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About roddavis

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  • Birthday 10/10/1955

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    Toledo City Cebu Philippines
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    Flying, fishing, boating, motorcycle trips

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  1. I've been hearing this for a couple months! Is this true or is a fake news article. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. I second that. i make my own ham in a brine solution with various spices. Store in fridge 3-5 days in brine. But i also use pickling salt(its the pink salt found in local stores they use for sausages, longinisa etc). Great ham steaks and ham sandwiches, yum! Very easy!
  7. Have you tried Transfers from US to Phil is only $3.99 for transactions upto $6000 a month or upto $3000 per day. Deposit at many locations and usually only takes 10 mins for the transaction to complete. Been good to me.
  8. Same here. Sent 12 boxes BB status. As long as everything was listed, no additional duty or taxes. From tools to foodstuff, metal detectors and canned food. No additional costs paid.
  9. As I was lounging around, thought I would open some boxes I packed 3 years ago when I came to Cebu and retired from California. One of my hobbies was using a metal detector around beaches and parks. So thought I would tune up my detectors (Whites MXT for rings/coins and GMT used for gold nuggets and such). I checked the internet for detecting in the Philippines and only saw license requirement if you are hunting treasure, else public lands(beaches) are permitted, private land with permission. My brother-in-law has some land in the foothills that has strange Japanese marking in stone and has an unexplored cave nearby. I know about being cautious cuz some areas might be booby-trapped. I found some documents for Japanese markings here from WW2. I will be checking that area soon. Anyone have any experience in this area. Also, I live in Cebu and looking for some nice sandy beaches nearby. On the western side it is pretty much rocks for beach. Not a good medium to detect thru. Any detectorists out there I can converse with? Today after tune up and new batteries, tried out the field in front of my house. Walking along I had about 15 kids helping out to dig the spots. Alot of bottle caps, but for 1 hour I did manage to find P19 in coin. Kids were impressed! Just need to find better location.
  10. As a motorcycle driver for the past 50 some odd years in the States and now Cebu, be very wary of left turns(and signal with also hand signals, bikes and 4 wheels may still attempt to pass you on the left side during the turn.) Watch behind you for traffic approaching you. Also be wary of traffic pulling in front of you. Seems drivers never look what traffic is approaching, they pull out right in front of you anyway. I live in Cebu the past 3 years and ride almost daily. Wonderful countrysides, mountain rides galore! Amazed at the daily incompetence of other drivers. I know most drivers do not even take any driving lessons and many do not even have a drivers license. Soo, you have to be competent at defensive driving here in Cebu. Local papers claim that Cebu has the world's worst driver's, and I believe it! Just stay alert, defensive, and don't follow anything too close. Tricycles and Busses can stop right in front of you without pulling over to the side to let you pass. They don't have any courtesy or common sense in drivers. With all that said, its still a pretty place to explore. 3 years and I have't seen it all here yet, let alone going to the next island of Negros to explore that area, which I hear is another pretty place to visit! Don't get impatient and drive fast, and watch out looking at the countryside when riding else someone will pull out on you when your looking elsewhere. You will get a kick out of other motocycles traveling called habel-habel, where they can have 5,6 or more riding on a motorcycle(from babies to old ones) I have seen upto six so far, with the driver sitting on the gas tank, and all with no helmets! One last thing, get a bike that has enough power for the mountains like at least a 175cc-250cc. Just be cautious and defensive, and you do fine. And if you visit Cebu, look me up, cuz I like to ride myswelf....Also get a decent rain suit!
  11. In Cebu, you missed the universal crossing, arm level at the shoulder, palm up facing driver and glare at the driver while you cross in front of them. Works most of the time but here, not guaranteed!
  12. Some of my favorite foods and condiments are very difficult to find here in Cebu. I have gone to several food markets in Cebu City to find cheeses, decent mayonnaise (without all the sugar), breads (french, oatmeal)bran etc...again without all the sugar. So as a retired computer engineer with a lot of time on my hands, went back to my first passion of cooking. The most difficult part of cooking is finding all the seasonings I need. I have my son pack up spices and such from the States to ship out here to Cebu. Items like fennel seed and mustard seed for making pepperoni, Italian sausages. Even a cheap electric ice cream machine(uses ice and salt), cuz ice cream here is not that good. This past week I made my own cured ham from a fresh killed hogs hind leg. If you enjoy a good ham, this is the one to try. Few ingredients needed and easy to do, takes about a week of curing. Unlike the filipino hams in a can that are chopped press meats and maybe too sweet. Follow this link: If I get enough positive responses, I can add more recipes that might interest you: Homemade Mayonnaise (easy, takes 10 mins), sausages (without casings), breads and cinnamon rolls - even english muffins with all the nooks and crannies for the butter and homemade jams from mango and pineapple. Even cheese for lasagna and spaghetti, made with powdered dry non-fat milk. If your interested, let me know.
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  14. Thanks! Just make sure that the seller will ship international from the US. Still for almost double the fee, and you can't find the product in PI it was still worth it! A queen size waterbed does wonders for keeping cool at night and relieving my back problems. Had a local make the bed frame(raised platform) mattress box and drawers underneath for a couple hundred peso's.
  15. Yes Queenie, the local post office will collect the VAT fee when you get the package. I used ebay (US) to order a water bed at @$40 cuz could not find one locally in Cebu. (BTW a waterbed sure does keep you cool at night!) I paid with Paypal (US) and the product was sent to local post office here. I was notified that a package was waiting. I arrived and was informed of the additional fee I believe of 9-12% of the original cost. So between the cost of the product, shipping and VAT, the cost was doubled! Now as far as Paypal is concerned. I think your paypal account would still be active. I let mine lapse for over a year, an I was still able to use it for US purchases. Now if you use or Lazada and try to use your paypal (us) account, you won't be allowed to transact it. No problem, open another Paypal in the Philippines with no bank/credit card associated with it. Then use Paypal (US) to send funds to your Paypal (PI) account. Then can use it for Lazada, or ebay(PI) purchases. The transfer between US and PI paypal only takes @10 mins to transfer!