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Tropical Depression “Caloy” near Mindanao

As the Tropical Depressin (ex. LPA 94W) entered PAR (Philippines Area of Responsibility), PAGASA assigned the name CALOY. Tropical Depression “Caloy” is moving at 5 km/h westwards. 45 km/h maximum sustained winds  near the center....

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Oregon Scientific LW301 – what a scrap

We purchased and installed an Oregon Scientific LW301 weather station to provide you with live weather information from Camiguin. We profoundly regret our acquisition! This weather station and the associated software are scrap! The screen...

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Check airport’s safety capabilities

A team from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) is evaluating the safety of  Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA). Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) will host a meeting in Cebu next year. This is why their Airport Safety Evaluation...

Philippines Weather 2014-03-19 0

LPA upgraded to Tropical Depression

JMA, the Japan Meteorological Agency, has upgraded LPA 94W to a Tropical Depression.  The 24 hours animated satellite loops are here. The Tropical Depression (ex. LPA 94W) is now within PAR, the Philippines Area of...

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Bureau of Immigration explains

The “New requirements for Filipino tourists” published by the BI last week provoked lots of emotions and harsh comments. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) tried to explain on Saturday. If the regulations are now...

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Beautiful Silent Gardens

Silent Gardens is beautiful – no, I am not writing about the website but about the office. Our entrance had been white, beautifully white – but a bit too white. Already for a long...

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Windy Spring ahead

Our satellite image monitoring shows a low pressure area (LPA 94W) east of Guam. This LPA is moving west-northwest and if it maintains its forward speed, it will reach the Philippines around March 21. ...

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Airline Races ?

Yesterday evening I checked the airspace situation over Manila (MNL/RPLL). I do this rather often when we expect guests, to check the congestion around NAIA. I got a bit astonished, when I saw CEB...

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Bureau of Immigration is very busy

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) had been very busy during the last weeks. There are two new regulations, one belonging to foreign expatriates and longtime tourists the other one aiming Filipino tourists. Foreign expatriates...

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Only 240 Megawatt lacking

 I write this short blog entry with solar power, although the batteries are only 70% charged because of the cloudy skies.  The power situation in Mindanao is not changing. It is 100% a political...

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Hawksbill Sea Turtles in Camiguin

Considered by many to be the most beautiful  sea turtle for their colorful shells, the Hawksbill is found in tropical waters around the world. They spend their time in coral reefs, rocky areas, lagoons,...

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Zero-Zero-Zero: no, not a Japanese attack

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) published today a 0-0-0 forecast for Mindanao’s electricity status. 0 production, 0 consumption, 0 difference. That’s the perfect way to keep people quiet. To be honest, I...

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100 feet for lunch

Today we had a very special guest for lunch – a centipede! The animal had been about 8 inches (20 centimeters) long. It was brown with beige legs. It is interesting to see how...

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147 Megawatt (only) !

 Today Mindanao is lacking only 147 Megawatt of electrical Power.   If words could be transformed in to electricity – the Philippines would be the biggest exporter in the world. GMA News reports: Malacañang on...