Christina and I have decided to stay in Jakarta. Our new plan is to fix up the house and convert part of it into an income source. The past couple of months have been spent on remodeling.
We now have three small apartments, all rented, and 1100 sq ft left for ourselves. With rental income taking care of the property, we can spend more time traveling Southeast Asia. It was a challenge, but we are pleased with the results. It took longer than I anticipated. I’ve had to learn patience living in Jakarta. (I’ve done well, except for yesterday, the day before that, the day before that, etc., etc., etc.). 🙃
How to build a septic tank by hand in an afternoon.
It was less expensive to add a small septic tank for one bathroom than to run a 3″ pipe to the main tank. It’s made of three sections of 1 meter diameter sewer pipe stacked on each other. The only leeching is the dirt at the bottom. Two workers did the work in an afternoon. First they dug out for the first section of sewer pipe and placed it in the hole. Next, they dug under it three feet until they could get the section to drop. They added the next section and dug down another three feet. So, I have a tank about 39″ diameter by 8′ deep. Punching a hole in the side for a three inch pipe was easy.
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Hi Mike and Christina,
Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and accomplishments with your home. I have enjoyed your blog and will try to check in on your periodically. Mike, I received your note, so nice to hear you are doing well.
To answer your question, yes, the old neighborhood is rapidly changing. More and more new construction with home prices increasing what seems daily. You may return one day and not recognize it.
Keep up the good works and inspiration !