Monday, December 18th, 2017

Building our house in the Philippines. January 31, 2010.  We’ve just ended the first two weeks of construction.  We’re generally pleased with the progress.  We have thirteen workers on our crew including two foremen.  I’m on-site most of the time so there are three “bosses”. So far we’ve spent about $8,000 including “soft costs” (architecture, permits), equipment, materials and labor.  We’d like to keep our total cost to about P15,000 per square meter or about $50,000 for the 150 square meter house.  Every day one faces decision which affect the cost.  Should we use 6″ block for a stronger house — it only costs a P30,000 pesos more!  Should the concrete floor be a bit thicker to reduce the chance of cracking?  Should we use 1/4″ thick angle bar in building our roof trusses or the thinner…

Goggle Earth can be valuable free tool in evaluating possible real estate purchases.  After we bought our lot in Tigbauan, Iloilo and, we got a new computer, we had to see how the property looked on the fascinating, invaluable and addictive Google Earth program.  Google Earth is a free program which provides stunning aerial vistas of the entire globe. You can zoom in on any location. It’s available at http://earth.google.com/ The program is at its best if you have relatively up-to-date computer hardware. Our Tigbauan land is surrounded on all sides by what seems to be flat rice fields, sort of a tropical Kansas.  Fortunately, we have a nice vista of the mountains of Iloilo and Antique Province.  One feature of Google Earth is that it shows the elevation of any location that your mouse cursor  hovers over.  Flooding is a real problem for Iloilo property owners. So, if you locate the property you are considering, you can “cruise” your neighborhood to see if the property you are considering is in a low spot relative to surrounding properties and relative to rivers, fishponds …

Green Park Hotel (Pension House) Pandan, Antique Province – a good stopover point when traveling from Iloilo City to Caticlan and Boracay Green Park Hotel, Pandan, Antique P1500 room, Green Park Hotel, Pandan Antique The Green Park Hotel is located on the National Road in Pandan, Antique. Phone 036-278-96-16. We did not stay here on this trip, but wanted to check it out for future reference.  The hotel has beautiful views of the surrounding rice fields. It’s a very convenient location for those traveling from Iloilo to Boracay who get a late start or don’t want do do the trip in one day.