Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Wiring your Philippine house.  Philippine electrical wiring.   As part of our project to build our Philippine house, we had to learn about Philippine residential electrical systems. Here’s what we’ve learned. Electrical conduit Above: before pouring a tie beam at the top of the wall above the location for the panel box, the workers place eight pieces of electrical conduit through the form for the beam.  This will provide a path from the panel box for the circuits in the ceiling, mainly light fixtures and ceiling fans. We’re building house in the Philippines.  I’m my own general contractor, so I’ve had to learn about how Philippine electrical wiring systems work so I can be sure we end up with safe and convenient wiring in our new house…

We build a “bahay kubo” bamboo guest house.  We’re planning on building our conventional concrete house in early 2010.  The plans are just about complete.  More on that later. We decided we’d build one of the pretty native houses, a “bahay kubo”  as a first step.  We selected the above photo of a Panay…

After the initial decision to retire in the Philippines, the first question to be answered is where to settle down.  That can almost be harder than making the initial choice to move.  The Philippines consists of approximately 7,107 islands ranging from, no formal name given land masses of about 4,000 square meters to Luzon weighing […]

Photo narrative of our visit to Sebaste, Antique Province, Philippines; information on natural and heritage sites, beaches, hiking, local festivals, accommodations and dining. Municipal Hall, Sebaste, Antique Province, Philippines Sebaste, Antique (207KM) is a unprepossessing jewel of a community.  While Sebaste is the location of Igpasungaw Falls and certainly other attractions, for me the charm was more pervasive.  While…

Traveling to Boracay.  Getting to Boracay. From Iloilo City to Boracay by road, via Antique Province — our recommendations and narrative. There are two road routes from Iloilo City to Boracay.  The almost universally used route is through Passi City and Kalibo to…

Detailed Maps Available at Iloilo City NAMRIA Office Iloilo City, Panay Island, Philippines NAMRIA Map Office, Iloilo City, Philippines I’m the kind of person who really does not understand much about direction and geography unless I have a map. There are some good country and city maps of the Philippines available from Nelles, Periplus, the locally published EZ maps and some other maps available from National Bookstores. None of these are really of a scale to be useful for anything but an overview. So, I recently took a trip to the local National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) map sales office in Iloilo City. In Iloilo City, the office is on Fort San Pedro Road