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    Toledo City Cebu Philippines
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  1. Pun for the day!

    And maybe this old one.
  2. Here is the litters had in the previous year.
  3. When I arrived here 3 years ago, I tried to bring my two dos from the States. They were Chihuahua/Pug mix. Got all the paperwork done/vet vaccinations and such ready to leave. Got transport cages and proper signage, was ready to go, then denied by airlines,saying they could not transport over the summer months after I checked with the airlines on what was needed. They neglected to say anything about transport over certain months. Bummed out about them, and dropped off at sister to take care of since I already had tickets. Arrived in Cebu, without my pets and feeling a little down. Saw the number of stray cats and dogs here and thought well maybe I could rescue a few dogs. Checked into the local breed (askal) and learned they are a very intelligent breed a very hearty health wise. So found a male and two female pups to take care of. Had a minor problem with red mange ( common with with most dogs here, thats probably why the local dogs look soo scabby and loss of hair). Now I fed them a mix of dog chow with rice and did most of the vaccinations. The two females of course got pregnant at the same time and kept them in a large dog run. These dogs figuered out how to climb an 8 foot chain link fence. Had to put sheet metal up to prevent the climbing. Then they learned how to jump against the wall and spring off over the fence. Amazing escape artists. Then they delivered a couple of litters. Now had 11 puppies! Nothing quite enjoyable then sitting down with 11 puppies all jumping up and licking you! Anyway, a couple of puppies were still born, probably caused by jumping/falling over the high fence, but the alive ones were very health and pudgy! Too many dogs to care for, had all but three pups adopted away to Filipino families and friends. I think because of their diet of dog chow they grew very large and healthy. They are twice the size of the local askals, and very dense and sturdy. About the size of large German Shepherds. The locals are afraid of approaching our house because of the size of the dogs, so they make a great burglar alarm day/night. No one gets in that they don't see on a daily basis! The diet they are given makes them grow very large here, yet they are very gentle pets. Never bitten anyone, just deep barks to those that do not live here. but since they are large, outside people just don't like to be near. The only problem is, these dogs like to chase and kill chickens, especially stray cats! I haven't seen cats around here in the last year. But their temperament and friendly expressions to the owners are one of the best I have seen. They talk to you and cuddle, and have the most amazing facial expressions. Learn tricks very fast, house broken in just a couple of days. One of the best dog breeds I've ever had. So what happened to all the other puppies that were adopted? By year latter, they were all dead! Filipinos I don't think know how to take care of pets here. Some cage them in too small cages and are not let out very often. Or they are just feed scraps and maybe rice( as most stray dog here). I never seen anyone else hug and pet their dogs like we do. Most I know can't afford to but decent dog food or care for them properly. This may be a western thing, but animals are not treated well here sad to say!
  4. Yes it is possible. In my case, I went to the private school my son was attending here in Cebu. The school was only 3 miles from the house so was very convenient. I noticed they had an IT department but would appear not taken care of very well. I went to the principles office and talked with her about volunteering time there assisting with there issues. She was very pleased given my experience with computers and networks and welcomed my help. She immediately put me in touch of who was in charge of the IT dept( another teacher). I assisted with some software builds and repair many desktops. I was able to set my times and what projects to be involved in. They welcome any assistance that I could provide them!
  5. Which TV?

    Whoops, hit return by mistake, We bought the 50inch Devant. We have been happy with that until we had a lightning strike, and the TV quit working. Called Devant and got a technician out and brought all the boards out with him. Got the tv working again in less than an hour. No pay, happy with the service. 1.5 hours out of Cebu city in the Province!
  6. Which TV?

    Mogo51,
  7. Must be local in your area. Cebu side west still going strong. No delays noticed.
  8. Another earthquake today at 09:36 here in Cebu. Seems it was a 2.1 out of Ormac but felt it here in Cebu. Watching TV, felt the chair moving back and forth for about 3-4 sec.
  9. How To Plan For An Unexpected Medical Emergency

    I can report for Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu. I had surgery a couple months back and was unprepared for the surgery/expense. I was in the hospital for 5 days. The total cost @P175000. They won't let you leave the hospital until the bill is paid. Since we were not prepared for the total amount(money to be transferred from States). They do take credit cards or cash. Since I didn't have enough on departure, we signed a promissory note to be paid in 2 weeks and they held onto our debit card from the States. So, if no medical insurance, they will require a deposit up front @1/3 estimated cost. (Dr, Surgeon, Room, Specialist are all separate charges.) It takes about 6 hours to check out of the hospitals because of all the separate charges! Of course billing not computerized! Most expenses were relatively cheap, the medications/solutions were much cheaper if you have SO purchase from Pharmacy across the street. So for future, will get some health insurance for the unexpected. Although you may still pay immediately, then get reimbursed later. With insurance, deposit not required, and if balance not totally paid, they may forgo a promissory note.
  10. Then you can get PLDT Fibre where available. I'm in a small town(Mainggit) near Balamban Cebu. They offer upto 1 GB. We purchased the 50 Mbit, unlimited for P2899. Uploads at 56 Mbit, downloads @70Mbit. I believe the first 6 months is at half price. Customer service not the best. After we got it installed for a week, then it went down cuz of construction in Toledo(workers accidently cut underground fibre). Customer service was contacted several times, they did't know what was wrong and gave us BS, and said would be working by the end of the day. Had to contact SO's cousin that works for them to get the real story. And after the 5th day, still no contact from customer services that it was finally repaired. I just happen to notice the red light on fibre modem(LOS loss of signal), went out. Tried a connect and bang right back in.
  11. I've been hearing this for a couple months! Is this true or is a fake news article. http://tv-bbc.com/ky-philippines-favored-in-trumps-immigration-war-as-he-approves-30-days-visa-free-travel-policy/ My research shows that this may not be true, or to good to be true. Anyone know more on this issue? It would be great not having to file a visa for my Asawa on a visit back to the states!
  12. Antenna Mounting Hardware

    Another quick fix is find some threaded bolts 6-8 inches long. Cut off the head of the bolt so just have a threaded bolt. Bend around mast so you now have a threaded U-Bolt. Cut a piece of metal(drill 2 holes). Install plate with a couple of nuts. Walah! Threaded U-bolt keeps mast from turning!
  13. Anything new in pipeline

    You might want to check. I live @ 10KM from the town of Toledo in a little province area by the ocean, and I was about the 4th person to get the fibre installed.
  14. Anything new in pipeline

    Finally got great Internet connection in the Province of Cebu near Toledo. Had 3.5 mbit connection thru cable modem but it would vary greatly depending on internet cafe usage. Sometimes could only get a couple kbits per second to 3mbits after midnight, so most downloads had to happen in the early morning hours. Cost about P3500. Now PLDT Fibre is here with upto 1gbit! Signed up for 50Mbit plan for about P1899. Now internet blazingly fast. Speedtest shows 51Mbit download and 72mbit upload. Around 15X the speed at less than half the cost. Heads up guys!
  15. Went to S&R Cebu yesterday. Found tortillas(made by S&R in the bread section. Also found large jar of Mayonnaise (Kirtland Brand), get this 0 grams sugar! Unlike all the sweet philipino brands here. Got a little pastrami, beef, now making the best sandwiches here!
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