Life in Roxas City

Retired & Raising my son in Roxas City


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Day 150

019Yes if you are looking at the exterior view of our retirement home and comparing to day 133 there appears to be little change. However we are very happy to bring you this update. There actually has been quite a change to the exterior of our home but the main accomplishments have taken place inside.

Our apartment building located on the beach here in Roxas City has been sold. The effective date is Oct 1st and on that date construction will start here renovating the building. It is going to be a messy situation. Therefore we have instructed our foreman to concentrate his and the crew’s efforts on the interior. We will then be able to transfer and allow them to finish the exterior once we are in our house. We are currently looking at Oct 12 for a move in date. And yes Eden is very happy! Having a 21 months old dictates we need more room. In addition there are many household goods  packed away in which she is looking forward to as there just is not enough room in the apartment to unpack all the boxes.

With that said an update on construction is warranted. The exterior is actually coming along nicely. About two thirds of the exterior is painted. The tiles on the rear service area, lanai and front porch are installed. The carport will be installed later. The rock cladding covering the from porch planters is almost complete. 021

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008Tri Star Glass has been working for a couple of weeks installing our windows, screens and today installed the sliding door next to the lanai. It took a couple of weeks to manufacture as we ordered tempered glass and it is only available in Manila many islands away. Therefore as of tonight we only have one window left to be installed and then screens. We have made the decision to order a screen door for the service area and shower doors from Tri Star also.

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This leads us inside where we are pleased with the progress in the last two weeks. The tiles in both CRs (comfort rooms) have been completed. They do lack grout as does the entire house and this will be accomplished soon. The entire interior has been painted however it will get on last coat on the walls and ceilings as the doors and moldings are painted.  All interior electrical has been installed and is functioning. This includes light, power sockets and switches and ceiling fans.

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012Eden’s focus has always been on the kitchen. We are happy to say it is coming along nicely. This house will have more cabinets and counter space then our previous two homes together. A nice addition will be a breakfast bar and stools. We will finally have the granite counter tops we have always desired. It is going to be an enjoyable kitchen to prepare meals together and now we will have the space needed without getting in each others way…lol.

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011The kitchen still has a way to go and the plumbing fixtures must be installed throughout the house. Doors will be hung and touch ups made and then Jehovah willing we can move in. Hopefully the next update will have us on the verge of moving in to our retirement home in Roxas City.


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Day 133

I know I know I know it has been some time since I updated the progress of the construction of our retirement home. But I have a great excuse. I am the engineer, the contractor, the bargain hunter, the delivery man and the overseer. Man that is a lot of titles but it does keep me rather busy. Thus after arriving home rescuing Eden from Reez and wrestling with him I am normally to wore out to work on the blog.

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We have made great strides since our last visit. We are happy to say the roof is completely installed, adjusted, insulated and touched up. I am happy with the light almond color and the double sided fiberglass insulation as it is really cool under the roof. Our original roof design was lacking gutters however with the change I decided to include gutters and I think when it really rains I will be happy with that decision.

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As of today the granite tiles are completely installed. These tiles are laying on the floor of the sala (living room), kitchen/dining and both bedrooms. As I left the house this afternoon work was beginning on the tile installation in the master cr (bathroom). These are ceramic tiles and will cover the floor and most of the walls and shower with a different pattern. I assume the common cr will be started tomorrow by the other tile setter.

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The ceilings are coming along nicely. The sala and both bedrooms are hung including the recesses and are being prepped for paint. The kitchen will most likely be started tomorrow as the tiles setter has now vacated that area.

The foreman and electrician are stringing wire at a rapid pace. We have numerous outlets, switches, fans and lights to be powered. In fact I believe the house has over thirty recessed pin lights alone.

The fencing has come along also. The rear is completed except painting and some security spikes to be welded on the top. The front concrete work is pretty much complete with the exception of paint. Metal and gates will be added later.

There is still much remaining such as plumbing fixtures, electrical fixtures, paint etc but it is really nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We hope you are enjoying our insight into Life in Roxas City.


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WOW! What a trip.

ImageWe took a wonderful trip this past weekend. It involved an inter island jaunt here in the land of 7,107 islands. Our destination was Cebu the second largest city in the Philippines. It was certainly a very worthwhile and enjoyable experience. The occasion was our first Circuit Assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Traveling here in the Philippines can be quite the adventure. Our destination as I mentioned was the city of Cebu on the island of Cebu. Cebu is perhaps only 300 kilometers give or take from our home in Roxas City. Our apartment (current home) is only 3 kilometers from the airport however there are no direct flights from Roxas City to Cebu. We therefore had to take a bus ride to the airport in Iloilo City. It is a short distance of 100 kilometers or one third the overall distance we needed to travel. We have taken this bus route many times over the years when visiting family.

Since arriving here in January I have made the round trip once and Eden quite a few times visiting her parents in Legennes outside Iloilo. We had yet to take Reez on the trip as it is a little different than a 100 kilometer bus trip in the States. The ride is always an adventure. Experiences include a 3 to 3 1/2 hours jouney to cover 100 kilometes (62 miles). Add bus breakdowns, flooded roads, the never ending road repairs (needed or not), non stop rain and the various slow moving transportation methods used locally and you have quite the adventure.

Well this was Reez’s first trip and he and the bus performed admirably. No breakdowns, rain or floods. Of course the road repairs and interesting road traffic including cows, chickens, dogs and goats kept the trip at 3 hours. As for Reez he really enjoyed the trip. He was so well behaved and really enjoyed watching the country side roll by and all the interesting people.

Next was the cab ride from the bus terminal to the airport. Reez loves to ride in cars as he sits in his dad’s lap and puts his forehead against the window gazing at the sights. By the way the cab ride to the airport from the terminal to the airport cost twice the bus fair.

Once we arrived at the airport check in was a breeze and we enjoyed lunch. A short wait and we boarded our plane after a good shock to my system. Now I have flown since I was about 4 or 5 years old except for about a 10 or 15 year period where I refused to fly because i was deathly scared of flying. To set matters straight I am still scared to death of flying but the love of my life caused me to face my fears and now I am flying when the need arises. Back to the story, we walk down the stairs at the boarding gate, walk out on the tarmac to the plane which by the way is a normal routine around these parts and lo and behold what is waiting for us but a prop plane. Yeah a plane with two propellers. Something I have not set foot in since probably  the sixties and it was small by today’s standards anyway. Well after calming my fears once again we had an uneventful flight and landed in Cebu 35 minutes after takeoff. Remember now the first third of the trip took 3 hours and now the last two thirds of the trip lasted 35 minutes. You gotta love traveling in the Philippines.

We stayed at a nice hotel and had some good food. Sure was nice not to cook and clean for a few days. We all enjoyed the break and spending time together without the normal household chores.

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However the highlight of the journey that I spent so much time detailing was the spiritual food that Jehovah provided at the 2013 Circuit Assembly. The spiritual food was based on the theme “Safeguard your mind”. As always our God knows exactly what we need at the right time and this assembly was no exception. We just recently switched from the local language congregation to the English group and it was certainly so uplifting to hear so many talks in english. It really is true we learn and understand so much better when it is our own language. I think Eden really enjoyed it also as her dialect is different from our local dialect.

Now for those that are interested being in the English Group  in this branch is different then being in a foreign language congregation in the States. Here we are labeled as english but we serve as the Foreign Language group. We are currently preaching and teaching all the speak english including Americans, Canadians, Germans, Australians, Dutch and any other english speaking individual. Then we are conversing with Koreans, Chinese (mandarin) and Punjabi (Indian). As there are no groups for these ones the responsibility is ours to distribute written material to them in their language. In fact a recent Bible study was started by a Filipino member of our group with a Punjabi. It should prove to be interesting. We are certainly excited about the work ahead.

We attended the assembly with our friends the Azarraga family. Ely is one of two elders in our English Group. He has become a friend and we really enjoyed spending time with them including our ride home together from Iloilo forgoing the bus adventure this time. He really has his hands full as one of only two elders in our group, a wife whose kidneys do not work and a daughter born without sight. But what a happy family.  The other family and five single brothers and sisters in our group were unable to attend most likely due to financial constraints.

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