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  1. Tommy T.

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  1. 20 points
    Hello everyone, now this is not going to be a short post but there is a reason, thanks for your patience. In a recent post, about a week ago I reckon I mentioned in a thread that I was going to Australia and was seeking advice about isolation etc. This is what happened:- Before I arrived in Australia I booked a cabin in a caravan park that I have frequented very often, so they knew me personally, they took the reservation after I informed them that for personal reasons I will be going into self isolation for a week so as not to cause any concerns with anyone, as I had only been out of the country for 3 days and in that 3 days had no contact with anyone, apart from the airport. No problems they said we will get you to do your own linen changes etc. No problems I agreed to that. On the day of arrival the government here imposed a 14 day isolation period on all arrivals into the country, so I received an email from the owners of the park saying that they were not willing to allow me to stay, so reservation cancelled. So I called a few hotels and they said the same thing, no bookings for arrivals seeking doing isolation. What to do, I am really in a bind here, looks as though park benches for me. Go back a couple of days when I was talking to a member of this forum, about what was happening in Australia and this member was keeping me informed of what was happening here with the lockdowns, lockouts, Quarintine periods the works. He even mentioned that should I get in a bind he can help me out. So I gave him a call and he said "No problems we will sort you out" He met me at the train station and took me to the place where I had stored my car, and then we went to the house he had for sale, where I could stay for 14 days to do my isolation that the government had imposed, now this house is fully furnished and is very comfortable in a quiet town, I can go to the shops and get my supplies and alcohol, nothing is a problem. Of course I am here by myself as the rules dictate, nothings a problem. So I am into day six of this and all is going well. So in ending this long story, I would like to express my gratitude to GeoffH for looking after me the way he has. Without his intervention I don't know what I would have done, it is something you read out of the bible, and I haven't even read it. The end. But once more thanks GeoffH
  2. 13 points
    I really didn't need a public thank you but it is appreciated never the less But honestly that's enough... you lot will give me a big head. (and I already take an XXL helmet... if it swells to XXXL I won't be able to buy a helmet to ride the motorbike!)
  3. 12 points
    Wanted to give everyone the latest update on my situation. I consulted with an attorney who is a former prosecutor and judge. I told him my situation about my wife possibly filing abandonment or deportation cases against me. He told me she has no evidence or case against me and live my life here now that we are separated. He said I have a stronger case against her with evidence of "financial and psychological abuse of an elder/adult with disabilities". Between my medical report stating with my disability I should have an adult caregiver looking out for me, which my wife wasn't. While it's good to hear that from a former prosecutor and judge, I will always be looking over my shoulder for my physical safety. I've been using my former training to leave a false trail of breadcrumbs and keep a low profile in area with a lot of foreigners to blend in easier.
  4. 11 points
    Or could be "Post Partum Cash" depression.
  5. 11 points
    Although the OP seems to be following the right course as far as getting legal advice concerning immigration and deportation, I’d be less worried about that then getting arrested on a false charge. Once the wife realizes that her complaint to the BOI (if she’s filed one) had no effect, then I would not be surprised if she tried to file a complaint with the police for rape, spousal abuse, child abuse, etc. Even if later proved to be untrue, the OP could spend months, if not years in jail proving his innocence. The court system here is extremely slow. And given his medical condition I doubt even a few nights in a Philippines jail would bode well for him. IMHO I’d find out via the attorney if I can legally leave the country and then do so ASAP. Once away and safe then consider options as far as the child is concerned. As harsh it may sound, you may have to resign yourself to never seeing him again.
  6. 11 points
    While the rest of the world is worried about things like Covid 19 etc. Canadians are worried about who will maintain their cross country ski trails. While countries like Japan are shutting down schools for public health, Canadian teachers are shutting down schools by striking because the government wants to put one extra kid in each class. Yep, we still live in a fantasy world over here. Gotta love it. But we have medicine here. Its called marijuana. Its legal and cures all. Fortunately the Covid 19 has not hit Canada very hard and we hope it continues this way. Wishing the same for those of you in the Philippines.
  7. 11 points
    I would firstly go to immigration, tell them you just separated from your wife and ask them what to do about your visa. The rest from what your wife is saying is possible but may not happen so sort the visa out first then at least that side is done.
  8. 11 points
    One of the members on the forum, Private Messaged me a few days ago, seemingly encouraging me to keep posting caustic remarks and posts. It made me realize that I have been an a-hole. I apologize to any and all that I have offended. Mark my words..I will try to be more considerate of other peoples feelings and considerations when I post. Once again..sorry.
  9. 10 points
    How can you call that racism? It originated from Wuhan, so I se nothing strange with calling it the Wuhan virus. Thats how it has been done before, Hongkong flu, Spanish flu etc. Maybe we should change names on those too so nobody gets offended I am fine with calling it just Covid-19, but I am also very tired of people being so sensitive and trying to make rasism out of everything, sorry for my rant.
  10. 10 points
    I am almost 70 and the wife is the only one who can go out. I am calling it marital law.
  11. 10 points
    This is just my thought , I am so glad I married a Filipino. With what is happening in the world my Ems is the best thing that I can have to help me through the coming weeks/months and why you may ask. I don’t need to worry about loo rolls with a tabo and bucket next to the loo. Food well she can make anything out of anything , but don’t ask what it is you are eating . Feeling worn out and tied , the best massage for free. Haircuts, eyebrows trimmed, nose hair trimmed and blackheads taken care off. Cuddles . I am sure many of us can say we are lucky in having partners that will do there best to look after us .
  12. 10 points
    Stand by Philippines.....here we come!
  13. 10 points
    Western world has lost its' mind? Nah, not here in Las Vegas. Well, at least from my perspective. I can still go back to old school ways of wiping my ass. The Filipino tabo-tabo method is the way to go. However, in my own morbid perspective.....this is my attitude against stupid people. Whoever is hoarding ALL the shit paper in Las Vegas, whatcha gonna do when your toilet is plugged up? I have ALL the toilet plungers......he, he.
  14. 10 points
    Thanks. Truth is I am homesick for the Philippines. Not homesick for the things that were getting on my nerves but homesick for all the good things that drew me to the tropics in the first place. Fortunately I have had many homes in my life and I settle in fine in a short time.
  15. 9 points
    Was paying some bills today. Had to laugh at the bloke ahead of me, with YELLOW hair. lol .
  16. 9 points
    First thing I would do is to get your pension directed to another bank. Without finances even she won't get much support from the locals. They'll only help out when it is beneficial to someone else. Next decide if the Philippines is for you or whether you would be better off back in the States. If you decide the Philippines is for you change your life. Realistically with a few well placed Facebook posts your wife will think you are out of the country already then delete all social media. Lay low and get yourself a live in carer. Build up their trust and make them as equally dependent on you. They'll soon have your back. Things are slowly changing here and the legal system is getting more switched on. It's a horrendous position to be in but cut off all contact. Sometimes what you don't know about won't harm you.
  17. 9 points
    This pretty much sums a lot of dating sites up these days.
  18. 8 points
    He must have caught it eating an old bat.
  19. 8 points
    I get distressed with the never ending virus news. I keep hoping that when I wake up tomorrow, it will all have just been a vivid nightmare rather than vivid daymare... On that note, I take solace in cooking and eating (along with my Tanduay). This recipe is basically the same as kung pao chicken with which some of you may be familiar? 2 whole chicken breasts, boned and diced 2 slices ginger root, minced 1 teaspoon cornstarch (I actually use more to make a thicker sauce) 2 teaspoons soy sauce (I use low salt version) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup peanut oil (any oil will do, but the peanut oil gives it a bit better flavour) 1 cup skinless peanuts (unsalted - raw work great) 3-4 dried red chili peppers (I usually use 6-10) 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon rice vinegar Optional: 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed and minced but not tiny bits add it to the chicken mixture 1 tablespoon - more or less - hoisin sauce Combine the chicken, ginger, cornstarch, soy sauce and salt. Mix well and set aside. Heat the peanut oil in a wok or skillet and stir-fry the peanuts about 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove with slotted spoon leaving remaining oil in pan. Add chili peppers to oil and stir-fry about 1 minute until brown and pungent. Do not over do it because they do burn rather easily. Remove these with slotted spoon. Add chicken mixture to pan and stir-fry about 2 minutes or until cooked and white throughout. Add sugar, vinegar, reserved peanuts and chilis and hoisin (if desired). Heat this through, then serve and enjoy. The thing I like about this dish is that you can make it as hot as you please just by eating the chilis with the rest - or not. So if you like spice and the Asawa or others do not, well the dish, itself, is not really all that spicy. I love the smoky hot taste of the chilis so eat a lot. Of course, I pay for that the next morning... Chicken mixture, chilis, raw peanuts (available usually at SM) Stir-frying the peanuts - about half done in this photo Peanuts done - almost too done! Wonderful on rice - and I had four chilis with my serving last night
  20. 8 points
    This has been posted before but why not again!
  21. 8 points
    I guess it is no surprise with the world's media outlets being controlled by a handful of companies, that they all march in lock-step toward whatever the latest crisis is. Thank you George Soros, but thats getting off topic. As I sit here in my breezy house listening to the birds chirp, my sweet asawa bringing me a second cup of coffee, I can't help but reflect how much better life is in the Philippines. We still have not built our own farmstead on the island, but things are headed in the right direction. Philippines grows most of its own food, and I know that even if Chinese industry collapses or the US breaks apart in civil war, or the Hordes conquer Europe -- not much will change here. Watching the panic spread in the West gives me peace of mind that moving here was the right choice. So I'll continue to complain about the little annoyances, and we will all continue to watch the ebb and flow of the daily amusing experiences, and still crack open a San Mig at the end of the day. God Bless the Philippines!
  22. 8 points
    I personally use any laundry bar soap because it generates more slippery suds and makes your fingers smell "presh na presh". As far as bending forward and the weird contortion of the elbow as you try to pour the water down your butt crack, it's becoming more difficult at my age. Hell, I can't even get one leg into my pants without falling over. Long term advantage doing the Filipino tabo-tabo method? It finally got rid of my "rhoids". I may die of the Corona virus but my butt will be squeaky clean.......he, he.
  23. 8 points
  24. 8 points
    Everything is legal unless you get caught. You got caught therefore it is not legal. I think that just about summarised how things work here visa ve road rules (and most other things).
  25. 8 points
    and my peers laughed at me in the wake of the Vietnam war for joining the military……….well who is laughing now!!!
  26. 8 points
    Dear Fellow Members I hope people will not see this post negatively. I have worked hard to achieve this and being separated from my wife is a sacrifice I make to achieve it. My advice to all members who are working still is to use every day to add to your goals for when you retire so you are ready, they are ready and you have provided the comforts and developed your income to be able to concentrate on adapting to the pace of life and not spend your time trying to make the Philippines like your home country because if thats what you want then don't stay. Just a few updates on New Projects. Since we sold our resto, Water station and Mall Concession we have branched out into property and our house improvements. We are building a pool room outside with dirty kitchen and gym (pictures below) and have started to install an internet mast that will provide internet to 60 local people (business of course). I have also been very lucky to buy another 5 bed house to add to our rental portfolio. All pics below. Not all rosey as the rental portfolio does not return what I would expect but we have 17 rooms now so we get a not bad income. I am lucky that we have no mortgage on the properties or it would not be worth it. I am very happy with the internet supply and may also add to the other properties. I still need to work for a couple more years to finish all the things we want but it is not so bad when having a bad day at work to think about what it is providing for our future and trust me working for an airline during this challenging time is stressful. All my plans will hopefully, with my Police medical pension, give a decent income to enjoy life. Oh and our baby is now 17 weeks in my wife's belly and due in August so can't wait to be a 55 year old Dad!! 2bb2f337-2444-460f-ae67-629a3c5ac643 2.MP4 Paul
  27. 8 points
    I advised you in the last topic thread, go back to the US and seek out the support of your family. You are outnumbered, out-gunned, and out-matched it looks like. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but you need to hear it. I don't sense you have the assertiveness to bull your way to a solution here in PH with that family; you are looking for logic, fairness, and goodwill that you won't find now that they are circling like sharks.
  28. 8 points
    No worries from me, I think you are a good humored guy.
  29. 7 points
    So I gave L P7,500 a few days ago and she prepared care packages for a few, gave some cash to some more and there's still more left over for more distributions. It's not a lot, but maybe it's a start? I think if everyone who can spare a centavo can help, it is worthwhile. I wish I could afford to give much more.
  30. 7 points
    Not much point looking for much at all here now. Can't believe how deserted the place is. This one I just dropped the food and took off fast
  31. 7 points
    We put off some of the non-critical, late Dec. typhoon Ursula damage repairs at our house until repair material prices normalized in March. Had new bamboo fencing and access bridge repairs done 2 or 3 weeks ago but had to wait for the household budget to provide funding for the painting and now is the time. Not spending much money right now, and the locals are mostly out of work, so we decided to go ahead with some of the long postponed improvements as well. Since Ate's carpenter nephews need survival money and my government is giving us an emergency relief disbursement to keep the economy moving, we will be good global citizens...... and like the uber-wealthy, let it trickle down to the needy in times of economic hardship... ( I am being sarcastic, so don't pillory me ). But rather than upgrade my yacht or estate mansion like they do, I will fix the terrace roof leaks, paint things that need it, replace some weathered house cladding, etc. Our repairmen and materials depots are within the barangay and are permitted travel and survival functioning at this time, so it is still legal as far as I am aware. They work alone, separated. Just 2 adult nephews with families to support along with Cuya, their uncle, who with his trike and household pass, is allowed family trike use. I wanted to help anyway with some rice assistance, so I will make it a point to give them a substantial bonus. They painted yesterday and today, and the new fence (8' bamboo splits atop 3' cinder wall) is eye-blinding white now. The lads wanted to work, so we had them paint the other 2 lot sides that had 10' unpainted concrete walls for the last 4 years, with the appropriate white paint type, and now its like living in a poor man's Taj Mahal in terms of blinding white spiritual up-liftment. I should have done this years ago. I wish I had more work for them, since I have a little 'extra money'..... or will have if my government delivers that $1200 peasant bribe they promised to keep us from getting our the torches and pitchforks and marching on the castle of those who created and released Frankenstein. Ha-Ha. The Panay News, on March 28th, listed Region 6 (Western Visayas) as having 13 cases of Covid 19, but its 16 today. Region 6 has an approximate pop. of 8 million souls. It includes all of Panay, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental with Iloilo City and Bacolod as its dominant centers. Right now they are taking Covid patients all to Iloilo medical centers..... the newspaper said that not everyone is happy with this. NIMBY exists globally.
  32. 7 points
    Not talking about what he said but as soon as someone starts going down the Trump banter then it's time to close as these things always end up in arguments.
  33. 7 points
    My house sold and the closing was today. Just under the wire. Tomorrow at 8AM the city/county where I live is going into lockdown. It was supposed to close yesterday but the woman buying it for cash is a foreign international from china and the bank wouldn't release the funds. I was worried that we wouldn't reach close but she worked it out with her bank last night. That was close, I didn't want to get stuck holding on to it during all this economic turmoil. She came back after the inspection last week wanting a discount because of "problems" found during the inspection. She didn't ask for much so we just went with it instead of negotiating because the most important thing from my perspective was to get the sale closed.
  34. 7 points
  35. 7 points
    The other day had to do some grocery shopping. I was told I would need gloves and a mask to get into the mall. They lied....they were wearing clothes! Go figure.....
  36. 7 points
    Well the final figure is in. There going to a few odds and sods like the electricity pole, TV antenna etc but those costs are going to be down in the noise. So here it is, 20,100 pesos per square metre, excluding the cost of the land which is likely to be about 100k. This make the front apartment 753.5k and the rear apartment with garage 2,130k. Totalling 2.88m.
  37. 7 points
    As you can see, I just won a major jackpot in Las Vegas. Should last a few months, unless I pig out on every Taco Tuesday......he, he.
  38. 7 points
  39. 7 points
    That would explain the sudden rush for toilet paper!
  40. 7 points
    Sorry to burst your bubble Marvin......but no man is an island so forgive the pun. As Corona starts to take it's grip here in UK (apparently in 4 weeks after Italy) we will probably be in lockdown! The chances are with so many islands in Philippines, that provided travel limitations are imposed, it will slow down the spread. I wish the good people of Philippines Gods mighty protection, but don't under estimate the seriousness of this virus.
  41. 7 points
    We haven't seen how Corona Virus will impact us here yet, Marvin.
  42. 7 points
    Or the rest of her family , they will be pushing for everything they can get too.
  43. 7 points
    As I stated in an earlier reply, I've "gone dark" for now. She is wildly guessing at whether I'm still in PI's or have returned to the US. I will be meeting a former NBI official who is now an attorney to get advice regarding my situation.
  44. 7 points
    The last contact I had with my wife was the day after I left. I texted her that I needed to await my ECC from BI and had planned to return to the US. That is when I "went dark", deactivated my FB account and have kept a low profile. She continues to message my family in the US (we're a military family), so they know better than to respond to her. Their only response is to tell her to "stop worrying about me and take care of my son (and her own daughter).
  45. 7 points
    Interesting website. https://www.flightradar24.com/28.96,-172.56/2 I know it's the real deal because I live along the approach path of the planes going into Manila. Close enough to read most of the tail fin logos, like PAL,etc. It's amazing to me how many aircraft are in the air at any one time. When I see the planes approaching on the computer I can go outside and see the actual plane..kinda cool.
  46. 7 points
    Sometimes his posts are hidden to keep the peace.
  47. 7 points
    Well AK that may or may not be the case, but we're just doing a little towards local awareness, and getting a minuscule amount of trash out of the sea nearby. Reaching the generation before is a tough call. You know that saying--light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.
  48. 7 points
    My husband and I live near the sea, and sometimes we have local neighbor children on a saturday picking up trash (with gloves) and we collect many sacks over the course of a morning, that we have picked up on trash day. With a small payment, a snack and a simple mini lecture about them having helped in a small way to save the ocean, we have a fun morning. Win win
  49. 6 points
    Well after most shops have sold out, managed to get my hands on some beer, and 3 more on the way..... That's this weekend sorted ... Start panicking again Monday... 😜 Before they ban the sales....
  50. 6 points
    My house has sold also (the buyer did eventually get finance approval), there is only the final bank inspection and settlement is supposed to be on 3 April. The solicitor (attourney) office are closed but working from home and the bank will do the settlement electronically. The issue is going to be timing, the RE are insisting upon a professional clean and disinfect before the bank will do the final inspection because I've had a 'person in self-isolation' staying there *sigh*. I told them I was ok with them organizing a cleaner but they'd have to add it to the house sale expense costs, honestly with moving all the stuff in the sheds and getting my other house clear so the Maldon furniture can go in is taking all my time. I think I've sold just in time, I'm hearing that Real Estate sales are falling off a cliff. Although I won't sleep easy until the money is in my bank, I've got almost all my spare cash tied up in the new house and I need to sell the old one. If the sale doesn't finalize then I'm renting one of the houses for income or applying for benefits if I can't rent it.
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