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  1. I lived in China before retiring to Philippines. During the last year there were many high pressure adn tense situations revolving round chinese fighting over who owned what in a company I worked for. The results was I felt daily pressure , tension and I guess resultant sleeping issues. I could sense blood pressure issues. Had an arm cuff machine Id bought In HK but rarely used and my scores were elevated, from my usual 120/80 130/80 up to 150/90. Id never had such scores. So after lunch would go to my apartment , measure BP. Record the score..then sit in a dark room and meditate, or at least practice mindfulness.. letting thoughts go , thinking good things for 30 minutes. Then I would record the score. Invariably it was back down to about 120/80. After work Id have a 10km walk, record the score before walking and record after. Again, 30 minutes after walking, the score would be back to a normal 120/80 range. These days in Makati I walk at least 2 hours every day and have stopped looking at scores. On the rare docs visits they always says its about 130/120 80.....
  2. Yes it works in my home using wifi , but didnt open when I was in LTO office and both Firefox and Chrome warned me not to proceed with that site. No worries, licence renewed .
  3. I was equally amazed to see on the form that my Blood pressure was 120 /80 and this done without any use of equipment whatsoever...the doctors in LTO could probably fix Covid in less than a day with that kind of ability !
  4. Others here may well have renewed recently. I did mine in Makati and the LTO has certainly gone higher tech than previously. Theres still the silly and kind of pointless medical at P480 whereby one fills in a form , does an eye test,doc asks you feel well and thats it. Med certificate completed, except this time around they do put a photo on medical cert as a good fraud prevention measure. One needs to register on an online LTO portal, complete details ( which asks for the names of both my parents who are deceased as part of the " profile") and then renewal is processed. Upon receiving the new licence they send emails to you , showing your link to online LTO portal, that there was a transaction done , and they send an online receipt also. They system certainly isnt foolproof , as I tried to get to the portal when there on firefox ( rejected , unsafe site ) and same on chrome, but no problems on safari. on my phone. But this LTO had its own pc and staff to assist. Was a good experience and presumably as one has a profile should be even easier to renew. Theres even a tab on your own profile whereby you can be reminded 60 days before expiry of licence by sms. Definitely an improved process.
  5. It can stay off for ever as far as Im concerned. As far as humanity is concerned it maybe started out with good intentions ( aside from making money) as a way of connecting people. Sadly people have more than a few dark sides and recently it seems the use of facebook has exacerbated thoe serious differences that exist within humans and of course, those who dont accept having an alternate opinion is possible. The fact that a huge majority of people use it in Philippines, and Asia for that matter correction, have an addiction to looking at other peoples lives instead of living and enjoying their own lives says something about people and how they manage their own lives.
  6. I think those " 100% drug free barangay " maybe on sale in Lazada.. for sure theres a lot of those signs when you ride around but no way are they 100% drug free. But I read that if they pass a test of being " drug free" then they get a monetary award from DILG so of course everyone wants to pass the test, get the sign and get the pera.
  7. The phrase " pull the other one its got bells on it " comes to mind...so does the rhyhming slang of "someones telling porkie pies "
  8. Sinovac is still fine for many countries including Europe. Have a mate just went to Spain and as Sinovac is approved by WHO as an emergency vaccine all was good. Plus suggest you get the BOQ yellow book, and if available in Cebu, the VaxCert.Ph which is the digital version of yellow book. Sinovac " should be " also confirmed for US soon I read. Understand that not every country has it on their approved list. Have a friend went to Italy, who had his sinovac shot and in order to get the Eu "green pass" he had to get an additional shot of Moderna and all was good. I aslo had sinovac as it was the only one available earlier this year and is the majority vaccine delivered in Philippines.. hopefully one day theres universal access and approval of all vaccines... but not yet this day.
  9. Kalamansi is a briliant fruit, with outstanding juice ( and lots pips/seeds !) and Ive seen in some provinces that its very easy to grow. As I live in a condo hard to grow much on my balconies but a couple months ago I planted some chia seeds just to see what would happen...darn.. they are now maybe 1.5 feet tall and the leaves are brilliant in salads. So are chili plant leaves that I also grow. Tried with flax seeds but that doesnt seem to work in same way.
  10. My golly.. this is how countries used to dela with plague/black death/bubonic plague victims etc... Yes Pateros.. great idea.. mark them out so they will be ostracised immediately.....In a country that lives on gossip expect to see these houses pointed at by neighbours, and maybe a few hardy selfie fools will stand in front of their yellow ribboned houses for their Instagram feeds.
  11. I think @Old55 that a nail was just very much hit on the head... Care ?... " Bahala ka Sir or wala akong pakialam Sir " might be the phrases the good BI folk might be using as you hand over your dosh....
  12. Sadly tourists are the furthest thing on their minds at moment... The Pres is more intent on commenting on a senators hair, thats deemed way more important it seem. Thailand is taking many steps to be able to attract and keep tourists safe and that seems to be a better bet at moment. Nothing will happen in 2021 about tourists to Philippines.. but there may well be lots of announcements but as with everything at moment , its the small print that provides the real details of what you can do..not the big important sounding Press Release.
  13. They need to burn/destroy this amount VERY QUICKLY before the evidence, all 500kgs slowly but surely dissapears, is replaced, or misplaced and finds its way back into circulation......
  14. https://vaxcert.doh.gov.ph/ And heres the link if you want your digital vaccination cert.....at moment only applicable for Metro Manila and Baguio residents
  15. Many online streaming sources these days. Was watching cricket yesterday on one or two links that kept buffering so typed in online cricket streaming and found many new sites.. all have lovely irritating pop ups or links to other sites but once navigated and closed all is good. Just search.....
  16. Always remember where you live... when in doubt, remember where you live
  17. Remember that everything can change in Philippines with one minutes notice....hopefully all will be OK for you....
  18. My health insurance is with Cigna.. covers me worldwide except for US. Prices have been going up about 10% each years for past 5 years.. I'm in mid 60s....I too have concerns about what the costs will be post 70. So far Cigna is definitely winning at the moment in terms of amount paid and refunds received, given that in past 4 years Ive only used them for a few outpatient visits... but of course if I get a major problem /illness then I start to recoup my costs. Its a really hard one to decide what to do.. given the state of Philippines hospitals and the treatment inside crowded wards I wouldn't put much faith in Phil Health.... private help is the way to go . I know a few expats with Pacific Cross and they seem well served but slow to reimburse and require lots documentation. Theres no easy path to follow in terms of medical insurance for healthy ( for now !) expats here in Philippines.
  19. Which is also why the rest of the world doesnt make its citizenry wear plastic shields in front of their face... If only the rest of the world followed what goes on here , we'd all be better off !
  20. I asked that question of the PRA staff back when I was allowed in their offices.. 2018 maybe. They had a nice pat response that stated it would go to next of kin following Philippines rules on wills etc. Basically I have no trust in them returning the money whatsoever as they would hide behind rules and cant really see my daughter flying to Manila and doing battle with these fine people knowing how rule bound and hide bound they are. If I stay in Philippines Id consider it as a cost of getting the visa... but if I know I had a major sickness , Id hopefully have the time to " downgrade " my visa to a tourist visa and get the money remitted.. bUT I understand they arent exactly prompt in returning ones money. ..Oh and although you must pay the 20K in US$ they will return the money to you in pesos. Their country their rules. And given whats occurring in Malaysia with the disaster for MM2H holders I can foresee them imposing new rules here.
  21. Wait till he gets pics of the gender reassignment surgery that her brother/sister needs..... .yuuuuckkkkkkk
  22. I think you are 100% correct. Seems no one has any original thoughts other than " sir we have a problem = lockdown." They did have one guy who provided some creative thoughts, Dr Tony Leachon, but he was fired because he dared to speak up and state that the current govt strategy wasnt effective.... he didnt call them donkeys, but.........
  23. Having lived in Beijing previously for 5 years , this minor VOG haze thats currently around is small fry. Used to regularly look at the US Embassy pollution index ( on the basis that the figures provided by chinese govt were way below the actual PM 2.5 scores... and sometimes , the figures went as high as 950 ... the WHO deemed anything over 750 to be deadly.....! And the advice given by the chinese govt to deal with such massive pollution " stah home and drink tea ".
  24. Snowy... remember where you live.... theres an almost endless supply of them here......
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