Category Archives: Apparatus

Copra

A specialized tool is used to to manually separate the copra from its shell. The meat will then be dried before extracting the coconut oil. How about the shell? It will be made into charcoal known as ‘uling bagol’.

A thick spatula-like tool is inserted between the meat and the shell.

Once inserted, the tool should be moved in a circular manner to separate the meat inch by inch.

Bamboo Skewers

Shrimp Traps

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Spot the tiny shrimps

Featuring the Snow Shovel

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At past the peak of winter snowing in Hida Region around March, one can notice plainly the handy snow shovels in different shapes, sizes, and colors, in front of homes, shops, and shrines, in standby mode.

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Find the shovel

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Winter Electric Fan

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Electric fans as space heaters are ubiquitous in Korea to combat the chill. This is something out of ordinary for someone who lives in a tropical country and uses the fan all year round to combat the tropical heat.

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K-Broom

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The native broom of Korea

Walis Beauty

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Why buy those synthetic boring brooms at the supermarket when there are pretty walis out there?

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Hygiene Paraphernalia

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Hand wash kettle

 

Bamboo Carrying Pole

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Split bamboo pole is the most applicable equipment for this guy to manually carry as many huge bags of food stuff as possible. Though rudimentary, his effort in making sure that the load in both ends is of equal weight shouldn’t be discounted.

A Particular Dustpan in Bangkok

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Dustpan for outdoor use with galvanized iron base, and natural materials for the rest of its parts, from its wall to its handle, is one design that’s probably particular to Bangkok only. As for public street cleaning, looks like it’s practical to attach a carry handle apart from its sweeping handle.

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Dustpan with carry handle

Kyoto Bird Control

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Bird control spikes

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Of Japan’s Winter and Kerosene Heater

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To maximize the heat at the top, use it to warm some water

Kerosene heater is the most endearing winter necessity in Japan. It’s a pretty common space heating device in homes and shops other than the kotatsu.

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Most common kerosene heater design

Throughout my temple stay in Hida-Takayama and mountain village stay in Gokayama in Japan Alps, multiple kerosene heaters are the primary source of heat indoors where outside temperature ranges from -1°C to -7°C.

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Kerosene heater + kotatsu = Japan winter survival

Kotatsu

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Kotatsu at the gassho-style farmhouse inn. Ainokura in Gokayama

 

Under the kotatsu is the most comfortingly warm place during winter when centralized heating is not available indoors, as most temples or houses in rural Japan. This space heating device has electric heat source under the low table frame, where a blanket or futon is inserted between the table frame and tabletop as covering, and a futon placed on the tatami as sitting cushion. Putting one’s bottom-half underneath the cover as one sits, warms the lower body.

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Kotatsu inside the Japanese Buddhist Temple inn at Hida-Takayama in Gifu

 

So, while the kotatsu is mildly toasting half of me, I can do something worthwhile on the tabletop like sipping tea, snacking, reading, or writing something, though my hands would still be freezing that I had to put both under the table from time to time.

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Closer look of the kotatsu

 

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Closer look of the heating source under the tabletop

 

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Switch for the heat source

 

Kotatsu can be used for sleeping as well, as what I’ve seen in Japanese movies. But in real life, it feels uncomfortable because of the physical restriction, and still cold, unless you can manage to put your whole body under, or unless it’s the only heating you have at home. Only in Japan…

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Plaza Kodaker

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In Dumaguete City plaza, whether it’s inday’s day off,  or lovers date, or friends or family hanging out after mass, moments can still be captured in an old school way, as one can see men with some photographic equipment roaming around the plaza for an on-call portrait shoot.

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Superior than selfie

These ambulant kodakers have contributed in the masses keepsakes – plaza photographs stored in those old school photo albums.

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One-man enterprise

Microretailing Soft Drinks

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Microretailing three kinds of soft drink per cup from its corresponding1.5 liter bottle in this uncomplex vending machine

Handwritten Illustration: Election Voting System

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“2016 Election” in the sample ballot in Figure 3. Figure 4 is cute but terrible for it can make someone a president of the Philippines in 2016

 

I came across this photocopied handwritten information with illustrations, promoting an election voting tool that is manual yet fast. Handwritten illustrations, instructions, including handwritten maps have certain kind of appeal to me. I’ve picked this somewhere in the exhibit area on an empty table but only get to read it at home. So, I didn’t get to see this “fast manual” tool at the Science Nation unlike the Smartmatic’s state-of-the-art touch screen voting machine, a super upgraded PCOS system where I got to touch the candidate’s name with picture beside it to cast my trial vote.

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They even made a pitch on the lower left “The excitement and suspense in watching the counting of votes can still be experienced!”

Well, this election voting system on paper says no electricity needed. Voting will be fast for instead of writing, one just needs to punch holes. Reminds me of the beginnings of computing systems where punched cards were used.  Also reminds me of the paper bus tickets in the country.  An entertaining read.

Pulot Boy’s Improvisation

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Old tennis racket repurposed into pulot boy’s ball snatcher by fusing some netting around the racket’s rim

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Pulot boy (ball boy) in action

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Convenient ball catcher, picker and collector

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More on ball boy in action

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Ball boys are maintaining the shell tennis court by marking lines using chalk and leveling the crushed shells using net mop

Mango Picker

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Manual fruit picker as seen in Science Nation exhibit by DOST at MOA

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Low tech practicality

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Head of the mango picker consist of blade in triangular shape housed in an acrylic like material to manually sever the fruit from the tree, and a net to catch it

Japan’s Medieval Broomstick

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How about a quidditch match?

Outdoor broom used in Japan that’s made from twigs tied together on a stick. Something medieval looking in futuristic Japan.

Double Edged Blade

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Socket is used for mounting pole so it can be adapted into a spear. This size can be used to cut vegetables says my Ifugao host

My Ifugao host uses this dagger of primitive design as household tool (I saw it near the kitchen). Looks like an appropriate tool to kill small animals for food or for ritual purposes.

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Weaved rattan on the handle and across the scabbard

Looks like it can also be used (or has been used) as hunting tool for wild pigs, for instance. The hole at the base is for inserting pole to transform the implement into a spear.

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Dagger can safely lock in place in that open-faced wooden scabbard

Long ago when tribal wars still exist in the mountains of Cordillera, this double edged blade tool might have been primarily designed as weapon.

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