Project HousePosted by Jan H. Oersnaes 2008-01-06 01:53PM
We went to Samar over Christmas and New Year. There I could inspect the progress of our "little" house project.
In the series of pictures below the outside of the house can be seen as it appears at the moment. I hope we will have the outside of the house painted by the end of January. The finishing of the perimeter wall will probably be the last thing we will do since this can be done while we live in the house.
The next 3 pictures below show the progress of the generator shelter where we will eventually have a small Diesel driven generator installed. Even though it is a bit expensive I have opted for getting a residential fully enclosed generator package which will be impossible to hear from the house (I love peace and quiet).
The inside of the house has now mostly been painted with primer so the walls are now ready to receive the final color coating that we have decided to use. I hope I can upload pictures of this sometime in February.
It still looks a bit messy but when the rooms have been painted, cleaned and some furniture have been installed then I will return with some uploads.
PicturesPosted by Jan H. Oersnaes 2007-12-09 07:13PM
This two first pictures shows the building of the enclosure where our back-up generator will be located when we finally buy it (We have put the purchase of the generator on hold until the house is actually finished).
The fence around the lot has been a subject of many discussions. Finally we agreed on a design for the front facing part and now we are considering to use this design for the entire fence (7 pictures below).
What started as an idea about a terrace has slowly turned into a patio of sorts. It will eventually be fitted with windows with mosquito nets so air can circulate but hopefully no mosquitos (8 Pictures below).
We had hoped to move in before Christmas but that has now been postponed to after we come back from our vacation in Denmark in February 2008.
Jan's Daily NotesPosted by Jan H. Oersnaes 2007-11-10 11:09AM
Like many other countries the United Kingdom (Great Britain) has never really completely revised their laws to suit the world we live in today. Following are 10 funny examples:
1. It is illegal to die in The Houses of Parliament (I guess you risk being executed if you die there!).
2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upsidedown (Monarchs are so sensitive).
3. In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store (I would really like to see the reason for this one!).
4. Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day (Oh yes they can!).
5. In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter (I wonder what the punishment would be if you dont let them in?).
6. A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman's helmet (It woulld be a sight for sore eyes to see a woman filling up the helmet of a bobby).
7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail of the queen (And the rest is left to rot).
8. It is illegal to avoid telling the taxman anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing (Try and read that a few times and then explain it to someone else!).
9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armor (Does that mean the police must not enter if wearing a bulletproof or flak jacket?).
10. In the city of York, it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow (Most likely a legacy from William Wallace, Braveheart).
I wonder if similar laws may still be found in Denmark........lets hope not!
Jan's Daily NotesPosted by Jan H. Oersnaes 2007-11-05 04:32PM
This weekend we drove from Subic to Angeles City Saturday and checked in to the Angeles Beach Club Hotel (www.angelesbeachclubhotel.com).
I had decided to make the weekend a bit special so I had booked the Presidential Suite for an overnight stay.
We arrived around 1.30 PM at the hotel and without really knowing what to expect we checked in and had a small army of helpers assisting us in carrying 1 suitcase, 1 backpack and two small bags to our room. It turned out that there were only two rooms on the top floor: The Penthouse Suite and the Presidential Suite.
Opening the door and stepping into the suite was not like anything I have ever done before. The suite consists of a very large living room with 3 large sofa's, a dinning table for four persons, various cabinets and a rather large flat TV (not in the pictures) as may be seen on the pictures below
Outside was a terrace the size that can even compete with the terrace in our house in Samar.
The suite was equipped with a large bathroom containing a large jacuzzi with the possibility of watching DVD movies, a massage shower cabin with a small sauna attached, a toilet, a bidet and two sinks. Furthermore the suite has an additional toilet.
The bedroom was equipped with probably the largest bed I have ever slept in. I think 4-5 adults could have slept in that bed at the same time.
The suite also contained a small office facility with a computer, phone and fax.
Obviously we did not leave the suite during our stay but had all our meals brought up as room service. Why waste the space of a good terrace when you can sit outside and enjoy your dinner and breakfast.
The room apparently also came with some complimentary things like a large bottle of white wine in a wine cooler and a large tray of fruits.
We enjoyed the stay and I think Isabella did too. Our nanny (Girlie's aunt) had a problem believing that a hotel had rooms like this. The only downside came when it was time to settle the bill. I chipped up 385 USD for one night but on the other hand, a little luxury now and then is invigorating. I think we may make this a monthly event...at least as long as I am working in Subic.