Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

We’re not “Consumer Reports” but we would like to share our very positive experiences with our Electrolux refrigerator as a way of giving the manufacturer a pat on the back for a good product and providing some guidance to other expats shopping for appliances. A Sharp refrigerator came with our first apartment. While I have an inclination to think of Japanese products as good quality, the Sharp refrigerator was really lousy.  Its cooling power was low, so food was not kept cold except under the best conditions.  Plastic parts were flimsy and broke easily. Once we bought property and knew we were going to build a house, we started paying more attention to kitchen appliances.  Despite our experiences with the Sharp, we still preferred Asian brands; Panasonic, LG, Samsung and so forth.  We saw Electrolux refrigerators in the showrooms, but really did not consider them.  Electrolux (other than my mom’s ancient vacuum cleaner) was not a major brand in …

Perspective Drawing for our Tigbauan…

Prolapse of Orbital Fat – Iloilo City, Philippines. We share this medical tidbit to help expats considering life in the Philippines, but who are concerned about the quality of Philippine medical care. This is not a conclusion but rather an anecdote given for whatever help it may be to others. My wife’s sister returned from work in Kuwait with a scary looking growth in one of her eyes.  We were very afraid it was a tumor.  We took her to one Iloilo ophthalmologist who recommended a biopsy which could be done at a lab in the same building. We wanted a second opinion so we took her to ophthalmologist, Dr. Karen Francia who had been highly recommended to us by other Iloilo expats. It was a good recommendation. Dr. Francia felt that the problem was a prolapse of the orbital fat in her eye. …