Ok. This is my time to write something and I hope it will be enjoyed by the readers who read this.
I guess that I should get back to my place in Talisay and finish what I was doing before I got side tracked in the mountains getting stuck. The house I built is on the outskirts of town. So it is a 10 minute walk to the Barangay Hall and another 5 minutes to the public school.
The house is located on about 460 sq. meter of land about 40 meters from the highway. We are surrounded by the Gingoog Bay on two sides. At high tide the water is on 3 side of the property and at low tide there is no water in sight just the mangroves so we cannot see anything beyond the trees. So, at low tide I can walk to the open water of the bay it is about 30 meters from the dry land behind the house. From there you can see the mountains in the west and Camiguin Island; it’s about 50 -60 kilometers N by NW from where I live. It’s a nice view on a clear day!
Ok back to the house again, it is a cement block house and a tin roof unpainted. It measure 10×15 meters with 7 rooms. Kitchen and living combo, 2 cr’s. No running water yet, and one room for the wardrobes. 3 bedrooms are entered thru this room too and a pantry area that isn’t finished yet.
I have made several changes since I moved here. The first major change was moving the front door. As in all construction projects a lot of things need to be done before you do what you were planning on doing. Cause when I got here we had 2 bedrooms and one was mine and the other was for everyone else – 4 kids and a househelper all sleep on the floor on mats. We had 2 wardrobes that separated the kitchen from their sleeping area. They had one little window and it was hot in their room even with a fan on. So in the old living room I made 2 bedrooms, one for the boys and one for the girls. Made the their bedroom in to a living room and then I could move the door over to the new living area, and I put the window were we removed the door and in the old dining area I put the 2 wardrobes.
Kitchen area was made smaller and I put in a counter top which separates the kitchen area from the living area.
Her dad, a helper and an Uncle did most of the work. I supplied the materials, food and Tanduay. It took about 2 weeks to do everything so far and I was pleased with the work done.
The next project, which I did myself, was moving the kitchen door to the back of the house as it was it was on the south side and I wanted it on the back so we didn’t have to walk around the house to do the washing. I had to remove 3 ft. of counter. The counter was made of concrete and about 5 inches thick..So I got out my hammer and chisel and started to cut out a chunk of the countertop where I was going to put the door. This countertop was really hard and had rebar in it so it took me all day to do it, well about 4 hours and I took breaks too, remember I am retired too. No hurry.
When that was done I then removed the wall area and moved the door frame from the side and put it in rehung the door and it looks good. In all it took me about 3 days to do it start to finish including cleaning up the concrete dust and washing the floor, now we can go from the house to the washing area without walking around the house.
Ok I’ll stop here cause it still have to cement and cover the wash area, build a manok house , baboy pens ,water drains, dig a well, install electric water pump, plumbing and put in a garden.
All this is yet to come oh and put up a fence.
Thank you for reading this episode hope you enjoyed it….Phil