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  1. Over the years I have used my ACR-I cards mostly as an ID card. Like when I got my vaccinations, etc. Since my passport is kept by my visa renewal service in MNL while I am in-country, where they also obtain and keep my current ACR-I card, I usually use a previous year's one in my possession and have never had anyone question it or had a problem with that over the many years that they have been in existence and required. I do not drive here. A photocopy of my passport and an outdated ACR-I card seemed to satisfy all requirements to date while moving about in-country up till now.... but who knows if and when things will change when things get moving again.
  2. What island/province/language (s) area (s) do most of the Pinoy kinfolk live in ? Maybe that is not a factor, but it might help since there may be expat members living there who can provide you with more targeted and specific information it that is a relevant concern.
  3. "...having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would...." [Herman Melville's 'Moby Dick'] I thought I would.... watch the very many recent videos of Philippine Youtube vloggers who were unfortunate to be in typhoon Odette's path of destruction, now that they are showing up. Looks like a repeat of super typhoon Ursula's December 2019 trail of carnage here in Roxas City and other track sites, although the affected population numbers may have been smaller then... I believe. Any way, there are a lot of videographers documenting in detail and from many locations with differing points of view this time with intend to provide long term follow up coverage. I was wondering how much this will affect the trend for the many hopeful future PI expats who are souring on their home country retirement situations and would like to come here to join us. The old saying re 'all publicity is good, even when negative' might not be of much value anymore. Vloggers are usually quasi-promoters, but this isn't their usual fare for a holiday or retirement destination.
  4. 24 months ago the eye of Yolanda passed over my city (Roxas). What happens to you often depends upon your house type and location. If in the eye, you can expect horizontal rain from one direction, a dead lull (ours was about 60 minutes) and then a resumption of the same wind force from the opposite direction. Even though we are north of the eye this time, everything will go into plastic bags, and the bedding fully protected since the house is not fully typhoon proof designed. Anything left unsecured outside will 'fly away' and disappear. Last time we had no power for only 10 days, but the time before (2012 or 2013) in the eye again, it took 2 months before we had electricity again. Hoping for the best.
  5. I found these video programs had certain aspects of interest, given that pending ex-pats often are trying to compare the Philippines to other SE Asian countries for possible retirement options. They provide some areas of interest in the bigger picture. I included Bangladesh for a down-stream comparison. Feel free to compare particular aspects and comment if interested.
  6. Yes. Quite common and ordinary practice here with those living in poverty without what properly private bathing facilities. I remember quite well the first time I witnessed young women and children bathing openly at an outside pump with clothes on outside their minimal living shelters. Having a sheltered bathing area is unfortunately still a luxury for far too many.
  7. Uhhhh.... I just realized that my Filipina might be a very successful virus. She minimizes the damage to me and maximizes the shedding of my money.... spreading it very far.
  8. According to the definitions.... its a mental disorder. I wouldn't consider people as such unless they are morbidly preoccupied with their health, continuously anxious and fearful, etc., and always in doubt about even medical test results. Come to think of it..... maybe its more common in western countries due to corporate medical and pharmaceutical advertising, not to mention the daily news and social media health scare feeds. The older you get, the more attention you pay to your aging biology as it wears out or breaks down. Very semi-humorous post intent ? There are the whingers, and there are the stoics. Sometimes hard to walk the line. I'd rather hear of the wife's bio-problems than run the risk of her ignoring them to her/our later regret.
  9. At our late breakfast just now, I mentioned the clip to my wife, a woman of 50+ years, raised in both Panay and Mindoro. She said the Tagalog word for the salt stone is 'dokdok', and as a young girl she would watch her father eat hot rice and dip it into the scrapings off it at the dinner table. Once when she was a little girl she grabbed it off the shelf by mistake, thinking it was a body washing stone (used by the old people instead of cloth when soap scrubbing) and complained to her mother and brother when her now irritated arm, turned bright red.... they laughed.
  10. An ex-pat friend down the highway messaged this clip to me this morn. A basic survival tradition that may very well come back into more regular use if the techno world civilizations continue on their present self-destructive courses. Well, it never hurts to learn how to survive with the old ways. After watching the continuous stream of absurdities and trivialities that are being palmed off as news items these days, I found this uplifting to watch.
  11. Apparently the PI is not ready, willing or able at this time to revive the severed human connection with the common world at any reasonable scale. I stayed over for the duration thus far, and am content with that decision, however..... I doubt that I would be willing to perform your listed circus act to come here even to see my asawa before a level of the previous normality returned, were I not here. I tip my hat to you, sir.
  12. Not sure of the data source or validity. Maybe the comments section was as interesting as the active charting.
  13. What sort of statistical hocus pocus is going on here. I would think that a straight quarter by quarter comparison would be more honest, considering when they shut down the arrivals.
  14. Not sure whether to topic post this under Health, Safety & Security, Culture or something else, but I would like to get some ideas on it regarding effective local family incineration practices. I do NOT want to get into the whinging and complaints of your neighbors' bad and offensive practices, so much, as its not going to stop the practice here in the PI. Rather, I am interested in more effective methods of burning. I did a brief search here and not much came up. I checked on Lazada, and this is what I found. https://www.lazada.com.ph/products/haoyunla-1-set-stainless-steel-burn-barrel-household-incinerator-furnace-burning-bin-i2321397665-s10526176295.html?spm=a2o4l.searchlist.list.8.428d781dqTxqaT&search=1&freeshipping=1 Basically, a small light steel perforated bucket on small legs with a lid. Selling for P1K to P 1.5K. Like it or not, sweeping up yard debris (dead leaves, twigs, etc.) and setting it afire, is a common and daily practice here. Often, other burnable trash is thrown in. Often light plastics etc., are included. Most people have separate sacks for the plastic or metal non-burnables that the basura trucks pick up, but a lot of things get openly burned up here that would not be in other countries or places that have monitored and enforced burning codes. I told my wife that we should get a burn barrel/container for better incineration, and she said she would check at the local market and discount stores, but doesn't recall seeing such things for sale. I see that the secondary gas and smoke burn technology from woodstoves that we use in the cold forest lads is now appearing in recreational woodfire burn pits. (see Youtube videos if interested). The ones they home build are too costly for common use here from what I see, but maybe not. They have an airtight metal ring around the inside of the pit with holes at the top and the outer circle of concrete brick is separated from it by a few inches, with bottom inlets to bring in fresh oxygenated air, pre warm it and inject it into the top smoke and unburned gas that come off the burn for secondary combustion. I guess I could have one made pretty inexpensively by a local, since there is no way I can probably stop my wife from her tradition. Any ideas or better methods for improving the yard burning practices?
  15. I watched one of the PI vlogger's of the street scene there the other day. Haven't the faintest shred of sympathy of those who were suckered by heir own foolish greed. Used to be that the seven deadly vices were universally condemned, but in seems increasingly apparent that they are semi-acceptable, or at least common norms in this new social age. People feel freer to vent their irrational angers and silly outrages. Bold lies and deceptions are common in most politics and defended. Marketing and advertising are hitting new lows, etc. Journalism and media have fewer responsible gatekeepers. I fear we are in a devolution with little hope for a turnaround in my lifetime. So it goes.
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