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  1. I dealt with small water supply aboard a yacht for many years... My wife and I used about 5 gallons per day - almost all for dish washing, cooking and drinking. And we were super careful about water use. This will all depend on your usage... How many people? How many daily showers? 1,000 liters sounds like a lot, but is really only about 250 gallons... Forget about washing machine or long showers. Aboard the yacht, showers were brief using a solar shower rinse following the cleaning part in the ocean. Laundry was done by hand using a bucket. Toilet was ocean water flushed. And a question: are you certain about there always being enough water available from the system, even at night? If it were me, I would strongly consider drilling a well and using that water, at least, for toilets and maybe laundry. Use the tap water for drinking and cooking? Water is the future crisis, so plan accordingly. Perhaps you can also incorporate rain water catchment for toilet and washing? It sounds like, one way or another, you will be relying on at least one pump. Consider buying marine water pumps that regulate the flow and minimize pump activation... Make sure to have some sort of backup - like a tank on the roof - so you have water when the power goes out too...
  2. Better to just rig a bottle below a coconut stem to collect the sweet sap and make the coco wine!
  3. Yup... exactly... I thought I was truly immortal until I reached about 40 years of age... Then I realized the warranty had run out and I was on my own and would have to take care of myself rather than rely on my body to take care of me...
  4. Thanks for sharing your experience. I do not need to travel now, but I am very interested regarding future travel plans... One last question... you say the rest of the plane was packed... so you mean middle seats too? Just confirming. And did they also get meal service and drinks? If so, that means virtually the entire aircraft passengers were not wearing masks... ?
  5. Yeah... that's what I see and read about here too. How many times have I seen and sometimes motioned to people who are either not wearing masks or not covering their noses as well as mouths by just doing a simple tap on the mask on my nose. I am always polite and sometimes mention that I am old and at risk... They never complain or look crossly at me. Same deal here with the jeepneys - plastic between the passengers, but the center is wide open. But I guess maybe some measures are working because - as of this moment - infection rates are very low here.... I think the motorcycle barrier rule is dumb... but.... I like the photo that somebody posted with a marriage license and photo on the front of the bike to prove the relationship.
  6. Good for you and welcome back to paradise! That sounds like a fairly painless journey and I am glad you did not get hassled along the way. Just curious... how packed was the flight coming to Manila? And did they serve you any food or drinks along the way? And wow! You took a big hit on the peso... I have noticed the peso value rising in the past few weeks...
  7. That could be the case. As it was, this patrol craft had no armament that I saw (don't even know if they even had a hand gun aboard?), no really good charts or tide tables and was basically running on diesel fumes most of the time. If memory serves me well, it was only a year or two old and this was back in about 1997 or so? And the saddest part is that I could hear Chinese on the VHF radio at times - telling me that they were close by and fishing illegally already. The patrol boat only made one visit and otherwise was moored in Tarawa always... So this all just makes me wonder about the roll of this very outclassed new frigate of the Philippines. I hope they use it to go out and hassle the Chinese encroachers, but I also doubt what its capabilities really are.
  8. I think you are correct. I just took a look at your link and those look to be the same. The crew told me that this one was the same as many that were donated by the Aussies to the small island nations. Nice, small ship, but it was essentially toothless. Looked good though!
  9. Those are the key words... We shall see... I honestly do not hold out much hope because so many here seem to ignore the current guidelines anyway... We can only hope...right?
  10. I just wonder a bit about this ship. Many years ago, when anchored in a very remote atoll in Kiribati, a patrol boat stopped by for a visit and small resupply for the few residents there. They did not have small scale nautical charts on board !!!! I printed out some copies of online charts I had for them to use. They did not have a chart plotter and only a small GPS receiver... They also did not have tide tables... I printed out a set for them to use for their next destinations for a year into the future. It was a really nice patrol boat donated by Australia and was the same design and construction as used at that time in Oz and NZ for close-in patrolling. But it was a shell with little ancillary equipment and few, if any weapons. It was supposed to be used to deter the already-prolific Chinese fishing boats from fishing in their territorial waters and near their physical atolls and islands... They had to cage some diesel fuel that was available on this atoll in order to return to Tarawa...
  11. Sorry to correct you a bit, Mike. Those are referred to as trimarans in the boating world... They are awesome in the open ocean - very stable. However, should one encounter wind and/or sea conditions that might cause one to flip...then you are totally f*****.
  12. Well...sort of... Our car was hit by a falling coconut while we were driving on a major highway. It hit the headlight cover (and damaged the inside reflector) then bounced up to the windshield and scared the s*** out of both of us. Fortunately, it did not break the windshield... I never walk below coconut palms if there is any wind, but they can drop at any time...
  13. So maybe this post is considered bullshit or not in the appropriate topic... I found this today and it scares the shit out of me: >After Plummeting, the Virus Soars Back in the Midwest Julie Bosman, Manny Fernandez and Thomas Fuller 5 hrs ago California records 219 deaths in one day, breaking previous record Chuck DeVore: President energy policy key to reviving economy — Biden plan… After Plummeting, the Virus Soars Back in the Midwest CHICAGO — First, the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast were hit hardest as the coronavirus tore through the nation. Then it surged across the South. Now the virus is again picking up dangerous speed in much of the Midwest — and in states from Mississippi to Florida to California that thought they had already seen the worst of it. © William Widmer for The New York Times Members of the Army oversaw a drive-through coronavirus testing site in Opelousas, La., on Thursday. Many Americans have been frustrated with lengthy delays for results. As the United States rides what amounts to a second wave of cases, with daily new infections leveling off at an alarming higher mark, there is a deepening national sense that the progress made in fighting the pandemic is coming undone and no patch of America is safe. In Missouri, Wisconsin and Illinois, distressed government officials are retightening restrictions on residents and businesses, and sounding warnings about a surge in coronavirus-related hospitalizations. Sign up for the Morning Briefing newsletter In the South and the West, several states are reporting their highest levels of new coronavirus cases, with outbreaks overwhelming urban and rural areas alike. Across the country, communities including Snohomish County, Wash., Jackson, Miss., and Baton Rouge, La., have seen coronavirus numbers fall and then shoot back up — not unlike the two ends of a seesaw. In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker sounded an unusually somber note this past week as he delivered a warning that reverberated across the state: Even though Illinoisans had battled an early flood of coronavirus infections and then managed to reduce the virus’s spread, their successes were fleeting. As of Thursday, the state was averaging more than 1,400 cases a day, up from about 800 at the start of July. Renee Leonard, Delisa Craig and Miriam Girata help one another put on personal protective equipment at a testing site in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday. Next Slide Full screen 1/3 SLIDES © Eve Edelheit for The New York Times Renee Leonard, Delisa Craig and Miriam Girata help one another put on personal protective equipment at a testing site in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday. “We’re at a danger point,” Mr. Pritzker said in Peoria County, where the total number of cases has doubled in the last month. Gone is any sense that the country may soon get a hold of the pandemic. Instead, the seven-day average for new infections hovered around 65,000 for two weeks. Progress in some states has been mostly offset by growing outbreaks in parts of the South and the Midwest. “There’s a sort of collective tiredness and frustration, and of course I feel it, too — we all feel it,” said County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the top elected official in Harris County, which includes Houston. “So it’s difficult to know that there’s no real end in sight.” On Friday, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, told Congress he was cautiously optimistic that a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine would be available by the end of the year or early 2021, though the federal government’s ability to speedily immunize most Americans was unclear. Even finding out who has the virus is a challenge, as testing programs have frustrated many Americans with lengthy delays in providing results. The picture is similarly depressing overseas, where even governments that would seem well suited to combating the virus are seeing resurgences. New daily infections in Japan, a country with a long tradition of wearing face masks, rose more than 50 percent in July. Australia, which can cut itself off from the rest of the world more easily than most, is battling a wave of infections in and around Melbourne. Hong Kong, Israel and Spain are also fighting second waves. None of those places has an infection rate as high as the United States, which has the most cases and deaths in the world, more than the next two hardest-hit countries — Brazil and England — combined. In American communities that saw improvement in June, such as Milwaukee County in Wisconsin, there was a widespread feeling of relief, said Dr. Ben Weston, the director of medical services for the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management. But then mask-wearing and social distancing began to relax. “There was a sense of complacency, like, ‘We’re finally beyond this, it’s finally getting better,’” he said. “We were seeing our numbers go down, but the reason is because of physical distancing. It’s because people were being so careful. There was no reason to think that cases weren’t going to rise.” On Thursday, Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, made another attempt to get a handle on the outbreaks in his state, issuing an order that every Wisconsinite wear a mask indoors in public beginning Saturday. Many states have traced new outbreaks to the loosening of the economically costly restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the virus. In California, which has had more than 500,000 coronavirus cases, more than any other state, the reopening has proved disastrous. When the pandemic was ravaging the Northeast in March and April, California kept its daily case count around 2,000, and the state was praised for its early and aggressive actions to combat the virus. The state is now averaging more than four times as many cases — 8,500 a day. Los Angeles County and other Southern California counties account for the majority of the state’s infections, but the virus is now everywhere. That notion was reinforced on Tuesday when health officials in one of the most remote parts of the state, Modoc County, which had been the last of California’s 58 counties without a known case, announced that the virus had arrived. A waitress at the Brass Rail, a Basque restaurant and bar, tested positive, raising concerns about the virus’s spread in a tight-knit county with a population of 8,800 and where cows outnumber people five to one. (A billboard there warning residents of the coronavirus tells people to stand one cow’s length apart.) The waitress and her husband recently returned from a trip to the Central Valley, according to the co-owner of the Brass Rail, Jodie Larranaga, who said she assumed that the waitress was infected during her journey. That the virus is now present in the evergreen forests of the northeastern corner of the state is testament to its inexorable spread, say the county’s residents. Alturas, the only incorporated city in Modoc County, is so isolated that its high school football team must drive as long as five hours to reach its opponents. “We all felt very safe for a while,” said Juan Ledezma, the owner of a thrift shop on Main Street in Alturas. “Right now, it’s a little bit scary.” Businesses across the country have abandoned their own plans to return to normal in light of the virus’s resurgence. The company that operates a popular water taxi on the Chicago River, ferrying commuters to work each day, had hoped to reopen by Labor Day. This week, officials postponed those plans until March. The historic Berghoff restaurant in Chicago’s Loop reopened at the end of June after months of closure, a sign that the coronavirus curve had flattened and the city’s downtown was ready to start humming again. This week, as coronavirus infections surged in Illinois, the restaurant abruptly shut its doors for the second time. “It broke my heart,” said Pete Berghoff, whose family has owned the restaurant since 1898. “We reopened, and after about three weeks my enthusiasm was beaten out of me.” From state to state and region to region, the picture of coronavirus spread is shifting daily as some communities see gradual improvement and others suddenly struggle. A few places, including Arizona, South Carolina and Texas, have started to see new case reports drop after huge surges. California, Florida and Louisiana continue to report some of their highest daily totals of the pandemic. The Rio Grande Valley in Texas is suffering through perhaps the worst current outbreak in the country, with hundreds of new cases and dozens of deaths a day. In more than half of states, outbreaks continue to grow. In Missouri and Oklahoma, cases have grown to alarming levels, with both states now averaging more than 1,000 each day. And in Maryland, daily case numbers are ticking upward again after periods of sustained progress. The new Microsoft Edge Download now the latest browser recommended by Microsoft The Northeast, once the virus’s biggest hot spot, has improved considerably since its peak in April, when the region suffered more than any other region of the country. Yet cases are now increasing slightly in New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as residents move around more freely and gather more frequently in groups. Across the country, deaths from the coronavirus continue to rise. The country was averaging about 500 per day at the start of July. Over the last week, it has averaged more than 1,000 daily, with many of those concentrated in Sun Belt states. On Wednesday, California, Florida and Texas reported a combined 724 deaths, about half the national total. Houston, the fourth-largest city in the country, has been adjusting to a new normal where the only thing certain is that nothing is certain. After cases and hospitalizations seemed to level off and even decrease in recent days, Harris County on Friday broke a single-day record with 2,100 new cases. “I think to a certain extent, we saw a spike because people were fatigued over it,” said Alan Rosen, who leads the Harris County Precinct One constable’s office. “They were fatigued over hearing about it every day. They were fatigued about being cooped up in their house and being away from people.” People there have been coping with the lulls and peaks of a physical, emotional, fiscal and logistical crisis from an invisible foe nearly three years after surviving Hurricane Harvey, one of the worst disasters in American history. “It is a roller coaster,” said Mr. Rosen, who recovered after getting infected with the virus in May. “It’s not like a hurricane that’s coming through and we know what to do. We know we got to clean up and rebuild and everybody is accustomed to the time frame. But with this, there are just so many unknowns.” Julie Bosman reported from Chicago, Manny Fernandez from Houston and Thomas Fuller from Alturas, Calif. Mitch Smith contributed reporting from Chicago.<
  14. Here in Davao, I ventured forth again yesterday to the mall to be with L for her vaccination. Yesterday there was a news article quoting Mayor Inday saying that quarantine food and medicine cards were no longer needed. Either I misunderstood (very common) or the news was incorrect. When entering the mall, I still needed to present my card. The guard checked the number to make sure it was "my" day then let me pass. I am not sure why, but he did not ask for my ID to verify identity. I have, so far, not been stopped from going anywhere due to age. After entering the mall and waiting for L to pass, I noticed that most people were asked for ID's... So maybe the passes are just not required for "normal" travel now? Well, we will find out on Tuesday when we will try to drive out into the province to see the ageing parents... I will post our results from that trip...
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