Saturday, April 21st, 2018

We bought the glass for our windows from Iloilo Glass Service , 439 Iznart Street, phone 033-335-0768.  They gave truly superior service.  There were some minor problems, partly our fault.  Iloilo Glass made things right with no hesitation.  188 panes of 3/16″ glass cost us P16,640.  The Iloilo Glass quote was one-half the quote we received from another Iloilo glass shop. For the suspicious

How to build a hollow block house in the Philippines and keep it cool. Concrete/hollow block houses with metal roofs are the norm in the Philippines and elsewhere in tropical Asia. Filipinos don’t build such houses out of ignorance. They have critical advantages. They resist typhoon damage. If they’re flooded, they can be cleaned out and used again. For the most part they are termite proof. Locked up at night, they provide pretty good security to residents. They are mostly built with low-tech local materials by local workers well versed in building with concrete and hollow blocks. Such houses can be quite inexpensive. So, in most respects they are well suited to the Philippine tropical context, but there is one huge and notorious disadvantage — they are so hot. The mass of block and concrete bake in the tropical sun and this retained heat is re-radiated into the house day and night. Compounding the problem is the metal roof which can turn the attic into an oven. The overall effect is a house which can be markedly hotter than than the outdoor temperature and very uncomfortable. Our …

Our biggest Philippine house building blunders. В We don’t want to present our project as a paragon of perfection, so here we show what went wrong during our Philippine house construction project and why, in the hope that others can learn from our mistakes. Most of these photos also appear in other sections of the site. No room for concrete in this column This photo shows the top of a 15…

This explains how I successfully transferred my Apple Address Book contacts from my Mac (an old, beloved Powerbook G4) into the Windows Contacts program on my new Asus laptop running Windows Vista SP2.  I tried a number of methods but this …

Phaidon Beach Resort, Pandan Antique We spent the night at the  Phaidon Beach Resort .  To get there, turn off the main highway and go about seven kilometers in the direction of Libertad.  The road is rough, but scenic.  We stayed in the cheapest available accommodation at Phaidon, one of the air-con cottages shown above.  The cottage cost P2,400 including a basic breakfast.  The resort was very beautiful.  The design, landscaping and maintenance of Phaidon was top-notch, exquisite really, but some minor quibbles;  the cottage itself was pretty, but the the bedding was very skimpy.  The dim lighting made reading difficult.  This is a common problem in Philippine hotels.  Maybe they think all guests are honeymooners!  In the future we’re going to bring our own reading light when we travel with our own vehicle. Beach – Phaidon Beach Resort, Pandan Antique I have one more complaint or perhaps it’s a suggestion.  It’s an issue which we have seen at other resorts with air conditioned cottages.  The windows…

Capiz Shell Windows, Lucban, Quezon Province, Philippines Capiz or Lampirong (alternative spelling: Lamperong) Windows. One of the most distinct and beautiful architectural details of old Philippine buildings are the windows made with shell rather than glass.  We’re not sure if this is because glass was not made in the Philippines or it was just too expensive, but whatever the reason, it has has given us a treasure in these beautiful windows.  We had imagined that Capiz was something of the distant past until the stands selling “Lampirong” oysters ( Placuna placenta ) sprang up along the National Highway between Oton and Tigbauan, Iloilo on Panay Island in May.  The vendor told us that these Lampirong were harvested right in the immediate area, not trucked in from Capiz Province. One of dozens of roadside stands selling Lamperong near Oton The photo above shows Carol buying Lampirong oysters.  At first glance the Lampirong seem so thin that there could not be much meat.  This proved not to be the case.  The Lampirong were meatier than other local oysters and, according to my Filipino family, exceptionally…

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…