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  1. Beer & Coca-Cola???

    Back in mid 80’s, when I was based in Germany, I was in Hamburg and got introduced to a drink called “Alster Wasser” (the Alster, a tributary of the Elbe I think, is one of the main rivers flowing thru the city). It was about one third “lemonade” soda (7up) and two thirds beer. It was quite good. Here in the Phil’s I’ve mixed 7up (or Sprite, but I prefer 7up) and Red Horse. Also quite good - cuts the bitterness of the RH.
  2. deportation of foreigners

    Whether or not a person is guilty is really irrelevant. Under current law in most civilized countries they are entitled to legal defense and presumed innocent until convicted. If they cannot afford it, then they are appointed a public defender by the court. If I read correctly the OZ government has, in a manner of speaking, extended that right to one of its citizens. I too think Scully should is guilty and should be given the worst possible punishment imaginable (if he hasn’t already - I haven’t keep up on his case). But when it comes to a legal defense, even for someone who committed monstrous acts, where where do you draw the line? Should a person’s rights be circumvented or denied just because of the nature of their crime? Should only those who can afford legal council be granted a trial? What about the rest of the people? And just to keep on topic, I would hope that someone accused of committing an act that could get them deported would have a chance to defend themselves. And not after the fact by appealing to be removed from the blacklist as is stated in the news articles.
  3. Help

    I use an app on my iPhone called Tiny Scanner, cost was onky a few dollars. I’m not sure if it’s available for Android, but am sure there is something similar. When taking a photo of a document it’s the same as scanning it. You can save it as a .pdf, email it to yourself then use Adobe’s PDF editor to edit it. In my experience editing text on .jpg using photo shop, paint or similar photo editing tool is cumbersome. I could never get the font type or size the same.
  4. Maid to order, but double ordered!

    @ OMW - Agree with Old55 and with Clermont. A deal is a deal. It sounds like C is known in your area, so just think of the chismis she will spread if you break your word. Plus she’s likely counting on having the job and you never know how someone will react, so why take the chance.
  5. A few years ago I had a similar issue with mine. Trapped and killed them, then cleaned inside with amonia (I also sprayed some into all the compartments as well as the nooks and crannies). Amonia is very effective at cleaning their droppings and eliminating their pheromone trails. I then put some moth balls into the side compartments and around the inside (open all cabinets, closets and drawers). No more issues with rodents and the moth balls are effective for months. When I’m ready to use my RV I open all my windows, turn roof vent exhaust fans to high, dispose of the moth balls, spray some air freshener (like Frebreze) and let it air out for a few hours. Since you have a dog (and for those with kids) I’d suggest putting the moth balls into small plastic containers and punching a few pencil sized holes in the top.
  6. deportation of foreigners

    I'm sure they would have left with empty pockets. Perhaps you forgot they would have had to pay steep uhm ..... "fines"!
  7. deportation of foreigners

    That brings up a good point. I wonder if any those who were banned had been drunk when they passed thru immigration? About 3 years ago I traveled to Manila via Korea. A group of younger Korean men were on board and I think they drank the plane dry of every alcoholic beverage on board. Needless to say, by the time we landed they all appeared to be quite drunk and a few were rather boisterous. As I was one of the first passengers off the plane I breezed right thru immigration and was out of the terminal by the time they made it there (carry on bags only). I would not be surprised to learn if they gave the immigration officers a hard time and joined the group of those who have been banned / blacklisted.
  8. Real Dairy ( Cow ) Milk

    I think you hit the nail on the head with that statement. Many ppl here don’t even have refrigerators or if they do then they tend to be smaller ones. Hence the small “single use” cartons of milk. I also notice many ppl here use powdered milk as they can mix only what’s needed. In addition, a lot of sorry sorry stores as well as other small businesses turn off their refrigerators when they are closed.
  9. Orchids in my garden

    In case you are still looking (or anyone else too) is looking for orchids as well as other types of plants I found a few vendors along the Cebu Transcentral Hwy that have a large and varied selection. Of course YMMV. Recently while traveling back from Moalboal (due to construction delays on the south coastal road I took the "long way") we came across about a dozen or so plant vendors along the road. A couple of them had very nice selections of orchids. Prices seemed reasonable (not sure if long nose tax was added) - from around 200 pesos to around 1,500 - 1,800 for the older, large and well established orchids. Sorry, no photos as it was getting dark and it was raining a bit - plus I just didn't think of taking any. But I did note the distance from Cebu City - heading away from Cebu City they are located about 14.5km from the intersection of Salinas Dr.
  10. Brand Bananas

    Rustans in Ayala often have them, but seems like out of stock on many items now that the Metro is shut down due to the fire. Might also try Landers, think I’ve seen them there too. But don’t hold me to it, I usually buy the local ones.
  11. Welcome to the forum - lots of advice already posted here about the building process in various areas. Just take some time and search. Have you considered knocking on the doors of some of those large and beautiful homes and politely asking who their architects / general contractors are? And what, if any, issues they encountered during the building process.
  12. Sorry to hear it has not been resolved yet. Any way to get info from the BOI on the status of his visa or if he did in fact leave (and his destination)?
  13. PI drivers

    Although I have not gotten a Phil’s DL yet, I did look into it. Mostly now just for ID purposes and to avoid issues when driving, as I don’t normally carry my passport to prove I’ve been here less then 90 days. I was told a letter from my landlord indicating that I have a one year lease would suffice. To me it’s just another example of some of the messed up laws. One law says you must get a DL after 90 days and another says you can’t until you’re here for a year. I am of course only speaking about those of us who are here on tourist visa’s. I asked an LTO officer about this incongruity - her reply was only that she shrugged her shoulders.
  14. Unless you spend a small fortune and get unli data, then regardless of the carrier be sure to turn off your cellular data when not using it otherwise your load will get eaten.
  15. Now at S&R

    SM Cebu mall is opening one soon (or so the sign says). Near the cinema. (3rd floor?).