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profits101

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    Cebu City
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    Art, history, filipinas

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  • Philippines
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  1. Good photo spread on jail conditions... http://www.businessinsider.com/philippines-jails-overcrowding-rodrigo-duterte-drug-war-2016-11/#welcome-to-hell-is-written-on-the-stairs-leading-to-jason-madarangs-cell-block-inside-quezon-city-jail-in-manila-philippines-october-19-2016-1
  2. surprised but not surprised... the flight I took CEB/LAX in late March (yup, older aircraft) was not even half full in the back... hey, great for sleeping, but how many of those can you fly and not be losing big time... The prince was super nice, I will say. And then... I was dropped out of Mabuhay Miles and the bar to climb back in was a lot higher than I thought... so I doubted I would be "availing" of PAL lounges much in the future... given some other mechanical history I got dinged on in the past, and now what I hear of Terminal 3 in Manila... my loyalty has evaporated. So it goes..
  3. the shark players on 2nd floor SM City are playing to 2100-2200 I think... and favour blitz... I have yet to barely lay a hand on them, and work hardest at keeping costs down and the understanding that I'm not playing them for money... ar at least not more than p50 ... there are a few scattered chess clubs in the city, and girls I know who went to more formal catholic schools are sometimes trained and excel in chess... not sure there is a natural aptitude for filipinos in chess, but I think when one has a lot of extra time on their hands... this works on their behalf.
  4. The Koreans skipped town... http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/126124/bi-7-claims-not-aware-travel-restriction-vs-7-south-koreans
  5. My experience with this method, which I learned with the Chinese in Taiwan, is that - given the extended families located on other islands - I often never see those folks again haha... I'm shy on that method now.
  6. In terms of getting to the real "why," I think one element is the church... filipinos have been raised on the notion that the rich should give to the poor. After that, it is just semantics and how the transfer of money is established. As noted elsewhere here... without collateral, there really is no such thing as a loan - that word is just a breath of air twisted and turned in a certain way, but without a western implied moral underpinning. In children I am still surprised how neighbouring baranguy kids will walk along with me, ask for money, then when I say No, they just go about the play they were engaged in before I showed up - not a trace of rejection or reaction in their cute little smiles. In kids, it can almost be a muscle reflex, but then in adults, there is more calculation, but the same vacuum about contractual connection.
  7. Question: although I respect and understand the idea of "all this information about how to code is already out there, you just have to apply yourself," what's a good school in Cebu that provides a formalised education in this area? Recommendations?
  8. I've bought a chain saw and a table saw at the branch in Colon... both good experiences. When I got the table saw I qualified to avail of 50% discount on a phil grinder, so I bought that too... I needed one at 110v. They were good in demonstrating both tools and the price level brought in the manager and he was very good with questions and demonstration. I know both these types of tools very well, so it was easy to measure. I also picked up a couple star screwdrivers (I take apart laptops sometimes), but actually found, almost accidentally, an even better set at a Ace/SM City. Also, I've visited the Mandaue branch once, and would agree they are #1... but this one works for me and I'm closer to it... PS, the main store will also answer your emails if you send them one - at least that was my experience.
  9. Rush weighed in on Groundhog Day, ha:
  10. I'm an artist, so there you go... Going back, I grew up on a lot of land and spent much time in the woods where I entertained myself exploring, climbing trees, building things, playing... when it came to college i wanted to get as far from home as possible... which I did. During vacations I hitchhiked up and down the east coast... Spring Break in Florida and then turn around and head to Rhode Island... A couple of years after graduating I left for California... my family said I'd be back in a year... I never went back. I stayed practical and trained in architecture... and then somewhere in there I did art on the side until I was ultimately working 7 days a week for fifteen years... My wife laughed when I started into art, telling her I would be selling what I was making... later she fought for all that I had when she divorced me coz the work always sold. In architecture I ran through two passports going to Taiwan, Indonesia, Kuala Lumper, and Singapore... it woke me up as to how different life was outside the US. Circumstances had probably not jelled 100% but I was not going to be one of those "wishing and hoping" to not lead the life of quiet desperation so when things seemed to be in spitting distance, I quit "the regular job." In retrospect, I spent a lot of my life taking many of the forks the road offered... For me to wake up here each morning, it feels normal coz the other "normal" back there waiting for me would kill me... I'd rather be wandering in the woods... or in this case, the odd streets of Colon, islands, investigating the traces of the Spanish and American Colonialism, random baranguys, and somewhat mysterious filipinos haha.
  11. This is exactly what I saw, and those are the areas where I took the pics (I had more but there is an upload limit here). Also, ditto on the expected salary per month. On the day I was there, one street had some (what appeared to be outsider) "activists" promoting a petition having to do with rights of these OFW's... there was some, but limited interest. I think too, their more-or-less morena appearance (especially in contract to the lighter skinned chinese) makes them a giveaway for domestic helpers. I can't even think of any filipino men I saw during my walk on Sunday. The next day on Monday, I saw a little scene that cemented my impressions - bounding along on a sidewalk a couple young chinese school boys, maybe 9-10, accompanied by family... and lagging just behind them... a young filipina, maybe the height of the boys, carrying both of their backpacks...
  12. Filipinos in Hong Kong... as of February 2015 there were 166,743 Philippine OFW in Hong Kong. On Sundays they receive a required 12 hour time-off period from their work... and they go to the streets, malls, and parks to get together with each other. Hong Kong is expensive... just like the Philippines, they entertain each other in chat, foods, dancing, singing, and many go to church in the morning... There are literally 1000's every Sunday hanging out like this... block after block, street after street, park after park, shady underpass and shady underpass. It was amazing and uniquely filipino! Never seen anything like it...
  13. Whew.... http://www.rappler.com/business/153465-forex-philippine-peso-50-dollar
  14. Looking at the long-term chart, I think the following: