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  1. During the Covid pandemic when I was stuck in Aussie I loaned my old Honda wave underbone motorbike to SWMBO brother so he could get to his new job. I’m totally aware what ‘loan’ means here and I wasn’t expecting it back. My plan when I came back was to buy a motorbike with gears and I’d been researching what to get without spending a big amount that would be reliable but still have gears, clutch etc. I had a few ideas and I was ready to go shopping but strangely SWMBO was quite ‘no not yet Geoffrey’ (which isn’t like her) so in the interests of maintaining domestic harmony I had just about decided to put it off for a while. Then last night, after dinner at the mall… SWMBO gives me a gift box… with a key in it. It turns out she had been planning all along, since we ‘loaned’ the Honda to her brother to buy me a motorbike. Which is a really big amount from her budget… so I am very happy and grateful 😊 Today we picked it up and I rode it back the 30kms from CDO to the house (and It was a lot more fun and comfortable for me than riding a scooter) 😁
    24 points
  2. We all know its easy to criticise some of what happens here down, were probably all guilty of it. But wanted to share to a nice positive story. Was in Bantayan for all of December and got to see some of Odette etc. Meanwhile one day there was cooking dinner and unbeknownst to me, the airbnb condo I was staying in had sharpened their previously blunt knives. Cue deep finger laceration and loss of lots of blood. Managed to patch it up for the evening ( thanks owner for providing a good useful first aid box ) and the following morning drove to a doctors only for him to tell me that only in the hospital can they apply stitches. Drove to the only small hospital on the island where there were a few forms to fill in and then a nurse proceeded to attend to my cut. I was the only person in A&E that morning. Cleaned with distilled water, then betadine then made 6 stitches, then wrapped it up and gave me spare gauze pads. She checked with a doc somewhere along the way and he prescribed antibiotics ( as usual here). When all is done, I move back to the reception area and ask the nurse how much this was. She totally astonished me by saying "Sir, no cost at all. Free". Not much in life is free but this treatment was. Very surprised and very happy to have been so well treated. Was a nice positive experience. As a funny postscript, I went 10 days later to my local clinic for stitches removal but was told only a surgeon doctor could remove. So a nurse can put in , but needs a surgeon doctor to remove?
    16 points
  3. Hi Mods, I’ve posted this here as quarantine accommodation is part of the entry process for the moment. If I’m wrong, I know you’ll move it 😊 As the thread title says, I stayed in the Hotel Kimberly. It’s in Malate just across from Robinsons Manila. The rooms are old but clean and as always, the photos on the website are very flattering. It’s probably a little overdue for a renovation but that’s Philippines normal. Everything was in working order though so no problems on that front. I stayed in one of the “Premier Suites” which are quiet spacious studios. It has everything you need to cook basic meals but no knives to eat with, only forks and spoons. I guessed this may be the case, so I bought a pack of disposables before I left Australia. I’m glad I went with that option as I was going a little stir crazy being stuck in the room as it was. I have discovered there’s a difference between not wanting to go out and not being able to go out. There’s a link to the rooms below. Ignore the prices though, I booked through Agoda and they were a little cheaper on there. All the rooms are individually ventilated, which as we discovered in Australia about 18 months ago, is important to prevent the spread the virus of unknown origin amongst guests. There’s a large wall mounted AC that cools the room fine and a window that opens. Given the time of year and the mildness of the weather in Manila right now, I barely turned the AC on, so it wasn’t really properly tested. You have the option of paying for full meal package when you book or not. I didn’t pre-pay for the meals as I was unable to ascertain how much variety was on that particular menu. The room service menu is available from 6am to 9pm and has a pretty good selection of both western and Filipino style meals and snacks. The alternative to the two options already mentioned is that staff will go and do a one-off grocery shop for you, for a price of course. To be honest, the kitchenette is pretty basic, and I couldn’t be bothered mucking around with cooking at the time, so I just ordered off the menu when I was hungry. Pricing on the menu was surprisingly reasonable for a Manila hotel, so there’s a solid tick in the box. The food quality ranged from fair to good; not much more to say on that as everyone has their own tastes and preferences. I did find it surprising that they will serve you alcohol in the room if you want it at PHP99 a bottle (375ml) so again, surprisingly cheap for the venue. It’s limited to SM, SML and Red Horse which suites me fine. There is one universal power point under the TV, no where near the kitchen table or desk… And as for its universality, the Aussie earth prong does not fit. Luckily, I had a single adapter and Australian power board with me so just plugged at the kitchen table. Given the timeframes guests are currently staying at the hotel you’d think they’d sort that out. This particular hotel will not allow you to order out, in accordance with the regulations, and they want to maintain their accreditation so fair enough I reckon. During the day there’s one PNP member on the door and at night a private security guard. Even after your day 5 PCR test comes in negative you aren’t allowed to leave the room. The rationale being that after you leave you still must complete the remainder of your quarantine at home. For those that don’t know, it’s 7 days from the day you arrived in the Philippines, so I’ll be out and about on Sunday – I arrived on a Sunday. Unlike most countries, under the PI regimen, they count the day you arrive as day one. They give you your quarantine clearance certificate on checkout if you haven’t already downloaded a digital copy from the OHP (there it is again) website. Apparently, you’ll need this to travel, I’ll get back to you all on that one after I’ve done said travelling tomorrow. They do offer a shuttle to the airport at the end of your stay but it’s PHP1500; when they told me the price, I had a mouthful of coffee… Better off grabbing a Grab. Everything else has been reasonably priced, so I guess they have to sting you somewhere. Overall, I give the Hotel Kimberly a very solid 3 out of 5 nasal swabs as a quarantine facility. Link to the pictures of the rooms: https://www.manila.hotelkimberly.com/reservation
    14 points
  4. Woman runs into husband and his mistress at a jab center, proving that there are hidden dangers to vaccines Vaccines are humanity’s best hope at getting out of the Covid-19 pandemic, but there are still a surprising number of people who avoid the jab for any number of fear-based reasons. Some people think the vaccine will tinker with your DNA (they will not), others think the needle will implant a microchip (it will not), and a sector of otherwise normal-looking adults think vaccines will make you magnetic (what). In what is, fittingly, a viral post that’s been going around on social media, a man demonstrates one very real danger of getting a vaccine. According to Twitter user @iamtix95, this all-out, chair-flinging brawl happened this way: “Husband told his wife that he could not accompany her for vaccination. So his wife went with her sister. Lo and behold they saw the husband coming in with a girlfriend at the same vaccination center.” Coconuts Manila Thu, 29 July 2021, 12:52 pm Vaccines are humanity’s best hope at getting out of the Covid-19 pandemic, but there are still a surprising number of people who avoid the jab for any number of fear-based reasons. Some people think the vaccine will tinker with your DNA (they will not), others think the needle will implant a microchip (it will not), and a sector of otherwise normal-looking adults think vaccines will make you magnetic (what). In what is, fittingly, a viral post that’s been going around on social media, a man demonstrates one very real danger of getting a vaccine. According to Twitter user @iamtix95, this all-out, chair-flinging brawl happened this way: “Husband told his wife that he could not accompany her for vaccination. So his wife went with her sister. Lo and behold they saw the husband coming in with a girlfriend at the same vaccination center.” Read: “When did everyone become a vaccine expert?”: Erwan Heussaff gets both praise and flak for IG post Look at this epic action sequence unfolding before our very eyes. There’s the furious wife and her indignant sister breathing angry, potentially Covid-laden droplets with their masks pulled down as they confront the cheating cheater of a (soon-to-be-ex-) husband. There’s the side chick quickly going from defense to WWF-worthy offense, throwing chairs with the same abandon that she apparently has when picking her dates. And lastly, if there’s anything at all to admire about the husband, it’s his commitment to vaccines and to masking protocols—though perhaps the latter might have more to do about hiding his face than to keep safe from Covid-19. On the sidelines, there are the horrified healthcare workers watching their patients go down hard with some unforeseen side effects. And lastly, there is the unseen cameraman who somehow had the presence of mind to keep documenting all this for posterity. What’s the lesson here? Well, first of all, don’t cheat. That’s just lame. Second, get vaccinated. We’re not going to use this platform as a bully pulpit like some celebrities did, but seriously, do get vaccinated. But most of all: don’t cheat and get vaccinated on the same day. https://coconuts.co/manila/news/woman-runs-into-husband-and-his-mistress-at-a-jab-center-proving-that-there-are-hidden-dangers-to-vaccines/
    14 points
  5. I fully understand that my opinion is just that ... my opinion. After only 4 weeks here I've had enough, i don't like it! Maybe I haven't given it a proper chance but I'm going with my gut instincts and they have always served me well in the past. I came to PH from Thailand with every intention of settling down with my girl and seeing the rest of my days out. No problems with my extremely intelligent girl, she has her own beautifully furnished 4 bed house in a gated community with a live-in maid, a good viable business, great neighbours, fantastic family etc. Not once have I been asked to make a contribution to anything (obviously I have). All the people I've met have been so friendly and it's been great to have an intelligent conversation about almost any subject. I'm comparing to my 10 years in Thailand living on the outskirts of a provincial city .... The same scenario as here in Iloilo. So what went wrong? It's so expensive here. (except the booze which is ridiculously cheap) Food costs are 50-100% more for many basic items especially meat. Choice of foodstuffs is limited and I'm not talking about western foods. I find the food bland in the restaurants and also with the family home cooking. I like rice but not with every dish and certainly not for breakfast. I don't want to be eating separately from everyone else. Utility costs are 50% higher + frequent power outages and water supply cuts. They don't last long but still a pita. They happen in Thailand but not to the extent of here. The infrastructure maintenance is poor. In Thailand it seems so much more modern with bike lanes etc. Public transport is poor. Taxis are great though and affordable. I like to play competitive badminton even at my age. The club courts I visited are sadly outdated and again expensive. I'm a football fan, not into basketball. It's great to have a close community but it's a little too much with the constant 'marites' that goes on in the street. Immigration is expensive. Both countries have hoops to overcome but Thailand does offer more in the way of incentives. Medical costs are quite affordable in Thailand and the standards of care I believe are better. I had to have a course of rabies vaccination here .... A small dog bite clinic (that's another story) My honest opinion is the Philippines is way, way behind Thailand in almost every aspect of amenities and lifestyles available to a western guy, even if he is willing to give it a go and try to adapt to a different way of life. I understand the transport of goods from one island to another increases overall costs but even locally produced goods in the market are over-priced and of a poor quality by my standards. It's not all about money but that is an important factor, it's about general well-being and overall contentment with life. I'm not going to find it here, much to my disappointment. The few foreigners I've seen here looked sad, almost as though they are in a trap with no chance of escape. If I could take my girl to Thailand or even to another part of the Philippines I would give it a go but sadly her life is in Iloilo / Bacolod. Bless her, she understands. I've travelled around different areas of Thailand, from the tourist areas to where I lived in Isaan, the food bowl of Thailand. I'm not saying it's all good and it depends on what you want out of life but I definitely believe the pros outnumber the cons. As for the women ....... Certainly 'slimmer' than Filipino's but most haven't got the intellect or the ability to comprehend even the most basic of English, unlike here. Learn Thai they shout ..... No thanks it's better that I can't understand you! JMHO.
    13 points
  6. Geoff we 13a's are monitored by our Little Lady wives daily mate
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  7. My wife does not realise that when she posts pictures of the garden on FB she is showing what she has. Her cousin got jealous and gave her a hard time on FB about the pictures in her big house, my wife told her to pass off, her cousin sent a message that she never posts pictures of her hushand, my wife replied that`s because he is never here he is always out with other women. Very unlike my wife to say anything like that. I told her cousin that she never posts pictures of me as I am always naked that shut her up.
    13 points
  8. Members We thought during this dark time it would be nice to look forward to something so had our pool and bar finished. Now just need to get to the Philippines to use it. Flights and quarantine hotel booked for August so lets see what happens. Need to come back to renew my 13a ACR card as expires in September and need to do in person. Stay Safe.
    13 points
  9. I am at Day 5 of having Covid and feeling on the mend. I am reluctant to jinx myself by saying I am "getting better" as I've heard it can be on again and off again for a long time. But as of today I am feeling OK. Thanks for the kind wishes.
    12 points
  10. Here in Moalboal a small group of volunteers have created the non-profit " Dogs of Moalboal Spay & Neuter" with a "‘Pay1 Fix1, Paw it forward program’ Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic.". By partnering with a local vet they offer low cost spay/neuter for dogs. Even with a low cost the fee charged is sufficient to also cover the spay/neuter for a stray dog or for Philippine citizens who simply cannot afford to spay/neuter their dogs. To date they have been able to facilitate the spay/neuter for over 200 dogs. All dogs are also given anti-rabie vaccine. All this in just over a years time. Making a difference in our community one dog at a time. Well done!
    12 points
  11. Me and the Mrs... her with her high heels on. .
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  12. My wife has been feeding my German sheperd peanuts most nights, she chews some and swallows most of them. I told the wife that when I take the dog out first thing I have been collecting the whole peanuts from the poo, giving them a quick wash and putting them back in the peanut packet, so she gets extra peanuts, she inspected every peanut in the packet. She is convinced that she had eaten the dog ones. she was not a happy bunny. won't give the dog peanuts now.
    12 points
  13. So I left my watering hole and at the very same time it began to rain. Thought well maybe wont be too heavy but I was heading to a 7/11 not far. Anyway got across the park and rain got heavier. Same time Filipino guy walking with umbrella meets me and ask if l wanted help with his umbrella. Thank you I say and told him just going over there which is covered once I cross the road. He helped me there which is good of him and he went off. Yes grateful l am from an unknown guy to share his umbrella. Now dont jump to conclusions as I dont think he had other motives but I stayed dry. Just to add, this is IT Park so not someone out to make a peso or 2 to hold an umbrella.
    12 points
  14. As the subject says, how did you meet your wife/partner/girlfriend? I'm genuinely curious given the amount of horror stories in other threads - according to some of the advice it's a wonder any of us are in a relationship with a Filipina at all. For me, I met my wife on a dating site. Anecdotally, it appears we're one of the very rare success stories going down this path. We met online just on 9 years ago, had an interesting journey, and have been married since February 2020. How about the rest of you?
    11 points
  15. I met my wife purely by accident in Folkestone while shopping, she was in the UK on a family visit. she came and lived with me for the rest of her 6 months stay. I was invited to come to the Philippines for a holiday, so I came for a month. I paid for her annulment, and her visa to get married in the UK. We married and lived in the UK for 2 years, found it too expensive to live there for the two of us, so we decided to live in the Philippines. She came back and found a house, where we currently live, so all the stuff from the UK was sent here, including the 2 German shepherds. We are happy here, the marriage seems to work well, she deals with all the admin, she's a retired teacher and we are both of a similar age.
    11 points
  16. The furniture (that I'm keeping) is in the storage unit, along with my motorbike and shortly my small car (I'm driving to Bendigo Airport early in the morning, I'll leave the car there and a friend will take it to storage for me.) The real estate agent has a tenant waiting (pre-rental gas, electric, fire safety inspections and professional clean have to be done but will be organised by the Real Estate Agent). I have my ticket Bendigo-Sydney then Sydney-Manila on the 6th April. I have an exit ticket dated within 30 days. I have travel insurance covering Covid. I have an RT-PCR test booked within the 48 hour window. All I've got to do is pack my case and carry on and go to the room I've booked for 3 nights... so why do I feel stressed this time? Maybe I've fallen out of the travelling habit after 2 years of Covid restrictions. Anyway... hopefully be there in a few days
    11 points
  17. Many many years ago i lived in South Africa for 5 years and 5 years ago I visited Namibia for 2 weeks. Thought I should combine a road trip to both places which I did over the past 35 days. Conclusion, absolutely brilliant and will do it again net year and include Botswana. 35 days, 10500 kms, over USD 1000 spent on diesel alone for the " double cab 4 wheel drive bakkie " that I rented. Stayed in 17 separate airbnb places where the hosts, highly interested in having a well travelled gent living in Philippines staying with them would invariably invite me for dinner or lunch or sundowners on a rock in middle of nowhere or giraffe and zebra spotting or springbok BBQ etc etc. Both countries are vast hence the distances I drove ( some days over 800kms ) but if I drove a long distance would stay in one place for 2 or 3 days so that I could see something of the towns/villages I was in. Had one flat tyre and cracked rim in northern Namibia that was fixed and replaced by a garage in Otjiworongo near Etosha . Vehicle had 2 spare tyres which is normal especially for some of the gravel roads that one finds in Namibia. In some places was similar to Western Australia with the same vast distances and normal 100kms between available gas stations. Tell someone you are going 200 kms and they say " oh just down the road then ". A long drive for many Namibians is anything over 1000kms. Both countries have populations suffering from covid effects on economy with people outside supermarkets and gas stations requesting spare food or spare change. No one gives money to these as it invariably goes on drink or drugs but many will share spare food I saw. Wonderful first trip out of Philippines since covid. Lots staff in NAIA checking I had RT PCR done for arrival in South Africa ( 72 hours before travelling ) but on arrival in Cape town airport I think the RT PCR form wasnt even looked at. Passing border from South Africa in to Namibia was super easy . The health check consisted of a guy asking " have you been vaccinated " "Yes and I prepared to show him all certs etc... he waved these away and said no need to see. He also said " and dont forget no need to wear masks in the country unless you want to wear it ". Finished my trip with 3 days in Cape Town which must be one of the most beautiful cities in the world with Table Mountain predominating . Happy to share more details with any folks here should they be interested to know more or be considering such a wonderful road trip. ( Animals seen.. Rhino, baboons, zebra, giraffes, meerkats, lion, ostrich, springbok , orix , Ibix, kudu, gemsbok wildebeest, warthogs, etc etc )
    11 points
  18. Probably due to the fact I'm now here for the long haul, here's a list of stuff I've experienced or noticed this time around. Some of them I had seen in the past but but didn't really think much on it. · Eggs are different sizes in the cartons rather than being boxed by size, · Filipino builders can’t hang a door to save themselves, · On the subject of doors, haven’t they heard of wood stain and varnish? Faecal brown seems to be the default for all doors; cabinets, doors you walk through, whatever. No consideration given to external doors and weatherproof paint, · The “chrome” on plumbing fixtures is wafer thin, · I get a sore back from leaning over cutting up food etc at Filipino height kitchen benches and I’m only 172cm (5’7” for those stuck in the past or of the US persuasion), · The trike “wrangler” at Robinson’s Dumaguete is an absolute tool bag. As soon as he sees a “long nose” he tries to negotiate at least 50% above the going rate. Robinson’s to home is normally 40PHP, he’s tried anything from 60 to 100PHP… We walk around the corner after AM (Angry Midget – my wife) has given him a level 10 eyeroll. · New car dealers here are generally good people. We’ve been to just about every dealership in town in the last month and haven’t felt that “car dealer” feeling yet, and we haven’t been upsold once our budget is revealed. · Some shop assistants would rather say “no stock sir” rather than go and look for it for you. Actually, this is pretty much universal, · The caretaker at our apartments is a champion. Anything we request, he’s onto it within 24 hours. · Window locks are push up to lock, rather than push down and have gravity assist keeping them in place, · I would give my left aggot for a cheese and vegemite toasted sandwich, · My fibre internet connection has been flawless so far and averaging speeds higher than we paid for. Maybe times are changing? · Customer service at Globe and Sky TV have been exceptional, · I really enjoy spending time with the in-laws in Guihulngan (about 2 hours north) and haven’t been shot or kidnapped by the NPA (communist rebels} yet, despite warnings about the region; they’re very active in the area, · AM can’t understand why I won’t eat seafood that’s been left out overnight, well any meat at all really, · AM refuses to buy a washing machine but whinges about doing the laundry, · I miss baking in a properly thermostated oven, · For the most part, the stray dogs here are friendly and for some reason quiet in our area, · The roosters downstairs don’t crow at all, · I’ve noticed a lot more ice addicts around town than previously, yes, they stand out to someone like me with a background working in youth rehabilitation in a past life. It’s probably due to me being here longer than previously, · The election candidate vans driving around with the loudspeakers remind me of that scene from “The Wall” where Pink is driving around with his party members… · I like fried fish, and · The amount of unsubstantiated and blatantly false claims in food, medical and beauty advertising is astounding. What’s even more astounding is “they” believe it.
    11 points
  19. Good to see that the Philippines is moving in a direction to protect children. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1169147 MANILA – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed into law a bill raising the age of sexual consent from 12 to 16. Republic Act (RA) No. 116481, signed by Duterte on March 4, amends RA 3815 or the Revised Penal Code and RA 7610 or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act. The law increased the age for determining statutory rape to 16 years old to provide more protection for young people against sexual exploitation and abuse. Under the new law, rape is committed by a person who shall have carnal knowledge of another person “when the offended party is under 16 years of age or is demented, even though none of the circumstances mentioned above be present.” “Provided, that there shall be no criminal liability on the part of a person having carnal knowledge of another person under 16 years of age when the age difference between the parties is not more than three years, and the sexual act in question is proven to be consensual, non-abusive, and non-exploitative: Provided, further, that if the victim is under 13 years of age, this exception shall not apply,” it added. As used in this act, non-abusive shall mean the absence of undue influence, intimidation, fraudulent machinations, coercion, threat, physical, sexual, psychological, or mental injury or maltreatment, either with intention or through neglect, during the sexual activities with child victim, the law said. On the other hand, non-exploitative shall mean there is no actual or attempted act or acts of unfairly taking advantage of the child’s position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust during sexual activities. Qualified seduction RA 11648 also amended Articles 337 or “qualified seduction” of the Revised Penal Code which now reads: “The seduction of a minor, 16 and over but under 18 years of age, committed by any person in public authority, priest, home-servant, domestic, guardian, teacher, or any person who, in any capacity, shall be entrusted with the education of custody of the minor seduced, shall be punished by prision correctional in its minimum and medium periods.” “The penalty next higher in degree shall be imposed upon by any person who shall seduce his sister or descendant, whether or not she is a virgin or over 18 years of age,” the amended provision added. The new law said seduction is committed “when the offender has carnal knowledge of any of the persons and under circumstances described therein.” “The seduction of a minor, 16 and over but under 18 years of age, committed by means of deceit, shall be punished by arresto mayor,” the amended Article 388 read. Under the new law, children, whether male or female, who for money, profit, or any other consideration or due to coercion or influence of any adult, syndicate or group, indulge in sexual intercourse or lascivious conduct, “are deemed to be children exploited in prostitution and other sexual abuse.” RA 116481 also mandates the Department of Education (DepEd) to include in the basic education curriculum and teach age-appropriate subjects tackling the rights and protection of the children in relation to the law. The new law is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 2332 and House Bill No. 7836 passed on Dec. 15, 2021 and Dec. 14, 2021, respectively. The previous 12-year-old minimum age of sexual consent in the Philippines was the lowest in Asia and one of the lowest in the world. Last year, the United Nations (UN) Philippines called on Congress to urgently increase the age for statutory rape from below 12 years old to below 16. “The UN has long voiced concerns about the alarmingly low age of sexual consent in the Philippines,” UN resident and humanitarian coordinator Gustavo González said in a statement last July 2021.
    11 points
  20. Our 23rd wedding anniversary is later this month and I wanted to give something my wife would enjoy using. It's 50 watts and perfect for shouting into her cell phone. What do you guys think? I'll be needing to step up my hearing protection game though.
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  21. My wife no longer asks me what I want to eat. I ask her "what do you want me to eat for lunch"? Saves a lot of time and frustration for us both.
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  22. Please follow the forum rules for covid positive memers. Positive members must, Wear a facemask when posting Wear surgical or suitable gloves when using a keyboard for posting Sanitize all posts before pressing "Submit reply" If reading and not posting it is recommended a face shield be worn but not compulsory. These rules are for the good of all forum members, be safe
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  23. TL;DR (Too long; Don't Read): Have your sh#t in one sock or they will deny you entry. To begin with, it should be noted that the PCR timeframe prior to departure for PI has been reduced from 72 to 48 hours and you should plan accordingly. Bureau of Quarantine officials are enforcing this upon entry. Anyway, to the matter at hand. Upon arrival at NAIA disembarkation will be delayed by various announcements with regards to COVID procedures etc. Some of them repeat the same points, but there’s information that is surprisingly helpful in each one. After you finally leave the aircraft, you take the usual meandering walk towards immigration with the addition of some of the departure lounges that have been added to the normal routes to accommodate the “checkpoints”. Before describing the process, I can’t emphasise how important it is to go through the One Health Pass (OHP) registration prior to departure on the Bureau of Quarantine website: https://onehealthpass.com.ph/e-HDC/OHP-Registration/ it must be completed within 3 days of your date of arrival. No sooner. I witnessed quite an interesting discussion between an Aussie and one of the officials due to the flight being delayed a day thus making his registration 1 day beyond the 3 day limit. They let him through but probably better to avoid the issue entirely. It should be noted that the current list of approved quarantine hotels found here https://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/boq-allowed-and-dot-accredited-quarantine-facilities-as-of-december-20-2021/ isn’t entirely accurate. Hotels are constantly having their accreditation revoked but they’ll stay in the pull-down list in the OHP registration. To be on the safe side, my advice would be to call your chosen hotel directly and confirm they’re still accredited. Checkpoint one, manned by Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) personnel they’ll require you to show the following: · Passport, · OHP, · Proof of negative PCR test, · Proof of vaccination from your home government app or hard copy. Checkpoint two – again BOQ personnel: · Same as checkpoint one but with the addition of proof of accredited quarantine hotel booking. Immigration: · OHP, · Entry paperwork you filled out on the plane, · Passport with valid visa, and · In my case proof of relationship (marriage certificate) supporting my 9a. Interestingly I noticed that the Balikbayan’s were being processed much faster than the visa holders. Head over to baggage claim, grab your bags then go over to.. wait for it… Checkpoint 4 (BOQ personnel): · OHP only. The guys at checkpoint 4 will then direct you to either the hotel shuttle vans, or if your hotel doesn’t provide one, to the un-metered taxis. For me it was the unmetered taxis. Exit the terminal, cross the road to where the taxis usually are, head to the left and you’ll see a booth. Go to the booth and show your OHP and they’ll give you a ticket with a fixed price and a copy of it to your driver. The non-metered taxis are all white with the old “3 stickers” on the front windscreen. The ride to my hotel in Malate just across the road from Robinson’s, was 530PHP; not a great price but not horrible either. Traffic was light even for 830pm at night, a sign of the “new norm” I guess. Upon arrival at my hotel, I had my temperature checked and signed a declaration I’ll comply with the quarantine regulations, then checked in as normal. Interestingly my hotel won’t allow food deliveries, which is in accordance with the regulations, but I know of some people that have been able to do this in other facilities. No big deal for me as they have a pretty reasonably priced restaurant for room service here and I’m in a studio with a decent kitchenette and they will go and do a grocery shop upon request. At some point the scanning of my OHP QR code triggered the randomly selected pathology lab on the OHP registration form (you’ll see what I mean when you fill in the form) to send me an email confirming my hotel and room number and after following the bouncing ball linked in the email, they sent another email detailing the date and procedure for my day 5 test. I think that about covers it all. Like Sydney, it was a reasonably seamless but unlike Sydney a time consuming process. I hope this helps some of you. Hopefully they’ll start making moves on the tourist visa front soon and you’ll be spared the process entirely. Oh, none of the money changers were open when I went through but it was well after dark so nothing unusual there. The Smart and Globe people were there to sell you a sim if you wanted one. On a whim I changed some cash in Sydney, glad I did despite the rate thus avoiding the international ATM fees which tend to be even more exorbitant. The old sailor in me can smell Ermita from here….
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  24. Well first off, you aren't the only Person with a bit of money on this site and my suggestion, don't spruik about your wealth or dress in top of the range cloths when your over there. Another thing you haven't said whether it's only a holiday or fulltime, if it's a holiday splash your money around, draw attention to yourself there's plenty over there that will notice you and relieve you of some of it. Then again if your staying fulltime, invest in your daughters future, there's no need to lock yourself up in a condo, there's plenty of nice estates that are well patrolled and close to the city proper. The PI people aren't all scammers or crooks, most of what you've probably heard are half drunken yarns told over and over to make then sound plausible. What's been said may times to new visitors, keep a low profile and stay out of sleasy bars and enjoy your daughter and wifes company. Good luck Try a bit of his lifestyle.
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  25. A quick look around our garden this morning... .
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  26. Found this while having my morning coffee.
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  27. Hi Folks, Not sure if this has been posted before, but thought it was so cool https://econ.st/3hUoYPr
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  28. Well at least you won't die wondering You gave it a shot mate, and even after 6 months here myself I can see the downsides compared to Thailand (yes I've spent a lot of time there), but as they say, each to their own and for reasons I can't put my finger on, I just prefer PI. I guess it comes down to a nearly finished developing country (if you could even still call Thailand that, I have my doubts) compared to The Philippines, which is still very much in the throws of growing pains I'm not sure it will ever grow out of. Best of luck mate
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  29. I was in jail in Cebu for refusing to pay a bribe. My future Sweetie had a hobby of collecting books and magazines for prisoners, which she delivered every week. I had read some of Dr. Jose Rizal's literature, which is among her favorite reading material. We had a couple of really good conversations, and she got her uncle, the only honest policeman in Cebu, to facilitate my release. We then dated for 2 weeks and were married in 3. Well, that's what I tell people, anyway. We've been together for 30 years.
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  30. I had already been to Philippines two times when I met my wife, in Sweden! I was doing work in her apartment and we started talking about my trips to the Philippines. It turned out that she got divorced two years earlier. We liked each other and have now been together for almost 27 years and married for the last 3. Can't marry a stranger 😉. I guess we are also different in that she is 9 years older than me. We live a good and happy life.
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  31. Internet dating site. I read 1000s of "who am I what am I looking for" short blurbs from all over the world. After reading these and doing a bit of research I decided to start communicating with Filipinas as they seemed to espouse the character traits I was looking for. I also purchased and read the book "Culture Shock Philippines". The site I used had a set of filters including min/max height and weight, min/max age, children yes/no, children in the house yes/no, education level, religion, maybe some other that I cannot remember now. I set the filters and communicated with those that met the criteria(big head) and looked attractive (little head). Those who were dressed in any type of revealing clothing (plunge tops etc.) were excluded. I ended up with a set of manila file folders set up to keep track of correspondence (chats) and photos from the ladies. Over a period of about a year I reduced the list down to two that I decided I needed to meet in person. I was honest with both and explained that I wanted to meet and spend time with each of them when I came to the Philippines. One was okay with that, the other said; "That is not being fair to the other Filipina". So I was forced to make a choice between which one I wanted to meet. I flew to the Philippines and spent three weeks learning more about the lady who told me it would not be fair to see both in person. We have been married 17 years now, eight year in the USA, nine years here in the Philippines.
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  32. My wife was suggested to me by her cousin in 1998 so I knew she was from a good family and a decent person. She was also listed in a Mail Order Bride magazine called Cherry Blossoms. My wife and I exchanged letters and agreed to meet briefly in Cebu City while I was on my way to Sequior to SCUBA dive. A coworkers wife suggested her niece who was smoking hot and sweet so I was more interested in the niece. After first meeting the niece I knew she was not for me. As soon as I met my wife I became aware she was very special so I remained in Cebu getting to know each other. After returning to Cebu in 1998 I knew she was worth taking a chance on. We got married in 1999 and have been very happy.
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  33. We are beginning to see some progress on replacing our roof. In the background you can see the new steel truss and perlin system that replace the previous wooden rafters. The roofing will be long span pre-painted steel. In the foreground is a load of the old material that will be repurposed. As they saw "someone's garbage can be someone else's treasure". The new owner of the building materials (at zero cost) had a huge smile as they pulled away. I hope that load makes it to Badian.
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  34. All figures are in PHP/Month. We’ve been in our rental for about 6 weeks now so costs have settled down now compared to the expense of being in transit for a while. Rent – 13500 – Modern 2nd floor,2 bedroom/2 full bathroom apartment, one AC in the bedroom, secure covered car parking, 5k, from the city centre, 2km from the nearest major supermarket (Hypermarket) and 2.5km from Robinson’s. Electricity – 2500 – We only run the AC at night, we actually get a nice breeze most of the day. Gas – 600 – For cooking only. Internet – 2099 – Globe fibre 150 plan (hasn’t missed a beat yet). Phones – 1000 – I’m on 500/month prepaid, AM is on 500/month postpaid. Pay TV – 500 – Sky TV basic package, it’s mainly for the news channels, anything else we can stream or download. Groceries – 10000 – obviously this varies but this is the monthly average. We live mainly on Filipino style food with some Western luxuries (decent bread etc). I quite like Filipino food but we spice it up or blend it with other recipes a bit and trim the fat, brown or black rice rather than white. Water – 600 – water bill, our drinking water is included in the groceries. Car – 4000 – this is a projection, only had it a week but includes annual insurance (comprehensive) and LTO. Again, this will probably vary depending on how much we road trip. We still walk a lot locally; we enjoy it and it does have its benefits. Dog – 1200 – includes quality kibble, quarterly worming and monthly de-lousing (Nexgard) which we’re buying ourselves now. Entertainment – 10000 – Dinner out once or twice a week, a few drinks out, cinemas when they open up again. AM’s beauty routines. Miscellaneous – 3000 – For that stuff you forget when you go shopping etc We’re still looking at medical insurance, probably going to go with Pacific Cross at this stage, just have to investigate who actually accepts them here. We both wear glasses and I have some minor dental work I want, rather than need, done. I've probably forgotten something...
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  35. My wife is visiting the Philippines for a little over a month. She has been gone for two weeks. Where did all these dishes in the sink come from? And the clothes on the floor? I lived alone for years and never had these issues. Part of the problem is my wife never lets me do any of these things. She always steps in and says "I should be the one." It is kind of cute. I do have to say I got used to it)))) Of course that is not why I married her and love her but it is nice)))
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  36. I'm currently in the main immigration in Intramuros and asked for the official line on visa extensions following the country opening up. If you arrived on a free 30 day visa from the 10th of February onwards you can extend as normal up to 36 months. If a satellite office says otherwise they are wrong.
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  37. This is what I was asked for and provided during check-in check-in: Passport, One Health Pass QR code from Bureau of Quarantine site (electronic is fine), PCR negative test result, electronic - the requirement is changing from 72 hours to 48 hours prior to departure as of Monday the 17th. Proof of vaccination, and Proof of booking in a verified quarantine hotel at destination. Nothing has changed on the exit immigration. Was all pretty seamless to be honest, we'll see how it goes at the other end.... Edit: Just to let you all know, I'm currently at the terminal awaiting departure.
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  38. They are the ones who can afford to have a test done.........anyone else who has a cough or a sniffle just stays home or toughs it out. How many vendors in your local wet market when as soon as they sneeze will run down to a test center, plop down 1500-2000 pesos, get tested, turn up positive, get hauled off to a camp and loose their income for 10 days.... The Philippines is in the "endemic" stage now, even if the powers that be dont want to admit it.........Your average Pinoy is just living with the virus.
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  39. My (province) neighbours are only jealous of my videoke performances, and amazing dance moves. It's so much less stressful not having to worry about money and status.
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  40. Govt to study proposed lifting of quarantine for fully vaccinated travelers CNN November 12 2021 Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 12) — The government will study the proposal to lift the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers, an official of the Department of Health said on Friday. Currently, only fully vaccinated travelers from "green" countries and territories, or those tagged as low risk for COVID-19, are exempt from quarantine upon arrival in the Philippines. "Ito'y pinag-uusapan na. Actually, this was part of the discussion in the Inter-Agency Task Force (meeting) yesterday. Ito ay further na pinapaaral sa atin ng IATF officials para makita natin talaga ang mga pros and cons based on scientific evidence," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online media briefing when asked about Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion's pitch. [Translation: This is already being discussed. Actually, this was part of the discussion in the IATF meeting yesterday. IATF officials asked us to study this further, so we can see its pros and cons based on scientific evidence.] The recommendation may be out in the coming weeks, she added. Concepcion on Thursday pushed for "zero quarantine" for fully vaccinated travelers. He has proposed to have them undergo two COVID-19 tests — 48 hours prior to departure and then upon arrival — in lieu of quarantine. Concepcion said his proposal would help the ailing airline industry recover from the COVID-19 crisis. https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/11/12/DOH-zero-quarantine-fully-vaccinated.html
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  41. For myself why would i bother in getting mixed up in their eternal bureaucracy and uncertainty. Most of us here are retired or semi, who the heck wants to be involved in this nonsense. Speaking for myself, any purchase be it a unit, car or anything, the slightest whiff of complications I am out.....Kinda narrows the field but its now how I am.
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  42. Just the one time then Dave? What happened, he didn't really float your boat huh? You can share it to the forum, we won't tell anybody.
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  43. To keep the peace and to prevent topics from debating unnecessary things I have posted updated rules for this forum. Coronavirus. Your say and Questions This forum is to discuss the Coronavirus only. All Coronavirus topics to be placed here including lockdown, passes, visa issues and anything which is related to the current Coronavirus situation except this is not a debate forum for; for or against vaccines or any other similar type of discussions such as where the virus came from or conspiracy theories. The point of this forum is to give advice where needed and to keep up with changes to the situation and more so in the Philippines rather than worldwide. Covid Forum Rules Topics will be for helping each other to gain information on the current situation. Off topic or posts aimed at placing personal views to push those views onto other members will be removed.
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  44. By request I’ve created a new topic about a recent experience I had with a small open sore and the challenges of getting treatment here especially during Covid. So we have a bed that came with the house we are renting that is made from solid wood and has a poor design because the wood stanchions that support it stick out about 4 inches from the mattress and are hard to see at night. So occasionally when I stumble out of bed in the middle of the night to go to the CR I crack my lower shin on it, coincidentally it’s the exact same spot I would smack on the boxer engine valve cover of my BMW motorcycle back home. Just when it would start to heal I would smash it again, my stupidity for not putting a pad on the posts. Anyway, so it’s scabbed up and i’m not paying any attention to it really. Three weeks ago on a Friday I went to a bar in barrio Baretto to shoot some pool during the day, I had a beer and felt a little dizzy so I hopped on the moto and headed home. When I got home I was burning up and I went straight to bed. I thought I might have food poisoning because I had it earlier in the year. Fever was very bad and so much pain on my body, especially my back and neck, by morning I started vomiting and I thought well this is it, I’ve purged whatever it was and I’m on the way back to recovery. No such luck, fever got worse, mind you I’m wearing shorts and there is no discoloring on my shin that I notice and no pain at all. Later that night I get up in the dark to go to the bathroom and I feel something on the inside of my thigh like something stretching my skin, I turn on the light in the bathroom and I see red streaks going up from just above my ankle to my crotch area and below the wound I have a bright red patch. I pull the scab off the wound and it’s puss underneath, not good. I found one 500 milligram antibiotic pill and took it just to buy some time until morning when the pharmacies open. So it’s Sunday and I’m thinking there’s no way they will see me at the hospital because I had an experience with a nephew of mine that had a swollen neck, it was huge and they told him he had to come back on Monday, he died a week later. I hit about 4 pharmacies and none of them would give me any antibiotics without a prescription. I decided to stop by Baypointe hospital just in case and they said they would take a look at me, no Doctor was around but they did a lab test and all the indicators of infection were there, really it was kind of a waste of time but I did get a prescription for Stafloxin 500mg 4X a day. It took 4 pharmacies to fill 28 pills, each one only having a partial supply. By Thursday I knew there was no way I was going to get rid of the infection with oral pills, the fever was gone but it was really getting quite painful especially when I stood up, I was on a cane at that point. I went back to Baypointe Friday morning and the Doctor immediately said it was a bad staph infection and in the blood and I needed to be admitted and on intravenous antibiotics, unfortunately there were no rooms or even bed space available. She recommended I come in at 6am and 6pm for IV antibiotics at the ER ward. I was given Vancomycin Mersa twice a day by IV for 7 days, I kept the heplock on my wrist when I went home which was a problem because they kept getting infected, I went through six different vein sights and it was uncomfortable to sleep. Oh and guess what, half way through treatment we show up at the ER in the evening and they are out of Vancomycin. We had to drive around Olongapo looking for it, Gordon hospital had some but wouldn’t sell it to us, that place was packed and they had a ward set up outside for patients. Finally found some at a tiny pharmacy that you wouldn’t expect to have it. I’m not sure what the problem is with stock in this country, I don’t know if they have a policy that when you get below a certain amount of supply on an item you proactively order more or they just wait till it’s expended and then order. I’m now taking Clindamycin 300mg orally 4 x a day, it’s pretty strong and reserved for hard to treat MRSA infections. Looks pretty good but it itches an I’m peeling like a from a sunburn. Sorry for the long post but I agree it’s important especially here in the tropics, even though it can happen anywhere we need to clean and cover all wounds no matter how small. I’ve had infections before but I always saw them coming because the sight would start to turn red and get painful, this time I had no warning until it was a bad situation.
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  45. Just nurses you have noticed? Might be a uniform fetish.
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  46. For me, being a Brit we are not so much into the culture of health insurance as our American cousins so I rely on Philhealth and having access to emergency funds. I know as we get older it may become more "risky" but I'd prefer to take the risk than pay a hefty amount now when I'm healthy enough to not likely need it (touch wood) then not be able to afford it when I am more likely to need it. I hope to die in my bed just before the money runs out!
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  47. The majority of forum members handle them very well. And often. Married to them we are.
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  48. Tanduay internally on an hourly basis... Just kidding... Perhaps antibiotic ointment (tri-biotic or other) applied directly and then covered with band-aid or other bandage? That would be my treatment.
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  49. I guess I'm now officially living in the Philippines...got my ACR card today. For those who like to keep score on such things, here's the time line: Dec 15 - submitted combined application for 13A and ACR card Jan 28 - on the approved Agenda posting for that date May 5 - got my Provisional (one year) 13A stamped into my passport July 6 - got my ACR card. In case you're wondering, none of this relates to impacts from submitting at a regional BI office (in Angeles City) vs. submitting at BI "central" in Intramuros. From simple personal reading, it seems like the regional offices are a LOT less crowded and easier to work with. But ultimately, every thing that everyone does ends up going to the central BI world for approval and processing. If you ever look at one of the approved agenda spreadsheets (available on the BI website), you see every two weeks there are hundreds of pages of applicants for every agenda, country-wide. That's a monstrous backlog going through one constrained bottle neck. So...gotta have faith. As noted in some other posts, it is almost impossible to track a specific request (i.e., yours) from submission to completion. If you haven't been rejected, then you are probably still in process...somewhere...hang in there.
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