Sunday, April 24, 2011
It was by accident that I witnessed a brief encounter of one of my workers, doing something along the road and two guys on a motorbike selling something.
When I looked for the second time I saw what happened. The guys had a gas bottle and refilled the lighter of my worker. It cost him 10 peso, saves 50 peso as a new lighter may cost 60 peso or so.
I remember that they had a special sound announcing their arrival, as every street seller has its own sound.
Last week the first phase of the roofing was completed, the trusses, C-purlins and facia-board, being the perimeter of the roof to which the gutter will be mounted.
Originally we were pushed by our engineer/supervisor to start the week before my short leave in The Netherlands, so mid of February. I am happy that we didn't do it for many reasons, the most important being 1) I could not follow the process and see the results and 2) the plastering out-side should be ready before the roofing is installed and that will be not earlier than end of next week. This is because the ceiling under the roof outside is included in the contract.
I had 3 offerings for a fixed price contract, already before my leave. Just after my leave I got a fourth offer, which was after some negotiations the best one, in terms of costs, what was included and the trust I had in the engineer doing the job.