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Topic by lpuyod    |  last reply

how do I make juice bag strips for weaving?

I want to make a medium size bag from recycled juice by weaving it in the diagonal fashion (I think it is called plaiting), and I know that I will need weavers that are at least 25" long! So how do the weavers in the Philippines use small juice bags (recycled) to make the long weavers: I have a bag here from the Philippines and cant see any sign of overlapping or sewing!!! I have found photos on the internet of women weaving these bags and the weavers are LONG. I have practised on newspaper so the technique is there and my fingers are just ITCHING to weave with something a little more attractive!

Question by tofty    |  last reply

Wiring welder in the Philippines? ( 3 wire to 2 wire )

AI have a millermatic 211 which is a multi-voltage welder which I will be bringing to the Philippines. The adapter plugs are 5-15p (120v), and 6-50p (230v). Philippine electricity mains when I live are 220v single leg, with neutral. I am adding ground to both the Main panel and sub panel when I arrive, as most residential homes with a 2 wire system do not have them installed. According to the welder schematic  6-50p adapter configuration shows white, red, and green (ground) so goingfFrom a 3 wire US to 2 wire Philippine system is it proper to wire L1 to red, neutral to white and green to ground? 6-50 receptacle does not seem to incorporate a ground in typical installations????

Question by Antonioo35    |  last reply

Can you suggest an inventive instructable that can provide livelihood to agricultural communities in the Philippines? Answered

I'm a member of Jaycee International a leadership oriented organization and a participant in the local Rotary Clubs here in the Philipines. We are out to search for the project with the most community impact. Something that can provide enterprise and livelihood to 20,000 farmers in the Asian, tropical country like the Philippines, here in the island of Mindanao.

Question by mikedu    |  last reply

220v 3 wire to 220v 2 wire (USA to Philippines)

Hello all,  I'd like to purchase a welding machine in the USA and take it to the Philippines. My problem and hopefully solution is, USA use 2 legs of 110v for 220v appliances/machines. In the Philippines, voltage is 220v (single leg). So, If I have a single phase, 220v welder, can I cut the plug off, combine the two power legs and connect to the power in the Philippines? I hope I am able to articulate this question properly. Mig welders are not easily available over there. Thank you for anyone that can help

Question by TerryH74    |  last reply

live in the Philippines, where power outages occur.I need my nebulizer to be working. Answered

Would a compressed air cylinder work to power the nebulizer unit?

Question by robin yates    |  last reply

In Philippine law, is there anything concerning alternative currencies?

Google turns up null. I just want to know if there's any law or central bank policy regarding alternative currencies. (Just got interested because of all of the alternative currencies springing up all over the U.S.)

Question by nutsandbolts_64    |  last reply

can i even make that motion sensor even if im in the philippines?

Can i even make that motion sensor even if im in the philippines?

Question by shinra87    |  last reply

Where can you find a multi-tool in the Philippines? Answered

You see I live in the Philippines and I have no idea where to get a very very cheap multi-tool. The only hope I have is someone's selling one for 10 Pesos in a garage sale until someone here knows where to get a cheap one in this country.

Question by nutsandbolts_64    |  last reply

Official: Crucifixion is Unhealthy

Health officials in the Philippines have issued a warning to people taking part in Easter crucifixion rituals.They have urged them to get tetanus vaccinations before they flagellate themselves and are nailed to crosses, and to practise good hygiene.On Good Friday dozens of very devout Catholics in the Philippines re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.It is something that has become a huge tourist attraction, although the Church frowns on the practice.The health department has strongly advised penitents to check the condition of the whips they plan to use to lash their backs, the Manila Times newspaper reports.They want people to have what they call "well-maintained" whips.In the hot and dusty atmosphere, officials warn, using unhygienic whips to make deep cuts in the body could lead to tetanus and other infections.And they advise that the nails used to fix people to crosses must be properly disinfected first. Often people soak the nails in alcohol throughout the year.Every Good Friday, in towns across the Philippines, people atone for sins or give thanks for an answered prayer by re-enacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. I'm sorry? But when did anybody think that being nailed to a lump of timber, hung out in the sun and flagellated was a safe pastime?BBC LinkPhilippine Department of Health

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

Indonesia Language

Anyone need help for any indonesian language, please ask here. i'm an Indonesian chinese who live in philippines right now, if anyone ever wonder or like to learn, i will help you.

Topic by ularkusut    |  last reply

How do you concentrate citric acid? Answered

I'm making this thing, and I was wondering if concentrating the citric acid (from calamansi (Philippine lemon)) would increase output. My friend suggested boiling it, but is there any other easy way of concentrating it? If not, then let boil.... For the meantime I'll boil it to check if it works. If results come back positive, I'll delete this question. If results come back negative, I'll let this question float around instructables for a while. (Please do help me in putting this in the right category)

Question by nutsandbolts_64    |  last reply

how open mobile phones to any networks?

My mobile is a single network subscriber i want it to be opened to any network so that i can change sim cards for corresponding networks in my country ,Philippines.

Question by jovenhatsjr    |  last reply

is it possible to make a home built hall effect sensor?

Im from the philippines, and i cant seem to find a hall effect sensor anywhere here, does anyone know how to build their own hall effect sensor?

Question by dale_alvarez2007    |  last reply

Learn Filipino or Translate Filipino to English and Vice Versa

Magandang araw sa inyo! - Good morning guys! Want to learn Tagalog or Filipino? This is helpful if you want to visit my lovely country the Philippines! You can message me or use my contact details if you want to learn English or you want to be my friend. If you're planning to visit the Philippines don't forget to contact me so you're not alone when you're in my country. I am willing to help! (If I'm not busy). My Contact Details: Email: Facebook: Twitter: @waren_gonzaga Instagram: @waren_gonzaga Patreon: Comment down your questions, thoughts, opinion or what ever you have. Thank you!

Topic by WarenGonzaga  

How do I rewind 220 volt transformers and motors for 110 VAC?

I have some devices from overseas that are 220 vac and would like to rewind them for use with 110 vac. In the Philippines, where we were they repair, rewind and recycle nearly everything.

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The Assault Umbrella

This umbrella is so tough you can stand on it, destroy scary watermelons with it and even use it in a bit of self-defense. Apparently these are used in the Philippine Secret Service who are happy with their $180 umbrellas.Gotta love the video, though. Seeing this guy take out the watermelon in what seems like a serious parody of Gallagher is awesome. Link

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply

saltwater battery for R/C boat in saltwater? Answered

I Based it here:  My plan is to put an exposed carbon electrode and an Aluminum Foil at the seawater while traveling to make it as the boat's battery  my problem is will I get Thousands of Volts that can be deadly or will i get just what I need  if the result is thousands of volts its the electric solution at some of the provinces here at the Philippines Thank you! -E

Question by crazy lazy man    |  last reply

how do you make homemade flux???

I saw the instructable about making flux out of pine cones but i have a problem: WTH do i get pine cones in a tropical country??? I did some research and found out hydrochloric acid is a component in some fluxes out there. I wonder if i can use lemons, an abundant supply in the form of calamondins here in the Philippines. EDIT: it's for soldering

Question by beehard44    |  last reply

Receiving my prize from 3d design contest

So won a runner up prize in 3d design, I live in the philippines and I usually ship th prize to my uncles johnny air account I do this because I am not sure what carrier instructables use to ship the prizes and the priority of the package itself I was just wondering if anyone could answer my question... 1. Does instructables ship via FedEx? And if so what shipping priority is used    

Topic by treyes4    |  last reply

Is there in a way an Inspiron Dell Latop can be reformat w/out it's own drivers any more? Answered

A few years back my sister gifted me with an Inspiron Dell Laptop it was so good but two years ago suddenly it was infected with virus and brought it to some technicians here in Philippines, but they say that we have to order a new memory but to no avail. They tried using some drivers but it doesn't work til i happen to open an account here in Instructable and make this question hoping any one can help me.

Question by jovenhatsjr    |  last reply

I have COPD and need O2 at home.How to lift cylinders up using the outside wall.House is reinforced concrete Answered

The delivery guy says he needs help to get my cylinders up my stairs, which is a very fair comment.I live in the Philippines where a block a nd tackle are unknown!I guess an electric motor with a cable is the answer.I am not a technical sort so help me please, thank you                 the picture shows the layout but where the cylinders go is to the right.I will remove 2 balustrades for cylinders.

Question by robin yates    |  last reply

woven bamboo subsititute for fiberglass cloth

I spent a lot of time in the Philippines and saw that they use woven bamboo mats to make the walls of houses. While at the hardware store I saw fiberglass resin and remembered the article about the guy and the bambo bike. This got me to thinking if there was a way to use woven bamboo mats as a subsitute for fiberglass cloth. Mainly because I am cheap and not for environmental concerns. maybe hand woven bamboo mats laminated together for plywood, or use as a boat hull? maybe housing material?

Topic by KungFuChicken    |  last reply

How to make newspaper pencils? Answered

I recently bought newspaper pencils here in the Philippines and ever since i bought that, i wondered how you make those. the treesmart(R) website showed them slicing newspapers, dipping them in a "secret" solution, wrapping them and oven drying the pencils. i was wondering what is the solution that i can make (is it just glue with water) and can i just leave it out to dry. P.S. the best question is actually lemonie's reply to my reply to his post. kthx

Question by beehard44    |  last reply

Equipment tracking using RFID

Hello there. I have this project where i intend to track down equipments entering and leaving the room. My first problem is im a newbie to Arduino and i don't have any clue on where to start.  I've already installed the software but i dont know what to do. Anyone who can help me? Or can anyone give me the code on how my Arduino will connect to my RFID reader? THANKS A LOT. By the way, im using Aceduino - an Arduino clone here in the Philippines.

Topic by Estela Alano    |  last reply

best way or method to activate LED lights from a maximum of hundred meters away.

I have this project study on how to install, LED on a board as an indicator that a machine in the production line has fault. Since the production line has many machine and cell, its more convenient to install a wireless or activation through frequency. The board will be installed at the Techinician station then a switch in the production line that will activate it. I'm here in the philippines and in our plant we use two power supply (110 v and 220v), its better if it the switch will be plugged to 110v. Please advise for any information how to do it. Thanks

Question by zalcruz    |  last reply

Violin tuning issue: Don't know how to tune D string Answered

I know how to tune everything but the D string. I keep going up and down with the fine tuning, but to no avail. Here's what I've got: -Violin is made in China, but it's somehow better and lasted longer than most violins here in the PH (Philippines) -I have a pitch pipe to assist in tuning, but when I hit D, it's somehow muffled (in a way) and I can't hear it clearly, so I can't differentiate between what I'm playing on D at the moment, and the pitch pipe output.

Question by nutsandbolts_64    |  last reply

Silver wire vs. Platinum wire for Hydrogen Fuel Cells

I understand that most proof-of-concept hydrogen fuel cells on instructables use platinum wire. Can I use silver-coated wire in place of it, or rather, just any wire? Platinum wires aren't exactly readily available here in the Philippines, and I just want a good proof-of-concept hydrogen fuel cell that's cheap to produce. The silver-coated wire I'm referring to appears to be some sort of jewelry wire. I'm also wondering as to why most people would use platinum wire (is there a special property platinum possesses that other metals don't?). If I can't use platinum wire, then what can I use? Something preferably cheap and over-the-counter.

Question by nutsandbolts_64    |  last reply

help with changing transformer output of 8.5VAC 1200mA to 9VDC 1000Ma.

Howdy folk,    The Problem; I need some experienced assistance with changing the output of a transformer from 8.5VAC @1200ma to 9VDC @1000ma. Thanks in advance for any & all assistance.    The Back Story; The left channel went out in my PC speakers, which is designed for 230VAC, I had to destroy the woofer case to get to the transformer, and discovered that it outputs 8.5VAC @1200ma. I have another set of PC speakers (different manufacturer) that takes US voltage (110v) and steps it down to 9VAC @1000ma. I must first plug that transformer into a 100watt 230>110 step down (because I'm currently in the Philippines) and I want to get at least one transformer out of the "equation". I would just buy another system set up for local voltage, but I'm on a fixed income (until I can return to the States) that prohibits this avenue. I CAN afford some small components, but that's about it. Thanks again for any help. -Z-

Topic by Zclip    |  last reply

The Information Revolution -- Perhaps we're too connected?

Being a target victim of a hacker, I suddenly came up with an emergency protocol (Emergency Protocol 06) which involves computer scans, network disconnection, pass code implementation, security questions etc. Now several hours afterwards, I started to think about the dangers of the information highway, as perhaps we're speeding a bit too fast, end up in a high-speed crash and all that. Then after that, I asked myself, "What if this highway were to blow up?". That being the crashing / destruction of all or at least most of the servers in the world. All of the information, connections, gone. Sure, the satellites serve as a sort of backup cable, but really, it's not enough for the world to use. Hell, the only reason the Philippines has any internet is one, tiny, undersea cable from Japan. Not exactly tiny, but it's the reason why our "fast speeds" are just painstakingly slow to the more developed countries. This is more of a survival question, after a post... post... I don't know. Won't be really post-apocalyptic, but it is suckish and all communications gets cut around the world. If it were to happen, what will you do? Oh yeah, don't post stuff like "that's impossible" or improbability whatnot. It's a theoretical situation that is highly unlikely to happen, but if it were to be...

Topic by nutsandbolts_64    |  last reply

Hackduino-like thing help!? Answered

First a little background to help you understand whats going on... I live in the Philippines, i grew up here and part of my hobby is Electronics. I usually scrounge up parts due to the fact that parts are kinda outta my reach and it's a shame to let all that money go to waste when i can find salvaged parts. Recently, i got the idea of programming and searched around 'ibles for pojects on TI's MCUs. Finding none, i thought it wouldn't be worth the effort to try to program one of these with lack of info so i thought "what about the arduino?". Arduinos are kinda popular here but one thing sets me back. Getting one. So since my mom won't let me get an arduino (i'm a High school student), i need to resort to making one. Most of my sample requests from Atmel have been denied so it's time to quit being a cheapskate just for arduino! (and for science yay!) I sourced some parts, haven't bought the most important ATmega328 (it's kinda big but better get it than upgrading) and i'm starting to prepare. I read the HackDuino and i just need some help and info such as: * How do i make an arduino using common electronic parts? * What schematic will i use that will allow me to upload using a serial port? * How will i prepare the chip without another arduino? (I heard about bootloaders and stuff) I have lots of questions, but if you know some arduino tips and facts, you may throw it in Thanks in advance

Question by beehard44    |  last reply

Coin Slot to Arduino... Need Help. What to do?

Hey guys, been doing one of the project in instructables w/c is this Interfacing a Coin Slot to a Arduino. Read and done the instructions provided in the project. But there seems to be a problem bec. i can't seem to get the desired output. I have a Coin Slot w/c was already set to 3 different types of coins (P1, P5.00, P10.00)(Philippine Coins) Set it up according to the instructions of the project, "COIN" white wire connected to pin2 (interrupt pin 0) of the arduino, common ground connection of the arduino and the coin slot (12V), and for an easy way to see the output i put up 3 LEDs on pin8, pin9, and pin10. This is the code i used, (modified)(original comments still there) -- const int coinInt = 0; //Attach coinInt to Interrupt Pin 0 (Digital Pin 2). Pin 3 = Interrpt Pin 1. volatile float coinsValue = 0.00; //Set the coinsValue to a Volatile float //Volatile as this variable changes any time the Interrupt is triggered int coinsChange = 0; int OneLed = 8; int FiveLed = 9; int TenLed = 10; //A Coin has been inserted flag void setup() {   pinMode(OneLed, OUTPUT);   pinMode(FiveLed, OUTPUT);   pinMode(TenLed, OUTPUT);   Serial.begin(9600);                 //Start Serial Communication      attachInterrupt(coinInt, coinInserted, RISING);   //If coinInt goes HIGH (a Pulse), call the coinInserted function //An attachInterrupt will always trigger, even if your using delays } void coinInserted()    //The function that is called every time it recieves a pulse {   coinsValue = coinsValue + 1;  //As we set the Pulse to represent 5p or 5c we add this to the coinsValue   coinsChange = 1;                           //Flag that there has been a coin inserted } void loop() {   if(coinsChange == 1)          //Check if a coin has been Inserted   {    if (coinsValue == 1)     {        digitalWrite(OneLed, HIGH);        delay(1000);        digitalWrite(OneLed, LOW);     }     else if (coinsValue == 5)     {        digitalWrite(FiveLed, HIGH);        delay(1000);        digitalWrite(FiveLed, LOW);     }     else if (coinsValue == 10)     {        digitalWrite(TenLed, HIGH);        delay(1000);        digitalWrite(TenLed, LOW);     } //Print the Value of coins inserted   coinsChange = 0;   } } -- Rather than using microsoft express, i wanted to use simple LEDs on pin8, pin9, and pin10 to indicate if the program read the input correctly. after doing the wiring, and coding in the arduino, i tested to see if it would work. NONE of the LEDs light up after inserting coins on the coinslot. Need Help! :X

Question by Gedon    |  last reply

Update on International Entries in Instructables Contests

We have greatly expanded the list of eligible countries that can participate in our contests!! To find all the eligible countries see below (Eligibility as of 11/16/2015). A small percentage of our contests will be limited to 14 countries (Limited Contests) so make sure to check the rules before entering. Contests rules will not retroactively be changed. Eligibility as of 11/16/2015 THE CONTEST IS OPEN ONLY TO NATURAL PERSONS WHO, AT THE TIME OF ENTRY, ARE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE SITE, WHO ARE AT LEAST THIRTEEN (13) YEARS OLD (FIFTEEN [15] YEARS OLD FOR RESIDENTS OF NORWAY AND EIGHTEEN [18] YEARS OLD FOR RESIDENTS OF GERMANY), AND NOT RESIDENTS OF ANY COUNTRY SUBJECT TO A US TRADE EMBARGO (AS OF APRIL 2014 NORTH KOREA, SYRIA, SUDAN, CUBA AND IRAN) AS WELL AS: BRAZIL, ITALY, ARGENTINA, TURKEY, ROMANIA, POLAND, OR THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, CANADA. Limited Contests: Eligible countries include: US, UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada (excluding Quebec), China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland. ___________________________________________________ UPDATE 7/25/2012: Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland are now eligible for all contests!  We've updated the rules to make this clear.  More countries coming as fast as we can. --Christy Broadly, there are two types of contests: games of skill and games of chance. Most of our contests are games of skill because they are judged, but we have occasionally run games of chance (random winner in a contest, random commenter wins a prize, etc..). Both types are regulated, sometimes stringently, across the world. As an independent entity, we may have been violating the contest and gaming laws in every country on the planet except the US. While ignorance of the law isn't an acceptable reason to violate it, I did not spend the time to understand and comply with every country's contest laws. Without locations across the world, the potential for enforcement of laws I didn't know about was low. We are now part of an international company, and the potential for enforcement is real. Complying with laws is not a drag! It's what sustainable businesses that expect to be around for a long time do! If you are upset about this, before you complain here, please write or call your representative, member of parliament, or dictator and ask them to simplify contest law in your country. The easier to understand your country's contest laws, the faster we can open our contests to you, and comply with your country's laws. Remember, obeying the law is what good websites do! Autodesk is not trying to destroy the Instructables community by reducing the number of entrants to our contests; in fact, they're very concerned about the issue. We are trying to make sure we obey all the laws of all the countries where we operate. We are simultaneously working to understand the laws of more countries so we can legally run contests in more areas. The terms and conditions of our contests are now in full compliance with the requirements of the US and Canada, except Quebec. Doing so required many hours of me talking to lawyers, and very large costs. I have sorted the countries we will work on next by where our traffic comes from, and where past winners and entrants have come from. For reference: Top 10 Countries by traffic: US - open UK - open Canada - open (minus Quebec) Australia - open India - open Germany - open Philippines Brazil Mexico France Top 10 Countries by winners and entrants: US - open Canada - open UK - open Australia - open Netherlands - open Germany - open New Zealand - open Argentina Colombia - open India - open The rules for games of skill and games of chance are drastically different. I foresee a situation where there are countries in which we can run one type of contest, but not the other. Since we don't collect your country of residence during registration, our method of determining who is eligible is based on where a winner wants us to ship a prize. Obeying laws is not a drag, but this is a tricky situation. I'll concede that you might view this as a bait and switch: we should have fully understood the contest laws of any country where we wanted to encourage DIY through our contests before allowing entrants from those countries. Instead, we allowed everyone, and now have to pause until I can talk to more lawyers. For that I apologize. Fixing this is one of our top priorities.  Even yesterday, I discussed how to get the UK and Australia added to the approved list, and we'll work from there.

Topic by ewilhelm    |  last reply

And now I shall bore you with details of my vacation.

Yes, I know, everyone likes to talk about their vacations and nobody wants to hear about them, kind of like dreams. Must be a quirk in the human conditions. So read on, or not. My wife decided she wanted to go on a cruise, now I had prejudged cruising and had no desire to ever go on one. But she searched around and found one that had a fishing in Key West excursion to convince me to go. Well she planned the whole thing, did all the work and really made the vacation happen. There was one small moment when we decided to cancel the cruise for financial reasons (her transmission went out) but discovered we were one day past the cancellation deadline, so we must have been destined. So anyways, on with the vacation. On the first day we drove down to Miami, about four hours, not to bad. We were so early that we decided to visit Fairchild Tropical Garden. Fairchild is a must see for those with a horticultural bent, eighty some odd acres of lush tropical gardens, though I still felt it wasn't quite as nice as Leu Gardens here. We had lunch at the garden before proceeding to the hotel. We stayed at the Holiday Inn, cheap but surprisingly clean with a friendly staff, and a view of the port. Unfortunately my wife became ill from the lunch, and I don't mean just a little ill, but the throwing up out both ends ill. She was so sick that she was curled up in bed crying. We thought we might have to cancel the cruise. But I loaded her up with acidophilus capsules and a dose of a medicine I take for a condition I have and told her we would decide come morning. Come morning she was feeling better but weak, so we decided we'd continue on with the expedition. That brings us to day two. Getting on the boat is similar to boarding the airplane with one noticeable difference, Port security is infinitely more professional than airport security. We only made one mistake, we didn't check our bags. Since you can board hours before the rooms are ready we were stuck with our luggage. There was a moment of Zen when we boarded, they greet you with food and drinks in an atmosphere of sybaritic luxury, but since it was Christmas they were playing music, the song they were playing when we boarded was 'Do They Know It's Christmas'. The rest of the day is exploring the ship and discovering I get seasick, yea! Day Three Nassau, we have swimming with stingrays and snorkeling planned, afterwards we plan on visiting Ardastra Gardens on our own. Swimming with stingrays was pretty cool, and I enjoyed the snorkeling, my wife who doesn't care for the ocean spent her time sunbathing. Eventually that planned excursion was over but we never got to the garden, I was too darned tired from swimming for three hours and my wife was sunburnt. So, back to the cruise ship to do what else, but eat. Day four Cococay, Royal Caribbean's private island, I have snorkeling planned, my wife has sunbathing. Now, admittedly, we're here at the discretion of the cruise line, so the snorkeling area is prescribed, but it's not bad, there's an area of about 1/2 an acre inside a breakwater and about 5-8 acres outside the breakwater. But here's the interesting thing, of all the people snorkeling, only 5 went outside the breakwater! Which means we each had an acre or more to ourselves (there was an additional area that was closed due to the currents). I did find two 'artifacts' while snorkeling here, the first was a dive glove, so I kept that as a 'trophy', the second, I was snorkeling in about 20 feet of water and spotted a distinctly man made object, a doughnut shape, so I swam down and dug up a bottle top, but not just any bottle top but the top of a pre-civil war 'case' Gin bottle. I though that was pretty cool. Now I've considered the idea that the area was 'salted' but I can't quite believe they would 'salt' with broken glass. So I think it was a genuine find. I, of course, returned it to where I found it after taking a picture. Day five Key West, I'm really in a bad mood this morning, because we have to do a 'papers please' inspection with ICE, but then it gets MUCH worse. There's an envelope under the door, my fishing trip has been canceled, lack of participants, the minimum was 5 people, I'm the only one who signed up. Anyways, wise to the ways of Gov't, I convince my wife to show up early for the immigration control, reasoning that 'It's better to be 15 minutes early and wait 30 minutes, than be 15 minutes late and wait 3 hours', guy looks at my ID, asks where I was born, they punch my Seapass (onboard ID/CC). So we go looking for another excursion, my wife wants me to go Kayaking, but I'm seriously exhausted from the past two days of snorkeling. So we decide the Butterfly Conservatory and the Aquarium are where we'll go. The Butterfly conservatory was beautiful, with dozens of species flying everywhere, landing on you and a selection of birds thrown in for good measure, The aquarium, well, umm, geez, I don't want to be mean, but I wouldn't go back. After that we walked around and enjoyed the architecture and visited the Mel Fisher Museum since I was hooked on books about treasure hunting as a kid (I have a metal detector, the most valuable object I ever found was my wife's wedding ring several weeks after she lost it.) And then back to the boat for more eating. Last day, they get you off the ship early, here, you don't want to check your luggage, if you do, you don't get off until they let you, if you carry your luggage, you can get off the ship first thing at 7:30 am. So once we're off the ship all that is left is the customs and the drive back. Customs was nothing, you hand a guy a form and you are done. The drive back was mostly uneventful until the last rest stop, then, of course, the truck won't start. Well it will start, but it's stumbling and sound like only one bank of cylinders are firing, in desperation I stand on the gas and it picks up, think that last fill up had water in it. I baby it the rest of the way home by drafting behind a truck and keeping to 65 and, obviously, we get home. So, goods, bads, and impressions The goods. The ships are insane about cleanliness these days, I noted that there was one individual who seemed to do nothing but wipe the stair handrails with disinfectant continually. The service was impeccable. The food was variable, but it varied from just good to fantastic, it was always hot and fresh, and you never saw the same item twice. The room also had a revolving menu of movies to watch, so I finally got to see Wall-e. The Steward cleans the room twice a day and turns down your bed while you are at dinner. The excursions take a lot of the 'what do you want to do? I don't know, what do you want to do?' out of the trip. And the room was surprisingly quiet. The bad, I realize that the excursions are done through independent contractors and therefore they are not the ones who canceled my excursion, but they could have informed me before hand that there was the possibility that it would be canceled. They push the drinks and the pictures, learn to say no. During the life boat drill the videographer comes up and says 'Can I get a wave from everybody?' and I turned to him and said 'No', he came back with 'Are you kidding me?' and I said 'I can't speak for all these people, but I'm NOT waving' LOL, he walked off. The elevators are slower than hell, if you use them, you will spend half your cruise waiting, use the stairs. Also there are six elevators amidships, three port, three starboard, when you push the elevator button, it only summons the three elevators on the side you push! Poor design, you can cut down the waiting by pushing the button on one side and quickly walking over and pushing the other button, but, of course, you have now tied up two elevators and are increasing others waiting times. Also, no one tells you that you will suffer dizziness after the cruise, both my wife and I have been having dizzy spells and a search shows it is pretty common. Oh, and I used a Walgreens waterproof disposable for the snorkeling, since you don't see any of those pix, you can guess how well it worked. Impressions Cruises are not for xenophobes! Not just the mix of passengers, but the crew is from all over the world, and I like that when they introduce themselves it was often 'Hello, I'm Melvin from the Philippines.' And as a member of the IBWF I enjoyed the diversity. The formal dining was assigned seating, but we only did it once, I was actually a little uncomfortable with the level of service, three waiters for two people? I'm not used to that. Lastly, tipping is expected, I feel that it should be included in the price of the cruise, so we did the pre paid tips, so we wouldn't have to deal with it. And finally, the myth of the 'ugly American' is just that, a myth, what I learned is that ALL tourists are 'Ugly' So, in Ebay speak, A++++++ Would Cruise again. If you read this far, you deserve a drink.

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