Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Our Philippine House building project. Ai??The accidental bodega and laundry. Ai??First of all, in the Philippines a “bodega” refers to a warehouse or storage area. Ai??We built our carport using …

Philippine House Design. Ai??Building our house in the Philippines.Ai??How the design for our Philippine retirement home evolved. Ai??The original inspiration for our house was a residence we saw in Lucban, Quezon Province. Ai??It was a new house but had a traditional Filipino and Spanish Colonial flair. Ai??Bob worked in the field of hertiage preservation for almost 25 years and has an affection for traditional design. Excellent new construction on plaza in Lucban, Quezon Province, Philippines When we added some elements we wanted like a second floor verandah, this is what we got: Perspective Drawing for our Tigbauan House But weAi??reluctantlyAi??abandoned these plans for a rather basic one story design similar to to a plan we had seen at SOS Children’s Village in Zarraga, Iloilo: Cottage – SOS Children's Village, Iloilo Here’s what we…

Eloisa Bridge, Alimodian, Iloilo Some Alimodian Iloilo residents are working to save this remarkable old stone bridge as an

Asus F50SV Why I’m buying an Asus laptop computer for use in the Philippines. Ai??I’ve been a Macintosh user ever since I gave up in frustration trying to install a device on Windows 3.1. Ai??I dumped the PCs and bought Macs for my business and for my own use. Ai??With regret, I’ve now ordered a Windows laptop for use in the Philippines. Ai??Here are some of the factors: Mac software is more or less unavailable in Iloilo. Ai??PC software is available. Service on Mac hardware is a trial in the Philippines and especially in the provinces — whether in warranty or out. There are lots of technicians willing to help with PC hardware or…

Three of us visited SOS Children’s Village in Zarraga, Iloilo in December of 2008.Ai?? SOS Children’s Village Philippines is part of an international charity which provides long-term care to orphaned, abandoned and neglected Filipino children.Ai?? 128 children reside at SOS Iloilo. There are six other SOS villages in the Philippines, caring for over 700 children in total.Ai?? The centers also provide outreach care and other services to families and communities near each SOS location. These “Family Strengthening Programs” help another 1,000 families in Iloilo and Guimaras Province. Bob has thirty years of experience in the U.S. working for government and non…

White Beach – Boracay, Philippines We’re back from our first visit to Boracay. While we’ll have a complete account of our trip there , we can’t help comparing Boracay to Cebu City/Mactan Island as destinations for the foreign tourist seeking a beach resort. To our mind, Boracay wins hands down. We are speaking from personal knowledge of both places. We lived in Cebu City for months and really like it. We’ve stayed at Maribago Bluewater Resort on Mactan. Mactan and Boracay have two things in common. The foreign tourist can fly in and go more or less directly to a beach resort without having to experience practically any of the inconveniences of travel in the “real” Philippines. This is unlike other places like Bantayan Island or Malpascua which involve the rigors of real travel in the Philippines, for better and for worse. Mactan Island Resort, Cebu, Philippines Here’s what we like better about Boracay: Even through Boracay is a major international beach resort destination with hordes of tourists, the people you come in contact with there, residents, workers alike, sunglass vendors and all the rest there are so pleasant, …

Foreigners living in Iloilo …

Most Philippine cities have drainage systems of some kind. You will not see separate storm water and waste water (sewerage) systems. Wastewater freely mixes with the stormwater. In practice this is not as bad as it sounds as the volume of storm water is large and may well flush out the drainage system and its contents into the streams and rivers. The installation and maintenance of drainage systems (along with roads and water systems), seems to be one of the major responsibilities of local government. The systems are not necessarily centralized. The idea is to get wastewater to a nearby ditch, stream or river. Ideally, each residence will have a septic tank or cesspool. This can provide some very basic level of treatment of human waste. The output of septic system (septage) is piped to the subdivision or barangay drainage system. Sometimes the drainage system is more or less underground and sometimes it is open concrete ditches. This can be smelly but cheaper and easier to keep clear than covered drainage systems. In many places the …