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  1. Does anyone else feel that we are headed towards another nationwide lockdown?
  2. There used to be about six or seven softball fields on SBMA. I see the remnants of some of them, there’s bleachers over by the river and some dugouts near Remy field.Sport were big, even had full contact football leagues, the base teams traveled to different bases throughout the asian theater.
  3. Speaking of buy one take one. I buy the six pack 100% Dole pineapple juice wrapped in plastic all the time. One day I see a sign buy one take one. Off I go to the checkout counter and get charged double. “Sir the free is already with the package” So the sign should say buy five take one I say, I gave up trying to explain because I knew I couldn’t win with logic.
  4. Looks like you don’t need 5k to buy off the people to vaccinate, 1k will suffice. https://news.yahoo.com/thousands-jam-philippine-vaccination-sites-044812351.html
  5. Same thing happened to me last year. My wife was sending me documents for her social security from Camarines norte and used LBC in Daet which is a three hour drive. They sent it to an address that doesn’t exist. In my case oddly enough it wasn’t UPS they used but rather DHL. I thought my wife had screwed up but she sent me a photo of the receipt and it was correct. She drove back to Daet and they said “nothing they can do” so I had her send a new one. Even from the province everything goes by courier up to Manila first.
  6. I’m going back soon but without the wife. I won’t come back until the quarantine stay is lifted, did the 10 day one in May. I don’t think I will ever be able to stay in either place for long periods, I start to miss where i’m not. Actually my wife has forced my hand this time because I need to find some work, she bought some beach propert in Cabangan Zambales and my safety net is almost gone, I feel like I’m sinking in quik sand. Im not looking forward to working but happy to go back. Snohomish PUD is hiring as well as The California ISO but I don’t think I can do shift work again, going to have to find some contract work. Oh well, time to cowboy up I guess. Amazon?
  7. Sorry, that’s what happens when I do it on my phone, I don’t know how large it is. Thanks whomever edited it. They gave me one in each arm.
  8. My wife took the initiative.
  9. By request I’ve created a new topic about a recent experience I had with a small open sore and the challenges of getting treatment here especially during Covid. So we have a bed that came with the house we are renting that is made from solid wood and has a poor design because the wood stanchions that support it stick out about 4 inches from the mattress and are hard to see at night. So occasionally when I stumble out of bed in the middle of the night to go to the CR I crack my lower shin on it, coincidentally it’s the exact same spot I would smack on the boxer engine valve cover of my BMW motorcycle back home. Just when it would start to heal I would smash it again, my stupidity for not putting a pad on the posts. Anyway, so it’s scabbed up and i’m not paying any attention to it really. Three weeks ago on a Friday I went to a bar in barrio Baretto to shoot some pool during the day, I had a beer and felt a little dizzy so I hopped on the moto and headed home. When I got home I was burning up and I went straight to bed. I thought I might have food poisoning because I had it earlier in the year. Fever was very bad and so much pain on my body, especially my back and neck, by morning I started vomiting and I thought well this is it, I’ve purged whatever it was and I’m on the way back to recovery. No such luck, fever got worse, mind you I’m wearing shorts and there is no discoloring on my shin that I notice and no pain at all. Later that night I get up in the dark to go to the bathroom and I feel something on the inside of my thigh like something stretching my skin, I turn on the light in the bathroom and I see red streaks going up from just above my ankle to my crotch area and below the wound I have a bright red patch. I pull the scab off the wound and it’s puss underneath, not good. I found one 500 milligram antibiotic pill and took it just to buy some time until morning when the pharmacies open. So it’s Sunday and I’m thinking there’s no way they will see me at the hospital because I had an experience with a nephew of mine that had a swollen neck, it was huge and they told him he had to come back on Monday, he died a week later. I hit about 4 pharmacies and none of them would give me any antibiotics without a prescription. I decided to stop by Baypointe hospital just in case and they said they would take a look at me, no Doctor was around but they did a lab test and all the indicators of infection were there, really it was kind of a waste of time but I did get a prescription for Stafloxin 500mg 4X a day. It took 4 pharmacies to fill 28 pills, each one only having a partial supply. By Thursday I knew there was no way I was going to get rid of the infection with oral pills, the fever was gone but it was really getting quite painful especially when I stood up, I was on a cane at that point. I went back to Baypointe Friday morning and the Doctor immediately said it was a bad staph infection and in the blood and I needed to be admitted and on intravenous antibiotics, unfortunately there were no rooms or even bed space available. She recommended I come in at 6am and 6pm for IV antibiotics at the ER ward. I was given Vancomycin Mersa twice a day by IV for 7 days, I kept the heplock on my wrist when I went home which was a problem because they kept getting infected, I went through six different vein sights and it was uncomfortable to sleep. Oh and guess what, half way through treatment we show up at the ER in the evening and they are out of Vancomycin. We had to drive around Olongapo looking for it, Gordon hospital had some but wouldn’t sell it to us, that place was packed and they had a ward set up outside for patients. Finally found some at a tiny pharmacy that you wouldn’t expect to have it. I’m not sure what the problem is with stock in this country, I don’t know if they have a policy that when you get below a certain amount of supply on an item you proactively order more or they just wait till it’s expended and then order. I’m now taking Clindamycin 300mg orally 4 x a day, it’s pretty strong and reserved for hard to treat MRSA infections. Looks pretty good but it itches an I’m peeling like a from a sunburn. Sorry for the long post but I agree it’s important especially here in the tropics, even though it can happen anywhere we need to clean and cover all wounds no matter how small. I’ve had infections before but I always saw them coming because the sight would start to turn red and get painful, this time I had no warning until it was a bad situation.
  10. 3 weeks ago I came down with a very high fever and vomiting, on the second night I got up to go to the CR and felt something on the inside of my leg. I turned on the light to see what was going on and I have red streaks going from my lower shin to my crotch, I already known it’s not good because I’ve had cellulitis in the navy before. I went to the emergency room at the hospital on a Sunday morning and there was no doctor but they sent me away with a prescription for antibiotics. I knew in my mind it wasn’t going to do the trick but I tried for 5 days and it managed to stop the fever and further spread. Went back on the Friday and saw a doctor and she said immediately said “staph infection” and we need to admit you and start IV antibiotics. Well they didn’t have any rooms available and I was 10th on the waiting list, so I went in every day at 6am and 6pm for 7 days to the ER ward and they gave me an IV drip for a couple hours, the place was packed and I witnessed a man die from a heart attack in the bed next to me with his daughters watching, they gave him CPR for an hour before a doctor showed up to pronounce him dead, very sad. I’m back on oral antibiotics now and feeling good, all this trouble from a small open sore. Definitely an eye opener. The other hospital in town has a ward set up outside.
  11. I’m just saying they will probably at best reach 30% vaccinated unless they force or pay off the masses. I read a recent article that said 40% of Filipinos are now willing to get vaccinated but I don’t believe that survey is accurate at all, I don’t think they went into the slums and boondocks and asked any of those people, these are the ones going about there business not wearing a mask, I’ve seen it with my own eyes.
  12. I think it was poor people like my wife’s family that got 5k and those are the people they need to give incentives to vaccinate.
  13. But they already did two rounds of 5k stimulus payments and it was controlled by the barangay so nobody got payed twice.
  14. I think for my relatives getting vaccinated isn’t even a consideration, unless they take the vaccine into the barangays and set up shop in like a basketball court they won’t bother. Maybe another round of payments with the stipulation that those who want to receive the 5k peso must get vaccinated.
  15. I know which ones you’re talking about, UK and Austrian couples. I’ve seen them do YouTubes promoting BMW’s for which they get a discount or a free rental from what I can tell. I don’t see the harm in it since they’re doing tourism a favor. There’s some beautiful place in P.I. for sure but one thing I don’t like is when they over glamorize a place that I know isn’t that nice, it’s so bad I stopped watching, they are quite the turd polishers.
  16. Stubhub comes to mind, if you sell extra seats to a concert on the street corner it’s illegal but it’s legal on Stubhub and they make mint doing it, it’s caused the prices for sporting events to skyrocket.
  17. I had tickets to see Zeppelin in 76 or 77 in Chicago but something happened to Page’s son if I remember and they cancelled. My sister still has all my old (scratched) vinyl and claims they are hers. Did anyone else get the 13 free albums for a penny deal from Columbia clearing house and fail to pay for the 8 albums afterwards? I was so scared, they kept sending threatening letters and I was only like 13 years old.
  18. When I went through base indoctrination in Cubi Pt many years ago when I first got stationed here they covered driving in the Philippines. They discouraged it but said however if you do there’s really only one motor law in the Philippines, it’s “the law of gross tonnage” whoever has the biggest vehicle has the right if way. If you’re on a bike you almost don’t exist, your a fly to be swat if you get in the way. I’ve had some close calls but i’ve learned to mitigate them by just giving way even when I have the right of way and hugging the shoulder, unfortunately I get my share of flats because there’s lot’s of road waste. My biggest problem on the motorcycle is actually other motorcycles, those little Honda’s and scooters sneak up on your blind side and you have to be careful to keep your position in your own lane, they have no fear.
  19. I brought a bike back with me when I traveled last year. Most airlines will allow you to bring a bike and it’s counted as one piece of luggage. I went to REI and asked them for a bicycle box and they gave me one but it was pretty big so I decided in the end to buy a bicycle travel case. It was expensive but worth it when I was rolling it around LAX waiting for my flight. I had no problem with United or PAL. I sent a pic of the case.
  20. That’s actually a sore subject for me, the SBMA administrator banned bicycles on that road because of this accident. That’s on my main route, she’s overreacted once again. It was an unsanctioned race and she’s going after the participants as well. I don’t think the riders knew it wasn’t official, there were flyers posted. She should punish the organizers only, sadly this is how this country is run sometimes.
  21. Those were my thoughts as well. I think only the super wealthy get to own franchise’s in this country also, it looks like guaranteed huge profit to me. A big mac meal isn’t that much cheaper than in the U.S. $2.90 in US dollars against $5.66 stateside, yet the labor here is peanuts in comparison. The difference in supply is negligible as Macdonalds has suppliers around the world and a bigmac meal in Japan is only $3.40.
  22. We were bumped from LAX-Manila then rescheduled on standby to Cebu, then the day before our flight we were rescheduled to LAX-Manila. The 10 day hotel quarantine was no picnic and I won’t do it again. There was only one chair in the room and the back was straight up vertical no recline. We had a Flinstone’s bed and the food was terrible, dried fish and rice for breakfast. If I leave I won’t come back until things are normal. I wonder if they realize the hardships they put people through when they change their minds about rules every few days. Catching an international flight isn’t like flagging down a jeepney when there’s another one behind if it’s full, I had to get to Los Angeles as well, schedule hotels, covid tests.
  23. I flew out last month and they didn't ask for my ACR card. I presented it but she waived it away, she only wanted to see my ECC and also my visa extension paperwork which I wasn't expecting, I did have it with me luckily.
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