Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

We had to buy a cook stove for our new Philippine house.  Here’s our experience buying an Italian BOMPANI range. Bompani 90×60 "giant oven" stove Carol is a fantastic cook.  One of her dreams was to have a decent kitchen stove.  Typically kitchen stoves in the Philippines are 50 or 60 centimeters wide — 20″ to 24″.  While these may have four burners they are very cramped for serious cooking.  We decided we wanted a 90cm (36″) wide stove.  The major brands in the Philippines are La Germania and Elba.  A 90cm range costs about P70,000.  This was just more than we wanted to pay.  The Citi Hardware chain is marketing a smaller Italian brand — Bompani ( www.bompani.it )…

My nephew Doug Grant, a serious biker, is full of praise for the bicycle shops and mechanics of Iloilo City.  He says, “the best bikes shops in Iloilo are invisible to Google on not on Yellow Pages etc.  They are found only thru social contact riding with Filipinos. These are GREAT bike shops, very impressive and bike-tech savvy owners. They can build custom mtn bikes of high professional

Does anyone have feedback on the Italian Bompani cook stoves?  They are sold in the Philippines by Citi Hardware.  The pricing seems quite a bit better than similar La Germania and Elba ranges but I wonder about parts and service.  We contacted Bompani at their Italian e-mail address but never received a reply. This is the Bompani range we are looking at: Bompani 90×60 "giant oven" stove The cost is about P53,000.  A similar-looking La Germania seems to be over P70,000.  Any feedback? http://www.bompani.it/

We bought the glass for our windows from Iloilo Glass Service , 439 Iznart Street, phone 033-335-0768.  They gave truly superior service.  There were some minor problems, partly our fault.  Iloilo Glass made things right with no hesitation.  188 panes of 3/16″ glass cost us P16,640.  The Iloilo Glass quote was one-half the quote we received from another Iloilo glass shop. For the suspicious

Locally grown organic rice is available in Tigbauan.  Stop by the Sol y Mar Resort to purchase. We paid P40 per kilo.  Our standard rice has been the excellent Dinorado which we have been buying in 10 kilo bags at Robinson’s Supermarket in Iloilo City but we like the fresh taste of the Zayco Natural Farm rice.

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

Asus F50SV Why I’m buying an Asus laptop computer for use in the Philippines.  I’ve been a Macintosh user ever since I gave up in frustration trying to install a device on Windows 3.1.  I dumped the PCs and bought Macs for my business and for my own use.  With regret, I’ve now ordered a Windows laptop for use in the Philippines.  Here are some of the factors: Mac software is more or less unavailable in Iloilo.  PC software is available. Service on Mac hardware is a trial in the Philippines and especially in the provinces — whether in warranty or out. There are lots of technicians willing to help with PC hardware or…

Espanola Fabrics, Iloilo

Manila Bookstores.  We live in the provinces where it’s practically impossible to buy books, unless you’re looking for a review book for a nursing board exam.  Iloilo is a city of nearly 400,000 souls, a good percentage of them going to the city’s numerous colleges, but we’ve never found a decent bookstore.  (But, there are some good college libraries in Iloilo.) The National Bookstore branches at SM City and Robinson’s mainly have…

Our emergency lighting! Emergency lighting. A couple a months ago we moved from Iloilo City to Tigbauan, Iloilo.  That gave us a new electric power supplier.  In Iloilo City we had “PECO” – Panay Electric.  In Tigbauan we have “ILECO”.  ILECO has proved to be far less reliable and that’s not to say that PECO was so great.  Some of the outages have been long — many hours.  We bought a kerosene pressure lamp (similar to a Coleman lamp in the U.S.) for another purpose but it’s proved to be so useful during the night time power outages in …