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Gerlinda & Dieter private - Our Home in Dauin - The veranda as a work and living space

Many expats I know are building their dream home in the Philippines. They often build large living rooms. After a while, they say they have built too big. If they were to build again, they would rather build a bigger veranda.

Since you are in the tropics, it is warm most of the time in most places. Don’t laugh, you Central Europeans, when it cools down to 25 °C or less in the evening and at night, it often feels more like a chill.

We are now staying with our daughter’s family in Dauin, Negros Oriental, right on the famous beach with its diving spots. A new veranda had to be built as the old one was made of tree trunks and bamboo. Despite precautions, the small termites had nibbled on these trunks a lot over the years. One quiet morning you could even hear them. They were constantly busy.

The new veranda was adapted to the size of the house with concrete pillars and built in a Mediterranean style. As you can see in the following pictures, there are several seating areas, an artist’s corner and a large table in the middle where you can work or play cards at the same time. My wife has given everything a lively look with her flowers and plants.

This is also the place for family celebrations.

Gerlinda & Dieter private - Our Home in Dauin - The veranda as a work and living space
Gerlinda & Dieter private – Our Home in Dauin – The veranda as a work and living space
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The girls Gerlinda, Jennelyn and Theresa have settled down in front of the house on the beach, under the leafy branches of the fallen tree with a table and chairs to play cards.

There have been big changes to the house since our last visit. Due to termite infestation, the old veranda was demolished and replaced by a new one, built over the entire front of the house in Mediterranean style and much larger. At the same time, the palm shingle roof was brought up to the same height.

The house has also been completely repainted in a light beige colour.

You can see before and after in the postings on our website.
https://www.gerlinda-dieter-private.philippinen-reisen.com/

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Once again we made the journey from Cagayan de Oro to our daughter Jenny’s family.

Left behind are our dogs, cats and most of the flowers and decorative plants. However, a large number of cuttings went on the journey well packed in a large suitcase.

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Fortunately, no one at the security check at the harbour noticed the plants in the suitcase or looked over them.

The basin for the diving equipment was quickly converted into a watering place for the plants.

These now all have to be planted and cared for one after the other before they can take their place on the new veranda or elsewhere on the property.

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I have settled down on the veranda with my laptop with interesting views and can do my work there in peace.

It is a tranquil life in Dauin.

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Marc, the tattoo artist and good friend, came again on a Sunday, to give lola Gerlinda her first tattoo.

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The day began with Lola Gerlinda having been led to believe for days that nothing grand on the festive side would happen on her 68th birthday. However, some good spirits were working in the background for Jenny to make something happen after all.

That day, the group of big boys who had gone on a 2-day tour of the southern part of Negros by motorbike returned early in the afternoon.

Around 4:30 pm the ordered food should arrive and guests should start arriving at 5 pm. For this, I, Lolo Dieter, had to lure Gerlinda out of the house. Jenny sent us to buy fruit at the fruit market in the neighbouring village of Bacong. From there we drove to our good friends Hermann and Engen. There I was to delay departure until I had received an OK to return.

Back home, I had to hurry to get to the veranda before Gerlinda so that I could capture the astonished face on film. Then, when everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’, Gerlinda’s eyes got moist.

You can watch everything else in the video here

Lola GERLINDA’S 68th BIRTHDAY in Dauin

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