Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Earthquakes When we hired the engineer to design our house we were aware that the Philippines was included in the “ring of fire” earthquake zone and that our part of Panay Island had experienced a magnitude 8.2 earthquake in 1948.  In 1948 the island was much less developed.  Doubtless all or almost all the hollow block buildings on the island were built after 1948.  The 1948 quake damaged or destroyed. …

Plumbing in the Philippines. We build our Philippine house. Interior plumbing We will only have “cold” water plumbing so our water supply plumbing is quite simple.  We are trying to avoid running pipes in tiled walls or tiled floors to avoid having to tear out tiling to make repairs.  In this photo the blue pipes are supply lines to a bathroom on the opposite side of the wall.  That way, if there’s a leak, we can make repairs from the untiled wall in this bedroom. Plumbing outside This photo shows three elements of the plumbing system.  The horizontal blue pipe is a 1″ water supply line which encircles the building outside.  Repairs and changes to these outside pipes will be simple. The vertical blue pipes are 1/2&#…

Building our house in the Philippines.  We decided to set up our own “welding shop” on-site.  The roof framing is all steel; trusses (15.5 meters long), center beam, purlins, and cornice framing.  All will be constructed on-site by our crew, two of…

overflow-y: hidden;”> Manila.  It was a big storm here, but only an inconvenience, long blackout etc. The beach was littered with trees, stumps, all sorts of debris washed down from Panay’s deforested mountains and I’m sure thousands of tons of soil…

Shopping for cement blocks (called hollow block) in the Philippines is …

Digital photo narrative of our visit to Tibiao, Antique Province, Philippines including information on natural and heritage sites, beaches, hiking, festivals, accommodations and dining. The National Highway follows the undeveloped Antique shore for 125 km with the ocean on the left and… rice fields and the mountains on the right. Between Laua-an and Tibiao…