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  1. Paul, So sorry to hear of your family's loss. Peace to you all.
  2. My Asawa, since moving to US, likes grated fresh parmesan on many dishes, and shredded "mexican blend" cheese on salad (a blend of three real cheeses). She' also loves one of the Cauliflower crust pizzas we buy in grocery which is thin and crispy when cooked right and wouldn't even know it's cauliflower and parmesan bound together. Good stuff!
  3. And some great live music bars we experienced in Greenbelt, as well as some very good restaurants we found. You're right about the interior park like setting....a great escape from the city noise, etc.
  4. OnMyWay, I see nothing in your link that would contradict what I posted, but only quoted certain parts from the study (fictional of course, but a study and pandemic model nonetheless). Your link did, however, include this, which simply makes it interesting.... 'That's particularly true when it comes to vaccine development. The CAPS virus—which Toner describes as a cousin of SARS, "but slightly more transmissible, like the flu, and slightly more lethal"—was presented as resistant to any existing vaccine, as scientists scrambled to come up with one. Citizens, meanwhile, were rioting over scarce access to the next best thing: a fictional antiviral known to treat some CAPS symptoms. That scenario, Toner says, is utterly realistic. "We don't have a vaccine for SARS, or MERS, or various avian flu viruses that have come up in the past decade," he notes. "That's because vaccine development is slow and difficult if there isn't an immediate market for it." In no way am I suggesting it's going to be just like this with current virus, but simply that the model does at least raise concerns. It it weren't so serious, governments would not be suspending flights, quarantining citizens, etc, All with good reason of course, and certainly with hope that it can be contained early on. Guess we'll see. Have a good one.
  5. Food for thought.....consider the numbers in the recent Johns Hopkins study,computer model on a very similar virus. https://www.businessinsider.com/scientist-simulated-coronavirus-pandemic-deaths-2020-1
  6. Steve, from you OP, I'm reminded of the advice of Perry Gamsby, Aussie author of "Philippine Dreams back circa 2005+, and whom has since moved back to Oz for kids' best chances, schools, etc......something along the lines of "Rule # 1: Warning... Live a minimum of 3 hours away from your wife's family. Rule #2: You've been warned." Seems your experience drives that home. Now I say that knowing that when we move over next Fall, it'll only be an hour away in Antipolo most likely. Like you, hoping for the best, but my asawa Seems be on board and has forewarned all not to come unannounced or uninvited. We'll see how that holds, since she also wants to eventually come back here to Washington State in US, or not! Best of luck in your search as I continue to learn from your many posts and enjoy the reading.
  7. I drove and taught some with mine, but was too stressful, although it reminded me that most of Us grew up riding in cars, often front seat and no belts, etc back when, and our brains continually computed all that was going on, then on to riding GoKarts at age 10 and driving the family wagon down street at 14 before licensing and driving family car all over the place, etc. My wife had had not grown up riding in cars; so, had none of the spatial concepts when arrived USA in 2012, but we worked on it and got her permit. Then moved to Japan 2015 and paid for her lessons there and she learned to drive left side road and right side drivers seat enough to get around on short shopping trips once licensed. We returned to US late 2017 and once we got a Nissan Leaf elec car she could drive for size while I had my SUV, she started driving with me and increased weekly until got her license a yr later.....YEA! Freedom!!....I freed us both up to be able to get around without always joined at hip and well worth the $10K we paid for the Leaf with only 15K miles on it. She drives our kiddo to school and doc appointments and meets up with the gal pas some, etc while I work a post retirement gig. She still won't drive on freeway yet though. My point is all in all, worth every penny to get her to learn to drive and the independence that created for her and freedom for us both when needed. Now just need get her learn to drive the SUV and go back to 1 car some point. Funny side story is her mom in PI just wants to know if she can Park!
  8. I'll second that recommendation for The Avenue Hotel/Suites. We've stayed there multiple times on visits and always enjoy the stay and location. A couple others, depending on budget, closer to Greenbelt and Glorietta are Fraser Place and Somerset, which are more like serviced apartments. Embassy team put us up at Fraser on one working visit and I put family up there after a long stay in Iraq.....Was well worth it at the time. Have no idea now.
  9. Cool thing about Game Pass, despite the cost, is you can watch Any game Any time you want on demand. When I last had it in Japan, I could go back to prior couple of years and watch some old games if I'd wanted to.....No, I didn't want to, but an option either way. Good part for me is just being able to watch Seahawks anytime,. anywhere, along with a couple of other teams I enjoy watching in good match ups when I want to, since all the TV network contracts sort of isolate you where you live as to what games you get to see on regular cable. Finally, as I recall, I had to use a VPN in Japan to go to through to get the full package access to Game Pass. One Vikings fan, who just left PI recently after an earnest several years giving it a try, said he used Globe and it was plenty enough to get a good stream for Game Pass. Good luck. GO HAWKS!
  10. I figure This sums up Most (not all) Filipinas from my own experience now for 30 years and on my 2nd “Asawa”. Not sure it’s the temper or the fact they never forget something you said or did that gets us in “trouble” most.
  11. To include a serious butt whooping in my household I grew up in!
  12. Missed this thread earlier for some reason, but glad things seem to have worked out for you Don. Hope all mends well long term. This pics are not to appetizing, but real good reminder to us all. All good info from all the comments too. Take care!
  13. I thought you said it pretty well, but we all come in from different angles and life experiences that surely influence us wherever we go. I’d be first to say it “feels” different there in RP because it Is different, as are most all cultures different, both the good and the bad ....in the end, hopefully we’re all human. Deadly Events Here over the weekend were soul numbing. Posted on social media “I Fear our country has lost its soul.” ....But that’s a whole different topic.
  14. You are right about seeing what I’d describe as Grinding Poverty up close and personal; it has a deep somewhat unsettling impact, but makes one also realize just how lucky one is and Most Americans are. Many of us don’t realize just how good we have it. My eyes opened really in ‘83 in Beirut and the ‘89 onward in the Philippines and other 3rd world countries. It’s humbling.
  15. Suuuurrreeee they did! Admin note. Been said many times not to link to that site. Link removed
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