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  1. Grounding Appliances

    Aah the Philippines wiring ! Just this Tuesday we were told one of the wifes old friends died from an electric shock from a rice cooker ! A few months back i wired in an extra light in our carport , which is at the front of the family home i switched of the power from the main breaker box ( or so i thought ) but then double checked the cables with my trusty multimeter, and there was still power ! . The wiring from the meter into the family home looks like a ball of wool with cables taped together with insulating tape. The only decent wiring is to our own home as when we had it built I insisted on seperate junctions to the lighting circuits 1 for each room and also for each set of power outlets, and i also insisted on a seperate breaker box for both the ground floor and the second floor And i had a earth lead run from a ground rod to seperate circuits in the kitchen where most of the appliances we use ( coffee maker, George foreman grill,toaster etc are all from the UK still fitted with 3 pin plugs and fuses.
  2. climbing frames and slides etc...

    Glad to help thats what the forum is all about. Hope you find what your looking for
  3. climbing frames and slides etc...

    You could try Lazeda ( play sets ) various kinds on there for kids from 4000php up I use lazeda often and found the service good
  4. climbing frames and slides etc...

    Saw climbing frames ,slides,etc at Manila tile centre at their Los Banos branch But very expensive !
  5. Christmas is coming, what gifts

    And theres me thinking Steve was asking us what gifts we would like from him for Christmas ! A bottle of southern comfort or a case of strongbow would do just fine🤣
  6. The ugly embarrassing foreigner

    Well done to you my wife saw a similar thing this morning in south supermarket, the guy was tattooed and wanted everyone to see and hear he was tough by telling the poor girl he was with what she had to buy and only what he told her. There was an elderly filipino couple with them who looked frightened. But the security guards told him to keep his voice down. Which made the guy go all sheepish.
  7. Nestle drinking water where to buy in Cebu?

    Its mostly Wilkins water here ( coca cola product ) which we buy mostly Or SM bonus which we are told is Absolute.
  8. House Renos and Tradesmen

    Luckily here in Los Banos the suppliers are pretty good we use one glazing/fabrication company who when we ask for a quote someone is there the same day or the next, when we place the order normally supplied and fitted within the week ! Builders merchant we use mainly one sometimes same day delivery or the next. Even if we buy curtain rods at robinsons the sales boys will fit them for us cheaply ! But then i am a handsome Whitey 🤣
  9. Life in paradise

    Ah yes the deer in the New Forest and the golden leaves, the cold frosty mornings Iced up windscreens, then later the wife having to walk through snow almost up to her knees To get to work.The UK is also a paradise, Here in the Asian paradise that is the Philippines its rained every day now for 3 weeks With heavy thunder and fantastic lightning ! So you have the Autumn leaves and we have lightning like i have never seen before !
  10. What does retirement feel like

    Once your retired you have to keep the old brain ticking over. My father only lived for 3 yrs after his retirement, all he did was sit in his armchair and watch the tv ! Myself i play games on my tablet which i have to think about. I also go to the yard sales and buy a few things that are not working,clocks,radios,toys etc Which i take apart and try and get working. We also eat out a lot as im retired and so is the wife. But she being a Filipino she still washes clothes by hand even though we a newish washing m/c She also Sweeps the garden and the road ! Every morning. You have to keep the brain tickng over .
  11. Opinion of Filipino Men??

    This might upset some here, but when i first arrived in this country to marry my now wife in Manila Airport I saw a group of elderly men surround a young girl their hands were all over her not sure if she was married to one of them i heard a few comments from other foriegners , it disgusted me, one can only imagine what happened to the young girl after.
  12. Figuring out Siargao

    I think this will give you an idea as to what you are up against !
  13. Living in the Philippines

    My reason was we had been back to the Philippines 3 times after we got married. After looking around several places we decided that where the wifes Mother and Sister lived And the wife owned and had built the family home. But we built our own 2 level home later, after the mother passed the family home remains empty And is mainly used when family members visit. Was the ideal place for us overall., short ride to loads of shops, and the large university grounds. And the view over Laguna De Bay clinched it for me. All the wifes living brothers and her sister all have good jobs, and so do their children. So we dont keep getting asked for money.
  14. Pinoy Neighborhood Question?

    If your Barangay Kapitan is anything like ours he will be related to everyone in the barangay ! We have large folding gates at the front of our compound with 2 no parking signs on the gates They still parked blocking the gates, that is until we got a new CCTV system with one Camera pointing Down showing the road and our gates. Nobody parks there now.
  15. Aah PLDT and their internet ,2 weeks ago we lost the internet on thursday, eventually got thtough to their service centre, who said an engineer would be with us in 2 days ! He arrived sat morning . Said there was a nationwide internet problem, funny PLDT send a thankyou txt when we have paid the bill but wont txt us when they have problems After about 30 mins checking the outside lines and phoning whoever he said we needed a new Wifi Router ! Which would cost us 1300 on the next months bill. He never had one on his van, and said he Would be back sunday with a new router, a different engineer arrived on sunday, new router in hand, When he saw the router we had he said it was better than the new one he bought with him. He phoned someone tested the speed etc, reset the router to the Factory reset, put in the router password on the back of the router and our speed went from 0.25= 0.50 to 2 .70= 3.20. He said if it happens again reset the router and use the router password. Yesterday again no internet ! Did the reset nothing eventually at 7.45pm we had internet Reset the router this morning and good all day. PLDT sadly is our only option as the cable tv Internet is very bad. We have had Globe before but same as PLDT. Just done a speed test and its 2.75 .