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      New Members' Forum   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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  1. Seriously, in the province there is lots of clean air outside of the cities which are a disaster area with traffic gridlock, pollution, and substandard infrastructure. I am so thankful for the fresh breeze that seems to blow every day, especially along the beach. Riding through the mountains on the outer islands is refreshing with the cooler air compared to the lowlands. The only problem in the province is when you are downwind, and the neighbors are burning trash. Otherwise, I have very few complaints about living here.
  2. Oh! I clean forgot those 3. Thanks for the update. If nothing else, the food is especially delicious. With the MSG and over salting, what more could a person ask for?
  3. There are actually 2 main reasons most single men would want to retire here in the RP. Number 1, as noted previously, is the availability of young, beautiful females for marriage or play. The second is the ability to live on a beach or on view property that is stunning and would cost you a million dollars in any developed country. Without these 2 options, I know I would not consider retiring here. For me these two options together are fundamental; one without the other would not work for me. Count me as a happily single retiree who has no plan to go anywhere else if the conditions remain the same into the future.
  4. I have a 2012 Yamaha YBR125G motorcycle in very good condition, well maintained. Just recently I discovered that the clutch is slipping and it pops out of gear into neutral, which can be especially dangerous on steep loose terrain. Recently, I had to dump my bike on a steep incline because it popped out of 1st gear into neutral and I was at a damn near standstill when it happened, which gave me no choice but to drop the bike before I got rolled down the slope. Unfortunately, with the loose rock, I lost footing and did a roll-over before coming to a stop, a bit battered scraped. I did not realize at the incident that there was a mechanical problem. I thought that I had missed the timing of down shifting to first gear. But, now it has become clear that I have a mechanical issue that needs to be adjusted or repaired. Yesterday it popped out of gear two times within a matter of minutes. The first time I was going down an incline and it popped into neutral and shortly thereafter, I was climbing a steep incline in first gear and it again popped into neutral. Strangely enough, I have somewhat of a prescient mind, in that I knew that it was going to happen again right before it occurred. Now, I am concerned about riding in the hills even on the main roads that have steep inclines. Do any of other Yamaha riders have this problem? What did you do to correct it? I am on Siquijor island and there is no “authorized” service, but there are mc mechanics here. Any suggestions? Thanks ahead.
  5. Siquijor is very prone to brownouts, as they call them, almost every day and sometimes twice daily, and they can last for hours, never minutes. We have had periods in which there are few brownouts, but they do not last. This has been going on for the 7 years I have lived here, and occasionally improves just to fall back again into the same routine. One thing we can count on is that there will be few if any brownouts during the run up to an election, so that is the time to plan fiestas. Whereas there are numerous "excuses" as to why this has continued for so long, the most widely voiced, in the barangays, is corruption. Simply put, the administrators steal the tax revenue that was allocated toward the petrol to run the generators for the entire year. As per usual, the previous administrator, a woman, has apparently built a palatial residence, the money for which, she claims, came from family abroad. Most certainly, she could never have afforded such a home on her income. Most people are scared to voice their opinion; scared of being brutalized or murdered. In most other countries citizens would chuckle at that theory, but in the Philippines is is a fact of life. So, yes, we have brownouts.
  6. Did you note the price? Are they the same size and model of which Paul writes?
  7. As a semi-permanent tourist, I got my drivers license over 6 years ago and just renew it every 3 years or so. I have only an ACR card so no other information was required. No drivers test, nothing.
  8. Paul, I thought you were living in Cambodia. If you are in the RP, are you back in Cebu? The Honda inverter generator seems like the best option. Now, where can I buy one? Do they sell them in Dumaguete? Cebu? Thanks
  9. I am looking at renting a house with no back up gasoline generator and would like to know what size to buy and what models would be the best quality and most reliable? The house I am considering is fairly small, and I am only one person, so there would not be much demand on the generator, just lights and a refrigerator. I have not shopped for models so I thought I would ask here to see what information is available. I am on Siquijor island, so would probably purchase one in Dumaguete. Thanks ahead.
  10. I wonder how long before they are out on bail and then leave the country, leaving the BOI and the NBI pointing fingers at each other......again?
  11. Total fu*king idiot. He is alive no thanks to his own stupidity. Be thankful he did not derail the train and cause massive loss of life and damage.
  12. It is like the wild west here, and not just for drivers, but for pedestrians as well. The timid pedestrian will get nowhere unless there is an actual stop light; stop signs won't cut it. The bold ones make it across the street by just walking in front of a vehicle. I have done the same thing many times. But my strategy is a little different than Filipinos. As I am walking, I look the driver directly in the face and put out my hand as a signal I want to cross in front. This works 99% of the time. And when I have passed the driver, I wave and give him/her the thumbs up in thanks. It may seem funny, but it works getting the driver's attention to focus on you. Since the cross walks are many times worthless I find myself crossing in the middle of the lanes and sometimes standing in the medium or center line waiting for a break in the incoming vehicles to complete my crossing. That may mean standing in the middle of a very buy street for a minute, but not usually longer than that. Weaving between cars at an intersection also seems to be commonplace since that is where congestion mostly occurs and cars are forced to slow down. Other expats have commented on how motorcyclists use the sidewalks, and this is something I am very averse to especially when they approach from behind and pass within inches. Should I have changed direction even a few inches in either direction, I could be seriously injured. So many times I have wanted to just knock the driver off his bike and make sure he has a hard landing. However, being a foreigner and pushing 70 it only remains a fantasy of just desserts.
  13. I have never seen so many outright bullshit claims about products as I have seen here in the RP. Almost every product that is advertised here is a scam; medicine products seem to be the worst. Pyramid schemes abound and scam millions of pesos from a very gullible and uncritical population. I do not know of any laws that prevent such scams, and if there are any, they are not enforced. The end result is that medical product does not work to "cure cancer" and a thousand other ailments, but Filipinos still buy them or try to sell them to their clueless friends and acquaintances. Pyramid schemes rob the poor since many young people are taken in by the advertising and borrow money to get on the team to become a product sales representative, only to lose their investment. Very likely their families helped them by taking on debt that they will never be able to pay back without losing whatever collateral they put up or hocked. From my hotel room I could hear the rah rah chanting to get the young fools into a semi-hypnotic state; get them fired up about becoming self-made millionaires. After the young fools have invested 5,000 to 10,000 pesos to purchase the product line, they never see a return no matter how many other fools they recruit. There are literally thousand of these scam pyramid schemes in operation across the Philippines and I have never heard of any of them being busted for fraud. Of course the effectiveness and quality of their products never comes close to the hype, so the young fools are strung out after they are bled dry of their investment money. And they have no legal recourse.
  14. You are joking of course??!!
  15. Correct, shocking as it may be, it is not even cheese!