At my advanced age, 63, I really shouldn’t be taking a walk on the wild side of the Philippines. But that’s exactly what I did the other morning.
Do you want to build the best nipa hut in the Philippines or do you want to build one half-assed? The Bahay Kubo, Balay, or Nipa Hut, is a type of stilt house common to most of the Filipino rural culture. If you desire to manufacture a quality hut, you need a quality crew. Take a gander at our brother-in-law Joery in this photo. He’s preparing to put a concrete finish on the CR, Comfort Room, walls. He always does quality work.
Here’s the latest nipa hut progress on our new property in the Philippines. For few weeks now, our brother-in-law Joery, Cousin Doening (whose daughter Mera works for as a domestic helper), caretaker Gerry and Joery’s neighbor Jon, have been busy constructing a new domicile for my father-in-law, Lolo, who is afflicted with dementia and loves to converse with dead relatives and belt out silly songs all hours of the night. Yes, I know that the poor guy, who recently socked me in they eye and gave me a shiner that lasted three weeks, cannot help himself. But have you ever lived 24/7 with someone that has dementia? The fact that he cannot control his actions doesn’t make his behavior any less annoying.
The road crew in Guimaras, the island province in Western Visayas that my asawa and I reside, has been making excellent progress on highway improvements in our immediate area. It won’t be long until my spouse and I will be driving our new truck on these new widened pathways making navigating the mango island much easier. And, as a 62-year-old geezer, I’m all for making our own “pocket of paradise” more comfortable and less stressful.
As evidenced by the lead photo of Lolo (Grandpa) fast asleep, it was not exactly a Rockin’ New Year’s Eve in the Philippines. After the arrival of my asawa’s brother from Metro Manila to retrieve his Baptismal Certificate in Guimaras, the home province of the clan, our initial plans to usher in the New Year at “The Farm” were scuttled.
My brother-in-law in Guimaras, Joery, is our general handyman. While we have a caretaker, Gerry, who lives on site at “The Farm,” where we now reside, Joery, plumber, electrician and carpenter all rolled into one, is our “go-to-guy” for any new projects in progress at “The Farm."
Joery and his asawa, Alida, taking a snooze on a lazy Sunday afternoon
My Filipina wife and I lived in Savannah Subdivision in Iloilo for two years. We’ve recently moved back to my asawa’s home province of Guimaras. At the time we moved to what is supposed to be one of the premier subdivisions on Panay Island, I was impressed. But the lack of infrastructure; no running water, frequents brownouts, and the lack of enforcement of existing rules and regulations has been extremely frustrating.