Category Archives: Tools

five mature coconuts with husks still on

diy tool for removing coconut husk

Coconuts are everywhere here in Puerto Rico which is awesome.  However, opening a mature coconut is not a lot of fun.  The first few times we tried it, Holly and I ended up with blisters on our hands after nearly an HOUR of struggle.  Hack at

diy homemade natto

diy homemade natto! (and yogurt)

Sticky, stinky, stringy and downright delicious!  Japanese people love their nattō and serve it at pretty much any meal.  Being half Japanese myself, I’m certainly no exception.  I have fond memories of waking up to the smell of a traditional Japanese breakfast spread put together by my obaasan, usually

concerns about moving to puerto rico revisted on our one year anniversary of moving here

concerns about moving to puerto rico one year in

Its hard to believe that, as of this past Thursday, we’ve lived here in Puerto Rico now for a full year!  This move was a dramatic change of scenery for us, to say the least, so it’s no surprise that we had some concerns and reservations beforehand.  In this

you need diy homemade sunscreen to protect you from this

diy homemade sunscreen

They say that the sun’s UV rays are more intense as you move closer to the equator.  It didn’t take long  for me to be able to confirm this firsthand.  Within a few days of arriving in Puerto Rico my arms and face had darkened into a nice

our balcony where we successfully deployed our balcony mosquito control tactics in puerto rico

balcony mosquito control tactics that worked!

The balcony at our house in San Antonio sat mostly unused.  It wasn’t all that uncommon for entire MONTHS to pass without any of us setting foot on it. That is definitely not the case here in Puerto Rico.  Because the weather is so pleasant, many homes and condos here

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