Barangay Catagman, Samal Island
House for Sale, Catagman [Click to download details]
Catagman 400sqm vacant lot (Click to download)
Catagman lot 400sqm (Click to download)
Lot 2330sqm Catagman Samal (Click to download)
Huge approx 4Ha beachline property (Brgy Catagman, between Seagrass and Punta del Sol resorts)
Barangay Toril, Samal Island
Subdivision Brgy Toril Samal Is (Click to download)
Now providing Indian or Thai style curries – eat in, takeaway, or delivered locally.
Taking the lessons learned from all the restaurants (here) and our own building and living experience, we created a kubo-style living space where we can entertain, relax and play.
Location Plan – SPICE HUT – Catagman near Penaplata
Download a Map – SPICE HUT location
Fresh Lapu-lapu from the local market, soon to be a delicious Indian curried fish
Available for Parties
Available for parties, birthdays and functions
If you’d like to get away from the noise and dust of the city, find out more with this download
Tired of city life
This is an extended version of a Project 2 speech I delivered on April 14, 2016 at Malang Toastmasters Club. Originally titled Durians and Southeast Asians, I decided to rename this post The Metaphorical Durians so as not to confuse with my older piece in January, which by the way is what influenced me to discuss about a similar topic, this time delivered as a speech before fellow Southeast Asians.
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 74,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.
Sulu Archipelago, Philippine Islands, 3 January 1762
As I gazed out over the massive bows of the “London”, it seemed to me that in all my Eastern wanderings, I had rarely seen anything to compare with this enchanting spot. The surroundings islands – and there were many – appeared fertile, lush and well-cultivated. Gentle, undulating slopes rose up in places to over 4000 feet, presenting an ever-varying contrast of dense forest and wide open savannah, of harsh sunlight and textured shadows, of cool waterfalls tumbling into fast-flowing rivers, of gently smoldering volcanoes and bubbling hot springs – a profusion of all the creative and destructive powers Nature could offer.
Down by the shoreline the coral coves, capes and headlands seemed to rise up almost perpendicularly from the surrounding lagoons. And, dotted here and there, on the flanks of the rich, sun-drenched foothills, among the stately coconut palms whose luxuriant fronds…
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Living on the Island Garden City of Samal (otherwise known as IGaCoS), it behoves us to keep an attractive garden of our own. Previously, a fern I photographed at Davao’s Kadayawan festival gained some attention from an Australian gardening magazine. A new (and exciting) growth in our kitchen garden prompts me to illustrate some of the plants we surround ourselves with.
Elephant Yam (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius)
We were given the ‘jungle’ plant by a relative, it was just a strange prehistoric looking plant with a scaly stem which grew to about 5′ tall. The flower was a bit of a surprise.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the garden…
A growing number of tourists want to pursue the admirable objective of helping local economies and people while travelling. This principle became widely known as a base of a sustainable tourism, thanks to a new consciousness privileging small-scale economies. More people want to travel and grasp the real experience with local people. If this happens in countries less wealthy than the place of origin of the travellers, good intentions of help and support also play a key role.
What do we mean when we say helping local economies during a trip? Indeed, while visiting a place, we all support the local economy in one way or another: we pay taxes, hotels, transportations, restaurants and doing so we boost the economy of the host country and “give livelihood” to those people assisting us. Then, we think: how much of what we spend is effectively distributed and how much actually reaches the hands of a few people?…
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