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  3. Fake drugs seized from 5 pharmacies in Cebu

    As a remedy, anybody may: 1, Concoct their own medicine. 2. Abstain from medicine. 3. Buy medicine from reputable pharmacies like Rose and Mercury. (Anybody who can't afford it should go to the next step.) 4. Go home to the old country. The Philippines is far from being a Paradise, and bitching is not the best cure.
  4. From my experience with relatives and friends, somebody who has proof of real estate ownership and money in the bank could easily get a tourist visa to the U.S. Also having a letter of acceptance from a U.S. university for graduate studies would facilitate a student visa. Another way is to work for a travel company, cruise ship or Philippine Department of Tourism, and join conferences and promotion tours that include the U.S.
  5. The OP can send his son to UP Diliman or UP Los Banos or Ateneo if he passes the entrance exam. He doesn't have to speak Tagalog as it is not a requirement unless he is majoring in a course that requires Tagalog studies. For example, if he takes engineering, medicine, economics, and computer science, etc., all subjects are taught in English. I come from Cebu City and went to UP Diliman in the 70s, and I had classmates from UK, Israel, Italy, Spain, Iran, Nigeria, Ghana, and the U.S. Regarding further studies in Canada and the US, I have friends and relatives who got their masters degree and PhD in the US and Canada.
  6. Is Tagalog Universal in PI?

    I must agree with South'rn Boy and Majorsco that, although Filipino or Tagalog is widely known in Cebu and other parts of the Visayas and Mindanao because people had to take Tagalog in school, the preferred language is Bisayan in these regions. People who think that Tagalog rules everywhere in the Philippines because it is taught in school, have not lived long enough in the Bisayan-speaking regions of the Philippines. I speak fluent Tagalog having studied and worked in Manila and Cebuano having grown up and studied in Cebu, but I switch to Cebuano when I'm in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. I have cousins in Cebu whose Tagalog is rudimentary versus their fluency in English, but this didn't prevent them from having successful businesses, enough to let them go on vacations abroad. I think it's fallacious to say that failure to speak Tagalog in the Philippines would hinder one's success. I would even dare say that fluent English and writing it well is a good preparation towards success in the Philippines and elsewhere. What we are talking here is not whether Tagalog is better over Binisaya, but what language is preferrable in the the Visayas and Mindanao regions. It is certainly NOT Tagalog.
  7. Bad locals are rude to expats if these locals think expats lack the resources to fight back. It's the same story with locals who lack the resources to fight back, they are also targets of bad locals (bad cops, hoodlums, scammers, and sociopaths). When I'm in the Philippines, I avoid trouble, and I don't sweat the small stuff. However, I also know if somebody makes my life miserable at length, my relatives and friends would gently pacify that person. I know of good expats who earn the respect and protection of locals. If you are an expat who attract bad locals and don't have a wife or local friends to protect you, maybe it's time to relocate to a calmer or safer environment outside the Philippines.
  8. Apparently rude Westerners are prone to encounter rude Filipinos because they come from similar educational and economic backgrounds. I grew up in Cebu and studied in Manila, the US and Canada where I have lived for 39 years, and I have westerners in my family by marriage. And I can say that I rarely encounter rude Westerners and rude Filipinos as I avoid them both. When I'm in the Philippines, I enjoy the company of educated Westerners and educated Filipinos.
  9. When I was 6, I and 5 of my friends, who were of the same age as I was, went to a doctor and asked him to circumcise us in his clinic. When he got the green light from our parents, he gave us the German cut (he trimmed off the foreskin around the neck of the penis). When the anesthesia wore off, boy, did it hurt. We had a nurse change the dressing daily until healing was complete. It was uncomfortable for about 3 days. But after that we were the proudest boys in school, which was run by American and Irish nuns. (If your imagination is running wild, no, they have nothing to do with our decision.) Other boys who heard about our new look also made the beeline to the doctor. I never knew anybody who was still uncut at 8 years old. All of us went for the cutting voluntarily. This was in the Philippines. Fast forward in Toronto, I have three sons. One day my eldest son, who was then 7 years old, asked me if it was okay for him and his brothers to be circumcised. I asked him, why? He said they like to look like me. . So I told our family doctor about it, and he have us see a doctor who would do the circumcision in the hospital. On C day, all three of my sons were wheeled to the operating room for the ceremony. When they came out of the operating room, all of them were smiling. I arranged for my sister-in-law, who is a nurse, to stay in our house for a few days to take care of them. During the entire period after the anesthesia wore off, not one of them complained. By the way, the procedure was free. My sons are now grown up men. The two older ones are systems engineers, both of whom play hockey, golf, downhill skiing, snowboarding, and volleyball. The youngest is a business analyst and an amateur boxer. The eldest had introduced his girlfriends (German, Russian, Polish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipino-Irish, etc.) to me but is still single. One son is married to a British-Lebanese girl and the other son is married to a Filipina. Circumcision certainly didn't give them Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). To all the guys who have everything to say against circumcision, good for you. You have my respect. In response to the OP, tuli is really not necessary for those who think it's not.
  10. Irenicus goes to jail

    Great reporting, and the photos spoke a thousand words!
  11. This information is welcome. I'm returning there next year and probably staying at Siargao Blu.
  12. If you can afford it, there are several rental condos at the Global City in Taguig/Makati, where you can walk safely and access shops, restaurants, and nightspots that are similar to those in North America.
  13. I agree with Hamm. I'm on my 39th year in Canada including 26 years of self-employment in Canada, the US and the Caribbean. I come from Cebu and I'm currently receiving Canadian and investment pensions. I'm retiring there soon for the warm weather and convenience of househelp and driver as driving in Cebu is stressful. IMHO Canada is still an ideal place to work and rear children.