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Moving In!

June 6, 2011

The apartment was rented.   Now it was time to make a home on this side of the world.

We’d come here with carry on luggage – a couple of shirts, a laptop, cameras, flip-flops – not much else.  Since we’re hanging onto our home in Key West, we figured it would be best to buy housewares and some light furniture once we arrived.

The apartment building was a hotel property once; it’s since been converted by connecting three rooms to make a single unit – two bedrooms/baths and a living space.  All done in light tones and with lots of window area and bright ceramic tile floors – the Pheebs likes it very much.   We took a hotel room next door; I admired what was to be ‘our’ pool area from the hotel balcony.

“C’mon – It’s a work day, not a play day!” The Pheebs loves to use my Dad’s sayings.   She’s a veritable energizer bunny – non stop from dawn to dusk, a model of industriousness.  You know the saying about how men end up marrying their mother?  I ended with my father, albeit much better looking.

We were off to execute our version of Guam Home Makeover.

  With nearly 200,000 people, Guam is large enough to merit the attention of chain stores.  Like Key West – we have a Home Depot, and Pheebs knows where everything is.  Note she’s leading the charge.  We also have the world’s largest Kmart here – honest!  It’s big enough to merit its own post sometime soon.

Unlike Key West, we have a Macy’s.  They were having a White Sale and a Housewares  Sale at the same time; stuff was 40-50% off.  in addition to this, we were able to get the tourist discount, as we were only on-island for a couple of days.  The Pheebs was a machine – she had two salespeople going and ran into the line item limit on the register…I had no idea there was such a thing.  She’s a minor celebrity in Macy’s now…they greet her whenever she walks in.

We took our booty back to the apartment.

Then we went out for more.

There are a couple of advantages to living here – one is proximity to Bali.  We were able to get a few pieces of Balinese furniture to dress the joint up a bit.

Also on the plus list was a Tempur-Pedic mattress sold under a different name by the actual manufacturer.  Chinese are like that – they’ll get a contract to supply a product – then market it directly under their own name.  The mattress was $550, or roughly 25% of what the name brand costs in the US.  the darned thing sleeps great – I sleep better here than I do in Key West.

For the balance of furniture, we bought odds and ends – mostly patio pieces.  The Pheebs started with a seven-page list, and managed to complete the process in less than two (!) days.  The nexxt two pix were taken 24 hours apart:

Before…And after.  We’ve even added some cheesy budget art on the walls to color it up a bit.

The master bedroom turned out okay – we use this as the guest bedroom.  If someone is so inclined to fly this far – you get your own space, complete with private bath!

A job well done – and in record time, too.

Now – time to partake in some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Poolside perfection.

Now for that tan…

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 6, 2011 6:04 am

    I noticed the before and after picture is NOT of the same room.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      June 6, 2011 4:22 pm


      I should have looked at those pix more closely. The before pic is the master bedroom. I have a before of the living area – just stuck the wrong one in. Gonna have to hire you as a proofreader/editor!

  2. June 6, 2011 11:59 am

    You have a proper set of wine glasses – one each for red and white- and that’s the critical purchase of the bunch. Your place looks a little Key-Westy, but on the other side of the world. Nothing wrong with that.
    Well done, the both of you.

    Greg P. In WV, who is right now checking airfare prices direct to Guam, now that I’ve seen that guest bedroom and all that…

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