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  1. We are going to the Davao Immigration office on Monday, and we will see what happens from that point forward.
  2. Well before the typhoon hit I never posted images and videos of the little day-resort business my wife and I was building here on the island. This was to avoid any possible issues with forum owners, but as that little day-resort business is literally now no-longer existent, I doubt there is no-longer an issue to post a few before and after images and vids. And some may be more than happy to be freed of my boring long aquaculture and mariculture projects, and topics on lobsters and such nonsense. I will try to post a few before and after typhoon day-resort images and vids. If or when we try to rebuild the little island business again, I am sure it will still be a long time away from present.
  3. I will try to post photos and short videos over the following days while I still have the luxury of the internet access and hot showers. Our Dinagat Island farm and Surigao City are still pretty much powerless at this time.
  4. The typhoon hit us both hard, both here on this tiny island and our farm. The term 'utterly demolished' probably best sums up the island, as all we we built is gone. Our farm fared better but was still hammered pretty hard. We managed to make our way down here to Davao two days ago so we can get sound internet, to allow us to contact family to inform them of both the strife and blessings. What was lost was merely material things. I will now go to immigration on Monday and try to sort out the real mess. The virus two months ago left us just short of penniless after the hospital ripped through our meager savings. I am required to have to leave the country by March 4th, but being non-vaccinated I am now literally blocked by Filipino air-carriers. So my wife and I are here to see if immigration can assist, or give the information as to date, time and location to insure I legally report to them. I am not going to take submit to COVID-19 shots. I would rather sit in a cell until deported and travel back to Texas and work off that debt then later get a Mexico VISA for my wife and myself. Then when the madness ends return back to our Dinagat farm again.
  5. My wife and I are still alive. Today ways the first time we were able to have access to electric and internet.
  6. Sorry guys, I know that I have not posted on this thread during the last four months. Frankly I have simply been too preoccupied on other projects. Some due to various issues encountered while transitioning data between both my older laptop and this newer unit. I use quite a bit of editing software needed for my various written works, photo and video projects. Unforgivably I encountered unexpected glitches and incompatibility issues between the older 'Windows 8' and this 'Windows 10', but I'm muddling my way through the murk well enough. I also was down several weeks due to COVID, hampering both the ability an desire to be posting much over this last five weeks. Then last week the mind-numbing boredom of this imposed home-quarantine, led me to what best could be described as a sense of 'island cabin-fever'. I was feeling cocky and decided it would be an outstanding idea to jump onto one if our kayaks, to paddle out to our lobster hut. My wife was there with the helpers to inspect and count the lobster stock. I decided it would be a great opportunity to take some photos and underwater video. Once there I realized the water conditions where actually a bit too murky, to actually shoot decent video within the inside the nets, due to recent rains and tide conditions. I was able to video the inspection and counting when housed stock, once they where all housed in the holding tubs. Then I made a complete spectacle of myself, while trying to step-down back onto the kayak. I did not realize the kayak was moored 'high' (tied top of the ladder). Being now both half-off and now still half-on, I quickly found myself pivoting wayward on an ultra-lite plastic flat-top kayak. My big lumbering butt chose to zig rather than zag, causing a reaction probably best described as a disastrous flapping spread-eagle movement. Resulting in a rather tortuous failing attempt at avoiding a ugly belly-flop. My knee is still swollen, so is the ankle, and my wife giggles at me daily, but I got those damn videos. I guess that makes me the WINNER!
  7. I went to immigration yesterday to final renew of my VISA. I extended for three months, which means that March 4th I will have to do the VISA 'Out and In' to be allowed reentry back into the country. So I inquired about this supposed one year additional year VISA extension you mentioned earlier in your post. But they knew if no such policy having ever been enacted. The Surigao City branch regularly processes over 3,000 expats. So whatever former thread or posting must be erroneous. We have a friend who just returned from the States four days ago, and is presently held in the Manila 'Quarantine process' for 8-10 days at a cost of 6,000php (per day). The folks at our local immigration branch strongly advised that our cheapest rout (in our own personal predicament), is to quickly apply for a 13(a) VISA, as it will hold the current VISA on hold while the 13(a) VISA is being processed. Once filed needed documents have been filed, the 13(a) can take several months to process. During that time I will not have need to travel out of country, even if my current VISA expires. It will be the least expensive option. The local hospital excursion literally hammered our remaining savings. We have been upgrading the little island resort and property over this last two years, plus we just added a couple of small aquaculture projects back in Spring. So filing for the 13(a) is really our only viable option at this point. I really wish there was actually a policy for allowing an additional one year VISA extension, but alas it appears not
  8. Thanks for the info that there has been an extend up to an extra year. I will look for that posted thread.
  9. This will be fun. I just spent 10-days in the hospital (COVID quarantine lock-down) and then an additional (three-week home quarantine lock-down) here on the island. I will have to do the 3-year VISA out-and-in, this coming last week of February. And the Philippines really still do not have a clue yet, as to the particulars on the (who and how) to initiate their reopening of their country.
  10. As he was already in hiding probably meant his funds would be limited (perhaps depleting), with a wife and intent; unfortunately will be left to fend on their own as far as the US government will be concern.
  11. The 'center core' net is progressing nicely. Our local internet is returning to a resemblance of normal, enough that I can again begin to post video clips onto YouTube, as we were all but down for the last two months. I use a rather cheap 'Go Pro' knockoff to shoot all my wet and underwater camera work, certainly inferior to that of an actual 'Go Pro' but sufficient to allow me to still take a decent enough image or vid. Maybe next year I can actually upgrade to a real 'Go Pro' unit, as the resolution quality of a $40 knockoff is lacking at best, compared to that of a $500 'Go Pro' unit. But being able to not having to worry about losing my cell phone to an accidental blunder, still makes it quite a useful tool. I have several image and video editing programs which I have accumulated over the years, which has allowed me to make the best from what I have so far, but I will have to upgrade my equipment if I am going to be able to be able to improve the quality of my imagery. Inferior digital imagery can only be manipulated so far, and only an increase in pixelation and resolution can resolve that conundrum. I can easily show you a prime example. This video is of the same net project, which I was finally able to upload early this morning. The video was taken with my handy little SportsCam 1080p Pro-30 which is rated at 45(meter) depth, with the pixelation and resolution being quite limited it has still has been sufficient enough to allow me to document my projects well enough. But it is a mere children's toy compared to that of an actual 'Go Pro' unit having much higher pixelation and resolution capability. With actual builtin image-stability which I could never achieve with a $50 SportsCam 1080p Pro-30 'Go Pro knockoff'. Without this builtin 'image-stability' capability means I am solely dependent on outside software, which will always be a degrading factor to both my images and videos. Builtin 'image-stability' capability helps minimize shaky videos, and if a little instability, then one can still resort to using a de-shaking software (such as VirtualDub) with higher success. So for the time-being, my little trusty knockoff will just have to do. And now that our internet service has finally beginning to return. Means I have quite a few images and videos clips requiring editing and uploading, so I have a sizable backlog of new content to add to this forum thread.
  12. We are still of course working on our lobster 'grow-out' aquaculture, but a few weeks ago we started assembling the fine-netting, needed to construct a large net enclosure. This new enclosure will primary focusing on fish and bivalve mollusk production. In the image below shows my wife kayaking out to the are where we have a small crew setting the needed poles and assembling the netting. The first if this project is locates a few meters directly behind the pole-hut (presently use for house early developing lobster pueruli), but eventually this whole area will be literally consumed by various types and styles of 'grow-out' nets. As I am really interested in both multi-cropping specie types, and 'grow-out' aquaculture and mariculture; means I will be required to use a multitude of different configurations and setups, and a wide range of net-types. This new net we are currently building on this post, is basically the 'center-core' and is intended to function as a nursery net. This center-core net uses a fine-netting embedded directly into the seafloor, with a thick natural seaweed flooring and sandy bottom. Making this center-net an ideal secure garden marine sanctuary enclosure, capable of housing a diverse selection of bivalve mollusks (clams, mussels, oysters, scallops etc.). This center-net will also serve as temporary housing for early-stage fish (fry, fingerlings) until obtaining sizes to be relocated to larger netting enclosures. As this facility expands additional net enclosures will be added. The center-net will also serve as temporary housing for early-stage fish (fry, fingerlings) until obtaining sizes to be relocated to larger netting enclosures. As this facility expands additional net enclosures will be added. This fish 'grow-out' net structure is the core, of what will soon be a much larger outer-net configuration, designed to house a wide variety and diverse selection of specie-types. This center core net uses a fine-netting embedded directly into the seafloor, with a thick natural seaweed flooring and sandy bottom. Making this center-net an ideal secure garden marine sanctuary enclosure, capable of housing a diverse selection of bivalve mollusks (clams, mussels, oysters, scallops etc.). These nets will later extend all the way back to the very outer-edge of island's mangrove, and will also extend into the 1-hector saltwater pond as the volume of nets increase. This photo shows the the size of the area behind this new net, so it can give one an idea of the size of net area still to cover. . We are also presently working on those used nets we got from a neighbor last month. So once we finish with this new center-core net, we can start working on some of the outer nets. fun, fun, fun...
  13. I admit I probably watch way too much YouTube, but as I have no television or cable to help occupy me or serve as a distraction. YouTube is quite useful at keeping me both connected with the outside world, and as a sufficient stimulus for a plethora of personal hobbies and ventures. Recently I stumbled onto a video that I just I have to try building myself. If it works only half as it appears, it will be a jewel of a toy for many many coastal-expat regardless what country you reside. Especially if you love shrimp and crabs as I do. It looks simple to make, cheap to build and easy to transport. I want to first build four trap units and drop them right out front of our front gate. Then I can work on tweaking out all the roughs. Have to figure out how to best weight them down, bull them in and out of the water, and each unit needs night-lighting and a floater ball. All those are quite simple and easy to get around here in Surigao, as it has a decent size fishing community. If they work well I might then build another 10 trap units, which can all be harvested several times each evening and late-night. It would finally give me that excuse needed to finally build that small plywood flat-bottom 'Jon boat' I have wanted to build. Then I can set-out a dozen shrimp traps and a dozen craps when the weather a moon-cycles are right. We can harvest them throughout the night and simply transfer them over to the 'grow-out' nets. And as they say in bayou-country, 'Littlens feed da critters, and biguns feed yoself'. But if these traps work well, then I can house them in the 'grow-out' nets. And can hold some (shrimp and crabs) back, until they get decent 'pit-grilling' size.
  14. I do not want to use either my actual American or Philippine bank's debit card for online shopping. Nor do I want to be carrying my actual American or Philippines bank's debit card in my wallet. I would much rather be able to preload a predetermined specific amount, of independent funds, into an unrelated debit card. If I travel say to Davao, Cebu, Manila or neighboring country; there is the high probability I would be traveling alone. As my wife has personal business interest here which she manages, not always but most. If by unfortunate happenstance I were pick-pocketed, robbed, hotel burgled or simple brain-fart; leading to my being detached from my wallet, my primary bank's debit cards are safe and here with my wife. If I purchase a meal, general purchase, transport or lodging on the road; I do not have the burdensome worry of my actual personal American or Philippine bank's debit card information/access being compromised. And if I chose to purchase an item or two online, I do not have to worry as much about internet and debit card scams. an unrelated debit card if hacked or scammed would be held to a minimum. If hacked by a scanner, only a minimum amount is lost (dependent solely on remaining amount contained); and if an online merchant tries to double-bill or later-bill, they actually have no direct access to your American or Philippine bank's debit card information. Just spend a few hundred pesos for a new loadable card and move on. I know they're such cards available here in the Philippines, perhaps even banks offering them as a security option for students. But since before in the Philippines I have never purchased or held one, but with the ever-increasing sophistication of scanner and internet criminality, I see were purchasing and using such cards could be a useful extra protection against the unsavory elements determined to fleece you. Who here actually has personal knowledge and experience with such loadable debit cards? I am sure I am probably not the only one curious. Pros? Cons? Anyone?
  15. A virus with known 99.7%+(survival rate) vs. face-diaper porous as Gnats through chicken wire? Or a virus with known 99.7%+(survival rate) vs. the wisdom of face-diaper wearing globalist (aginda-21 tool)/China-groupee American-hater child-murder? Yep with those mathematical-odds, a prick of 'China Wonder-juice' sounds so logical... ...sign me up for my free bag of rice and the chicken please ...
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