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  1. I wonder if it's not because big SUV's are, well, big...but because add darkened windows and other drivers will think you are some local bigwig or someone not to cross swords with.
  2. Well we do live a bit rural, and our house is decent size for two. It's double amakan with high Nipa roof. Nicely tiled floor. Open soffits. Gets naturally dusty, so we thought it would help to get a vacuum to run over the rugs and beds and furniture and things. To be honest it's hardly used....quicker with a native brush and pan. Anyway, went to use it after a while, thought it was behaving a bit odd, and found the bag had become a home for baby rats. needless to say we now block the inlet when it's not in use. maybe this wouldn't be a problem in a condo.
  3. I'll just throw one in here. A few years ago I replaced the tired fuel pump and filter on my multicab. At the same parts place I asked for and bought a few metres of fuel hose as the mechanical pump connections were orientated a bit different.. It drove ok. But after a few weeks it started spluttering to a halt after a few miles. I could wait a bit and it would go again for a while. I checked round all the usual suspects...it is a 1991 6 valve so things happen. And if I checked it the next day it started and ran ok while stationary and for a few miles. What was the problem? The new fuel hose had disintegrated inside. The muck would build up to a blockage in use, and somehow settle enough to allow enough fuel through when the engine stopped for a while. So much for so-called fuel hose from a parts supplier...i have to admit it was unmarked but I took the suppliers word for it. With properly identified hose fitted it ran fine..
  4. Just noticed that no-one has mentioned the NatGeo programme last Thursday about Oslob whale sharks. It was a fairly well balanced report, quite a bit about the benefits to Oslob, moderately critical comments from experts who only really raised issues about possible effects such as making the whales associate boats elsewhere with food and being injured or captured, or not taking migration exercise and diet variety. Sort of saying the issues are an unknown quantity. And the journalist seemed to prefer Donsol where the whales aren't fed and you have to go out quite a way to wait to see them for some hours, then get in the water if you want and see them passing for a few minutes.
  5. As I see Fred42 has posted about ACR card renewal, I thought that rather than post on that thread it was time I updated this thread as I got back yesterday from immigration. At the airport in the UK, no real problem except that the online check-in machine at the airport wouldn't process my ticket as it was one-way. So it was a bit of a wait at the manual check-in,(some people seem to have real problems and take ages to sort out) and then a bit of passport scrutiny but no problems. In Cebu I was given a tourist stamp. I went to J-mall and they were very helpful. I wrote a letter there by hand about reasons for my out of date I-card and resultant tourist visa, and they wrote a letter too addressed to their head office. About 5 days later I got a text to go back to immigration, and it was approved to change my arrival status to 13a. I then did my ACR card...they'd said better to wait for the approval...which was standard stuff. just a form, pay, various photocopies etc. I added another letter about my card being out of date. Easy process.. Why was I just back from immigration yesterday? Well, I hadn't checked the fees beforehand so didn't know about the $50. They were very busy, and in some way I was charged 500 php express and 510 php application fee. I got a text last week saying Manila were asking for my receipt copy which I knew they had...but then checked the website and saw the $50 hadn't been paid. So I've now paid that, and to be fair when I said to the chap why I was there I was able to bypass the queue and go straight inside the office and sort it out, and they did my annual report from inside.So all ok. Just wait for I-card now
  6. Good choice of drill...I've got a 13RE in the UK and it's fine as a general purpose all round drill/impact driver. And the old blue bosch...3/8 just drill.. I bought about 12 years ago here in the Philippines is still going strong. I did have to clean the switch out once as it was clogged with some fine insect stuff!
  7. I'm going to do mine this week cos I have to go to immigration anyway. My I-card is being processed for renewal, so I'll take along my copy of the submitted ACR form/ recepts to show them.. Oh, and I actually found the last couple of AR receipts, and the print off showing the confirmation number for online registration which I did 2 years ago. Just mention this, don't know if it's necessary but it takes me 6 hours now to get there so I'll try to be prepared. http://www.immigration.gov.ph/images/AnnualReport/Guidelines.pdf I can't extract from the above as it's pdf, but it seems clear in section 1X that it's OK to do the AR while the I-card is being processed. I hope it's that simple! Hope yours goes well
  8. I can't resist a comment...back in the late 60's a good friend laid carpets in Marianne Faithfull's place in West London. He said she was incredibly friendly and kept them supplied herself with the tea and biscuits...and of course was gorgeous! Needless to say the carpets were fitted to perfection!
  9. Santander to Sibulan is a nice idea, but the sea is too deep. Improving the Sibulan port would be a good idea...I've done the trip lots of times including when the wind and waves have really picked up and everyone has to run across the gangway as it leaps up and down.This affects the Sibulan side much more than the Santander (Liloan port) side Agree with your city traffic comment..particularly the whole South Road. Stuck between Talisay to Minganilla for over an hour on Saturday. It's always potluck between Naga and the city. I don't hope expect a super journey into any city anywhere in the world and have experienced a lot worse in, say, London quite regularly. But it just seems that simple improvements are available wrt jeepney stops and limiting tricycles to side roads and parking restrictions and no blocking junctions etc. Back to topic, the sea depths between Cebu and Bohol, and, I believe particularly between Mactan and Olango, would appear to make such an undertaking enormously expensive. No doubt a member on here who has the full sea charts could correct this or add a comment. .
  10. I've read through the posts and don't think it's been mentioned that one benefit is not requiring an outbound ticket. Although I have found, depending on airline, that the check-in desk clerks can tend to look at the visa stamp one way then upside down and scratch their heads and call a supervisor while I stand their trying to look like a nice sort of chap before they eventually decide it's ok and write an essay on their screen.
  11. Thanks for the replies. From them, it looks like the airline shouldn't be a problem and will accept the permanent visa in the passport. It appears it will be more of an issue with the BoI to renew the expired card and maintain the 13a status. As it's convenient, I'll be going to the immigration office straight from the airport to start the process. I can see from the replies that the airport immigration staff will most probably issue a tourist stamp on entry and i'll be having to do something like a re-entry with the new ACR card. I'll post up how it goes!
  12. Thanks for the replies. My passport stamp says; Status of admission Amended from probationary to permanent per order of BOC,
  13. Turbota ran a topic earlier this year on the subject of re-entering on a 13A permanent but with expired ACR card. Whether there would be a problem with the airline regarding an onward ticket, and what would be the BoI response. That topic is now locked, but as I'm in a similar situation I'd be interested to know how things worked out. The following is a copy of the last post in that that topic tread. if anyone has any experience of this situation it would be good to here from them. Thanks Posted 07 July 2016 - 9:06 PM Thanks everyone for all the info ... In my case, my 13A visa is not a probationary 1 year ... That ended a long time ago. My Permanent Resident is in effect and has been for a long time. The front of my ACR-I card shows: Visa Type: SEC 13A Visa Issued On: 12-08-2010 Visa Valid Until: Permanent Visa Status: Immigrant Prior to leaving the Philippines last time (8 months ago), I had paid all fees to Immigrations ... I was up to date on everything. The only problem now is that on the back of my ACR-I card, it shows that the card expired in Feb, 2016. Edited by Turbota, 0
  14. I've had a look round the site and don't think this has already been posted. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/classic/inside-the-worlds-largest-classic-car-restorer/ Where in the world can you find more than 200 people working in one classic car restoration complex – with vast hangar-like halls for bodywork, for Jaguar, for Rolls-Royce and Mercedes, for future projects and more? Surprisingly, the answer is not the United States, UK, Australia or anywhere in Europe – it’s the Philippines, on the former US airbase that is now Clark Freeport Zone, writes Malcolm McKay. The idea of Australian businessman Jim Byrnes, the Byrnes Motor Trust Restoration facility was established six years ago. Choosing a location where workers are skilled and dedicated, but labour rates are a fraction of those in the world’s main centres of classic car enthusiasm, meant that Byrnes could get his burgeoning collection restored well but cheaply, commissioning restorations in batches for economies of scale. Byrnes’s classic car credentials are clear. “My first job was in the car industry in 1976. I’ve had the smell of oil and rags in my blood for 40 years,” he says. Many of the Filipino workers are self-taught but they are fully trained to produce world class restorations CREDIT: MALCOLM MCKAY “Car collectors are addicts – the sound, the feeling, the wind in your hair – I like cars that were engineering feats. I love things made with blood, sweat and tears. Jaguar E-types, early Porsches, Rolls-Royce, it’s important to preserve them. “I’ve been a collector for 40 years, but six years ago I sold a company for $100 million and started investing seriously. If I buy the right cars, they’re a currency hedge; if the currency is down in one country, I’ll buy there. If it’s strong in another, I’ll sell there.” Byrnes explains that seven to 10 years ago it was not economically viable to restore most E-types, due to the cost of the parts and the small matter of 3,000 hours of work. With labour rates of up to £100 per hour in the UK and most of Europe, and not much less in the US, five years ago a car bought for £25,000 would cost about £225,000 to restore, he says – but it would only sell for £125,000. “Clark is a tax-free zone, so I can import cars, restore and export them without paying taxes – I only pay tax on profit made restoring them. The economy and tax advantages in the Philippines allow me to turn commercially unviable projects into very profitable ones.” Byrnes explains that the business started with 35 project cars, but grew to 400 within two years, as space permitted. To keep up with the work rate he headhunted from “companies that produced top-quality restorations”. Among those to join BMT were panelbeaters, painters and a lot of trainees. “The first two years were R&D, completely unproductive,” he says. “We finished a few cars, but nothing special.” We’ll put cars back on the road that otherwise would’ve been lost foreverJim Byrnes Byrnes wanted to stay under the radar until BMT could produce world-class cars, and so did no work for outside clients for four years, instead focusing on its own stock. Only now is it ready to start taking on work, according to Byrnes – “Not for just anyone, but for major collectors whose judgment we can trust.” Of those clients, one has recently bought the second-ever right-hand-drive Jaguar XK120, and E-type no 16 (also right-hand drive) is on the books, too. By the end of this year, 50 per cent of BMT’s work will be for external clients. He explains that BMT has pressing facilities in Poland that makes a lot of new panels. The company hss also reproduced the original Dunlop brake calipers for C-type, XKSS and D-type Jaguars. On his travels he has been sourcing the original, sand-cast Weber caburettors for the C-types being restored. On one trip he bought 37 Jaguars languishing in a scrapyard in Texas, of which BMT managed to reassemble five. “We’ll also build 10 alloy XK120s. We’ll put cars back on the road that otherwise would’ve been lost forever,” says Byrnes. The expanding Chinese market is an important one to BMT. “Predominantly cars have to be easy to drive – early 911s to 993s, 356, 190SL, E-type, Aston, Bentley Continental,” believes Byrnes. Cars older than that, such as Rolls-Royce Ghosts and 4.5-litre Bentleys, tend to be used as exhibition pieces. Byrnes shows me around the woodworking shop nearby. Next door is an Aladdin’s cave of cars to restore, with a row of Rolls and Bentleys, another of E-types and XKs, another of MGAs, MGBs and Sunbeam Tigers. “Every cheap MGB I see, I buy it,” he says. “I’ve got eight twin-cam MGAs.” There are also 40 Ford Mustangs from 1969-70, and 30 Mustang convertibles from 1964-65, which BMT will fit with modern mechanicals for a hire company in California. E-type and XK Jaguars form a large part of the BMT inventory CREDIT: MALCOLM MCKAY Byrnes is also in talks with Carroll Shelby about building 50 Trans-Am Boss Mustang replicas. Also visible are a ’57 Chevy Convertible and a Camaro, alongside a Ferrari 330 2+2 chassis. Byrnes stares across the vast hall full of derelict cars. Anyone else would be in despair at the work required to complete even a quarter of the vehicles at the facility, but he already has as many lost causes under restoration – these will move on before long, with many more en route to the Philippines. He has a reputation as a tough businessman in his home country, but his passion for classic cars is unmistakable. Could it be his one weakness? Certainly the number of completed cars is smaller than one might have hoped, but Byrnes is unfazed and full of enthusiasm for his team. The company's chief executive, Jason Lemberg, 43, came to BMT after running the restoration department at Symbolic Motors of California, where his restorations twice won “best in class” at Pebble Beach. “The workers have a real passion and attention to detail,” he says. “There’s a worldwide shortage of good metalworkers and the locals are incredible. We’ve got 45 female workers, too, from mechanics to metalworkers. “In the US, many restorers compromise restorations because of labour costs – that’s not an issue here. Of course, we have to do a fair amount of training to hone their skills – all are self-taught or have learnt from their fathers or relatives. "The only finished cars they’ve seen are the ones they build, so we use movies in the canteen to show them the standard required. “I’d like to see BMT become a worldwide training facility, especially for metalwork, but also electrical and mechanical. We’ve already agreed to train a restoration team for a new museum of classics in China.” Classic Mercedes-Benzes during the transition from wrecks to showcars CREDIT: MALCOLM MCKAY Englishman Michael Harrison said: “I’ve been at BMT for 21 months and love it. I started out running body prep, now I’m special projects manager. To put out a quality product takes a lot of background effort.” Paint shop manager Carl Holland brought almost 30 years’ experience from the UK, where he worked on custom cars as well as conventional paintwork. “I’ve been here a year. It’s different, fast. It’s great that they give women the chance to work here, too; they have real attention to detail.” The sheer scale of operations at BMT Restoration is breathtaking. Provided the last remaining teething troubles are addressed, the future looks bright, especially when the Chinese market opens up just across the water.
  15. Skype to phone. I've just checked and it seems the rate is 9.2 pence per minute...I say "seems" cos I don't know if that includes our VAT. But it's certainly near enough right as the 3.99 GBP top-up is around the 40 minute mark. There doesn't seem to be any call receiving charges when using Skype by Smart, or maybe it's very small,...as my wife's PAYG she would notice and tell me.