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  1. 6 points
    I'm going out on a limb but I think the mayor's office of Baguio is running the midnight oil in selling his approval signature for some of these building permits. Perhaps senator Gordon should look into that. Meanwhile, natural and man made calamities such as landslides and flooding, due to illegal deforestation could result where a whole side of a mountain collapsing and burying parts of the city. It is.....what it is.
  2. 4 points
    Example of why I say my wife is lazy. I bought her a hair dryer but she doesn't use it to dry her hair (lazy). Instead she uses it to thaw out frozen food. ( just kidding) My wife caught me typing this.
  3. 3 points
    The main element that makes up this durable style of envelope is the Manila hemp. The Manila hemp is derived from a species of banana originally from the Philippines, whose fibers are tough. The hemp is then used during the paper making process, similar to how Kraft paper uses wood pulp. So the mystery is solved, the manila envelope gets its name from the hemp in which it is made from. There you go, you're learned something else today
  4. 3 points
    Manila is largely built on reclaimed swampland. Nothing to worry about there. "Manila. Manila, capital and chief city of the Philippines. ... The city's name, originally Maynilad, is derived from that of the nilad plant, a flowering shrub adapted to marshy conditions, which once grew profusely along the banks of the river; the name was shortened first to Maynila and then to its present form."
  5. 3 points
    I didn't actually say Filipinas in Hong Kong were lazy, I meant people in general in Hong Kong (locals) - I guess Gratefuled misunderstood my post. My wife as a Domestic Helper in Hong Kong and I know how hard most of them work.
  6. 3 points
    I remember the 1990 earthquake very well, as it was the date of my first arrival in the Philippines. I was actually in the air at the time though, as my first port of call was Cebu, and I'd just changed planes in Manila. I was in Baguio fairly recently, and definitely share the O.P's concerns. There are certainly a lot of properties I'd hesitate to even cross the threshold into.... let alone sleep in, so precarious do they appear.
  7. 3 points
    That might be true for commercial development, but for the residential, I don't think anyone bothers with permits. My BIL built their 4 story apartment building from his design and never had to bother with permits. Lately we have been staying on the top floor when we visit. He is a trained physical therapist so I am sure it is built well! Actually, their mentor and benefactor is a retired Swiss engineer, and he had oversight on the project. He was also the mastermind behind the huge concrete water tank they built. I think it holds 200 cubic meters and if a quake ever takes it down, big trouble!
  8. 3 points
    Yeah, Baguio checked off most of the boxes on my list of what I was looking for in a place to live in the Philippines 7 years ago, and I lived there over 2 years. With the growth and increased traffic since then I am now open to exploring other options. I would still like to live in a more moderate climate at elevation and have access to quality medical care plus the amenities of a medium sized city.
  9. 2 points
    Has anyone ever tried or bought a thermal massage bed? SIL works for Ceragem in Baguio and has been talking it up to us, so we went in to try the V3. It is a thermal roller massage bed that uses heated jade stones for the massage. The V3 first scans your spine to measure you, before it goes to work. I just did a general massage program for 20 minutes, X2. Other programs supposedly detect your problem areas and will focus more time on them. I actually enjoyed it a lot! It was a very hard massage and sometimes painful. To be expected when you are not used to it. It felt really good on my head / neck area and lower back. My middle back felt the most pain when the rollers raised me up high. The heat is infrared and supposedly penetrates a few inches. They make a lot of indirect health claims. Use it for a long time and cure this, cure that. My wife and I are interested in the massage aspect. I have had lower back problems since my 20's and chiropractors have used some similar gadgets on my lower back. I guess this style of heated jade stone massage originated in S. Korea. Another top brand is Migun. There are a lot of knock offs now that probably work as well as the expensive Ceragem and Migun, but getting them and maintaining them is another story. Ceragem: http://www.ceragem.ph/products.html Migun: https://migunworld.com/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jade-Massage-Infrared-Traction-Decompression/dp/B01LXLN9YS/ref=sr_1_6_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1546652927&sr=8-6&keywords=migun Ceragem has retail centers in the U.S. and they seem to be well received now: https://www.yelp.com/biz/ceragem-healing-center-irvine
  10. 2 points
    With Ceragem, they have company offices where all the sessions are free. In Baguio, that office is very crowded and there are often long waits. That is where SIL works. However, a friend of BIL bought about 15 of them and set up a shop. He charges p100 per hour, so the lines are less. That is where we went and waited about 15 minutes for a spot. They also offer a free 2 week home trial with free delivery and setup and training. The machines are not cheap. Apparently the going price is p170,000 or p180,000. 170,000 is about USD 3241. I'm still trying to find out more about the warranty. SIL says they have service people who will come to the house and fix them if needed, but I don't know any warranty / service details yet. There is a center in Davao del Norte: http://www.ceragem.ph/center.html You can see similar machines on Alibaba, but I agree with you, mail order, especially overseas, is not the way to go with this type of thing.
  11. 2 points
    I probably should have worded my post more clearly - I meant people in general rather than specifically Filipinas - mostly locals.
  12. 2 points
    I'm trying to post this video from FB. Hope it works.
  13. 2 points
    crab mango roll and vegetable tempura? Wow, that's something deliciously unique and to chase it down with a cold one. Excellent boots on the ground report! Thank you Don. You daughter by the way is destined to be another winner in the America's Got Talent show. Respectfully Jake
  14. 1 point
    I've been going to Baguio for around 7 years now, usually once or twice per year to visit my wife's relative's and friends. I enjoy the family there and the weather, as do the wife and kids. As noted in other discussions, the traffic has gotten really bad there most of the time. The first few times I was there, if you avoided the downtown area, you would not encounter much traffic. Now, with the opening of the TPLEX expressway, cars are rushing into Baguio, causing lots of congestion all over. Based on what I see in my BIL's neighborhood, there are many more car owners in Baguio as well. However, that is not what my post is about. Every time I go to Baguio, I see massive high rise construction going up on what appear to be fragile hillsides and ridges. I'm not talking about professionally engineered hotels, offices, etc. I'm referring to really tall residential buildings built on relatively tiny lots, and I would guess that most do not have any permitting. For instance, where our family lives, access is by driving down a narrow road perched on the crest of a ridge, until you get down to their area, where it is still super hilly, but more spread out. Along this ridge, on both sides, residents or others have been building helter skelter. Tall concrete structures using at best, a cement mixer, as there is no large truck access. 4, 5, 6, and more levels, starting on a steep slope and rising high about the road. As most know, Baguio and Luzon had a devastating earthquake in 1990. Over 1600 people died in the 7.7 quake that was centered far southeast of Baguio City, but Baguio had severe damage. I see all of this construction and I am really alarmed. There is no way all of these amateur high rises are going to hold up in a big earthquake. And there are thousands of small structures that will collapse as well. Senator Dick Gordon has recognized the issue and they are trying to do something about unchecked development, but I am really afraid that mother nature will wipe the slate clean, once again. Scary! I grew up in S. California, living with earthquakes. Each one was a learning experience for the people and building engineers. In Baguio, it appears nothing was learned and the big earthquake is long forgotten.
  15. 1 point
    How many here were lucky to find a fine woman from the 7000 island archipelago? My wife does have her idiosychrasies which I've gotten accustomed to, but after more than a year and a half of marriage every day confirms that I made a good decision. Over the holidays my mother told her she sees I am finally happy. And then there's our beautiful our baby too.
  16. 1 point
    Hi, I will be retiring to the Philippines in the near future and since I am a type 2 diabetic I am wondering about the cost of insulin. Currently I take both Humalog and Lantus, are these available and at what cost in peso? Do you think I would be OK bringing in a one year supply of insulin through airport customs? I would have a prescription but only because i would hoard (conserve!) my supply in order to have enough for the first year. Is this necessary or is insulin inexpensive (less than $75 per 10 ml vial). Thanks for your help!
  17. 1 point
    We spent 4 nights in Baguio over the New Year, and on the 2nd we visited a new place worth mentioning, the Newtown Plaza Hotel. We did not go in the hotel but it looks very nice. They have a pool. Must be heated? It is a large complex sitting on a hillside across from the botanical gardens. There is also a new event center going up across the street, but it is not quite done. What we enjoyed were the restos. They have a Gerry's, Ramen Sora and Wood Fired Pizza that must have the same owner, as you can sit anywhere and order from all the menu's. That was great for us as we were able to get pizza and chicken for the kids, while I got a crab mango roll and vegetable tempura. In addition, in another area, they have some more eats including a buffet place and a burger place. In crowded Baguio, the underground parking garage was a pleasure, and free! It is not that big so I imagine it gets filled up on busy days. Under the hotel lobby, they have a cheap arcade that the kids had fun in. It only costs p50 per head for 2 hours and almost all the games are then free. The problem was, many were not working, but enough for the kids to have fun. The attendant was very up front about it and told us to look around before paying. There were enough to keep the kids busy. I think they are in process of getting all the used games they bought up and running, and they will probably raise the price later. Our daughter Katy loves to sing now and was on the Karaoke machine for a while. Here is a short clip! It is not that clear but note the ending where she thanks her fans! I'm not sure where she got that! 20190102_16151 good end4.mp4
  18. 1 point
    My neighbors tell me that blind massage is not expensive and they will come to your home. Maybe inquire if there is one living near your home. The girl at the mall who does my wife's body massage offers her service at our home. I just do not trust anyone in our home that we do not know personally.
  19. 1 point
    This doesn’t answer your question Don but My wife and I have a therapist we know visit us at home. We sometimes provide lunch and always extra for transportation because our folks place is a bit far. Thats a large sum for a massage machine especially when you can get one for 500 pesos.
  20. 1 point
    Sounds good but does it only do backs? I tried a hydrobed (no heat, just water jets behind a flexible rubber sheet) and it was OK but not great. My shoulders and feet need approach from the side as well. Is there some reason you can't have a massage service come to your home?
  21. 1 point
    The tempura was not great. The batter was a bit thin and the sweet potatoes, if that is what they were, were not sweet. It still hit the spot. The mango crag roll was very good and we had a marinated sashimi dish that was excellent.
  22. 1 point
    And all this time I thought it was named after the envelopes and the hemp.
  23. 1 point
    You should buy your wife a new microwave on her next birthday!!!
  24. 1 point
    I only know of one Filipina who is lazy..my GF. Just kidding. I didn't think your post was derogatory at all and I don't think Gratefuled did either.
  25. 1 point
    I live very close to Manila Bay and right next to one of the rivers that flow into it. Even moderate rains take awhile to drain off which means the ground is saturated. If we get any kind of a serious quake, liquefaction is going to swallow a lot of buildings and people. I don't usually think about it unless I see something on tv about it. Only felt 2 quakes since I've lived here in close to 16 years. Ya never know.
  26. 1 point
    Yes, as Jake mentioned about high rises and structures built on hillsides. It's a gamble living in one. Just about anywhere in the Philippines a natural disaster could occur at any time. Earthquakes, volcano eruption, typhoons, tsunamis. One is not totally safe anywhere in the Philippines. You just cannot live in fear. Just be prepared in case something does happen.
  27. 1 point
    It's hard to find tempura batter in my neck of the woods. But when we find it we love it. Introduced my GF to tempura battered cauliflower. She loves it and said that even the burps taste good!
  28. 1 point
    We lived a block away from Newtown and watched the construction of the business complex and hotel. The condo's were still under construction when we left. We considered purchasing one of the condo's. We loved to eat at Rasa Pura and toured the hotel when it first opened. We wanted to stay there when we returned last fall but we were going to have family with us so an AirBnB worked out better for us.
  29. 1 point
    This is what happened after succession local government in Baguio conveniently ignored urban development and planning originally set by Daniel Burnham.
  30. 1 point
    Cool, not cold, by my standards. It was down to 14 c before we arrived but while we were there, maybe a low of 18-19. We did not need jacket. Go during an off peak time to avoid too much traffic and people. Actually, the traffic was not bad in downtown on the 2nd.
  31. 1 point
    I renewed mine on a 2 month extension in October, collected yesterday, total fees came in at P5836
  32. 1 point
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