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  1. I can't say it drives my wife nuts Tom, as she is usually happy to see them. but she has told them many times to call or text first to no avail. Most of them also help her around the house with the dishes, cleaning and running to the Sari Sari store. As much as it sometimes gets on my nerves to provide extra meals and not have the run of the apartment I honestly don't know what they will do if we were away. Just recently we left early in the morning and went to a few places in Manila. On the way home we decided to catch a movie and got back like 9pm, her brother was at the tricycle stand at the entrance to the Barangay. I don't even know how she saw him or he saw us or how long he was there but I guess he was watching everyone that came in like a hawk. If we were away for the weekend I guess he would have slept there until we got back because the building has card access to get in.. Oh, and we currently rent but it is basically understood that I am the principal "owner" and they have always been and still are after all these years shy on me but it doesn't change anything!
  2. Sounds good. I’m in the Pasig city area so I’m known to hit the watering holes in Eastwood but it’s all good. Shoot me a message when your up this way and we’ll work something out!
  3. Welcome to the forum Sitra! I'm a US Army vet myself. If your ever in the Manila area, the first ones one me!
  4. Jake, The BT tech has come a long way. These speakers have a great sound, and can get very loud indoors or outside. they have a booming bass due to the passive radiators on the sides. Yes, you do have to charge the batteries but they have a long battery life, you can get 20 hours play time on the Charge 3 depending on the volume you are playing the music(I have averaged around 15 hours on 3/4 volume). Another nice thing is you can connect up to 200 speakers together with just the push of a button on both speakers. You can also play 2 of them in stereo as long as they are the same models. You can also hard wire them using a 3.5 mm cable from another device. I wouldn't recommend using one in BT mode connected to a TV though as there is a slight lag between the sound and video. I'm very impressed with them!
  5. I have 2 of the JBL bluetooth speakers. I got them at Robinsons and they do let you try them before buying. I have the smaller Flip4 and the larger Charge 3. I really like them and they are reasonably priced at like 5 to 6000 pesos.
  6. They need to do that in Manila! Just this morning I was about to order at Bonchon when a couple of roaches danced across the counter. This was at one of the large malls no less. It will never happen but hot water and soap in the bathrooms should be mandatory too.
  7. Make sure to teach them right!
  8. I wish I could limit the condo numbers...never a phone call...doorbell...someone is here! I don't know what they would do if we were out of town, they come unannounced, with no money for return trip, no food and expect to stay a week or more...Good point about the onward ticket for family members...That cost is expected also.
  9. Dave, I could agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.
  10. I know there is an ice rink at SM megamall because my wife and I skated there. I've skated and played hockey before and believe me the ice was rough and not exactly smooth enough for hockey(I'm sure they don't have a zamboni! Ha ha). I've honestly never heard of anyone here talk about hockey and have never seen hockey equipment in a store for sale. but don't feel bad, I've never heard about or seen equipment for Baseball or American football either. Basketball reigns supreme here!
  11. I used to eat the shellfish here. Crabs, shrimp, mussels. But recently they don't agree with me so I avoid them now. The wife still eats them but I tend to stick to a nice grilled Bangus.
  12. Just a figure of speech...
  13. I've never had the privilege to dine with doctors and lawyers here but I would be upset too if they didn't ante up at bill time. Your average run of the mill Filipino though will always expect that if they are dining out with me and my wife that I will be paying. They might even have been the ones who invited us! You could be the poorest SOB in the Philippines but if your foreign, you are rich! Clap your hands at the sky and the money will fall down. Living here you have to limit who you hang out with and who you go to dinner with or you will go broke. I'm a cheap ?????? and it definitely limits my social life here. And that extends to the in laws too, when we visit there I'm expected to pay for the meals and entertainment basically everyday. Welcome to the Philippines!
  14. It was about 3 years ago but I think that's about in the ballpark, I know I wasn't happy about the cost! I never got the last shot because they said that if I saw that the cat was still alive when it was time for the last one then it was unnecessary. This cat basically lived in the apartment building so I saw it a lot. It bit another foreigner that lived in the building about a year later when he was trying to break up a cat fight between his cat and that one. He didn't get the shots and I believe he's still alive but I wasn't taking that risk as the cat was known to catch and eat rats in the building.
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