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  1. I'm fortunate in that I suffer cabin fever. I wake by 5am most mornings and can't lay in bed. If I'm too stiff to train in the morning I still walk a good 5km up the beach just to tick over then I train late in the afternoon. I'm certainly reaping the rewards as my knees are the best they've been in years. From thinking I'd need them replaced to now I hardly feel them when training. My partner has also had a massive improvement. When I met her she suffered from a stomach ulcer and asthma. Her diet was definitely to blame, dried fish, pork fat, plenty of salt and almost no vegetables.
    14 points
  2. Hello, Just a post to say that my husband and I got our first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Cebu province today. Our neighbor this past saturday, told us that the health center said that we could get the vaccine on monday at the local health center I was rather dubious, but excited. I guess that every monday and tuesday the Department of Health would be administering vaccines for as long as stocks last. We were the first ones to arrive this morning at the health center, and we chatted with some local staff waiting to start their shift. I guess that they were offering Sinovac to 60 a
    13 points
  3. My gf often would say things about her mum like she is old and needs looking after etc. She could never remember her age but still old. Anyway the other day was her mother's birthday and she turned 58. One year younger than me. I guess I need looking after
    12 points
  4. Myself and my wife had our Covid Vaccines today( pre registered last week ) . Many blood pressure tests before and after the Vaccination ! Lots of questions about my health such as am i on medications,and have I had any operations etc. In all 10 different stations to go to but all over in just 90 mins ! Total cost zero !
    12 points
  5. I geuss that makes Mindanao the Philippines Mexico... interesting place with some big cities but not everywhere is safe for westeners
    12 points
  6. For most westerners arriving in the Philippines, there can be culture shock. Most travellers would say, however, that their initial experience in the country can be summed up in the words of kindness, politeness and hospitality. Behind that smiling population of good people is a method of interaction that is collectively known as Pakikisama. The ability to adapt your behaviors that allow for successful social interchange. Easily summed up as the ability to get along with people. The word transliterates as a phrase, “please come with or go with.” Once long term foreign residents vacationin
    11 points
  7. I put some weight on when I first arrived here after tearing a few ligaments supporting my right knee. An MRI scan also highlighted general wear and tear after 24 years in the forces. I'm one of those that just has to look at weights and I build muscle. I got to 110kg at 5ft 8 which is technically obese but I was pretty much muscle as all I could do was gym work. I do a lot of distance swimming but could swim all day and it doesn't tire me out or affect my weight. I started gentle jogs up a steep hill where I used to live as going up never hurt my knees and I'd walk down very slowly.
    11 points
  8. Think I'll "weigh" in on this topic as well.😀 I can relate to the attitude that many Filipinos have about walking as my wife and I take an hour long walk every morning. Seems like she's always explaining that we are doin it for exercise which seems amusing to many of them. Also the Filipino love of sweet foods has a lot to do with the obesity problem here. And too many carbs. Since we started our garden we have a lot of excess produce that we've tried to give to my wife's family. At first they didn't want to accept it. In fact one niece who is pretty portly said "Uncle, only poo
    11 points
  9. As promised... some photos of the latest "finishing touches," and life in the new home. Some of our simple shelving and cabinetry: This is really a table that we will move out from the wall in the event we have a guest staying in the room who uses the air/con. The wet bar essentials. Office/library shelving. Tool and storage cabinet for outdoor stuff, electric and plumbing bits. There is open shelving next to it for rakes, shovels and other things. There is asparagus trying to grow in the rectangular pot in the center... Growing things in t
    10 points
  10. Sorry I have no photos this time... I was too busy cooking, then eating!!! But on Sunday night, I cooked up a special Seattle-style dinner for us: Baked potatoes - standard fare for Americans, not so much for Filipinos, but L loves them with the butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder, grated cheddar cheese and sour cream on top. Lightly blanched fresh asparagus - cook in maybe 1/2" water with some olive oil sprinkled in. Blanch for only a few minutes then remove, drizzle with lemon or lime juice, some black pepper and maybe also a bit of garlic powder and salt, if desired. Ald
    10 points
  11. Several years ago in China, a then gf bought me a fitbit. Cant recall the model but it was a basic one but what was good was the software and the analysis that i was able to see, especially steps and kms on daily weekly monthly bases. Since then I upgraded to a better fitbit model. fyi straps on fitbits are crap and break after a few months but lots of good alternatives on lazada etc. Anyways in past 5 years Ive set myself a target of 5 million steps a year which equates to 13,700 per day. At end of last year I achieved 25 million steps which was just short of 20,000kms....thast
    10 points
  12. Was there ever a doubt?
    9 points
  13. A very quick note: We have a guy here making some simple cabinets for us. He does not do the best work, but does decent work and is very mindfull and careful of our ideas and plans. Well, today he was working on fitting some parts of a cabinet together and it needed some refinements. He started to work with sandpaper. I introduced my grandfather's old wood rasp and then my own Dremel tool with sanding wheels. He immediately grasped the value and use of each tool (and I NEVER loan tools) and was careful with them. He has many of his own tools - Skilsaw, drill, etc... But he also
    9 points
  14. Not trying to sound negative here, but... If someone prefers to live in a place that is like the US, then why not just settle in some place in the US? Why come to the Philippines at all? Just my thoughts...
    9 points
  15. Pardon me for being a bit cynical but the timing of the announced supply of vaccines from the USA, Australian and Japanese vaccine stocks seems rather closely timed with the publicity around the blood clotting issues (extremely uncommon issues) that Astra Zeneca has. I might be sounding cynical but it seems to me that it's an easy way to 'use up' vaccines that are now much less popular in their home countries. Full disclosure. I have had my first Astra Zeneca shot, I'm booked in for my second and I'm relieved to have had it (although given a choice I would have chosen a
    9 points
  16. 9 points
  17. Over the years I've learned to stay out of the annual Christmas Balikbayan box ordeal. Friday the wife finally shipped last years Christmas box. New record.
    9 points
  18. That's the uglier part. :) Here are some more pics from the same route we walk regularly...all within 15 minutes walk (for me) of our house. :) .
    9 points
  19. When I first moved to the Philippines over the first year I lost quite a bit of weight. Now over the last year I have put on quite a bit again. Probably from my new job I took once lockdowns begun. I became a Tanduy and coke tester. Someone has to do it to ensure there are no bad batches.
    9 points
  20. We also try to get out for some exercise each day... FBVID_20210418_171732.mp4
    9 points
  21. I think there is also some element of the idea widely-held in some Asian cultures that being overweight is a sign of wealth rather than a negative image. I'm always shocked ay seeing quite overweight under-10s in the mall - often the parents are relatively slim. Too much rice, soft drinks and potato chips and fast-food in general.
    9 points
  22. Ive noticed over past 10/20 years a tremendous increase in girth in many Filipinos.... who perhaps dont know that being so plus sized with kill them.. its no suprise that most of these larger folk happen to be n the "bigger" cities where there are plenty of fast food options with a good dose of fat or sugar as an added extra, complimentary of course. Travel to various provinces and people are way slimmer, especially the kids and teenagers. Very sad to see the way some waddle around Manila knowing that heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes are just around
    9 points
  23. 3 lambourghinis tooling around Makati last Sunday morning. They are afraid to go out on regualr weekdays as there are a lot more cars and jeepneys on the road and jeepney drivers dont care how expensive your car is... good luck making an insurance claim agaist a jeepney and its driver. The sad rich selfish bastards with the lambos though have no hesitation showing everyone how much noise their precious little expensive cars can make at 6 am on sunday mornings though. Perhaps the funniest site is watching them crawling over the speed bumps... their 300km per hour car can crawl
    8 points
  24. Depends very much on the individual HK. For myself, as said going from the rather run down city of Bacolod to up town IloIlo is like going to a new world. What i do enjoy here though is the proximity of Canlaon and the surrounding national parks, , Within an hours drive we can hike, often without the much vaunted tourist guide to water falls rivers, mostly no garbage. Due to the proximity to Mt Canlaon there are various cold spring resorts close by, fresh invigorating COLD water swimming. Close by we have such a spring run by a nature loving Filipino, beautifully landscaped and run
    8 points
  25. Actually...family proximity was one of our high level geography factors...on top of the others regarding things like medical and airports, etc. There's an old saying: marry a Filipina, and you marry her family. However, "proximity" is a word that needs personal definition. For us it means being able to visit a couple times a month - so like an hour away is good - in fact, it's preferable. My wife has spent 30 years in the US and is fairly Americanized, but one of the reasons we're here is because it's an opportunity for her to spend some time with her mom and dad while they're still alive.
    8 points
  26. It's just the pollution in Manila that would concern me (having lived both there and in the province).
    8 points
  27. Welcome. Here now going on eight years and no regrets. You will need to "go with the flow" but that may also be the case in Spain. Many of us are married to Filipinas and that brings a lot of us here. For the most part Filipinos are very accepting and welcoming to expats in my experience.
    8 points
  28. 'Mr. Turbo' hasn't really listed any of the more personal likes or preferances that would narrow the field down, other than "I like to golf a bunch". Access to medical care, decent internet, perhaps larger markets and malls, etc. are what most are looking for when they come here and all these items would eliminate some locations, and elevate others. If he wants to make convenient golfing a regular part of his life, he could start with a list of the country's courses along with his other perceived needs. If he intends to socialize with lots of people who speak English and shar
    8 points
  29. On a road trip to the South of Palawan I bought some corn from the roadside vendors. The corn grew in the fields behind them and they just threw the corn in a large pot of boiling water. I think I paid about 20 peso each and it was sweet and delicious. By far the best corn I've had.
    8 points
  30. I also had my 1st shot today! But I had to wait until the waitress came back before I got the second. Go figure!
    8 points
  31. 8 points
  32. I keep telling my partner that but she won't have it. She does comment that the single neighbour next door seams to be losing weight.
    8 points
  33. When I first started walking in the Philippines I had to tell many people the same thing. Seems like every filipino with a car, motorbike, tricicle or whatever would stop and ask me if I wanted a ride because nobody walks in that heat. I was constantly explaining that I love it and it was good exercise for me. It was one of the few times when I was not asked for money. "I give your ride Joe. Too hot for walking. No charge." I love that about the Philippines.
    8 points
  34. After a few months in the Philippines, I am always reduced to almost skeletal proportions, from being (in the UK) a 'correct' weight, slim and fit person, for my age. I probably have a healthier diet here (more fresh fruit and veg) than back in the UK too, plus, fairly active. Presumably the change in climate. I still feel perfectly healthy, despite the POW appearance. When searching the net, I can only find stuff about how NOT to put ON weight... predictably. I will add though, that there is certainly no shortage of 'fatties' here in the Phils now, either...all part o
    8 points
  35. Female companioship won't be hard to get... but almost guaranteed to be an "issue"
    7 points
  36. Give it 7. This is what happened to me on the 7th day.
    7 points
  37. As a new guy here, and a retired hospital administrator in the States, I know that the health of all of us is inextricably linked. I had the Pfizer vaccine in December and January of 2021. We must support all people getting vaccines before mutations make the current crop of vaccines less and less effective. None of us is truly safe till all of us are safe!!
    7 points
  38. Falsifying a vaccination certificate or test result certificate should be treated as a serious offence in my opinion, black listing travellers who use fakes is a good start but it really needs more than that.
    7 points
  39. I got the sinovac jab today in Carmen, Cebu. Price was free. Scheduled for second jab in 4 weeks. Currently for 60 years and up.
    7 points
  40. Thought I'd go back to your original questions and provide some info on how I and my wife sat in the US and approached the "where to live in the Philippines" question. The problem is how to sit in the States and make any sense out of the barrage of site-specific info that comes your way. Our approach might sound pretty mechanical, and naively simplistic, but it got us started. We did have the advantage of having traveled back and forth here quite often over the years, but deciding where to live as a settled household is another level of commitment to the geography. We had a set of top
    7 points
  41. It's been a while, so here's a short update on the home build here... Today we have 7 workers here - two house cleaners (due to all the sanding and painting while getting new custom cabinets and shelves installed), two yard workers (they are cultivating some of the property in preparation for planting caribou grass sod and moving around several small truck loads of soil), two painters and one cabinet maker doing finishing touches on the many cabinets and shelves we decided to have installed. Some workers we hired finally fixed the last of the pesky roof leaks and improved some of the
    7 points
  42. Would endorse all HK says, I live in near by Bacolod and going to IloIlo is like going back to NZ if one stays uptown. Has everything, lovely wide streets some super upmarket malls and fantastic esplanade. The only draw back for me is, although the city is amazing, thats it, not so much else to do compared to Negros that I am aware of,this pertains to out doors. Well worth checking out for sure.
    7 points
  43. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1137990 Here's a young man from m Cebu that is making waves recently. CEBU CITY – Cleevan Alegres, dubbed as Cebu’s “Little Merman,” has completed his swim around Mactan Island shortly before noon on Monday, making history as the first man to achieve such a feat. Alegres, a resident of Lapu-Lapu City, finished his 42-kilometer swim at 10:37 a.m. at the Liberty Shrine in Barangay Mactan, becoming the first person to make a full swim around Mactan Island. The 25-year-old open-water swimmer started at 5 p.m. on Sunday from the waters of Barangay
    7 points
  44. Where you live I think could also affect whether you need a hospital more. Personally if I lived in a city with the traffic, pollution, day time activities limited to walking around malls I'd be driven crazy. I'm biased towards Boracay as it has the Western facilities that I need but with the advantage of no traffic, stunning beaches and a great ex pat community if you need that. If you want peace and quiet but with great views it has that also. An airport less than 15 mins away and another International Airport about 2 1/2hrs away. A ferry port on your doorstep. Satellite immigra
    7 points
  45. Welcome to the forum Turbo. We can't predict when travel to Philippines will open for someone like yourself perhaps late summer early fall? For sure you would want to be vaccinated and in reasonable health. As you said "boots on the ground is the best method". Perhaps you could share some more general information on what you may be looking for? High speed internet? Urban environment with Western amenity's? Or rural laid back beach type environment. Hospitals are an issue. There are some reasonable Hospitals in Philippines but most are in major cities. If you were to have a heart at
    7 points
  46. I just wanted to make a note that, at least here in Davao, there are a LOT of improvement projects ongoing. There are new water mains being installed, new and HUGE sewer and runoff pipes going under roads, lots of new asphalt surfacing too. New fresh-water wells are being developed and new, increased water reservoir tanks are also being constructed. New high-tension power lines and towers have been going up too. It can be argued - and successfully, I believe - that many or all of these improvements are long overdue, but nevertheless, it is good to see the work. The affected roadways, although
    7 points
  47. We've all seen examples of jeepneys stop/starting along the way as people get off every few yards. Yep, walking is an activity here that seems to bemuse locals. My wife, son and I have a 45-minute walk every evening (my son's classmate tags along now which is great) and it's a good way to get exercise at the same time as spend time as a family and talk.
    7 points
  48. During our visits I always loose weight even though I’m eating like a pig 🐖. Fresh fruit seafood and other local foods. Agree with Freebie we see a lot of over weight Filipinos.
    7 points
  49. When we are at her family home in the province my wife will gather the neighborhood girls together and play Chinese Garter (kind of a high jump-jump rope combo). My wife is in excellent shape for 33 so it provides motivation for me to stay in shape, too. I follow mostly a keto diet and it has a big positive effect on how I feel.
    6 points
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