‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

For readers who live here or visit, DJ’s (owner of the burger restaurant in Boca del Rio) is opening DJ’s Seaside Bar and Restaurant. You can find it on the lower level of what was formerly Oscar’s gym ( just south of the bridge).

Always trying to be the optimist I took some solace from the fact that we were not ready for the pour of the First Floor for our build in Ambergris Caye today because it probably wouldn’t have gone ahead anyway. Why? Well because at around 5.30 am the heavens opened and the rain came down heavily. It only lasted for around forty-five minutes but the damage was done. Not at all conducive conditions for wheelbarrow work on an already waterlogged site.

I spent a bit of time this morning chasing up on the trip we want to make to look at fixtures and fittings (door knobs, light fixtures, showers, taps, etc) and was really pleased on finding out that United Airlines has allowed us to change the tickets we have for Belize through to London (Heathrow) for two return tickets from Belize (via Houston) to Dallas with the return leg from Houston to Belize being Business Class. And for only US$42.50 each plus some reward miles that we had left over. So from starting the day in a somewhat ‘down’ mood things picked up extremely well. Just goes to show that you should always look on the bright side!

With the travel arrangements in place I then booked accommodation in Dallas for the first two nights. With that done it didn’t take too long to make a booking for a rental car. All I have to sort out now is where to buy a GPS so we can avoid having to hire one at exorbitant rates from the car rental company. And so we know how to get to where we want to go. Think Walmart is likely to be the choice for that bit of kit.

After my spell of surfing I switched to my In Box to find a really nice email Larry, who with his wife Sandy, Rose and I showed around our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize last week. By way of thanks he had left two ponchos for us at the place they stayed at when on the island. Really nice presents but ones that we hope that we don’t get to use too much!


Looking forward to mine staying in the packaging for a long time.

Ponchos at the ready we set off to see what was going on at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and we were both disappointed when we got there to see that our access to the First Floor was unavailable. Pleased to see though that the stairs appeared nearly ready for the concrete pour.


Supports in place, ready to go.


Nearly there.

We could see from outside that the guys up on the First Floor were fixing the final lengths of rebar to tie the concrete blocks.


Wish we could have been up there.

Preparatory/tidying up work in advance of the pour was taking place everywhere.


Don’t need that bit.

Barring horrendous weather tomorrow the pour will take place and in readiness for this the supplies of sand, shingle and cement have been increased.


Looking forward to this being used tomorrow.

When we saw Daniel as we were leaving – he was delivering the second concrete mixer – he confirmed that the pour is scheduled for tomorrow with a start time of 5.30 am. So not much time on the veranda for me. One cup of coffee I think!

The headline is based on the song by Eric Idle of Monty Python fame. Although it was recorded in 1979 it was not released as a single until 1991and reached number three in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. Charmaine says:

    I keep trying to get an expat, anyone living in Belize to contact me with information about the country. No one ever responds to me. My husband and I are considering moving there but have a lot of questions. Is there anyone willing to help us out? I don’t need to talk to realtors at this point. I have general questions. We plan on visiting there in the very near future.

    1. Have sent you an email.

  2. John Brandon says:

    John: It’s great seeing your build proceeding. For those of us unfortunate enough to be off-island, a taste of SP through the pics you post is welcome.
    We’ll stop in and watch in person in about three weeks!

    1. Thank you. And please do. Kind regards John

  3. Rob says:

    I have enjoyed your blog very much. I love San Pedro & the island construction process has been fun to follow. I would not sweat driving in DFW- probably one of the easiest places in the USA to get around- just alway stay on the “(b)right” side of the road!
    Rob in Fort Worth

    1. First of all I am pleased that you enjoy the blog. Secondly keep on enjoying it . Please. Thirdly, I think I will still opt for the GPS. I can get lost anywhere!

  4. robert vernon says:

    For that kinda money its worth it can use it to get you home aqfter a hard night on the Belikins LOL

    1. Couldn’t agree more Robert.

  5. robert vernon says:

    Hi John. im settling in, exploring the area im just south of the bridge opp. the hardware store. Talking of GPS doesnt your iphone have it ?Fingers crossed for the weather today.

    1. John East says:

      Hi Robert. Welcome to Ambergris Caye. I am sure that you will love it. Yes, my phone does have Tom Tom as an App but I don’t trust it. Can get a GPS(with lifetime updates) in Walmart for around US$50 so not worth taking the chance. Just finishing my toast before heading off to watch the pour. Regards John


  6. Excellent blog – informative yet fun :0)

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