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Arroyo now an official bet for Congress

By: Gene Davis Posted: December-01-2009 in
Gene Davis

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo became officially a candidate for representative of Pampanga’s second district in the 2010 elections at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The President, who came from a Mass organized by her supporters in her late father’s hometown of Lubao, personally filed her certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections office in this capital city.

Arroyo was mobbed by supporters as she arrived at the Comelec office. She was accompanied by her husband, lawyer Jose Miguel Arroyo, and mayors and other officials of Pampanga.

Typhoon NIDA (26W) (26W) CAT 1---12PM Dec 01: 20.4N 137.9E 140 kph NW @ 05 kph Western Pacific

By: Gene Davis Posted: December-01-2009 in
Gene Davis

Typhoon NIDA continues to weaken as it moves slowly northwestward.

*Cooler dry air, increasing upper-level winds (aka. Vertical Wind Shear) and slightly lower sea surface temperatures are the ones that contribute for the weakening of NIDA.

*Do not use this for life or death decision. This advisory is intended for additional information purposes only. Kindly refer to your country's official weather agency for local warnings, advisories & bulletins.

Current Storm Information

Time/Date: 12:00 PM PST Tue Dec 01 2009
Location of Eye: 20.4º N Lat 137.9º E Lon

Super Typhoon NIDA (26W) CAT 5. UPDATE 12PM Nov 26: 15.1N 140.1E 280 kph NW @ 20 kph Northern Philippine Sea

By: Gene Davis Posted: November-25-2009 in
Gene Davis

Extremely Catastrophic Super Typhoon NIDA (26W) has reached its peak and is now slowly weakening...still moving northwesterly across the warm seas of the Western Pacific.

*Residents and visitors along the Eastern Coast of the Philippines should closely monitor the progress of NIDA.

*Do not use this for life or death decision. This advisory is intended for additional information purposes only. Kindly refer to your country's official weather agency for local warnings, advisories & bulletins.

Current Storm Information

Time/Date: 12:00 PM PST Thu Nov 26 2009

Adjusting To Expat Life

By: Gene Davis Posted: November-24-2009 in
Gene Davis

In the United States, when moving from one city to another or even one state to another 3,000 miles away it is not a big deal usually. The hardest part is just making a phone call to get the utilities turned on and maybe finding a grocery store close to your new residence.

Moving to the Philippines from the U.S. or another 1st world country can be the most challenging and also frustrating experience imaginable.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION 26W [UNNAMED] 1:00 PM PST (05:00 GMT) Sun 22 November 2009

By: Gene Davis Posted: November-22-2009 in
Gene Davis

Forecast Outlook: 26W is expected to move northward for the next 12 hours and intensify. The 2 to 5-day Long-Range Forecast shows the system attaining Tropical Storm status tomorrow morning [8am Nov 23: 7.3N 148.7E] as it moves NW-ward. 26W will continue to track northwestward across the Western Pacific Ocean, passing about 300 km WSW of Guam on Thursday morning [8am Nov 26: 12.5N 142.2E] as a Category 1 Typhoon w/ forecast winds of 120 kph...and will be about 500 km WNW of Guam on Friday morning [8am Nov 27: 15.0N 140.4E]. Based on this forecast, 26W is not a threat to the Philippines.

Terrible Internet Service In The Philippines

By: Expat Advisory Posted: November-04-2009 in
Expat Advisory

Anyone moving to the Philippines from the states that decides to have internet service in their home or business will quickly discover “you’re not in Kansas anymore.” From the Northern tip of Luzon island to the southern end of Mindanao the quality of service is about the same. A big fat zero.

Grocery Shopping In The Philippines And Reasons Not To...

By: Gene Davis Posted: October-29-2009 in
Gene Davis

Shopping for groceries and other basic needs in the Philippines is an adventure in confusion and also overpricing for the newcomer. Often times, you will end up overpaying even after many years of living here if not careful.

At home in the States and most other countries, a grocery store is set up with every isle holding items classified by the type of products available including sub categories such as generic, diet, sale, and size etc.

Typhoon MIRINAE (Pre-SANTI/23W) CAT# 2. 6PM Oct 28: 16.3N 136.1E 160 kph West @ 28 kph Eastern Luzon

By: Gene Davis Posted: October-26-2009 in
Gene Davis

Typhoon MIRINAE (PRE-SANTI) moving closer quickly to the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR)...wind speeds now at 140 kph...threatens Eastern Luzon.

*Residents and visitors along the eastern coast of Luzon (Philippines) should closely monitor the progress of MIRINAE (PRE-SANTI).

*Kindly refer to your local warnings & bulletins issued by your country's official weather agency. This advisory is intended for additional information purposes only.

The Generous And Helpful Nature Of The Filipino People

By: Gene Davis Posted: October-22-2009 in
Gene Davis

In the United States and perhaps other places it is common practice to go to a neighbors house to borrow a cup of sugar if you run out. You might even go to a neighbor and borrow screwdriver or wrench if needed. But that’s about all.

Here in the Philippines most all people, friends and even those you do not know are quite willing to lend items to anyone who is in need. A few good examples of this is if you are going to the store and can’t or don’t want to walk for some reason, someone will loan you a bicycle. That’s all well and good; but how about something major?

TYPHOON LUPIT [RAMIL/22W/0920] Spares Northern Philippines-Now a Tropical Storm 6:00pm. October 23, 2009

By: Gene Davis Posted: October-22-2009 in
Gene Davis

TROPICAL STORM LUPIT [RAMIL/22W/0920]
T2K PUBLIC ADVISORY NUMBER 029
6:00 PM PST (10:00 GMT) Fri 23 October 2009
Source: T2K ANALYSIS / JTWC WARNING #038
View: Advisory Archives (2004-2009)
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Tropical Storm LUPIT (RAMIL) has turned northward away from Cagayan's Coast during the past 3 hours and continues losing strength...threat to Extreme Northern Luzon diminishing.

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