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  1. 17 points
    I would have put this in Jokes then Thought, is it really a Joke ?
  2. 14 points
    I came here to live 8 years ago and have been here ever since.It has not been an easy transition as i had to get used to how things are done here which seem to be stacked against us. This now does not bother me as if I think something is going to be stressful I pay a local to do it. I was having problems a few years ago and I was pissed off, I then thought about it and realised that 95% of my problems were from the UK. The rules there can be more harder to follow than here when you are living here. After 5 years here I sold all I had left in the UK and decided to look out for my wife and Daughter and stuff , in many instances the UK. A lot of the problems I had were from government employees who don`t give a toss and you end up with the crap that follows because they did not do their job. I have on several occasions made an official complaint and 3 times have been compensated for the behavior of workers in the UK. We now have 4 rentals and so far 1 tenant who seems ok ,time will tell, and life is so much better now. Life is now settled and I only have to deal with idiots in the UK once or twice a year. So how was your transition moving here did it go smoothly or did you have problems, are you still having problems.
  3. 14 points
    Others words may start an new Argument if read by her Indoors:
  4. 14 points
    Just to set the scene. I'd been going out with a girl here for a few years. I met her over 3yrs ago but finished with her last year. Lets just say she never took it too well and gave my next partner grief even though she wasn't on the scene at the time. I've got friends over from Scotland and although I'm living in Puerto Galera I decided to take them to Boracay for a few days. I surfed the web for digs and from a few hundred narrowed it down to one. I booked in yesterday to a place that has individual apartments with balconies at ground level opening out to the gardens. I'd just booked into my room and stood on my balcony, looked to the left and there's my ex and her new partner looking at me from the next balcony. Just a bit awkward. Lol.
  5. 13 points
    Instead of walking I do one situp each day. I do the first half in the morning when I get up and the other half when I go to bed at night.
  6. 12 points
    This member Mark and his other persona"Kyua M"have been removed. Often members think that we dont know when they hve multiple accounts and we do. This Mark is a TROLL. He asked a moderator for his account to be removed but I dont do that as it wipes out content that others have replied too. Now here is a warning since too many members are going over the top and becoming disruptive lately "some of which you guys have not got to see" but I will be comming down hard on members to get things back to how they once were as it appears to me that things have gone haywire. So its like this, stop political rants, stop attacking members and stop disrupting the forum whether you are a new member or one who has been here for years. Again this forum will be getting back to what it was designed for and if you have something against the forum police as some call it then best to bugger off now to save my time.
  7. 12 points
    Dear Members (My childish streak loves using that term) I thought I would share with you my Solar Power System installation. The system is "Off Grid" so we can use it whenever we want during the day to save on Electricity costs and also it charges the batteries so we can switch it on whenever there is a Brown Out. I opted for this instead of a generator. The system can run the following for 4 hours if batteries fully charged: 1x 1.5hp AC 1 X fridge Freezer TV Internet system and CCTV 1 x Fan 5 internal lights 3 outside lights If we don't use all of the above the power will last longer. My wife is currently using this during the day to run a fan, CCTV and 1 x AC to keep the dogs cool and not paying for electric. It cost me PHP 200k and has the capacity to be added to in the future. 2 days installation time. I also got the designs for my car shade (turned garage into a bar) got to get your priorities right, a shed on the side of the house, for me to tinker and save the world, and the swimming pool. Be interested in anyones feedback on these areas. Paul
  8. 12 points
    I doubt if this is done in many places but here in Cebu IT Park I observe two guys every night ( sometimes one) inspecting every food outlet or resturaunt. They enter the kitchens with a clipboard and inspect. I also see they enforces rules such as for one example trash bins were just outside of one restaurants boundary so they had to move them. They have Safety officer on the back of their uniforms and wear hair nets while in kitchens. Good job and hope one day there is more of it.
  9. 12 points
    Difficult age for sure. Years ago in the USA there was a semi-humorous sign that became very popular.
  10. 12 points
    Bust my gut laughing......
  11. 12 points
    Well I have worked out this.
  12. 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
  13. 11 points
    I looked at my avatar and noticed that I have been a member for 5 years and 5 months. This triggered a series of thoughts back to a time when I was fresh in to a forthcoming divorce , at the time I had moved from my 5 bed house with 2.5 acre of paddock into a two bed mid terraced house I was dealing with the detriment of being newly separated , I was doing ok with the ladies dating etc but had more or less decided on heading out east so to speak , at the time I'm glad I had responsibility in place or I might have gone off the deep end into a spiral of self destruct I remember the dread with every envelope that came through the door , I had not expected my ex wifes request for a divorce , it came as a shock , sitting there in the car discussing which restaurant to go to ,then all smiles turns round and says I want a divorce , I've been thinking about it for two years , yes it hit me like a truck on a foggy night The dating scene in the UK for a mature bloke has its moments , I dated the sister of the worlds strongest man , unfortunately did not look like her photo and more like her brother about date 14 I met a smoking hot bird , an accountant with no kids , we ended up living together for a while and I thought that the relationship was going well until her Anorexia and OCD started to surface , she was as mad as a coot , but I do admit to having feelings for her , so I split up with her and turned my sights to the Philippines, I've met a decent philipino lady and hopefully it will be a long term relationship. It was just seeing that 5 years and 5 months , bringing back those dark days of divorce, my ex wife has met a new man , I'm happy for her 90 % of the time , there are still moments when I could throw darts at her photograph, ( dont have any pics) In a generation society has gone from majority of marriages being successful to a divorce rate in excess of 50% So what led you guys to this forum and the Philippines
  14. 11 points
    This has possibly been posted before but: You know when you have been in the Philippines too long when you open your mouth wide instead of saying "pardon?"
  15. 11 points
  16. 11 points
    She is one in a million And she says Cheers
  17. 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
  18. 11 points
    Hi everyone. I am the PI in question here. Many of you know me personally, and many more have known me online for many years. Bigmac was scammed pretty hard. He estimates P6 million, but I have seen some of the numbers, and I would estimate it at considerably more than that. It's just too overwhelming to add up. All of it could have been easily prevented with a little common sense. Who in their right mind would send $100,000+ USD to someone in a third world country that they had only spent a few weeks with, without some kind of verification? He never asked for receipts or verification of any kind, just blindly sent $500+ per week, and often $1000 per week, for 6 years. The girl is sharp, but not unusually so among the scammer community. Obviously though, she is much sharper than him. Many are much better than her, offering fake receipts, etc., but she was never asked for any proof of any kind, until you guys made it more than plain to him that something may be amiss. Even then he did not believe it. He is still having trouble coming to terms with the fact that this was a scam from the very beginning, and that the money is gone, and never coming back. Now, she is furious with him for cutting her off while he still has money left! She blames him, of course, for the failure of their marriage, and fully believes a US judge is going to award her half of his income (SS) as alimony. In her mind, it was not a scam at all, because when they were married it was then her money. We have dealt with many hundreds of scammers, and she is definitely a piece of work. No remorse, not even a thank you, just contempt at him for cutting her off, and self righteousness and entitlement. He is licking his wounds now. Can you imagine the embarrassment he must have locally? Where I am sure his friends and family have been telling him for years that it is a scam? It is hard to feel sorry for him. A fool and his money...
  19. 10 points
    I have been here over 6 years and doing fine - but I was also fine in the US. Most of the guys I know with problems here usually bring their own problems with them. We all have to learn to be happy, and a location or another will not make that much difference. The happiness has to come from within. (I think Nelson Mandela would agree)
  20. 10 points
    True story: My Filipina wife had been with me in the USA about one month. She had become familiar with the bus schedules and used them to get around the city. At dinner I asked her about her day. She had discovered that one of the bus routes went all the way to WalMart so she went there to look and maybe shop since she had heard it was a "big store". She paused and then in a very serious voice ask me; "Why do all the fat people shop at Walmart?"
  21. 10 points
    When someone asks for directions you point in the general area with your lips.
  22. 10 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?
  23. 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 ?
  24. 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.
  25. 10 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.
  26. 10 points
    That's the last time that damn seagull shits on my ship!
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  28. 10 points
    Cebu: 60 feel 60. Visit U.S a couple weeks, gigantic angry lesbian looking woman everywhere, come back to Cebu: 60 feel 20.
  29. 9 points
    It took me years to finally convince my GF. that I actually LIKE being alone for awhile. Still young enough to wipe my own ass. Like to cook. Opening a can isn't difficult yet. Rice is easy to cook. I love the occasional silence when nobody else is around except for my dogs!
  30. 9 points
    That reminds me of a fight that went on at a party for foreigners that I held at my place in Cebu some 11 years ago. I supplied the food and told the guests to bring some drinks. Well, two Brits got into it after they had been drinking a while. The first one had only brought a pint bottle of Tanduay and the other had brought a couple of liters of it. So #2 accused #1 of being a stingy b*stard drinking other people's drinks all night and #1 blamed me for not spelling out exactly how many drinks to bring. I quit having parties for foreigners after that. Edit: sorry for going off topic again @gaga4 but it was my turn for a rant
  31. 9 points
    So DON'T! The Phils isn't for everybody and it certainly doesn't sound like it is the right place for you. It's a big world, look for another place that falls in line with your expectations.
  32. 9 points
    I can see the resemblance
  33. 9 points
    I mentioned this before and it serves as a friendly warning for the new members regarding helping out with the chores. A long time ago, I decided to do some laundry with the "lavanderas" within this family compound in Rosario, Cavite (south of Manila). They all gathered around this single water hand pump, as I arrived with 2 large basket of dirty clothes. Of course I got the stares because they know I'm the fresh balikbayan from the States and was a "bobo" of not being fluent in Tagalog. After several minutes of following their technique, I was already sweating my balls off. And then one by one, they all left and started giggling around the corner of the family sari-sari store. I discovered later from Judy that it was the talk of the compound (tsismis spreads like wildfire). If you use that small and very low profile wooden stool to do your laundry, make sure that your "bayag" is not hanging out for all the world to see. Embarrassing, to say the least........
  34. 9 points
    Always amazes me the number of people that swing over for a couple of weeks, go home and want to start the marriage process, move here, buy property, etc. Seems to never end well for them, just saying. Not dumping on you Ryan, just a red flag for you. 2 1/2 weeks is hardly enough time to hang out with someone and to form the opinion yes, I want to be with this person forever. Are you aware of the law can get you jammed up and jailed for living with a married woman? Plenty of other laws and idiosyncrasies you might want to sharpen up on also. Like putting all property in her name because you can’t own it, etc. All or most has already been well documented in other threads. I would urge you to study this and/or other PH forums like your life, financial future and well being depends on it. In some cases, it just might. Good luck to you, I really do hope that everything goes well for the the both of you.
  35. 9 points
    I guess most dont read the rules of each forum when posting so I will paste what it says. The World Events Forum Want to have your say on what is happening anywhere outside of the Philippines? This forum has been created to allow our members to have their say on anything that is not related to the Philippines. You may discuss most topics but no Political or religion topics allowed. Please read the rules of this forum. So topic closed. Want to discuss politics do it at the bar.
  36. 9 points
    You know you have been in the Philippines too long when you don't even hear the dogs and chickens anymore. The noise is still there, but your brain filters it out somehow.
  37. 9 points
    You know you have been in the Philippines too long when you've seen the Filipino dentist way too many times and now you look like this.
  38. 9 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
  39. 9 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
  40. 9 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.
  41. 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!
  42. 9 points
    That’s the million dollar question ,or in my case the few hundred thousand question. If I only had a peso for every time I've asked this question. It seems that every one has a different answer though. I think I could live like a Filipino or close to it, I'm Chinese so being frugal comes easy. My Filipina wife on the other hand...not a chance! She is way too westernized and would require a lot more money for retirement than I. I think it depends on how much money you have saved up right now. Assuming you will be living off your savings and not a renewable monthly income like a pension. If working another few years allows you to save a lot more money then perhaps that would be wise. However many gents don't have a high savings rate and an extra few years would not add much to the bucket. If that's the case, as it is with most Americans, and you feel you have just enough than pull the trigger. Accept a life of frugality and enjoy the simple things. I use the 4% rule. If you had a million bucks saved and put it in the market you could live off the interest of 4% which is $40,000 per year before taxes. Or another way to calculate it is to figure out how much you need per month. Lets say $,2,000. Multiply that number by 25. That's $50,000. Multiply that number by 12 (12 months per year) and it comes to $600,00. That's you FI number. So if you need $2,000 per month you will have to have saved $600,000. This is conservative and should not draw down your principle and account for inflation. So as you get older and closer to that golden staircase in the sky you can start to spend more and draw down your nest egg.
  43. 9 points
    Twice today my wife has given me a dig in the ribs. My daughter was asking me questions no. 1 Dad why don`t I have a brother, I replied because your mum had a headache, dig number 1 2, Dad are fairies real, my reply they are like when mum borrows money and promises to pay it back both things are not really true, dig number 2. Why do they get so angry so quick I am at a loss for words at her behaviour.
  44. 9 points
    I tried the same thing with my boss......and she said you can have Sunday's off but you still have to wash the dishes!
  45. 9 points
  46. 8 points
    I asked my friend what he pays for his utilities in the UK this is what he told me. Internet 200 MB and basic TV package 63 pounds. Electric 70 per month. No aircon. 146 council tax per month x 10 months = 1460 per year. Water and sewage 20 on a meter if not on a meter it would be 57. His rent, which is subsidized because of his job is 450 for a 2 bed home. The real price for that would be nearer 1000. So before people start moaning about services here look at the bigger picture. This is a 3rd world country and the services are very young here. Dumaguete has only had electric from Norecco for around 45 years.
  47. 8 points
    A good guy that loves his wife, good provider, not a drinker, etc. Loss of trust; I agree with Jack, hard to mend. I'll take it a step further; impossible to mend (from my personal experience but with a western woman). Tried to get past it.....for a few years for the benefit of kids.....then one day, I just got up out of bed after thinking all night, packed a few bags, and walk out. No regrets.
  48. 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.
  49. 8 points
    I'm a half a century plus 19 this coming June. That photo of me was taken a couple years ago. Still look the same but more fuglier. Additionally, Judy asked me recently......what happen to your ass? Speaking of which, I need to be very careful whenever I let go of a "good one". It throws out my back from time to time.....he, he.
  50. 8 points
    Welcome to the forum :) A piece of advice from one rider to another if I may... Take it slowly at first, the traffic here will crush you (and I mean literally) if you ride like you're in a western country. Trucks coming towards you will pull out to overtake directly in your path, jeepneys will diverge into you, cars and tricycles will overtake and then merge back into a spot you're already occupying and it is all normal. The traffic here works... differently :)
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