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

 

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Day 654 of retriement

March 31, 2019

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Monday 25thMarch 2019:
Off to see the bamboo furniture people this morning. They have completed our bed, 1 x couch and a bench for the end of the bed. Looks great. Organised transport to the block where it is being stored in the Italian place next door (where we stored our building materials).

Had a win today. For the first time in 4 months I was able to have a cup of tea with real milk (well, long life milk from NZ). And it was damn good. Dairy is almost non-existent here on the island so it was a real bonus to find 2 litres of the milk at the local “supermarket”.

We have been using powdered milk which isn’t too bad as we found a good one. But it is nothing like the real milk.

Tuesday 26thMarch 2019:

Off to the block and meet the cushion maker. Our bamboo furniture arrived yesterday and is being stored in the Italian house next door (bed, couch & bench). The cushion maker measured up the couch as we are getting a padded seat, backrest pillows and loose pillows.

Also discussed the next week’s work onsite. Lots still happening.

Ruby had surgery this morning. The previous puncture fix started leaking. So found a tire repair man just down the road who does tubeless tires and all good. Cost P100 – $2.70 AUS.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I went for a ride to see Ron (American). He is going blind so loves to see visitors for a chat.

Wednesday 27thMarch 2019:

The front fence construction started today. It will be a bamboo fence made from the old scaffolding and some new bamboo cut from our block up by the main road.

Guy off to Mahjong after lunch. I had my siesta and then went for a ride down the coast exploring on Ruby.

Thursday 28thMarch 2019:

Meet with the carpenter this morning and ran through the kitchen benches and island and shelving requirements. He starts his construction on Monday.

Friday 29thMarch 2019:

Meet with Marelco (power provider) re getting the power to our house. As we are 100m + from the main road/power line, we need to install 3 power poles for the wires to our house (at our cost). Also got to pay for the extra cable as you only get 30m from the main lines.

Got our foreman organised to get the poles installed by tomorrow. Back to Marelco Monday to pay the extra cable fee and then hopefully get the power hooked up by the end of the week.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I went for a ride to catch up with Gerald (Pom) for a chat.

Saturday 30thMarch 2019:

Quick trip to the block first thing in the morning. Then back at 4:00pm to pay the boys and contractors.

On the way home we dropped into the furniture man and saw our Acacia coffee table. This coffee table was made from the big Acacia tree we had to cut down for the house.

They did an awesome job and it is stunning. We have an 8-seater dining room table still to come made out of the same tree.

Finished the day with a 2 hour massage each.

Sunday 31stMarch 2019:

We enjoyed our regular Sunday manicure/pedicure this morning. Then off to a local canteen for a treat of burgers and fries for lunch.

Guy off to Mahjong and I had a relaxing afternoon defrosting our apartment’s bar fridge. The freezer section was a huge block of ice and took hours to defrost.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 647 of retirement

March 24, 2019

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Tuesday 19thMarch 2019:
Back to the Marelco office (in Buenavista) this morning with all the correct paperwork for our power connection to the house. We were missing a couple bits of paperwork yesterday.
Our electrical engineer confirmed later in the day that all is now good.
We get an inspection on Monday and then the connection to follow. So now looks like a week or two to get power.
The boys started the hollow block fence round the top of the roof. Electrical, plumbing, tiling and painting still in full swing.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong. I had my afternoon siesta, went TV shopping (surprisingly they had a good (limited) selection), had my afternoon walk around the town and lastly picked up a few supplies at the market.

Wednesday 20thMarch 2019:

Met with our wooden door man this morning and inspected our handmade wooden doors (5 of). Awesome job. Will install when the painting is finished. A few weeks away yet.
Also ordered a handmade wooden TV stand to match the doors and 4 engraved panels for the kitchen island.
Then meet with our table and chairs man. Also coming along very nicely. These are being made from the wood from a tree on our block.
Tiling now starting on the lounge/kitchen. The boys are also still working on the two bathrooms at present.

Thursday 21stMarch 2019:
The clean-up of the front yard has started. All the old scaffolding is in the process of being moved out the back and the materials no longer useful are being burnt.
The front bamboo fence has now been pegged and is about to be started. We have decided to fence the block with a bamboo fence for now. Once we get a car and the landscaping plan sorted, we will then put up a hollow block fence (in a year or so).

Guy off to Mahjong after lunch and I did my usual siesta, market run and walk.

Friday 22ndMarch 2019:

The stairs’ stainless steel handrail commenced installation today. All being fabricated/assembled onsite.
After lunch I dropped into Gerald’s (Pom). He has 10 orphaned piglets. Sadly, the mother died giving birth on Monday. So, every 2 hours he is up feeding them.
I now know why I will never have a piggery.

Saturday 23rdMarch 2019:

The stairs’ stainless steel handrail is now being manufactured and installed.
All other work continuing full steam ahead (tiling, painting, rendering, plumbing, electrical and pump shed).

No Mahjong today as payday for the boys. Guy also has a touch of the flu so a very nice siesta/rest afternoon was had by all.

Finished off the day with a 2-hour massage each in the evening. (P350 = $9.46 each).

Sunday 24thMarch 2019:

Rest day today. No workers.

Guy and I enjoyed a manicure/pedicure each in the morning with Josefin (P120 each $3.16 AUS).

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I had my siesta and walk around the town. Then gave Ruby a service and check over.

At 6:00pm we were off to our friend Gil’s birthday party.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 633 of retirement

March 10, 2019

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Monday 4thMarch 2019:

At 7:00am Guy, John and I went for our regular Monday morning walk before it got too hot and humid. Then back to the block as installation of plumbing, electrical, ceiling and more concreting happening.

Tuesday 5thMarch 2019:

Block visit as things are rapidly progressing.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I managed my afternoon siesta.

Wednesday 6thMarch 2019:

Tiling has commenced in the two guest bedrooms.
Stairway to the roof form work/scaffolding going up.
Veranda concrete being completed.
Electrician, plumber and ceiling works continuing.

Guy off to Mahjong after lunch and I had my siesta and then caught up with John (Pom).

Thursday 7thMarch 2019:

Meet up with John (Pom) and we rode out to see Gerald (Pom) for a catch up.

Back to Gasan and picked up Guy and off to the block for our daily inspection.

Lunch time Guy was off to Mahjong and I had my usual siesta and walk to the market for some fruit.

Friday 8thMarch 2019:

Tiling coming along nicely. 1 guest bedroom done and 2nd one not far behind. Move to master bedroom tomorrow.
Ceiling going up in master bedroom/bathroom.
Back veranda concrete pour today.
Stairs to roof form work/reinforcing well underway.
Plumber & electrician working round all the above works.
Painting starts Monday on guest bedrooms.

Quick trip to the bank in Boac (40km) to get some cash to pay the boys tomorrow. After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I had my siesta.

At 5:00pm we made our way to Buenavista (15km away and just past our block) to meet up with Susan who owns the block next to ours that we have been using as storage facility. Had a very nice dinner with Susan, Racky (traveling friend) and Semie our neighbour.

Saturday 9thMarch 2019:

We now have stairs to the roof. Tiling in the master bedroom underway.

No Mahjong today. Rest day.

Pay day for the boys at 4:00pm. Another awesome week.

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

Sunday 10thMarch 2019:

Rest day today as the boys have the day off.

Enjoyed our regular pedicure/manicure this morning.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I enjoyed my siesta.

I played round with sizing for the pump/storage shed as the boys want to start building tomorrow. Also looked at some designs for the hollow block wall on the roof edge.

Caught up with John (Pom) for an afternoon coffee/tea.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

 


Day 606 of retirement

February 11, 2019

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Monday 4thFebruary 2019:

Off to Boac to the bank to get cash for our trip to Lucena (on the mainland) tomorrow. It involves a 1-hour Jeepney ride followed by a 3-hour RoRo (ferry) crossing.

Going to a major hardware store to get fittings and fixtures for the house (electrical, plumbing, etc).

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong for the afternoon.

Tuesday 5thFebruary 2019:

Off to Lucena today. After a 1.5-hour jeepney ride, 3-hour RoRo (ferry) and 30-minute tricycle ride we arrived at our hotel.

After dumping our gear, it was off to the mall for some food.

Wednesday 6thFebruary 2019:

Today we visited the hardware store, tile/plumbing centre and electrical store to buy all the fittings and fixtures for a house to operate. We had a list of requirements from the plumber and electrician and our own list as well.
Took us all day with many phone calls to the plumber and electrician to clarify some items but at the end of the day it was all sorted. Once the shops have all the goods together, they will contact our courier for the island and he will pick them up in his truck and deliver them to the new house.
The house budget took a serious hit today but nothing unexpected and we even came in a little under budget, so all good.
Back home tomorrow to the island and some peace and quiet. I need a cup of tea and a lay down.

Thursday 7thFebruary 2019:

Quick trip to the Lucena SM Mall for a few last-minute items this morning. Then a 30-minute tricycle ride to the port, 1.5 hours waiting for the next RoRo (ferry), 3-hour RoRo crossing to our island and 1.5 hours in a jeepney to get home.
Glad to be “home” to enjoy our peace and quiet on the island.

Friday 8thFebruary 2019:
Nice sleep in this morning after the hustle and bustle of the Lucena (mainland) trip for house supplies.
Off to the block and caught up with the boys. Only a skeleton crew at the moment as they are building the septic tank.

Then into Buenavista to drop off a copy of the invoices with the gear we need picked up by Cristie (our hardware and transport supplier) in Lucena.

Saturday 9thFebruary 2019:

Quiet rest day today.

Gave Ruby a bit of a service and installed my temporary number plate. Who knows when the real plate will turn up.

At 3:30pm it was off to pay the boys and see what they are up to next week.

Finished off the day with a 2-hour massage each. We love our massages.

Sunday 10thFebruary 2019:

Commenced the day with our regular Sunday morning manicure/pedicure each.

After her manicure/pedicure Guy was off to a friend’s house (Mina) with Franie (our foreman) to have a look at some work she needs doing on her house.

Ron (Yank) dropped in for a coffee and catch up. For those of you who have visited us and know Ron, he hasn’t changed one little bit and we love him for it.

After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I meet up with John (Pom) at 4:00 for an early dinner at the local canteen. His shout.

Monday 11thFebruary 2019:

The HAM (Hiking Association of Marinduque) meet at 7:00am this morning for a stroll around the town bypass new road. We had 7 walkers this morning, so great to get people out for some exercise.

The boys are back to work today. They started removing some of the form work from the roof pour. The rest will come down over the next 2 weeks.
Internal walls now being built and rendering started on the outside walls.

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 556 of retirement

December 23, 2018

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Monday 17thDecember 2018:

Poor Ruby has been a little deflated these past few days. She picked up a piece of wire in her rear tire. As I have no tools and even if I did, fixing her tubeless tire is all the more difficult compared to a tubed tire (of which 95% of the island motorbikes are tubed).
So rang the Yamaha dealership and they said drop Ruby right in and one of the boys will take her to one of the few island tire places that can fix tubeless tires. 20 minutes later Ruby is all fixed and we are back on the road again. Awesome service Yamaha in Boac.
And all for the cost of P50 ($1.32 AUS)

Called in to see our furniture man today. He is going to custom make our dining room table (8-seater) and a coffee table out of the wood from our big tree we had to cut down.

8 x chairs – Using his wood. P2,500 each ($66 AUS)

1 x 8-seater custom made dining room table (we supply the wood. Made up of 4 slabs joined together). P5,000 ($132 AUS).

1 x Custom made coffee table (We supply the wood. Made up of 2 slabs joined together). P3,000 ($79 AUS)

Tuesday 18thDecember 2018:

Caught up with our electrician this morning. Ran over the plans to make sure we had everything covered (power points, light switches, lights, fuse box and getting a connection to the mains).

Called into the block and the boys are powering ahead. All 19 columns are done. They have started the beams in the footings for the walls. The south side of the house has hollow blocks (bricks) up to the floor level which is 1 metre above existing ground level.

Once the wall has been completed all the way round the floor it will be filled with gravel to get it up to the actual floor level of the house.

Thursday 20thDecember 2018:
Visited the aluminium window man today in Boac (20km round trip). Ran through the plans with him and he will give us an estimate in the new year.
All he needs is three weeks from when we order to build, deliver and install the windows.
Back to the block and the back wall of the house is now built up with hollow blocks to floor level. We have a crew of 11 boys working 6 days a week at present. Doing an awesome job.

Guy off to Mahjong after lunch.

Friday 21stDecember 2018:
Called in to see our carpenter today to select the timber slabs (From our tree we had to cut down) for the coffee table and dining room table. All sorted and the carpenter can now start the drying/curing process on the timber.
The boys at the block now have three sides of the house hollow blocked in. Only the front to go and then they can start filling in the space with gravel up to floor level.

Saturday 22ndDecember 2018:

Off to Buenavista this morning (28km round trip) to see Montemayor and the plumber (Jun). Ran through the plans with him and we are all now clear (as can be expected) on the plumbing (water, sewerage & waste water) requirements for our house

Then off to Boac (40km round trip) for a few supplies for Xmas lunch. The supermarket in Boac has got in some cheese and small leg hams which is a real luxury here on the island. So, we now have a ham, cheese, cucumber and tomatoes for Xmas lunch along with fruit salad for desert. Even found some long-life cream for the fruit salad. Bonus.

Payday at the block for the boys and contractors. Everybody paid for the last week’s mighty effort along with a bonus.

At 4:00pm it was off to see John (Pom) on the other side of town to help him with his Xmas party for the locals where he lives. He did food and presents for the kids and adults. A great fun time was had by all.

Sunday 23rdDecember 2018:

Rainy day as it drizzled nonstop.

Had a visit from John (Pom) for a coffee followed by our weekly manicure/pedicure each.

Guy off to Mahjong in the afternoon while I went for a walk and did some shopping for supplies.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.