Currently, it will be my seventh (7th) year of living away from home since I went to college. It truly has been a roller coaster ride for me since I was terrible homesick during the first few months of my first year here. What I did was surround myself with people who would remind me of home and who may feel the same way as I do. Yet, young as I was, I was vulnerable to various things. I was staying at a dormitory near school where I met most of my college friends.
The dorm was called Residencia de Santo Pio where I stayed for two (2) years before moving in with my cousins. There, I met different people from different places (in the country and in the world). It was quite different from living in the province. Real talk. Some were older so they’d enlighten us about how it is in college. Life in the dorm was awesome even though there were rules!
Currently, I have rented a place solely for myself. And it actually feels great!I’ve learned so many things while I was still living in the dorm. I learned some household chores like washing some of my clothes / dishes, cleaning my room and organizing my stuff (since I had a lot back then). I carried those learnings up until I was living with my relatives in the apartment adjacent to the dorm. I lived there for around four years before moving out to have my own place.
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They may seem synonymous with one another yet different in context depending on what’s your perspective.
For the number of days of being alone and depending only on myself, I’ve gained so much and learned many things:
- Washing dishes is fun as well even though it stings sometimes. So I use Joy dishwashing liquid with Olay, and it does not sting anymore plus my hands smell and feel so good.
- Cooking yourself is definitely an eye-opener and will serve as a door to another hobby. (Sometimes, I get scared if there are talsik of oil used in frying that will land on my parts of my body especially I use an induction stove which is way complicated than the gas stove.)
- Cleaning the place serves as a way of destressing myself and a work-out as well. It helps me burn calories from the food I ate during my cheat day/s.
- Saving can be very much learned.
Yet, moving can be a very hard task as you need to organize your stuff and the ones who will help you move. I have checked gawin.ph for local movers or trucking and I booked for the Alexzander Trucking Service. During the day of the move, the truck and helpers arrived on time and really helped me move my stuff from the old place to the new one. They were really nice and the moving was smooth. The rate would depend on the distance from the pick-up point to the drop-off and the type of building of the destination.
In moving or transferring to a new place, I’ve learned:
- Conduct your research about the new place (e.g. how to commute to and fro, mobile reception, internet providers, etc)
- Hoarding stuff may just consume space that could be allotted to other things. So learn to let go of the things you have not used (for the past six months).
- Preparing your things for the move may take some time so it would be better if you would plan it ahead of time, though there might be changes due to the availability of the trucking services or the helpers.
- Boxes will be used so if you have a tiny space, better to unfold them when not in use. Remember to put labels as you put your stuff in the boxes so the helpers will know which to handle with care.
- Creating a checklist is very helpful and effective in accomplishing your errands with regards to moving and the logistics as well.
- Always keep your lines open so that if there will be unfortuituous that might occur, you will be able to update the contact persons for the services you have availed.