Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

Welcome, welcome 'o weary traveler... from where do you cometh? Are you seeking new lands to conquer, perhaps planning a visit to the Philippines? Or are you simply feeling home-sick and hungry for photographs of home? Whatever, feel free to look or share. An adventure awaits.

I try to post new images weekly from my travels across this beautiful land. If you like what you see, please leave a comment or two. Or write me a note, I'd love to hear from where you cometh. Enjoy. Bobby ( Join this group to receive new postcards weekly or become a fan of my Facebook page.

Monday, August 11, 2014

#291 Making Charcoal

Most of us don't think a lot about charcoal except when we need to grill our steaks. But for many folks who can't afford cooking gas, it's the only game in town.

We were at the Ulingan in Tondo Manila where discarded wood is turned into charcoal. Scrap vendors truck-in pre-loved wood in all shapes and sizes, while charcoal cooks arrange them into neat rectangular piles before covering them in sand and setting them on fire. Water sprinkled generously keep the wood smouldering instead of burning, which is how wood is turned into mounds of charcoal instead of piles of ash. Between the squalid working conditions, the soot & grime that can make you feel like you're covered in cheap make-up, and the acrid smell of smoke that stays on you for days... it's a place I won't soon forget. And we shouldn't. (Yes you can help: Project Pearls ) Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: When your story is in the shadows surrounded by very bright light, don't worry about blowing out your highlights. The story always comes first.)

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