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Latest Update on our New Home Construction in the Philippines

another view of the construction site in the Philippines

Here’s the latest update on our new home construction in the Philippines.  This marks Week 12 of this project and the work is progressing on schedule. My asawa and myself are quite pleased with the quality of the workmanship done thus far. Our foreman, Boy, has been using a crew of carpenters and laborers, totaling 19 in number, but has informed us that once the concrete finishing work is done, the laborers will be let go.

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Latest Progress Report On Our New Home in the Philippines

close up view of the new porch

Here’s the latest progress report on our new home in the Philippines on the mango island province of Guimaras in Western Visayas were we reside. Construction is going into Week Five and the following pictures were taken only a few days after the latest post regarding this enterprise. Our new house will be the dwelling for five people and covers over 3,000 square feet. It will have four bedrooms and four corresponding CR’s, Comfort Rooms, one for each bedroom which will include a guest bedroom.

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Independent Contractor Being Hired to Build Our New Home in the Philippines

One Storey House Design

An independent contractor is being hired to build our new home in the Philippines. As Lolo’s (my father-in-law) nipa hut nears completion, work will begin shortly on our new house located on our island province of Guimaras in Western Visayas. We had previously spoken to “Boy” in late October and while he has an architect that is developing the plans for our new digs, we felt the price that this Filipino contractor was asking for labor was way too much. He was requesting 4,500 pesos per square meter for labor costs.  Over 24,000 US Dollars. We would pay for all the materials. Our abode will have over 250 square meters in floor space meaning that the labor costs alone would be over 1 million pesos. This was not acceptable to us.


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Survey on Guimaras Property Finally Yields Sketch Plan

survey in the philippines

After an initial setback, in which I believed a new survey could spark a turf war with one of our new neighbors, the survey on our Guimaras property finally yields a sketch plan. But it wasn’t easy as the crew from Iloilo had to work under rainy conditions for most of the day and convince the owners of the lot to the east of us, that the initial survey which revealed we owned 7,020 square meters, was, indeed, correct.

banana umbrella


We didn’t have enough umbrellas to go around, so my resourceful asawa cut down a banana leaf to provide me with some cover from the nasty weather. I’m wearing a fashionable tank top that my spouse bought for me at the SM Hypermarket in Iloilo for 129 pesos, 2.89 US Dollars.

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Survey on New Property Could Spark Turf War

meeting the new neighbors in the philippines

A recent new survey on our Guimaras property could spark a turf war. My asawa and I are set to start building our new domicile on the mango island province this November and had hired a survey firm from nearby Iloilo City to do provide us with a sketch plan. We could start working on our final design plans that we could submit to Peter, a local architect and trusted relative, who could transform our rough sketches into a blueprint our construction crew could work with.


meeting our new neighbors in guimaras

My asawa chats with a neighbor who had dropped by to check out all the activity


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Could You Cash in with Cashews?

Could you cash in with cashews? Is it possible to make a living in the Philippines by harvesting the tasty nut from your own cashew trees? My wife’s family helped supplement their income by selling cashews. Currently my asawa informs me that cashews now sell for P1,600 a kilo, around 35 US Dollars.

Splittiing the cashews (3)

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Building a House in the Philippines, Part 1: The Plans

First of all, sorry for being such a stranger to all in recent months, but since our move here December 12 2012, we have been pretty busy building our dream retirement home here in Paranaque (suburb of Manila).

Starting from Scratch

(Photo courtesy of Scott H)

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