Our New Roof in the Philippines is Halfway Done

a look at our new roof in the Philippines

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.

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our new roof in the Philippines

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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.



another look at our new well in the Philippines
our new well in the Philippines

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.

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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.

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

12 thoughts on “Our New Roof in the Philippines is Halfway Done

  1. Hi Dave roofs looking good I like the colour can’t wait to taste them fish and chips,happy hour looks good from 2 pm
    Till 10 pm your a lucky guy,Derek in sunny pasig.

    1. Thanks, Derek. Well, we had some of those tasty fish and chips at The Shriven Hotel last night. Absolutely delicious! And the San Mig Lites were cold and went down smooth. There was a bit of a discussion regarding “Happy Hour” as the new Filipino manager was asked when most people get off work. I don’t know that she understands the whole concept of Happy Hour but for now as I don’t know of any working person around here that gets off at 2, but it’s to the benefit of all of us expats hanging out there.

  2. Looks like everything is coming along nicely Dave, am sure you will be glad when its all done and you can move into it.

    Even though I said I would stop asking anything technical,its hard to teach an ol dog new tricks. In the 2 pictures of the backside where your wife is standing in them. It may be a visual thing and not really there, but it appears as though the far end, 1/4 or so length of the roof, they altered the shingle alignment cause they are staggered differently and the pattern dosent seem to line up diagonally as it does everywhere else. I cant tell if there is an offset in the roof so was just wandering is all.

    1. Thanks, Bill S. And I don’t mind the questions at all. Now when I review a close-up of the roof pictures I do see the issue you are talking about. It definitely does not look like the section on the far right lines up. We will have to go back to the job site and check that out since we did not notice that before. Thanks for the tip. If we can catch the guys before they start work Monday we should be able to get the problem corrected. I wonder if they don’t have that section of the roof, next to the last panel to be installed on that side of the house, all screwed in yet but something has to be holding it up. Doesn’t make sense not to line it up.

      OK, Bill, just checked with the “boss,” my asawa, of course, she already knew of the problem but didn’t fill me in. The roofers have said that our foreman has to make an adjustment on the steel trusses in that area. Our brother-in-law Joery, who is in charge of a side crew working on the dirty kitchen, discussed the problem with my wife on Wednesday. Of course, I’m always kept out of the loop but the problem will be corrected. Thanks, again for pointing it out.

      On being kept out of the loop: A close relative here can die and I won’t be informed about it until years later whenever I ask about Cousin “So-and-So.” After 15 years of marriage, I’m used to it. 😉

      NOW an update, Bill. My asawa just sent a text to our foreman regarding the roof issue. “Dave won’t pay if you don’t fix this” The foreman’s reply? “I will fix it.” Thanks again, Bill, from my asawa Melinda and yours truly.

      1. I am also very familiar with the being kept in the dark or out of the loop as you said. Although you have been married far longer than I have to our beautiful wives, mine does the exact same thing, and unless I specifically ask a question about something or someone I rarely ever know whats going on there, I used to get annoyed by it, but in some ways its now a blessing. If I want to know something, I have to be specific as to who or what I want to know about though.

        I have been a builder for almost 25 years,so I do notice those kind of things, but usually they happen to me it seems. I thought you might have had an offset in the roof line but could not see it, so figured someone put up a roof panel with the wrong stagger and they just followed the new stagger onward and did not notice it, if the picture had not been shot from the angle you shot it, I doubt I would have noticed it either. Its easy enough to fix, except the panels are already cut to length so they will have to splice all of them to adjust the stagger back in line.

        Have a Happy Easter , Dave & Melinda!

        1. Well, Bill S, you bring up another good point. One has to be very specific in asking anyone a question here, let alone your own asawa. I don’t know if it’s a communication problem or what, but you’re a smart man and have learned to adjust. You have to or it will just drive you crazy. Case in point: We went to a resort in Guimaras a few years ago during Holy Week (first big mistake.) Our favorite spot, Raymen Beach, was of course all filled up, no nipa huts to rent. We went to the resort next door. No nipa hut, the lady informed me. But where could we get out from underneath the hot summer sun? No response. And then I heard our multicab driver ask the resort employee a question. Well, the resort did have tables to rent with umbrellas to cover ourselves from the sun. WTF? Because I didn’t specifically ask if they have covered picnic tables I wasn’t offered that option.

          So after I wasted my time and pointed that out to the resort employee we rented a table with an umbrella.

          I appreciate your expertise, Bill S. I’m hoping our foreman will have the situation fixed by the time we get to the site this Tuesday. I haven’t had to play “hardball” yet with our foreman but he has no doubt that I will not be paying his salary until the problem is fixed. I’ll report on that issue once I get all the details.

          Happy Easter, Bill S, to you and yours. Take care. Thanks for your continued support.

  3. Dave,
    House is looking good. Hopefully it will be done by the end of May. But you know how things go there. You always have to expect the unexpected.

    1. Thanks, Papa Duck. Well, that’s true wherever a person might be building, Papa Duck. We’re hopeful the house will be completed by the end of May, but I’m sure not going to bet the farm on it. 😎

    1. Nope, plenty of jeepneys and trikes on the island, Jolly, to get you around. We have lived in the area for over five years before buying our own transportation this past January. You can get from the Jordan Wharf to San Miguel, the capital, for only 13 pesos. 14 pesos to take the pump boat from Jordan Wharf in Guimaras to Ortiz Dock in Iloilo. Local trikes are plentiful with cheap fixed rates for certain distances.

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