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  1. Steve me old mate, That's called a pavement here, we aint got sidewalks in the UK, Lol.
  2. Within about 3 months from now I will have left my home and job here in the UK and finally arrived in the Phils to continue the next stage in my life as an expat. I guess like many people we wonder what we will do when that day finally arrives and how we combat potential boredom, after all when you are retired I am guessing all days just feel like a Sunday? I have a few interests that I would like to explore, I am a poor swimmer so would like to spend time improving my swimming and then hopefully take Scuba lessons and enjoy diving in what must surely be some of the best dive sites in the world. I also have an interest in Martial arts and that has been my main hobby here in the UK for the past 20 years or so and I am looking into the possibility of learning the traditional Philippine martial art of Escrima/Arnis to give me another time occupying hobby which I might be able to infuse with my own knowledge of Jujitsu. However, above all else I would like to spend some of my time in a Volunteering capacity, it doesn't have to be immediately, I will have plenty to occupy myself on my arrival and for some considerable time afterwards but eventually I would like to volunteer my time to help others (by that I mean Pinoy, not driving the forum members home from a heavy session at the 'Why Not' bar, Lol.). So, for the forum members that are already doing this type of thing or to others that have had previous experience in this field.. How do you start? How do you get your foot on the ladder? Is it through local churches or even a Rotary Club type of organisation? What are your experiences? How do/did you get involved? For me personally I want a hands on type of voluntary work, maybe (but not exclusively) helping out at an orphanage or assisting children/adults that have sight/hearing/verbal problems where they could just do with an extra pair of hands at no cost. I am not looking to build a project from scratch like forum member Bruce has done with his excellent work on Samar but just to give my time and assistance. It doesn't matter what island it would be on, I will be starting off living in Dumaguete as I have stayed there previously and have a few friends down that way including some of our own forum members, admittedly if I could find what I am looking for on Negros Oriental that would be a bonus. So, over to you guys and girls, what information or ideas do you have?
  3. An update on my previous post..... Good News for Once. Today I was walking my dog as before and I saw the uncle of the guy who was stabbed in the Borough Market Terrorist Attack. He said his nephew has just been released from hospital albeit he is still having on-going treatment. He was stabbed in the throat, sliced across the throat, stabbed through the front of his body which penetrated his lung and he also has a large slash across the abdomen. Unbelievable that he survived but he did. I think anybody that lucky should be purchasing all my future lottery tickets from now on, Lol. Seriously though, thank goodness he came through it.
  4. Hi VP, Good post, now how about starting some cookery lessons for those of us who aint got a Scooby how to cook! Lol. Either that or you might be getting a new neighbour anytime soon.
  5. Sky News at noon , UK time. One Filipina listed as still missing in the tower block. Named as Ligaya Moore. If moderator thinks it is inappropriate to name the person, please delete.
  6. Dave, You have taken the time to compliment 'Bows00' on his wonderful post however I feel I have to compliment you on your post, its one of the best I have ever read on here, a very honest and enlightening post as to how it was for you and how it is for you. I think that as I am only a few weeks away now from my new life in the Phils that perhaps your words had more of an impact on me, I can certainly identify with some of the feelings that 'bows00' wrote about as I am also flipping between emotions of trepidation at what I am leaving behind and also the excitement of what lies in front. However, all said and done I found your post reassuring. Many thanks my friend for sharing that with us.
  7. Hi Steve, Firstly thank you for your kind words, I am sure we are all offering a prayer to all those affected by these despicable cowards. In answer to your question, Yes I am doing very well now, the 2nd knee replacement is repairing nicely, still swollen and not quite able to straighten it completely yet but getting there. All being well I will be on a one way ticket to Duma in September. Cannot wait to be out of this place, I only hope I am not jumping out of the frying pan into the fire, Lol.
  8. I live on the edge of London, about 15 miles from last nights attack. This morning like every Sunday morning I took my dog down to my local park where a group of us 'oldies' walk our dogs and have a gossip. This morning one of the group was in a very sombre mood, he and his family have been up all night getting hour by hour updates on his nephew. His nephew was in the immediate area last night where the cowardly terrorists carried out their latest slaughter on innocent victims, he was stabbed with a carving knife and has been having blood transfusions throughout the night, he is alive but in a critical condition. This cannot be allowed to continue.
  9. We don't receive much news about the Philippines here in the UK but tonight there was coverage on Channel 4 News about the situation in Mindanao and the enforcement of Martial Law and it went on to say that it is widely expected to be imposed on the whole of the Philippines. My question is :- From the perspective of a foreigner living in the Phils, Is this something to be fearful of and could it dramatically effect the way in which you are currently living? Is the general view that it a bad thing OR a good thing OR something to just be aware of/accept and just go about your daily life? Just to open the topic to a wider field :- What is the view of forum members such as myself that are not living in the Phils yet but expect to be in the near future? Many thanks in advance to those who respond.
  10. Reporting now on all news channels in the UK. A suspected suicide bomber at Manchester Arena, 19 confirmed dead, over 50 injured, most probably the majority of these will be young. Very distressing reports.
  11. Not too bad Steve, just sitting here in my hospital bed, leg is very swollen and obviously painful, but hoping to go home tomorrow, much prefer to convalesce at home. Let the long healing process begin again, Lol.
  12. There is a new mall in Duma? Where is that Steve?
  13. Hi Ron, It sounds like you have quite a challenging trip ahead of you on this occasion, not only for yourself but for the time you will also spend with your mother. I lost my mother to Alzheimer's 4 years ago last month and it is truly a desperately sad and unforgiving illness, people don't get to see the trauma of such a debilitating disease unless they have walked that path. So, I hope you wont take offence my friend if I encourage you to enjoy every moment together that you can grasp. Have a safe flight and remember to keep in touch with all here at PEF.
  14. Tomorrow morning (Valentines Day) I face the next and hopefully last major hurdle in my quest to get my a**e over to the Phils. I will be on the operating table at 8am to have a Total Replacement of my Left Knee. I had hoped to be in the Phils last summer but found out in the spring time that I would have to have my Right Knee replaced which I subsequently did in July. I then had a further 5 months off of work to recover and rehabilitate and went back to work just a week before Christmas but when I went for a check up with the surgeon in the Autumn my plans to be in the Phils were put on hold yet again with the news that I would need the other knee done as well. So, tomorrow I have a date with the same surgeon and another 5 months of slow painful recovery but then ..... I finally get to kickstart my life again and to be honest....... I can't wait, bring it on.!!.
  15. Ah, thank you my friend, feeling more globally educated now, Lol. Hope you and the missus are keeping well.