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Cgu

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  1. Philips Hue nah, they are not new. I have them in my home (not Philippines of course) already 3 or 4 years - but I would never install them here (way too expensive and would honestly not work). I control them from here via my Smartphone (in Philippines) in Europe - on / off so it seems somebody is at home. Great lights!! Color, dim, goes with music rythm , ...super! They connect via Wifi (well really Zigbee). And you can connect them really far apart - the whole house up to cellar where even the Wifi does not reach - no problem as they go into the spectrum of LoRa). It is great to control the whole house and you can really save energy - of course not here - (here it is great as it will be one of the few country where history is still preserved (Cuba is another one). The radio source compared to the ionized limits of the cellular networks here is not even 1/1000 - so you rather be concerned with other radiation source (is much lower than Wifi and Wifi is in normally in milli watts compared with radio network which can be up to 1000 times stronger (specially with this tower RAN here).
  2. How long is the vacation? Spain is not that small:) and with the itinerary you put down you will have to plan driving quite a lot. If you have enough time it will be not a problem (say 4-5 weeks). Otherwise I recommend either city hopping or concentrate on one area. Spain has much to offer. I lived there more than 3 years. Then it depends on the time of the year. Keep off the islands during July, August (as well the tourist areas on the coast). Cities are great during that time, specially Madrid, since it is very hot (40C upwards is normal), so the city is empty - everybody is at the beach. So it depends - Catalunya is great, but it seems that you have been there (Cadaques, Figures - Dali Country; Palamos, Llorett de Mar, Pals etc. great cost line good food. etc.....)
  3. How long is the vacation? Spain is not that small:) and with the itinerary you put down you will have to plan driving quite a lot. If you have enough time it will be not a problem (say 4-5 weeks). Otherwise I recommend either city hopping or concentrate on one area. Spain has much to offer. I lived there more than 3 years. Then it depends on the time of the year. Keep off the islands during July, August (as well the tourist areas on the coast). Cities are great during that time, specially Madrid, since it is very hot (40C upwards is normal), so the city is empty - everybody is at the beach. So it depends - Catalunya is great, but it seems that you have been there (Cadaques, Figures - Dali Country; Palamos, Llorett de Mar, Pals etc. great cost line good food. etc.....)
  4. No, the prices seem higher there and the one I mentioned is good, reliable and has fair prices too. to be honest with imported stuff I do not trust any on lazada.
  5. I connect the TV via headphone out jack to an amplifier. So with an amplifier you can build your sound system. I have good speakers attached to the amplifier and any other sound source (MP3, CD etc. but nowadays mostly MP3). So the TV is just another source (of course you have to make sure the amplifier has enough In-Lines). This gives me great sound. Downloaded movies are played via USB. I had a look at the sound bars, but I most say amplifier with good speakers beats them all and you have options. When attached to the headphone jack you can control even the volume with your normal TV remote - no need for the amplifier volume. Nowadays you can buy great amplifiers which supports and have integrated support for all sorts of phone and MP3 - so when you want music just attach your phone to the amplifier (mostly supports bluetooth as well)
  6. Yep, all good and original. You pay the shipping on top (LBC). The price of the capsules are the approx. the same as international prices...., but this applies to any stuff here (if it is the same quality)
  7. In many countries you can get cheaper stuff than in your home country. The difference is that that this isnot a problem and you can get the item in a few days - pay the tax and done - delivered. In the Philippines ordering an item outside the country can turn into a nightmare, not only shipping time, but also taxes, fees etc. (the Philippines protects everything and wants you to use only local stuff if available in any shape or other). This set the Philippines apart - and so it will also hard that the country progresses.
  8. You are spot on. The Philippines is one of the most protective countries, so you get only local stuff. Everything what is imported (and good quality) is really expensive, up to 3 times the price (and most of the people cannot get "outside" items). So if you really compare 1:1 the Philippines is quite expensive. This of course will be more obvious for guys who do not live here permanent and return to the "real" world and see what a house and household is really made of and you can get anything you want at a real price. People here are already happy if they have an imported oven, toaster etc. - so people living here might have "lost" some touch of whats is going on on this planet and will be hard to understand how much progress you encounter in your daily life and thus what you get for your money, not only electronics, but any item, government, shops (and people who work there) up to infrastructure, which always works - about any step you take.
  9. This must be April fools day news .. They are dreaming about that for decades..The 60B will disappear before even appearing... I specially like these statement: In the north, the Mandaue-Consolacion-Liloan bypass road project is estimated to cost P25.5 billion, Soco said. They could not even fix the current coastal road..it is a joke how they proceed. They want to build tunnels and overpass This six-lane expressway, Yep, one lane is for store extension, the second is for parking and on the third is the usual jeepney stop. Soco said that this two-kilometer road artery project has an estimated cost of P1billion. It is meant to decongest vehicle traffic along Escario Street. Seriously, they think a 2 kilometer road "artery" will make a difference - bottleneck after bottleneck.... But the best are the feasibility studies...Cebu-Bohol Bridge? First get the basic infrastructure right... I do not think in any lifetime of any member here it will happen...
  10. I read through the most of the posts and it is quite interesting:). Most "estimate" is really targeted to backpacking not to retire here. If you retire most people need something to do - not counting the money and meal the still have or need. So they are two basic situations you would retire here: Find a companion (wife) to live happily and maybe throw one or two stones on your head (meaning kids - well depends on your age how big the stones will be) Come here and be single Situation 1 will apply to most who retire here. So you have to have an enough big budget to accommodate for this lifestyle (maybe even a house etc.) I think around 2k USD would do (more stones...more money). This will keep most of the retirees happy and busy (not going out too much, since control is here) Situation 2, in my opinion, needs a much bigger budget, since you are not coming here to eat 3 meager meals a day and live on a budget - you can do that in any country. If you come here and want to stay a single retiree you want to enjoy and live like a king - that means a lot of number 1 w/o any string attached and being served all the time...So at least 5k USD / month - otherwise you can live a better live in another country...
  11. The assessed value to my knowledge is for residential is 20% and the tax outside the city should be 1% (highest can be 2%). So by this calculation the tax should be 12k - the other way around if he is paying 10k the house would be valued 5M, which is I think quite close assessment.
  12. Yep, happen to me as well with other seeds. It seems that some seeds have "oil" or are oily (nutrients) and the ants love it. Best is, as mentioned, to let them grow first and then plant. We use just upside down cut off plastic bottles and hang them up, so the ants cannot reach them. Once the plants are big enough transfer them to your garden.
  13. ASk at the golf courses - they have different grass type for different purpose. Never get seeds...always grass mats..seeds will not work.
  14. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/26/home-secretary-amber-rudd-whatsapp-gives-terrorists-place-hide/ Traditional Telcos must always provide access to the government - they can just pull your phone records and txt messages - the OTT like whatsapp, facetime etc. do not have to follow regulation...what shall it be at the end..privacy prevails? I actually also appeal on fairness between market players...telco are putting up a lot of money just to provide this kind of access to the government....OTTs do not have to put any such safeguards in place..
  15. I see this here often as well - just the other way around - nothing wrong with it - equality for women and men