A word or two more about the floors in Manila houses. I don’t suppose there is a soft-wood tree in the islands, and as a result one sees some very interesting hard-wood productions. Megan Rapinoe You Are Not Lesser Just Because You Are A Girl Shirt The floors come under this category. Rough-hewn as they are out of huge hand-sawed hard-wood planks they are models. By certain processes of polishing with banana leaves and greasy rags, they are made to shine like genius itself, and give such a clean, cool air to the houses that one is compelled to regard them with admiration. In fact, there is a certain charm in Manila about many specimens of hand-work that one encounters everywhere.