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  2. My wife and I have been here 12 years now (married 33 years) so I have learned the families are as diverse as they are dysfunctional. They are tight-nit and strive hard to maintain a smile through diversity. As a culture they are one of the few which never waged war on their neighboring countries, and are quick to forgive those that oppress them. They are born and die in a culture of being exploited by others, with few ways to escape their harsh reality. The 333 years of the colonial Spanish culture of controlling Dons and Donas, combined by an exploitative Vatican control, leaves them little and demands far too much. Desperation can cloud one's sense of morality, just as it can corrupt one's soul. As all men are flawed beings, weaknesses cloud better judgement. But the 'Pinoy culture' is what which molded that woman whom you are dating or married. Those in-laws are the blood-realities of your children. Whether you approve of it or not you have a moral obligation to help them when you can. Now this does not mean you are to be allowed to be taken advantage of by cheats and scams, only that you help in ways that you can. There are simply too many churches not to know of the Commandments, so they are fully aware of the weight of their actions. You love the sinner, but can hate the sin, as you can reject a sinner who is unrepentant. So the cheats and scammer can be turned away, rejected and denied as long as they remain unrepentant. A man is expected to work for his meals. 'For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you.'' So help those in genuine need. The weak, sick and feeble. Those who are lazy, shiftless and falsely entitled? Turn you back until they are truly repentant and change their ways. And if they starve? The fault is sorely theirs.
  3. If you can find a good plumber in your area he could give you options and cost estimates. We had to call our plumber because our 30 plus-year-old galvanized pipe finally cracked open from rust, we run a pipe from our manual water pump to our electric water pump we've done this for two decades the electric pump I use is made in Italy and sells from 7,000 - 10,000 pesos it's long lasting and can be rebuilt.
  4. Nick62

    Money Changer

    Thanks Skyman. Will probably wait til get into Cebu airport then to change.
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  6. SkyMan

    Custom drawer joint dado blade

    I like it. I think making drawers is the worst PITA about furniture building.
  7. HeyMike

    Robot Chariot Racing Still Needs Work

    Domo arigato Mr. Roboto.
  8. SkyMan

    Money Changer

    Just from intuition I would think the changers in Mactan would give a better rate than those in Melbourne, however, I would think it's easier to buy $10 or $20 worth in Melbourne than it would be here. Maybe some Aussies on here would be able to confirm that? I would get maybe p2K in Melbourne and try to get p100 bills or smaller. Realize that it's not a huge amount either way unless you're exchanging big money.
  9. Nick62

    Money Changer

    Thanks. I was thinking to change $100 at Melbourne airport before leaving. Would it be better to change that when arrive to Cebu airport?
  10. Wow that typo could easily mistaken as insulting, so please let me clarify, that was suppose to read as 'house' not 'hose'.
  11. SkyMan

    Money Changer

    You may want to get a few pesos there for taxi and depending on the time of day, food, etc. Be advised that they generally they want new, crisp 100s. Some will except smaller bills but the rate may go down. Your best bet near Fuente is ALCO exchange on the right side of Lamoe's map. Easy walk. I think the will respond to a rate request on their fb page too.
  12. Very true, but best to heed failures as warnings, and successes as worthy advice. So men with 3 or more divorces, are perhaps not the best at giving advice on successful long-term relationships. Just saying.
  13. lamoe

    Money Changer

    Believe others have recommend changer in Raintree mall - very close to you In Ayala also in the 'Maze' NEVER at changer on bottom floor by flowers
  14. RangerUp

    Money Changer

    At Rustan's supermarket, in Ayala
  15. I have tried to check flow and pressure with a hose strapped to a ladder, every time I turn around they move the hose, shut off the water or need the ladder or the hose. I gave up on that, they must think I am trying to summon evil spirits or some such thing. I was trying to figure how high I could mount the tank and still get some natural flow into tank with pump for backup. Any suggestions on the best pump to use for this set up? Thanks for input greatly appreciated.
  16. Nick62

    Money Changer

    We will be staying Fuente Osmena area
  17. Here is the setup I have. Municipal water is piped into my holding tank. There is a float valve where it enters the tank, so the water shuts off when the tank is full. Downstream from the tank, I have filters and a pressure tank (stainless steel tank with rubber bladder inside and a water pump) that is adjustable to give me the water pressure inside the house that I want. I originally set it up with just gravity feed from the holding tank to the house, but I wasn't happy with the water pressure. It works much better with the pressure tank in the setup. Now, I have enough water and plenty of pressure. Holding tanks are fairly common here because of the unreliable water supply. In my area, the MCWD pipes only have water in the for a few hours each night, so you want the holding tank to fill quickly (or you will run short of water). If I had it to do over again, I would not have elevated my holding tank (which was originally intended for gravity flow). Rather, I would have put the holding tank as low as possible (to maximize flow from the MCWD pipe).
  18. lamoe

    Money Changer

    Where you are staying will determine the most reasonable / convenient changer. Also know existing market rate on day of arrival - 1AUD = < P40 now Usually Hotels / Airports aren't reasonable rates
  19. As was said - not all families look at us as ATMs - learned some local customs last week. We were going to go to her nephew's graduation last Friday (leave Thursday) then got word 'grannie' (not real grandmother) died Sunday morning - she wanted to go to funereal - left on Monday We discussed it and decided to get the Pandesals on Colon, also some spaghetti fixings on sale at Metro, then flowers at Carbon on way to ferry - her sister couldn't go - asked us to pick up some for her. I didn't ask - when she buys something without me being there at Carbon = much lower price - tells me - ours was P750 - huge on stand Sister's husband paid back their flower cost as soon as we arrived. Took as many as would fit into mulicab to the vigil - couldn't stay - house out in a field / swamp - same next day except they all stayed overnight. Went to Mass and funereal - her sister's and ours were only arrangements After funereal they handed out bread and fruit drink packs - when most were done I started picking up trash - parents told kids to help - then they burned it and people jumped / walked over the fire. She went to graduation of Friday - on Saturday sister was taking everyone to swimming pool. Found out my we bought spaghetti - our contribution to pool food Again overloaded - very close at 4 J's Resort - rather nice pool 11 adults - 5 kids - 2 babies - total in 2 mulitcabs - 'OK if we pay for ourselves?' P100 each. Total cost was P1950 for everyone and cabana. Gave her P1k to give to sister on the side. Stayed a week total - was never asked for money of any kind - fixed up our BR they way we wanted it while there - one of the boys helped a lot - wouldn't take money so bought him some clothes and Sprite at market.
  20. Nick62

    Money Changer

    Thanks but will be taking cash. Will be there for only 3 weeks and not keen on using cards. Tried that once with my debit card in Bangkok and it chewed my card up.
  21. I think he's in USA.. from his post sounds like it
  22. Woolf

    Money Changer

    do you use credit card ?? there are ATM's at the airport
  23. Nick62

    Money Changer

    For exchanging the australian dollar to pesos I have been advised not to do it at the airport because the rate is lower. Is there a good exchanger in the city with good rates or all they all the same?
  24. Nick62

    Cebu Hotel Advice

    Skyped with her before...she is happy to stay in Fuente Osmena for easy get about. Have googled hotels mentioned here. Will work something out soon. Thanks for the advice.
  25. govoner

    On-Line-Teaching-from-home

    styrofoam may have been the wrong stuff to use https://www.hunker.com/13401645/what-is-the-soundproofing-value-of-styrofoam
  26. I think perhaps the hose is actually located in Texas, not here in the Philippines.
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      My wife and I have been here 12 years now (married 33 years) so I have learned the families are as diverse as they are dysfunctional. They are tight-nit and strive hard to maintain a smile through diversity. As a culture they are one of the few which never waged war on their neighboring countries, and are quick to forgive those that oppress them. They are born and die in a culture of being exploited by others, with few ways to escape their harsh reality. The 333 years of the colonial Spanish culture of controlling Dons and Donas, combined by an exploitative Vatican control, leaves them little and demands far too much. Desperation can cloud one's sense of morality, just as it can corrupt one's soul. As all men are flawed beings, weaknesses cloud better judgement.      But the 'Pinoy culture' is what which molded that woman whom you are dating or married. Those in-laws are the blood-realities of your children. Whether you approve of it or not you have a moral obligation to help them when you can. Now this does not mean you are to be allowed to be taken advantage of by cheats and scams, only that you help in ways that you can. There are simply too many churches not to know of the Commandments, so they are fully aware of the weight of their actions. You love the sinner, but can hate the sin, as you can reject a sinner who is unrepentant. So the cheats and scammer can be turned  away, rejected and denied as long as they remain unrepentant. A man is expected to work for his meals.    'For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you.''     So help those in genuine need. The weak, sick and feeble. Those who are lazy, shiftless and falsely entitled? Turn you back until they are truly repentant and change their ways. And if they starve? The fault is sorely theirs.      
    • M.C.A.
      If you can find a good plumber in your area he could give you options and cost estimates.   We had to call our plumber because our 30 plus-year-old galvanized pipe finally cracked open from rust, we run a pipe from our manual water pump to our electric water pump we've done this for two decades the electric pump I use is made in Italy and sells from 7,000 - 10,000 pesos it's long lasting and can be rebuilt.
    • Nick62
      Thanks Skyman. Will probably wait til get into Cebu airport then to change. 
    • SkyMan
      I like it.  I think making drawers is the worst PITA about furniture building.
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      Domo arigato Mr. Roboto.
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