Our new roof in the Philippines is halfway done. If our construction crew did not take off this Thursday through Sunday for the Easter Holy Week, the roof would probably have been completed by the end of the week. The pictures posted on this article are the result of only 2 1/2 days of work as the roofers took off early this past Wednesday to return to their home provinces for the long holiday. Any expat that has lived in the Philippines for any amount of time knows that everything virtually shuts down for Holy Week and for Christmas. That’s to be expected in a country where about 84% of the population are Catholic.
That’s my asawa in the background checking out our new roof installation. The crew have started on the backside of the house. We’ve cleared some trees from the main road in order to get a better view of our new house. We are still 300 meters from the road on an elevation and have plenty of privacy. But everyone in the area knows a “kano” and his wife are building on the site and the view of our home looks much better with the landscape in front cleaned up.
I even got into the act and hacked down a couple of very small trees with my wife’s trusty bolo. One of the young men working on our new well spied me and took over the clean-up. I didn’t mind. It was hot that day and I didn’t want to offend the guy by insisting I do the work.
Here’s a look at the outer wall of the well which is almost completed. I have stated before that the well is 66 feet deep. Actually, it’s a little deeper, it’s 22 meters, or 72 feet deep. The crew have done an excellent job on the well and will move on next week to dig a new one for an expat friend of mine. Lots of folks in the areas are having their wells go dry and are depending on water trucks to bring them water so digging a new well is a good investment.
We’re headed off to Iloilo Monday to get our truck repaired. Our construction crew will have a full week of work and our foreman advises me that the plastering, the concrete finish put on the walls, should be done in two weeks. At that time, the laborers will be let go and our foreman’s crew of carpenters will remain to finish the rest of our new home in the Philippines.
Happy Easter to all my Christian friends. Take a break like our crew has and relax. The workers certainly deserve a mini-vacation as they have been working on our new digs since mid-January. And I’m sure my readers could use a break, too. Me? I’m always on vacation and try to do as little as possible. After over five years of living in the Philippines, I’m getting pretty good at that.