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  1. Gator

    Expat-to-be...A few questions

    Not just the words, but tone as well. Remember it’s an Asian culture and you need to be careful about loss of face (real or perceived). Reg your tats: seen plenty of ppl there - both locals and expats - with full sleeves, etc. I doubt you’ll have any problems, but you may garner some stares - some disapproving, but mostly out of curiosity. Having said that, it might be worthwhile to bring along a couple of lightweight long sleeve t-shirts or button downs. Not just to cover up your tats, but also for protection against the sun; especially if you’re planning on being out hiking or riding on a motor bike for extended periods. You mentioned prescription meds: it would be advisable to make sure you can get them there. Depending on what you’re taking, once away from big cities they may be harder to find or if found may have been on the shelve for a long time. Cost will likely be much less then in the USA (I know you’re getting them from the VA now, am just saying in case you need to purchase any there) and a visit to a local doctor to get a script won’t cost much either - typically about 500-1,000 pesos. Welcome to the forum and hope your trip works out well for you.
  2. In the USA most city/county/parish health clinics offer vaccinations at a very reasonable cost. Last year the Tetanus booster I got (in Florida) was only 30$; no office visit charge. Can’t help about the costs in the Phil’s, but I’d make sure I went to a reputable clinic/doctor. I’d also ask to check the vaccine first to make sure it’s from a known manufacturer and that it’s not expired or about to.
  3. Gator

    7 Eleven

    Could be they don’t clean the machine or the dispenser’s nozzle properly. Get well soon.
  4. Gator

    TV Shop Philippines

    Quite true, it’s kinda like the price of a new car. There’s the MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) and then there’s the usually lower price you actually pay. I say usually lower because sometimes just the opposite occurs when there’s high demand and limited supply. The infomercials and those booths you see at the malls / stores almost always quote the MSRP and work backwards from there. They always create a sense of urgency and prey on the ignorant. A patient and educated consumer is their worst enemy. I’ve had some fun with a few of them by googling their product and then either showing them lousy reviews or a much cheaper online price (or sometimes both, lol).
  5. They do renewals in Cebu. I’m on a tourist visa and had to renew my ACR card when I recently went in to get a 30 day visa extension. They told my I’d have to come back in about 30 days to pick up the new card.
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    Been in Angeles City last couple of days and seen quite a few of them here. Several E trikes as well, but they were for personal use. An Aussie friend who was also here was telling me last night that a mate of his who lives in Subic imports E bikes from China, does the final assembly and sells them. He buys them for around 13k and sells them for 26k. My friend says sales are doing quite well. No idea of the brand or type / size of the batteries in them.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  11. 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.
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    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"!
  13. Gator

    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.
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    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.
  15. Gator

    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.