Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Will you delegate your maid to live in a closet? If you accept a pre-designed home in the Philippines then probably yes. Most higher end homes in the Philippines come with a designated maid’s room. The designers of these homes have tried to fit a room (can we call it a room?) into whatever nook […]

Implying that someone has or want’s a “dirty kitchen” in the west would be considered somewhat rude, but in the Philippines its a normal thing. The term “dirty kitchen” in the Philippines relates to kitchen workspace, typically separated and outside the main living space. It is usually the second cooking area of the home. It […]

When it comes to choosing an Architect for building a custom home in the Philippines the process is a bit more involved than in the US. Architects in the states design / draft the plans so that a builder or general contractor can then take said plans and build the structure. The builder / general […]

You have read about our retirement location and the specifics regarding where our property is. Now its time to introduce you to your home design. Our property if you remember is located within a gated subdivision just outside Davao City. http://www.philippinesorbust.com/2010/09/our-retirement-locale/ The lot itself situated on the golf course and having a fairly severe slope. […]

I recently posted that we had finally decided and purchased our retirement lot. It is located in the Subdivision Rancho Palos Verdes within the Barangay of Mandug / Indangan Davao City, Mindanao. It is about 20 minutes drive outside of Davao City proper. We looked at lots and subdivisions all over Davao City during our […]

After our latest trip to Davao this past winter we have finalized our retirement location. It is in the outskirts of Davao City (about 20 mins from city center, no traffic View Rancho Palos Verdes in a larger map Rancho Palos Verdes ( http://www.palosverdesdavao.com/ ) Palos Verdes is a unique, exclusive residential and 18-hole championship […]

When I first realized the extreme costs of electricity in the Philippines ( Energy Costs in the PI (Not What You Think They Are?!?) ), I immediately started looking for solutions to the problem. The very first thought that came to mind was: “Hey, I’m saving up money for this whole retirement thing, what’s the […]

This is the first of many “Energy Conservation” related articles, I will feature here. Lets first say that the “energy conservation” articles are not for the benefit of the environment (although its a nice side story They are solely for the environment of my bank account. Looking to reduce one of the largest re-occurring bills […]

In my research for finding a hard budget that could rely on to base my retirement fund off of, I started researching re-occurring bills and what they would need to be. There are articles on the web that kind of gloss over the topic, many saying “retire on $800 USD per month in the PI” […]

As you all read in my last installment, Location is a very personal choice.  There are so many choices when it comes to where one would like to retire. From my experience it seems to be determined by a persons likes, dislikes, hobbies, and mostly family. Obviously I have no one on my side of […]