Category Archives: Improvisation

Motorcycle Umbrella

Tree Branch as Wet Concrete Warning Device

A branch of binunga tree (Macaranga tanarius) topped with yellow cellophane bag is used as a warning device for wet concrete manhole cover.

Improvised Straw Rope Dispenser

Plastic straw rope dispenser made from discarded carton.

Detachable Tricycle Roof

A Capizeño solution to adverse weather conditions

Another photo of the improvised detachable roof

Repurposed Baby Stroller 

Seen at Quirino Grandstand were several charcoal-grilled dried pusit (squid) ambulant ‘oldish’ female vendors using tiny lightweight table-like stand with an aluminum tray to hold live charcoals. However a couple of vendors have this idea of repurposing a discarded baby stroller in order to transform their pusit stand to a rolling one.

Boat Trailer Visibility 

Boat trailer visibility improvisation using Mountain Dew neon bottle

Improvised Dumbbells

Improvised dumbbells made from cement and Davies paint cans

Monobloc Trikes

At Burham Park you can see those tiny three-wheeled pedal vehicles. Kids rent them to playfully go around a short distance path of about 200 meters (I think) for an hour. Some have fancy looking roofs, some have “A” roofs, and some have no roofs. Those single seater ones are the most common but I have also seen several tandem ones. What truly caught my attention is the practical design of its seating. A Monobloc chair is removable, replaceable, readily available, and easy to clean.

Improvised Window Cover

Vehicle proudly using Duterte campaign poster as temporary cover for its broken right rear windshield.

Queue Separator

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Lengthwise cut of newspapers hung on straw ropes as distinct separator for precinct cluster queues in today’s Philippine Election. Due to this improvisation, the queueing was quite orderly early this morning.

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Winter Solution at the Market

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The ajummas and ajeossis of the Noryangjin Fish Market would warm their hands from time to time on a tin can with live charcoal. Almost every fish vendor has one near its stall. Yet another Korean winter solution.

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Saturday Snapshots: Bicycle Seafood Vendor

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Bicycle seafood vendor with umbrella doing his daily rounds

Mr. Fish Vendor would make rounds in the village daily. He will always have three choices of fresh seafood on his cargo bicycle. There’s always shrimp, while the two other tubs would contain fish and other kinds of seafood. His favorite color must be red as he always don red shirt and his three tubs are all in red color.

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Three choices of seafood and what's available today are shrimps as usual, squid, and Hasa Hasa fish

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His improvised cargo bike has improvised bicycle seat cover as well

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Watermelon as Menu Medium

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One papaya milk please…as I pointed to item number 1 of the menu written on a giant watermelon at a shop in Tamsui, Taiwan.

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The shop with watermelon menu

Plastic Bag as Raincoat

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Garbage bag as raincoat

Riders are donning plastic bag as rain cover in Metro Manila. The pictures I’ve posted here are just three of the many bicycle or motorcycle commuters I’ve seen wearing improvised raincoats.

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Clear plastic bag as raincoat

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Garbage bag as raincoat

EDSA John

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Makeshift pay urinal along EDSA near Malibay

People resort to inventing ‘work’ no matter how unnecessary their services may be just to survive in the city. You may see those folks calling out for passengers to ride the jeepney and they’ll receive few coins as fee from jeepney drivers. I’m sure some drivers find this unnecessary but they readily pay. They can relate, and so they recognize the effort of others trying to earn few pesos. You may also see those folks guiding drivers out from roadside parking, or those folks hailing taxis for other people hoping for tips. Some folks can be cunning where they capitalize on flash floods by providing makeshift raft for pedestrians who don’t want to walk on dirty water. Somebody also thought of capitalizing the lack of public toilets along EDSA by setting up makeshift pay urinal made from repurposed water container, and using scrap hose as drain to the sewer which has been secured to the ground by scrap wood.

Logical Place for a Tissue Box

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The most logical place for a pull-out tissue box for this taxi driver in Kota Bharu is on the ceiling, in an upside down mode. I must agree. It’s visible yet not obstructing both the driver and passengers’ view. Secure. Most importantly, it’s very convenient to reach out and pull down a piece of tissue rather than up.

Footwear as Rope Floater

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This rope is used to secure small bancas (like those in the photograph below) by the beach. When the tide comes in, the rope remained visible owing to the attached floaters such as the ala Crocs footwear.

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Small bancas

Hoops in Coconut Tree

Where there is coconut, there is basketball.

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Well Bucketball

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Well bucket from repurposed basketball ball

There is no drinking water source in Malapascua but there are several wells scattered in the island for household use.

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At the left side of the well are three funnels for each pipeline of three separate houses

One can notice these makeshift pipelines with funnels beside each well as a way to bring manually fetched water using a bucket and rope system to the nearby houses.

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Plastic strainer for this 5-gallon water container repurposed as funnel

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Net strainer

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A closer look of the well water funnel and the attached pipe

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Empty 5-gallon drinking water containers off to be refilled at mainland Cebu

Scrap Wood Boat Toys

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Boat toy made from scrap painted plywood

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Banca with katig (outrigger)

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