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  1. Just thought i would put my two penneth in! From where i am sitting i can see a nephew working as a mining Engineer in Australia, his Brother a Geologist in Canada, another Brother a Doctor in Saudia Arabia, and their Sister an Accountant all from one family, from another family a Nephew is a priest in Legazpi, his sister is an online nursing adviser for a group of 5 US Hospitals, and their sister is a Marine Biologist in Masbate ! All taught in local colleges, and another Nephew has his own Dental practice here in Los Banos !
    5 points
  2. No country is perfect, including the ones we came from.
    5 points
  3. I know where you are coming from Dave, con artists are only good if they are likeable, many play the long game and I'm finding the retired ones with no other means of making money are the worst. Sorry to go off subject but I met a few whilst looking to purchase property on Boracay, lovely folk with nice families and many friends. Fast forward a few years and I'm seeing the ones that got burned and seeing all the evidence. Families that have lived here for ten plus years and active members of the community finding unsuspecting buyers, getting the money and leaving the island ASAP, next thi
    4 points
  4. I fully understand. David Whittal managed to profit from a ponzi scheme PRECISELY because he is easy to like and Sha Sha backed him up to the hilt. Even his daughter attended our meetings and was pleasant. A wonderful family that probably started out with the best of intentions, but when they realized they were going to lose all their money they reached out to drown a few others in order to grab the kick-backs and keep their own necks above water. Just be sure to understand the difference between hear say and someone offering to provide written correspondence that would stand up in cou
    4 points
  5. Ask him about the motorbike scheme which come up soon after the payday loan scheme if I recall correctly. The forum Petrea used to own was full of people like David. They worked together and I know because I was a friend Of Paul Woody Petrea for some time before I woke up. Petrea died a few years back, sold the forum to Salty Dog before going to Cambodia. Anyway I notice your friend David has left so soon I will close this topic but can you ask him why he wants USED PAYPAL accounts he does not own? Makes a good sausage I heard but not welcome here I'm afraid.
    3 points
  6. I have been working closely with Aboitiz Power to integrate outage management in the mobile app we are developing, so I have a pretty good idea of what the different terms mean, at least in the context of the utilities they manage (Visayan Electric, Davao Light, Cotabato Light, Subic Enerzone, etc.). In the Philippines, a brownout is a euphemism for a planned, rotational blackout. Utilities have very rarely been able to accommodate the growth in demand with growth in supply (generation), especially in the larger urban areas. A good example is new malls sprouting up and requiring sufficien
    3 points
  7. It is a schedule outage for maintenance so not what l call a brownout. Its advertised in advance and has to be done.
    3 points
  8. Pointless being a conman/woman if your 'victims' are able to detect you as being such.
    3 points
  9. Theoretically they get more done in a 12 hour brown out. Fortunately I only remember the ones that start at 8 am and go to 6 PM. They were only 10 hours and quite often they would finish early. With a back up power supply they really were not a problem.
    3 points
  10. I have no problem with people complaining about the way of life here, sometimes a little constructive criticism can work wonders. What I do have a problem is when people who have been here many years dig up the same topic again and again. We have a 12 hour brown out on the 6th of June and the same people are complaining. If you are that bothered by no power( to improve the system) Get a back up power source. Remember you came here because you didn`t want to be there don`t try to make here like there.
    2 points
  11. Thanks for relating your experience Queenie. My wife is going in to see the local Barangay about it tomorrow.
    2 points
  12. Hi Graham, Not sure how your local area in Luzon is organized, but just as a thought on our rather rural town situation. My husband called the local DOH LGU office and the local health center last month to let them know that we were very interested in getting the vaccines. We were told that our names would already be on the town master list, but my husband also submitted our names again for general purposes, as eligible seniors We called again with a friendly inquiry a week later when we heard about the nearby town of Carmen getting some vaccines out. None yet for us yet we were told.
    2 points
  13. I observe that too Snowy. With your reference to Raffy Tulfo as an example, I think that many more Filipino people are becoming more assertive of their rights instead of often in the past accepting the status quo.
    2 points
  14. The weather doesn't really come into it, RBM. I actually like the 4 seasons we "enjoy" in the UK but more so from a distance t.b.h. - the grass is always greener after all! I lived on the East Coast of Scotland and then NW England. Contrary to popular belief, both were very similar and in fact it rained more when I was living in England. I'm here because I can make my money go further, it's pretty much as simple as that.
    2 points
  15. No idea who this scumbag /scambag is but had an interesting time googling Petrea and all the scams reported on an old Cebu expat website. Seems there are liars and cheats in every community, and this fatso seems to be a good example, whatever his real name is. Anyways he was right about the rain in HK on handover day although that rain didnt start till about 5pm. I was there. And there was an excellent Mexican restaurant in Times Square too.
    2 points
  16. I'm seeing with the advent of technology and the recent issues with covid more locals are realising that complaining gets things done. Maybe it's the Raffy Tulfo effect. Things are improving and less are telling foreigners to go home if they highight an issue and a solution.
    2 points
  17. And I thought our 8-9 hours scheduled brownouts were bad enough, glad we don't have 12 hour brownouts like you get.
    2 points
  18. Other than the occasional brownout, or the usually great water pressure cuts out for no good reason, I'm pretty chill living here. The ongoing pandemic and upsetting happenings around the world, for me has really rearranged my priorities, and what is important to me, and what were stupid things that might have upset or annoyed me in the past. Being rather an introvert, and because the pandemic has tended to keep me more at home, and often to myself more than in the past, I've spent more time just trying to be more in the moment, and accepting things or adjusting to and/or appreciati
    2 points
  19. Two excellent posts. I'll admit to having the odd grumble from time to time - I'm only human - and do become frustrated at the stoic acceptance of locals at times but I haven't had to walk a mile in their shoes so... I will say that things have improved a fair bit since I landed 6 years ago - 40mbps unlimited internet with practically no disconnection was a dream even 2 years ago. Power supply that almost never goes off unplanned for more than an hour - I'll take that. Scheduled outage for 12 hours - I'll plan my day around that and appreciate that they're working on making things be
    2 points
  20. For certain types of individuals, complaining about things is part of who and what they are. For whatever their reason, they feel better when voicing their dissatisfactions openly to any willingly receptive audience. That's a normal trait, but the level and degree to which they voice their disapprovals run the range. I think a lot of it is culturally learned behaviour. Here in the PI people are not openly rewarded for and encouraged to complain and whine incessantly about things beyond their control. They take action when possible to improve what they can and stoically accept what th
    2 points
  21. When a picture is worth 1,000 words,...
    1 point
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  23. No, he is an honest guy. He looks young because he is very fit. Retired military, he has been working for military contractors for a while but I think he retired now. He recently married the sister of another friend and neighbor.
    1 point
  24. I got my first dose of Astra-Zeneca about two hours ago here in Davao. I just pre-registered as an A3 person with comorbidities last night and also registered my A2 MIL (just turned 68) as well (We have a QR code tracking system in place here in Davao wherein we all have a QR "pass" to carry and I used that website avenue which just opened up as a registration portal.) This morning, my wife talked to her friend who told her we should go to a nearby vax site, so we did. They allowed my MIL as they're working on the over-60 group but also allowed me to get the vax, out-of-schedule (I'm
    1 point
  25. Glad that you were able to get your first shot this morning OMW, without any issues. Every eligible person that wants one, who gets it is heartening I think. Pretty tacky for that foreigner you mentioned to have possibly jumped the line, if he wasn't eligible though. Maybe he just looked younger?
    1 point
  26. I think this is the terminology used by the utilities. As it usually happens in the Philippines, it's a lingo meant to hide, not to explain. The general population can interpret whatever they want.
    1 point
  27. I'm not convinced this is a particularly common idea among the general population - see Jollygoodfellow's reply above
    1 point
  28. I got the AZ jab this morning. No side effects yet. In fact, this was the first injection I have ever had where I felt NOTHING! Not even a pin prick. I doubted that she even gave it to me until I got home and saw blood on the cotton. I arrived at 8 am. They opened at 8:30. I left at 10:30. There were probably 50 people ahead of me when I arrived. The 30 minute early arrival was wasted because at 8:30 they said "seniors go over here" without regard to where you were in line. I was #45 senior and seniors went first. It was fairly organized. This is the renovated Subic Gymnasi
    1 point
  29. A quick search on Google provided little conclusive help - one said a brownout is merely a reduction in power and another said an unplanned power outage. My own idea before was a blackout was a planned outage and a brownout an unplanned one but I reckon that's not everyone's interpretation.
    1 point
  30. It's the unscheduled brownouts that do my head in. Had one the other day I got up at 2:45 am to watch my favorite football team and lo and behold we had a brownout at the very end of the game. Brownout lasted 5 hours. I have battery back up but connecting it up in the dark is a pain in the arse. Lost the game 1-0 in a European cup final.
    1 point
  31. HK may I ask, how much of a factor does the weather play in your decision to stay or return to the UK. From my own 2 year stint there its worse than South Island NZ....Major factor in my decision to stay on here, regardless of hiccups.
    1 point
  32. Strange that he mentioned he wrote it in this Facebook group. Maybe a few too many Red Horse and cut and pasted the wrong message I think as there's different sized italics used.
    1 point
  33. I'm trying to word this respectfully. His opening post is very, very strange. Seems to indicate someone in need of help.
    1 point
  34. "Give the guy a break?" Although this individual is your friend others should be alerted to his past actives.
    1 point
  35. I guess you were not one of us who lost our money we invested through him. It is interesting that you are still friendly towards him. He can use a friend, or at least he always did in the past.
    1 point
  36. I have no idea on whether Thailand measures up better, but if you take nothing else that has been said on board (not that I'm saying this will be the case) at least take Peaceful John's comment above to heart. Plenty will tell you otherwise, but it's really the case.
    1 point
  37. Thank you everyone. I'm leaning more towards Thailand now with visits to Philippines once COVID is sorted. Once we have visited the Phillipines we'll make a decision.
    1 point
  38. Hello Phil and welcome to the forum. I won't spend time repeating was everyone has stated already, but please put all of their comments together and take them to heart. Making a move here as you have described (with children, etc.), is a major event, with numerous complications and rules that are elusive and change by the minute. In my opinion, to have a successful life here you must be very flexible, and extremely patient. Many of the laws and rules here are designed to not allow foreigners to take advantage of the country and the mainly passive population. So the laws can be very frustr
    1 point
  39. Oh my gosh, did you leave out any details. And what was the point besides a phising trip
    1 point
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  42. Rural banks (Ponzi), then motorcycle franchise (Ponzi), then sausages, now PayPal. No thanks then, no thanks now. This forum is here to help expats not to rip them off.
    1 point
  43. Time to lock this one, probably.­čśů My eyes started to bleed before I was a quarter of the way through the post.
    1 point
  44. Tom nailed it. I remember your name from the rural bank scam back you were touting about 13-14 years ago Dave. I also remember you not to be a bad guy but please no investment advice here?
    1 point
  45. I've had my first dose of Astra Zeneca, I had a very sore arm for a few days, slept for most of the next day and was ok after a couple of days. I don't know enough about Sinovac to express an opinion on it but I agree... any vaccine is better than none at this point.
    1 point
  46. Yep...I have a similar view in that If I had a choice I'd prefer another option but beggars can't be choosers and I'll take what's offered and be grateful for it.
    1 point
  47. I had my first jab of the Sinovac a couple of weeks ago. Absolutely no side effects at all. Not even a sore arm where the jab was given. I was a little sceptical about its effectiveness before I did some research on it. I am quite reassured now having learned more about it. The main issue seems to be the vaccine lowers the immune system between the two doses but boosts it considerably after the second dose. Given the choice I think I would prefer the Astra Zeneca but either is better than none!
    1 point
  48. Sorry Dave with due respect I pertain the right to disbelieve you. My experience with this family lasted for a number of years, I judge people from my experience not from hear say.
    0 points
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