We live in the Pacific Estates, which is a gated community of many houses and the Pacific hotel and restaurant.
Our house also has a gate, and there are cages on the windows, and locked caged gates on the doors. At first, we naturally felt a little… caged.
Our house is quite large – 3 bedrooms, spacious living room/dining room, veranda, large kitchen, toilet room, and bathroom. The toilet is in a room by itself, while the bathtub, sink, and shower are in a separate room beside it – a bit weird at first, but actually pretty nice.
Notice the cages on the window. Every window has these immovable cages, and there are lockable cages on the doors. One of my first thoughts was ‘oh my gosh, what if there’s a fire, and we can’t find the keys, we won’t be able to get out of one of the caged windows…’ But, I soon realized we have a working fire alarm, a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, and could kick through one of the walls fairly easily. Or use the machete. For added security we have 2 panic buttons – one in our bedroom and one in the kitchen. They signal the guards. One of us somehow accidentally triggered one once and the guards got to our place super quick so it’s good to know the buttons work!
The walls are very thin, there is no heating, air-conditioning, or insulation. Thanks to the ‘perpetual spring’ weather up here, there is no need! It gets quite cool at night – usually around 15°C (±2°C). The sun rises at 6:30am, but it stays fairly cool until around 11am, at which point the temperature can get up to 30°C in the afternoon. The house can get pretty hot in the afternoon, but there’s usually a bit of a breeze, and it cools down quickly when the sun goes down at 6:30pm. Since we are in the dry season right now it doesn’t rain every day, but at least a few times a week. Rain usually starts around 4 pm and can be quite torrential. The sound of the rain on our tin roof is nice, but drowns out the TV completely!!
The 3 bedrooms, and bathrooms are all located ‘upstairs’ – it’s a sort of split level, with these rooms about 5 steps above the rest of the house.
The living room / dining room are quite spacious. The house came furnished with all that you see here – except the TV, which we bought. The roof height is very high in most of the rooms, so if any of the lights burn out we’ll be in trouble!!
Our kitchen is large, with many cupboards! There’s a fridge, small chest freezer, and a natural gas stove. The stove is an Electrolux – not sure how I feel about cooking food using a stove made by a company that specializes in vacuums…
Cockroaches are everywhere here, and we encountered quite a few when we first got here! A few small ones got in the fridge, I found a few huge ones crawling on the kitchen wall – it was very disturbing to me!! But, we got cockroach baits and distributed them around the house, and now the only cockroaches we see are dead ones, and fairly infrequently.
Our laundry room is located downstairs, and has a large sink and a washing machine – no dryer. We have a clothes web that gets lots of sunlight, but since it tends to be rainy in the evening, I’ve also strung up line underneath our veranda.
So that’s our humble abode.
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