Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Our trials and tribulations with finding and installing granite on our Philippines kitchen and bathroom counters.  Today it’s over — the granite installers are done and gone. We must have looked at every piece of granite in Iloilo City ten times.  We looked at Moostbrand,  AM Builders, Citi Hardware and Merit Marble.  Merit had some lovely Italian granite, but the price was a bit too high for our budget.  Much of the other granite was saw was just too bland for us.  Finally we found what we were looking for at AM Builders, Tanza. The granite we selected Here’s what it looks like installed: Granite installed This “Jun Li” granite is from China, as is most granite for sale in the Philippines.  The pattern is called “weave white”.  The price per 60cm by 220cm slab was P3,990.  We required four slabs to do our kitchen and a small counter in our bathroom for a total of P15,960.  After some haggling we paid P13,866 including delivery to Tigbauan.  AM Builder’s Depot recommended an installer.  After negotiation, we hired the recommended …

Earthquakes When we hired the engineer to design our house we were aware that the Philippines was included in the “ring of fire” earthquake zone and that our part of Panay Island had experienced a magnitude 8.2 earthquake in 1948.  In 1948 the island was much less developed.  Doubtless all or almost all the hollow block buildings on the island were built after 1948.  The 1948 quake damaged or destroyed. …

Our biggest Philippine house building blunders. В We don’t want to present our project as a paragon of perfection, so here we show what went wrong during our Philippine house construction project and why, in the hope that others can learn from our mistakes. Most of these photos also appear in other sections of the site. No room for concrete in this column This photo shows the top of a 15…

Tectonics And Poor Construction Conspired To Create Devastation In Haiti – Latimes.Com The catastrophic quake that struck Haiti on Tuesday involved a collision of lethal circumstances: a massive, shallow eruption below a densely populated city with few, if any, building codes. The magnitude 7.0 quake occurred near the boundary between two major tectonic plates, the Caribbean and North American plates. Most of the movement along these plates is what is known as left-lateral strike-slip motion, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, with the Caribbean plate moving eastward in relation to the North America plate. Kate Hutton, a seismologist at Caltech, said the quake was similar to those seen along the San Andreas fault: It was shallow, a fact that enhances the intensity and makes it more localized to the region right along the fault. “…

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. …

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…