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  1. Was I right not to ?

    Mindanao is a large island. We live in Northern Mindanao and have not found the military presence here at all intimidating and frankly quite reassuring. It is very low key and the soldiers very respectful. My good lady and I both feel very secure here. But then we always have. According to the local paper crime has fallen and from direct experience we have found that the LTO checkpoints (for checkpoint read ATM) have all but disappeared. I think the only ones who are against DU30's handling of this situation (and TBH I haven't come across any) are the scrotes who have something to hide. Ken
  2. Start A Rice And Corn Milling Business

    This is a very interesting thread. My good lady has developed a succesful business by not only cultivating her own land but also financing neighbouring farmers to plant and harvest theirs as well on a profit share basis. We had been having issues with the one operator of a very old rice 'turtle' machine, used to prepare rice paddy's for planting, who was becoming increasingly unreliable. He was also quite expensive, charging her over 4,000 pesos over the course of the two growing seasons each year. This was delaying not only our planting but also several of the neighbours as he often would disappear for days or even weeks on end doing other, unrelated, work for the neighbouring Del Monte plantation. We gave an interest free loan to the farmer who manages our farmland and purchased a brand new 'Turtle' for 30,000 pesos. He pays us back at 1,000 pesos a month so in two and a half years the loan is repaid. Our 'interest' is that he does our land for just the price of the diesel, which is around 900 pesos, so we are saving over 3000 pesos per annum which is an effective annual return of over 10%. He rents it out to other farms so it is a very profitable sideline for him. The loan is nearly repaid now but our ongoing agreement is to continue doing our land for just the price of the diesel. We are both very happy with that arrangement as he has developed a very lucrative sideline to supplement his farm income and our ongoing 'turtling' costs are greatly reduced in the future. We also have our rice milled by a local miller whose machine is very old and often out of service. He is also well into his sixties and is considering retirement. So it is very possible, in the forseeable future, that we could consider doing something similar with the rice milling business where we supply the financing for a new milling machine and operate on a 'cost only' basis for us running in tandem with a profit share basis which should give us both a nice income. Ken
  3. Small generator?

    Personally I would go for something like a small Honda. We have an eu10i which is a superb piece of kit. Extremely quite and economical. Around 7 hours on a tank of just over 2 litres of petrol. The invertor is pure sine wave so it will run anything up to its rated output. (900 watts) The cheap ones you get in the likes of Citi hardware are not very economical, very noisy and use a modified sine wave. Some types of equipment, such as fans with timers, don't like modified waveform. Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Ken
  4. If you have the time ferries can be a very pleasent way of travelling around. The 2Go ferries I have found on the longer routes have reasonable en-suite private cabins and if you are over 60 will give you a 20% senior citizen discount. Ken
  5. Mindanao

    We have lived here in CDO for the three years and have no reservations beyond the normal cautious attitude to security. That would apply to wherever we lived. Martial law seems to have had a positive effect. The only ones who seem to be affected by it are the ones with something to hide. I have always felt safe here and found everyone to be incredibly friendly and helpful. It seems no less safe than living in London, Manchester, Berlin, Nice, Madrid etc. etc. etc. etc etc etc etc Ken
  6. Who Owns the WWII Shipwrecks?

    Thanks Tim. Some interesting info there. Thanks Intrepid. I didn't realize the USS Constitution was still a commissioned warship. A bit like our HMS Victory which is also still in commission - launched 1765, commissioned 1778. Although I guess it's main function nowadays is as a cocktail venue for all the Admirals! With all the financial cutbacks to our armed services it won't be long before the Victory will be both the oldest, and the youngest, vessel in our navy! Ken
  7. Who Owns the WWII Shipwrecks?

    That's an interesting snippet, Tim. I wasn't aware the Arizona is still a commisioned USN ship. Any idea the reasoning behind it? I guess because of its status as a memorial. The Royal Navy has a similar wreck, HMS Royal Oak which was sunk in a torpedo attack whilst at anchor in Scapa Flow in October 1939. As far as I am aware it is no longer a commisioned ship, however it is an official war grave and unauthorised diving on the wreck is prohibited. The Royal Navy do replace the White Ensign flag on it's stern annually as a mark of respect to the 833 crew members who perished. Ken
  8. House Renos and Tradesmen

    I have found that finding good tradesmen are like hens teeth! Like scott h, I now use a local building trade supplier who is very knowlegable and helpful. He used to work overseas so is well versed in modern international building standards. He now runs his own very succesful trade supply company and knows the good from the idiots. We have built up a good relationship over the years. He told me that just about all the quality tradesmen are OFW's. The few, very few, good ones that remain have work lined up far into the future. Those that can come straight away you want to avoid like the plague. We now have a handful of guys of specific trades that we are now able to rely on and do an excellent job. The real trick is finding them in the first place! Good luck Ron. There are some good guys out there. Somewhere! Ken
  9. Brown outs

    Absolutely correct. Battery technology has progressed a lot over the last few years. Each manufacturer will have specific recommendations which need to be followed to ensure maximum life from your investment. The chart I provided was a generic one which will cover the 'average' type of wet cell battery one comes across. It would give a rough idea of the state of charge, or depth of discharge of that kind of battery. Although your battery may well give around 2000 cycles, which is very good, I would still try and minimise the depth of discharge that you routinely go down to. Your battery will thank you for it. And so will your wallet. Ken
  10. Brown outs

    If you have a voltmeter or multimeter you can easily check the voltage of the battery (at rest) to give an idea of its state of charge. A fully charged 12v battery should be a little over 12.7 volts. At 50% state of charge it should be 12.1 volts. It is not advisable to discharge your battery below about 50% to prolong the life of your battery. If you have a hydrometer then you can get an idea by the specific gravity of the battery provided you have access to the liquid inside. Not easy with sealed or maintenence free type batterys though. A state of charge chart is here: http://modernsurvivalblog.com/alternative-energy/battery-state-of-charge-chart/ Ken
  11. Brown outs

    Can't remember exactly, but in excess of 40k php. As I say, not cheap but you get what you pay for. It always starts first pull, has a very stable pure sine output and will safely run anything you plug into it, up to its rated output of course. I think that being a responsible neighbour is also quite important so wanted one that was also very quiet as well as economical. During extended brownouts it also powers the UPS as well as other things such as fridges (not consistently, just an hour or so to keep the temp down) fans, tv, lights, etc. Our UPS system is very similar to yours, with 2x100 AGM deep cycle batteries and a good quality 1000w / 2000w surge pure sine inverter which, as I mentioned, covers the majority of brownouts. Ken
  12. Brown outs

    It's rated at 900w but being an inverter type genny it regulates its RPM to match the load, so if it is only running say, 300 watts then it's RPM will be quite low, so saving petrol. If you google Honda eu10i you can find all info. An example here: https://www.farmers-equipment.co.uk/inverter-generators/803-honda-eu10i-10kw-portable-generator-3573390030201.html Ken
  13. Brown outs

    I got it from the local Honda motorcycle dealer here in CDO. They also supply Honda agricultural machinery. I had to order it and it took about a month for it to be shipped from Honda in Manila. Not cheap, but extremely reliable, quiet and economical. Runs for about 7 hours on a tank of little more than 2 litres! Ken
  14. Brown outs

    We find that a battery back-up system using a couple of 100ah batteries and an invertor handles the vast majority of our brownouts, which generally last less than 2 hours. However for extended brownouts then a small generator is very useful. Maybe, maybe not. Everyones personal situation is different. We do have a small, extremely quiet, Honda eu10i genny which enables my SO to continue teaching online during extended brownouts. It cannot be heard outside of our property so is very neighbour friendly. I do agree that the vast majority of gennys seem to be the cheap, Chinese, NOISY rubbish available from the likes of Ace Hardware. I agree these are a real pain in the butt for the neighbours. Ken
  15. Balikbayan Box Major Rule Changes

    It would appear that the new rules are to be suspended until 31st March 2018 following representations by OFW's. http://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/national/‘common-sense-won’-dfa-recto-hail-suspension-of-balikbayan-box-tax-rules-boc-team-to-craft-revisions/ar-AAt2gnU?li=BBr8Mkn&ocid=mailsignout Ken