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  1. Yikes, this girl has some bear sized balls!
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  2. There needs to be a sea-change in attitudes here, towards throwing everything on the ground...ie LITTERING ! The filth and garbage thrown everywhere in this country, is an absolute unforgivable disgrace. There is no excuse. It has nothing to do with poverty. It costs nothing to at least take your crap home with you. ...And then they want to attract more tourists...to what, a giant landfill site ?
    3 points
  3. I have seen a similar article saying that The Philippines had 7 of its rivers, on the top 10 list, for rivers that contribute the most to the plastic polution of the worlds oceans. I am the first to admit that people of the Philippines is doing a "great" job spreading plastic waste around them but I still find this a little bit hard to believe. Pasig river is only 27 km long, it do runs through a heavily populated area but so do other rivers in the world too, and many of them are thousands of km in length. Look at the rivers of Mekong, Irrawaddy, Brahmaputra, Ganges, Yangtze, The Nile, Niger and Amazon. It is good if they try to do something to adress the problems with plastic polution, but when somethings sounds too good or too bad to be true, I am getting sceptic
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  4. I'm sure it's fine Mike, they've been thoroughly demagnetized.
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  5. So our list of delectable vittles continue... These little jewels are 'cockles' and there two varieties of these clams with in a 30-minute boat ride from were we are now. This is the larger variety of the two and are often part of our diet, usually in soups, gravies, grilled or stir-fried. Very diverse as to dishes they can be prepared with or in, and quite favorable (though a bit chewy). 'Cockles' are excellent for 'Italian' and Cajun/Creole dishes, and we found through experimentation blend well with Tejas/Mexican dishes as well. We have (for a while) been seeding both 'cockle' varieties, here in and around the seaweeds and 'sandy zones' of our pond area. Now here is a bad-boy I really like, the majestic 'blue' crab. So reminded me of the 'king blue' crabs I use to catch off the Texas City Dyke off the edge of Galveston. We (my parents would take me and my brother all-night crabbing and fishing off the pier, sometimes we filled more than a metal trashcan. Then stop at the shrimp-boats to purchase a couple of coolers of shrimps before heading back to Houston. Then we would stuff ourselves like royalty for the next 2-3 days. Good family times. Both my mom and stepfather died 12 weeks apart in 93, which be some of the reason why I live this life style. Perhaps to try to hold on to something long-lost but not yet forgotten. and these are my second favorite crab specie, the 'mud crab' with a nice size and plenty of meat on the shell. d and this 'brow beauty is the 3rd crab specie that I want to specifically raise solely for our own table. These three species (blue, mud and brown are on my list to raise in the nets this year. We are currently collecting the poles and nets for the needed 'grow-out' nets. There are some quality crab species of crab in and around these waters and mangroves. And some less desirable crab species. So I can hold back my favorites and raise them to larger size, and just pluck the for for soups, gumbo and the likes. And do the same with shrimp, as there are several different species of shrimp. More to come...
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  6. You don't have a good grip on the definition of "slave". Coming soon: Explorer compares mask wearers to victims of the Holocaust.
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  7. You shouldn't be stealing the tray though, Snowy.
    1 point
  8. I agree. I was going to post about this and you beat me to it. You are probably thinking of this study released in 2018: Stemming the Plastic Tide: 10 Rivers Contribute Most of the Plastic in the Oceans The Yangtze alone pours up to an estimated 1.5 million metric tons into the Yellow Sea https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stemming-the-plastic-tide-10-rivers-contribute-most-of-the-plastic-in-the-oceans/ Yangtze River, Yellow Sea, Asia Indus River, Arabian Sea, Asia Yellow River (Huang He), Yellow Sea, Asia Hai River, Yellow Sea, Asia Nile, Mediterranean Sea, Africa Meghna/Bramaputra/Ganges, Bay of Bengal, Asia Pearl River (Zhujiang), South China Sea, Asia Amur River (Heilong Jiang), Sea of Okhotsk, Asia Niger River, Gulf of Guinea, Africa Mekong River, South China Sea, Asia https://www.treehugger.com/ocean-plastic-rivers-4868604 The two articles are too long to copy / paste. That study has recently clarified that they meant that those 10 rivers contribute 95% of the total river borne plastic, not total plastic in the oceans. Plastic comes from other sources too. I think they still stand by their study and those huge rivers with many tributaries make more sense to me. The Pasig River is certainly a filthy mess but it does not make sense that it is the #1. The problem is, both studies do not actually measure any plastic. They use theories and build formulas around various known data. Population density, climate, etc., etc. Many factors. They are basically educated guesses. Regardless, I do hope they raise awareness. I hate littering and have since I was young. It is a major irritant to living here, watching 75% of locals drop trash anywhere.
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  9. Some think they are doing a favour by littering as others will get paid to pick it up. Just look at the tables in a McDonald's once people have finished their meals. I get looks of surprise when I take my waste to the bins.
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  10. But it's not really so bad that it's affecting their day to day life so where is the drive to change coming from?
    1 point
  11. Any coin will work as it has nothing to do magnetism.
    1 point
  12. I think the Philippines practices "catch and release fishing". Each time they catch a fish they release a plastic bag.
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  13. G7 was held in Cornwall, UK. Step number three of their exit plan for covid. <snip> Business and activities Most businesses in all but the highest risk sectors will be able to reopen. In all sectors, COVID-Secure guidance will remain in place and businesses may not cater for groups bigger than the legal limits. Indoor hospitality will reopen - and as in Step 2, venues will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor will there be a curfew. Customers will, however, have to order, eat and drink while seated. Other indoor locations to open up in Step 3 include indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas; the rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs; and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes. The government will also allow some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number), and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number). In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower). Events Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals. This limit will also apply to other types of significant life events including bar mitzvahs and christenings. Review of social distancing Finally, before Step 4 begins, the government will complete a review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to cut transmission. This will inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which the rules on 1 metre plus, the wearing of face coverings and other measures may be lifted. This will also inform guidance on working from home – which should continue wherever possible until this review is complete. <end snip> Here is the URL if members want additional info on the (roadmap to exit covid) etc, it is quite lengthy and detailed. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary#step-3---not-before-17-may
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  15. You're trolling Tommy. Next time, zip up your pants, OK?
    1 point
  16. Those were my thoughts as well. I think only the super wealthy get to own franchise’s in this country also, it looks like guaranteed huge profit to me. A big mac meal isn’t that much cheaper than in the U.S. $2.90 in US dollars against $5.66 stateside, yet the labor here is peanuts in comparison. The difference in supply is negligible as Macdonalds has suppliers around the world and a bigmac meal in Japan is only $3.40.
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  17. I will show you folks a few of our more favorite wiggly squiggles and fish that we catch in our local 'corner market'. Over the years here I have collected a volume of images and vids, which I have scattered throughout fifteen external harddrves. But to be trustful presently I frankly have neither the time or desire to dig into all of them for a mere handful of gems to post. Example: I have an image of a marlin caught less than less than 900 yards in front of the island. The image of the silver tuna that jumped in to our floating platform one night, or images the two species of wild lobster 'scallop' and 'slipper' which there has been a few. But as the thread continues, and I have the time to go through my many image files, I will post them on the thread at a later date. I primarily want to focus only on what the wife and me eat, as I know that is what members. I have another ongoing thread which will discuss everything we feed the sea-bugs eat (there diet list much larger), and besides redundancy is both boring and unnecessary. So lets talk eats for a while, and show what these waters around Tangjanonan add to the table. Fresh squid is always welcome at my table. There are a lot of ways to fix them. My favorite is stuff-breaded baked in a cast-iron 'Dutch oven', with plenty of vegetables and fungi in the mix. Now add a side of pan-baked 'Italian eggplant' and I could eat myself short of a coma. We often catch octopus, shrimp and small fish; there are so many different ways to cook them. Coastal Pinoys and neighboring countries have concocted some interesting tasty traditional dishes using these. 'Sea cucumber' is also a favorite, and one of the species we are currently collecting the needed materials to raise in our saltwater pond out back of the house. And this 'DongSoy' and one only has to mention the word to a Pinoy to see how much they love them. They make an amazing soup, and their 'green poop' sells for over 1,000(php) and is a prizes food delicacy. Don't knock 'green poop'... This is another specie we will soon be raising in our pond. And two other favorites are 'scallops' (image presently not available) and 'abalone'. Both I dearly love and will very soon to be raised inside our pond. more images to be add...
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  18. All depends on what you are wanting for yourself , once the family gets involved the price will double and maybe treble too, look at some designs in the area and on the internet and go from there, just over 1 million should get yourself a nice house , good luck
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  19. The contractor is putting the finishing touches on our house on Biliran Island which is attached to northern Leyte by a single bridge. Just a little stone work, the driveway and landscaping left to do. The house is 165 sq m 2 story with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and cost P5.5 million to build. The house is on a 1,700 sq. m lot which costs approximately P1.5 million a few years ago. P100K won't buy much, my workshop will end up costing me almost P500K by the time it's finished.
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  20. I grew up in a household of excellent ‘from-scratch’ deep southern cooks. And Houston was and still is a wide ethnically diverse community city, as is Southern Texas as a whole, populated with long-established large ethnic communities scattered throughout. I am always amazed by Northern twits wishing to associate South-Texans as literate fat rednecks who only eat burnt meat. When Houston actually has more restraints, museums, theater and culture than New York City, and most of us actually know how to drive and be respectful to their neighbors. So we are not practically impressed with New Yorkers and Californians. When my wife came to the US she could cook well and knew most traditional dishes, but she then watched and learned from my family. And I made a point of taking here to quality restraints in Houston, Austin and New Orleans allowing her to actually experience and understand the true textures, seasonings and flavors of those dishes. And being only a mere 50 miles from the Gulf Coast, fresh seafood where a regular part of our family diet. So when my family moves here to Surigao Ciry/Dinagat our diets actually did not change much. If I get a hankering for Mexican food, Italian, german, Asian, and others we merely seek out that which allows the making of a reasonable facsimile. There are of course those things (mainly seasonings) which are impossible to fine, but with a little innovation a improvisation a reasonable conquering can be created, at least enough to satisfy those most dogged hankerings. This is only possible because from personal experiences she actually understands those dishes. Someone merely staring at a photo without those experiences, does not have a clue of the desired end-result. And fine-dines on Bourbon Street and high-end Asian restaurants of Houston were an inspiration for my wife, as to the seafood dishes she puts on our table. My wife and I basically just moved into a temporary work-camp dwelling. Typical coconut wood hutch with a nepa roof and was intended to only be used for a few years at most. But for a isolated work-camp it was certainly comfortable enough, as six years later we are still comfortable enough for our simple lifestyle. The nepa later was replaced with tin which has been the only upgrade to the structure, but coconut wood does not age well and soon we will need to tare-down the wooden portions of the wooden walls and roof. But we are content to build over the top of the previous foundation, just raising the existing cement floor levels, and expand the front porch and adding a new screened side-porch area. But with luck that will still be a couple of years from now. This year we we are collecting the materials to renovate and expand our dirty-kitchen area, and finally start tearing-out raising and adding more garden space. Later intended projects are the addition of elevated fresh-water tanks for hydro-culture food production (with luck starting next year). The later additions being a large propane oven, and small traditional brick-oven(for breads and pizza), and an enclosed BBQ pit area where I can cook and smoke meats. Not big projects, but on our meager budget, we have to do things one tiny step at a time. Most top-end restaurants in the States merely dream of the freshness, diversity and variety of the critters we simply pluck from our little ‘corner market', or the variety of fish freshly caught live by our neighbors and literally delivered directly to our front gate.
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  21. So now this odd tale forwards. It’s now a mere three months before another Karma intervention and cosmic Nelson “Ha Ha”. As unbeknownst to us, all our efforts to navigate through the road blocks, and finally reap the long-awaited simplicity of Dinagat Island agrarian contributors; unforeseen foreseen forces and events would place that bliss on hold (to date: 6 years and counting). That good friend, of my former landlord, by happenstance became a very close friend. We kindle much of the same interest. The wife and I were invited to a house christening and subsequent house-opening. While having lunch we were having a usual ‘catch-up’ conversation, and he queried about our settling-in on the farm, that were up to, etc ect? I mentioned some ideas I was drawing up for several possible rice patty conversion into fish ponds. He too has a worrying farm north of Surigao City, so such conversations are quite common between us. I knew he had interest in freshwater aquaculture as there is a river bordering his farm (but we have never had to walk-down and see it). His thriving law practice keeps the man chasing his own tail trying to keep up. I told him I was devoting much of my time designing a small lobster hatchery, that I hoped to I could later build on a tiny beach lot we owned near our farm. Boy that sparked a long line of queries. I never knew he has tried lobster farming before, I never knew he owned an island (actually two), or that he had inquired about the potential such a hatchery. That conversation, led to another and another and another, that culminate in a boat tour to his two island. The rest is what is referred to as fate or divine-intervention, as at first glance I knew this is where I was meant to be, and later our Dinagat Island farm would later play an important role. If this forum proves to shows longevity, then there will be plenty of time to occasionally thread in tubbiest of backstory and projections. But what the readers came to pay their wooden nickel, was the barker’s draw and the marquee promise. So enough with the bark and on with the show…
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  23. By nature of their visit they are exempted from the regulations - the specific exemption is covered under Diplomatic Missions, International Organisations and Conferences. They are not required to quarantine unless they are coming from a Red List country. Of course, the visit has to be pre-approved but we can assume this was the case. Edit to Add - I'm pretty sure the specific exemption was introduced with the G7 summit in mind.
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