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  1. Sorry, but I don't know. My wife is out running errands again so I can't ask. What I do know is that they ask her if she has a vaccination card, and then they give her a discount when shown. You usually can't enter our local malls now unless you show your vax proof. The receipts attached to my take out meals now only show the order items w/o the prices....... , but she might have other receipts that show cost. On the building supplies, it only showed the actual hand written items and charges. She explained to me how the tiles were so many pisos @ normal price and they took off [email protected] on the normal P48 price and the grout was normally such a price and she saved P40 on the two bags, etc. She just returned and I ask her, No discount at the Gaisano grocery, but she sent some money via Palawan Pawn shop and was given a 5% discount. She also said that the discount in listed on the purchase receipt as "vaccine discount". 10%. on the Jollibee food. That's all I know, since she does all the shopping and running around. Check with your wives/ GFs/ or whoever does your local shopping for what's happening with vax discounts in your area.
  2. For those of you who eat food...... yesterday the wife got discounts of 10% on her Chow King take away (also 10% last week at Jollibee for same as well as dine-in for her and her helper), 20% at the Robinsons mall on her groceries. She also got a 20% discount at the building supply where she bought tiles, grout, cement, sand etc. for her ground level kitchen's concrete floor upgrade. All it took was her vax card.
  3. For those unfamiliar with this common mix up with gender pronouns.... some Pinay occasionally get it wrong if they are not highly fluent in, or infrequently use their English. I assume that this is because Tagalog uses the word "siya" for he/she and other third person pronouns that are NOT gender specific and rely on context and sentence structure to indicate gender. It can get confusing and frustrating if you don't realize this and ask for clarification when needed. I get a lot of it and am used to it now after 18 years, since my wife has never lived anywhere else where she has had to perfect her English, and I am the only one she has to speak English with on a daily basis
  4. It appears to be an undocumented fact that the women here are practically all devotees of the legendary Green-Eyed Goddess, due to hundreds of generations of natural selection. Seems to be a Universal evolutionary trait.
  5. Wife went out today here in Capiz Prov. on Panay Island. . With her vax card she got P100 discount on the water bill, 10% on the Jollibee meals, and P200 or 250 discount at the Robinson's mall grocery store.
  6. 'Mike Judging ' by the way the country seems to be going right now, you wil leventually have to increase your professional greeting line to: "Welcome to Walmart. I love you." as the Idiocracy prophesy comes to be. Then you will have to be competing with the ten thousand Filipina on-line opportunity seekers who have been practicing it to perfection, who will apply for work permits as our elderly population passes away and no current citizens are willing to take on the low paying job. Said in jest.... hopefully.
  7. I switched over to these for the last 3 years. Easier and more effective than the variety of snap traps, magnetic walk the planks, etc. But no matter what you use, some rats learn very quickly to steer clear. But many others don't. I've trapped both small, young and large, old. I don't know why, but sometimes you catch a lot and other times.... wala for awhile. Maybe other available food, maybe some are more circumspect at times due to other factors. I like cage traps now because its easy to drown them and chuck the corpses into the wetland with the use of a charcoal tongs. These relatively cheap cage/live traps are only available in my city at the old public market on Sundays, since our Unitop and Novo don't carry them. They do rust out over time. Sometimes the welds crack or springs break, and the stiff wire which is the bait holder and trigger set weaken, but you usually get your money's worth of use out of them and they can be easily repaired.... usually easier to just replace @ P250/500 Sm/Lg if you don't want to mess w/repairs when needed. I used to use dried fish on the bait hook, but easier to just insert your post dinner chicken leg bone in the flexible J hook. Other traps I had I baited with expensive peanut butter or dried fish.
  8. Over the last 20 years I've been slowly adding to my knowledge. My use is limited to what I feel is useful in any given situation. Usually in an effort to establish a positive emotionally harmonious relationship. The use of even 20-30 common phrases or expressions often suffices. Most of my vocabulary is focused on basic nouns and verb roots. Also the ligatures (simple words that tie things together... Si, ang, at, sa etc), Tagalog's grammar is very different from Englsh in terms of sentence word order, and the tenses are complex and varied according to the verb groupings. The first one I learned was for magluto/to cook.infinitive. The past/present/future conjugation forms are : nagluto, nagluluto, magluluto. As you can see, the root (luto) is embedded in all, but the inital prefix syllables change to indicate the time tense. This pattern is for the UM and MAG verbs. Word orders in sentences can also vary. When you switch positions you use different forms. e.g. 'my dog' can be either " akin aso" or "aso ko" , so the pre and post forms of possession are different. The pronoun form chart is quite complex for this reason. "you" and be either "ikaw" or "ka" depending on whether it is pre- or -post. All that said, I pretty much stick to throwing in nouns and infinitive verb forms now and then when talking with the wife just to aid in making use of some taglish. I also use the one word interrogatives all the time, when I need clarification in matters. Although we live on a Visayan language island, she is like very many Filipinos, and is bi- or tri-lingual, and I can get away with using Tagalog instead of a local visayan language. Some local terms and words are good to know, however. There are very many local languages in the PI, so unless you are committed to long term use in an area or with your GF/wife in a local language, you may well be better off learning Tagalog/Pilipino since it is a more universal communication language when traveling through the PI. Most locals are just as pleased to hear you using Tagalog as using their local language IMO. The local Hilagaynon numbers are different than the Tagalog ones, but I only memorized the 1-10 Tag ones, and the numbers words on the currency....e.g. dalawampu, limampu, sandaan (20,50,100). Dalawa is 2, and lima is 5, but 10 is sampu. People here also understand the spanish for the monetary denominations.... and usually the English. I personally have no reason to acquire a deeper mastery of either the local language or Tagalog, but some extra knowledge never hurts if you can acquire it in small increments and brief amounts of time..... 5 or 10 minutes a few times a week. There are many Tagalog tutorials on Youtube of varying complexity or simplicity. I find it easier to watch only part of any lesson, since the amount of new material can be overwhelming and can defeat the purpose of learning a new language when it gets too confusing or boring. This is the one I am using at present : Even here, at its most basic, you will see that unless you have learned/memorized some basic nouns, verbs and pronouns..... getting much out of the lesson is problematic. My wife just told me, when I asked about breakfast, "I am going to cooking." By now she knows to use some form of time tense construction, imperfect as it is, since I often have to get clarification as to the 'when' re what she is doing. Of course I could have said, " Ikaw magluluto o nagluluto ba?.... You are going to cook or are cooking ?, but easier for me to just ask "when/?" (kailan/ ba). Things are seldom easy in the Philippines at times...... but we just keep plugging away and get things done.
  9. For what its worth to US retirees here in the PI. https://www.usmedicareph.org/
  10. Depending on where you live, how you buy different items with regularity, who does the shopping for your household, and how long you live in a locale, you/or your wife/GF may well have a few dependable 'suki' relationships. My wife gets her egg flats, tangigue cuts, etc. from special long term vendors. Same for my cases of beer and smokes at a more distant sari-sari where they much less expensive than several closer ones, but on her regular family trike travel route. I could comment further, but do not feel it wise to do so, but it is important to remember that many things get done here through personal relationships to varying degrees that are hidden. Economic and political markets have a mix of transparencies and special insider components everywhere. Here is an article re 'suki' ..... http://simplegoodandtasty.com/2013/03/06/globally-aware-be-my-suki-a-market-relationship-in-the-philippines
  11. IMO Riding a bicycle anywhere with fast traffic, speed inducing straight aways, heavily used two lane roads with large vehicles is an extremely high risk situation. I'm over the 70 mark, with an impaired eye, so I don't even think about riding anymore. But even when I did here in my mid-50's, I limited myself to the safety of the quiet and empty subdivision roads, where the only real threat was a occasional well fed house dog that would come out for territorial instinct reasons due to the stupidity or indifference of the owners leaving their gate open. I, and later an old Glasgow friend ( deceased now 3 years) that I gave my bike to when I moved out of that subdivision rental, always made it a practice to carry a bamboo rod across the handle bars to fend off the occassional dog harrassment. The street dogs were no problem, since they had neither the energy or instinct to give chase anymore. All that being said, I do have a 80+ yr. old Bavarian friend who still bicycles the low traffic, slow speed beach front road every day here for the last several years from his coastal rental to the cargo/ferry port over several kms. You just have to select and appraise your cycling venues very carefully.... but no guarantees. If you have the freedom to choose your city (many expats have limited choice due to the wife/GF wanting to live in home areas), you might consider the fact that the 17 regions of the Philippines contain 81 provinces and the capitals of most have airports, hospitals, malls etc. now. Some, like the west coasts of Mindoro and Panay are low traffic areas due to their semi-isolation, and may be better suited for cycling than more populated coastal areas, but in the end what matters is the exact areas and roads you choose to cycle on. Hope you end up on some low risk roads somewhere.
  12. We have a very large terrace which has an uninsulated, open steel roof with some opaque panels for daylight to brighten up the very large semi-open, outdoor cooking and dining area. Even with the two overhead ceiling fans, it is not what I consider comfortable, although my wife cooks and sews in the area all day long, without complaint. I am thinking of buying one or two sun shade sails which could be easily rigged over it with little effort. The Lazada prices seem cheap enough, but I will probably buy locally if available. What I would like to know is there are expats who are using these, and what their experiences have been. Any anecdotal advice or comments would be appreciated. Thank you if you choose to share your thoughts.
  13. This popped up on my video radar, and although not Pinoy, its interesting how the near Asian neighbors also push the limits on their motorbikes. Maybe our motorbike members could comment on the frame (seems lengthened) and other modifications. Not much English.
  14. https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1360214/build-typhoon-resistant-houses-in-vulnerable-areas-govt-told This article mentions P 120,000 to 150,000 for a government/charity core abode. The ones in my neighborhood were built at 170,000 for a simple post/beam and 1/2 block wall house with outside wall attached CR. 4 sided roof. 1 door and 2 or 3 slat windows. steel roof was on a hardwood frame from what I saw as they built it in front of my eyes near by. These are minimal. Cooking ledge on outside of house. They are safe however. Usually the owners around here did add-ons later.
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