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  1. For those that want to register to vote, got this the other day from the US Embassy. United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: VOTING IN 2020 U.S. ELECTIONS December 26, 2019 Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for the House and Senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline. Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2020 U.S. elections: 1. Request Your Ballot: Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at FVAP.gov. You must complete a new FPCA after January 1, 2020 to ensure you receive a ballot for every federal election for which you are eligible throughout the 2020 election cycle. The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted. All FPCA forms that are correctly filled out and include a signature and date are accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories. You can use FVAP’s easy online assistant to walk you through the FPCA at FVAP.gov. The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state. We encourage you to select the option for receiving your ballot electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state) as this is the fastest way for you to get your ballot. Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. Return the FPCA to your election office per the instructions on the website. FVAP.gov will tell you if your state accepts the FPCA by email, mail, or fax. If you must mail your FPCA, please see below for mailing options. 2. Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online. 3. Return Your Completed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, then you can do so free of charge at the U.S. Embassy in Manila or the Consular Agency in Cebu. Place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address them to the relevant local election officials. You can also return your FPCA or ballot to your local election officials via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense. Researching the Candidates and Issues: Online Resources. Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain on-line. You can also read national and hometown newspapers on-line, or search the internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP's Voting Alerts (vote@fvap.gov) FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook (@DODFVAP), Twitter (@FVAP), and Instagram (@fvapgov). Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website, FVAP.gov. If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact U.S. Embassy Manila's Voting Assistance Officer at +63-2-5301-2000 ext. 2567, or at VoteMANILA@state.gov. Remember, your vote counts!
  2. One other thing that is great with a UPS for PC/Monitor and router, because the UPS is always plugged in and trickle charging the batteries while running the PC/Monitor/router thru its inverter. Here I've noticed power surges in the lights. Sometimes lower voltage then back to normal 220V. These power fluctuations are not good for any appliance especially a PC. Causes premature deterioration of the appliance(PC, TV/Monitor etc). If plugged into a UPS, the built in invertor smooths out the fluctuations nicely. The output of the UPS using the built in invertor will always stay at a proper voltage!
  3. Went there yesterday! It was crazy when I got there at 0830. Must have been over 50 people there, and to top it off, they said having internet connection problems. I heard about 3-4 hour delays. Most were doing the 13A reporting, me I was just extending my 9a. Here is a trick I use but don't tell the (gov office). but a wheelchair person is granted priority. I have the wife doing the walking and talking for me. We were in and out @45 mins. I was sitting near the guard and heard advising going to Mactan in the mall they have a satellite office and can do the reports/extensions there, BI in Guisano Island Mall. BTW my wheelchair is legit, I do have neuropathy in my feet
  4. I'm not a doctor, but do not take antibiotics unless your showing some bacteria in your blood sample. First off if it is not needed, you just propagating the issue of bacteria getting more resistent. Second, and this is a new one that effects us older generation is, when you use antibiotics( if you need to) , this kills off some/all (good/bad bacteria) from your digestive tract. This can cause other problems. Then it can take upto six moths to recover the good bacteria in your gut!
  5. Most rugged car I have ever had! Been around that long too!
  6. Last 3 months, found them frozen at S&R Cebu. I think Libby,s frozen in butter sauce. Warm them up with a touch of vinegar......good stuff!
  7. I found the best bacon the other day aside from making my own! I don't know JGF if you tried Bel Chris in Banilad(many stores across Cebu City) , they have a thick cut bacon that is close to my own home cured. No funky honey/smoke or hickory flavor or sugar. Just straight thick cut bacon by itself or with eggs. Even makes a great BLT if you so desire. If you are a bacon lover, you might want to try! Also the USDA steaks are worth a try. Reminds me of a little bit of home in the States.
  8. I use navigator app on my android tablet while I drive. Just need GPS locator running. Also best to find where to want to go first with an internet connection. then save them to favorites folder before the trip. Works great! One thing that frustrates me in the PI.... no addresses! Cross streets names if you are lucky. Thats why I say search before you drive on the map, then save to favorites. When on GPS, bring up favorites and say go there! Then while your dring and looking at the maps. you see the name of the roads. You will find many posted physical signs in the city.
  9. Bread machine just makes it easier to start until you get the basics down and the baking in the machine is done for you. But just as easy rolling up your sleeves and dive right in. You get to the point you don't even need a recipe to follow because you learn what you need. what consistency of the dough etc. Whats fun is trying new ingredients from fruits to nuts. Even made Pina Colada dread with pineapple crushed and coconut milk. Comes out like Hawaiian bread! Most ingrediants you can find at SM, but whole wheat flower is sometimes hard to find. One caution with the flour. Don't leave any unused containers of flour open, they get these pesky flour bugs in the flour. Nasty things! If you see them, throw it out. But if you keep the flour in the fridge. seems to keep them away.
  10. Been making my own bread for the past 5 years! The local breads here have too much sugar(filipino tastes). I used to have a bread machine in which I just dump all my ingredients, Then within a couple of hours, out popped a new loaf! The neighbors knew when I was baking. Nothing better than the fresh aroma of baked bread! Now as far as the ingredients- whole wheat flour, bread flour you can buy 25 Kilos for P750 which is the best buy! The yeast you can get in 1 Kilo bags which will last me for a year if you store in the refridge. The bread machine can even make jams in short order, just the fruit and sugar and the bread machine cooks it up nicely. This year the bearings froze, so now making by hand. The family likes baguette breads so found baguette bread pans at Lazada for cheap The latest, been making sourdough (from scratch) so have Large sourdough breads and baguettes. Also great for making sourdough pancakes with fresh banana jam. YUM! The local priest knows I do this so he stops by with requests to have some with his evening meals. If your serious about breads, PM me!
  11. So I would like to see what is the cheapest ticket to buy for throw away. What have you used?
  12. roddavis


    Bought 4 packs and salami at S&R about 3 months back, but didn't see it there last week.
  13. Or better yet, use prisoner labor to make plates and cards. Seems to work in the States. Even prisoner get some pay for their labors. Instead cramming so many in jails, use them for the benefit of the country , pay them for the labor and everyone comes out ahead!
  14. Birthday today. Went to Vikings and had roast beast and gravy. Loaded up with Cheese and beer ten a plate of Sushi. Not bad for a free lunch The beer was import German on tap!
  15. roddavis


    Just bought some more steaks at BelChris: JGF: The one by IT Park Cebu is on Gov M Cuenco in Banilad where the road divides one elevated and the other just goes straight. Bout five kilos frozen USDA steaks at P500 per Kilo or under $5 US per pound. Not a bad price for a steak, USDA, taste great!
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