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  1. ACSManilaMascot@state.gov <ACSManilaMascot@state.gov> Aug 14 at 3:10 PM United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Security Alert - U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines, August 14, 2018 Location: Palawan Event: The Western Command Armed Forces of the Philippines posted the following information on their official Facebook page: “Western Command remains on heightened alert and continues to tighten its security posture in Palawan against all forms of threats, amidst circulating information on probable kidnapping in the Province.” Actions to Take: · Be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. · Review your personal security plans. · Monitor local media for updates. Assistance: · U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines +63 (2) 301-2000 ACSInfoManila@state.gov ph.usembassy.gov · State Department - Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 · Philippines Country Information · Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates · Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
  2. jamesmusslewhite

    Canadian Citizen Killed In Surigao City

    Update: The trial is still on-going. The judge had retired so the case was but on hold. Unfortunately the judge was later assassinated by two thugs on a bike in front of a local restaurant. There was a new judge (a female) assigned to the court and the defense was suppose to present the firsts of their witnesses. Each of those hearing dates, for various reasons, were rescheduled for later dates. That newly appointed female I was told has left, for what reason I do not know. Nor do I know when a new replacement will be assigned to the court. Once the replacement judge has been assigned and hearing dates rescheduled, then I will update this thread.
  3. I will resolve this issue through a personal policy of self-censorship. I will continue contributing on forum threads which I previously started such as the Harry Doyle Murder thread. I will no longer start any new threads on the forum, nor will I respond to threads which I have not personally started. This should easily resolves any possible reason for additional warnings, censorship or sanctions. Now excuse me as I must go sit 5 minutes in the penalty box, for 'sticking', and feel great shame.
  4. My wife would be more dangerous than a caged wolverine towards a potential inappropriate suitor at their young ages (17 and 15). The outdoors-man term 'Field-dressed'' seems to come to mind.
  5. Well thank you for your personal permission for me to express my view on a topic. So is my post palpable and more palatable if I pander to petty semantics and change the word 'always' fuels to 'usually' fuels? I initially posted base on a personal belief based on years reading forum threads on several Philippine-based forums. Threads which touched on topics of (older men - very young ladies/gents) and (older/younger men and underage girls/boys) as they more than usually (just for you big guy) tend to breakdown and divide between detectors and enablers. Quite a few times these threads had to be hidden or closed, even leading to banning of members, as some forum threads got damn-right ugly at times. I hope your right despite those examples of past threads of old. Of course this forum has a more 'jackboot' moderation than some of the other expat forums, and this forum may not share the same members as those other more lax forums. So with luck you may prove to be quite right. '
  6. These topics on such topics always fuels division among members. Whether old or young is merely petty semantics which is primary nonsense. Fact is if your stupid, desperate or sleazy enough to be sniffing around an underage female or male; then your are knowing playing with an unpinned-grenade. If you choose to cross the line and dip your wick into an underage male or female, than you deserve incarceration until such time you are farting dust before you ever breath free-air again. No excuses, nonsensical petty semantics or attempts projecting themselves less of a deviant; does not diminishes the criminal act. If your sniffing around someone of legal age, than this is a private issue among consenting adults and should remain above judgement of others.
  7. jamesmusslewhite

    What's it Like in Your Neck of the Woods?

    Well in the video I posted earlier you can see that my wife and I are quite secluded. We are the only inhabitants on the island and only accessible by boat. We have lived here almost three years as it is the worksite of the lobster hatchery facility I am building. Our closest neighbors all live on lobster huts among the mangroves. We are located on the Northern most point of Mindanao Island 600 meters off the mainland. To say is quite here at night is an understatement, sometimes when the water is calm and there is little breeze it is so silent that you can almost hear the Earth breath. My wife operates a small day-resort which consist of 14 little bungalows and a small sari-sari. The location is quite popular with the locals which feels the air with children laughter and family revelry which give the place a special positive energy. Then as dusk begins to settle in the customers leave and once again the quite of the evening creeps in. Then my wife and I will often sit in one of the bungalows and watch the fishermen pass by as the night moon rises. Sleeps are tranquil as there are no un-muffled motor bikes, blaring speakers and screeching off-tone karaokers. As the dawn sun begins to laminate the sky the sound of returning fishing boats begin to break the silence. Often stopping to display they nightly catch which is special as often the catch is still breathing. We get first choice before it reaches the wholesalers who then deliver it to market. We prepare breakfast and sit either on the open porch or in one of bungalows and drink coffee or hot tea as we eat the morning meal. We simply enjoy each other's company as we plot our daily itinerary. To go to town requires a two-way boat-ride using either a local service or our own boat. This depends on what needs to be accomplished. Example: We live approximately 14 kilometers outside of Surigao City, so if only a short trip into the city which does not require carrying back loads; then we simply paddle boat to the little town directly across from us, and pull out our service motorbike (depends on weather conditions). If I need to go into the city for supplies or hardware (or the weather is foul) we will take a boat service over to the next town and catch a hubble-hubble bike to and from the city. I like the hubble-hubble services as they take you where you want and having side racks and hard-tops allows them to lash loads onto the bike frames. They can also travel roads inaccessible to tri-bikes or multi-cab services and 24 kilometer round-trip for 2 passengers with a load costs only 240php. Now if we are needing to go into the city to purchase restock for the sari-sari or large bulk hardware items we pull out the 34-footer and boat to the city and just deliver the purchases to load them onto the boat. We also use 34-footer to take trips over to the Dinagat Island farm which is only a one hour ride from this little island. I like traveling here as the rides are scenic and has an air of adventurism about them. I get to enjoy plenty of fishing and boating in and around the mangroves and little islands. I also enjoy building this lobster hatchery I designed and the various interesting projects needed for this venture. I have been construction a floating bamboo net platform which is now almost completed. In fact my wife just purchased 13 Algal-juvenile size lobsters from one of the neighboring lobster hut, which we dropped into the 'nursery net' of the platform last night. I need to finish making the other larger nursery net and we will able to order our first batch of 100 or 200 pueruli size fingerlings, which for us is quite exciting because we have waited three years to reach this point. I also just completed a small bamboo prototype of a floating lobster 'Pueruli' trap which will be used to live-capture lobster fingerlings for our 'grow-out' nets. I will be receiving a couple of loads of a special size dwarf bamboo needed to complete four more units of those bamboo traps. I also had two bamboo log pieces delivered last weekend so tomorrow I will be drilling holes in them to make my first two Vietnam style 'Coconut Log' pueruli traps so I certainly have enough to keep me active and productive. I will be adding these additional projects on the threads sometime next week so those interested in lobster production can view them. This style of living may not appeal to many viewers, but for the old horticulturist it is the ideal lifestyle for us.
  8. jamesmusslewhite

    What's it Like in Your Neck of the Woods?

    Easier to show ya than snow ya... yep, such a horrible life having to live here on the little 8 hector private island of Tanghanonan, which is situated on the outer edge of a deep-water mangrove facing the Philippine Sea inlet which feeds into the Surigao Straights, located in the sleepy little fishing township of Day-asan, Surigao City, Mindanao.
  9. Well the additional bamboo lengths have been ordered and are presently being cut. I expect they will start being delivered sometime later this week. The bamboo used to build the frame which were shown in all the previous photos were harvested from a property owned by my business partner. So I could not post a market cost of the bamboo used in the construction of the frame pictured above. These 40 new additional lengths which will be used to construct the walkway around the main net enclosure are being purchased, which will allow me establish an accurate cost assessment for the bamboo material used for this project. Once I have collected all the additional bamboo lengths and have the bamboo walkway thoroughly lashed together then I can accurately calculate the total costs of bamboo, nylon line and labor used to construct the floating bamboo frame as well as a reasonable time assessment to complete such a project. I will later post all this information onto the thread. We also purchased a bundle of the netting which will be used to fabricate the main net enclosure and should be able to start cutting the net pattern later this week. The pattern will consist of four net sides and two net bottoms, the reason for two net bottoms pieces is that the net enclosure will have a double-layered floor. This enclosure will eventually house upwards of 800 market size Sub-adult individuals each weighing in access of 500grams, so fabricating this net enclosure to have a duel-layered net flooring is a reasonable precaution. The individual pieces of the net pattern will be sewed together using a heavy nylon fishing line
  10. jamesmusslewhite

    Canadian Citizen Killed In Surigao City

    I am sure Harry is chuckling at the whole ordeal as I doubt he would want it any other way. 5 years of drama and 2 spots on W5 with no end coming anytime soon? Yah he is absolutely loving this..
  11. The frame is constructed of a medium size lightweight bamboo lengths, which is lashed together with nylon monofilament 1.90mm line which is 150lbs.test rated, the local hardware stores simply referrer to it as #150 nylon. The can be as large or small as you like, but the preference for this project is a base measurement of (2 meter x 2 meter). This will allow the base to have a sufficient width to withstand wave action of the sea, while still being small enough to be easily deployed or removed from the water by a fisherman working solo using a small wooden boat. These floating platforms will most likely be deployed well within 200 yards of the shoreline in a water depth of less than 9 meters. The base of the platform consist of three layers of bamboo . This allows the base of the framework to have the necessary tensile strength needed to withstand constant wave action, and the stresses imposed by the weight and constant tugging and pulling of the mooring lines and the five lines of mesh bundles which will be tied to the bottom of the frame. The bottom of the base frame will also be used to hash the flotation (plastic Jerry cans) in place once the frame is completed. The roof of the platform is a pyramidal bamboo frame which is used to house a emitting light source and a foul weather shield. For my own purposes I will use a galvanized metal wash tub (inverted) with an additional sheet tin shroud added, with all the interior and exterior surfaces painted a reflective white using marine rated paint. For my light source I will use simple kerosene (hand-pump pressured) fuel lamps. These are extremely dependable and lightweight requiring only the occasional replacements of spent mantles. Kerosene pressure lamps can generate the bright light needed to attract swimming Pueruli towards the platform. The white painted inside of the metal frame helps to reflect the lamp light towards the water surface, but also serves two other functions. a) The (inverted) metal tub with the added metal shroud acts a a rain guard to prevent the rain from contacting the hot glass globe. b) Acts as a heat guard protecting the flammable bamboo framework as fuel lamps can get extremely hot during long usage. Most kerosene lamp have a minimum of 1 pint fuel reserve which is sufficient for 8-10 hours continuous operation. The illumination rate of an average single-wick lamp is approximately 784 lumens which is on par with a 60 Watt light bulb, and double-wick lamps can produce the light equivalent to that of a 100 Watt bulb. They also generate lots of heat, so properly venting that rising heat is important. Some may of course will want to use unleaded gasoline instead of kerosene, but there is an increased chance of a fireball if there is leaking of gasoline around seals especially during times of heavy waves action. I could always use rechargeable LED lamps, fuel generators or use fuel lamps which are converted to use vegetable oils, but for the legitimacy of test I must use the simple materials and methods which will most likely be used by the average poorer small scale fishermen. They would not be able to purchase more expensive lighting systems. Simplicity is the methodology upon I will be establishing my primary baseline of the study, so I will be be employing the K.I.S.S. philosophy and good ole jungle-engineering during this project. The framework has been fabricated in a miniature straw model which shows that is is durable enough to withstand the multiple directional stresses the framework will experience when deployed. So I am confident that the design is sound. My drawings which I have posted in this post only show the primary placement of the main bamboo used in the framework of the base. These drawings do not include the and do not show the braces do not show all the inner bracing and placement of cross-braces. This shows the placement of the plastic 'Jerry' cans which will be used for buoyancy. These will be lashed to the bottom of the bamboo frame. There are some additional bracing which must be added first to the framework which are not shown in these drawings. These will be discussed later in this thread. This shows a 2D view showing the light placement, bamboo frame and placement of the plastic 'Jerry' cans. These plastic cans are quite common here in the Philippines for shipping cooking oils, coconut wines, coconut vinegar an soy sauces. You can also easily find them being sold in local stores so they can be used to carry and store water and fuel. they are perfect for lashing the plastic 'Jerry' cans onto the bamboo framework. Of course one can substitute these plastic cans for blocks of Styrofoam or other types of jugs, containers or small barrels. As long as it floats it will work, but always be mindful to keep the bottom of the frame as clutter-free as possible. This is so it will be easy to employ and harvest the 'net bundles' and to insure that as much light as possible can be delivered to the water surface below the platform.
  12. This is a spin-off thread from the 'Building a Small Lobster Hatchery here in the Philippines' http://www.philippines-expats.com/topic/26117-building-a-small-lobster-hatchery-here-in-the-philippines/?tab=comments#comment-192173 . I will be discussing several types of lobster Pueruli traps which are commonly used with success in pueruli collection in neighboring countries, but have yet to be widely used here in the Philippines. I have designed two variations which I am now ready to start making which I will use over on Dinagat Island. These two prototypes are a floating 'light' trap and a coconut log trap which will be durable, inexpensive to construct and easy to use and maintenance. These will be used to safely 'live capture' lobster Pueruli (plural)/Puerulus (singular) for research. I will be maintaining logs to document nightly catch numbers throughout the collection season, details as to preferred locations and water depths. The captured Pueruli will be quickly relocated to 'nursery grow-out' nets where they will be properly sized and monitors. This will allow be log weekly growth and weight rates, as well as weekly mortality rates. I imagine most readers of this thread do not know what a Pueruli or Puerulus are or what they even look like. This little sea bug is commonly referred to as a seedling, seed or fingerling in most text you will read, and it is the very heart of the lobster aquacultural industry. This is a Puerulus of the species Panulirus ornatus commonly referred to as the '''Ornate Rock Lobster' or 'Tiger Lobster' and is one of eight different species of Panulirus lobsters commonly found in these waters around the islands of the Philippines. It grows the fastest and the largest of any species of lobster in this region, and is most prized by the Asian markets (Singapore, S.Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and China). It yields 38% more usable meat per individual (per weight size) than do North American and European lobsters species, and the meat yielded has been proven to possess a creamer texture and sweeter tasting meat. Sorry Canada, Maine and Europe but the fact is that your clawed lobsters are actually considered as 2nd rate compared to these puppies. And here they swim to shore nine months out of the year (free from the sea) and to lobster aquaculture they are literally swimming gold. From this size small size a 'Tiger' lobster can, in less than 24 months, grow to over 1 kilo (1,000grams) and be worth over 2,800php per kilo (1,000gram) when sold to the lobster buyers. This is the floating 'light' trap which I designed, and I will first build five units which will be deployed in a small fishing village where I have a small beach front lot facing the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean. We are within walking distance to town of Cagdianao which is a know hot-spot for lobster, but the fishermen have yet learned of these two methods which I will be employing. If proven successful this will allow far more locals to generate a viable revenue stream, while helping to also provide easier access and more abundance to healthy seedlings for the lobster growers. The platform is constructed of bamboo and deployed generally in areas at a water depth of less than 9 meters. Nylon cord is tied to the bottom of the frame and suspend bundles of netting (1 meter apart) down to the seafloor. The platforms I will be building will each suspend five lines of net bundles. These are deployed during the 'New Moon' cycles when the Pueruli are swimming to shore under the cover of darkness. You can see by the drawing that suspended in the center of the frame is a lamp. This lamp can be fuel, battery or electric and is centered over the floating platform to help attract the incoming swimming Pueruli to the suspended bundle traps. Researchers have learned that the primary settlement of Pueruli are within 2 meters of the surface and 2 meters of the sea floor. The Pueruli are naturally drawn to the light source similar to that of a common moth. The light attracts the Pueruli directly under the platform where the suspended mesh bundles then entice them to settle within the bundled netting. These are harvested around midnight and at sunrise. The traps are deployed before dusk and collected after dawn when they are harvested. One advantage with these units is once they are deployed the fishermen can continue fishing and only has to attend to the unit to replenish fuel for the lamps or late-night harvesting. The drawing of mine bellow shows the second prototype that I will be building over the next few weeks, which is a Vietnam style 'Coconut Log' Puerulus Trap. I will be building 5 units for my own research and will be deploying them in the same location were I will be using the floating 'light' traps. This year I will use the five 'floating light traps' and the five 'coconut log traps' mainly to locate the best locations and water depths to use them. Then next year I will deploy 10 units each in a study I will be conducting where I can monitor the complete season. I intend to monitor three seasons and then compile the data, then I can share this data with the various fisheries departments. These units will be durable, inexpensive and easy to make and are permanently anchored to the sea floor during the whole of the collection season (9 months). These placed in locations with a minimum water depth of 2 meters, and are harvested each morning during the collection season. The floating 'light'' traps are more complex to deploy and use which restricts their usage for many poorer fishermen, but the 'coconut log traps are extremely low cost and being permanently located in the shallows allows poorer fishermen to build and maintain them. I have yet found any credible documentation showing the average yearly collection numbers capable of either trap type. What I have found says they were successful at collecting Pueruli, but not documented yearly results. My curiosity drives me to find out for myself, because if both types prove to be productive it could be a huge benefit to rural fishing communities. This photo shows a Vietnam style 'Coconut Log' trap in usage, and actually shows several Puerulus who have settled in the shallow holes. You can see that they back into the hole and use their antenna to monitor the conditions outside of their newly settled habitats. If you look closely at the lower photo you can see their antenna protruding from the holes. Just those three Puerulus could easily net that fisherman 600php, and if he has 4 traps or more which each had 3 tenets to collect that fisherman would have net 2,400php that morning. One could then see such a simple thing could have on a poor fisherman and his family as well as the community. Many expats have family who are dependent on the sea and such a venture would require very little venture capital for a start-up. The in the study I will be starting next year I will also be using several other Pueruli trap types and methods, but I feel these two mentioned above may be the most promising. That is why I wanted to build these 10 units so I could play around with them this year so I could perhaps learn where best to deploy them before I begin the study. Once I have these completed and in operation I will then see about perhaps building prototypes of the others. I still have to finish the floating 'net' platform and I have a small pier to build as well as a floating PVC net system for use in the saltwater facility behind the hatchery facility. I will see what time allows me in the future.
  13. For many years I owned and operated a full-service residential/commercial landscaping and grounds maintenance company in North Houston, Woodlands, Kingwood/Atascocita and Humble areas which maintained well over 150 properties a week. These properties were primarily large estate homes, apartment complexes, subdivision model homes, business parks and a dozen McDonalds. Commercial gas trimmers were used to trim all bed edges and concrete edges of the lawn areas, as they would not damage curbs and sidewalks, so we chewed through a lot of trimmer cord quickly. We used the heavy bump-fed heads which used the thick #105 line which is actually wound in both directions inside the bump-fed heads, so I can fully appreciate just how aggravating what a seemly easy task can sometimes actually become. Most will probably look at the photos in this thread and think that just anyone can lash nylon to bamboo, and for the most part they are right. But to lash a frame that could be pounded by waves, bumped by boats and have workers climbing all over it takes far more skill than one would imagine. Now those who fish have a far more appreciation of just how difficult it is to lash, tie and knot nylon line an be; as it is usually the reason for all those ''the big one that got away'' tales. That is why I stated earlier that it is best to get someone who is experienced with working with traditional boat outriggers and with bamboo. I am fortunate to have a brother-in-law who is an experienced second-generation traditional boat builder who has worked with bamboo all is life. He built my last boat which I wrote about in my boat building thread. Nylon is not even his preference as he refers the a particular fiber from a local vine which grows in this region, but it would take a lot of time and effort to gather enough to do this project. Nylon it tough to cinch and even tougher on the hands as it must be kept taught at all times while lashing, and kept even tighter when working on the 'cinch knots' because you must keep the line taught at all times when working on the lashing. I merely helped to try to keep the line taught and would feed the line back to Ansong so it would be easier for him, and even then my hands would cramp and blister. Now I live in the middle of fishermen and I was amazed how many of these locals would come sit just to watch attentively at Ansong as he was working on the lashings and the bamboo frame. It is a skill that looks real easy until you do it yourself. Ansong makes it look easy only because he spent years developing the craft. All those lashings and only one time did the nylon line actually snap on him while being cinched tightly.
  14. I think it is important to discuss the lashing and the 'cinching knot' which is used in the middle of each lashing. It is this cinching knot that gives the lashing its true strength. The lashing needs to be as tight as possible to insure the bamboo framework has the strength needed to withstand the stresses of day-to-day usage. The primary tool used to tighten both the lashing and the cinch knot is either a hammer or a strong stick (without sharp edges). The hammer or stick is used to tap the wound nylon line together and straight and used as a lever to tighten the lashed nylon lines as the lashing is being done. The wooden lever is particularly important when tightly cinching the 'cinch knot' in middle of each lashing (between the connected bamboo lengths). The nylon line is simply wrapped around the handle or stick allowing the lashed nylon line to be pulled tightly. The most important part of the lashing between two lengths of bamboo is the cinching knot in the middle of the lashing. It is this cinch knot which provides the real strength to the lashing. Once the lashing has been tightly wound around the two lengths of bamboo it is time for the cinching knot. This is done by wrapping the line a few times in the middle of the lashing. Then the line is twisted several times around itself as it is being wrapped together. By wrapping the nylon around itself it will tighten together as it is being lightened by the lever action of the hammer handle. As the nylon is cinched the middle cinching knot tightens on itself, and when completed all that is needed is to tie an end knot to insure the cinching knot will not loosen in the future. In the photo below I placed yellow arrows to show some of these cinching knots. Wherever two lengths of bamboo are lashed together there will be a cinch knot, and each one needs to be cinched tightly as bamboo tends to shrink a little as it continues to dry and these lashings are the only thing holding the bamboo frame together.
  15. Excellent question and one which will be covered in detail in the following post.