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  1. A quick look around our garden this morning... .
    11 points
  2. For myself why would i bother in getting mixed up in their eternal bureaucracy and uncertainty. Most of us here are retired or semi, who the heck wants to be involved in this nonsense. Speaking for myself, any purchase be it a unit, car or anything, the slightest whiff of complications I am out.....Kinda narrows the field but its now how I am.
    10 points
  3. Just the one time then Dave? What happened, he didn't really float your boat huh? You can share it to the forum, we won't tell anybody.
    10 points
  4. I was equally amazed to see on the form that my Blood pressure was 120 /80 and this done without any use of equipment whatsoever...the doctors in LTO could probably fix Covid in less than a day with that kind of ability !
    9 points
  5. OK so yesterday I recieved my new passport valid until 2031. The Australian consulate had a change of heart and I was able to renew my passport without travelling to Manila.
    9 points
  6. My wife was quarantined at Summit Galleria hotel Cebu recently and was impressed with the room, food and service. It was < $50 a day total including three meals and plenty of mineral water. The hotel is located above Robinsons Galleria Mall has a nice view. The staff was willing to go to the mall and shop for those held captive for a modest tip. Family or friends could drop off food water or whatever at the front desk too.
    9 points
  7. Planted a couple of years ago. Our first proper little crop: .
    9 points
  8. You are lucky. I have one bro-in-law who sounds like a cat being pushed through a wood chipper.
    9 points
  9. You have to wonder if it is patience or fatalism? So often you will hear a Filipino say; "That is just how it is in the Philippines, it never changes".
    8 points
  10. Over the past 9 years, I have noticed that this is the standard Phil Government fall back line. Whether it be traffic, flood damage, rice prices, covid you name the crisis the line is used. They all appeal to the "Filipino's strong sense of Patience" I just wonder when or if the patience will ever run out
    8 points
  11. How time flies. June 2016.... before a hollow block was laid... .
    8 points
  12. One has to be careful what one posts here in the wonderful Philippines, so may I just say how distraught I am, that the wonderful President is stepping down, the only compensation being that his wonderful, beautiful, and equally highly intelligent and sophisticated daughter, will no doubt be taking over the reins, and good governence, here in the peaceful, poriner-priendly, pristine Philippines.
    8 points
  13. Some nice structures there. Difficult to assess with all those young women blocking the view though.
    8 points
  14. Bit of luck they will head to China, blast a few goverment officials like the president then move on to North Korea to practice more and then set sails for Russia. Sorry axis of evil in my opinion.
    8 points
  15. Thank you for all the warm greetings. This looks to be a great place to get info. In regards to the tattoo's, I don't think I am concerned people will look down on me. I think locals will know right away that I am a returning Filipino. I speak Tagalog but it will be obvious I am an expat. I expect to get the Kano price just like you guys. lol. It will certainly be an adventure to re discover my home land. I grew up in Metro Manila. I remember as a kid my 3 sisters and I would play in the street with all the other kids until the parents started shooting to come home. We just played as kids do, we used our imaginations and developed social skills. We were all very poor but no one cared. It was a good simply upbringing. Thats the life I miss and long for. Where bored kids play with bottle caps and slippers instead of ipads. a more simple life.
    7 points
  16. Wish they were so efficient in my country. Half the population of London would be packing their bags.
    7 points
  17. https://www.facebook.com/immigration.helpline.ph/posts/232127202281463 10 October 2021 PRESS RELEASE BI optimistic in eased travel restrictions soon MANILA, Philippines—after being separated due to travel bans and border closures during the global pandemic, binational couples cry: ‘Love is not tourism’. Love is Not Tourism is a global social media campaign dedicated to lobbying to ease travel restrictions for foreigners seeking to reunite with their partners. Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente recognizes some of the looming effects of the imposed travel restrictions. "Travel bans have also had a profound impact on unmarried couples and families. Some were forced to weather the pandemic without their loved ones. We hear you, and we understand your plight," said Morente. Supporters of the online petition using the hashtag #LoveIsNotTourism assert that the movement is not about looking for ways to take a holiday; it is about love being regarded as essential in the time of pandemic. At present, in the Philippines, while the ban on non-essential outbound travel has been lifted, only Filipinos, balikbayans, and foreigners holding valid and existing visas from green and yellow list countries are allowed entry into the Philippines. However, Morente further advised, however, that while their agency recognizes their cause, the decision will still come from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF). "We see your comments in our different channels, and we hear you. However, please bear with us as we implement what the IATF deems necessary. We trust their wisdom in deciding policies, and developing guidelines for safe inbound travel," Morente added. Morente also expressed the hope that the Philippines will eventually open international tourism in the near future. "With aggressive vaccination campaigns ongoing worldwide, we are optimistic that travel restrictions will ease up soon," he said. Morente said the Bureau likewise supports the Department of Tourism’s campaign to keep the country's top-of-mind destination for foreign tourists. "Once the IATF sees that it’s safe, we will b
    7 points
  18. Yes they can but the other complaint is quarantine but its been reduced yesterday for most. Should we tell them we took care of their partners while they were away or keep it a secret
    7 points
  19. So I got a message last night for an appointment for today between 8 and 9 am. Head there early incase of crowds.Only about 10 people waiting for the place to open properly. GF talks to front desk and I soon figured out only Sinovac. Why did you not come in Monday or Wednesday, we had Astra and Pfizer, well I did not get a message for a start. So GF was given number of front desk staff and they will let her know when to come in, she also talked to l guess nurses coming to work and got another number. I wanted the number of the one on the right but stood silently. Anyway she explained to them that Sinovac is no good for me as I will need to travel out of the country but on this day thats all they had. Also I see a big sign at the entrance that walk ins accepted which they dont tell anyone about except for over 2 weeks ago they had a 2 day walk accepted to get things done. At the door, woman taking temp had mask and shield sitting on her head. Two front desk staff just mask and no shield. Maybe over half inside had no shield so why bother. You would think in a place like that they would enforce these things.
    7 points
  20. Maybe "drug free" means "buy one take one free"?
    7 points
  21. The way I see it, the market is in distress all over the Philippines and whoever hikes the price is fully delusional.
    7 points
  22. Yes, I had 4 in a row and then I got another making it 5 in a row, the first was issued in Cebu (courtesy of Dave Houndriver) then all the rest was from the BI in Dumaguete .......and then I got a 6th six month visa issued from Manila as my first overstay extension. Received my SRRVisa last week, in another 10 days (Oct 11th) that would have been 4 years on a Tourist Visa. An expensive and stressful period.
    7 points
  23. Thats easy Dave.....use our investment plan..... For every 100 pesos we get from our pensions.....my wife gives me 20
    6 points
  24. I'm 75 next month and my bp is around 125/70 taking 5mg (Amlodipine Besilate), non smoker and use treadmill daily. Use a arm type monitor too (Health Sure brand). I have frequently found higher readings at doctors and other locations eg when getting my vaccine jabs. Happens so often I almost don't react as much as perhaps I should. I read somewhere that the monitor should be level with your heart and to rest for 10mins before doing a reading.... and do at least three readings...which I do. My feeling would be go to another doctor for a second opinion.. perhaps even take your monitor with you for him to test it to see what it shows...before changing tablets. Hope you find out soon.
    6 points
  25. A small step closer to normal for inbound travel. https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/08/21/ph-tweaks-testing-quarantine-rules-for-inbound-travelers MANILA — The Philippines has revised its COVID-19 testing and quarantine testing rules for travelers entering the country, Malacañang said on Friday. Effective Oct. 8, fully vaccinated travelers from green and yellow countries need to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR testing taken on the 5th day, said Palace spokesman Harry Roque. They shall then be required to undergo home quarantine until their 10th day, with the day of arrival as their first day, he said in a televised public briefing. On the other hand, unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be verified "shall be required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their RT-PCR testing taken on the seventh day," said Roque. They shall then be required to undergo home quarantine until their 14th day, with the day of arrival as their first day, he added. The Bureau of Quarantine shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while the individuals are in the facility, said the official. In the case of foreign nationals, they shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation of at least 6 days for the fully vaccinated; and at least 8 days for the unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be confirmed, Roque said. Green and yellow countries are listed on this government web page. Roque said the COVID-19 task force also approved the following protocols for close contacts of probable, suspect and confirmed COVID-19 cases. Fully vaccinated close contacts may undergo a 7-day quarantine period provided they remain asymptomatic for the whole period. In the event that RT-PCR test needs to be performed on the asymptomatic individual, it may be done not earlier than the fifth day after the date of the last exposure. Should the RT-PCR test yield a positive result, or he/she becomes symptomatic, the individual shall follow the prescribed testing and isolation protocols. No testing and quarantine shall be required for close contacts who may have been traced beyond the seventh day from last exposure and who have remained asymptomatic. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated close contacts shall undergo a 14-day quarantine. The Philippines is fighting one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Asia, with some 2.6 million overall infections and at least 38,937 deaths.
    6 points
  26. Plenty of Filipinos who don’t know who their fathers are. So what do they write? Hit n run? Anon Ymous? 🤣
    6 points
  27. Keep it a secret or I may well end up as plant food.
    6 points
  28. They are like Facebook groups, getting over run with spammers and always something like this, I'm so happy I found Mr Bla Bla. He has made me lots of money bla bla. I have left a few FB groups because admins dont delete these spam posts.
    6 points
  29. Yes, I watched that video yesterday evening and I too believe that the Phils is gradually moving towards opening up again. The real question is when and to what degree which remains at this point unknown. I am hopeful for early next year though, possibly even for Christmas (no I have no reason to assume that, I'm just hoping haha).
    6 points
  30. All your Covid posts, which BTW, I agree with you on a bit of it. However, you are taking it too far here. Beating a dead horse. Just cool it. My original post was humorous satire that even Australians can chuckle at (I hoped). Now you turned my topic into something that has people pissed off. Again, cool it.
    6 points
  31. You have provided many highly useful and insightful posts here for us about Philippines. We respect you have strong feelings on covid. Many others do as well. Please stop the covid political conspiracy stuff and move back to Philippines Expat topics. Thank you.
    6 points
  32. The strange way of thinking here makes it difficult to have a reasonable negotiation. Example - one neighbour of ours was selling up as the (new) house was in a mess (poor construction) and another neighbour was 'helping' them sell. The 2nd neighbour told them the price should be at least the same as the exact same model house which was totally new. Where in the world can you sell old for the same as new? Very, very strange thinking here when it comes to selling 'old' stuff. They eventually sold about 1 year later for just a little below what they paid for it and way less than the price of the new unit.
    6 points
  33. For those expats with an interest in ships, the Australian maritime task group of HMA Ships Canberra, Sirius, and Anzac will be docking in Manila Habour tomorrow as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2021 (information from 'Australia In The Philippines'). https://fb.watch/8fSoWX3Axf/
    6 points
  34. Housing prices... it's all about location, location, location. You want a good location (and view) you're gonna pay for it. You don't mind living in the province, on a farm... dirt cheap. The in between places are limitless. In the Philippines I'd be more concerned about finding a place with clear title and deed than anything
    6 points
  35. There is no logic or sense to real estate prices in Philippines.
    6 points
  36. Prices are not falling in Pangasinan, where my shack is located. .
    6 points
  37. Being serious for a moment... there is increasing evidence that whilst Pfizer and Moderna create a higher initial immune response that Astra Zeneca declines in protection slower. The outcome of that is that the Pfizer/Moderna RNA vaccines will probably need booster shots sooner than Astra Zeneca (and the Russian vaccine made using the same general method).
    6 points
  38. Yeah a lot of locals are still unaware and this was at least not functioning for a lot of the pandemic as I had actually tried to use it before when I applied to get it for my probationary 13A. (It is horribly implemented on their website as a "side" way to apply since nothing you do in this will be reflected in your actual NBI account from that website. I really wanted to highlight it works as of today in 2021, and for foreigners and make sure to save anyone some hassles.
    6 points
  39. L bought a calimansi plant from a guy for P150. She does not know the name of the type of plant, but knows that it is a grafted hybrid. I picked three fruits from it today already. It is maybe .3 meters tall and .3 meters in diameter. It is also looking very healthy and is thriving in our heavy, orchard soil...
    6 points
  40. Could be phones they are after as well. Anything of value during the current times.
    6 points
  41. 2 years ago my wife found a small calamansi at the garden center at walmart. That is her prized plant and for being so small provides many fruit. Of course during the winter it is a small decorative plant in our living room.
    6 points
  42. Others here may well have renewed recently. I did mine in Makati and the LTO has certainly gone higher tech than previously. Theres still the silly and kind of pointless medical at P480 whereby one fills in a form , does an eye test,doc asks you feel well and thats it. Med certificate completed, except this time around they do put a photo on medical cert as a good fraud prevention measure. One needs to register on an online LTO portal, complete details ( which asks for the names of both my parents who are deceased as part of the " profile") and then renewal is processed. Upon receiving the new licence they send emails to you , showing your link to online LTO portal, that there was a transaction done , and they send an online receipt also. They system certainly isnt foolproof , as I tried to get to the portal when there on firefox ( rejected , unsafe site ) and same on chrome, but no problems on safari. on my phone. But this LTO had its own pc and staff to assist. Was a good experience and presumably as one has a profile should be even easier to renew. Theres even a tab on your own profile whereby you can be reminded 60 days before expiry of licence by sms. Definitely an improved process.
    5 points
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