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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Airy Tropical Home

 A tropical hut made of bamboo walls, plam leaves roofs, and racks on its wooden posts in organic shape. Above hinge used upcycled rubber tire, covered with twine fiber.

 The wood beams are upcycled from old basketbal board.
The tiles are broken and retrofitted to fill the spaces.
Wood interior furniture...
Onion flowers fill a white vase in one corner of the house with an upcycled shell & wood window as divider.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Blogging on Urban Jungle

For a while, I have been quite interested about urban greening... And I stumbled on Urban Jungle Bloggers. I am on a current mission to influence Metro Manila (hah!) people to green their environment, so, here I am, trying, trying, trying...

A few (recycled tire) pots does not constitute a jungle but my sissy says so!

On the process of spreading these seeds that expanded, in the neighborhood. And I believe this blog will focus on that subject matter onwards.

Will post more pics, soon!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Upcycled Wood Vintage Furniture

Eco and green are the words to live by if we must sustain humanity. At least that is what many experts now believe.

One simple but amazing way to upcycle vintage furniture that has been practiced by this resilient ethnic group in the Philippines is to use old, salvaged wood from torn down homes that are decades old. A wisdom gained from their ancestors who knew which type of wood they would use for certain purposes - like a staircase, or door and window frames. These are the woods used at ToyKalapawMi furniture.

For instance, one of the unique products they have is a bench (above) with arado or soil tiller as backrest? And the rest are also made of salvaged old wood, not only to lend but provide an authentic green furniture for Philippine residents. They deliver at most parts of Luzon with minimal fees.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Waiting for the rain (Philippine Sustainability)

The temperature's 31 degrees centigrade at 63% humidity... It's unbearably hot. I've started gathering seedlings and planting in containers - this time I have tamarind (Tamarindus indica or salamagi) Adonidia merrillii (bua china), Fabaceae peas (kamantiris / camachile), calamansi, and neem tree.
I am hopefully waiting for the rain as free ground water is becoming scarce from our handpump faucet.

And decided to start blogging about Sustainability.

What is sustainability in the Philippines?

I've checked online, and what we have is the Philippine Agenda 21 summarizing or echoing the UN action plan on sustainable development. I've checked again, and we also have the Philippine Sustainable Development Status, providing a summary below:
We can all feel the heat going up, and eco-rants are everywhere. (Indication: If US media has it, Philippine has it). How I wish we plant and sustain trees instead of the many noise and hypes perpetrated through media. Yes, greenwashing is criminal. It's killing biodiversity, and soon, mankind. Unless we actually do something about global warming (oh how everybody speaks of it, like they mean it).

What can you actually do to arrest or delay the problem called environmental destruction?
  • plant trees and make sure they live
  • walk or bike instead of riding a fuel-powered vehicle
  • consume local products, use local services
  • reduce, reuse, recycle
  • turn-off and unplug sockets of unused electric equipment
  • go solar (o reliable photovoltaic panels, when can I afford you?)
  • share all your excess (yes, including money... this last one is a 75% guarantee of less burglar or robbery attack of your home / business enterprise. No Pulse Asia study about this has been undertaken, but based on 108-years study of a hermit - me - experience in other words).  
I will post more as I learn more. Keep cool. One last...

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Upcycled eyeglass lens

I just found a way to re-use eyeglass lenses- as stamp block for small transparent stamps I bought online. Shown are upcycled scrap papers turned into small memo pads. I was looking for ways to maximize my stamps and cut this small dove from a bigger stamp. But since I ran out of glass blocks a long, long time ago, I turned to the stack of materials for upcycling and lo! Cut stamp, remove the eyeglass peripherals, stick with double-sided tissue tape, then stick stamp on the lens on the convex side. The convex shape also helps hold the sides better. Necessity - the mother of invention.

What to do with tires

I have seen a very chic re-use for tires but requires painting, industrial cutters, and a lot of strength. But anyway, I have started compiling my recycling activities and hopefully come up with the book soon. I had several tires recycling projects and two are shown above. Of course, the swing one is quite common, but in case, it is a reminder. Instead of piling 'em up or having them clutter and rot for ages elsewhere, better make them useful for some kids who cannot afford to live in a community with playgrounds. Playground, of course, is a luxury for many in the 3rd world countries.
Aside from being luxury, playgrounds are also dangerous because of their use of metals and corners that hit kids or where kids bump, get wounded, hurt, and all kinds of bloody accidents. I have witnessed firsthand a lot of them, so, I am not using statistics. These built environment designers are only after profit, so they use metal and won;t want to crank their brains to become child-friendly and sustainable. Duh.
Then, the other project is what I call a tree-climb. It's like a wall-climbing thingie, but since I had them propped up in the branches of a tree, so, I am calling it a tree-climb.
I'd post others soon.
I mean, I am back in circulation...

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Just in from Bulacan... Chocovado cacao tablets! Its components are mainly cocoa powder and muscovado sugar, so, you are assured of its less processing, therefore, more organic. It has a smoother feel compared to the ones available in the market today which uses coarse brown sugar. It is wrapped with dried, cooked banana leaves that adds to its sweet bittery aroma & flavour. One tablet equals a cup of choco drink, but may be eaten as is. My grandma used to eat cacao tablets with cooked rice. It's yummy! Only P50/pc. For delivery, please order minimum of 5 pieces and add P50 for metro delivery --- total of P300. For provincial orders, P350. Overseas, its $15 for 5 pcs inclusive of shipping and handling. To order, click here & fill-up form.