The P14.50 (29¢) per kilowatt-hour rate of Guimaras Electric Cooperative (Guimelco) is a burden to Guimaras consumers. Add to that cost, the regular frequent power interruptions. No wonder this situation is turning off potential investors. (more…)
"Philippines: My Top Ten Favorite TV Shows." I retired to the Philippines with my lovely Filipina wife almost eight years now. During that time I've logged in countless hours of "boob tube" time scouring the vast TV wasteland. Researchers at Oregon State University did a study years ago which revealed what any red-blooded, beer-bellied American guy already knows: men are more likely to dominate use of the remote control, more likely to annoy their partners with its use, and more likely to "channel surf" - skipping from channel to channel in the endless pursuit of perfect television. I plead "nolo contender" to all of the above. (more…)
We had been looking into solar last month. The verdict is in. No solar for our Philippine home. While we're fed up with power outages in Guimaras, we might purchase a generator instead. (more…)
Twenty more turbines will be put up at the wind farm in the municipality of Sibunag in Guimaras. Construction starts next month. With each new turbine generating 2 megawatts (MW), 40 MW will be added to the wind farm’s 54-MW capacity. Despite the building of new windmills in our home province and throughout the archipelago, why does the Philippines have the 5th highest cost of electricity in the world? (more…)
Living in "paradise," believe it or not, is not always the utopia you might think it is. After over six years of living in the Philippines I thought it would be a good time to compile my "Top 10 Stress-Busters for Living in the Philippines." (more…)
Our brother-in-law, Joery, has recently completely another new project down on The Farm in Guimaras, our home province in the Philippines. Joery is our all-around general handyman and will be the foreman on our new house that we will have built on the mango province later this year. He’s the proverbial “jack-of-all-trades” and has excellent carpentry skills and is able to deal with any electrical and plumbing issues we might have. He’s the perfect choice to head our crew. The Manila Mafia, aka, sister Emily, her husband Joe, and their crew of six kids, are coming to visit us for ten days in April. Guess where they’re staying? Yep, at “The Farm.” Here’s a look at the Manila Mafia from a few years bac...
Leaving Iloilo. Next year. Why? Lolo's Alzheimer’s. No water. Constant brown outs. After nearly two years in "The City of Love," and four years since moving to the Philippines, my asawa and I have decided to move back to her home province of Guimaras. I'm fine with that. (more…)