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      New Members: Click Here   03/09/2017

      Hello. If you are a new member, and feel a bit apprehensive about posting in the "open" forums, or, just wish to get your "sea legs" prior to posting in the open forums, feel free to post anything you wish to talk about, in the Newbies Forum. No one will bother you, or give you any sort of grief. Everyone there is happy to help you get answers to your questions.


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    Visited 1 to 5 trips
  1. Culture... of the US or Philippines?
  2. (looks for ditto button)...
  3. The wife's nephew has just completed his Bsc in Mechanical Engineering Apparently he needs to take some kind of board exam - presumably a professional test of some kind? Says on the TV (and the news channel on my phone) everyone is looking for engineers. But how does he proceed out here in the provinces (Leyte)... the parents are poor, the person who financed him through school has done their bit... he's working when he can as a waiter to pay for his food etc. How does he get himself into a job and out of the poverty trap?
  4. California actually: 9999999 (your mail box/cart) Danti Court CITY: Hayward STATE: California ZIP: 94545 They started off that way - but now if your package is from Amazon they just forward it on... which may explain why their rates go crazy sometimes. Previously, they opened the package, took photos, put the photos online for you to check and then (efficiently) repackaged the item for shipping from CA to RP... either by Air or Sea. It then changed (probably because too popular) - but as far as I know the old procedure (which I quite liked) still applies for non Amazon purchases. For Amazon purchases they just take a picture of Amazon's packing label. BTW... Some further information... I cannot remember which service it is but when you buy from Amazon (or anyone else for that matter) make sure you don't choose the option that will deliver at the weekend... because (you have to laugh don't you): And you'll find a number of posts from people using the "ShippingCart" service, on the internet, complaining about how long it took to get their item redelivered from Amazon because it got returned at the weekend and similar stories like that
  5. No you sign up for it - they give you a US mailing address... you then tell Amazon to deliver to that address... then the Shipping Cart gets an item... then you choose how to ship it - air or sea. https://www.shippingcart.com/
  6. I used them a couple of times to test out their air freight and it all went ok... I then bought my son's birthday present... that time they wanted 3 to 4,000 more for air freight than it would have cost me had I paid for it myself. I emailed them - no response - so I shipped the item sea freight and he didn't get it for his birthday. Unless I'm desperate I won't use them again.
  7. Off topic... I've been here a while now but it's the first time I've noticed you're ASCII artwork - I'm from the UK and you often see a collection of hieroglyphics (similar to your ASCII) on hand-outs (especially government stuff) telling the reader that the information is available in 5-7 other languages. For some reason I just assumed, as you are the owner, that that's what all that squiggly stuff under your name was (until now)! Anyway - nice picture
  8. Very nice - don't forget the machine gun posts
  9. I feel it's my duty to pass on this information, particularly for the benefit of the newbies here who like myself will probably find themselves regularly shelling out for the pigs and thinking to themselves - Christ it doesn't go far does it!!! Anyway, I've been here a while now and the other night I attended the first (close) family party that I didn't pay anything for. Strangely when it was over, I happened to notice that the entire pig (more or less) was still sitting there - looked like it had been skinned but just the body part - a bit odd. The trick is to get your "controlled buffet" carver to take off matchbox size pieces of meat and place them on a platter alongside equally sized matchbox pieces of skin. You then ensure there is no knife, fork or waiter around... And place a few pairs of tiny (like 1 1/2") plastic tongs on the platter for people to try to help themselves with... Most will only be able to grab one or two pieces before becoming embarrassed about hogging the lechon and having to move on! I kid you not, the guy who threw the party must have taken home more than half the pig.
  10. Just an update... all went off ok - quite a nice bash - lechon plus buffet for about 75... no beer or wine... just some soft drinks - so must have cost him min 15,000 - because the boy missed out on his eighteenth the father decided to make amends later. Was it extravagant - no not really Do I think the money could have been better spent elsewhere - yes but our Filipino relations like to party don't they.
  11. My wife likes to play teacher... divides the paper into squares for our son to fill in with his abc letters... his reply: Aside from being a great drawing for a 4 1/2 year old... it just made me laugh
  12. I've just discovered another site that doesn't seem to work properly using IE11 ... which is what I normally use - works fine in Chrome... The site is https://www.nbi-clearance.com/ Have I got something wrong with my settings or is there a simple explanation for why it doesn't work properly? Thanks
  13. Annoyingly the link on the DOJ site is wrong: https://nbi.gov.ph/
  14. Does anyone know if Overseas NBI Clearance is available at their Ormoc office - Riverside Gaisano? I cannot seem to get onto the website http://www.nbi.gov.ph/ where you're meant to fill in the form... prior to visiting the office of your choice ???