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  1. Thanks to everyone who has contributed advice to my problem. I have to agree with the overall consensus that we should just settle up and move on. Fortunately we have a good British friend who lives in Eastland and we have asked him if he will contact the Manager and find out what is, or isn't possible. Like people have said speed is of the essence before they can screw us for even more. As I originally posted it's basically our own fault for taking our eye off the ball. If our friend can't help my wife will just have to go there and sort it out. I suppose I am mainly pi**ed off because th
  2. Thanks for the input,Pittman- including the 'cough, cough' which might not be advisable. You mention Philippine Legal Websites- could you point me to a good one? I really need to know if the Developer has the legal right to extort money in this way. (I do know that that is what lawyers the world over do most of the time.) Thanks. C.McG.
  3. Hi, and a Happy Xmas to the Forum. I've been occupied with many things for a few months and so have let posting on the forum slip. However, my wife and I have fallen into a Philippine 'Black Hole' situation which I'm sure has trapped many other people before who are living in subdivisions. In spite of many years experience with the Philippines I 'took my eye off the ball' and have suddenly woken up to a potentially enormous problem. I fully acknowledge that the situation I am going to describe is of my own making and that you could just say 'what an idiot,' but we are all humans and theref
  4. I don't want to seem to be too unsympathetic to your 'tale of woe', but to be honest your experiences remind me of the famous quotation of Oscar Wilde. To paraphrase he said... "To lose one parent may be unfortunate but to lose two is just careless!" Perhaps this could be modified to; "To lose one wife may be unfortunate- and to lose two could be careless- but to lose 3 is a reason for deep personal reflection about ones suitability for marriage. Chris McG.
  5. You seem to be assuming that your 'Elite' schools will normally adopt a different method of teaching which you call the 'Inquiry' technique. In an earlier post you define this approach as 'teaching students to think,' as opposed to a basic 'knowledge' based one which is mainly imparting information in a more formal way. I would not agree with this assumption which seems to imply that so called 'Elitist' schools are superior to those which the great majority of pupils have to go to because of the superior pedagogical approach of the former. I was sent to an Elite school in N. Ireland by my pare
  6. In Denmark it excist an excelent MIX of students lead discovery and adjusting to the national school plan, so they suit to switch to other schools between years.It's a small school idea, where they let 1-6 graders go together, the older assist the younger volontaringly. 1. A period starts with a teacher read a novel for the whole school. 2. Then the students tell what they got courious to learn. 3. The teachers chose between these ideas, which of them suit best to the national school plan. ONLY allowed to chose ampng ideas from the students. 4. The chosen ideas are adjusted to suit each a
  7. I discovered MY noise 'Achilles Heel' a few years ago in the UK. We had just moved into a new house in an estate and the construction company had installed alarms on all the houses. Ours was a box mounted high up on a wall- not easy to access. Not long afterwards I was in the middle of teaching a class at my school when a message was relayed to me saying that my wife had telephoned and that there was an emergency at home. Naturally I dropped everything and got a fellow teacher to cover my class. I drove home like crazy and as I neared our house I could hear an alarm blaring at full volume. My
  8. My wife suggests that the best answer to this problem is to find an area with frequent 'brownouts.' Spoilt for choice I suspect? :rolleyes: Chris McG.
  9. Forgive me if this topic has already been covered recently- I simply don't have time to read all the Archives. Most of the posts in the Culture section seem to be about us foreigners scratching our heads, wringing our hands and saying- "WHY DO THEY DO IT?" ('THEY' of course being Filipinos.) Given that it is obvious that our partners and friends in the Philippines do and say many things that we cannot easily comprehend- perhaps we should also accept that Philippine people also find 'US' incomprehensible, irritating or downright offensive at times :bash: because of the way we think and beh
  10. While there are many funny sides to noise in the Philippines and other countries it perhaps shouldn't be forgotten that the undoubted problem can. and does, cause multiple HEALTH issues. Also the TYPE OF NOISE is very important as some kinds of noise are far more intrusive to the human brain than others. We probably all know that if you live or work in a noisy factory type of environment you can actually adapt to that noise, and your brain filters it out after a time. But it is a scientifically proven fact that the noise of a 'crying baby', human or otherwise, cannot be ignored by most normal
  11. My God! - This is certainly a great topic. I went to bed in the UK last night at nearly midnight- woke up 6 hours later and there are 5 pages of posts! As far as living 3000 metres up a mountain is concerned I'm afraid there is NO ESCAPE from the dreaded noise. Our house in Leyte is located high up a mountain, and nearly one mile from the local Barangay. There is a deep valley between our nearest neighbours, who have a small nipa hut located on the other side of the valley. Blissful peace until they wake at 4.00 AM and turn on their music full volume. The air is crystal clear and pollutio
  12. I think you're 'spot on' there. Filipinos are definitely 'people centred' compared with most of us foreigners. My wife says that herself and it is very noticeable that everything automatically becomes focussed on people, family etc, rather than events or environments. They are also very prone to taking everything that is said as a personal comment directed at them. It is easy to dismiss this attitude as simple arrogance, and a misplaced sense of self importance, but I think it runs much deeper than that. I have often noticed how filipinos will start listening to what you are saying but will ju
  13. My Filipina wife has been on Facebook for a few years now. Along with millions of other filipinos she regularly posts pictures, galleries and information about our travels past and present. She tries very hard, and I think successfully, to edit all her pictures to make them interesting- not just showing people posing but backgrounds and notable locations also. Recently she decided to post photos of our years living in the little rural barrio in Leyte where we have a house and land. She displayed pictures showing the simple but interesting way of life for the people there. Now! - here is the in
  14. I think I'm qualified to join the ranks of crazy/stupid/brave/foolish (take your pick) people who were actually taught the correct way to drive,did exhaustive tests to prove they could, and then thought they could drive in Cebu. I started driving on a motorbike some 10 years ago in Cebu and did 2 years of city -********(i'm struggling to find a suitable word other than 'driving')- perhaps, survivalistic utter disregard for the safety of others, their rights not to risk death every minute they've the temerity to be on MY road, and I'm bloody well going to do what I want and the Hell with you- w
  15. I'm not so sure about that! Think of it from your own point of view. Personally speaking if a young woman told me a bunch of lies, which I believed, for whatever reason, and later came up and said- "Oh- don't worry about what I told you. I was lying, but for a good reason. Now I'm really telling the truth." Frankly it's going to take a lot for me to believe her now that she has admitted to not telling the truth. I think I would quickly move on. Chris McG.
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