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  1. 10 points
    We gave away all our things ending up with a 5' x 5' locker containing family photographs, momentous, boys' trophies, etc. You learn to become minimalists. For example, cooking with one 2-quarts pot and one frying pan. (The RV has a convection/microwave.) Clothes are purchased and discarded throughout the year. You end with the same number. The RV parks have laundry rooms which we use once a week. How much "stuff" do you really need?
  2. 8 points
    Our 500 meter Lot was purchased as a 2nd Sale from a much Larger leased Lot of some 2,500 meters. This larger Lot is inhabited by 3/4 families with something like 13 Houses to house all the kids and the like. Whist some do work ( construction, DOA, ,Lee Plaza and Chin Loong)) they have a very enterprising community. The main activity is a Chicharon Frying Area ( which can be a bind if the wind changes) A motorcycle Repair Area and a take in washing ( laundy) Area, The Community will never be Rich but neither do or will they starve We have been here for 7 years now and apart from Wakes and the like, I personally have had little to do with them ( My bad). I took my wifes older Red Kawasaki around earlier Today to have the Brakes cleaned out, while I was there the Elder of the community showed me around and as the Topic Title portrays, I was Both Surprised and enamoured at what really goes on round there, at the time the teenage Boys were roasting a Pig for lechon in the Open area at the Bottom of the Lot ( they do this for the Locals for pennies) In this day and age given the severity of Living for the people. My hat goes off to these neighbours we have and I Can see now why they can but don't always do, walk with their heads held High as being part of a community that will pull together and meet the Hardships that other communities I have seen don't seem to do Kevin (sonjack) and others have seen and met on occasions some of these people and I am sure will agree they are Really nice people. Ok it is a little bit of Trivia from Jack but it is nice when I or any of us can say Well done to our neighbours who are probably richer than we are in Humility/ humanity and family togetherness
  3. 8 points
    Well KId, ..... If a good and valued friend came to you with this situation and ask your advice.... what would you advise ? We're living in a place where a sawbuck well get you a professional opinion and medical advice. I paid P300 for the office visit in January that led to my colonoscopy. Try pitching that offer at a walk-in med. clinic in our country and they'd either collar you and show you the door, laugh in your face, or call the psycho squad for a pick-up. That said (in good humor), I doubt its the money factor that's the hitch. Don't sell yourself short. Jack P. makes a very good point. If you're reluctant to do it for self, do it for your woman and forum mates. Had an old friend of many years who was adverse to doctors. At 82 with a paunch, and proud of his physical strength developed as a furniture mover, he developed a hernia. When his intestine would pop through the muscle gap, he would stoically suffer and push it back in and tighten his belly band. Despite us telling him to get his hernia treated he proudly tolerated it. One night at coffee he disappeared into the CR for a very long time. When we checked on him, we decided to haul him to the hospital to get his gut packed back in properly. They fixed him up and gave him a referral... which he didn't bother to follow up on. despite having 100% medical insurance coverage. Three weeks later he was found dead in his little cabin. A life-long bachelor, who had no one to over ride his self-imposed, non-sensical strictures. He left an estate of 2.5 MILLION DOLLARS .... to everyone's amazement. Now I know none of us are in that sort of boat, but if a man insists on not tending to his medical needs that come with age, no one else will. Your forum friends value you, so be good to yourself. No sense in checking out prematurely if it can be easily avoided. Sorry if I over-stepped here, but one of the reasons for forums is to help one another, and I don't think you would have bothered to mention your personal situation if it weren't a small thorn in the back of your mind. IMO
  4. 8 points
    Here is my daughter`s interpretation of what they look like. Quite accurate really.
  5. 7 points
    We were given, had it dropped in our lap, a female Cockatiel so I had to build a flight. She seemed to be lonely so we went and bought a male. She is grey he is white. Oh well if they breed maybe I can get 2k for each chick. I think we will not have any trouble with them as they look to be quite at ease with each other in only a few hours.
  6. 7 points
    We were visiting friends in Randers, Denmark located in the Jutland peninsula. At the time, my wife and I were the only persons with black hair and brown eyes. Everyone else had blond hair and blue eyes. Now, the adults tried to be polite and not stare. But the children, especially the younger ones, would open their mouths and stare while pointing their fingers at us. Our hosts explained the children thought we were Inuits or Eskimos from Greenland which is governed by Denmark. So we played along by rubbing our noses much to the delight of the children. The children were taught it is a common greeting among the natives from the artic region. A few wanted to rub noses with us as a welcome to their town. After the Vietnam war, there were lots of black haired children during our visit. Some were adopted. Others were from Vietnamese refugee families who were now residents. Gone were the days of our rubbing noses.
  7. 7 points
    On the other hand, how many hotel suites can you stay in if you saved the cost of those road beasts. Prices start at about $100,000 and go to a million or more for deluxe or custom models. And then you have the cost of fuel, maintenance, insurance, camp spot fees, parking/storage fees when not in use, etc. I am reminded of the old saying about owning a boat; "The two best days of my life were the day I bought my boat, and the day I was finally able to sell the damn thing."
  8. 6 points
    It's OK the Brits will send help
  9. 6 points
    I have experience with "losing" papers that are then found in the printer/scanner! I'm absent minded, as I have mentioned before. They say many geniuses are absent minded. Jack, I think my most recent "lost an found" story has yours beat! I'll try to make it brief. Tues, withdrew p10k from ATM and put in wallet. Wednesday noon went to pay for something and wallet was empty! Looked for money (10k + small bills maybe 1k) all over cars and house. We/I ended up with a few theories: 1. I had only taken the wallet out once during that time, at a 7-11 we don't usually go to. There were a lot of local factory workers having lunch. My wife was convinced that one of them had snatched my cash while I was paying. It didn't really add up in my mind. 2. I had done something really stupid and left the cash somewhere or dropped it. Absent minded me was thinking I did something stupid. 3. Kids. I asked the kids, almost 3, and 5, if they played with the money. Both said no. Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, I looked around some more, but no cash. My wife had me 80% convinced about 7-11. She was also pissed off that I lost 10K+ plus, as was I. Friday rolls around and my wife excitedly calls me into the guest room / play room. My 5 year old had found the money in their playhouse! Strange thing was, I had looked in there twice, I think, and there was a lot of play money on the floor. I think I looked close enough to see only play money. So perhaps it was neatly buried underneath the play money, or moved there at some point. The almost 3 year old was the culprit and readily said she played with my wallet. She didn't really understand when we first asked. My bad for leaving my wallet where she could get it. I keep on a high shelf now. The guilty party!
  10. 6 points
    Most parrots can talk so just ask. If that doesn't work, stroke the lower belly area for 5-10 minutes and depending on what happens, you will know which it is.
  11. 5 points
    I think I will just leave this here
  12. 5 points
    Hi Hector, I use "OFF' in spray form but I just make it myself. Go to a mall selling perfumes etc or even to a pharmacy and purchase an empty spray bottle, mine are plastic and cost about 50 peso. Drop some 'OFF' into the bottle and add a little hot water and shake well. Once dissolved just top up the spray bottle and you are ready to go. Very effective and also works out much cheaper than using the lotion all of the time. Just to add, try not to buy a very small bottle as these have a narrower tube inside which can get blocked. Just trial and error the mix until you get it how you want it.
  13. 5 points
    I have a 'regular' mani-pedi shop in the mall in Cagayan De Oro and one in Ozamiz for when I visit (I actually prefer the Ozamiz one). I have the same sorts of issues trying to do it myself, spreading waist line, less flexibility and arthritis in my hands makes it difficult. SWMBO is happy to do it but honestly I prefer the 'experience' at the mall, it's part of a day out, get a mani-pedi, go and have some nice cooked food, go and see a movie and then go home. If you'd told me 20 years ago that I'd enjoy going for a manicure and pedicure I'd have laughed at you :)
  14. 5 points
    Excellent idea! You can also solicit some kids (50 pesos each) to assist you. Hopefully they will know that our oceans are the biggest dumping ground. It's a matter of education, starting off with respect for Mother Nature.
  15. 4 points
    Well Guy's, I have to say, I'm surprised that nobody here has mentioned the Suicide Bombings in Sri-Lanka yesterday Easter Sunday. As a practicing Christian, I was also shocked and appalled, that very little condemnation has been said by Sri-Lankan Government Officials, politicians or World Governments, considering the tragic events that took place in New Zealand recently and how widely that was condemed. This is a stark reminder of how we have become complacence to the loss of life, that is happening around the World almost everyday. Whatever you believe or don't believe, 290 lives and over 500 injured people ( latest count) is a horrific attack on Human Rights. To walk into a gathering of people and explode a bomb knowingly, that many will be killed is Inhuman, and can never be justified in the name of GOD, no matter who you consider GOD to be! My message Friday in Jack's Quotes and again yesterday " Easter 2019" was simply offering a message of peace, little did I know that while I was typing that message, across the world such horrific events were happening!
  16. 4 points
    So on top of the 503 thing Today, I have a Dust problem. Had to have Polaris ( A/C Engineers) up because my 1 hp A/C unit is not coping at the Inverter. We had it Cleaned only February but with the dry arid dust the fans are clogged, appears that during the day they pick up the surrounding dust and at night there is enough condensation in the Unit to turn it into a mulch, this drys and the the Fans don't expel air properly. No big deal apart from the cost but the Room it is in is used all day and in this heat a stand fan just doesn't cut it Hey Ho ain't life Grand Still at 800 for the Clean worth every penny and only put us out for a while.Another Hour and I will be a happy Chappy again
  17. 4 points
    It seems to be getting mentioned as a lead on most major networks now. This happened in our part of the world and the west was still asleep, channel news asia out of Singapore reported it almost immediately. This might be why it was not addressed quickly This will continue to happen, IMHO, until the politically correct segments of the worlds major powers come to realize that there is segment of one of the major religions that considers a human bomb as a religious experience and that the only way to stop it is to annihilate it root and branch like was done with histories other murderous ideologies.
  18. 4 points
    Made some Yorkshire puddings earlier they came out quite well. ingredients 1/2 cup of flour 2 eggs 100ml milk seasoning to taste. Add the eggs to the flour and beat when the mix is smooth slowly add the milk stirring as you do. Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 220-250f until brown. Next time I will use only 1 egg as they tasted a bit eggy. .
  19. 4 points
    No idea, also no idea if they have laws here
  20. 4 points
    Well I guess it is no strange thing that as we get older, we do tend to Forget things, Misplace things and just generally get mixed up at times. When I got home from the last monthly meet, Put my Change in my Drawer with the exception of a 100 & 20 peso notes that I would need in the Morning. The next Lunchtime I wanted to go to the Store and YEP! No 100 note just a 20. I knew it was there the night before and We trust our helper explicitly. When Azon came home from work that night I asked smiling, Hey. were you 100 short in your accounting last night and borrow my 100 was the Reply. OK, now this was well over a week ago and not really missing the 100 ( just a nuisance not knowing) I never gave it a thought. Today as my wife is at home she was helping our helper to clean and she decided to clean Our bedroom. Ok, I thought. Now each week I print something, anything, to keep the printer inks/head free and flowing I should be annoyed really but it seems that a duster or cloth has passed over my Scanner printer for this period of time, when my wife lifted the Lid of the scanner to wipe the Glass, There was my 100 that I had forgotten I photocopied and forgot to remove. While Retirement is Great it has its Downsides as we age.
  21. 4 points
    After I retired from the USN I worked for a short time at a hotel in San Diego. The General Manager was a very nice, but strict Filipino. We would eat lunch together almost every day that I worked there, the best part..he paid for the lunch. He had just got back from a vacation road trip with his family while we were eating lunch one day, and told me that he thought that the people in Montana are prejudice. He stopped at a restaurant there to eat with his family and said that everyone was staring at them. I asked him if he and his family were the only Filipinos there, and he said yes, everybody else was caucasian. I explained to him that whenever I, or other foreigners travel to the far parts of the Philippines provinces we get the same thing. Everybody stares at us because we are not a common sight. Nothing disrespectful..just curiosity.
  22. 4 points
    There are, from time to time, ads in the Philippines offering the sale of new RVs at a 20% to 30% premium over the list price in the United States. Most are Class B which are the smaller units. I also met someone during my last trip to Manila who does van conversions. Her market are senior executives who need a bed, television or toilet during their commute to work. Nice to have a toilet handy when stuck in Metro Manila traffic for 3 hours. The US retirement rate is 10,000 per day! Some have elected to purchase RVs to see the world (USA, Canada and Mexico). The number of RV parks have not increased which means their daily fees have skyrocketed because they now operate at near full capacity. We use to get full hookups (water, electricity, sewage plus WiFi and cable television) for around $20 per day. Now it is closer to $40 in remote areas. We have reservations at a California casino resort in Temecula and their weekday rates are $60, and for weekends it is $100. That's for a Deluxe site which is a small back-in site. The big RVs may opt for a Chairman's Premium site which is over $200. This includes a barbecue pit and lawn furniture. The unit in the photograph is a motorhome, probably in the $500,000 to $1,000,000 range. It could also be one of those customized units for the "rich and famous" so the price tag could be $2.5 million. Lucky if you can get 5 miles to the gallon on the open road. So they are equipped with 100 gallons or more tanks. Each time you fill up, it could cost you $400. More common are 5th Wheelers which are pulled by a large pick-up or semi-truck. The 5th Wheeler remains at the campsite and you drive around in the large pick-up. You can't take the larger motorhomes into the city so the owners tow a car to drive around. By the way, those large American motorhomes are illegal in many European countries because of their width. The same for most of Asia. You will notice that the deluxe buses used in the Philippines are narrower because the roads are smaller. More later.
  23. 4 points
    I can’t say for sure but I wanna think folks like you speak of are much more common. We simply don’t see it. What we see are misbehaving Filipinos who are far more obvious and we are more likely to comment about the negative. I am guilty of this myself. The opposite is true as well. Filipinos are more likely to notice Foreigners behaving badly than those of us living quiet lifestyles.
  24. 4 points
    I remember the first time I came to Philippines, children especially, would stare at me, I guess some kids had never seen a long nose white person before! Life is changing so fast these days, but "Prejudice" is something brought out of fear or ignorance in a lot of cases. It's not anything I have found in my travels in Philippines so far, as you say it's more out of "Curiosity" most places.
  25. 4 points
    Unimaginably cheap prices compared to the West and Geoff made a nice post about turning it into part of your day- not to spin it into a negative but bring alcohol or even your own small private mani pedi personal kit. (About $15 US). I am in Geoff’s happy camp too- but received a severe infection once from a manicure. Most of us might agree hygiene laws are not stressed here. I add an extra P20-P50 tip to acknowledge their inconvenience for not using their own tools because surely they prefer the feel of what they normally use daily. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00XCEW8E2/ref=ppx_yo_mob_b_inactive_ship_o1_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1&th=1
  26. 4 points
    Then my Friend I personally think you are being silly at the very Least, Low Pulse rates in the Legs and feet can be a serious thing Take it from a Stroke survivor
  27. 4 points
    We got 2 sets of Lovebirds recently. The large cage is inside the house. The older pair has been sitting on a couple of eggs inside their box for about 2 weeks. They are very entertaining and argue with each other a lot. I've had Cockatiels and Parrots before but only a single bird. I'll find out soon how to take care of babies I suppose.
  28. 4 points
    Given that they're endangered in PNG, I'd say they're rare to buy even from legal breeding stock in what ever country they are available. Like most exotic illegal parrot exports are an a major issue in their countries of origin.
  29. 4 points
    Read deep into that article and you will find: <snip> The senior citizen act for foreigners is a senate bill that was passed last May 11, 2018 Senate S.B. No. 2832. It seeks to include foreign senior citizens along with the privileges that SC locals enjoy. This is because the government sees them as also being a part of nation building. Despite them being aliens, they can now enjoy local SC privileges through this act. <snip> Senate bill 2832 is the bill from several years ago that was never enacted. If you follow the links you can see a copy of the PDF and part of date on the bill cannot be read. It was not dated May 11, 2018, it was May 11, 2011. This is actually the second time this has reared its ugly head on this forum. That website is doing a real disservice by publishing bad information that could end up causing an expat to break the law. What is amazing is how much information they presented on the benefits of the program while assuming that the bill was passed into law. An excellent example of poor journalism.
  30. 4 points
    Years ago my roommate got a African Gray Parrot 🦜. He kept her in the cage all the time because he was afraid of her. We both talked to her and fed her fruit treats daily. Eventually I opened the cage and let her climb on my hand. Quickly she ran up to my shoulder and started to groom my hair. After a few days of this she would climb inside my shirt and poke her head out. Very affectionate and intelligent bird. My roommate was still afraid to get near her.
  31. 4 points
    I had a Cockatiel when I was in my 20's that someone gave me along with a small parrot. They were fairly tame but could be produce blood when they got pissed off! I think the key is get them as hand raised youngsters. Some day when we renovate I would like to have nice bird setup. When we were at Davao Crocodile Park in 2012 we saw these birds and they had great personalities. Anyone know what they are? Although they look like small parrots I think they have another name. birds.MOV
  32. 4 points
    I had cockatiels for years, a breeding pair, even here in Australia where they're native and readily available I used to make some good money off them. Highly intelligent and actually very affectionate if you take the time. Mine had the run of the house for a couple of hours each day and for some reason they only ever used to poop in their cage - Literally "shitting in your own nest" . If I was just chilling at the computer or watching TV they always wanted to be close or sitting on some part of my body. I miss 'em. Unfortunately the next door neighbour's kid got hold of one and was a little too affectionate and the male was killed. The female only lasted about 3 months after that, moped around and then one day I woke up and she was dead in the bottom of their cage
  33. 3 points
    That is along the lines of what I was thinking. Someone is the previous administration is involved in this. In civilized countries (I'll assume Canada is one, despite Hounddriver's rep) you can't just export something like this without an export permit and an import permit from the destination country. Was it all just an issue because the public found out and started protesting?
  34. 3 points
    Root canal on a baby tooth that will fall out in a few years? Doesn't make sense. If it is causing pain, you would pull it and wait for the adult tooth to come in.
  35. 3 points
    Supermarket collapse in Porac worst damage reported so far.
  36. 3 points
    Don't know why so many restrictions are put on relatively harmless vehicles, and if OAPs... their occupants. Even the ones the size of a bus. Plenty of buses on our roads, and parked up here and there. What about the millions of 'semi' trucks, with living accomo' behind the cab ? Do they get victimised too ? As a young lad of 18 I lived in a 'motorhome', while also pulling a mobile shop trailer behind it... and got paid for it. Going around motor race meetings and other outside events all over the UK. . This was always my dream home: .
  37. 3 points
    They have a "large" storage shed behind the "tiny" house?
  38. 3 points
    Major part of that lifestyle is eliminating “stuff”. Same could be said moving to Philippines?
  39. 3 points
    Is that your daughter Jack? HA About two years ago when my brain was still working normally I figured out how to keep the inside of my PC cleaner. We used to have a fish tank and I had some of those white fine fiber filters left over from the tank filter doojobby. I started using double sided tape to attach them on the outside of the PC at the air inlet points. I've got 3 of them. When I see them starting to get dirty I just replace it with a new one. Very cheap at P10 per bag and haven't had to clean my PC in over 2 years.
  40. 3 points
    Slightly off topic, but I watch some of these Tiny Homes TV shows - the thing that gets me is where the people put their "stuff"? I could live in a tiny house but my stuff couldn't!
  41. 3 points
    Same time as they boil the chicken. Saves heating water twice.
  42. 3 points
    I thought this might go well on this thread.
  43. 3 points
    My niece (who is my age, 62) and her husband had one when we visited 2 years ago. It was similar to the one pictured and had 2 sections that pulled out, and the thing was huge. All the nice stuff. So, after we left, they traded it in for a nicer one which I have never seen. I think the got a deal because they had some issues with the first one. I think it takes some planning when you take long trips because many cities / areas will not let you park them anywhere. The RV parks can be very expensive in popular areas. I'm sure JJR can speak about specifics. Strange thing is, my niece and her husband are now going through an amicable separation. They are still living together but planning to sell their current house and buy their own places. They are not planning on divorce because she said it would kill them financially.
  44. 3 points
    If they wait until the last minute it gives us less time to think of a reason to say no. At least that is my understanding of it.
  45. 3 points
    I wouldn't have thought there would be enough meat on a bird like that for eating let alone swapping. Oh you meant meet
  46. 3 points
    Be sure you have done a thorough job of eliminating stagnant water where young mosquitoes develop. The concrete lids on my septic tank and roof gutter cisterns do not fit perfectly. Mosquitoes were seen emerging from the septic tank. I sealed the gaps with silicone caulk and my mosquito problem has abated somewhat. I'm hoping it won't be too much work to remove the lids when that becomes necessary.
  47. 3 points
    My toenails are so long and crusty that when I choose to clip them off with the sawzall, I let my dogs chew on them. It's a treat for them when I do it.
  48. 3 points
    I agree with the other posts with regards to seeing a doctor, better safe than sorry. I suffered from this last year when I arrived, lasted a couple of months, elevating the feet definitely helped me, I put a pillow under my feet at night so they were raised and every morning the swelling had gone down.
  49. 3 points
    The female likes attention but I frightened her when I moved her from the small cage to the larger one. The male we have only had since 1130 this morning so who knows how long he will be shy for. They are both sleeping about a foot apart on the same perch and yes she has all the blanket.
  50. 3 points
    I think you're exactly right Eddie! I look forward to meeting up with you all at the next meeting. I'd be happy to give you my thoughts on Dipolog. Take care. john
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