At my chalet in Bintulu there is a verandah. It is what the local Melanaus here call 'Abak" ( pronounce with a soft 'k'). It is extension of the house which is multi-functional in use. Here I read newspapers, novel or any books for that matter. Have my morning breafast or afternoon cup of tea. Surrounded by trees on all sides and above, you wash plates, do any miscellaneous work under shade even in the hot afternoon sun . For instance you can turn it into a barber corner anytime. But my most favourite activity here is taking shower . For that matter my shower room has no walls instead I have the whole garden view . This is what I mean my country living. It's so open, free,natural and without any pretense.