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Craftsman and Construction in the Philippines

In a past post “Man Viruses Machine” I wrote about the lack of modern technology in building. That is not completely true. But a lot of the craftsman does not have the luxury to afford a lot of the tools we take for granted in the States. Recently we needing some cement work and some tiles. The man we met through a friend is mainly a carpenter. But because most tradesmen need to work in other areas to complete a job, he...

Food Shopping Observations

There are so many things the same as in the USA and so many that are so different. Produce is different. In the states you can go into the market and find many varieties of vegetables and fruits. One of the items I miss is large ripe red tomatoes, even if they were picked green and some procedure ripened them. Eggplant is the Asian type which is small and thin, not like the main variety in the states that is huge and can feed...

Holy Week is Over

First I hope everyone who celebrates Easter had a safe and Happy Easter. Here in the Philippines, a predominately Catholic country, Holy week is a very big deal. Schools closed from Wednesday through Sunday and practically every business closed on Good Friday. There is one practice in the Philippines that makes me wonder where devotion ends and insanity starts (this is only my opinion). In one of the provinces there are...

Photography Tool

As you have seen from my blogs, I am an amateur photographer. I have 2 point and shoot digital cameras and a Nikon SLR digital. I have always taken many photos of a scene with different settings with the hope one or 2 would be worth printing. Now with digital digital cameras and the larger memory cards you have the ability of taken many photos and then can view them on a computer and choose which you want to keep and...

Our New Home

As I mentioned in my last short post, we have moved to another house. First let me tell you about houses in the Philippines. Houses or homes here are in many different styles and building materials. I do not want to show photos so I do not embarrass anyone who might have lived in a poorer type construction. Houses here can be anything from a structure of woven fronds to a large masonry and modern home. There are “Nipa”...