Home Improvement 101: Personal Story

Saturday, January 14, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 2 Comments

So, here’s the deal. I’ve been trying to clean my room, segregate my unused stuff and the stuff I use everyday, and make my small home a lot more spacious. Ever since I moved here less than a year ago, my stuff is still in boxes! Sigh.

Hi, I’m Stef, and I’m not a clean freak. (Everyone: Hi, Stef!)

Here’s a picture of the boxes that, up to now, I haven’t emptied into my cabinets yet:


Wahaha! Talk about procrastination! But that hasn’t discouraged me from at least, um, trying to make my house more livable. For instance, I finally purchased a LED TV, I bought a new bed (so I know have two beds in my room, gah), and I want to install an entertainment system so that I can watch movies like I’m in a posh cinema. Hehehe.

I was thinking of installing wall speakers, but then I can’t just poke holes into the wall because I’m just renting this condo unit. I already bought a cabinet of sorts for my old DVD player and my new TV, but I still don’t have an audio system to boot, for many reasons:

  1. Speakers are sooooo expensive.
  2. It takes a pro to set them up so that you get what you paid for.

Sigh. But perhaps if I can find a way to install an entertainment system that doesn’t cost too much or take up too much space, then I’d love to learn how! I’m a music and movie kind of girl, and I’d love to be a couch potato for an entire week, watching my favorite movies in a comfy sofa – which is why good speakers are on my shopping list.

Home improvement – what a really difficult hobby to take up. Speaking of which, I need a new DVD player (one that doesn’t stop in the middle of a movie like mine does), a laundry hamper, a microwave oven… and the list goes on…

And maybe I should include “motivation to clean” in my shopping list. I hope they sell that in Quiapo or Divisoria. Crying face How about you, how do you plan on improving your home?

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.


  1. Altec Lansing speakers are looooooove! They're plug and play so it's so easy to install! :D

  2. I love them, too! I remember that I purchased Altec Lansing before, then I have no idea where they are now. *scratches head*