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 are about to begin: an open basement with columns that rise to the residential level. A slab that runs across the entire building, from the guest space to our future living space.
A slab for the basement too, for a maid’s area and for the cars and scooters.
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 and then raise the building up to accommodate the higher base level of the living space — it will prove to be worth it.
After the excavator work was finished we were hoping that the hole digging crew for the foundation would return the next day, but unfortunately the timing was such that the land was quiet for two entire days. The resident building crew returned to their village for a prayer week and will be returning tomorrow. They will probably be surprised that the place looks a bit like a meteor hit it.
During one of the numerous meetings with our architects it was casually mentioned that they’re designing a restaurant in Pererenan, not far from where our retreat will be. I found it back in May:
I immediately liked the look, and I was also told it will be serving Spanish food. I thought oh tapas that will be great!
In June I finally met Jose, the Brazilian entrepreneur behind Pescado:
The rumors were true about Spanish food, but it wasn’t going to be a tapas place. Jose was bringing a chef from Spain, who will train local chefs for at least two months in the intricacies of Spanish cooking. Wow!
The results, on display at the soft opening on Sunday, July 22 was over-the-top delicious!
Getting ready for the crowds.
Jose and his business partner’s niece.
And the happy crowd.
Please visit Pescado when you’re in the Canggu area. It will be worth your while, especially if you like fish.