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  1. Just sounds like business as usual to me. How many times does it have to be said that there is corruption at all levels of government from the top to the bottom. This is one sensational front page story when there are many more that have not reported yet
  2. Breaking News: The police finally stormed the cafe and shot the terrorist dead. One hostage was also killed and a few are injured.
  3. I really like your post and have been saying the same things for many years. Every person thinks in a certain language. Therefore if a person cannot think in English they will not be a fluent English speaker.
  4. Probably they were using revolvers which do not leave shell casings unless the shooter reloads. As many have said, its easy to buy illegal guns in the Philippines therefore its easy to sell them too. There's a big market for illegal guns since there are criminals in every city.
  5. Nah, you're mistaken :hystery: Mike forgot to say his spell checker is from China so don't expect all words to be correct. :)
  6. I know all about strict laws but this Presidential Decree doesn't make any sense. Take for example "occupy" Does that mean if you rent a house and want to occupy if you must get a Building Permit first. A Building Permit is for building or construction, its not for all the other things mentioned which have nothing to do with building or constructing.
  7. Sometimes it don't end up as expected. ((My grandmother (from a neighbour country to Sweden) was rather much younger than my grandfather. When my mother was teenager, she heared my grandmother talking with a woman friend about what would happen to her after grandfather die. It ended up with grandmother got long time ill. grandfather took vare of HER many years, and she died 12 years BEFORE him... (He became 95.) My parents were together until death but a few years before the first one died my two sisters were worried about our mother saying, "father is 8 years older than mother so what will mother do when he dies? Our mother died in May 1980 and our father died in September 1997, which was 17 years and 4 months after our mother died. This and many other stories prove that you can not know if the husband or wife will die first based on age.
  8. Bad idea. Allowing foreigners to own/carry arms is the very last thing that should happen. If a foreigner can graduate from the same Firearm Safety Course that Filipinos are required to attend and receive the same Certificate and License to own a firearm then why shouldn't the foreigner be allowed to own a firearm? I doubt there are enough foreigners who want to overthrow the government to worry about that and if the foreigner hates Filipinos or Asians then he shouldn't be here in the first place.
  9. "...repair...demolish..." So by the law if you buy an old house and want to do some repairs you can't legally do those repairs without getting a building permit first or if a storm damages your house you can't repair it until you get a building permit? What kind of crazy law is that? And, if you buy some land with a very old house on it you can't demolish the house until you get a building permit? Stupidity at its finest. Stupid laws like this one is why a lot of foreigners give up and go back to their home country.
  10. I know a woman who lives in Carcar who has relatives who work in Customs in Manila. They send or deliver expensive imported make up to her for resale. Corruption is ramped throughout the Philippines.
  11. Its good to keep things like this confidential so the evidence cannot be stolen or someone involved in the process either killed or bribed. This evidence proves that there were at least 2 guns used in his murder.
  12. He may not need a building permit in the area he mentioned. I was married to a woman from there so I know the people do not have floor plans, construction permits or safety inspections. The area my wife is from in Mindanao people do not get construction permits, fire inspections or any of the other useless BS, which is all about paying someone for something that you don't need. They live more like squatters in other areas who build whatever they want to without any nosy government involvement. Your wife or a trusted family member should be able to find someone who can make the addition to the house. If you don't find someone soon let me know because my wife knows a man in Mindanao who is very good at constructing houses and without wasting materials. Maybe we can get his contact info for you.
  13. Just as I guessed, Florida does not have Earthquakes. The concrete blocks are not meant to be load bearing but when they break or crumble during an Earthquake then the building's sway from side to side will increase which can cause damage to the load bearing members.
  14. When a political office is being investigated the strategy to save face and his [email protected]@ is to move him to another office. His replacement will have a valid reason to play ignorant to what happened before he took office, and the cycle continues.
  15. I don't know if there's a place in the Philippines where you can get concrete blocks tested for strength but you can test them yourself in at least 2 ways I have heard of. (1) Drop a block from 2 or 3 feet height onto a hard surface. If it breaks into a thousand pieces then you know its almost useless in construction. One day I watched some small children stealing concrete blocks from a parking lot. They dropped a few of the blocks from a very short distance and the blocks broke into so many pieces that they were just a pile of concrete on the ground. (2) When you hit a block with a hammer it should sing and not break. This method came from construction workers in the USA.
  16. Maybe the styrofoam blocks are used in countries that do not have earthquakes. I have seen cheap concrete crack into several pieces and crumble into thousands of pieces but a foreigners house who purchased high quality blocks does not have any cracks. Do not forget that the Philippines is in the Ring of Fire where Earthquakes happen almost every day. Most are small quakes but you never know when the next big one will hit. Last year I was renting an apartment in Carcar Cebu in a 3 story building when the Bohol Earthquake hit. There was so much damage done to the building that my wife and I and our neighbors moved as soon as we could find a safer place. Some walls were cracked all the way through and some of the support columns were cracked completely through too. Its hard to find any cracks in the apartment we live in now. The last apartment was built or I should say paid for by a foreigner. He probably thought he was paying for good quality concrete but I could have told him its quality was very low when I drilled some holes in it to hang a picture and a towel. The mason bit went in like I was drilling into cardboard. My opinion is if you want to be safe in the Philippines from Earthquakes then use high quality concrete blocks. The maximum number of 4" blocks I would make from one bag of cement is 40. Some are make 30 blocks per bag of cement which is even better.
  17. From my experience of being married to a Vietnamese for about 20 years and being around many Vietnamese during that time and from being married to two Filipinas starting in 2006 and living in the Philippines for the past five years, Filipinos are not teachers so if you want to learn one of their languages you will probably have to take the initiative to learn it yourself. Filipinos don't even teach their children, they depend on the schools to teach them. After about 17 years of being married to a Vietnamese I could understand most conversations in Vietnamese but I wasn't a fluent speaker. I believe if I could live in the Philippines for 50 years I still wouldn't understand most conversations, partly because they are not teachers, they do not pronounce their words clearly and by syllables and they have so many languages. Here's the way I look at it. I know I will never be fluent in any of their over 100 languages. A Filipina who graduated high school has already spend 10 years learning English in a class room so it should be much easier for her to continue learning English than for me to try to learn a language that I never heard until I came to the Philippines. My wife and I are very good at having conversations on any subject but I believe she is an exception to most Filipinas. She had to work in the mountains at a young age so she didn't attend school much and therefore learned very little English at school but one of her Aunts got her a job in a mall as the announcer when she was just 15 years old. She was required to make every announcement in Vasaya and then in English. It was very hard for her at first but being very intelligent and having a strong desire to learn English she was able to keep the job and excelled at it. Now she can speak English all day but she changes to another language when speaking to a Filipino because if she speaks English the Filipino will think she is acting like she is better than them. I have a foreigner friend who has been living with his Filipina gf for over 3 years. She speaks very little English so they have a lot of misunderstandings. One day he was talking to me when his gf yelled to him "not yet" He didn't have any idea what she was talking about. Another day she said "its finished" If he knew the subject she was thinking about then maybe her short 2 word phrase would make some sense.
  18. If you plan to use condoms bring your own supply because the ones sold here look like they are made for little boys. Well, most things in the Philippines is smaller so why not condoms?
  19. Some banks in the Philippines have a US Dollar account where you can have your US Government Retirement and SS Payments direct deposited each month. Then you can convert the dollars at some banks and others you must withdraw the dollars and then convert them yourself.
  20. Most Filipinos do not think much about safety so that does not apply here.
  21. Today I counted motor bike/cycle riders in Baguio who were not wearing a helmet and came up with a big fat zero. I saw hundreds of riders and every single one was wearing a helmet. So the helmet law is being enforced in Baguio but in most places in the Philippines the law is not being enforced. This week I was in Dumaguete where very few were wearing a helmet.
  22. If they sell 110 Volt items to Filipinos I'm sure they will burn out the first time they plugs them in because every Filipino I have asked didn't know what the voltage is in the Philippines. One high school graduate who I gave a written test to tried to cheat by looking on her phone charger so her answer was 4.7 V.
  23. Sounds good but why would anyone want 110 volts items when the voltage almost everywhere in the Philippines is 220 volts?
  24. I don't have any facts but my guess is very few Filipinas have or will attend a course to become qualified to own a gun, therefore since the foreigner cannot own a gun there most likely will not be one in the home and criminals know this.
  25. The way I look at the local price and foreigner price is its saying us and then, Filipinos and everyone else who are not Filipinos. Paying a little more doesn't bother me but the us verses them does. Its almost like saying you are not welcome here. Charging a non-local more than a local based on taxes does not apply in the Philippines because there is no City Tax or County Tax like we have in the USA. I pay the same 12% National Tax that Filipinos pay, my wife and I pay Property Tax on our land, we pay taxes when we register our motorcycle and Multicab so we pay the same taxes as all Filipinos who have any money to spend.
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