Monday, February 27th, 2017

We’re painting the interior walls of our new Philippine house now. Here are the steps we’re following: 1. The finished concrete walls need to cure from two weeks to a month before painting. The setting of concrete is a much longer chemical process than it seems. 2. The walls are treated with a neuralizer to reduce the alkaninity of the concrete. We used Boysen #44 Masonry Neutralizer. This is diluted 16/1. Be careful with these neutralizers. They seem to be pretty strong acids. We applied the dilute neuralizer with an ordinary paint roller and pan. When the neuralizer is dry the wall can be washed down with water or sanded to remove any effloresece caused by the reaction between the concrete and the neuralizer. Applying concrete neutralizer 3. Next we primed the walls. We used Boysen B701 “Permatex” flat latex paint applied with a roller. 4. At this point, there…

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of doctors in Iloilo. For the newcomer it’s a challenge to find the best ones. We’re making progress, but our comments are those of newcomers who likely still have lots to learn. Here’s an example of the need for caution. I had an eye exam at a well known ophthalmologist in Cebu City. He diagnosed me with cataracts and said the sooner I had surgery the better. When I went back to New York, my long-time ophthalmologist said my cataracts were not serious and I would not need surgery for ten years or more. Usually you do not make an appointment with a Philippine doctor or dentist.  They maintain “clinic” hours at their office(s).  You just show up during the clinic hours and wait your turn.  If you call in advance to make an appointment you …

This gives our recommendations for hotels and pension houses in Iloilo City especially good budget places to stay in Iloilo. There are countless choices when it comes to places to stay in Iloilo City.  We’ll just mention a few possibilities we are familiar with and like.  Just be warned that these are all mid-range to budget-minded Iloilo hotel choices. Those accustomed to the Marriott or Hilton will not appreciate these places, or maybe any hotel in Iloilo. If you want deluxe, the Sarabia Manor, Hotel del Rio or Day’s Hotel may be your best choices. Pensione del Carmen, Gen. Luna St. Iloilo City Pensione del Carmen, Gen. Luna St. Iloilo City This is a very quiet family-…