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Building in the Philippines / Re: Fixer Up
« Last post by lost_in_samoa on Today at 08:57:30 AM »
I guess I am odd in that I have a lot of power tools.

I inherited a complete 70's construction/furniture shop from my family.  After using them, I've developed a taste for older tools. 

Stuff from the era when gears were forged from steel.  Remember back when items were designed to last?  American made meant something?

I've had a few of the motors re-wrapped for 220.  But it never worked out well.  Tools burnt up.  Didn't run right.

I've smoked so many step-down transformers that I finally had to install a unit large enough to support my entire site.

But what I do is not for everyone.  Good Luck.

Building in the Philippines / Re: Fixer Up
« Last post by BudM on Today at 08:10:19 AM »
It might be ok for someone constantly going back and forth to somewhere with 110 but if you are based here and only go maybe a couple of weeks once in a while, then 110 is a pain.  Almost anything you buy anymore that you would need for travel is multi.  Just like the last Remington electric shaver I got about 6 years ago.  Side by side at Walmart in the US was the same model with the only difference was one was strictly 110 and the other multi.  A few bucks more for the multi but still cheap and I got it since I am a cheap type of guy.  Still works great but the razor and foil cost more through Lazada then you can get them for at Walmart.  Almost any laptop you buy in the US is multi to my knowledge.  I'm not traveling with a laptop, unless I was moving, so it doesn't matter to me.

If someone is moving here and has 110 appliances, then if you are like me, trash the appliances and get new ones here.  I buy cheap and the stuff still lasts in most cases so if I trashed it, I still got my moneys worth.  I got a cheap microwave when I first came here and it is still going fine.  I bought a total of 5 cheap microwaves since the first one I purchased (that one was second hand) in 1981 or 82.   So, for me, worry about 110 is a waste.  Of course, it might not be for someone else but I am not going to deal with it.
Building in the Philippines / Re: Fixer Up
« Last post by FastWalk on Today at 01:51:09 AM »
Thanks for the feedback.   We are proceeding with only 220.
Expat life in Philippines / Re: Research is Critical
« Last post by M.C.A. on November 13, 2017, 06:01:50 PM »
No worries Pelican no matter where you live you will be able to use transportation, taxis are big city luxuries, nobody would be able to afford a taxi business in the provincial area's the trikes and jeepeny's are a cheaper form of transportation.
Expat life in Philippines / Re: Research is Critical
« Last post by Pelican on November 13, 2017, 11:41:23 AM »
"Tricycles and Jeepnys everywhere."   Whew!   That is a relief.  I must have misunderstood the original message.  The area sounds pleasant and accessible to all types of commerce.  It would be nice to settle there.  I will give another go, and study possibilities.  Thanks for all the input.
Expat life in Philippines / Re: Research is Critical
« Last post by brett4gam on November 13, 2017, 08:04:43 AM »
Like Art, I also reside in Sta Rosa, not far from City Hall.

True, no taxis, buses are usually shuttle buses transporting staff to and from work.  Major bus-lines have depots in an area known as Complex, they travel between Mnl and Sta Rosa as well as other medium distances.

Tricycles and Jeepneys everywhere, being the main form of transport for locals, as well as those owning their own motorbikes.

We don't have a vehicle yet, purchasing one next month.  We have two Yamaha Mio bikes and when going further than just locally we hire a tricycle.  We also hire a van and driver when going to NAIA, and bus it there for other trips.

Hope you find this helpful, I think most places outside the large cities have similar transport.

Expat life in Philippines / Leyte, Philippines
« Last post by Lee2 on November 12, 2017, 10:22:50 PM »
I got this in an email this morning and thought I would share it with the group, enjoy. I think the child was a little upset with the killing of the chicken.
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Expat life in Philippines / Re: Research is Critical
« Last post by M.C.A. on November 12, 2017, 06:21:19 PM »
Pelican... any spot you live in outside the major cities will use the trike as a means of transportation, it works well unless you're a very big man.
Expat life in Philippines / Re: Research is Critical
« Last post by Lee2 on November 12, 2017, 01:18:35 AM »
You can also rent a car and driver from Avis Rental cars at Manila airport.
Expat life in Philippines / Re: Research is Critical
« Last post by Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on November 12, 2017, 01:10:56 AM »
Fortunately we have our own vehicles. We've lived in Sta Rosa over 15 yrs now and yes there are no taxis here, but a few jeepneys and buses now at Ayala and Vista Mall. Many of passenger tricycles though, if your small enough to fit in them.
There's a vehicle rental with driver at the Paseo de Sta Rosa called Safari Rental.
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