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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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 ?
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 9 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.
  7. 8 points
    Here is my daughter`s interpretation of what they look like. Quite accurate really.
  8. 8 points
    I know many of you long time guys can relate... https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1822004994495830
  9. 8 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
  10. 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.
  11. 8 points
    Found this Photo on my FB page this Morning and have had quite a few Local Likes from members here So, for those that don't read my page I thought I would Put up this fantastic pencil art done by my Sister-in- law ( Wife of my youngest brother wearing Glasses they are Me Mam, me Little sister, our youngest Chris, Yours Truly and never forgetting our Eldest Ray
  12. 8 points
    50,000-67,000 year time frame? Somehow reminds me of waiting for PLDT to answer a service call.
  13. 8 points
    We have made some good friends of some of the parents at our kid's school. One couple has been to our house a few times and we visited their coffee bar and resto in Dinalupihan a few times. They kept promising us and some other parents that they would have us out to their parents farm in Lubao, and today we did visit. They had a belated pool party for their son, who turned 5 a few weeks ago. Wow, what a place! We only saw the area around the main house. They have a lot of mangoes and a few other fruits. Somewhere they have pigs and sheep, but we did not see them. It is a big place! The main house and grounds are amazing! I don't know how they have money, but they must have a lot. The family, especially the couple we are close to, are very down to earth and not pretentious. We met the mother and father, and two brothers. The father has a sister who lives in Torrance, CA, near where I grew up. They bought this house and farm with retirement in mind, about 6 years ago, but they have since decided that they don't like living there. Too boring. So they have a lot of caretakers and just visit when they feel like it. Their other house is in Dinalupihan, about 20 minutes away. They do have the farm for sale if anyone is interested. Some pics of the outside of the house and grounds: I didn't get a good shot of the "front" of the house which is actually a side. They usually enter in the back as that is closest to the garage. This picture of the left is looking from the rotunda in front towards the front of the house. The building on the left is a "party house" that is just a big room with tables, and a big kitchen in the back. The picture on the right is looking from the party house out to the rotunda. These two pictures are looking from the party house to the "side" the main house. Two pictures of a side that has a pond, but they won't have water in the pond until the rains start. Two shots of the pool area. They fill it with well water, but the wells could not fill it in time for the party. However, it worked out perfectly for the small kids. It was probably 1 ft deep in the shallow and 1.5 in the deep. The dry big pond and catch basin. When rainy season starts it fills quickly and they stock it with Tilapia. We plan to go back and let the kids fish. Then, looking from the pond dock to the back of the main house. Kids having fun at the pool! My kids have the hats. My 2 almost 3 year old is quite a fish! She goes underwater without issues and does not panic or cry. When she pops up, she yells "yeah"! She only had one lesson but learned to blow out when she goes under. Hope to get them back into lessons soon.
  14. 8 points
    Many many posts ago I stated that what might sound negative was in fact very Positive and echoed by some Even You My friend, Most here have admired what you have done and intend to do, but as it turns out many of our Positive Thoughts and woes on things have turned out to be the truth in this case. Constructive criticism and help from those that have done things seems to have offended you, well My Friend you really do have a lot to learn, But if you are not that Interested in Learning from OUR mistakes then you will just have to learn from your own, and you will make them! So if you do as you say want to leave, as I welcomed you when you joined I will say ( with Sadness) But BJ don't be a Stranger, In the Philippines we All need Friends
  15. 8 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.
  16. 7 points
    We were given, had it dropped in our lap, a female Cockatiel so I had to build a flight. She seemed to be lonely so we went and bought a male. She is grey he is white. Oh well if they breed maybe I can get 2k for each chick. I think we will not have any trouble with them as they look to be quite at ease with each other in only a few hours.
  17. 7 points
    The news articles said he was leading a flight of 4 F-35's when he was declared missing. I would assume they marked "last known location" and reported it to their command. The technology shown on a F-22/35 on their visors is absolutely amazing about situational awareness that encompasses a bubble around them that is well beyond visual range. There was no report of a parachute, so I guess the pilot had no time or he was unable to activate the ejection system. The name of the pilot is Major Akinori Hosomi, age 41. He was apparently an experienced combat pilot, logging in thousand plus hours on either the F-16 or the F-15 that the Japanese self defense force have in their inventory. My condolence to his family and his unit. Respectfully Jake
  18. 7 points
    Be forewarned. I had 'soft' toast this morn. Wife fried it in the wok. She explained that when she first put it in the toaster oven... there was a very bad smell. Her diagnosis, since his has happened before, was that one of the house lizards was in residence inside when she turned it on. If you're into unique flavors or looking for something totally different, the PI sometimes has a lot to offer.
  19. 7 points
    No Dislike button. If you are an Anti-Trumper keep it to yourself. No politics.
  20. 7 points
    First thing is get that scarf off him.... Lol
  21. 7 points
    I have such a device - I call it "the wife". It has a unique function compared to others on the market - it translates everything into what I want to hear regardless of what was actually said!
  22. 7 points
    Negativity or facts? Simple matter is that's the way it is. Members give advice or opinions and usually it's from their experiences. So what is negitive about that.? Anyway tell the same story on any forum or Facebook group and you will get the same answers and one day you will look back at this while sharing your own experience and now wisdom. Good luck
  23. 7 points
    Don't jump ship due to people giving advice that you don't want to hear. This forum is one of the best out there for advice. Sure some may sound negative but the information is factual not hearsay. Most of us have been burned a little here in the Philippines it's a whole new ball game out here. Logic and loyalty goes right out of the window sadly. Have a look arround some of the older posts and you will see a recurring pattern. Westerners coming here and falling in love within weeks, luckily meeting a great partner who has so many friends in high places that can get them special deals. Fast forward 6 months or a year and he realises he's being royaly shafted and suddenly it's all gone pear shaped. There is a hierarchy here. Family, friends, pets then foreigners. If you catch someone out then the gates close and you are the outsider. We are cash cows for the vast majority here and you've got to play their game. Keep your money in the bank and enjoy a simple life. Almost every foreigner I know that goes into business over here ends up more stressed than they were when back in their home countries. You'll get a few that strike lucky but even some of them a few years later can get bitten. If more foreigners would post their ideas on here before spending the cash I'm sure a lot of pain and money could have been saved. Try not to look on things from your perspective. Look on it as what you would say if you were advising a friend. I'm going through a process of trying to tell a good friend he is being screwed over by his partner but his blinkers are on. I've asked him hypothetically what he would in certain situations and every time he says the person is a fool and why doesn't he do X,Y and Z. I sit back and shake my head as I'm describing him. We are not saying you are wrong we are just highlighting possibilities, stay and prove us wrong.
  24. 7 points
    Interesting. My wife would also get bored when I was out of country and likes to stay busy. I could afford it at the time, so I usually agreed to staking her in her 'business' ventures. They were all learning experiences. Some adventures and some misadventures. Most a mixture of both. I pretty much knew I would never see my money again ( she did not disappoint me in that regard ), but she did use whatever money she made for her daughter's education. Put her through nursing college here, sent her to older sister (also a nurse) in Sydney for Aus. certification studies and nursing work. Now in medical school. Thank God, I'm not on the financial hook for that ! Ako mahirap. When my step daughter was 11 my wife would try anything to give her the best education possible through her own efforts. She didn't want to use my money but fund it herself. She saw it as her personal responsibility. At one point she tried the 5/6. For Filipinos who don't mind occasional reality drama and can avoid most of the potential risks to health. wealth and peace of mind..... they might want to try it. It takes a certain type of personality to go this route, I would think, with good social skills, business sense and accounting ability. Also the bravery to confront others when necessary, and override the SIR social norms. My wife here is a warrior woman and she gave the 5/6 loan business a whirl twelve or so years ago. Didn't last long since I put an end it. Or shall I say, we mutually agreed that it wasn't worth the trouble collecting money or repossessing pledged security collateral items and dealing with deadbeats or simply people who preferred to buy rice and fish to stay alive on rather than retire incurred debt, despite earnest promises made and signed to in times of stressful need and desperation. I recall that near the end of that run, I came back in country to find an extra refrigerator in the house. I listened to her tale of how she repo'd it with the help of the barangay captain and his council aides, confronting the upper class seaman's wife with the promissory note, etc. Despite extra time given, the woman didn't want to give it up. It was loaded onto the back of a rented jeepney and brought to my rental house in our subdivision and was now ours. I told her to sell it ASAP, but before that happened, her not so bright teen nieces, who never had electricity in their house, decide to help the defrost process along by chipping the ice off the compartment with sharp pointed knives.... puncturing the freon tubes in multiple places and destroying the thing. I told her to drop the business. As usual, her adventure started while I was out of country..... like her business ventures into: running a small hometown carenderia ( lasted 2 months due to friends and relatives who ate but didn't pay) , fish pond leasing ( 3 harvest cycles until the leaser thought we were making actual profit and raised the leasing cost),.... or the multi-cab route franchise venture (2 years).... or the small piggery (3 years). They all made money.... on a Filipino small business level, which often translates into small profit on considerable investments of money, labor and time. Finally she got a regular job with SSS and Philhealth benefits and finished funding daughter's education. I'm not a fan of having a wife or GF running a 5/6 loan business primarily because the expat is put at risk. People may think that the money is coming from the expat, not the Pinay wife or GF's own capital. Few people feel endearment to their creditors, despite voluntarily using them for their own needs. If there is unwarranted resentment in times of emotional anguish over the debt trap they put themselves into, do you think they will logically take self-responsibility for their predicament ? If they are angry or temporarily imbalanced with alcohol, who do you think they are more apt to lash out at if it comes to that...... a local fellow neighborhood Pinoy or Pinay.... or the foreigner who they think might be their true creditor behind the wife or GF they are doing business with ? Just a thought. My Aussie friend here, whose wife is in the business isn't bothered by this. I was. He often has motorcycles in his yard, awaiting repayment for loans. His wife, like mine, is middle aged and has been doing business for quite a while, but she is a respected landowner, small businesswoman and clan matriarch. That does give him some protection. I think the only time I truly resent an honest businessman 5/6 operator is when I have the bad luck of falling into an ATM line at a bank when they are processing all their collateralized client ATM cards for their collection withdrawls. It takes a very long time, but it is interesting watching them stuff the wads of dispensed cash into their pockets when standing outside. LOL
  25. 7 points
    Heres some photos of my piggery project it can hold about 80 to 90 pigs and has facility for generating 200 to 250 piglets a year
  26. 7 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.
  27. 7 points
    That's the last time that damn seagull shits on my ship!
  28. 7 points
    Yes... always best to meet first, before serious... or even hypothetical plans are made. .
  29. 7 points
    Hypothetically one would be better off spending some time in person with a woman met on line or anywhere. Something's are not always as they seem.
  30. 6 points
    Most parrots can talk so just ask. If that doesn't work, stroke the lower belly area for 5-10 minutes and depending on what happens, you will know which it is.
  31. 6 points
    Just wanted to say "thanks" to all of my Dumaguete Friends for your advice and comments on your city and where to stay. We stayed at Bethel Guest House and it was a pleasant and enjoyable stay. I must say, you all have a wonderful city and area, and it became very obvious that there are a a lot of you in this area and you all seemed to be pleasant and happy. Everyone I met was was cordial, welcoming, and very helpful. I hope to see you all again very soon. Cheers! John
  32. 6 points
    On a lighter note Funny and true During the early 70's (could have been Late 60's) I was stationed at Flight Maintenance Wing at RAF Shawbury in Salop (Shropshire) England. One dismal day an uproar came as a Repaired Harrier went missing. It had been parked on the Outer shoulder Tarmac awaiting it's return to the Squadron. On this particular Morning I guess prior 6am the Tower reported that the Aircraft had been Moved and were not informed. Transpires that the RAF Regiment ( Air Force ground Fighting and security Regiment) training squad had nipped down to the Army Ordnance camp a couple of miles away and Borrowed a Centurion Tank camouflage Cover. They spent apparently, some hours Hiding this Aircraft which could not be see after from the Tower or I would think anyone passing within 50/60 feet. The exercise ended with a few on report but much laughter in the Officers Mess and certainly in Junior ranks Mess, when the Scramble egg brigade (Senior Officers) arrived Low and behold it was back in its place having never moved at all, I was led to believe that photos showed the Plane was not there at one time but back at another, Seems while some were on Report for fear of damage to the Aircraft ( There was just 2 (two) I believe ariels missing) But the Training Squad were applauded by there own senior NCO's and at least one Officer for the remarkable job they done on Concealing the said Aircraft. It Transpired that the "Jockey" ( Pilot) had upset one of the Sentries and this was the squads retaliation to the event. Just a bit of Trivia to highlight the need to not always trust what the eye sees ( or Doesn't in this case) Geeze how sometimes we all miss these things from our Early Life ( Well I do anyway)
  33. 6 points
    Bastonjock take a moment to cool down. lots of what members write do appear to come across with negative connotations how ever they are not intended this way. Together there are many years of hands on experienced advice on this form, people trying to help.Yes medicine does not taste good. Be that as it may, we are looking out for you and would like nothing better than to see your project succeed. The reality is, as said by members whom have personally dug wells, including myself in rocky terrain that the price quoted does not add up, something is not correct. Take a moment to look at your Barangay captain, sounds also fishy, would not surprise me if he is in cahoots with the greedy land owners. One thing these kind people fear is.authority, why have an attorney visit these people with a document drawn up per the original agreement, I believe there would be a good chance they would sign. lastly I would be very hesitant about spending any more funds here, something about this whole situation just does not seem correct, like when one smells smoke. Keep those hard earned under the kilt for now.......
  34. 6 points
    I am learning too, my retirement is going to be enjoying doing everything and nothing ,keeping all our hard earned cash in the bank making nothing but it is enough to outsee us both. Its great reading what others are doing and have achieved and I wish everyone all the luck in the world , but it all seems like hard work, and lots of STRESS, I am happy with my camera and a view and to watch the world go by for now.
  35. 6 points
    I'm sorry to hear of the issues but sadly us Westerners will find it difficult to get our heads arround thinking here. It's taken me a few years and hundreds of hours of study and first hand experience of how things are done. Listen to those that have been here years they are talking from experience. From my experience you have now come up against Filipino 'Face". You've now embarrassed them and all gloves will be off. Regardless of your good intentions in offering them a deal which they initially accepted you are now in the wrong. The Barangay siding with a foreigner will seriously piss them off. Technically you have a right to have water cross their land but technicalities don't matter here. I'd cut your losses and run. In retirement it's not worth the hastle. Do a deal with one of your partners relatives in return for some payment each month and slowly recoup your money. They'll be less likely to bother a local. In the mountains things can happen and no one will be a witness.
  36. 6 points
    Speaking of a 3 story house, I remember hearing that you know you’re getting old when your sweetheart says, “honey let’s go upstairs and make love “ and your reply is, ”can’t do both “ :)
  37. 6 points
    Made the mistake this morning of trying to go to the 1st day of a 5 day sale at S&R Imus. Sale days they open at 8am so we left the house at 7am figuring we'd have plenty of time to get there at the opening. Normally it's a 40 min. drive. Aguinaldo highway was so backed up with sale goers that we didn't even get a parking spot till 9:45. When we got out of the car and headed towards the entrance we saw a line of people waiting to get in that stretched the whole length of the store. My GF and I just looked at each other and said no f-ing way. We figured that if the lines to get in are this bad, then the lines at the registers would be just as bad. Got back in the car and went back home.
  38. 6 points
    I think I know what you mean. I retired to the Phills to get out of the rat race. Not to join another rat race in a country where I know nothing about how to generate more income.
  39. 6 points
    Not worrying is the key. It’s hard to do. No one knows what the future may bring. If your gut tells you you have enough then all that’s left is to pull the trigger and see what happens. I did it on 7/20/2018. I had one overriding reason. My wife’s daughter has come to live with us and she brought her own daughter, ( my wife’s granddaughter). The granddaughter was starting kindergarten, and I purported the reason ( to my bosses so I wouldn’t poison my working relationships ) that I needed to be available in case of emergency so I was retiring ( quitting is how I choose to think of it ). So I retired 1 year before full retirement age ( and began drawing SS ) But I’ve gained a virtual lifetime of experience. I’m finally learning things that My Filipino wife of 14 years ( we are living in the states ) has been trying to teaching me about patience and all sorts of other niceties. I liken my plunge into retirement as jumping into a boat and hanging on through the rocking. Side note, my wife and I are currently visiting her family and this trip I’m better prepared than before and this is about my 10th trip. I get a great deal of satisfaction in detaching from the media circus that has become modern life in America.
  40. 6 points
    SO, we had a phone call late last night from the "Princess Sprog" to say that as she had Finished her year end Exams, she would be coming Home for the Summer But as she was on the overnight Ferry from Cebu could we pick her up at the Ferry Port at about 5.30/6.00 am This Morning as she was on her way now. Ok so far But we get a phone call at 4am to say She was approaching Dumaguete now as it was a good crossing and it was Early. at 5 am we get another Phone call to say there were no Porters. No there wouldn't be as the Ferry was so early it did not yet have a berth to Land on and the Porters were still ashore. So my friends, this early Start and Good sailing time meant not a lot as the ferry did not Dock until it's normal time of 5.15 am We love her to bits and when the Dust settles and Dad has been down and bought the all important extra Data for her use up in rapid Bites she is a pleasure to have Home. Of course Mama is happy ( For Today) as I have just seen the Dirty Bring Home laundry in the Basket All in all I say a whinge because Our ladies ( In this house at least) just can't seem to get timings right and still never ever tell us the whole Story ( I stay quiet) Hopefully the rest of this Visit will not end as some do with fraught tempers and higher than Normal Stress levels but have to say it is nice to see me Girls Together Jack Morning All
  41. 6 points
    Before starting a new business, I always try to think about the exit strategy in the event things don't work out the way I had planned. That's a large size, quality infrastructure you are building. One possibility down the road is to lease the premises to a pig farmer. You derive a steady income without the headaches associated with running a business.
  42. 6 points
    I was under the impression filipino was the majority nationality in the Philippines
  43. 5 points
    say No more see whoever Later
  44. 5 points
    My GF acts and sounds the same. She only "remembers" the parts of yesterday's conversations that are beneficial to HER..It's kinda funny and cute. Sometimes when I ask her to get me something and she forgets, she will say something like out of stock, or tomorrow. We both know that she forgot and just laugh it off. Seriously we have never been mad at each other for longer than 10 min or so in the almost 15 years we have had together. She's a doll.
  45. 5 points
    My piggery was meant to go live on Thursday. I've dealt with all the problems and additions as required , even to the point of flying her papa un from bohol to sort some of the issues out The last one has got me angry , yesterday the 6 farmers who's land my water supply traverses , made new demands , this is despite them having been paid for the access A meeting was arranged and their demands listened to , I offered a compromise but that was refused , my gf who is in control of her temper had to leave before as she put it "started a war " the baranguy captain also got angry with them The cheaper option would have been to submit to their demands , but I felt like I was dealing with blackmailers , so I've put the project back a few days whilst an alternative source of water is used I just wanted to rant a wee bit
  46. 5 points
    My Device has an OFF Button, how about yours???
  47. 5 points
    Another perspective to consider - If we are going to live here we cannot simply roll over and let the locals tickle our bellies whenever they smell a buck - giving in at the 1st sign of trouble will be the start rather than the end of troubles. So, for me it's either stand up or pack up. Not that I'm underestimating the power of losing face here, or the worst-case scenario consequences but where does it all stop? Perhaps Baston's issues are a reminder to us all why most of us don't run a business here if we want an easy life.
  48. 5 points
    A Tad sad this morning I must say, My daughter (20 next month) said a couple of things that shocked me a little, Yes shocked me because things are changing, in and around the Circles she ( daughter) is moving in, we often hear, say that the Locals are mindful, respectful and for their own when push comes to shove BUT This morning, I think I just realised, my daughter is becoming a Snob & starting to look down on those less fortunate than her. So, she pops her head in the Door and says DAD I am off to Lola's (Where her cousins live) OK, how will you get there? Oh Ma will take me ( Azon has been laid up 3/4 days now with her teeth problem ( 2 out and a lot of work around the Area) Hmmmmm sweetheart why can't they fetch you NAH they can't be bothered so Ma won't mind she knows I will not get the car out for a 1/2 hour round trip that the bike does in 10 mins and is only a 15 min walk tops I said, did you tell Rachel ( our Helper) you were going out? NO why should I! So Little one then she knows to do your room, well came the reply, it is her Job While I think about it "Trisha" do you ever say Thank you to the helper? NO why should I, You pay her don't you Angry this morning to say the least, Yes I know we have all got kids like that from our previous life But This threw me this Morning, coming from a pretty Good provincial family and is studying a profession that is going to need some decent bedside manner, I do hope that there are classes on this issue or I am afraid she is not going to make it either there or in any people related Employment. What are we Breeding here? I ask myself, Today, I would sooner go shopping and listen to the sales girls with there smiles and morning Sir and the Salamat after paying. Rant over Jack Morning All
  49. 5 points
    How so very true I was talking to my wife last night about Banking and she was telling me that at least 50% of the employees at her company Don't have a bank account but mainly can't meet the Requirements that some banks want. It transpires that the Company Run their own Credit Department based on Cooperative membership dues and Staff borrow (Some Heavily ) throughout the Month, so Pay day ( For those without a bank Account are paid Cash, now after all the Months Borrowings and payments on salary loans are deducted sometimes, there is not very much to come, I guess it is the same with our Construction workers and House helps, they have these Advances and many forget this has to be paid back before they are given wages at the end of the Week/Month or whatever, To me it is no wonder that there is nothing to save and there won't be until they get their credit and borrowings under control Times are many where I sit and have a beer at my Sorry, sorry and watch them pay their Bill for the week and have a beer or two, Good they can get this Credit to live but one has to wonder if they overspend on credit. at the Store. Just as a for instance ( and much to my dislike) our helper as good as she is, has an account with my wife that is about 5.500 peso in the Red on wages Advanced. When she Goes home at the end of the Month for a week I rather think she will in for a shock. But it's OK, I know Azon will make sure she is OK
  50. 5 points
    When she starts talking in Bisaya to me then I know she is in a bad mood, that's when I get a beer and go to the top floor out of her way
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