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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