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  1. Facebook IS the internet. There is messaging via Globe or Smart but for internet there is only Facebook. Everyone knows that.
  2. There may be some truth to that. We discovered the original "architect" we hired had only paid his guys full pay for one week. The rest of the time they got an allowance sometimes which was basically for subsistence. This is fairly common. The workers may or may not get their full pay when the job is finished. Much of the time the contractor tells his workers the owner hasn't paid or not paid enough. Since most contractors are not licensed by PCAB there is little recourse for the workers unless they can afford an attorney which of course they cannot.
  3. As a former president of the US used to say, "I feel your pain." During the building of my house I tried to be patient with cultural differences. My wife also had explained to me that even though you are a ship engineer and former building contractor when you were in the USA you cannot expect the people here to have the same standards. So I took all that to heart but eventually her patience ran out before mine and I also got a bit angry. She refused to make any more payments, allowances etc and politely told them that if they did not finish the job to our satisfaction there would be no more pa
  4. If you put a pressure tank and pump with about 3/4 hp you will have no problem with pressure ans supply to the heaters. If you have paying guests it is best to keep them happy. :)
  5. Call me crazy but the money spent on pretty sand could perhaps been better spent on waste treatment facilities. Beautifying a body of water containing raw sewage seems foolish. It's like polishing a full toilet that won't flush. I imagine more people could have been employed to upgrade the waste water discharging into the bay than were employed mining sand and shipping it around the country to put lip stick on this pig. But, one has to know who got paid how much to mine and ship the sand to fully understand the reason behind this project.
  6. I finally got all my documents properly apostilled, physical, deposit etc completed and turned in the application in to the SRRV agent in Makati Wednesday. I asked how long it would take and he said one month. Upon further questioning he said maybe 2 months due to....Covid 19. We shall see. I'll keep folks posted.
  7. After 2 marriages in the USA I made it a policy to never marry someone who insisted on getting married. Most folks in the Philippines that live together or have children together are not legally married so going along with the local norms was my way of assimilating into the culture for quite a few years.
  8. I don't even buy a used car until I check out the history of how that model performed for other people so I certainly won't be the first in line for a vaccine without a track record. I am seriously concerned about these drug companies rushing out a vaccine to be the first to make the most money rather than the first to make the most effective vaccine.
  9. Whenever my friends ask about all the news they hear, on Facebook of course, about a Covid 19 vaccine and how soon it will be available I remind them of the dengue vaccine and how that worked out for the Philippines. There will be a vaccine eventually but the people of the Philippines should not be the guinea pig for the rest of the world.
  10. I have settled many places. Only felt the need to have a gun in two places and both of those were in South Florida, left those neighborhoods as soon as I could. I lived in the Philippines for most of the last 5 years, it suits me. Previously lived in S. Korea for 3 years, Singapore for 2 years, the Dominican Republic for 3 years and Haiti for 9 years. Only in Haiti did I have a gun because I made trips to the bank to exchange money for payroll so I took the gun out of the safe on that day, carried it with me. I own 2 shotguns in the USA because I enjoy shooting sporting clays when I visit and
  11. When I find myself living in a place that I feel the need to have a gun to protect myself from the surrounding citizens I move.
  12. About 90% of all notebooks are made in Taiwan by one of their ODMs Original Design Manufacturers. There are about 10 ODMs in Taipai and the surrounding area. Quanta is the biggest. Compal in Taipai makes for Dell, HP, Acer etc. Foxconn is another big manufacturer especially for Apple. It's really an interesting place to visit. You can go to one of the little shops with a list of specs you want and they'll build it for you with the same components Dell, HP etc use. , they'll even put your own logo on it. But you won't save any money.
  13. I have a Lenovo and bought the extended warranty, both purchased while I was in the USA. Had an issue with the AC adaptor in the laptop. Contacted Lenovo and they directed me to a Lenovo authorized service provider in Quezon Province. Made an appointment and though the place looked sketchy they got it repaired the same day, no charge.
  14. No. I wondered if they would work with the no neutral Meralco wiring at first so I put one in, plugged up an old extension cord and deliberately shorted it out. Got a tiny spark and it tripped. I seem to recall them tripping at a 4-5 amp change in current within 1/30th of a second according to specifications. That is a good thing .
  15. Two prong plugs work on GFCIs. The GFCI protects people as it senses sudden current changes. If you plug in your two prong toaster and put it in some water it will see the sudden increase in power consumption and trip in a microsecond. Remember that since GFIs detect sudden current changes you don't want to use them for large motors as the in-rush current could cause them to trip.If you put a GFCI on the first receptacle in your kitchen it will protect the ones downstream of it too. The third prong of a receptacle that serves as ground is more an equipment protector than a people protector, y
  16. I have bought GFI receptacles at Wilcon in the last few months.
  17. Historical dividend median yield is a little over 4% for the SP 500 with a lot of 1-2% yields in the mix for many years. Yields show high right now due to depressed prices, save the top 5 or so, and dividend cuts may be on the way in the 3rd or 4th quarter. I personally think $2000USD/month allows a decent life here assuming one has no debt. FX rate and inflation can play havoc with that though. With no pension I'd not consider trying to live off dividends with less than $500,000 invested. Unseen expenses WILL occur and eat into your capitol.
  18. I have had bad luck with Fedex here. Delays, request for further information, need to pay more money etc. all after arrival in PH. Complaints to Fedex went unanswered. No problems with DHL except an occasional Covid delay.
  19. So far happy with the heater, has a about a 150 liter tank, I think. It gets VERY hot, had to add a mixing valve in line to keep from getting scalded. After 3 days of no sun we run out of hot water. Replacement tubes are available. Have not had it a long time but so far so good. If I had to do it over again I would get another model with a lower profile. The vacuum tubes are much more efficient than the copper tubes I had on another system I had.
  20. Increasing the water heater efficiency with a boost pump doesn't make a lot of sense to me. All you need is water flowing thru the heater. Most heaters have a flow restriction in them in order to slow the water down enough to allow the heat source to heat the water. A booster pump will increase the pressure but not necessarily the flow. If you get enough water in the shower to get you wet for me that's is sufficient. I try not to get dirty enough to need pressure blasting. I have a solar water heater on the roof and just gravity flow is enough for my showers.
  21. I have been pleasantly surprised with PLDT fiber. I just ran a speed test and download was 49.3 and 28.7 upload. I have often seen download over 100 at night.
  22. Shipping cart is a terrible mess. I used them in the past and was satisfied but boy have they gone downhill and the slide started pre Covid 19. LBC owns shipping cart and things have gone far down hill. I finally got items shipped to me last week that had been sitting in California for 2 months. I have an entire file in my email folder of unanswered emails to them. They use an email center to answer inquires and you only get an automated response or a promise to look into it. The last time I looked they were BBB rated F. They're rated very poorly on most consumer review sites also.
  23. Good. As my wife says, Bad people in the Philippines do bad things because good people don't stop them.. We wish you luck. However, in my experience I understand why, to an extent. Someone stole things from us during house construction. By the time police came to scene the thieves were gone and since the police didn't see them stealing they wouldn't do anything. So, had to go to barangay which required 3 "mediation" meetings. Barangay ruled we could file charges. Two months to get that far. Next you have to hire a lawyer to present your case to the prosecutor, the prosecutors or police d
  24. Clarification. The local suppliers didn't have them. When I mentioned they could be ordered they said they didn't install them because people didn't use them much. [3 single splits would have been more expensive though easier to size.] Never being one to insist someone take my money I got a Daikin. Mitsubishi Electric multi split was not available in Luzon here and still isn't to my knowledge
  25. R.A. 10631 covers what happened BUT is rarely if ever enforced. Lots of good laws in the Philippines but most are not enforced or enforced selectively therefore most people are not even aware many laws exist.
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