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  1. 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.
    14 points
  2. I guess the employee decided they'd had enough and decided to throw in the towel!
    13 points
  3. 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
    13 points
  4. 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.
    12 points
  5. So what has life been like for both my wife and myself, living on a tiny 8-hector private island on the outer-edge of of a mangrove forest? In a nutshell, not boring and amazingly roomy. We are literally the last (only) electric-meter of the last power pole in the line. There is no water-well or freshwater source on the island. But we have adapted to any hardship (been a few) and have come to love living this (not so boring) lifestyle. So how did we come from life living between a 2-story rental in Surigao City proper and our little 6-hector coconut farm, to living tiny island life? W
    11 points
  6. Hi All, Just a quick note about getting my 13a Visa from the main Manila BI, in Intramuros. Applied last January. I had a little bit of help from a local lawyer in Ortigas, with a formal petition letter where my wife asked for a spouse Visa for me. We had a pretty long list of paper requirements, which we complied with without much drama. On the day of filing, I went to the BI office on my own, only to be told that my wife had to be there in person, as her signature was needed in quite a few places. All in all, everybody at the various windows and some of the offices upstairs were qu
    10 points
  7. Here is what the "officials" dont say,,,,,,,,out of the 350, how many were hospitalized, how many died and how many just had runny noses? Unless I am completely wrong,,,,(which happens often, just ask my wife) the primary purpose of the jab is to keep you out of intensive care and alive,,,not to keep you completely virus free. In addition, i will be willing to bet a case of beer that once those 350 got the jab they started slacking off in there safety protocols.
    10 points
  8. 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
    10 points
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  10. As most of you know, I haven't seen the AM (Angry Midget, wife) in person since February 2020 due to the beer bug. Yes it's been tough but we'd been using the internet, mainly FB messenger video chat, to maintain almost constant contact. Basically if we were both at home the stream would be on, we'd sit and chat or go about our business around our respective homes but it was always there. Well there was an exception: Every Friday night a bunch of my veteran mates and myself would get together on Zoom and have a few beers and a laugh and just hangout, we're scattered around the country and
    9 points
  11. Some of us know who you are from the scam, get rich quick schemes from the Petrea years so what is your point of this post?
    9 points
  12. You could speed in some places and probably wont get caught but not good speeding along and coming across a truck on your side of the road or a dog running out in front of you or a hole in the road as big as a meteorite crater so speeding is mostly for the dead or injured. In the cities you probably wont get to 40kph that much, traffic and more traffic and rules only they understand. Anyway this is not Thailand so food choices are not like you would have found there. As already stated if you were to import a bike etc you will be paying for it. As always your budget depends on m
    9 points
  13. We haven't had too much 'damaging' rain, and there are plenty of tasty treats (plus flowers) in our garden right now. Some pics from this morning... .
    8 points
  14. For one to tell a rich well rounded tale about a companion or couple, most choose starting from the beginning. Mine began as a lowly Corporal, on a beautiful island in the Pacific, during a miserable steamy morning. Where everything was going wronging, until it didn’t…. I was Stationed with 3rd Marines Division, 7th Comm Bn. at the time, for 2-1/2 years on Okinawa Japan from 1984-1987. This being 1985 I would be hanging with a motley group of very gungy overly obsessed fellow Jarhead dive-junkies. All determined to hit all the prime sites around the island we could cram into our agenda. I pos
    8 points
  15. Yeah it's been tough but we're getting there. I'm 1/2 on my vaccinations and I was informed last week that the PI consulate here in Australia is going to start processing 13A's again in July/August. The reinstating of the contact online has been a great moral booster. It's just comforting to know we're there and can maintain contact when ever we like. Even the chickens, dogs and roosters in the background as well as the nieces and nephews making a heap of noise makes me smile. Biggest lesson for me is seeing people whinge about life in PI but not looking for alternatives or solution
    8 points
  16. 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
    8 points
  17. First though this odd tale requires a little back-story to fully appreciate and under the overall layering of unforeseeable consequences, circumstances and little nudges by Karma and an angle or two. My wife purchased the Dinagat Island farm back in 2002, using her company 401K. She was an assembly-line wiring-tech for Goodman a mayor AC/manufacturing company in the US. I was an over-qualified professional yard-niggar with the desire to retire early. So when 'Ike' rolled over the top of us, hammering everything our Nursery had already struggled salvaging from the twin-kick in the ball from 'K
    8 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
    8 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
    8 points
  20. Time to lock this one, probably.😅 My eyes started to bleed before I was a quarter of the way through the post.
    8 points
  21. These are the unmarked grave sites for those lost at sea. Many were eaten alive. May their souls rest in peace.
    8 points
  22. Respect to the fallen. R.I.P.
    8 points
  23. Are you familiar with the term 'representative democracy'? Many people have heard of it but don't understand the implications of the term, we don't have a 'direct democracy' we have a 'representative democracy' and that includes voting to choose leaders to make decisions. There is nothing in the definition that says that a leader has to follow majority will (although if they don't they run the risk of losing the next election of course). There have been many cases where a democratically elected leader has had to make unpopular choices for the good of their country and where as
    7 points
  24. L is really getting a bit upset... Filipinas seem to be drawn to me when I walk though malls - as if by a magnet! It is a bit distressing for her and interesting by me... And I haven't even had a vaccine injection yet!!!
    7 points
  25. This image was taken long before I first ever stepped onto the tiny island.There is a long odd backstory. Some believe it is inhabited by the enchanted, some believe it is cursed, while others haunted. It was a graveyard to the unwanted, diseased an unaccepted. An open barter's market long before Spanish coin and a Moro slaver's holding spot where those stolen where held waiting their Sultan's slave ships to carry them away to never return. Many a tear and blood, desperation and sorry most lost to time, but the seasons still come and go with a majestic timeless beaut and grace. I often wonder
    7 points
  26. You might get a nice Nipa house for that. Won't be big but livable.
    7 points
  27. So why do I seem to primarily focusing on only mariculture topics that no other expat or visitor to the Philippines, would possibly find interesting or noteworthy? Well that answer must be quite obvious. Either I must be incredible stupid, or a shameless narcissistic self-promoter... I guess the truth is perhaps hidden somewhere in the middle of those two options. I came to the realization long ago that lobster aquaculture is Philippine-wide industry which has a 5% annual growth. Here in the Caraga Region of Mindanao alone, Aquaculture generates over 112 million (metric tons) annually
    7 points
  28. Thought I would throw his in as a terrace garden. My SOH has the green fingers not me, we are pretty much self sufficient in all herbs we require, plus egg plants and also carrots.....Not much room left on terrace for me. Now she is into the hydroponics, lettuces... I post these pics as I was...am...amazed how quick they grow. For those like myself whom know zero about this will be surprised how much goes into it, the chemical balance, nutrients special soil and on and on. There are varies FB pages about it which she found helpful. These pics maybe interesting for some. Pic on left
    7 points
  29. 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.
    7 points
  30. Yep. I was one of those dumbass foreigners who relied on the online ads (then again how would I know?) - I ended up renting a place for 2.5 times the "real" price. It was only for 3 months and only cost me an extra $500 in total so a lesson learned at a not too high cost. I'm always amused/amazed at the fact that people here think they can sell their 6-year old unit for the same/more than the new model when supply overstrips demand considerably. The same applies to other stuff here to, they genuinely don't seem to understand the concept of depreciation WHEN SELLING!
    7 points
  31. And to those buried far from home. This is the memorial cemetery on Guam. Most picturesque cemetery I have ever seen
    7 points
  32. You forgot palay drying in the road....
    7 points
  33. Dave, to take it a step further, they created the virus to create a market for the vaccine.... Just so you know, I don't believe the conspiracy theories either, but just pointing out the logic.
    6 points
  34. Davao is a large, spread-out city with no urban planning. Roads criss-cross, change names and are often two narrow to safely accommodate the excess of Fortuners, Hi-Luxs, Everests and so on. Traffic gridlocks on a regular basis whenever there is construction (almost always), accident or flooding. And it is getting worse each year as more and more people buy cars... Google Maps is not always up to date here so you might look up an office or restaurant and find an empty lot or gas station at your intended destination. Air quality is an issue due to smoke, dust, car exhaust. The city, i
    6 points
  35. Hear, Hear! I have reached the point that I dont give a good holy G Damn if it came from a lab in china, the man in the moon or out of my Aunt Tilly's bum. Everyone GET THE DAMN SHOT! I dont want to spend the last 10-15 years of my life locked down or having to get a swab up my shnooze just to go to a resort in the province next door.
    6 points
  36. 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'
    6 points
  37. I am leaving Davao tomorrow since MECQ makes it a lot harder to get the suppliers and contractors in and finish off the condo fitout. Back to Manila for a few weeks, then here some time in July. I have been using this new offer from Smart, Unli5G. Unlimited 5G data for a week for only P299. Here in Davao (Bajada) it's been consistently registering 200 Mbit/s and higher downlink and 30 Mbit/s and higher on the up. I know for sure 5G is not as fast, not everywhere at least, in Italy and not even in the UK. With the equivalent of P1,200 a month, one has a mobile connection to rival the
    6 points
  38. When I was first invited by the island’s owner to this island is what initially laid the intention to layout the designs for the construction a of a mariculture hatchery. A couple of poorly timed earthquakes put those plans on hold four years ago. Which has led to us starting an on-island project (which will remain nameless). And the startup of another ongoing mariculture ‘grow-out’ project (subject of another ongoing thread). But of the projects, ever since first stepped onto this tiny island, which has attracted me most; is the 1-hector size saltwater pond behind our dirty-kitchen, and area
    6 points
  39. Well... the next door neighbour has several cacao plants growing and they recently produced seed pods. We are growing them, not so much for produce, but rather that they grow quickly and will provide cover to our property. Same thing with talisay trees. We are looking for shade and shielding from neighbours. So far, the cacao starts have grown almost one meter in about 6 weeks. The talisay is virtually a weed - it grows by inches daily. We have two neem trees - one of which I truncated almost to the ground accidentally when using the weed whacker. Even that one is growing back now -
    6 points
  40. We just picked a bunch of carrots, collard greens and corn. We are planting more okra, tomatoes and carrots. Hoping everything goes well during rainy season.
    6 points
  41. For p100,000 you could build a simple block and concrete one room type of abode....designed in such a way that it could be later extended...ie while you're living in it (think ROOF in particular). My next door neighbour here in Pangasinan had a beautiful 2 bedroomed house built 4 years ago, for 1 and a half mil. .
    6 points
  42. No country is perfect, including the ones we came from.
    6 points
  43. 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.
    6 points
  44. I'll add a little to this, banks are one of the worst, Foreclosed houses, they want the original price plus extra from when it was first built, they've pocketed the deposit plus monthly payments for say 5/6 years. The building is stripped of interior fittings, tiles broken, walls marked, doors & windows beggared, plus no ceiling. And the agents smiling face told me, " You can repair it " 50% of asking price and we started talking turkey, be careful they have more moves than a swiss watch with their add on's, they own it once it's legally foreclosed so all taxes and fees are their problem.
    6 points
  45. I'm not Brett but will add this important information. The real estate market in Philippines is nothing like here in the States or what you have in Australia. There is no way to gauge the market it's very secretive and fraud is common. You will be renting but there are few or no reliable online showcases for homes renting or for sale. The prices listed are hugely inflated hoping a rich foreigner will buy over market value. Whatever market value is because no one I've ever met knows. We have looked at homes and condos online in the past and found it lacking to say the least.
    6 points
  46. I do not recall being asked for my ACR card to exit so long as I have my Exit Clearance but if you want to get an ECC at the airport you may have to show your ACR card to get that. Catch 22. Were I you I would get the ECC at immigration if you can.
    6 points
  47. Great effort Mike. The World needs more people like yourself and your good lady.
    6 points
  48. 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
    6 points
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