Bioengineering

I’m glad to have stumbled upon this photo posted by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar in his Facebook page in July. The photo showed segment of Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway (TPLEX). According to Sec. Villar, coco net and vertiber grass are being utilized in the 11-km segment of TPLEX to prevent soil erosion. The photo also carries hashtags #BuildBuildBuild and #Bioengineering.

DPWH Sec. Mark Villar photo

According to Wikipedia, bioengineering means the application of principles of biology and the tools of engineering to create usable, tangible, economically-viable products.

Sun-dried coconut halves

In 2012, I (with other bloggers) was able to observe how coco net are made — from drying coconut halves to decorticating the husks, twining the fibers, and finally weaving the net – during a tour at the green social enterprises in Las Piñas organized by the Villar Foundation. 

Decorticating machine separates coco fibers from coconut husk

Twining and weaving nets from coconut husks is just one of the social enterprises of the foundation. The other livelihood projects include handloom weaving, house waste composting, vermin composting, producing hollow blocks from trash, and crafting baskets from water hyacinths.

Worker separates fiber for twining

The development of these livelihood projects was an offshoot of an endeavor to clean and revive the Las Pinas-Zapote River.

The husks not thrown on the river were left on the sidewalks and the city had to spend more to haul the garbage. Trash collectors failed to collect sacks of coconut husk so they end up polluting the river.

Twining the coconut fibers to create ropes

To address the growing problem with coconut husks that were left on the sidewalks, Mrs. (now Senator) Cynthia Villar , managing director of the Villar Foundation, initiated and met with experts from Bicol University for the Coco Coir technology.

Twines are weaved in the loom to create nets

Dr. Justino Arboleda, an agricultural engineer, designed the machinery to make the coco-net. Coco Coir Enterprise utilizes coconut husk and convert them into coco net.

Finished coco nets are used for slope protection and control soil erosion. Coco nets are being used by Las Piñas City and private developers.

Congratulations, Sec. Villar for supporting #bioengineering techniques to complete government projects under the #BuildBuildBuild program. This sure saves a lot of government fundings.

Find The Perfect Ready To Assemble Cabinets

Having the right cabinets in your home can mean all the difference in looks and functionality. Select from many different styles and, colors, and designs to find one that really fits your home and makes the kitchen a breeze to work in. From the elegant Hampton style cabinets to the rustic Sturbridge style cabinets there is definitely one for every situation. Also, all of the cabinets are ready to assemble so in a short amount of time they will be ready to install without the hassle of having to cut any wood. Find the right ready to assemble cabinets for you!

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To create a great contrast with dark walls or floors there are white cabinet styles to choose from. The Hampton style is a simple type of cabinet that is easy to use and it will look great with any types of walls and countertops. The Cream Maple Glaze colored cabinets are great for those that are looking for more texture on their cabinets. This tan white colored cabinet set will add a lot of value to any kitchen and it will have visitors awning over the sight. These amazing white rta kitchen cabinets can be used in many different ways depending on the space in your kitchen. If you need more cabinets on the ground level or more on eye height level there is a selection to choose from.

There are many other cabinets that come in darker tones for people that want a more rustic, yet powerful look. The Mocha Shaker style is a dark maple color that has an amazing shine to it. Some of the cabinets in this style have see through doors so you know exactly where all of your essentials are. The Espresso Maple style is an even darker tone that will contrast great with lighter countertops. Also, this color will cover up any blemishes or spills so they do not have to be wiped down as often.

These rta cabinets are perfect for any home. Find the right style and color for you and then you can have them up in your kitchen in no time. Also, the wood used to create these cabinets is very strong as well as the hinges so they will last as long as the kitchen will. Enjoy them by yourself and with guests as they will improve the aesthetic and functional qualities of your kitchen.

DIY Entryway Ideas

The entry of your house is the first thing that guests will see as they enter your home, and the last thing they will see as they leave, so you will want to make it memorable. In Feng Shui terms the entryway is the most important place in the house as it is the entry point for Chi energy to flow into the home. Here are 5 entryway ideas to assist you with getting the most out of your entryway.

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Inspiring/Uplifting

One important aspect of your entryway design is to make it inspiring and uplifting. As the first thing that people will see when they enter your home you will want to make an impact. Decorate the area with your favourite painting, or other things that add a splash of your unique taste to the room. If you can fit it in, have a small side table with a vase of flowers or if there is not enough room for a table, why not try a shelf? Whatever you choose to decorate with, make sure that it uplifts you as you enter the room.

Mirror

A mirror in your entry way will give the illusion of space and as long as it’s not placed facing the door it will assist with the flow of energy in the room. According to Feng Shui, if the mirror is placed facing the door the chi will bounce back out, which will mean that wealth flows away from your home. Whether you are following Feng Shui principles or not, a mirror will help to make your entryway more spacious.

Make it spacious

The more light in your entryway the better; so if you have a window in the room it will assist you with making the space feel more spacious. The biggest thing to remember with increasing the spaciousness of the room is making it as uncluttered as possible. If there are piles of clutter and too many pieces of furniture it will make the room closed in and feel less spacious. One important aspect of keeping it spacious is to make sure that the front door opens and closes without restriction.

Represent the 5 Elements

If you are following Feng Shui principles for maximum effectiveness and flow of light and energy, then you might want to include the 5 elements of water, fire, earth, metal and wood. You could incorporate some of the elements into the physical design of the walls/doors/furniture in the room, or for ones such as fire you could have a picture of a fire, which would achieve the same results.

Have a great front door

As the very first thing that people will see when they come to your home, before they even come inside, the front door has to be awesome. You will want it to reflect your personality and say something about the people that live in the home. One way to increase spaciousness in your entryway is to get a front door with glass windows so that more light can come into the room. If you already have a door that you love and would like to add some windows to it then you could probably find some Stihl power tools that would help you to do the job.