Power Off, Power On

It’s Sunday. As usual, the electric company had decided to make their presence known – by cutting off the electricity and making the people grumble about the injustice of having their family day – at home – bungled by the heat.

Power Off

Just when I awoke – at 8 AM – the power went off. One good thing that came with it is that the neighborhood got silent. Still, there is nothing much to do at home when the power is out. Well, we played with the dogs but the heat was still unbearable. Since Bobby just received some morado banana seedlings (? or something) we decided to plant them at the lot then go swimming….Hmmm nice idea.

So, we went to the lot with Twingkay in tow. She is big now – 4.25 kg! That is why it was difficult to wrestle with her to settle down as we rode to Bacong. She loves to look over Bobby’s shoulder but would cower when a car or big truck would blast its horns on us. She also loves to shift around the seat to look over, to see the sights on the right, and the (silent) vehicles on the left.

She “helped” plant the bananas.

Bobby and Twingkay...Planting

Bobby and Twingkay...Planting

Then we went to the beach to cool off. Coof off we did because Twingkay was shivering by the time we decided to go home πŸ˜€ We wrapped her in a towel and she was so behaved as we rode the motorcycle that one could think we were bringing a different dog πŸ˜€

Twingkay, Big Girl

Twingkay, Big Girl

Power On

With nothing much to do, sleeping is the next best option to going to town – which, I am very sure, would be full of people trying to cool off at the generator-powered department stores. Thankfully by 4+ the power went back! Now this is what you call cool – the fans are turning once again πŸ˜€

The “power on” allowed me to play “Ranch Rush” and “Farm Frenzy” πŸ™‚ I feel so “in” with these farm things as we had just planted some bananas πŸ˜€

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Conquering Dumaguete

I had quit my job in the cement factory last August of 2007 – that means that I had already been working for almost 2 years in Dumaguete. Hold on! August is almost here…the people at work are really going to be happy πŸ˜€ Meanwhile, Bobby had been working in Bayawan since December 2005 – that’s about 3 years and 5 months of being in Bayawan.

Where is this leading? Well, Bobby will be assigned in Dumaguete starting tomorrow – yay! We are not really going to “conquer” Dumaguete but we are surely going to love being here…as if we were away for long, huh?

I had been trying to apply for a job at NFA – the salary is almost the same with the one I am receiving now but with 5 days of work and other government-related work conditions.

However,

1) I have no wish to work as chemist as of this moment,

2) the hiring is urgent and I am not free of my obligations at work until August,

3) the job encompasses slots for Dumaguete, Siquijor, Cebu, and Bohol – ooops, I quit my Cebu job to be in Dumaguete, I am not going to quit my current job only to be assigned somewhere else, thank you!,

4) I’m really thinking of just staying at home – doing freelance work and being a full time house manager aka housewife,

5) We are going to be house-building starting September and someone has to be there and work on the papers,

6) I’m concerned about the trend of the illnesses that I am having these days,

7) Success is relative, remember? and

8) I want to have more time for myself, Bobby, and vacation πŸ˜€

Therefore, Bobby andΒ I decided that I will not pursue the NFA angle – which, incidentally, requires that I take the examination and interview at Cebu this Tuesday. No, when I quit, I wouldn’t care if a new job is waiting for me or not – this is for me and my hubby, this is to allow us to have a lot of time for each other and for our upcoming house project.

Where does this lead, again? Time will tell, really πŸ™‚ but I surely am going to start waking up later than when I usually do these days πŸ˜€ And the house project pictures are going to come out soon. Whether I quit or not, Bobby and I are still going to “conquer” Dumaguete. Be there!

On Residential Lots

Bobby and I are always reluctant to obtain a loan for any purpose – even for a house. Loans just add to money that goes to other people than ourselves – of course! Our plan is to put off trying to get a loan if we can save enough money for the lot.

That plan backfired on us because the lotΒ (691 sq m) which we planned to buy for P550,000 is now priced at P691,000 – mere months into asking for the lot price {sigh}. I guess that lot is not meant to be for us – and allow me a little sour-graping in saying that the road going to the place was very bad, anyway πŸ˜€

That same plan gave us another opportunity, though. It also allowed us to understand what Mommy Len said, “Things don’t always go as planned”. We had planned to buy that lot for so long that I was already thinking of it as our lot πŸ˜€ Still, since its price suddenyl skyrocketed, we had to think of other options. After all, we are thinking of buyingΒ a lot to build a house soon – no loans, if possible. That is when a lot in Bacong went up for sale – by Bobby’s best friend.

It is only around 402 sq m but that is already a big one, really. Plus, it is only worth P320,000 – something that we already have! Now, that must be something that was really meant for us πŸ™‚ So, with the papes being processed and all, I’d say that we already have a lot to call our own, with no loans at that! I’m thankful for a lot of things: that Bobby and I worked hard for this piece of property that we can now proudly call our own, that a certain Uncle Dogbert aka Dieter has always encouraged – and pushed – us to make the effort entirely on our own, and that we have a family who supports us in this endeavor and promises to help clear the bamboo trees in the lot and spray the mango tree in the property.

Of course, I am thankful that Bobby’s friend put the lot on sale. Plus, the water station is located just a few meters away from the property – and the beach is about 3 minutes (by motorcycle) or 15 minutes (on foot) away! Give that as a plus to beach freaks like me and Bobby and you’ll a have a deal! Also, the property has a good right of way and just a minute away from the cemented barangay road, anyway.

So, here I am smiling at out good fortune and the blessing that came our way. Oh, my sweet naysayers can still find something to say despite this good fortune – like how little the lot is, and all – but we’re hoping that we can save enough money to start building a house by the end of the year πŸ™‚ – pictures to come soon! Oh, some months away, anyway πŸ˜€