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  1. We did think about the Balikbayan box and it would still be an option as I have not paid the extra bag fees yet. We have never heard of the carrier from the place near us and the large box is $120. I think we need 2 boxes.
  2. All flights are booked. We are traveling separately, and if all goes well, will arrive in Manila around the same time albeit in 2 different terminals. This actually works out better for my work trip as I get an extra half day. We usually have family members pick us up and will have to figure out the logistics. We have both traveled to the Philippines alone many times so its not that big a deal (to me). Its a serious inconvenience since I have to drag a huge suitcase filled with gifts for people in the Philippines along to Italy. Then I have to try to fit the luggage in the rental and pay a shit ton of extra bag fees. I thought the US airlines were bad with Bag fees.....Tap Air Portugal, Altilia, and Qatar air are going to charge me about $400 to drag that bag to Italy and then on to Philippines.
  3. Yes, you are correct Dave. There is so much more info than i posted. I did talk to Korean air and they will charge a $400 fee to cancel my outgoing flight but I will bill that to my company. My real question is. Do I tell my wife she has to meet me in Manila and I will go from Italy? She seems ok with it today......We have been married 8 years I hate long trips in a plane!
  4. In 2009 kids in Calbayog were 4-5 per book. They took turns with the books which were missing pages and up to 20 years old. Me and 4 friends (Americans on a trip with Rotary) were shocked at this and decided to see what we could do to help. As luck would have it, there is an American company that has school text books made in Asia. After some research it was discovered all of the reject books (Mostly cosmetic) were stored in a warehouse and the American company wanted to dispose of them. The 5 of us raised money back in the US to purchase the books for a few thousand dollars and partnered with Philippine Rotary clubs to distribute the books. I believe we sent enough books to cover the majority of students in the city for every subject. I just checked my facts because they seemed to good. We provided every child with a text book for every subject in 4 schools.
  5. My wife and I have a trip planed to head back to the Philippines. Here is my crazy dilemma. We live near Boston (in the US) and I have to make a 3 day trip (for work) to Erice Italy for work just before leaving to the Philippines with our currently paid for round trip tickets from Boston. If I traveled back to Boston after Italy it would be 26 hours of travel. Then I could try to sleep for 6 hours before needing to head back to Boston to depart for the Philippines. Boston to Manila door to door is 27 hours. My other option is to buy a one way ticket to Manila from Italy and meet my wife there. Convenience has it we would arrive 1 hour apart. My company would pay for the flight from Italy to Manila and reimburse fees associated with flight changes. They even asked if my wife wanted to go with me (she never got US citizenship) I got sidetracked, back to my question! Would you fly direct to Manila from Italy and meet your wife there? I have never traveled that many hours in this short period of time. Flights are all coach! We are only in Philippines 3 weeks this trip :( More to the story! We have not been back for 2 years and my wife has so many pasalubong that will require me to take a bag with me which ever path I take.
  6. I would be curious to know the price difference between the quoted price of the White Taxi and actual price of Yellow. P200?
  7. Tommy, in the Northeast US we now use 2 ground rods minimum spaced 6 feet apart. In the old days it was one ground rod and also connect to the incoming copper water pipe. More ground is better. Big power consumers need to have ground plane studies and actually have ground grids installed. Sometimes adding an irrigation system is required to keep the ground moist which provides a better path to ground.
  8. I am planning a hike with friends from the US at Mt Makiling in January and just read that there are so many of these Leeches. Having had bad luck with pneumonia, asian flu, cockroach bite and exposure to TB in my past trips, Do I have to worry about these leeches? Now that I write this and think in the past 10 years I have had all of those issues I wonder why do I keep going back???? According to this article http://www.pinoymountaineer.com/2008/01/limatik-blood-leeches-overview.html there is nothing to worry about.
  9. I agree that this new movie was very well done. Lets hope we don't have to go through another war!
  10. I am with you Tommy T. I've been reading your posts and I think we have much in common besides the coffee.
  11. Imagine my surprise to find out the price to wire the transformer and connect our panel is P 950,000. That is in addition to the price of the transformer. So now we are investigating other options.
  12. Its a Motel so lots of air con, water heaters, and laundry. The Meralco engineer came back today and his figures were the same as mine. 50KVA for current building and 75KVA if we do an expansion. He wanted to double check the loads. If we switched the water heaters over to a gas system with a storage tank......When we were building everyone told me not to do it that way so I didn't. The cost to install would have been a little more than all of the individual units and cost to run so much less......I think. Anyway its done for now.
  13. I did the calculations and we need a 50KVA. The local power company (Meralco) engineer came out and counted all the light bulbs (hahahaha), looked at the aircon loads, water heater loads and all other electrical appliances and fixtures and said they will have the calculations complete on Monday and will get back to us with the price. The engineer said that we would have to pay up front for the transformer and they would discount our electric bill 70% for 1-3 years depending on the size of the transformer. They also said that the transformer installed would be bigger than what we need because others building next to us would be connected but they will guarantee that we will have the supply we need and if we have voltage drops they will fix it. Basically he told me everything I would like to hear but I don't believe it.
  14. Excellent information! We need a big transformer :) and now I am seeing that the price is actually not that bad.
  15. Thank you for the responses. I will send someone down to Meralco to see about a better more accurate price. I need to do the calculations but we will need a larger unit. In the US we have 200AMP service and I believe that will equal a 50kva transformer. For the Philippines the equation goes like this ; for a 50 KVA transformer we will multiply 50 x 1000 and then divide it by 240v. That gives us 208 amps.
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