Over the weekend we had some carpentry work done here in our house. It’s the cupboard under the sink and the ceiling on the kids bathroom. The owner of the house sent her brother with the carpenter he had hired. They came before the weekend to estimate how much and how long they have to stay at the house. They told me it will take them a few days. I said its okay. I just want the cabinets done and some other stuff in the house. So Saturday early morning the carpenter begun working on the cupboard. We let him do his job. Right before lunch I went to see his work. Wow, he is really slow and he just don’t have the creativity of JunJun (my carpenter from GenSan). Also just the thinking on what to use, this carpenter is just not a lot of common sense compared to JunJun. I guess JunJun knows a lot of stuff from carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical and woodworking. That’s why he is so in demand.
I know for sure if Junjun did that cabinets, in 2 hours he already had that cabinets under the sink done. With the carpenter that was hired by the owner’s brother it took him a day and a half to finish it up. But I just had to let them do it. It’s not my people that I hired. I have to follow what they want it to be. It’s their house. The owner she’s a nice lady. Only thing is she lives in Manila area due to her husband’s job and her daughter’s education. They built this house back in the mid 90′s. At that time the husband was working here in Davao city. They built this house intending for their retirement home. But the job transferred them to Manila in the early 2000. They are already liking it there. They bought a beach house, there, South of Manila.
The house that we rent from them has some wear and tear now. It had to be fixed, like underneath the sink. The work of the carpenter is not totally up to the standard of JunJun, but it will do for now. Those people will come back one of these days to finish up with the painting. They were working at some other company too. The brother of the owner just pull him out to work here. Aside from the carpenter they had some other guy that’s working in the yard too. Nice guy and industrious. Chris likes the guy. I think he was a little older than Chris. Hmm, he could be buddies with Chris. That would be nice. I think Chris was intrigued because the guy speaks Ilonggo.
Bob and I were talking a lot of times that whenever we will have major carpentry done, we would want JunJun to do the work for us. We trust him so much for that. JunJun knows that we wanted him every time we want some stuff done. He told me that even if he is so busy with his job in GenSan, if we wanted him to do some work for us he will come during the weekends. He will come back and forth to GenSan. I trust Junjun for any woodworking done for my cabinetry. If I want details on anything I want him. He will draw the design first on a piece of paper and show me the design if there is any change he will change the design. He also made the MindanaoBob grill with Bob’s design in mind. Bob told him what kind of grill he wants and the looks and Junjun made it for us.
During Bob’s birthday one of our guests saw the grill and she love it. Now she wants one made too ans she wants soon. She wants Junjun to design the bbq grill that suits their family. So one of these weekends Junjun will be here to make the grill for our dear friend. Someone I know wanted to hire Junjun but he declined. He had some reasons on that person. I can’t blame Junjun for that. That’s another blog for me to post here.
Happy Araw Ng Davao to all the Davaoeno!
Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.