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davewe last won the day on September 29 2016

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About davewe

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  • Birthday 01/22/1953

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    Valencia, Negros Oriental
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    Guitar making and playing, travel, technology, writing, blogging, jazz.

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  1. I am "going home" for a couple of weeks in June and have to say I am not looking forward to it. The country has changed and I have changed. The idea of "home" is a powerful one. I don't think you will ever adjust to a place as long as you think of another place as home. So I am returning to my country of origin for a couple weeks, but this is now home.
  2. Speaking of substandard plywood I bought a couple sheets of marine to make a bench top and a few simple woodworking jigs. Not only is the plywood nowhere near flat but it moves with the humidity. I asked a couple of Filipino guitar maker friends and they said it's just inferior ply and that they use MDF.
  3. Yep, payment was at City Hall. There is no question that we have gone from seeing no parking tickets issued to seeing them issued with regularity. The place where I was illegally parked often has a LTO guy hanging close by since it has been a common place for people to park. The truth is that while it is a PITA, ever since I got my ticket when I go to my bank I park elsewhere, which usually means a block or 2 walk - but that is no worse than what I would expect in the downtown area of my home country.
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    The right fit

    Extra large here is not the same as XL in the US. In point of fact Western sizing has changed over the years. My father was maybe 40-50 pounds overweight and back when I was a kid he had to go to the big and tall shops. Now a 38 inch waist is pretty much considered normal. So no, you will be waisting (pun intended) a lot of your time shopping for clothes to fit you in the Philippines. An XL shirt will not be what you think of as XL. The same is true in reverse in the US. My wife is a slender Pinay. A size small in the US did not fit her. She had to hope to find an XS or shop at stores that catered to teens (and they are getting bigger too). It took her a while to figure out that sizing in the US is at least one size different than in the Philippines. If you don't want to overpack my suggestion would be to wash clothes or pay someone to wash. That's a lot cheaper and easier to find than trying to find size 38 waisted stuff here. And bring your t-shirts and light shorts. Unless you're the rare individual that loves heat (and actually I do) you will not be wanting to break out the button down shirts and long pants here. I have a wedding to attend in a week and it will be the first time I will be wearing pants and a real shirt since I moved here 8 months ago - and I'm not looking forward to it!
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    Citizenship or Not

    My wife just completed the requisition of her Philippines citizenship. It was not that big a problem unless you consider going to Manila a pain.
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    First Parking Ticket

    Wife and I are driving to the bank the other day. For whatever reason I remarked that I had never seen anyone (Filipino or foreigner) receive a parking ticket here in Dumaguete. Back where I lived in the US you could go downtown and see ticket after ticket on windows, but not here. Parked next to the bank in a small area clearly marked no parking. I've been parking there (as do many others) every since we opened the bank account. Well you guessed it - we came out and there was a ticket on the window. As Janet read it I asked "how much." There was nowhere on the ticket it said the fine, just a notice in small print to handle it within 7 days at City Hall. I mentioned it on FB, I thought humorously. I was amazed at the comments about the authorities going after foreigners and wondering what percentage the police get. Monday I went to City Hall to take care of it. Found the desk for the tickets. Within 5 minutes I was done. Cost: 300P. I figure back in Portland that's the amount I would put in the meter just for the privilege of parking there.
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    Monthly meet up, Dumaguete

    Well here we all are, minus Steve!
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    Am i lucky or unlucky

    The truth is less important than you think and in fact gets you sucked in deeper. I assume that by definition most people in the Philippines need more money than they have but the truth of their situation is not relevant. What is relevant is the truth of what you and your wife have decided you are or are not willing to give or loan. Once you have drawn the line, not for other people, but for yourselves it might become a bit easier. If I had a relative that hadn't spoken to my wife in 9 months because the last time I was unwilling to shell out cash, then the subject of money would be off the table - forever. But that's just me. My wife is worse; she would yell at her for the nine months until she never spoke the word peso again. I'm not blaming you or Emma, but ultimately what you give or don't give is up to you and why or whether they are honest or complete liars is less important. Focus on the behaviors you can control (yours and your wife's) not the behaviors you cannot control. All this said I know it's tough and wish you guys well.
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    Monthly meet up, Dumaguete

    This Thurs. the 8th for a meet up or when?
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    Am I considered a senior in the Philippines?

    I usually don't care and normally don't need the benefit but on our recent trip to Thailand I took advantage of it twice. The first time at the Cebu airport where we knew the line for a taxi would take at least 1/2 hour. I asked the guy whether I could avail of the senior line and he said yes. So me and my 29 year old wife waited in the senior line and got a taxi within 5 minutes. A week later we were back in Cebu City at the South bus terminal waiting for the bus south with a very long line. Again I asked the guy if I could use the senior line and he said yes. The wife and I got out of the regular line and took a place in the senior line. Now the guy asked for my senior citizen card. The wife "fibbed" and said in Visayan that I hadn't been able to pick it up yet. Sure it was a lie but after I had politely asked and been told Ok and we had left our spot in the regular line, I was all for doing whatever it took to get on that bus. Now in either case, whether other people looked at us badly - well I'm not sure that I care. I have no problems if I am told that I am not eligible but have no problem at least asking the question. As far as lines at stores, I have done it a few times and most of those times either the checker or another customer encouraged me to get in the senior line. Perhaps I look like I am gonna kick off if I stay too long in the regular line.
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    PNP Internet Banking (or lack Of)

    Yes they have botIt took me a couple months to get the online working on my computer and still don't have the app working for my phone. One is better than none I suppose.
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    Getting Fat(er) and Happy(er) in Dumaguete

    I'm guessing Vira is a waitress there? We had a guy unfortunately.
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    Getting Fat(er) and Happy(er) in Dumaguete

    Went to Spice a few days ago and both of us had very good meals. We will be back!
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    Phil Post Package Process

    Sounds like a good strategy.
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    Phil Post Package Process

    "I had 2 packages coming from the US and one from China via Aliexpress. All three arrived within 24 hours of each other." 2+1 = 3 I think. Otherwise I'm very confused lol