Sep 5, 2014
As I mentioned in a previous post regarding my fan and the effort to reduce my electric bill, I had purchased a wattage reader to help me analyze my usage. I had great difficulty finding a unit in Davao even though I had researched and find out that there was one available in the Philippines made by Omni. Most of you that have been here have run into Omni products before.
Of course as things go here, just because it is available to be sold doesn’t mean you can find it. I went to at least a dozen hardware and electrical supply stores before I located a unit, I was just about to give up. I even had the model number and photo. In most cases, I had to tell the staff that information because they had no idea what I was asking about.
Aug 22, 2014
I don’t think I’ve ever done this before, but this is for a friend and I’d like to help him out.
He’s got a good-sized house for rent in Regina Compound, which is conveniently located beside/behind Abreeza Mall off J.P. Laurel Ave. I’ll give you as much information as I can, but if you have interest please contact him directly. It is available now!
Aug 21, 2014
Electricity is pretty expensive here in the Philippines. That is, when you can get it. Thankfully we’ve been in a much better situation with regards to brownouts for the past coupe months or so. I sure hope that holds.
Just prior to my trip to the U.S. I had gotten on a mission to lower my Davao Light electric bill. It had climbed to a level that I was unhappy with. I knew I could do better and I wanted to find out how. So I invested some of my energy into that.
Jun 8, 2014
This coming August I’ll have lived in the Philippines for two years. The time has gone fast. I’ve had many new experiences – some good, some bad and many in-between. For a variety of reasons the time has come. I’m going on a sabbatical.
According to the dictionary that term may not be technically correct. Maybe a more accurate description would be “I’m taking a break.” The impetuous for my break wasn’t actually my frustration level with living here, but the timing in that regard is good. At least it appears that way.
May 23, 2014
I realized that though I’ve been going to Wynward Organic Vegetable Garden for a few months now, I’d never gotten around to writing about it. That’s unfortunate, because this is really a gem for Davao.
There are other organic farms in the region, but this one is right in Davao City. It’s located in the Regina Compound right behind Abreeza. It’s not easy to find, follow the link above and check out the map. It’s a short distance down the first right (where the tricycles are) as you enter the compound. If you are into organic herbs and vegetables, it’s worth the effort to find it.
May 14, 2014
Those traveling across town in Davao would be wise to consider alternative routes as reconstruction of the Bankerohan Bridge (Governor Generoso Bridge II) was finally started a couple of weeks ago. I had the unfortunate experience of crossing it on the day the rehab started. Traffic was so congested that day that I got off the jeepney, just past Matina Town Square, and walked past Bankerohan to catch another jeepney. On a positive note, the walk wasn’t that difficult. Somewhat enjoyable, other than the fact the I was upset for sitting on the jeepney for about an hour to get from NCCC Mall to just past MTS.
Since the work has begun the situation varies from very congested to not really noticeable. It appears they are closing the rehabbed side completely on some days, but only partially on others.
Apr 13, 2014
If you have your heart set on living in the Philippines, Mindanao in particular, are you sure Mindanao is where you want to be? No, I’m not referring to the notion that it’s dangerous here; all the (rare) activities that make the news – bombings, kidnappings, political killings, etc. I’m referring to the infrastructure.
Specifically I’m referring to the power supply issues, though the congested roads and flooding issues due to development are real problems, too.
Apr 4, 2014
I remember two national campaigns that were popular when I was a kid. One was the Smokey the Bear “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires” and the other was the anti littering campaign “Every Litter Bit Hurts”, among other themes from Keep America Beautiful. Possibly it was my impressionable age, but those have always stuck with me. Particularly being a litterbug. It really bothers me.
There isn’t the same feeling of guilt displayed here for littering. No, it’s common place and as far as one can tell there is no thought given it whatsoever. Trash is thrown anywhere and everywhere. That’s not to say that some of it doesn’t get cleaned up. I think in many cases here in Davao, in particular areas, they do a decent job of cleaning up the trash (basura).