Big Move Today Into The Apartment

Moving into the apartment has been ongoing for the last month but today was a case of taking down the air conditioning cleaning it out and reinstalling it into its new home. Couldn’t believe how filthy it had got inside in such a short period of time. I’m used to working on A/C in the UK but this looked as if it hadn’t been serviced for about 10 years. Yet its been stripped down a few times in the last 4. Nothing better than pulling it off the wall to get that black sludgy water pour down my side to start the day. Off to the shower dragging the air conditioning in with me to clean it at the same time.

Impressively though the whole Aprils father cut before fitted it perfectly and it wasn’t too much of a struggle to install. Swiftly followed by moving the beds, re-organising the new bedroom I am looking for a good nights sleep!

The kids took over my bed for months leaving me in exile to the sofa bed which isn’t making my bones feel any younger but did mean I could work during the night without waking other people up. Tonight though the new bunk beds are place and there is no excuse for escaping kids into the big bed. Also wanted to share a tip with you on the bunk beds as they are 3ft wide if you get a mattress that is an extra foot wider cut the foam so it will bend to create a wall bumper for the kids so they don’t hurt themselves. Also acts as a mini back rest for the kids.

Bunk bed bumper

Hopefully this will be our last move until we move to the UK. The advantage of doing this while I am here is we can get things organised and also the apartment will stay organised for family use only. Living in the Philippines has taught a long lesson in making sure anything of value is cared for by yourself as I find the majority of people will happily destroy something without even thinking twice. But in this case the people I know who will use it when we are in the UK are all trustworthy and reliable. The apartment upstairs is rented out at the moment but not sure for how much longer at which point will do some modernisation replacing the glass bladed windows with tinted double glazed windows, add a solar water heater, add a balcony to the side over the stairs and extend the bedroom with a walk in wardrobe/office. Plans for the future at the same time this will always be our base in the Philippines so makes sense to get it comfortable.

2 comments for “Big Move Today Into The Apartment

  1. Stewart
    September 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Matt,
    Sad to hear about you and you family are returning to the UK.I have enjoyed reading about your exploits in the Phils.I was coming to the Phils in January and I was hoping to rent with you for about 3 or 4 months.
    I wish you and your family my best wishes,I hope things go well for all of you.
    Good luck

    • Profile photo of OLDARTICLES
      September 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      Hi Stewart,
      the main reason to head to the UK is the kids education by the time we have sorted out all the immigration headaches and finally settled they will just be hitting school age. Will still be ongoing projects in the Philippines mind as the UK cuts very few tax breaks these days and lucky enough anything we do in the Philippines isn’t taxable in the UK so makes sense to develop there and work in the UK. Not hiding any income from the tax office as we will be paying via BIR in the Philippines on any income we earn there. Financially moving to the UK will boost our business ventures in the Philippines at the same time we aren’t moving out of crisis just that I spend a lot of time round kids here and I do wonder “what do they learn at school?”. I know many areas of the UK don’t have great education but it also comes down to manners, respect and moral upbringing I think in general the kids will develop better in a UK village environment as well as the health benefits of clean air and. Add to that the facilities for children which is my biggest issue as I can’t get the things I would love the kids to have here unless I build them.