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Mugging for the camera

Each time I arrive on the building site I get a hello and a wave from at least one of the many workers. Usually from quite a few. And when I raise my camera phone I tend to get a thumbs-up reaction, as a friendly imitation of my daily thumbs-up to the workers. Today one […]

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Bali: a culture of MacGyvers

It seems extremely odd that my Balinese builder would reference the TV show character MacGyver when discussing our hole-digging contractor. (Photo of MacGyver courtesy of Wikipedia) I mean the guy is as far from an Indonesian hero as possible on the surface, but perhaps because of his Swiss Army Knife, his duct tape and paper […]

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The Invisible

There is so much going on in the early stages of construction that becomes completely invisible as the structure progresses. Just like so many things in life, it is hard to appreciate the unnoticed. Of course there is a good reason why our consciousness doesn’t pay too much attention to the fine-grained details of our […]

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Week #08

Workers returned with a vengeance. All of the foundation holes are completed: 44 holes, each between 3-5 meters deep. Steel and concrete to fill the remaining holes are almost done. Forms are being built for the retaining and boundary walls, as well as the columns that arise out of the foundation holes. The exciting parts […]

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Week #07

A LOT of dirt was moved around the property over a period of three days, in preparation for an open basement / parking area. Due to the limited size of the property we decided to be as efficient as possible with vehicle parking, and even though it costs more to both dig into the ground […]