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  1. 12 points
    For those of us that enjoy some rather untouristy hikes with nice water falls Guintubdan could be of interest. Especially if visiting Negros Occidental Situated on the foothills of Canlaon national park at about 900 meters elevation. The local government to their credit take nature very seriously and several penalties apply to any offenders. Even carabols are not allowed and pigs are limited to 1 per family. Nature is quite outstanding. Hikes range from a long day taking in 30 falls believe 36 km to modest Hikes around 2 hours or so. We took in 3 of the nearer falls as arrived around 2pm. Mostly reasonable going with some areas quite difficult, falls were very serene lovely for a swim although water was very cold. No garbage and just saw a couple of locals swimming. According to our guide (compulsory) few foreigners visit here. It's pretty accessible from Bacolod vicinity, we stayed at Pavilion where the rooms were basic but sufficient. Cost was P1000 and very cold at night, one must bring blankets. Also there is a spectacular couple of falls below the Pavillion, an easy 10 minute walk, down concrete stairs. I try an upload a few pics
  2. 11 points
    Well it’s here after so many false starts , and will he won’t he. Just another 9 hours or so and maybe a little office party thrown in and shaking of hands and maybe a envelope with a nice cheque, now that would be nice. Anyway I would like to thank Jack and Kevin personal for there messages and everyone who has been there to give me advice and listen to all my worries , I have not forgotten to buy those people a drink when I hope to meet you all, I will just keep that date a secret to myself until the last minute so I won’t have to spend to much on to many folk. Again thank you and there may be pictures to follow. Steve and Emma
  3. 10 points
    Just after some info from members here, probably best suited to British members that have become a parent since visiting/moving here. I became a dad 7 weeks ago, 58 and a daddy for the first time, lol. What are the things that I should be doing? i.e. regarding obtaining British Citizenship for the baby or anything else formal that I should be doing ?
  4. 10 points
    I am aware that even the smallest things can get complicated in PH, thats why I intend to keep a very low profile when its time for me to make the move. For me that means, no land will be bought , no house will be built and no business. I admire those who do it and succeed but for me it is not worth the risk. I also have an example of Philogic from SM, I was in the line to pay for the groceries in my basket when I see that another line was not as long as mine. I changed line but immediately one of the staff was there and told me that I could not stand in that line because is was only for customers with a cart and I only had a basket! I said fine, and then put my goods in an empty cart that was right there. He just gave me a blank stare and then walked away.
  5. 9 points
    We gave away all our things ending up with a 5' x 5' locker containing family photographs, momentous, boys' trophies, etc. You learn to become minimalists. For example, cooking with one 2-quarts pot and one frying pan. (The RV has a convection/microwave.) Clothes are purchased and discarded throughout the year. You end with the same number. The RV parks have laundry rooms which we use once a week. How much "stuff" do you really need?
  6. 9 points
    In my opinion there are two reasons not on the list that could should be near or at the top. The expectation of family/friends/neighbors that if you have "extra" money it should be shared. There is always someone who is sick, someone who requires tuition, someone who has died, someone getting married, a church that needs a new something. It is like the Philippine culture tends to drag down those who achieve some measure of financial success. What is important and what are the priorities. What happens to the 13th month wage? Does it go into savings or does it go to buy fireworks? So often it seems that anytime a family would have a little extra money it has to go for some type of celebration. The 13th month is probably the best example of the "enjoy life now instead of save for the future". I think that reason number two is related to reason one. The thought being that it is better to spend and have fun before someone wants to borrow!
  7. 9 points
    Personally I think I can do just fine with the expense of two home fronts, it's my wife that worries me, she watches the YouTube channel "foreigner farming in the Philippines" and she's ready to start a piggery, which her brother would take care of, where in lays the problem, my opinion is that a business like that will not be successful unless you personally manage it which I'm not willing to do, when I retire I don't want to do anything but relax, travel and pursue hobbies. I understand her motives, it's all about setting up her family but we've already given more than enough over the years, it's time to take care of ourselves.
  8. 8 points
    Our 500 meter Lot was purchased as a 2nd Sale from a much Larger leased Lot of some 2,500 meters. This larger Lot is inhabited by 3/4 families with something like 13 Houses to house all the kids and the like. Whist some do work ( construction, DOA, ,Lee Plaza and Chin Loong)) they have a very enterprising community. The main activity is a Chicharon Frying Area ( which can be a bind if the wind changes) A motorcycle Repair Area and a take in washing ( laundy) Area, The Community will never be Rich but neither do or will they starve We have been here for 7 years now and apart from Wakes and the like, I personally have had little to do with them ( My bad). I took my wifes older Red Kawasaki around earlier Today to have the Brakes cleaned out, while I was there the Elder of the community showed me around and as the Topic Title portrays, I was Both Surprised and enamoured at what really goes on round there, at the time the teenage Boys were roasting a Pig for lechon in the Open area at the Bottom of the Lot ( they do this for the Locals for pennies) In this day and age given the severity of Living for the people. My hat goes off to these neighbours we have and I Can see now why they can but don't always do, walk with their heads held High as being part of a community that will pull together and meet the Hardships that other communities I have seen don't seem to do Kevin (sonjack) and others have seen and met on occasions some of these people and I am sure will agree they are Really nice people. Ok it is a little bit of Trivia from Jack but it is nice when I or any of us can say Well done to our neighbours who are probably richer than we are in Humility/ humanity and family togetherness
  9. 8 points
    Well KId, ..... If a good and valued friend came to you with this situation and ask your advice.... what would you advise ? We're living in a place where a sawbuck well get you a professional opinion and medical advice. I paid P300 for the office visit in January that led to my colonoscopy. Try pitching that offer at a walk-in med. clinic in our country and they'd either collar you and show you the door, laugh in your face, or call the psycho squad for a pick-up. That said (in good humor), I doubt its the money factor that's the hitch. Don't sell yourself short. Jack P. makes a very good point. If you're reluctant to do it for self, do it for your woman and forum mates. Had an old friend of many years who was adverse to doctors. At 82 with a paunch, and proud of his physical strength developed as a furniture mover, he developed a hernia. When his intestine would pop through the muscle gap, he would stoically suffer and push it back in and tighten his belly band. Despite us telling him to get his hernia treated he proudly tolerated it. One night at coffee he disappeared into the CR for a very long time. When we checked on him, we decided to haul him to the hospital to get his gut packed back in properly. They fixed him up and gave him a referral... which he didn't bother to follow up on. despite having 100% medical insurance coverage. Three weeks later he was found dead in his little cabin. A life-long bachelor, who had no one to over ride his self-imposed, non-sensical strictures. He left an estate of 2.5 MILLION DOLLARS .... to everyone's amazement. Now I know none of us are in that sort of boat, but if a man insists on not tending to his medical needs that come with age, no one else will. Your forum friends value you, so be good to yourself. No sense in checking out prematurely if it can be easily avoided. Sorry if I over-stepped here, but one of the reasons for forums is to help one another, and I don't think you would have bothered to mention your personal situation if it weren't a small thorn in the back of your mind. IMO
  10. 8 points
    Here is my daughter`s interpretation of what they look like. Quite accurate really.
  11. 8 points
    I know many of you long time guys can relate... https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1822004994495830
  12. 8 points
    I love it as happened today when these aggressive Locals fail to involve the Foreigner and end up fighting ( figuratively) between themselves. Our Captain gave them 7 days to clear the Road of Glass and Debris, To add insult to injury, they came and borrowed My Grass Gutter ( Strimmer) and Grass rakes Guess who is the best friend this week? Ha! I even gave them 25 refuse sacks for the Job. Many ways to Skin a cat and live another happy week
  13. 8 points
    I read a few news articles on the subject. Gambling during wakes is exempt from Presidential Decree 1602, also known as the Anti-Illegal Gambling Law. While Philippine Muslims bury their dead within 24 hours, the Catholic practice is usually nine days of prayers (novena) before burial. The reason for the length is to permit family members to travel and pay their respects. To keep relatives, friends and neighbors at the wake, gambling is offered as a pastime. This could be mahjong, betting and card games. Among poorer family, a certain percentage is given to the family to defray funeral expenses. Some parish priests are trying to put a stop by refusing last rites before burial, but it sounds like a losing battle. Personally, my preference is to add a new tradition from Taiwan, pole dancers on jeeps and flatbed trucks as a status symbol for the wealthy.
  14. 8 points
    Found this Photo on my FB page this Morning and have had quite a few Local Likes from members here So, for those that don't read my page I thought I would Put up this fantastic pencil art done by my Sister-in- law ( Wife of my youngest brother wearing Glasses they are Me Mam, me Little sister, our youngest Chris, Yours Truly and never forgetting our Eldest Ray
  15. 8 points
    50,000-67,000 year time frame? Somehow reminds me of waiting for PLDT to answer a service call.
  16. 8 points
    We have made some good friends of some of the parents at our kid's school. One couple has been to our house a few times and we visited their coffee bar and resto in Dinalupihan a few times. They kept promising us and some other parents that they would have us out to their parents farm in Lubao, and today we did visit. They had a belated pool party for their son, who turned 5 a few weeks ago. Wow, what a place! We only saw the area around the main house. They have a lot of mangoes and a few other fruits. Somewhere they have pigs and sheep, but we did not see them. It is a big place! The main house and grounds are amazing! I don't know how they have money, but they must have a lot. The family, especially the couple we are close to, are very down to earth and not pretentious. We met the mother and father, and two brothers. The father has a sister who lives in Torrance, CA, near where I grew up. They bought this house and farm with retirement in mind, about 6 years ago, but they have since decided that they don't like living there. Too boring. So they have a lot of caretakers and just visit when they feel like it. Their other house is in Dinalupihan, about 20 minutes away. They do have the farm for sale if anyone is interested. Some pics of the outside of the house and grounds: I didn't get a good shot of the "front" of the house which is actually a side. They usually enter in the back as that is closest to the garage. This picture of the left is looking from the rotunda in front towards the front of the house. The building on the left is a "party house" that is just a big room with tables, and a big kitchen in the back. The picture on the right is looking from the party house out to the rotunda. These two pictures are looking from the party house to the "side" the main house. Two pictures of a side that has a pond, but they won't have water in the pond until the rains start. Two shots of the pool area. They fill it with well water, but the wells could not fill it in time for the party. However, it worked out perfectly for the small kids. It was probably 1 ft deep in the shallow and 1.5 in the deep. The dry big pond and catch basin. When rainy season starts it fills quickly and they stock it with Tilapia. We plan to go back and let the kids fish. Then, looking from the pond dock to the back of the main house. Kids having fun at the pool! My kids have the hats. My 2 almost 3 year old is quite a fish! She goes underwater without issues and does not panic or cry. When she pops up, she yells "yeah"! She only had one lesson but learned to blow out when she goes under. Hope to get them back into lessons soon.
  17. 8 points
    Many many posts ago I stated that what might sound negative was in fact very Positive and echoed by some Even You My friend, Most here have admired what you have done and intend to do, but as it turns out many of our Positive Thoughts and woes on things have turned out to be the truth in this case. Constructive criticism and help from those that have done things seems to have offended you, well My Friend you really do have a lot to learn, But if you are not that Interested in Learning from OUR mistakes then you will just have to learn from your own, and you will make them! So if you do as you say want to leave, as I welcomed you when you joined I will say ( with Sadness) But BJ don't be a Stranger, In the Philippines we All need Friends
  18. 8 points
    Any foreigner who falls in love with a Pinay of his choosing, should be advised that.... if he also chooses to come here to live.... he will be passing through one of he portals of the Twilight Zone. Google Search < twilight zone + intro > To see where you are and what awaits you. Usually the first thing your ears pick up is the time warped sound of the 1958 Everly Brothers hit 'Problems'. Opener : "Problems, problems, problems all day long. Will my problems work out right or wrong?" Closing Line : "They're all on account of my lovin' you like I do." Hey, Guess what...... my newly rebuilt property access Bamboo Bridge is almost finished after 4 days. My dear little wife's project cost estimate was only off by an additional 200% ! Ako mahirap.... again... and the monthly budget has blown away with the wind. I should have known better (... with a girl like you....), buts it all on account of my lovin' her like I do. So it goes.
  19. 7 points
    We were given, had it dropped in our lap, a female Cockatiel so I had to build a flight. She seemed to be lonely so we went and bought a male. She is grey he is white. Oh well if they breed maybe I can get 2k for each chick. I think we will not have any trouble with them as they look to be quite at ease with each other in only a few hours.
  20. 7 points
    On the other hand, how many hotel suites can you stay in if you saved the cost of those road beasts. Prices start at about $100,000 and go to a million or more for deluxe or custom models. And then you have the cost of fuel, maintenance, insurance, camp spot fees, parking/storage fees when not in use, etc. I am reminded of the old saying about owning a boat; "The two best days of my life were the day I bought my boat, and the day I was finally able to sell the damn thing."
  21. 7 points
    The news articles said he was leading a flight of 4 F-35's when he was declared missing. I would assume they marked "last known location" and reported it to their command. The technology shown on a F-22/35 on their visors is absolutely amazing about situational awareness that encompasses a bubble around them that is well beyond visual range. There was no report of a parachute, so I guess the pilot had no time or he was unable to activate the ejection system. The name of the pilot is Major Akinori Hosomi, age 41. He was apparently an experienced combat pilot, logging in thousand plus hours on either the F-16 or the F-15 that the Japanese self defense force have in their inventory. My condolence to his family and his unit. Respectfully Jake
  22. 7 points
    Be forewarned. I had 'soft' toast this morn. Wife fried it in the wok. She explained that when she first put it in the toaster oven... there was a very bad smell. Her diagnosis, since his has happened before, was that one of the house lizards was in residence inside when she turned it on. If you're into unique flavors or looking for something totally different, the PI sometimes has a lot to offer.
  23. 7 points
    No Dislike button. If you are an Anti-Trumper keep it to yourself. No politics.
  24. 7 points
    First thing is get that scarf off him.... Lol
  25. 7 points
    I have such a device - I call it "the wife". It has a unique function compared to others on the market - it translates everything into what I want to hear regardless of what was actually said!
  26. 7 points
    Negativity or facts? Simple matter is that's the way it is. Members give advice or opinions and usually it's from their experiences. So what is negitive about that.? Anyway tell the same story on any forum or Facebook group and you will get the same answers and one day you will look back at this while sharing your own experience and now wisdom. Good luck
  27. 7 points
    Don't jump ship due to people giving advice that you don't want to hear. This forum is one of the best out there for advice. Sure some may sound negative but the information is factual not hearsay. Most of us have been burned a little here in the Philippines it's a whole new ball game out here. Logic and loyalty goes right out of the window sadly. Have a look arround some of the older posts and you will see a recurring pattern. Westerners coming here and falling in love within weeks, luckily meeting a great partner who has so many friends in high places that can get them special deals. Fast forward 6 months or a year and he realises he's being royaly shafted and suddenly it's all gone pear shaped. There is a hierarchy here. Family, friends, pets then foreigners. If you catch someone out then the gates close and you are the outsider. We are cash cows for the vast majority here and you've got to play their game. Keep your money in the bank and enjoy a simple life. Almost every foreigner I know that goes into business over here ends up more stressed than they were when back in their home countries. You'll get a few that strike lucky but even some of them a few years later can get bitten. If more foreigners would post their ideas on here before spending the cash I'm sure a lot of pain and money could have been saved. Try not to look on things from your perspective. Look on it as what you would say if you were advising a friend. I'm going through a process of trying to tell a good friend he is being screwed over by his partner but his blinkers are on. I've asked him hypothetically what he would in certain situations and every time he says the person is a fool and why doesn't he do X,Y and Z. I sit back and shake my head as I'm describing him. We are not saying you are wrong we are just highlighting possibilities, stay and prove us wrong.
  28. 7 points
    Interesting. My wife would also get bored when I was out of country and likes to stay busy. I could afford it at the time, so I usually agreed to staking her in her 'business' ventures. They were all learning experiences. Some adventures and some misadventures. Most a mixture of both. I pretty much knew I would never see my money again ( she did not disappoint me in that regard ), but she did use whatever money she made for her daughter's education. Put her through nursing college here, sent her to older sister (also a nurse) in Sydney for Aus. certification studies and nursing work. Now in medical school. Thank God, I'm not on the financial hook for that ! Ako mahirap. When my step daughter was 11 my wife would try anything to give her the best education possible through her own efforts. She didn't want to use my money but fund it herself. She saw it as her personal responsibility. At one point she tried the 5/6. For Filipinos who don't mind occasional reality drama and can avoid most of the potential risks to health. wealth and peace of mind..... they might want to try it. It takes a certain type of personality to go this route, I would think, with good social skills, business sense and accounting ability. Also the bravery to confront others when necessary, and override the SIR social norms. My wife here is a warrior woman and she gave the 5/6 loan business a whirl twelve or so years ago. Didn't last long since I put an end it. Or shall I say, we mutually agreed that it wasn't worth the trouble collecting money or repossessing pledged security collateral items and dealing with deadbeats or simply people who preferred to buy rice and fish to stay alive on rather than retire incurred debt, despite earnest promises made and signed to in times of stressful need and desperation. I recall that near the end of that run, I came back in country to find an extra refrigerator in the house. I listened to her tale of how she repo'd it with the help of the barangay captain and his council aides, confronting the upper class seaman's wife with the promissory note, etc. Despite extra time given, the woman didn't want to give it up. It was loaded onto the back of a rented jeepney and brought to my rental house in our subdivision and was now ours. I told her to sell it ASAP, but before that happened, her not so bright teen nieces, who never had electricity in their house, decide to help the defrost process along by chipping the ice off the compartment with sharp pointed knives.... puncturing the freon tubes in multiple places and destroying the thing. I told her to drop the business. As usual, her adventure started while I was out of country..... like her business ventures into: running a small hometown carenderia ( lasted 2 months due to friends and relatives who ate but didn't pay) , fish pond leasing ( 3 harvest cycles until the leaser thought we were making actual profit and raised the leasing cost),.... or the multi-cab route franchise venture (2 years).... or the small piggery (3 years). They all made money.... on a Filipino small business level, which often translates into small profit on considerable investments of money, labor and time. Finally she got a regular job with SSS and Philhealth benefits and finished funding daughter's education. I'm not a fan of having a wife or GF running a 5/6 loan business primarily because the expat is put at risk. People may think that the money is coming from the expat, not the Pinay wife or GF's own capital. Few people feel endearment to their creditors, despite voluntarily using them for their own needs. If there is unwarranted resentment in times of emotional anguish over the debt trap they put themselves into, do you think they will logically take self-responsibility for their predicament ? If they are angry or temporarily imbalanced with alcohol, who do you think they are more apt to lash out at if it comes to that...... a local fellow neighborhood Pinoy or Pinay.... or the foreigner who they think might be their true creditor behind the wife or GF they are doing business with ? Just a thought. My Aussie friend here, whose wife is in the business isn't bothered by this. I was. He often has motorcycles in his yard, awaiting repayment for loans. His wife, like mine, is middle aged and has been doing business for quite a while, but she is a respected landowner, small businesswoman and clan matriarch. That does give him some protection. I think the only time I truly resent an honest businessman 5/6 operator is when I have the bad luck of falling into an ATM line at a bank when they are processing all their collateralized client ATM cards for their collection withdrawls. It takes a very long time, but it is interesting watching them stuff the wads of dispensed cash into their pockets when standing outside. LOL
  29. 6 points
    We were visiting friends in Randers, Denmark located in the Jutland peninsula. At the time, my wife and I were the only persons with black hair and brown eyes. Everyone else had blond hair and blue eyes. Now, the adults tried to be polite and not stare. But the children, especially the younger ones, would open their mouths and stare while pointing their fingers at us. Our hosts explained the children thought we were Inuits or Eskimos from Greenland which is governed by Denmark. So we played along by rubbing our noses much to the delight of the children. The children were taught it is a common greeting among the natives from the artic region. A few wanted to rub noses with us as a welcome to their town. After the Vietnam war, there were lots of black haired children during our visit. Some were adopted. Others were from Vietnamese refugee families who were now residents. Gone were the days of our rubbing noses.
  30. 6 points
    I have experience with "losing" papers that are then found in the printer/scanner! I'm absent minded, as I have mentioned before. They say many geniuses are absent minded. Jack, I think my most recent "lost an found" story has yours beat! I'll try to make it brief. Tues, withdrew p10k from ATM and put in wallet. Wednesday noon went to pay for something and wallet was empty! Looked for money (10k + small bills maybe 1k) all over cars and house. We/I ended up with a few theories: 1. I had only taken the wallet out once during that time, at a 7-11 we don't usually go to. There were a lot of local factory workers having lunch. My wife was convinced that one of them had snatched my cash while I was paying. It didn't really add up in my mind. 2. I had done something really stupid and left the cash somewhere or dropped it. Absent minded me was thinking I did something stupid. 3. Kids. I asked the kids, almost 3, and 5, if they played with the money. Both said no. Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, I looked around some more, but no cash. My wife had me 80% convinced about 7-11. She was also pissed off that I lost 10K+ plus, as was I. Friday rolls around and my wife excitedly calls me into the guest room / play room. My 5 year old had found the money in their playhouse! Strange thing was, I had looked in there twice, I think, and there was a lot of play money on the floor. I think I looked close enough to see only play money. So perhaps it was neatly buried underneath the play money, or moved there at some point. The almost 3 year old was the culprit and readily said she played with my wallet. She didn't really understand when we first asked. My bad for leaving my wallet where she could get it. I keep on a high shelf now. The guilty party!
  31. 6 points
    Most parrots can talk so just ask. If that doesn't work, stroke the lower belly area for 5-10 minutes and depending on what happens, you will know which it is.
  32. 6 points
    Just wanted to say "thanks" to all of my Dumaguete Friends for your advice and comments on your city and where to stay. We stayed at Bethel Guest House and it was a pleasant and enjoyable stay. I must say, you all have a wonderful city and area, and it became very obvious that there are a a lot of you in this area and you all seemed to be pleasant and happy. Everyone I met was was cordial, welcoming, and very helpful. I hope to see you all again very soon. Cheers! John
  33. 6 points
    On a lighter note Funny and true During the early 70's (could have been Late 60's) I was stationed at Flight Maintenance Wing at RAF Shawbury in Salop (Shropshire) England. One dismal day an uproar came as a Repaired Harrier went missing. It had been parked on the Outer shoulder Tarmac awaiting it's return to the Squadron. On this particular Morning I guess prior 6am the Tower reported that the Aircraft had been Moved and were not informed. Transpires that the RAF Regiment ( Air Force ground Fighting and security Regiment) training squad had nipped down to the Army Ordnance camp a couple of miles away and Borrowed a Centurion Tank camouflage Cover. They spent apparently, some hours Hiding this Aircraft which could not be see after from the Tower or I would think anyone passing within 50/60 feet. The exercise ended with a few on report but much laughter in the Officers Mess and certainly in Junior ranks Mess, when the Scramble egg brigade (Senior Officers) arrived Low and behold it was back in its place having never moved at all, I was led to believe that photos showed the Plane was not there at one time but back at another, Seems while some were on Report for fear of damage to the Aircraft ( There was just 2 (two) I believe ariels missing) But the Training Squad were applauded by there own senior NCO's and at least one Officer for the remarkable job they done on Concealing the said Aircraft. It Transpired that the "Jockey" ( Pilot) had upset one of the Sentries and this was the squads retaliation to the event. Just a bit of Trivia to highlight the need to not always trust what the eye sees ( or Doesn't in this case) Geeze how sometimes we all miss these things from our Early Life ( Well I do anyway)
  34. 6 points
    Bastonjock take a moment to cool down. lots of what members write do appear to come across with negative connotations how ever they are not intended this way. Together there are many years of hands on experienced advice on this form, people trying to help.Yes medicine does not taste good. Be that as it may, we are looking out for you and would like nothing better than to see your project succeed. The reality is, as said by members whom have personally dug wells, including myself in rocky terrain that the price quoted does not add up, something is not correct. Take a moment to look at your Barangay captain, sounds also fishy, would not surprise me if he is in cahoots with the greedy land owners. One thing these kind people fear is.authority, why have an attorney visit these people with a document drawn up per the original agreement, I believe there would be a good chance they would sign. lastly I would be very hesitant about spending any more funds here, something about this whole situation just does not seem correct, like when one smells smoke. Keep those hard earned under the kilt for now.......
  35. 6 points
    I am learning too, my retirement is going to be enjoying doing everything and nothing ,keeping all our hard earned cash in the bank making nothing but it is enough to outsee us both. Its great reading what others are doing and have achieved and I wish everyone all the luck in the world , but it all seems like hard work, and lots of STRESS, I am happy with my camera and a view and to watch the world go by for now.
  36. 6 points
    I'm sorry to hear of the issues but sadly us Westerners will find it difficult to get our heads arround thinking here. It's taken me a few years and hundreds of hours of study and first hand experience of how things are done. Listen to those that have been here years they are talking from experience. From my experience you have now come up against Filipino 'Face". You've now embarrassed them and all gloves will be off. Regardless of your good intentions in offering them a deal which they initially accepted you are now in the wrong. The Barangay siding with a foreigner will seriously piss them off. Technically you have a right to have water cross their land but technicalities don't matter here. I'd cut your losses and run. In retirement it's not worth the hastle. Do a deal with one of your partners relatives in return for some payment each month and slowly recoup your money. They'll be less likely to bother a local. In the mountains things can happen and no one will be a witness.
  37. 6 points
    Speaking of a 3 story house, I remember hearing that you know you’re getting old when your sweetheart says, “honey let’s go upstairs and make love “ and your reply is, ”can’t do both “ :)
  38. 6 points
    Made the mistake this morning of trying to go to the 1st day of a 5 day sale at S&R Imus. Sale days they open at 8am so we left the house at 7am figuring we'd have plenty of time to get there at the opening. Normally it's a 40 min. drive. Aguinaldo highway was so backed up with sale goers that we didn't even get a parking spot till 9:45. When we got out of the car and headed towards the entrance we saw a line of people waiting to get in that stretched the whole length of the store. My GF and I just looked at each other and said no f-ing way. We figured that if the lines to get in are this bad, then the lines at the registers would be just as bad. Got back in the car and went back home.
  39. 5 points
    I have a 'regular' mani-pedi shop in the mall in Cagayan De Oro and one in Ozamiz for when I visit (I actually prefer the Ozamiz one). I have the same sorts of issues trying to do it myself, spreading waist line, less flexibility and arthritis in my hands makes it difficult. SWMBO is happy to do it but honestly I prefer the 'experience' at the mall, it's part of a day out, get a mani-pedi, go and have some nice cooked food, go and see a movie and then go home. If you'd told me 20 years ago that I'd enjoy going for a manicure and pedicure I'd have laughed at you :)
  40. 5 points
    I could be wrong and most likely I am. I know this because my wife tells me this all the time. However, as nice as the cleanup can make things look nice, for a short while, there is a bigger issue. That is to get the citizens to stop polluting, littering, and otherwise not cause the cleanup to be need in the first place. I have seen private work crews as well as government roadside cleanup personal. Their work is good and when finished the area looks nice where they cleaned, for maybe five minutes. I see locals riding in their cars, jeepneys, or just walking right behind the cleanup area with trash being thrown out the vehicle windows, or the pedestrians drop their garbage as they walk and eat. To them it does not matter if glass or plastic bottle, plastic or paper wrap. Somehow this beautiful country needs to educate the citizens of the dangers of all this pollution. It starts on the land and then most all of it will eventually work its way to the waterways and then the sea. As I have said before, this type of pollution is a far greater risk to humans than the global warming/ climate change hysteria. Okay, off my soap box. Sorry if I have offended anyone but these are my thoughts and I truly think it is just a matter of time before it all catches up with everyone.
  41. 5 points
    Jack. Are you sure you didn't take to the hand pump DURING the shower?
  42. 5 points
    My Device has an OFF Button, how about yours???
  43. 5 points
    If I could just give one piece of advice to 'newcomers' to the Philippines, it would be: Don't try to beat them at their own game.
  44. 5 points
    I think the OP just requires some time to cool down and reflect on his situation. Many here have been in similar situations and understand full well his dilemma, he will be answering his own questions for now. Personally I admire his intentions and honesty and like many wish him well. If he is reading this as I believe he is, please come back to us as we all enjoy discussing and commenting.
  45. 5 points
    Family innit
  46. 5 points
    How so very true I was talking to my wife last night about Banking and she was telling me that at least 50% of the employees at her company Don't have a bank account but mainly can't meet the Requirements that some banks want. It transpires that the Company Run their own Credit Department based on Cooperative membership dues and Staff borrow (Some Heavily ) throughout the Month, so Pay day ( For those without a bank Account are paid Cash, now after all the Months Borrowings and payments on salary loans are deducted sometimes, there is not very much to come, I guess it is the same with our Construction workers and House helps, they have these Advances and many forget this has to be paid back before they are given wages at the end of the Week/Month or whatever, To me it is no wonder that there is nothing to save and there won't be until they get their credit and borrowings under control Times are many where I sit and have a beer at my Sorry, sorry and watch them pay their Bill for the week and have a beer or two, Good they can get this Credit to live but one has to wonder if they overspend on credit. at the Store. Just as a for instance ( and much to my dislike) our helper as good as she is, has an account with my wife that is about 5.500 peso in the Red on wages Advanced. When she Goes home at the end of the Month for a week I rather think she will in for a shock. But it's OK, I know Azon will make sure she is OK
  47. 5 points
    I am beginning to think that the Locals really do think that the law is only for us (Foreigners) Earlier I went down to my Local Sorry sorry and there was an almighty row going on in the Yard, Now this family are not Rich but by Local standards are certainly not Poor. Last year the Father and one of the Sons bought "Toyota Wigos" neither have their regular Plates yet. Now as I said in an earlier Post I now have mine yet bought the car over 1 year after them. Now, there is an LTO ruling that when regular Plates are associated with a new car on Conduction numbers they must be affixed or there is a fine of 5.000 peso on apprehension. It seems that Both were caught out in the cars following each other from somewhere and of Course got caught in a Road check. the HPG ( Highway patrol group) had an LTO Deputy with them and I guess were straight on to this YES! 2 birds with one stone comes to mind Now one had his Conduction number on a plate but no Authorisation to drive on the Road, The Son has still got is for Registration Plate on. Bad! What I thought was neither has been near Toyota as they would have been told we have your Plates, ( my niece works there and has said they have quite a few that are not collected or affixed) So, if that is the Case they are obviously not having the cars serviced and thus will put their warranties in Jeopardy. So apparently, according to my neighbour the row is about this 10.000 peso joint fine, as I said Stupid.
  48. 5 points
    In this case maybe a would be better
  49. 5 points
    There's a reason I call her the Angry Midget or Short Angry One.
  50. 5 points
    When she starts talking in Bisaya to me then I know she is in a bad mood, that's when I get a beer and go to the top floor out of her way
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