Summer greens in Nuvali

Look at what greeted us in Nuvali after a year of being city-based:

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Ligaw na sitaw! This just grew in the wild.

This is our papaya tree out front, now bearing fruit:
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Perfect for tinola, I’ve been told. This tree was not even an inch high a year ago.

Was also nice to see our ivy slowly making progress in covering our front garden wall…
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…And our passion flower vine climbing all around the trellis:
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The flower of this vine is so lovely. Here’s a pic from last year:

One thing I miss about living in the South is the abundance of fresh flowers. These are my neighbor’s purple blooms by the sidewalk:
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The Green Ribbon is also in much better shape now, although personally I’d still prefer to leave it a little wilder or less manicured.
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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!

Greening the roofdeck

There’s nothing like entertaining at home to raise the urgency of fixing up one’s house.

My birthday’s coming up and I’ve already invited friends and family to come over for a housewarming/birthday barbecue, so I’ve been pressured to finish a home project with which I’ve been dillydallying: the roofdeck.

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This week, we greened the concrete floor surrounding the grass. The original plan was just to leave the concrete floor as is, unpainted and “unfinished”, to go with the industrial look of the rest of the house, but we had some cracking issues on the deck because of the exposure to rain and sun. Solution was to take out the cracking layer of pure concrete (puro), and apply flexibond plus elastomeric paint. I chose a garden green color to unify the grass and non-grass portions of the floor.

Next step is to put a wooden box to encase the soil, and then go furniture shopping.

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The grill is ready and waiting, and am happy to say that with the teak lounge chairs, the place is already coming together. Yay!

Other Binondo finds: garden set + ceiling fans

Sharing for interest 🙂  Saw these at the same lighting shop in Binondo.
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Garden sets are my least priority, but mom said this one is already cheap at P6,800.

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Does anyone know where to get nice, reasonably-priced ceiling fans?  This one’s a bit bulky for my space.

My brother said he saw nice steel-wood ones in Home Depot, will check those out, but they already go for about P5,000 to P6,000 each.

Would be grateful for any help!