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DIY discovery: Recycled, heat-treated pinewood planks!

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DIY discovery: Recycled, heat-treated pinewood planks!

posted on by Little Bunny posted in Crafting and DIY, Home life | 1 comment

For a christening party I’m doing styling for, I need a sign made of wooden planks. Unfortunately, it seemed like there were none to be found. Finally I hit upon looking for pinewood on OLX, and voila, several sellers turned up. Unfortunately most were located in areas that would have been hellish to commute to and it was far too expensive to take a cab.

Happily there’s one in Makati, right along the C5 East Service Road. They have THIS AD on OLX, and it’s relatively easy to get there, even if it’s a little far.

They don't always do custom work, but sometimes if you ask nicely they can make neat stuff like those wine carriers.

They don’t always do custom work, but sometimes if you ask nicely they can make neat stuff like those wine carriers.

It’s a shop run by a father, his son and his nephew. They break down industrial pallets and recovered bits of lumber and make them into easily transportable planks. They also heat-treat the material, to make sure the wood is free of termites. The shop is open from Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and if it looks abandoned, just step in and call out for someone.

PHONE NUMBERS: 0929-960-4857 / 02-478-7813

ADDRESS: Lot1, B163, Cadena de Amor Extn, Bgy PEMBO (along C5 Service Rd across Market-Market, Bonifacio Global City), Makati City, Metro Manila

Here's a map. They also have one in their ad. Google is your friend.

Here’s a map. They also have one in their ad. Google is your friend.

DIRECTIONS:
1. If you’re coming by car or cab, it’s a bit of a long ride. Make your way to the entrance of the East Service road from SLEX and just follow along that. Don’t go up any overpasses because the second one will take you way past the shop, and you’ll end up in Eastwood. Remember to keep to the right part of the road, and that Googlemaps is definitely your friend here.

2. If you’re commuting, you can go to Market Market in BGC, find the bus terminal across the way from the open air food court, and find the little crossing bridge. Cross to the other side, turn to your left, and walk up the road carefully (because you’ll be walking along a sidewalk facing away from cars on a freeway).

There’s only a tiny sign, so be alert. Going back home with your loot shouldn’t be a problem since a lot of cabbies frequent the area, eating at the roadside carenderias. There’s also Guadalupe jeeps that pass by. I made the poor decision of trying to walk back to the bridgeway carrying 24 planks of wood. Don’t do that.

Heat-treated, recovered wood planks, perfect for your DIY projects.

Heat-treated, recovered wood planks, perfect for your DIY projects.

The place is great if you’re only looking for a small amount of wood (e.g. you don’t need a small truck to haul all your material away) or if you’re looking for a place with coherent staff.

I found the boys tending shop to be smart and accommodating. The owner who answered my phone call was nice too. Especially in comparison to other ad owners: I had called one of the places that advertised custom-made crates in QC, but for some reason, the guy who answered the phone was either high or drunk and even though I kept asking about the wooden planks, all he would say was that the guy who made his crates was absent. I didn’t even ask after the crates, but whatever, manong.

So… crafters and weekend warriors, hope this helps. 🙂

I'm ready!

I’m ready!

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    There is a murderer in your kitchen

    posted on by Little Bunny posted in fit and fab, Home life, noms and nibbles | Leave a comment  

    Yes, there’s a killer and a kitchen, and if you’re the one indulging your family in deep-fried ulam every single day, then you’re the guilty party. Everyone knows that some fast food restaurants should start offering life insurance as their food’s so loaded with artery-clogging fat and oil; but don’t your loved ones deserve better than having grease shoved down their gullet at home?

    Most likely, you believe they do, but think that you can’t possibly cook fat-free because the food’ll stick to the pan and become a ruined mess. No worries! Oil-free cooking is a reality – and not because of chemical-laden “non-stick” coatings, either. There’s a lot of ways to reduce the oil in your diet, and some people even do it with classy pots and pans from Royal Prestige Cookware.

    So, can a change of cookware possibly keep you from seeing your cardiologist more often? Why yes, yes it can.

    Cooking liempo without oil!

    The slabs of nommy delicious pork belly were just…laid there.

    Learn to cook with ZERO oil after the click

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      Organizing my small space for clutter-free crafting

      posted on by Little Bunny posted in Home life | 3 comments

      As you probably already know, The Warren, where I live with The Girl and The Housemate, is a pretty small space. What it lacks in floor area, it makes up for in ambiance – it has several large windows for the cats to look out of, high ceilings, lots of light and air. But because it’s cozy, storage is at a premium. And when you’re a crafter, limited storage space can prove to be tricky. Over the past two months, TG and I spent our time discovering just how tricky a situation it was after finally deciding to move my craft supplies here.

      But with a little help from the inspiration boards on Pinterest and tips from fellow hobbyists, I’ve cleared away (most of the) clutter, organized my supplies, and am raring and ready to start making stuff again. 🙂

      Sorted pens from IHeartOrganizing

      Image from one of the places where I sought inspiration, http://www.iheartorganizing.blogspot.com .
      I can only wish my space was that organized.

      Conquer the clutter monster!

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