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  1. Here in Dalaguete there are a bunch of street kids, Some without parents and some who`s parents either cant or wont look after them.Two expats were feeding them on a regular basis the expats also helped a lot of other children in different ways. These kids repaid them by stealing one expats wallet breaking into a bar and stealing one of the expats wives money out of her hand in the market and she was very heavily pregnant. They knew the pregnant lady as she was until recently helping at the bar. Now the two expats wont feed them anymore and I don`t blame them. The police were informed but could not do anything because of the kids age. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.
    6 points
  2. I can honestly say that this discussion is a real pain in the a.se. Sorry, could not help myself.
    5 points
  3. I don't know about anyone else but for me, at any age, I think, a stiff talking to by the local Policeman would do a lot of Good. All to many times it is because nothing is done about this sort of thing at a Young Age that so many grow into the Hoods/Thugs we read about all over the world. Many times a short lecture from Our local Cop was all that was needed to point us in the right Direction. I had been escorted Home many times at 8 or 9 and received a good Clipping around the ear from Dad. Of Course that is frowned on today and that my Friends, is where the problem will escalate. JP :tiphat:
    5 points
  4. According to scientists, this is one area that filipinos get right and foreigners are taught all their life to do wrong. According To Science, You've Probably Been Pooping Wrong Your Whole Life May 27, 2015 | by Caroline Reid Stool, feces, excrement, dung and even poop. It doesn't matter what you call it, you're doing it every day (I hope) and you're probably doing it wrong. It turns out that all the countries that have fancy, sit-down toilets aren't allowing the... uh... 'hatch' to open all the way. When we stand up or sit down, there's a kink in our lower gut that stops us pooping at random. But when we squat, our guts elegantly straighten out, leaving us free to eject any waste in comfort. Sitting down to poop means that the muscles in the gut have to strain to push excrement around the bend in the bowels. "Just like a car on the highway, turning a corner means our feces have to put on the brakes," Giulia Enders, writer of 'Darm mit charme' (Charming Bowels in German), told the Guardian's Annalisa Barbieri. This isn't just a harmless observation; nature designed us to squat when we poop. When we try to force our way around that, we're at greater risk of damaging our bodies. "1.2 billion people around the world who squat have almost no incidence of diverticulosis and fewer problems with piles. We in the west, on the other hand, squeeze our gut tissue until it comes out of our bottoms," says Enders. Diverticulosis occurs when excessive strain and pressure push out weak areas of the muscle wall and form little pouches in the colon. Piles are swollen blood vessels around the anus, also caused by straining. This revelation isn't new; in fact, a study in 2003 by Israeli doctor Dov Sikirov concluded that squatting to poop was the 'most satisfactory.' The study compared defecating in three different positions: Sitting on a toilet 42cm high, 31 cm high and squatting. The test subjects reported that pooping while squatting took an average of 50 seconds whereas pooping while sitting took an arduous 130 seconds. The paper also noted that sitting necessitated "excessive expulsive effort" to shift biowaste, whereas squatting was a comparatively carefree exercise. So, if you're a toilet user, how can you adjust your pooping habits to protect your bowels? Well, Enders suggests that climbing on top of the toilet seat and perching while you poop "might be fun," Enders. However, she also suggests having a little stool in front of your bowl to elevate your feet. So remember kids - squat when you poopy, to keep a healthy booty. [Via The Guardian, Digestive Diseases and Sciences]
    4 points
  5. I agree wholeheartedly. When I lived in Thailand I squatted and found it far easier and more comfortable. Sadly, my knees can't cope with that now so a western wc is the way for me. I might try that raised knees on a stool method, if so I shall report my findings on my droppings.
    4 points
  6. I'm truly shocked. Example: If you feed a puppy out of a sack of food and he is hungry later, will he not rip open the bag to take more food? Would you shoot the dog for that. Example 2: If you give a kid money out of a wallet that seems connected to a seemingly endless money tree, would the uneducated and hungry kids think you are being cheap for not giving more and then grab that wallet to take more money? And you want to shoot them for that? There is a reason they don't prosecute kids. Its because they are kids! The kids mentioned in this thread seem to be acting alone and like kids that need a spanking or to be otherwise educated. HOWEVER: and this is a big however, I DO AGREE with you about the Davao 'squad' comment in the event the kids are being organized and led by a Fagan (Dickens reference). In that case it would not hurt my feelings to see some adult being eliminated if he is making a living off the crimes he is teaching kids to pull off.
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  7. At the end of the day I would say that the Administration here should be Giving a Stronger Commitment to it's own people before starting to expect it from others. :thumbsup: Just saying. :tiphat: Morning all. :morning1:
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  8. Hey man I hope you sent a Sick note to JGF, :hystery: Nice to see you back again. Bin Busy? JP :tiphat: Morning all, :morning1: Thanks! Oh man you have no idea how busy! I went back to the US to take a 2 specialized 2 month course for a program where you sign up to do even more specialized volunteering and then they assign you where they need even more help and so I was assigned to another area of Mexico and am getting ready to move. I hope to be more active or at least be able to read more posts now. Great to be back!
    4 points
  9. Yes. Extra sad for the kids who DIDN'T do it.
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  10. I would like to thank Bob for this thread. I think there are really two sorts of advice to be offered as regards affairs of the heart in this forum: there is cultural advice and there is what I might call agony aunt advice. In my answer on the thread that we are discussing I concentrated on the cultural side of things - the ex boyfriend's lost face. But I also offered the "agony aunt" opinion that the lady is probably OK. We can offer cultural advice freely I think, based on our own knowledge. For instance I advise anyone meeting a lady's parents for the first time to do "Mano po", because it worked for me! I am in a delicate situation as regards the other sort of advice because the lady in my life is not the sort of Filipina whom I would recommend to others. She is much younger than I (29 vs 62) very good looking and knows it and has led a rackety life, so she comes complete with a six year old boy who shows every sign of wanting to grow up as a bakla. I would recommend anyone to look for an older lady with a more settled background. Most expats who are happily settled in wedlock have a partner with that sort of background. So I am not practising what I would preach. I am pursuing a high risk strategy. If it goes pear shaped, it will be my own fault. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 points
  11. Arduous? How are you supposed to ever finish a book if you are only there for 50 seconds?
    3 points
  12. Good Lord! There's another one! How very encouraging! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  13. Papa Carl is/has been where he live at Luzon. -- I have no idea about other subjects, but at least not very long ago Phils were SHORT of English teachers with English as first language, e g with American, Australian or English accent to prepare Filipinos to work in different Call Centers. The Phil government even made a special project for it.
    2 points
  14. Of that, your posts leave no doubt. I often wish I was as sure of mine.
    2 points
  15. I don't know about anyone else but for me, at any age, I think, a stiff talking to by the local Policeman would do a lot of Good. All to many times it is because nothing is done about this sort of thing at a Young Age that so many grow into the Hoods/Thugs we read about all over the world. Many times a short lecture from Our local Cop was all that was needed to point us in the right Direction. I had been escorted Home many times at 8 or 9 and received a good Clipping around the ear from Dad. Of Course that is frowned on today and that my Friends, is where the problem will escalate. JP :tiphat: Jack, unfortunately, I think we are talking apples and oranges here, as far as the world we grew up in and what they are growing up in. I can't speak for you but when I was growing up in the 50s and 60's, a talk from a good cop could certainly turn a kid around. For the older ones, did you ever see the movie "Scared Straight"? Most street kids like the ones Sonjack mentioned are dirt poor. Parents are non-existent or drug addicts or??? Sometimes the kids are already drug addicts. I would suspect that the kids are all well known to the local police and certainly by the security guards at places like McDonalds. Kids like that often lack the mental capacity to even know what the concept of "bite the hand that feeds you" means. As Dave insinuated, they are basically living like animals, fighting for anything they can get today to live on, without regard for tomorrow. Very sad.
    2 points
  16. A big part through Facebook, posting a lot of selfies :lol:But I suppouse it's normal they STARTED their FB relations elsewhere.
    2 points
  17. I won't be doing this for the money, just something to keep me conveniently busy and increase my opportunity to make friends. After reading some of the feedback from this thread, it got me thinking... within two years, I could take courses to get a general education degree here. That may increase my chances of getting a teaching gig there. Thanks again for all your helpful insights.
    2 points
  18. You mean Memorial Day? Big difference. Memorial Day is for the ones who died. Veteran's Day is for the ones that came back... But the US commitment is already better than the local commitment. Hell, these guys are about to partition their country a la BBL... :tiphat:
    2 points
  19. I'm not just interested in getting a low price. I also want to make sure the food is safe to eat and of reasonably good quality. I know you can get cheap food in the wet market. I also know they sell raw meat unrefigerated and not even covered where flies can and do get to it. Yuck!
    1 point
  20. I meant to say - Do you mean camote? As Tim says, they are available at the wet market (palengke). They are also fairly easy to grow.
    1 point
  21. I won't be doing this for the money, just something to keep me conveniently busy and increase my opportunity to make friends. After reading some of the feedback from this thread, it got me thinking... within two years, I could take courses to get a general education degree here. That may increase my chances of getting a teaching gig there. Thanks again for all your helpful insights. I won't be doing this for the money, just something to keep me conveniently busy and increase my opportunity to make friends. After reading some of the feedback from this thread, it got me thinking... within two years, I could take courses to get a general education degree here. That may increase my chances of getting a teaching gig there. Thanks again for all your helpful insights. Did you see something in the thread that indicates you could get a teaching job here? 99/100 you can't. Degree or not. I can think of several reasons. Number one and primarily, you cannot get a job which a Filipino can be hired for, In teaching you will find a few thousand ahead of you.
    1 point
  22. If I remember corect it's a farmers market in Bacolod region (every Saturday?) I suppouse they are cheaper.
    1 point
  23. Most definitely will learn Tagalog. In fact, with my mechanical engineering background, I am looking into what it would take to teach at a university. Thanks for the feed back. I think you could give some private tuition, and it might pay lowish, But it could be a great opportunity to meet locals. Check out MAPUA, top engineering school in the Philippines. Located at Intramuros, 500 metres from the Bureau of Immigration. For many reasons I don't think you would be accepted as a lecturer here. Happy to be corrected however. If you are actually qualified you might offer your services as a guest lecturer and try to pick it up from there.
    1 point
  24. Yes. That's good to check where you want to settle,and get to know the market there, so you know what's good price there. It's a HUGE price difference between different regions.
    1 point
  25. :hystery: Thomas, does this make you a Jekyll & Hyde or just our friend with as Split personality. :dance: :) I'm MUCH different between when I'm private joking, and when I want to get something - boring - done fast by switching to be hard concentrated speedy effective, because by that I get much more time left to do fun/interesting things :dance: Not easy for ONE wife to suit both, so perhaps I better get two :mocking:
    1 point
  26. Just, Sir Jollygoodfellow will be fine :)
    1 point
  27. To Old 55, I have brought up the same question to Filipinos, here. Most do not like China. I happen to think yes, the Philippines would be better off under Chinese rule. Yes, even tho it is a Communist country. Right now, the political families are holding the Philippines back from achieving it's true potential. I've been to China 3 times. I've seen some of the cleanest and modern cities I ever expected. I was treate with total respet and curiosity but still with total respect. The police did not allow a beggar to approach me. Then a man in a dark suit came along and scolded the old man beggar and threw his walking cane as far as he could into the bushes. I thought "WOW". Many of the sidewalks are not only swept but mopped. I have tons of more experiences but that's all for now, folks. I hate to see corruption here in the PI in every government office. I totally dislike the peoples disregard for their country. It's like they don't give a ratzazz about the enviorment. OK I'm done venting, are you sorry you asked?
    1 point
  28. Wow! well done! Your wife did a great job translating it, MacBubba! Wow! well done! Your wife did a great job translating it, MacBubba!
    1 point
  29. Do you camote? If so, they should not be hard to find at the palengke.
    1 point
  30. Hey man I hope you sent a Sick note to JGF, :hystery: Nice to see you back again. Bin Busy? JP :tiphat: Morning all, :morning1:
    1 point
  31. Politicians find ways to go around the rules and regulations that they previously created. The Social Security reserves are rapidly depleting so the temptation is to reduce the benefits to make it last. One area already under consideration is not giving or reducing SS benefits for retirees whom the government feels does not need it. If you receive retirement income above a certain level, the new proposed law can reduce or take away all or some of your Social Security benefits. There will be blood in the streets if our rulers try this one and they know it. Yeah, but it'll be pretty old blood :)
    1 point
  32. Good points, OP. But what about those that don't really appreciate the whole group dynamics and politics involved with such social gatherings? Are they destined to meet only mediocre women? Online dating is just a tool.....like meeting girls through friends, joining clubs, or meeting girls in one's day-to-day activities. And honestly, I have never met a foreigner that was living here and was still searching for a DECENT girl online. Does anyone do that?
    1 point
  33. Money is not the problem for me, but it's getting time away from work. I currently have plans to visit Mindoro, Tagaytay and Subic Freeport in December for about 3 weeks.
    1 point
  34. I agree with this post. I have never had much luck online. You can't beat having boots on the ground and seeing them in person.
    1 point
  35. Two years does seem a long time and I was where you're at. But as I pack my bags to leave in a month for the Philippines, I find myself double checking everything to make sure all my loose ends are tied up. I didn't want to have any debt or lingering bills back home so I have stayed quite busy going over every inch of my history here at home. There is really a lot to do when you think about it. I mean banking issues need to be addressed, retirement issues need to be double checked. All the what If's need attention. I have used this forum and the great teachers on it, for most of my what if questions. I have older parents and a bunch of siblings and five children I have had to give attention to them. I exclaimed that we all have one life to live, we can't live it for others. Our journey is our own and if we have regrets, they are ours to regret. Still I find myself torn from time to time. My wife is from Cebu and I have a 4 year old. For me this is possibly my last great adventure and I have had plenty. But you can never read, plan and formulate ideas about the future enough. Like many have stated, the one thing that never changes, no matter where you go or who you are with is YOU!!! If you know yourself, then you know your strengths and weaknesses. You know what you would like to change about you and what you want to keep. I think it's changing your environment that can make it easier to make changes to ourselves. That is the secret most people miss. If you want to quit smoking stay away from smokers. If you want to loose weight stop eating out with friends every night. I find that the slow pace of the Philippines drops my heart rate down a least a third. I feel the stress of living at home fall from me like meat from a bone. I see the world differently because I was programmed to compete with those in the environment I was raised in. In the Philippines I have no need to compete. So double check everything, cross your T's and dot your I's and your time will fly by. If at all possible split your time you have left at home with a vacation in the Philippines. When you are in the Philippines, ask other Expates what you should bring with you, and do some research on your own while there. The next half of your time left will be spent procuring electronics and deodorant and depending on your size thrift store clothing to ship over. Good Luck and God Bless!
    1 point
  36. Here in Bacolod, we use SM, Gaisanos, Loupres. Occasionally Robinsons or Ayala Metro but they're expensive.
    1 point
  37. Same here, still looking for some good ol' sweet potatoes though
    1 point
  38. I think a more accurate statement might be to say that if your are unhappy where your are, you may well be unhappy, maybe even worse, if you move to the Philippines. I think that people who move to the Philippines to "get away" from issues or personal problems, often find they bring those same issues with them when they arrive here. I am not suggesting that this is your case, just something to ponder over. Like the other posters, I would suggest you make a couple of lengthy visits if you have not already done so.
    1 point
  39. I would definitely visit as often as financially possible between now and then. You can only get so much via the internet and on the ground is the best way to get some better perceptions of what does and does not work for you. Many people come over here with the "rose colored glasses" and it takes a little bit before they see the reality. Some 6 months some several years. Reading up on things here, watching vlogs on youtube are great starts but being here will definitely open up your eyes to what you can adjust to and not. One of my friends will be moving over here this year. Last year he rented a small apartment for mainly storing his stuff that he brings over each visit. He has friends watching and maintaining the place. He visits 3 times per year and already has a much better idea on what he wants and where he wants to live.
    1 point
  40. Jack, The US interests in supporting the Philippines are clear. 1) The Philippines is backed by a mutual defense treaty that I think both countries hope never has to be invoked. 2) The MDT notwithstanding, the US has a lot of interest in preventing China from extending their sphere of control into the South China Sea as they are attempting to do by building unsinkable aircraft carriers on their false islands. There's over $5 trillion in trade which passes through these lanes every year. We don't want China to even have the opportunity to make veiled threats of shutting those lanes down in the event the world or US makes a policy decision they disagree with. 3) There's something to be said about ensuring global norms and rules are respected. Many analysts believe China was embolden to accelerating their reclamation process which ignores UNCLOS because Russia got away with seizing Crimea. Allowing nation-states to ignore these global norms and rules can create a domino effect.
    1 point
  41. Also, I found paying at 7-11 very quick and automated. You take your printout, they press a button then scan your barcode, pay and done. 60 seconds tops. Unlike paying my Cebu Pacific paid at Cebuana. 30 minutes to wait while they do their backwards process.
    1 point
  42. Very true! But, as you can see by reading past posts, many offer the advice of leaving without knowing the full story... In their own particular lives, would they follow that advice? Would they be wrong in their actions? And what would their significant other think about them if they followed through? If someone in the forum asked for advice and all they received was the reply of "Run", do you think that would influence their decision? Would it be the right decision? We may just ruin someone's chance for "eternal happiness" with somebody special by offering the wrong advice. All because we didn't know all the facts... Or perhaps it's become the canned response... Who knows? I just thought it best if we thought about what we respond and why...
    1 point
  43. Maid shops at the wet market for most day to day veggies and such. Local bakery for pan de sal, hot dog buns and bread. Bulk items usually S&R, meat and western foods. SM or waltermart if we are in the area an need something :cheersty:
    1 point
  44. Thanks everyone. My brother in law has a job delivering produce from farmers in the province to markets in the city, so he can get us a del on fruits and vegtables. Your suggestions on meat and fish I like. Thanks!
    1 point
  45. Thanks. Going to farmers for, freshest meat and vegetables sounds like a good idea.
    1 point
  46. Just yesterday I did a full tour of the largest market here in Davao and was quite impressed! Yes, the veggies are amazing and very inexpensive! I saw Butternut Squash 3 times the size we grew back home... Onions of varying sizes... Little potatoes... Medium potatoes... And huge potatoes! Same for the fruit! Don't bother with grocery stores for your fresh fruits and veggies or you'll decide you were better off back home... Go to the local market! Now one thing I did see which I liked... About 1/3 of the meat vendors had coolers! Glass top for you to look through to see what looks good... Unfortunately, a brownout hit just as we got there and it was too dark to really see the meats! As for seafood? I just wait for my local fish lady to come by early in the morning... Styrofoam coolers for some, others in buckets of ice water... The only other thing you need to know? Pizza comes from S&R... :D
    1 point
  47. We shop at the Duty Free groceries for everything but local fruit and vegetables. We get those at the local market for half the price. The only thing we buy at the wet market is Prawns. we also do a monthly trip to SNR for stuff that is not available locally.
    1 point
  48. We shop at Robinson's. The meat is better than SM, but the selection of foreign food not as good as SM. For produce we go to the wet market usually. None of the grocery stores around here have good veggies.
    1 point
  49. If there is an S & R Membership store near you, try there.
    1 point
  50. Which region? Concerning vegs: There are "marketing" corporations for farmers in different places, which make it easier to reach the products if living in a city. Some are organic, some not. And there are groups interested in organic farming e g this https://www.facebook.com/groups/826137934104721/ (I talked to one from Bacolod two days ago.) If you ask one from your region, I suppouse he can tell you where you can get what you want. Or you just go rural in your region and ask :) Concerning meat: If you talk to a small breeder of e g pigs, it's possible you can make agreement which is your pig. (E g my gf had sold her pigs a rather long time BEFORE she finnished growing them.) The much more healthy BROWN rice can be bought from some farmers much cheaper than in market. (I don't have any fresh contact, but a few years ago I knew one in Butuan selling 40 kg sacks for 1000p soon after harvest.) It just need extra cleaning, and if you want to store it longer, you have to preboil it (=Cook it a while, but far from ready.)
    1 point
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