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

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


  • 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


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:

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.


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