Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

overflow-y: hidden;”> Manila.  It was a big storm here, but only an inconvenience, long blackout etc. The beach was littered with trees, stumps, all sorts of debris washed down from Panay’s deforested mountains and I’m sure thousands of tons of soil…

My wife and I love Indian (and Pakistani) food but as far as we knew there were no Indian restaurants in Iloilo City where we live.  When we were planning on visiting Boracay, a friend of ours told us to be sure to dine at  Crafty’s Rooftop Restaurant .  What a good …

Indian/Pakistani groceries and spices are available in Manila at the Assad Ali Minimart, UN Ave, near Paco Park. Phone 02-526-1349 or 02-526-5034 Indian groceries at Raja Market in Iloilo City

Books, art and antiques in the heart of Intramuros. It would be easy to spend a day browsing at the Silahis Center and Tradewinds Books, 744 Gen. Luna, Intramuros, 63-2-527-2113 and 63-2-527-2112.  

Should you Stay in Manila or Makati ?  There’s lots to see in the Ermita-Malate area and many hotels, but we prefer to stay in Makati. The Ayala-developed area of Makati is a little island of relative gentility in the madness of Manila.  In Makati, there are

The 3D brand of small appliances is one the most popular in the Philippines. We we first arrived we bought three 3D 18″ oscillating floor fans. We bought them because they seemed to be sturdy, having a metal motor frame. We paid around P1,300 for each of the fans. Now, three years later one of the fans needed repairs to the gearbox which runs the oscillation function. We were happy to find 3D has a website at http://3-d.com.ph/ which told us there was a 3D service center in Villa: Electrorac Service Center, phone 33-336-1057.  It’s located on the Iloilo-Oton National Highway in Arevalo near a veterinarian’s office.  We went there are were able to order the parts we needed.  We left a deposit.  The parts arrived from Manila in about ten days.  We were very happy with the service we received. The fans we bought http://3-d.com.ph/product/CHV-18 have given us good service.  They have run for almost continuously for three years.   They are sturdy with almost all metal construction…

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. …

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 […]

Abaca being loaded at the port of Iloilo City Abaca or Manila Hemp fiber being loaded onto trucks at the port of Iloilo City. Philippines, 2009.  Abaca, the fiber of a type of banana,  was one the most important Philippine export.  It was used in the production of cordage.

Recommended Apple Macintosh computer repair center in the Philippines. My wife and I both have fairly aged Macintosh laptop computer.  Carol’s is a G3 iBook and mine a G4 PowerBook of about the same vintage.  Carol’s iMac display started to go out.  The display would only work if the laptop was almost closed.  We thought we were going to have to buy a new laptop but were not anxious to do so as…