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Tommy T.

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  1. If you read my house build info, you will see what I did: 1. Fairly high cement fence with pointed angle steel. Not a lot of deterrent, but maybe it keeps the more honest out? 2. CCTV system. It it obvious and everyone knows about it. It was also not really expensive. 3. Burglar alarm system. It works a bit too well because marauding cats sometimes set off the motion detectors. 4. Motion detector lights. These seem to be relatively unknown in this area and may deter miscreants because of their fear of lights showing them. 5. Big K-9 dog. He is super fast and I would never want him to be pissed off at me or see me as an enemy. His "play" bites are nasty! CCTV and alarm are both accessible with cell phone. We make it a point to now and then trigger the alarm when people are around so they notice it. Otherwise, it is actually a peaceful and safe neighbourhood. We feel safe and secure. I am the only foreigner in the area and everyone knows that and about me. All of the above is just cheap and simple insurance to add to the paid insurance we already carry. That, and, the K-9 is very loyal and loving to us... couldn't be without one like him! Edit: I forgot to mention that our location is simply open land with no gated community. It still feels safe to me, but a bit less safe to L who tends to be a little paranoid at times... No steel bars on windows (they are heavy and would make an awful sound if broken), simple, but secure locks on doors.
  2. L bought a calimansi plant from a guy for P150. She does not know the name of the type of plant, but knows that it is a grafted hybrid. I picked three fruits from it today already. It is maybe .3 meters tall and .3 meters in diameter. It is also looking very healthy and is thriving in our heavy, orchard soil...
  3. Let me know when they are ready, Rod. I will bring the beer!
  4. I found Old El Paso refried beans online with Lazada. Also, L has found them at Gasaino in Davao city. I am not sure if mine qualifies as "good," but I do make some mean Tex-Mex 'rittos here... Stop by for a couple of them and a "cold one" or two...!
  5. "Tom" atillo salsa, Old? Hahahaha!!! Thanks for the thought and I will have to try this! At least the "cold one" part of the equation is much easier now than before...
  6. The Herdez salsa is hard to find here in Davao. the rest is mostly available. I love Mexican dishes! Thanks for the recipe!
  7. Good! I know I will now sleep better tonight knowing that... especially after a few shots of Tanduay!
  8. Thanks for the reminder and info, Mike. However I don't think you quite answered my question...or maybe I need another cuppa Jo to finish waking up? Does this mean the forum automatic edit should now refer to "Former Pres....etc.?" Just curious. Don't worry, Clermont... I have already been recalled!
  9. Regarding discrimination... Should this forum continue to refer to Mr. DJT as President or Former President in the automatic edit? Is there a bias here?
  10. I see. No reason not to share it with the group... The company is called Dockside Solutions and has a website called Docksidemail. Reasonable prices, great service too.
  11. I have used a mail service and forwarder in Seattle for many years - great service and low prices... no state or city taxes and great service. If interested, I can give you their contact information...
  12. Just an adjunct... Today we have the air/con installer here to clean and check the units. I am most impressed by his team. They have a compressor and all other tools required to clean and service the units. And they clean up after their work... So far - after about a year - the Panasonic units have worked flawlessly. No complaints here...
  13. A lot of Darwin Award winners past and future out there.
  14. I don't remember when or where I read it, but the last time the idea of a law permitting divorce was promulgated a few years ago, Duterte went on record that he would not sign it, due in part to his daughter's opposition to it. Her position was that virtually any marriage could be healed and continue... Good luck to this potential legislation, but I think it is DOA...
  15. Hi Jim... My suggestion would be to have someone go inside the tank (if possible) or else you need a brush with a long enough handle to reach everywhere. Use a fairly strong solution of bleach with water. The product "Cleanup" would also work well or perhaps "Soft Scrub with bleach." It will then need to be rinsed thoroughly to get rid of any residual bleach. I assume the water is collected from roof runoff? If so, you might run it all out from time to time and periodically add some bleach - but I don't know how much would be recommended. Prevention is a bit of a hassle, but much easier than what you are facing with a major scrubbing... Good luck!
  16. You are correct. Did you really have to make a US$20k deposit? Mine was $10k two years ago. Mine is not military. Everyone here is referring to the $20k deposit... Has something changed or did I get a special deal? I will ask my local PRA office and bank about that and post the responses.
  17. Rod...condolences from L and I. It's just not fair. Take care of yourself now, be careful and stay healthy.
  18. Tanduay internally on an hourly basis... Just kidding... Perhaps antibiotic ointment (tri-biotic or other) applied directly and then covered with band-aid or other bandage? That would be my treatment.
  19. I second the comment about getting a tetanus booster. L and others here don't even think about it and it is a hassle to find a doc to administer it - but super worth it. I forget now, but I think it is supposed to be given every 10 years or so? Last time, at St. Lukes in Manila, they looked at me like I was crazy when I said I wanted a tetanus booster. I ended up at a pediatric doctor and explained that I play (work) in dirt at home all the time. I also know of a guy, many years ago, who was scratched lightly from a fish hook or fish scale after catching a fish in a very remote atoll. He quickly developed a similar situation to @Heeb and ended up being airlifted by US Coastguard to Hawaii for emergency treatment. Apparently, the medic - who was air dropped from a helicopter - took one look at the guy and gave him some sort of super anti-biotic shot, right on the spot. Fortunately, his leg was saved and he eventually recovered. Lesson learned, as already posted, there are lots of nasty "germs" in the tropics. Be careful is sound advice!
  20. I know you asked Graham, but I will add my experience... I raised pet rats too. They cannot resist peanut butter. You don't need a lot, just a small blob will do it. I should have said that my pet rats loved peanut butter - so funny to see them get it stuck to the roof of their mouths! They were actually great pets, affectionate and clean...
  21. Thanks for the comments... I will address the dog comments. My wording was that I let the dog lunge "a bit," as in he just starts to move and I throttle him back, mostly now with voice command but prepared to back it up with the leash. (I put on a heavier chain now too). He broke the one chain when he suddenly and unexpectedly lunged toward an area where some neighbours' goats had been grazing recently. The dog loves to eat goat poo!!! Yuck! I am training him to automatically sit whenever someone is approaching on foot, cycle or car. He is getting it! Bacon/cheese doggy treats keep him in line (bribery does work!) and we try to play with him often and let him run. And @RBM nailed it - the idea is deterrence. There have been no incidents of theft or violence around here. But we did have those teenagers from an adjacent settlement hanging out and obviously casing our home a few months back. These are just precautions and we sleep soundly as a result. We also finally obtained home insurance that includes earthquakes as well as theft and vandalism and fire, of course.
  22. Well, it's been over two months since I updated this thread... First, I will mention that the wood tile flooring issue is well and truly fixed...no more tenting. So the boys who were referred to us as "professional" installers, knew what they were doing and did it well. We are very pleased! The air/con continues to work well and our electric bills continue to be surprisingly low. We can now access electric, water, PLDT bills online and pay them online.... So no more physical visits to payment centers. We have one or two boys come here every week to weed the grass and garden areas, sweep up the piles of mango tree leaves and do lots of other odd jobs like moving or spreading landscaping earth, transplanting or planting various flowers and plants, and virtually all other projects that we either don't have the strength or inclination to tackle ourselves. We, on occasion, hire true professionals, we have found, to deal with a few electrical installations or issues or plumbing issues. The CCTV system is working great and we can - and do - monitor it from time to time when away from home. I installed a burglar alarm system - which is actually quite sophisticated and cost less than US$100 - that covers perimeter, doors and windows and can also be monitored via cell phone when away. We can arm or disarm it or silence the alarm remotely too. We make sure to trigger it "accidentally" when we see any strangers walking by (so they will hear the very loud siren), but there are few strangers in this area, so we know the word is out that there is an alarm here. Three nights ago, the alarm went off and scared the s*** out of us. L said, "Stay here in the room!" I waited a while, then finally ventured out of our room to take a look around... I finally saw a cat slinking along and gave it a loud "Psssssst!" that scared him away... So I adjusted the motion detector and now it seems okay... The guard dog training is proceeding, although slowly. L keeps nagging me to hire a professional trainer and I keep telling her I can do it and I don't have the money for a professional trainer now. The dog is learning and progressing, but is sooooo super playful so often. We set up a running area for him outside so he can run around but still be tethered to a 40 meter rope. My God, but he has energy to spare always!!! I also make it a point to let the dog lunge a bit at anyone walking by when he and I are walking. I have him on a stout, chain leash (one of which he actually broke last week) so he is controlled. Virtually everyone is afraid of him... Again, I know word of this big K-9 dog is common knowledge in the area... I forgot to add that a really cool thing about this dog is that he rarely barks. He whines when one of his toys gets lost or he hears one of us and we don't visit with him, but he does not respond to any of the local barking dogs...ever. Now... if I can only afford food for this - now - 30 kg dog!!! The back yard is growing and some trees are already beginning to provide some privacy from neighbours. Our garden - as noted in another thread - provides so many wing and long beans that we are getting sick of them...so we give a lot of them away to our occasional workers, and they love them! We also have large, red tomatoes, super hot chilies, kangkong and kamote leaves. Some herbs are flourishing, some are languishing as we adjust locations, soils watering, etc. We have caribou grass, frog grass and bermuda grass growing in three main areas. L has imported here many plants of many varieties to fill out the property and make it look nicer. The place is so much cleaner, nicer and "green" than just a few months ago. If it rains, we don't always get muddy feet when venturing outside during or after. Every day it feels more like home than the day before. Next report, I will include photos again...sorry for the purely textual content this time...
  23. Never been there, but I have friends who visited parts of Borneo several times and really enjoyed it. They also visited Cambodia with similar reports. But I have no idea regarding visas or virus-influenced restrictions...
  24. L prefers native chicken because she has allergies to all kinds of things...native chicken seems safer for her. I enjoy it, but agree that it tends to be a bit dry and overcooked and not as tasty as commercial chicken... All that being said, I would always prefer native chicken for the lack of hormones and other artificial "improvements." I would rather eat two or three native chickens than one plump, carcinogen, hormone stuffed foreign bird...
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