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  1. Hello everyone, now this is not going to be a short post but there is a reason, thanks for your patience. In a recent post, about a week ago I reckon I mentioned in a thread that I was going to Australia and was seeking advice about isolation etc. This is what happened:- Before I arrived in Australia I booked a cabin in a caravan park that I have frequented very often, so they knew me personally, they took the reservation after I informed them that for personal reasons I will be going into self isolation for a week so as not to cause any concerns with anyone, as I had only been
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  2. I really didn't need a public thank you but it is appreciated never the less But honestly that's enough... you lot will give me a big head. (and I already take an XXL helmet... if it swells to XXXL I won't be able to buy a helmet to ride the motorbike!)
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  3. Well couldn't put it off any longer, all moved in.
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  4. Wonderful news and full kudos for Geoff supporting you so well, truly a good decent man.
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  5. A 650VA UPS would be fine for what you are intending to use it for. That would equate to about 390 watts of available power and you are just wanting to power maybe a 15 watts modem. As you only want to use it for about an hour you would have plenty of power in reserve.
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  6. I went for a good 12.5km walk around Boracay today and was surprised how quiet it was. Hardly saw anyone until I reached Bulabog where they do the kitesurfing. Most of the bars and restaurants are closed as is 99% of Dmall. Just discovered it was due to a local enhanced quarantine. As of tomorrow there's also an alcohol ban and only take out and delivery. Permits required to leave your house and over 60s and students 24/7 lockdown.
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  7. This is just my thought , I am so glad I married a Filipino. With what is happening in the world my Ems is the best thing that I can have to help me through the coming weeks/months and why you may ask. I don’t need to worry about loo rolls with a tabo and bucket next to the loo. Food well she can make anything out of anything , but don’t ask what it is you are eating . Feeling worn out and tied , the best massage for free. Haircuts, eyebrows trimmed, nose hair trimmed and blackheads taken care off. Cuddles . I am sure many of us can say we are lucky in having
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  8. I've done the Chinook and dead Ringer IPA clones using Norther Brewers recipes, both were fantastic beers. I shipped a 20l speidel braumeister in a balikbayan box, it makes all grain pretty much plug and play and it's 220v, I've had it for about 11 years. Thanks for the tip on BrewHa, prices aren't too bad considering, I'm sure they probably won't be shipping during this crazy time. I can't figure out why my pics are coming out sideways but here it is.
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  9. Nothing beats a swollen helmet as long as you take something to take the pain away.
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  10. Maybe the British Govt. think we're better off where we are now? I for one would choose to remain where I am even if such a flight was available.
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  11. The Top Gear mob did a special travelling through Argentina, looks like they had a blast.. Except at the end, the locals in the south of the country are fiercely patriotic in the Patagonia region and still hold a grudge about the Falklands. Jeremy and Co. were flying the Union Jack the entire time and this incensed the locals to the point where the entire production crew were in fear of their lives and required police escort. It's actually a little chilling watching the footage.
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  12. Well that's done it... my helmet doesn't fit anymore
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  13. Star Man GeoffH - you really did go well above and beyond.
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  14. I couldn’t put it better myself. Well done GeoffH. And I hope Onemore52 has a clean bill of health. Your halfway through now, and by all accounts you would probably have developed any symptoms by this time, so it’s looking good for you.
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  15. Nicely said. This definitely deserved its own topic. Thank you for the report and thank you @GeoffH for helping out a forum member.
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  16. I will add to that explanation too about deep cycle batteries. I tried flooded cells (golf cart batteries), dry cells and gels. The gels kept a higher voltage and had the longest life cycles for me on the yacht. I took very good care of them all but the gels simply outperformed. I rarely discharged them to 50%. The deeper the discharge cycles the shorter the lifespan. I kept mine to around 35-40%. I also had a relatively large bank of them so that I would have two or three days supply. And the greater the load, the quicker and shorter the cycle. That was another reason I had a large batt
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  17. Well after most shops have sold out, managed to get my hands on some beer, and 3 more on the way..... That's this weekend sorted ... Start panicking again Monday... 😜 Before they ban the sales....
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  18. There seem to be a number of posts here and there about the virus, but surely it would be good to have a thread here, where it belongs. I had to look quite hard on the Internet to find the information I wanted, namely statistics showing the number of cases in different countries per head of population. All four news sites I regularly look at only give the actual numbers, often in a sensationalist kind of way. The Philippines comes out pretty well per capita, especially down here in Cebu City and Cebu Province, where there is one confirmed case in a population comparable to that of Denmark (132
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  19. If I was still in the market crude oil is where I'm putting my money, not yet because there's still potential for it to drop more because the demand has now dried up, OPEC cutting back means nothing at this point, I drive my car once every couple days now verses 4 times a day. Someday though it will turn around like it always does, petroleum products are everywhere in our households not just in our vehicle, this is just my opinion though and I'm no Warren Buffet.
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  20. The Mustang was better but not until they put a Rolls Royce Merlin engine in it.
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  21. I guess you are fully stocked with Kleenex shares then?
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  22. No seriously it’s up , not by much but hey UP and DOWN it will go.
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  23. When was that though, Steve? 1967?
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  24. They're from Northern Brewer, online. I have two IPAs: Chinook, Dead Ringer (which is a clone for Bell's Two Hearted Ale), and a blonde ale 'Cashmere Blond'. They're all primarily LME. I don't have the wherewithal to do all-grain. You can get grains and supplies from BrewHa Brewshop on Facebook. They're in Tagaytay. They have a selection of malts, hops, yeasts and equipment. They will measure out to your recipe and crack the malt for you. I bought my first fermentation vessel from him/them before they went into business. I don't know how the lockdown affects their delivery.
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  25. Yes, I agree. I am thinking of the 400 UK tourists stranded in Peru. On the BBC news this morning it seems the UK government were aware of this impending problem about five days ago but chose to delay making any decision. Now that Peru have closed its borders yesterday and shut the airport to international flights, such a rescue flight is no longer possible, apparently. The tourists now face an indeterminate wait until the country opens up again. I am sure the UK government won’t pick up the tab for their accommodation and health care. I hope their insurance will. I guess that is what the gove
    1 point
  26. I remember my Saudi days well.. .arrive new in Saudi, go buy a large plastic garbage bin..then go buy Rauch, in the white or red grape juice variety. Buy sugar, and then find the yeast that you secreted on your person. Mix and stir daily and after 14 days you have something thats alcoholic but in my case tasted not great.. but with 7Up added was acceptable. I thought my production quality was really bad till I tasted some friends. Theres' was for want of a better word, totally shit. Had to throw all mibe away when we had word that one day the mutawa ( religious police )
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  27. We finally had our first local case, who was from elsewhere on Panay but is now at one of the Iloilo hospitals. So today the place is like a ghost town. The one hardware store I found open yesterday was closed when I went by it this morning. Fire trucks are roaming around making loudspeaker announcements. Passed a local barangay checkpoint but just kind of waved as we cruised by. Market activity still seems pretty normal, and I do still see quite a few tricycles around. Someone was saying the tricycles were being restricted, but I haven't seen it. They did stop the jeepneys, and replace
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  28. Well, I hadn't noticed there was a thread under Life as an Expat.
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  29. Well, I think we'll be okay for dried fish anyway. .
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  30. Might be time to make my own, back to Saudi days, in the pic, 5 gallons if white wine, 5 gallons of Cider..... And 5 gallons of Red Wine
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  31. Depends which way you go Personally in our house we share the load, she works comes home tired and I'm the houseboy! Not the ideal I thought it would turn out to be, but from what I've read, there are much worse situations. I can't wait for her to retire too!
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  32. So you're happy playing with meat and 2 veg then Steve? Ask your missus to explain if you don't understand my comment, lol.
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  33. Goods news at last. We have been given a extra 10GB of data for free this coming month on our mobiles,
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  34. As I said, I had estimated 26+ hours for the two routers we have. But I don't remember the specs. Will be down there tomorrow installing some flooring, so I can check.
    1 point
  35. With no beer people won't gather in groups to drink... that means more effective social distancing also.
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  36. The size of the inverter doesn’t hugely affect how long you can run any particular item for, other than the bigger the inverter the greater the power it uses, even if it’s not actually powering anything. For example, my inverter, which is 12 volt/350 watt, draws about half an amp, just to power itself. The modem draws about 15 watts, which at 12 volts is about 1.25amps. So the total current draw, modem plus inverter is about 1.75 amps. However, cheap inverters can draw considerably more than that. So a 110 amp/hour battery could in theory run your modem and inverter for about 62 hours. (1
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  37. Yeah Patagonia and Chile ranked pretty high on my list back when I first started planning my exit strategy. That was during the Zika virus, and Chile was one of the places it had not reached because of the Andes mountains. It always seemed like a nice little corner of the planet to me, and one which few people ever think of. Jealous Tom, you've been to some awesome places.
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  38. Not at all tired of hearing about that, Marvin...
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  39. I'm waiting for this 5 gallon batch of IPA to finish fermentin g.
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  40. Excellent post !I used to live near RAF Finnigley in Yorkshire.. .and can recall way back in the 1960s when I was still a young lad that every 6pm they would turn the engines on of the Vulcan bomber. They did this so as to be ready for the Russians apparently as this was at the height of the Cold War. This was a monstrous plane. More RAF stories please...
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  41. Way cool... I note in his last photo he is in front of a Spitfire, perhaps? I always wanted to fly in a Spitfire - I consider that to be the greatest prop plane in history!
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  42. I think it's times like this that the media needs to be seriously curtailed as they are creating ten times the panic that is required. By all means introduce laws making the reporting of news liable to criminal charges if proven fake. I've been doing my share of self isolating so catching up on news from wherever I can source it and can safely say some of the big networks need closing down. I was watching a certain president getting torn apart for not acting soon enough and using a term that people in the media's eyes were racist. The same media company were calling him racist when in Janua
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  44. I think my wife has not got this right at all. She said to me, we will eat all of the food in the house, then we will go shopping I need to have a little talk to her.
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  45. I think living in a place such as the Philippines one needs a slightly different mindset. I don’t consider myself a hoarder, but I think it prudent to keep a reasonable stock of items to prepare for the unexpected. This time it is Co-vid19, it could easily be a typhoon, or earthquake, or Tsunami. Any of these can lead to shortages of basic necessities such as medicines, water and foodstuffs. If Typhoon Jolanda is a good yardstick then it could easily be a week before any relief effort might arrive. We keep sufficient of the necessities to last us at least a couple of weeks, and in the cas
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  46. Well the final figure is in. There going to a few odds and sods like the electricity pole, TV antenna etc but those costs are going to be down in the noise. So here it is, 20,100 pesos per square metre, excluding the cost of the land which is likely to be about 100k. This make the front apartment 753.5k and the rear apartment with garage 2,130k. Totalling 2.88m.
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  47. The garage door was due last Friday but was delayed until today. As it's a commercial door I was a bit worried that it would look more like the front of a seven eleven but it's not bad at all.
    1 point
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