“Where Are You Now” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Wasn’t up until 06.30 hours yesterday morning. The price I paid for having a few too many Belikins with Frank (I collected him and his dog Ziggy when they arrived on the 17.30 hours Belize Water Taxi service from Belize City on Friday evening) who is over for the weekend from the BATSUB base in Ladyville.

Around 09.15 hours (feeling slightly better after three mugs of black coffee and something to eat) I went to collect our friend Dave (whose time serving on the BATSUB base comes to an end next weekend when he returns to the UK) who had caught the 08.30 hours water taxi.

After dropping Dave off at Pedro’s Hotel I returned to the condo we are renting during our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and took prime position on the sofa and ‘gorged’ on the sport on TV. First I watched Liverpool lose to Celtic (unfortunately I had missed the second half of Arsenal’s win against Manchester City when collecting Dave) and then switched channels (and sports) to watch Sydney Rabbitohs lose against the Melbourne Storm.

In what seemed like no time at all it was time to collect Dave, Frank and Ziggy from Pedro’s Hotel so that they could see what progress had been made on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize since their last visit.

We got there shortly after 15.00 hours and when pulling in to the lot saw that Angel and Chistopher were applying the finishing coat of cement to the walls around the sliding window (door) for the bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room) on the First Floor.


Dave taking a close look at the granite for my bathroom.


Angel and Christopher (taking a break from tiling) applying the finishing coat.



We started off in the Ground Floor self-contained apartment where Wilson had made really good progress laying the floor tiles.


Three quarters of the way there in the smaller of the two bedrooms.


Larger bedroom tiles laid and grouted too.


The grouting really makes a difference.

Up on the First Floor the tiler had cut all of the tiles for the northern veranda.



Ziggy trying out the tiles.

Looking north I noticed that they had started to dismantle the house on the lot next to ours.


Are we going to get new neighbours soon?

Leaving the house we saw that the guys had lifted the railings in to an upright position for painting.


Time to move the golf cart. And quickly!

On the way to taking Dave, Frank and Ziggy back to Pedro’s Hotel we saw Nicholas (long time readers of this blog may recall that he was amongst the small group of guys that last October started clearing our land in preparation for the build) who hasn’t been working on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize for around four weeks. Before he sped off on his bike I just got the chance to shout out “Where are you now?”. “I am working on the project at Grand Baymen” he replied before pulling away from us at speed.


Nicholas in the white ‘T’ shirt. We miss Nicholas.

STOP PRESS: Lovers of Estel’s ‘BBQ’ (and I know that there are many of you that read this blog that fit this description) will be pleased to know (some of you may even ecstatic. I know I am.) that very soon it will also be available at Lola’s Pub & Grill (in Barrier Reef Drive). Don’t know what the deal is but it’s a winner as far as I am concerned. I promise to let you know when it will commence.


Flyer announcing the mouth-watering news!

The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1989 by ‘Jimmy Harnen with Synch’ which reached number ten in the US Billboard Hot 100.


  1. Hi John, we arrive at the Blue Tang some time on Aug. 28, probably mid-day. How about meeting for breakfast on the 29th? So looking forward to Belize. Can you e-mail me at robertj.hawkins2012@gmail.com so I will have your contact info?
    The house is looking just great. The tiles, marbles and built-ins are beginning to work their magic on the form.Congratulations. Can’t wait to see it with the railings up! — Bob

    1. Thanks for the kind comments Bob. Have emailed you re Thursday.
      Kind regards

  2. Hi John,
    Moving to Northern California after 30 years in San Diego was hard. Really hard. The next move will be a little easier. My Rose and I are moving to Belize in early 2014. We fly in Aug. 27 for a three-week “working vacation,” to find a home. San Pedro is a front runner!

    Any chance we could buy you breakfast at Estel’s one morning and pick your brain a bit — and your Rose, too! We could be two thorns between two Roses.

    Being a former journalist, I started a blog to memorialize our search for an ex-pats life. Here’s a link to the first blog item:

    And here’s a link to the whole blog:

    Robert J. Hawkins

    1. Hi Robert. Rose and I are more than happy to prove what information/help that we can to assist Rose and you in your preparations for a move to Belize.

      Rose (my Rose, that is) isn’t as big a fan of Estel’s as I am (she prefers to make her own) but I am sure that I can persuade her. Just send me an email nearer the date (or when you arrive) and we can set up arrangements.

      Where are you staying by the way?

      Great blog.

      Kind regards


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