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JJReyes

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  1. Sorry. I meant "Total Language Immersion."
  2. Thank you for your comments. I really appreciate being told that a good relationship and trying to achieve happiness is the path to having a successful life rather than possessing material goods. There have been ups and downs, but overall life has been good. I will be withdrawing from the forum for a few months. My first language is Spanish growing up in Madrid as a small child. The second is Tagalog after our family's return to Manila when my grandfather passed away. English is third upon entering first grade. The situation today is primarily English, passable Tagalog and very li
  3. There are pros and cons both ways. My proposal for the Philippines is a tiered system whereby a two years nursing graduate receives certification as a caregiver, assuming they run out of money or encounter academic difficulties. Caregivers will be badly needed for the domestic and international aging population who want to relocate to the Philippines for inexpensive assistance (me!). Nurses who prefer to be employed in the Philippines don't need the one year practice required by foreign governments before employment. The requirements for registered nurses and those planning to work oversea
  4. The Philippine policy is difficult to understand. The nursing schools currently graduate about 90,000 a year. The nursing board makes the national examination so difficult that only one third receive their registered nurse credentials after the first attempt. An additional requirement, knowns as "practicum" is working for a clinic or hospital for one year without pay. The prestige, private hospitals at one time charged new nurses a fee to work for them for free! This practice has been stopped. The only way to recover the cost of education, the training expense by providing free lab
  5. I am in no way justifying the practice, but the treatment of nurses in the Philippines is similar to going through a US Marine Corp boot camp. The goal of every nursing student and the families that support them is overseas deployment to the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, etc. They can earn salaries to support families at home until, hopefully in the West, they can petition to get family members to join them. Long hours typically means 12 hour shifts and during this pandemic, seven days a week in the Philippines. Low salaries means not paying them wha
  6. The latest report shows 4,081,959 doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered during a 24 hours period in the United States. The average for the past week is 3 million per day. One reason for the rapid increase is the involvement of neighborhood drugstores with the vaccination effort. The biggest group is CVS Health with 9,941 stores in 2019. CVS Health alone has the capacity to administer 20-25 million shots a month. I wanted to find out if this is done out of patriotism or profit motivated. While my two shots were free for me under government programs, someone had to be paid
  7. I don't care about the award. But $1 million sounds pretty good to me. Best to quit and enjoy life at his age. Instead, because of all the criticism, Fauci, his wife and daughters now require security. My advise is to retire, write a book and make a few more millions.
  8. I checked their Go Fund Me page. So far, $30 has been raised with a goal of $15,000. The story is a little suspicious. You are helping a man get off drugs, he steals your passport, then pays someone to report you to the authorities, which results is being placed in a government blacklist. Somehow this gentlemen gets off the blacklist, but the drug addict or another Pilipino is able to get it reinstated. Corrupt government officials are involved. This problem started three years ago whereas the preacher has been in the Philippines for five years. The reason given why he has to leav
  9. Clearly, this preacher broke the law. Pay the fine. All this could have been avoided if the preacher stayed home and helped the homeless in his community. You don't have to go to a foreign country if there is an equivalent need back home.
  10. BTW - Dr. Anthony Fauci has won a top international prize given by a private Israeli foundation. The award is the $1 million Dan David Prize for his defense of science and advocacy of COVID-19 vaccinations now being used worldwide. I wonder how many of his critics have received a similar honor.
  11. Bravo. Most unusual in the Philippines. Are you sure about the full disclosure? When rumors spread I was now a rich Americano, relatives whom I didn't know I had, wanted to see me to ask for money or propose a new business scheme.
  12. Canada, like the Philippines, is on hold in our bucket list. In the meantime, the US government has agreed to "loan" the Canadians 1.5 million doses of Astra-Zenica from its stockpile while waiting for this vaccine to be approved by the FDA. If the borders reopen sometime in the summer, we are considering taking our motorhome to the Canadian Rockies. My wife and I will reconsider the Philippines as a possible destination for Christmas and beyond assuming it reopens. There are already 90 countries welcoming Americans and the US dollars that will be spent in their local economy.
  13. Does anyone know if cultural traditions like penitents whipping themselves in public during Holy Week is still permitted or has the government clamped down on the practice?
  14. The CDC announced that fully vaccinated persons can travel. Yes! No need to feel guilty about it. The downside is airline ticket prices are going up. The tickets we purchased a few weeks ago were American Airlines, Los Angeles to Miami on first class, Miami to Quito on business class for $856.00 per person round trip. No rebooking fees if we want to change dates. Probably the last bargain prices of 2021. In the meantime, the Philippines is now red flagged by UK, meaning if you are from or have passed through the Philippines during the past 10 days, you cannot enter. UK citizens and
  15. Sorry. My mistake. What I meant was it is longer an epidemic, but the transmission of AIDS remains. People continue to die from it although at a lower rate after the availability of certain medication. My recollection at the time was AIDS was feared because the transmission could have transferred to the heterosexual community.
  16. I am also reading articles claiming that a vax passport value will be limited as more and more people get vaccinated. During the next few years, governments need to demonstrate that they are doing something about a perceived problem. One of them is limited entry to those foreigners who have been vaccinated. The same for public venues like stadiums, arenas, shopping centers, etc. Only locals and foreigners who have been vaccinated may enter. (Again, maybe not applicable for the United States and the United Kingdom.)
  17. Merchandise sources for UKAY-UKAY: Americans donate old clothes to charitable organizations like Goodwill and Salvation Army. The best pieces are sold in their stores. The remainder are purchased in bulk by dealers for eventual resale in Central and South America or places like Sri Lanka and the Philippines. We are talking containerloads. Laws banning such items are easy to bypass. Let's just say the cargo label is different. We know Filipinos who regularly visit Goodwill and Salvation stores located near ritzy neighborhoods looking for branded merchandise discarded by the affluent.
  18. Nurses are overworked and underpaid in the Philippines. Reason why the nursing colleges are graduating students at the rate of nearly 100,000 a year is because there is the opportunity to work overseas for better pay and better working conditions. Every major hospital in the United States has at least one Pilipino nurse on staff. Probably it is the same in the United Kingdom. When the Covid-19 pandemic started, the Philippine government stopped the overseas deployment of nurses based on the theory they are needed at home. Still overworked and underpaid in the Philippines with a greater ri
  19. Shows my age. I still remember my childhood when all Philippine coinage was silver.
  20. I don't like using government propaganda labels like calling the proposed additional $2.2 trillion as "investments." It's debt. FDR made it illegal for Americans to own gold except for coins. Because the US possessed the most sequestered gold, this allowed the federal government to dictate global monetary policy. President Charles de Gaulle and the French pricked the myth by returning accumulated dollars and getting back gold at a bargain price. Since then there has been mountain size borrowings which is the reason for all the worldwide prosperity (and poverty). The problem is one day it
  21. I haven't had Philippine grown squash in a long time. What we eat is the Japanese version cut in medium slices and fried with tempura batter. Delicious and tasty. Readily available in Southern California supermarkets because of the large Japanese population. By the way, the Filipino population in San Diego and Los Angeles has grown, resulting in a proliferation of restaurants and supermarkets. Most popular dish is the Pilipino lumpia, also known as, Shanghai lumpia. The bite size version is served by the Hollywood crowd during their parties.
  22. I remember watching our farm tractor plowing the fields and a flock of native chickens followed behind to eat the earthworms and other insects. My solution was to keep the chickens caged to give the worms time to re-burrow into the earth. My father's theory was the exercise (for the chickens to toughen them up) worms and eating green leaves contributed to creating an intense, unique flavor. So the chickens were set free to follow the tractor operator. Every Sunday lunch consisted of using these native chickens to prepare soup based on a Jewish recipe. I can still recall the flavor. The c
  23. Printing money causes inflation, but the problem facing the world is everyone is doing the same thing at the same time. As the bubble continues to grow, it will get pricked and cause a global depression. The speed of computers means that you might wake up one morning and find the value of currencies worldwide has been wipeout. Some are betting bitcoin will be the replacement. I seriously doubt it because bitcoins are just binary codes created by computers. They are very easy to manipulate. After the collapse, governments will meet to create a universal currency as a standard value.
  24. I am not sure what the future economic impact will be from the stimulus money. Just glad it went to me, and others like me, to spend. Better than having politicians explain through their press releases how they are using it for wonderful projects in their home states like statues for town plazas honoring local citizens you absolutely don't know.
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