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  1. To my fellow warriors, Just imagine a thousand muddy foxholes, frigid under the ice cap operations, patrolling at 40k feet or patrolling the lonely waters of southern Indian Ocean and critters crawling up your balls in deep, steamy jungles -- men and women from all flags have no choice but to celebrate Christmas like another boring day with unexpected terror that could happen at any moment. And all they want is to be home with friends and family. These are the sacrifices of our brave men and women to stay on station as they safeguard our front door while we are asleep. Our gratit
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  2. I just had a quick check of the rules in the uk concerning earth rods , my earlier statement about having 4 stands as correct , not bad considering I last read that section about 40 years ago lol The soil type greatly effects the earth rods , they should be placed in a ring around the house , bog and swampy ground is the best , stone ground is not so good , so I am wondering as to how effective volcanic soil is , the rough plan is still to put in a 4 rod ring ,and if necessary drop an earth down to the creek that runs a long side my property ,I'll use a meter called an earth loop impedanc
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  3. Our daughter-in-law is a Captain with the U.S. Army. Having a relative in the military makes you realize the sacrifices they make to keep the country safe.
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  4. So let me see if I have got this correct...... we are meeting tomorrow (Monday) AND Thursday? I sometimes feel that being retired is considerably more demanding than actually having to work for a living, lol.
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  5. That's a tough one @Snowy79, it's a real bummer when you know that a friends being turned over , you are in a difficult situation, I told a good buddy several years ago that his wife was cheating in him , it ended up in a fist fight , he came around about a year ago , he sat down and cried like a baby , he found out the hard way after she gave birth to a dark skinned child , it took a few years before he came round to apologise , I told him there was nothing to apologise for and that I new I'd run the risk of an angry reaction for telling him . So perhaps you need to do some screen shots
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  6. Thank you for those words of advice , ill be leaving most of my assets in the UK and ive even sorted out my will ,so that my kids dont have to deal with probate and stuff like that , I also had three job offers on my answering phone lol , there's always the option of working for another 10 years or so , I'm very good at what I do . I left my gf at the airport in tears , she tried to persuade me to stay even to the point of offering to look after me financially ,she said that we can live on her salary ,I guess I found a good woman , she's not the prettiest in town , if I was just after a
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  7. In the UK many years ago earthing to the water pipe was common but the very old properties often had a lead pipe where it entered the property. The problem was if you had a major fault you could melt the lead. Now days all piping is in plastic so although the internal pipework is bonded the water main no longer supplies the ground connection.
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  8. Sometimes folk refuse to be helped , but are happy to be used .
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  9. Jeez, I'm half Yorkshire and half Scottish, but beside you I look generous! Incidentally the definition of a Yorkshireman is a Scot's man with the generosity squeezed out of him.
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  10. I find it a rare thing, on this forum, for members to actually, listen, learn, react and succeed. Congrats for sharing how advice from this forum helped you You live up to the "Gentleman" in your moniker.
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  11. Yes stops the arguments
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  12. I remember back in the day while I was taking a shower I noticed the metal cap on top of the water heater wasn’t screwed on straight, so I decided to give it a little twist, big mistake, the wires and electrical poles are completely bare underneath there, I don't know which hurt worse, the throbbing I took or my butt from hitting the shower floor. I was almost Darwined from the planet that day but my junk was still in order so I carried on and had a story to tell my friends.
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  13. So very well said Jake. God bless all military personnel human and animals.
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  14. During our brief visit to Metro Manila, I noticed that all the restaurants we frequented automatically added a 10% service charge. The only additional tip I left on the table were the coins that came with the change. The bills were taken, the coins left behind, except on one occasion when there was more than P40 in coin change. I pocketed all of it. The VAT was included in the price of dishes on the menu. The exception were luxury class hotels like Shangri-La. The VAT and service charge were added items plus the city tax. So it was the price of the food plus nearly 23%. I left no a
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  15. Probably a bit of a vent but also interested to see how common my issue is. About a year ago I was put in touch with a guy who had just been seriously screwed over by his ex wife. It was a good ex forces mate that put me in touch with him and he was asking me to look after him as he fancied a holiday in the Philippines. We met up and hit it off straight away. I warned him about the usual con artists and requests for help that he would get and how women that wouldn't touch him at home will fall instantly in love with him. One of the things I laid on thick was multiple Facebook
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  16. One topic of conversation with friends and relatives is the increased cost for helpers. The goal for many helpers is to "go abroad" because of the higher pay and adventure. To retain them, many families are closely matching what they can earn overseas -- offering salaries around P20,000. Gone are the days when they would agree to P6,000 a month plus food and lodging. Also gone are the days of huge houses with yayas, housekeepers, cooks, kitchen assistants, houseboys, gardeners, drivers, etc. Among our age group, they have been selling their village homes and moving to condominiums.
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  17. If the system is tipping - I tip. But if they add in a service fee... they set the tip and I do not leave more. I have seen some restaurant around here doing it and I think they are screwing it up for the workers.
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  18. If I got everything right people would think it was not me posting
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  19. On my first trip to the Philippine 15 years ago my (now) wife and I went to Boracay. Part of the stay was spent at an older resort that could have used some remodel work but it was quiet and the staff were nice. We went to an early dinner at the inhouse resto and discovered we were the only guests. There were three servers and, not surprisingly, the service was incredibly prompt and friendly. My wife spoke with two of the young people and length in Basayan. She told me that were taking courses in "Hotel Management" and they were not being paid for their work. She then asked if it would b
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  20. Thanks for the kind words; I appreciate it
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  21. One article on tipping mentioned that should you talk to the restaurant manager if the service was bad. But you should leave the full tip expected by the server. I don't understand the logic. My advocacy is the restaurant menu should state the final price. That includes the cost of the food item, service charge (tip) and taxes. The final price per dish should be posted outside the restaurant. You can enter the premises or move on to look at prices by other establishments.
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  22. From what I read about that Filipina she’s a gossip in a bad way but not cheating or other behavior like that. He seems genuinely happy with her. Unless you know for a fact she’s truly done him wrong I would keep my thoughts to myself. I know you’re trying to do the right thing here but it’s a tough call.
    1 point
  23. Do you mean like Major Tom tripping or when the dog lays on the path at night and you go arse up?
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  24. For me now and always has been, TRIPPING is discretionary
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  25. Yeah, be nice to meet John. Know him long time no see. I will be there
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  26. As far as I know, I can make it tomorrow. Are you wanting to move it to tomorrow or tomorrow and thursday?
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  27. It probably depends on the country, the dampness in the soil and a huge number of other things but in rural Canada I am used to having only one ground rod so 3 earth rods sounded like overkill, until I read this article that says we are doing it wrong, (and should have a second earth rod), when we do our wiring in rural Canada like this pic. https://www.ecmweb.com/galleries/10-biggest-grounding-mistakes-avoid/gallery?slide=1 However, I would be happy if my house in the Philippines was grounded to a rod like that. The soil is damp enough that I believe a second or third earth r
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  28. URGENT REQUEST Guys! just had a phone call from JB (Kuya John) that he will be at "Chin Loon" at 1pm Tomorrow for those that can make it down for an hour or so, Sorry this is short notice but he can't be here on Thursday. @Dave Hounddriver @sonjack2847 @jimeve @AlwaysRt @Eddie1 Having known JB ( Kuya John) on Forums for some time it will be nice to put a face to a name Jack
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  29. Your posts certainly make interesting reading and I feel happy for you, it appears a dream is turning into reality. While I certainly wish you happiness I would exercise a degree of restraint in having to many eggs here. This is a country where situations mostly out of our control can an do change, at times radically. Can recall and old proverb about the 40%60 rule that many adhere to. Most of us whom have lived here a number of years can share some quite frightening stories. Having said this many including myself live here very happily, we'll mostly.....
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  30. This is the way to do it. Love it!
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  31. It's pretty easy to make,...just be sure to follow safety precautions with the raw eggs or might get salmon in Manila.
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  32. The new USA law is waiters and bartenders can keep all the tips, individually or as a pool to be shared equally, if they are paid below the minimum wage. If they receive the minimum wage, management can institute a policy sharing the tips with others -- for example, cooks and dishwashers. Any tips given in the Philippines can be considered as part of the employees' wages. Possibly this is one reason more restaurants are adding an automatic 10% to the bill. The rich foreigner usually gives more than 10%, but apparently this is causing some resentment among Filipinos.
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  33. Sounds like your VPN is not set up right. When I view my Netflix list, signed in from the PIs, the list is woefully short. I VPN to the US and my full list shows up. The movie offering here in the PIs is extremely limited. Netflix, using the VPN, should show you the full US list, if it is working correctly.
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  34. Its just under 12 k one way. A little far for walking. Although she would like to walk to school and has expressed this many times it is just a little too far for walking. Plus she is mixed Phil-Am and does not look like a local. She is soon to be 13 and looks like a local young adult at 170cm tall. Don't know about others, but there is no way my wife would ever allow her to be walking the roads alone around here.
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  35. Follow your dream - we're a long time dead!
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  36. The last night in davao approaches, this trip has reinforced my ambition to move out here , I just love my jungle hut I've worked the numbers ,its very doable, my target is to return next may ,I have family commitments to attend to first ,uve got to start selling my stuff The farm in the hills above davao is just my idea of a perfect place to live , I could not live in the baranguy
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  37. Im powered by water and yeast. Still going str.....................................................................................
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  38. Yes we share the thinking on dogs I'm also going to put in some solar powered security lights The best laugh was last night ,the dinner escaped , one guy and I admire his knowledge and skill took it down 45kilo pig was pissed off As for the videoki that's been allowed to day , then its being packed off to where it came from
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