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Rediscovering Kahlil Gibran

The book, The Prophet came to me in about 1963 when I was an early teen and it helped me get through the rough spots and when I was in need of some inspiration. It was the only thing I can remember bringing with me to live in San Francisco, California in 1967. When ever I felt overwhelmed I would draw a hot bath, light candles and read The Prophet. This book changed the way I looked at life and helpd mold my character.

Khalil Gibran (born Gubran Khalil Gubran[1] bin Mikhā'īl bin Sa'ad; Arabic, January 3, 1883 – April 10, 1931)
"Also known as Kahlil Gibran, was a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon (then part of the Ottoman Mount Lebanon mutasarrifate), as a young man he immigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. He is chiefly known in the English speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, a series of philosophical essays written in English prose. An early …

Feliz Navidad -Chrismas family Video

I made this Christmas video on http://www.jibjab.com/  Starring me, our daughter Alysha, Dave and my parents. They have been playing Christmas music in Puerto Princesa since Oct. 1. With just 46 days till Christmas I figured it's ok to get with the spirit.

It's sort of chopped up here...so to view it in full width view it click this link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNicss7iAlY

Images Asia Magazine Aug-Sept. 2010

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to feature the fine artisans and scenery as backdrops or props for the shots in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

These were all shot at the end of February 2010 for their April May 2010 Issue. It was a fun 2 day shoot. The city of Puerto Princesa, through the kindness of Mayor Edward Hagedorn, sent the crew to our most popular tourist spots, and one of the nominees as one of the new 7th New wonders of the World, the Puerto Princesa Underground or subterranean River.

Thanks to the photographers, MJ Cachero who took the magazine issue shots and Voltair Fernandez Domingo for the behind the scenes shots, with all of us under the sound direction of Images Asia Magazine publisher, Ernest Gonzaga.

 Shot at Lotus Garden Restaurant and Suites, one of our favorite restaurants at that time, the food is great and the ambiance at night to us, is one of the best in Puerto Princesa.  Fine pineapple silk scarf by Rugungan sa Tubod weavers. I'm addicted to thei…

GNN Talk News TV by Annete Ablan

March 11, 2010 We were guests on GNN Talk News, hosted by Annette Ablan while we were in Manila. We are trying to pass the word on about electric motor bikes and electric tricyles as an alternative to vehicles using fossil fuels. We were able to go in depth on the pros and cons of the technology as it stands today and we feel the benefits far outweigh the cons, as long as people know and learn how to take care of them. And the retailers should have full mechanical support of units. Otherwise, it's a bust, leaving disillusioned first time electric vehicle buys with a bad taste in their mouth.

Read  more about our electric tricycles on my blog. http://electric-tricycles.blogspot.com/

On the set at GNN Talk News TV





One of our Electric Tricycle prototypes in Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Our Etrikes and and electric motorcycle
View our blogs:
http://electric-tricycles.blogspot.com/
http://electricmotorbikes.blogspot.com/


Hectic exciting February

I can't believe it's the end of February. What a hectic month this has been. Seems like it was just Feb 1, and now the month has flown by. We had a friend of ours from Subic fly in for a few days to explore Puerto Princesa. He seemed to have a good time. He was the perfect guest, just went out on his own and did the things he wanted. We took him to our favorite beach an hour away for a native, eat on banana leaves picnic and we all enjoyed that. He's even coming back next week in March! Next Merle Deen who is working with the city of PPC for an intergrated tourism plan so everyon benefits from her ideas, and printed collaterals that visitors will receive. Great gal, full of energy and great ideas. We met her the first time we came to PPC in May of 2009. We took her to our Green Tech Eco Center and she was excited about the possibilities there. We did a lot this month with the new electric tricycles at the Green Tech Eco Center. Dave refitted some of the new prototypes with …

One Amazing Wedding- Singson- Michael - Jan. 4, 2010

In December of 2009 Richelle Singson invited me to be Godmother at her wedding to Richard Peter Michael.  Her father, a family friend, just happens to be the Deputy National Security Adviser in the Philippines, and former govenor of Ilocos Sur, Luis "Chavit" Singson. As far as invitations go, it was rather last minute considering I didn't have anything suitable to wear and most of the fashion designers in Manila were already pre booked and buried in orders for the holiday season. I actually tried some of the higher end department stores, but alas, nothing would fit my shortness.

I was lucky enough to run into a social acquaintance in Facebook chat, Becky Garcia, who I know has great taste and also knows everyone around it seems, especially fashion designers. She turned me on to a designer named Oskar Peralta, who I later found out is an icon in the fashion world. I was in Manila for a doctor's appointment early in December and Oskar was kind enough to fit me in my h…

Facebook | My Photos - Showroom Puerto Princesa

UPDATE - June 2015
The eco center has been closed since it was way before it's time and we have moved on to the countryside outside of the city. We are into solar and sustainable living ways now.

Green Tech Eco Center, our showroom in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines is coming along nicely. Electric Trikes to arrive by Feb. 2, 2010. We will show case them here. It is also the official service center for all the of the City's electric vehicles. As far as I know, it's the only dedicated Electric vehicle service center in the Philippines.
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Mural painted by local artists Mario and Tontong

Living in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

We moved to Puerto Princesa, Palawan in October of 2009. It's a small backwoods type of town, but the people are mostly friendly and helpful. It's quite inconvenient as there are no repair shops for our Ford Expedition truck, and only 1 supermarket in the entire town. Yet somehow, it brings me back to the time I while I was growing up in the then sleepy town of Batangas, Batangas, which was not yet a city when I lived there. It's easy to make friends here and those we have made make it worth the daily inconveniences. I like the small town community feel and I am hoping to get more involved with projects that will help educate and move the population to Zero household waste, sometime in the future.

We met the esteemed and well loved mayor of the city, Mayor Edward Hagedorn, back in May of 2009; it was love at first sight for all of us. He is very concerned about keeping the city (one of the largest cities by way of land mass in the entire Philippines) and does something ab…