Monday, February 27th, 2017

My nephew Doug Grant, a serious biker, is full of praise for the bicycle shops and mechanics of Iloilo City.  He says, “the best bikes shops in Iloilo are invisible to Google on not on Yellow Pages etc.  They are found only thru social contact riding with Filipinos. These are GREAT bike shops, very impressive and bike-tech savvy owners. They can build custom mtn bikes of high professional

Crime concerns.  Our construction crew are mostly from Iloilo City.  They live on the site and go home Saturday night after being paid, so they can see their families –or girlfriends,and return for work at 7:00am on Monday.  When I got to the site this morning they were asking for a padlock for the gate.  They said that people are roaming the surrounding fields after midnight.   My crew are pretty tough guys.  They sleep with their knives at hand, but

Carport, almost done! Carport, big enough for delivery trucks Carport from the road House Construction Expense Report 1/1/2010 through 7/18/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Equipment 2,379.95 Labor 9,465.06 Materials 36,341.32 Soft Costs 1,023.19 OVERALL TOTAL 49,209.52 Total includes stockpiled material; floor and wall tile, Hardiflex for ceilings, all plumbing fixtures and cost of carport.   Also included are the tools and equipment needed to build the house. Some of this (cement mixer) will be sold.  Some (power drills, saws, cut-off saw, welder, grinder) will be kept after the job is complete.  Many skilled workers are available, but realistically, the employer must provide the major tools.  You may be able to hire a contractor with tools, but you’ll pay more. House is 150 square meters Carport is 36 square meters Size of crew: 7

Welcome to Alimodian, Iloilo There is so much…

Historic Spanish Stone Bridge, Miagao, Iloilo Midway between Guimbal, Iloilo and Miagao, Iloilo, pause at the old Spanish

We sent out after lunch at the South Park Grill to explore Tubungan, Iloilo. We took the road…

Centillion House 2000 Hotel , San Jose de Buenavista, Antique Province Philippines, we find it good budget hotel. Phone +63-36-540-9403 Because we were traveling at a leisurely, lazy pace from Iloilo City to Boracay, exploring as we…

All about hotels, pension houses, restaurants and what to see and do in San Jose, Antique …

Traveling to Boracay.  Getting to Boracay. From Iloilo City to Boracay by road, via Antique Province — our recommendations and narrative. There are two road routes from Iloilo City to Boracay.  The almost universally used route is through Passi City and Kalibo to…

Here’s a digital photo narrative of our visit to Nogas Island, Anini-y, Antique Province, Philippines, including hiking, beaches, mangroves, birding, lighthouse, where to buy your Nogas picnic lunch. Pack your lunch, your snorkeling gear, your camera and binoculars in a waterproof bag and head for a very special place. Why you may want to visit Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines! We first saw Nogas Island from the Antique shore at Sira-an hot springs nearly a year ago. Nogas was an enticing prospect, an uninhabited marine reserve of an island surrounded by white sand beaches. So in January 2008 we finally had the chance for a visit. We left our home in Molo, Iloilo City before eight in the morning but our progress was not speedy as we stopped to buy the wonderful bibinkas (a coconut specialty) at the “Bingkahan Mohon” in Oton — highly, highly recommended. It is right near the …