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Saturday, May 28, 2011


Oops, so that did not work. :D I'm in the Philippines currently, so not much computer time. I don't know what happened with the first post, but I'm going to try and recreate it once I get a chance.

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I returned from the Philippines late last night and am procrastinating doing actual work, so I am re-visiting my muff up of a first post.

So, I was in the Philippines with the MechE department on an engineering service trip, as I may have mentioned in one of our get togethers. It was exactly what I expected in some ways and entirely not what I expected in others. It was a very worthwhile experience and I learned a lot of interesting things about construction, Filipino culture, perseverance, gratitude, religion, and myself. I have many stories and photos if any of you are interested to hear more. For now, here are some notable occurrences:

- Dealing with all convenient toilets breaking the first day and remaining so for the next three
- Having a following of literally 30 kids who would hang on to our cars as we drove out of the villages
- Trying to tear down an entire house while curious, naked toddlers played dangerously nearby
- Building a platform for a water pump for a village that was elevated 7 feet above ground by wooden stilts
- Losing my shorts while enjoying an au naturel dip in Taal Lake, an almost having to spend the rest of the day in boxer briefs if not for a trusty friend saving the day with an extra pair of shorts

And that's all for now. I hope all is well in whichever part of the world you are occupying currently. I am currently in Pittsburgh, and shall remain for the rest of the summer. Let me know if you're in town!

--- Patrick (Danger Milhouse James) Hogan


  1. lol...nice's your summer so far?

  2. Haha...I lol'ed at the last bullet...

    I've heard great things about the MechE trip from last year and I actually considered going to this one...but I bailed...

    Was BobReid leading this trip again?

  3. Did you eat lots of Chicken Adobe and watch Manny P. music videos too?

  4. Lots of it actually, and Pork Adobo, too. Though, there were a couple more "interesting" dishes we had there, such as fried day old chick and balut. Google at your own risk, kind of disgusting.

    No Manny P music videos, but we did peruse past his house/neighborhood the one day.