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Frustration with Construction

Today again I was frustrated while trying to do something at the house. I guess first I need to explain how most houses are constructed here in the Philippines. The exterior and interior walls are made from a 4 inch thick masonry block. They are made with a low quality concrete and are not used as a structural element. There are formed and poured concrete columns and beams for structure and then the 4 inch block is more of...

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...

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”...

Man Verses Machine

As much as I enjoy living in the Philippines there is something that keeps reminding me of the difference between here and back in America. In America and I would think most developed countries modern machines and technology has replaced a lot of manual labor. Because of the overpopulation here and the minimum wage you see more people doing jobs that can be done faster with machinery. One example is where we live. Down the...