My greatest disappointment in the Philippines has been Halo Halo. It is visually so appealing and tempting. The reality is chipped ice and corn, neither of which has any place in a confection, IMHO. My second greatest disappointment, with greater consequences for my personal (dis)comfort is Philippine toilet seats. Can I not purchase a reliable exemplar of this basic comfort item for human posteriors anywhere? In North America, I never gave toilet seats a second thought. When one bought a house - there it was - complete with attached toilet. If one actually built a house, then one would actually have to purchase one. Once installed. that was it. Forever! Done! End of story! Next item. Not so here. In my six months of continuous residence, I seem to be the full-time support of the toilet seat industry. I have visited every major retailer in Dumaguete and received nothing but mounting disappointment. The plastic ones do not reliably fit together or critical joints fail in remarkably short order. Those with metal fittings are attached to materials doomed to disintegration. I had never experienced a paper toilet seat until my residence here. I simply could not believe it possible or morally conscionable to manufacture such a defective product. In those six months I'm now on my fourth toilet seat. It won't last until the end of February. The brass fittings are just fine. The seat and lid, which appeared to be wood are rapidly de-laminating. Another paper toilet seat! All this angst at a purchase price of 1K pesos! I'm becoming desperate. I can easily solve this problem with a purchase abroad. Twenty bucks Canadian will bring me a lovely Irish oak toilet seat. It will last my lifetime and beyond. The air shipment will run me about another hundred bucks but another daughter will remain unmarried and a son will forego tuition until the debt is liquidated. I'm trying hard not to lose faith in the ability of this nation to produce and market a reliable toilet seat. My only other alternative is to turn to stealth acquisition. If you see a longnose in your building with a screwdriver in his belt, a towel covered object under his arm and a smile on his face - you will know that I have struck. Please help to fight crime. Find me a toilet seat.