Well, in the pictures below I guess I can see where my money goes at the moment. We still hope to be able to finally move into the house in December. The inside is basically finished and just needs painting. The current jobs are building a covered terrace and making a 4x4 meters cover for our generator which I will have to order in Manila in two weeks time. The generator will be needed since the area sometimes suffers brown-outs that can last for up to 4-5 days during the typhoon season.
As you can see there is still a lot of work that has to be done but we just have to continue to the very end. The deteriorating Dollar is also fast becoming a factor but there is not a lot we can do about that. When the house and terrace is finished the painting starts and that is also going to become a bit expensive. After that the wall around the lot needs to be finished and painted too (I hate grey concrete!).
When the Dollar exchange rate starts to pick up again (sometime), we can start on the guest house and the maids quarters (some will probably think this is too much). In the end I will probably end up having spent about 9 million Peso on the whole thing which has to be compared to what I would be able to get back in Denmark for the same amount (approximately 1.1 Million DKK) so I still believe its worth it, not to mention that we will have no debt whatsoever. The only cost will be electricity, phone, cable tv and broadband connection (we have our own water wells with pumps etc.).
I just look forward to being able to spend time there with my family.