I guess it’s been one of my dreams to have a home for our own. Bobby & I have been living in my parents’ house for around 3 years now. As the days go by, and I see my mom friends and barkada slowly moving out, getting places of their own, I can’t help but wonder when will it be our time. I’ve been stressing for the past few months. Baka naiinggit lang ako kasi nagagawa nila yun, tapos ako na may pamilya, di ko man lang maitaguyod sila at mabigyan sila ng tahanan. But my friends are right, I am just 24 years old, a new mom who’s just working her way for her personal dreams and her family. I mean, Bobby & our set up isn’t the most conventional one. We had to live in together (even before Yñigo was in the picture) since December 2013 since his super galing parents left him to be alone. Our family was just open and caring enough to let him in, help him and let him & I live our lives. See, it’s not as if we just wanted to live in together or what at a young age and all… But nonetheless, fast forward to 3 years after, we’re here with a child, living in my parents’ house.
But the living together set-up has brought up our interest in homes – design, architecture, furniture and such. In fact, our taste has evolved from a nipa hut or Filipino-inspired design to a more Scandinavian look. Here’s some of our pegs when we do have enough to start on our dream home:
Anyway, why am I sharing this? Well, part of the home experience is having the right system to keep the space cool and homey. I think anyone in the Philippines can attest to the fact that living in the tropics is both a pleasure… and a pain. Especially when the only climates we know is hot and cold. But sometimes, living near the equator can be really concerning. With the depletion of the ozone layer, it can be hotter than it should be, plus exposure with the scourging heat can make all of us uneasy. I can’t imagine Yñigo being prone to dehydration, and developing heat-related illnesses. Hot weather can affect your baby / child because their bodies cannot adjust to changes in temperature compared to adults. They sweat less, reducing their bodies’ ability to cool down.
With that, any home would need a proper cooling system to regulate temperatures inside the home, especially when you have kid/s running around and being exposed to the dangers of heat. But apart from this function, if you have a design peg for your dream house in mind, you’ll need something that would easily blend in. Style & function are a lifestyle essential… and the growing preference for both sophistication and functionality has increased. Bobby and I are living proofs of that. HAHA. With this in mind, Carrier Philippines has given its Slimpac series a makeover with the Klarwind and XPower 2 floor-mounted air conditioners.
Last February, I was given an opportunity to see what these powerful and sleek beasts are capable of. I was amidst other [influential] moms to see this spectacle. The designs of the SlimPac series perfectly fit a stylish space, matching the aesthetics of the modern man or woman (Bobby and I actually…. joke lang).
Carrier SlimPac Series: Klarwind & XPower 2
The Carrier Klarwind is a fucking sexy aircon. Mas payat pa nga siya saken. It’s designed to complement modern homes and provide the cool feeling a family would need in the hottest of days with its innovative 270-degree swivel head. Like in fairness, umiikot yung aircon and lumalamig kaagad ang isang kwarto pag pinwesto mo sya kahit saan. On the other hand, the Carrier XPower 2 is for a much larger space — probably an office or establishment — with its powerful, long-distance cooling system, wherein you can feel the immediate effect within just six minutes. Well, I know your initial thought would be, “Wow, mahal yun syur.” The aircons range from P 80,000 and up but the amount of savings you can attain in the long term would be worth all of it.
Other highlights of the day were seeing the beautiful, inspiring power moms who shared my personal sentiments. Halo-halo nga kami actually. There were fashion bloggers, mompreneurs, interior designers, and just regular mommas (like myself) who all know and believe the benefits of investing in something like this. Believeing in the power of Carrier.
Apart from Aruga by Rockwell‘s food, and the great conversations I had with all the moms is the fact that I learned more about interior design and self-care. Carrier had top-notcher in the 2016 board exams for interior design, Irene Dee, and family counselor / psychologist / author and mindfulness expert Ichel Alignay both gave talks on their fields — showing us that having a vision for your home, and allowing yourself to be more intentional with every aspect in your life, including your own self, will make a house a home. Irene was able to educate all of us the different elements to consider when designing the interiors of your home — from the space, to the kind of furniture to use, walls, and how every single thing can affect the home’s look, temperature, balance and more. Ichel was able to bring up self-care tips that moms tend to forget especially when the busy-ness of life catches up with them. It was just timely because as mentioned, not a lot of moms (or people for a matter of fact) know how important a home is. I mean, it’s the freaking space you’ll be raising and living with your family. It should be in perfect condition — whatever this means to you.
At the end of the day, I guess my favorite part was seeing how everything comes together. What does it take to build a home? Just some things I learned:
- Invest in long-term furniture or appliances that you know would help regulate the right condition your living spaces should be in. You will need it, your hubby will need it and the kids will definitely need it. I mean, you’d want them to feel at home. I actually don’t know how to further expound on this because it speaks for itself.
- Look for inspiration when designing your home. Apart from Pinterest, try driving around villages, or looking through some books to help you be inspired and motivated in making that home a dream come true. Bobby and I also watch living spaces shows and channels during our spare time to see what speaks to us and once Yñigo’s a bit more older, we’ll make him more involved with it. It’s important to nail the look and feel that you’re going for when setting up your home because it will determine your energy, and help you get through everyday.
- Apart from just taking care of your family and your home by giving them all they need, you need to also know how to be more mindful by taking of yourself. I personally forget that I need to take care of myself. Being a mom, you get so involved in making sure that things are in their proper place, or your hubby has something to take with at work / school, or the kids are doing fine in the common room, playing and living their lives comfortably. The mom is the light of the home and without that light, even if you give everything you have to everyone (or just everything in this world), it will reflect / manifest in other things.
I’ll add more to this list but yes, that’s basically it. The Carrier Launch was such an amazing experience! Being part of the team that brought it to life, and seeing everything unfold right before my eyes — it made me feel so inspired to work harder, be open, and plan ahead. Their aircons were super amazing. As in grabe, ang ganda pala ng Carrier. I didn’t think I could fall in love with an aircon at first sight.