Monday, December 18th, 2017

A ponke in action Building our house in the Philippines.  Ensuring concrete quality.  This photos shows the workers adding material to the cement mixer using a “ponke”.  The ponke is a wooden box with handles.  The inside dimensions of the ponke are 40cm x 40cm x 40cm.  The ponke is sized to hold one sack of cement.  I asked that the ponkes be built and used as a means of controlling the concrete mixture. After research,  we decided on a mixture of one part cement, two parts sand and three parts gravel …

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. …

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Our apartment is in this duplex building. Photo is taken from the beach We rented in Molo, Iloilo City for two and a half years.  Our new apartment is steps from the beach in Tigbauan, Iloilo, about 22 km from Iloilo City. Our Tigbauan Apartment In our apartment, Filipinas master the Internet. Left to right: Lika, Carol and Allen We have a carport and

NEW RS2 Asian HQ in Tigbauan Grand Opening of RS2 Offices, Tigbauan, Iloilo, May, 2009 RS2 Software last week inaugurated its new premises in the Philippines, during a reception attended by various key officials. The new premises, situated in the municipality of Tigbauan, Iloilo, will serve as the company’s base in Asia. RS2 is currently carrying out various marketing initiatives in the region. RS2 Software CEO Mr Mario Schembri said: “RS2 has been seeking opportunities to set up an office in Asia. As a global company, Asia is a key region for our business which offers numerous business opportunities. Furthermore, from here, we will be providing software development and support services to our clients worldwide. The company plans a recruitment drive. It is envisioned that initially around 25 persons or more will be employed. We augur that this venture will serve to create new employment opportunities in the Philippines within the field of IT.” During the reception, guests were addressed by RS2 Software Chairman Mr Reinhold Schäffter and RS2 Software CEO Mr Mario Schembri. Guests at the event included the Comissioner of Cyber Services Monchito Ibrahim, Iloilo Provincial Governor Niel Tupas Sr, Congresswoman Janet Garin of the First District of …

Real Estate for sale in Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines Land for sale in Tigbauan, Iloilo Land for sale in Tigbauan, Iloilo 5.28 hectares of exceptionally beautiful rural land in Barangay Namocan, Tigbauan, Iloilo at P1,000 per square meter.  Beautiful mountain views.  Internet access via SmartBro. Walking distance to plaza, market, high school. Convenient to Iloilo City shopping (SM City, Robinson’s), dining, medical care via National highway. For further information contact Mr. Hector Zayco, +63-33-511-8288, Mobile: 0919-891-4555. Email: hrzayco@yahoo.com

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 …

Breakfast with Kindle KINDLE NEWS FLASH ! October 7, 2009. Amazon has announced a new international version of the Kindle which, according to Amazon, works wirelessly in the Philippines and around the world. I have never found having to get my Kindle downloads through USB to be a major inconvenince.  To me the biggest news is that Amazon will ship the Kindle to the Philippines and allow Philippine residents to purchase Kindle content.  Here’s the link to the new INTERNATIONAL KINDLE. You can click on the image below just to get all the details. If you decide to buy, you’ll help support goIloilo by using this link. Thanks! Just remember that such purchases will be subject to Philippine customs duty. NEWS FLASH TWO .  Before buying a Kindle be sure to look over the brand new Barnes & Noble “Nook” e-reader. More info at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/index.asp A big advantage for Philippine readers is that the …

Our budget in the Philippines. We find that we can live fairly well in Iloilo City on about $1,700 per month.  The main cost of living questions you need to adjust for are: Prescription drugs and medical care. …

Negros Oriental Provincial Capital, Dumaguete We spent two weeks in Dumaguete in February 2005.  Our visit was part of a plan to select the best place for upcoming retirement in the Philippines. Negros Oriental Provinical Capitol Building, Dumaguete Dumaguete is more genteel than any Philippine city I have visited. Most Philippine cities aim just to survive; being pretty is not high on the list. Instead of the usual polluted, industrial water front, Dumaguete has a long, lovely, waterfront promenade with cast iron street lamps and benches to rest on. Huge Acacia trees line the strip of parkland separating the promenade from Rizal Boulevard. The Boulevard has some nice hotels, cafes, and …