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  1. Lots of Chinese POGO workers lining up with their fake vaccine certificates, and brown cash envelopes ? The government here need to stop insulting the usual DONER nations, and get on with properly vaccinating their own population, before forming these committees, daydreaming about what other (properly organised) countries do.
    5 points
  2. You are not likely to see a view off your deck like this if you live in a condo.
    4 points
  3. I suppose there will be a 'green fee' for using that lane, added on to the 'express lane' fee. Both of which will never go away.
    4 points
  4. That is what I mean. If they leave the 7 day quarantine in for vaccinated people, people like your wife will endure the 7 lost days in order to see their loved ones. The real tourists the Philippines needs to kick start the economy are the international tourists who will visit the resorts and tour and spend a lot of money. Given the choice of tropical resort country A with no quarantine, and the Philippines with 7 day quarantine, real tourists will choose A. Anyway, I hope that will not be the rule. Just thinking out loud. How is Hawaii doing? I'll bet they get a surge of U.
    3 points
  5. Did they say vaccinated tourist would still need 7 day quarantine? If so, that is just friggin stupid. No real tourist would spend 7 days of their 1-3 week holiday in quarantine. They will choose another place. As mentioned, only "tourists" like family visiting family will do that.
    3 points
  6. I did Phizer, 11 days since the second shot. Only a bit of an ache in the arm that night on the first shot. Second shot was a bit more of an ache and a slight fever on day 2. My wife has had the first shot of Moderna. She really got an achy sore arm from that. She hasn't had the second shot yet. We decided to get the vaccine at different days so if we had a strong reaction we wouldn't get it at the same time.
    3 points
  7. Tom, as a new member you have only posted unsubstantiated second hand stories of incidences Foreigners have been victimized by Filipinos in some way. Whats up with that?
    2 points
  8. It's blowing up with tourists... rentals cars going for $200+ day (no exaggeration), worker shortage, every island concocting their own testing rules which change weekly... the saving grace... no test to "re-enter" CONUS
    2 points
  9. Yes, I distinctly heard her say that foreign tourists and Balikbayan visitors who are fully vaccinated would ONLY have to spend 7 days in Q. But she stressed that this was only a starting point suggestion to get the wheels moving. Thats what I have been ranting about for a long time now. Not only international tourist but us local also. There are some resorts in your area we want to go to, and our favorite in Batangas. We are looking forward to spend a week or more at a nice resort, seeing the sights, eating in restaurants, paying outrageous sums for local attractions. But I will
    2 points
  10. Sorry to hear this, but its an oft repeated take that folks here didnt get what they paid for and feel they have no sense of redress. I fortunately learnt long ago to only buy from what could be considered good quality. Mine is an Ayala Premier building which for Philippines is probably good standards... for HK where I lived in apartments for many years, it would probably be at best average quality, and for Singapore where I lived, would be considered poor quality. Would be average for Thailand and Shanghai ie. Lots money spent on lobby and nothing spent on decor away from lobby.
    2 points
  11. Regarding it not being a wise decision to leave a home unoccupied in the Philippines there will be exceptions to that rule if you live close to family you trust and/or live a humble/simple life.
    2 points
  12. I enjoyed Latin. It really helps build vocabulary as many English words are derived from Latin. I even had the book "Winnie the Pooh" that had been translated and published in Latin. Odd choice I know but the selection of books in Latin was extremely limited and I liked the original. I always thought Eeyore was kind of a cool character.
    2 points
  13. Dave arriving Cebu 1AM after a 12 hour flight; Sir please wait there to get your swab test and wait for the results before standing in that line to get the paperworks and then go to that line to pay the fee's then have it checked and stamped. Then go through that door to the waiting room for the urinalysis and final approval. After approval you go through immigration to customs and wait for your special shuttle to fill for the quarantine facility. More fun through paperwork stamps and fees.
    2 points
  14. I see to many local governments having different rules so hard to be a tourist. Generally if any tourist are allowed here now hey will just be those who have GF or fiancee etc here and wanting to be together. Won't be much tourism.
    2 points
  15. Id love to positive about this...but when a dozen govt agencies gets to discuss something, I foresee a sudden creation of rules... sufficient rules and regulations and protocols such as to prevent the positive part of the original idea from ever occurring. Given the way they have screwed up the exit/re-entry requirements of those of us who are vaccinated and holding the SRRV retirement visa ( 4 months now waiting for the exit reentry exemption permit) I have little hope of the vaccinated foreigner proposal being anything else other than a good idea. Wish I could be more positive but
    2 points
  16. Good read on the current Philippine education system. Very sad. Education is a key reason why I am moving my family to the U.S. next year. When I moved here and did not have kids except for my older step-daughter, I probably would not have cared much about this. Now, with two younger school age daughters, it is a big deal. https://www.bworldonline.com/plummeting-education-standards-a-national-emergency/ Numbers Don’t Lie By Andrew J. Masigan Filipino children born in the last 10 years are at a disadvantage even before they enter the workforce. Due to educational standards
    1 point
  17. Great effort Mike. The World needs more people like yourself and your good lady.
    1 point
  18. Very disturbing to read something like this from an "expert". We live in the province and work with youth via our ministry. The kids in our area and the surrounding area are not getting a quality education. Due to poverty and poor internet connections the majority of the work is done via "modules" which are printed info/question/answer booklets. These are given out each week and returned a week later for the next module. To try and bring some sanity to this situation we are rotating eight middle school youth as working students. Two to four stay with us for a week at a time. At the sta
    1 point
  19. Yep As you say on someone's blog. So where did that info come from ?
    1 point
  20. Anyone had experience or heard cases related to false rape charges ? Found this post of this guy on a blog regarding false rape charge. It is unbelievable to see that such weak affidavit can put you in jail. There wasn’t any updates from this guy so not sure if it was dismissed. Now, if someone fill a case against you while you are abroad, how are you supposed to know? Here is the post below : I am in fact presently a defendant in a phony rape case in the Philippines. A few months ago, I was going to be in the PI and I met a girl online. She pick
    1 point
  21. It would be logical to send a notice of the allegations to your address on record (everyone has to give an out of country address when they get their entry visa). If the person does not respond then he could be tried in absentia, IMHO. There are some crimes, like rape, in which the accused starts off as guilty and has to prove innocence. Fair? Maybe not, but it is what it is. Edit: More than hearing about it, I have seen it happen. A group of expats and their wives/gfs were having a beach party one evening. Expat A had brought his gf who was getting along rather well with Expat B
    1 point
  22. Don't think I'd do that. I'd just rent. Who needs the worry when away ? Life is as stressful a you care to make it. Just my opinion.
    1 point
  23. Yes...qualify on both counts. If I was to spend my days worrying about 'security' issues, to the point of paranoia, (as in property unoccupied for a couple of hours) I wouldn't live here !
    1 point
  24. I'm probably a lonely optimist per one of my basic personal philosophies: Common sense will always, eventually, bubble to the surface. Admittedly, especially in government actions, it can be a frustrating and maddening wait for the obvious to smack some bureaucrats in the head. But if you think back to the long list of stupid decisions you remember, eventually, over time, they all get eroded and sorted it. So...I view this as the opening salvo in common sense finally bubbling up in the Philippine COVID and immigration enclaves. Not holding my breath for a quick, brilliant solution set - bu
    1 point
  25. A cording to my wife they have not formulated this yet Don. She said more will be said the in a week or so. My wife is looking at going end of July to visit her Papa he's not doing well.
    1 point
  26. Not correct, we have amazing sun rises from our terrace (when awake to view)
    1 point
  27. At my English Grammar/boarding School, we had separate lessons for Arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry. (Also separate lessons for Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. These days they just seem to do 'Science'. )
    1 point
  28. I live 10 miles from the city, 7 miles from the beach (and 2 miles from the town... I can and do walk it). I bought my 580 square metre roadside lot for p250 per square metre in 2016. The house I had built is probably about 100 squ m, 90% concrete and blocks, and I doubt it has cost me more than 300,000 pesos. We have good water, good electric, a landline phone,and good fibre internet.
    1 point
  29. Ladies and Gentlemen, Thanks for the downpour of interesting, insightful replies. I understand it's eminently a case of "different blokes different strokes". Some of you cherish the convenience of living in a condo because they tend to be in more central or better served locations, they have communal facilities like a pool, a gym, a 24/7 concierge etc. Some others enjoy the benefit of building a house to their own size and specs, perhaps in an area that is more secluded yet more scenic. I admit I did underestimate the fact that the typical Filipino neighbourhood is usually a lot
    1 point
  30. Climate-wise, California is the best place to live in the US, in my biased opinion. I'm probably moving to Texas, with a smaller possibility of Florida, and a big reason is the political climate in those two states. However, there is a tiny chance we might move to California. I found a property I really like and I will make another post about it.
    1 point
  31. This is largely true, with the exception of the Philippine Science High School/University of the Philippines system. I personally met a lot of young women and men who put themselves through this learning pipeline and they are at least as bright as their privately-educated counterpart. Plus, they have something most elite family kids will never have: they come from poor or modest background and they have a bit more of that fighting spirit, the willingness to succeed and improve their lives and those of their families.
    1 point
  32. Yeah I saw him on the evening news and boy did he looked pissed (yankee pissed, not british drunk )
    1 point
  33. According to this you wont be given a choice until you wait in line. Do People Need To Know Which COVID-19 Vaccine They're Getting? One Country Says No The Philippines' Health Department says it will no longer allow local governments to announce which brand of coronavirus vaccines will be available at inoculation sites. The move comes after hundreds of people this week lined up at a site in Manila when they found out the Pfizer vaccine would be given out there. "What we're going to enforce now is brand agnostic," Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje told CNN Philippines' The Sourc
    1 point
  34. Anyone who thinks a PH education is worse for their child than a US education better live in a state that's banned Critical Theory. One advantage a PH education has is its very easy for home-schooled children to graduate HS (with ALS) and then be eligible for any PH university.
    1 point
  35. We are both great thanks Fred , enjoying time together without that dreaded word WORK.
    1 point
  36. Heat rise, but I suppose it will be a lot better having exits low than no exits at al. Optimum solution would probably be to have some kind of venting at the top of the roof. Also, high ceilings help with keeping the temperatures down. Will you use reflective aluminumfoil under your roof? Our house have minimal ways for the heat to escape so we will need to make something about that when we get down for permanent staying. I have been thinking much of this, how to solve it in the best way possible, so all ideas are welcome
    1 point
  37. Can you tell us more about how you designed the roof? From my experience that is where most of the heat inside is coming from, so it is important to solve that in a good way.
    1 point
  38. I`m no expert on staircases Graham.. I suppose though the older we get the more we need to consider the angle and pitch of a stair case..From looking at that picture,if the bottom step was next to that big post and straight up like the existing ladder it might be a bit of a struggle to get up there for my poor legs!! If it was me,I`d probably ask for a quote for a spiral staircase as the pitch will be far less.
    1 point
  39. Running out of pics now so to bring you up to where we are now and I`ll cut to the chase.. The balcony runs on the front elevation, the side and the back and its about 2.5 meters wide. Today has been a pretty hot day and we do not even require fans inside.. All in all it`s been a pretty successful experiment.. So successful we aim to build 3 more when we can afford it after this covid B.S. I`ll post some pics of interior when I have some.. Cheers!
    1 point
  40. All good questions.. When I show you a bit later how the bungalow is designed you will soon realize why the walls will never get wet or be exposed to heat from the sun. So no need for insulation IMO. Untreated hardiflex is porous and will degrade over time untreated.. No question about it. If however it is treated correctly with an oil based primer and then 2/3 coats of weather/waterproof elastomeric paint, then that new exterior skin will protect the hardiflex from moisture 100%.
    1 point
  41. Yep. I'm on the fence about it as I've seen it hold up well and also not so well. There different types and applications and I often wonder if contractors really know which works best in different applications.
    1 point
  42. Fred, this is a question not a criticism. Would it be helpful to add insulation inside your walls to keep the heat manageable?
    1 point
  43. Have you had it up long enough to see how it holds up to water? The manufacturers say it is waterproof but such was not my experience. I used it on my ceiling and a leaking pipe above it proved to me that it would need additional waterproofing if used on an exterior wall. But maybe the area you are in will not get wet . . large roof overhang for example.
    1 point
  44. Then we clad the studs with 1/4" hardiflex on the exterior only (4ft high-8Ft long).. All screw holes countersunk so screwhead can be filled over flush. All electric wire threaded in flexible orange conduits and fitted in position on interior before inside cladded..
    1 point
  45. Sorry if the thread update is going a bit slow.. It`s because the pics are stored on the internet somewhere and my connection is like the old dial up 56k modem speeds. Anyway. After the studs are in on exterior and concreted in,next job is get the roof on to avoid getting rained off.. One thing I remember about 2020 in Bohol..Lots of rain.
    1 point
  46. The other huge aim to this build is a roof design that promotes passive cooling and with minimal or even zero insulation. Most houses here are a good example of how I would build a solar oven.
    1 point
  47. Good luck with your build, Fred! I hope it goes well for you. I am very interested to see how it all goes. Best of luck to you, Fred! I hope it all goes well. I am very interested to hear and see how it all goes together since L and I intend to replace the workshop small house here with a decent workshop/bodega or nipa hut for tools/supplies and guests... I don't expect to build any more buildings from hollow blocks... Please keep us posted on your progress and post lots of photos?
    1 point
  48. We started building it 6 months ago so pics coming soon.. (I`m looking for them now.. Where did I put them??) Only 2 men working with me. I`m self appointed engineer,Architect,foreman and general dogs body/labourer/painter decorator etc. Purposely slow going to keep my mind off of all the B.S that the world has thrown at us all of last year and this.. Not finished yet. Probably in April.
    1 point
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