From the Midwest redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
The Mystery Water Supply Discovered in Savannah, Iloilo
I was on a quest. I wanted to find out why "The Orchard," an enclave of the Savannah subdivision in Iloilo where we lived, had water twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We only had water running for seven to eight hours on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Where was the tubig (water) source for "The Orchard?"
I was speaking to a portly pinoy parked on a motor bike watching the crew shown on the lead photo. I asked if they were building a new wall, which served as a concrete barrier and rings most of our vast subdivision in Iloilo.
The gentleman with the missing tooth and motorbike informed me that the laborers were extending the wall and making it higher. I asked him if it was true that this area had water 24/7. Yes, it did, he informed me. "Where from?" I asked.
The friendly Filipino pointed to beyond the fence. I didn't have my glasses with me and I wasn't wearing my contact lenses, so I couldn't see squat. The man told me that a HUGE water tank supplied this subdivision enclave with their continual water supply. I couldn't take a picture of something I couldn't even see, so I will have to make a return trip with my glasses or contacts.
I was creating a buzz and hearing a couple of the familiar "Hi, Joe's" that I got when I first retired to the Philippines over three years ago.
So maybe I could get one of those "umbrella hats," that Lance the Canadian had suggested, that would protect me from the heat since I refused to carry an umbrella. Perhaps I might be able to find one like this dog from denalithedog.com is wearing.
But I continued my trek to the main gate of "The Orchard Subdivision" in Iloilo despite the heat. I already had completed my early morning hourly walk for the day but decided to press on. I could use the extra exercise. Just ask my asawa.
I wanted to see if I could find some owners in the development that could give me more information about the enclave. So far I had mainly encountered construction crews. I lost track of how much new construction I had already seen.
About a block away I spied a well-dressed lola (grandma) that could possibly give me some dope on the development. I'll wrap this up in the next post where I'll tell you all about my encounter with lola and have close-up shots of some modern construction equipment I've rarely seen in the Philippines.