Monday, December 18th, 2017

We had to buy a cook stove for our new Philippine house.  Here’s our experience buying an Italian BOMPANI range. Bompani 90×60 "giant oven" stove Carol is a fantastic cook.  One of her dreams was to have a decent kitchen stove.  Typically kitchen stoves in the Philippines are 50 or 60 centimeters wide — 20″ to 24″.  While these may have four burners they are very cramped for serious cooking.  We decided we wanted a 90cm (36″) wide stove.  The major brands in the Philippines are La Germania and Elba.  A 90cm range costs about P70,000.  This was just more than we wanted to pay.  The Citi Hardware chain is marketing a smaller Italian brand — Bompani ( www.bompani.it )…

A few notes on the availability of Internet service in Tigbauan, Iloio and on the “SmartBro” wireless Internet available from Smart Telecom. We are researching this because we plan to build a house there.  Our first stop was the Globelines office at SM City in Iloilo.  They said that Globe offered DSL Internet service in Tigbauan, but that we could not sign up for it because “all ports are in use”.  Next we asked about the Globe Visability wireless service.  Visability is a wireless service using a “dongle” which plugs into your computer’s USB port. We were told that there is no high speed Globe 3G HSDPA (High Speed Data Packet Access) service in Tigbauan, so Visability service would be limited to GPRS or EDGE.  That’s quite slow and the cost …