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  1. I must have blue eyes ! We reported our problem to PLDT on the Friday,engineers turned up on the Sun ! But they couldnt fix the problem on Tuesday 6 guys ( 3 vans ) turned up . Internet ok and increased speed ! Fastest response is via Pldt cares on Twitter between 9-5. If you are lucky enough to find one of the PLDT engineers or contractors tell them your problem. Emailing PLDT is a waste of time ! And if you go to a PLDT office you will get the standard response of 5-7 working days.
  2. I dont know if its only our area, but our water supply is terrible ! Every Saturday and Sunday for months our water pressure drops to a slow trickle to no water at all this usually starts at around 8am until 6pm both days, had the water company guys out water pressure fine ( funny that ) and today we have had hardly any water at all until 6pm ! The companys facebook page always says certain areas Will have interuptions to the supply due to maintenace work ! On their facebook page and website they are full of self praise about having built 2 new water bulk tanks in our area but the tank near us is alway empty , And the water when it is running is of poor quality ! Our hose pipes block with green algae ! And they say on their website we should drink their water as it is full of minerals unlike bottled water! We only use tap water for washing and watering the plants and washing the car ! Anyone else havng water problems?
  3. In my experience buying a Washing Machine here is just a waste of money ! When we had finished building our home here in 2012 we bought all new kitchen appliances, Kettles,Blender,Toaster etc. And a new Washing Machine ( we sent our Tumble Dryer from the UK in a Balikbayan box ! ) the Washing Machine we had plumbed in with its own drain pipe run into the garden drain that takes the rainwater away. Our Current washing machine consists of a small plastic stool which the wife sits on as she scrubs away snd bangs the clothes with a piece of wood ! She does this almost every morning ! and on Sundays the wife and her sister are both there washing and chatting to each other while the Washing Machine stands there smiling ! ME ? Im upstairs on the balcony listening to my Radio Scanners !
  4. A few days after xmas we lost our Internet and Landline ! Had no monthly bills from PLDT for Nov and December either by email or post ! Contacted PLDT both by phone and Twitter result being the bills had not been generated ! And the PLDT website was forever having problems ! So the wife takes an old PLDT bill and pays 2000 pesos on the 9th Jan in Robinsons. And on Friday 10th we goes to the PLDT office to ask why they had cut us off ! And according to the woman we had not been cut off ! She made a report and said an engineer will be out within 5 - 7 working days ! And on Sunday morning 12th the home fibre guys arrive ! It turned out that someone had pulled out our connection and replaced it with another ? ( one of the neighbours had fibre installed by homefibre earlier ! ) They said it would need a new cable run from a box up the road ! But they couldnt do it as they were not installers ? They left and told the wife they would be back ! They came back on Tuesday 14th Jan at 12pm 6 guys and 3 vans ! 2 hours later we were back online. The Barangay had 2 guys directing the traffic around the vans !
  5. Was in Tagatay Saturday with family members for the sisters birthday celebration. No signs from the volcano of what was about to come! Woke up sunday morning everything covered in ash !
  6. Went to Santa Rosa for my Annual report just handed passport and acr card to the security guard Name called 5 mins later paid 310 pesos , all done !
  7. I must be doing something wrong ! Been here since 2011 and i love it here ! Yes its not the UK with its underground cabling and fish and chips ! But hey this is not the UK ! Yes it has its funny ways and a must for paperwork ! Relatives are family same as in the UK ! Yes here food wise its Breakfast then Merienda then Dinner then Merienda and then Lunch ! And we have learnt not to try and eat out on weekends between 11am till 2pm ! If we need to go to the malls its weekdays only ! Noise is everywhere dogs,Chickens,motorbikes etc . But im used to it ! Not going back to the UK ! As the saying goes " home is where your heart is " and my heart is in the Philippines
  8. Same here in Los Banos from 5pm onwards motorbikes up and down the road loud exhausts everyhour theres hundreds of them and they are not riding slow ! Karoakee full volume everywhere ! Everything quiet after 4am ! Its now 12.15 pm and the fireworks are starting again and the karoakee !
  9. I gave up driving here in 2013 ! Nobody sticks to the rules, parking on the roads although its meant to be illegal theres tricycles parked everywhere ! And if your involved in an accident here guess who will be blamed ? If you own and drive a car here you need a dashcam !
  10. Does seem a high price for me get some more quotes or hire someone on a daily basis and you buy the materials !
  11. Yes there is a Kano price ! Just go to the market with your wife you wait a few minutes then buy the same things your wife did from the same seller ! Regarding builders and workers we employ regular guys on a as needed basis and pay between 500-600 pesos a day plus the cost of materials they do a good job and we are happy to pay extra for it. An Electrican charges 500 pesos per job ex to fit and wire up 3 outlets 1500 pesos ! We have learnt over the years we have been here never to let the workers buy the materials and always have work done on a daily basis and not by contract ! We have heard stories such as some builders building or modifying their own homes using materials from the jobs they were doing and they would only want to buy materials from certain hardware stores ! And it pays to shop around here as prices can vary a lot a good example is a Breville Electric oven pro price in Calamba 21000 pesos in S&R 14000 pesos ! And a 4 pack of Australian ginger beer in S&R 360 pesos same thing online some charge almost 1000 pesos. Never ever go for the 1st price you see here !
  12. My wife is the same the walking thing " slow down your too fast ! The shopping thing , its usually go into a shop for example to buy a dress or similar she picks up one , " mmmm too expensive " then its all around the store, then back to the "expensive one " and she buys that ! Family gatherings mmmmm Its " hello Uncle bob,etc " then once they begin to start talking i might just as well go for a 5 mile jog ! Im used to it anyway all the shouting, hand gestures etc. Speaking with the lips pointing 🤣 and whats with these anos ? " its darling please help me look for this ano, or i cant remember what ano i bought, an ano could be a cup,a handbag in fact anything ! Food well for me it always has to be cooked the same day i eat it ! And after a bout of food poisoning i only eat from places outside like Jollibees etc and our regular restaurants. The little woman however will cook fish on the monday and it will last her until weds ! But with all their funny ways we still love them ! and i know she loves me ! But i do have a rival ! Its her baby Arnie our dog ! I wouldnt say he was spoilt but his Chewstick treats costs over 1500 pesos !
  13. I always shop here telling myself £1 is 65 pesos, and 1000 pesos is £14 as the pound averages around 64 -65 pesos today however its 67 pesos at the time of writing this. One thing to remember here in the Philippines prices can vary a lot depending on where you buy things ! One example is a 4 pack of Australian Bundaberg Guava drink on shoppee one price 500 pesos another price 999 pesos ! And the same thing in S&R is 360 pesos ! Even the price of water varies. As for Gatorade I like it but it does not like me ! The wife uses the wet market a lot but she insists she goes alone or with her sister as if im there its the whitey price 🤣 everything my wife buys she writes in her book and i transfer it every few days to a spreadsheet on the pc since 2011 we have reduced the cost of the power supply and the water supply by almost half ! As they say every little helps !
  14. Best to keep looking that plot of land sounds like lawyer and paperwork hell !
  15. I use Lazeda never had any problems we have a regular delivery driver . Fast delivery often within 2 days but it pays to always check the profile page of the seller as many are based in China, bought many things from Lazeda , tools,gadgets,electronics all delivered working and well packed and in new condition
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