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Tommy T.

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  1. My knowledge about appliances sold here is still quite limited - so far only a washing machine and water dispenser. Each one of those has a yellow/green ground wire hanging at the back. Edit: I remembered I also bought a computer printer. There are no metal parts accessible to the touch, so I guess there is no need for a ground connection? At least, none is provided... The small appliances - like the blender - just have the standard two prong plugs. So I will need to find ways to connect the danglers. I feel fortunate that the electrician sub-contractor really is an electrician and knows his stuff. Installing grounded outlets is unusual here, but not unheard of. I wanted this after having experienced 220 volt zingers from ungrounded and mis-wired outlets when sitting on a cement floor in the Marshal Islands one day while connecting up a computer system at the hardware store where I was consulting... I agree that your plan is the most comprehensive way to do this, but I think the ones I chose should work for the majority of, if not all, plug-in gear at our new house. I think the slanted prong plugs are only used in Oz/Kiwiland? I don't have nor expect to have any appliances from those countries.
  2. Thanks for that... I saw at least two PAL flights come in for landings yesterday, but have no idea if more came in when I was busy... Usually there are helicopters buzzing past the apartment here when he is in town and there were a couple of fly-bys yesterday too. I just did not get hosed up with motorcades...
  3. Nice photos, Graham... Lovely area to recreate!
  4. I get your point, Graham... I think there really is no excuse for the "lock us up" directives... It should be up to us to decide if we should be exposed or not. I know that the "powers that be" SAY that they are concerned about the cost to them and their constituents (supposedly) for any infection treatments... Meanwhile, I am truly dismayed when I observe so many when I am "out and about" flaunting the mask-up policies... So I am chewing on that... as you suggest.
  5. Geoff... I am an ex-sailor... Come on, man, seriously... do you not think that I cannot turn anything I find in a "hardware" store into distilling gear?... I already ordered some wine yeast online as suggested by another member here... I used to brew my own beer on the yacht - not the best in the world, but "drink for affect!" seemed to work!
  6. So is alcohol... But do they listen to us???? Nooo... But they allow me into hardware stores... go figure...
  7. I agree with your sentiment, Graham. However, at least here in Davao, stated policy or regulation and enforcement are definitely two different things. I seem to be able to travel freely just about anywhere I please. Of course, I am wearing a hat (covers the grey (white?)) and the mask and eyeglasses cover the wrinkles? So maybe I look 40-ish rather than 60+-ish? Anyway, so far I have not had any problems going to hardware stores or driving to our property through two checkpoints along the way. Enforcement here seems much relaxed compared to even just one week ago, when ECQ was still in force... Just my observations, not meant to be a comment on policy...
  8. I have discussed this with L a number of times. She tells me that the main difficulty is that her language (she speaks 7, but Davaoweno(?) is her native one) does not have words for many things and actions that are common in English and European languages. That is why she will be rattling along in her language, or Tagalog, and suddenly a phrase will pop out in English. English has usually many explicit words for everything, whereas the Filipino languages require lengthy descriptions to get to the same place. It is amazing to listen to her if we stop to ask for directions to go somewhere - it can take 5 minutes just to learn that a particular store or building is just down the road about .5 kms and turn right... And even then, sometimes the directions or her understanding are wrong... It drives me crazy sometimes since, many years ago, I worked on a project that assigned street names and numbers to everything in a county in Washington State. I drew the map, then assisted in giving cardinal directions (N, S, E, W...etc...). Before the address change, it was not unlike here - everyone had Rural Route names and box numbers and emergency services and others had extreme difficulty trying to find particular homes out in the country...
  9. Washed my hands with soap and water, then rinsed out my mouth with Tanduay... good enough? Sorry... but my mind is still dirty...
  10. Geoff... Sad to say... I agree with all your points here... For whatever international reasons, China has taken control of a big portion of what they claim as their "sovereign" territory... What you mention... "might makes right," is, unfortunately, a truism... I met a guy several years ago, who had a similar name to mine... He was doing research about the "ownership" of various areas based upon the location of oceanic "plates" and continental "land." It was fascinating and he showed me how, according to international law and recognition, who owned what regarding these continental plates. It was fascinating... but, sadly, it is not recognized in some of the international community... need I say... China?...
  11. It makes me so very sad to read those articles... And then also, to read about 40K+ deaths attributed to nursing homes in New York State? I am paranoid about this virus... But realistic too... L and I take rather "extreme" measures with hand washing, mask wearing... I, personally, believe it is now up to the individual to protect him/her self in these trying times. I do not trust governments or organizations...L and I are self-serving... like it or not. So, if nitwits want to run around without masks or social distancing... then let them have it. And I have no sympathy for them or their families if they get sick with it... Yes... cold thoughts, but my feelings... We will continue to protect ourselves, the best we can...
  12. Not doubting you, Freebie... but just curious... El Presidente is here in Davao again? I have observed several PAL flights landing here in the past couple days...
  13. I refer to them - to myself only - as the romance lights... I reckon that, if I fix a special meal for L, with some red wine, then soft music and low lights, then turn on the step lights???? Well... you know... Hahaha... I hate the song, but "The Stairway to Heaven," does come to mind...
  14. No need for sorry, Geoff... I think you may be totally correct! I really missed much of the unrest back in the "bad old days" due to my youth at the time... However, nowadays, if anyone, of any importance, so much as unleashes a smelly fart... the entire world knows it within milliseconds! I personally believe that the media is responsible, to a high degree, for fomenting the unrest we read about and see. Yeah... there are lots of culprits, lots of blame to lay around... but media inflames it, beyond the reality of the situations too. Yet... the s*** is still happening anyway...
  15. Hmmm... didn't some of that occur in 1968 race riots in Watts? Maybe I was too drugged out or drunk at the time, but I remember (maybe faultily) that everyone was a target then...?
  16. Just to add a bit of info here... During the past two days, I notice maybe two or three PAL flights arriving here in Davao... So I think things are opening up a bit? I certainly hope so, because I need some parts for my car to be delivered from a shop in Manila to me here - before I die of old age!!!
  17. Hi Bearman... I really believe that this is due to people staying at home and playing with/using FaceBook and so many other social networks... Remember that the quarantine really took hold in March? But internet was truly horrible last week, I read that Smart (Stupid in my vernacular!!!) had a "system issue" but I believe that is fixed now. Recently, I find that 6 pm -9 pm are horrible for internet traffic. Before 8 am and after 10 pm seem to be fastest and easiest to use... At least that has been my recent experience here in Davao...
  18. I am so tired of virus related posts here and in the news... so I will post the latest about our home for a bit of fresh air. And, yes, I am wearing a mask as I type and also washed my hands before touching the keyboard... don't want to get any of you sick... (yeah... I know I said tired of virus posts, but I am trying to make a bit light of it now) We cruised out to the site today... The "checkpoint" in Mintal along the way was a joke - as was the one in the city on the highway heading out of town. They didn't even ask to see any FM card - just passed us through since we were dutifully wearing our masks... The build continues... We spent over three hours with the foreman and the electrician regarding styles, location and wattage of lights, colours of paints, and various other topics... I was very tired after mainly just standing around while L spoke at length with the foreman and electrician. She knows what we want but had to explain it all... My God!!! It took forever to just decide on a few locations and styles! I did get a bit bored... But we made progress. On Saturday we will go to a couple of lighting stores and finalize what we want to purchase. L and I will be busy picking and choosing fixtures, bulbs and other things. The boys were digging a ditch for the piping to channel the sewage from multiple floors and CR's and black water from sinks to the septic tank. The fence continues toward slow completion with ever-more pointed angle-steel welded to pipe supports. Last week, we bought sinks and faucets and delivered them for the dirty kitchen and wet bar so that the boys could fashion the cement counters to fit. So things are moving along... Outlets and switches in the kitchen... I am curious - does anyone on the forum suggest whether the grounded outlet should have the third (round, ground pin) to the right or to the left in an outlet? The electrician, so far, has installed them both ways, and I want to have them all installed with the same configuration... So when I am drunk on Tanduay I can plug something in easily??? The steps are not permanently installed yet... But now you can see the wiring for the "under-step" strip lighting we want - wired in beneath each step... I think (and hope) this will look so cool! If you look closely, you can see the stainless bar installed for the top of the railings at the roof deck. We decided on 115 cm height since I am over six feet tall, and don't want to lean too far over and maybe fall in a moment of ???? The lower parts of the railings are 1 x 1 inch, I believe... But they forgot to include the 2 x 2 half way along and embedded into the cement. The foreman said he would fix that. We will also have rebar hooks installed so we can attach canvas canopies in the future... Yup... there are multiple hiccups along the way, but we are confident that our attention and research and frequent visits will help make this our true dream home... Nothing really fancy, but comfortable... at least, that's our dream!
  19. Those that obey the rules and those that don't. Is that a similar difference as between "the quick and the dead?"
  20. I forget where I read about this idea, but I embrace it totally... I believe that working at home for many industries like call centers, accounting, legal and many more is the way of the future. The virus has simply accelerated that trend. Sure, there will be hiccups and bumps and probably some mighty crashes along this way. But what @insitesays rings true to my ears. There will also be in-person situations, of course, but not as much as day-to-day office hours. It does take self discipline but, if you don't work, then you are fired or laid off... Those willing and able to work are welcomed. And think about all that time gained when not commuting? The step daughter was working in the office until a few weeks after the s*** hit the fan here in Davao. Then she asked about working from home and - I don't think it was her asking that influenced them - the company sent the staff to work at home with modems, computers, screens, headsets - all of it. Everything she does is recorded and subject to review by the main office. She is delighted to not have to ride in jeepneys - especially now that the rainy season has started. She can go to the kitchen for snacks, look out her window and be in her own space. But, most importantly, she is much safer from exposure to potential virus carriers. They have laid off a bunch of workers due to lack of call activity recently, but she seems to be considered a key employee and they have kept her on. What she does miss is the social time of meeting with co-workers for lunch, dinner or an evening out. But she still has a job.
  21. Thanks, JD... going to maybe return to the property tomorrow. I will ask them about this and show them your picks. Seems like a good idea to me. Yeah, that's what I see everywhere. The do seem to work okay because I don't ever smell sewer when near one. I have even seen the covers actually cemented with a thin veneer along the edges of the lids - I guess that is either a precautionary step or perhaps to fix a bit of leaking smell after the fact? I guess that all the open ditches that carry sewage do remind me a bit of Paris?
  22. No inspections at our home site. The contractor informed us that there would be one at the end of the project and then an occupancy permit would be issued.
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