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  1. Planted a couple of years ago. Our first proper little crop: .
    9 points
  2. To keep the peace and to prevent topics from debating unnecessary things I have posted updated rules for this forum. Coronavirus. Your say and Questions This forum is to discuss the Coronavirus only. All Coronavirus topics to be placed here including lockdown, passes, visa issues and anything which is related to the current Coronavirus situation except this is not a debate forum for; for or against vaccines or any other similar type of discussions such as where the virus came from or conspiracy theories. The point of this forum is to give advice where needed and to keep up with changes to the situation and more so in the Philippines rather than worldwide. Covid Forum Rules Topics will be for helping each other to gain information on the current situation. Off topic or posts aimed at placing personal views to push those views onto other members will be removed.
    9 points
  3. Just nurses you have noticed? Might be a uniform fetish.
    9 points
  4. For me, being a Brit we are not so much into the culture of health insurance as our American cousins so I rely on Philhealth and having access to emergency funds. I know as we get older it may become more "risky" but I'd prefer to take the risk than pay a hefty amount now when I'm healthy enough to not likely need it (touch wood) then not be able to afford it when I am more likely to need it. I hope to die in my bed just before the money runs out!
    9 points
  5. The majority of forum members handle them very well. And often. Married to them we are.
    9 points
  6. My wife was quarantined at Summit Galleria hotel Cebu recently and was impressed with the room, food and service. It was < $50 a day total including three meals and plenty of mineral water. The hotel is located above Robinsons Galleria Mall has a nice view. The staff was willing to go to the mall and shop for those held captive for a modest tip. Family or friends could drop off food water or whatever at the front desk too.
    8 points
  7. You are lucky. I have one bro-in-law who sounds like a cat being pushed through a wood chipper.
    8 points
  8. So the Australian government has busted the country back to a penal colony again ? Marvellous. At least they won't be able to blame the Monarchy this time.
    8 points
  9. Nothing against genetically modified food. I love leg of a Salmon.
    8 points
  10. The last time I went for a check up I had to drop my trousers and bend over while getting a pretty intimate examination. My partner said if I'm not happy maybe should go to a different dentists next time.
    8 points
  11. Here is a true story for you. In 2008 I bought a 20 year old Isuzu pick up truck in Cebu. I drove it for a couple of years on the original owners name and then decided I would like to transfer the title to my name. The trail of owners dated back 20 years to someone who had imported the truck illegally, without paying customs duty. I was expected to pay for the customs duties and all the years of penalties simply because I thought I would do things the "right" way. Feck that! A lawyer "fixed" it for me for about 10% of the 300,000 pesos I had paid for the truck and yes, at that time anyway, used vehicles were going for ridicuous prices. Do yourself a favour and leave an old used vehicle in someone else's name. Or pay a hefty price to do it the western way.
    7 points
  12. Me (on messenger to wife): Do you want me to throw out the old rice OR do you want me to keep it for your lunch? Wife: Yes please.
    7 points
  13. I've started a concrete laying business specializing in decorative concrete. For quotes contact me or my assistant shown in the photo.
    7 points
  14. Got to take care with the Queen. .
    7 points
  15. Send me all your money and a floor plan of your house and we can set the date
    7 points
  16. L bought a calimansi plant from a guy for P150. She does not know the name of the type of plant, but knows that it is a grafted hybrid. I picked three fruits from it today already. It is maybe .3 meters tall and .3 meters in diameter. It is also looking very healthy and is thriving in our heavy, orchard soil...
    6 points
  17. Could be phones they are after as well. Anything of value during the current times.
    6 points
  18. 2 years ago my wife found a small calamansi at the garden center at walmart. That is her prized plant and for being so small provides many fruit. Of course during the winter it is a small decorative plant in our living room.
    6 points
  19. Posted on the BI Facebook page 10 hours prior to me posting. All things being equal and no further restrictions, I hope to arrive in January. Fully vaccinated so only 7 days quarantine. Fingers crossed.
    6 points
  20. True. Every city and country has its share of ignorant fools (sadly, they are also the ones who receive the most attention, of course).
    6 points
  21. Some people never read the news or look at the facts like most who die in hospital from covid are not vaccinated. Sure conspiracy to fool the world that such a virus exists. Took a lot of effort in convincing so many to die and so many to act the part but it worked and now they can spread fake vaccines just for the sake of it. Anyway a few years ago I met a guy here who told me that Queen Elizabeth and Obama and many others are Reptilians and one day we will see them turn back into lizards. We are still friends so I dont hold his weird ideas against him so there is some hope that one day we can be friends too. I just ignore his strange ways and tune out and can do the same with you and just listen to anything realistic you might dribble occasionally. Stay safe and healthy, you never know what might need to be jabbed into your arm one day.
    6 points
  22. There is plenty of proof from multiple medical groups and government authorities. But you're too far down the rabbit hole for me to bother debating you so congratulations, you're now the first person I've ever put on ignore
    6 points
  23. Are you suggesting that girls from Mindanao never say "No"? Good to know for the single guys.
    6 points
  24. Update. Little Dylan is 4 weeks old now and it has been a week since his open heart surgery. Finally, after 4 weeks in ICU he has recovered well enough so he can be moved into the general ward to be with his mother. Up to this point the hospital bills are around 2M pesos. I don't know if that is before or after the Philhealth discount. They will be getting some assistance from the home province where my wife's family is from and from DSW.
    6 points
  25. You will have to do the annual report every year even with the 13A. If you are a senior you can have someone else do it for you by using a "Limited Power of Attorney".
    6 points
  26. I would think most of us have PhilHealth. It is relatively inexpensive and both my wife and her family have used it on occasion. In practice it seems to cover about 20% of the total bill, which is paid to the hospital directly, you don’t need to wait to get it reimbursed. As far as I know PhilHealth don’t run any hospitals, the treatment they had was carried out in a good (by local standards) private hospital, with a private room. You don’t need to use a public hospital unless you so choose. As for Pacific Cross, when I looked into getting medical insurance, the total amount of cover was only 200,000php with a premium of over 40,000php. And that was on a reimbursement basis. For that kind of cover I would prefer to self insure. There are other providers available but for those of us aged 70+ the premium really becomes prohibitive!
    6 points
  27. Quite simple. I think of my wife, knives or scissors and something called a Filipina haircut.😆😉
    6 points
  28. I just hope it doesn't happen by next week. I've got a guest coming.
    6 points
  29. The wife has assured me she will take care of that side of things - in fact, she checks my bank balance every night before we sleep!
    6 points
  30. Welcome to the forum Dragonfly. Many, perhaps most, people who reach those ages have some kind of expensive medical issues when the get into the late 70s and 80s. About the only exceptions are those who drop suddenly with a major heart attack. Medical insurance rates reflect those average medical costs and of course a profit for the corporation as well. As Geoff wrote, you can try to set aside funds so as to be self ensured. Another option might be to have a stand by plan and funds to return to the USA where you would have Medicare.
    6 points
  31. It gets old. And so do we. So enjoy it while you can.
    6 points
  32. Yeah a lot of locals are still unaware and this was at least not functioning for a lot of the pandemic as I had actually tried to use it before when I applied to get it for my probationary 13A. (It is horribly implemented on their website as a "side" way to apply since nothing you do in this will be reflected in your actual NBI account from that website. I really wanted to highlight it works as of today in 2021, and for foreigners and make sure to save anyone some hassles.
    5 points
  33. Musk just announced that Starlink will end beta testing in October. They now have over 1,600 satellites up and have filed paperwork to put up a total of 42,000 so I think any interruptions going forward would be related to severe weather. I plan on giving it a good look when it is available here. Maybe get a repeater and share the cost with my neighbors.
    5 points
  34. Chili Verde Recipe All the ingredients should be available in Philippines. Two or three pounds pork butt cubed, salt pepper fry until brown only. Pork loin is a healthy substitute. A cup or more canned fire roasted Hatch Chili peppers mild. Or sub old El Paso canned green chili peppers. I've seen Old El Paso products in Cebu if you can get the Hatch its a step up! At least 24 oz can/jar of mild Salsa Verdi Chop one large onion with some fresh Jalapeños (seeded) to taste. Fry then add five or six mashed garlic cloves for the last 60 seconds. At least a pound of boiled waxy skinned potatoes cubed. More is better up to your taste we like potatoes. I put this in about 30 minutes before serving. 2 teaspoon oregano 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander Dried chili flakes or your favorite hot sauce to taste. Dump into slow cooker set at HIGH three hours of pork loin five or more for pork butt. Some salt and pepper to taste. Canned Jalapeño on the side and a cold one.
    5 points
  35. From her accent, I would guess she has spent a lot of time in California and probably lived there. Smart lady. However, if I would have seen her videos 10 years ago, I probably would not have married a single mom who was in the process of annulment. Luckily the annulment finished 6 months after I arrived.
    5 points
  36. No one is going to have their mind changed as a result of this thread.
    5 points
  37. Yes, it is your fault. It is your fault in the same way it would be MY fault if I went to a Covid 19 discussion forum and tried to discuss expat life in the Philippines. Wrong forum. That does not mean the Covid situation does not touch the lives of expats living in the Philippines. It means that is not the primary focus of this group and does not require your every post to touch on it. Capisci?
    5 points
  38. My wife flew PAL to Cebu last month against my advice. She's to return Sep 20th..... I'll sure miss her.
    5 points
  39. GS - As it's based solely on my own personal experience I know what I'm about to say won't be proof to you, but it's more than enough proof for me (and likely for many others too) that the vaccines are working and I feel they should be mandated (as they likely will be). As a preface: my cousin "P" is 73 about 35-40 lbs overweight, has emphysema and mild arthritis; her daughter "J", my second cousin, 44 years old, in excellent health = right diet, worked out regularly, heavily into kayaking and jogging, not overweight, well toned. Her husband "M", 47, in excellent health also. My cousin had gotten two shots of the Pfizer vaccine in March / April; her daughter - unvaccinated (due to her age and her not really wanting it until it was fully FDA approved.....which it is now btw); her husband vaccinated, 2 shots of Moderna at the end of last year (he's an EMT, so got it early). I'm early 60's, not in good health - I smoke cigarettes, am about 20-25 lbs overweight and have some other health issues that would be considered "comorbidities". I got both shots of the Moderna vaccine back in April. In early August we had dinner together at my cousins house. Two days later my cousin called to say she wasn't feeling well and was coughing uncontrollably. Later that night J took her to a walk in clinic. Both tested positive for COVID, the next day J started showing flu like symptoms. I tested positive as well as M; within a day or so we all were sick. We were all prescribed Amoxicillin and OTC cold meds (NyQuil or similar). Because of our ages and comorbidities, my cousin and I were also prescribed Dexamethasone (a corticosteroid) and also told to take 2000 mgs of vitamin D and 500 mgs of vitamin C daily (the Dexa depletes vitamin D). We were all told that if the symptoms become worse or if there was no improvement within a week then go to the ER. Within a 3 days after taking the meds my P, M and I all felt improvement. J got worse and had to be hospitalized. So GS (or any other anti-vaxers), take it or leave (I really don't care), here is my proof: P, M and I = all vaccinated; yes, the Delta variant broke thru and infected us (by whom and where we have no idea); yes, we all got sick, but we RECOVERED and are all now doing well. J = unvaccinated; we buried her earlier this week.
    5 points
  40. When the nephew broke both his radius and ulna near the wrist (and they were displaced) he needed surgery with plates and screws, which later had to be removed. The cost (after philhealth) was 11,000 peso for the initial operation and 6,000 peso for the plate removal later on, the 11,000 included the plates and screws (which is probably why the removal was cheaper). I didn't think that was too bad for what was a pretty serious (albeit not uncommon) break.
    5 points
  41. It appears to be an undocumented fact that the women here are practically all devotees of the legendary Green-Eyed Goddess, due to hundreds of generations of natural selection. Seems to be a Universal evolutionary trait.
    5 points
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  43. Ivermectin is beyond its patent and can be obtained as a low cost generic. Big Pharma can not make much profit from drugs whose patent has run out. So if you are looking for profit motives, big pharma's incentive is to push for newer expensive drugs to be used for treatment rather than older low cost generic drugs out of patent whose side effects are well known.
    5 points
  44. For what they want for seniors health insurance in the Philippines it might be easier to put cash in a bank account and just get Phil Health. Then if (when) something goes wrong draw down on it. YMMV of course.
    5 points
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