Scott’s Adventures in Philippines

Back to the Market more than enough

Back to the Market more than enough

The Mogpog market is a place we return each day, more than once,  By lunch most of the fresh products have been sold, fisherman have returned to sleep in their berths after a night on the waters. There are newly slaughtered hogs carried into the market throughout...

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Villa Arcos family day at the pool

Villa Arcos family day at the pool

Our Jeepney is loaded with twenty family members, kids, teens, babies, adults, inner tubes, coolers, pots of food, towels and swim gear. Today is a family pool party at the Villa Arcos in Santa Cruz, Marinduque. After we arrive and pay our entry fees, we tiptoe down...

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Jeepneys transportation specials

Jeepneys transportation specials

The most common vehicles on Marinduque are bikes, tricycles with a cab, tribikes with a cab, motorcycles, and jeepneys. Jeepneys are the most colorful and most used on narrow winding mountain roads that take a traveler three or four hours to go around an island that...

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Harvesting coconuts the big stick

Harvesting coconuts the big stick

Coconut trees make pretty pictures, but they make money too. On Marinduque, coconut trees grow up the sides and over mountains, in valleys and in flat areas that have been cleared of brush to make orchards, rows of the trees standing like sailors at morning muster, in...

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Pool Anyone? Mogpog pool hall

Pool Anyone? Mogpog pool hall

Night in Mogpog is deathly quiet and much of the town has closed for the evening early. Tonight, our diversion is shooting pool at Bernie and Elizabeth's. The tables are in okay shape for our kind of pool but some of the pool sticks have more bends than politicians at...

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Karaoke Time Singing for fun

Karaoke Time Singing for fun

In Belize, karaoke machines appear in bars and hotel ballrooms with guests wearing Wal-Mart pineapple and palm tree short sleeved perma-press shirts. They sing into late hours and consume vast quantities of rum. In Mogpog, karaoke machines appear in people's front...

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Feeding Pigs – Video Noisy Eaters

Feeding Pigs – Video Noisy Eaters

These guys and girls aren't going hungry. They are fed in the morning and in the afternoon with snacks in between meals to help them put on weight. They will eat as much as you give them and they always behave as if they are starving. Alma washes out their cages...

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Mosquito Fires- Video farming in Mogpog

Mosquito Fires- Video farming in Mogpog

This old man farms seven days a week. He comes out early in the morning wearing flip flops, shorts, a long sleeved shirt and a baseball cap with a big brim.He has a machete in a sleeve on his belt and when he sees something that needs trimmed he pulls its long blade...

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Help Wanted people resources

Help Wanted people resources

In days when Britain ruled the seas and ruled the world, colonies were properties on a global monopoly board. The more real estate you had, the more money flowed into royal coffers. Real estate, however, requires expensive maintenance and security. Britain lost the...

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Old/New Buildings in Marinduque

Old/New Buildings in Marinduque

Buildings on Marinduque run the gamut from simple to complex. They can be as small as this tiny wood frame square box with a thatched roof, unscreened windows, padlocked front door, built off the ground, no air conditioning ,no electric, no plumbing. They can also be...

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Down by the River wash day

Down by the River wash day

Every day is laundry day in Mogpog. A few do their laundry at home in washing machines. Most do it at home in their front yards using buckets of water, one for soapy suds and the other for rinsing. Some few still go the river to clean their clothes, using cane sticks...

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Food talk plenty for all

Food talk plenty for all

  Whether it is fresh vegetables, noodles, fish, shrimp, pork, chicken, okra, green beans, squash, goat, rice, spaghetti and meat sauce, meat on a stick,eggs,coconut water or coconut, you are obliged here to eat more than you want. At birthday parties, or family...

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