Birthday Dream

It was my birthday!

I spent the afternoon at my weekend farm with a few friends, Kiko and Teban. A few months ago it was their first time to visit my weekend farm. At that time, our shelter was very crude; a ground sheet and a shade cloth tied to the bushes. I told them I wanted to spend my birthday here. I imagined my friends sprawled across my weekend farm enjoying barbecue and beer next to a large inflatable pool! That didn’t happen, I brought take-out barbecue and beer. We stayed inside the kubo (bamboo house).

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spent the afternoon admiring what’s around, inside a more comfortable hut with beer and food

When I started this, I just wanted my weekend farm to exist. I did not know how to progress. But slowly as I committed more time and energy I’ve discovered and realized possibilities and opportunities along the way.

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I will be planting more cacao trees for next year. I’m drawn to discovering and learning more about these trees

It has been a year of sharing this personal endeavor to friends and to people I meet. I have found it delightful to share my experiences and discoveries! I share that, for as long as one follows their heart, the universe will conspire to make things possible. I do not see this as a “passion project,” I see this as a personal pursuit! Progress and growth entails more than just passion, it requires commitment especially at times when resources become limited.

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The moon appearing as the sun begins to set

I spent the afternoon inside my kubo for my birthday. Before sunset, I planted two cacao trees. For the first time, I watched the sky change colors as the sun set on my weekend farm, and I have never been more excited to continue coming back.

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I have never seen my weekend farm look like this

I bought a tiny house made of bamboo!

I finally got a bahay kubo!

A bahay kubo is a Filipino house made of bamboo. It has a thatched roof made of palm leaves.

When I started this endeavor, I initially thought of building something from scratch. However, after some brainstorm on design and after scoping the materials and labor; I realized that I did not have much time to devote for a do-it-yourself project. Also, a DIY project will still require a shelter of some sort; hence, I was convinced to buy a ready-made house for my temporary shelter.

The house I got was 6×12 feet. It has a small indoor dining area and a small bedroom.

I saw it along the side of the road while driving home from a weekend at the beach yesterday.

I have seen ready-made bamboo houses sell for 50,000 pesos (1,100 USD) on the Internet. This one sold for 36,000 pesos (800 USD) including installation. I thought that this is a fair price so I got it!

The seller told me that it takes them a week to complete a bamboo house. They still need to install windows and varnish the whole structure before it is ready to be installed.

I’m very excited to return to plot next weekend for the installation!

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The Kubo which I bought yesterday! ..as seen from the side of the road

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a closer look of the bahay kubo from a corner

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the seating area with a small table was the first room as you enter the house

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To the right is the window with the longest bench in the seating area. The room is designed to have open windows, it’s generally a semi-outdoor seating area.

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to the left is the bedroom! My friends Gray and Elaine joined me in checking the bamboo hut.

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The jalousie window frames are not yet installed. The bunk beds in this room can fit 2 to 3 people comfortably.