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  1. Am I considered a senior in the Philippines?

    I show them my US drivers license and off they go, was just reporting what I was told
  2. Am I considered a senior in the Philippines?

    It’s my understanding that the government will reinburse the business for the discount they have given you. That’s what my family told me anyway, I had the same concern.
  3. Am I considered a senior in the Philippines?

    I have been really surprised that I have been able to use the senior discount a restaurants, my family encouraged me to try and it has worked every time. Saves quite a bit of money. I am just a visitor and have no card and have never been asked for it,
  4. Am i lucky or unlucky

    I feel that I totally blessed. My wife’s family has rarely ever asked for money, for the most part we are the ones that have voluntarily helped out. We have sent for some medical expenses, sent a couple of children that showed potential to college, bought a brother in law a cordless drill, that sort of thing, but all our idea. My wife’s family have totally accepted me in as a full family member and I consider them as my family. I again say, I am totally blessed.
  5. How old is too old

    I have asthma, the last 2 visits have me reconsidering my plans to move to the Philippines. The air pollution has really affected me causing me to cough up lots of nasty phlegm and making me miserable. When I am in Seattle USA I rarely have any problem, not on oxygen at all. I have reservations about how someone needing oxygen would fare.
  6. How old is too old

    Good chance that the welding shop cylinder killed him, that’s not medical quality oxygen. Not really sure someone with medical problems leaving a a first world country with great medical care moving to a 3rd world country with questionable medical care at best is a good idea.
  7. I’ll take Palawan any time, the beauty of nature it still for the most part undisturbed.
  8. My First Month into Retirement.

    My suggestion would be to check out Tagaytay on the Taal volcano. Is a beautiful area with all the amenities anyone could want, an added bonus is great clean air.
  9. Running Out Of Money, is your pension secure?

    I think that the bottom line is that we need to cover our own ass. I have an “oh crap” fund that I can fall back on if either of my pensions were to fail. Nothing in this world is totally guaranteed, people in high places could care less about the masses, thus we need to have a fallback plan just in case.
  10. We will be moving to Tagaytay middle of next year, been kicking around the idea of buying a car of some kind. Am so used to coming and going as I please, I really need the freedom that my own transportation gives me.
  11. Smoking in bars and restaurnts

    Took my dad 4.5 years to die from smoking related cancer, had metastasized through his body. We tried interventions , shaming and anything else we could think of to no avail.
  12. Holding a grudge

    If you speak your mind things will just escalate, he will then get pissed and say things to which you will feel the need to address and so on. Could get out of control, just leave it alone.
  13. Forgive and Forget

    It’s always easier to risk someone elses money then your own
  14. I was up in that area about 11 years ago and I saw several older men with full chest tattoo, made me think....just how did he qualify for that? Was up there in January, didn't seem to be as prevalent as before. The old traditions seem to be slowly fading away. Hardly any houses on stilts either. Was a little disappointed.
  15. (CNN) — Surrounded by lush rice terraces and undulating landscape, the mountain village of Buscalan is home to just 200 or so households. It rests in the Kalinga province of the Philippinesand is about a 15-hour drive north of Manila. Yet thousands of tourists come here every year to meet Whang Od Oggay, the Philippines' oldest mambabatok -- or traditional Kalinga tattooist. Roughly 100 years old, Whang Od has been performing the ancient art of hand-tapped tattoos since she was 15. "The tradition will continue as long as people keep coming to get tattoos," Whang Od tells CNN Travel. "As long as I can see well, I will keep giving tattoos. I'll stop once my vision gets blurry." A symbol of beauty and strength Traditionally, the hand-tapped tattoos were earned by indigenous Butbut warriors. "Once they've killed someone, they are eligible for a tattoo," explains Whang Od. "Everyone knew when one of the warriors has killed someone because he would announce it to everyone." And for women? Tattoos were considered an aesthetic accessory. "Back then they would say: 'Go get a tattoo so you would look beautiful,' " recalls Whang Od of her teenage years, when friends covered her arms and legs in tattoo sleeves. But now that the warriors have died out, the hand-tapped tattoos are open to anyone -- and Whang Od sees a steady stream of international clients, etching about eight tattoos a day. Each symbol -- ranging from lines to circles, animals and tribal prints -- carries a deeper meaning. Some designs represent the mountains or the sun, others fertility and strength. "I like it when tourists and visitors come here because it helps us out [financially]," says Whang Od. "I hope visitors keep coming." MORE: Volcano has danger, beauty -- and golf! How she does it Whang Od follows a millenniums-old technique, using just a few tools: a thorn from a pomelo tree, a foot-long bamboo stick, coal scraped off a pot, and water. That's it. With intense concentration, she paints a design on the skin using the homemade coal-water ink. Tap by tap, she uses the thorn and bamboo stick to push ink deep into the skin, drawing blood. With this simple technique, Whang Od creates meaningful geometric designs -- but not without the pain commonly associated with modern tattoos. READ: Exploring the Middle East through tattoos Tattooing the future Keeping the art alive is more complicated than it seems. The art can only be passed down to blood relatives, following the belief that the tattoos will become infected otherwise. Though she doesn't have children of her own, Whang Od has been training her grandnieces Elyang Wigan and Grace Palicas for several years. "[My friends who gave tattoos] have all passed away," says Whang Od. "I'm the only one left alive that's still giving tattoos. But I'm not afraid that the tradition will end because [I'm training] the next tattoos masters." Even though the art is in good hands, the centenarian doesn't plan to go anywhere anytime soon. Her secret to living to 100? "I don't eat canned goods, foods with oil, foods with preservatives," Whang Od says. "I only eat organic foods like leafy vegetables and beans." http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/philippines-oldest-tattoo-artist/index.html there is also a nice video to go along with it but I have no idea how to post it