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      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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  1. SSI is for people living in the USA not overseas usually.Now SS payments is a different story
  2. Just a heads up Metro Bank now has the new chip cards for there ATM machines and you don't have to wait weeks,same day issued ,well in the branch i open the new account, as i like to have a few different cards just in case i need one or lose my wallet . I only carry one and one credit card at a time . Still china bank the best if you want to know look up my old post about the safety tools on the card as you can have up to 10 different accounts on one ATM card , and you set it up to go only too the 2,000 peso account not the ones with big money in them, your other accounts don't show up at the store or other banks only at china bank .
  3. Bill could you give us his full name so when some staff says we don't know that we can say i was told this by the manger MR so and so . He said this in a written communication . . What do you think Bill?
  4. http://xuka.tv/tv/by-genre/thriller/mine-2016-13926.html?type=movies
  5. Well they do try to make money for there company for sure,as does there company .Look at all the girls in there trying to sell all those creams and lotions there Pro mo girls ,i don't know but maybe the manufactures pay there wage not the drug store.Same as in Metro they rent different sections out to company's.As i found out buying my daughter a pair of shoes. I ask to speak to the supervisor .When she came ,she tells me sorry sir there not our staff, there company rents this space so we have no direct control over them. My point is with all the ladies on the floor in the drug store you would think the line at the Pharmacy section , would be shorter and faster well it is not. That why i go to Mercury always early like 10 AM when the mall first opens, heck i don't like to stand in line to buy things.
  6. U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Agency in Cebu - Pre-planned Closure and Limited Services Until Further Notice April 12, 2017 THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. The U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu will offer limited services April 17 to 21 and will be closed to the public for all services from April 24 to May 19, 2017. (As a reminder, the U.S. Consular Agency will also be closed on April 13 to 14, 2017 in observance of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.) For emergency services, please contact American Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy in Manila by telephone at +(63) (2) 301-2000 or by email at ACSInfoManila@state.gov. This pre-planned closure is unrelated to the security message released April 9 informing U.S. citizens of a travel advisory for Central Visayas. Limited service will be available on the following dates: · April 17-20, 2017: The U.S. Consular Agency will be open only for inquiries and emergency assistance. Services for Passport, Notary, and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) will not be available. · April 21, 2017: The U.S. Consular Agency will offer routine service for notaries, legal capacity to marry affidavits, and passports during normal walk-in hours from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Applications for Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) will be accepted by appointment only. To book a CRBA appointment with Cebu, please email AmConCebCRBA@state.gov. Limited appointments are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. · May 22-26, 2017: The U.S. Consular Agency will offer routine service for notaries, legal capacity affidavits and passports during normal walk-in hours from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Applications for Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) will be accepted by appointment only. To book a CRBA appointment with Cebu, please email AmConCebCRBA@state.gov. Limited appointments are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. The U.S. Embassy will update the public on any changes and the future schedule of services.
  7. Hell one time i was in Richmond VA wanted to go to Atlantic City that night to gamble,the last flight had gone i looked in the yellow pages and got a private one prop plane there i think it cost me like $500 bucks but that was in the early 70's even landed at the wrong airport then i lost money wow what a ass.
  8. Well i have a girl friend about 19 now have been dating her about a year ,she has 9 siblings all much younger and they have had every thing in the last year mumps,all those types of things each week and have yet to get them but i am sure any day i will be bedridden for sure.Then i will have her play nurse for weeks i guess.Where can i buy one of those sexy nurse outfits??? Also some extra Omega lotion,heeeee
  9. Volunteer means “someone who does something without being forced to do it,” especially a person who joins the military or who does work for no pay. It comes from Latin and has been used in English since about 1600, but shares roots with the older word voluntary, both going back to the Latin verb velle meaning “to will” or “to wish.” Some of the interest in the definition of volunteer may come from the wording of the statement from United, since a person who did not volunteer to leave was then described as refusing “to leave the aircraft voluntarily”—and subsequently being forced to do it.
  10. Maybe they trying to make extra money this week XE Currency Converter: USD to PHP 1 USD =49.5991PHP US Dollar1 USD = 49.5991 PHP ↔ Philippine Peso1 PHP = 0.0201616 USD Live mid-market rate 2017-04-10 10:10 UTC The official rate at the .bsp.gov.ph 10 April 2017 US$ 1.00 PhP 50.166 O/N Lending Rate 3.50% O/N RRP Rate 3.00% O/N Deposit Rate 2.50% 7-day TDF (WAIR) 3.0487% 28-day TDF (WAIR) 3.4208% Inflation Rate (Mar'17) 3.4% (2006=100) 91-day T-bill Rate (13 Mar 17) 2.374 Gold Buying/troy oz. US$ 1254.20 Silver Buying US$ 17.95 Exchange Rate Bulletin Public Advisories The old banknote series (NDS) will still be accepted in exchange for NGC banknotes at all authorized agent banks and all BSP offices and branches for
  11. As far as i know it is 100,000 $ for a simple mistake no knowing you should have reported it for willfully not doing it $ 500,000 i have the codes some where will try to dig it out later .But i am talking IRS did not know the states where in too that also .It has been posted on the Forum a few times i think. The law but maybe not the code ok
  12. Heck no way i am a male pig!!!! You butter them up and i will feed them!!!!
  13. Well i went to the laundry today to pick up some things took the bundle to the car no big hand towel i keep next to the sink to wipe my wet hands on as paper towels here a buck a roll for the good ones . So go back in tell the girl where is my big white towel i stole from a hotel i visit a while back,hell there 299 pesos for cheap lousy ones and this one a good cannon one. The girl sir you not have in the dirty stuff,Wow i go off slam my fist on the counter yes it was i know i been living a long time i know all things and i brought the other one today so i new i was picking up the other one!!!! Where is it Dam and you three short on the other stuff also only 15 pc's in the bundle was 18 on the slip where are they at also .She says SIR you carry them to the car as they where the two shirts and a pair of shorts on hangers!!! OPPS sorry your right on that, but i know you have my towel i want it when i come next time. I storm out like a big ass hole. Get home eat lunch start thinking there so good at the place how did they lose that towel,shit i went thru a lot of trouble stealing that dam thing. Finally look in the closet,,, there it is!!!! i had picked it up the time before . Now guys what should i do go back ask forgiveness ,or play the hand out and try to get a second towel out of them for free???? Hell i am a SENIOR!!!! Also a good friend of the Everly Brothers . and was a fan of Johnny Ray when my Uncle Red Leonard use to take me to Miami Beach to listen to him sing"the little white cloud that cried " At the Fontainebleau Hotel i was a teen i think. Has a great history https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Ray IN THE BEGINNING The Fontainebleau has an interesting, colorful history. It began with when Ben Novack Sr. dreamed of building the world’s greatest hotel in Miami Beach. His dream was made possible by World War II. During the war, the U.S. Army requisitioned over 180 hotels and 100 apartment buildings in Miami Beach. As the owner of several hotels, Ben’s contracts with the Army made him rich. With an initial budget of $10 million, a loan of $5 million and 11 investors, in 1954 Ben built the Fontainebleau on an estate purchased from heirs of the Firestone fortune. The Hotel, when finished, cost $16 million, a huge sum in the day. Ben enlisted Russian born American architect Morris Lapidus to design the Fontainebleau. He hired Lapidus at a bargain price, which almost led the architect to financial ruin. In his day, critics reviled the excesses of Lapidus’ designs, calling his architecture “the nation’s grossest national product,” “p*ornography of architecture,” and “boarding house baroque.” It was not until the post-modernism period of the late 1980s and beyond that critics began to appreciate Lapidus’ work. The Fontainebleau, when it opened in 1954, was the height of excess. Lapidus punctuated his design with 27 colors of paint, woggles shaped like an artist’s palette, boomerang and table shaped cutouts in ceilings, amoeba-like cutouts in walls, Swiss cheese holes, beanpoles, and metal rods supporting nothing. Bellboys wore gold braided purple uniforms. There was a “Staircase to Nowhere” so women dressed in couture and jewels could take an elevator to the top to deposit their coats and glamorously descend the stairs to the lobby. Ben’s wife Bernice, a former model, descended those stairs on many occasions decked in beautiful gowns. Marble floors were inlaid in a bow-tie motif, patterned after Lapidus’ signature bow-tie attire. Photos of some of these architectural features appear on the Hotel website and app. According to a biography of Morris Lapidus, he adhered to the following design principles: “Get rid of corners Use sweeping lines Use light to create unusual effects Use plenty of color Try to get drama Keep changing the floor levels People are attracted to light (The Moth Complex)” In 1955, Lapidus designed the Eden Roc Hotel for Ben’s former estranged partner, Harry Mufson. Ben was so incensed that he banned Lapidus from the Fontainebleau for life and built an addition with an unattractive wall facing the adjacent Eden Roc – which came to be known as the “Spite Wall” – that cast its pool in an eternal afternoon shadow. In litigation that made national news, the court ruled against Mufson, holding there is no common law right to the flow of air and sunlight across the land of a neighbor, and when a structure serves a useful and beneficial purpose it does not give rise to an action in nuisance for damages. That forced Mufson, at considerable expense, to build a new second pool away from the shadow. Ben Novack Sr. ran the Fontainebleau for 24 years from the time it was built until it was sold in 1978. He and his wife, Bernice, resided in a palatial 14th floor apartment in the Hotel’s Chateau building, called the Governor’s Suite, where they raised their son, Ben Jr. The Fontainebleau was popular among the Hollywood crowd, attracting the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Jackie Gleason. Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball, Judy Garland, and Bob Hope entertained at the Hotel. Scenes from The Bellboy (1960) and Goldfinger (1964) were filmed on the premises. On the penthouse floor, John F. Kennedy stayed in suite 1784 and Marilyn Monroe in suite 1782. In the late 1960s and into the 1970s, the Fontainebleau declined along with Miami Beach generally. The Hotel lost much of its luster. Miami Beach tourism declined. Many hotels filed bankruptcy. In 1977 Time magazine called Miami Beach a “seedy back water of debt-ridden hotels.” In April 1977 the Fontainebleau filed for reorganization in the Southern District of Florida. Several months later, Ben filed a personal bankruptcy case. In 1985, when critics still did not appreciate his work, Lapidus burned the designs of his life’s work, including the drawings and plans of the Fontainebleau. Ben died of a heart attack in 1985 at age 78. Ben’s son, Ben Jr. and 86-year-old Bernice were murdered in 2009. Ben Jr. had left the bulk of his property, including his warehouses of Batman collectibles, to his wife Narcy. In 2012, Narcy and her brother were sentenced to life in prison for hiring hit men to kill Ben Jr. and Bernice. Following Narcy’s disinheritance, a five-year battle ensued over Ben Jr.’s dwindling estate involving a legion of family members, long-lost relatives and a possible illegitimate child. Lapidus died in 2001 at age 98 a wealthy man. II. LATER YEARS In 1978, Hotelerama, owned by Stephen Muss, purchased the Fontainebleau out of bankruptcy for $27 million. In In re Bleaufontaine Inc., 634 F.2d 1385 (5th Cir. 1981), the Fifth Circuit dismissed an appeal of a bankruptcy court order approving the sale as moot, upholding the bankruptcy court’s finding that Hotelerama was a good faith purchaser even though a secured creditor of the bankrupt owned a disclosed 25% interest in Hotelerama. Hotelerama brought in Hilton to operate the Hotel, renaming it the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort. Muss held a “Destruction Party” to celebrate a $40 million renovation. The renovation did not preserve the Hotel’s original design. Muss covered the white marble bow-tie inlaid floors with with green carpet. He cut a hole in the lobby floor to install an escalator. He removed much of the Hotel’s ornamental work. He installed a water-park to attract families. He converted the Staircase to Nowhere to a stairway to the mezzanine housing the Hilton offices. III. REBIRTH In 2005, at the height of a real estate boom, the Jeffrey Soffer family bought the Fontainebleau from Stephen Muss for $167 million. Soffer engineered a $1 billion renovation of the Hotel from 2006 to 2008. Mariah Carey performed at the grand reopening on November 13, 2008, which coincidentally coincided with the outset of the Great Recession. Kate Hudson, Martha Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow, Heidi Klum, Alex Rodriguez, and Paris Hilton were among those in attendance. The Fontainebleau survived the recession thanks to a workout with its lenders. Jeffrey Soffer’s other Fontainebleau project, Fontainebleau Las Vegas, did not fare so well. Construction financed by a $1.85 billion credit facility halted on the 70% completed structure, with a cost to complete estimated at $1 to $1.5 billion. In February 2015, Bank of America, the lead lender, agreed to pay other members of the lender group $300 million to settle a lawsuit. A Carl Ichan owned entity bought Fontainebleau Las Vegas in a bankruptcy sale for approximately $150 million. Ouch! It remains uncompleted today. The goal of the $1 billion renovation of Fontainebleau Miami Beach was to restore Lapidus’ original design by replicating and reinterpreting his design elements. The restoration effort was hampered by Lapidus’ burning of his drawings and the plans for the Fontainebleau in 1985. The Staircase to Nowhere was partly preserved; it now leads to Somewhere. The escalator is gone. The bow-tie pattern on the marble floor was recreated using new materials. The waved-formed canopy above the doors from the lobby to the pool was restored. The wooden reception desk was returned to its original location, but this time featuring blue-grey mirror glass with a polished nickel frame. Much of the ornamental work has been recreated. There are columns, newly wrapped in glass and mini brick tiles. Belgian gold chandeliers, each with 1,800 crystal strands, again adorn the lobby. For additional flair, the Bleau Bar was given an intense blue floor lit from below with galaxy-like arcs of light above. As part of the renovation, the room count increased almost two-fold to 1504 (658 suites in two new all-suite towers and 846 rooms in the two original buildings). There was newly constructed a massive swimming pool, a 40,000 square foot spa, a health club, twelve restaurants and lounges, a 38,000 square foot ballroom, and 58 meeting rooms totaling 107,000 square feet. These are photos taken in Sept 2015 of the Fontainebleau lobby. Note the marble floor with the bow tie inlay pattern, the colors, Belgian gold chandeliers, gold columns, rounded shapes, and cheese hole design in the sitting area. [click on photos to enlarge] For more information about the Fontainebleau and greater Miami Beach, I recommend the book Fool’s Paradise by Steven Gaines, which my wife Robin recommended to me. Photos of the Fontainebleau, both past and present, are posted on the Hotel’s app and on its website. The extensive Hotel app covers a wide range of topics. The 360 tour of the Chateau lobby under the Play tab is pretty cool. A particularly interesting article by Gary Cohen with photographs from the private collection of Bernice Novack, entitled Swinging at The Fontainebleau: How a once-in-a-lifetime hotel defined Miami Beach luxury and became an American icon, can be found HERE. The renovated Fontainebleau is grand but expensive. I look forward to seeing it for myself. Sources: The information for this article was derived from a wide variety of sources. It is only as accurate as the sources. Filed under: General
  14. U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Advisory for Central Visayas April 9, 2017 THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. THANK YOU. The U.S. Embassy has received unsubstantiated yet credible information that terrorist groups may attempt to conduct kidnappings in Central Visayas, which includes both Cebu and Bohol provinces. U.S. citizens are advised to carefully consider this information as you make your travel plans, and to review personal security plans, avoid large crowds and gatherings, and remain vigilant at all times. The U.S. Embassy wishes to remind U.S. citizens of the most recent Worldwide Caution, dated March 7, 2017, which indicates there is an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines. Extremists have targeted sporting events, theaters, markets, mass transportation systems–including airlines, and other public venues where large crowds gather. Crowded nightclubs, shopping malls, buses and popular restaurants have also been targets. U.S. citizens should be mindful of the importance of taking preventative measures to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the Philippines‎. ____________________________________________________________
  15. OK it happen again for April ,the direct deposit to my US account was in my account to withdraw on Sat the first of April. Most be a Obama thing he rig the computers before he left the office. Is he retirement age yet? Or maybe Trump ask him to do it so he could get his check early as he is in hi 70's and needs extra income. Amy one else got a guess ?