scrambled eggs for our...