Since living here in the Philippines Bob and I been having a lot renovations done in the house. Even though we are renting we still have a lot of stuff that we want changed in the house. With our own cost of course. The changes that we did for the house benefits the owner of the house anyway. In every house we moved in we usually have some cabinets made or additional cupboards.
My sister introduced me to the carpenter when we moved here to the Philippines. Bob and I rented a place in GenSan for our Internet cafe business. The building was just with concrete walls and floors. So being new to the life here again I asked my sister if she knew of somebody that can do the carpentry and everything. She told me if I remember our neighbor before and she told me the name (Jun Jun E.). I said of course I remember him. She said that he is a good carpenter now, he studied civil engineering at a good school in GenSan one year shy of graduating. Unfortunately he did not finish school because his dad died and no one will support him for his studies. So I told my sister to bring that old friend of ours to my house and I want to have meeting with him. I brought Jun Jun to the place I want him to renovate. I asked him a lot of questions on what needs done and I could tell he knew what to do and so we hired him.
He took care of putting the tiles and the painting and the electricity too. He also built all the tables for the computers, walls for the private surfers. It was a big job and he did it. He knew then that Bob and I really wanted good craftsmanship, the details, clean work. I like moldings and he knew how to do it, even at times a molding needs to be put in not easy way. In the States you had tools to bend the moldings and it worked. Here the carpenter does it manually. A good and knowledgeable carpenter can do it easily.
One time he was building an entertainment center for us. We were thinking of buying a new TV. I brought Jun Jun to SM and let him measure the TV so that he can build the entertainment before I bought the TV. The next day he was done making it and Bob found a different TV that we want to purchase and its bigger than the previous one that we were thinking of buying. Oops, he undid the entertainment center and I brought him again to SM Mall and got the other measurements. He was okay with it. Bob even teased him that I’m going to change the measurements again Jun Jun you have to undo that entertainment again. He just gave Bob a big smile. He also built an island for me in the kitchen. Most people think seeing the island they thought that it was made for the kitchen in the house that we rented. Whenever we moved I brought the super heavy island with me.
He is so popular that sometimes he turns off his cell phone because he can’t go straight to work with a lot of people calling him wanting for him to work for them. Almost always when I tell my sister to let Jun Jun and Jhun (my brother in law) come here to my house I have some work for him to do he will come the next day or few days later. I had a few people waiting for his availability. One of my sisters was waiting for him too. I told my sister to just let me know when his available. He is building a big house right now for somebody in GenSan. Other people are waiting for him too.
A few years back, Bob told him to gather all the stuff he wants to have a carpentry business with my brother-in-law. Bob would finance them and buy the tools that were necessary for them to use. Also Bob was also telling him to try to finish his studies and we would help him on that too. Not sure what happened it just did not go through. We gave them some money to start with the license and stuff. Just didn’t get around to it I guess. Him and my brother-in-law Jhun work good together. It’s not just entertainment they build, they also can build houses and they also can renovate houses. Pretty soon I’m thinking of letting him come here to build a BBQ or smoker for us. Bob was showing me some smoker picture and I”m sure Jun Jun and Jhun can easily make it.
If you want them to work for you just email me so that I can get a hold of my sister (Jhun’s wife) so that they can contact Jun Jun. You would not be sorry you got them.