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  1. I used to use utorrent but switched to deluge a few years ago. I can't remember exactly why. I think it was slower with whatever version was out at the time and they may have started adding ads to it as well.
  2. According to the articles the people working with him all knew but of course now they'll claim otherwise to cya.
  3. So this guy didn't want to risk filing for bankruptcy because it might effect his security clearance so he goes into p*orn instead which obviously would have an even greater negative effect on his career and then files for bankruptcy anyway? Okay.
  4. There's no typhoon at all but the rain here in Iloilo is coming down in buckets for a couple hours now. Guess I won't have to water any plants for a couple days.
  5. I bake chickens in our oven rotisserie all the time with my own garden grown spices put on it + injected in it too and it turns out excellent every time. The funny thing is that whenever my wifes family comes over they always look at the chicken and think it's not cooked enough (no soy sauce) and then cut off pieces and fry it in a pan with soy sauce thrown on it. My wife tries to explain to them that it's the soy sauce that makes their chickens turn out dark brown/black and mine actually tastes better but I guess some filipinos can't eat chicken unless it always tastes exactly the same. It's like if in the US you made a perfect burger on the grill and then when it's time to eat everybody tried to totally dry it out and turn it into a Mc Donalds burger.
  6. I recently made the mistake of ordering something that I knew they couldn't possibly make correctly but I wanted to try it anyway just to see. It was at one of the "good" local restaurants and whenever we order a whole or half chicken its better than at most other places. They had Tandoori Chicken on the menu and I figured it'd be one of those 1/2 chickens cooked somewhat like a Tandoori Chicken is supposed to be but what we got made me laugh my ass off and after tasting it my wife ended up eating it because I thought it was disgusting. They gave us a plate with about 8 fried chicken fingers, just like the frozen ones you heat up in the oven, with this nasty filipino margarine sauce about 1/2 an inch thick all over all of the chicken. The chicken fingers by themselves or with some BBQ sauce to dip them in might have been alright but that globbed margarine crap just made it horrendous. She actually kinda liked it but said we should have just ordered a 1/2 chicken instead.
  7. The new S&R in Iloilo never has those sliced pickles but I hope they do sometime. I'll buy a few jars. All they have had in the 4-5 times I've been there are those huge gallon size jars of those big cucumber sized pickles. Also, the first time I went they had big packs of sliced cheese, like 3 pounds in a pack, but since then they've never had it and I ran out. Now I'm stuck paying 200 pesos for those little 12oz packs.
  8. It's like saying "Why make your own burger w/ your own toppings on the BBQ at home? There might be a Franks in your neighborhood!!!"
  9. A psychiatrist was conducting a group therapy session with four young mothers and their small children. "You all have obsessions," he observed. To the first mother, Mary, he said, "You are obsessed with eating. You've even named your daughter Candy." He turned to the second Mom, Ann: "Your obsession is with money. Again, it manifests itself in your child's name, Penny." He turned to the third Mom, Joyce: "Your obsession is alcohol. This too shows itself in your child's name, Brandy." At this point, the fourth mother, Kathy, quietly got up, took her little boy by the hand, and whispered, "Come on, Dick, this guy has no idea what he's talking about. Let's pick up Peter and Willy from school and go get dinner.
  10. The entire season of TWD was bad. I could barely watch those last 4-5 episodes before the finale. Then they turned the finale into a cutscene/dream filled pos which ended up just dragging everything on to next year. They had this big battle with dozens of automatic weapons yet the only character from all 4-5 sides that dies is the one who ate a pill and turned themselves into a zombie, WTF??? Nobody dies??? Really??? I think I'll just wait for it to be over to watch any more of it and just for comedy, like that other WD show.
  11. For us (me and wife) we spend about 15K a month on Electric (2500), phone (1000), internet (1500), food, gas, etc. shopping. We built our little house on our lot last year and bought a car when I got here in November so we don't have those costs. I paid cash for a new car, she had neighbors and friends of the family build the house while I was working and sending the money. House, lot, and wall/fence on a 1200 sq meter lot for around 1M pesos. Probably more like 800-900K. We run the AC 24/7 at 25-26c with a fan on most of the time too but our electric bill is always 2000-2500 a month which is much much less than running the AC all the time in the US. Cable tv is 250-450 a month here but we never watch it so it's canceled. I don't really drink, unless forced to, so those are just about all of the costs. We randomly blow 2000-5000 pesos at Gaisano or Robinsons occasionally but that's just because we can, not that we have to. I'd say we could easily get by on 20K pesos a month and if we had to we could do it for 2/3s that. Immigration costs have come out to around 2K a month since the 6 month extension was only 8K. Seafood is cheap here so that's mostly what we eat. People walk down the road selling bags of scallops for 20 pesos a bag. We buy 4 bags and that's enough for 3-4 meals+rice. Sometimes it crabs or shrimp or squid. I don't eat most of the fish so we rarely buy fish but if we do it's the larger fish that costs more. I don't want to have to pick out 2000 bones to eat 1/2 pound of fish. Whole chickens cost under 3 dollars a Kilo so we buy them whole and I cook them up in the oven rotisserie. My wife cooks just about everything else. We stock up at S&R and Robinsons on things we can't get here in no mans land but we don't need any of it. If I want a burger or hotdog I make it outside on the bbq. There's no where to eat besides a few overpriced resorts and a place in town that makes good Lomi so we eat 95% of our meals at home. So the cost of living here can depend on where you are at and who you are married to or if you are just here to bang randoms it'll cost a lot more. I'd guess that living in Cebu you could add on a lot more costs than what we pay for. Just paying rent alone would likely cost 20-40K more a month, while here we could have found a house to rent for under 10K a month if we had to do that.
  12. Maybe its just me but I think I'd rather work 1 month a year in the US and get paid more than for working 10 hours a day 6 days a week for a full year here. Hell, I could sign on with the truck driving company I worked for last year for June-August once every 3 years and make more than what a typical Filipino makes for those 3 years. I just don't see the point in working here unless you just really like donating all of your time.
  13. I didn't realize that so few hit the southern 1/2 of the Philippines. They just happen to be the more destructive ones I guess.
  14. On my December visit I received 2 receipts for extending 1 month, the first one for 2140 pesos for the actual charges. The 2nd one was for 2x 500 express lane fees (1000). On my January visit I received 2 receipts for extending 2 months, the first one for 6412 pesos (including acr). The 2nd one was for 3x 500 peso express lane fees (1500). One of those fees was for the acr. On my March visit I also received 2 receipts and I found out that I can extend for 6 months even here in Iloilo and it's cheaper than extending for 2 months (wtf), the charges were 5950 pesos for the actual charges. The 2nd receipt was for 2x express lane fees of 1500 and 1000 (2500). There was never any express lane and everybody waited in order the same amount of time. Usually 1-2 hours. Apparently if you opt for 6 months instead of 2 you still get charged 2.5x more for the express lane fees even though you don't have to go back for 6 months. It still saves me from driving 6+ hours twice vs every other month so I won't complain too much.