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  2. Any kind of communication (whether talking with somebody in the vehicle, talking or texting on a cell phone, singing along to the radio, or communicating through a microchip implanted in your head) will have you driving distracted, just like drinking a couple of mixed drinks and then driving. If you are doing something that takes your attention away from driving, you are increasing the risk of something bad happening.
  3. Citizens of 40 countries traveling to Vietnam now have a simplified process for obtaining travel visas directly from the Vietnam government. Vietnam recently introduced an e-Visa (electronic visa) application system for citizens of 40 countries. Vietnam e-Visas will allow citizens of these 40 countries to visit Vietnam for up to 30 days. The 40 countries included in the Vietnam e-Visa program are Armenia, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Myanmar, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Timor Leste, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. This new two-year, e-Visa pilot program will be in addition to the current Vietnam travel visa processes in place. Holders of the new Vietnam e-Visas will be allowed to arrive into Vietnam through any of the eight international airports including Noi Bai - Hanoi City, Tan Son Nhat - Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang - Da Nang City, Cam Ranh - Nha Trang City, Cat Bi - Hai Phong City, Can Tho - Can Tho City, Lien Khuong – Da Lat City and Phu Quoc - Phu Quoc Island or through any of the 13 international land border crossings. Vietnam e-Visas will cost you a flat fee of $25 USD for a 30-day, SINGLE-ENTRY visa. Your 30 days will start when you arrive into Vietnam, not when your e-Visa is approved. This visa will only be valid for a single entry into Vietnam for up to 30 days, meaning you can’t fly into Vietnam, stay for a few days, travel to Cambodia and then return to Vietnam for your flight back to your country. You can only enter Vietnam once. If you need a multiple-entry visa or want to stay in Vietnam for longer than 30 days, you can apply at www.visavietnam.ph . It is fast, cheap, easy and reliable. Vietnam e-Visa application process You will need a scanned copy of your valid passport details page and a scanned passport photo. According to the website instructions, the passport photo must be “straight looking and without glasses.” I’m assuming this means looking forward at the camera and without a smile (and nothing to do with your sexual orientation). You can apply online for a Vietnam e-Visa through this website: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/trang-chu-ttdt. Please follow the steps below: 1. Click on “For Foreigners.” 2. Upload your passport photo and a copy of your passport details page. These are two separate uploads. You can’t upload your passport details page twice. 3. Enter in all the required information. 4. Pay your $25 USD fee and submit your application. Your fee is non-refundable even if your application is later denied. 5. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a “registration code.” Keep this code. 6. At the time of this posting, the e-Visa turnaround time is approximately 3 business days. After the processing time, return back to the website and click on “Search” in the top menu bar. 7. Enter in your registration code to search for your application to see if it was approved. 8. If approved, you can print out your Vietnam e-Visa as proof for travel. I know this sounds a little complicated but trust me, this Vietnam e-Visa process is much simpler than the uncertainty and hoops we used to jump through. We no longer have to deal with third-party companies for visa approval letters or mail in our passports to the Vietnam consulate offices. Overall, this is a win-win for citizens of 40 countries. Travelers and it’s a step in the right direction. I’m hoping that multiple-entry visas and longer term visas will be added to this system if it proves to be successful. Disclaimer: Please understand this is a pilot program so there might be some glitches along the way. I have not personally applied for a Vietnam e-Visa through this process so I can’t test out how reliable it is. If any of our readers has any feedback or real life experiences with obtaining a Vietnam e-Visa, please share them with us in the comments section below. Thanks for reading! PhilipJ
  4. Once the pressure drops below a certain level the release is made on the system for air brakes. In the US most are 120 psi systems and 60 psi engages the locks. I also do not think it had air brakes. Just cheap old hydraulic system, air breaks cost more to install and maintain.
  5. I try not to watch any news reports about DeLima. The last one I saw talked about her driver servicing her regularly- not a visual that's easy to get rid of. Theres a sex tape out there too, maybe the CIA can use it instead of waterboarding.
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  7. Hey Mikala, if you end up in strife ivI'e got one at my dads house in Consolacion which you are absolutely free to borrow for as long as you need. It has slight taper at the end but can do bottoming work for piping installations. 1/2 inch BSPT, which is actually what the threads are here, not NPT. so that what you want. Almost identical, but slightly different. Well actually i have come across one NPT fitting, sold in ace hardware. You wouldn't expect the philipinos to enforce a standard on plumbing fittings imported would you?? PM me if you would like it. It was about 120 peso at ho tong
  8. 3 min at the LTO office cell and he will be saying yes sir of course sir....
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  10. I understand what you're saying as I do the same, using 2 or 3GB in a day but do you download 3GB every day for 15 days? By the way, I try to keep movies under 1GB and they look fine on a 40" screen. KonC
  11. Yup, not wifi and as usual I am a day late and a dollar short. Only one neighbor has the same carrier as me and he is getting 12Mbps . So I did the obvious I moved everything outside to the cable box and hooked up to the ISP cable before it enters the house. 3.6 Mbps. It is their problem, the dirty rats!! I don't know what happened, I used to be so much smarter?
  12. Seeing Double? Puppy Born in Shelter Has Bizarre Image of Herself on Left Ear https://www.yahoo.com/news/seeing-double-puppy-born-shelter-192500825.html Cant get video to load------ cool birthmark
  13. Those pictures perfectly illustrate why it takes 5x as long to do anything in the Philippines. Everything is like that monkey spaghetti wiring job. Could you imagine trying to replace a piece of equipment in that mess? Or how about t/sing those connectors having intermittent faults due to the stress of being in a pile of spaghetti?
  14. Good grief..... I'm getting a chubby.
  15. They will? I hope i can get one before that then
  16. It's a trust issue. I'm exhausted. And, I temporarily forgot that if you share a link to the post, it changes the URL into a post, unless you add it to text.
  17. H How good is this one compared to other wireless options like B&O's? The price is certainly over the top... Do they have a shop in Cebu that I can try? They have white, silver, gold - any difference except for maximum power which I definitely wont need? amp + passive speaker is out, no space. After my tests today there aren't many choices left... if not this one then only the 3-legged egg which sounds okay but looks impressive as a furniture PS: that's not for shower. But I'd prefer the lowest price since it's way over planned budget; still looking for online shop in europe to get VAT exemption...
  18. Those driving the vessel would have had to have been awake to do all of those maneuvers. It doesn't look like they were.
  19. Just saved me some money as a Fortuner was part of the plan if we move over. Getting a trike now.
  20. A few of the better (and even a few of the really shitty) bars in Cebu have cider. One that wasn't mentioned yet that is one of the better ones is The Social in Ayala. In the NCR area you can get Magners in the popular expat bars. Draft and bottle are available. The Magners distributor for the Philippines is located near Ortigas. How thirsty are you? They sold direct to me for years, but I did buy in quantity :-) Savanah is around too. Strongbow not so much anymore although Strongbow now produces cider in Singapore (three flavors) which is widely distributed in a few other countries in the region (e.g. Thailand/Vietnam). The flavor profile has been modified to the Asian palate however (read as: sweet). Surprise surprise, Strongbow's Singapore cider hasn't hit the Philippines yet. Why you might ask? That answer would require at least 5 pints of cider to explain. Theres another one I forget the name at the moment, now that is available in 7-11s in the NCR area. It is all about supply and demand. Lots of guys complaining about paying 50 pesos for a beer in Cebu, they don't want to hear about 250 for a pint of Magners. Many don't realize, but there is actually a proper Sommerset style cider produced right here in the region, made with Sommerset apples, in Phnom Penh, in the Kingdom brewery. Great product, but you'll never see it on the shelves in the Philippines, unfortunately.
  21. It will be interesting to see how well this plan works out for them when all is said and done.
  22. Think of it more as a moat than a puddle John!! Mate,that gate has had it`s day.. It wouldn't cost very much at all to get a local just knock up a new one.. I fixed a saggy gate about a month ago but the hardwood was all good.. The hinges had stretched a little so I fitted new heavier duty ones with 2 inch wood screws...Previously they had been nailed on.. Tip the gate up straight and Check if the hinges move when they should not is about all I can suggest.. If you do build them a new one out of coco lumber and bamboo,tell them to paint it with used motor oil once every 3/4 months.. It`ll make the wood less porous..Better still,wood saver or Solignum.
  23. Thanks for that. I think many Filipino families fail to recognise some qualities they still have that are diminishing elsewhere. Last year we were in the sad situation of having our niece / nephew's first born baby die after two months in IC and a heart operation. The family was devastated but they had each other and to see the way they pulled together then and since was humbling indeed. Back here in Oz with all our material every bloody thing, my thoughts were often with this dirt poor family, poor financially but rich in so many other ways, and they don't recognise what a gift / wealth they have so I wrote them this message: A message to all of the XXX family. Sitting here saddened by your tragic loss and thinking back over time has caused me to want to write this to you all. Since I first met a ‘XXX’ (a gutsy kid who wanted a cell phone!), you people have never ceased to impress with your tenacity, integrity and above all the love and support you give each other as a family. You XXXs’s may not have any monetary wealth but you are among the richest people I have ever had the privilege to know. From my first visit up the hill to your home when young xxxx held onto his bread roll until his little sister was awake so he could share with her, to the beautiful sisterly love and support xxxx and xxxx share, and the way you guys have come from the remote interior to face the world and achieve. To be privileged to be at xxx and xxx's wedding and see the way you all helped to make their day so special and now how you all get behind a family in need again and help each other. You are one very special group of people, one very special family and your Mom and Dad should be congratulated for the values they have instilled in you. We are so saddened by your loss and know that you are all hurting, but keep that XXX family love and support going and you will move on through anything. It has been our priveledge to be able to help you and remember baby Gxxx is in a better place now and at peace with no pain. May he rest in peace in God’s care.
  24. You should be able to get a tricycle or multicab package outside the gate at Poro. Be aware lots of roadworks from Poro to San Fran across the causway, much of the road has been ripped up and with the rain it is a quagmire, I would recommend the multicab for the trip if its raining or has been recently.
  25. If yours is anything like mine, that visa expired one year after it was issued. I get asked a lot from airport check in people (who I then try to educate, why I waste my breath I don't know). Good to know that visa ticked the box. I assume you didn't have to show an order then? That's it.
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    • Any kind of communication (whether talking with somebody in the vehicle, talking or texting on a cell phone, singing along to the radio, or communicating through a microchip implanted in your head) will have you driving distracted, just like drinking a couple of mixed drinks and then driving. If you are doing something that takes your attention away from driving, you are increasing the risk of something bad happening.
    • Citizens of 40 countries traveling to Vietnam now have a simplified process for obtaining travel visas directly from the Vietnam government. Vietnam recently introduced an e-Visa (electronic visa) application system for citizens of 40 countries. Vietnam e-Visas will allow citizens of these 40 countries to visit Vietnam for up to 30 days. The 40 countries included in the Vietnam e-Visa program are Armenia, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Myanmar, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Timor Leste, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. This new two-year, e-Visa pilot program will be in addition to the current Vietnam travel visa processes in place. Holders of the new Vietnam e-Visas will be allowed to arrive into Vietnam through any of the eight international airports including Noi Bai - Hanoi City, Tan Son Nhat - Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang - Da Nang City, Cam Ranh - Nha Trang City, Cat Bi - Hai Phong City, Can Tho - Can Tho City, Lien Khuong – Da Lat City and Phu Quoc - Phu Quoc Island or through any of the 13 international land border crossings. Vietnam e-Visas will cost you a flat fee of $25 USD for a 30-day, SINGLE-ENTRY visa. Your 30 days will start when you arrive into Vietnam, not when your e-Visa is approved. This visa will only be valid for a single entry into Vietnam for up to 30 days, meaning you can’t fly into Vietnam, stay for a few days, travel to Cambodia and then return to Vietnam for your flight back to your country. You can only enter Vietnam once. If you need a multiple-entry visa or want to stay in Vietnam for longer than 30 days, you can apply at www.visavietnam.ph . It is fast, cheap, easy and reliable. Vietnam e-Visa application process You will need a scanned copy of your valid passport details page and a scanned passport photo. According to the website instructions, the passport photo must be “straight looking and without glasses.” I’m assuming this means looking forward at the camera and without a smile (and nothing to do with your sexual orientation). You can apply online for a Vietnam e-Visa through this website: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/trang-chu-ttdt. Please follow the steps below: 1.    Click on “For Foreigners.” 2.    Upload your passport photo and a copy of your passport details page. These are two separate uploads. You can’t upload your passport details page twice. 3.    Enter in all the required information. 4.    Pay your $25 USD fee and submit your application. Your fee is non-refundable even if your application is later denied. 5.    Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a “registration code.” Keep this code. 6.    At the time of this posting, the e-Visa turnaround time is approximately 3 business days. After the processing time, return back to the website and click on “Search” in the top menu bar. 7.    Enter in your registration code to search for your application to see if it was approved. 8.    If approved, you can print out your Vietnam e-Visa as proof for travel. I know this sounds a little complicated but trust me, this Vietnam e-Visa process is much simpler than the uncertainty and hoops we used to jump through. We no longer have to deal with third-party companies for visa approval letters or mail in our passports to the Vietnam consulate offices. Overall, this is a win-win for citizens of 40 countries. Travelers and it’s a step in the right direction. I’m hoping that multiple-entry visas and longer term visas will be added to this system if it proves to be successful. Disclaimer: Please understand this is a pilot program so there might be some glitches along the way. I have not personally applied for a Vietnam e-Visa through this process so I can’t test out how reliable it is. If any of our readers has any feedback or real life experiences with obtaining a Vietnam e-Visa, please share them with us in the comments section below. Thanks for reading! PhilipJ
    • Once the pressure drops below a certain level the release is made on the system for air brakes.  In the US most are 120 psi systems and 60 psi engages the locks.     I also do not think it had air brakes.  Just cheap old hydraulic system, air breaks cost more to install and maintain.
    • I try not to watch any news reports about DeLima. The last one I saw talked about her driver servicing her regularly- not a visual that's easy to get rid of.    Theres a sex tape out there too, maybe the CIA can use it instead of waterboarding.      
    • http://www.update.ph/2017/02/arresting-team-now-en-route-to-de-limas-residence/14807