|The front of our native cogon thatched steps and deck. The|
bamboo playset for our daughter is on the right.
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We moved to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan in 2009 looking for a nice slice of land to call our own and experiment with sustainability. I like it here because I hate earthquakes and strong winds that come into the rest of the nation with the typhoons and PPC has neither.
After driving all around the vast city of Puerto Princesa and outlying areas, we settled in Luzvimnda, 33 kilometers outside of City Center on 2 hectares. It used to take us a little over 35 minutes to get to town, but they have been "fixing" the roads and bridges for the last year, and now it takes us almost an hour.
|The cogon thatched roof harvested locally, which leads to our native deck. Our two Et3 electric trikes are parked under the stairs.|
|Recycled soda bottle|
planter for herbs.
We do have little recycled hanging plastic gardens hanging here and there with herbs and such. The soil here is very hard clay, and we haven't gotten the composting thing down well enough to supplement or amend the soil properly yet. So little planters and bottles is what we can easily deal with for the time being.
Most of the buildings on the property are made of the bamboo from our groves, the kind of thick bamboo that is good for building huts and furniture. I've always loved bamboo and dreamed of having lots of it on my own place, and now that dream is real.
The first building we put up was a little bamboo hut for the water pump. We added a shower room so that when we came out, we could freshen up with nice clean well water before heading back to town. We also added a little porch under the eaves where we could sit and ponder our next move and had a bamboo table made from our own bamboo. That was so exciting.
|The pumphouse made from our own bamboo with|
Dave's electric motorbikes.
Puerto Princesa has a lot of electrical brownouts. It's just gotten worse as the unprecedented building of commercial properties has increased since the PPC Underground River became one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. The power company was already having time supplying the residents and business in 2009 and they haven't seemed to cope with all the new power users.
To counter the brownouts, all the solar lights keep our property well lit at night and we use a diesel generator to power everything else during these frequent brownouts. Lately they have been lasting over 11 hours and yesterday, we had 4 during the day and in the middle of the night. The diesel generator has made our lives so much more comfortable. We are aiming at replacing this with more solar panels as we can over the years.
I have a lot more photos of the property on my FaceBook Album called Home Sweet Country Living.
|Side view of the pumphouse/shower/eating deck.|
|We use the electric trikes to get around the village. Dave did extensive research and development on these. We have been using them for over 2 years now and we love them.|
|Dave calls this his electric carabao. An electric farm trike pulling a heavy duty trailer. This rig climbs our hills and hauls heavy logs with no problem. Built for durability not speed.|
|Dave charges his electric motorbikes with solar panels.|
|The broken tiles were cheap and we used them for the shower stall in the pump house.|
|Caretaker cottage. Handy helper Jhun has resided it with scrap bamboo from the groves with my direction. He still has to clean it up, but normally they would have burned these scraps.|
|Our daughter wanted a swing, slide and sand box. Dave designed this set for her using the bamboo from our groves. It's a favorite place for her and the children of our village helpers to spend a whole afternoon.|
|My bottle planters finally grown out and I can pinch off the leaves for my daily greens.|
|The reward from our chickens. Farm fresh eggs. The yolks are deep orange and the whites hold their shapes and are not runny like water, but nice and firm. Delicious too.|
|A native pineapple in our yard. Small but sweet.|
|This is one the solar LED lights that came with the power pac above.|
|Dave Dewbre is responsible for all the solar lights, generator and all the electric vehicles. He's so handy! Here he is with his electric sea scooters which we use to tool around the bay here in Mangingisda.|
|There are a lot of banana trees on our property, we use the leaves for wrapping a native desert called Suman, which is sticky rice boiled in coconut milk then steamed in the banana wrappers.|