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  1. Oh I missunderstood. I thought it was at Bohol.If you get it titled, then I believe 10 000 USD (40p/m2) is cheap (if it isn't far from public road) because the cheapest titled I have seen at Cebu island is 70p/m2 (40 at Bohol). the main road runs by it however location is everything & unlike in Cebu island cell phone service is hit or miss (2g) cable tv not going to happen in my life time internet , you might get between 28k & 128k at times other times you will go without internet for days the power is NOT on durring day time hours :( so because services are few & far between & you are a 24 hour boat ride from a city any city (no airport) i myself put a lower value on the land in this type of remote province. now i'm not talking bad about the place just laying out the facts i really like it there ,even though there are a few short coming i think i can deal with those i would probably look into a small solar and or wind setup that would help out with day time power maybe in a few more years the internet problem will be better we would probably only be spending 2 to 3 months out of the year there so if not it's not all that large of a problem if i was going there full time then it would be different thanks
  2. Where? Steep or slooping? With title or not? If without title and not in Tabilaran or Panglao, then I agree with you (=20p/m2) but otherwice such land cost more normaly of what I have seen. it's in Romblon province which is about 1/2 way between Cebu & Manila the cost of living there is very little but jobs that pay are in short supply too a 4 wheel drive vehicle could drive straight up the hill if some sort of a driveway was put in i think a front wheel drive car could make it 1 hector includes both the front & back sides of the hill which i like, no one could build rite next to us the land is about 20 hectors total (mostly rice patty) & owned by a family that my farther inlaw & his farther once worked for they would have to issue a title to my wife or i would not be interested in the property. this would be made clear up front! we are still working on paying off our house in the states once that is out of the way we will see if they really want to sell or if they are just playing games. thanks
  3. In Tagbilaran/Panglao? Or in resident developed area? Or why expensive?? I have seen many ads with CHEAP land at Bohol, some can of course have titling problems, but e g in Ubay province the government have sold DEVELOPED farmland for 40p/m2 to Filipins, and some of them are selling for similar price. I don't remember what's the cheapest TITLED land I have seen at Bohol, but at Cebu island it's 70p/m2, and from some other in Visayas and north Mindanao some asked price for titled have been as low as 30-40p/m2. (But I haven't checked if the titling documents are real :) UNTITLED there are land for 8p/m2 at Bohol inland, and inland with sea view for 15p. i see that land prices are all over the place we are looking at 1 hector with ocean views but not on the beach they want about $10,000 ,they will take payments almost all of it is a hill with just a few old coconut trees on it i myself feel it's only worth about $5000 cash
  4. How about combine the roof water heater and aquaponic system? :) i think the aquaponics uses the same water over & over the fish poop in it then it goes to the plants which act as a filter. collecting it from the roof for use in the garden is a great idea though
  5. great link!!!!!! we have about 100 baby chicks in the woodshed rite now next year i want to build a small greenhouse so i can start my plants early
  6. Porous concrete can be problematic. Formosan termites are able to bore tunnels through it to get to the wood sections of your home. Most of the heat is from the roofing. If you can afford it, use tiles. A friend who inherited a family home with corrugated metal sheet roofing had a simple, creative solution. He had something like a long water hose following the ridges of the corrugated roof, which he filled with cold water in the morning. By evening, he had enough hot water for a bath or shower. Solar energy. Helped keep the home cool. i like the solar hot water idea!!! the only wood on the outside of the house would be the doors & window frames not planning on a metal roof, i don't want the thing blowing off when i am back in the states & the PI gets a big storm. thanks piglett
  7. You could probably substitute rice hulls for foam. Rice Hulls, a by-product of the rice milling industry, has a very high R factor and is used as household insulation; it is also very cheap and plentiful. that might be a good way to save some cash & still get the job done. not sure how thick the walls /roof need to be with rice hulls mixed into the concrete. i'm guessing 18" would get er done :cheersty:
  8. Research studies show that what causes the most damage from hurricanes and typhoons is when the roof blows off. Sometimes the entire roof is lift by the wind. In the Philippines, those corrugated metal sheets act like giant razor blades. They can cut a person in half. The solution is to use hurricanes clips. It's a clamping system integrating the roof through the posts all the way to the ground. All new construction in Hawaii and Florida requires the mandatory use of these clips. The use of crushed rocks as a base and pouring a slab of concrete on top is similar to a famous design called a, "floating foundation." It was developed by Frank Lyold Wright for the Imperial Hotel in Japan. The Tokyo Earthquake of 1923 destroyed the city and the Imperial Hotel was one of the few structures left standing. In the Philippines, bamboo is considered a poor man's construction material, which means the poor won't touch it. The poor prefer corrugated metal roofs. Without a drop ceiling, they are hotter than hell and noisy when it rains. The current rage in the United States and Europe is laminate flooring rather than carpeting. A top seller is laminate bamboo tiles. i'll have to find someone who can tell me how thick the walls & roof need to be but the roof would be tied to the walls with internal rebar 10mm sould do the trick. i understand that concrete can get dam hot durring the heat of the day i'll look into adding foam to the mix as i am pouring. the foam will add somewhat of an R value but it's not as strong so the concrete will need to be thicker
  9. There is a group planning to manufacture bamboo bungalows in a factory and ship the parts in a container. With prior ground preparation, the bungalows are assembled on location within 3 to 5 days by a trained crew. The estimate is $10,000 to $20,000 for a two bedroom unit. This are not your typical "bahay kubo" where the termites move in before the owners. The poles are treated with an environmentally friendly process using boron salts. The process removes the starch, which is what termites and wood boring insects eat. The remaining salts makes the bamboo more durable and fire resistant. A joinery system invented in Hawaii allows the bamboo bungalow to flex during earthquake and resist typhoon winds up to 160 kilometers per hour. The roof is a poly carbonate material that looks like grass. The advantage is the roof is fire resistant. The floor could be poured concrete with laminate bamboo tiles or the more traditional bamboo slits. This is the natural air conditioning system that keeps a bamboo home cool even during summer months. Japanese farmhouses built with bamboo are known to last 200 years. those sound really neat! 1 would make a fine guest house on my farm :tiphat: i want to build something that will stand 100 years i'm thinking 3 to 1 mix concrete with lots of rebar the roof will be concrete too & it will be a 1/2 circle (i bet the storms will find it hard to blow that off) :mocking: the footings will sit on a foot of crushed stone in the event of an earth quake the whole house can move if it wishes i'm only planning on building 1 so i might as well build er good & stout :thumbsup: piglett
  10. Have a lawyer document your role in purchasing the one hectare property as in, "Who paid for it?" This gives you rights under Philippine law. If your wife passes away first, the law provides a reasonable amount of time for you to sell. If you build a house, you may want to continue living there. A relative cannot claim the land and get you evicted. Technically the house is yours even if you don't own the land. This has to be documented by a lawyer. Unless they are dwarf coconut trees, the coconuts planted on the property are a safety hazard. The nuts can fall and kill you. No money in mango especially if you only have a few trees. It may take 8 to 10 years before the first fruiting. The trees require 20 years to mature. The mangoes attract flies when they flower. Flies are the pollinators in the Philippines. Commercial bees are a more recent introduction. If you want a cash crop, try bananas and papayas. You can start earning some revenues after a year and a half. Forget coffee and rubber trees. You are under the mercy of large corporations who entice small area farmers with attractive prices for a couple years. Then the wholesale prices plunge. Unless your father-in-law is very strict, consider the one hectare as a hobby farm to help feed everyone including a few neighbors. Feel happy if it is break even. A small Sari-Sari store makes no money because most customers are buying on credit. You maintain a long list of constant debtors. All your suppliers demand cash on delivery or cash when you pick-up from their warehouse. The United States retail industry survives on a 30, 60, 90 days credit system. The large retail stores hope to sell the inventory before payments are due. In the US, the "category killers" like Walmart wiped out most of the mom & pop stores because of lower prices. The Sari-Sari stores survive because of the credit system. thanks for the info on the rubber trees my farther inlaw quit school when he was in the 6th grade because his farther got sick so he as the oldest son had to become the bread winner for the family he put 7 younger sibling through college & all of his childeren but the youngest son (my wife & i took care of the youngest college ourselves) so long story short the old man isn't going to be giving all the goodies away he will keep a watchfull eye what's going on after all the more the farm makes the bigger his cut is my sister inlaw is a lawyer in the province she is working for the local gov. plus teaching law at the college on the side. we plan on having her take care of all the legal stuff so there are no problems years from now now if my wife dies before i do can the land go to our kids? even if they are born in the states? thanks piglett
  11. been lots going on here in the states over the past year wife arriving, getting her settled & all that kind of deal my wife & i are looking next year to buy about 1 hector in the province where she is from (Romblon) it would be her land because i can't own any there, which is fine with me. what we have an eye on (next to her parents place) already has a few coconut trees (about 15) we would add mango,papya,bananna ect so the "farm" would bring in a little money i know the money is in rubber trees if we can find where the market is for that product. my farther inlaw would be incharge of the farming end of things we would split any profit 50/50 our part would go back into the place to improve it further i would say we would also be looking to just build a small (12'x24')store near the street at 1st (we could stay in the back room for the couple week out of the year that we are in the "PI" ) also this would give here sister inlaw something to do during the day the rest of the family either runs their own small business or has been to college & already has a job (no slackers in this family) that just leaves the sister inlaw who has a small child to care for (which she can do while running the store. (her husband works on a container ship) years later we would probably be looking to add a poured concrete house in the middle of the property which is a hill it's not all that steep but still a hill. this should give us a great view of the ocean but no real chance of having to worry about the tide washing the house away. take care all piglett
  12. like i said send the kids off to manila or cebu to learn business many pinoys only have a 6th grade education which doesn't help
  13. Yes. In USA damages payments often are much to high, while in Phili and Sweden they are so low mostly so it's lucky if it cover the extra costs :th_unfair: But even more crazy is American courts forcing obviously innocent long time prisoned to say "I did the murder, but I'm innocent" to be let out of prison, so they can't sue the USA government for compensation!!! :bash: (As e g the 3 in the famous case, which I don't remember the name of now. They were innocent prisoned 18 years with a death penalty, but managed to delay it...) The Philippine airlines aren't even allowed to fly to Europe, because they don't follow the security regulations... (Changing?) i think your talking about the 3 teenagers who were put in jail for 18 years because they liked to wear black t-shirts & listen to heavymetal. some little kid or i could have been a couple little kids were killed & they framed the 3 teenagers but they had no real proof. :no:
  14. Food safety, as in visiting the producers who are growing the food you will eat, is also top of my list for the Philippines. The relationship benefits both. Farmers in the Philippines receive less than 12% of the retail price for their produce, according to studies by SEARCA (South East Asia Research Center for Agriculture) located at UP College of Agriculture in Los Banos. The other 88% goes to a complex supply chain. that is something that really burns my @ss the farmer does all the hard work & get 12% if the store makes 30% so should the farmer the rest can go to transport the crop & such i would think the farmers would want to send there childeren to college so they can then start their own farm co-op or something then sell straight to the stores tell the middle men to go get a job & start working for their money
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