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  1. Prior to my first visit to the Philippines my wife and I were chatting via the net. She ask me how tall I was in cm? She said he needed to know so she could find some male office mates the same height "and practice standing next to them".
  2. You realize you are taller than most everyone else when you see yourself in a photo. And I am only 5'8" (173 cm).
  3. Curious how a prisoner (PDL is too politically correct for me) is able to register online. I was under the impression cell phones were not allowed.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. I think it became an issue of discussion because in the video she is wearing zero safety equipment.
  11. 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.
  12. I think they also contain some kind of lens stabilization software/hardware. You also find it in the more expensive cameras and binoculars.
  13. 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.
  14. Millions of North Koreans just updated their bucket list to include a trip to the Philippines.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. Invest 1000 and get back 2500 at the end of the week. It still astounds me when the lure of riches can completely blow away logic and reason. https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1501081/bohol-davao-investors-lose-p2b-in-new-scam TAGBILARAN CITY—At least 300 residents in Bohol province have sought the help of the police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to recover at least P2 billion which they lost to people behind a new scam. Bohol Gov. Arthur Yap tasked the National Bureau of Investigation and the CIDG to investigate the matter as the provincial legal office stepped in to help the victims of what they called as “repa” or “paluwagan,” an informal group money-lending system. The same financial scheme has also victimized at least 50 people in the Davao region. Simplicio Sagarino, chief of Davao City’s Anti-Scam Unit (ASU), said about 50 people had filed complaints with his office, with some of them claiming to have invested as high as P10 million. Sagarino said what lured many of the investors was the high returns received by those who joined the scheme earlier. In a statement on Monday, Yap said at least 150 affidavits had been filed by “buyers and sellers” of the investment scheme. Quick return A help center supervised by the provincial government, the police, and the CIDG was put up to assist the victims. Yap urged other investors to file their complaints in municipal police stations in the province to avoid congestion at the center. The scam takes off from the paluwagan, a traditional money-saving practice among groups whose members know one another, either because they are officemates or friends or they belong to a clan or family. Members usually contribute to a pot of money that each of them will receive when their turn comes. The rotation is usually decided by drawing lots (repa in Bisaya or “ripa” in Filipino). As practiced, the paluwagan is built on trust and that no profit is promised because the total amount of the pot at a given time is the same that one will contribute over the entire life of the scheme. In Bohol, the scheme has many “administrators” who are usually hiding from its investors, the complainants said. A woman went to the provincial police headquarters at Camp Francisco Dagohoy here last week, asking policemen to help her recover P35 million which was set to be returned to her clients whom she called “buyers.” She said she failed to release the payout to her “buyers” when the administrators and coordinators disappeared. “I have been receiving death threats from my buyers. If I can’t return the money or even the capital, they said they will kill me,” she said. The woman said she didn’t know the “administrators” since she just remitted the money to a “coordinator.” In Davao City, ASU’s Sagarino said the complainants were lured by the prospect of earning more if they invest more of their money. In an interview with a local radio station, a complainant said he lost P400,000 while an acquaintance put in P7.7 million. Those behind the scheme in Davao tweaked the traditional repa system, Sagarino said in a phone interview. Online transactions He said the transactions were done online, requiring one to become a member of designated chat groups where both the scheme’s administrators and investors meet and agree on the investment terms. Pay-in is through online wallets. Investors usually buy slots with the promise that, for example, a P1,000 pay-in will grow to P2,500 at the end of one week. “Initially, many received their return of investments, so more people decided to invest while those who have already invested have increased their investment,” Sagarino said. He said investors were made to believe that they would earn because other investors decided to sell their slots before the expected payout, settling for a lower amount of investment return. The trading of investment slots has also driven more interest from others who have missed the schedule when these were first offered. Remember Kapa? The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Davao Extension Office warned the public to be cautious in putting their money in investment instruments. “Do not invest in schemes that are not registered, because you might find yourself on the losing end,” the agency said. “If it is too good to be true, and the transaction is done in a discreet manner, the people should suspect [the legitimacy of the scheme],” it added. The SEC has been raising alert over schemes, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic when people are looking for immediate sources of income. In June 2019, the NBI began its crackdown of the Kapa Community Ministry International headed by Joel Apolinario for running a Ponzi scheme disguised as a religious charity, promising at least 30-percent return. It was estimated that the Kapa scheme duped over 2 million people and amassed over P60 billion.
  18. A bad idea that didn't work out. Fairly certain that everyone knows it is a lost cause.
  19. Film her standing on a stool against a green background. Use a drone to film the building. Use software to take away the green background, resize as required, and drop the image on the building. Also you know it was faked because there is no safety harness and her uniform is clean and dry. Clean and dry means she has not "messed" herself which is what any sane person would do.
  20. 1. I think you can renew the ACR card at satellite offices. https://immigration.gov.ph/services/alien-registration/renewal-of-acr-i-card 2. Sorry, forgotten the cost already. 3. The 13A visa is a permanent resident visa and does not have an expiration date, only the ACR card expires. But even if you changed to a tourist visa I think you would still need a new ACR card. 4. It is my understanding that the 13A visa will expire if you are out of the Philippines for longer than 12 months, but I can't seem to find the source to post. As you plan on using Balikbayan privilege in the future that should not be an issue in any case. Best of luck on your future move. Hope everything goes smoothly.
  21. Folks, please read the article and you may want to google additional articles if you take Losartin. The recall started for certain lots of Losartan that contained an impurity. Canada appears to have now extended the recall to all Losartin and some other similar BP meds? If you do take Losartan, it may be a good idea to check with your doctor for a substitute in case this recall does extend to the Philippines or you want to take no chances. Below is the article text. Sandoz Canada and Sanis Health are recalling all lots of prescription losartan tablets due to the presence of an azido impurity above the acceptable limit. The impurity is a mutagen and can create a heightened cancer risk over time if allowed to rise above certain levels. The news, announced in a new advisory from Health Canada, marks the latest in a series of recalls of antihypertensive medications in Canada over the last several months. Previous recalls have included losartan, irbesartan and valsartan—all were related to the same azido impurity. “Continue taking your medication unless you have been advised to stop by your healthcare provider,” Health Canada warned in its advisory. “Not treating your condition may pose a greater health risk.” Read the full advisory—which includes all updates since the first announcement back in May
  22. Duterte has given a bit of a mixed message. https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/philippines-president-congratulates-journalist-ressa-nobel-prize-spokesperson-2021-10-11/?fbclid=IwAR0sitspjRtck3q6T4t7DOyA5gqtUQZ-Xj1WUaZNTiVNBWJsd7MTV-evxGA MANILA, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's office on Monday congratulated journalist Maria Ressa for winning the Nobel Peace Prize, calling it "a victory for a Filipina" for which it was happy to see. Ressa, founder of Philippine news site Rappler, and Dmitry Muratov shared the 2021 prize after braving the wrath of the leaders of the Philippines and Russia to expose corruption and misrule. Ressa has been fighting multiple legal challenges in courts related to Rappler's dogged investigative reporting of Duterte's government, its bloody war on drugs, and its use of social media to target opponents. "It is a victory for a Filipina and we are very happy for that," presidential spokesperson Harry Roque told a regular news conference, responding to a question on what the award meant for the government. "Of course it is true there are individuals who feel Maria Ressa still has to clear her name before the courts," he said, in the first comment on Friday's award from Duterte's camp. The firebrand leader has described Rappler, launched in 2012, as a "fake news outlet" and a tool of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, which Ressa has dismissed as nonsense. The Prize was hailed by many in the Philippines, with critics saying it is a rebuke on Duterte, a frequent critic of Rappler. It was the first Nobel Peace Prize for the Philippines and the first for journalists since the German Carl von Ossietzky won it in 1935. The Kremlin congratulated Muratov on Friday, describing the investigative journalist as talented and brave. Asked on Monday what her message would be to Duterte, Ressa urged him not to pursue a divide and conquer approach. "I beg you, unite this nation. Don't tear us apart," she said in an interview with news channel ANC.
  23. No monkey around Moalboal. Maybe the locals already ate them all?
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