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Offline callme

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A plantation style home
« on: June 13, 2012, 02:15:05 AM »
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This is how I want it to be, a South State plantation style home.
Cant wait to sit in the hammock at the balcony in the afternoons drinking a cold beer and watch my Hereford livestock grassing at the other side of the garden fence.

In fact I do that already, in Norway.
I have a house like this:

Not exactly plantation style, but its warm in the cold Norwegian winter an I have a nice view to my livestock here in Norway.
But summers are to wet and winters to cold.

Thats why I dream of The Philippines, more precise Palwan and I want a small farm big enough for a grand house, large garden, some livestock and hopefully a piggery(in the far end of the property to avoid the smell from the pigs), and a ricefield to spread the pig manure.
So where can I find a catalogue with southern state houses and where do I find a contractor to build them in the Philippines?

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Re: A plantation style home
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2012, 03:15:52 AM »
I am sure there will not be a catalogue of plantation style houses for the Philippines. There are, however, construction companies that specialise in building quality houses for foreigners to whatever design they require. Some are good, others not so.

A friend of mine had† a house built to an agreed design by Northcon, who build throughout the Philippines as required. If you want to pursue your dream contact Jerry Chin at their Manila office to discuss.

Paul
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Offline BudM

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Re: A plantation style home
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2012, 04:15:07 PM »
Well, even if it was in the Philippines, if I somehow by chance was to have the moo-la for the first one, it looks like it would take more than I would want to give up.
Whatever floats your boat.

Offline BingColin

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Re: A plantation style home
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2012, 05:44:41 PM »
So where can I find a catalogue with southern state houses and where do I find a contractor to build them in the Philippines?

There are very many house designs on the internet so you should be able to find something you like. You would need to get it redrawn to suit the different construction methods used here, so you can make changes at that point. There is plenty of land available om Palawan but you may need to be a bit remote to get something for a reasonable price. Finding a good builder in the Philippines is like winning the lottery ;D

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Re: A plantation style home
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2012, 08:43:22 PM »
Lol, I WANT to live remote, just like I do in Norway today.
Remote, quiet and no neightbours disturbing or complaining on my activity.

Today I live 30 minutes from the village and 1 hour from the nearest town here in Norway, so I\'m used to live at the countryside.
My wife\'s family have a townhouse in Sampaloc, Manila and she is planning to buy out the rest of the family and start to renovate it so we can use that one as well whenever we feel for some urban life.

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Re: A plantation style home
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2012, 07:26:20 AM »
Lol, I WANT to live remote, just like I do in Norway today.
Remote, quiet and no neightbours disturbing or complaining on my activity.

Today I live 30 minutes from the village and 1 hour from the nearest town here in Norway, so I\'m used to live at the countryside.
My wife\'s family have a townhouse in Sampaloc, Manila and she is planning to buy out the rest of the family and start to renovate it so we can use that one as well whenever we feel for some urban life.

Have you been to the Philippines yet?†
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Re: A plantation style home
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2012, 01:38:28 PM »
Been to Manila, Cebu, Dumaguete, Nasugbu, Boracay and Palawan.

Offline paulgee

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Re: A plantation style home
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2012, 05:24:42 AM »
Lol, I WANT to live remote, just like I do in Norway today.
Remote, quiet and no neightbours disturbing or complaining on my activity.

Today I live 30 minutes from the village and 1 hour from the nearest town here in Norway, so I\'m used to live at the countryside.
My wife\'s family have a townhouse in Sampaloc, Manila and she is planning to buy out the rest of the family and start to renovate it so we can use that one as well whenever we feel for some urban life.

Have you been to the Philippines yet?†

A good question. Although Callme has obviously seen parts of the Philippines it is interesting when some newcomers to the Forum introduce themselves by announcing their intention of moving here and setting up home, when they have never been near the country and perhaps never left thie own country before.

I wonder how many of these folk ever make a trip here, or whether they are just dreaming the dream through our Forum. I would not move within my own country without checking my intended destination, yet time after time men will declare their hope or intention to move to the Philippines.

Most regulars on this Forum either live in or regularly visit the Philippines. I am in the second group, pondering the first. But I imagine the culture shock of a first time visitor, and if they have committted to moving there it must be heartrending to realise over time thay they find it too hot, too humid, too smelly, too cut off from their old world, rubbish TV to watch and only cheap drinks to temporarily relieve all that.

At least we have a chance to warn them before they do commit to more than a holiday in the Philippines.

Paul
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Offline OldManBill

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Re: A plantation style home
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2012, 01:54:35 PM »
Ive never been to the RP, paul. However, I live in the South, which is too hot and too humid. I worked as a \"sanitation engineer\" for some time, so smelly doesnt bother me. (Compared to the waste we picked up at the waste treatment plant, a mound of rotting animals (in July and August) we picked up from animal control was like smelling the sweetest perfume). I rarely watch tv. Dont really care about my \"old world\" because I find it disgusting for the most part. And cheap drinks are ok with me, especially since I can make pretty much anything I really want, from cola to hard liquor. As for culture shock, Im not really worried. Ive had alot of time to prepare. Mounds of garbage, sewage in the streets, desperately poor people, people doing anything and eating anything they can to survive. While I havent seen it in person, I have a better than average idea of the culture. So, the shock should be lessened.

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Re: A plantation style home
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2012, 03:14:23 PM »
Its understandable that some people find it odd that I want to live in the countryside when most people today live an urban life.
But beeing urban is just not me.
Of course its nice to go to the city now and then, but I prefer to live quiet and seek the city, instead of live in the city and seek the quiet.
There are some benefits living outside the city.
- clean air
- quiet
- spacious
and
Its far from the bars so i won\'t hang there every night and risk to get my jealous wife even more jealous, lol.

Still I think the philippine countryside is more crowded than the norwegian, where I live now its very quiet.
I intend to live my winters in The Philippines and my summers in Norway so hopefully I can avoid the worst heat and humidity in PH.

Offline trevor

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Re: A plantation style home
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2012, 06:58:17 PM »
Callme
Somehow your posts have a familiar ring to me. Remind me of some posts on here a few months ago. Well anyway when you said living in the country side it all depends on where in the country side. For example we live 275 km. north of Manila. We live in a town call Solano. On the outskirt of Solano. The national highway to the end of Luzon goes through our town. Pretty busy place as this is a industrial town. We have Mcdonald, Jollie Bee, Chow King, and Greenwich pizza. Many good restaurants. A modern hotel and resort and other convience stores. Hardware stores for building supplies. The mayor is cleaning up the town and declare it a smokefree town. Recently widen the roads and putting in a good sewer system. The place is improving in leaps and bounds. Recently our friends visited us coming from Florida U.S. They spent a week in Baguio and did not like it there. Too crowded and high price dirty hotel. Then they came to our town and love it. Commented upon how clean the town is. Was sorry they did not spend the week here instead of Baguio. Living here we do not even miss Manila. We goes to Manila maybe twice per year. The only thing lacking here is a good hospital. I would not live in Manila. Much more relaxing here and the air is clean, not very hot in the summer time. So even though we live in the country side it is not the remote country side.

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Offline richardsinger

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Re: A plantation style home
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2012, 07:31:06 AM »
Somehow your posts have a familiar ring to me. Remind me of some posts on here a few months ago.

Did somebody mention Lunkan? :)

Being serious, it is the details that can make your chosen location turn out to be paradise or hell. Wherever you are interested in settling, try to check the local conditions carefully before making a decision.

Just one small example - living in the countryside should give you clean air because there is no industry and not many vehicles to cause pollution. But if you happen to pick a house that is close to a neighbour who burns his household and garden waste every day or two, you could find that the pollution makes your life miserable.

Another example - things could look rosy if you visit during a dry spell, but your prospective house could be prone to flash floods due to poor drainage.

Richard

Offline Metz

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Re: A plantation style home
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2012, 03:02:53 PM »
We was waaaay out in the middle of the Sierra Madre mountains last weekend.† Beautiful place, good roads, no squatters, no cell phone service.† I dont know if the resort has a land line or DSL.† Figure a hour drive to a modern supermarket.† Not really that far, just lots of curving roads.

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Re: A plantation style home
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2012, 08:08:33 PM »
Somehow your posts have a familiar ring to me. Remind me of some posts on here a few months ago.

Did somebody mention Lunkan? :)


Shhhhhhhh! Don\'t say his name. Its like looking in a mirror and saying Bloody Mary three times. †:P lol

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Re: A plantation style home
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2012, 07:14:40 AM »
Was Lunkan from Norway ??? I haven\'t seen the likes of a post from him in a long while.† ::)

Nope, Sweden.† He\'s ancient history now.†  ::);)†  ;D;D
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