May 29, 2009

The Greal Wall of Dinah

Remember how we are building this house one hollow block at a time? Well, finally all 3 walls at the back up are up. That's the picture my husband took last Wednesday when he went there to give Manong the Contractor his vale. We will come back this Sunday to check out the progress on the gate and grills at the back.

Its really difficult to have construction while you are not on site. You have to find a trust worthy contractor. Good thing our Manong is our next door neighbor and even before we discovered that he makes houses, he was already taking care of our house.

We have already exhausted our budget for the first blast of this project. And we hope to find another source of funds to complete this house. We promised ourselves we will finish this in 5 years, although we don't know yet how we will do this. With lots of prayers and some luck, we will make this dream come true.


  1. Hmmm, what if when you find a new source of funds, you invest it first on a property, flip it, and then use the profit to finish the house in less than a year? That's the strategy I'm following now. =)

  2. Wow, thats exactly the same advise a friend gave me! and i just might do it since it seems to be working for my friend too. pag enough ang funds :-)

  3. Dinah,

    I am an editor of OZ, an award winning student-edited journal published by the
    College of Architecture, Planning, and Design of Kansas State University. Each year we
    compile an issue exploring a theme in contemporary architecture. We invite you to
    consider contributing to our 31st issue: ?untrained.?

    The theme of this issue was sparked by an existential dilemma. It has been said that 98%
    of the world?s population has no need of architects. Many building projects today are
    executed without an architectural agenda. At the same time, architectural education seems
    to attenuate the distance between architects and others in the allied building
    professions. Maybe society needs buildings, but do buildings need architects? What is the
    application of architectural training to the fabric of society in real terms? Bluntly,
    how relevant is the institution of architecture?

    One section of this years journal will be an expose on the resources available to the
    do-it-yourself home builders via the internet community and easily accessible/affordable

    We would like to ask permission to publish a few screen shots from your blog in our journal this year.

    We would be honored if you would be interested in contributing to the OZ31 journal and
    eagerly await your response. You can visit our website at to see
    information on previous journals. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Yours truly,

    Mark Jacob Long
    Co-editor, Oz