Two weeks ago, I got to spend some time at Nuvali’s Seda Hotel. It was my first time inside, and what an interesting discovery it was! The restaurant offered meals below P400, with a fantastic view of the lake and poolside. Good to know there’s now a nice option for quiet lunches or meetings in Nuvali.
Earlier this month, we attended a wedding at St. Benedict’s Church in Ayala Westgrove, with the reception held at Monochrome Events place next to the Nuvali lake.
The last time I visited this was in early 2013 when it was newly opened, and it was nice to see it dressed up for a special event like a wedding.
Was also so happy my precious Nuvali sky didn’t fail to impress: we were greeted by clouds of glorious pinks, yellows and oranges.
Nuvali will always be home.
We bought our lots together when the village was launched in 2011, so we both got our pick of the litter.
It is 173 square meters, facing Southeast, and ready for building.
More pictures and information here: My Nuvali Home Vacant Lots for Sale.
We went on the Monday morning of the recent long weekend (thank you, National Heroes Day).
Blessing for the day: slightly overcast sky so we got semi-shielded from the sun. What gave us not-so-happy vibes: the line at the beginner lake was too long! We only got two attempts each, and waited over an hour for each round. Our advice: go early mornings on weekdays. Avoid holidays and weekends (includes Fridays).
Just the same, it was AWESOME!
I wasn’t in the country when Typhoon Glenda hit.
Looking at aftermath photos in Avida Settings Nuvali, I’m glad that there were no incidents in my house apart from a few windows that flung open and plants that fell by the wayside. A report from the same ASN homeowner fun blog (dated July 24, 2014) says that:
The howling winds toppled electric posts causing power outages and peeled roof sheets off the houses. Trees were uprooted along Nuvali boulevard and blocked the roads. No flood were reported within Nuvali.
Inside Avida Settings, some houses had their roof (polycarbonate garage roofing) blown off and the streets were scattered with blown garbages and debris. Green ribbons were littered with tree branches and some trees were even uprooted.
Clearing operations has been on going until now. ASN electricity has been brought back after almost a week. Telephone lines were still under repair.
If you are not living in ASN, we advise you to ask someone to check your property for damages (such as water leaks, stripped paint or broken lamp post).
I finally got to visit Nuvali two weeks ago, August 9th, and saw that clearing operations have been completed inside the village, and most things seemed back to normal.
I hope to see these areas fully cleaned out and operational by the time I visit this weekend!
There’s something about the sky in the South that is familiar, as if I know it and it knows me. Maybe because I greet it with such enthusiasm every time, in return it greets me with splendor and vastness.
Here’s what coming home to Nuvali in August looked like:
Soft strips of clouds and the setting sun against My Nuvali Home:
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Other posts that caught me looking up in the past:
Look up! Sky beauties in the South – June 2014
Sunset at Sta. Rosa – Oct. 2010
Rain cloud – May 2012
Wet Nuvali – June 2012
Nuvali Sky at the Magic Hour – April 2013
Saw this posted on the Avida Settings Nuvali bulletin board in the clubhouse. Sharing it for everyone’s information.
Look at what greeted us in Nuvali after a year of being city-based:
Perfect for tinola, I’ve been told. This tree was not even an inch high a year ago.
The flower of this vine is so lovely. Here’s a pic from last year:
All in all, Nuvali is getting greener and greener — which is its promise after all. I just hope the management is ready to hire grasscutters round the clock, especially with the coming rainy season!
Here’s a continuation of the lookback at the various stages of building My Nuvali Home, this part in the finishing stage:
Click here for Part 1: Foundation and Structure and Part 3: Furnishing (to follow).
PART 2: Finishing
November 2011 – The house in white: first coating of paint. This primer did wonders for the overall feel of the house: it brought in light. If you’ve also built a house, you know this eureka moment of the illusion of space! White is truly light. Liwanag.
We also made an (unsuccessful) attempt to install automated watering pipes for the roof garden on the third floor. Months later we would remove these pipes and waterproof the roofdeck 2-3 times over.
The duco finish on these cabinets took some time to finish because of the many color variations.
Bathrooms taking shape.
We installed these jalousie windows along the stairways for ventilation but I didn’t like how they turned out visually. I eventually decided to give up the ventilation feature and had the jalousies replaced with fixed glass/picture windows.
The concrete flooring now sealed with an acrylic coating for concrete surfaces: looking good!
Raising the perimeter fence — I wanted the privacy of a high fence but also cross-ventilation throughout the living area on the ground floor. Our design solution was to use grills with screens to let air through, and to keep the area from bugs and insects.
Half-walled and still with a full view of the Tagaytay mountains. Because of village restrictions I had to build a higher wall which would board up/restrict this view.
To be continued…
Click here for Part 1: Foundation and Structure and stay tuned for Part 3: Furnishing.
I’ve started looking up again. I got to spend a few weekends in Nuvali in May, and I just couldn’t help but look up.
I’ve always loved the sky, clouds, rain, the moon.
Saw these signs around Solenad last week. Have any of you gone on the Nuvali-BGC express shuttle? How was it?
You’ll notice that the shuttle within Nuvali goes all the way from Solenad 1 to Avida Village in Nuvali South. No listed schedules though. Next time, I’ll ask how often these vans pass through these stops.
One interesting thing I noticed were bike racks in Solenad 2, beside Robinson’s Supermarket and near the Terminal. Great option for everyday commuters to Makati/BGC who want to bike from their houses in Nuvali, leave their bikes for the day, and have a ready means of transport to head back home at the end of the day.
It’s just unfortunate that the parking area for bikes is uncovered, but it’s still a great new feature in the community!
Saw this while visiting Nuvali last Holy Week.
Residents can apply for stickers at our respective administration offices.
On another note, 2014 is going by quickly! We just hit May two days ago — before we know it, summer will be over and we will need to prepare for the everyday rains again. In the meantime, I hope I get to squeeze in some biking this month. Will be spending a couple of weekends in Nuvali again…I can’t wait!