Friday, June 23, 2006


I chopped large weeds called talahib today. These plants spread quite fast and are a pain to get rid of. I would have dug them to the root so they wouldn't grow back, but the dirt is too hard and my shovel doesn't have a handle. I'm actually using the shovel blade to chop the talahib as I do not have a machete or itak. I also washed a few pieces of clothing this evening. When I do this, I just place them in the sink to dry as the sun is already setting. This however makes the clothing have a "kulong" smell that doesn't smell as fresh as letting it dry in the sunshine. I'm also washing some grime or algae that is growing on the cement. After chopping talahib, I took a walk to a nearby carpenter who was constructing a tradition Filipino home called a bahay kubo. He was telling me about himself and his history in the carpentry business. He even allowed me to work a little while and experience some parts of building a bahay kubo. Basically, the wooden bamboo pieces are connected using nails and wire. The basic tools you need are just a hammer, pliers, and a saw. The largest wooden pieces create the foundation for the whole bahay kubo and give the other parts support. The skeleton of the walls and roof come next. After that, the dingding, or walls, are connected, followed by the roof. The carpenter is physically very strong and looks to be quite healthy. He is already 61 years old. I was surprised and very impressed.


molly ann said...

nice idea.!! in using this grasses in using it for a foundation of a nipa hut

Molly Ann Gajo said...

its a very bright idea for using talahib as natural building material ang using it for the foundation of a nipa hut!! GOOD IDEA!!

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