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

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Returning surplus unused hardware materials

Courtesy Google Maps Streetview
Do you also have the experience that when you do a DIY project with a global design/idea of the project only and a rough list of materials required as your shopping list, that in the course of the project you change your mind and decide to change the design a bit or even drastically, make an additional shopping list but keep the materials that you purchased before. Because you never know, you might need them later on.

After having done a couple of this kind of projects and making several changes in the course of the projects, you end up with quite some materials that you never used.

I am such a type of DIY guy. And sometimes I have indeed a lot of materials that I will not use anymore, or at the least the next months or years. Not a big investment usually, but anyway you don't need them and the materials take up space in your storage room, cabinet, shelves or wherever you put the materials.

Philippines Cinema Sound Volume

This is the way I watch the movie
Since we have Robinsons Mall Pangasinan in Calasiao for a couple of years we are regular visitors of one of the four cinema's they run there. The latest movies are shown, including children movies / animations.

The cinema's are well designed, have a big and bright screen, with usually free seating and most movies are operated with english spoken sound. The entrance prices are low compared to my experience in Europe. About 150 - 190 pesos, so 3-4 euro.

It seems that the movie operators believe that they are operating a karaoke machine (locally called a videoke). As is the case with karaoke in the Philippines, where the sound volume control has only one position being "full throttle", the same goes for the cinema. The sound is so loud that if you have no ear protectors, you will be deaf after a few visits to the cinema.

Saturday, August 27, 2016


Kickstarter logoRecently I joined kickstarter community and pledged for two different projects/products.

In some other blog posts the coming weeks, I will publish more details, just to help folks who are interested in understanding this fenomenum.

It's all about financial commitments, taking risks regarding new, to be developed, products. So the question is now what is Kickstarter.

Kickstarter is a crowd-funding website that supports people, companies or startups in trying to get financial funding for the development, creation, production of products or prototypes based on ideas of all kinds, covering arts, culture and technology. As they say it" "From concepts to reality".

The Kickstarter community brings together the people with ideas looking for funding to develop them to real things and those people who are interested and willing to pledge some money to make this possible.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Restaurant - "Sigay Fiestahan", Binmaley

Rating ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ out of

Yesterday morning we had a meeting in Lingayen, the provincial capitol, less than an hour from our place.

We passed by a restaurant in Binmaley of which my asawa had seen recently many times, on Facebook, feedback from guests, who were mostly positive.

And thus she was curious to try it out as well.
Later on I found out why she wanted to do this now, it was because of her upcoming birthday soon and it would be an option to invite her friends in this restaurant.

Location along the road from Dagupan to Binmaley at the crossing to San Carlos and Labrador
I suggested that after our meeting, we would drop by and have a look. So we did and decided - unanimously - to try it out. It was a quarter to noon and not yet full with guests, but after 30 minutes lots of people entered the restaurant.


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