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  1. Took my wife out for her first foray into post covid Manila. She wanted to do some banking. PNB- I have been to our bank before while under enhanced quarantine, not that we are under General the requirements are even more strict. First hand washing station, then a foot bath, then a temp check then she had to fill out a contact tracing form in case a customer or employee tests positive in the near future. Other than that (oh and naturally a face mask) business as normal. PAL- Our bank branch shares the building with the main Manila office of PAL. While waiting I just went in and aske
    5 points
  2. The rules keep changing daily, even on a hourly basis. It might be best to wait. This global Covid-19 lockdown is a first in history so there are many contradictory paths being proposed. We need to be reminded that the quarantine is meant to slowdown the spread of the virus until there is sufficient medical capacity to take care of those who contract it; a cure is found; a vaccine becomes available; or a combination of all three. Deaths from Covid-19 will continue, but hopefully at a slower pace.
    5 points
  3. Well yesterday we went out swimming. No masks, but life jackets were worn by the non-swimmers. .
    5 points
  4. Just thought I'd leave this here Australia Agrees To Send Troops To Support America’s Invasion Of America
    5 points
  5. To borrow the location of one of our forum members Living in the Philippines, you can consider yourselves lucky with the population spread out over so many islands. It has without doubt saved many lives during the World Pandemic, also precious time has and will continue to be on your side. ( Learning from others mistakes ) Speaking for what I am seeing and hearing here in UK, I really believe that our Government has been playing a guessing game all along. Yet again today we are being told that any release of restrictions will be subject to wearing masks at all times w
    4 points
  6. The strategy is to have multiple pharmaceutical companies develop a vaccine. The Gates Foundation and the US government through the CDC are examples of entities involved in funding research. The amount is in the hundreds of millions. If the initial trials appear promising, the pharmaceuticals begin the manufacturing process while waiting for the clinical trials to be completed. If determined to be ineffective, then the promising vaccine is destroyed. Hopefully, one vaccine will be effective and available before the end of the year. AstraZeneca is one such company. I believe the White Hou
    4 points
  7. That is the biggest problem. It is not an isolated incident and nothing is changing. As MLK said "A riot is the language of the unheard." No real change in America has come without protests, and usually violence. When women wanted to vote, when workers wanted to unionize - protests and violence. When the colonist wanted to break from England - protest and violence. America is built on violence. Every positive change we have made, was made while kicking and screaming - being dragged into the future and humane treatment of others. We are still a young country, growing pains suck.
    4 points
  8. Countries ally themselves out of self interest. Be it serving their fellow citizens or sugar for their family and friends.
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  9. John, your photographs bring back a flood of memories. My father had purchased an International Harvester tractor for the farm and people came from great distances because they had never seen one. Most farmers used a water buffalo to pull a single plow. As the tractor worked, there was always a flock of semi-feral chickens behind looking for worms and larvae exposed by the plowing. A few years later, the tractor was gone. It was replaced by six men working with water buffalos. His rationale was employing out of work farmers was more important than efficiency.
    4 points
  10. I ran across this for the first time at our local HMR. I was next door and then I wanted to pop in and quickly see if they have a rolling pin. He told me to fill in the log which had maybe 6-7 items including address and phone. I told the guard that if everybody is touching the pen, table and log, I am more likely to catch COVID right there than in the store. I left and didn't go in.
    3 points
  11. Don't bother with the one I got off Lazada. Not as easy to use as it looks. .
    3 points
  12. I am not familiar with the law here, but in the US it has been through the Supreme Court numerous times - the government has the right and responsibility to quarantine as they see fit, for the public good. I suspect the government can do that here in the PIs as well. Protecting the public good is not about our comfort.
    3 points
  13. Pft... saw through that one straight away ... .
    3 points
  14. I am so tired of virus related posts here and in the news... so I will post the latest about our home for a bit of fresh air. And, yes, I am wearing a mask as I type and also washed my hands before touching the keyboard... don't want to get any of you sick... (yeah... I know I said tired of virus posts, but I am trying to make a bit light of it now) We cruised out to the site today... The "checkpoint" in Mintal along the way was a joke - as was the one in the city on the highway heading out of town. They didn't even ask to see any FM card - just passed us through since we were dutifully w
    3 points
  15. I see on YouTube in Thailand you have the option of logging your name or using an app that you scan a code everywhere you go so they can trace you if needed. I think the record of where your been only stays in the system for a certain time. Weren't they talking of using it here too not long back?
    2 points
  16. This could be useful. 10/30L Alcohols Distiller Wine Maker Brew Hit Home 304 Stainless Moonshine Boiler ₱7,891
    2 points
  17. well I thought it was Funny
    2 points
  18. Remember when all the filipinas told us old goats that "Really? You are that old? You don't look a day over 50." Well now is the time to put that to the test and see if ya get ID'd
    2 points
  19. It should be "suggestions" or "recommendations" rather than commands. There is also an implied threat of punishment assuming you don't obey authority. By the time you are a senior citizen, chances are you can tell right from wrong. The premise is seniors are the most vulnerable group. They therefore assume most risks by going out.
    2 points
  20. Correct. No doubt the begging bowl is being readied.
    2 points
  21. I have discussed this with L a number of times. She tells me that the main difficulty is that her language (she speaks 7, but Davaoweno(?) is her native one) does not have words for many things and actions that are common in English and European languages. That is why she will be rattling along in her language, or Tagalog, and suddenly a phrase will pop out in English. English has usually many explicit words for everything, whereas the Filipino languages require lengthy descriptions to get to the same place. It is amazing to listen to her if we stop to ask for directions to go somewhere -
    2 points
  22. Article in the paper this morning, that Pres D has clarified his position. Termination is not cancelled, just postponed for 6 months. Then unless cancelled again the clock will resume or postponed again. In other words, IMHO he doesn't want to alienate Uncle Sugar when he might need some help.
    2 points
  23. Just like WWII, when Churchill was thrilled about how the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor resulted with the U.S "sticking their nose" into the war. "Churchill, it’s no exaggeration to say, had been exhilarated by the Japanese bombardment of Pearl Harbor, and by Hitler’s subsequent -- and stupid -- miscalculation to declare war on the country that had just been attacked. The night of the air raid, Churchill was hosting the American ambassador for dinner. As the first, sketchy reports filtered in from Hawaii, a telephone call was placed to the White House so a wartime prime minister co
    2 points
  24. Only going by memory they provided expertise in combat for city type warfare plus drones ETC. Filipinos have more jungle type fighting experience. As for sticking their nose in, I'm sure every bit helped at the time. And no US are not allowed to engage in combat here like any other country.
    2 points
  25. If I live another 10 years I could proudly say I lived through the statistics era and print my T shirt as such. But for others it probably wont be a virus that killed them but an ongoing stats build up on the brain. Apparently hard to relive the pressure. What could they call that, stat_19-20 or something. Just laughing here and not having a go at anyone or thing, just an ongoing debate
    1 point
  26. My nostalgia dates back from more than 50 years ago. The situation and conditions have changed. I was stunned to learn, while visiting UP Los Banos for a conference on agricultural-tourism, that a career in agriculture has been declining during the past 15 years. There is no money in it. The career goals today is focused on technology related industries. As you stated, farm laborers have move to the construction industry.
    1 point
  27. Most are, it’s true, but there are quite a few that are sold with a grounded plug. Like many of us I am sure, I have appliances from my home country, the UK and Thailand where we lived previously. They have different, grounded, plugs. A selection of the different types we currently have in use: I am not a great fan of using adapters to make them fit, so in our new construction I propose fitting this type Together with a few of these at strategic points around the house.
    1 point
  28. A friends wife in Cebu who is an agent quoted an acquaintance 10% to sell his condo. Online research say no rules but typically, Quote, https://www.lamudi.com.ph/journal/qa-how-much-should-i-pay-a-broker-if-im-selling-my-property/ A: There are no rules truly set in stone when when it comes to what percentage of the price of a home sale is to be paid to the selling broker, and in the Philippines, the common amount is between 2 and 6 percent. Specifically, the range for real estate brokers is between 3 and 6, while for real estate agents, it is between 2 and 3 percent. End Qu
    1 point
  29. My speeds today (PLDT 25 meg Home Fiber plan)... about 3 miles out of town, near Dagupan, North Luzon: .
    1 point
  30. Yes apparently he went back last Friday and decided to stay there till today. Apparently some of his IATF guys headed to Davao too this week.
    1 point
  31. Nice photos, Graham... Lovely area to recreate!
    1 point
  32. "White people in this country will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they achieved this - which will not be tomorrow and may very well be never - the Negro problem will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed". quote from "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin Written in 1962 and perhaps even more true today than almost sixty years ago.
    1 point
  33. I get your point, Graham... I think there really is no excuse for the "lock us up" directives... It should be up to us to decide if we should be exposed or not. I know that the "powers that be" SAY that they are concerned about the cost to them and their constituents (supposedly) for any infection treatments... Meanwhile, I am truly dismayed when I observe so many when I am "out and about" flaunting the mask-up policies... So I am chewing on that... as you suggest.
    1 point
  34. Does your hardware store have a section where they sell home distillery equipment? Could be time for a new hobby :)
    1 point
  35. Yea Tommy fully understand your comments of it takes for ever for our partner to explain the simplest things. This used to drive me nuts during our build.
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  36. Ahh yes, there's the rub. At that point the US military were helping to WIN a war. Now it seems they help to start or perpetuate them. Just MHO. This article might help explain what I mean https://www.vox.com/2018/2/15/17007678/syria-President-war-win-interview
    1 point
  37. Just to give you an idea of where this is coming from, the Tampa Bay Times operates Politifact, a left leaning "fact checking service". I don't doubt their facts here. They said that 83% of deaths were over 65. OK, +/- 10 points, that seems to what I see when I find deaths by age. New York City, 73% over 65. 88% over 70 in Sweden. If you are old, and you get it, you have a much higher risk of dying. The article seems to imply with that 83% that the elderly are not being protected and of course slants it against the Governor, who says Florida is doing well. However, the arti
    1 point
  38. Nothing is hidden - the content of the mail is clear - a request was made to reconsider the aspect of the unsuccessful advertising aspect of the forum and the reply is as you see it posted earlier - that was the last communication I received. The forum and its business is sustained by participation of the membership and whilst it may be privately owned its success and or failure is predicated on involvement , interaction , discussion , exchange of opinions or ideas of the membership to stimulate and add value and share experience here in the Phills and is therefore a two way street - one
    1 point
  39. Well matey for someone who makes this statement, you certainly do your best to continue them
    1 point
  40. Just to add a bit of info here... During the past two days, I notice maybe two or three PAL flights arriving here in Davao... So I think things are opening up a bit? I certainly hope so, because I need some parts for my car to be delivered from a shop in Manila to me here - before I die of old age!!!
    1 point
  41. There's been some very good Black women on social media that have made some comments based on facts that pretty much summed up the politicising of this and how it seams to re appear every four years just as there's an election coming up. On top of the politics they also highlighted again based on facts that police brutality and the killing of Blacks by White police officers is in the minority. It was quoted the percentage of violent crimes commited by Blacks compared to Whites and highlighted that Blacks only made up something like 6% of the population but 45% of violent crimes. Also wa
    1 point
  42. If shouldn't have taken nationwide protests for that to happen; initially there were no charges... then there were huge and violent protests, then one guy was charged with third degree murder but the protests continued, now one guy has been charged with second degree murder and 3 others with aiding or abetting. I see that as happening in reaction to the protests, ie laying the charges and then ramping them up something that almost certainly wouldn't have happened without the protests.
    1 point
  43. It seems like protecting and guaranteeing the 2nd amendment has become more much important than protecting and guaranteeing the 1st amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
    1 point
  44. There are a couple of issues that I see for most part of working from home in the Philippines, one is obviously internet speed or reliability. But then you have the environment, for many of us sitting in a nice quite condo or house which is secure its easy to think how working at home would be easy. Many workers live in boarding houses or run down homes, no quiet areas, kids screaming, dogs barking etc which is not good for clients paying call centers to provide a service for them. There are other type of work from home that occurs such as accounting and office work which is perhaps just a bit
    1 point
  45. Trying to convince my wife that we should install an off grid solar system. But so far her laptop normally has enough battery to keep Facebook going when we have lost electric.
    1 point
  46. We ventured out to the home site on Thursday. Again, hassle free with nobody looking closely at our FM pass, especially when they see L's DepEd id. The checkpoints seem to be a bit perfunctory around here - at least the few that we have passed through. The boys are continuing to install the steel bars along the top of the fence and have worked on completing the sewer/drainage pipe run out to the nearby wet/dry creek. It amazes me that raw sewage is - by mandate - simply "stewed" in the two-tank septic tank, then drained off into the creek about 100 meters away from the house . If in USA,
    1 point
  47. Wish you hadn't asked that question... The short answer (guess) - I am sure it will be at least another month, probably two. Windows need to be installed, Floor tiles were not ordered before the lockdown because there was no stock or not enough. They could not order because the entire system was shut down. It will take three to four weeks - or more - just for those. The fence needs to be completed, gates to be fabricated and installed, roofing and awnings need to be finished, sewer lines installed, utility lines installed, electrical fixtures picked out and installed, appliances to be pic
    1 point
  48. I use Wyze cameras. Mostly because a friend gave me one for free, just to goof around with. I liked it and ordered more (cameras, motion sensors, contact alarms). I figure most are about the same. The Wyze seems to be very dependable, never had any problems with the camera or communication to my network(other than standard Filipino interweb issues). I like being able to check the house, away from home. The only thing I do not like is that I have to open each camera separately, no "one view" screen to see them all - like what many stores have (also Google Home says it connects to them, but wi
    1 point
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