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I call it a saga because it has been a saga and it is not done yet with a long way still to go. Some time ago number two son said he had found an ideal lot for us to buy. It was well priced and a huge 1000 meters and we could get it on installments. We, not being there at the time relied on his judgement and decided to go ahead with it and he aranged everything.
The lot was out of town, just the other side of Calinan on the Marilog main road. It was not in the city but the run in was a pretty straight painless highway drive. So we went ahead and sent our first installment and started the whole thing off.
The lot was one of three that a coconut farmer had cut off his farm along the highway. Well not quite along the haighway as there was a small side road coming at an angle to the highway making our access easier. Apparently, to seal your ownership of land you must fence it off so number two son proceeded to arrange the new fencing for us. All we had to do was sent the money.
He arranged for a gang of three men to come out from Davao and install a barb wire fence around the perimiter. We sent money for the materials to get them started. Then we had to pay for the vehicle fuel to come from Davao and then take them to lunch in Calinan as well. This went on for three days. Three lots of fuel, three lots of lunches and three lots of wages for three men.
When we finally got over there and went in inspect our lot we found some sticks with barbed wire about half way round the lot. I could have done the whole thing myself in half a day.
The surveyer had put the corner pegs in with no markers so they were impossible to find in the long grass. I went in to a hardware store to get a long tape and some string line. Could not buy string line. They had no idea what I was talking about. I said the string the bricklayers use to lay bricks with but to blank faces. Do they use string line there ? What do they call it ?
I ended up in a Chinese shop and bought a ball of twine and returned to the lot with some long pegs and by stringing over two lots and getting the line we soon found the corner pegs. The fence that had cost a furtune was in the wrong place anyway and had to come down.
That is just the start of it but I will continue next time.