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MacBubba last won the day on August 5 2014

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  1. Use The Power Of The Forum

    Group health insurance would serve a need.
  2. Durian: Fruit or Chemical Weapon

    Haven't had the fruit. Have had the shake, which tasted like onions, so held no appeal for me. However, as a pastillas (not the cheap durian candy that is commercially available), it is among the best. It added a depth of flavor to an otherwise very sweet milky substance.
  3. I checked with my wife about the word "sakto". "Sakto" is derived from exacto. Exacto means exactly right. She has been away from the Philippines for a long time, and thinks that "sakto", having evolved as slang, may have broadened its meaning also to describe a size that is "just right", not too big and not too small. Exacto is what you say when a person you have given instructions to, repeats what you just said. If he gets it verbatim, you say "exacto". As an adjective for measuring size or quantity, if you have just enough material to make a dress of a certain size or length, you say "exacto lang" and breathe a sigh of relief. If you are trying to fill a container and you nearly fill it, you say "halos exacto" or almost exact. To her "halos exacto" seems to bear the closest resemblance to "sakto", which is "good enough". If it were "exacto", it would be perfect.
  4. American vs. British English

    My wife bemoans this. A very big peeve for her. She won't even watch Filipino programs because of this.
  5. Thanks for the cab info. We'll give them a try in May. Did you ever try Uber while in Metro Manila?
  6. Happy Birthday Queenie!

    Happy Birthday, Queenie!!!
  7. She does the planning and the contingency planning, which we discuss at length. Same page, and all that. Makes for fewer arguments when we share the same goals and keep those in sight. Personal freedoms are available to both of us, but never abused. That's because we truly do prefer each other's company and really are the best of friends. So, who calls the shots? I would say that most of the time, she does. She does it well, so no qualms from me.
  8. question about language

    Kuya is generally a term used to refer to an older male. Some might use it loosely to refer to someone of a higher rank (in which case "sir" would be more suitable), but as a rule, be careful not to use Kuya with someone younger, lest he take offense. I think "Ading" is more Ilocano than Tagalog.
  9. Do You Ever Get Homesick?

    I am "homesick" for the buffets in Manila. We will be there in the Philippines in November, with the last 5 days spent in Manila. We will bypass our regular buffets (Vikings, Buffet 101 and Dad's), and try Spiral (in Sofitel Hotel, with an incredible cheese room) and Alba (Spanish buffet). Yes, I am a Canadian whose home is in Toronto, but I think of the Philippines as home as well.
  10. Davao----------Cebu

    When we were in Manila last year, I saw that uber choppers were to be available some time soon.
  11. Recipes ?

    You would never say that about my wife. There is a 100-item food and drink challenge out there, and she's had all but 5: squirrel meat, snake meat, dandelion wine, umeboshi (a kind of Japanese plum), and phaal (the hottest Indian curry). She has a fair idea of where to get the first 4, but the 5th one just eludes her. She's phoned Indian restaurants all over Toronto, and the folks she has spoken with have never even heard of phaal. The only restaurant she has found that does serve it is in New York. The umeboshi, she may have already had, but she's not sure.
  12. Well That was Funny!

    Great attitude! Just reading about your ordeal got me all worked up! I hope that when it's my turn to go through hoops like that, I will be just as gracious.
  13. While on the subject of food in the Philippines.

    Traditional Chinese lauriats are still done that way, if the hosting family is Chinese (which we are not). We know to expect it, but we still grumble in silence. Be it in the Philippines or here in Toronto, each time we arrange for a lauriat, we always ask for the rice to be served after the soup, along with 2 entrees. The noodles can be served two courses after that. By the time we get to the 8th course, we usually need to ask them to bring out more rice, to eat with the courses still to follow.
  14. While on the subject of food in the Philippines.

    I am married to someone who never leaves home without hand sanitizers and wet naps. Anytime she touches anything that is borderline questionable, out come the wipes or the squeeze bottle. She carries some tissue too, but that's more my department.
  15. I was thinking along the same lines. Meals cooked at home are served hot, when only a few dishes are served. For parties where eight or more dishes are served, it gets tricky, unless each dish is served in its own heated chafing dish. Chafing dishes cause a different issue - food must be periodically stirred, or else the food at the bottom gets crusty.