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  1. What is a barangay woman? Please
  2. Well now Woodat, it sounds like you are the victim of a computer glitch. But if what you say the pension fund is telling you is true, you should have your pension payment in your bank here on 7th January ( the regular date for payment). The last two payments due may take some time to reach you while they pass through and are verified by the accounting systems of the bank (in UK) and the pension fund. The time to act is 11:01pm, 7th January. Best not to wait. Can you find someone to physically confront the pension people and explain in clear terms the problem you have? Seems you may need to talk in clear terms with supervisors or even higher - certainly not a front desk clerk. As an aside, I find the 'glitch' interesting. Did it happen to your account only, or was it to all accounts. Not your problem obviously, but interesting.
  3. WOW just WOW, James. A true work of art, and nautical engineering. Just curious, but did I miss the narrative on the anchor? Hereabouts the boat anchors are usually fashioned out of 1/4 inch rebar - grappling hook style. No beauty at all, but effective when beaching. Bow to the beach, stern secured with anchor seawards. What about the paddle(s)? The natives here can fashion paddles out of one piece of board. A work of art. Paddles are good for pushing off, and for maneuvring at sea while fishing. And of course, useful at sea when the B&S gets into a tampo. Best wishes for your trial run.
  4. Jack, from my observations in the few years I have been here, Debuts here are really big deal for those with the wherewithal, and friendly with the bank manager. For those without it's just 'Happy Birthday'. I would suggest (a) keep the language and message simple, adoring, no subtlety, no innuendo. One or two Pilipino words only in the right place might impress, but be sure you get pronunciation absolutely correct, or the gathering might hear something not intended. Pilipinos love irony. You could try: "when we first met.......and now look at her" type of message. Your daughter's reaction will be a good indicator of how well it went over. OR (b) perhaps you might have an appointment which you can't miss on another island far far away. AND It will be fun to read of your account of the 'bash' in fine detail.
  5. James, are you adding a cutwater on the foredeck, or is it not necessary?
  6. In Australian vernacular "shiela" is a woman - same as a "bloke" is a man. Often used 50 years ago, but the influence of American movies changed that. They were later referred to as "dames" and more latterly "chicks". Geeez, you young turks make me feel ancient.
  7. Where in the USA is Sweden or Norway? Are they near Australia?
  8. Currently I use WU to send funds to myself from Australia to Phils. BUT WU needs my Credit Card / or Debit Card authorisation to send the funds. When my Credit Card (Visa) expires in May this year, I will need to use Debit Card, which expires in November this year. It's my understanding that Credit Cards are not actually re-newed but replaced, i.e. a new number issued which then needs to be activated once card is received. Therefore I cannot use the old card for WU transactions. I assume World remit, Orbit, and others would have same requirements to authorise transfers. I know that my Bank will transfer funds, but the minimum charge is so exorbitant, it is not worth considering. Or is my information out of date now?
  9. What? No masonry walls nearby? Is it too late to build 'portable' walls to place nearby? Are the stores really 'out of stock,po'? Huge oversight by event planners. :unsure:
  10. Last week we had 'carollers' singing at the gate. Only two and a guitar. Why do people think that strumming a guitar gives them a great singing voice? Cook caught me giving them 5p each to go away. Got reprimanded for that, and next day she bought a pack of candy. No pesos for carollers. "Each piece of candy is worth 1p. Give them that and they won't be back". Well the carollers were back that night. Gave them a handful of candy, and have never seen them since. Others have come to the gate, got the same reward, and its been quiet now for a week. Word gets around, eh? It's so much more fun in da pilippines. Now I need to head my head around the Christmas Day Rituals, Got a bottle of Red Horse left, that should help.
  11. The last three times I extended my Visa (9a) in the local field office, my friendly ACO advised not to be late extending. I never am - always one or two weeks in advance. But each time, I left the office with the impression that there is a deeper message in her words - a foretelling?.
  12. For me it's not the heat, although bad enough, it's the HUMIDITY. But still more fun in da pilipinnes! -- Government guaranteed.
  13. Many more to go yet, Pittman. All this activity stems from the US funded push to reduce world wide human trafficking. We used to call it slavery, but political correctness applies. Child trafficking and/or abuse occurs all over the world in huge numbers. The Philippines is recognised as an ideal base because of the natives' poverty and indifference or reluctance to interfere with neighbours' affairs. Poverty because parents see riches beyond belief in offering their kids to these dens, and engage a 'psychological disconnect' between their activity and their moral and religious beliefs. Yep, church on Sunday as before. Indifference because neighbours notice these activities but regard them as 'not their business'. And who would they report to, anyway. Recent police activity is pushing these cells out into the provinces where it is more difficult to discover them, and where they are somewhat protected by the 'code of silence' and perhaps a little graft. In some provincial cities can be found whole barangays almost saturated with cam-sex dens, not necessarily child abusers, probably because of the better quality of the i'net signal.. Neighbours are aware, but 'not their business'. These are 'dens' run by ordinary women usually, who are so easily found by young single mums when boyfriend or husband quits his familial duties. The income earned takes the place of social security found in other nations, and in many cases the only means of providing for the kids and themselves. These women are unskilled for any legitimate work. In other cases of course they are 'professionals'. These women too have that 'psychological disconnect', where the danger lies in that they could be tempted to involve their kids in these activities for extra money. .Activities, by the way, which they would not engage in, in real life; only in Cyber conditions. Police ( and NGO) activity may reduce child trafficking, but will not eliminate it here. New methods for avoiding observation and 'pseudo legitimising' the business are constantly being tried. Responsibility lies with society being more aware; with government in improving welfare conditions, job creation, better education for the masses etc; and in any nation this will take tremendous effort and commitment and of course re-examination of the national budget. So, as abhorrent as we may find it, child slavery is alive and well right across Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and the avoidance of detection is getting more and more sophisticated. Sleep well.
  14. How can this be so ,when 75% of families earned less than 40,000 per annum.
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