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  1. 4 points
    When I first started talking to Emma , her Looks was the first thing I saw, the dark long flowing hair and the colour of her skin and the smile showing all those pearly whites, yes I was hooked . Now living in England she has lost the tan a little but every other thing is the same and Ems loves not being to dark as she says, trying to say well that is what attracted me to you at first just goes over her head now , anyway just back from a holiday and she is a golden brown again and yes I love it, plus I keep telling her I use her silly soap whitening to wash my bum so hopefully her tan will last a little longer this time.
  2. 3 points
  3. 3 points
    It's been almost four weeks since construction began. I visited the site again yesterday and things are moving right along... The main ground beams have been poured and finished. The vertical columns have all been done except one - which was completed yesterday. So they are all up to maybe two meters high? The weather finally turned so there is rain just about every night, but it is late and does not affect the build. It is actually good since it continues the watering of the new cement works. They have already laid the foundation hollow blocks that form the outside walls. Next week they expect to pour the second floor slabs... Last week they brought in five loads of crushed rock to improve the access road so it is not slimy, slippery when wet and also to minimize the big rock bumps... They are happy to see me when I bring the Cokes, chicharon and Tanduay! I actually was cheered yesterday! I always make it a point to express my appreciation for their hard work and thank them. I really am pleased with the progress and quality of construction...
  4. 3 points
    Love the "kayumanggi" skin tone. In the USA all the ladies want a tan, here they want to lighten their skin.
  5. 3 points
    Well I certainly hope you get those brown stains off
  6. 2 points
    I did the TT circuit once on mad sunday , once was enough on my Kawasaki 900 , I was blasting around a bend with my knee down , maybe doing 100 and a guy overtook me on the inside , there was about 2ft of a gap , I was young and crazy in those days , these days im old and crazy :-) the pros, use the kerb stones and sit their tyres in the groove and it acts like a slingshot , craziest race on the planet
  7. 2 points
    Yep, that's the way our downstairs plumbing is managed - all the way around the house and then through the walls as required - only waste plumbing is under the slab in our case. For upstairs, we only have 1 CR there and the plumbing is in the cavity between the ceiling and upstairs slab and just pops through the slab to feed the 3 things there - quite efficient.
  8. 2 points
    Yeah... I hear you both, loud and clear. I do realize the contradiction. So the idea is to try to make a sort of middle ground here - fences to deter (similar to others in the area) and other reasonable "defenses". Your comments, HK are especially well received regarding being very careful. The area is generally considered safe. There is only one access road and just not a lot of people around. So anyone not native will be noticed and noted. If anyone is there for bad purpose, they will need at least a sturdy tricycle or a car of some type. Any of these will be quite unusual. Your thoughts also mirror mine and L's... No razor wire or anything extreme. If someone does enter the property, it will be because they have bad intent so will be obvious - no reason to make it easy... And no... there is no perfect solution - I totally realize that. So I am just trying to make the best of it with this balancing act. I am old anyway so if s*** happens in spite of the preparations and precautions, then, I guess, so be it... The ultimate and last choice is to hire armed guard(s) which I think would be of dubious value - I see some around here and they sleep very soundly after about 10 pm...
  9. 2 points
    Sorry, AK... I wish, truly, that your comments will be true. But the same thing happened at the Samal Island marina (where I sailed my yacht to) back in 2015... All but one foreigner was beheaded after almost two years due to no ransom being paid... Virginprune's comment is close to my heart - try to keep a low profile. That is one of my concerns where we are building our home... It is a rural area and few, if any foreigners there... So I am trying to include things like CCTV, burglar alarm (motion sensors), and probably a well-trained guard dog too. We are also trying to keep the place as unpretentious as possible, but that is difficult to do when also trying to keep out the miscreants... as in the 3+ meter fences with spiky tops....
  10. 2 points
    Keeping a low profile is always a good way to live here, or anywhere in asia for that matter IMHO.
  11. 2 points
    My wife says her temper is fine, "you are just too sensitive" And for heaven's sake, don't anyone tell her I said that!
  12. 2 points
    Hi, We are moving to the Philippines & my wife has spent 20 years seeing how the UK works, it will be interesting to see how our business in PH works now it will have our full attention, I think a few people will be in for a shock, may be us as well
  13. 2 points
    I saw a great interview with Mikey yesterday on One News, a cable news station on Cignal. There are bits and pieces on You Tube but I can't find the whole thing yet. Close to a hour long, I think. He has quite an empire with 4 You Tube channels and an International retail business selling......get this...... Ant Farms! His biggest You Tube channel is about insects! He has over 200 employees!
  14. 2 points
    Mikey Bustos is hilarious and he can sing too!
  15. 1 point
    @Old55 As you requested, here is a new topic. Your naming idea was just about perfect! I just added "and" to make it more properly descriptive. I am not quite ready to tackle the details tonight, as it could be a bit involved and I will need to think it through for Phiippines vs. USA and Australia, which were my previous sources of information and medicines. I will begin by stating a very important caveat here: I am NOT a medical professional. Anyone reading here should just accept it - or not - as ideas and possible suggestions that either worked for my ex and I while sailing in remote areas, or that I think may now be salient here in the Philippines. Anyone interested in following up on anything should visit with a health care professional - doctor or RN - and NOT rely on any of this information. Please feel free to criticize, add, subtract or augment my ideas - I've got big shoulders and this is not a pride thing - someone asked for assistance and I will try to help, if I can, okay? Also, I hope there are some professionals who are members of the forum willing to speak up and share their expertise. So... with that aside, I will also state my experience just so you may not think I am just blowing smoke out my a**. If this history might seem boring to you...just skip to the next post by me or whomever? Before setting sail, my ex and I took a course in Mountaineering first aid in Seattle. It involved all the normal things taught in standard "First Responder" courses.... Except - they added many things that aren't part of a normal course and concentrated on how to care for someone who becomes ill or injured when hiking or climbing in remote areas. The whole concept centered on - "You cannot dial 911... so here's what you do...." We did the usual classroom training then would go outside at night and practice what we learned. It lasted for several weeks and culminated in "Real Scenarios" in a rugged park, in the fall and well after dark. It was VERY realistic (we had equipment with us and flashlights) - with stage make-up blood, sucking chest wounds people acting quite well as if they were in need of assistance. It was scary and a wonderful experience to prepare for travelling alone, 1,000's of miles from any land or other assistance. Prior to setting sail, I prepared a comprehensive list of equipment, books and medicines that I reckoned should be carried on board. I luckily encountered a physician who also had a yacht in our marina and she invited me to come to her office to discuss this. I asked the price - $50. When I met her at her office, she immediately came around to my side of her grand desk to look over the list with me - what a shock! As we went item by item, she offered suggestions and I made notes. More than once we came across a medicine that she actually said, "I am not familiar with that... I will get back to you." How many of you have seen a doctor who admitted knowing less than God? She also offered suggestions for several books to buy (now-a-days this would all be online books) - everything from tropical medicine guides to easy-to-follow medical manuals. The most complex was the Merc Manual - which, though woefully out of date, is still valid for a number of situations and interesting to read if you are not squeamish. Over an hour later, we finished and I got up to leave asking her - gee, this has been a long time, whatta I owe you, "I said fifty bucks, so it's fifty bucks!" I was thankful and very embarrassed to return to the waiting room that was packed with patients... I am a certified Rescue SCUBA diver. Yeah... most of what I learned concerned assisting other divers in distress. But some of it also addressed illnesses such as heart issues, breathing problems, panic attacks, administering oxygen, using a small defibrillator, poisonings, allergic reactions and non-invasive examinations of ill persons. It was a great course too. CPR was, of course, top of the list too. I apologize for my always long-winded comments here. But I think health is - at least for me - just about the most important thing there is as I steadily advance in age and regress in strength, mind and abilities. So that's how I am beginning. I will try to list some equipment and concepts of things that I feel are important to learn and that I also need to review anyway because I forget so much these days... Cheers all!
  16. 1 point
    SWMBO has family in the eastern end of the red area and I visit a couple of times a year but as I alluded to in my opinion not all of the red area is necessarily more unsafe than all of the orange area. I feel safer in Ozamiz (which is in the east part of the red area) than I do travelling through some parts of Bukidnon (which is in the orange area) due to the active local communinst groups (even SWMBO papa says it is dangerous at night).
  17. 1 point
    I think the "thrill for speed" was invented by you crazy British gentlemen "cruising" the ISLE OF MAN TT". One of the most dangerous race held annually on that island. Gotta love them Brits!
  18. 1 point
    The idiot in this video is about as lucky as you can get! On most days, he would be dead!
  19. 1 point
    I've ventured into the orange area a couple of times , I've been to kidawapan and massim , I felt okay in kadawapan, but massim had my senses up , it felt like I was getting too close to abu sayef country Davao feels very safe , I think that you have to do something stupid there to place yourself in danger , my little farm to the north of toril feels fine , two purok leaders and the baranguy captain have assured me that I'm safe , I guess as long as I keep paying the wages of my two workers lol gfs, mama has worked all over mindanao as a teacher and then a pastor , I asked her advise, bearing in mind that shes been in the red areas and had both Islamic and communist terrorists as potential threats , she told me , get to know the baranguy captain , they hear many things and if they like you will warn you of danger I can only explain it as lessons learned from growing up in Glasgow of old , I just had an internal antenna that would twitch when there was a dangerous situation , ive had a variety of weapons pulled on me , I hope my antenna does not fail me
  20. 1 point
    After the second floor slab is poured the first floor ceiling is quite rough. So most builders use what we would call a suspended ceiling of about 10"-14". A similar grid work of light duty GI that would resemble those drop ceilings with replaceable tiles. But in the case here the ceiling boards which may be fiber cement, plywood, or drywall is screwed or riveted to the suspended grid. That grid is tied to the pieces of rebar that was left exposed when the slab was poured or concrete nails using wire.
  21. 1 point
    Filipinos are not even smart enough to realize that Marcos.stole almost all of the money from the coffers. But hey..if they want to pretend that nothing happened..stupid is as stupid people are. Yes let's re elect the sons ,daughters, and wife. What could be wrong?
  22. 1 point
    I've been as fast as 250 kilometers per hour on a race track on a motorbike (when I was younger and fitter) and I have to say... I think the rider was doing more than that at times. NO WAY would I do that on a public road... I saw a guy fail to take the turn at the end of the main strait at Philip Island race track and his bike bounced and rolled for a couple of hundred meters before it came to a halt (it was almost unrecognizable). The guy was actually only mildly injured but that's because he slid on the grass for even further and didn't hit anything.
  23. 1 point
    Decapitation would be a better choice than prolonged torture. I've actually experienced the prolonged torture with my second wife's constant nagging!
  24. 1 point
    The plan is to have the ground floor water lines set in the ground surrounding that floor rather than being embedded in the slab. they will then feed in from outside. Of course, there will be lines in the walls for the various sinks, CRs and showers - especially upstairs. But the idea is to keep all these to a minimum. Also, the ones that will go upstairs or in any floors will be marked and possibly encased in cement in ways that can be accessed easier than just having to pound through solid cement. Actually, L is the one who knows more about this as she has had this done before in a home she had built...
  25. 1 point
    With all due respect Tom, you are contradicting yourself in this section. Everything we do to protect our property is at the same time sending a message we have something to protect! It's a balancing act and perhaps a timely reminder to us all that we need to be very, very careful about where we choose to live. Edit to Add - you are not only at risk when at home - once you've stuck your head above the parapet there's no ducking down again.
  26. 1 point
    The crooks here have a saying' "The higher the fence, the bigger the treasure".
  27. 1 point
    Also, with the rain gutter pipes, install the largest possible. I replace our 3 inch with 4 inch and they handle all the leaves and stuff quite well.
  28. 1 point
    I will, I'll start a new thread so as not to get too comfused.
  29. 1 point
    The stuff floating is probably a very small percentage of what us idiotic humans have dumped with no regard into the ecosystem. I won't be around to see the end result, but I'm pretty sure it won't be a good thing.
  30. 1 point
    I was giving you a complement, you must have taken it the wrong way. I would be honored to serve as the Vice President of the World under your administration! Like I said before,,my sarcasm is sometimes misunderstood. It was a simple joke. Nothing personal.
  31. 1 point
    Sorry... but I may be a jerk..... But I am not an a**h*le...... Okay... well maybe not everyone on earth thinks I am an a**h*le but????
  32. 1 point
    Here is about how it should look when complete. I say "about" because it will have partial roof deck and partial sloped roof. It will not have any cement "awnings" but rather plastic or metal. I know they won't last as long, but the cement versions just look ugly to us - heavy handed - even though that is standard in the Philippines. If they break or wear out, then we'll replace them. Master's bedroom upstairs on the right - I already envision us enjoying our morning coffee on the small veranda there... So it isn't really fancy or pretty, but rather functional and contemporary. My architect neighbour (who didn't have anything to do with it, but I showed it to him for his opinion) liked the design and simplicity of it.
  33. 1 point
    Must have been a big carabao. Sometimes they just die of old age.
  34. 1 point
    I simple post about auto checkout... and the grumpy old farts have to bring up US politics... what a sad world some of you choose to live in.
  35. 1 point
    A couple of days ago L started complaining about her knee hurting and swelling a bit. I thought nothing of it because she complains often about various aches and pains that usually go away with a paracetamol or rest... not this time. She had apparently done some dancing and exercises at school on Friday and then experienced these symptoms on Saturday. She kept fairly active and it got worse. So I reminded her and helped her with basic first aid RICE: Rest Ice Compression Elevation I think these are mostly self-explanatory. Except maybe the compression should be described a little? Add elastic bandage to your home first-aid kit. Look in a book or go online and somewhere there will be a description or illustration how to properly wrap an injured ankle, knee, elbow, wrist. After wrapping snugly, you or your helper or partner must periodically check for circulation at fingers or toes. Easy to do - just take a finger or toe and gently but firmly squeeze the nail between your thumb and index finger for a moment. You will see the area below the nail turn whitish immediately. Then release the squeeze and the nail should turn pink again right away. You are squeezing the blood away for a moment then, if your circulation is okay, it rushes back in when you release. If not, then your bandage is a bit too tight and you should re-do it a little looser. If you are a novice, this might take a couple of tries to do it right... I wanted her to also take anti-inflammatory medicine. She used Alaxan - which was new to me - and is an OTC med with both paracetamol and ibuprofen. That's a great combination! So she takes one every 4-6 hours depending on pain. It's important not to stop taking just because the pain is less, because it will return when the medicine is stopped. She will experiment after taking this for at least one or two days before letting it go without for a time. If pain returns, then return also to medicine. Reminder from before - when taking this sort of pain med, it is important to NOT drink alcohol, drink plenty of fluids to flush your kidneys and liver and to eat something when taking because they may cause stomach upset. Remember that this is just our experience, NOT proper medical advice. Finally, this reminder from an online website: The RICE method is best able to treat mild or moderate injuries, such as sprains, strains, and bruises. If a person has tried the RICE method but experiences no improvement, or if they are unable to put any weight on the injured area, they should seek medical attention.
  36. 1 point
    I make my own ice from my well water. Tubes not cubes as I like a big chunk in my glass of rum or a gin and tonic. Ice in beer is just wrong.
  37. 1 point
    This has taken off big time in the States. Partly because the leftists have raised the minimum wages to the point it’s now eliminating jobs. Free market is best.
  38. 1 point
    Makes no difference they have been brain washed by advertising and by comments from other Fiipinos that to be dark skinned means you are a lower class and by economic reality in certain job positions here. A previous girl friend in Cebu some years ago went for a sale lady's position in Metro Department Store in Ayala Shopping Mall.. she was smart, had a computer degree, very pretty with a great smile and personality. She was told at the interview she met all the requirements but they couldn't give her the job because she was too dark.
  39. 1 point
    We're 6 miles from the beach, up here near Dagupan,...but only maybe 20 minutes away on our quiet country road. It's pretty nice, and this is about as crowded as it gets . .
  40. 1 point
    I just found this on MSNBC regarding how to deal with motorcycle crash victims - usually drivers. But it applies to any accident scene. It makes some comments that are very clear and easy to follow. Some of this repeats what we have already seen here in this thread, but it does not hurt (pun intended) to see it again and really learn and remember. I have a kit that is almost exactly what they describe here but it is buried away (since I now live on land). You can buy these at American camping and outdoor supply outfits such as REI or others... Be safe! Now check their ABCs—airway, breathing, and circulation. First make sure their airway is clear. If they’re not breathing just clearing the airway might get them started again. Then look at their chest to see if it’s moving, or put your hand or cheek near their mouth to see if you can feel their breath. If they’re breathing they have circulation, but check it anyway by feeling for a pulse in the carotid artery. Keep them still and calm until the EMTs can take over. There are first-aid kits small enough to fit in a saddlebag, tank bag, or backpack that are sufficient to treat minor cuts and scrapes, and bandage small bleeding wounds. You can find them at many camping supply stores or order them through some motorcycle accessory companies. Look for one that has at least the following items: four-by-four-inch gauze bandages; a CPR mask; latex gloves (or better yet non-latex to prevent an allergic reaction); alcohol wipes for sterilizing a dirty wound; and adhesive tape. Then add the following: a space blanket for shock victims; some Band-Aid-type adhesive bandages in several shapes and sizes; gauze pads larger than the four-by-fours; scissors in case you have to cut away clothing; and a pain reliever like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Also carry a small flashlight to check for airway obstructions. That should be enough to deal with all but the most serious crash injuries. Remember, the goal of first aid isn’t to heal or cure an injury, it’s to stabilize the victim until trained professionals arrive. Short of becoming one of those professionals yourself, you can take low-cost Red Cross CPR and emergency first-aid courses. If at least one rider in your group has basic first-aid skills, it increases the chance of all of you making it home to ride another day. Of course if that one rider is the one who crashes, then you’d better have two graduates in your group. Better yet, get together with all the people you ride with often and take a course together.
  41. 1 point
    My father was an electrical engineer at Tektronix in Beaverton, Oregon. When I was in my middle teens, he would occasionally take me to work on the weekends. He was the lead engineer on the team that built the original prototype of a similar device in about 1966 that measured just the pulse rate. I remember is vividly because he showed my fibre optic cable, they called it "light pipe", and how you could shine light down one end and have it come out the other, no matter how many bends were in the coil. He then explained how they would measure the variation in light intensity as it struck the skin to determine the pulse rate. Any time I have one of these clipped to my finger I have a flashback to that memory. Off topic I know, and my apologies to Tom, but who doesn't want to take the opportunity to brag about their dad.
  42. 1 point
    This is how I suggest anyone begin to gather their tools for self-help in case of emergencies or situations that crop up that cause concern. See about obtaining a guidebook or reference book(s). Then look through it (them) while sipping a cold one. Try to educate yourself a bit more than you already have. These are images from one of the medical books in my library. I considered this probably the most helpful book for over 20 years sailing in the tropics. It is probably long out of print but, even today, I still refer to it and it still has mostly good information. I just checked online and Amazon carries the 1992 version of this book. I would seriously consider getting it if I didn't already have a copy. There may be a newer version, but I did not look very far... I included a page I picked at random to show how this book is organized. It actually has a chapter about ear issues and describes them in detail - for @stevewool. Then, at the end of the chapter, it has this quick reference guide which I really like. Every chapter is like this and covers just about everything you can imagine and explains it all in easy to understand, yet professional terms. What I really like about it is that it also includes suggestions about medications to use for specific situations and lists them in order of preference. So, if you have, for instance, an infection somewhere, the authors will suggest, perhaps penicillin as #1 choice, followed by tetracycline as #2..., etc. So, I consider getting a reference book to be something to consider. Otherwise, you can Google any ailment, symptom or concern and get more hits than you can imagine. There are many fantastic online references. I prefer Mayo Clinic because it is considered one of the premiere medical care centers in the world. But there are many others. Just try to choose the ones that have some history - been around a while. And, like talking with a physician, don't be afraid to look at more than one site - some offer more or less information.
  43. 1 point
    Excellent post regarding an important subject. While I am only minutes away from the best hospital where I live, I am always concerned about evening and holiday staffing. I have seen 2 close friends suffer fatal heart attacks that may have been survivable had emergency care been available more quickly. I am eager to read what members have to offer.
  44. 1 point
    This site is fairly easy to Navigate but sometimes we can get too clever with ourselves, Odd really but every now and then even a PC savvy person can fall foul of certain things such as this issue and getting Photos on Line properly, but we are here to help each Other WOT!
  45. 1 point
    I have heard that they have started to X-Ray boxes looking for contraband.
  46. 1 point
    3 years ago l sent boxes and never paid any taxes but according to this ? 4. Who can send Balikbayan Boxes to the Philippines? Anyone can send Balikbayan boxes to the Philippines, whether you be a Foreigner or a Filipino who is living abroad for employment, education, permanent residency. Foreigners however are definitely required to pay taxes. Filipinos, on the other hand, are exempted from taxation if and only if they satisfy certain eligibility requirements to be qualified for the privilege.
  47. 1 point
    Yes, and it reminded me of the worst food poisoning of my life! Late 90's, I had a business trip to Hong Kong and Manila. The day I left Hong Kong I decided to try a nearby seafood buffet before my late afternoon flight to Manila. Big mistake! I started feeling queasy at the airport, but decided to board. On board I was sweating like a pig, trying not to use the barf bag. Made it off the plane in NAIA, the very old terminal before they fixed it up a bit. I don't think there was air con in the baggage claim area, and I probably already had a high fever. I was drenched in sweat, and before my bag came, boom, projectile vomiting right there in the baggage claim while running to the CR! Very sick and dizzy, found my bag, then found a taxi. I think I stayed at the Hermitage. On the way there, it hit me again and the taxi driver was screaming at me to close the door as I was hanging out of it puking! Made it to my room and got some sleep, but woke up to the same with very high fever and LBM too! Finally had the hotel get me a doctor the next morning and she gave me some shots of something. I laid in the hotel room for 3 days and then had 1 day left before flying home. Is that a thread-ender?
  48. 1 point
    JJ, I have a confession to make...... I'd be the one returning with my plate.
  49. 1 point
    I am in Manila now and had dinner here Thursday. The price is 3500 plus tax and tip all you can eat lobster tails, crab, steak, a cheese cellar filled with expensive cheeses from Italy and Spain. Excellent cold cuts from Italy prosutto capacola etc. Food station from France, Italy, Philippines, India, and others this is worth the money.
  50. 0 points
    Another classic up for sale, plus if you look at the other picture there are a few cars that I use to have .just over £12000 for this model .
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