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  1. https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1360214/build-typhoon-resistant-houses-in-vulnerable-areas-govt-told This article mentions P 120,000 to 150,000 for a government/charity core abode. The ones in my neighborhood were built at 170,000 for a simple post/beam and 1/2 block wall house with outside wall attached CR. 4 sided roof. 1 door and 2 or 3 slat windows. steel roof was on a hardwood frame from what I saw as they built it in front of my eyes near by. These are minimal. Cooking ledge on outside of house. They are safe however. Usually the owners around here did add-ons later.
  2. It might not matter if her lot is on the East coast or on a leeward stretch if the typhoon coming in is strong enough, but you will have to consider and prepare for it. https://www.rappler.com/nation/features-typhoon-resistant-house
  3. Nothing of particular note, but its good to see how the country looked at this point with a population of 18 million souls (min, 13:40) and its first president (Roxas).
  4. For certain types of individuals, complaining about things is part of who and what they are. For whatever their reason, they feel better when voicing their dissatisfactions openly to any willingly receptive audience. That's a normal trait, but the level and degree to which they voice their disapprovals run the range. I think a lot of it is culturally learned behaviour. Here in the PI people are not openly rewarded for and encouraged to complain and whine incessantly about things beyond their control. They take action when possible to improve what they can and stoically accept what th
  5. Social Studies curriculums normally build outward into the wider world as you go up the grade ladder. They often start with local community, expand outward to include your own country's areas and history and eventually reach global history and geography levels. Most countries' education systems do this, including the PI. Depending on your grade levels attained, and the curriculum of your school system, you may or may not have expanded knowledge in history and geography. Note: When I was a child geography and history were separate subjects, both of which are now both subsumed into
  6. I agree. But I have to respect their operational decisions since they are bearing the costs and aware of the problems that come with it. I'm sure that mechanical breakdowns are frequent. I am impressed with their weld-on set-ups and improvisions. I really would like to know why they don't just use a carabao ox with a skidding sled. They probably have their reasons.
  7. I would think it is a matter of trade-offs, and deciding what your highest priorities are in the life-style you wish to achieve here. Some prefer living in a sky box with western amenities, accessed with elevators, above the noisy fray. I assume that they value escaping from noise pollution, insect bites, hot & humid air, and choosing their social interactions carefully. They like having a pool perhaps and a convenient access to a gym, shopping, dining and quality medical services. In other words, a Western lifestyle that may be available at a lower cost (usually sans a private auto
  8. Came across this more unusual form of the single motor 'skylab' use. Its a 4 part vid, but this first one give the idea.
  9. Its usually not unless something of large value is taken. Petty larceny is common and usually a thing of the moment and opportunity in very many third world countries. I recall reading many blogs and seeing many vblogs from weathy expats in say, Costa Rica, who complain bitterly about how all their hired help have light fingers. People here seem at times not to affix rigid property rights akin to those in wealthier countries... for some reason. I can guess why since I read a lot of social psychology re the attitudes of other national societies, but since its a complex topic I don't want
  10. A very good point to keep in mind if you have to revert to using them. They sell 3 or 4 variants at Handiman here, and quite a few years ago when we had a different type structure for the 2nd floor of our house which had an inner plywood shell inside hardwood framing with a bamboo and nipa roof mice were a natural occurence. Since we keep two dogs and often let the one who is an excellent and proven 'ratter' run free in the enclosed property at night, that was always a major concern of mind. If mice take up residence and start families, you will be plagued with continual noises of them
  11. Thanks for sharing your selection process which was successful for you, DaveB. Your mentioned criteria was a good example of knowing your needs, and finding a list of acceptable starting points. From what you wrote thus far, it seems your wife was open to many options over a wide geographic area. A lot of Pinay aren't willing to settle outside of their first language areas, but some women can speak two in-country languages as well as English and some are very well traveled, so they will comfortably consider living on many islands or other regions. Many Pinay want to be in some proxim
  12. You seem to have misunderstood. Only and I and my GF at the time, indulged in a bit of freedom. The older woman left us there and climbed the 300 or so steep steps back up to the distant main building., and only the 2 of us were left to ourselves for the afternoon. Sorry for the inadvertent misery you have suffered.
  13. Yup. When we went there in the 2000's the notable sights were mango orchards, the Trappist monastery, and hard to get to beach resorts. We picked out the Valle Verde Mountain Spring resort, and it was a strange but memorable stay. It was a ridge line resort and to get to the spring fed pool down in the ravine, you had to go down a couple of hundred concrete steps. One of the two middle aged sisters at that time, who own and run the place, guided us down, which I thought was pretty strenuous for her. She and her sister catered to us with typical Filipino extreme kindness. Since we were the
  14. Yeah ! My thougts, exactly. I wrote a lengthy post describing all her workarounds the other day.... but then I thought more about it and deleted it half way through, since a few of them seemed to have borderline ethical issues from my personal viewpoint. Naturally, I never mention that to her since she considers it normal and clever to manipulate the systems here to her advantage when possible. Nothing obvious or blatant however, like the jerks who cut into or jump lines. Smart , older Filipinas all have their ways of solving some of the daily Philippine problems they encounter. T
  15. No argument from me. I agree with your assessment. To be fair, if you have never been outside of the PI, I can see how the acclaimed tourist sites might be very interesting and well worth the visit. But for someone well traveled in other countries, "underwhelmed" would be putting it mildly in many cases. I have seen some videos and vblogs of places that are a bit unusual and worth the time and trouble to visit if you are already in the area, but more often than not most places require either flights, boat trips or very long bus rides along with much intermediate use of trikes, vans
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