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“I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.”
― Lucille Ball

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happy New Year (2016)

I wish all readers of my blog a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year.

Source: unknown
Looking back to 2015 the following came into my mind.

Climate Change


The conference on Climate Change, held in December last in Paris, was a success, compared to the previous one in Copenhagen.

For the second year in a row the number of typhoons that hit the Philippines, and especially our region (Pangasinan) in 2015, was far less than the long-term average. It seems it has to do with El Nino. But still we have no snow in the Philippines.
I have reported this year on five typhoons, of which two had some impact on our area. Especially the 1524 Koppu/Lando typhoon.

Even in the Netherlands they had the warmest December ever measured since more than a century.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Property Tax DISCOUNTED


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It's December again and consequently for property owners like me time to contemplate what to do with the "Real Property Tax" or RPT for next year, 2016.

Early bird payers of the RPT may get a discount, the amount varies from city to city or municipality.


In 2011 we paid for the first time our property tax. We invited the treasurer with her helpers to our house and discussed the classification and market value of the land and house. The classification was determined as residential for part of our lot and the rest was classified as orchard and rice land.

So our tax bill has four components: 1) rice land, 2) orchard land, 3) residential land and 4) house & buildings. It is a reasonable amount compared with what I payed in the past in the Netherlands for a much smaller property.

Only recently I was informed that you can get a discount. In our municipality Santa Barbara, the discount is 20% if you pay in advance of the taxable year, so in December, and 10% if you decide to pay in January of the same year. This year we decided to go for the 20% discount and meanwhile we have payed already.

If you make use of the possibility to pay in 4 quarterly terms, obviously you don't get any discount at all.

Here is an informative site discussing the RPT discounts in the capital area.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Windows 10 - Installed irreversibly

As you might know I published a post (see here) more than a month ago about upgrading my PC from Windows 7 to 10. I was asking myself should I continue or revert to Windows 7 after the experiment. I wasn't sure, so reverted back to Windows 7, giving myself the opportunity to rethink and study, before taking the final decision.
Well I have taken the decision meanwhile. Here is my story. The items are listed in random order.

Start menu

The Start menu looks cool and is fast, but unfortunately I am not interested in most of the items that are included by default, like photo-viewer and sound player (Groove) apps, games and many more. I am using it now only for opening OneNote (see later), some old Microsoft office products, the old Microsoft photo-viewer/editor, the News and Money apps and of course the left column items, like Settings, Documents, Downloads and Apps.

What I also like from this Start menu is that you can open it as a Windows 10 menu by left clicking, or as a Windows 7 menu by right clicking. In the latter case you get the old Windows 7 management options like Task manager, Control manager, Device manager, Computer manager, Network manager, etc. Just because I don't know (yet) where to find the same in Windows 10.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Defining your own home address in the Philippines

Barangay name centered around the company logo,
notice the green background with copper letters, this is original.
An interesting problem which I am struggling with for many years is to get a house number, here in the Philippines. So far however, no number, so I had to find my own solution. Most people here don't see it as a problem. The postman will find you anyway.

I have been to several town officials, including the barangay captain and officials in the town hall. They are all pointing to each other and to the Census (part of NSO).

My understanding is that when they (Census) are going around to count the number of people in each household, they attach a house-number to the house/gate if it is lacking one and add the household size. This is done every 4 or 5 years, but I have not seen them since we live here.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Globe, a marketing or selling company?



September 10 last, I contacted Globe HQ to change my broadband Internet plan.

See my previous post regarding my old plan that I acquired in June.

Before doing so, I went to the Globe office in Robinsons mall Calasiao, but they couldn't help me there.

The service lady said they are not authorized changing/upgrading contracts and gave me two options:

  1. go to Globe in Robinsons place (Nepo) in Dagupan, there they have facilities where you can contact a helpdesk where they will process your requests; or
  2. go to the Globe website to enter your details for changing your contract, this is the site's URL.
As my experience with a voice helpdesk in the Philippines is not very positive, because they talk too fast and they don't understand my British/Dutch English accent, I choose for option 2.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Solid Waste Management ??

Courtesy Greenpeace

Since I am living in the Philippines, I am wondering how they manage their waste in this country.

Everywhere you see waste if you keep your eyes open when going around. I am sure many locals don't see the waste anymore, but as a foreigner I do, however it's getting less. It seems you get used to it.

On the beach a lot of waste, especially plastic, but the beach is usually cleaned by the owners of the sheds, because if there is a lot of waste on the beach, the price of their sheds will go down.

In the sea at some places also a lot of plastic, not only coming from the beaches, but also from the rivers (see below) and ships. Along the roads, especially in the barangay's and on the riverbeds there are many places where people dumps their waste bags.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Restaurant - "Ciudad Elmina", Dagupan

Rating ❶ ❷ ❸ out of

The outfit looks okay
End of April this year we visited the new restaurant Ciudad Elmina, in Dagupan, district Mayombo.

We went there because my asawa had got many message via her social media, that it is a special restarant. One that you can not find anywhere else in Dagupan.

There was even a story that they have crocodiles. So as to test this restaurant for a birthday party soon to come, we went there.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Windows 10 for free or go back to Windows 7?


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A couple of weeks ago I got an invitation from Microsoft, each time after restarting my computer, to upgrade my desktop computer to Windows 10 for free.

My laptop with also Windows 7, was not invited, so I guess the hardware is not compatible with Windows 10 requirements.

This week I decided to give Windows 10 a try.

The upgrade didn't go perfect. After an hour or so I got the message:
"It's taking a bit longer than usual, but it should be ready soon". Don't turn off your PC.
Meanwhile the hard-drives kept on spinning, but no idea what was going on.  Then finally the screen went black and no sign of life, even when mouse or keyboard were activated.

After three hours I decided to stop and switched the computer off and on again. After a couple of minutes starting up, I got a nice screen photo with a view from inside a cave to the beach. So that was at least something. Next was the login with the windows 7 ID and password. It worked fine.

Then before I could do anything I got the following message:
"Just a few more tweaks". Don't turn off your PC. 
Again after ca. 10 minutes the following message was displayed:
"It's taking a bit longer than usual, but it should be ready soon". Don't turn off your PC.
Again ca. 10 minutes later, I got finally the Windows 10 screen and could start going around and have my first Windows 10 experiences.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

HEIM museum for industrial history

Entrance of the former "Wilhelmina School".
A couple of months ago I visited the Netherlands, to see my family again after more than a year.

I stayed in Hengelo, near to the German border, with my mother in the industrial city of Hengelo.

I always wanted to visit the HEIM museum, as I am interested in industrial history. See also the series of posts (in Dutch) called "Series Ontmoetingen".

HEIM, aka Hengelo's Educational and Industrial Museum, is an interesting museum for children and adults.

It not only shows the industrial history of Hengelo's native industries, but it also has many original industrial artifacts and has laboratories where you and/or your children can do all kind of technical projects with the help of technical volunteers, usually retired persons from the same industries.

For more information go to their website www.techniekmuseumheim.nl.

Unfortunately they have no English version of the site, but they do have English comments for most of the items on display.

Should you ever visit the Netherlands or are living there and interested in industrial history, it's a must to go there.

Below I have displayed a collection of photo's from my visit in July 2015, divided into 10 categories.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Damage in Dagupan from typhoon Koppu [Lando]

Courtesy Google maps
Early this week we went to our favorite restaurant Mang Peping for a farewell lunch for my parents in law, as they went back yesterday to the USA.

The restaurant is located along the "Judge Jose de Venecia Extension" in Tapuac district in Dagupan. It was amazing to see what the typhoon Koppu [Lando] has done with the electricity poles along the road. They were smashed like safety matches. See the map below.

Amazingly the electricity was still there, as the restaurant was functioning normal and they are connected to this grid. This must be a significant loss for Decorp, the owner of the distribution grid in Dagupan.

Look at the pictures below. At the other part of the road in the direction of Arellano street they were also broken, but I didn't check how many.

From a damage report in "balita", dated October 28, I copied the following statement:

The city was in darkness for only less than 24 hours, but it took Decorp days to energize Calmay, Carael, Salapingao, Pugaro and Lomboy after "Lando" knocked down nearly 30 concrete poles of the Dagupan Electric Corporation (Decorp) along the De Venecia Highway hosting the electric company's major power lines.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

TS 1524 Int: KOPPU - Ph: LANDO

Courtesy: PAGASA/DOST, Philippines

Severe Tropical Storm 1524, called KOPPU internationally or LANDO in the Philippines, has reached the northern part of Luzon island.

The center of the typhoon is now about ca. 100 km from Aurora and will head north towards Taiwan.
We prepared our surroundings, by removing all potential flying objects and emptied the trash drums.

Luckily I finished yesterday the mowing of the garden grass, so even when we will get some flooding the grass will not be too high after the flood.

We have got two new gas canisters and my wife went to the market today in stead of Sunday as she usually does.

Also the rice is harvested of most of the farming fields in our area.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Balikbayan boxes received in good condition

Pickup from my home in the Netherlands
Yesterday the Balikbayan boxes, which I sent previously from the Netherlands, were delivered in good condition. They are also called "OFW boxes".


Prior I used Phil4You, but this year I sent them by "LVM Cargo". And I have a good experience with them as well. What I like from them is that they have a choice of box sizes. The box I used was the large box, which is 196 liter and very strong, bigger than the standard boxes from Phil4You.

Delivery at my home in the Philippines
Another advantage is that there is no weight limit, as I had to transport several heavy machining items, the biggest one weighs 22 kilograms.

I also liked the track and trace option as to follow the container, so I was aware when delivery in Manila port was done. A few days later the boxes were delivered at home. Not opened or damaged.

In the LINKS tab on top of this site you find links to these Balikbayan transporting companies.



Sunday, August 30, 2015

Travel and Immigration Tax

As my mother would turn 90 years old end of July, I promised her to visit her in the Netherlands and to join her and our family to celebrate this special day.

About 50 people would come to the party from all parts of the country. Unfortunately my wife could not join me for private reasons.

My flight was on  20 July 2015 with Emirates to Amsterdam via Dubai. I had chosen to include a flight from Dubai to Amsterdam with the Airbus 780, the biggest civil aircraft in the world. Indeed an incredible aircraft.

The flight started from NAIA terminal 3. The following payments were required.


  • TIEZA

Travel Tax                                     P 1.620

  • Bureau of Immigration

Head Tax                                       P    250
Legal Research Fee                       P      30
RP/SRC Fee                                  P 1.400
Emigration Clearance Certificate    P   700
Express Lane Fee                          P    500 
Sub Total                                       P 2.380


  • GRAND TOTAL                            P 4.500



Note that since early 2015 the Airport Terminal Fee (formerly P 550) is included in the ticket price these days.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

TransferWise Excellent Money Transfer Company

If you have to transfer regularly money like I do, between your funding country and the country you are living in - e.g.as a pensioner living abroad, or as an OFW1) sending money to your family in the Philippines - you should consider to make use of TransferWise.

TransferWise is a three year old (or young!) company sponsored by several venture companies and funding by Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Atlantic Airlines.

As they are saying on their web site, they are beating the banks and they really do, including Western Union, which is used by many OFW's.

I tried it out several times and conducted a comparative test between the classic bank transfer (from ABN NL to BDO PH) and TransferWise. Below you find the details for two transfers of € 1,000.00, initiated on the same day in July 2015.

Read here how it works. Below you find the details of my transfers (items 1 and 2), a conclusion (item 3) and  an performance overview of  a test done with some British banks and Western Union (item 4).

As you will see from my test below, TransferWise is really much cheaper and faster than the traditional international bank to bank transfer.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

TS 1510 Int: LINFA - Ph: EGAY

7/5/2015 Courtesy Japan Meteorology Agency
Severe Tropical Storm 1510, called LINFA international or EGAY in the Philippines, has reached the northern part of Luzon. 

I wasn't aware of this storm, but given the continuous rain since yesterday, I checked the severe weather site of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) to find out whether this is part of the monsoon rains or perhaps a typhoon. Last time I checked was a couple of days ago and there was no depression close to the Philippines..

Indeed it's a severe tropical storm (cyclone), not yet a typhoon. Two other TS's are developing, east of the Philippines on the Pacific Ocean.


The center of the cyclone is now about 230 km from our place and will move towards Taiwan.

Status: 1.00 PM, Sunday July 5, 2015

Statistics:

  • Drizzling weather
  • Temperature: 24.0 C
  • R. Humidity: 99 %
  • Rain since 0.0 AM:  38 mm
  • Wind: none
  • Pressure: 1001.4 hpa
  • Light: 6.6 W/m2
  • UV: 1

Status: 1.00 PM, Monday July 6, 2015

Statistics:

  • Dry weather since noon
  • Temperature: 27.7 C
  • R. Humidity: 82 %
  • Rain since 7/5/2015 0.0 AM:  99.9 mm
  • Wind: east, 1 km/h
  • Pressure: 1004.1 hpa
  • Light: 54.9 W/m2
  • 7/6/2015 Courtesy Japan Meteorology Agency
  • UV: 5


TS 1510 is now heading for Taiwan. The last two days we got 100 mm rain from this storm, see chart below.

The farming land around us is flooded. I guess the farmers here are happy with the rain. Many rice fields are now being planted with young rice plants.







Friday, June 26, 2015

Decorp's monthly kWh Rates

Decorp is the electricity distribution company for Dagupan City and some neighboring municipalities in the province of Pangasinan, including Sta. Barbara..

As I have recorded all account statements since we settled here end of 2010, I have now a history of the monthly kWh rates for the last four years. I will keep it up-to-date.

See also an earlier post on Decorp here, with an analysis of how the consumer price is calculated.

The below charts show the monthly customer account rates since 2011 in Peso per kWh.
The dates shown at the vertical axis are the end of the period (broken month) for which the rate is calculated.

If you hoover over the chart you will see the exact value per period.

Do you see a trend as a result of the crude oil price going down with 50% since early 2015. Only June 2015 is a bit lower than the previous months. Bare in mind that the consumer price is not only determined by the oil price, but also includes transport cost and loss, improving projects, tax, etc. See my previous post on Decorp here.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Smart versus Globe

In my previous post I ended with a question to readers of that post, regarding what is collectively called "Port Forwarding" or "Unsolicited Inbound traffic".

Having had some discussions with two readers, I did again an extensive search regarding this problem and finaly found in a Globe customer forum the following two posts.

Thanks to ChitoReyes and VinceVince..

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Globe WiMAX modem replaced with LTE modem

The new LTE modem
Two weeks ago Globe came to us to replace our WiMAX modem with a LTE modem, both are produced by Huawei from China.

No advance message, they just sent their subcontractors to Globe WiMAX clients, with a half-A4 paper explanatory note that the replacement is for free and the supported speed will double without changing the contracted plan.
The old WiMAX modem


Note: The ladder they brought was too short to reach the roof for replacing the antenna, so they went home again, but the next day they came again with the same ladder. So I had to teach them a trick to climb on the roof for replacing the antenna.

Both WiMAX and LTE Advanced are officially defined as "True 4G" technologies by ITU. It doesn't mean that they are similar.

WiMAX is coming from the WiFi technology area and mainly used for wireless broadband connections, in our case in a rural area, so when a fixed line DSL modem is not possible.

LTE is coming from cellular phone technology (GSM) and developed by the mobile phone industry.

It's interesting to have a look at the evolution of digital cellular and WiFi standards, see the graph below.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Affidavit in the Netherlands

Red Ribbon Consul letter
Following statement is from a Dutch public Notary, regarding the difference of the Common Law system and Civil Law system, as we have in the Netherlands, in case of an affidavit. See the full article here or contact the author by e-mail rene.rieter@twobirds.com :

Where the use of affidavits is a customary practice in Common Law courts (mainly in the U.S., but also the U.K. Australia and the Philippines (addition of me)), most lawyers in the Netherlands will have only vaguely heard of them. Nonetheless, it's certainly possible to swear an affidavit under Dutch law.

So if you have a court case in the Philippines or a governmental issue for which you have to provide information (facts or statements, not opinions) from someone under oath, in the Netherlands (or another country using the Civil Law system), there are three ways to do this.

Make sure you have already written the affidavit (see for examples the Download tab on this site). The options are:

Calibrating my Drill Press VFD (GS2)

VFD and RPM gauge give the same reading, calibration completed!
If you followed my posts on machining projects, you may remember this post, where I explained what I did to replace the pulley/belt variable speed mechanism by a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) converter.

The model of my VFD is a GS2-21P0 (1 HP) from Automation Direct in the US.

In another  post  I shared with my readers my experience with ordering a "revolution per second (RPM) speed sensor and LCD display" or tacho-gauge in China, to measure the RPM's of a rotating shaft or spindle.

Hall sensor and tiny magnet on the chuck spindle pulley
I used this device to check the parameter - called k-factor, see below - that you have to enter in the VFD to let it display the drill chuck speed of the drill press, rather than the rotating speed of the driving motor shaft. This is of course what you want to know when drilling a hole.

So I attached the display temporarily to the drill press, as well as the magnetic Hall sensor close to the pulley on the spindle of the chuck and glued a tiny magnet on the pulley.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

TS 1506 Int: NOUL - Ph: DODONG

Courtesy PAGASA
As tropical storm (TS) Noul or Dodong in the Philippines, is approaching the Philippines, I opened already this post to share our experiences in the province of Pangasinan, Luzon north.

The eye of the typhoon is expected to make landfall in the northern provinces Isabella-Aurora on Sunday May 10, 2015.

Status: 10.00 PM, Saturday May 9, 2015

Statistics:

  • Windy dry weather
  • Temperature: 32.0 C
  • R. Humidity: 66 %
  • Rain: 0 mm
  • Wind: NW 7.2 m/s
  • Pressure: 1008.7 hpa
  • Light: 0 W/m2
  • UV: 0
Next update Sunday May 10

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Our experience with "Barangay Micro Business Enterprise" and other pitfalls

Steps for Registering

Introduction


Barangay Micro Business Enterprise (BMBE) was an attempt of the former president of the Philippines, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, to stimulate small- and micro-businesses in the barangay's of Philippine's municipalities and cities.
This was regulated by REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9178 of November 2002.

The title of the act was:

AN ACT TO PROMOTE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF BARANGAY MICRO BUSINESS ENTERPRISES (BMBEs), PROVIDING INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS THEREFOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES 
The whole idea was to stimulate businesses and exempt them from tax by the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) for a period of two years.

After the first term of two years you have to apply for an extension, which seems to be a bit more complicated.

In this post I will share our experience and my conclusion that the act is not really bringing what was anticipated.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

TS 1503 Int: MAYSAK - Ph: CHEDENG


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Courtesy PAGASA, Philippines
As tropical storm (TS) Maysak or Chedeng in the Philippines is approaching the Philippines, I opened already a post to report our experiences in the province of Pangasinan, Luzon north.

The eye of the typhoon is expected to make landfall in the northern provinces Isabella-Aurora on Sunday April 5, 2015.

Status: 10.00 AM, 4-4-'15


  • Sunny dry weather, a bit hazy.
  • Temperature: 33.9 C
  • R. Humidity: 52%
  • Rain: 0 mm
  • Wind: N-S 2.1 m/s
  • Pressure: 1010.8 hpa
  • Light: 117.1 W/m2
  • UV: 9

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sextet of Puppies again

It's a while ago that I published a post, as I was and still am busy with a couple of new big projects, which I will explain shortly in some other posts. That's why I do a short one now.

On the same day that my first grand-son was born - see here my post Grandfather - our dog Yara delivered a sextet of puppies, the previous delivery was a septet, see here.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hundred Islands

Hundred Islands National Park in the province of Pangasinan is a protected area of 123 islands.

So its name is much closer to the truth than Thousand Islands in Indonesia, which has only 110 islands.

It is a wild life protected sea area near to the coast of the city of Alaminos in the Lingayen gulf.

Only three of them have been developed for tourism: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children's Island. The distance from Manila is ca. 240 km.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Annual Report 2015



All registered aliens and ACR I-Card holders, except Temporary Visitor’s Visa holders or Tourist Visa holders, should report themselves each year in the first three months of the year.

Reporting must be done at a Bureau of Immigration (BI) authorized office, or what they call field offices. Make sure you are decently dressed, e.g. long pants or dress, shoes (no flip flop's) and shoulders covered. when you go there. 

A list of offices and the services they deliver can be found here

The fee is 310 pesos. If late there is a penalty fee.

I did my reporting already in January 2015 and used the old paper form application. The form is available in the office. The whole procedure took me 30 minutes. Don't forget to bring your ACR, passport and payment slip of last year's reporting.

BI has developed an online reporting application website, see here. As far as I know it is not yet a requirement to do the registration online, see my experience above. But, if you do then print a copy of the application form, including the CONFIRMATION NUMBER, and bring it also with you when you go to the BI office.

Our wedding anniversary in Bali Hai

This year I rented a small cottage house in a beach resort to celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary early February. It was Bali Hai beach resort in San Fernando, La Union.

My plan was to go to Thunderbird resort, also in San Fernando, but it was fully booked that weekend, Anyway we went there to look around and took some photo's and I will show them to you in another post.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Navigation

Image result for bloggingThe first two weeks of February, 2015, were used to restructure the navigation options of this site and to review the post labels that were used.

And we looked at the site search option, which was very promising, so we added this as well.

We felt that the labels used were not always very well chosen, sometimes ambiguous and a bit messy. So it had to be cleaned up.

Another aspect we looked at was the different views readers of our blog might have. So we added additional info to the post labels (basically an identifier as the first character(s), as to create the possibility to easily make different post views.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ontmoetingen met mijn vader's verleden (Deel 8)

juli 2005

Pensio(e)n(ering) en onze Broodheren


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Dit laatste deel van deze serie "Ontmoetingen met mijn vader's verleden" gaat over onze pensionering, pensioen en een (terug)blik op de bedrijven waarvoor we gewerkt hebben (onze broodheren).

Pensionering


Het is een raar idee als ik nu terug kijk op mijn vader's pensionering en mijn eigen pensionering.

Mijn vader ging in 1984 met pensioen en ik in 2010, dus 26 jaar later. Hij ging met pensioen toen hij 60,5 jaar was. Ik ging met pensioen toen ik 62,5 jaar was.

Toen ik met pensioen ging op 1 april 2010, was mijn vader net een paar maanden eerder overleden. Hij heeft mijn pensionering dan ook niet mee mogen maken, niet dat dat overigens veel voorstelde. Ik heb bewust ervoor gekozen dat er geen receptie voor mijn pensionering georganiseerd zou worden. Het enige wat rest is een horloge met inscriptie, dat ik verder nooit gedragen heb.

Mijn vader daarentegen heeft in feite twee recepties aangeboden gekregen. Lees het verslag van zijn pensionering hieronder, zoals gepubliceerd in de Signaal Flitsen van juni 1984. (Ref31, pagina's 32 en 33).

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Grandfather

My grandson
Last week my son and his wife got their first baby. Of course they are very happy and proud on their son. Mother, son and father are doing very well. Congratulations to all of you.

So it means I am now for the first time grandfather, or opa in Dutch or lolo in Tagalog (Filipino) and I am happy too of course.
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In one of my first posts I called myself lolo already as it was the anonymous blog author name I used that time. This was back in 2009, see here.

Learning how to bath his baby
It's not easy if you are living far away, they in the Netherlands and we in the Philippines and you cannot do a quick visit. So we need to make plans to go there later this year to see my first grandson.

And it's not the first time my son is popping up in this blog. First time was in one of the 2009 posts when I lived in Thailand, see here.

The second time he was playing a role in my blog was during my visit to the Netherlands, when he offered me with my daughter a site seeing tour in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, see here and here.

The last time he appeared in my blog was after his visit to our place in November-December 2014, see here.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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