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Did I type that right? A nude awakening? Isn’t the old saying supposed to be a “rude” awakening?  Read on, and you decide.

I live in a kind of mid-level neighborhood.  Oh, it’s probably slightly upscale by Philippine standards, probably a little downscale by US standards.  Most of the people who live in my neighborhood are Filipino professional types, and Missionaries from abroad.  The neighborhood is certainly not “upscale” – it’s not a gated community or anything even near to that.  Twenty years ago, this would have been an upscale Philippine neighborhood.  These days, it is an upper-mid level neighborhood that has declined from what it used to be.  I really like the area, though.

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Our house is quite nice, although it’s about 40+ years old.  It’s big, about 4,500 square feet, or 450 square meters.  There are many similar houses in my neighborhood.  It’s not an unusual place for the neighborhood, although a place this size is certainly not average in the Philippines.

About 2, possibly 3 years ago, the vacant lot next to us suddenly had a “building” on it.  The building, if you want to call it that, is basically nothing but some wood holding up some tin roofing material, open air.  People live in it.  It’s kind of a shack, in the middle of some quite nice houses.  It is a single level place.  Our house is two levels, and I spend the vast majority of my time on the second level, where my office and bedroom are.  I have included a photo of the “house” as it can be seen from my office window, basically all you can see are the sheets of tin that make up a makeshift roof.  The place certainly doesn’t fit in with the rest of the neighborhood, but that’s how things are in the Philippines.  The people who live in this place are a little different.  They collect junk, it seems.  They have a big bin full of old glass bottles.  They have a huge pile of old scrap pieces of lumber.  I don’t really know what goes on over there.

From our bedroom, if you open up the curtains on the side of the bedroom and look out the window, you are looking down into the “front yard” of this place.  Not much to look at, but really, we don’t go look out that window much, and you would really have to walk right up to the window to be able to look down to ground level and see anything over there.

I have a daily routine, it’s pretty much a set pattern of things I do, at least for part of the day.  I mean, as the day grows later, I tend to deviate, depending on what comes up that needs my attention.  But, the very beginning of my day is pretty set in stone, though.  I generally get up sort of early.  First thing I do is turn on my laptop, and while it is booting up, I go open up the curtains in my bedroom, and open the window.  The early morning air in Davao is usually crisp and cool.  Opening the window, I can usually be nice and cool in the bedroom until about 9am or so, at which time I head into my office (which is also in the house, by the way) and put on the air conditioning.

One day last week, I got up and my morning routine started off as normal.  I got up at 5:30am.  Made my way from bed, turned on my laptop.  While waiting for it to boot up, I went and opened the curtains.  It was early, not fully daylight out yet, but light enough outside to see pretty well.

When I opened the curtains, I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary.  I guess the light was dim enough that I didn’t pick up on the details.  Next, though, I slid the window open, and it made some sound.  Suddenly, there was some quick movement outside my window.

I took a quick look to see what was going on, and there was a woman taking a shower outdoors, about twenty feet outside my window! She was naked, except a pair of shorts.  When she heard the window open, she jumped, realizing that somebody was there!  What a way to start the morning!

I mean, I never thought about it before, but this “shack” next door does not have an indoor shower!  The people shower right outside in the open!  Apparently this lady didn’t figure that I would get up that early, or at least I would not open the window and look outside!  Based on her reaction, she was certainly surprised to see me!

Being a very neighborly person, I keep waiting for the neighbor to show up again for her daily shower.  I mean I have been watching regularly.  I figure I could at least wave to her and yell out the window – “Hi!”  But, no luck so far, I haven’t seen her again since!

Ah, the joys of getting up early!  It gets your day off to a wonderful start!

Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.

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Just keep checking Bob. Just so you can warn her of your presence, of course! 🙂 I had a similar experience with my father in law once, who despite all mod cons indoors, still liked the old outdoor shower at the back of the house. After that, I avoided the area until I saw him someplace else fully dressed.

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Sounds like a great neighborhood.
I am also seeing many people taking showers next to the highway.
But they have only a 5 gallon bucket and no shower stall.
She washes her shirt at the same time.
Funny story
I like!

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Hi Bob! Funto hear from you and with an interesting story. I guess those neighbors have taken up squatters rights on someone's vacant land. Not to get off topic, but I've been told that Philippine law states that in order for the real owner to take over occupancy of that land, they would have to pay to relocate the present occupants somewhere else. Not sure if that's true but anyway that's for another topic I guess. Probably they only have a faucet hook-up and that's the only way to go. Even family members of ours also when having a shower… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

Hi Bob – I don't know about voyeurism, but I'm willing to learn new things. 😉

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Tom Ramberg

Hi Bob, I like your humanitarian spirit. Your concern for your neighbor is quite admirable. It reminds me of a philanthrophic endeavor that I have been longing to start. Unfortunately I have recieved no support from Marie on this quest. I have heard that there are beautiful young women that are dancers by trade. These poor women have barely enough clothing to cover them. Some I hear have none at all. My goal is through charitable contributions of course is to give money to these women for clothing. I think that if I give maybe one or two dollars to… Read more »

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brian

Paul you crack me up !!! Not sure I fully understand the story Bob…need more photos to compliment the scene..(wink wink !!)

MindanaoBob
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Hi Jim – Yes, warning her that I might be seeing her is really the neighborly thing to do! It's only the right way to be a good neighbor!

Henry
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Henry

Hi Bob – Who was shocked more? You or the unsuspecting lady? Did Feyma laugh when you told her about this? I'm not sure what I'd do in your case. Offer them a shower curtain?

MindanaoBob
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Hi erik – Most of the people who take showers along the highway, or other public place, though, usually wear clothes. This lady was close to naked! Of course, I only noticed it out of the corner of my eye… I would never look! 😯

MindanaoBob
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Tom – Your charitable side amazes me! Maybe we can work together on this fine project! 😀

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