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  1. We are going to the Davao Immigration office on Monday, and we will see what happens from that point forward.
  2. Well before the typhoon hit I never posted images and videos of the little day-resort business my wife and I was building here on the island. This was to avoid any possible issues with forum owners, but as that little day-resort business is literally now no-longer existent, I doubt there is no-longer an issue to post a few before and after images and vids. And some may be more than happy to be freed of my boring long aquaculture and mariculture projects, and topics on lobsters and such nonsense. I will try to post a few before and after typhoon day-resort images and vids. If or when we try to rebuild the little island business again, I am sure it will still be a long time away from present.
  3. I will try to post photos and short videos over the following days while I still have the luxury of the internet access and hot showers. Our Dinagat Island farm and Surigao City are still pretty much powerless at this time.
  4. The typhoon hit us both hard, both here on this tiny island and our farm. The term 'utterly demolished' probably best sums up the island, as all we we built is gone. Our farm fared better but was still hammered pretty hard. We managed to make our way down here to Davao two days ago so we can get sound internet, to allow us to contact family to inform them of both the strife and blessings. What was lost was merely material things. I will now go to immigration on Monday and try to sort out the real mess. The virus two months ago left us just short of penniless after the hospital ripped through our meager savings. I am required to have to leave the country by March 4th, but being non-vaccinated I am now literally blocked by Filipino air-carriers. So my wife and I are here to see if immigration can assist, or give the information as to date, time and location to insure I legally report to them. I am not going to take submit to COVID-19 shots. I would rather sit in a cell until deported and travel back to Texas and work off that debt then later get a Mexico VISA for my wife and myself. Then when the madness ends return back to our Dinagat farm again.
  5. My wife and I are still alive. Today ways the first time we were able to have access to electric and internet.
  6. Sorry guys, I know that I have not posted on this thread during the last four months. Frankly I have simply been too preoccupied on other projects. Some due to various issues encountered while transitioning data between both my older laptop and this newer unit. I use quite a bit of editing software needed for my various written works, photo and video projects. Unforgivably I encountered unexpected glitches and incompatibility issues between the older 'Windows 8' and this 'Windows 10', but I'm muddling my way through the murk well enough. I also was down several weeks due to COVID, hampering both the ability an desire to be posting much over this last five weeks. Then last week the mind-numbing boredom of this imposed home-quarantine, led me to what best could be described as a sense of 'island cabin-fever'. I was feeling cocky and decided it would be an outstanding idea to jump onto one if our kayaks, to paddle out to our lobster hut. My wife was there with the helpers to inspect and count the lobster stock. I decided it would be a great opportunity to take some photos and underwater video. Once there I realized the water conditions where actually a bit too murky, to actually shoot decent video within the inside the nets, due to recent rains and tide conditions. I was able to video the inspection and counting when housed stock, once they where all housed in the holding tubs. Then I made a complete spectacle of myself, while trying to step-down back onto the kayak. I did not realize the kayak was moored 'high' (tied top of the ladder). Being now both half-off and now still half-on, I quickly found myself pivoting wayward on an ultra-lite plastic flat-top kayak. My big lumbering butt chose to zig rather than zag, causing a reaction probably best described as a disastrous flapping spread-eagle movement. Resulting in a rather tortuous failing attempt at avoiding a ugly belly-flop. My knee is still swollen, so is the ankle, and my wife giggles at me daily, but I got those damn videos. I guess that makes me the WINNER!
  7. I went to immigration yesterday to final renew of my VISA. I extended for three months, which means that March 4th I will have to do the VISA 'Out and In' to be allowed reentry back into the country. So I inquired about this supposed one year additional year VISA extension you mentioned earlier in your post. But they knew if no such policy having ever been enacted. The Surigao City branch regularly processes over 3,000 expats. So whatever former thread or posting must be erroneous. We have a friend who just returned from the States four days ago, and is presently held in the Manila 'Quarantine process' for 8-10 days at a cost of 6,000php (per day). The folks at our local immigration branch strongly advised that our cheapest rout (in our own personal predicament), is to quickly apply for a 13(a) VISA, as it will hold the current VISA on hold while the 13(a) VISA is being processed. Once filed needed documents have been filed, the 13(a) can take several months to process. During that time I will not have need to travel out of country, even if my current VISA expires. It will be the least expensive option. The local hospital excursion literally hammered our remaining savings. We have been upgrading the little island resort and property over this last two years, plus we just added a couple of small aquaculture projects back in Spring. So filing for the 13(a) is really our only viable option at this point. I really wish there was actually a policy for allowing an additional one year VISA extension, but alas it appears not
  8. Thanks for the info that there has been an extend up to an extra year. I will look for that posted thread.
  9. This will be fun. I just spent 10-days in the hospital (COVID quarantine lock-down) and then an additional (three-week home quarantine lock-down) here on the island. I will have to do the 3-year VISA out-and-in, this coming last week of February. And the Philippines really still do not have a clue yet, as to the particulars on the (who and how) to initiate their reopening of their country.
  10. As he was already in hiding probably meant his funds would be limited (perhaps depleting), with a wife and intent; unfortunately will be left to fend on their own as far as the US government will be concern.
  11. The 'center core' net is progressing nicely. Our local internet is returning to a resemblance of normal, enough that I can again begin to post video clips onto YouTube, as we were all but down for the last two months. I use a rather cheap 'Go Pro' knockoff to shoot all my wet and underwater camera work, certainly inferior to that of an actual 'Go Pro' but sufficient to allow me to still take a decent enough image or vid. Maybe next year I can actually upgrade to a real 'Go Pro' unit, as the resolution quality of a $40 knockoff is lacking at best, compared to that of a $500 'Go Pro' unit. But being able to not having to worry about losing my cell phone to an accidental blunder, still makes it quite a useful tool. I have several image and video editing programs which I have accumulated over the years, which has allowed me to make the best from what I have so far, but I will have to upgrade my equipment if I am going to be able to be able to improve the quality of my imagery. Inferior digital imagery can only be manipulated so far, and only an increase in pixelation and resolution can resolve that conundrum. I can easily show you a prime example. This video is of the same net project, which I was finally able to upload early this morning. The video was taken with my handy little SportsCam 1080p Pro-30 which is rated at 45(meter) depth, with the pixelation and resolution being quite limited it has still has been sufficient enough to allow me to document my projects well enough. But it is a mere children's toy compared to that of an actual 'Go Pro' unit having much higher pixelation and resolution capability. With actual builtin image-stability which I could never achieve with a $50 SportsCam 1080p Pro-30 'Go Pro knockoff'. Without this builtin 'image-stability' capability means I am solely dependent on outside software, which will always be a degrading factor to both my images and videos. Builtin 'image-stability' capability helps minimize shaky videos, and if a little instability, then one can still resort to using a de-shaking software (such as VirtualDub) with higher success. So for the time-being, my little trusty knockoff will just have to do. And now that our internet service has finally beginning to return. Means I have quite a few images and videos clips requiring editing and uploading, so I have a sizable backlog of new content to add to this forum thread.
  12. We are still of course working on our lobster 'grow-out' aquaculture, but a few weeks ago we started assembling the fine-netting, needed to construct a large net enclosure. This new enclosure will primary focusing on fish and bivalve mollusk production. In the image below shows my wife kayaking out to the are where we have a small crew setting the needed poles and assembling the netting. The first if this project is locates a few meters directly behind the pole-hut (presently use for house early developing lobster pueruli), but eventually this whole area will be literally consumed by various types and styles of 'grow-out' nets. As I am really interested in both multi-cropping specie types, and 'grow-out' aquaculture and mariculture; means I will be required to use a multitude of different configurations and setups, and a wide range of net-types. This new net we are currently building on this post, is basically the 'center-core' and is intended to function as a nursery net. This center-core net uses a fine-netting embedded directly into the seafloor, with a thick natural seaweed flooring and sandy bottom. Making this center-net an ideal secure garden marine sanctuary enclosure, capable of housing a diverse selection of bivalve mollusks (clams, mussels, oysters, scallops etc.). This center-net will also serve as temporary housing for early-stage fish (fry, fingerlings) until obtaining sizes to be relocated to larger netting enclosures. As this facility expands additional net enclosures will be added. The center-net will also serve as temporary housing for early-stage fish (fry, fingerlings) until obtaining sizes to be relocated to larger netting enclosures. As this facility expands additional net enclosures will be added. This fish 'grow-out' net structure is the core, of what will soon be a much larger outer-net configuration, designed to house a wide variety and diverse selection of specie-types. This center core net uses a fine-netting embedded directly into the seafloor, with a thick natural seaweed flooring and sandy bottom. Making this center-net an ideal secure garden marine sanctuary enclosure, capable of housing a diverse selection of bivalve mollusks (clams, mussels, oysters, scallops etc.). These nets will later extend all the way back to the very outer-edge of island's mangrove, and will also extend into the 1-hector saltwater pond as the volume of nets increase. This photo shows the the size of the area behind this new net, so it can give one an idea of the size of net area still to cover. . We are also presently working on those used nets we got from a neighbor last month. So once we finish with this new center-core net, we can start working on some of the outer nets. fun, fun, fun...
  13. I admit I probably watch way too much YouTube, but as I have no television or cable to help occupy me or serve as a distraction. YouTube is quite useful at keeping me both connected with the outside world, and as a sufficient stimulus for a plethora of personal hobbies and ventures. Recently I stumbled onto a video that I just I have to try building myself. If it works only half as it appears, it will be a jewel of a toy for many many coastal-expat regardless what country you reside. Especially if you love shrimp and crabs as I do. It looks simple to make, cheap to build and easy to transport. I want to first build four trap units and drop them right out front of our front gate. Then I can work on tweaking out all the roughs. Have to figure out how to best weight them down, bull them in and out of the water, and each unit needs night-lighting and a floater ball. All those are quite simple and easy to get around here in Surigao, as it has a decent size fishing community. If they work well I might then build another 10 trap units, which can all be harvested several times each evening and late-night. It would finally give me that excuse needed to finally build that small plywood flat-bottom 'Jon boat' I have wanted to build. Then I can set-out a dozen shrimp traps and a dozen craps when the weather a moon-cycles are right. We can harvest them throughout the night and simply transfer them over to the 'grow-out' nets. And as they say in bayou-country, 'Littlens feed da critters, and biguns feed yoself'. But if these traps work well, then I can house them in the 'grow-out' nets. And can hold some (shrimp and crabs) back, until they get decent 'pit-grilling' size.
  14. I do not want to use either my actual American or Philippine bank's debit card for online shopping. Nor do I want to be carrying my actual American or Philippines bank's debit card in my wallet. I would much rather be able to preload a predetermined specific amount, of independent funds, into an unrelated debit card. If I travel say to Davao, Cebu, Manila or neighboring country; there is the high probability I would be traveling alone. As my wife has personal business interest here which she manages, not always but most. If by unfortunate happenstance I were pick-pocketed, robbed, hotel burgled or simple brain-fart; leading to my being detached from my wallet, my primary bank's debit cards are safe and here with my wife. If I purchase a meal, general purchase, transport or lodging on the road; I do not have the burdensome worry of my actual personal American or Philippine bank's debit card information/access being compromised. And if I chose to purchase an item or two online, I do not have to worry as much about internet and debit card scams. an unrelated debit card if hacked or scammed would be held to a minimum. If hacked by a scanner, only a minimum amount is lost (dependent solely on remaining amount contained); and if an online merchant tries to double-bill or later-bill, they actually have no direct access to your American or Philippine bank's debit card information. Just spend a few hundred pesos for a new loadable card and move on. I know they're such cards available here in the Philippines, perhaps even banks offering them as a security option for students. But since before in the Philippines I have never purchased or held one, but with the ever-increasing sophistication of scanner and internet criminality, I see were purchasing and using such cards could be a useful extra protection against the unsavory elements determined to fleece you. Who here actually has personal knowledge and experience with such loadable debit cards? I am sure I am probably not the only one curious. Pros? Cons? Anyone?
  15. A virus with known 99.7%+(survival rate) vs. face-diaper porous as Gnats through chicken wire? Or a virus with known 99.7%+(survival rate) vs. the wisdom of face-diaper wearing globalist (aginda-21 tool)/China-groupee American-hater child-murder? Yep with those mathematical-odds, a prick of 'China Wonder-juice' sounds so logical... ...sign me up for my free bag of rice and the chicken please ...
  16. There is plenty of time to cover more on the fish species, what was covered so far has been a fair generalization as to specie types. Presently most of our projects involve other business interests, topic best left taboo. But between those we also have small personal projects and tasks as well. Example: we are getting ready to start restoration work on the old 'Arthur 1' boat. The boat is a thread topic posted on this forum years ago. It at the time, was my project to totally rebuild a traditional (34 foot length) Visayan pumpboat. The wooden hull had been previously a small 'calamari boat' design, which had simply sit for years on 'saw-horses. Since this video, this boat proved to be a very dependable workhouse. So years later 'Arthur 1' will be going through it's 3rd major upgrade. I hope sometime in or around the same time I am building the new floating 'grow-out' platform. This video was taken of the boat presently sitting here at the island, one can us it to see what work ahead will be needed during that project. When you live on a tiny island, then small boats tend to be a thing. This one I call the 'blue roadster' and is great for squeezing into those really tight-spots among the mangroves. Very light and quick to maneuver around the boulders close to the shoreline, this tends to be my 'go to' around the island, when all I need is a life jacket, cycle-helmet and water-proofed GoPro. I can simply pull out the kayak out a few inches into the water, squat legs spread, and flop my huge-butt down and scoot-off to wherever I'm heading. Sadly the two aluminum paddles we purchased several years back, were both damaged or rusted. So now we must resort to using a single wooden paddle which doesn't work at all. So I need to printout the design of a kayak paddle and find a decent woodsmen to mill and carve me three sound wooden kayak paddles. My wife a while back went night-scrounging with some locals, but got caught in a bad situation (due to the cheaply China-made) aluminum paddles. The currents and winds was pushing her against large shallow boulders, as she fought the plastic paddle end she was using to push against a boulder, simply snapped off as the boat slammed into the rock. Fortunately one of her company saw flip and yelled for one of the group to get the big boat, as the Surigao currents was wanting to take her on a seaward tour to Taiwan. She lost the paddle-half, boot and some gear; but earned a few bruises, scrapes and some newfound wisdom from that rack. So I have to have to get three wooden kayak paddles made from a light-weight durably-strong buoyant wood, preferably milled and carved from a single piece of hardwood. Just one of the many items on my 'To Do' list. sometimes it is just me and the wife wanting or needing to boat together, which means that the small single-seat 'blue roadster' kayak simply just will not do. This is when we instead, choose to switchover to our larger kayak. This is a double-seat kayak we lovingly refer to as the 'Blue-Rolls'. This also allows us utility options such as moving light-cargo, extra coolers or even a third person. With actual kayak paddles we can quicker and more easily move around the island's shorelines. This why I need to have three new wooden paddles made by this Summer. We also have several traditional solid-hull boats, which are actually carved from a tree trunk. They are narrow, low-profile, wingless boats quite common in the fishing-culture among the island's mangroves. They are excellent workhorses for us, we have two (14 foot 'trunk-boats') which we keep here on the island. One which my wife's helper uses to commune back and forth. We have two slightly larger 'trunk-boats' over at our 'pole-hut' facility on Dinagat Island. And I believe two more my wife lends to a couple of fishermen who uses them to catch fish and shrimp for us. The two we have here are used to haul sand, stone, rock and building materials around the island on projects here. We call them our little 'pickups' which is actually their function. But as you can easily see the hull of both boats have damage in meed of repair. First we need to chisel,patch and fill the sea-worm damage; fill the cracks, and then add a few thick layers of a quality grade epoxy paint, and then finish with two thick top-layers of clear epoxy. This is a new ongoing project I was finally able to start. I have wanted this build ever since we moved here back in 2008. A decent size mahogany-frame 'drafting top' which will allow me to actual draw architectural size drawings and diagrams. Drafting has been a passion since my first class in Junior High, then combines with High School geometry cemented the foundation of my future career choices. I had strong pencil and pen & ink skills as a preteen, so drafting came naturally to me. My obsession with horticulture, botany and biology moved seamlessly alongside master gardening and contracting; each easily expressed through a draftsman's vellums. The expression of one's 3-D concepts of the mind, through a technical language of linear algebra and geometry, explained on two independent vectors of a 2-D plane. After this table is completed I will then be focused on two other accompanying toys. One being a smaller 'light-table' about half the size of this table; and an adjustable horizontal-vertical 'artograph', commonly referred to as an image 'tracer'. Having a decent 'light table' and 'artograph' setup, will greatly increase both the speed and general quality of drawings and diagrams. I have built both devices in the past, and they are really not difficult to construct. more to come...
  17. Well I actually only started this last thread because some of your members actually asked me to start this one. But as you request, I will gladly comply, honor your wishes, and simply discontinue posting anything relating to nets or fish. No biggie dah, chief. I will stick to covid conspiracies and crap from here on out.
  18. So our list of delectable vittles continue... So I am trying to flip 'back-and-forth' between specie types as not to make the thread too boring, and I am primarily trying to focus on those that their way to our table. Yes we regularly buy can-goods, meats, veggies and fruits during the month; especially during this lock-down, when goods can get a bit scarce from week to week. But our farm being a long established piece of property full of fruit trees and vegetables, there always seems like something is in or ready to harvest. So it supplements our diet with fresh-harvest goods well enough, for the most part. We have a few coconuts here on the island as well, and a couple of small herb-gardens, so we are far from starving here. I earlier showed a few vanity of clams. And being a multi-generational coastal Texan you realize early about clams. Whites, Blacks, Tejanos, Mexicans, Italians, Cajuns, Europeans and Asians all eat clams. So I am going to show a few more from around here. This is called commonly called 'green clam' and sold in the frozen-food isles, and served in many top-end restaurants. Me we pluck them fresh for Italian or Cajun dishes where the seasons compliment their savory taste, excellent when cooking with wine and cheeses. This is called commonly called 'blue clam' and also sold in the frozen-food isles, and is also served in many top-end restaurants. As to taste they are conferable in my opinion, but estedics wise the 'green clam' has more of an appeal if you're looking for presentation. To me the scallop is the "king of clams" and when in sea-grasses among the shallows of the mangroves these are what I am searching for the most. Excellent in Tejano/Mexican dishes, plain-Texas grilling. These critters can be cooked so many different, but 'scallop' tacos and 'scallop' pizza... The 'Taiwan' shell that are a freshwater clam which we buy from time-to-time, they are cheap and if breaded and fried catfish and fries/chips, they go along quite well with cold beer and good friends. Or with B.B.Q. and or chili. These little sweet-harts are a long-time favorite of mine. 'Apple snails' are also called 'Escargots' and I have loved them, and 'stuffed Mushroom caps' since a child. Both excellent side-dishes for Italian and Cajun/Creole dishes. Here I pluck them from the rice-fields at the farm. And my favorite vegetable is 'boiled or fries Shrimp'... more images to be add...
  19. Nah, come to find-out that was actually his younger step-brother (former stunt-double) Frank. The sorry in the tabloids claim that Nemo after his movie fame, got hooked on drugs, forced to sell his swank Beverly tank over back-taxes. He how resides with Dorsey in a tiny rented display tank, owned by a Greek 'Fish&Chip' in lower South Sidney. Just another typical Hollywood cautionary tale tail...
  20. So our list of delectable vittles continue... One unexpected friendship oddly developed between the large fishing boats and us, I expect more than a few photos and clips will be added to the thread as it progresses. The island has a natural topography which allows the large fishing boats and local passenger boats to drop their moor lines up close the the shoreline of island opposite to the outer (open sea side of the island) open coastline. And that deepwater mangrove greatly reduces heavy wave action, making a great sanctuary from the big storm. We have always had an open policy for these large wooden boats, so then they need to repairs/replacements on their boats they come here. There are probably a dozen of these fishing rigs operating out of of Surigao City, but rarely more than a few here at the same time, as they spend long-stretches out at sea. But when they return they always have one of their crew to boat from the city a few fair-size free 'yellow-fins', are always an appreciated surprise. I mention this because we are presently finishing off some fine tuna stakes off two 'yellow-fins' they dropped us over the weekend. I love the coastal fishing culture. These waters have a diverse array of fish. This is why we are gathering nets to make a series of small aquaculture 'grow-out' pens. We can place desired fish species into 'grow-out' pens, where they can be housed and allowed to grow to a more desired size. Some to sell, some to eat but always fresh. these buggers don't get much larger than this, they are called 'sahoy' (I call them 'fish-bait') but the wife loves them. She rarely feeds them to me as they're small and boney. There are other dishes she will cook for me instead,that is how I know she still loves me... These are a much better sized fish for me, either fried or sweet-sauce marinaded served with garlic stir-fried rice, always does the trick for me. Sure beats the 'fish-bait', I can tell you that for sure. This about the normal size fish the local fishermen catch and sell. We can house these for several extra months in 'grow-out' nets allowing them to easily double in size. Then eat them ourselves, or sell them directly out of our little island store. With luck we can turn a few extra coins in the whole process. This is the advantage to housing fish for 'grow-out' net aquaculture. more images to be add...
  21. So our list of delectable vittles continue... This is common and highly desired shell critter called 'Sa-ang' and has a rather chewy texture but very tasty and highly prized by the locals, they are a staple which makes their way into our diet a few times a week. This is another cockle but found in the sands a few islands over from ours, called a 'blood clam' due to the reddish shell coloration, fat and tasty critters. Eel and assorted fish caught here regularly off our shore The local 'light boats' will pack together to literately rangle these jewels right up the edge of our shoreline, I have a few light videos of them fishing cor them. I am sure I will later be posting a video if this on this thread. They are a favorite of mine, especially when fries with battered-eggs. I love the variety of fish caught close off-shore of the island. more images to be add...
  22. So our list of delectable vittles continue... These little jewels are 'cockles' and there two varieties of these clams with in a 30-minute boat ride from were we are now. This is the larger variety of the two and are often part of our diet, usually in soups, gravies, grilled or stir-fried. Very diverse as to dishes they can be prepared with or in, and quite favorable (though a bit chewy). 'Cockles' are excellent for 'Italian' and Cajun/Creole dishes, and we found through experimentation blend well with Tejas/Mexican dishes as well. We have (for a while) been seeding both 'cockle' varieties, here in and around the seaweeds and 'sandy zones' of our pond area. Now here is a bad-boy I really like, the majestic 'blue' crab. So reminded me of the 'king blue' crabs I use to catch off the Texas City Dyke off the edge of Galveston. We (my parents would take me and my brother all-night crabbing and fishing off the pier, sometimes we filled more than a metal trashcan. Then stop at the shrimp-boats to purchase a couple of coolers of shrimps before heading back to Houston. Then we would stuff ourselves like royalty for the next 2-3 days. Good family times. Both my mom and stepfather died 12 weeks apart in 93, which be some of the reason why I live this life style. Perhaps to try to hold on to something long-lost but not yet forgotten. and these are my second favorite crab specie, the 'mud crab' with a nice size and plenty of meat on the shell. d and this 'brow beauty is the 3rd crab specie that I want to specifically raise solely for our own table. These three species (blue, mud and brown are on my list to raise in the nets this year. We are currently collecting the poles and nets for the needed 'grow-out' nets. There are some quality crab species of crab in and around these waters and mangroves. And some less desirable crab species. So I can hold back my favorites and raise them to larger size, and just pluck the for for soups, gumbo and the likes. And do the same with shrimp, as there are several different species of shrimp. More to come...
  23. I will show you folks a few of our more favorite wiggly squiggles and fish that we catch in our local 'corner market'. Over the years here I have collected a volume of images and vids, which I have scattered throughout fifteen external harddrves. But to be trustful presently I frankly have neither the time or desire to dig into all of them for a mere handful of gems to post. Example: I have an image of a marlin caught less than less than 900 yards in front of the island. The image of the silver tuna that jumped in to our floating platform one night, or images the two species of wild lobster 'scallop' and 'slipper' which there has been a few. But as the thread continues, and I have the time to go through my many image files, I will post them on the thread at a later date. I primarily want to focus only on what the wife and me eat, as I know that is what members. I have another ongoing thread which will discuss everything we feed the sea-bugs eat (there diet list much larger), and besides redundancy is both boring and unnecessary. So lets talk eats for a while, and show what these waters around Tangjanonan add to the table. Fresh squid is always welcome at my table. There are a lot of ways to fix them. My favorite is stuff-breaded baked in a cast-iron 'Dutch oven', with plenty of vegetables and fungi in the mix. Now add a side of pan-baked 'Italian eggplant' and I could eat myself short of a coma. We often catch octopus, shrimp and small fish; there are so many different ways to cook them. Coastal Pinoys and neighboring countries have concocted some interesting tasty traditional dishes using these. 'Sea cucumber' is also a favorite, and one of the species we are currently collecting the needed materials to raise in our saltwater pond out back of the house. And this 'DongSoy' and one only has to mention the word to a Pinoy to see how much they love them. They make an amazing soup, and their 'green poop' sells for over 1,000(php) and is a prizes food delicacy. Don't knock 'green poop'... This is another specie we will soon be raising in our pond. And two other favorites are 'scallops' (image presently not available) and 'abalone'. Both I dearly love and will very soon to be raised inside our pond. more images to be add...
  24. I grew up in a household of excellent ‘from-scratch’ deep southern cooks. And Houston was and still is a wide ethnically diverse community city, as is Southern Texas as a whole, populated with long-established large ethnic communities scattered throughout. I am always amazed by Northern twits wishing to associate South-Texans as literate fat rednecks who only eat burnt meat. When Houston actually has more restraints, museums, theater and culture than New York City, and most of us actually know how to drive and be respectful to their neighbors. So we are not practically impressed with New Yorkers and Californians. When my wife came to the US she could cook well and knew most traditional dishes, but she then watched and learned from my family. And I made a point of taking here to quality restraints in Houston, Austin and New Orleans allowing her to actually experience and understand the true textures, seasonings and flavors of those dishes. And being only a mere 50 miles from the Gulf Coast, fresh seafood where a regular part of our family diet. So when my family moves here to Surigao Ciry/Dinagat our diets actually did not change much. If I get a hankering for Mexican food, Italian, german, Asian, and others we merely seek out that which allows the making of a reasonable facsimile. There are of course those things (mainly seasonings) which are impossible to fine, but with a little innovation a improvisation a reasonable conquering can be created, at least enough to satisfy those most dogged hankerings. This is only possible because from personal experiences she actually understands those dishes. Someone merely staring at a photo without those experiences, does not have a clue of the desired end-result. And fine-dines on Bourbon Street and high-end Asian restaurants of Houston were an inspiration for my wife, as to the seafood dishes she puts on our table. My wife and I basically just moved into a temporary work-camp dwelling. Typical coconut wood hutch with a nepa roof and was intended to only be used for a few years at most. But for a isolated work-camp it was certainly comfortable enough, as six years later we are still comfortable enough for our simple lifestyle. The nepa later was replaced with tin which has been the only upgrade to the structure, but coconut wood does not age well and soon we will need to tare-down the wooden portions of the wooden walls and roof. But we are content to build over the top of the previous foundation, just raising the existing cement floor levels, and expand the front porch and adding a new screened side-porch area. But with luck that will still be a couple of years from now. This year we we are collecting the materials to renovate and expand our dirty-kitchen area, and finally start tearing-out raising and adding more garden space. Later intended projects are the addition of elevated fresh-water tanks for hydro-culture food production (with luck starting next year). The later additions being a large propane oven, and small traditional brick-oven(for breads and pizza), and an enclosed BBQ pit area where I can cook and smoke meats. Not big projects, but on our meager budget, we have to do things one tiny step at a time. Most top-end restaurants in the States merely dream of the freshness, diversity and variety of the critters we simply pluck from our little ‘corner market', or the variety of fish freshly caught live by our neighbors and literally delivered directly to our front gate.
  25. When I was first invited by the island’s owner to this island is what initially laid the intention to layout the designs for the construction a of a mariculture hatchery. A couple of poorly timed earthquakes put those plans on hold four years ago. Which has led to us starting an on-island project (which will remain nameless). And the startup of another ongoing mariculture ‘grow-out’ project (subject of another ongoing thread). But of the projects, ever since first stepped onto this tiny island, which has attracted me most; is the 1-hector size saltwater pond behind our dirty-kitchen, and area around the new pole-hut. Here we can place multiple net types and configurations where aquaculture pens can be constructed both inside and outside of the nets. And depending which specific specie types housed, their desired tailored habitat can be provided. Including those for seaweed types, shells, slugs, etc. The intention is to create small protected vegetation habitat zones, directly on the seafloor under the nets. While allowing desired fish food types to be raised directly above them. Creating a viable working sanctuary. Allowing safe zones in areas where current dwelling vegetation and corals types can thrive unmolested. It my nope that as these zones grow, they will be given government protections, and a regional specie relocation program could be established island-wide to protect endangered specie types. I firmly believe that all hatcheries and grow-out operations should be required to raising 70%-80% of their overall specie type stock consumption. It is my intention to exceed those numbers. Probably just a silly pipe-dream now, but at the rate of exploitation now? Maybe not for long. Start next post I will start talking about the seafaring smorgasbord or squidgy-wiggles we share with the darling sea-bugs at our table.
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