“I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.”
― Lucille Ball

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter egg hunt is a European and American tradition, although egg hunt in general is also done with other occasions, such as spring birthdays.

The eggs are usually hard-boiled, decorated with paint and sometimes mixed with chocolate eggs. The eggs are then hided, usually outdoors, and hence it's up to the children to hunt for the eggs.

This year we did not invite other children as before. View the pics below for an impression of this classic European Easter tradition in the Philippines.

Mango time!

21 kilo
Due to El Niño, it's very dry these days in the Philippines. Since Christmas last year it didn't rain at all, at least in our place. That's probably the reason that the mango (mangga in Filipino) is late and expensive.

The regular season for flowering is from November to February, harvesting from March to June.

The regular season for mango is flowering from November to February and harvest from March to June. - See more at: http://www.themangofactory.com/growing-mangoes/organic-mangoes/growing-organic-mangoes-in-the-philippines/#sthash.ABKWvqRz.dpuf
My wife purchased today in the market a whole basket with 21 kilo ripe golden mangoes, for 80 pesos the kilo, see the picture.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March 14th (3.14) was Pi-Day or π-Day celebration

It's a tradition in the USA since 2009 that March 14th is celebrated as "Pi Day". Remember that this date is written in US date format as 3/14, which resembles as 3.14 in decimal format, the first three digits of the mathematical constant π or Pi.

See the Pi symbol on the right for much more digits of Pi. As a matter of fact, the number of digits after the decimal point is infinite and never repeating.

Here is an abstract from Wikipedia on the characteristics of Pi.
Being an irrational number, π cannot be expressed exactly as a fraction (equivalently, its decimal representation never ends and never settles into a permanent repeating pattern). Still, fractions such as 22/7 and other rational numbers are commonly used to approximate π. The digits appear to be randomly distributed; however, to date, no proof of this has been discovered. Also, π is a transcendental number – a number that is not the root of any non-zero polynomial having rational coefficients. This transcendence of π implies that it is impossible to solve the ancient challenge of squaring the circle with a compass and straightedge.

Repairing our electrical compound connection

This part of the wires were the cause of the problem,
I used my car to pull out the wires from the conduit
Sometimes in your life you make a big mistake, as I did five years ago.

Being an electronics engineer (NOT electrical engineer), I miscalculated what could go wrong if you put a set of electrical wires in a too narrow conduit pipe. This kind of subjects is never taught to electronics engineers.

I used a 3/4" PVC conduit pipe for two AWG #6 wires, which were rated for use until 60 degrees Celsius. The ampacity was about 60 amperes. The pipe was put in the concrete of the fence, running from the point where a split was made for a 100 amperes connection to the house and a 60 amperes connection to my workshop and garage, we call it bodega.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Our Kalachuchi or Plumeria or Frangipani plants are flowering now

Frequent readers of this blog know that in april 2014 we elevated our compound as to make it level with the house, swimming pool and bodega, and to become our future garden, see this post.

One of the plants that we planted that year, especially around the swimming pool, look like dead wooden sticks.

We got them from friends, and you just stick them into the ground. I was skeptical if it would work, but since this week and for the first time, they started flowering, despite the very dry weather this early 2016. We almost didn't give them water at all.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Rat Pest Nuisance

Courtesy Wikipedia
As we live in a rural area, there are many rats here, at least I guess more than in residential areas, although many rats love residential areas as there are usually more food residues to find. So maybe it does not matter where you live.

Since we live here for five years, I had four to five times a rat nuisance. I will share them with you.

Last week I had a problem again with a rat, this time she built a nest in my drill press. And it's not the first time in this machine. In 2015 I also removed a nest with 5 or so pups. 


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