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Motorcycle Usage in the Philippines

Here in Davao and I would guess in all areas of the Philippines, the motorcycle is the most used type of motorized vehicle. This is because it is cheaper to purchase than a car and is able to travel in bad terrains where a car could not maneuver. Online I found statistics for 2006. In this year, the number of registered motorcycles was 2,409,363 whereas the amount of cars was 792,373. I do not know if this number includes...

Friendships and Help Through the Internet

For a while now this site has had a reader and commenter from America. Actually both he and his Filipina wife are readers and commenter’s.  They have visited Davao before and had plans to visit again and arrive this month. A while back he mentioned that once he retires here, it there was something he needed from the States he would ask friends planning to visit to bring some items or have them ship it through a Balikbayan...

Moving to and living in the Philippines (More on M...

  Someone asked me to elaborate on situations and problems with the relocation here to the Philippines. I mentioned about appliances and electronics. If you’re coming from America, the electricity is 110V-120V. Here in the Philippines it is 220V. I do not know about the electrical systems in any other countries so I am no help there. Both US and Philippine power is 60 Hz. In America the way the electric system is set...

Moving to and Living in the Philippines (Making th...

Ok, you met the lady of your dreams, you have chatted on line many hours practically every day, and now is decision time. Are you ready to pack up and move here? There are many things to consider. What to bring. Over the years you have collected many possessions. You probably own a home, condo or maybe renting. You have furniture, appliances, electronics, clothes, and some personal items you felt you could never do without....

Davao is Getting Closer

I am so excited, but tired too. Today I took all my boxes to the shipping warehouse. They charge by volume, not weight. Well it is amazing how many things you want to keep. When I thought Elena would be moving to Florida, there were things I wanted for her and some things she wanted to make cooking easier. So, here I was, looking at all these new kitchen things, never used. I decided I might as well ship them there. Immersion...