I’ve never heard of the Filipino superstition of looking for mounds of dirt near a potential home. The mounds, according to an article in the International Herald Tribune, are the calling cards of gnomes and dwarves. I’m sure this is something I would learn if I ever bought property in the Philippines. The article — which is really about foreigners buying property here — also includes an interesting side note about feng shui. Apparently you can get a good deal on property if it has bad feng shui — but watch out, you may not be able to resell it.