Lolo’s Nipa Hut in the Philippines is Completed

Lolo’s Nipa Hut in the Philippines is Completed

Lolo’s nipa hut in the Philippines is completed. It took my brother-in-law Joery and his two man crew eight weeks to complete the project at a cost of 4,000 US Dollars. I’ll have a breakdown of the construction costs in a future post.  While the building took longer than I thought it would, it occurred during Christmas week and New Year’s Day. Delays can be expected during those two major holidays in the archipelago, but we’re not on any specific time table so time is not really of any concern to me; we have a lease on our current residence, “The Farm,” until the end of October of this year.



My lovely asawa checks out the new digs


That’s my lovely asawa checking out Lolo’s new digs. Plywood paneling, painted green, can be seen above the bamboo lattice work. After some research on Alzheimer’s, which my father-in-law is afflicted with, I determined that green is a soothing color that might possibly help relax him.

My wife is in the sala, living room area. That’s Joery in the next picture putting the finishing touches on the CR, Comfort Room. It comes complete with toilet, sink and shower. Note the bathroom door in the right, the classic Comfort Room door in our region, which goes by the brand name of “Pretty Door.”


Joery puts the finishing touches on the CR


Here’s a view of Lolo’s new bedroom. Again, note the green wall color. We are going to place a plastic window screen over the windows to keep out lizards and mosquitoes. Our caretaker, Gerry, is currently staying in the nipa hut during the evening, acting as security for our construction site.


Lolo's new nipa hut bedroom


The outside and inside bamboo work has had several coats of a durable varnish stain applied. The varnish gives the bamboo a nice sheen and helps protect the wood.


close-up look at the bamboo work on the nipa hut


This is the new water tank my asawa purchased in nearby Iloilo City. The tank, pvc pipes, which go to our neighbor’s well next door, and the pump cost a total of 60,000 pesos, approximately 1,350 US Dollars. My spouse wanted a tank that lays on its sides since it is easier to clean than an upright one.


our new water tank in Guimaras


We cannot drink the water from this tank. Our caretaker gets the drinking water for our crew from a friendly neighbor. That’s my asawa washing out a new dish drainer she purchased for my father-in-law’s new digs.


getting water from the new tank


That’s  Joery and Jon working on the permanent water tank tower. The tank will sit raised above the ground in order to provide better water pressure. We will also use this tank for our new home. A well will be dug in March to supplement our water supply.


Joery and Jon working on the site for the new water tank


Joery built a cage to keep the new water pump safe from thieves. It is an absolute security feature in our area. Before we moved to our present location at “The Farm” one of the well pumps was stolen. Last year Gerry noticed that another pump at a well at our location had been tampered with and that pump, which does not supply water to our home, was removed.


the new tank pump is locked up


While at our new location my happy wife posed for this picture. She was planting pineapples, watermelon, mahogany and  trees and calamansi trees. Now that we have our new Ford Ranger XLT it makes traveling to the construction site much more convenient and my asawa brings some new plants over every time she makes the trip. She loves to plant and with 1.25 hectares of land, she has plenty of work to keep her busy for a long time. Me? I’ll keep doing my usual nothing.


planting at our new site


25 thoughts on “Lolo’s Nipa Hut in the Philippines is Completed

  1. Quite the development going on. There will be a lot of harvesting going on over the next few years. The building look very neat and very well placed. Good job all the way around… Can’t wait to see the new house as it goes up. Thanks for the window into your life-very interesting.

  2. Hi Dave nipa hut looks good,like the bamboo finish your wife looks happy you know what they say happy wife
    Happy life,been to buy some plants yesterday my wife loves them going back to immigration today we will see
    What happens last time they were offline it’s more fun in the Philippines
    Derek in sunny pasig

    • Haven’t been to immigration yet this year Ron. I’m not overdue until 29 Febuary (yes, leap year). Will update to Dave maybe next week after my annual check in 🙂

    • Nope, Roxas Ron. Though my father-in-law continues to drive me nuts, we will continue to stay at our current location until the new house is built. But at least I get a three week vacation when I return to the States in February. I really need the break from Lolo. 🙂

  3. Dave,
    Glad to see the Nipa Hut is done. They really did a nice job with it. The truck sure makes it easier to get around and you don’t have to rely on anyone else. Maybe Lolo can help Melinda with the gardening again like he used to do.

    • Thanks, Papa Duck. It’s great not having to rely on the trikes and multicabs. We can come and go as we please. I plan to go to LTO in Iloilo next week to get my Philippine license.

      Well, Lolo has developed some kind of rash when he works outside so Melinda is not letting him sweep or help outside anymore. He might pick up a few twigs and that’s it.

  4. Hi Dave, went to immigration yesterday there back online took about 25 minutes ,
    They wanted the last 4 years receipts my I card and a photo copy of my I card
    That was it ,no forms to fill in they never asked me about down loading forms.
    Derek in pasig.

    • Thanks for the update, Derek. I always bring my previous receipts with me but our local office has never asked to see them thus far. Good to hear that you didn’t have to fill out any more forms.

  5. Hi Dave, it’s been sometime since my last response but I had to Congratulate you on your five years of progress, webpage included. From one Illinoisan to another Looking good, safe travels back to the States.

    • Thanks for the link, Toby, that’s quite a cool house.
      Btw, the updated Philippines Expat Advisor is completed. I’m preparing the new sales landing page for it now and should have it online in a day or two.

  6. Looks nice, Dave. I hope your father-in-law is happy with his new digs. You might need to have someone familiar to him live in the “hut” with him. The new place might confuse him and he might become agitated. Wouldn’t want him “escaping” in the middle of the night. Or would you? 🙂 BTW, if you’re going to be Stateside, you might consider getting your immunizations up-to-date, if you haven’t already. It should be free at the local Health Center in Vegas.

    • Thanks, Lucy. Well, we are going to be a lot closer to Lolo’s nipa hut than I originally thought. I wanted to let him roam the hut at night, with the front door locked of course, but my wife insists on keeping him in his bedroom at night with the door locked, for his own protection. He has broken out of nipa huts before but his bedroom does appear to be secure. We will certainly keep a close eye on him. We plan to build a perimeter fence around his hut where he will be more secure in the near future. I know it sounds like we’re keeping him a prisoner but he often tries to wander off now at our present location at least a few times a week.

      I will have to check out the free immunizations. Thanks for the tip. Right now I am suffering from a severe rash on my right arm that came from a wooly worm on some branches I cut down yesterday. My whole arm flared up in a rash and my asawa has been treating the infection with BL, a local Chinese medicine. I haven’t had any immunizations in about 10 years.

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