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  1. Ok, I admit this is off topic but I believe this old joke fits here: 3 guys are working on a high rise. Every day at noon they stopped to eat their bagged lunch. The first one says "Peanut butter sandwiches AGAIN! If I get this crap in my lunch one more time I'm gonna jump off this high rise. Enough is enough." Next day the same guy opens his lunch bag at noon and says "Feckin PEANUT BUTTER again. I'm done!" And with that, he leaps off the highrise to his death. The second guy says: "WOW. What's up with that? Why didn't he ask his wife to make something different?" And the third guy says: "Because he makes his own lunch." Now the moral is we make our own forum here, so stick around and improve it or jump off, but no drama, please. And no blaming other people. Everyone gets their say and if you don't like that person's opinion then skim over it.
  2. It works the other way too. I stayed for 5 nights at a hotel in Cebu using a sale price I got on Agoda. At the end of the 5th day, I asked at the desk if I could stay 2 more days as I was happy there. Nope. Not unless I paid double the rate I paid on Agoda. So, I went back to my room, got on my laptop, opened the Agoda site, and booked 2 more nights at their special rate. I went downstairs and showed them the booking. No problem. 2 more nights at the Agoda price. Strange places these hotels. For those familiar with it, this was at the Quest Hotel in Cebu.
  3. A former member, who has since passed on, used to say great things about https://www.slingbox.com/ I have not tried it but you may want to look into it.
  4. Run for government office? I use this as an example. I strongly suspect there are other things a naturalized citizen cannot do but I don't really feel like researching it.
  5. The beatch in question had Lynne in tears as she was there on her own and the B was lording it over her. We have since got it sorted but the B stated that her "main concern" was having recently "rescued a minor from a foreign country" because the mother and child went with her unmarried husband to his home country and the mother had a "nervous breakdown" while she was there. Sounds like a crock to me but I am told the B in question was the biggest fish in that small office. We all know there are people like that. They lord it over their fellow countrymen until they get tears. If they tried that on a foreigner they would get anger. IMHO it is abusive to do that but I cannot change the system. Lynne seems OK now and we found a work around. EDIT: Jack, I am sure we could report her but it would be useless. Abusive people like that know how to suck up to their superiors and look like perfect angels when being investigated. It is an art that abusers learn to perfect.
  6. Getting a ride in their car or on the plane with them Some/many of us have been with girls who have family members in high and might positions. In rare instances, the high and mighty will acknowledge the poor relation. I suspect it is usually out of curiosity to see who the foreigner is that their poor relation is with. When this happens they are on their best behavior and trying to show how important they are. So we do not get to see what they are like at home. Their maids can tell a more intimate story and a couple of my exes have been maids to some of the high and mighty. it is not usually a nice story.
  7. From what I have seen, you are correct provided you are thinking fo the extreme upper class and rich. But that kind of person also has their nose in the air and does not marry a foreigner. Racism is alive and well in the upper crust, IMHO. That said, there are Filipinas who come from middle-upper-class families and are a lot richer than many of us here on this forum and, to agree with Jack:
  8. Yep. She had a problem with us living together without benefit of marriage. She apparently said she would sign it in a heartbeat if we were married. It seems the reason for the paper is because the child is school age (4 going on 5 but they say school age is 3) and not yet in school. So we found a "helper" to get around the BS and we will put him in school in June. But really: Has to be in school by age 3???? Dumb ass country.
  9. I will be. I understand that the information on the Internet is rarely 100% accurate when dealing with Philippine high and might bureaucrats but I did find this: Sounds like someone is playing God with Lynne, perhaps hoping for some under the table persuasion. I will find out.
  10. This is a new one for me and only just now coming to light. I have not got all the details. When my live-in spouse started the process of getting a passport for herself and her fatherless child she was informed that she needed all the usual bureaucratic crap but the child needed very little. The main thing the child needs is a letter of permission from the DSWD. They refused. So what do I mean by a fatherless child? A child who was fathered by a man who denied any responsibility. A father who said, "It ain't mine, you must have had a bunch of other guys so blame one of them". So the birth certificate says father unknown and there was no father figure on the scene until I came along. Has anyone else had to get a letter from DSWD to get permission for a child to get a passport? How did you solve it?
  11. Most people say that until his friends start telling him that all of his friends have been sleeping with his wife when he is at work. I had that happen to me and it still amazes me to think that I blamed all my friends at that time (I was in my 20s) and it took quite a while to realize the one to blame is the wife. Love is blind, deaf and dumb!
  12. It isn't that I do not believe you. But I also read sites that say "how to Block a number on ANY cell phone" like the link I will give. I have to wonder about your phone. https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-block-a-number/
  13. You too? Happy Birthday Jack. May you have many more years of touching people in a very special way. And also, Happy Birthday @Old55 who's been quiet about it, possibly because it is not yet his birthday in that part of the world. Its still yesterday over there.
  14. Currently? England is in a state of confusion.
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