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  1. According to brother Google, from Oscar Wilde. Interestingly, the whole quote is, "Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit but the highest form of intelligence", but as you all pointed out, only if you have mastered the language.
  2. And now we have this one: https://www.rappler.com/world/regions/asia-pacific/253554-new-taiwan-coronavirus-case-was-in-philippines MANILA, Philippines – The 44th confirmed novel coronavirus case in Taiwan had a history of travel to the Philippines, the Taiwan Center for Disease Control (CDC) said on Thursday night, March 5. The 44th patient, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Thursday, is an over-30-year-old male who traveled to the Philippines with his friends from February 28 to March 3. The patient was not identified but was reported to reside in northern Taiwan. "Related investigation suggested it is an imported case linked to the Philippines," Taiwan CDC's Central Epidemic Command Center said in an advisory on Thursday. According to the Taiwan CDC, Patient 44 had diarrhea in the Philippines on Monday, March 2. Upon returning to Taiwan, he went to a clinic after experiencing dry throat and "tiredness" on Tuesday, March 3. After this, the patient went to a hospital and was later reported as a suspected case on Wednesday, March 4. Laboratory test results released on Thursday, March 5, showed he tested positive for the virus.
  3. A couple of choices. Talk to your tax advisor about getting her an ITIN, or file 2019 taxes as 'married filing separately'. Another option is to file for an extension of time, then file 2019 jointly after she gets her social security number later in 2020.
  4. Isn't that the type we are talking about here? My son called them my "Jed Clampetts".
  5. I frequently deal with Filipino math and science teachers at the high school level, both public and private. Their descriptions of teaching conditions very closely matches the description you gave in your earlier post. Oddly, I have never heard of discipline as being a problem, but I imagine that varies from place to place. The biggest complaint I hear is how difficult it is to be a 'good' teacher when many other teachers and administrators don't even try. It sounds like your L is one of the especially good ones!
  6. Marvin- I like the approach you are taking. Going in with your eyes wide open, knowing getting all family members to agree is like herding cats!
  7. That is a lot of travel with only a short break – especially in coach!! My first thought when planning trips with complicated schedules and coordinating between multiple travelers is what will happen if there is a flight disruption along the way. So with that in mind, here are my thoughts: It really depends on how comfortable you are with your wife traveling without you. If you have no worries about her flying alone, then don’t kill yourself returning to Boston Just fly Italy-MNL and meet there. Arrange a meet up location or hotel like Dave suggests in case one of you are delayed or arrive at different terminals (Korean Air still uses Terminal 1). But- If you have any qualms about her flying alone, or it would bother you if either of you were in Manila alone should the other person's flights be delayed/canceled, then put on your compression socks, return to Boston and hop on the flight to MNL together! (Any chance you can buy upgrades on the US-ICN leg on KE?)
  8. "Battle of the Philippine Sea" -- Now there's a movie I want to see! Largest carrier battle in history, and lost some 'family' blood in that one. Hard to believe, that battle was 75 years ago! The number of people who are knowledgeable about the war in the Pacific is getting smaller everyday. Yet, throwing today's stars into new/remade war flicks is a good way to remind today's young of the sacrifices made only two or three generations ago.
  9. Great fun, and your princesses are absolutely precious!
  10. Am I right in seeing that the ground floor his pancaked? It looks like the ground floor is all or mostly a parking area, with the building supported above by the concrete pillars. You can see a portion of the corner pillar in the right foreground. And as you say, no sight of the usual tangle of rebar where the pillar broke loose!
  11. Got my flu shot in the US today - it still asks the egg/chicken allergy question. I checked 'no'. Glad they didn't ask which came first or I would still be sitting there scratching my head! Was told to get it at least two weeks in advance of the polio booster.
  12. I'm not sure I really want to know what all is floating and incubating in the local rivers. Just more to worry about! Philippines declared polio-free in 2000, but they've been watching closer since field tests were coming back positive since July. Polio outbreak – The Philippines: Disease outbreak news, 24 September 2019 Report from World Health Organization Published on 24 Sep 2019 — View Original On 19 September 2019, the Philippines declared an outbreak of polio. Two cases have been reported to date, both caused by vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (VDPV2). Environmental samples taken from sewage in Manila on 13 August and a waterway in Davao on 22 August have also tested positive for VDPV2. The first case was confirmed on 14 September following testing by the National Polio Laboratory at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, the Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The case-patient is a 3-year-old girl from Lanao del Sur in the southern Philippines. The virus isolated is genetically linked to VDPV2 previously isolated from environmental samples in Manila and Davao. This indicates that the virus is circulating. The second case was confirmed on 19 September and is a 5-year-old boy from Laguna Province, approximately 100 km south-east of Metro Manila. Investigations and further characterization of the virus are ongoing. In addition, VDPV1 has also been isolated from environmental samples collected on 1 July, 22 July, 13 August, and 27 August from Manila. Vaccine-derived polioviruses are rarely occurring forms of the poliovirus that have genetically changed from the attenuated (weakened) virus contained in oral polio vaccine. They only occur when the vaccine virus is allowed to pass from person to person for a long time, which can only happen in places with limited immunization coverage and inadequate sanitation and hygiene. Over time, as it is passed between unimmunized people, it can regain the ability to cause disease. When the population is fully immunized with both oral polio vaccine and inactivated polio vaccine, this kind of transmission cannot take place. The gut immunity in people immunized with oral polio vaccine stops the virus from being passed on. Full immunization therefore protects against both vaccine-derived and wild polio viruses. https://reliefweb.int/report/philippines/polio-outbreak-philippines-disease-outbreak-news-24-september-2019
  13. You are right. My statement was too broad. The way I understand it, people buying in First class, Business class, and the higher economy fare classes can choose seats. But if you buy economy in the lowest-priced fare classes (N & T), no seat assignments. Since I could never get a seat assignment until check in, easy to figure out my purchasing habits!
  14. ICE-- Delta and Korean are Skyteam alliance partners, joint-venture partners and have a ton of flights with both KE and DL flight numbers. As OMW noted, your first domestic flight is probably on Delta, the flight US-ICN can be either DL or Korean and then ICN-MNL will be on KE. Your reservation will show the ‘operating carrier’ for each flight. Whether your flight to ICN is on DL or KE metal, both use Incheon’s new Terminal 2 and make for a very easy connection. Don’t forget Tim’s ‘free shower room’ tip! KE’s service and legroom in coach is considered slightly above average. But on any airline you can have good experiences and bad. Different crews, different circumstances ... . All KE’s long haul and regional craft have seatback video systems, but always a good idea to bring some backup entertainment should the AVOD system crash. Also, Westerners often complain the KE cabin is kept too warm, so may want to dress lightly or with removable layers! The biggest downside for many on KE is no advance seat assignments. If you prefer an aisle seat to get up frequently, the usual trick is to get to the check in counter right as it opens for your flight to have the best seat selection options. That works if your first flight in on KE, but I’m not sure how seats on KE are assigned if you are starting the trip on a DL domestic flight. (If your reservation already shows a seat assigned for you on the US-ICN flight, the you’re on a DL aircraft and can change your seats on delta.com). And finally, many consider it a ‘right of passage’ on a first KE transpacific flight to select the Bibimbap for your dinner meal!
  15. Agree with OMW, you need to talk to an immigration lawyer. But until then, I’ll take a shot at what you will be doing. If I read this right ( you a US Citzen and your children born prior to your marriage to their mother), you have two separate but interrelated cases: the twins and the wife. Whether you married before or after their births, US citizenship and passports for the kids is not difficult. In your case, once you legally “legitimate” the children under US immigration law, they will become U.S. Citizens. The CRBA (and passport) will be evidence of their citizenship. This is not complicated and can be done by sworn affidavit. You do the affidavit with your application for a Consular Birth Abroad (CRBA) before they are 18 years old. This will all be done at the embassy in Manila. Although it is possible to waive the presence of one of the parents when applying for a CRBA, in your situation, you definitely need to be there! All the information you need is on the embassy website at https://ph.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/citizenship-services/. The birth certificates may not as big a problem as it seem as long as you are honest at the embassy and divulge the correct marriage date, since the date of marriage is irrelevant to the purpose of the Birth Certificates – proving parentage. However, it does put a shadow on the document, so there is a very high chance DNA testing will be suggested (do not do DNA in advance). But even then, you need to check in to having the BC's corrected. Since you are only correcting an unimportant piece of data on the certificate, not the name or date of birth, it may not be a terribly big fight. For the wife, you file the I-130. The marriage certificate will support the date of marriage shown on the petition. The twins’ birth certificates will be part of the evidence of your valid relationship. If you do not correct the marriage date on the twins’ birth certificates, it may raise eyebrows, but since by then you should have the CRBA confirming parentage. The date of marriage on that document is then immaterial. So, the sooner you start on the CRBA, the quicker they all will be in the U.S.
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