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hk blues

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  1. The grim reaper was doctored - I saw the original pic. The pic itself - take a look at the lamposts and you can see 2 are close together and the 3rd is miles away - reality is they are spaced equally. Now, were all those in the pic socially distancing - no. Were as few as the pic suggests - also no; as you say, some follow the rules and some don't. FYI - a UK football forum I participate in posted up this pic a couple of weeks ago and it was quickly shot down by most in a blink of the eye. Not me though - I hadn't gone to Specsavers!
  2. There are numerous levels to these incidents IMO and not all directly related to the basic "cause".
  3. No - that was the point I made in my earlier post. This pic was exposed in the UK as being a tad mischievous as it was taken at a particular angle which distorted the distance between people. Apparently they were, in the main, socially distancing. Keep up KJ!
  4. I hear you - I also teach online. That said, I have very few issues related to internet itself and If I was to invest in a 2nd line I would be able to get that down to almost zero BUT then I have to consider power outages - the internet back-up in the main box lasts a few hours but my laptop less. I can buy a back-up for the laptop if I really wanted to I guess. If someone was really serious about working from home they can probably get around 99% of problems.
  5. Absolutely they will IF they can get similar productivity. I have my doubts about that part.
  6. It's a common problem - they aren't really interested in expanding their capacity in the boxes. In our area we had the same issue where the PLDT sales person insisted there was capacity but the technician said not. I can guess why! We finally managed to get Globe to install a line but it has pushed the box beyond capacity which very occasionally causes an issue if everyone is using it at the same time - a rare occurrence. They seem to be focusing on expanding the fiber network than adding to existing junction boxes.
  7. I'm unconvinced that there will be a significant change to most worker's arrangements in the short term. It was an interesting topic during lockdowns to pass the time but as soon as lockdowns are lifted the target is to get people back to working as before IMO. We'll see.
  8. Nope, not at all - It jumped right out at me. Actually, I completely missed it.
  9. That pic is of dubious intent - if you look at the lamposts you can see 2 are very close together and the 3rd is well apart - it was taken at a certain angle to suggest people weren't social distancing. That said, plenty of pictures where people aren't to choose from!
  10. There is a photo i saw of the scene mentioned above - the rescue helicopter was on the beach therefore all the beachgoers were huddled together in a small area - no social distancing at all. Whilst I agree with your sentiment ref. those who take risks not being rescued - where would we draw the line? Should drunk people be treated when they get into fights at closing time? And so on...
  11. Unfortunately, in the UK they seem not to be so self-disciplined - give them an inch and they'll take a mile.
  12. Yes...I read about that.The problem is there could be 100 groups of 6 equating to 600 people in 1 place! As long as people are going to be people then it's going to be an uphill battle to make great strides.
  13. Yep...reminds me of the old joke about the guy who didn't report the theft of his credit card because the thief was spending less than his wife used to.
  14. The answer is plenty - The rather 'soft' immigration requirements make it easy for law-abiding people like us to live here. The same rules also apply to scum who exploit women, and worse children. Makes me wonder why the authorities haven't tightened things up. I also wonder why the Thai government don't shut down places like Pattaya, Patpong etc etc in Bangkok Maybe the answe to both questions is the same?
  15. To add to this - My son's school are required to keep school fee increases within DepEd parameters - which they do. However, the miscellaneous fee is not DepEd controlled. You can guess what happens year after year - crooks. Nobody challenges this, myself included, because the system is against us. We accept the low cost of living and other benefits of living here so I guess we also must accept the 'system' that operates too.
  16. Agreed. This is one of the problems of living where we do - the total absence of accountability and presence of being able to do pretty much whatever you want as long as nobody (important) complains. Thus far i haven't seen any evidence of gouging except with alcohol price which I can kinda accept as selling an illegal product comes with certain risks. But, as things begin to open up I can well imagine the odd peso or three being added to prices because...well, because they can.
  17. From what I've seen here so far, the standard is to thin cover the perimeter and have a rebar handle inserted - works and a practicality zero cost option - to Western standards no but...
  18. Not enough antibody testing done yet but to be honest my comment was more of a general observation that the Philippines is likely to be no different to most countries in terms of general infection levels.
  19. Our house is on a sub-division so the developer's engineer did perioduc inspections at various key stages - not as often/stringent as I'd have liked but at least to a minimum standard. Despite my misgivings, we haven't had any real problems with plumbing or water and block work is fine except in one room where it seems they didn't tie well enough in 1 corner. It's our closet room and 3rd bathroom so not a big deal really.
  20. Here in Iloilo I'd pay 42php for SM Light normally but i don't bulk buy. During alcohol ban I'm paying 60php so a very hefty jump. Profiteering on one hand and a risk premium on the other.
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