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  1. One of the members on the forum, Private Messaged me a few days ago, seemingly encouraging me to keep posting caustic remarks and posts. It made me realize that I have been an a-hole. I apologize to any and all that I have offended. Mark my words..I will try to be more considerate of other peoples feelings and considerations when I post. Once again..sorry.
    5 points
  2. Sometimes his posts are hidden to keep the peace.
    5 points
  3. Forums take many forms and sometimes we reveal our characters in our words and sometimes we take on a different character behind a keyboard.We all like different humours in our thankfully non homogeneous world. Some like sarcasm some dont. If I were you I wouldnt change a thing.... unless you are and know you are a total hole. Then maybe the board isnt for that person.. but if you have an alternative view to others, dont worry about sharing it . The best boards are those where theres good discourse and many alternative views.
    5 points
  4. No worries from me, I think you are a good humored guy.
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  5. Many Filipinos are so superstitious that they prefer not to think of anything that involves 'What if?... because they truly believe that thinking about negative things will make them actually come true.
    5 points
  6. First of all, I wonder what motivated someone to encourage you to keep posting caustic remarks/posts? Second of all, we're all big enough and ugly enough to both give and take within reason. I have not seem anything that would be considered crossing the line and, if there was something, I reckon the mods would have removed it. Hell, maybe they did and you really have been an A-Hole!
    4 points
  7. Thanx. I was hoping for a little encouragement and you gave it to me.
    4 points
  8. I've had influenza once. It's not a head cold, it's not the sniffles, if you have influenza, you know all about it. I was basically bed-ridden for two weeks barely able to move to eat. High fever, headaches, aching all over, lots of snot and coughing, secondary issues due to the resultant compromised immune system. I've had my flu shot every year since. No it's not 100% effective against the multiple strains out there but it's something.
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  9. Strange this is mentioned as its the one point that really sticks in my memory after returning from NZ. Here the pedestrian crossing means nothing, back in kiwi land cars will even slow preparing to stop before one has a foot on the Zebra... half a dozen beers in NZ at a pub is beyond the budget I'm afraid. So guess one could say a trade off.
    4 points
  10. Just across the Strait of Juan de Fuca I believe we have it here too; and people are in denial. It is flu season, so people think nothing of wandering about in public coughing and sneezing and there are more than the usual amount doing so. I overheard one ole lady comment to her friend "Oh great, now I probably caught the Coronavirus from that coughing old fool". No one is getting checked at the doctor as they blame any symtoms on the normal flu . . at the moment. And no one is taking any precautions as they do not yet believe it is here or that it is really serious. We are all "dying" to find out. (Half the people in this area, including the ones I wrote about, are over 50. It is a retirement community). We stay at home, but sometimes it is necessary to go out for groceries. That's when we noticed the bad "flu season" here,
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  11. Middle class filipinas don't need to marry a foreigner so you are unlikely to find them on online dating. You need to understand why filipinas are attracted to foreigners, it's either to scam them or get out of their desperate lifestyle. Also the reason they want children is because they believe is cements the relationship and you would take better care of them. At the end of the day they are mostly after your money, not always in a bad way, apart from the scammers, but for the security that goes with it.
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  12. Well AK that may or may not be the case, but we're just doing a little towards local awareness, and getting a minuscule amount of trash out of the sea nearby. Reaching the generation before is a tough call. You know that saying--light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.
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  13. Well the member who asked you to do this is not a very nice person hiding behind someone else , but that’s just my view. Now should we have a bet between us all how long can AK can be nice .
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  14. My own opinion is, change here can only come from the kids, well done Queenie and you well continue on.
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  15. My wife and I were allowed to do a 1/2 day presentation at one of the local schools on recycling, composting, and protecting the environment. I showed them slides of the US and it had changed from the early fifties until now. The students concluded the event by digging two pits for composting and cleanup of the entire campus area. They did a great job of collecting recyclable containers, putting trimmings, leaves etc in the compost pits, and LEFT THE LITTER AND GARBAGE ON THE GROUND! I did not know whether to laugh or cry. Maybe a bit of both.
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  17. I'll have to agree with the optimistic sentiment, and more positive, active approach re this blight. "Better to light a candle..." Courtesy of my HS freshman English teacher, who made us memorize 10 quotes while studying Shakespeare's -Merchant of Venice- ....... "How far that little candle throws his beam ! So shines a good deed in a weary world. " Thanks for the kind acts, Queenie O.
    3 points
  18. Good advice . It's just that sometimes I get so pissed off that I can't control myself enough to be civil. But I will start trying.
    2 points
  19. There are 4 types of Dengue, Tom. You are correct in saying that immunity to that particular type will occur after infection, but not to the other 3. If you were to catch it again, but a different type, then you would not be immune to the effects and that is where the higher risk comes - the treatment will be less effective than for the 1st bout.
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  20. I met my wife in Hong Kong. Now, I know that there will already be differences between a Filipina working overseas and one in the Philippines, but it is what it is. I genuinely didn't approach the relationship any differently than I would with any other girlfriend - no initial suspicion or particularly watching for tell-tale clues. I took the view that it will all come out in the wash IF you keep your wits about you so why go looking for something that may not be there.
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  21. Yes, Got tested positive at the local Hospital, The Dr said I need to go back every day to monitor my blood, my blood platelets are the same but white blood cells are down. Could take a few weeks to fight this off. Edit it's day 2 now.
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  23. Jim, I reckon that the OFF mosquito repellant is shite, that we need something with DEET as part of the recipe of it, something that works rather than just smells nice. I have tried to get something with DEET in it but there is nothing I can find, so I always bring back military grade repellant from Australia and heaps of it. Just saying.
    2 points
  24. An ECC is required if you have been in the Philippines over 6 months. An ECC is easily available at the airports IF you have Not Been in the Philippines Over 12 Months (ECC at airport if you fall between 6 and 12 month stay this trip). If Over 12 Months, you have to avail of the ECC from on of the major BI Offices (like Cebu, Manila and a few others. Definitely Not in Dumaguete). Video example of ECC at NAIA Terminal 3
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  25. Personally I avoid hanging out with locals having a drinking session, from my experience it can turn ugly really fast, sorry if that's a negative outlook but every time I walk by them and they call me over my spidey senses are in full alert, no thanks.
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  26. We live in Daet, Camarines Norte, the birthplace of my partner and her 7 other siblings, of which 4 are still there. I would never even think for a minute of taking her out of the country, as she like others in the Philippines are very family orientated, life is family to them. I thought I would adjust very easily into living in the Philippines as being ex military and then working offshore I thought I could adapt to anything, anywhere, how gnikcuf wrong was I. Currently I am back in Australia for some medicals from the governments purse, and have been driving around heavy traffic in Melbourne for the last week, and doing a lot of walking in the streets to get to different appointments. So anyone reading this would probably realise how I feel at the end of the day of doing these appointments I don't have to rush inside where I am staying and drink half a dozen beers to settle my nerves, don't have to update my will and don't kick the dog. Imagine a place where there is not one tricycle, where drivers stop for you when crossing the road at a zebra crossing, I could go on and on and on, but I wont. Yes I dekcuF up big time.
    2 points
  27. Cell phones and the internet have definitely changed their view.... 40 years ago they thought most were rich... now... not so impressed.
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  28. When I was a daytime janitor at a (now famous) Seattle tech firm, I had a young FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) Filipino guy come on to take over part of the building. We were talking one day and he asked me, "Why do you do this?" "What do you mean?" "I understand why I do this and I understand why the blacks do this but you're white. Why are you a janitor?"
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  29. What happened to the other 10?
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  30. My husband and I live near the sea, and sometimes we have local neighbor children on a saturday picking up trash (with gloves) and we collect many sacks over the course of a morning, that we have picked up on trash day. With a small payment, a snack and a simple mini lecture about them having helped in a small way to save the ocean, we have a fun morning. Win win
    2 points
  31. It already is Your experience is outdated One of my part time jobs in the Philippines was making dating videos for dating sites. I/we portrayed what the sites wanted to hear. I was good at it. The pay for my first video was only US$30 but they were paying me US$100 a 3 minute video at the end. I suspect they thought I was good at it and I suspect my qualifications are adequate to give advice but no one has to take it. That is why I enourage people to find out for themselves.
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  32. Starting a new thread since I didn't want to sidetrack another one Last year on a 4 week holiday in PI I spent 8 days on Siargao and not only is it one of my favourite places in PI it's one of my favourite places in the world. Very clean with hardly any rubbish or plastic on the streets, beaches or in the sea. Anyway below is a 4 minute video I made which shows a lot of the island and surrounds including Magpapunka rock pools, Sugba lagoon and Sohoton Cove. I wanted to share some of these experiences which help to explain why I love the Philippines and Filipino people especially when you get away from the cities and tourist areas. The children on the beach I rode my scooter down to a place called Secret Beach to the south of General Luna with the intention of going for a swim. But it was low tide so I would have had to wade out several hundred metres whilst trying not to tread on any rocks so I just sat down on the beach to relax and soak it in. Soon after these local kids came over wanting to chat, maybe I was a novelty since I suspect they don't get too many foreigners there. Anyway they were lovely kids, all smiles and after a while one of their brothers who would have been about 12 came over. They told him I wanted to go swimming so he offered to take me out in his canoe. So I helped him drag it down to the water and we jumped in and paddled out far enough that I could slip over the side and go swimming. Then when we got back in and before I left I took them all across the road to a little shop and bought them a treat each. The dancing men One day I rode around the island and got a bit lost so pulled over to check my map. As luck would have it there were a group of 7 or 8 men having a party in their front yard and they saw me and motioned for me to come in. I ended up staying for a few hours It was a Sunday afternoon and they had music playing and I was offered beer, a few actually, and some freshly caught crab. And then a few started doing that dance you see and they wanted me to join them. Which I did and I did my best to copy that style of dancing I think it even has a name? Anyway they thought it was the best/funniest thing they'd ever seen Eventually I had to leave but it was a lot of fun, no scamming or ulterior motive just a bunch of men having a good time and sharing it with a stranger. I've had a lot of these types of experiences on my trips and I look forward to more in the future.
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  33. What I tell all my buds looking for a mate here. If you ever hear 1 or both (I need........ or I want......) . Run. and run fast! or like I used on my Asawa before we got married and you finally see them face to face. When going to the mall I ask" Do you need something, like clothes ? How about do want some jewelry?" What I got in reply was I don't need that ! Ding went the bell in my head. We've been married 28 years now!
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  34. And if you leave the country they will look at that paper receipt. Everyone should be sure to keep it in their passport until they either renew or leave the country. If you renew they take the old paper out and put in a new paper, at least they did for me.
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  35. I may be wrong about this, HK, but my understanding is that once someone contracts dengue, that person then carries immunity. However, there are several versions of dengue out there and the individual would only be immune to the version he got. I had it once and it was a bit nasty but not so bad... mainly rashes and skin irritation accompanied with fever and headache. The one to be most wary about is the type that mainly attacks the brain and is considered to be a type of hemorrhagic fever and can be deadly. Sounds to me like it's time to move soon after you are healed Jim... Sorry that the noise and mozzies are driving you away. But, if you check around, there are places with fewer than others. I guess you might need to cruise around and test-drive a few different areas - especially after dark when it is mozzie-o'clock. Supposedly it is the mozzie that hangs around indoors during the days that carry the dengue? So perhaps they get in your home to hang out and annoy you? At any rate, good luck to you and hope you find a better venue and soon!
    1 point
  36. Do you mean you have Dengue now, Jim? That's nasty! I had a mate in Hong Kong who caught it and he was advised that if he were to catch it a 2nd time it could be much more problematic to treat. As for mozzies, yep, they are probably everywhere but less so in some areas than others. My wife's family are out in the sticks and there are a fair few there whereas I'm in a less rural place and we have a few but nothing like as many.
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  37. It's starting to sound like it's safer in rhe Philippines.
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  38. Are you saying it doesn't work that way?
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  39. Okay, okay, boys... I think I am getting your subtle hints? When the home is done, hopefully I can find a stove/burner set that has gas for broiler (or griller). If not I might have to settle for electric. But the dirty kitchen is currently under construction now and I will also be buying a barbecue for true outdoor grilling. There might be a bit of a battle here because I prefer the precision and ease of propane for barbecue and L prefers the taste and smell of coconut charcoal.... I will quietly admit to you that I also like the taste and smell of the charcoal... But I don't like the hassle. So maybe the answer is to do like I did on the yacht and use a propane barbecue with soaked wood chips? I also really want to try doing smoked meats too. Long, cool smoked-cooked pork, beef, chicken is something I really crave. I brought a stash of alderwood chips with me from Seattle, last trip there. I have bbq'd some salmon fillets from S & R and they were damn good! And I have seen hickory and mesquite chips in some hardware stores here. And L found really nice (but expensive) T-bone steaks at a Lisa Meats here in Davao.... Those were the most tender and tasty I have had for a few years. So, sure... You guys will be invited over. You need to bring the beer, Tanduay, and big appetites! Bbq'd steaks with grilled mushrooms, onions and garlic? Rosemary baked potatoes with butter, grated cheddar cheese, garlic, sour cream, chives, bacon, sea salt and fresh, coarse-grated black pepper? Long beans with tomato, oregano, bacon, onion and garlic with a squeeze of lemon or lime? And L will make her award winning kinilaw so you can have a bit of surf with your turf? Achhh... I just realized I forgot the fresh heated baguette with butter, garlic (I love garlic) and maybe even a bit of parmesan or blue cheese? I think this post should be in the member's recipe forum? Oh... and better try to bring this back on topic.... Our cabinets will have marine ply backs and walls, the rest will be laminated ply. The ground at the house site has already been sprayed before construction for termites. I intend to keep up screens on windows and doors and to also spray from time to time. In Seattle, we had an exterminator spray in the wall spaces before insulation and inside walls were installed. We lived in forest with lots of "carpenter ants" but never once had one inside the house.
    1 point
  40. My mom once said to me "son you're bloody superman" ...and she wasn't referring to my physical prowess. I've been living here in Subic Freeport for almost 5 months now with my 90lbs of kryptonite, who I've been married to for 30 years. It's nice enough here but not like when I was stationed here in the 80's, no softball or basketball leagues, the baseball fields and bball gyms are all gone replaced with hotels and Korean storefronts, we moved here for the familiarity and the proximity to the ocean but it costs around 600p per head to go to the beach here, what used to be free, if it wasn't free though I imagine they would be trashed. I'm tired of lager beer, I drank the hell out of SM when I was young and was happy with it but my beer tastes have evolved with the beer scene in Washington so vast with choices, I like my hoppy ales or the occasional bourbon barrel aged stout if I feel like it, nothing but lagers here. I have a batch of homebrew in the fermentor, I brought enough grain for four 5 gallon batches. I think maybe Angeles might have been a better choice as I think they have a few places that serve craft beer and maybe a couple of breweries, this is definitely a good place here in Subic for a family I think. I miss my friends for sure, miss the motorcycle rides, I bought one here but have nowhere to go and no one to ride with, and how do I put my foot down and tell the wife I'm flying back stateside for a motorcycle trip to Nova Scotia with my friends, why am I afraid of her, am I P' whipped AZ?
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  41. I think it is most likely the same but we use different words? Broiling is using the upper element only at the highest temperature, usually for meat. About half way through you flip the meat so it looks like it was grilled. I have also used it for quickly toasting garlic bread and giving it a nice color and crunch without drying out the bread. Damn, now I am making myself hungry for a good steak with a side of garlic bread. Maybe Tommy will invite us over.
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  42. Looks like it has ended. Apparently the suspect wanted to expose corruption by his employer. https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/metro/728087/greenhills-management-vows-to-avoid-repeat-of-hostage-crisis/story/ The management of Greenhills Mall vowed on Monday night to avoid a repeat of the hostage crisis where 30 mall employees were kept captive by a dismissed security guard with grievances against the mall and security agency authorities. In a statement, the mall management said they will conduct a post-incident assessment with the police. The almost 11-hour ordeal ended with the release of the hostages when the suspect, Archie Paray, was subdued after speaking to the media about his grievances. Talking to the media after his surrender, Paray alleged corrupt practices among security agency officials. “Management will also look into the allegations made by the hostage-taker against security agency officials who allegedly take bribes from tenants to disregard shopping mall policies,” the Greenhills Mall statement read. The mall administration added that they are working to resume normal shopping mall operations following the incident. “Management will share more information as we get them. We ask the public to avoid sharing online unconfirmed information and refer to authorities.”
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  43. Trash is a serious problem. Thinking that the locals are friendly because they are being paid to be illustrates a bitter and distorted outlook.
    1 point
  44. I'm in Iloilo - my wife's home area. We never considered any other part of the Philippines, or indeed any other part of the globe for that matter. I was able to adapt easily enough, probably because I had already adapted to life in strange countries before (England and then Hong Kong) and due to my wife of course. Language issues don't really come into it - enough people speak enough English for me needs and my wife can deal with any situation where I cannot. I suppose if we'd gone elsewhere in the country it would have been different - I feel people here can be somewhat insular. Do i miss the UK/Hong Kong? Well, some bits of them I do but certainly not enough to make me rethink.
    1 point
  45. Good one, Steve. This thread ought to prove interesting if it gets any traction, gets off the mark and goes anywhere. Us ex-pats usually can transition from one geographic part of our home country to another, despite having to stretch a bit on regional customs and idioms. Not so sure how flexible Pinays are, even though many have lived and spent time abroad. Back home in their native land, I think they wouldn't want to live in a region that has a local language they would have difficulty communicating in with neighbors and at markets. Even with English and Filipino (which is Tagalog based) in general use, locals prefer to use localized language. If you don't use it, you are an obvious outsider. Still a fellow Filipino, but still a bit more suspect than a local in some situations. Initially you probably won't get the 'best price' until you establish a suki relationship over time.... building up trust. Even in the USA, Pinay enjoy having same language barkadas if possible. I would guess that very few Pinay would willingly move too far from their linguistic and extended family comfort zones unless the advantages gained could vastly outweigh the disadvantages. I know of several of our male cousins that left the Visaayas to live with their wives in the Bicol, Palawan, Greater MNL etc. where their wives are from, but most of the gals stay close to their birth provinces. Of course you might have an adventurous wife who is willing to give it a try. Most foreigner husbands can and will adapt to which ever part of the PI they end up in.... but I have my doubts about the willingness of most Pinays to do so. If given the option of staying where they know the local systems and can easily operate there with their connections and a deep understanding of their regional people. places and social networks... they will prefer what they know and can work with advantageously. That said, the Pinays I have known stick with their man no matter where he wants to venture. They may not like it, but feel they have little choice. Many will silently tolerate their zany husbands adventurous dreams and go along for the ride, hoping for the best. The marriage stability always takes priority over their personal preferences. But if hubby has to live with many tampo fits, he's probably tracking a bad trail that will not lead to the happily-ever-after. Better make sure your wife is willingly and soundly on board when traveling to a new homestead.
    1 point
  46. Great write up and quite catchy music also.
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  47. Amazon can deliver this? https://www.amazon.com/Ship-Your-Friends-Embarrassing-Prank/dp/B01N4NYGV0/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=joke+dildo&qid=1582976580&s=automotive&sr=1-1-catcorr
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  48. I will say this.... Filipino's are a tough lot.... I'd say conservatively 50% in our town don't have any plans on what they are going to eat the next day, let alone think about stockpiling. The reaction I've seen here wrt corona virus is similar the hype around the 1979 Skylab falling out of the sky.... I'm half expecting t-shirts saying "I survived COVID-19" to pop up.
    1 point
  49. He also needs to be aware that if he has started the process and has the probationary 13G visa he would need special permission to leave the country. Without that permission the whole process would have to start over. At least that is how is was a few years back and I assume it has not changed.
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