I just put up our latest trip to Hypermart video, in which I am on a quest to find a meat tenderizer. You see, with Michell now working, I can’t expect her to be cooking after nine hours in a hot office, so it’s up to me to start cooking. And considering that I have virtually zero cooking skills, it’s a bit of a challenge.
The video was actually fun to do – the production values are pretty spectacular in regards to awfulness – the Go Pro 2 is mounted crooked on my chest harness, and I am using the backup camera, which seems to have some audio problems. Ah, well – at least people can see once again what stores and shopping are like in the Philippines.
We go to Hypermart about once a week, mainly to stock up on the big stuff like bread, rice, peanut butter, meats, soda and the like. The prices and convenience of shopping there are spot on, but their prices on fish and vegetables are awfully high – it’s much better hitting the Daro produce market on Tuesdays and Fridays for the veggies and passing through the Dumaguete public market early in the morning for fresh fish. As I was filming, I also noted that I should probably do a section on shopping costs here so peeps can compare it against what they are paying in the rest of the world. You can find some indication of general costs for Dumaguete over at numbeo.com – the actual link to it can be found HERE.
I spent quite a bit of time working on collating all of our photos and video stock – I take a lot of each and had them scattered all over the place. Being unorganized causes me stress, so it was a good feeling to finally get everything in one place. I need to start posting up more photos in the blog and on our Facebook. The problem with putting them up on the blog is that I have to resize them before posting – the storage space we have on our server is limited, and with each photo being over 4 MB, it adds up quick. So what I do is use a program called pixresizer which does just that – it takes that 4 MB file and shrinks it down to about 150 KB with no noticeable loss of quality. And considering that I am not a great photographer (and am relying mostly on phone cameras), the quality isn’t much to begin with.
Michell has been working for over two weeks now. I am glad for her, and she seems to be enjoying it. She was in an understandable funk for a good while after her father passed away, and I think having a job is a good thing.
Since she is working, I have taken on the job of “house husband.” You know, cinching on my apron, doing the dishes, sweeping and mopping the floor, mowing the grass, washing the vehicles, grocery shopping…. all that fun stuff. Renting a house in the Philippines can be a pain – with the incessant heat and humidity, simply sweeping the floor can be a rather damp experience. Mowing the grass is an absolute mess – I usually only wear shorts and those are drenched through by the time I am done. Yuck… But, at least it is a good cardio workout.
I am SERIOUSLY considering purchasing this bike. I know I have been saying it for a while, bu
t it’s pretty much the perfect bike for the Philippines – lightweight (only 50 pounds heavier than my YBR125) and powerful enough at 25 horsepower for the Philippines. The YBR is a great bike, don’t get me wrong – it is just so underpowered and trying to maintain 70 KMPH on a long trip is pretty hard. I am also thinking about seeling the truck (yet again). We just don’t use it that much at all, and rainy season in the Philippines isn’t like monsoon season in other parts of southeast Asia. It rains for half a day at most, and then usually the sun comes out. The Rouser costs 98,000 pesos brand new. I can probably sell my YBR for about 38,000, so I will just have to make up the 60K difference. It’s doable.
Seen at Unitop Department Store – Purveyor of Fine Chinese Products….
And it seems as if the President has already started up his new career path – exporting Obama pens!
Oh, yeah – someone turned me on to a band called Fleet Foxes. I don’t know how to describe their music, but they were pretty fantastic. Check out the video for Grown Ocean below and let me know if I am wrong! I just kinda wish I still smoked pot….