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Dad & outdoor BBQing at Legacy Leisure

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Outdoor barbecues and picnics are always exciting on any day. There is something about cooking food over fire that brings the family together. And the aromatic smoke fills the air, everyone will say  “ I ’ m hungry ”  in unison.    When it comes to manning the grill, it ’ s the man of the house  (usually) takes  charge . Dad gets his chance to wear the chef ’ s hat and brag about his barbecuing skills and recipe, which may have been taught by his own dad.   Backyard barbecues are the most convenient. It ’ s an instant picnic one step away from the door. But what about if you live in a condominium?   “ Moving to Davao in 2013, I chose to live in a condominium. It ’ s e asier to maintain because of the size and convenient because of the amenities — the pool, indoor games, park and security, ”  said Chef Anton Abad, who nodded to a job offer to head a popular chain of restaurants, and eventually opening one of his own, the Olive Bistro.   “ For a chef who loves to experiment, cooking can

Merlgen’s home office ideas for small spaces

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Work from home. For more than a year now homes have undergone a transformation. The addition of working spaces for all members of the family may have been overwhelming. While we all wished the setup would be temporary, the surprising extent of the pandemic may be calling for redecorating to accommodate a permanent home office space. Spacious homes can easily integrate it into its layout, but what about smaller homes?    “ Integrating a home office in a small space can be challenging. Look around your home and you ’ ll be surprised at what you can create in the most unexpected areas, ”  said Honeylet Lim, manager of Merlgen Euro Designs, Inc.   “ In these small spaces, Merlgen can custom build modular cabinets to fit it. The plan is to maximize the use of the area, and with a few design tweaks, the spaces above and below the working desk will be utilized with the addition of shelves and cabinets. ”   Lim shares that during the pandemic when work was moved to residences for safety, the h

CONDO LIVING: Swim your way to health at Legacy Leisure Residences

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Fact: a swimming pool in your home increases its property value. You ’ ll be swimming in that gratifying thought if you ’ re looking at your home as an investment.     Although a swimming pool one of the amenities of any residential development, vertical or horizontal, one may depart from the ordinary swimming and go extraordinary. At Legacy Leisure Residences, the condominium ’ s pool is not just the usual adult lap pool but an Olympic size swimming pool. Not extraordinary enough? How about another pool? There is one for kids. Not just a plunge pool but a splash and spray pool park. Two pools, how ’ s that for a home investment? Wise enough?   Legacy Leisure Residences is the maiden project of homegrown company,  CrisRon Holiday Buil d ers, Inc.  The world-class development is designed to be  a wellness-focused, resort-like vertical village. It will be an  “ everyday staycation ”  in the center of the city , and the specialized water feature aids in achieving this vision.   Aside fro

MERLGEN: Mom in her kitchen. See what’s cooking.

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Mom in her kitchen. See what ’ s cooking, too!   In the kitchen, recipes are passed to the next . The heir is always that wide-eyed kid watching in awe of how fast mom can whip up a family favorite, a recipe she inherited herself from grandma.    There are secrets mom will pass on to the heir —  a secret ingredient, an unknown process and the most basic rule: a well-organized kitchen. Everything should be in its place and within easy reach, it speeds up the preparation.    As secrets are passed on from one generation to the next, the kitchen keeps evolving. Today, the busiest room in the home is filled with gadgets that make the task of cooking easier and more convenient for the user: digital appliances, multi-function machines, and space saving storage system, in which the golden rule of  “ everything should be in its place ”  can be kept as sacred as the well-guarded recipes.    “ Kitchen cabinets today are highly-efficient. A drawer or a cabinet door can be opened with little to no