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

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Stairs

The upper part from landing to 2nd floor is ready for concreting
A new step in building our house was completed last week, the STAIRS.

See the pictures below.





Saturday, January 29, 2011

13-A visa

Entrance to Intramuros is still guarded and closed at night.
Yesterday, 28 January 2011, I got my 13-A visa.

Read here how it started and what happened until I got it.

Wednesday, 17 November, we went to Manila with the whole family to bring my parents- and sister in law to the airport. They went to the USA.
My sister is living there with her husband and her parents got a permanent stay visa to live there as well permanently. They are almost 70 and I was doubting they liked to do it, but it seems they do. It also seems that the US government will pay them a kind of pension. Much more generous than the the Dutch government is.


The same day we went to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in Intramuros, old Manila, which is Spanish meaning: "between the walls". Indeed it is a special and old part of Manila, but it needs a lot of maintenance and apparently the government is not spending a peso to it.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Animal Farm

Kring kring is about 2-3 months old
Last weeks we have got some pets to enrich our live. Although our house is not yet finished, we keep them most of the time on our property.

The first one was a dog, called Kring-kring, it seems to be the sound of the telephone in Pilipino. The dog was brought by my brother in law, and originates from his sister in San Carlos, who could not raise the dog (time, money??). So now we have to do it.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Outbuilding (2)

Gravel and steel are put on the flooring sand ...
Last Saturday the windows and doors were delivered for the outbuilding in the back side.

And a few weeks ago we finished the floors in the Outbuilding.

Below are some pictures to show you how it looks now. Next milestone is to extend the front side of the outbuilding and to place the final roofing.

Second floor


Again an exciting week, we finished the first part of the second floor, about 40% of the total floor.

The coco lumber poles were nailed together to make a fully covering scaffold for the second floor and the arcs and  beams. On top of it sheets of plywood are nailed.

Next the wooden floor was covered by a grid of steel bars and on top a second grid shfted in two directions.

Of course the plumbing and electricity pipes were also installed. I had even a last minute change, hot water in all bathrooms upstairs.

Ground floor

Maid's room
Again an exciting week, we finished the ground floor - some people say 1st floor - walls, and the first part of the 2nd floor. The latter will be covered in a seperate blog.

We started with the walls, as usually made from hollow blocks, on December 9 and now after 4 weeks it's almost finished, only some small walls of the bed room downstairs have to be done next week.

However, most of the time was spent on preparing the supporting coco lumber for the second floor.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Fence (4)

Small gate is delivered on top of the car,
notice the post-box in the middle
A new chapter has been written on the fence.

Last Thursday (29/12) the main gate and side gate were installed. It took them 2 half days to complete the work on site. A couple of problems had to be solved regarding the hinges, and the manual locker had to be repositioned.


The gap in the fence is finally closed. Only final painting is required, we will do that later.

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