How do you feel when everyday you have brown out?

@Bebs08 (10690)
United States
May 12, 2010 6:12am CST
This happened in the Philippines when I was there a month ago. Everyday is brown out sometimes 3 hours and there are times 5 hours. Which means no water too in some areas if there is brown out. If you are using electricity for cooking, you can not cook. If you have a dental appointment, it is really scary when at the middle of your treatment the light will be out. It is very uncomfortable, but am sure for those people who are used to no electricity there is no problem with them. What about you? how do you feel when there is always black out in your area? I really don't like it specially when it is summer time.
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@salonga (28009)
• Philippines
13 May 10
I am glad that the routine brownout has been solved. We used to experience a daily hour or two brownout some few weeks before the election and it was really hard. It made us all useless all the time there was no electric power and so productivity went down. We could not work anymore in the office because everything is being run by electricity. I think if the brownout would be for the whole day we will have to just all go back home than waste our time. It is impossible to work when it is hard and no gadgets to use. Even at home, brownout is something I hate to experience especially during summertime like this. The heat will kill us if there is not aircondition or even electric fan. The tendency of the people is to go the mall where there are generators.
@salonga (28009)
• Philippines
13 May 10
I hope that despite the brownout you still enjoyed your vacation in our country? Did you have your husband with you? I presume you just went from one beach to another to enjoy your vacation.
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@Bebs08 (10690)
• United States
13 May 10
Oh yes I did enjoy my short stay in the Philippines. Actually it was not a vacation purpose. We joined the Mission trip of our church which we held in Cagayan de Oro city. After two weeks of our mission, We joined our families in different parts of Mindanao. Of course my husband was with me, He played music during the crusade. It was a nice experience for our American companions because they enjoyed the hospitality of the Filipinos. They only things they don't like are the heat, traffic and the noise. But am sure they had fun with their visit.
@Ronina (185)
• Philippines
13 May 10
Bebs08 what mission of the church are you referring?
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@kykidd (6820)
• United States
29 May 10
When I was in the Philippines last fall, there was a brown out as well. Fortunately, the hotel where I was staying had a generator, so I wasn't too aware of it. The only reason that I really knew, was because the phones were not working. Then I talked to the owner and the lady who worked at the front desk. They told me what had happened. It was very strange for me, as I live in a small town where this doesn't happen very often. I remember one time when I was in San Diego, and the power went out. It was at night, but I am used to sleeping with the television turned on. As soon as the power went out, I was aware of it. I was actually pretty scared. I had never been in this area before, and was thinking that maybe it would be like the horror stories you had heard about in the 1970's in New York City. I was very paranoid, but fortunately my sister and her husband were with me. My sister came in my room of the hotel that we were staying and calmed me down. Thank goodness for older sisters. LOL
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@Bebs08 (10690)
• United States
30 May 10
yeah, glad that we don't usually have it here in US. In the Philippines just this summer, is too awful. They always have black out every day. In some places, 5 hours everyday and in others 3 hours. This is because of the drought. It is really scary when it happened in the place you are not familiar with.
@kenites (337)
• Philippines
13 May 10
I hope it will not return because we have been experiencing brownouts for the past three months prior to the election day. We have a five hour rotational brownout in our area. It was so very irritating then because a lot of work will be suspended due to this problem. You cannot use your computer, you cannot use your tv, you cannot use the rice cooker and everything that needs electricity.What more is that the electric bill is not going down. I do hope that this problem is already solved.
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@Bebs08 (10690)
• United States
13 May 10
You are right!! it is very irritating when you can not do anything because of black out. Nothing!! that is why it is very uncomfortable when this happened everyday.
• Philippines
13 May 10
Brownout or blackout everyday? WTH! I cannot earn money online! Of course it is irritating specially if your bills in electricity increased by 20% with all those brownouts! We all hate brownouts but Philippines depends on hydroelectric power plants which cannot be used during summer so lets expect that summer time is the brownout season of the Philippines.
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@Bebs08 (10690)
• United States
13 May 10
Well, it usually does when the el ninio comes. But it is tolerable in some areas.
@Ronina (185)
• Philippines
13 May 10
The last time we experience brownout here in Davao City was May 5, 2010 and so far at this very moment we don't have a brownout as per advice of Davao Light and Power Co. Sometimes i feel disgusted especially when i am currently working in my computer and i forgot to save my work. Sometimes we feel happy because if the scheduled time of brownout between 3 o'clock to 5 o'clock we got to go home early. It is annoying if it is scheduled in the morning between 10 o'clock in the morning to 12 o'clock noon or 1 o'clock in the afternoon because it is so hot inside the office and it consumed all my energy.
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@Bebs08 (10690)
• United States
13 May 10
so you're from Davao? I was there in Davao last April and it is too hot day and night. Aside from the heat, it is too noisy too. The subdivision where my house was located is so noisy. Dogs, people selling things, kids crying, etc. It is very different here in US where I reside. The place is very quiet and cold.
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
13 May 10
The Philippines largely rely on hydro electric power for our electricity. The heat this summer affected a lot areas and almost dried up some of the rivers, if there's water it's no longer sufficient to generate enough electricity. That's why electric providers have to resort to other means like coal for their electricity needs. However not all places have this facility therefore they have to choice but to suffer rotating brownouts until the rains come. I guess there are places who are luckier than the others, for example, people in metro manila don't suffer as much as the people in mindanao as far as brown outs are concerned. The good thing is if you are in the rural area, you won't suffer from the heat as much as those who live in the urban areas. A lot of people have no choice but to adjust their lifestyle accordingly. So far, we only encountered one brown out last month but it was caused by a short circuit. I have to stay up all night just to fan the kids to sleep.
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@Bebs08 (10690)
• United States
13 May 10
yea, those who are residing in the provinces are not suffering too much compared to those who are living in the city.
• Philippines
13 May 10
I experienced the same problem too. Mostly, because I do reside permanently here. Here in this archipelago where usual brownouts occur. My problem is that, I can't study nor open my computer at night if brownouts where scheduled during the night. This happens due to the shortage of power supply cause by El Nino. It will come back soon to normal when rainy days come.
@Bebs08 (10690)
• United States
13 May 10
You are right!! but then, it is very uncomfortable when you are used having electricity every single day.
• Philippines
13 May 10
sucks big time. you're paying your bill on time and the service is not that good. the bill is very expensive. yet day cannot upgrade or maintain their facilities
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@Bebs08 (10690)
• United States
13 May 10
Well, the reason of having brown out is because of the drought. The water supply to run the electricity is almost dried that is why they want to minimize the usage of electricity to distribute to all consumers.
• Philippines
13 May 10
ofcourse i will have a very bad mood every brown out. because its very hot this summer.. and sometimes when its brown out here there is no water supply arggh.. its very irritating when brown out happens..
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@Bebs08 (10690)
• United States
13 May 10
Yeah, we experience that when we visit Philippines just few weeks ago. But when we are back in the US we are wearing coats and sock again because it is still cold.
@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
12 May 10
Hey Bebs! I don't know how the people in the Philippines are able to live like that. It must be very scary. I know that we are so used to having electricity all the time that when it does go out for even a short amount of time we really panic! And if it goes on for a day, we don't know what to do with ourselves! We usually have problems when the weather is really hot here in NY, but only once in awhile do we actually lose power or any long length of time! And as it gets closer to the hotter months of summer we will see what will happen!
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@Bebs08 (10690)
• United States
13 May 10
Not really scary but very hard and uncomfortable because we are used to have electricity. There was one time in Davao when the Electricity just went off and we have no water even a glass to use for drinking or cooking. we can not cook either because there's no electricity. And we waited for 5 hours before we can do something. That was very aggravating.
@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
12 May 10
well it is very hard, i didn't experience rotating brownouts but i experience a week of no electricty after a powerful storm. well it is really the fault of our government for doing nothing, they have predicted this will happen more than 10 years ago and in that time they did nothing. That is why this election is really crucial to us. the one thing i hate about brownouts is when your in a good part of a game or a film and then the electricity just shut offs and when is on again, the show is already gone. im in metro manila and we have no rotating brownouts here... i think your in the mindanao/visayas area am i correct?
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@Bebs08 (10690)
• United States
13 May 10
Yes you are correct. I was visiting Mindanao but I also stayed 2 days in Manila before we fly back to America. The same hot we experience in Mindanao and Manila and the traffic too. There's no black out in Manila when I was there anyway.