House with a fish “pond”

 

I had a lot of fun shooting this house for Urban Zone. Unfortunately I didn’t bring my camera that day. But good thing, the owner sent me photos… actual prints!… from the shoot. Yes it’s another modern tropical home. Why not? It’s the most practical architectural style for our climate. And basically with a shell that’s more streamlined, you can dress up the interiors any way you can.

It wasn’t just the architecture and design that I find striking about this house. I loved the experience of being here. Here’s why.

 


A happy home with a big garden, a pool, a separate cottage for visiting in-laws, lots of space for the kids to run around in.

 


I interviewed the contractor of the project.

 


I loved that the “front” of the house was off to the side, not favouring the street. It faced the garden and the pool.

 


They planted fruit trees, vegetables and herbs. I think we can all learn from this. What could be more sustainable than a garden that produces stuff you can really eat!

 


Most new houses now have a water feature. A lot of them have Koi ponds. It’s no joke maintaining a fish pond. It takes time, money and commitment. Koi fish are not cheap. But this one is a great idea. The owners created a wall where water cascades down, creating the soothing sound of water. And instead of decorative fish pets, they had fish from their fish farm. They run a fish farm out of town. So every week they bring in live fish and “raise” them here in the city for a few days or weeks. Then when it’s time…

 


They just go fishing in their back yard. What could be more luxurious than fresh tilapia and pangasius (dory)? From fishpond, to kitchen, to dinner table!

 


The owners gave us a gift that night. They sent me home with two tilapias and one dory fish! I was a bit stressed out about real live fish and the idea of killing and cooking it. But these are farmed fish meant for eating.

 

I went home so thrilled about this experience. Now I’m thinking, should we have a little fishpond at home too? But none of us are interested in raising fish. Plus the owners had a real working fish pond in their farm, we don’t. But it’s a great idea though.

Oh by the way, I’m still getting a lot of questions about the new schedule of Urban Zone. Here’s our new ad.

 


Oops, looks like we forgot to edit the copy. We’re on now every Friday night, after Trip na Trip on ABSCBN. The schedule on The Filipino Channel varies per region.

 

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