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  1. 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.
    9 points
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. I knew it all along. The truth would come out eventually. How they managed to convince us that the world is round is beyond me when we know it is flat. What a lot of cocky shit in the OP post. Not worth the time to read it.
    5 points
  5. I dont mind dying. Will i get some sort of rebate or discount ?
    5 points
  6. There needs to be a sea-change in attitudes here, towards throwing everything on the ground...ie LITTERING ! The filth and garbage thrown everywhere in this country, is an absolute unforgivable disgrace. There is no excuse. It has nothing to do with poverty. It costs nothing to at least take your crap home with you. ...And then they want to attract more tourists...to what, a giant landfill site ?
    5 points
  7. I'm sure it's fine Mike, they've been thoroughly demagnetized.
    5 points
  8. 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
    5 points
  9. This stuff is working really well. Within just a couple days we started to see dead roaches. It is a thick gel so you an squeeze it into places that are kind of out of site and where the pets won't get to it. Highly recommended. Active ingredient is "Imidacloprid" Below is what I found about the chemical, so properly handled should be fine to use around the house. <snip> Imidacloprid is a neonicotinoid insecticide belonging to the chloronicotinyl nitroguanidine chemical family. It acts on the nervous system through an acetylcholine receptor blockade and is considered
    4 points
  10. Sometimes they organise clean ups. Cebu City to lead province-wide clean-up on Saturday CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Coastal Management Task Force (CMTF) will be leading a province-wide coastal and riverways clean-up on Saturday, June 19, 2021. According to Reymar Hijarra, the subcommittee chairperson of the CMTF, the participation of the Archdiocese of Cebu has increased the scope of the regular clean-up of Cebu City. “Ang mga parishes sa atong Archdiocese of Cebu moparticipate sila sa ilang areas as one Cebu island,” said Hijarra. The clean
    4 points
  11. 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.
    4 points
  12. L told me that the common mind-set here in the PI is to drop or dispose of any trash or rubbish outside of the home, whether it be nice home, nipa hut or tent. Once it is outside the dwelling unit, it is forgotten. That is the "common" mind-set. It is not hers nor her family's, but just how things generally work. I admit that, when much younger, I used to throw trash - beer bottles and cans - when I was drinking underage with buddies in high school. Otherwise I did not. As I finally matured (sort-of) I figured it out and actually helped organize recycling programs in university.
    4 points
  13. Nah, come to find-out that was actually his younger step-brother (former stunt-double) Frank. The sorry in the tabloids claim that Nemo after his movie fame, got hooked on drugs, forced to sell his swank Beverly tank over back-taxes. He how resides with Dorsey in a tiny rented display tank, owned by a Greek 'Fish&Chip' in lower South Sidney. Just another typical Hollywood cautionary tale tail...
    4 points
  14. So our list of delectable vittles continue... This is common and highly desired shell critter called 'Sa-ang' and has a rather chewy texture but very tasty and highly prized by the locals, they are a staple which makes their way into our diet a few times a week. This is another cockle but found in the sands a few islands over from ours, called a 'blood clam' due to the reddish shell coloration, fat and tasty critters. Eel and assorted fish caught here regularly off our shore The local 'light boats' will pack together to literately rangle thes
    4 points
  15. Yikes, this girl has some bear sized balls!
    4 points
  16. I will show you folks a few of our more favorite wiggly squiggles and fish that we catch in our local 'corner market'. Over the years here I have collected a volume of images and vids, which I have scattered throughout fifteen external harddrves. But to be trustful presently I frankly have neither the time or desire to dig into all of them for a mere handful of gems to post. Example: I have an image of a marlin caught less than less than 900 yards in front of the island. The image of the silver tuna that jumped in to our floating platform one night, or images the two species of wild lobster 's
    4 points
  17. me too.... can we do a re run ????
    4 points
  18. Well I actually only started this last thread because some of your members actually asked me to start this one. But as you request, I will gladly comply, honor your wishes, and simply discontinue posting anything relating to nets or fish. No biggie dah, chief. I will stick to covid conspiracies and crap from here on out.
    3 points
  19. And they have to start somewhere. I just hope it works out and they get some positive comments and publicity.
    3 points
  20. Yes we definitely encountered that issue, if it wasn't for the most influention senior woman in the family pushing the issue pretty hard I suspect we'd have had little take up too. It might be cynical but free food, free soda and kareoke at a family party... for the kids taking a worm tablet was fairly effective in overcoming initial resistence.
    3 points
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  22. Good luck to anyone that can control the Philippines as from what I'm seeing they never got the memo.
    3 points
  23. "All media companies", "total power over the world’s media companies" and yet here is an article that refutes that very statement. I think someone has been drinking the conspiracy kool-ade.
    3 points
  24. Post are not deleted by moderators as they can not delete, only hide until I review it. You started a topic in the chatterbox, I will answer there. PS. I allowed your post.
    3 points
  25. Watching the media lately with demonstrations over covid restrictions and seeing people being arrested for failing to comply I've surprised to see how some of the so called World leaders are behaving. I've a few anti restriction friends that keep posting videos and photos of the police breaking up demonstrations, closing churches etc and I try to explain it's for the good of everyone, then I look on social media and there's the G7 summit with the same people that bring in the rules hugging and shaking hands with no masks on. They release staged photos showing them bumping elbows while wea
    3 points
  26. So our list of delectable vittles continue... One unexpected friendship oddly developed between the large fishing boats and us, I expect more than a few photos and clips will be added to the thread as it progresses. The island has a natural topography which allows the large fishing boats and local passenger boats to drop their moor lines up close the the shoreline of island opposite to the outer (open sea side of the island) open coastline. And that deepwater mangrove greatly reduces heavy wave action, making a great sanctuary from the big storm. We have always had an open policy
    3 points
  27. Does anyone remember this PSA I think from the 1970s in the USA? It had a big impact on me at the time and I have never forgotten it. I would think something like this would be a good place to start in the Philippines.
    3 points
  28. I agree. I was going to post about this and you beat me to it. You are probably thinking of this study released in 2018: Stemming the Plastic Tide: 10 Rivers Contribute Most of the Plastic in the Oceans The Yangtze alone pours up to an estimated 1.5 million metric tons into the Yellow Sea https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stemming-the-plastic-tide-10-rivers-contribute-most-of-the-plastic-in-the-oceans/ Yangtze River, Yellow Sea, Asia Indus River, Arabian Sea, Asia Yellow River (Huang He), Yellow Sea, Asia Hai River, Yellow Sea, Asia Nile, Mediterranean Sea,
    3 points
  29. I have seen a similar article saying that The Philippines had 7 of its rivers, on the top 10 list, for rivers that contribute the most to the plastic polution of the worlds oceans. I am the first to admit that people of the Philippines is doing a "great" job spreading plastic waste around them but I still find this a little bit hard to believe. Pasig river is only 27 km long, it do runs through a heavily populated area but so do other rivers in the world too, and many of them are thousands of km in length. Look at the rivers of Mekong, Irrawaddy, Brahmaputra, Ganges, Yangtze, The Nil
    3 points
  30. You're trolling Tommy. Next time, zip up your pants, OK?
    3 points
  31. James, my wife is enjoying all the fish pictures makes her homesick for seafood. It makes me wish I could still SCUBA dive.
    2 points
  32. Without reading the articles, I know there is a problem when mothers complain they have no milk for their babies while the fathers have no problem keeping the red horse flowing. Undernutrition is also a problem with the elderly, for financial reasons but some because they have no teeth left…
    2 points
  33. I haven't seen dogs or cats eating rat bait. I have seen them eating nearly dead rats who ate the poison. And then the dogs or cats get sick for a week then die. Its a horrible way for them to die.
    2 points
  34. I just read a post from an expat on another forum. He caught covid in March 2020 and he is still suffering. So covid per say is not fake I do however think that all these lockdowns are questionable. Sooner or later we will all have to learn to live with the threat.
    2 points
  35. So our list of delectable vittles continue... So I am trying to flip 'back-and-forth' between specie types as not to make the thread too boring, and I am primarily trying to focus on those that their way to our table. Yes we regularly buy can-goods, meats, veggies and fruits during the month; especially during this lock-down, when goods can get a bit scarce from week to week. But our farm being a long established piece of property full of fruit trees and vegetables, there always seems like something is in or ready to harvest. So it supplements our diet with fresh-harvest goods well eno
    2 points
  36. But who is going to follow a cat with a cotton ball waiting for it to pee? Probably get arrested for being some kind of pervert.
    2 points
  37. You make a good point, relaxing restrictions too early (when the vaccines protect the vaccinated but don't stop spread) will increase risk to the unvaccinated. I have zero sympathy for those who refuse to be vaccinated and get sick but people who couldn't access a vaccine are a different matter and society does owe a duty of care to them. As to vacination being required for certain jobs I don't have a problem with it because it comes down again the 'employers duty of care' under the law.
    2 points
  38. Some think they are doing a favour by littering as others will get paid to pick it up. Just look at the tables in a McDonald's once people have finished their meals. I get looks of surprise when I take my waste to the bins.
    2 points
  39. Then I suggest consulting with a Philippine lawyer before getting in the situation the victim is in. Yep, I have consulted a Philippine lawyer in the past but I am not a lawyer so the best I can do is to give second hand info: Foreigners may not own (or control through a proxy) any amount of a retail establishment with less than "a lot" of US$ in capitalization. That includes restaruants and most of the businesses that foreigners like to "own" but it happens so often that BI usually turns a blind eye. Still can get you deported though. The fellows who run restaurants usually use a
    2 points
  40. Interesting. When we departed Manila June 2 at he airport I handed the immigration officer my passport and waited as he checked it. He then asked for my ACR-I card. He stamped my passport and held up a small sign with large numbers on it and nothing else. P2880. Handed over the cash and were on our way
    2 points
  41. I grew up in a household of excellent ‘from-scratch’ deep southern cooks. And Houston was and still is a wide ethnically diverse community city, as is Southern Texas as a whole, populated with long-established large ethnic communities scattered throughout. I am always amazed by Northern twits wishing to associate South-Texans as literate fat rednecks who only eat burnt meat. When Houston actually has more restraints, museums, theater and culture than New York City, and most of us actually know how to drive and be respectful to their neighbors. So we are not practically impressed with New Yorke
    2 points
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