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  1. There are some things even by adding bacon remain inedible.
    7 points
  2. Among all the usual discussion we have which usually involves her peeling off at some unfathomable tangent this one popped up the other day J:- Our government really spend a lot of money because the Philippines population is very high. People's always jogging making babies Me:- Laugh J:- They always do jogging every day.my neighbour Maria have 13 children and her husband is a drinker too. I don't know how their children manage to live Me:- tell her to get it sewn up J:- it cannot be sewn now the thread always loosen Me:- I've got 2 bricks in my suitcase wil
    5 points
  3. You are right. Actually, PLDT changes the offering once or twice a year. When I signed up for my plan, Home Fibr 6099 was called if memory serves me, the Google Mesh were included. I told them I didn't need them but they came for free, so didn't have much of a choice. They might have made them optional on some of the mid-to-high range packages. As an IT person, for those who are building a new house, I would strongly recommend investing a few thousand extra pesos in having Ethernet Cat 6A running into the walls. It's much superior than WiFi and ideal for those who work from home from
    5 points
  4. Welcome to the forum Paul, you'll find a few ex Forces here. Not many brave enough to admit to have been Airforce though.
    4 points
  5. Just came on the news here in the past few minutes they are going to allow passengers arriving here to have the quick testing upon arrival at their own expense to avoid 14 day quarantine Not related to vaccine but another measure to help international travel
    3 points
  6. We have a choice between 30MBps at 2400php with about 130 pretty ordinary TV channels or 10MBPs at 1700php with about 120 pretty ordinary TV channels. 100 MBps has been on signs as 'coming soon' for several years now (the signs are getting rather faded). Most of the time it runs at the rated speed and we can swap up and down between speeds if wanted, it works fine most of the time and at or near the rated speeds but international web sites can be slow at times. In Australia I pay 2000 peso for 25 down and 5 up and whilst the download speed is a bit faster in the Phils the ping times tend
    3 points
  7. Hello GeoffH! Thanks for your welcome! You are correct with your comment to a certain degree. When we first moved here, I met every so often a Veteran or two while shopping at Citihardware in Ozamiz City (now located closer to Clarin), as well as some restaurants, pharmacies, Robinsons Supermarket and, Gaisano Mall. In late October 2016, I came up with the idea of creating our first Veteran's Day Get-Together in Ozamiz City. I of course don't consume alcohol but, another Air Force Veteran Friend of mine in Ozamiz City did drink and suggested Gatz Bar. The date was set for November
    3 points
  8. I have many sea stories but because of my vices I can’t recall most of them.
    3 points
  9. P Paul... I greatly respect your experience and history. I also regret and commiserate with your personal situations... However, I also welcome you to the forum and look forward to your comments and offerings. I have learned a lot from the members here... Hmmm... And @Jollygoodfellowhappens to be the manager of ths site and is also a mellow and considerate member. Please trust his guidance and comments...
    3 points
  10. Although Jack that is good, but not good if you and the family are on an outing 2 hours from home. Who knows where a medical emergency will come from, car accident, shooting, heart attack but more importantly it's a good chance you wont be at home when it happens so even if a hospital is over the road it may not help on the day. Yes I know, being negative and if there was an emergency while at home you may be OK so plan is good for that. Personally I have no plans, I say bury me in the backyard, she says we dont have one so I give up
    2 points
  11. Yes I know what you mean. Auto bar sliders are commonly used, and I see where some can be annoyed by them. The automatic interactive codes produce sliders that are slideshow, viewers, carousel, splice and 3-D block configuration. And most sites use only 4to12 .jpg images which are easy to navigate using a forward-back button. But what if the photo gallery of the website actually contains 150 to 300 .jpg images? Would you to want to sit and manually click through each of those images? And as the site grows I want there to be primarily three active image gallery displays. This is a line of quer
    2 points
  12. Lawyers are like rugby teams Geoff they hunt in packs if that follows through perhaps they should employ English lawyers after all as long as they don't come up against South Africans they should win easily
    2 points
  13. I don't even think Globe offer such a plan in my area anyway - and if they did I wouldn't be looking at paying that amount. In all fairness, compared to even 2 years ago the reliability and speed have improved considerably - rightly so given the relatively high cost of internet here.
    2 points
  14. Reminds me of the Crow bangers we used to use for scaring the birds
    2 points
  15. I place a great deal of value in the old adage that people can do whatever they like as long as it doesn't impact on others. So, if it can be shown that not taking the vaccine does impact negatively on others then it should be compulsory - it's for the courts to decide ultimately.
    2 points
  16. Hello and, thanks for accepting my new membership! I am a Retired U.S. Air Force Veteran who made a decision over 10-years ago to permanently retire here to the Philippines with my Philippine-American Spouse. We had our retirement home constructed just outside the Town of Clarin (North of Ozamiz City), Misamis Occidental, Mindanao between December 2012 and May 2013. We made our permanent move here in mid-May 2014 and, have been living here ever since. I am the former Moderator of Facebook Veteran Site) and, resigned in March 2019, as I didn't like the way this Facebook Veteran's Site w
    2 points
  17. Well guys, I finally perfected my own recipe of bacon wrapped baluts. If you guys want to try making this delicacy, be prepare for a HAZMAT truck knocking on your door. Your community/county might complain about the toxic fumes coming out from your kitchen. You're welcome.
    2 points
  18. Welcome to the forum :) Clarin is just north of Ozamiz where my fiancee has family and we visit sometimes (not right now because the border closure has stranded me in Australia for now, bad timing). Ozamiz and Clarin aren't exactly an expat hotspot but it has a charm that's missing from the big metro areas I think.
    2 points
  19. Hi Paul... Perhaps I am missing the point of the OP original post.. and it definitly would not be the first time... I am seeing it as more - what happens or what do you do when the s*** hits the fan when or if you are home alone or with your significant other? Whether you are or not a military or former military veteran...If you or I get sick, we may need attention... simple and plain to me...
    2 points
  20. I get the full speed of the connection, which right now is around 300 Mbps download/upload. The only way I can get close to that speed on WiFi is if I connect to the 5G hotspot of my router and I no farther than 3 meters apart from the antennas. I tried the Google mesh but it doesn't support 5 GHz, only standard 2.4. The maximum speed I observed was between 90 and 100 Mbps, so I disconnected them shortly after.
    2 points
  21. In regards to your item titled "Do You Have a Plan in Place for Medical Emergency's", what I can share with you has been discussed many times on various Facebook Veteran Sites. If you are Retired Military you then have the option of using Tricare (at Age 65 and older it's Tricare For Life). Your dependent spouse (if an American Citizen I believe, as this has never been discussed that I am aware of) will also be covered. Shortly after our arrival, I learned that there were two distinct methods, as to how Tricare took care of Military Retirees and their Dependents here in the Philippines
    2 points
  22. I'm thinking more of direct action. There's already been a few episodes where environmentalists and Black Lives Matter have blockaded airports and invaded runways in the UK and multiple cases of civil disobedience over basic Covid restrictions. Long gone are the days of voting for who you want to set the rules. Now certain sections of the community try to get their way by force regardless who suffers.
    2 points
  23. In the same way they can (and do) refuse travel to an unmasked person yes.
    2 points
  24. I posted previously in another topic about my view regarding medical emergencies. (https://www.philippines-expats.com/topic/30885-home-medical-care-and-equipment/?tab=comments#comment-264437) I find I cannot easily obtain many medicines that I would prefer to have stocked, but am working on that...there may be some ways... I soon will also find one of those difibrilator units that do all but everything themselves. I will also see if I can find a source for oxygen and regulators. With proper medicines (as many as we can mange to procure) and equipment, we might be able to deal with em
    2 points
  25. I think you've highlighted something that is not just true here, but also back home in the UK - if you choose to live in a remote area of Scotland, or Wales, for example, you'll be in trouble in a.medical emergency. That said, it's clear that the level of remoteness here is much less to cause an issue. So, again we have to hold our hands up and acknowledge that our choice of location here can literally be matter of life and death. I have no knowledge of level of medical expertise here but if it's on a par with everything else I've experienced then I can see why even non-life threatening (
    2 points
  26. Was explaining to my wife, I thought it would be selfish of me, knowing I had a terminal illness and kept trying to get treated. I also do not want to extend the misery and drain resources for my wife. One of my wife's cousin died of cancer 20 years ago here in the PI, still paying. One fact for sure, we will all die.
    2 points
  27. I live Moalboal about two to three hours from the closest "real" hospital. If I have a heart attack my plan is to die. I do have a credit card with a very large credit limit in case of accidents/illness where I have good chance of coming home healthy. If it is cancer or something similar that appears to be terminal I don't think I would choose to be treated. Doing so would only extend the misery and drain resources that my wife would need for her future.
    2 points
  28. I have only Phil-health and a credit-card just in case. Anyway St Peters funeral is on route to the hospitals if I don't make it that far.
    2 points
  29. Just had an upgrade from PLDt home fibr, an extra P200 for a total 50mbps and 3 (three) WIFI Mesh TP-LINK deco routers. Don't know why they sent 3, maybe because we have 3 floors. The courier who delivered the routers didn't wear any gloves so both Eve and I were reluctant to touch the package with our bare hands, anyhow Eve had a pair of throwaway gloves, she picked them from the ground and took them to the patio, then cleaned the box with alcohol wipes. Not a clue how to install them and get all 3 working, also we have a repeater going to the guest house so we will let their guy
    1 point
  30. Also 24 MK-82 500 pound unguided bombs. Borrow a plane from Cebu Pacific and drill a peep hole bombsite in floor, then have someone push the bombs out the open door. What could possibly go wrong???
    1 point
  31. That certainly explains why we have much fewer disconnections since we moved to Fiber Hybrid - the only issue now is between the box and our house whilst before the issue could have been anywhere on the line. I think!
    1 point
  32. As Geoff says it is very much dependant on the individual boxes - we used to get similar to you (at least 8 hours) but nowadays that's dropped to 3-4 hours. My battery back up fore the modem way outlasts the main box.
    1 point
  33. The box in our area does have battery back-up but it won't last more than 3-4 hours. And, of course in time that diminishes as the battery gets older and isn't a priority for replacement.
    1 point
  34. There are various types and sizes of fiber nodes (and ADSL DLAMS) in use, the larger ones tend to have on board battery back up but many smaller ones do not. The amount and size of the battery backup varies but it is uncommon for it to be more than a few hours. NB both a Fibre 'node' and a Fibre DSLAM have fiber to the box but the output is different, an FTTN box outputs short range and higher speed VDSL and a DSLAM outputs lower speed and longer range ADSL and/or ADSL2/2+
    1 point
  35. Fantastic explanation @GeoffH, now I finally know why
    1 point
  36. Telstra had a monopoly of copper cable and PSTN, their copper netowork (plus some smaller coaxial cable internet networks) were bought by the federal government in umm... 2014 I think. Then a national wholesale provider (called National Broadband Network Co) was set up which resells bandwidth to retail ISPs. It runs as a business structure (a limited monopoly) and has loans from the government it has to repay and loans from private financiers it also has to repay and the conditions of operation require certain revenue targets to be met as well as an obligation to provide internet acr
    1 point
  37. Oh I see. For residential usage I think your setup is pretty good!
    1 point
  38. So this guy is turning out to be the most promising. The prices above are from the first guy. This guy in Quezon City gave me these prices for GM parts. Compressor 28,000 Condenser (I assume drier is included) 11,500 Front evaporator with expansion valve 11,500 Rear expansion valve 4500 (rear evaporator to be cleaned, no replaced) Total 55,000 He said if I come to him, he will give parts and labor for 56,000, and it takes 4-5 hours.
    1 point
  39. True but you’re ignoring the fact that the current vaccines reduce the severity of infection, so on a fully vaccinated flight a vaccinated and infected person is going to cause more asymptotic cases and less mild and severe cases amongst other passengers. Which is enough to meet the practicable ‘duty of care’ requirement of most chain of responsibility legislation I strongly suspect (and the QANTAS CEO seems to hold a similar view).
    1 point
  40. That should be more than enough for the "one world government", "deep state", "end times", "sign of the beast", etc. groups to really ramp up the rhetoric.
    1 point
  41. You're not missing anything at all but it is increasingly common these days for devices (particularly smaller ones) not to have a physical ethernet port. My larger smart TV has one (although I use wireless) but the smaller one does not and neither does my Google mini, SWMBO's laptop, my laptop, the iPad etc etc. I too prefer to run a cable downstairs and use a second router (with DHCP disabled) as a wifi hotspot, it avoids the extra cost of using mesh routers (which aren't included with most plans) and works better than wireless wifi extenders or power line extenders.
    1 point
  42. Hi all, Figured I'd bring some closure to this. We did a lot of looking and my wife decided that Lipa wasn't her thing and Tagaytay was too expensive, so we bought a 2 br/2 bath house in Tuy, Batangas. Nice little place and the right size for us. 3 years old and we got the owner down to 2.75m pesos. Gated subdivision. Market right across the street. My wife said she was in heaven.😂😄 So just settling into our new home and readjusting to life here in the Philippines.😀😉 Now to do a little gardening and adjust to life as a retiree. Cheers!😀
    1 point
  43. You dont seem to get the point of themes. I bet your looking at basic free themes and expect to find one you are looking for but it wont happen. As I said a good theme such as Betheme have built in page builders, editors and now also come with Elementor website builder. Also from your first post try to remember that more people use phones to view websites these days so need to be mobile friendly. If you clutter it then the viewer will be scrolling until they get sick of it and are gone.
    1 point
  44. Actually, we have a rice cooker that L just bought for us. It is so easy to use, even I can cook rice "properly." I will look into finding a slow cooker or crock pot. For me, I miss things like really tender beef short ribs and pulled pork. However I never used a slow cooker before, but ate things that friends prepared using them. Again, so easy to just set it and forget it. You just need a few fail-safe recipes and they really abound on Kuya G. I am also thinking about a wood-fired oven outside that I might try to make pizza? So many dreams now. There is no pizza spot in this area f
    1 point
  45. In my case I have shown Emma how to dial 999 and ask for a ambulance.
    1 point
  46. Good idea. I transferred a suitable sum of money to a bank account for my wife to use in such an emergency. Knowing things here, I prefer to keep it as simple as possible.
    1 point
  47. Does your van have big yellow wheels and a huge red bumper?
    1 point
  48. I'm not sure how detailed such a plan can be as we don't know what kind of emergency we might face. Basically, get to a hospital ASAP by whatever means seems the quickest at the time. I don't have any idea beyond that as I'm a great believer that the old adage "The best laid plans..." is especially true here.
    1 point
  49. This is why sensible adult people need to at least do a google search, if not join a forum, before acting like naive idiots. It's a tough world out there. (Wish my Mrs had only cost me 1700 bucks. )
    1 point
  50. I have to smile when Filipinas contact other expats to ask if their boyfriend's pension will run out or how much it will be. We get to know their priorities that way.
    1 point
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