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Mark Berkowitz

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  1. I fear that this might be the first sign of what could become a 'hot' war. Am I allowed to say that on this forum? Time will tell, eh.
  2. Nah, Vice Ganda is already doing the profiling anyway... it would just save time for more singing if they each wore a pin or a badge.
  3. Does anyone watch ‘It's Showtime’ on ABS-CBN or TFC. My wife and I like to watch the ‘tawag ng tanghalan’ part of the show, but recently it seems as if it’s much harder than usual to tell the boys from the girls. It’s become almost painful to watch/listen to Vice Ganda ask so many contestants questions that include: - Are you a bakla or a transwoman? - Are you a tomboy or a transman? Don’t get me wrong, since I’m perfectly OK with the diversity of genders in the Philippines and the rest of the world. The world would be a much duller place without diversity of all types! However, wouldn’t it be easier if the contestants had some type of color-coded badges or pins to identify which gender or preference they identify with? Wouldn’t that be an easy solution for knowing more about the contestants? (without being grilled by Vice ganda)
  4. For me, the lessons never ceased... there's always something new to learn, which is definitely part of the charm of being a foreigner in the Philippines.
  5. I guess that things are much different in Davao, since such matters are much different in Batangas.
  6. Sorry to have offended you... please accept my apologies.
  7. Depends on what you consider to be far... I've gone as far as 38 km with a tuk tuk. I've had way too many of those experiences myself... and my wife has lost family members during their commutes to and from work on the roads in the Philippines... so many funerals that didn't have to happen.
  8. I don't blame you... I always took the Tuk Tuk after having too many bad experiences on the jeepneys.
  9. But it could very well be the 22nd century in the rest of the world (at least in the West) when that ever happens.
  10. I was in college during the War In Vietnam, but I became 1A (while enrolled and attending college) when the college deferrments were eliminated. While I was in college, there was a draft lottery, and my number came up in the high 300's, so I was never drafted... but if I had been drafted, I would have went to war (instead of running to Canada... not that I diasagree or disapprove with those who did that). I just wanted to finish my college education. Am I at fault for wanting that? By the time that I finished college, the war in Vietnam had ended with the unification of North and South Vietnam.... and upon graduation, I went to work in the civilian branches of the US Government for many years.
  11. Scott, I was over that age in 1990 and on 9-11.. and I'm still too old to serve on the front lines. I sincerely hope that none of our citizens (of both the US and UK) have to serve on the front lines in an outright war with Iran. Thank you for not closing this topic.
  12. I agree with you, but t-rump believes that he can have some type of diplomacy very soon with Iran, just like the "highly' successful one that he's having with the NK Chairman.
  13. I was in a deep depression after my divorce from my American wife (1st marriage that lasted 23 years with two kids). So, I went online and I met women from all over the world, including England and Norway. They traveled to me and I traveled to them, but it was just flings, and nothing ever materialized out of it. So, there I was one day in the depths of depression one day, when a Filipino friend said that I was going about things the wrong way. He said that what I needed was a Filipina. My mouth became slack-jawed, since my friend (as well as everyone else that I knew back then from the Philippines) had no desire at all to ever return to the Philippines. I wasn't really interested in the Philippines and I had no desire to ever meet a Filipina, but my friend said that he would reach out (if I agreed) to the Philippines for available women that he would vet. Subsequently, I had numerous friend requests (on FB) from Filipinas in the Phils, and I accepted them. This went on for about 2 years. It was basically a 'hello, how are you?' type of exchange between my Filipina FB friends and me. But one day, I received a message from a very sad Filipina FB friend. Her hubby had just died after cheating on her in one of those short stay motels, with one of her friends (obviously, not a real friend). Her hubby had a stroke and heart attack in the motel room whilst doing something that he hadn't done with my FB friend for 7 years. He always claimed that he couldn't get a stiffy anymore. As it turned out, this new friend was not one of the Filipinas that my friend had vetted. She actually saw a pic of me on one of her friends' FB pages... and friended me back when she was first cheated on by her late hubby. She said that I looked like Nicholas Cage... it's one on my pics on my profile here, where I'm wearing an American Flag T-Shirt. Anyhow, I started chatting with my FB friend, which led to endless hours of video-chatting on Skype. We were falling for each other, but she told me about the one-year rule in the Philippines for getting together, and insisted that we must wait to actually meet. Long story short: I decided to go the Philippines anyway... and after some time, we got married and brought a little boy into this world. While I was still new to the Philippines, I searched online for an expat forum and never found one 'like forever.' After a couple of years, I finally found this forum, and I'm glad about that for many reasons. Since then, I've learned many things on this forum, including how to get my son his American citizenship (and NO, I didn't have to take a DNA test, as someone on here had said insultingly to me). So now, even though I've returned to my homeland, I'm still here because I'm still connected to the Philippines in so many ways.
  14. DELETED by moderator. The whole reason for the censorship of certain words is to avoid the type of post you just wrote. And using "smart" tricks to get around the censor is frowned upon. 2nd edit: As I read further into the thread I see the shite hit the fan as it always does when this kind of post is made. Hope you are proud of yourself for figuring out how to "get around" the forum censorship.
  15. Yeah Tom, I went through that culture shock back in January, when I landed in the USA and rented a car. Besides all of the things that you mentioned, other drivers would actually give way to me--e.g., drivers on the opposite side of the streets would actually stop for me (and make friendly hand gestures for me to make a turn), when I was signaling to make a left turn (across heavy traffic) into a shopping center... nothing at all like the Philippines, and I don't ever want to drive again in the Philippines. I'll be renting a car with a driver when I go back for a visit.
  16. Modern day slavery occurs just about everywhere, even in Africa (where you'd think that they have already learned some type of lessons about how it should never happen again). "Smugglers in Libya are auctioning migrants off as slaves. At a property outside Tripoli, CNN's Nima Elbagir witnessed a dozen men go under the hammer in the space of minutes." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S2qtGisT34 Plus there's the issue of African women being forced into sex slavery (in Italy) by other Africans. "African women seeking a better life in Europe face a long, perilous, often fatal journey across the Mediterranean. But when they do arrive, they confront yet another threatening prospect: conscription into sex slavery. Eighty percent of all Nigerian women who survive the trip to Italy end up coerced into prostitution by “Madams,” who are often former sex slaves themselves. Malcolm Brabant reports." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miH2IZXhZ1c
  17. Isn't that what's already being done in the Philippines?... except that the drug dealers that are being executed are at the very bottom of the food chain... (and then there's the collateral damage issue that's being shrugged off by the government).
  18. I know that feeling, since I had a similar experience with a 6 plus earthquake on the east coast. I was also relieved to know that it was an earthquake, and not an airplane or train crashing into my home.
  19. Yes, Sir Hobbit, you're absolutely right!... It's both sad and true!
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