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  1. Door to door caroling has just been banned here in the Metro! That alone is worth the hassle of wearing a mask
    11 points
  2. 75% of deaths 72% of injury related deaths occur in the home so my plan is to keep away from my home as much as possible.
    9 points
  3. There are some things even by adding bacon remain inedible.
    9 points
  4. Was explaining to my wife, I thought it would be selfish of me, knowing I had a terminal illness and kept trying to get treated. I also do not want to extend the misery and drain resources for my wife. One of my wife's cousin died of cancer 20 years ago here in the PI, still paying. One fact for sure, we will all die.
    8 points
  5. Just announced here in the UK Oxford/Astra zenika phase 3 results Up to 90% effective Another newsfeed I found said the cost per vaccine for Pfizer and moderna would be around 35 USD while the Oxford vaccine is 3 USD. It also is being mass manufactured in the developing world and doesn't need ultracold storage The cavalry is coming guys
    7 points
  6. They conducted 3different trials You're correct 70% on 2 of them Single dose and full double dose However half dose followed by a full dose revealed 90% due to the half dose priming the immune system and the second dose boosting the immunity
    7 points
  7. I tried having the end of life discussions with my wife. She gets upset and will not even talk about it. I am only 56 but I do feel my superpowers weakening every year)))) We do not plan on having children together so that simplifies things a little.
    7 points
  8. I saw my niece writing down some math problems on a piece of paper yesterday, it looked like trigonometry so I asked her what it was, she said “it’s pie seeks”....confused, I asked her “what’s pie seeks? I’ve never heard of it before” then it dawned on me, I says “you mean physics”? she starts laughing and gets embarrassed and says yes.
    6 points
  9. Another question would be: Which members pay their rent with postdated checks of any kind? My answer would be never. Post dated checks were "required" a few times but I explained I did not have a checking account, only a savings account and I gave some BS about foreigners not allowed to open checking accounts and they swallowed it and then I just paid cash each month. I did know a couple of guys who paid a year in advance and got a discount. One guy got swindled out of his money when it turned out the woman had rented the same house to 2 different people and then buggered off (not even he
    6 points
  10. I wrote this a few years ago and updated it after our second visit in 2016. Happy Thanksgiving to all A Thanksgiving Tradition: I wrote the following tribute to my wife's homeland and culture a few years ago, and added to it in 2016. Like the Macy's parade and cheering for the Cowboys to lose, it has become a tradition with me. After spending three whole weeks there this year, and really getting to see the country, (as in getting out of over-crowded Manila, which in many ways is no different than any other mega-city on Earth, like New York or Paris) and exploring it'
    6 points
  11. Girl 'launches' 42 riders to bring her chicken fillet November 26, 2020 A SCHOOL-AGED girl’s single tap on a food delivery app to order a box of chicken fillet became multiple taps, thanks to a snail-paced internet connection and the app’s reported erratic behavior. In a narrow street in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City past 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, around 42 Foodpanda riders arrived at the place to deliver boxes of two-piece chicken fillet accidentally ordered by a seven-year-old girl. A neighbor, Dann Kayne Suarez, narrated the incident on his Facebook Live.
    6 points
  12. Among all the usual discussion we have which usually involves her peeling off at some unfathomable tangent this one popped up the other day J:- Our government really spend a lot of money because the Philippines population is very high. People's always jogging making babies Me:- Laugh J:- They always do jogging every day.my neighbour Maria have 13 children and her husband is a drinker too. I don't know how their children manage to live Me:- tell her to get it sewn up J:- it cannot be sewn now the thread always loosen Me:- I've got 2 bricks in my suitcase wil
    6 points
  13. I posted previously in another topic about my view regarding medical emergencies. (https://www.philippines-expats.com/topic/30885-home-medical-care-and-equipment/?tab=comments#comment-264437) I find I cannot easily obtain many medicines that I would prefer to have stocked, but am working on that...there may be some ways... I soon will also find one of those difibrilator units that do all but everything themselves. I will also see if I can find a source for oxygen and regulators. With proper medicines (as many as we can mange to procure) and equipment, we might be able to deal with em
    6 points
  14. I think you've highlighted something that is not just true here, but also back home in the UK - if you choose to live in a remote area of Scotland, or Wales, for example, you'll be in trouble in a.medical emergency. That said, it's clear that the level of remoteness here is much less to cause an issue. So, again we have to hold our hands up and acknowledge that our choice of location here can literally be matter of life and death. I have no knowledge of level of medical expertise here but if it's on a par with everything else I've experienced then I can see why even non-life threatening (
    6 points
  15. Did you give him a post dated check
    5 points
  16. I often wondered who was the first person to eat mouldy blue cheese and this is an eye opener. I now realize it was probably a cheap fellow who recieved a shipment of mouldy cheese and decided he would just try a little bit to see if it was still edible. Kudos to the brave people to try eating the sweaty, crumbly bits.
    5 points
  17. You might have notice rent has come down quite a bit because of covid or at least condos have. Many still trying for pre covid prices though. In my condo building a studio usually is around 20k. Now going for between 12 and 15 k including dues paid by landlord. I talked to my landlord about the current market price and reduced my own rent to market value taking 5k off a month.
    5 points
  18. No mate maths is not hard and she is good at it but the system they use is the most confusing thing ever. BTW if dad has 12 beers and jack comes over dad still has 12 beers as jack can buy his own haha
    5 points
  19. No doubt about that Kev. Fingers and toes will only take her so far.
    5 points
  20. So that was you in front of me at the grocery checkout? Fumbling in your purse to find your check book. Fumbling again to find your glasses before realizing they are on a chain around your neck. Slowly writing the check with shaking hand while balancing on your walker. Then another 5 minutes to pack up and leave. When the checker said "You should try a debit or credit card", you said "Well, young smarty pants, I've been writing checks for 70 years and I'm not going to stop now!".
    5 points
  21. I have had the Sinopharm (Chinese) vaccine here in Abu Dhabi as a front line worker. No side effects and those who have had it don't need to quarantine when traveling. I hope everyone will get a vaccine of sorts soon so life can go back to something like normal. Stay Safe. Paul
    5 points
  22. Hello and, thanks for accepting my new membership! I am a Retired U.S. Air Force Veteran who made a decision over 10-years ago to permanently retire here to the Philippines with my Philippine-American Spouse. We had our retirement home constructed just outside the Town of Clarin (North of Ozamiz City), Misamis Occidental, Mindanao between December 2012 and May 2013. We made our permanent move here in mid-May 2014 and, have been living here ever since. I am the former Moderator of Facebook Veteran Site) and, resigned in March 2019, as I didn't like the way this Facebook Veteran's Site w
    5 points
  23. You are right. Actually, PLDT changes the offering once or twice a year. When I signed up for my plan, Home Fibr 6099 was called if memory serves me, the Google Mesh were included. I told them I didn't need them but they came for free, so didn't have much of a choice. They might have made them optional on some of the mid-to-high range packages. As an IT person, for those who are building a new house, I would strongly recommend investing a few thousand extra pesos in having Ethernet Cat 6A running into the walls. It's much superior than WiFi and ideal for those who work from home from
    5 points
  24. I hope that General George Custer is not leading them.
    5 points
  25. Not only do I struggle with the method, but even the instructions are so unclear. I'm not sure what it is here, but they simply cannot convey things clearly. I had an email from BPI today titled "You don't need to worry about uninterrupted payments" - I don't, it's the interrupted ones that worry me!
    4 points
  26. Postdated cheques are the norm here but have little more than symbolic value, as they can always bounce. When renting in Davao, the landlord was a friend of mine (from a prominent Filipino family) and I would transfer money to his bank account every month. When renting in Makati, I was in a position to pay 6 months or 12 months cash in advance, so I could negotiate a discount. I have recently rented my first investment property here in Ortigas and I have received the usual 11 postdated cheques from my first tenant. However my guarantee is not the cheques, it's the fact that he has a stabl
    4 points
  27. Good to know! Even though I was impatient, I was admiring that beautiful flower print dress you were wearing!
    4 points
  28. My wife and I have a peso checking account in addition to our dollar account. I assumed it was fairly common.
    4 points
  29. This is the reason I would never pay with post dated checks. Same with paying a full year in advance. And your landlord would be pleased to have you get fed up and leave so they can rent the place again. In short the landlord has no reason to keep you happy and every reason to see you leave even if you are a good tenant.
    4 points
  30. Yesterday, I was thinking of what I could say that would sound meaningful on this special day of the year, only to reflect back as to what many of us have gone through, with the passing of loved ones and friends. However, I then got to be thinking of all of Veterans that are residing here in the Philippines and, the personal ordeals that we went through, realizing that we have it much better than our fellow Americans back in the U.S. with numerous restrictions and insurmountable numbers of people passing away due to the Coronavirus. At least (in my personal opinion),
    4 points
  31. You have a better chance with Philippines Airlines, Cebu Pacific always cancel flights.
    4 points
  32. Although Jack that is good, but not good if you and the family are on an outing 2 hours from home. Who knows where a medical emergency will come from, car accident, shooting, heart attack but more importantly it's a good chance you wont be at home when it happens so even if a hospital is over the road it may not help on the day. Yes I know, being negative and if there was an emergency while at home you may be OK so plan is good for that. Personally I have no plans, I say bury me in the backyard, she says we dont have one so I give up
    4 points
  33. Welcome to the forum Paul, you'll find a few ex Forces here. Not many brave enough to admit to have been Airforce though.
    4 points
  34. Welcome Paul we are pleased to have you join us. Many members here have served. Paul, please contact Jollygoodfellow in regards to having your blog and Facebook linked. The forum has strict rules to do with links to personal blogs and such due to spammers and others who wish to simply use the forum as a way to advertise. We appreciate that you clearly wish to contribute and welcome that.
    4 points
  35. Hi all, Figured I'd bring some closure to this. We did a lot of looking and my wife decided that Lipa wasn't her thing and Tagaytay was too expensive, so we bought a 2 br/2 bath house in Tuy, Batangas. Nice little place and the right size for us. 3 years old and we got the owner down to 2.75m pesos. Gated subdivision. Market right across the street. My wife said she was in heaven.😂😄 So just settling into our new home and readjusting to life here in the Philippines.😀😉 Now to do a little gardening and adjust to life as a retiree. Cheers!😀
    4 points
  36. As far as I know ( im in Manila ) you need a medical certificate and then you need police clearance. Depending on where you are the fastest police clearance that I know of is in the police station in Makati which is next to Fire station on Ayala Avenue. Police clearance to travel there takes 2-3 days. Not sure if this helps but Im just arranged for my live in to fly to Leyte and those were the current requirements.
    4 points
  37. Perfect Don. It seems you found a good reputable expert and part source too. I used to be good at turning wrenches but about 20 years ago had to quit cars just got too complicated or difficult to work on.
    4 points
  38. I live Moalboal about two to three hours from the closest "real" hospital. If I have a heart attack my plan is to die. I do have a credit card with a very large credit limit in case of accidents/illness where I have good chance of coming home healthy. If it is cancer or something similar that appears to be terminal I don't think I would choose to be treated. Doing so would only extend the misery and drain resources that my wife would need for her future.
    4 points
  39. I have only Phil-health and a credit-card just in case. Anyway St Peters funeral is on route to the hospitals if I don't make it that far.
    4 points
  40. That chalk board is not actually one formula... it's many of them all on a board (some of them I understand, some others I recognize and others I don't even know of). And it's not modern math, it was all the work of a guy trying to explain how a womans brain works
    3 points
  41. I agree. But we live in the Philippines where a quick short term profit often is valued more than long term business relationships.
    3 points
  42. I feel your frustration. Maths and Arithmetic are a strong point with me and I tried to assist a partner that was studying to be a teacher. There are many different methods you can use to find a solution but for some reason I've found they teach the method that takes up the most space and time. I tried and tried to show my partner simple and logical methods that cut out a lot of errors but after constant arguments I gave up. The old adage of if you don't like how we do things go home springs to mind.
    3 points
  43. Yep. And the only reason I did that was because I saw this impatient looking expat behind me in the line. Works every time. Didn't know until now that that was you.
    3 points
  44. U.S. checks take 3-4 weeks for the bank to clear and the landlord would have to have a USD account. Unlikely they would accept a U.S. check. You need to open a peso checking account.
    3 points
  45. Update. I sent my e-mail to the embassy on the 16th and just got a reply. Compared to Mike's September reply, now they have changed it from "delayed" to "suspended". So, no worries this year. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the annual mailing of reporting forms SSA-7162 and SSA-7161 has been suspended. At this time, no further action is needed and you will continue to receive benefit payments. To stay updated about what SSA is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may visit SSA’s COVID-19 Updates page.
    3 points
  46. We have a choice between 30MBps at 2400php with about 130 pretty ordinary TV channels or 10MBPs at 1700php with about 120 pretty ordinary TV channels. 100 MBps has been on signs as 'coming soon' for several years now (the signs are getting rather faded). Most of the time it runs at the rated speed and we can swap up and down between speeds if wanted, it works fine most of the time and at or near the rated speeds but international web sites can be slow at times. In Australia I pay 2000 peso for 25 down and 5 up and whilst the download speed is a bit faster in the Phils the ping times tend
    3 points
  47. Hi Paul... Perhaps I am missing the point of the OP original post.. and it definitly would not be the first time... I am seeing it as more - what happens or what do you do when the s*** hits the fan when or if you are home alone or with your significant other? Whether you are or not a military or former military veteran...If you or I get sick, we may need attention... simple and plain to me...
    3 points
  48. OEM genuine GM USA parts are mostly AC Delco. Delphi is a off brand of AC Delco is owned by Delco GM. Some Delphi is made in China. Some branded Delco parts are in fact Delphi. Confusing. You don't want to buy an off market made in China unit or a OEM rebuilt in China. Your best choice is a new Delco or Delphi compressor not a new rebuilt one there is a difference. I have no idea how you would be sure of buying one in Philippines. Same goes for alternators and starters. Spending more is a better value. Been there done that.
    3 points
  49. That's why Scotsmen wear kilts. Balls that big don't fit in pants.
    3 points
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