My New Philippines Digs in Dauin

My New Philippines Digs in Dauin

 My New Digs in Dauin!

Morning sunrise – time to get up.

Entrance of household – facing ocean.

My most profuse apologies for not updating the website in a even though!  It essentially was not incipient laziness this time – I was really a bit hectic relocating to a additional rustic place away from the roosters and rampaging tricyles of the metropolis!   Which is ideal, expensive reader, a few times ago your favourite blogger produced the changeover from residing in Dumaguete Metropolis to the quaint very little seaside village of Dauin which lies some 20 kilometers south.   A community Filipino who performs actively with the expats below – John Paul –   referred to as me about three months ago out of the blue and claimed that he had discovered the excellent place for me.  Intrigued, I traveled down to stop by the location with him and  as soon as I observed the household I understood that I needed it . Now really don’t get me incorrect: I really like  living in Dumaguete  but the warmth, the dust, and the inflammation population of the city was finding to be just a minor much too significantly.  Dumaguete had essentially absent from a  town of 90,000 men and women 4 several years ago to a town of about 130,000 today and with no increasing capacity in infrastructure the streets, highway and thoroughfares have just develop into waaaaay way too congested.  Insert to that the sounds of the barking dogs, crowing roosters, and  6000 watt karoake machines, and I understood it was merely time for me to transfer on.  I lived three months in Dumaguete, and it was time for the future chapter in my terrific Philippine journey.


Some awesome increasing factors in property.

Dauin lies roughly 22 km south of Dumaguete City. It is a smaller municipality which features a significant amounts of resorts that provide the close by diving places of Apo Island and the marine sanctuary, regarded as by lots of to be one particular of the leading 10  scuba diving places in the globe. These resorts differ and degree of luxurious with some bare bottom one’s costing US $30 a day and others costing up to US $350 for every day. A huge range of expats also are living in Dauin nestled absent in tiny (or big) compounds, residences and apartments along the seaside.  One of very first issue I noticed  is the in close proximity to continuous breeze coming off of the ocean.  My initially night listed here the temperature went down to 76°F – by comparison the least expensive the temperature received in my condominium in Dumagete was approximately 85°F.  It was these kinds of a difference that the next working day my extremely delicate self experienced to go and invest in a light blanket.


Coconut palms in yard.

Additional things expanding.


A drawback  of living in Dauin is basically becoming so much from the metropolis –  but I have a auto and a motorcycle and it only can take 25 to 35 minutes to generate up to the city to go shopping at the malls or at the area Hypermart (big supermarket). One more disadvantage – that I’m slooowly acquiring employed to – is that the indigenous content residence in which I live does not have any screens so every single night time has fundamentally been like an episode of Nationwide Geographic with sundry avian wildlife, geckos,  tukos (big, mutant geckos), traveling beetles and other assorted creatures flitting hither and dither about the household. I have noticed mosquitoes but there have been really couple of –  I do burn off a mosquito coil at night time and I also sleep below a mosquito net. Dengue is widespread in the Philippines as is malaria, so I’m just trying to secure myself as substantially as possible. ( I have also read that both of those malaria and dengue are great pounds decline plans!)


Low pace online tower – 1 MB.


But more than enough about that, let us get on to my new digs.


The property in which I are living sits on 1.5 hectares and is filled with dozens of towering coconut palm trees. It is surrounded by a picket and steel wire fence and flanked on both sides by wrought iron steel gates. Protection to the compound is provided by two dogs, a Doberman named Cunning and a pit bull named Spike. The canine are actually very friendly if they know you, but they will bark and attack any strangers that attempt to get above the gate or the fence. I actually appreciate getting the canine – considering that it considering the fact that I am living alone they give me some organization and like to stroll with me close to the compound and alongside the beach.  The residence itself is approximately 40 meters from the ocean which helps make for a pleasing lullaby of wind through the palms and gently crashing surf. The seashore appropriate in front of the house is a combine of rock and sand – it utilised to be all sand, but the total seashore in this component of Negros was rearranged two many years in the past by tropical storm Sendong.  Still, it is superior for laying out, and  the drinking water tends to make for really a refreshing dip on a scorching sunny afternoon.  And although it’s not formally on the Maritime Sanctuary, there is some decent snorkeling proper off the beach.   Apo Island – the diving spot I talked about right before – sits somewhere around 8 kilometers off the seashore.  From the seaside on a distinct day I can see the islands of Cebu , Bohol, Apo, Siquior and Mindanao.


Dwelling protection procedure – just increase foodstuff.

Back gate.


The home by itself has two amounts: The first ground includes a dwelling home hooked up kitchen region/eating spot, a guest home (which presently serves as my closet), a Western rest room with incredibly hot and cold water,  an expansive entrance porch (also termed a sala) that has a variety of chairs and sofas,  a rocking chair and a significant 4 speaker karaoke technique. Off of the porch there is a one more bed room which is most probably used as a helper’s quarters.  Subsequent to that is a concrete and steel garage which – when sealed up – also serves as a reasonably sturdy storm shelter.  The 2nd floor is composed solely of a master bedroom. Available from the bed room is a further – albeit smaller sized – porch which has a awesome view wanting out over the ocean. The operator of the property – a Canadian name Steve who not long ago returned to Canada – left me an assortment of cool things to engage in about with, amongst them a kayak with a glass bottom, the massive karoake procedure,  two 47 inch plasma TVs, and a awesome assortment of appliances and furnishings.


Exactly where the magic takes place – must be damaged.  ?

Front porches.

Eating/Residing home place.


Residing/Eating/Kitchen space.

Guest space/ my closet.

Plasma and PS3, baby!

Karoake on entrance porch.

“Comfort Room”

Electrical water process in shower. Hope it is grounded.


I have no electrical invoice as I am harnessing the electric power of the sunlight.  Energy to the house is furnished by a twelve panel photo voltaic array and due to the fact the sunlight shines nearly each and every day down below, there is additional than ample juice to run the position.  There is provision to make use of the local electric power grid in case of extended cloud cover,  but I have not experienced to do that but. The photo voltaic array and batteries are also going to be of use in the deal with of any eventual brownouts (neighborhood expression for blackouts).  I also have no h2o monthly bill as the h2o to the compound is provided from a effectively.  I have a 1 MB web relationship which is adequate and fees me $22 a month and my cable tv expenditures approximately 7 dollars for every thirty day period. Month to month hire for the assets is 15,000 pesos which is equivalent to somewhere around US $340. What is awesome about living this shut to the ocean is that you really don’t need to have to employ air conditioning as the native product home does not keep warmth and its open up air design helps make good use of the close to regular awesome breezes coming off of the water.


The ability of the sunlight!!

Washing equipment, pump, storage tank.

When you want a rocking chair and punching bag at similar time.


The craftsmanship of the native substance employed in the dwelling is relatively amazing. I will present some pictures in an approaching blog entry so that you can get a improved understanding of just how intricate the detailing is on the woven palm panels. Indigenous design is also inexpensive and it is extra suited to a tropical atmosphere then hefty concrete and metal design which tends to keep warmth and can also be more dangerous and an earthquake.

     Received to have a grill, man.

Even even though I have only been in this article four days, I am incredibly pleased so significantly.  I am nonetheless having made use of to the deficiency of screens in the windows but that – and the half-hour commute to town – are my only attainable grievances. It is pretty peaceful in this article in the southern coastline of Negros Oriental helps make for a Quite stress-free atmosphere.



Front lined region in entrance of real garage.

Extra greenish items developing in lawn.

Foxy and Spike on the work.

You can see a video clip tour of the dwelling that I posted up on you to. Again, the excellent isn’t that great as I am nonetheless discovering how to make respectable online video so slice me some slack.  ? You can see it at below on Youtube.


Ingat!  (Just take care!)


Wishing effectively – desire I experienced screens……  ?

My neighbor – interesting nipa dwelling.