“I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.”
― Lucille Ball

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bahay kubo

San Carlos City bamboo market
One of the first things we wanted to do in our new property was to install a "bahay kubo". In the Philippines this is a well known little garden house made of bamboo.

We decided to buy one in San Carlos city, as they have there a big market, where they sell many bamboo products. The bahay kubo will serve different purposes.

1) It is a place to relax as to escape the daily burden of our barangay (neighbourhood) and to enjoy the breeze from the farm, the natural aircon, which we miss in the barangay. This is to bridge the time between preparing for building a house until the moment we can start moving into the new house.

2) Second it is meant as a place where the people who are going to build our house can relax and have their lunch and merienda, the Philippine break for some drinks and (usually sweet) snacks. We even envisage to have a guard sleeping here as long as the fence is not closed.

3) It will become our garden house when the whole project is finished. It probably will get another location on our property.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Yeah!! We got it.

Yesterday, 21 September, was a day to remember. 

We went to the bank in Dagupan to withdraw our money (in cash) to pay the owner of the lot/property that we purchased from him. According to Philippine habit a lot of "witnesses" were brought in. Apart from the buyer (my wife), the seller, the attorney and myself, the following persons were present:

1. Bank manager's assistant
2. My brother in law
3. My mother in law
4. My auntie (sister of my mother in law)
5. The wife of the seller
6. Two sons of the seller 

Missing was the manager of the bank, Mr. Henry, who had promised to be present. It was said that he was delayed because of the heavy rains we had yesterday, so the manager's assistant helped us.

When the money was made available and the pasbook updated, we deducted the amount required for taxes and fees, transferred the remaining amount to the seller, the deducted amount to the attorney and he made some legal statements that the money was transferred.

Total costs for taxes, attorney and surveyor fees was about 10%, of which we had agreed on already to divide it between seller and buyer. 
The following list shows the taxes that are included:
  • Capital Gain Tax        6.00%
  • Document Stamp Tax 1.50 %
  • Transfer Tax               0.50%
  • Registration fee           0.25%
  • Sales Tax                    0.50%
According to our attorney it will take from now on a month to transfer the title. Meanwhile we will start to produce the paperwork for applying for a building permit (City Hall) and start preparing building the fence.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Flashback: My Car history

My 1st car, Ford Anglia
Below is a summary of all cars I owned or used as a company car. I tried to recall the period in which I used it, but this will not be accurate in all cases. I will have to gather info from family and friends to fill-in the details, so updates may follow. For more details click the brand/model (if available).

P.S. At the end I added other used motorized vehicles as well.


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