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  1. 7 points
    Those four words pretty much end all argument and need for advise from ANYONE Welcome to the world of being hitched to a Filipina
  2. 4 points
    I would have told her I did not own a suit. A small lie, for my own comfort. When I moved over here I left my suit hanging in my sister's closet. I may need it during a visit to Texas, I will never need it here. I was at a formal event with the Rotary club. I wore slacks, dress shoes, and a collared shirt with a tie. I was the only one there without a jacket. Some of the more senior members told me I need to buy a sport coat... and I laughingly (but firmly) told them that I did not wear a jacket to my wedding, I will not wear a jacket to my funeral, and have no plans on buying one in between. There is no reason to wear a jacket while I live in the tropics. They did not seem happy with me, but they dropped it.
  3. 3 points
    Last Friday afternoon, I had my suitcase packed and all ready to go , i texted gf and as i was loading up the car , i got the reply, " please bring a suit if you have one " WTF ? So I quickly stuffed a suit into my cases, I knew that I will be attending her daughters debutant ball but assumed long pants and smart shirt would be enough , oh no I've got to wear a suit ,tie and shiny shoes, even worse I'm part of the event , I've got to talk , FFS , these poor philipinos struggle with my thick glaswegian accent I'm not looking forward to sweating in a suit , hopefully the aircon is not broken at the hotel it's going to be tuxes and ballgowns for the philipinos I've never experienced a debutant ball lol
  4. 3 points
    You would think someone in his position could also find someone to fix his shirt and tie.
  5. 3 points
    Climate change is cyclical , 7000 years ago the UK was joined to the European main land ,this was known as the land bridge , the ice melted ,turned the Danube into the English channel and flooded over the land bridge . I do accept that man has had a negative impact on the climate , our pollution has accelerated the planet becoming warmer As the sea level rises ,at some point this will cause social unrest on a scale we have not witnessed Can we reverse it ? I dont think we can we could probably slow the warming up process down but I dont think we can reverse the damage
  6. 3 points
    When a friend of the wife got married to a British guy he wore a suit and jelled his hair which proceeded to run down his face in the heat.
  7. 3 points
    My Mrs groans every time I put on the shirt that can be seen in photos from 10 years ago. lol That's what happens when you buy QUALITY. (Try telling her that.. ).
  8. 3 points
    When we got married we bought a barong for me. When my filipino BIL got married, he borrowed my suit. Ironic, no?
  9. 3 points
    I have observed close friends and relatives to debutantes and weddings and parties, where "formal" is the declared attire, wearing jeans and T-shirts. I feel this is inappropriate. I agree with Guy and Mike - if you wear the Barong Tagalog, you show respect to the local culture as well as look sharp.
  10. 3 points
    Well it is easier then I thought , very little swearing by myself and I just listened to your great advice and follow the flow and it was enjoyable, a little busy at times but just keep going and leave no gaps .
  11. 3 points
    My first trip to the Philippines was just after the Lahar incident, didn't that make a mess. The road out of San Fernando towards Olongapo was just a dike of compressed ash and the traffic was kicking up a tremendous cloud. The whole countryside looked like someone had just poured concrete over it with bits of roof poking out here and there.
  12. 2 points
    That suit does look exactly like the one of those I gave away to the Salvation Army Thrift Store before I left the USA, so you could be correct about the ukay ukay. If he wears a 39 Regular I think that could be it.
  13. 2 points
    “Wearing a suit in the Philippines?” Not even the president of the Phils typically wears a suit. But DU30 will occasionally wear a suit (that looks like he bought it at an Ukay Ukay) when he meets with foreign government officials.
  14. 2 points
    "Single with Money = Great Life in the Philippines?" Maybe so?... but I would also have a great time in the USA if I was still single and had $100 of extra money to spend every day in any way that I please.
  15. 2 points
    I think the airport is back to normal by today but you should rely on your airline for exact info. A lot of planes had to be cleaned so schedules may still be disrupted. If Taal gives another blast and/or if the wind changes, chaos again!
  16. 2 points
    Well we are back from our road trip to Bongabon from Marikina and it was enjoyable, no problems at all but we did managed to get behind a funeral procession which must have took us a good thirty minutes to get through , the amount of trikes on these roads was amazing plus lots of ladies riding these too, like I have said in my earlier post I just followed what everyone else was doing , no stopping at crossings no letting folk out unless I had stopped and so on, but I did managed to get to waves of thanks from other drivers/ riders , I am sure air con helped to keep me cool for driving and staying cool about driving too, and yes I will hire the car again and go to different places .
  17. 2 points
    That is why they wear undershirts. I asked my wife if I should buy a barong for our wedding and she said not to bother. Other than weddings, she said the only people who wear them are politicians. But then... she is kuripot ha ha
  18. 2 points
    I did consider bringing my kilt, sporran etc but could not be bothered trying to explain my skean dho ( short stabbing knife ) to the guys at customs, it's part of the attire and as for a Dirk ( short sword ) forget it lol
  19. 2 points
    Way to late to try and fix it. It's already past the point. If there are people that still deny it, they are blind in one eye, and can't see out of the other. Winter is coming later and summer is coming sooner. Permafrost is not permanent anymore. Ocean creatures are washing up on beaches dying or dead with plastic in their guts. High tides are getting higher. The tipping point happened long ago. I won't experience the consequences, but your children and mine will.
  20. 2 points
  21. 2 points
    A ton of feathers can be as heavy as a ton of steel!
  22. 2 points
    You could always wear a skirt with that, if you wish, Graham....right?
  23. 2 points
    Agreed... We try to fit in at least a little...they want to look cool, western and affluent. Last year we went to two outings. The first one was declared as formal and I wore a long sleeved, white collared shirt, jeans and my dark grey sport coat. I was overdressed. Same deal...many ex-pats and Filipinos there were wearing T-shirts and jeans. At the second one declared to be semi-formal/"street smart," I wore a semi-formal Filipino-style shirt that laced up the front with the sport coat over it. (L asked me..."What is street smart?" - I replied that, "Well, I don't really know so I will just try not to look stupid..." ) Again... a bit overdressed. But I saw at least two or three guys with suits and ties so at least I had a bit of company. Of course, L spent over an hour doing her hair and make-up and dressed very nicely each time, as she always does. And it looked like most of the Filipinas did the same.
  24. 2 points
    Not sure the luxuriant growth of hair on my belly looks 'tasteful', poking through that thin cloth on those Barong things. Personally, I think they look odd, without the grass skirt, Sarong, or whatever was originally intended to be worn with them .
  25. 2 points
    Most of the special 'attire' that one sees at these ''events' is hired for the day... and of cheap quality. At least your suit will fit (hopefully ) Throw the jacket over your shoulder, in nonchalant style ... and you'll look a real movie star, so beloved by all Filipinos. .
  26. 2 points
    Never a truer statement has been made!!!
  27. 2 points
    Local formal wear is slacks and a Barong Tagalog. That's what I wore for our church wedding and that was a big deal, officiated by a Monsignor at Basilica Santo Nino in Cebu. She should have some pride in her own culture and not force you to suffer.
  28. 2 points
    Thanks, I do Think that we have an impact on our climate but I am not sure how big it is. To be honest I think it is hard to draw any conclusions from the last 170 years. Temperatures has changed alot more during the history of Earth. Beside that, I am very pessimistic that the world will unite and fix this (if it can be fixed?). Sorry, but that is how I feel.
  29. 2 points
    Thanks for the Hello's. Viking... Apo, Tubbataha will definitely be visited. One of my instructors here in key west dove out of a couple of the shops on Apo Island. I have Malapasqau down as well to get my Thresher Shark specialty card.
  30. 2 points
    Please let me now what place you will finally choose to live in, so that I can stay far away from you
  31. 1 point
    I don't think we can 'stop' the change but we still have a chance to 'alter how large' the change is... that doesn't sound like much but the difference between 2C of (averaged) warming and 4C will make a huge difference when it comes to the severity and incedences of extreme weather events and the reduction in arable land (and hence global food supplies). 4C would see huge areas of currently productive farm lands become dust bowls or deserts and fires like the recent Australian ones would become our 'normal summer' (and not just in Australia but also in other dryer countries). Typhoons would increase in number and be more severe causing damage in tropical countries (basically the rain would move out of the middle latitudes. Some countries could potentially get some benefits... Russia, Canada and the northern European countries would see an decrease in ice and snow falls and permafrost which could eventually lead to an increase in usable land. Russia have contingency plans for Siberia allowing for Global Warming for example. But most of us are too old to see anything other than the start of the effects (and that's already happening at 1C of warming).
  32. 1 point
    We had both fingerprint ID and Code entry - both had their advantage i.e. no problem with losing/forgetting key but their drawback i.e. not 100% reliable and having to remember, in our case, a 12 digit number. Keycard - well, who hasn't trudged to their hotel room only to find the damned thing doesn't work! You have already experienced issues with fingerprints. So, stick with the good old lock and key and save yourself a few thousand pesos. IMHO.
  33. 1 point
    That article was probably written by someone who got their info from other articles. I drove through Nuvali area yesterday and I never saw signs that the power is out. Just dust all around.
  34. 1 point
    When combined with water it can be like wet cement. A lot of the damage from Pinatubo was from roof collapsing, because a typhoon came through at the same time as the eruption.
  35. 1 point
    I went in this time with 3,000 pesos in my pocket. Utter shock when it was only 310! I guess it pays to be on time.
  36. 1 point
    Thanks for the advice guys , I've just been told I'm sitting next to the bishop and an ombudsman ( both are uncles ) So I will be wearing a suit
  37. 1 point
    I was living in Yakima at the time. What a mess. The ash was fairly coarse and gritty, the city hauled it away by the truckload for weeks.
  38. 1 point
    Just a small warning about volunteering in the Philippines. In the wrong circumstances it can land you in a lot of trouble. If it's considered as taking work away from a local and someone complains you could even be deported.
  39. 1 point
    Thanks for the shout, Danny. I'll check those spots out as well. Ohhhh the Keys... I moved here in August 2017 (right before the hurricane!) So I havent been here long. I'll save the KW story...we all have one! Same as any expat! S***, Ive been one of those too!! Key West is packed right now as we sit. I live on Big Pine at Mile marker 32. It usually takes me 1hour 1:15 to get to Duval. It took me 1:45 at 7am to get there this morning and 45 minutes to get back to my house at 10. Its the season and since all of the RV parks finally re opened and the cruises all started coming in again..everyone is making up for lost time. Its great for the folks in the service industry....The weather has been garbage for offshore though. I'm fair weathered spoiled though! If I get out in anything over 2 ft, I dont walk for a week! The backcountry has been ROCKIN though. Im gonna run aroind the corner tonight and net a couple dozen shrimp. Theyre in thick this season! Lobster season came late. The mini season still sucks and HOLY GOD!!! Being on the conservation side but also having a ton of bubba in the middle of this huge reef sanctioning debate is just crazy! I could go on and on about the Keys but I love it. I have my motorhome and my little lot out by the Key Deer Park. Oh! and I make trips to Ft Jeff to help the NPS guys out. I volunteer with them and NOAA. Thats part of my crew. The reef is sad...REALLY sad. The one at Ft Jeff still looks pretty though. I have some good video freediving the one by the lighthouse...(volunteer conservation diver perks!!)Part of the reason for the Phillipines is to do reef stuff. From what I hear though is that Key West has gotten way too Americanized in the past 20 years. Its crazy expensive. still. Yeah, with rent alone for my RV space, I wont loose much $ by coming to the phillipines for 2 months..and that includes storage for my truck and 33'RV, plane ticket, and rent in Phi! ...but! If I didnt love the people and my lifestyle, then I wouldnt be here! Its my goal to split time between FL and the Phillipines. Thanks again, Brian
  40. 1 point
    I bought a couple of Yale entrance door sets last week and on the bottom of the packaging is says an Assa Abloy company.
  41. 1 point
    20200115_165455.mp4 Aok here at the wedding reception here in Silang, Cavite. This place must be really beautiful when it is not covered with ash. They have done a good cleanup and the air quality is fine.
  42. 1 point
    Home security is noticed by thieves in more ways than one. Big expensive locks indicate something of value inside. We never lock a door and always leave a radio on low volume, (preferably a talk station). Who would enter an unlocked door with no reservations? Also used to shoot often outside in the middle of the night and scream, (works wonders). Playing crazy often works as an excellent diversion in Many different situations.
  43. 1 point
    Yes great life style for the short mid term, sure many of us like myself have been there done that. Trust on your conquests no false promises made to the young lovelies.
  44. 1 point
    Good luck Steve. Don't forget... they drive on the wrong side of the road here ! (even when it is the 'right' side). Looking forward to the future posts on this.
  45. 1 point
    You should say.... make my day.
  46. 1 point
    On a rental home I had with my family for a few years, I also fitted hinge security pins into both front and back doors... as well as extra locks. (I always consider what I could do if I was a potential intruder, with a wrecking bar in my hands). On the somewhat out of sight back door, I fitted a steel 'liner' on to the inside of the door, plus drop bars across, top and bottom that dropped into u-shaped steel holders that I had fabricated. These were bolted right through the frame, using coach bolts...nuts on the inside... as per our household. lol This was backed up by my amazing self-built fake CCTV camera, on a pole, complete with flashing LED red light... and one very small, but extremely aggressive small dog... not to mention the Mrs, with similar characteristics . If I had space, personally....I'd bring some good quality locks over from 'home'. Chubb ?
  47. 1 point
    To be applauded Tommy. It has become so noticeable, well to me anyway, that society ( certainly Western Society ) has become what I consider to be the "Blaming Society"....... it's always someone else's fault, never mine. Why cant we just admit we got it all wrong by using up all our planet's natural resources in a wasteful and despicable way! Climate Change is unquestionable, you can argue what caused it or not, but the fact is it's here, the best we can hope for is to try and slow down it's progress! Lord give my grand-children some hope for the future.....Amen
  48. 1 point
    Great documentation, Geoff, for a very sad story. As a friend of mine said to me yesterday: "We need to look at this next year with 2020 vision." and the future beyond....
  49. 1 point
    With the response from most world leaders being to stick their collective heads in the sand, failing to agree on even the most basic of measures to even begin to seriously address the problem, I fear Jake, that you are only half right......... your belief that it will get worse........... it may well be too late for the 'before it gets any better' part. Even today I hear on the news, with out of control fires nudging the outskirts of Sydney, the Australian PM is casting doubt on the link between the fires and global warming! If I were Australian I think I would start a crowd funding page to pay for his ticket to resume his (hopefully indefinite) vacation in Hawaii!
  50. 1 point
    "Can we really Save the Planet?" Of course we can! ... Our planet has already survived a giant meteor attack and the subsequesnt death of the dinosaurs. Our planet will always continue to survive (at least until our sun eventually gives out), albeit without humans on our planet. The future of humanity will have to continue elsewhere in the universe on other habitable planets (at least until we detroy those too).
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