New Roof

After only four years, we are having to change our roof!

Cogon was recommended to us as it was cool and fitted in with the environment. Unfortunately the pitch on the roof wasn’t steep enough to allow rain water to run away correctly, and we ended up with endless leaks. I have included a few photos of the old roof just to show exactly how bad it had started to get! We have also had issues with insects and geckos – there is a photo showing something very strange that was nesting/living in the study roof – thankfully it has gone now 🙂

We have put up with these issues for long enough now so the change is being made. We are now having a rubberised shingle roof, which will definitely eliminate the amount of insects and other creatures living up there 🙂

The guys started on the work two weeks ago and are making good progress. We have decided to stay in the house whilst the work is being done, but as we have only a couple of rooms with ceilings, it is proving to be a bit of a mission 🙁 We have packed away as much as possible and are now living surrounded by tarp covered furniture!!

Thankfully the weather is being kind to us, although at the beginning of the work we were hampered by rain, even though this is supposed to be the dry season:(

I am posting a few photos of the work so far and will post more later, so watch this space for the continuing chaos – that’s presuming we still have space to work!!




We took a trip to Calapan today to do our monthly shop and look what I found in the Hardware Shop!!!!

The people that will really appreciate this post are the girls I used to work with at Automate – when asked at my retirement party what I would miss most about South Africa, they couldn’t believe it when I said “Vanish” – it’s a brilliant product that I have used for years and I knew I couldn’t get it here, but now I can 🙂

Don’t laugh, sometimes it’s the small things in life that make you happy 🙂



How can it be that time of the year again, only seems like five minutes since we were last celebrating.

Here in the Philippines Christmas starts in September, the decorations go up and every shop assistant is wishing you a Merry Christmas – all very strange.

Anyway it’s here now and our tree is up, the presents are wrapped, the mincemeat pies made and the Christmas cake is ready (bought not made).

We would like to wish all our friends and relatives, both near and far, a very Merry Christmas and hopefully a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

2016 wasn’t a great year for many, let’s hope 2017 will be great for everyone.

Lots of Love to you all from The Taylors xxx


DSCN0605What a really nice place to wander around, so many interesting pathways and gorgeous plants and flowers.

We only took a look, but there are lots of activities to keep you occupied – climbing wall, zipline, horse riding (although we didn’t see any horses) badminton and numerous natural swimming pools.

Great place to take a picnic and chill by the little waterfalls.

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Chinese Bell Church, Dumaguete


A quiet peaceful place 🙂

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