The first time I actually known what brownouts were was when I was in the Philippines. Sure here in Malaysia blackouts do happen now and then and the worst were those during the night and you couldn't sleep due to the stuffy and hot room. But brownouts never chanced upon it before. So it was strange to see certain appliances working and others not, some plugs giving current and some not, fans working but at minimal speed and alternating houses with juice while others totally shut down. Luckily there was a generator at the Bolinao Marine Labs else things would be at a standstill.