Hannies Inn

27 May, 2008

I’m currently residing in a business hotel, Hannie’s Inn.  It’s nice.  Only 1030peso’s per night (roughly 30NZD).  It’s right across the road from the Davao Coke bottling plant as seen in this photograph I took from the balcony while waiting for the driver.

At night the lights are on inside and you can see the rows of empty bottles being cleaned and filled.

The hotel is also only a short taxi ride (P70) to the large SM Mall and from Davao Central.  It’s near a major crossroads so is always bustling with people, jeepnees and bikes. 




Philippine Toad?

27 May, 2008

I thought this toad was giant (being quite familiar with the central Asian type at an earlier age).  I almost stepped on it on the way to dinner. Indeed it was giant.  The biggest of the lot apparently.  A Philippine toad?  Nope.  An introduced poisonous cane toad.


16 May, 2008

Well I went out the other day on a site visit to the scheme that is being constructed here.

Incredible terrain and a huge engineering challenge to get anything into place.

I’ll put photos up on my photoblog as I get them uploaded.

On the lighter side of life, we often go down the road to ‘Cynthia’s’ a roadside resturant around 5min from here.  You chose from a couple of the dishes on the counter and are served with rice.  Quite good actually.

Here it is on Panoramio…

In Mindanao

15 May, 2008

Well here I am, in Davao Philippines.

It was quite uneventful getting here actually.  Hoped on a flight to Singapore then on to Cebu and Davao.  Davao has a nice small airport and was generally quite a welcoming place to arrive.  I got picked up by one of the drivers here, Jason, and went to the bank for some pesos and to a roadside cell phone store for a sim card.

Essentials out of the way I headed to the project office and met up with some of our colleges here.

After that I headed back to the city to stay in a Hotel, the Apo View Hotel in fact.  Reasonable although I seem to get lost between the lobby and the lifts.

Went for dinner at a buffet place just around the corner from the hotel and had rice, fish, mussels and some chicken and desert, all you could eat for 128p or around $5.00 Kiwi.

Everyone is friendly here and all up I think I will really enjoy my stay. Will blog more tomorrow but until then check out the photoblog I’ve started

Waitakeri Ranges

4 May, 2008

Waitakeri Dam

Auckland doesn’t know how lucky it is with the Waitakeri ranges on the doorstep.

Walked up to the Waitakeri Dam a couple of weekends ago – the photo below honestly wasn’t posed…

Cascade Posers

Driving with Google…

30 April, 2008

Here’s a cool new addition to google maps….

You put in the driving directions and, if available, you can jump to street view and follow the path, not unlike an in-car GPS navigation system.  You can see where this one is headed.  Download the trip before you go and hey presto you not only have the map but landmarks photos etc.

Check out this video which gives you preview.

When will this sort of data be available in-car for less than a fortune?

Trip to the Philippines

30 April, 2008

Well, I’m off to work in the Philippines for a few months next week on Sunday.  I plan to keep this site updated with links to photos etc so keep a watch out if you want.

Here is where I’ll be going on google maps:

Unfortunate Acronym

9 April, 2008

You’ve got to be careful these days, what with all the acronyms flying around.  This one is one of my favorates.  Shows that you have to be carefull to use an acronym that is unique or make sure that it’s not hijacked as in this great mashup.

The suspicion that bankers were actually pirates was now confirmed……

3 April, 2008


God and Dogs…

1 April, 2008

Sometimes someone comes up with an analogy for an experience that just captures the thing. This one is a good one… although I tend to think that cat’s fit the bill a little better.

The Dog Allusion by Martin Rowson

“‘As with dogs, so with gods – by and large, you should blame the owners.’ A particular trait, common to all human civilisations, is the worship of non-human entities with followings of devotees who claim that their reverence can transport them to transcendental heights of complete and unfettered love. Do I mean God? No – I mean Dog. Dogs and other pets we’ve been keeping and loving since we began walking on two feet. But why do we love God – and pets – so much when their capriciousness sometimes suggests that they don’t love us back? In this wise, witty and highly topical book, celebrated cartoonist and novelist Martin Rowson argues that rationally, the whole enterprise of religion is a monumental and faintly ridiculous waste of time and money. But then again, so is pet-keeping. What both do, however, is tell us a lot about who we are, which is perhaps a more important question than whether God exists and if so, if he is indeed great. “

I wouldn’t mind reading this one. Let me know if you have

PS. Just so you know, my dog walks on water