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  1. We had the same experience a year ago. Grab is the way to go. Just get a SIMM before you exit the terminal, get a load and enable data. Then use the Grab app on your phone. So easy. I will never use a taxi again in Manila if I can get a Grab.
  2. I rented a car in Manila last year for a week long trip to northern Luzon. I think it was Manila Car Rental. As with many other things, renting a car isn't the smooth seamless process you get in the west. Expect delays, going to a specific bank to put down a deposit, etc. Also they tried to get a hefty long nose tax from me on the rental until I mentioned that my asawa was concerned about the cost. i.e. They tried to upsell me to the most expensive rental they had by stating the Innova I wanted wasn't available. They also tried a few other tricks to get extra out of me. For example wanting me to pay 500 pesos up front for a cleanup fee when the driver dropped off the car. Asking if he would give me a receipt for that ended that conversation. And it only cost me 150 pesos for a car wash on my return. Take plenty of pictures of the car when you pick it up. All in all everything worked out fine just be alert to keep them on the up n up. Also make sure your phone's GPS works well and you have a good data signal for your mapping app. Waze helped route me around some bad traffic but it can then take you off the beaten path. BTW, look out for those jeepney's trying to squeeze you out from both sides on EDSA or some other major street in Manila.
  3. If you have a smart phone install the Grab app, that is a ride sharing app similar to Uber. Book a few short rides in Manila and ask the driver what he would charge to take you to your destination. I found all the Grab cars and drivers were very nice in Manila. Some I spoke with will do longer trips. One guy mentioned he did a 3 day trip to Baguio. Likely price would be 2-3k per day plus gas and tolls. I only used a taxi a few dozen times in Manila. Out of those I had at least 2 sketchy rides. One where the driver had a fake meter and another where the driver was taking us to a different destination than we asked, i.e. a hotel he gets a kickback from instead of where we wanted to go. Grab is so much nicer an experience than a taxi in Manila.
  4. My wife's family are from the mountains in northern Luzon. One thing that I loved on my first visit was the large thermos they had which was always filled with hot coffee. Coffee from their own local beans. Last time we visited I helped a bit as my father in law roasted some beans then turned them into a coffee powder using a large stone bowl mortar and a 6 foot long wood pestle. My wife related that when she was a child they would go pick some coffee beans then exchange them for for a piece of candy at the local sari sari. On my first visit my wife's father took me around to meet people one morning. At each home we stopped at we were invited to share some coffee. No 3 in 1 or instant in sight. Very much a coffee culture in the mountains.
  5. My wife told me a few weeks ago that her brother, who has been in the PNP for almost 5 years, has been reassigned to the Bilibid prison as part of a large group of PNP to replace the corrupt corrections staff. I haven't heard anything else regarding his new assignment.
  6. Just wanted to thank Tommy and all the others who contributed to this thread. Very valuable information. A good refresher for the first aid I learned as a Boy Scout and in the USN.
  7. Losing some weight might help a bit with your hip and knee. Hope those get on the mend for you while you shed the pounds.
  8. How is your keto diet going? I have some family members who are doing keto along with increasing their physical activity. It is working well for them. Except one who shed the pounds too fast and ended up in the hospital for gallbladder surgery.
  9. One valid use of a horn I learned while driving in the Cordillera mountains is when you are on a single lane mountain road you should use your horn as you approach a blind curve to warn any oncoming traffic. If you hear a response then you will need to slow down even further and decide when you meet who needs to back up to a place where the other one can safely pass.
  10. Glad to hear you are on the mend. Quite the triple wammy. Funny how cancer and heart problems often go together. Both my brother and I had a similar experience, heart and cancer health problems at the same time. For me I have been cancer free for over 9 years and my heart hasn't given out yet.
  11. The flu shot isn't for everyone. I am allergic. My first and only flu shot when I was in US Navy bootcamp resulted in both my hands and feet going numb. Seems that many of the flu vaccines are created using chicken eggs and as a child I was allergic to eggs. However it is is made must concentrate what I was allergic to.
  12. Check the settings on your TV. Some include a setting for sound delay so you can better match the video to the audio.
  13. Then the transfer didn't go through paypal. You transferred it directly from you bank to their bank account. Perhaps at some points in this transaction you were on a fake paypal website. I would never buy anything of any significant value without doing it in person or with a very reputable business that you can verify. What happened to you sounds similar to a common internet scam. https://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/fbi-warns-of-scam-targeting-car-buyers/ Sorry to hear you got scammed.
  14. Arrest or kill a low or high level drug dealer and you have just created a job opportunity for the next one. Often in the US when there is a big take down of a major drug ring street violence will increase for a few months as the lower level drug gangs fight it out to see who gets the former dealers territory to become the next major drug dealer. This is a never ending cycle as long as drugs are illegal and their is a huge profit to made from the black market.
  15. That is why any crypto currencies you have on an exchange which are not being actively traded by you should be moved to a private wallet that you control the keys for rather than leaving it on an exchange. As the saying goes for crypto currencies. Not your keys not your crypto. Of course there are risks to holding your own keys where you can lose them so best do your research and understand the risks of both and how best to protect your crypto assets.
  16. Of course you should do your due diligence and understand what you are investing in. With regards to crypto as a techie, computer programmer, etc. I understand the technology but also understand how volatile the price can be on such a speculative asset. At 10 years old it has matured a great deal more than the early adopters thought it would. There now are a growing number of investment firms who are hedging their bets by obtaining small positions in bitcoin and some of the better established 'alt coins' as they are called.
  17. With the caveat to only invest money you can afford to lose, the price of bitcoin got down to $3150 USD last Nov 2018 and within the last month was back up to $14,000 USD. Currently trading at $9900. So you could have made a tidy profit.
  18. My family doctor recommended I see an orthopedist who after seeing xrays of my spine recommended the physical therapy. If that hadn't work, spinal injections with last resort of spinal surgery. I know several people who have had stem cell treatments for their spine which have worked for them to reduce back pain.
  19. Economic growth can effect population growth. For a very poor country economic growth which results in better infrastructure for water, food, power, etc. can increase population growth. But as the economy modernizes even further population growth starts declining.
  20. That works great until the one time when there is a glitch and the payment can't be made resulting in late fee's, etc. I like to pay at least 2-3 business days before a bill is due just to ensure I have time to resolve any payment issues if there is a glitch.
  21. I pay as much as I can online also. Everything except my credit card payments are paid by a 1.5% cashback visa card. I just wait until the new billing cycle starts on the visa then do the payments. Doesn't matter what day since it is on the new billing cycle and since I always pay my credit card in full each month, there are no fees.
  22. Wow. I was wondering why your treatment required a few days stay at the hospital. That explains it. Hope this round of treatment finally takes care of that for you.
  23. Glad to hear everything went well. Thanks for the report.
  24. Boiling does not get rid of heavy metals like lead. Unless you capture the steam and distill it.
  25. Good idea. I wouldn't drink the tap water unless water from your taps tested clean. Even if the water company is producing potable water there is no guarantee that it is not picking up bad stuff like lead or bacteria in the pipes somewhere between the water plant and your house.
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