Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

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 veryAi??standardizedAi??in the Philippines. Ai??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 …

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

We could not resist starting to plant trees and shrubs on our lot even though a final site plan has not been done or even the final amount of filling determined. Ai??This is because we pass through Villa, Iloilo every time we travel from Iloilo City to Tigbauan and Villa is the garden of Iloilo. Ai??Villa is blessed with superb soil. Ai??This has resulted in Ai??thriving, pervasive plant, shrub and tree growing vendors practically everywhere in Villa. Ai??How can one drive past all these beautiful flowering plants and not want to take some home? Ai??We could not. Ai??Here’s a tally of what we’ve planted so far. Manila (Christmas) palms Royal palms Bougainvillea (lots!) Batuan http://www.marketmanila.com/archives/fresh-batuan Allmanda aka Golden Trumpet, Yellow Bells Indian Mango (from a pit left by workers) Carabao Mango Flame Tree (Delonix regia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Poinciana Ai??Ours is tiny. Ai??We are sad to note that most of the beautiful flame trees which graced General Luna Street in Iloilo City have been cut down to make way for a “flyover”. Malunggay (Moringa oleifera) http…

Our Philippine house building project in Tigbauan, Iloilo. Today we had 150 cubic meters of fill delivered to our lot. Ai??This particular …

Goggle Earth can be valuable free tool in evaluating possible real estate purchases. Ai??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. Ai??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. Ai??Fortunately, we have a nice vista of the mountains of Iloilo and Antique Province. Ai??One feature of Google Earth is that it shows the elevation of any location that your mouse cursor Ai??hovers over. Ai??Flooding is a real problem for Iloilo property owners. So, if you locate the property you are considering, you can “cruise” yourAi??neighborhoodAi??to see if the property you are considering is in a low spot relative to surrounding properties and relative to rivers, fishponds …

Depleted fish stocks in the Philippines. Ai??Look at this series of photos which show Tigbauan, Iloilo residents trying to wrest a living, or part of a living Ai??from the sea using a net from shore. Look closely and you can see the arc of the net The net closes, hopefully with a haul of fish. Ai??Note the wooden harnesses used to give the net handlers leverage to haul in the net. Ai??This is hard work! The final catch resulting from much hard work by many hands and investment in fishing gear. This small catch of mostly tiny fish must

Locally grown organic rice is available in Tigbauan. Ai??Stop by the Sol y Mar Resort to purchase. We paid P40 per kilo. Ai??Our standard rice has been the excellent Dinorado which we have been buying in 10 kilo bags at Robinson’s Supermarket in Iloilo City but we like the fresh taste of the Zayco Natural Farm rice.

A promising development for expats seeking Medicare coverage overseas. Medicare does not pay for care outside of the United States. Ai??This is a hardship for retirees living overseas who otherwise qualify for Medicare services. Ai??This is understandable given the record of fraud and corruption by overseas providers (plenty of the same in the U.S.A) in the Philippines and elsewhere in connection with the Tricare military benefits program. Ai??Offering Medicare payments on behalf of hundreds of thousands of overseas retirees to thousands of foreign medical providers could be a nightmare. However, Medicare offers the “Medicare Advantage Program” as anAi??alternativeAi??to traditional Medicare. Ai??The Advantage programs provide medical services through privateAi??insuranceAi??companies, usually HMOs. Ai??These plans receive payments from the FederalAi??governmentAi??to provide Medicare services to Advantage program enrollees. The Medicare AdvantageAi??providers are allowed to provide services beyond those allowed under traditional Medicare. Ai??For example, most Advantage programs offer dental and vision services. Ai??It appears that theAi??AdvantageAi??programs are also free (to an unknown extent) to provide services overseas. Ai??Here’s what the Medicare brochure says: “If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) or …

St. Therese-MTC College, Tigbauan, Iloilo.Ai??This seaside campus is a short walk from our apartment in Tigbauan. Ai??It offers mainly maritime courses and degrees. St. Therese-MTC College, Tigbauan – courses and contact information

A few snapshots of the St. John of Sahagun Montessori School