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  1. Locally, yes, the factories are starting to get up and running again. That means that already existing production lines will be up and running pretty soon. But internationally; nope!! No foreigners can enter the country regardless of which visa they are holding! (I am personally affected by that) And this is a definite show-stopper for all production lines that were planned to be built this year. Please keep in mind that I'm talking about NEW industry projects here, not existing ones. 95% of my customers are doing their business in Mainland-China and their companies'
  2. Hey no probs mate: https://www.philippines-expats.com/topic/31569-thank-you-beer-gods/?do=findComment&comment=278454 Modern problems require modern solutions!
  3. Stocked up already...
  4. In this link here (from March-20 2020) https://newsinfo.inquirer.net it says: That means to me clearly that no foreigners except those married to a Filipino/Filipina are allowed to enter the country for now. Those who are already here (no matter which visa) are not affected by this - just imagine the logistic effort to find and deport all foreigners that are currently in the country, that'd be an impossible task!
  5. It's Schrödinger's Mall
  6. Yep correct, see here:
  7. Yeah I already figured you're not having the best day today... Don't worry, be happy mate! What??? I think he made a joke or it was tsismis from Facebook....
  8. Do you have any gov't source for that information?! Well yes, if you did that, then it's no wonder that the Davao Gulf fish wont meet your expectations... That sounds pessimistic indeed
  9. No need to be sorry Tom, all fine! You do have a point about the pollution of the Davao gulf, that's for sure. Asides of the Davao Sewer River there is also a big harbour here which comes to great effect in terms of pollution, let's not forget that! But have you ever tried the waters in southern Samal for example, or around Talikud Island? When snorkling there I see almost no trash or litter, nothing but clean turquoise-blue water and (delicious, probably also healthy) fish of all kinds! You don't need to go miles outside to find that here, but that's just my perception.
  10. Well, certainly not from the area in or around the Davao River of course! Eew.. But nothing compares to the catch you can make a little bit off the coast of Samal for example (should be reachable by boat during a lockdown, too)
  11. Cellphone-load!! How are you supposed to post on the Philippines Expat Forum when there is a blackout and hence no WiFi! Today we had a blackout of 1 hour and the first thing I did was go to the store and load 100 Pesos to my phone so that I have internet connection. In case that there is no food available in the stores anymore, why not just go fishing?! I mean, we all live on islands, and all islands have one thing in common: there's water around them. If you have no generator, an inverter connected to a running car's battery will do the job aswell.
  12. That's a very sad story and I wish all the best to your bro in law, AK! A couple of years ago I had a KIA with tinted windows and the windshield was pitch-black from the outside but amazingly bright from the inside - driving at night was no problem at all. I was told that this was some special brand of tint which was a little bit expensive, but I don't know it's name though. Another question on topic: did your brother in law have a dashcam that recorded the incident? Might be helpful for him!
  13. Hahahahaha I've never heard that one before
  14. I would advise to check the account settings, the outgoing server configuration respectively! See below: What's important here is the "Outgoing server (SMTP)" field. In the screenshot it says 465 which is the communication port that the email-provider (Yahoo in this case) uses. Also make sure whether your provider requires an encrypted connection and if so, which type (SSL or TSL)? I hope that was helpful...
  15. As I mentioned in another topic once, to me this is one of the most peaceful Philippines forums I've ever been on! The level of maturity, friendliness and respect on here is amazing *imho* so it's a place where I sure do want to stay! To that effect, I would also like to raise my glass and give a happy CHEERS to you guys!
  16. That's actually understandable, too much is too much. Hope you didn't go too hard on him in the aftermath. Sounds to me like over spoiled by rich people and then trying the "Filipino life hacks" on them! That doesn't sound like a good area for any big negotiations. As if it wasn't pain in the a** enough to hire maid after maid after maid to find a good one, you also have to overpay them from the beginning just to be ripped off in the end! Doesn't sound fun
  17. Well she does every month, in the form of 6500 PHP! Jokes aside... she knows very well how much we appreciate her, she's on the list for christmas and birthday gifts so she's actually almost part of the family. Whenever she wants to take a day off or two, then she takes a day or two off (with prior notice of course), that has never been an issue... But please keep in mind: it took us many many years and many many maids to find one that is as good as her! This was not a lucky draw, it's the result of a long ongoing procedure of selection and sampling. Don't give up h
  18. Yes you're right, sorry about that! Roughly her average day looks like this: Between 5 and 6 AM: wake up, drink a coffee, start cooking food for breakfast and for the kids' lunch at school 7AM: the two older kids wake up and take their showers, maid prepares their breakfast 8AM: kids go to school, maid washes the dishes, does some cleaning in and around the house as necessary. Feeds the dogs, takes care of the plants and flowers in the garden and outside the gate. 10AM: youngest kid wakes up, same procedure as at 7AM plus preparing everything for school 12
  19. To answer the the TS' initial question with my estimation: If it's in the province I'd say 3000 PHP is an appropriate salary. Our maid/nanny recieves 6500 per month but we are living in the city plus we have 3 kids she's helping with. My wife always had the opinion that 3k would be enough for a maid in the city, but after talking to some friends and neighbors I came to the conclusion that 5k should be the minimum for that job in that area. So I recently gave her a raise of over 100%, not only because of the average salary but because she is really doing an OUTSTANDIN
  20. Thanks for the tip Brett, I will keep it in mind. I don't like strong beers either, SML or SMP for me. Red-Horse always makes me vomit and gives me a headache.
  21. Hahahaha look what I just found on the Austrian news: and the result looks like this: They are serious about that, this is legit!! Link to the news article (please use Google translate): https://news.orf.at
  22. Just wait and see... one day the "aliens" will "land" just as the settlers landed on remote islands a couple of hundred years ago and ancient tribes started to gang up... and then that whole system as we know it will be turned upside down. But I think neither of us will live when this happens, anyway that's off topic here... I'm absolutely sure they will! The powers that be will figure out the best way to make most out of it in the sense of compromises. Neither the UK nor the EU are idiots *lol*
  23. Easy answer, see Spratly Islands: the Chinese will raise artificial islands and claim the sea for themselves - everybody loses. Joke lang... As the only non-UK EU-member here on the forum and as somebody who has virtually nothing to do with the EU in his private or business life, I allow myself to put my personal opinion on the topic: I don't like the EU either, at least not in the form as it is being handled at the moment (still too much greed and envy on the sides of all member-states *imho*). But one has to consider that the EU is still very very young in
  24. Hmmmm, I'm actually "brand new" to this forum here and I couldn't see any personal attacks anywhere so far!? Maybe I'm reading the wrong topics, could you hand me an example (link)? Actually, I'm also active in some German-speaking expat forums and compared to this one here, over there all hell breaks loose on a regular basis when it comes to personal feuds!! (luckily they have highly competent mods there, but still) Compared to those, the board here is my "safe haven of friendliness and respectful people" - true story! I love it here, and I especially love the way
  25. Hala!!!!!! .....Whew, I just checked - all-clear! Well that sounds good and healthy to me! Well, they actually did ask the day before! And if on day 1 it's okay, why wouldn't it be okay on day 2? I know, it's pure Filipino-logic, but as I said that's how "things are done" here. On the other hand, after they were made aware of the curfew once again they quit their games (and the noise) 10 minutes later as you said. That's indeed respectful in my opinion, I mean it shows gratitude to being allowed to play there in the first place. You sho
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