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|An aerial pic of our paradise taken in December 2007|
|Workers planting blue grass near the big pool|
It took a lot of hard work on the part of everyone involved. The project was a Godsend for the local community as we were able to employ during the project over 300 people and most of them really appreciated the opportunity and additional income. And they did a great job too. It is amazing to see the talents that people have when you give them the opportunity to be creative.
|The early stages of the mansion house|
It took nearly two years to complete the property and the opportunity to develop it brought many rewarding experiences to me and my wife. Filipino's are amazing in their creativity when given the chance they really excel in all aspects of a project. It was amazing to see how they improvised and made their work as efficient as possible.
|Here I am planting rice in the farm portion of the property|
I was told more than once that I did not fit the mold of expectation for a person who could afford such a property. I have never been the lazy type or one who thinks that I am too high to get my hands dirty. So during the course o the project I was right in there working side by side with the workers. It was a good experience for me too. And a good workout! I personally feel that the higher you get in life, the more you must humble yourself to stay grounded. That's why I am like that. Even Jesus said "the greatest will be the servant of all". I learned much during the course of the project. After all it was my very first development. My dad was a developer and we both figured he passed it on to me in the genes. It turned out remarkably well.
|Our gorgeous 35 meter pool|
With swimming as my favorite form of exercise I could not resist to make the gorgeous 35 meter lap pool. It is surrounded by gardens and kubo's. This was the place where I would do my morning laps before hitting the gym in the Japanese garden.
I never really used it as much as I should of but we estimated over 5000 people have had a chance to swim in this pool since it was first constructed.
Both my wife and I loved to share our home with others.
|The main mansion house on the property|
Here is a pic of our 7 bedroom mansion house. I decided after it was constructed that I wanted to keep it brand new for the future buyer so we did not stay in this house. Instead we stayed in a quaint 1 room guest house on the property.
This big house has the most incredible sunset views from the large terrace as a back drop to the 35m pool. There is also a nice balcony on the back side that overlooks the blue lagoon. It took almost a year to construct this house.
|A picture of our gym located in the Japanese garden|
The inside of the gym is wall to wall glass and even the ceiling is glass. I wanted to see the pain on my face when doing sit ups! It's very cool in there because it is located under the big mahogany trees.
I had always dreamed the maybe I could have Manny Pacquio work out there. I even bought a punching bag just in case I got the occasion to meet him.
|Nice walking path along the creek|
This walking path has several park benches to sit down and admire the beauty of the creek and blue lagoon. There is also large areas of blue grass to run and play on. Our dogs love it there!
Many people ask me how did I develop such a beautiful property. I simply told them I prayed about it. Truthfully I really had no experience in it. But I have a heart and creative mind. That coupled with faith in divine wisdom led to the creation of our property.
|Original color of the lake with view of butterfly bridge|
|Beautiful turquoise after coloring the lake|
a youtube video with many pics of our blue lagoon
I was planning to do some marketing photos for the property and planned to rent an air plane so I could get some aerial shots. In thinking out of the box I asked my self how could I make the place look more attractive from the air?
I had remembered how food coloring was used in drinks to make them more attractive. So I went to the store and bought a small bottle of it for experimenting. After mixing the muddy water with it I was astonished. It came out turquoise! So the next challenge was to see where I could get my hands on some serious quantity of food coloring to do my 3 hectare lake. I was worried about our fish in the lake so I had taken a few tilapia out and put them in a fish tank with the food coloring. Not only did they not die, they became more aggressive to eat because they could see the food easier in the colored water! After coloring the lake all of our fish increase in size faster. No change in taste.
It took 75 kilos of blue food coloring to get the lake that color. And it stayed blue for 7 months until the rains overflowed the lake and washed it away. We still color it on special occasions usually after December when the rainy season is over.
We had an amazing increase in air traffic over our property after coloring the lake. We were told that it had spread in the circles of pilots and they were coming from all over to take a look at it. It was even said that they could see the blue lake from 10 miles away at 5000 feet. I believe it. When I flew over it was visible from very far away.
As much as we are fond of this property our heart desire is to move back to the States to be with my parents. Therefore we have made this property available. If you or someone are interested to speak to us about it please leave a comment with your contact info below. Thanks.
Many of you have requested more pics of our property. Here are some more. Enjoy!
|My love of swimming inspired me to make this 35 meter lap pool|
|This was our favorite place on the property. Our guest house. We lived there.|
|The terrace of the guest house had spectacular views of the lake and horse pasture|
This is a view from the Japanese garden. Our gardeners are very talented to maintain our property well. Not one detail was overlooked.
Isn't it amazing what 75 kilos of blue food coloring can do to a brown mud color lake!
There are so many beautiful walkways to stroll around under the mahogany trees. This one leads to the butterfly bridge and then up to our mahogany forest guest house.
When I rented the plane to take these aerial photos it was not too hard to find our property. I could see from like 10 miles away with that incredible blue lagoon. It became quite an attraction to other pilots too. Many came to fly over it and enjoy this blue dot in the middle of central luzon.