Day 590 of retirement

January 27, 2019

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Hi All

Monday 21stJanuary 2019:

Off to Boac to the bank and few other bits of business to sort out then back to Buenavista to pay Christie, our major building materials supplier. A 70km round trip on Ruby which she lapped up. The beauty of riding in the rain here, it isn’t cold.

Got caught in a rain shower on our way to Buenavista. We got wet but it didn’t take long to dry out cruising on Ruby.

Had lunch at Curba Bar & Grill in Buenavista. An old favourite of ours. Still great food to be had.

No Mahjong for Guy today. Not enough players to make a game. Need four all together.

Tuesday 22ndJanuary 2019:

Caught up with Gerald (Pom) this morning for a chinwag and to get a selection of movies to watch when time permits.

The house roof steel deck and reinforcing build is progressing well. The steel deck is in place and the roof reinforcing is being constructed on top of the steel deck. On track for a roof/beam concrete pour on Friday the 1st February ish.

Wednesday 23rdJanuary 2019:

An early start this morning (6:00am alarm) as John (Pom) and I did a walk round the back of the township of Gasan. We were gone for an hour as we walked slow in the morning humidity.

Got back to our apartment just in time for a brownout (no power). It only lasted for an hour ish, so all good.

No afternoon Mahjong for Guy but she did have an evening game.

Thursday 24thJanuary 2019:
Back to the block today for an inspection of the roof works. Still looking good for the roof pour the end of next week.
I know I keep saying it but we do have a great construction crew. Now I’m no builder but just looking at their workmanship you can tell they know what they are doing and doing it well.

Friday 25thJanuary 2019:

Meet the electrician and plumber at the block this morning to run through their work required for the roof pour. All good.

Guy off to Mahjong after lunch. I had my afternoon siesta then washed Ruby followed by a short walk round town.

Saturday 26thJanuary 2019:

Payday at the block for the workers and contractors.

All full steam ahead for our roof pour this Thursday 31stJanuary. Looking at 2 concrete mixers along with 40 workers, working from 6:00am to 8:00pm. Going to be a big day.

Sunday 27thJanuary 2019:

Rest day as no work at the block. After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I caught with John (Pom) for a coffee/tea at the local café.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

 

 

 


Day 584 of retirement

January 20, 2019

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Monday 7thJanuary 2019:

Off to Boac first thing to get Ruby her 1,500km service. Arrived at (9:00am and dropped Ruby off to the Yamaha dealership).

Went for a wander round the streets of Boac for an hour. Came back at 10:00am and Ruby all ready to go.

Then off to the block to see the roof beams are progressing well. On the way home I called in to see Gerald (Pom) for a catch up.

Tuesday 8thJanuary 2019:

Off to the block for our daily update on the works. All good.

Back home and off to the market for some lunch and very yummy food (P190 = $5.14AUS in total).

Guy off to Mahjong after lunch and I went for a ride on Ruby and called in to see Ron (American).

Wednesday 9thJanuary 2019:

John (Pom) called in for coffee before we all headed to the block. John hasn’t been there yet so was interested to see our site.

After the block we called into the carpenter (he does the doors and cupboards and different guy from the furniture carpenter) and finalised the wooden doors and jambs.

Back for lunch then Guy off to Mahjong. I was back at the block at 3:00pm to pay the coco lumber and bamboo suppliers.

The roof beams constructions are progressing well.

Also, I have picked up a bit of a bug. Tired and achy all over. Need a few rest days. Just the place to have them.

Thursday 10thJanuary 2019:

Feeling very average today with my bug. Staying in and slept for half the day. No block visit today. Hopefully on the road to recovery.

Guy was off to Mahjong after lunch and also played an evening game.

Friday 11thJanuary 2019:

Back to the block this morning. Just when you thought there was no more room for beam reinforcing/scaffolding more appears in the house. It is a mass of building materials at present and will be for a few weeks until it all gets poured with concrete.

Still feeling pretty average but definitely on the mend. Being retired does have its benefits. When ill you can take as long as you wish to rest up and recover.

Saturday 12thJanuary 2019:

Well after 4 days I am feeling a little better but still not the best. Went to the local doctor who works out of the pharmacy. After a discussion, it was determined that I may have a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) and/or Kidney stones. I have had both before.
I have no nausea, vomiting or fever and my blood pressure is normal. Good signs.
The doc gave me some antibiotics, some pills that help to break up kidney stones (yea I am a bit dubious about this one) and some pain killers. The aim is to give the drugs three days to take effect and if still no good it is off to Boac (20km) for an ultra sound on my kidneys. My ailment is going to test out the island’s medical services. We shall see.
The doc’s visit and drugs came to P1,550 ($42.00 AUS).

Sunday 13thJanuary 2019:

Rest day today as the antibiotics start to kick in. Feeling a little better now. Rested up with a couple of siestas as I am finding that I am getting quite tired.
Caught up with John (Pom) for an afternoon coffee at one of the local canteens.

Guy was off to Mahjong after lunch.

Monday 14thJanuary 2019:

Feeling a little better as the antibiotics kick in.

Guy rang the foreman at the block and all good there. No visit today.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I rested up.

Tuesday 15thJanuary 2019:

Feeling much better today.

Did a trip to the block as we have three contractors to pay for the delivery of coco lumber and bamboo. This should be the last of it that is required for the roof structure scaffolding.

Guy off to Mahjong after lunch and I rested up once again.

Wednesday 16thJanuary 2019:

It’s amazing what 4 days of antibiotics and rest will do for an attack of a UTI. Feeling much better today. No kidney stones, so all good.

Only side effect is a bung eye (red and a bit scratchy) but I can live with that.

Still resting up and will certainly take it easy for the next week.

Huge hugs to Guy for putting up with a crook and cranky husband. Love my wifie. xxooxx

Thursday 17thJanuary 2019:

On the mend so off to the block this morning to catch up on the works. Scaffolding still going up and will be for another week or two. Looking at the beams/roof pour in early Feb with all things being equal.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I rested up. Sleeping quite a bit at the moment which is great for recovery.

Friday 18thJanuary 2019:

No Mahjong, so a rest day for us both today. We walked to the market for supplies and more sleeping for me in the afternoon.

Spent some time getting all our paper work/blog up to date. I have rehashed one of my spreadsheet pages to make it easier to track where all our money is and how much we have at any point in time.

Getting better every day but it is a slow process. Sign of old age, I’m guessing.

Saturday 19thJanuary 2019:

No Mahjong today for Guy as it is payday at the block.

Made our way to Buenavista at 3:00pm to pay one of our major suppliers and found them closed for the day due to a local fiesta happening. Guy spoke to Cristy (owner) and we will pay them on Monday, so all good.

Back to the block to pay the boys and check on the house progress. Was surprised to see the steel decking (concrete roof supports) going up. The boys have had an awesome week and at this pace we could be pouring the roof round the 1stFebruary. Fingers crossed.

Finished off the day with a two-hour massage each.

Sunday 20thJanuary 2019:

No work at the block today. Guy and I enjoyed a manicure/pedicure each in the morning with Josefin (P120 each $3.16 AUS).

Off for lunch in the “fancy” restaurant in town and Guy off to Mahjong in the afternoon.

I am feeling about 90% better from my aliments. Still get quite tired but lots of rest and siestas is fixing that.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

 


Day 570 of retirement

January 6, 2019

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Tuesday 1stJanuary 2019:

Huge happy new year to you all. Here is to many new adventures for us all in 2019.

Nice sleep in and then coffee with John (Pom).

Lunch was fruit followed by ham, cheese, cucumber & tomatoes in a vinegar sauce.

Guy off to Mahjong and I had my siesta before washing Ruby as we got caught in the rain yesterday. Then caught up on our paper work balancing the books.

Wednesday 2ndJanuary 2019:

Rest day today. After lunch Guy off to Mahjong for the afternoon and evening session thrown in as well.

After my siesta I walked to the market to get a few supplies. Then watched the movie Gone Girl. Good movie.

Thursday 3rdJanuary 2019:

Off to the block to see the boys. The external walls and all the columns are being completed to make ready for the roof construction.

After lunch from the market Guy was off to Mahjong, I had my afternoon siesta and then went for a walk along the beach then up a BIG steep hill and back again.

Friday 4thJanuary 2018:

Busy day today. In the morning it was off to Boac (40km round trip to the capital) to go to the bank, get a few supplies and book Ruby in on Monday for her 1,500km service.

Caught up with John (Pom) for an early lunch at the “food court” in the market. Guy and I had a very yummy lunch for 95 Peso’s total ($2.60 AUS).

Back to Gasan and Guy off to Mahjong. I made my way to Buenavista (30km round trip) which is just 4km from our block.

Buenavista will be our local township/market when we move into the house.

Needed to get next week’s timesheets printed for the boys and photocopy our Property Tax Declaration for our building permit.

The place we usually go was closed so after a detour to the block it was back to Gasan to get the documents printed.

Saturday 5thJanuary 2019:

Off to see the cushion maker this morning. We are getting custom made bamboo couches and need the cushions to match. Once the couches are made, he will measure them up and make custom fitting cushions and padding.

We are getting two 7-foot-long couches with generous padding so you can sleep on them comfortably (afternoon siestas).

Mid-morning Leonard (the aluminium window man) arrived with his quote for all the windows, doors and screens. A bit more than expected but we are getting all top-quality materials (corrosion resistant) being on the beach.

At 3:00pm it was off to pay the workers, contractors and suppliers for the week. Utilising Guy’s accountant skills we now have a very efficient payroll/AP system set up to pay everybody so we can keep track of all our outgoings.

The hollow block wall round the house is almost complete as are the columns. Only one column to go. The bamboo/coco lumber scaffolding is on the way up to support the pouring of the roof beams that will then support the concrete roof.

Should have a roof by the end of January.

Finished the day with a 2-hour massage each from Ailyn (cost per person is P350 – $9.20 AUS).

Sunday 6thJanuary 2019:

Started the day with a pedicure/manicure for us both. Josefin does an awesome job with my crusty old toes and finger nails (P120 each $3.16 AUS). It has taken a few sessions but I must admit my nails feel sooooooo good.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I went for a ride on Ruby to see John (Pom) at his place. Back home in time for a latish siesta.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.