Aug 17,2010
with Fall 2011 update

Hog Pen Project

August 10, 2010
Siganid Harvest

August 9, 2010
70th Birthday Party

July 29, 2010
Chicken Coop

June 2, 2010
Milkfish Harvest

April 19, 2010
In Memory of James

February 25, 2010
Spider on a Stick

February 13, 2010
2nd Danggit harvest

February 11, 2010
Arrive Manila

January 24, 2010
Feast of Sto.Nino

January 8, 2010
Okeechobee Gourd

December 23,2009
Merry Christmas

November 18, 2009
First Full Harvest of Fish

September 29, 2009
First Harvest Cleaner Fish

September 25, 2009
Birthday Party

August 22, 2009
Construction Completed

May 25, 2009
Fish Pen Construction

July 4, 2008
Living in the Philippines

June 16, 2008
First Impressions

Story of Stormy
Stormy the Manatee


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ISLAND  TRECKER 

James Reports June16th,2008                                                                                   

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

    Things are a little slow here not much happening at all -- I went to Davao for pizza and a movie on Sat.-- as I left the mall that evening I saw several ambulances -- it seems that the NPA attacked a group of Phil soldiers returning to base on the edge of town -- 4 soldiers killed -- Pres GMA has ordered the army to destroy the NPA by the time she leaves office in 2010 -- this was one of their responses -- there were 3 or 4 attacks over the weekend on army units.

    At the market yesterday where I buy groceries I watched some men and a few boys carrying bags of rice around the market -- 2 x 100 pound bags each -- carried on the head -- by 96 pound men -- they are a hard working people.

    About a week ago I went back into the mountains to a school function -- the ride in was fun -- I had to go by motorbike as the road was washed out in a few places -- at one spot I crossed a wash out where the road was about 6 or 8 inches wide and a drop off of about 2000 feet to the bottom -- while the meeting was going on I decided to wander around the grounds and see the area (I took this picture of the mountains from behind the school) -- after a few minutes some people came looking for me -- seems the school is in NPA territory and it is not safe to wander alone there -- but it is beautiful country--back at the first school I saw a man ride by on a carabao (water buffalo). He had a machete on his belt and was carrying a rifle with a barrel about 4.5 feet long--the whole gun was about 7 + feet and the man stood no more than 4 feet tall -- unfortunately, I did not have my camera with me -- I thought of trying to go where he turned off the road and see if I could get a pic of him with his gun and carabao -- but everyone says NO!

    Two weeks ago, I went to a grammar school back in the mountains in a neighboring providence -- the faculty was getting the school ready for the new year classes -- a few days prior, one of the teachers had found a cobra in the office under a table -- but it was just a small one -- perhaps 2 or 3 feet long -- they find them 7 to 9 long feet I am told in the area -- am not sure I want to see one -- they are very common in that part of the mountains.

    Sat morning I went to the beach to see the sun rise over the Pacific (actually Digos is on Davao Gulf about a 2 hour drive to the Pacific) it is only about a mile from the house to the beach -- there is a small lot for sale there -- hummmmm it would be a nice place to build a small nipa hut for weekends and vacations or visitors from America -- I will check on the price this week -- think it is about 65 or 70 thousand peso--($1,500 dollars).

    Beautiful orchids grow in our yard.

    Broke a toe at Wal-Mart before I left Florida May 13th -- so I have not walked around a lot but it is now much better -- did meet a guide and want/plan to climb Mt. Apo soon -- it is the tallest mountain in the Phills and is an active volcano -- about a 5 day trek to the top and back -- I am looking forward to it.

Guess I have bored you enough for one day -- until then --- hasta leugo