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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 coul
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  2. 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 :
    7 points
  3. 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 poop
    5 points
  4. I can honestly say that this discussion is a real pain in the a.se. Sorry, could not help myself.
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  5. Yes. Extra sad for the kids who DIDN'T do it.
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  6. 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
    4 points
  7. Arduous? How are you supposed to ever finish a book if you are only there for 50 seconds?
    4 points
  8. 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.
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  9. 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
    4 points
  10. 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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  11. You don't need anything to stay 3 weeks. You get a 30 day tourist visa on arrival and when you leave, just go to the airport. If you extend the tourist visa past 6 months, then you need an ECC (Emigration Clearance Certificate) before you leave. I have not heard the stories you mention.
    3 points
  12. 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 :
    3 points
  13. So it seem we need to live far enough from them - or let them shoot us in the leg :mocking:
    2 points
  14. Good Lord! There's another one! How very encouraging! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  15. 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
  16. Of that, your posts leave no doubt. I often wish I was as sure of mine.
    2 points
  17. 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
  18. Such is life these days, Many see any sort of Charity/Help as a Right and fought against when removed. JP :tiphat:
    2 points
  19. 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!
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  20. Who is Juliana Palermo? This is Juliana Palermo: A 29 year-old, 5'7" tall actress from Davao whose film credits include Panaghóy sa subâ: The Call of the River (2004), Kaleldo (2006) and Barang (2006), her income from which helped to support her blind and autistic younger brother. She has also appeared in a number of ABS-CBN TV shows including OK, Fine, Whatever. Last year she traded acting and photo shoots for running her own restaurant back in her home town at the junction of Circumferential Road and Mabini Street. It opened in time for the festive season. J Palermo's Diner is n
    1 point
  21. Many of the "street child beggars" in Cebu City are handled by an organized syndicate who pay off the police. THe children sometimes swarm Foreigners picking pockets or snatching anything of value. I had a few going for my pockets once. I shouted "stop thief stop thief" they stopped and walked away. No fear what so ever. Honestly I don't think anything good can come from interacting with those children. Many are brain damaged by sniffing glue. Any Foreigner "with" a child may find himself in very deep trouble. More; My heart goes out to those children. They have no future at all. None.
    1 point
  22. Unfortunately some of us do have the information already, loud and clear brother, loud and clear.
    1 point
  23. A big part through Facebook, posting a lot of selfies :lol:But I suppouse it's normal they STARTED their FB relations elsewhere. I don't know. I seem to be shacked up with the only Filipina who doesn't use Facebook ( she really doesn't - she isn't just hiding from me, she is an extreme technophobe!) But there is never any shortage of Filipinas whom I have not met who want to "friend" me. I cannot possibly imagine why! :) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk My lady does not use Facebook either, her web use is centred around email and Skype to me, while I am in UK. There is a Filipina we
    1 point
  24. My good friend is a retired teacher from Los Angeles. When he took early retirement he was offered a position at an International School in Cebu at 50,000 pesos a year. It was his intention to take that to supplement his early retirement income but he found that his $2,000 a month budget went far enough that there was no need to work and he did not have the time with all the fun things he found to do. He and his wife are going swimming with us this afternoon and I'll tell him that its a good thing he did not want that teaching job as Chris said there was a 99 % chance he would not get it
    1 point
  25. 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.
    1 point
  26. We buy sweet potatoes at the wet market.
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  27. 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.
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  28. :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:
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  29. 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:
    1 point
  30. Do you camote? If so, they should not be hard to find at the palengke.
    1 point
  31. My situation is very similar to yours, except I am married to a Filipina. I too will be moving in 2 - 2.5 years, so we should arrive at the same time. And I too find myself sometimes struggling to live for today, as I anticipate the move. Frankly, my wife is similar - we both work hard and both can't wait to move to PI. Here's something that happened recently that helped - at least a little. I work for a very large corp. I was watching our CEO give a speech online. He was advising employees to make a 5 year career plan and how to do it. A few days later I met with my manager, who is well a
    1 point
  32. 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.
    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 have nearly completed my run up. I started in earnest in January, when I put my house up for sale. I should have everything finalized by this Friday, well I sincerely hope so, because I fly on Sunday. All I can add to this good advice on here is, think about it fully but beware procrastination, the thief of time. I wish you all the best with your plans.
    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 que
    1 point
  36. Can't say that I totally agree with your post. Both manners of meeting have merit and can produce the same results. In my instance I met my Filipino gf here in Thailand. In doing so, I set criteria what I was looking for and did not deviate. I wanted an English speaker, educated (degree), no children or grown up, plus the usual, kind, caring etc. My point here is that if you stick to your relevant criteria, you are just as likely to find the right person as the manner you have suggested. I have no doubt that these types of organisations will also give you many worthy introduction
    1 point
  37. Plan for tomorrow but live for today. Live each day as if it were your last, one day it will be. We grow too soon old and too late smart. If you are not happy today, what will change to make you happy tomorrow? Why not do that today? Platitudes, I got a million of them. :hystery: But my experience was to quit my job 2 years and 6 months before retirement, take the money and run to Philippines. It means I do not have as much money as some people here but I still enjoy life. Here's something else to consider. I have heard people say they wished they had come to the Philippines while t
    1 point
  38. 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
    1 point
  39. Remarkably, Siegfried Mison has addressed this. After many many complaints on Hits at NBI and Border control he instigated the ARP (Alien Registration Programme) to alleviate much of this. Once you have Registered for the ARP Programme and we have till Sep to do this, you are given a unique number, this is your Number and it is Stapled in the front of the Passport and it is then checked at the Passport Control if a problem arises, it will then clearly shown who you are. If you get Black listed after your ARP then this will be a new reason.and you may no doubt have deserved it. I know we all
    1 point
  40. TransferWise is an app available for your Android phone or Windows computer - I believe you can use it on other operating systems too. Their exchange rate is unbelievably excellent and beats the bank's ripoff rates by a long shot! I haven't used it yet because I am still in the process of setting up a Phils bank account; have a few minor hurdles to overcome and will be good to go soon though. I am definitely going to use it as soon as I get my Phils bank account setup though. For example, according to their site, if you send/transfer/transmit 1,000 USD, it will be a deposit of 44,178.75 PH
    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. I'll comment on this soon, as some of you know, I've done a lot of "book learnin'" with regards to this, I've experienced life so have that perspective as well, and there's massive disparities but there's also much to be said for the theory too. Suffice it to say, there is no right or wrong. If you have the emotional tools to cope with whatever comes your way, well done. If you don't because it's new to your experience don't be afraid to ask for advice. The bottom line is, if it has meaning for you, then it's important. As I said, more later.
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  43. :unsure: ​Just my opinion, How would a person who is unknown to you, knows nothing of your situation (except the truth as you see it), whose psychological education (if any) says 101, give good advice? :hystery: I take such questions as an exercise, or comic relief. If I had a serious option I would send a private message to that person. :boohoo: This is much more responsibility than I need as peoples lives and happiness may be involved :3_8_14[1]: Just saying
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  44. 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 becau
    1 point
  45. Thanks. Going to farmers for, freshest meat and vegetables sounds like a good idea. We'll be in either Cebu City or one of the local provinces. We may buy in Compostela or Molboal.
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  47. Thanks. Going to farmers for, freshest meat and vegetables sounds like a good idea.
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  48. 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 g
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  49. If there is an S & R Membership store near you, try there.
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  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 agreem
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