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Help! I can't breathe!

Apr 29 | By David_Roxas | Views: 464 | Comments: 4
This afternoon I was getting ready for my afternoon workout when all of a sudden I caught a huge whiff of smoke.  I look out the window and see a very large grey-white smoke cloud coming from a neighbour's yard so I went to take a peek. 




Pretty nasty stuff.  This guy was having the sidewalk across from his house cut and he was burning all the weeds.




I wish they had just dumped the cut weeds over the wall.  There really is no reason to burn ever.  This same neighbour also has a fence with holes and the lets his dogs run all over.


Burning trash and leaves is one of the worst things about the culture here.  Almost every morning I end up having to shut the doors and windows because someone starts burning.  Every single time the burn pile gets abandoned and ends up being a smokey mess.  Several times I have taken a rake and destroyed the smoky pile which would only stink up the air all day otherwise. I can do this because they sweep the leaves into the street and start a fire in the street!! 


Once I walked past a burn pile and saw all sorts of half-burned financial documents, credit card and bank statements. What an opportunity for theft! 


There really is not much one can do about the smoke except wait it out.  With the loud noise and music I can put on my headphones.  

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DingDong
Apr 30
I have a neighbour who likes to do the same - And, he also introduces Plastic Bags. In most subdivisions Impromptu Fires are BAWAL! - But these are often overlooked as the 'Natives' consider that they are 'Making the Trees Grow!' One solution is to go out there and literally 'Piss on the Neighbour's Fire!' However and being more subtle, play the Moslem 'Call to Prayer' at around 04:30 through your Sound System, with the speakers directed outside!I have a neighbour who likes to do the same - And, he also introduces Plastic Bags. In most subdivisions Impromptu Fires are BAWAL! - But these are often overlooked as the 'Natives' consider that they...See more
GypsyX
May 2
I hate it with a vengeance. Oh it's not raining for the first time in a week- time to rake the yard, pile it up with all the plastic crap we've accumulated since the last dry morning- & burn it! Yay! Fucking idiots. Last place i lived there i went spacko at the whole compound about it, 8 households- i just chuck a bucket of water on it every time, until they all complain to the landlord. I'm his biggest rent source by far so i have some bargaining power. In the end i made him charge every household 200 peso a month to get the recyclers to pick it all up every week. Funny enough it caught on & soon most of the neighbours were doing likewise. There was only one other foreigner in the street, so amazingly enough, they must have realised their quality of life was worth the money. Thoroughly amazing things can happen, even in Dumturde Land.I hate it with a vengeance. Oh it's not raining for the first time in a week- time to rake the yard, pile it up with all the plastic crap we've accumulated since the last dry morning- & burn it! Y...See more
Mike
May 3
HeyJoe, dirty diapers, rubber? Inhale deeply and enjoy the aroma. A neighbor at our house in Surigao would not burn the used diapers. No, he just throws them over the wall into our lot. But you guess it, if I said anything I was the one causing trouble.HeyJoe, dirty diapers, rubber? Inhale deeply and enjoy the aroma. A neighbor at our house in Surigao would not burn the used diapers. No, he just throws them over the wall into our lot. But you guess ...See more
RandomNumbers
May 3
They burn the crap because they are too lazy to carry the garbage to a collection point. Which is kind of understandable, as some people live up to 1 km from a collection point. In Davao, the demonstration of Duterte's brilliance as an administrator, garbage trucks only pick up on the main streets. So many people on the side streets burn their trash. Or carry it a little way and then throw it into the drainage ditch!They burn the crap because they are too lazy to carry the garbage to a collection point. Which is kind of understandable, as some people live up to 1 km from a collection point. In Davao, the demonstr...See more
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