Scott’s Adventures in Philippines

Flight Tracker Tokyo to Minnesota

Flight Tracker Tokyo to Minnesota

    On the back of the airplane seat, directly in front of me, is an entertainment console with music, movies, and diversions.. If I hit a flight tracker button on the console, I can see the path of our current flight in midair, the wind speed, plane speed,...

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Escalator Selfie Haneda Airport, Japan

Escalator Selfie Haneda Airport, Japan

    This tunnel is well lit. Some tunnels are rabbit holes, some filled with pack rat vaults. Some tunnels are underground, dark and womb like, leading to gold and silver leprechaun caches. Some tunnels are constructed with giant boring machines, go under...

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Cooking on a hot stone Haneda Airport, Japan

Cooking on a hot stone Haneda Airport, Japan

    "Watch out for the stone, " the short order cook says, as he slides my meal across the counter to me. " It is very hot." I look at a dark stone shaped like a huge pill on my plate, then look at my under cooked meat next to it. The hot stone, it appears,...

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Tokyo Train Narita Airport to Haneda Airport - Japan

Tokyo Train Narita Airport to Haneda Airport - Japan

    There were trains for getting around before there were planes. You have to walk before you can fly. The first trains were big, lumbering, uncomfortable, dark, and were powered by men shoveling coal into fireboxes to heat water and using the created steam...

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Marinduque to Manilla return boat ride

Marinduque to Manilla return boat ride

    The nautical miles click by and Marinduque disappears. The Philippines move into memories, that funky place where facts get forgotten, emotions get heightened, truth gets obscured, and we turn experiences into what we want them to be instead of what they...

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Gwen graduates Kindergarden ceremony

Gwen graduates Kindergarden ceremony

    On this day, Gwen graduates from kindergarten at a local community center. It takes some urging to go on stage with her aunt April, but she walks on and is recognized.There are recitations by some of the kids, comments by teacher's and invited guests, a...

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Albert and Bella playing on the front porch

Albert and Bella playing on the front porch

    Albert and Bella are two of five dogs at the house. There are also two cats plus a new Kitty who joined the wrecking crew last night, abandoned in the road and following us home. Next morning it is curled up against one of the dogs on the front step,...

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Cat and Birds just out of reach

Cat and Birds just out of reach

    These two parakeets are new to the front porch. The two birds and cage were a thousand pesos, about $20.00. The two of them sing, preen, watch the world from their small enclosure.They are confined, but they are safe. Sitting below is one of Alma's cats,...

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Who’s got the best rooster? to the end

Who’s got the best rooster? to the end

    Excitement builds during the week . As Sunday afternoon grows close, the roosters crowing takes on more urgency. On Sunday afternoons, a stadium in a local neighborhood opens for business and men pay for permits to fight their birds. The fighting cage in...

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Sunday at the rooster fights Sunday afternoon

Sunday at the rooster fights Sunday afternoon

    Each week, rooster fights happen. Men of all ages bring their favorite fighting roosters to this stadium, pay a fee to enter, put their rooster and their reputation on the line. These battles are to the death, and, to ensure that, roosters have a finger...

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Painted nails girls having fun

Painted nails girls having fun

    Today, Gwen wants blue toenails. She is four years old but has a mind of her own, like all of us. Today, Alma sits on the floor in a doorway and carefully puts a new more beautiful blue on previously red toenails. Every little girl needs these moments....

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Raining Dogs and Cats its not always dry here

Raining Dogs and Cats its not always dry here

    March is one of the dryer months on Marinduque but, even in March, it rains. This is a morning rain that lasts an hour, steady. Rain runs off the tin roof and puddles in the yard. After thirty minutes, soil turns to a mud so thick you can't shake it off...

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