Perched on top of a mountain in Negros Occidental is an odd-shaped little stone house surrounded by rows of flowerbeds and towering trees. The house, quiet and isolated, serves as the cozy mountain retreat of a married couple. Having lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and in Bangkok, Thailand, before, the couple thought of a Malaysian and Thai-inspired traditional house, which has separate rooms connected by walkways.

The sparse furniture inside the house is quite noticeable--only a few pieces, mostly made from salvaged wood and local materials, occupy the place. Though the house is very low-maintenance and contains only the bare essentials, it really serves its purpose of being the perfect quick getaway.

(First published in Real Living Magazine, Real Home section as "Bare Essentials" in April 2010; photos by Jun Pinzon; adapted for use in Female Network)

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