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  1. The children here in Moalboal still play the slipper game. Also hacky sac using a taped up ball of plastic bags, flying homemade kites, rolling an old bicycle tire using sticks, using a palm frond as a sled, etc. Love the sound of their laughter and excited voices as they play. Soon they will gathering at gate to sing Jingle Bells. We have two jars full of coins ready and waiting.
  2. Maybe they can collect the sand, sift out the garbage, and pack it away in storage. Then on special occasions they can take it out and spread it on the beach. Repeat as required.
  3. Even when younger I could not do anything like this because of vertigo. When I watch that Emirates add for example. At the point where the view zooms out and you see her standing on top of the building - I actually feel like I might fall out of my chair.
  4. My bank wanted two factor authentication but could not send a text message to the Philippines. Their tech department was able to turn it off on my account after I told them I would need to close all accounts and also move my 401K to another financial service provider.
  5. Welcome to the forum. As others have mentioned the ink, in and of itself, should not be a problem. My wife (Filipina) and I have lived here eight years. In my opinion the best way to be happy here is to be flexible and not let common irritations get to you. Driving here is scary, brownouts are common, poverty is endemic, pollution and litter can be terrible depending on where you live. Service levels, to include government services, will almost certainly be less efficient than what you are used to. But it is the warm, welcome, friendly people who make the Philippines such a great place to live. So be flexible, smile a lot, be polite, etc. To make immediate friends complement people on their beautiful and well behaved their children. As others have mentioned the ink should not be a problem. The people I meet seem to accept a person based on behavior and actions, as opposed to appearance. I am sure other members are looking forward from hearing more from you. Do you still speak the language, have you visited since you left, do you have family here, why Tagaytay, etc? Not being nosy (well maybe a little) but anxious to hear what you have to say. A personal thank you for being on the front line during this pandemic. I cannot even imagine how difficult your life has been these past month.
  6. Okay, got it. When I watched the video I made the mistake of thinking it ended where they zoom away and the text says "See you in Dubai" and stopped watching. And that first 33 seconds is what was originally shown by the airline to the public. Here is an article which shows the version shown to the public and some of the public's reaction when shown. https://indianexpress.com/article/trending/trending-globally/emirates-latest-ad-shows-woman-standing-atop-burj-khalifa-7445493/ In what is bound to inspire awe and dread in equal measure among viewers, the latest advertisement by Dubai-based airlines Emirates features a woman standing on top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The advertisement, which was released to celebrate the decision allowing quarantine-free travel between Britain and the United Arab Emirates, was shot without the use of a green screen or special effects, according to the carrier, the Khaleej Times reported. The 33-second promotional video titled ‘We’re on top of the world’, which has now gone viral, shows a woman dressed as a cabin crew welcoming passengers back to Dubai after it was added to UK’s amber travel list. Previously, Dubai was a part of its red list that mandated fully vaccinated travellers from the middle-eastern country to undergo compulsory 10-day quarantine in hotels after entering the UK. However, the celebratory video is not for the faint-hearted. When the camera suddenly zooms out, the woman is seen standing on top of the world’s tallest building — the Burj Khalifa. The clip concludes with a “See you in Dubai” tag line. Watch the video here: At first glance, the advertisement looks no different featuring an airlines staff holding informative cards. However, it is only in the final moments that the viewers will be in for a shock when the smiling woman is seen standing on the 830-metre-high tower. The clip triggered a wide range of responses, with many speculating the use of CGI. ALSO READ |Emirates’ aircraft makes majestic landing, leaves netizens impressed Featuring in the advertisement was Nicole Smith-Ludvik, who according to her Instagram page is a “world traveller, skydiver, yoga instructor, hiker, adventurer”. In a thank you post to the airlines, Nicole wrote, “This is, without a doubt, one of the most amazing and exciting stunts I’ve ever done.” The advertisement provoked multiple reactions online. While many are shocked by the stunt, others said they were impressed with Nicole’s bravery. Many also said that they were curious to watch the “behind the scenes” moments of the shooting of the advertisement.
  7. I think that if you travel to European Union countries you do have to show them a health insurance certificate/policy? As a tourist here in the Philippines if you get sick you need to "show me the money" if you want health care.
  8. The video released as the consumer ad does not show any safety gear at all. That is what caused folks to complain about putting profit over safety, video being photo-shopped, etc. My immediate reaction to the consumer video was "no way" anyone or any company would do this for real. I agree with @Dave Hounddriver, safer and cheaper to do the same video using green screen and a real Emirates stewardess.
  9. I think it became an issue of discussion because in the video she is wearing zero safety equipment.
  10. I had a problem when my US bank switched to two factor security. I called them and said two factor would not work here and I would need to change banks. Their tech department was able to switch off two factor on there end. After a period of a few month user settings change to include two factor as an "option" with the default setting set to "ON". So check with you banks or other financial institution to see if two factor is actually mandatory.
  11. I think they also contain some kind of lens stabilization software/hardware. You also find it in the more expensive cameras and binoculars.
  12. I heard a rumor that low blood pressure is good, but if the BP drops to zero over zero that is bad. Does anyone know if this is really true.
  13. Millions of North Koreans just updated their bucket list to include a trip to the Philippines.
  14. Apparently is was real. Here is an article that speaks to how it was produced. https://www.livemint.com/companies/news/this-is-real-how-emirates-airline-s-ad-was-shot-on-the-top-of-burj-khalifa-11628572860375.html The latest commercial from the Emirates airline has generated a lot of impressions on social media sites after it showed a cabin staff member in full uniform standing atop the Burj Khalifa's tallest point. After several social media users expressed apprehension that the commercial uses special effects and a green screen, the airline came forward and clarified that it was shot without the use of a green screen or special effects. Emirates, which is the largest airline and the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, also shared the making of the advertisement. The 30-second clip opens with a close-up of the cabin crew holding up message boards in a nod to the famous scene in the 2003 cult hit “Love Actually" Nicole Smith-Ludvik, who is a professional skydiving instructor, features as an Emirates cabin crew member in the advert. As the camera pans out, audiences soon find that the crew, with her iconic red Emirates hat and uniform, is actually standing at the very top of the Burj Khalifa by Emaar, giving audiences a panoramic view of Dubai’s skyline. "At the pinnacle of the building, the main protagonist had a reduced circumference space of only 1.2 metres at 828 metres high to pull off the stunt," the airline said in a media release. "At 828 metres above ground this marks one of the highest ads ever filmed and was conceptualised and directed by Emirates’ in-house brand team with the help of Prime Productions AMG, based in Dubai," it said. + The climb took 1 hour and 15 mins from level 160 of the Burj Khalifa and the team had to scale several tiers and ladders inside a tube to reach the top. A single drone was used to capture the footage in a continuous take to film the complete sequence.
  15. The "Rocket Man"??? And I think it's gonna be a long, long time 'Til touchdown brings me 'round again to find I'm not the man they think I am at home Oh, no, no, no I'm a rocket man Rocket man, burning out his fuse up here alone
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