Cavite Staycation: The House

Last week, I was at Puerto Azul in Ternate, Cavite, with the folks for a staycation and to celebrate my uncle’s birthday. Puerto Azul is notorious for its crumbling facade, which was once described as Asia’s Paradise Resort. It was an exclusive resort complex that catered to rich locals and foreigners, especially golfers. Its 3,3oo hectare land holds a a golf course designed by legendary golfer Gary Player, a beach, and a hotel with 340 rooms in 17 clusters. In fact, Leandro Locsin designed the main clubhouse, which still stands today.

Today, Puerto Azul is a shadow of its former self. The golf course is now dry and barren due to lack of irrigation. A shame, considering that it was designed by one of the greatest players golf history, and plays host to the important Philippine Open and Richard Gomez’s Goma Cup. Its Hole 17 has golfers playing with the dazzling Manila Bay in the background.

Its facilities are rundown and infrastructures aging. But my story takes place in a different location.

 

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The residential area of Puerto Azul takes up only one street with lots of greenery

 

I had my staycation at the residential part of Puerto Azul. It’s right across the golf course, and is hidden by lots of greenery. It looks undeveloped, but the houses are huge. The house we stayed at had five floors.

The owner of the house has a funny connection with my family. She is friends with my mom, worked with my uncle (whose birthday we were celebrating), and her daughter was once my classmate in high school. I think it is their summer house because they occasionally rent it out.

 

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The house is a pleasant shade of yellow

 

We had the space for two days, and I was impressed by the size of the place. The house is Asian-inspired and though I am not a fan of that architectural and design movement, I still loved the house for its size and devotion to large windows, seats, bathrooms, and greenery.

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Container Homes

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Adam Kalkin Old Lady House Modern Shipping Container

 

Lately I’ve been thinking about container homes. Basically, they’re homes made from shipping containers, the ones that are used to transport items. They are usually attached to trucks, trains, or ships. Who would have thought they could be transformed into living spaces?

Apparently, Phillip C. Clark did, in 1987, when he filed for a patent. Today, people all over the world have turned containers into homes, and they are beautiful.

 

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The Savannah Project, Architect PSP in New York and Florida 

 

All you need to do is get one container (or two or three, depending on your need), prop it on a piece of land, and accessorize.

The benefits of container homes are many: they are cheaper than conventional construction, and are stronger and more durable. They can carry heavy loads, can be stacked in high columns, and withstand harsh environments. They are also modular so it is easy to design them according to your whim.

 

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Shipping container guest house by Jim Poteet

 

In the Philippines, used containers range around P80,000. You can buy them anywhere, especially at coastal areas. However, because of the tropical climate, container homes must be carefully insulated because steel conducts heat. But with careful planning of insulation, irrigation, and installation of sockets, a container home can be a beautiful alternative to the usual brick and mortar structure.

 

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Container home from Designbam

 

I would love to own a container home when I finally decide to get my own place. I’d get one or two orange or blue containers, stacked right next to each other. I’ll add a little wooden porch in the front, with pots of flowers. I’m hoping there will be lush greenery around the home.

 

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From Koverkrete

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From 2 or 3 Things I Know

 

The interior would be roomy: white walls with light-brown wooden plank floors. The inside will be homey, in contrast to the industrial feel of the exterior of the house. I will have a little black couch, some nice leafy plants in pots, and a bookshelf filled with books and paintings.

I will have a wooden writing desk, and a small nook for cooking and eating.

 

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From Pinterest

 

My bedroom would be equally sparse, with a white bed (linen sheets!), a tabletop for some books, and one wall lined with prints and paintings.

I’m still thinking whether I should add a TV. There will be wi-fi. And two bathrooms.