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expatuk2014 last won the day on September 12 2017

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  1. expatuk2014

    PLDT Fibr - New Modem

    Fibre ! I applied ages ago for a upgrade from dsl to fibre 20mbs after watching the guys running cable along my road, opposite my house is a power pole, with a PLDT fibre box, but all i get from PLDT is my order is subject to there being a box with available connections near my home ! Sent an email with a photo of their box with the Nos etc ,and i got back the same reply ! So it looks like we will have to forget fibre !
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    Post Office Experience Today

    I never use Philpost,i have sent cards for Birthdays,Xmas etc none of them arrive in the UK ! And the Proof of life forms from the UK Int Pension service never arrive at my address ! I contacted Philpost by phone and email and they just say they have no record of my complaints. Always use LBC now it may be expensive but at least everything reaches the destinations
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    Google Chrome Crashing

    I had the same problem , even worse if using windows 10 ! Open office crashed also Chrome but Microsoft office and Internet explorer both worked fine ! So went back to windows 7, with updates off! And instead of Chrome i use Opera , e erything fine,and i dont keep getting tbe annoying message telling me i am using un registered sotware which i am not. A teccy friend of mine warned me that with updates turned on i was getting a update that was not listed which was why i was getting the unregistered software warning !
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    Proof of life form time again !

    Yet again my UK pension has been stopped ! Apparently i never sent my Proof of life forms back !Would be nice to have received them first so i could send them back ! phoned the Int pension centre and they told me that they had sent out 3 sets of forms to me ! In Jan,March and July ! Funny thing is in March they stopped my pension ! I sent the witnessed forms back i had stored on my pc i tracked the forms and they were received and signed for ! When i phoned this afternoon the nice lady asked me some security questions and eventually found i had sent the forms back and they were witnessed by my Doctor ! So all sorted and pension will begin again !. JUST A WARNING ANYONE WHO DECIDES TO SEND FORMS TO THE PENSION SERVICE AS I WAS GOING TO IN JAN 2019 WITHOUT RECEIVING ANY FORMS DO NOT DO SO ! AS THEY WILL BE IGNORED THEY ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN REPLIES TO FORMS WHICH THEY SEND OUT RANDOMLY ! However i was advised to phone them evey 4-5 months just to check !
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    Kanu tax

    Ah yes the whitey extra ! Luckily my wife deals with everything we buy and pay for , Land taxes etc etc. The only thing i pay for is my annual reporting ! When we buy things like Aircon, New TV etc my wife always Haggles even in SM ! And she always asks to the see things like TVs, light bulbs, and everything electrical working before we buy it ! Especially at HMR ! i once watched her haggle buying floor tiles the first price was 9000 pesos, second was 8300 we actually paid 7800 needless to say we have bought all our tiles from the same place ! Inc free delivery
  6. Im so excited i have already ordered 1 of each new Apple product ! And i have also pre ordered 1 of each new Apple product for the next 5 years ! Oh the excitement of a new Apple moble every year ! And yes I am joking 😎
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    OLX Experience - Vacuum Cleaner

    Home and co is a HMR brand,we went to HMR santa Rosa on Saturday with the intention of buying a cd Radio player, and a rechargeable vacumn, and a DAB Radio, we found 1 of each the wife askeda member of staff to test them working , and not one worked! So 3 sales lost to them ! We are going to HMR Sucat this saturday might have more luck there! If not it will back to our fav japan surplus stores !
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    No water again !

    Being used to having water on tap it gets annoying when every weekend for weeks now every saturday the water is turned off, and this weekend its both saturday and sunday ! On the water company website their excuse HIGH WATER TURBILITY FROM OUR SOURCE ! And it brags about having built 2 new resevoirs in the area to boost reliablility ! Looks like we are going to buy a water tank and electric pump !
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    Windows 10 Rant

    Ah the all new all singing and all dancing windows10 ! My pc new motherboard, 4gig ram new video card. Downloaded windows 10 after multi emails from MS made 2 bootable disks . Was running windows 7 no problems . Silly me installed windows 10 ! Which was like watching paint dry ! Then wunderbar ! There it was installed on my pc! So booted it up from scratch, which funny enough it kept telling me this may take some time ! When it did finally run, it wouldnt find my printer,nor my backup hard drive , and it said i had no internet even though it downloaded files while installing !😭 i closed it down rebooted the PC and it wouldnt boot up MISSING FILES ! Rebooted and it worked perfectly ! Reloaded printer driver did a test print and it worked ! Even had internet ! But it still wouldnt find my backup drive where all my files etc were stored! Rebooted again ! And MISSING FILES ! Went back to windows 7 again no problems ! However i now use a samsung tablet for everything and my pc is now a glorified storage drive and only used for downloading ! I may again have another go with windows 10 after a bottle of jack daniels !
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    Dogs and Motorcycles !

    Where we live tberes a constant problem with dogs roaming the streets ! These are not wild dogs but the dogs of neighbours and others living in the road. On Thursday night a motorbike hit a dog and the driver lost control him and his passenger ended up being thrown from the bike and both were sent flying along the road,the passenger bearing the worst as he rolled over and over ! The driver just picked up his bike and drove off back in the direction he came from leaving his passenger in the road ! However the passenger was soon picked up the local Ambulance ! My CCTV caught it all ! And then on Friday night it happened again this time a Motorbike just kept going it looked like the rider kicked the dog out of the way ! The dog however went flying ! And managed to very slowly crawl away ! As im writing this there are 3 dogs roaming the road ! The dog catcher here is a joke as word soon spreads he is on the way, i wont say how they know as for a foriegner to speak up it can cause problems !
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    Living in the provinces, Do we really Know what this means?

    I live in Los Banos which so my wife informs me is in the Province of Laguna. The road we live in runs alongside Laguna De Bay, as far as poverty yes there is poverty basically all around no matter which direction we travel, for example a family friend is a tricycle driver and his home is made out of wood and metal roofing sheets, the floor is dirt they dont have electric or running water, in the other direction i can see a family living in the middle of a field with their plywood and roof sheet home built under a large tree there are a number of homes being being modified by using hollow blocks as walls instead of plywood but even though there is poverty the one thing that amazes me is the children ! Playing with stones, making kites out of shopping bags, rolling bike tyres along with sticks, and jumping off of the fishing boats tied outside in the bay ! No signs of expensive toys,ipads etc just the sound of children laughing and playing when you think the average tri-cycle driver if he is lucky earns 150-200 pesos a day ! Everybody always have a smile. We have been here since 2011 not a lot has changed in our Barangay ! Apparently there is going to be a new SM being built on the National Highway which as is the case with SM malls being built it brings lots of jobs into the areas so that should improve things in places.
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    The Barangay Captain

    To add further the Brother is a tricycle driver and by using him basically every time we go anywhere its our way of helping him as we pay him between 150 - 300 pesos a trip 150 to anywhere local and up to 300 for a car trip to Nuvali S&R and the Japan surplus stores near there and we feed him also. Im not worried about going out alone i often go for a walk exploring the local area
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    What's it Like in Your Neck of the Woods?

    For me my day starts at around 8am then its coffee and breakfast normally cereals or cheese on toast or instant noodles, after a shave and shower if its a shopping day, then its the local Robinsons or south Supermarket. If we are at home 10am its merianda, 12 noon lunch, 3pm merianda, 6pm Dinner. Then setlle down with a nice cool beer and watch tv . The wife normally goes to bed around 9pm i stay up till around 2am watching movies or you tube, any earlier i cant sleep where we are in Los Banos, its fairly quiet , we are 30 mins away from SM Calamba and 45 mins from S&R Nuvali and SM Santa Rosa. The University is only a short distance and the grounds there are very good. Lots of colourful trees etc. Places to eat in Los Banos are Bonitos, Cels,Ellens Fried Chicken,Mer Nels,just outside is Isaadans a unique place to eat! And of course the ever growing Jollibees which has 3 branches in Los Banos and another in bay and soon another when the new City mall is built ! the View from our Balcony the grey roof to the right is our Buyo Kubo the green roof in front is the Entrance to the Buyo Kubo, the light green roof is the roof of the veranda outside our back door
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    I bought a bottle of lambanog as i like to try different drinks but my wife poured it down the cr and flushed it away ! Muttering something like bloddy stupid man thats poison for you !