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Philippines Street Life – Image Gallery

Via: Entertainment Web


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November 12, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

A ‘Liter of Light’

Via: Tywkiwdbi

A bottled liter of water with a few teaspoons of bleach is proving to be a successful recipe for dwellers in the light-deprived slums of the Philippines. The simple technology is spreading sunlight in places where it has never been, and saving residents money at the same time. Gemma Haines reports.

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Via; Yahoo News – Philippines

‘Bottle bulbs’ to provide light to poor’

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim painted a bright green future for families living in one of the informal settlements in the city during the launching of community-based solar lighting project that benefited at least 120 make-shift homes.

Lim chose the Baseco area in the fifth district of Manila as the pilot area for the project where 120 households were provided with solar bottle bulbs.


Lim said a lot of companies had been offering costly solar projects but Meralco presented a proposal that would cost only from P150 to P200 ($3.50 to $4.65 USD) per home.


With this in place, Lim said the residents can now do away with using candles or kerosene lamps which only poses danger and the possibility of causing fire.


The bottle will act as lens and provide a tremendous amount of interior light equivalent to 55 watts during daytime, so that there is no more need to use electricity.




‘Busy street near Pritil Market’ – Tondo, Manila



July 15, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Mabuhay, Manila!’

I wrote this in an e-mail several years ago, ok many years ago, after a visit to Manila.


Manila is NOT one of the ‘Most Beautiful Cities in the World’ because it’s crowded, dirty, smelly, etc, etc, etc.

But, Good Gawd Almighty, I love this town.

To me it’s always, “all about the people”, and ah Manila, is absoluetly wonderful!!!

A while back, I took a cab from the airport to Makati, which is the commercial / hotel / entertainment heart of the city.

When I got into the cab, the young Filipino driver was playing the theme to the old TV show ‘Miami Vice’, set fairly high, maybe a 4.

He said, “Sorry Sir, I turn down.”

I always thought there are similarities between Miami and Manila, and the tune could have easily have been called ‘Manila Vice’, so I asked him to ‘pump it up’, maybe to a 8 or 9.

He said, “Sir, did you say UP?”

I said, “o’o, salamat.”

He said, “Yes Sir, Thank You Sir.”

And oh, it just felt ‘so right’!!!

The traffic into the city was terrible as always, but the laughs and beautiful smiles from the young Filipinas in the jeepneys when they first saw the literally “vibratin’ Toyota” was wonderful indeed.

BUT THEN, to see them get into the beat and start dancin’, made it the BEST $7 taxi ride of my life.




I plan on leaving Chiang Mai during the next ‘burning season'(March /April).


I’m thinking about, going to breath the clean air in Manila.

cough, cough cough, cough

Okay, okay, you’re right, there is seldom, if ever, clean air in Manila; so after a few days in Manila, I plan to head up to Baguio.


May 14, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment