Day 682 of retirement

April 28, 2019

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Monday 22ndApril 2019:
Had our start of week meeting at the site this morning (painter, plumber, electrician & foreman). Set for the rest of the week all be it with a much smaller crew.
After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I made a mid-afternoon visit back to the block.

At 5:00pm ish we had an earthquake. The building swayed as it lasted for a minute ish. A very weird feeling watching and feeling your surroundings swaying.

Tuesday 23rdApril 2019:

Family and friends, we are all okay following yesterday’s earthquake. The quake was well north of us but we did feel it. No damage here on the island.

Sweltered in our apartment today. Work was being carried out on some rewiring in the building which meant disconnecting from the mains and no generator. No power from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

I opened up the windows and the door and at least there was a breeze 3 floors up.

Guy was off to Mahjong after lunch.

Thursday 25th April 2019:

We have the well water pressure pump/tank setup and pumping. The plumber has setup 4 separate lines off the pump so we can isolate the outside taps, the master bathroom, the kitchen/laundry and the second bedroom. Also, some more isolation valves in these lines so part sections can be shut down.

If we do have any issues in any part of the house, we can shut it down and not affect the rest of the house.

Slight issue with the 3 air conditioners. The holes we left are the right size but nobody told us the unit sits in a rack so needs a further 2” clearance. The installer was prepared and has a diamond concrete cutter so can fix it. Just one of those things where one little piece of information not conveyed means more work.

Just one of those things that happen on a new house build.

Friday 26thApril 2019:

After an early block visit it was off to Boac the capital (40km round trip on Ruby). First stop, the bank to get some cash for the payroll tomorrow.
Then curtain/cushion material shopping. Found some material and will drop them off to our curtain man tomorrow for sewing.
Back at the block late afternoon to see how the airconditioner boys were doing. They had to expand each of the three mounting holes by 2″ on the bottom and on the side.
Our nice clean finished bedrooms are now a mess again. But all good and they will have it all fixed in a day ish.

Saturday 27thApril 2019:

Another sad day today as we said goodbye to our foreman and the last of our original boys. The boys did an excellent job of finishing all their work and cleaning up round the house.

At 3:00pm the boys retrieved our bamboo bed, foot locker and couch from the Italian house and placed it in our house. They also placed the dining room table and chairs along with the coffee table in the lounge room. It is starting to look and feel like a house.

Tomorrow we have the fridge, gas stove, fans, etc. arriving.

The only people left are the painters (contractors who are awesome to work with) who will be there for another week to finish off some inside and outside painting.

Still some minor things to be finished off by the plumber and these should be done in the next weeks as well (shower curtains, stainless steel fittings).

We are now looking at a moving in date of May 15thall things being equal.

Sunday 28thApril 2019:

Out to the block at 8:00am as we have a major delivery happening this morning.

We had delivered:

~ Our master bed mattress

~ Samsung TV

~ Bed and base for guest room two

~ 4 x electric fans

~ Rice cooker

~ Electric kettle

~ Samsung Fridge

~ Gas stove

~ Plastic picnic table and 2 x chairs

We bought everything locally as they gave us a good deal, delivery was free, they unpacked everything, set it all up, tested it and took away all the packaging. These are the same folks we bought the 3 aircons off as well. They are in the process of installing the aircons as we speak. Awesome service.

So slowly but surely the house is coming together. Just need the painting to finish and move in time (2 weeks ish).

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I had a lovely siesta as it is pretty hot and humid here at the moment. We need rain as it is very dry.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

 

 

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Day 675 of retirement

April 21, 2019

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Monday 15thApril 2019:
Quick trip to the block. Everything is progressing at a rapid pace.

After an awesome pizza lunch (best pizza in the Philippines) Guy was off to Mahjong and I went for a ride to see Gerald (Pom) for a catch-up.

Tuesday 16thApril 2019:

It is Holy Week presently and the Moriones Festival is on.

One of the oldest religious festivals in the Philippines is the Moriones Festival (only on Marinduque).

It is a dedication to the half-blind Roman soldier, Longinus, who pierced Jesus in his side with a lance while he was on the cross. Legend has it that when some of the blood of Jesus fell into his eyes his sight returned. Upon experiencing this miracle, Longinus became convinced that Jesus was truly the son of God and converted to Christianity.

The festival re-enacts the search for Longinus by centurions adorned in colourful costumes. For this crime, with one member of the local community playing Longinus who is captured and recaptured several times over the course of the festival in a playful game of cat and mouse.

Wednesday 17thApril 2019:

A very exciting and sad day all in one.
The exciting part was we received the keys to the castle today. The house is now at lockup stage. All the windows and doors lock. We also had our first delivery of furniture. The table & chairs and coffee table arrived. This is the furniture made from the Acacia tree we cut down to build the house.
The sad part was that this is the last day that all the workers, contractors and tradies are together. Over the next few weeks there will be a skeleton crew finishing off bits and pieces. The painting alone will take 2-3 weeks to complete.
These guys are the best group of workers we have ever had the pleasure to work with. Awesome honest hard workers every one of them.

Thursday 18thApril 2019:

No work at the block/house till Monday now. Easter break.
After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I couldn’t resist a ride out to the block. It was strange being there with nobody about. The site is usually a hive of activity. It was great wandering round the house and block looking at the potential of the site.
Can’t wait to move in in 4 weeks ish time. Want to make sure everything is functional before moving in.

Friday 19thApril 2019:

Nice quiet day. After lunch Guy off to Mahjong while I had my siesta and then a walk to the market.

In the evening we enjoyed the Easter parade in downtown Gasan. There some very elaborate floats and they are lit up in the evening darkness. Quite spectacular.

Saturday 20thApril 2019:

Leisurely day. We did a trip out to the block/house. We spent some time going through how we will set the house up and started looking at the landscaping.

After lunch Guy was off to Mahjong and I had my usual siesta with a walk to the market.

To finish the day I had a two hours massage while Guy wandered across the road to the municipal square to watch a local Easter play.

Sunday 21stApril 2019:

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I went for a ride back to the block for a wander round.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

 


Day 668 of retirement

April 14, 2019

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Monday 8thApril 2019:
Quick trip to the block to check that the power connection is all good with the electrician. Now that we have power the water pump/pressure tank is the next job to proceed.

Back to our “Harvey Norman” store in Gasan and ordered our bed mattress, 49” Samsung TV and bed and base for guest bedroom.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I caught up on paper work (we have our own system to keep track of everything) and blog posting.

Did a quick trip to Boac (40km round trip) to book in Ruby for a service (4,500km service) on Wednesday.

Tuesday 9thApril 2019:

Usual block visit, lunch and Guy off to Mahjong.

I went for a ride and caught up with Gerald (Pom) for a chat.

Wednesday 10thApril 2019:
Lots happening with the internal fit out. We have nearly all the aluminium windows fitted. Doors still to go.
Almost at lockup stage. Hoping for mid next week.

After the morning block inspection, I went to Boac (40km round trip) for Ruby to get her 4,500km service. All good and back by 11:00am.

Guy off to Mahjong after lunch.

Thursday 11thApril 2019:

The house is progressing along under its own steam. So, a later morning visit today.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I did a market walk for some supplies.

Friday 12thApril 2019:

Ramp/stairs up the front and back veranda’s being completed. More aluminium windows and doors going in today.

Our dining room table and chairs have also been finished. Looking awesome.

Saturday 13thApril 2019:

Quick visit to the block this morning then back at 3:30pm to pay the boys.
Had an onsite meeting with the foreman, door installer and painter to confirm that on next Wednesday, the 17th, the painting inside should be finished and the back door installed. This will give us lockup of the house.
We can then start to bring in the furniture and get ready for moving in (mid May at this stage).
Fingers crossed.

Finished the day with a two-hour massage each.

Sunday 14thApril 2019:

Back to the block at 7:00am as we have the tilers in today to tile the island and bench counter tops in the kitchen.

Back for our manicure/pedicure each then Guy off to Mahjong. I visited Ron (Yank) for a catch up then called into the block on the way home to see the tiling. Turned out to be awesome once again.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

 


Day 661 of retirement

April 8, 2019

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Monday 1stApril 2019:
Busy morning. Meet the carpenter with our plans for the kitchen (window bench, island and pantry). Laid out the design on the floor. Slight misalignment of about 100mm. Just moved the island so all good.
The filling of the old fish pond started today. The boys are busy.
Into Marelco (local power supplier) to pay our power connection fee (P6,171 = $167 AUS). We are now on the connection schedule list. When will it happen? Who knows.
Back into town and got a quote for a fridge, gas stove & three air conditioners. Looks good. Into Boac tomorrow to get the cash and then pay/order it.
Guy off to Mahjong after lunch and I went back to the block to record pipes and cables on paper. Sandy Loffler I have all the septic measurements recorded and locked away. Lesson learnt from Port Will.
Tuesday 2ndApril 2019:
After a block inspection (kitchen island bench coming along very nicely) it was off to Boac to the bank. Cashed up and back home for lunch.
Guy off to Mahjong after lunch and I had my siesta followed by a walk to the market for some supplies.
Wednesday 3rdApril 2019:

Two visits to the block this morning.
First visit was to see the carpenter as he needs to start the second bench under the kitchen window. Measured it all up and fits in perfectly.
Back at 10:00am to meet Leonard (aluminium windows/doors) re installation.
Our current schedule is:
~ Franie (construction foreman) should be done Wednesday 17th April
~ Leonard (aluminium man) should be done on Tuesday 23rd April – House at lockup stage
~ Bingo (painter) should be done Tuesday 30th April
Move in mid May…… Ya ya ya ya
Had a real scare with our 3 air conditioners. Got the measurements off the box and when we checked the dimensions onsite, they were way off. So back to the shop and discovered the dimensions we had were the shipping box size. Measured the air con itself and all good. Phew……
Also purchased 4 x floor fans, rice cooker, electric kettle, fridge and a gas stove. All to be delivered on Wednesday 24th April.

Thursday 4thApril 2019:

The kitchen construction is well under way. Checked out our walk-in robe and storage room for shelving. Guy will draw up the plans tonight for the carpenter. Also, the back veranda cupboards for the dirty kitchen and laundry.
Lunch at the Mahjong house today (blood jelly pork). Very yummy.
Looking at beds. The shop had nothing in stock (that we wanted) so back to our supplier for our white goods and get them to order one in for us. Tomorrow’s job.

Friday 5thApril 2019:

Kitchen benches/cupboards/drawers progressing. The old fish pond is now gone (buried under a pile of gravel). Painting and rendering progressing. Stairs/ramp to the front and back verandas underway. Busy busy busy.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong.

Sunday 7thApril 2019:

Back to the block early as we had a frontend loader coming to level the filling carted in to bury the old fish pond. The boys did an awesome job of getting the gravel in but it would be just a huge job to level it by hand.
2 hours with the frontend loader and all done.
We filled the area with an additional 1 metre of gravel to help protect our yard in a tidal surge during a typhoon.
We now have an area big enough to build another house in front of the existing one. Need a good landscaper now.
All up cost for the frontend loader P3,000 ($81 AUS)

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong.

At 3:00pm I was back at the block to meet the Marelco (power company) to get our power connected.

Wwwooo hhooo we have power to the house. After a text message and a call to the Marelco installer we got connected (on a Sunday as well). Full steam ahead now with the power.
Can now install the water pump and pressure tank. Then we will test the flow and hopefully it will be okay. Have an alternative plan if not.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy