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  1. Queenie O.

    Mirror, mirror, on the car.....

    I guess there's a bunch of vain monkeys in your neighborhood with their pick of mirrors to choose from OMW!
  2. Sounds like you're on the right track IT! The extenxion roller is the way to go. We used the white cement sealer with good results.:)
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    I think I am turning into a Dirty Old man!

    Not to rain on your parade Jack, but don't you miss the refreshing feel of a cold/warm shower here? I love bathing--it's one of my favorite things to do! Maybe it's different for women..
  4. Queenie O.

    Another talented craftsman here in the province

    Looks like a great set Geoff! Seems like like a perfect fit for your balcony too!
  5. Queenie O.

    N'ozzie new member

    Welcome GBT62! Good to see another Cebu expat join this great forum group!
  6. I agree with Jimeve, we used Boysen brand paint(semi gloss) on all our our walls and ceilings after first using Boysen Acrytex primer/sealer We have never had any issues on our mostly all white interior house after 4+ years. The exterior was also painted with Boysen after a cement sealer, and so far everything looks good. We had a very reputable house painter and crew, so that can make a difference too. Also, areas of the Philippines with heavier rain and moisture might have some extra issues that drier places won't. Sounds like a good plan ITGeek. Best wishes for your move and new plans.
  7. Gee Rooster--that victim sure had it bad for that boyfriend! If the so called witch had no success getting them back together, how much success did the victim think she'd have in killing him?
  8. Queenie O.

    Living in the provinces, Do we really Know what this means?

    OMW--in the past I agree that average life expectancy for men was in the low to mid sixties. I just took the latest that I found first. Not sure if this one I found is correct, or yours is closer to the real age. http://www.geoba.se/population.php?page=2&pc=world&type=015
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    Living in the provinces, Do we really Know what this means?

    You might be referring to a hilot or herbalist that can be very helpful oftentimes to many folk. Their skills in massage and herbal medicine have helped a lot. I'm referring to a "quack doctor" who goes on the premise that evil that a sick person is affected by the Cebuano word "barang" or the presence of evil spirits. Not sure which type of person you're referring to Dave, but glad she got help.
  10. Queenie O.

    Living in the provinces, Do we really Know what this means?

    Yes it has gone up-- I agree jack, but has the means to access health care money- wise kept up with costs for many folks?
  11. Queenie O.

    Living in the provinces, Do we really Know what this means?

    Mike--with your experience in your town, that could pertain to expats but also local folk who might go first to a "quack doctor for medical care, or led to a health problem or nutrition issue go due to lack of funds.. Currently the average life expectancy for a male here in the Philippines is 73.52.
  12. Queenie O.

    Living in the provinces, Do we really Know what this means?

    Well, In the Philippines, there is really no safety net to speak of compared to Western countries. If one becomes sick or destitute, handicapped etc. there isn't a lot your family and neighbors can do for you be it a problem with a child or an older person. What got me thinking about the challenges of poverty, and how a government or non profit or local philanthropist in the province especially reach particular groups. Back in the day, when I was a US Peace Corps volunteer my program here dealt with Health and Nutrition. I would go around for the most part with the local midwife, and we conducted many weekly barangay mother's classes that educated folks about what the best food choices were, how to grow simple nutritious vegetables, preparing and cooking local fruits and vegetables in a cost effective way. This also quite often included a small feeding for babies and mothers of a communally cooked bulgur wheat cereal (donated) We also conducted "Operation Timbang" where mothers would bring in babies for weighing monthly to observe about weight gains and show encouragement. There was also periodic vaccinations that the rural health unit performed. It seemed that mothers' were truly concerned about their babies' best interests and doing what they could to help. It also seems now, that rural areas don't have less access to education and services than a more urban poor person might have. Women here are having babies at a much younger rate than before, which can put a strain on all the generations in families too. Lately the new tax program, TRAIN,( Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) has put a strain on the ability for many provincial folk (everyone actually)to cover basic needs also. Let's not make this a political topic of discussion, but just an observation of current situations. We aren't in a position to judge one way or the other. I read this article this past week in Cebu Sunstar about the challenges of conducting a 90 day feeding program for young children in a provincial town An interesting read, as it brings up the many challenges and mindsets rural folk might have about how they live. Some issues I found frustrating, and others I could see where folks might be coming from in their choices. Yes, Filipino people are happy, social, patient and resilient folk overall, which helps them to live in not often ideal situations. This article was near to my heart--you might find it interesting too. https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1755079/Cebu/Feature/Pantawid-families-in-the-glare-of-feeding-program https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1755080/Cebu/Feature/Special-Report-Investing-in-2-kitchens-a-win-for-5000-children-(Second-of-three-parts)
  13. Queenie O.

    Another talented craftsman here in the province

    Gee thanks Mike--I'll let my husband know about it. Good for the cottage and the new bench too!
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    Hahaha Thanks for the kind words Jake. Sometimes I think back on all the things that I've experienced here as a woman, and I have to smile about it all.. I think that sometimes I have to be braver than I'd like, but it's all worth it. One of the reasons I came back was because I wanted more experiences I think! No--I don't drink that often, but the locals here in my old place know that I can still hold my liquor better than they all can. (That excludes my lambanog experience of course!)
  15. Queenie O.

    Another talented craftsman here in the province

    Thanks! It's true Jake--not all bamboo is equal and even with Solignum to treat against termite ants, it can break down and powder up and even collapse over time!. We had originally planned to have him build a bench out of some old purchased tugas/molave wood that had been stacked under a neighbors house for a long time. Our carpenter said that in our seaside environment, the bench would break down quickly even with this quality and durable wood. We have a bahay kubo/cottage built out of coco lumber and bamboo with a cogon grass roof down below by the water. My husband coats it every 4 months or so with plastic varnish and so far it has preserved it well. Alas, as we all know, in the tropics nothing out in the elements will last forever.