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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Solar Electricity in the Philippines

It has been a dream to have solar power installed at home, but because of this article about "How Practical is Solar Power for PH Home Owners?" from Rappler, I am inspired to hurry it up and make it a reality soon. Therefore, I am posting the contacts I gathered here for solar power equpment and services for future reference.

Solar Pilipinas

Maschinen & Technik, Inc. (MATEC)

Solaric Corporation

Fabtechie Cars & Others

Friday, April 05, 2013

Crazy Life It Is

I don't know how I managed to be here but it's been a while, definitely a while since I posted something. Sad to say, a lot of things happened. In summary, it goes like this.

April 2012 - Me, Myles, & Micke went for a trip to Cebu for vacation. It's a bonus for Micke for doing graduating as valedictorian in their high school.

May 2012 - Talks of new project assignment was at its height. Myles was busy assisting Ninong Freddie for a project that they were rushing to complete since it's already delayed for too long and the penalty is big.

June 2012 - More talks of the new project, but the adrenaline is going low. Some of my colleagues are already contemplating to leave the company. Myles and I did our first out of the country trip together. We went to Thailand then Cambodia. It was his first time to travel out of the country so despite all the stress, he was quite thrilled, although sad that he can't enjoy to the max as he's not feeling well. He has chest pains now and then.

July 2012 - Back from vacation and refreshed, I was still worried about Myles so I pushed him to go have another round of checkups and lab tests done to find out why he's having those chest pains. He thinks it's the heat of the city coz when he's in the province he doesn't feel it as often as he does in the city. He went anyway and got more meds.

August 2012 - It's the wedding month of Joselyn & Juong Rok so I went home to the province to attend and visit my husband and family as well. I was pissed off coz he started drinking again after telling me that he hasn't drunk since he came home from Manila in July. He reasoned that it's not often that he meets with Uncle Nardo so he's drinking only for that day and night.

September 2012 - Nestor finally passed the paper screening for his passport application, thru the help of Myles and by applying at SM Megamall, not at the DFA Office near SM Mall of Asia. I got my contract for deployment to Malaysia, visa is ready, airfare ready, and just need to pack for my flight on the 29th. On the eve of the 25th, Myles died on me :( *sob*sob*sob* I still can't get over it... Why? Why? Why?

October 2012 - Went by in a blur, mostly spent for Myles' wake at my parents' home then at his parents' home. I could only recall bits and pieces of events. October became the saddest month for me, opposite my happy September.

November 2012 - Life has to go on so they rescheduled my flight to Nov. 11th. I also learned then that my youngest brother Micke has joined a fraternity group who call themselves "Gammans" and hasn't been going to school. I lashed out at my 2 brothers Benjie and Mario (poor dear brothers) for not watching out for their little bro. 2 days of stake out and he was found and brought home for spanking. Duh, I wish I was home so I could have spanked him, but of course they were all soft-hearted although inside they're seething with rage, angry that he's not taking these opportunities when he has it to finish his studies. His elder brothers didn't have these opportunities as they learned responsibility at such young ages.

December 2012 - Settling time in Malaysia... although deep inside, my heart and mind was left behind in the Philippines. I couldn't help it so I had to go back home and say goodbye one last time. Despite all the troubles, hassles, "very high level" of stress met at the LCCT airport thru Air Asia for my trip bound to Clark Airport in Pampanga, I managed to go home and was met by my mama dearest and loving brothers Benjie and Mario. It's all worth all the trouble to go home again. Everything felt better afterwards when I left for the second time around for my destination - Malaysia.

The details I wish to share, but I hope I can find the time and energy to do it soon, before a long time passes by.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

I Love Rainbows

It's been a while since I saw a rainbow and I felt elated when I saw one the last time I went home to Hingyon, Ifugao.

When I was a kid, I remember there were lots of rainbows. There were even times where two rainbows almost cross each other. It always fascinated me, yet it brought me some trepidation, too as I remember my mother telling me not to point my finger at a rainbow as my finger would turn and bend permanently.

Rainbows always bring a smile to my face :)

I just love rainbows and although I did not make a wish, I'm thankful my phone's camera was able to capture it. Thank you Lord for the colorful rainbow. It certainly made my day :)

Jack's Kitchenette - Baguio City

Are you looking to try local foods at a very local restaurant for less than a hundred pesos? Then try to check out the Jack's Kitchenettes along Magsaysay Avenue, on the side of the market. Jack's restaurants are one of the oldest restaurants in the city serving fresh local foods to locals and tourist diners. Over the years, it has expanded and opened other branches but it's still mostly frequented by locals because of the location which is towards the busy market side. Of course, tourist who don't know about the restaurant would opt to just to the malls and fastfoods.

I missed the Jack's Rice so the last time I went to Baguio, I made sure to drop by at Jack's Kitchenette beside the Magsaysay overpass. The pictures are posted below.

Here is the menu that you can see on the wall. Notice the variety of foods from fish, veggies, chicken, and pork. Most of the offerings come with veggies but there is still pure meat for the carnivoruous eaters.

Jack's Kitchette K2 Business Hours

On this part of their menu, the Jack's rice story was explained. In essence, Jack's rice is the preferred daily meal of the restaurant owner Mr. Jack Dulnuan. The meal has portions of veggies, egg, chicken, rice, and a slice of pork and this is prepared daily by his servants for his lunch. A restaurant guest saw it and requested the same meal set despite the servants' strong opposition.

Word spread about this special balanced meal of Mr. Jack Dulnuan so guest started requesting for this special order. As they say, the rest is history.

The complete Jack's Rice --- a slice of pork, veggies, chicken, egg, and rice.

Chicken Rice --- veggies, 2 slices chicken, and rice

Let's eat the yummy veggies first :)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Yellow Cab's Extensive Pasta Ingredients

I just got caught up and fascinated with the spices, veggies, sauces, and whatchamacallit ingredients of Yellow Cab when I was there ordering our pizza so I took some shots. I asked permission and the lady at the cashier just smiled so it's great! :)

 The various ingredients are placed in these square boxes, from ham, tomatoes, salami, olives, sliced sausages, paprika, cheese, bacon, etc. When an order is made, they pick out the ingredients, weigh them, then it goes on top of the dough then cooked. No wonder their pizzas are yummy :)

Hot sauce, hot sauce, more hot sauce for me... :)

NAIA Terminal 1

Most international flights and arrivals depart and land at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) 1 terminal. Needless to say, the place is packed at all times, whether at the departure area or the arrival area. Except maybe on wee hours of the evening, that's when fewer people loiter on the arrival or the departure area.

Lately, I've noticed changes around the airport that I'd like to note down here as it may be helpful for other travellers and their relatives and friends picking them up.

Departure Area
Unlike larger airports abroad, NAIA 1 does not allow non-passengers to enter the building. All families, friends, or companions of passengers have to stay out and only the passenger can enter the terminal building. In case the passenger has not weighed his or her bag prior to entering the terminal and had excess luggage that he/she doesn't want to pay for,  he/she has to bring it out again so he/she can give it to his waiting companions. Otherwise, if they already left, then he/she simply has to throw it away at the bins which are overflowing with excess items by the end of the day.

Outside at the parking area where people are waiting, the guards are driving the bystanders away because oftentimes they are blocking the entrance to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) office or the building itself.

Arrival Area
Non-airport taxis are no longer allowed entry to the arrival area. This is because the airport taxis are being promoted. Sad thing though is that the airport taxis charge a bit more compared to the regular taxis. Furthermore, even if you're on your way to the airport and you flagged an airport taxi without passenger, it won't stop for you. They have a rule that they cannot take passengers to the airport, they cannot pickup passengers on their way to the airport. They are only allowed to carry passengers out of the airport.

If you don't want to pay for the airport taxis, a passenger can opt to walk out of the arrival area and proceed to the highway on the right side of the airport. From there, they can easily take a bus or taxi and pay regular fares. Else, you can always have your own driver and car pick you up directly at the arrival area and there's no issue with that.

On this poster, you can find the 24-hour hotlines of NAIA, should you need to check something with them and you have no access to the net.

Victory Liner Trips to the North

Buses are a big part of travels done in the Philippines. When travelling anywhere in the northern parts of the Philippines from Baguio City, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, and the Cagayan Valleys, Victory Liner is the most favored bus transport for several reasons:

1. Buses are clean and their terminals are quite okay.
2. Stopovers are toilets are generally clean.
3. The buses are on time and the staff (driver and conductor) are well groomed.
4. They don't overfill or overload their buses. (Middle seats and standing passengers are not allowed in most of their buses.)
5. They insure their passengers. (There is an accident insurance per passenger.)

However, most of the times their buses are fully booked. Therefore, if you're in a hurry and it's a weekend, you may not be able to get yourself a bus ticket for the next trip, but rather for the next day. This also means chance passengers have very little chance of getting seated.

The latest schedule of Cagayan Valley Trips are listed in this poster I took last night from their Pasay City Bus Terminal. For Baguio City trips, it is normally every 30 minutes, while Pampanga trips and trips to Dagupan in Pangasinan are scheduled hourly.

Due to the number of passengers, some extra trips are accommodated and are usually inserted between the hours listed on the poster. The last trip is normally for the farthest destination which is Tuguegarao, Cagayan. Last night, there was an extra trip for Santiago City, Isabela at 10:30pm.

As you can see in this poster, all the night trip buses are fully booked even as early as 5pm. It's probably because it's a Saturday night and it's vacation time for schools. But honestly, I noticed that everytime I go to the Victory Liner Pasay Terminal, whether on a weekend or on weekdays, most of the passengers are OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) just coming home from various countries and their friends and relatives picking them up at the airport. They normally have a lot of luggage and it's a good thing the buses have huge luggage storage underneath their bellies. Otherwise, there is always their "Shipping Section" to accommodate luggage and packages if you just wish to send your bags or packages without travelling together with it. Of course you will then have to pay for the freight fees, while if you travel together with your bags, there is no charge for it, just your regular bus fare.

Victory Liner also offers Deluxe trips but only on certain days and hours. Deluxe buses are those with large and comfortable seats and lavatories inside. Meaning you can have a direct and more comfortable travel, with a little extra cost added to the regular fare. Some of their buses also have WiFi on board for the passengers' browsing and social networking pleasure on the road.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

December 31, 2011 - Last Day of Year End Sales

It's still early but there are so many people rushing to the supermarkets and other public markets. People started to play loud disco music. Others started preparing and cooking their media noche feasts. For others like me, I am still undecided whether to go or not to go to the mall.

I have been wanting to buy a refrigerator that is currently available under "Buy now, pay in 2012" promo of credit card companies. It's a 7.4 cu. ft Panasonic refrigerator with semi-automatic defrost. What attracted me most is it's Energy Rating of 275, meaning it consumes only .72 kW in 24 hours. That's a big saving considering my old refrigerator consumes 1.3 kW in 24 hours. Today is the last day of the promo so again, I'm back to thinking - should I or should I not get it? Remember: These "Buy now, pay in 2012" promos will end today. Hmm...

The end of season clearance sale of SM (Shoemart) Bacoor and other SM branches is extended until January 15 because they only started it December 26. So for that, I can still have time to buy a shoe or bag later. But for the fridge... hmm.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Tribal Vernaculars of Northern Luzon

I belong to the Ayangan tribe of Ifugao. It is a minority group in the Cordillera region in Northern Luzon, the biggest island of the Philippines.

I can speak and understand various dialects in my hometown such as Guhang, Banaue and Mayoyao (variations of the Ayangan dialect), Tuwali or Kiangan, Lagawe, and Happuwan or Huddokna (also called Hingyon). I can also speak and understand the vernacular of the surrounding towns in Nueva Vizcaya and Isabela which is Ilokano or Ilocano.

Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to learn Gaddang (dialect of those in Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya), Kalanguya or Kelley (dialect of those in Tinoc and in Asipulo, Ifugao and Aritao and Sta. Fe in Nueva Vizcaya), Pangasinense (dialect of those in Pangasinan), and Kankanaey and Ibaloi (dialects of those in Benguet and Mountain Province.

I grew up speaking Ilokano as my playmates are Ilokano children from the nearby town of Villaverde. At home, my parents spoke with me in Ilokano. In school, I learned to speak various dialects aside from the usual Tagalog and English languages taught by the teachers. So many dialects and languages to learn as a young pupil but that's where all the fun comes from. I remember very well how I learned Kiangan or Tuwali.

My classmate Franklin Licyayo told me to tell my father if I ever saw him drunk, "Nape ta bimmigo ka ngay Papa?" He said "bimmigo" means "drunk".

As a smart kid, I suspected he may be just making fun of me because it is often naughty phrases and words that are taught when someone is learning a new dialect or language. So I asked a teacher who is married to a Kiangan-speaking fellow and she told me never to say that word again because the real meaning of the word is bad. I later learned it means "erect" and it usually refers to a penis erection. Well, I suspected so :)

It reminds me when I was learning German from the teens of Munich. They taught me "Oachkatzlschwoaf" first before any other words. Oachkatzlschwoaf refers to the erect tail of a squirrel. ^_^

Thanks to Google, I found a site about the Ifugao Language by Newell and Poligon. By the looks of it, it seems to be based on the Batad/Banaue/Guhang/Ayangan dialect with its multiple variations. So if you understand the Batad variation, you can pretty much understand the rest of the Ayangan variations, too.

Another find is a list of Ifugao books by various authors pertaining to numerous topics from Ifugao language, literature, and history. I was quite surprised there are this many Ifugao books. I really didn't know.

Lastly, I also found a list of alll Philippine Languages and Dialects that sums up the various dialects of the whole Philippine islands. And I'd say, I quite agree that there are four (4) major dialects in Ifugao.

58.  IFUGAO, Amganad   Ifugao, Luzon
  59.  IFUGAO, Batad   Ifugao, Luzon
  60.  IFUGAO, Kiangan
         (Gilipanes, Quiangan)
   Ifugao, Luzon
86.   KALLAHAN, Keley-1
          (Antipolo Ifugao)
   Napayo, Kiangan, Ifugao

My question remains though. Is the Kiangan, Lagawe, and Hingyon's dialect considered as one big dialect which is Tuwali?