Thursday, November 09, 2006

Where is this place?

If you are comming from the outside, locate the Milky Way galaxy.

"Simply" head for the blue best looking planet:


Locate "Asia" to the right here, head for the spot in the green circle

Here is a closer look at asia and the image also show the weather situation right now

We are heading for The Philippines, again the green circle.

Head for "Manila" (The red spot)

From the airport, head for the pin named "Greenbelt Park place" (in Makati)

When in Makati, locate "Ayala avenue" (every taxi driver knows the place)

Finally, head for C.Palanca and "Greenbelt Parkplace".
Here you also see the nearby malls, Greenbelt, The Landmark, Glorietta

Shanghai / Spring rolls

So I have learned how to make these mysterious rolls that we can find back home in chinese restaurants.

Together with pepper, seasoning, soya sauce, egg and ground pork it made the fillings.

The wrapper felt like a mix of pancake, paper and added rolls aroma. They were all clinged together and taking them apart took some time.
The making of rols:
1. Lumpia - roll wrapper on the plate, then add some filling
2. "Roll" it, then before completing add som egg white to glue the roll to itself

The tools: pile of wrappers, egg white, fillings. Ready made rolls

Then fry in oil until golden brown.

The finished product :-) Mmmmmmm

We ate it with ketchup as seen to the right in this image.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Cucurachi - Cockroach in the house!

Life is good, I'm sitting in my pyjamas enjoying eating a good dinner with ice cold beer on the side!

Then something is tickling on my belly and towards my chest...... AAAAAAaa OO OOO OO *waving both arms wildly towards the tickling thingy* AAAAAaaaaaaah SHIT! OMG! Brrrrr! And there on the floor it was, a cockroach lying on it's back strugling to get back on its feet. It never made it!
My hartbeat jumped faster in rate that it's done in a long long time :-D

Probably it understood there was someone feasting in food and climbed up my pyjamas covered legs wanting to join in. (And we live way above ground, never thought this thing would be a problem...)

New things and old things

This living far away from home things gives me a lot of new experiences.

Recently I tries a waterfree urinal, for some reason it didn't smell pee as it does in many urinals with running water, it also said it saved 15000 liters of waer a year. (Hurray!!)

I also learned that ants find their way up two the 20th floor in a new building, yes we have a small ant problem... (and most of the units in this building are still not occupied)

My name is Joe, or at least it would be convenient. "Hey Joe!" I've heard, and they mean something like "Hey Mr. White guy!". Joe is like the general term for Americans and to many I look American, hence I'm "Joe" :)Typically they just wanna grab my attention and wave, just being friendly.

English was not long ago (some years) added as an official language together with Tagalog, so this country now has two official languages, just like in Norway have two official languages (both are norwegian ;) ). So if you work in any local authority office you have to reply a letter you recieve in the same language.

Most/many people in Manila (Especialy in Makati) area like to speak "Taglish". Taglish is a combination of Tagalog and English, and the less centralised the less English is spoken. It's amazing how you can sit and eavesdrop to a Taglish conversation and almost understand what they're talking about. I've done this especially at Starbucks (Coffee shop with wi-fi connection). In locations close to businesses where they probably are dealing with international clients it's more and more english in the conversations ;) - And they speak as if the foreign guy (Joe) at the next table can't understand ;)

Smoking cigarettes is for the "rich" people, it's a way here to show that you are well off. Too bad!Especially women is smoking, very few men compared to women, here in the business area that is at least.

Phillipinos speaks in general well english, and just like in any other country where it's not their first spoken language one pretend to understand you even though he/she might not. E.g. the security guy in the reception here where we live is smiling and nodding when I speak, now I have learned to understand from his funny smile that he is not really understanding, just being "polite" ;-)

Gesticulation is the most powerfull language I have learned so far!

I have always dissliked washing clothes, back home I waited until I had very few clothes left and then washed all at the same time and it went like this:- Fill up the machine with clothes, start it and hang up clothes for drying after 1-2 hours.

Now I disslike it even more ;)- We have only cold water so we have to use a cleaning service now and then to get it properly clean.- The machine takes very few clothes; do it more often.- It's semi-manual; adding soap and water, draining the water, squeeze out water from the clothes, add more water for cleansing the soap from the clothes, draining, doing it all over again, then a last time squeezing before putting into the "spinner" before hanging up for drying.

At home in Norway I live in the 3rd floor, it's the "penthouse", here I live in the 20th floor, and its just about half way up the building! There are 39 floors here but in reality its 36 (allthough the first floor / ground floor has a very tall ceiling). 13 is missing due to bad luck...........

Here is from the left hand side view out the window.