Would you rebuild your roof to accommodate leaf rot, bathe au naturel, and have geckos as home companions? The owner of this house answers this question with a resounding yes. For her, it’s all about living with nature. The owner's daughter certainly seems happy to have the white gauze curtains—they keep out the fruit bats that sometimes come visiting her mom’s bedroom at night.The narra headboard is an antique from Iloilo.

Imagine your own special place: It’s a wooden deck perched on a hill overlooking turquoise seas. In the daytime, the sun touches water, causing it to glitter as if strewn with diamonds. And if that weren’t enough bliss, the view is framed by a grove of trees whose leaves fall right down beside your feet as you sip your morning cappuccino. Sounds too much like a telecom ad to you? Well, for this family, this is reality.

(First published in the July-August 2003 issue of Real Living, Real Home section as "Paradise Found;" photos by Rene Mejia; adapted for use in Female Network)

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