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  1. 9 points
    So DON'T! The Phils isn't for everybody and it certainly doesn't sound like it is the right place for you. It's a big world, look for another place that falls in line with your expectations.
  2. 9 points
    I can see the resemblance
  3. 9 points
    True story: My Filipina wife had been with me in the USA about one month. She had become familiar with the bus schedules and used them to get around the city. At dinner I asked her about her day. She had discovered that one of the bus routes went all the way to WalMart so she went there to look and maybe shop since she had heard it was a "big store". She paused and then in a very serious voice ask me; "Why do all the fat people shop at Walmart?"
  4. 8 points
    That reminds me of a fight that went on at a party for foreigners that I held at my place in Cebu some 11 years ago. I supplied the food and told the guests to bring some drinks. Well, two Brits got into it after they had been drinking a while. The first one had only brought a pint bottle of Tanduay and the other had brought a couple of liters of it. So #2 accused #1 of being a stingy b*stard drinking other people's drinks all night and #1 blamed me for not spelling out exactly how many drinks to bring. I quit having parties for foreigners after that. Edit: sorry for going off topic again @gaga4 but it was my turn for a rant
  5. 8 points
    things were simpler during the cold war, Jake will remember these days.
  6. 7 points
    My mistake. Sorry to interrupt your rant. Please continue. We all need it from time to time.
  7. 7 points
    Renovations, painting and similar things going on in the Hounddriver house. Lynne is upstairs with the workers doing her bit to paint a little and let the workers know they are being monitored. It helps to keep them from slacking off too much. Me? I'm downstairs watching the youngster and playing computer games. So when Lynne came to check I told her I was working as the Ya Ya, looking after her kid while she was mucking about upstairs. She said "No, a Ya Ya is a female. You are a Yo Yo!" And the guys upstairs heard her and agreed. Yes. Yoyo! I did not know that before but I think being a yo you is better than being a ding dong. They have interesting names for each other in this culture.
  8. 7 points
    Well after my adventure down to massim , we decided on heading north to suriago ,we stopped off at tinuan falls ,then on to the enchanted river ,we took a boat ride to an island restaurant, the food was excellent I enjoyed the scenery after davao and tagnum , the twisty but good condition roads through compostella valley were surprisingly on the whole pot hole free The falls were beautiful , and the enchanted river my favourite so far , currently at Britania isles , with a plan to catch a ferry to siargo tomorrow
  9. 7 points
    Hello everyone! Well, some time in Carcar passed, but finally I decided to go back to Luzon. I settled down in Tagaytay city Carcar is an acceptable place, but locals really pay too much attention to an inked foreigner, which is irritating a bit, and there's a problem with finding a decent house for rent. Cable internet is kind of a problem also... Anyway Carcar is pretty nice place, but I liked Tagaytay much more. Last weekend I've made a 2 years rent contract Thanks all of you guys for your help, I really appreciate it!
  10. 7 points
    Hate it when the wife puts up her umbrella, tying to cross the road I can't see for the bloody thing so I walk where I can see if any traffic is coming then she follows me. Ban those umbrellas I say
  11. 6 points
    So I pushed the issue with Lynne. Big mistake. I told her what the Internet says a yoyo is and she got mad and said I should not believe the Internet over what she tells me the translation is. She said: "Everyone around here knows that a yo yo is just a man who does the same as a ya ya." I said that no one around here tells foreigners anything. For example, very few will tell me what a 4M is. I know, but I asked Lynne what a 4M is and she just says "I don't want to talk about that. It is a very rude saying and I do not like it". So I told her: "See. Filipinas only tell foreigners what they want to tell them. The Internet gives the same story to everyone and can be discussed and disputed." That's about when the fight started. So she went upstairs to paint because she does not want to sit and talk to me today. What a punishment. Don't know if I can take it. I mean how many wives will get so pissed off at you that they will go paint the bedroom. I reckon on pissing her off tomorrow and then pointing out that the kitchen needs painting too,
  12. 6 points
    Aah, nothing like freshly caught rabbit, used to take out some of my ferrets back home in the winter months. Great fun. Some of the gang pictured below.
  13. 6 points
    Because I spend part of my year in the Philippines and part in Australia I might make a comment about this. In Bendigo, Victoria, Australia it costs about 200 peso for about 4 or 5 poorer quality bananas $5, Mangos are about 250 peso for 2 or $7.50, a bag of grapes is 200 to 300 peso (1kg) or $10 to $15. Apples are 4 for about 200 peso or $5 and then on top of that there would be fresh vegetables and various meats. $100 does not go far, most weeks I spend $150 for groceries just for me here (and I eat out a bit too). Or you could buy a packet of chicken nuggets or fish fingers for $5 and bag of fries for $4, or a frozen large pizza for $3 and you've got cheap (and not healthy) food.
  14. 6 points
    The Chinese will give Duerte 22 telephone poles and Duerte will claim a new political break through with China. Issue settled.
  15. 6 points
    It is very seldom that anyone is not "allowed to stay here" these days. It is more common for a moderator to edit your post if it breaks a rule or even delete it entirely if it is way out of line. As to the US and Russian warships; I find it troubling that the world's most powerful nations (including more than just these two) are playing games which we used to call brinkmanship. It can lead to disasters such as the one where a Korean airliner was shot down in 1983 by the Russians. The Philippine government is courting all suitors, from China to the US to Russia, to Japan and Korea to see who will give them free stuff. That is a dangerous game, but so far still a war "game". Let's see what happens somewhere down the road.
  16. 5 points
    To come in on this and not to use the "Don't get caught a second time", the trick is not to get caught at all. On Saturday evening a family member suggested we all to out on Sunday for Fathers Day, so knowing what I know now I simply said "No, everywhere will be crowded and it is going to be another hot day, just come around here and we will have a late lunch, just bring some drinks". Now I have been bleating on this forum for some time about people not bringing anything, so I stressed the part "Just bring some drinks". Early Sunday morning I went to the marked and bought 3 kilos of chicken breasts and some onions, capsicum and bell peppers, took it home and concocted a sate chicken recipe, the gf threaded the sticks and got the rice going, bang a meal. The family arrived at 2 in the afternoon armed with wine, beer and soft drink. There is enough booze left over to last me for the rest of the week. So I reckon if you spell it out to people then they should know the drill, if not pull the welcome mat in on them.
  17. 5 points
    Make sure you inform your card company you will be using the card overseas otherwise you might find you have issues. Depending on where you go ATMs are not always available or maybe out of cash. When in larger cities ensure you have back up cash if traveling out of the city.
  18. 5 points
    When people ask my 3 year old daughter her name, she says "Ya ya". When she was born her big sister could not pronounce "Leila" and called her Ya Ya. And it has stuck ever since! So Dave, you are stuck with Yo Yo!
  19. 5 points
    Maybe some of each? Walmart attracts a lot of people who have limited/low incomes. Studies have shown that people on low incomes are often obese because they cannot "healthy" food. I thought it sounded odd, but then I started to compare prices per serving of fast food and junk food compared to fresh fruit and vegetables and was surprised. Food that is healthy and nutritious without being fattening is often more expensive than a lot of foods that is primarily starch or are processed with sugar and corn syrup.
  20. 5 points
    Your post got me thinking about an incident that happened two years ago. I went over the my wife's parents house and noticed an aluminum extension ladder inside the fence. My wife asked Papa about it and he said a "man asked if he could store it there for a few days". I told the wife to tell Papa that he needed to have the barangay captain come over because it was probably stolen! The wife and Papa were sure that was not the case but did as I ask. A worker at the local electrical company had "borrowed" the ladder so his nephew could do "some work". His nephew had "loaned" the ladder to a "friend" who then tried to sell it the scrap dealer that is located about 50 meters from Papa's house. The scrap dealer rightly refused to buy the ladder and said "friend" decided to leave it at Papa's place. I expect the guy was looking to steal a hacksaw so he could cut up the ladder and then try again to sell it for scrap. Anyway the ladder ended up going back to the electrical company. Not sure what happened to the worker who "borrowed" it. Maybe they promoted him to management?
  21. 5 points
    I've been trying to lighten up for ages... but my waistline isn't cooperating
  22. 5 points
    I think everyone should lighten up and not read too much into others posts.
  23. 5 points
    I am one of those foreigners. I have maintained 30% annual returns buying Greyhound shares on the Canadian stock market in the 80s so I know it is not unrealistic. I have also lost 30% in the stock market in 2008. It is NOT unachievable. I also lost in Philippine ponzi schemes 10 years ago. Some of them are well thought out and convincing. So much so that when I tried to tell a room full of 30 foreigners not to invest in one (in 2012) I was shouted down by the other 29 as being extremely negative and that if I did not want to be a part of it I should just leave. I did. Years later there was only ONE of those foreigners who had the balls to tell me that I was right and they all lost their shirt.
  24. 5 points
    One word of caution regarding LED TV's. Prior to LED TV's you had LCD TV's which faded out in bright light. Then came along LED TV's. What changed? They put bright LED lights behind the LCD to increase the brightness so you can see the TV in bright sunshine. The problem is that those LED lights behind the LCD screen can burn out and cause the TV to fail. I had that happen on a 4 year old 50" Samsung TV. When enough of the LED's failed it cause a higher current draw which prevented the Samsung from powering up. After a great deal of research and opening up the unit for some testing I was able to fix the TV by replacing the 4 strips of LED lights. The LED's can either be behind the LCD screen, this is called backlight. Or the LED's can be on the edge's. The backlight is better. I found out that my LED's burned out because the default setting for the backlight brightness on my tv was set at the MAX. By doing a bit of research and trouble shooting I was able to fix my TV for $48 rather than spring for the cost of a new TV. So if you have LED backlights on your TV go into the settings and check what the backlight setting is and set it to 30-50% of max to lengthen the lifetime of those LED lights.
  25. 5 points
    Offering the "Olive Branch" is sometimes so difficult to do, You have and it shows great thought on your Part Most of us are ex mob (Military) and thus stick to the Rules as laid Down, yes they ( some members) go of the rail at times and are soon brought back to the reality. I Admire your sentiment of realising that has happened but am equally Admiring that you have seen this Yourself and have made moves to put it right. That is very commendable and I say Jack Morning All
  26. 4 points
    You think the thread has reached a... tipping point?
  27. 4 points
    Killing time in Clark before 11 am appt. I love this parade grounds area! It's huge! The walking path around it must be at least a mile. Several expats out walking.
  28. 4 points
    I do not see it that way. You just took one situation and applied it to every situation in the culture. If either of these people were having a birthday party then they would be the ones paying for everything and their guests would just show up and eat. It is not the same as in the USA. There are cultural rules about who pays for what. Not everyone obeys these rules. Some of the cultural rules have become outdated. For example, old school Filipinos will invite you to share their meal, all the time. But the first offer is politeness. If they ask again it is to show that they will share if you are hungry so dig in. If they ask a third time then they really do mean they would like you to join them and it would be rude to refuse to have at least one bite (unless you can come up with a face-saving refusal) Anyway, it's cultural whether you agree or not.
  29. 4 points
    You're the rich foreigner, why are you complaining. I think we all get caught by that one at first, not being caught the second time is the trick.
  30. 4 points
    I use my debit card more than cash when I visit the US. I pretty much quit using cash around 2010, when I still lived in TX. On my last visit I found many stores in Dallas had maybe one register that accepts cash, the rest are credit/debit only. When I see someone pulling out cash it is almost like the old person still writing a check ha ha But when I get to the PIs I am fine using cash most places. I was surprised how many places here actually accept cards.
  31. 4 points
    he is making a joke about the seeming inability of Filipino drivers to use turn indicators. (except for emergency flashers when double parking). My joke would be a fast way to go broke here is to open a turn indicator repair shop...……..you would go broke because then never wear out
  32. 4 points
    I never carry my passport unless I know it will be required. A photocopy will do if you are stopped by the police. When using a credit or debit card my US driving license has always been sufficient.
  33. 4 points
    You may already know that different bank cards are linked by networks. Here is one of the most commonly accepted. There are many others that are also accepted. Only rarely will you come across an obscure card that is not accepted anywhere. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cirrus_(interbank_network)
  34. 4 points
    I think they meant Joe Joe joke lang
  35. 4 points
    I guess you need a lot of dough to go there......Oh yes were was I...... Cooking and Baking My friend and his wife called round one evening and the wife had just made a cake, he tucked into the cake and a few days later he told me about a strange dream he had that night. So scary about Satan. I never did tell him the cake mix which the wife used ( sort of chocolate mix) was called Devil's Cake! Strange but true, the wife has never bought it since!
  36. 4 points
    I don't have that many tools. Phillips screwdriver for cleaning the fan, a few wrenches for my sons bike. But they disappeared none the less. They stopped disappearing when I kept them in my locked closet and would make them pay if not returned. It's not the money to replace them that I was angry about, it was that they just left them laying around when they were done with them instead of putting them away.
  37. 4 points
    I am not a big meat eater and once in the Philippines the family went out and brought a goat to thank me for the holiday we was on. Well this poor goat was alive at first and it was down to me to cut its throat and then it would be skinned and the cooked, well I was very uncomfortable about this, but after a few minutes of being told from Emma what the family had done I agreed to help, I did cut its throat then went out and got the fire to burn of the hairs and then I left the rest to cut it up into sections. I thought ok it’s going to be like a leg of lamb or something like that as I have never tasted goat before, anyway after this and that I came into the kitchen and everything was being cooked but I could not smell the roasted goat, no we are making a stew with it , ok I like a nice stew back in England. Steve you are not in England anymore was my thought when I saw this stew, all I could see was lumps of skin and fat and even when it was put onto my plate it did not look like anything I have seen before, it made it worst by me trying to eat it with a spoon and knife and everyone looking at me, i was angry at myself and uncomfortable, in the end I did try my best and thanked them all , it was a good job there was plenty of vegetables or I would have gone hungry, the only person who seemed to be happy was Ems who was sitting next to me who helped herself once I said I cannot eat anymore.
  38. 4 points
    Fear not... I have given over the use of my (long-range) Jet Ski to Pres' Du30 with immediate effect, .
  39. 4 points
    Studies are Ok in the main but here it is all a little useless because the people are just not earning enough to eat healthily We ( the Westerner) can afford to eat just about what we want. Just a Little side here, a Friend recently came back from Australia and was astounded at the Cost of fruit and Veg there now, he was telling me that it did not take too long to spend 90+ Dollars (Aus) on what he wanted to eat as his family were eating badly in his opinion. Like many things the Comparison can go so wide and varied and as with many things it is all about Money. I am sure that any Filipinas going to any Western Country is going to be shocked at Costs and may well still shy away from the healthy stuff based purely on Money. Such are my thoughts, I eat what I need as my Diet but my wife will stick to what she was brought up on and should we ever go West I really do not think she will change, Over the Last 12+ years she has never been happy with what we call healthy Food But..................... It is mainly based on cost. Should the Local wage be enough to buy Healthy I am not too sure many would buy, Old Habits linger on
  40. 4 points
    I always try to do the same (with the exception of balut)... so, I may have already ruffled some feathers.
  41. 4 points
    Mark, I can not remember the name or the price of parking, but it is cheaper than using airport parking. As you exit off the 405 going towards the airport on the right hand side there is a private parking lot for long term parking. As secure as you kan expect anywhere in the states lol. I want to say its about 10 maybe 14 dollars a day. When we used to visit we parked there. I would drop the wife off at the terminal, go park the car then take one of their shuttles to the terminal. Used it maybe 5 times and never had a problem. I suppose the kost has gone up but I am sure you can google them. Hope this helps a bit.
  42. 4 points
    Mark, thank you for your efforts to keep things going smoothly on the forum. You should know that I also respect your opinions and I appreciate all the valuable information you have shared with us. I totally understand as I also have some strong political opinions and it’s oftentimes difficult for me not to express them. I look forward to enjoying your post in the future.
  43. 4 points
    It was thoughtful of you to post this Mark. Thank you sir! We each have our own opinions and way of expressing ourselves. All members are welcome to share here including you. The forum is mostly about our thoughts and experiences living in Philippines and helping others in that regard. Over the years as a group most members keep strong opinions about God, Guns and Politics to themselves. Is this restricting free speech? Yea it is for those topics. You have many experiences living and visiting Philippines to share with us and we welcome that Mark.
  44. 4 points
    I agree with your assessment of yet, another close encounter. It was no accident that they were in extreme situation, all of the sudden. They "saw" each other probably a few days prior to this incident. Who was "tailing who" or who's got the bigger balls, is another cat and mouse game played out each and everyday. More importantly or more ominous, don't forget the deadly cat and mouse game played under the ice cap. Yeah, all 3 theaters of operation -- air, surface and sub surface is really getting crowded these days. Did I mention space warfare too? Our fast attacks, as well as the British Navy can be very aggressive....silently. I'm an old time surface navy, specializing in combat systems, electronics. I firmly believe that if the bubble finally breaks in any part of the world, our fast attacks will end it......terminate with extreme prejudice, silently. Respectfully Jake
  45. 3 points
    1. Mentality of Pinoys "Foreigners are rich". Blanket statement, kind of like saying "All foreigners are arrogant, or rude, or condescending, or kuripot" 2. They are your guests - True, but you are applying American rules of etiquette to Pinoys. 3. Philippines not any cheaper - simply not true 4. Cheaper here is hogwash. The only reason it would be more expensive would be if you tried to recreate your USA lifestyle with food, cars, housing, clothing, etc. So for a given individual it might be hogwash. For the vast majority of expats it is cheaper to retire here. You have every right to be upset about having to pay for the dinner. However, that does not make your hosts "wrong", just as your resentment at having to pay does not make you "wrong". The culture here is that the one who can best afford to pay for the outing is expected to pay. My opinions of course.
  46. 3 points
    About 2-3 Lbs......Sorry guys, I just couldn't resist that one!
  47. 3 points
    How do you comfort a grammar fanatic........Their,They're,There.
  48. 3 points
    More pollution, and death to wildlife because of idiot humans.
  49. 3 points
    Russia and China alliance??? Not nearly big enough though. If a shootout starts, my bet goes with the USA, Israel, Japan, NATO, India alliance. No contest. This talk of a Russian/China alliance is them just knowing POTUS won't take any of their crap.
  50. 3 points
    One of our nieces was telling my wife about a wonderful opportunity to make huge profits. I do not remember the exact numbers, but it may have been 20% per month return. When my wife explained to the niece that it was a ponzi scheme, how they worked, and how only the first investors would get any money back and only if they quickly took back the principle and the interest. Her response; "So we need to invest quickly?"
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