Saturday, December 16th, 2017

My nephew Doug Grant, a serious biker, is full of praise for the bicycle shops and mechanics of Iloilo City.  He says, “the best bikes shops in Iloilo are invisible to Google on not on Yellow Pages etc.  They are found only thru social contact riding with Filipinos. These are GREAT bike shops, very impressive and bike-tech savvy owners. They can build custom mtn bikes of high professional

We bought the glass for our windows from Iloilo Glass Service , 439 Iznart Street, phone 033-335-0768.  They gave truly superior service.  There were some minor problems, partly our fault.  Iloilo Glass made things right with no hesitation.  188 panes of 3/16″ glass cost us P16,640.  The Iloilo Glass quote was one-half the quote we received from another Iloilo glass shop. For the suspicious

Crime concerns.  Our construction crew are mostly from Iloilo City.  They live on the site and go home Saturday night after being paid, so they can see their families –or girlfriends,and return for work at 7:00am on Monday.  When I got to the site this morning they were asking for a padlock for the gate.  They said that people are roaming the surrounding fields after midnight.   My crew are pretty tough guys.  They sleep with their knives at hand, but

We’re not “Consumer Reports” but we would like to share our very positive experiences with our Electrolux refrigerator as a way of giving the manufacturer a pat on the back for a good product and providing some guidance to other expats shopping for appliances. A Sharp refrigerator came with our first apartment. While I have an inclination to think of Japanese products as good quality, the Sharp refrigerator was really lousy.  Its cooling power was low, so food was not kept cold except under the best conditions.  Plastic parts were flimsy and broke easily. Once we bought property and knew we were going to build a house, we started paying more attention to kitchen appliances.  Despite our experiences with the Sharp, we still preferred Asian brands; Panasonic, LG, Samsung and so forth.  We saw Electrolux refrigerators in the showrooms, but really did not consider them.  Electrolux (other than my mom’s ancient vacuum cleaner) was not a major brand in …

What we’ve learned about roofing systems, roof trusses, roofing materials and cost of roofing in the Philippines as part of our house building project. Roofing systems have become very standardized in the Philippines.  What we describe here is the roof system that goes on most houses except the very high end such as real clay tile or cement tile, a few asphalt shingle roofs and the Nipa or sheet steel roofs of the ordinary “bahay” – native house. Steel trusses of various designs rise from the topmost concrete roof …

Windows – a key part of our Philippine house building project.  Our plan is to live as much as possible without air conditioning in this steamy tropical climate.  Therefore, our eight main windows are big, 2.4 meters wide (almost eight feet) and 1.6 meters (0ver five feet) high.  We decided on casement windows because almost 100% of the window opening is really open, whereas with sliding windows, only half of the opening can be open.  Big windows…

Philippine House Design.  Building our house in the Philippines. How the design for our Philippine retirement home evolved.  The original inspiration for our house was a residence we saw in Lucban, Quezon Province.  It was a new house but had a traditional Filipino and Spanish Colonial flair.  Bob worked in the field of hertiage preservation for almost 25 years and has an affection for traditional design. Excellent new construction on plaza in Lucban, Quezon Province, Philippines When we added some elements we wanted like a second floor verandah, this is what we got: Perspective Drawing for our Tigbauan House But we reluctantly abandoned these plans for a rather basic one story design similar to to a plan we had seen at SOS Children’s Village in Zarraga, Iloilo: Cottage – SOS Children's Village, Iloilo Here’s what we…

Building our house in the Philippines. Buying our construction equipment in Iloilo.  Delivered, premixed concrete is rarely used in residential construction in the Philippine provinces.  In fact, many houses are built without even a cement mixer.  The concrete is mixed on the ground by workers with shovels. When we were considering a two story house, we were certain a gas powered mixer would be a good investment in the quality of the concrete and the safety of our house and ourselves.  This is…

Building our house in the Philippines. January 15, 2010.  After months of planning and many changes we …

This is an opportunity to own your own tropical beach front property in fantastic Antique Province, Philippines for a very low price – 2838 SQM (7/10 of an acre) for only 1,496,000 Philippine pesos or about $32,500 (US).   The property is located in Tobias Fornier, Antique Province, Panay Island, Philippines.  It’s about a two hour drive the Iloilo City airport and about the same to world famous Boracay Island. The immediate neighboorhood National Highway to the right To the beach….. Beach front FRONT THE NATIONAL ROAD TO THE EAST NEXT TO RAPSAG BEACH RESORT TO THE SOUTH NEXT TO CUYO EAST PASS (OCEAN) TO THE WEST NEXT TO CABANGTUHAN RIVER TO …