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Mike S

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  1. In my humble experience the best scenario would be to not expect the whole pie but just a sliver of it .... that way whatever you get beyond that sliver you will be grateful for or happy with .... or at least you should be unless you are the type of person who is never happy about anything (even if you are hung with a new rope ) ..... I had the same attitude when I lived for 60+ years in the US and still maintain that attitude after living here for 9 years .... sure I get flustered sometimes at the way things are done here .... but I don't sit and dwell on it can't change them so why make myself sick worrying about it ..... 99.9% of the time I just shrug my shoulders and 5 minutes later forgot about the whole thing .... but that is me and everyone is different (thank god) ..... there are so many good things here (if we pick our friends and partners carefully) as far as I'm concerned they far out way the bad ..... BUT and that's a big but .... living here full time is a whole lot different that just visiting .... hence the OP's topic ..... JMHO ...... Where the hell did my "Cheers Emoticon" go ...... never mind I found it ... just do a search .....
  2. Thank you sir great report ... :thumbsup: .... looking forward to your next installment .... we went to Binalbagan last Sunday and came back .... just wanted to check out the driving time and sights .... we didn't find the restro you mentioned in Hinigaran .... is it near Mila's restaurant.... they have the best potato cake in the world .... they are famous for it .... I'll do a report with pictures as soon as I copy some from my car- cam .... post more later ... getting dark here and my lap-top keyboard isn't back lit :cheersty:
  3. Hot off the press .... ABS-CBN just announced that a German Tourist jumped from the 3rd floor of SM here in Bacolod today and landed on the ground floor inside the mall .... he apparently is alive at the time they took him to the ambulance .... no other info is available except he was in his forties .... more info as I get it ....
  4. Was sitting drinking my morning coffee when I heard a bird cry that I hadn't heard here before .... I told J there is a strange bird outside somewhere .... opened the door very carefully as he was real close and there up on our 2nd story balcony was this bird .... I think it is a Beebe parrot or a peach-faced love bird .... but I may be out in left field somewhere .... anyway he was sure pretty .... wasn't scared of people either as he just sat there even though we walked all around the yard .... wish we had had so bird seed for him .... looks like someones pet got away .... hope he survives
  5. So the Phil government makes a contract to have plates made ..... one of the loosing bidders cries foul and gets a restraining order to stop payment for the plates ..... the Philippines stopps payment on the license plates ..... the winning bidder refuses to release 600,000 plates being held in Manila because of non-payment ..... BOC decides (I'm sure under direction of the Phil government ..... remember no one here makes a decision without some higher up authorizing it) so they decide that they will bid out the P40,000,000 of storage + fees to the highest bidder .... who will then do what .... sell the plates themselves ..... sell them to the LTO ..... use them to cover the roofs of squatters .... god only knows ..... but you can bet your sweet bippy that it will be a cold day in hell before another foreign company agrees or bids on making license plates for the Philippines .... remember the paper drivers licenses .... how about paper car tags .... cheap to make can just run them off from a computer printer .... paste them to in inside your rear window and your good to go ..... :hystery: :hystery: :hystery: :hystery: :hystery: :cheersty:
  6. I just wanted to let you know that J is really pissed at you .... seems I took a drink of water while viewing your post and spewed water all over the coffee table .... that is the come-back of the year .... good job .... :thumbsup: :hystery: :hystery: :hystery: :tiphat: :cheersty:
  7. Hey folks you can't make this up .... or can you .... I have no website to paste a URL to so this may just be scuttle-butt ..... take it for what it is worth .... Showbiz talk show host Jobert Sucaldito is recovering at the Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City after a successful emergency surgery to remove a large piece of cucumber that got stuck in his rectum, according to reports. Sucaldito, one of the hosts of ABS-CBN's The Buzz, reportedly met with the accident Sunday night and was rushed to the hospital after complaining of extreme pain in his bottom. X-rays subsequently revealed that a broken piece of cucumber, about five inches in length, had gotten lodged into the lower end of his large intestine. It was not immediately clear how the cucumber got there. The surgeons who operated on Sucaldito were tight-lipped and refused to discuss his case with media, citing doctor-patient confidentiality. Oddly enough, they all looked like they were trying vainly to keep from laughing and refused to look reporters in the eye. Members of Sucaldito's household who declined to be named said they recovered the other half of the cucumber, also five inches in length, in Sucaldito's bedroom. They said it had bite marks and was in a soggy state. Besides the cucumber, they said they also found a bottle of Johnson's baby oil, pictures of scantily clad men, and lots of tissue paper.†Reached by phone, Sucaldito said he is fine and will be discharged from hospital soon. He explained that it was all an accident. Gumagawa kasi ako ng salad. Napaupo ako dun sa chair e meron palang pipino dun na patayo ang pusisyon. Basta, mabilis kasi ang mga pangyayari (I was making a salad. I sat on a chair but there was a cucumber there in an upright position. Everything just happened so fast), he said. In a related development, a group of vegan Filipinos is reportedly thinking of filing an abuse complaint against Sucaldito for allegedly molesting a harmless and defenseless vegetable. Attached Thumbnails
  8. http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/03/01/1558234/600000-car-plates-stuck-port MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Customs has threatened the private consignee of the 600,000 vehicle license plates that it will put the shipment up for auction if the company will not pay around P40 million in duties and taxes this week. This is the warning of Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina to the Dutch-Filipino consortium Knieriem BV Goes and Power Plates Development Concept Inc. (JKG-PPI). “The importer promised that they would pay us in a while, so we would wait for them for a week. If they fail, we would consider the process of abandonment. The car plates would be put up for auction,” Lina said in a forum yesterday. He also said that while the importer JKG-PPI would be entitled to join the auction, the company should not wait for the auction process because it would be more costly. “It would be better if they pay up now.” As of yesterday, JKG-PPI had not yet paid duties and taxes as well as demurrage and storage fees that the 11 shipping containers of imported vehicle license plates have incurred. The Dutch-Filipino firm bagged the P3.8-billion contract to supply the Land Transportation Office (LTO) with vehicle license plates in 2013. The 11 shipping containers of car plates arrived at the Manila International Container Port on different dates last year. Lina said the shipment was abandoned and this prompted the BOC to take the cargo. There has been a backlog in the issuance of vehicle license plates, which has been the problem of motorists. LTO chief Roberto Cabrera said the cause of delay in the release of the car plates was the notice of disallowance issued by the Commission on Audit (COA). The COA issues a notice of disallowance upon finding that a procurement of goods or a contract entered into by the government is irregular or illegal. The COA ordered the LTO to stop the license plate deal with JKG-PPI because of the violation of procedures prescribed under Republic Act 9184, or the Government Procurement Reform Act. LTO: It’s their responsibilityCabrera said the company also “promised” the LTO that it would pay its duties and taxes for the vehicle plates, and that is “their responsibility.” “I had the chance to talk to them two times. The problem with the plates was brought up. They were saying that it was not their fault because of the delay. But my point is assuming it’s not your fault, it is still your responsibility to take them out,” he added . Asked if the vehicle plates would be released before President Aquino’s term ends, Cabrera said, “I don’t think so.” “This is a matter of payment. But as far as the LTO is concerned, we are still looking at the chance of having those plates released soon or before the President’s term ends,” he added. Leo Romero, a counsel of an LTO supplier, said that the LTO would not be able to release the license plates before Aquino steps down because the contract with JKG-PPI was unconstitutional and the LTO could not easily correct the notice of disallowance issued by COA. Former LTO chief Alfonso Tan filed an appeal to lift the notice of disallowance but it was denied. Tan later filed an appeal before the COA’s office of the director, but the appeal was also denied. He then filed a petition for review before the COA chairman and two commissioners, but this was also denied before he resigned last year. Cabrera, who assumed his post in January, said he filed a motion for reconsideration of the COA decision that denied Tan’s petition for review.
  9. If I gotta pick it up ..... they gotta put it own .... only fair .... :thumbsup: :cheersty:
  10. J calls me darling .... no kids involved .... :tiphat: :cheersty:
  11. Robert we have been doing the same thing with Bank of Commerce for almost 9 years .... no fees or anything .... The reason for the 6-7 weeks s because checks that have to clear from overseas even though your bank may processes they much faster (mine does it in 3 days after receiving the request) they banks here want to insure that you don't write a check ... collect your money and then skip the country leaving behind a hot check and no way for them to collect on it .... once you get by the first month it is no big deal .... Now as to PNB .... in our opinion (J's and mine) that are absolutely the greediest and screwed up of all the banks she has an account .... she has accounts with BOC .... BDO and PNB .... just the other day she came home madder than hell as she wanted to withdraw some money from a PNB bank and they charged her p200 because it was not drawn on the PNB where her account is .... she asked them why and they told her "well ma'm you can transfer you account to us and there will be no charge .... the two banks are about 6 blocks away .... greedy ass-holes .... :unsure: :cheersty:
  12. J's favorite expression when things go bad is "f*ck-a-duck" ..... but never in public and not very often ...... hummmmm wonder where she got that from .... :hystery: :hystery: :cheersty:
  13. You want to see just how bad the VA has become ..... read this report .... I hope it doesn't make you sick .... how the hell did this got blown so far out of proportion ...... and why can't they fire these ass-holes .... I'll bet they could if they wanted to .... problem is they don't and with an administration that cares nothing about our military or servicemen who gave so much for us .... If this doesn't make your blood boil you ain't breathing ..... disgusting ..... :SugarwareZ-034: :wt-hell: .... here's what they need to do to these fu*kers ...... :728: http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/21/interactive-take-a-ride-on-vas-bad-bosses-merry-go-round/
  14. Yup ..... we are paying this looser $160,000 per year to screw up the veterans here in the Phils .... and some guys have the nerve to say only here in the Philippines do ousted governmental employees just get reshuffled instead of being fired .... looks like the good ol' US of A does the same thing .... there is no end to the greed and corruption when it comes to governments ..... :kidding: :23_11_62[1]:
  15. If anyone gets a chance visit the museum in Cebu .... it is in a huge compound and has something for anyone .... we went there several times but be for warned you as a foreigner will pay a higher price even with a permanent ACR I card .... but the first building you go into is well worth it both downstairs and upstairs .... lots of historic artifacts in both places .... upstairs is the WW II exhibit with Japanese weapons as well as tons of other stuff ..... out laying buildings show all the presidents ... important people of the Philippines and a building of flower paintings .... we just skimmed through some of these .... :thumbsup: :cheersty:
  16. Jack ..... my mother-in-law is 68 years old and just found out her name was spelled wrong 4 years ago when her husband died .... she needed it to claim his death benefits .... kinda looks like the length of time in years doesn't seem to matter .... it is really FUBAR here as far as documents go .... :thumbsup: :cheersty:
  17. I agree and I am another satisfied customer ..... going on 10 years in our relationship .... but you have to approach it logically with you mind and not with your heart (or worst yet your titi) ..... love will come with an aging relationship ..... for the first 6 months it is just puppy-love ..... :hystery: ....... JMHO .... :mocking: :cheersty:
  18. When I moved here I half expected to find some decent antiques but so far I have only seen 1 real antique display about 5 years ago in Cebu at an out of the way mall ....... the woman there had some very nice old wooden furniture ..... knives ..... pottery and other stuff .... prices weren't to bad but not cheap either .... but since then I have come to realize that termites and bok-bok eat wood and metal objects go to the junk man ..... glassware or crockery and other items get used until broken or again sold as scrap ...... most stuff when handed down gets turned into cash for a few pesos or destroyed rather than continuing to be kept as family heirlooms ..... In the US I had many fine pieces that I picked up over some 20 years of collecting .... not just collecting but actually using the items everyday .... tables .... dressers .... guns and weapons ..... crockery ..... glassware and bottles etc. ...... (well some not EVERY day) .... sadly I only brought 2 pocket watches with me ... one belonged to my great-great grandfather and the other was a very nice one used as a sample for a traveling watch salesman .... Oh well times change and life moves on .... :hystery: :hystery: :hystery: :cheersty:
  19. Yes Jack as one poster said it happens very frequently here ..... probably 1 in every 100 documents has at lest 1 mistake if not more .... just in our immediate family here we know of 3 out of 6 persons .... ranging from a birth certificates with 2 different birthdays (they applied for a extra copy and received a different birth date on the new issue.... figure that one out) .... 2 names spelled wrong and one member with 2 different passports recorded (not intentional) .... that's what happen in a society where they are so far behind in technology and very lax in details .... and add to that no one except the in-charge can make a decision to change something .... Years ago I almost didn't get a Globe internet connection because the woman I spoke to insisted that my middle name HAD to be my mothers sir name and not my fathers first name .... even with my passport and US drivers license she still insisted .... she had to get a supervisor to verify my info after I refused to sign the contract with my mothers sir name in it ..... unbelievable .... :hystery: :hystery: :cheersty:
  20. Yea that was my experience several years ago when I booked a room at one price only to find out the price was different once I got ready to pay ..... plus I don't like high pressure sales and the stupid little thing they do with the "we only have 2 left at this price" or the "10 people looking at this room with only 1 room left" ..... bull crap .... Hey Dave do you think I should have started a new thread maybe titled Traveling Negros Island or something like that ..... seems I went way off base from the OP original topic .... just kinda got outta hand .... my fault .... sorry .... is there any way to move those posts that don't pertain to RBM's original post I know I can't move them but maybe you can ..... sorry to be such a PITA .... :bash: :cheersty:
  21. MODERATOR'S NOTE: OK. Here is the split off thread. Really? Here are my search results showing 10 properties listed on Agoda Sir Hounddriver ..... you just may have changed my mind about Agoda price wise ..... looks like they have some decent pricing ..... if we go may just try them again after my last fiasco with them several years ago ..... We may just go to Binalbagan which is closer to us for our first trip away from home in the south .... gonna shake the tree and check it out on Agoda ..... it takes about 4-5 hours to Sipalay for us not counting a lunch stop so you really gotta go for more than an over night stay .... especially if you want to see anything ..... :thumbsup: Sorry to hi-jack your thread RBM ..... :tiphat: :cheersty:
  22. Agoda has never even heard of Sipilay. :unsure: Just do a web search for resorts in Sipilay and you will find quite a few .... been my experience that most of the time if you use those room booking sites you pay more than if you show up in person OR you contact the resort yourself .... JMHO .... :tiphat: :cheersty:
  23. WOW ..... the internet ain't the only thing expensive in Sipilay .... the room rates are sky-high according to their websites .... ranging from p1800 to p4000 .... anything cheaper I found to be fan rooms .... guess we'll have to save up our pesos .... :hystery: :thumbsup: :unsure: :cheersty:
  24. Hi Mike and thanks, I kinda reframed from this as seems not a lot of interest out there. That is judging from the small interest generated from previous reports. Later will put together the recently completed report, some times we use the car but prefer to stick to our Tenere, roads traveled are most all OK for a car. Generally stay pensions around P1000 a night, away from Kareoke if possible and we just love trying different foods. I agree with Dave RBM .... add to that that there are not a whole lot of people living on Negros here on this board .... so I don't suppose they could add anything to your reports ..... just a thought .... :tiphat: :cheersty:
  25. There are trains here? I'll bet they thought a train hit'um when that mortar exploded ..... :hystery: :hystery: :cheersty:
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