Fa­cade

YES! (Philippines) - - Kobe and Andre -

The fa­cade of this three-story mod­ern Asian home re­flects the kind of life that the home­own­ers pre­fer to lead: quiet, clean, and pri­vate.

Ben­jie loves how sim­ple his house looks, but he ad­mits that the of­fwhite color is rather hard to main­tain, es­pe­cially when it is ex­posed to the harsh el­e­ments. The color tends to fade fast. “Very light lang, parang off-white. Ang mahi­rap lang pag of­fwhite sa labas, parang ev­ery how many years kailan­gan mo i-re­paint.”

Aside from the peace and quiet that res­i­dents get to en­joy in this gated sub­di­vi­sion in the less har­ried side of Pasig City, the strate­gic lo­ca­tion is what An­dre Paras loves the most. “The vil­lage is quiet,” he ex­plains. “At the same time, it’s near ev­ery­thing. So, if ever I need to get some­thing last minute, I can go to the su­per­mar­ket. Or if I just feel like, you know, buy­ing ran­dom snacks like Star­bucks, there’s one here at the back lang.”

Is this the house that Ben­jie had al­ways dreamed about in the past?

“Ac­tu­ally, okey na na­man,” he replies. “Pero my dream house would have sana an ex­tra area, big­ger lang na open space where the kids can play with the dog.”

Ben­jie’s dream house doesn’t need to have a bas­ket­ball court. An open space for bar­be­cues and fam­ily get-to­geth­ers is more to his lik­ing.

“There are times na you want to eat out, di ba? Liv­ing in this area kasi, it’s kinda crowded. Maybe some­day, I will build a rest house some­where out­side Metro Manila, para may fresh air, gano’n lang.”

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