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  1. It seems like those of us who are seniors have been spending virtually all of time at home for months now. I am spending more time working in the yard, reading, and working on my painting. The yard is improving especially with the recent rains, and folks say my painting is improving. This is my latest series of still life featuring flowers.
    16 points
  2. Was explaining to my wife, I thought it would be selfish of me, knowing I had a terminal illness and kept trying to get treated. I also do not want to extend the misery and drain resources for my wife. One of my wife's cousin died of cancer 20 years ago here in the PI, still paying. One fact for sure, we will all die.
    15 points
  3. I live Moalboal about two to three hours from the closest "real" hospital. If I have a heart attack my plan is to die. I do have a credit card with a very large credit limit in case of accidents/illness where I have good chance of coming home healthy. If it is cancer or something similar that appears to be terminal I don't think I would choose to be treated. Doing so would only extend the misery and drain resources that my wife would need for her future.
    12 points
  4. Door to door caroling has just been banned here in the Metro! That alone is worth the hassle of wearing a mask
    11 points
  5. Up until about February of 2020, a common piece of advice was to apply for your 13A Permanent Resident Visa while in the US. Unfortunately, when the COIVD lockdowns and travel restrictions kicked in, applying from the US was not possible. So, the only way to apply was to enter the Philippines, as a spouse of a Filipino, with a formal 9A tourist visa, and apply from within the Philippines. i ended up taking a shot at both: got the entire 13A application done to turn in to the San Francisco Consulate, all the while hoping they would re-open, and then put a whole different package together to
    11 points
  6. I have only Phil-health and a credit-card just in case. Anyway St Peters funeral is on route to the hospitals if I don't make it that far.
    10 points
  7. OnMyWay had passed me a URL for an apparent part of the Forum where he had logged contact info for a recommended van service in the Subic area. Unfortunately, when I used it, the system gave me a big shrug. So...thought I'd insert the following here in the hopes it helps someone down the road (pun intended). My wife and I just spent a week in the general Subic area scouting around to see if we wanted to live there and doing some representative house hunting. OnMyWay had steered me to a guy named Dex, and I contacted him to arrange for a few days of driving us around - kind of combinati
    10 points
  8. I don't think so. I have found that Office Warehouse has better prices than National Bookstore. The box I have has lasted a long time.
    10 points
  9. I'm fortunate in having a 4.5km beach that I jog most mornings just after 6am then in the afternoon I return and go for a couple of km swim. I even throw in a walk most days just to buy a fresh buko on the beach. Night time it's a movie projected onto my wall. Groundhog day every day but at least I'm not stuck in a city or out in the province.
    10 points
  10. Nighttime at home. The sparky is about done with the outside lighting and is still working on the electric gate and lots of little projects. The new hanging lamp. The light is actually more reddish looking than the photo shows and moderately bright - good for when in the mood... And today was final move-out day including extra car, motorcycle, washing machine. It was a very busy morning signing out of the apartment and preparing so much "last minute" stuff to send in a hired truck. The library/office has a new desk, my chair and a nice view of orchard. I hooked up th
    10 points
  11. 75% of deaths 72% of injury related deaths occur in the home so my plan is to keep away from my home as much as possible.
    9 points
  12. There are some things even by adding bacon remain inedible.
    9 points
  13. Roger that YNC. Set condition normal cruising. Secure from battle stations. All ahead flank, watch out world, I'm free to go out and play again. No symptoms developed, not even a cold or flu. However, I do have one serious illness.....it's called lackofnookie.
    9 points
  14. I feel "relatively" safe here in the Philippines and will not be traveling to the USA for any reason in the foreseeable future where current infections are topping 100,000 per day. When/if the vaccine arrives here I will not be first in line. Like others I will wait awhile and try to research what is available. In the meantime I continue to "hunker down" and hope for the best.
    9 points
  15. Price of vegetables and fish seem to be lower than normal here Moalboal. More people fishing and planting because virtually all jobs relating to tourism have disappeared. t Many more little roadside stands selling vegetables and folks going door to door selling seafood.
    9 points
  16. Jurys verdict Have a beer and chill out
    8 points
  17. What the quoted post is trying to say is that sometimes, a return flight is cheaper than a throw away flight. This is often the case if someone already lives in the region and very occasionally true outside of SE Asia. As a seasoned international traveller, you'd know that flight prices can be wildly variable. No one on this forum is trying to deliberately mislead anyone; as is often the case with all things travel related, and almost everything in PI, your mileage will vary.
    8 points
  18. I don't know Dan, whether I really had it or not. Or perhaps I did have the virus, kicked it and then will catch it again later? I understand that it is currently going through its mutation phase, just like the others. Does that mean, we get a different vaccine each year due to different symptoms? This vaccine making the headlines sounds promising but I must admit, I'm a little apprehensive. Although I was always practicing personal hygiene and following the rules of my community, my very first test positive is considered a bump on the road for me. I did not freak out, saying the s
    8 points
  19. First advice is to stay away from cheap cars for sale in Manila. After a flood there are always lots of them for sale. They have been in a flood and will never be the same.
    8 points
  20. "They have no grave but the cruel sea, No flower lay at their heads, A rusting hulk is their tombstone, Afast on the ocean bed. We will remember them"
    8 points
  21. I have always thought of Rememberence Day with this poem (by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae). Lest We Forget.
    8 points
  22. Rent first then rent again. If you have experience of the Philippines I'm sure you will be aware of some culture differences here so it's best to remain mobile until you find the location that provides most of what you want. You would struggle to get everything that you expect in the West and the support to overcome things you don't like. If you are new here the first thing to be aware of is you can't own land. The second thing is a lot of land has many disputes as to owns it so leasing long term to build could be a headache if there are problems. Certain areas are prone to natura
    8 points
  23. Firstly if you are considering moving here be aware that renting is your best option until you find the right location for your needs. Prices have dropped in renting and not sure if buying has as they usually think they can get more that the current market.
    8 points
  24. I'm a newly arrived ex-pat. Though I've travelled here a lot over the years. my wife and I are now embarked on settling in to retire here. I've had a lot of opportunities to shake my head and chuckle at how the Filipinos figure out how to solve a problem by using whatever they have handy. Yesterday, I experienced resourcefulness I just have to share. My bother in law drove my wife down to the San Fernando Pampanga civil government enclave yesterday to get her driver's license. All three of us were wearing the Philippine national uniform: t-shirts, chinellas, and shorts. The guard at
    8 points
  25. Well guys, it has been several hours since I submitted this post. I'm beginning to have 2nd thoughts about this whole ordeal. I now wish to get that symptom of unable to smell. That last fart was da bomb and I'm dying here.
    8 points
  26. With Covid being as it is in the UK, you'd be better off staying in Auckland!
    8 points
  27. Hi there. The purpose of this post is to give anyone reading an insightful, hands-on/modern experience on what to expect when they visit BOI, Main Office in Intramuros, Magellanes Dr for obtaining a 13A Marriage Visa. I will not go over the 13A Visa process but just focus on the experience and thoughts on what to expect and to help those trying or looking to apply. Appointment - We arrived at the big, old building about an hour before our scheduled interview time. (Interview is secured online, 3 working days before you want to go, but you have to be fast and book it within the first
    8 points
  28. WOW just WOW, I suggest a lot of people go and buy new shirts as there seems to be a lot of backstabbing and jibes going on about other posters point of view. Just because somebody has a different point of view is no reason to be nasty. Why did I settle in the Philippines well long story short my wife hid my passport.
    8 points
  29. Just announced here in the UK Oxford/Astra zenika phase 3 results Up to 90% effective Another newsfeed I found said the cost per vaccine for Pfizer and moderna would be around 35 USD while the Oxford vaccine is 3 USD. It also is being mass manufactured in the developing world and doesn't need ultracold storage The cavalry is coming guys
    7 points
  30. They conducted 3different trials You're correct 70% on 2 of them Single dose and full double dose However half dose followed by a full dose revealed 90% due to the half dose priming the immune system and the second dose boosting the immunity
    7 points
  31. I tried having the end of life discussions with my wife. She gets upset and will not even talk about it. I am only 56 but I do feel my superpowers weakening every year)))) We do not plan on having children together so that simplifies things a little.
    7 points
  32. I think I'd make a distinction between treatments for cancer and medical care for cancer. I wouldn't want major surgical intervention but treatment for pain and suffering (who wants to be in agony) seems like something I'd want (and possibly first round chemo for life extension, chemo tends to get worse the more rounds you have). In the Philippines pain management drugs aren't easily availabe so I'd be thinking to involve a pain management specialist so that palliative care pain treatment was available towards the end stages. Morphine seems to be the most commonly used pain treatment d
    7 points
  33. My wife's pretty slow when cooking, Tom.
    7 points
  34. It will be better to come here and rent for a while so you can find the location and type of dwelling you want. We can give advice but it may not be accurate at the time for the area you want. Things change here and what is ok one week may not be ok a bit later. As for hiring local labour well you have to have a lot of patience as they are set in their ways and the workmanship is not always up to very much. They are set in their ways and it will be a major headache to get them to change, the crap they build will not show up at first but when the time comes for maintenance it will show. Rent fo
    7 points
  35. Wish I had such creative skills. My time has been spent walking, at least 2.5 hours per hour. I have had a Fitbit for past 5 years and have just passed 25,000,000 steps which equates to about 18,750 kms, or the same as London to Auckland. If lockdown continues for much longer. I will have to start the Auckland London return leg !
    7 points
  36. I saw my niece writing down some math problems on a piece of paper yesterday, it looked like trigonometry so I asked her what it was, she said “it’s pie seeks”....confused, I asked her “what’s pie seeks? I’ve never heard of it before” then it dawned on me, I says “you mean physics”? she starts laughing and gets embarrassed and says yes.
    6 points
  37. Another question would be: Which members pay their rent with postdated checks of any kind? My answer would be never. Post dated checks were "required" a few times but I explained I did not have a checking account, only a savings account and I gave some BS about foreigners not allowed to open checking accounts and they swallowed it and then I just paid cash each month. I did know a couple of guys who paid a year in advance and got a discount. One guy got swindled out of his money when it turned out the woman had rented the same house to 2 different people and then buggered off (not even he
    6 points
  38. Girl 'launches' 42 riders to bring her chicken fillet November 26, 2020 A SCHOOL-AGED girl’s single tap on a food delivery app to order a box of chicken fillet became multiple taps, thanks to a snail-paced internet connection and the app’s reported erratic behavior. In a narrow street in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City past 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, around 42 Foodpanda riders arrived at the place to deliver boxes of two-piece chicken fillet accidentally ordered by a seven-year-old girl. A neighbor, Dann Kayne Suarez, narrated the incident on his Facebook Live.
    6 points
  39. Among all the usual discussion we have which usually involves her peeling off at some unfathomable tangent this one popped up the other day J:- Our government really spend a lot of money because the Philippines population is very high. People's always jogging making babies Me:- Laugh J:- They always do jogging every day.my neighbour Maria have 13 children and her husband is a drinker too. I don't know how their children manage to live Me:- tell her to get it sewn up J:- it cannot be sewn now the thread always loosen Me:- I've got 2 bricks in my suitcase wil
    6 points
  40. Just have to wait for Ems to wake up to find it , the only links I know are sausages
    6 points
  41. And I guess you can paint them with that yellow paint you mentioned in a previous post so they stand out even more, Tom! Maybe add some black chevrons to complete the effect.
    6 points
  42. It’s also a good idea to check if the LTO (Land Transportation Office) has any “alarms” or “apprehensions” on the vehicle. Alarms = stolen vehicle; Apprehensions = outstanding fines and if the tag matches the vehicle. To check the tag simply send a text to the LTO. From any network send “LTO VEHICLE (plate number) to 2600. Example: LTO VEHICLE ABC123. You should get a reply within a few minutes. Note: their clean reply (no alarms) is no guarantee that the vehicle is not stolen, but it should indemnify you. So take a screen shot of the reply and save it.
    6 points
  43. I agree the gap is closing, but In reality they will never catch up unless salaries do the same - otherwise people simply wouldn't be able to survive. I try to avoid buying imported products as they are ridiculously expensive and, frankly, I can get by without them. You can buy a basic chocolate bar here for 10php - try buying a kit-kat or similar here and you'll pay about 3 times more - sure, the quality is not the same but it's more than acceptable. I can easily understand why some foreigners living here say it's no cheaper than their home country - if you are living a certain lifest
    6 points
  44. Roger that Chief, at 70 years old....I'm still grumpy with a touch of insanity. As long as I have my morning black coffee and some sativa, I'm good to go. By the way, 7 more days before my quarantine expires. I can still smell my farts.
    6 points
  45. The local market prices have always gone up at this time of year due to the rainy season and of course Christmas. The price of some imported stuff is just ridiculous. For healthy stuff like nuts, raisins etc i buy them locally, as it is much cheaper and the quality has always been spot on. I order them online from https://www.lazada.com.ph/products/roasted-split-cashews-unsalted-1kg-i207160453-s262140613.html?spm=a2o4l.seller.list.1.2bf152bengNzB6&mp=1. They also have a page on Shopee if you want to order smaller amounts.
    6 points
  46. I was able to quick sell and get back the cash I had put into it but not a profit. That was fine though. It meant I had free rent for those 5 years.
    6 points
  47. But I doubt that the Government has a program that reimburses the property owner when a tenant with a 110 pound pit bull skips out on the deposit and leave 10k worth of damage.............Not blaming Canada,,,,all governments are leaning in this namby pamby, everyone should get a piece of candy, take care of the small guy but screw the guy who worked had all his life for what he has, mind set. There are times when I am grateful that I am a lot closer to the grave than to the cradle
    6 points
  48. agreed,,,,we fight way to many OTHER nations wars
    6 points
  49. Sorry to hear about that Tom, but bearing in mind how much work is needed to build a house it's never going to be perfect out the gate. No doubt you'll come across a few bits and pieces in time - just make sure you stay on good terms with the foreman and other workers as you'll need them again soon for repairs etc.
    6 points
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