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Monday, August 10, 2009

Our house in Yaounde!

The facade


the driveway


one of the unique thing in our house


Claire St. this way pls..


view from the back patio


the backyard and the back patio



Jeff w/Augustine the day shift guard.

The house was assigned to us before we ever arrived and we had seen some photos of it, so we had an idea of what we were getting into.
It's a pretty cool house...older but comfortable. It's got 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. But the best part is the yard...plus we have a pool! Not bad. It's got furniture everywhere already, all are Oak color! I dont like that color in a furniture but thats fine its usable anyway we just have to get it arranged once our HHE arrives. The house got steel bars over all the windows, and steel gates in front of all the doors...plus a security system, you hear a chime when somebody open the door and not to mention the panic door that is installed in the hallway where Claire and our bedroom is, its a heavy metal kinda bullet proof door. We're locked in pretty good at night, not to mention our 24/7 guard. We have a washer/dryer, full size freezer, fridge, a gas stove and a water distiller. The bedrooms are big, with split ac units...the bathrooms are going to take some getting used to. The bathroom in our bedroom looks like it still has all original items since the house was built!! The sink has separate hot and cold faucets! Pretty unbelievable...we got a good laugh out of that one. haha. But it makes Jeff's shaving difficult! All the toilets are the european style, with the pull-up flusher in the center. Water pressure here is hit or miss...we have two water tanks for the house. Like I said the best part is the yard...it's not gigantic, but a nice size. It's green everywhere, coconut trees, banana trees and other native plants. We've started planting flowers...and we're going to plant some vegetables and herbs...there's a section in the yard the previous resident used for a garden so we're going to get that area ready. Im having my mom in law send me some more flower seeds from the states but we'll see about that since there is a restriction on the diplomatic pouch.The flooring in this house is 100% tiles which is nice. In our yard there's this native cabana where Jeff and I likes to hang out on weekends while having coffee and enjoying the morning breeze of Cameroon and sometimes it give me the feeling like we're on vacation in a resort back home(Philippines).Life in Yaounde is not bad at all. Im contented and happy as long as me,jeff and lil stinker Claire are together.
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