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Elections

Last week we went to Tupi, South Cotabato for a business meeting. The trip from Davao to General Santos City took 4+ hours. The usual travel is supposed to be only takes 3 hours or a little over in the bus. Why it’s taking a long time this time is due to the road construction on the way there. Heard so many people complain about it in the bus. I just smiled upon hearing the comments. Some people said “constructions again because it’s election time so tiring”. Why can’t they fix the road even if it’s not election time? Even around the cities all over the Philippines you will see construction going on.

Tagalog Buddy

It’s almost election time here in the Philippines which means road construction time or other people call it “road destruction time” here. LoL. Have to laugh when I hear people say that. I can’t blame them for saying that, because it really looks that the politicians here will do something when its almost election time. Have you noticed it when you take vacation here during election time?

On the way from Davao to GenSan there might be over a half a dozen road construction jobs on the way there. With the construction and the check point the delays were endless. The good thing we had a good and comfy bus that goes on that route. When we first arrived here, Bob did the driving for every trip we made. He knows all of the delays with all the constructions here. Nowadays we use the public transportation whenever we go. Bob likes it because he can now enjoy the scenery and he is busy surfing the net. LoL

With the bus you have good choice either with air-conditioning bus or bus with air-conditioning and Wifi or the latest one with air-conditioning, Wifi and bathroom. We also have the bus with so many stops (called Deluxe bus), one stop or the non-stop. We tried all those buses already. Sometimes the Wifi is really slow. For us we’re okay with the only air-con bus. The price ranges from Php190 -Php300. I’m not sure how much is the fare for the deluxe bus. I haven’t been on that bus since grade school. No air-conditioning bus yet at that time.

Another election mess is the brownout. Geez, we’ve been experiencing brownout right now for weeks already. They promised for only 10 days. Ain’t happening that way though. It’s really annoying and totally we are pissed. Actually not just my household. We don’t know the reason behind the brownout for weeks. It could be months again. If talking about brownout people here will always say because it’s almost election time. It’s really damaging to a lot of the businesses here. The complaints are endless.

Generators are a hot items here right now. Not just the business owners buy generator, even the regular homeowners. We are even thinking of getting one if this brownout will continue for weeks on end. Honestly it might be a wise move for the business owners here to get one. Our helpers tried to buy candles at one of the mall that was close to our house. The malls were out of those big candles that are good for brownouts. People now are stocking I think at their house, I know we are. 🙂

Have a good one everyone!

Feyma

Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

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Kenneth Crawley
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Kenneth Crawley

It’s equally bad in the U.S., and the worst I’ve ever seen it. I am really getting burnout on politics, and maybe that’s what our government wants.
Good luck on the candidates there. Most of my friends and relatives are hoping for Duterte. My nephew is on Davao city council, Bernie Al-Ag.
My neice is Claudette Centeno on ABS-CBN.
I hope to see you and Bob again when I come back in a few years.
Bob was good to me when I was there and I always enjoyed coffee with him at Starbucks.

Cornell
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Cornell

If I may ask, how much generators cost in Davao. Thank You.

Mark kuivenhoven
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Mark kuivenhoven

Like you’re story. It’s always a safe bet to talk about things and not about politicians.

john.j.
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john.j.

We are into the 8th week of brownout’s here in Tagum, 5 hours last night.

Luke Tynan
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I purchased a generator a couple of weeks ago. Our first one was sold to us as new when we first moved back, turned out to be reconditioned and a lemon. This new one is not as noisy and seems to be so much better but time will tell. For me if I want to sleep I need a generator, I have to sleep with a cpap, bummer, plus I like the A/C at night to sleep well. So fo me it is a must. And I am happy to have it.

PalawanBob
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PalawanBob

Election mess…?
Here is may bet…!
I’ll eat my both flip-flops and the rubber straps if it won’t be messy.

Wally Barr
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We were thinking of moving to General Santos in a year as I can do most of my work online.. But I guess with the brown outs the internet connections are also down for days how can a modem society exist with continued brown outs..?

Luke Tynan
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Wally most of the time during black outs here I have noticed that the Internet is still up along with the Sat. TV and cell phones. So if I start up the generator I can still be online and family is still watching tv or listening to music. Added nice is the A/C can still be used along with my cpap.

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Bob New York

I bought a 3 Kilowatt Generator at a hardware store in Iligan City about 3 years ago, price was marked at 24K Peso. When I discussed with the store that it was going to be a donation they took 2000 peso off the price. The generator is made in China and the same model is sold here in the USA under various brand names as I bought one here in the USA myself a few years ago. I seldom have to use mine but I start it up and let it run for a while every few weeks. The one… Read more »

Nick
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Nick

Hmmm sounds like Solar would be a good bet too especially the new Photovoltaic panels that love it being cloudy too

Mark
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Mark

I Remember the old days only yellow bus standing room only

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