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MacBubba last won the day on August 5 2014

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  1. Thanks everyone for your input and help, it is greatly appreciated. I'm looking into Express VPN and it looks promising.
  2. Sorry, for some reason, this got posted under Spousal Immigration and Benefits. Still would apply to Social Security though. Please feel free to move as fitting. Thanks.
  3. I recall reading up on this some time back, but am unable to find it in search. Moving to the Phils soon and would like to know how to set up a VPN so that it appears that I am still in Canada. Thanks for your help!
  4. I knew about being able to bring household effects, up to a cap, but I did not know about allowing a car.
  5. They have a membership program. We usually go with my sister-in-law, who is a member. From my experience, Spiral is far and away the best buffet I've tried.
  6. I checked with my wife. "Carabao English" is an old term that refers to English that is poorly spoken, due to lack of fluency or limited vocabulary. Not their fault really. Taglish may be spoken due to those causes, but could also be an affectation. In the 1980's, some of the boys and girls from exclusive schools started speaking in Taglish because they thought it was cute. The lower classes were quick to adopt it because it was easy, and in fashion. Easier than striving to speak English properly. Then actors and actresses started speaking Taglish on television, and that was that. Taglish became acceptable.
  7. In Toronto, my wife speaks Tagalog more frequently than she does in the Philippines. She says she misses speaking and hearing Tagalog, and with Filipinos here in Toronto coming from different walks of life, she is not always sure of the other person's fluency in English. In Manila, with her friends, it is English all the way. Taglish is frowned upon.
  8. Group health insurance would serve a need.
  9. Haven't had the fruit. Have had the shake, which tasted like onions, so held no appeal for me. However, as a pastillas (not the cheap durian candy that is commercially available), it is among the best. It added a depth of flavor to an otherwise very sweet milky substance.
  10. I checked with my wife about the word "sakto". "Sakto" is derived from exacto. Exacto means exactly right. She has been away from the Philippines for a long time, and thinks that "sakto", having evolved as slang, may have broadened its meaning also to describe a size that is "just right", not too big and not too small. Exacto is what you say when a person you have given instructions to, repeats what you just said. If he gets it verbatim, you say "exacto". As an adjective for measuring size or quantity, if you have just enough material to make a dress of a certain size or length, you say "exacto lang" and breathe a sigh of relief. If you are trying to fill a container and you nearly fill it, you say "halos exacto" or almost exact. To her "halos exacto" seems to bear the closest resemblance to "sakto", which is "good enough". If it were "exacto", it would be perfect.
  11. Thanks for the cab info. We'll give them a try in May. Did you ever try Uber while in Metro Manila?
  12. She does the planning and the contingency planning, which we discuss at length. Same page, and all that. Makes for fewer arguments when we share the same goals and keep those in sight. Personal freedoms are available to both of us, but never abused. That's because we truly do prefer each other's company and really are the best of friends. So, who calls the shots? I would say that most of the time, she does. She does it well, so no qualms from me.
  13. Kuya is generally a term used to refer to an older male. Some might use it loosely to refer to someone of a higher rank (in which case "sir" would be more suitable), but as a rule, be careful not to use Kuya with someone younger, lest he take offense. I think "Ading" is more Ilocano than Tagalog.
  14. I am "homesick" for the buffets in Manila. We will be there in the Philippines in November, with the last 5 days spent in Manila. We will bypass our regular buffets (Vikings, Buffet 101 and Dad's), and try Spiral (in Sofitel Hotel, with an incredible cheese room) and Alba (Spanish buffet). Yes, I am a Canadian whose home is in Toronto, but I think of the Philippines as home as well.
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