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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