Our Philippines Wednesday Weekly Wrapup

It’s 5:30 in the morning, and I know I have said it before, but it’s definitely one of my favorite times of the day.  It’s cool this morning (around 78 F) and the last vestiges of last night’s breeze are still puffing through the windows.  And aside from the crowing roosters (which I actually don’t mind at all), there is a peaceful silence all across the neighborhood.  This will change as the day moves on.  First my Filipino neigbors will switch on the local radio station, then a few of the local dogs will start sounding off, and then – right after Michell gets home from work – my Amercian neighbor will let his incessantly yappy dachshund out to obsessively bark at nothing at all, and he just might stick his speakers in the window (5 meters from our bedroom window) and blast out some music while he does some gardening in his front yard.

But yeah, at 5:30 in the morning, it’s pretty dang nice.  Gotta enjoy it while I can….


Ah, the serenity of silence...
Ah, the serenity of silence…


It’s been a fairly busy week.  We had the misadventure with NORECO ( video here) which you might have seen.  I am still impressed by the speed of the NORECO work crews, but that almost having to pay 10,000 pesos for a new electric meter was kind of interesting.  Thankfully, after some discussion with them, it all worked out.  A number of viewers suggested that we invest in a generator or solar array.  We had full solar at our place in Dauin and that was pretty cool (no brownouts) but with NORECO being so reliable on Negros thusfar, it doesn’t make sense to invest in a generator or (as I will probably do at some point) a small solar array with batteries for fans and lights.  Speaking of our place in Dauin you can see the video of that pretty cool nipa house HERE.  The video shows the BIG solar array that the Canadian owner had installed to provide power to the whole property.


NORECO to the rescue!
NORECO to the rescue!


We also harvested the sole pineapple that was growing in our backyard and hacked open a jackfruit that had fallen from our neighbor’s tree.  That didn’t work out so well as it had become a maggot-condo, but at least I was able to use my trusty bolo machete in a most unsafe manner.  Check out that misadventure also on our You Tube channel.  I also added bonus cockroach footage in that vid for our viewer’s enjoyment.  It’s the first one I have seen in the house, so at least that’s something….

My new PC finally arrived and thanks again to Ace Logic in Dumaguete for doing the work.  I also ordered a replacement video card for our ASUS Republic of Gamers laptop, and once that arrives and is installed, we will sell that to make up some of the cost of the new system.  I also purchased a MyPhone Infinity Lite to replace the phone that I left out in the gym, and I am also very pleased with that.  The build quality of some of these locally assembled Filipino phones is pretty amazing.  I will actually be doing videos on computing in the Philppines and phones over the course of the week.  I am a tech nerd, so those are fun to do, plus it will give viewers a chance to learn from my (continued) mistakes.  J

Life is good, man.  Really, really good.  Not perfect, but when is it ever.

Michell will be home from work soon.  Gotta go water the garden and tidy up the house to show that I have actually been doing something other than playing Bioshock Infinite on my new PC.  Oh, the responsibilities…..

Garden Edited

Our garden.....
Our garden…..

Take care, ya’all!!


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  1. Ned when you have garden and insects,slugs,beetles,ants,its time to dust with seven dust kills them out is a light non toxic killer.

  2. Did you ever try that app? My asawa and I are looking for something like that as well. I like to tease her that my memory is a bit like her, really good just a little short. 🙂

  3. In the first reply George C mentioned an app about a shared to-do list. Cindy, my asawa, and I tried it out finally. It’s working great for us. It syncs with her iPad and my android phone. You can create both shared lists that you both can modify and private lists for your own use. My thanks to George C and I’ll agree with him you might want to give it a try. The only issue I can see you might encounter is her iPad needs WiFi to sync the lists but you can still open and modify them offline, they just won’t sync again until a WiFi connection is reconnected.

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