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  1. 12 points
    Bust my gut laughing......
  2. 11 points
    Well I have worked out this.
  3. 10 points
    I guess most dont read the rules of each forum when posting so I will paste what it says. The World Events Forum Want to have your say on what is happening anywhere outside of the Philippines? This forum has been created to allow our members to have their say on anything that is not related to the Philippines. You may discuss most topics but no Political or religion topics allowed. Please read the rules of this forum. So topic closed. Want to discuss politics do it at the bar.
  4. 9 points
    So DON'T! The Phils isn't for everybody and it certainly doesn't sound like it is the right place for you. It's a big world, look for another place that falls in line with your expectations.
  5. 9 points
    I can see the resemblance
  6. 9 points
    True story: My Filipina wife had been with me in the USA about one month. She had become familiar with the bus schedules and used them to get around the city. At dinner I asked her about her day. She had discovered that one of the bus routes went all the way to WalMart so she went there to look and maybe shop since she had heard it was a "big store". She paused and then in a very serious voice ask me; "Why do all the fat people shop at Walmart?"
  7. 9 points
    I mentioned this before and it serves as a friendly warning for the new members regarding helping out with the chores. A long time ago, I decided to do some laundry with the "lavanderas" within this family compound in Rosario, Cavite (south of Manila). They all gathered around this single water hand pump, as I arrived with 2 large basket of dirty clothes. Of course I got the stares because they know I'm the fresh balikbayan from the States and was a "bobo" of not being fluent in Tagalog. After several minutes of following their technique, I was already sweating my balls off. And then one by one, they all left and started giggling around the corner of the family sari-sari store. I discovered later from Judy that it was the talk of the compound (tsismis spreads like wildfire). If you use that small and very low profile wooden stool to do your laundry, make sure that your "bayag" is not hanging out for all the world to see. Embarrassing, to say the least........
  8. 8 points
    That reminds me of a fight that went on at a party for foreigners that I held at my place in Cebu some 11 years ago. I supplied the food and told the guests to bring some drinks. Well, two Brits got into it after they had been drinking a while. The first one had only brought a pint bottle of Tanduay and the other had brought a couple of liters of it. So #2 accused #1 of being a stingy b*stard drinking other people's drinks all night and #1 blamed me for not spelling out exactly how many drinks to bring. I quit having parties for foreigners after that. Edit: sorry for going off topic again @gaga4 but it was my turn for a rant
  9. 8 points
    things were simpler during the cold war, Jake will remember these days.
  10. 8 points
    Always amazes me the number of people that swing over for a couple of weeks, go home and want to start the marriage process, move here, buy property, etc. Seems to never end well for them, just saying. Not dumping on you Ryan, just a red flag for you. 2 1/2 weeks is hardly enough time to hang out with someone and to form the opinion yes, I want to be with this person forever. Are you aware of the law can get you jammed up and jailed for living with a married woman? Plenty of other laws and idiosyncrasies you might want to sharpen up on also. Like putting all property in her name because you can’t own it, etc. All or most has already been well documented in other threads. I would urge you to study this and/or other PH forums like your life, financial future and well being depends on it. In some cases, it just might. Good luck to you, I really do hope that everything goes well for the the both of you.
  11. 7 points
    My mistake. Sorry to interrupt your rant. Please continue. We all need it from time to time.
  12. 7 points
    Renovations, painting and similar things going on in the Hounddriver house. Lynne is upstairs with the workers doing her bit to paint a little and let the workers know they are being monitored. It helps to keep them from slacking off too much. Me? I'm downstairs watching the youngster and playing computer games. So when Lynne came to check I told her I was working as the Ya Ya, looking after her kid while she was mucking about upstairs. She said "No, a Ya Ya is a female. You are a Yo Yo!" And the guys upstairs heard her and agreed. Yes. Yoyo! I did not know that before but I think being a yo you is better than being a ding dong. They have interesting names for each other in this culture.
  13. 7 points
    Well after my adventure down to massim , we decided on heading north to suriago ,we stopped off at tinuan falls ,then on to the enchanted river ,we took a boat ride to an island restaurant, the food was excellent I enjoyed the scenery after davao and tagnum , the twisty but good condition roads through compostella valley were surprisingly on the whole pot hole free The falls were beautiful , and the enchanted river my favourite so far , currently at Britania isles , with a plan to catch a ferry to siargo tomorrow
  14. 7 points
    When you move to another country and your pension is in your home country currency, you have to live with currency fluctuations. There are many factors that influence world currencies. In the year preceding my move, the dollar was not doing well, and it was scary. So far, since I moved here, I have been lucky in that the dollar has become stronger in the world markets and against the peso. Will that go one forever? Nope. I'm going to have to live with it when the dollar falls, which it will. It may have already started. Here is a 20 year chart of dollar vs. peso. I moved here in Oct. 2012, so I caught the bottom. Lucky me! This website has some good articles on currency trends. This one is on why the dollar is strong right now: https://www.thebalance.com/dollar-strength-why-is-it-so-strong-right-now-3305726 How about the Aussie dollar? It was insinuated in another topic that current U.S. trade policy with China is hurting the Aussie dollar. That may be true but only to a small extent. There are much bigger factors in play as well, and the dollar strength is probably the biggest. So when the dollar finally falls, it is likely that the AUD will strengthen. I will be sad. Aussies here will be happy! Here is a 20 year chart of the AUD vs USD. You can see that the fall of the AUD against the USD, since 2012/2013, corresponds closely to the rise of the USD vs. the peso in the previous chart. Here is the 20 year chart of AUD vs. peso. You can see the peso is more volatile. You can see that during the 2008 financial crisis, the AUD plunged, then recovered until about 2011, when it plunged again, until 2016. After recovering again until around Jan 2018. For the last 18 months, the AUD has been falling against the peso. Whose fault is that? If I knew, I would be making a lot of money trading currencies! Here is a good explanation of factors impacting the AUD and the AU economy: https://www.rba.gov.au/education/resources/explainers/exchange-rates-and-the-australian-economy.html In my opinion, the biggest factors in determining a currencies trend are the decisions made by the country's central bank. Those decisions have the biggest impact on monetary policy. In the U.S., the central bank is supposed to operate independently of the executive branch, and does so most of the time. Of course, a leader can try and influence monetary policy, but with limited success. For those that make broad statements on another government's policy impacting their pension, and saying it is FACT, I suggest more homework is needed. Currency trends are not so simple. And sometimes, a country's central bank is going to make decisions that are right for the country, but very bad for an expat from that country. That is just the way it is. A strong currency is not always desirable for a country at a given time.
  15. 7 points
    Hello everyone! Well, some time in Carcar passed, but finally I decided to go back to Luzon. I settled down in Tagaytay city Carcar is an acceptable place, but locals really pay too much attention to an inked foreigner, which is irritating a bit, and there's a problem with finding a decent house for rent. Cable internet is kind of a problem also... Anyway Carcar is pretty nice place, but I liked Tagaytay much more. Last weekend I've made a 2 years rent contract Thanks all of you guys for your help, I really appreciate it!
  16. 7 points
    Hate it when the wife puts up her umbrella, tying to cross the road I can't see for the bloody thing so I walk where I can see if any traffic is coming then she follows me. Ban those umbrellas I say
  17. 7 points
    I agree with your assessment of yet, another close encounter. It was no accident that they were in extreme situation, all of the sudden. They "saw" each other probably a few days prior to this incident. Who was "tailing who" or who's got the bigger balls, is another cat and mouse game played out each and everyday. More importantly or more ominous, don't forget the deadly cat and mouse game played under the ice cap. Yeah, all 3 theaters of operation -- air, surface and sub surface is really getting crowded these days. Did I mention space warfare too? Our fast attacks, as well as the British Navy can be very aggressive....silently. I'm an old time surface navy, specializing in combat systems, electronics. I firmly believe that if the bubble finally breaks in any part of the world, our fast attacks will end it......terminate with extreme prejudice, silently. Respectfully Jake
  18. 7 points
    If you don't do anything else my friend, vet the person that you are considering spending the rest of your life with. I'm not saying that she is not true blue, just go slow and if something feels wrong or suspicious take the time to check it out. Too many guys have been hoodwinked into falling in love with someone who just wants their money.
  19. 7 points
    Some of my partners family came over last night for a visit, so cordially I went out and offered soft drinks (no beer, no way) and joined in the conversation UNTIL they all started speaking amongst each other, no problem I just went inside opened a beer and started cooking dinner. I don't know whether they mean to be rude, but either way they didn't get offered anything I was cooking.
  20. 7 points
    I cannot see why people feel the need to express dislike by hitting a button - it's nice to be nice and one of the good things about this site is the relatively easy going nature of things - why upset that by adding a "mean" feedback feature? We're all capable of expressing our point of view and if we feel strongly enough then should put it in words, if not then there is no need to say anything. Let's not get into playground point scoring as happens on some sites.
  21. 7 points
    Ok, I admit this is off topic but I believe this old joke fits here: 3 guys are working on a high rise. Every day at noon they stopped to eat their bagged lunch. The first one says "Peanut butter sandwiches AGAIN! If I get this crap in my lunch one more time I'm gonna jump off this high rise. Enough is enough." Next day the same guy opens his lunch bag at noon and says "Feckin PEANUT BUTTER again. I'm done!" And with that, he leaps off the highrise to his death. The second guy says: "WOW. What's up with that? Why didn't he ask his wife to make something different?" And the third guy says: "Because he makes his own lunch." Now the moral is we make our own forum here, so stick around and improve it or jump off, but no drama, please. And no blaming other people. Everyone gets their say and if you don't like that person's opinion then skim over it.
  22. 6 points
    The recent mentioning of ‘Hotel California’ in another post reminded me that even after leaving the Philippines, and returning to the USA, I’ve merely ‘checked out’ but I have never really left... just like the song: ‘You can check out any time you like, But you can never leave!' First of all, I’m married to a Filipina and she still has a Filipino mindset. On top of that, we still converse from time to time in Tagalog with my limited Tagalog vocabulary. In addition to meeting other Americans with Filipina wives and Fil-Am children, I always seem to end up talking to random people who have been previously married to (or have dated) Filipinas. Even while I’m just doing day-to-day errands, the mere mentioning of the Philippines brings up discussions with strangers about their experiences of having lived in the Philippines, especially while they were stationed there with the US military. Even when it comes to TV, ‘Showtime,’ ‘The General’s Daughter,’ ‘Ang Probinsyano’, etc. is on at least half of the time. I guess just as they say “you can take the Filipina out of the Philippines but you can’t take the Philippines out of the Filipina,” You could probably also say that you can take the expat out of the Philippines but you can’t really take the Philippines out of the expat. I’ve even learned how to make a reasonable facsimile of Bulalo. Mabuhay!
  23. 6 points
    You think the thread has reached a... tipping point?
  24. 6 points
    So I pushed the issue with Lynne. Big mistake. I told her what the Internet says a yoyo is and she got mad and said I should not believe the Internet over what she tells me the translation is. She said: "Everyone around here knows that a yo yo is just a man who does the same as a ya ya." I said that no one around here tells foreigners anything. For example, very few will tell me what a 4M is. I know, but I asked Lynne what a 4M is and she just says "I don't want to talk about that. It is a very rude saying and I do not like it". So I told her: "See. Filipinas only tell foreigners what they want to tell them. The Internet gives the same story to everyone and can be discussed and disputed." That's about when the fight started. So she went upstairs to paint because she does not want to sit and talk to me today. What a punishment. Don't know if I can take it. I mean how many wives will get so pissed off at you that they will go paint the bedroom. I reckon on pissing her off tomorrow and then pointing out that the kitchen needs painting too,
  25. 6 points
    Aah, nothing like freshly caught rabbit, used to take out some of my ferrets back home in the winter months. Great fun. Some of the gang pictured below.
  26. 6 points
    Because I spend part of my year in the Philippines and part in Australia I might make a comment about this. In Bendigo, Victoria, Australia it costs about 200 peso for about 4 or 5 poorer quality bananas $5, Mangos are about 250 peso for 2 or $7.50, a bag of grapes is 200 to 300 peso (1kg) or $10 to $15. Apples are 4 for about 200 peso or $5 and then on top of that there would be fresh vegetables and various meats. $100 does not go far, most weeks I spend $150 for groceries just for me here (and I eat out a bit too). Or you could buy a packet of chicken nuggets or fish fingers for $5 and bag of fries for $4, or a frozen large pizza for $3 and you've got cheap (and not healthy) food.
  27. 6 points
    The Chinese will give Duerte 22 telephone poles and Duerte will claim a new political break through with China. Issue settled.
  28. 6 points
    Well i arrived back in davao ,a few days ago , it would appear that june is birthday month ,gf ,her grandmother, her mother and bothh her sisters have their birthdays this month . Thursday it was mamma ,i bought a cake for the lunch time session at brokenshire colledge , for the evening session ,her BIL paid for dinner for about 12 people , no donation from the kanu was requested We travelled to the southern part of mindanao ,on friday , way past gen san for grandmothers birthday ,we went 50/50 on the gas and everything else over the two days , i did think i was going to get hit for dinner for 14 tonight but ,gf and bil paid . Whilst it apears that i have to put in my share , im not getting hit for everything, only one jollibee meal for the kids ,everything else has been a shared cost
  29. 6 points
    It is very seldom that anyone is not "allowed to stay here" these days. It is more common for a moderator to edit your post if it breaks a rule or even delete it entirely if it is way out of line. As to the US and Russian warships; I find it troubling that the world's most powerful nations (including more than just these two) are playing games which we used to call brinkmanship. It can lead to disasters such as the one where a Korean airliner was shot down in 1983 by the Russians. The Philippine government is courting all suitors, from China to the US to Russia, to Japan and Korea to see who will give them free stuff. That is a dangerous game, but so far still a war "game". Let's see what happens somewhere down the road.
  30. 6 points
    To all members: I'm very sorry that I have offended so many of you with my posts. I guess that it's because I'm getting re-accustomed to my right to have an opinion in the land of my birth. However, I must be cognizant of the fact that not everyone in the world has the right to express an opinion, especially voicing it here on this forum. So again, to everyone that I have offended, please accept my deepest apologies. If I’m allowed to stay here, I’ll be minding my Ps and Qs for now on. @nor cal mike @Jack Peterson
  31. 6 points
    Dear All We completed the paperwork on our Student Accommodation houses. 3 Houses (12 bedrooms) and it gave me an excuse to fly my drone. Hope you won’t mind me sharing the video with you. 6A6DC5B9-A064-4D66-9F90-BA63E9C4A1FA.MOV
  32. 6 points
    We have been in Bohol since Monday and so far we are enjoying good weather. We have a 2 br Air Bnb on the West coast of Dauis Panglao for the first 5 nights. It is hard to get to (rough road) but a nice price. It overlooks the ocean and you can walk down to a small rocky cove to swim. We have 5 nights here then move to another air bnb closer to Alona for 4 nights. We stayed there last year so we know we like it. Tuesday we did the Loboc river cruise and enjoyed it, despite the hot weather and no breeze. We paid p800 per adult to get a premium cruise. Almost no wait, better food, assigned table, nicer boat, less people. Well worth the extra 150. Then we stopped at the Tarsier sanctuary and a small zoo. Kids had a great time. Yesterday we went to Sagbayan Peak and did not enjoy as much as last year. They have a waterpark now and we swam, but the place is only one year old and looks 20 years old! More later, and pics to follow.
  33. 6 points
    One of our nieces was telling my wife about a wonderful opportunity to make huge profits. I do not remember the exact numbers, but it may have been 20% per month return. When my wife explained to the niece that it was a ponzi scheme, how they worked, and how only the first investors would get any money back and only if they quickly took back the principle and the interest. Her response; "So we need to invest quickly?"
  34. 6 points
    Welcome to the forum. I can only imagine since this is the first time these questions have been asked that you can not at least find an answer from over 12 years of the same type of questions already posted. Honestly to survive in the Philippines means do your research and yes good place to start but really there is so much info here from past post to read and then when you have a new question ask. No you wont be Emailing anyone as a forum is that, discussion with members and thats how it works. Trust me, Philippines is not for everyone so do some reading. Sorry to be a bit harsh but you need to click your head into gear as this as in your questions is a life changing event and it seems as if you know nothing about this place or what might come next.
  35. 6 points
    I have always been on a tight budget most of my life, due to the S*** life throws at you! One thing it taught me was never take anything for granted. However as time has gone by, I realise that I have been blessed in many ways, I have always been able to to keep a roof over my head, never ever gone hungry, always been able to pay my bills. As a younger man I had the pleasure of a wonderful colleague in work, who became my mentor. He was there for me whenever troubles struck, advised me and became a Father-like figure. Here's one of his favourite sayings.....I used to complain I had no shoes, till I met a man who had no feet. Count your blessings guys, there is a lot of people who would change places with you in a flash.
  36. 6 points
    We can all fail with the budget one way or another but wives do seem to have that special talent to spend money or find reasons to need to spend. Here is my wife's latest spectacular. It's a good job I keep my hair so short or I would have genuinely pulled it out in frustration this time. About 3 months ago she suddenly announced she needed a new (darker) tint on her car windscreen, despite it having been OK for the last 5 years. My answer was that it was fine as is and the only result would be she wouldn't be able to see very well at night. This she poo-poohed as my usual nonsense/idiocy. Well I thought little of it until about a month ago she stated she was buying new headlights for her car as those fitted weren't bright enough (despite them having been fine for the last 5 years)........ You know why you bang your head against a brick wall? Because it feels good when you stop.
  37. 6 points
    I'm tall this month. Lynne wasn't home for two weeks. Somehow the money lasts longer that way. Strange
  38. 6 points
    True and I feel that if we had a "dislike" button it might stifle the dialogue which gets put on here. If you don`t like something try to explain why you don`t like it and everyone can learn/gain knowledge from that. Even me.
  39. 6 points
    I tend to press the 'like' button also to indicate that I have taken the trouble to read what you had to say... and didn't particularly disagree with it.
  40. 6 points
    I think us 'older folk' do need to be given SOME dispensation for having a tendency for writing a load of crap.
  41. 6 points
    Well they have to teach all that singing and dancing and marching nonsense from a very early age you know. Screw the science, geography, English language, etc.
  42. 5 points
    I think everyone should lighten up and not read too much into others posts.
  43. 5 points
  44. 5 points
    Hi Jake, I never had the pleasure of military service but thank you for yours. When I was of age, most (if not) all of my peers did anything that they could to avoid going to Nam. In my case, my draft lottery number was in the high 300's. Instead of military service, I chose to work for the US civilian government and I've been to many places such as Hawaii with that work. As far as not being a veteran, I had a nice discussion with an elderly Vietnamese man at Dulles Airport (who was on his return trip to Vietnam while I was on a return trip to the Phils) and he told me that I should have gone to Vietnam because there were lots of girls and plenty of weed to smoke... in other words, he told me that I missed out on lots of fun. Somehow, it came up in our talks that I'm returning to my Filipina wife and his face turned red and he went into shock and said: "You better watch out!... Don't ever make her angry!... because if you do, she'll cut your d*ck off." ha ha ha
  45. 5 points
    On Thursday we stopped at Bohol Bee Farm for the first time. A relaxing place but we were mainly there to try the ice cream that was recommended. Is is excellent and worth the stop! I had Charcoal and my two kids here had mango.
  46. 5 points
    Sad situation but as stated not uncommon, with a long distance relationship more likely to happen. The other factor would also be a younger lady left on her own for 10 months of the year, I'm am surprised their relationship lasted so long. Very hurtful for him, he obviously trusted and love her enough to care for her family also. He has my sympathy, we all have a story we could tell I'm sure. A wise Indian man once told me........"history has shown that a King has given up his throne for a woman, but never a Queen for a man".
  47. 5 points
    As I see it, the Dislike Icon turns the forum into a popularity contest. Not all opinions are popular. My parents taught me if I cannot say anything nice then say nothing at all. Our Jack taught me it's not what you say but how you say it. Our Eddie taught me if there is no dislike button you can mention how certain members have been tossing their toys out of the pram. All this works for me. if we start with a Dislike button, the next request will be for a Strong dislike button, then a pile of shit button, then a "feck off" button. It does escalate. Seen it on other forums. They pretty much stopped doing it. But nothing to stop you posting something like: "I dislike that post, Dave, because .. . . " and that is what we call constructive criticism (if done in the right way) I shall add here that the Like button already turns the forum into a popularity contest. But we manage that because people like to be liked. But as an example: On another forum a member with the most likes got his nose all out of joint when the admins told him off (He figured he must always be right because he was the most popular poster). He was told that anyone could get the most likes if they have a lot of friends an post a lot of stuff that their friends like. It was also illustrated to him that one click by the administrator can eliminate all his "likes" and he is back to zero again. Anyway, I'm rambling but I hope you get the point. On a side note, I keep meaning to contact you (Eddie) to arrange a meetup. I have that jolly jumper I told you about in the back seat of my car waiting to catch up with you and give it to you, so drop me a line here or get Noime to arrange with Lynne (via messenger) when you will be available to meet up. I am frickin horrible with phone calls. My bad.
  48. 5 points
    7 hours ago, OnMyWay said: No matter how hard you try, you will always be an American while in PH, and your son will be Phil-Am!  Cheer up! Things could always be much worse... In my case, I was mistakenly identified (by the locals) as being an 'Englishman' on more than one occassion.
  49. 5 points
    I know of a good one for septic tanks and swimming pools.... .
  50. 5 points
    Yet we never Fully learn Then again, if we think on:
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