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  1. Amusing little Sketch but in reality, Some truth about the problems here both healthwise and the current Topic we are discussing;
    7 points
  2. Got 4,000 liters of beer. Neighbors been thinking it has been raining, .
    4 points
  3. Go to the BI Facebook page. It tells you almost every day of updates. All 13 type visa are now allowed. I did not read your link as I rather see the updated or best we can get info direct or until it changes.
    3 points
  4. Let's all hope an effective vaccine is available sometime next year. If not carry on. Us human seem difficult to kill off. God knows history shows we've tried.
    2 points
  5. Thanks, Geoff. I tried to limit my local agent search to agents or agencies with a decent number of listings on the sites and to those who had properties of P10M or more. I may have to branch out to other areas to hit someone who has access to expat clientele. I had considered that the 2nd or 3rd largest city in the nation would have a market for big homes on big lots but maybe it doesn't. Thanks again for your reply.
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  6. I think we are all reflecting due to the virus and all the negative things around us today. 2020 has not been easy and its not over yet.
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  7. Oh I'm not, I was just offering it as extra evidence that the amount of sex has increased during lockdown. I'm fully aware of the dual influences of Catholic church policy upon contraception rates and the cost factor that stops a lot of Filipino women from using contraception (plus the 'macho' effect that limits the number of male Filipinos willing to use condoms).
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  8. Lets' not forget where we are Geoff
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  9. An advanced society needs lots of labels to protect dumb people. I like the one on lawnmowers that says not to put your fingers into the spinning blade.
    2 points
  10. Come on you guys, yes your not Filipino but do your bit Filipinos, stop having sex during the lockdown. It's ruining many women's lives. While most of the world is trying to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippines has to juggle between handling the virus outbreak and an "epidemic" of unplanned pregnancies. According to The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the rate of pregnancies in the Philippines could increase by 751,000 (42 percent) to reach a total of 2.6 million. This means that the Philippines could possibly have an additional population on top of the curr
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  11. Does anyone know a good real estate agent in Davao City? We're selling our five-year old house and lot but it seems like the agents we've contacted have no drive at all to make 5% on P13M. My wife says they'd rather make several small, easy commissions than work for one big payoff. I contacted a few listed as local on a Philippine real estate site but only two got back to us. Neither even wanted to come look at the place and both just wanted permission to list it! How in the world do you sell a house and lot you've never seen? Do the agents here make Brownie Points for having real es
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  12. In the U.S., the average age of a Covid death is 78. The normal average age of death is 78. In the Philippines, a friend dies suddenly of a heart attack. Counted as Covid. A guy we know, his niece's baby died shortly after birth due to complications. Counted as Covid. My wife's friend on Bohol said her neighbor died of a stab wound. Counted as Covid. If you don't want your loved one to be counted as a Covid death, you have to pay for your loved one's Covid test. Otherwise they died of Covid. In the Philippines, most hospitals are empty because nobody wants to go t
    1 point
  13. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-23/philippines-lets-foreigners-in-eases-travel-rules-for-citizens This sounds good, but in other places I read that it was only for foreigners with investment visas. Whatever it is, it´s a good start, if it is true
    1 point
  14. It's unnecessarily long. The link is found below. Washington Post 10-20-2020 Consumer masks could soon come with labels saying how well they work As millions of Americans adopted mask-wearing this year to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, they confronted a wild West of options, including artisanal products sold on Etsy, cotton coverings sewn by their family members and mass-produced items marketed by favorite retailers. The personal protective equipment industry is trying to inject some clarity into the mask-purchasing experience by creating a uniform
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  15. I think the vast majority of members here are upwards of 50 years old. A high % are probably 60+. I'm 64. Crap! How did that happen? My "early retirement" years started at 56 and are done! When the Covid-19 "Pandemic" started, we didn't know much. It quickly got sorted out that the vast majority of deaths were elderly and/or people who were already sick with one or more comorbidities. In some cases, poor choices by leaders led to increased deaths of the elderly. I have three comorbidities; overweight, HBP and some asthma. Also arthritis, but not sure if that counts. It might cou
    1 point
  16. Don' worry be happy..........OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA - GABRIELA BEE (Beatles Cover) - YouTube
    1 point
  17. Agree on that last part. But, I see no point in 2nd guessing anything at the moment as regards a vaccine.
    1 point
  18. World wide and guaranteed to be effective. Repeat if necessary.
    1 point
  19. It's not the case where I live - you can still buy a new and acceptable standard house for 5-7m and 15-20m would get you a palace. I still stand by my opinion that property in the Philippines is relatively inexpensive. I wonder how long these "asking price" houses remain on the market?
    1 point
  20. I know of a decent one in Cagayan De Oro, a cousin of SWMBO (not that that helps you). I was speaking to her a couple of years ago after we bought the house we have now, she gave us the impression that selling 'foreigner type houses' was difficult due to the small number of potential buyers and the difficulty of dealing with the potential buyers. She wasn't the actual agent selling the house we bought but honestly, without her help to navigate the process we would have been all at sea. I would as a starting point try and find an agency that lists mostly more expensive houses as they
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  21. I read an article in Australia recently saying that a survey had showed there had been an increase in sex since lockdown started but that there was not expected to be an increase in population growth (as per the baby boomers) because of the almost universal use of birth control (not surprising).
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  22. That's if "L" lets him have a party Social distancing and all that
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  24. My understanding here is there are restrictions on purchasers. There is a time period after the purchase where the vendor has a right to repay the failed the arrears and retain ownership. Worth checking out if anyone going this route.
    1 point
  25. concerning the topic, here is my input. In fact a really good friend of mine owns a house in the Lipa area. He wants to sell and asked me to help. I live in Manila and have a neighbor/distant relative who is a real estate agent. Started asking him questions and he said that he would take on the project. Started lining up prospective buyers, getting paperwork together and was well on the way, then c19 hit and the whole deal ground to a halt. Bottom line is that relators here seem to be willing to travel to secure a deal. So IMHO the trust factor is of more importance than geography.
    1 point
  26. A pondering vaccine is available in 12oz bottles apply as needed.
    1 point
  27. True that. But have you had a good look? I haven't noticed them giving any deals away.
    1 point
  28. Many variables here, but the extremely overvalued Philippine housing market (on higher end houses) is one the big reasons I am going to be moving the family to the U.S. We have discussed it in other threads, but when I moved here 8 years ago 5-7 million pesos would get you a really nice house. Now the same type of house has asking prices of 15-20 million. For 15 million I can get a very nice 3-4 BR house in several areas of the U.S., built to modern codes. I think a lot of the extreme rise in prices is driven by foreigners.
    1 point
  29. We looked at some houses in Lipa yesterday and my wife wasn't much impressed. I wasn't either to be honest. Seems like the newer built houses are smaller in subdivisions that are just starting out and scarcely populated. The prices really weren't in line for what you get even with the multitude of "Discounts". We visited a few subdivisions and were honestly very surprised at the number of vacant houses and foreclosures. I think we'll be talking more to a few subdivisions and banks about these. I actually enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the Lipa area and its multitude of shopping
    1 point
  30. I'll reserve judgement until a vaccine actually appears. No point in spending my energy now pondering when I've nothing to actually ponder!
    1 point
  31. Next, the lawsuits....in the land of the fee.
    1 point
  32. So far so good as far as L and I go healthwise. I think we will just sit out early vaccines for a while and see what happens. There are not a lot of infections here in Davao, yet - Mayor Inday seems to be trying to keep a lid on it. Quarantine from 7pm to 5 am sort of helps, I guess... But then I see heavy traffic on the roads all around at 6:30pm and know that all those people will not be home until way past curfew. Then there are always those still going out and partying - like just outside the apartment last night until almost 10pm. Some just don't get it or don't care. And there are s
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  33. And in very small lettering.....made in China.
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  34. Information overload, but I don't understand why they would lockdown again. This new data is being pushed by the anti-lockdown people. If you die of Covid, average age of death 82.4 If you die of other causes, average age 81.5. Those numbers can be twisted and interpolated in many different ways, but overall, I think they enforce the case for not shutting businesses. https://headtopics.com/uk/average-age-of-covid-death-is-82-4-years-need-to-shield-the-vulnerable-16165653 I'm still a fan of a revised Sweden model. Do just as they did but do a better job of isolating the vulnerabl
    1 point
  35. We moved in on 1 October 2020. Still some work on our part. Making some improvements to fit our tastes. I'm not a picture person, some may be fuzzy, took them with my lap top. Man cave, watching Monday night football. Man cave, filing cabinet and DVDs. Man cave, blinds. Spare bed room. Master bedroom. Master bedroom, Chester draws and closet. Master CR. Balcony. Coming down stairs, living room/dining room. Living room/dinning room. Dinning room/kitchen. Living room. Dinning room/kitchen. Kitchen. Kitchen.
    1 point
  36. There is truth in what you write. A while ago I googled to see who I might know (celebrities and such) that died of Covid. I was astonished to see that all the dead were victims of "complications" of Covid. By that I mean the same complications that would have arisen if they had a very bad flu which turned to pneumonia or something similar. I do not want to get a bad flu, but neither do I like it when the world shuts down. I believe facemasks, distancing, and similar precautions are the best way to prevent the spread of any flu-like illness. The rest of the stuff, like quarantining everyo
    1 point
  37. We have a massive pool we use, in fact it's self cleaning and anyone can use it for free. It's called the sea. It's just 3 minutes stroll to the sea from our house.
    1 point
  38. Probably too many 25yr old retired Chinese.
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  39. I will just add this; 2020 may end up seeing 18,000 more Filipino teenage girls getting pregnant because of the indirect effects of COVID-19, compared to 2019. Full piece that may be of Interest; https://reliefweb.int/report/philippines/significant-rise-maternal-deaths-and-unintended-pregnancies-feared-because-covid
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