Philippine Startup: AutoConscience

Philippine Startup: AutoConscience

So the last business I set up an eternity ago (6 years to be precise) is chugging along nicely. It makes money. Guests are, overall, happy. But to be honest, Alcoves has become a little boring for me. Yes I’m extremely grateful that the apartments are renting well and I’ve poured a lot of hard work into the “buffet apartment hotel”. But I’ve been itching for awhile now to launch another crazy idea. As such, I’ve gathered a small team…

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Choosing a solar panel installer in the Philippines

Choosing a solar panel installer in the Philippines

I’ve always wanted solar panels on my roof but neither had the clearance (been living with other people) nor the money to install them where I lived. Recently though I’ve moved to my own place so clearance was no longer a problem. As for the cost I was able to strike a business deal which covered most of the cost of the panels (more on that later). There are a ton of solar panel installers in the Philippines. Before I…

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Review: Mober

Review: Mober

Mober is like Uber for delivery vans/trucks. Now you don’t need a delivery van every day but you’d be surprised how often this need does arise. I tried Mober out a couple of months ago when I had to transport a heavy wooden dining set (table and 8 chairs) from Magallanes village (in Makati) to San Antonio village (also in Makati). As the dining set would not fit into any of the vehicles I had on hand, I had to…

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Make Money on Steam Update 14: Buying Strategies During Steam Sales

Make Money on Steam Update 14: Buying Strategies During Steam Sales

Since I’ve posted already that, as a hobby, I buy and sell Steam trading cards, I thought it would be fun to post every now and again on how the markets (ie. prices of the cards) are faring.

Make Money on Steam Update 13: Market slump

Make Money on Steam Update 13: Market slump

Since I’ve posted already that, as a hobby, I buy and sell Steam trading cards, I thought it would be fun to post every now and again on how the markets (ie. prices of the cards) are faring.

Civilization 6 Infrequently Asked Questions

Civilization 6 Infrequently Asked Questions

Civilization 6 came out a couple of months ago and since then I’ve been in many a “one more turn” coma, plugging away at the game into the wee hours of the morning. I’ve played every version of Civ and Civ 6 is a good blend of new ideas and comfortingly familiar gameplay. As it is a Civilization game though there are always some oddities of the rules that you wonder about. I’ll list some infrequently asked questions and add…

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Best way to get service from Skycable

Best way to get service from Skycable

Yesterday (Sunday) my cable connection went dead. I also did not have any internet as Skycable is both my cable TV and internet provider. I first tried calling their hotline (381-0000) so I could talk to someone on the phone. Fifteen minutes later and 3 rounds of “all our agents are occupied at the moment” I gave up trying to get a real person on the phone. After all it was Sunday afternoon, the worse possible time to try to…

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Insert Plate LTO – What the heck does this mean?

Insert Plate LTO – What the heck does this mean?

Short Story: From what I can gather, insert plate, means that your vehicle is not registered in the national database of LTO. Instead your record is still in a district office (usually the district office where the vehicle was first registered) and it has to be that district office which manually uploads the file to the national database. I use manually as you have to physically go to that district office and tell them to insert plate. Long Story: In…

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Are M Lhuilier and Cebuana Lhuillier the same

Are M Lhuilier and Cebuana Lhuillier the same

Are M Lhuilier and Cebuana Lhuillier the same? Short answer: No, they are not. If you are trying to collect money from one be sure you go to the correct Lhulier. Long story: I had to find an M Lhulier near Alcoves as a guest who was staying 6 weeks had pera padala‘d to himself the amount which was supposed to be our payment. There seems to be more branches of Cebuana Lhuillier though so finding an M Lhuilier was…

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Bougainvillea Cutting Propagation

Bougainvillea Cutting Propagation

In my last few posts I shared that I’ve recently moved house. I wanted to bring some of the old house with me though in the form of plants. Just digging them out of the ground, roots and all, didn’t seem very sporting. I wanted a mix of the old and the new. (Get a plant by its roots and you just have the old plant.) So I set about getting cuttings. They are what they sound like, you cut…

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