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  1. Planted a couple of years ago. Our first proper little crop: .
    9 points
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Could be phones they are after as well. Anything of value during the current times.
    6 points
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Gf was at country mall Cebu the other day when a commotion broke out. In a new store having a sale and quite crowded a man with some sort of a bag slung over his shoulder was trying to go forward down an isle but a woman was blocking his movement. He sort of moved his bag to the other side when his GF noticed another woman opening the bag behind his back. Some yelling broke out and 3 women plus the one blocking the isle ran from the store. The one blocking the way was well dressed and not what one might expect for pickpocketing gang.
    5 points
  9. Kalamansi is a briliant fruit, with outstanding juice ( and lots pips/seeds !) and Ive seen in some provinces that its very easy to grow. As I live in a condo hard to grow much on my balconies but a couple months ago I planted some chia seeds just to see what would happen...darn.. they are now maybe 1.5 feet tall and the leaves are brilliant in salads. So are chili plant leaves that I also grow. Tried with flax seeds but that doesnt seem to work in same way.
    5 points
  10. My apologies but I've seen it too many times that I suppose I have become a bit hardened to what can go on. I'm not one for sugar coating things and prefer people being blunt than saying things to appease me. I hope you get things sorted but I'd email or message immigration as I'm sure they will be understanding. I have a friend with a degenerative spine condition who can't fly and his doctor assured him she would issue a not fit to fly certificate.
    5 points
  11. Maybe if they make a song and dance routine about scams the kids might learn.
    4 points
  12. Hi there. Very important great news for anyone who is going to have to "redo" their NBI Clearance for their permanent 13a visas. (Which will be just about anyone since I was told that you would need it valid upon approval, not submission) See the image below I just went and did this today. You pretty much DO NOT login to renew, you simply follow the trail in the screenshot and input your old NBI registration code or number; all the directions are listed here. Not sure how this would work in the provinces or if so, but it works golden in Manila for the main office. As long as your original NBI is relatively recent (Oct 16, 2016 or later) this now functions and it works for foreigners! You follow the links and pay I used GCASH and then you check 24 hours later with a text and you can pick it up or arrange for delivery though I strayed away from that as it seems like there are a lot of complaints about missing and nonsense involved with setting up the couriers. But this is amazing it saves you an entire trip going back/forth as well as time wasted/exposed in that horrible building. I did the above and walked in today and handed them only a receipt in releasing and got my clearance printed in about 1.5 minutes. WOW who woulda have thought that in the Philippines? If you want any more information on my experience just let me know.
    4 points
  13. Here is a picture of my wife's prized dwarf calamansi. Picked this up in 2021 and it has been replanted once in a larger pot.
    4 points
  14. That's why when we are out and about in the Philippines my wife is the "Queen of the Little Peso." That is all she carries in her purse--small bills. I am the one to carry carry any sizable peso bills zipped in my front cargo short pockets. If there is any sale shopping to be done she goes it alone will I sit in the courtyard or food court sipping coffee or San Miguel)))
    4 points
  15. Always possible, but make sure they don't have any family member under 50, else they'll be downloading games, movies and music non-stop I think that will depend on Starlink, or perhaps the provider who will franchise Starlink in the Philippines (if any). From their initial offering ($499 one-off installation fee and $99/month) I would imply that they might not be too keen on spot contracts...just like PLDT and Globe over here. We will see... Starlink is definitely a great alternative to the 3 carriers in big cities, and possibly the only option in rural areas or small remote islands.
    4 points
  16. Read a FB post yesterday, no idea of the authenticity of it anyway sounded genuine. my 36 months was almost up, went to BI office and obtained another 2 months, no questions asked.
    4 points
  17. I posted about Ghost Cities. The shell game is crumbling just like the ghost cities. Meanwhile dictator Xi and the ccp are reinstating old school Communism. Not going to end well.
    3 points
  18. Just remember to be assertive when walking into the releasing area. I could tell that the guy who was at the door was debating whether or not to let me in as I assume they are not accustomed to foreigners being able to do that sort of thing. I brought the receipt of the payment, the confirmation text that my NBI was available and the message they give you with the confirmation number online. And no worries I find it extremely fulfilling to share my experiences if it means helping others have easier/less effort on their own endeavors.
    3 points
  19. This is the link you need, https://clearance.nbi.gov.ph/ This has been the case since at least 2019 as the copyright of the website is that year. Added: It actually started in 2015 , https://www.rappler.com/nation/online-application-nbi-clearance
    3 points
  20. They need to teach (warnings about, and understanding of) this stuff in schools, rather than playing drums and dancing ! It really is an evil 'business' , involving heartless parasites. ...and rampant in the Philippines !
    3 points
  21. As I mentioned previously, if it's anything like Cignal satellite whenever there's a relatively heavy downpour the signal will be affected, and often go off completely. I have no idea the different technologies but for me I'd only be looking at Starlink if there were no other options around at the moment.
    3 points
  22. I guess the main issue is all the Phils based operators having to use the common undersea cables connecting to the rest of the world. Local high speed tests are all well and good, but when it comes to speeds further afield the local providers still suck! We have to have both PLDT and Globe to provide at least some kind of redundancy for my wife’s online teaching but often both are very slow to the point of being pretty useless! Hopefully Starlink and the UK’s One Web should avoid that issue. It might be expensive, but so is having to pay for the two incumbents pathetic offering!
    3 points
  23. What about DITO Last week had 60 down and 32 up Tested 3 times, via cell.
    3 points
  24. 3 points
  25. Oh! And ?????? that partner taking my comment . You must have real trust issues. She has access to all my money all the time and can walkwith it when she wants
    3 points
  26. Most of these simpletons are brainwashed with the idea that the financial system is "corrupt" and "unfair" towards people outside their elite circles. That's how they played hundred of thousands of them touting "the cryptocurrency revolution", as a tool of financial liberation that would unleash returns and prosperity never seen before. The irony of these companies who promised 50% returns in a year by investing in the crypto markets is that, had they really invested in specific crypto markets (e.g. Ethereum) in the past 2 or 3 years, they would have been able to make enough money to fulfil those promises, and still keep plenty of profits for themselves!
    3 points
  27. I found Old El Paso refried beans online with Lazada. Also, L has found them at Gasaino in Davao city. I am not sure if mine qualifies as "good," but I do make some mean Tex-Mex 'rittos here... Stop by for a couple of them and a "cold one" or two...!
    3 points
  28. I received an email back. Because I am a foreigner they will only send me an application if I first send them a copy of my ACR card and passport with visa. I am not willing to do that just for the sake of researching the company's product.
    3 points
  29. You are lucky. I have one bro-in-law who sounds like a cat being pushed through a wood chipper.
    3 points
  30. I remember someone once posted pictures of whole town in China that were built and never occupied. The idea seemed to be that building them was a help to the Chinese GDP and investors were convinced to own empty buildings. Now that idea is all crumbling down. The Evergrande Company, who built most of it, is broke. The whole, loooong story is here: https://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/3149873/china-evergrande-controlled-demolition-near-certain-default-and
    2 points
  31. Certainly on Boracay even before the order came out from the BI a friend on Boracay explained his situation to immigration as his 36 months was almost up. They just told him to keep extending as normal with no back handers or extortionate agency fees. Different on Oriental Mindoro where another friend was offered via an agency 6 months extension past his 36 months for 60k, this was about two months ago. I don't know if he paid it as he has a degenerative spine condition and his doctor offered him an un fit to fly certification.
    2 points
  32. Thanks for the info mate, been looking around for something in Cebu especially now that Australia has been moved off the "Green List" to yellow.
    2 points
  33. Fairly sure that the conditions of use for Starlink prohibit sharing the connection with other households or across the community (under the standard plan at least).
    2 points
  34. Interesting, and lengthy, article about the system and how it works. While relatively expensive I can see Philippine entrepreneurs, in cell dead spots, setting up small internet cafes or selling access to a router. The area in and around Badian, just to the south of us, is one such area. We rotate several (6-8) working students from Badian through our house on a rotating basis so they can do their school work via internet. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/starlink-explained-everything-you-should-know-about-elon-musk-s-satellite-internet-venture/ar-BB1dJtoa
    2 points
  35. That's a good way of doing business. Why an application rather than information to help make a decision for purchase? I guess the wife or someone should have asked.
    2 points
  36. I think it's exactly the same as they recommend lemon for colds. Calamansi spelt with a C is the same family as lime and lemons.
    2 points
  37. Admirable! We are discussing Calamansi. Vitamin C from Calamansi is as natural as it gets. Are you disputing that?
    2 points
  38. Would anyone like to get a cup of coffee around Manila area? Especially near Makati or BGC area :) I'm a positive guy, I like to play poker, travel, golf, tennis, and studying yoga and self improvement (tony robbins, jack canfield, brendon b) and listen to audiobooks. And also interested in Charity stuff.
    2 points
  39. have her check with BI. Read recently a post on FB, guy said he applied and received an extension at 35 months, usual costs no more. Worth a go, I know a few whom are not renewing, just sitting it out. Problem would be if ever one wanted to leave the country.
    2 points
  40. Also I see one off topic post. The rest were trying to help you. Ease up as many of us are not having a good time either. NOTE: The one off topic post has been deleted. Poster has "grown up".
    2 points
  41. One More, this is just my thoughts.........It doesn't matter who you use to get your shipment from its destination, when it gets to the Philippines it slow, slower, and slowest. I have found that the shipper from the origin has to hand it off to a local shipper and that's where it falls apart. Good Luck my friend.
    2 points
  42. No we generally send Balikbayn box, no worries, sometimes a bit slow but a proven method. If you want an address just stop the first PI on the street there's plenty of PI's in OZ nowadays.
    2 points
  43. So I deduce from your reply, and yes it was very humorous, that you haven’t heard about this company that advertises as goods forwarding agent to the Philippines?
    2 points
  44. Always best to stay legal. Your partner (with limited power of attorney), or an agent can do the renewals for you.
    2 points
  45. No idea. The tag that came with it is long gone. It is small, no more than 2 feet in diameter in any direction. It currently has 3 - 4 dozen fruit on it.
    2 points
  46. That's another thing I have not found. A large enough green pepper to put the Jack Cheese in. Sure smaller local peppers I can find. I ordered the hatch chili pepper seeds from Lazada but I haven't got them to grow yet. Soil not sandy enough, too much humidity? One of these days I'll get it to grow. My favorite recipe for chili rellenos is large green chilis roasted and remove hard skin. Slice open and put in jack cheese, then roll in egg with flour coating then back. The best to deep fry the chili/egg/cheese till crispy then serve hot(authentic way). I'll have to check Lazada for refried beans to make my classic beef burittos with sour cream and cheese! yummy!
    2 points
  47. "Tom" atillo salsa, Old? Hahahaha!!! Thanks for the thought and I will have to try this! At least the "cold one" part of the equation is much easier now than before...
    2 points
  48. I was thinking of you Tom. Any Tomatillo salsa will do.
    2 points
  49. I would report it as its a scam and illegal. Are you working, no. Do you have a company sponsoring you, no. If you got a stamp there's a good chance one day it will bite you on the backside
    2 points
  50. Better to get a doctor to assess you if bed ridden then no airline will fly you out and immigration will just keep giving you extensions as it's more trouble than it's worth. Never do anything illegal, it's just not worth it and being a sceptic I'd be wondering how much of that 200k will end up in your partners pocket.
    2 points
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