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to our UK pinoy friends and their families

even though we’re always the anti-socials, forever absent on gatherings, and never held any house parties, you always made us feel so welcome in your homes and considered us as friends.

for that we considered ourselves truly blessed.

thank you for the wonderful messages and the more than generous gifts! i know al enjoyed his stag do more than he’d care to admit. and i thoroughly enjoyed my wholesome bridal shower. thank you for all the efforts put into the preparations and sharing with us your valuable time!  

this mess is a house

we’re not ones to hoard stuff. and we love a clutter-free house. yet, we still find ourselves sitting amidst heaps of junk now that we’re sorting out all our things.all this clearing out had me trying out different ways of how we can get rid of stuff without filling up the bins. i was hoping this could some in useful for those doing spring cleaning.

all used paper, cardboards, glass bottles, plastic bottles (minus caps), food cans, textiles, old shoes are going to the recycling centre. in hertfordshire, look at www.wasteaware.org.uk, to find out the recycling areas and what they can accept. sorting out stuff for recycling is really quite complicated.

we recycle whenever we can. but much better to re-use than recycle.

and because every penny counts when you’re converting to peso, all things that can be sold are, well, sold. we’ve done the carboot during the summer. flogged off items to friends. sold the car and various gadgets on ebay. advertised for free on the local paper (great for selling kitchen gadgets and white goods). next step would be to get a second-hand shop to price the remaining bulky items.

and items that are still usable but we couldn’t easily sell goes to charity shops (old, but usable clothes, household items, bric-a-bracs). and posted on freecycle where i got an avalanche of interests for a broken laptop, various stationery items, techy books, and mismatched glassware and dinnerware. used duvets (those with no feathers), can go to animal shelters. mine are going to www.hularescue.org in aspley guise. most recycling centres also take in broken furniture which are repaired and later sold off for charity. Emmaus, a charity for homeless people, would even pick up such items.

the local council, for a fee (from £30), will dispose of bulky items like mattresses. but if you are buying new mattresses, the store where you bought your new one from will readily dispose of the old one for free.

And manufacturers have a social responsibility to offer ways to safely dispose of their products. Brita filters have a freepost address to send in your used Brita filters for recycling.  But Sharp never did reply to my email nor have a contact number for recycling their products.

 I wonder now how I would go about my recycling practices in Manila.

old friends

there is this feeling that only talking to old friends can bring. where you don’t have to worry about what to say and where you’re sure there are no pretenses. you feel content knowing that in their company, you are accepted as who you are. and that with them, the distance never mattered, nor the long pauses between the last time you talked. it’s always the same. it just feels great to know that in spite of all the changes life throws at us individually, some things, like friendships, remained constant.

5 weeks and counting

i know there’s a lot of people and things i would miss. the UK will always be my second home. and we’ve planted roots here which just means we’ll never really be away for too long.

but i can’t say i’m not excited to be leaving. there’s just too many things to look forward to. and i can’t say i’m not worried either as i’ve never been out of work for the last 9 years.

at the moment, our house is turned upside down with most of our stuff waiting to go into boxes or sold off. we’ve instructed the letting agents. and are waiting for the tenants to be approved on both properties. hopefully, there’ll be no more viewings on our house lest they struggle to see past all the mess. work isn’t over until the 4th week.

we’re still working on the wedding details amidst all these. the invitations would need to be sent out to our non-manila based guests. and the legal and church requirements are being worked on by our families back home. i still haven’t heard updates from my coordinator and couturier. i’m still trying to accept that my maid of honour is not likely to travel to manila. the menu is still being ironed out. the florist still hasn’t sent in their contracts. still need to choose our principal sponsors. and i’m still trying to find accomodations for us to stay in for about a month in makati that doesn’t cost the earth.

something tells me it’s going to be a busy month.