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@  stew : (19 August 2018 - 01:57 PM)

some will replace original parts with cheap copy

@  bill44ca : (19 August 2018 - 01:53 PM)

I too would not waste time repairing a TV or Computer unless it was a very expensive one here. But I don't know MacGuyver

@  Biggles : (19 August 2018 - 11:18 AM)

Yes, I had the same thought but a recommendation helps. Dont think it is a major problem.

@  Kadachiman : (19 August 2018 - 09:46 AM)

I have had 3 different companies take 5 attempts to fix my aircond (leaking gas)...still no luck. This and other items that I needed 'repaired' has led me to the conclusion that the skills are not available to fix anything, so better to throw it away and buy new

@  scuba539 : (19 August 2018 - 08:35 AM)

Saw an ad in the Blue Book for ACT TV Repair shop...09178315689...Never used them but claim to have been in Biz since 1981

@  Biggles : (19 August 2018 - 06:57 AM)

My TV is playing up, any one know a reliable repair place in AC, please. A home visit place would be good, no transport, but somewhere near to downtown AC would be ok as could take it in a trike.

@  bill44ca : (19 August 2018 - 02:19 AM)

@sandman if your computer goes down you should not have to wait 2 days. Second floor of SM has a couple places that will fix it while you wait if they have the part

@  statusquo : (19 August 2018 - 01:05 AM)

@Sandman! Up to you brother, this board is collective

@  grahamuk : (19 August 2018 - 12:55 AM)


@  Sandman!... : (19 August 2018 - 12:22 AM)

Up 2 the Admin about setting up a section for my pix...It would be interesting..

@  Sandman!... : (19 August 2018 - 12:05 AM)

computer has been down for a couple of days so i didn't get to report the pool Parties are still 500 pesos New Group of girls i took pictures of only 2 girls before FOR A Change no Chunky Monkeys!!

@  stew : (18 August 2018 - 05:29 PM)

and no rain

@  Chris in Makati : (18 August 2018 - 04:28 PM)

@grahamuk It was mega-hot from June up until a couple of weeks ago. It had been hitting 35 degrees some days. Hotter than the Philippines!

@  grahamuk : (18 August 2018 - 02:24 PM)

I thought it was supposed to have been the hottest summer on record in the UK. Then again, we know how quickly that can change.:(

@  stew : (18 August 2018 - 12:58 PM)

@polarkat you must be up north, I went to PI in October cameback May not worn a coat since 2017

@  polarkat : (18 August 2018 - 12:51 PM)

I'm back in England for a few weeks for an operation and to think that in mid August i'm going out wearing a jumper and a coat! Can't wait to be back to shorts and tshirts :)

@  grahamuk : (17 August 2018 - 12:58 PM)


@  jeremy1234 : (17 August 2018 - 02:41 AM)

Sandman has plenty of tasteful and wonderful pictures. Professional even. I have seen videos of him at work, the man is meticulous and the final photos look great

@  jeremy1234 : (17 August 2018 - 02:40 AM)

Oh. I saw somewhere that somebody wrote 850 with consumables. I haven't been to any of these pool parties so I don't know

@  Girth : (17 August 2018 - 02:39 AM)

Pool Party? would you be so kind, and create a thread, and post plenty of tempting/ tasty pics for us mongers.... cheers

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Best Auto Gps Mapping Device For The Philippines?

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#1 OFFLINE   ktab27


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 08:17 PM

I'm looking for the best GPS mapping device to have in a car for the Philippines.  Does anyone have a suggestion?  Happy to buy the device in the Philippines, or could buy here in the States and bring over and download the specifically needed maps.  I just got off the phone with Garmin, whose devices I use in the States and Canada - they have South East Asian maps that include The Philippines but they haven't been upgraded since 2015.  Any suggestions? Favorites? Ideas?  Thanks in advance.

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 08:30 PM

Not sure if the 2 collate but I have noticed that a lot of southern Phils is now on Google street view, so maybe google maps might work.

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 09:24 PM


Hopefully this will answer your question.

I don't use a GPS from North America in Asia anymore.

Last time I did, was in Japan. I used one while driving a relative's Van in Fukuoka.
In the main areas of the city, it did ok. When I got more adventurous and took side streets, rural roads...it went to crap.

Roads I was driving on showed as an empty field, roads where translated to Taiwanese Chinese, voice spoken for roads and POI were in half Japanese, half Chinese, etc.

Ended up using my companions phone and fired up Google maps (she'd never used it before). Worked like a charm.

This is after paying almost $300 for the current Asia maps from Garmin. Contacted Garmin about this after getting back to the US. Told that those issues I have also been noted by other customers. Just not enough to warrant either a refund or a reissue of maps. Maps reissue date frames are (supposedly) set for automobiles. Sea and aviation maps/GPS are updated almost daily. Well then...

Guess I'm lucky (?) that my Garmin has lifetime maps and traffic for North America...but of course, MY mileage may vary.

Hope this somewhat helps.

Maybe your Garmin unit will work seamlessly for you in the Philippines.

Good luck

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 09:36 PM

I have used my phone with Google maps several times and always has been pretty good..

I tried Here maps once, was sort of ok, but google was better.

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 11:19 PM

Waze (phone app) is very popular here, most uber drivers use it. Has crowd sourced data (ie. crash, police etc) shows traffic congestion etc.

Just download from App Store and go.

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 12:28 AM

Waze (phone app) is very popular here, most uber drivers use it. Has crowd sourced data (ie. crash, police etc) shows traffic congestion etc.
Just download from App Store and go.
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Waze is very good, i didnt realise it worked outside of UK

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 01:23 AM

Both Waze and Google Maps work well in the Philippines. But are not perfect


The big issue I have had is not getting a mobile signal in some areas so can not set up a route (google maps lets you download maps in advance to get around this)

Both have sent me the wrong way down one way streets (google maps much worse here than waze)

Google maps has sent me down roads that you need a 4x4 to get down,


But generally to get around or between the major cities they both work fine. I normally use waze as I find its estimates of arrival time more accurate.

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 02:17 AM

If you have Garmin devices already, just download Philippine map onto a microsd card and put into your Garmin.


You can download maps from open street maps, google it.

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 02:49 AM

I use Waze in Manila and if out of GPS signal go with MapFactor Navigator on my phone which is using Open street maps as well.


Been using Sygic years ago but the app started crashing after Kit Kat.

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 03:11 AM

I use Waze although as it relies on you having a data signal it can be problematic in the province.  In the city, however, it is superb.

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 04:18 AM

I bought a garmin and never use it these days. Always pics the longest and most convoluted route to get anywhere. I always use my phone and google maps which is vastly superior. The phone will drain fast, so have spare batteries or a spare phone.

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 08:29 AM

Best to just use an app for your phone.   I use Waze, and occasionally Google Maps.   I have a Garmin, that I have used in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Taiwan, and the Philippines.    In all locations, I stopped using it relatively quickly, and switched to phone apps.   The problem with Garmin, is that they don't update as often, they are not as easy to update, and often you have to pay for the updates.     Plus, you have to buy the maps for specific regions with Garmin.   With the phone apps, once it determines where you are through your GPS signal, the maps for your area are available.   

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 08:56 AM

I also use phone apps. I used Waze in the US but never tried it here.

Mostly I use 'maps.me' and 'map of philippines'. Both are on the Android play store, for free. I like the look and interface better on map of philippines, but I like the labels better on map.me.  Both of them rely on downloaded maps so no connection is needed, just gps signal.

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:45 AM

Google Maps works well if you have data. Hit or miss with the data, the local telco's coverage and performance is inferior (to just about every other telco in the region).
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 08:50 AM

I suggest to use the app maps.me that is free and it allows to use use offline maps

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:05 PM

The best two apps if you have data are Waze (for driving), and Google Maps (for walking).

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 06:15 PM

Thank you all.  Great advice.  Google maps and Waze it is.  

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 09:10 PM

The best two apps if you have data are Waze (for driving), and Google Maps (for walking).


I agree with that. I use Waze every time I drive in Manila and wouldn't be without it. In fact Manila has one of the highest number of Waze users anywhere in the world (about 12th position). There are often over 40,000 drivers simultaneously using Waze there.


Google definitely best for walking.


By the way, Waze is actually owned by Google.

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