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  1. 5 points
    That's not culture - that's rudeness!
  2. 4 points
    Sounds like my wife lol
  3. 4 points
    I think that it’s been pretty well documented over the years on this forum and others that, foreigners are by the majority, expected to foot the bill for parties and get togethers. Same goes with inviting a few and the whole family shows up. It is, what it is, set the ground rules ahead of time if you want to deviate from what is considered their norm. If I attend any get togethers or have dinner with folks here, I am already resigned to the fact ahead of time that I’ll be the one footing the bill. With that in mind, it doesn’t happen very often. I also limit the number of any family members staying at my condo to 2 at any one time, along with a set departure date and an onward ticket. 😂
  4. 3 points
    My mistake getting KW and watts mixed up. lol. Should have put 1.2 Kwh
  5. 3 points
    Back when I was a newbie in Cebu my gf and I were invited to a local home for dinner. I accepted and then was told : great ! bring a pizza and some chicken. We like to eat around 8 pm. True story.
  6. 3 points
    Over the years we have seen, read and heard about living a couple of Islands/and or many Km's away from Family and close Friends of the Family, This Latter part of the Topic just goes to show that it is not always the best policy
  7. 3 points
    Location, location, location. Large investors do it all the time. They buy a house for the location, tear it down and build from scratch. Individuals who like their location and are in a dilapidated house are often wise to do the same.
  8. 3 points
    And so it goes on. 13 month old 1HP inverter unit. Had installer come up for cleaning unit at 12 months. They just sent Cowboys whom broke it, blamed us as expected. Some how they burnt out mother board, now been arguing with small shop that installed it to repair. Currently it's a merry go around.....suspect they no funds for mother board. It's all part of living here....Been watching some you tube videos as I tend to clean our second unit myself, looks quite simple.
  9. 3 points
    What's yours is theirs and what's theirs is their own!
  10. 2 points
    I found this interesting web site that allows you to compare the weather in up to 4 cities, based on 1980 to 2016 data. I'm not sure how accurate it is. Read the disclaimer at the bottom. https://weatherspark.com/compare/y/134569~139471~139244~139283/Comparison-of-the-Average-Weather-in-Olongapo-Cebu-City-Panglao-and-Dumaguete
  11. 2 points
    My wife routinely uses, "We don't have budget." They seem to accept that.
  12. 2 points
    Good strategy - just a shame we have to set such ground rules as, where we are from, some things don't need to be said so explicitly.
  13. 2 points
    That makes sense — thanks. Honestly, the labour laws issue never crossed my mind. I’ll tread very carefully and avoid situations where any role I have could be misinterpreted.
  14. 2 points
    I run 2 air cons, at separate times, Both are 1 hp split units. Each uses 6 Kwh in a 12 hour period, so in 24 hours they use a total of 12 Kwh and cost me (12 x 11.5 =) 138 pesos a day to run (One or the other is always on, 24/7) So they use an average of 500 watts per hour and they use 12 Kw per 24 hours. Your number of 12,000 Kwh is astronomical. My entire house uses about 500 to 600 Kwh in a month.
  15. 2 points
    Are we still talking about shellfish? Or have we switched to "forum members" now. (Please don't take me seriously. Seemed funny to me but not referring to you or any specific member.)
  16. 2 points
    Now you know why filipino's go around unplugging things all the time. Most homes don't have proper grounds which increases the chance of electrical/electronic equipment getting damaged from an electrical storm.
  17. 2 points
    Why would you consider it a privilege? Upper class? I'd rather eat with people who aren't ashamed to eat with their fingers off of banana leafs. Much more fun and I can wear my shorts and flip flops.
  18. 2 points
    Everything I see here is just twisted and taped. They recently ran street lights in our area. Not a single scrap of wire is over 10 feet long. All down the street it is twisted and taped. My wife's uncle is an "electrician" here. Has been for over 30 years. He will tell you that twisting the wire and taping it is the best connection. Any type of wire connectors (like wire nuts) are bad. He is wrong - but he will tell you that. Welcome to the Philippines
  19. 1 point
    Today I have our Local large Supplier and Installer of A/C Units here, They cleaned on Saturday but Found a Large Fault in the Compressor Unit that has Killed the Motherboard, This was brought on by Fluctuations in Power voltage even though we have our own Transformer. We Found out that the Power Company are still just twisting Wires and taping them, So when we had our cables tested (2 weeks ago) we were told by the Engineer we need the proper Jointers or it may damage the A/C unit. It did so now as the Unit concerned is still under warranty, They are changing the Whole issue. We Blame the Utility company as does the unit supplier but for me they can solve that themselves, We just want a Unit that runs well don't need as may cleans and visits and will run above the 18c that it has been for months. No way was the room at 18 c as the unit was hurt by this fluctuation of voltage and was struggling all the time then just cutting out. OK so my purpose of telling you this is so that any one with A/C's ( @jimeve) that are doing strange things, check the cables to see if they are jointed right. If not it may cause a Burnout of the Motherboard. The Electric Company know that they are not doing the right thing and should be informed Just a Heads up G & G's Jack Just to Add that all my Power cables coming to the House are now Joined with a proper Joint unit. Moral: get it Tested and sorted
  20. 1 point
    The only thing I know about cleaning aircons is hiring a guy to do it every 3 to 4 months. In 9 months it would be filthy. Is the part you are talking about something they would clean in the routine maintenance? It really does need to be done 3 or 4 times a year in this country. Loads of dust and crap clogging the filters. The ease to get at one inside the house needs to be cleaned about once a month. When you go to a hotel, check it. They rely on the guests to clean them I think or else you will be wondering why it is so friggin hot in the room.
  21. 1 point
    imported from OZ now if I kould only find carne asada burritos and Fritos, life would be perfect
  22. 1 point
    Think of the shipping cost too.
  23. 1 point
    hello HKBLUES Thanks for the info,,,,, maybe because i do this construction work in the UK and know what it would cost here, i am always suspicious of quoted prices in philippines when they are quoting for a long nose. But it would seem that based upon the comments i am getting i guess my quotation is about right
  24. 1 point
    Here in Dumaguete it was wet this morning now it`s hot and dry.
  25. 1 point
    I had that happen to me a few months ago. They texted my wife from Sibulan port that they were here. She texted me and said they are in Sibulan but I could not pick them up as I was in Valencia and had had a few beers. She got them to give the trike driver the phone and explained to him where we lived. I told them next time text us before you leave Dalaguete on Cebu as we might not be here and you will be stuck in Sibulan with no money and no way to get home. But this has only happened once in 8 years. Yes, we paid for everything.
  26. 1 point
    I had a talk with Gf,s sister and brother in law about paying for meals etc They are the well healed couple of the family , i was told if i want to have a party , book a buffet type restaurant, do not have one at home as the neighbour's will turn up expecting to be fed. The gf,s family are well off by Philippines standard , of the three sisters , two budget for mamas medicine ,the third sister has a lot of kids and she gets subsidised by one sister, after we had a pizza and a bucket of chicken the untouched left overs were sent round to that sister During my recent visit , i paid for two jollibees for her kids ,donated to the lolas party ,an amount equal to everyone elses , i paid 50% of our trip to siargo , gf and her cousin paid 25% each I was taken out to a restaurant and invited to her sisters home for dinner My take on it is that these are " middle class " philpinos ,who share the cost of familly events ,they do not expect one or two i individuals to foot the bill , the better off ones do tend to treat those less fortunate. Its part of their culture that the wealthy subsidise the less well off ,and ive been told to set Budgets and to say that i have no budget for that etc in order to control expenditure
  27. 1 point
    Appears pretty much on par with what we paying. Two units of 41 square meters P15k per square. This is contract price all inclusive, we are hands off.
  28. 1 point
    Dave, I could agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.
  29. 1 point
    Yes, it was news to me too. But if anyone looked at the link I posted they would see that the professional men's hockey team only happened within the last year or so. Thus we oldtimers couldn't be expected to know about it.
  30. 1 point
    Gary, Thanks for the head’s up about volunteering in Phil. Could you —- or anyone else — elaborate? In Canada, nearly all youth hockey is coached by volunteers, usually parents with a strong background in the game who pass on their knowledge to their own children and teammates. Every now and again someone like me comes around who follows the typical route but then sticks around as a “non-parent coach” (makes you very much in demand) for many years. Anyway, I appreciate the many responses so far. Please understand that I hardly expect Philippines to be some sort of hockey hotbed, but at the same time there is something highly appealing about working at the grassroots level to help develop the sport in a new setting. Some men gamble, some build model trains, some build bird houses. For me, teaching kids on the ice is simply fulfilling.
  31. 1 point
    I enjoy skating (a LOT slower than when I was younger) but I've only ever seen a temporary rink set up in Cagayan De Oro and I couldn't convince SWMBO to even have a try. The ice was... not smooth and most of the skaters were beginners at best. To be honest I'm surprised that a tropical country like the Philippines has an ice skating team... news to me! I second the comment earlier about being careful about volunteering as that might be looked upon as 'a breach of tourist visa conditions' even if you're not being paid. And yes Basketball is very much the sport of choice for the country (with boxing second and what ever is in third so far back it doesn't matter... Maybe Volleyball? Billiards? Tennis? Cock Fighting probably by numbers but I'm not sure that's a 'sport').
  32. 1 point
    I know. The mystery is why mine is using 12,000 kwh? had the filters cleaned and the unit checked over. The local maintenance man said it could be the motor! I have seen how they troubleshoot here, they keep replacing things until it runs properly.
  33. 1 point
    To me this says it is a complete job and would include making the Gates and the Electrical work involved if this is not the case then no wonder we are all talking cross Purposes. @bamfurlong maybe you can tell us exactly what the Contractor has quoted for because based on what you have said in this post is to me a Complete Job and that will involve more work than many are saying is too expensive
  34. 1 point
    Watching “All Creatures Great and Small” put me in touch with how frequent the word “thee” was used (at the time the series was being shown anyway, Yorkshire wasn’t it?) Also Nay. And then in Germany , I heard Nay being used quite frequently too, in the central rural region. I like to use Brit or Aussie colloquialisms myself. But Nay was not even on my radar, and certainly not thee. But reckon, I picked up recently, an I know what a geezer is.
  35. 1 point
    Off topic but funny true story. Asawa - Papa, smile and show Michael your new teeth Asawa - Do you like Papa's new smile? Me - Yes, looks very nice. Much improved. Asawa - That's good, you paid for it.
  36. 1 point
    Metro Cebu's population was 2.85M in 2015 and growing at a rate of 2.13%/yr so should be about 3.1M now. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_Cebu
  37. 1 point
    The basic membership price in the US is $60 (appox. 3,000 pesos), but they kept on pushing me with very high pressure tactics to get the $120 membership (approx. 6,000 pesos). In either case, I didn't like: their high pressure tactics the cost of any of their membership options plus when I looked around, I didn't see anything that I couldn't buy for the very same price or even less (without the dubious honor of being a member of their club). In retrospect, I only liked S&R because they had a wide selection of American products and the membership cost was fairly reasonable. Plus, I also like S&R pizza
  38. 1 point
    Not surprised, it is often cheaper to start with a blank sheet than renovate.
  39. 1 point
    Interesting that it costs 2.5 Million to build 100sq meter medium end and 3 Million to renovate 100sq meter medium end.
  40. 1 point
    The only ice rink I've seen is the centre piece in The Mall of Asia in Manila. Being a volunteer anything in the Philippines can be problematic. Just be careful.
  41. 1 point
  42. 1 point
    Yep...but think of the travel cost!
  43. 1 point
    Tagalog is a regional language, but originally only in the area around Manila. Most filipino's in the northern third of Luzon speak Ilocano and may speak a local language. Of course tagalog is becoming more common in other areas over time.
  44. 1 point
    Bush The First was famous for, "Not gunna do it."
  45. 1 point
    Actually, you can't tell who's got money. I've seen it both ways with rich and poor. But you could label them New York and Seattle. Or Boobs and No Boobs.
  46. 1 point
    Should they rather be labeled...
  47. 1 point
    From the get-go I made it clear I was not going to be the typical big-hearted foreigner opening his wallet at every turn. That was maybe hard at the beginning but now we're reaping the benefits as nobody expects anything from us. Luckily, there are not too many foreigners around us setting a bad example!
  48. 1 point
    I agree with you Mark. Reckon is definitely used in the UK - bureau is a piece of furniture and used today - gotten is taught as the past participle of get - wilt is still in use. However, i agree that Fall is not used and Autumn is.
  49. 1 point
    Being married to a Filipino is wonderful in my case all my needs are taken care of ,nothing is to much trouble and it’s great . Now we are both retired life is still wonderful but now I am seeing things just a little different, could it be just me I wonder so I am asking others who have been in my situation. Having both of us working and seeing each other say 12 hours a day and all day Saturday and Sunday until recently to 24/7 all the time all I seem to hear is Emma shouting when she is on the phone to her family or friends and it’s usually when either I am watching something on tv or sitting next to her on the sofa, I do try to say Ems just talk , but to tell the truth I can hear the others too. Now the other thing I have noticed is how our nice kitchen is becoming like a dirty kitchen in the Philippines, yes I could keep it clean after what seems to be 10 chefs working in there , but how many pots and pans do you need to prepare a meal and talk about how many knives to use also. The pans I have had for years and was still in great condition the none stick has gone and I am sure they was a silver colour when I brought them they all seem to be a tar coloured now, my sharpe knives well they is no chance of cutting my wrists or throat with them , the other day I saw Ems walking into the garden with a long knife , where you going I asked, to cut some flowers , us the pruning scissors I said, no I am ok was the answer. It seems living 24 hours a day I have to change some of my ways , plus when we are in the Philippines I shall just walk around the house wearing blinkers and my headphones playing my music very loud, plus I shall be wearing shorts because I shall not get a word in or a word to say about the household .
  50. 1 point
    What we do is buy the materials ourselves from our regular builders merchant who will normally know what you need for various jobs and pay the contractors by the day from 300-600 pesos a day and meriendas. We learnt the hard way never let the contractor buy the materials or borrow our tools !
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