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  1. 5 points
    No, I was born in the states. Lived in PI for 4 years back in the 80'S, But definitely not Filipino. He'll I'm so white I have to put sun screen on to grab a beer out of the fridge. That 15 watt bulb can burn......lol
  2. 4 points
    Cheaper televisions are the result of technological improvement. Flat screens are easier and most cost efficient to manufacture. The GATT agreement permits their importation on a duty free basis. Shipping is also cheaper for flat screens compared to Cathode Ray. Probably double the quantity inside a shipping container. The results are lower prices.
  3. 3 points
    Well after 29 years of living and working in the states we made the move back to the Philippines. We will be staying in cebu for a few months then up to Lipa city. Funny thing is my wife is the one who is having a hard time adjusting. Well wish me luck. We have been waiting for this for a long time.
  4. 3 points
    Anvaya Cove is a large golf and beach resort in Morong, Bataan, about 45 minutes from the main Subic Bay Freeport. It was/is developed by Ayala. There are single family residential lots and there are some condos. We only saw a few of the single family homes up on a ridge overlooking the cover. They were very large and expensive looking homes. It is private so there are only a few ways for the general public to get access to the resort area. If you know a member, they can sponsor you to visit alone on a weekday. On weekends, the member must be with you. Or, if you rent a condo, you get access to the resort. In any case, the guests pay 600 pesos per head no matter the age, and 300 of that is consumable in the resort. We rented a condo through AirBnb to try the place out. That was quite expensive and I will write more about that in another thread. If you rent a condo and don't want access to the resort area, you can use the pool area at the condo for free. If you want access to the resort, it starts on the day of arrival, before you check into your lodging. You can arrive as early as 7 am. We made it around 0830 and our condo checking was at 3 pm. You can stay in the resort beach area until around 10 pm, but the pool and other things close at 7 pm. The restos and bar are open later. We really enjoyed the resort area. Top notch all the way. Now we have to figure out how to get a member to sponsor us so we can just do day trips. The day trip price of p600 with 300 consumable is more than fair, when you see what you get. Gorgeous pools, super clean beach, friendly staff, etc., etc. I have a friend from my daughter's school who had mentioned that his friend is a member and gets them in, and he might do it for us. Fingers crossed! By coincidence, this friend was there when we were so we chatted a bit. His father's construction company does large infrastructure projects; roads, bridges, etc., and they have a contract to build the roads for an expansion of the resort. Here are some pictures... Pool area when we first arrived. Our condo living area. Condo pool area, view from the condo Beach area just before sunset Our condo building from the pool area Sunset on the cover
  5. 3 points
    Greetings Jan Welcome to the forum, well you certainly made a bold 1st entrance, I must say. Judging by the fact you have had no reply's so far, leads me to think one of two thing's. Either nobody is aware of any mercury poisoning or it is not as wide spread or serious as you fear it to be! However I did watch a documentary about plastic pollution affecting wild life around the world and in the sea. Maybe you yourself could provide us with information that led to your questions. Having visited Palawan last time I was over in Philippines, it was a great experience. I watched a BBC programme called "Treasures of Philippines" which included Palawan last week, there was no mention of any mercury affects on wild life.........regards JB
  6. 3 points
    I'd personally get the bus from Cebu to Dumaguete then the ferry across from there. It's a beautiful drive down the coast of Cebu. When Short Angry One and I went to Siquijor we stayed at the White Villas resort; highly recommended especially if you can score a bungalow. It's about 25mins in a trike from where where the ferry will drop you. As to having a look around there, just tee up a day trip with your hotel reception and you can see most of the sites in a day and a half or so depending on your pace; it's a small island. We fell in love with the place and didn't see a single witch - ask the locals about the varying superstitions regarding the island.
  7. 3 points
    They have a 5 story viewing deck right next to the pool area. Here is Katy on the deck looking to the pool area. Here are a couple of panoramic shots that would not upload to the forum last night. I guess they are too big. This shot from the deck was around 10:30 am. https://photos.app.goo.gl/hcVexRA6kCkKhUGWA Sunset from the beach in the cove https://photos.app.goo.gl/jha7rzwbmK9vb4sJ6
  8. 3 points
    Have you thought about ceiling fans I have some and they have very low speed settings. Actually they have 3 speed settings. get them with lights and kill 2 with one so to speak, handyman, City Hardware have good choices
  9. 3 points
    My money is on it being a Sausage dog.
  10. 2 points
    Can I throw in a bit of warm air What about a misting fan for something different?
  11. 2 points
    Haha....I thought all the witches and vampires were suppose to be in Naga :)
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  13. 2 points
    In looking at the photos it appears the electric service is in good shape.
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  17. 1 point
    Fair enough but the subject is about mail forwarding. Generally the mail is opened from the forwarders and scanned and Emailed. Or read online. Also can be sent to an address and thats where the problems arise but we are not really talking about parcels.
  18. 1 point
    We've got ceiling fans on the bottom floor only (which is kitchen, sala, media room and CR) and the hot air tends to flow up to the 2nd floor (bedrooms and CR) and then onward to the 3rd floor (visitors bedroom and storage) and you can often feel a hot breeze exiting the ornamental window vents. The 3rd floor does get pretty hot for the reasons you mention. No solution will be right for every type of dwelling.
  19. 1 point
    Those do work pretty well but I thought they were only for outdoor use? Using one inside might promote mold maybe? And that's already a problem in the tropics.
  20. 1 point
    Philippines converted from Analog to Digital Broadcasting. I'm not sure if any still broadcast in Analog. For older TV's, one needs a Digital Converter and a Antenna capable of receiving Digital Broadcast Signals. Newer TV's need only the digital reception antenna. I posted some sites below that sell the items. Local stores sell the same items as well. It's funny to see vendors walking along the street with a handful of outdated useless Analog Antennas trying to sell them house to house. This site lists the Cebu Stations Broadcasting in Digital. http://pinoytechsaga.blogspot.com/2017/04/list-of-available-digital-tv-stations-in-the-philippines.html Digital TV Antenna's/Converter boxes. https://www.olx.ph/item/sky-tv-plus-black-box-digital-tv-tuner-home-car-use-hideaway-v1-v2-ID7yn2l.html?h=78f1f0cf31 https://www.lazada.com.ph/catalog/?spm=a2o4l.searchlist.search.4.41fe5d57TldaOE&q=digital tv antenna&_keyori=ss&from=suggest_normal&sugg=digital tv antenna_3_1 https://www.lazada.com.ph/catalog/?q=digital+tv+box&_keyori=ss&from=input&spm=a2o4l.searchlist.search.go.41fe5d5765OIBp
  21. 1 point
    I don't know about prices but I will never buy anything other than Camel brand. To me, they are the strongest fans available. We had an anemic Asahi wall mount out on the patio. Not a remote version but a pull chain version. I could not feel the breeze from it from four feet away. My wife took it to her store and we replaced it with a Camel stand fan. That one is almost too strong. I imagine they use more electricity for being strong air movers but I don't mind. It's less than what the AC costs.
  22. 1 point
    I am not sure why everything there is so much cheaper, except I only see locals at that mall, I can't say I have ever seen an expat there. My GF was the one that turned me on to this mall.
  23. 1 point
    Yes, I have. Here is what my experience is from visiting friends who have ceiling or wall fans. Often the temp at the ceiling is much hotter than at floor level and the ceiling fans circulate that hot air. A wall fan can be placed lower on the wall so as not to disturb the hotter air above. A floor stand fan is fine but it takes up floor space and is always in the way. These are just my personal observations and everyone is different. Your house may not have hot air at ceiling level. In any case, I see how it would be fine for some people but not suitable for my purposes. But thanks for the suggestion.
  24. 1 point
    I have wondered the same thing about this trend. If you go into SM Store, the prices now for a good fan are crazy. Mine you in Cebu, you can still get some pretty good discounts for stuff like this at E-Mall.
  25. 1 point
    Hey I had a look at that site. Thanks Tom, that is a great service, and I think the price is reasonable. I will definitely be signing up! That is more beers I owe you :)
  26. 1 point
    I wrote to Lazada and got a standard 'shipping fees are set by the vendor' but I have seen a HUGE increase in shipping too. I quit using them but have not found a good replacement. That fan said p1,300 shipping to Iloilo?!?!
  27. 1 point
    I've got one of the all singing and dancing antennas for over the air TV. Unfortunately you only get an odd shopping channel.
  28. 1 point
    I cannot help with either places as I have no experience of them but I have found Methersgate's post that RBM referred to regarding a hotel recommendation.
  29. 1 point
    I keep looking and looking at that photo of Willy's and can't seem to find a thing wrong...
  30. 1 point
    Took your advice mate ,it worked
  31. 1 point
    Thanks for all added content. I don’t know why I posted the above. I guess I am venting my dismay at how some adults carry on with their life. As bad as humanity can get, in my fantasy world at least the children are spared. Stories like this continue. Local and expat. Nothing new. 🙂
  32. 1 point
    Supply and demand and a lot of the market is from Manila where they want to get out of there for a short period to relax. Tourists as well. When I drive south from La Union, I pass many vehicles with Surf Boards on the roof, all heading north to San Juan & it's frequented with famous actors/actresses from Manila. When I drive north on the TPLEX I see many with surf boards on the roof driving south returning to Manila, especially on a Sunday. The major project below is being built now in San Juan. Many other projects being built because of demand. Gerry's grille just opened in Bauang. Years ago one would see mostly tourists at resorts, now I see mostly locals. Same with Boracay it's mostly locals now. A Middle class is rapidly growing here and they have expendable cash.
  33. 1 point
    You obviously have had different experiences than me. I have stayed in several airbnb condos here in Cebu and they were exactly as described. As I said, airbnb has smart pricing options which set the prices. How do I know, well I run Cebu Condo Services and manage airbnb condos for our clients. There are all sorts of things that would make you think about not presenting what a guest might expect because once you start getting bad reviews you may as well close up. No a host cant just give a refund but their are channels to go through with airbnb if one has issues.
  34. 1 point
    I have given up looking for an Air BnB in the Philippines. The problem is the lack of logic when setting up prices. The owners throw out a number hopping someone would be willing to pay. It is the "rich kano" mentality. Another problem is the owners borrow photographs from a neighboring unit. You show up and it is nothing like the photos on the web. They won't give you a refund if you try to walk away.
  35. 1 point
    Using that rumor is a good way to get free labor if you need a new septic pit dug.
  36. 1 point
    I recall having discussions with friends about this story and the Rogelio Roxas claim. We thought it was a little bit suspicious that the treasure he found included a 1,000 kilogram Golden Buddha. That's 2,200 pounds and it would be difficult to bring into a jungle area and later carry it out. The religion in the Philippines is either Catholic or Muslim. There were no Buddhists. The explanation that the Golden Buddha was brought into the country from Burma also does not make sense. It would have been shipped directly to Japan where the population is a combination Shinto/Buddhist. Gold and silver coins I could believe. The coins in circulation at the time were silver. Gold bullion is unlikely because the only one who had them was the Central Bank. The entire Philippine treasury had been smuggled out using US submarines. The subs were ferrying ammunition to Bataan and later Corregidor. The ammo served as ballast. For the return journey to Australia, the ballast used was gold bullion and silver coins.
  37. 1 point
    Being from Davao where the Japanese tunnels are, I have a friend who sold me a map very cheaply as he needed to pay for the care of his sick child. If you are willing to fund the dig, I will split the proceeds with you 60/40. By the way, my real name is Masinga Mbeki and I am a Prince of the First Cast of Nigeria.
  38. 1 point
    And yet, the high oil prices should fuel a boom in the Phiippine economy if this article has any truth to it Joint oil exploration in West Philippine Sea is legal By Ernesto Hilario - June 11, 2018 So China wants the oil and the Philippines want the money but do not have the capital to develop the oilfields. China will exploit the Philippines to get the oil and the Philippines will be happy with a little money being thrown their way. Capitalism at its finest, but in this case, it is from good ole Uncle Jinping rather than some other capitalist nation.
  39. 1 point
    The global economy is entering into a difficult period. Many countries, including the Philippines, are overextended in their borrowings. The current trade war is expected to increase the cost of goods and this will result in an economic slowdown. In the short term, oil prices will continue to remain high fueling inflation. Everyone has to be ready for the worst over the next 3 to 5 years. Looking at the bright side, your pensions are denominated in a different currency. The deteriorating value of Philippine currency works in your favor, provided you are not addicted to purchasing foreign made goods.
  40. 1 point
    It seems reasonable to me for an Immigration Officer to ask these questions when someone's travel history suggests they may not simply be a tourist. I suppose everyone is required to get the Visa which most suits their circumstances rather than the one which is most convenient for them. If your friend is a tourist who visits here frequently then he has nothing to worry about I suppose. I'm pretty sure Immigration Officers in countries like the USA/UK/Australia etc would be asking a lot more questions of a Filipino entering their country frequently!
  41. 1 point
    It's a strange one. People think twice about giving a stranger a few Peso yet will happily plan to marry someone they've never met face to face and send enough money to buy a house and land. It's a strange old World.
  42. 1 point
    I met my Now Filipino wife in 2001, married her in 2002 she joined me in the UK 3 months later. We came back to phil several times before we retired here in 2011. And from 2002 until today it amazes me how nothing in the provinces has changed very much . I can walk out of our front gate and whichever way i walk i soon come across wooden shacks Some barely standing which people live in and these have been replaced and rebuilt since i first saw them in 2002 ! Its the same driving to Calamba or Santa Cruz or Lipa. But then you realise these people are barely surviving ! A good example are tricycle drivers who are lucky to make 200 pesos a day ! I believe in a fair days pay for a fair days work. And we when the pension allows have a builder to do odd jobs, cutting trees, building extensions And at the moment he is building a new front entrance to our home , This guy is amazing he does everything from laying hollow blocks,making wooden forms For concrete beams etc,to plastering ,roofing etc. We pay him 600 pesos a day and his helper 500, we feed them merienda in the morning and afternoon. He has a wife and two young children And he lives rent free in a wooden shack on a piece of land which every sunday he has to work on for free. The thing that amazes me every morning you see children of all ages coming from these shacks All wearing freshly washed uniforms carrying their lunch to school. Their is a family friend down the road who asked for help a while ago We went to visit them and as mentioned earlier the home was what i would describe as a shed With dirt floor no electric no running water everbody used the hand pump. And they aplogised to me for me having to walk on the dirt floor ! But the thing that amazes me most about the poor here its their life and they have to live it They smile and are happy, the children play with old tyres and stones and swim in the bay No ipads or Iphones for these kids ! And theres me spending on avreage 500- 800 a week on cold drinks !
  43. 1 point
    If this works, people can click on here to go direct to your link (fingers crossed) I like your thread. I like your link. I like the examples. What I do not agree with is the "one size fits all" approach. One guy living on $1,000 a month may be fully financed on a 3 million peso house and another guy on the same budget may be living in a "paid for" concrete block house that he built for less than half a million. Pictures tell a story but the story is not always the whole truth. (As an example, follow any photo journalist and see that they only take the "shock and awe" pics and ignore the everyday stuff.) This will be an interesting discussion and I do like that. Those pics give an example of what some people have actually done. For some people there is little choice, (if all you can afford is a nipa hut then that's gonna be it), but for most expat budgets there are many choices to be made.
  44. 0 points
    My experience of shipping from overseas is always let down once the mail arrives in the Philippines. I've used DHL, Parcel Force and a few other services. Each one is tracked to the Philippines very accurately before the Philippines Postal service takes over and the mail enters a large black hole. My friend also has had the same issues and is currently fighting a battle with Phil Post. He has been waiting 3 months on a passport to arrive. It was in country two months ago, tracked to Manila before going walk abouts. I advised him to go to the local Phil Post office and kick a stink up as I've had experience of them not sorting mail and just leaving it in sacks. He went this morning and sure enough even though he had a tracking number saying it was with Phil Post they denied all knowledge of it. He requires his passport to work overseas and is down to his last few hundred peso. I told him to go back and kick a stink up as I've seen the post master sleeping at his desk when I went to collect mail, and had to physically make him look for it before suddenly discovering my mail that had been missing for a couple of weeks. Sure enough he went in and the post master was fast asleep. My friend was already stressed and started raising his voice and threatening to inform his superiors. He gave him the option of looking through piles of mail that was on the shelf before he did. Sure enough half way down the first pile was his passport that had been sitting there over a month.
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