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  • Birthday 06/25/1947

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    Food, wine, music and women !

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  1. Plenty in Mactan too .. particularly around Mercado Public Markets / Opon The population seems to have doubled around the markets area. The stall vendors tell me it's influx from Marawi, many of whom already have relatives here. Sent from my SM-T535 using Tapatalk
  2. Pretty easy going, and though I notice most of the stuff previously mentionrd, the one that gets me ..every time is ..like it's an advanced version of line jumping . When you are actually at the front of the line, and in the process of being served ( mostly like phone load, bakery,sari sari or even the bank, and someone will approach from one side and try to start a conversation with whoever is serving you .. now, if that's not rude enough it's when the server then decides to engage them in their conversation .. Now a bit of this is my bad. Because I have not learnt enough bisayan to know if they are asking where is the closest CR ..or if they just pushing in .. But whatever ..I've stood the line for 5 , 10 minutes , it's my turn for 100% attention. Sent from my ASUS_T00J using Tapatalk
  3. When I lived in Toledo , around 2010 / 2012 , the LTO there had been BANNED from issuing drivers licences due to corrupt practises ( extreme , I guess ) and the option was to go to Car Car or into Cebu . The lady at the Smoke Station diagonally opposite corner from LTO , Marissa arranged for me to see a lady at Car Car also named Marissa to smooth the transaction through. Which was done as promised. I'm not sure when Toledo came back online as far as issuing licences, but I renewed mine there in 2015 , using the same previously mentioned Marissa # 1 . The beauty was that they still had lots of stock of the plastic cards due to their years of inactivity, when other LTO'S could only issue temporary paper ones. Sent from my SM-T535 using Tapatalk
  4. Not so long ago , I returned to Australia after a 4 year absence .. I had heard about the 5 year rule , so was pretty confident I could renew . Of all the government agencies , Medicare was the least " friendly " .. however I had already updated my Centrelink Info, and had renewed my drivers licence, so had good proof of current address. Filled in the forms as required , then had to go and get a stat dec ( Statutory Declaration ) witnessed by a Justice of Peace , stating I intended to stay in the country. Which I did . . They gave me a temporary card that day , and sent the permanent one out by mail , but the nice lady ( b_ _ tch ) that managed that branch gave me that look .. she didn't believe for one minute , that I was sticking around ! Well, actually I didn't , but I won't do anymore 4 year absences, most likely every 18 months will go back. Sent from my SM-T535 using Tapatalk
  5. In the case of OP .. 1 .. should be Roro from Ste Fe to Hagnaya .. Then the rest in sequence . Beautiful drive down the coast to Toledo to take the next Roro. Sent from my ASUS_T00J using Tapatalk
  6. Yep I'm for Maxi-Cool too .. finally sorted an ongoing prob with my old Pajero a/c . Just a couple of hundred metres past Pacific Mall , on the left driving into the city .. lots of taxis in the front. Sent from my ASUS_T00J using Tapatalk
  7. In Australia, and I'm sure many other countries .. it's illegal to smoke in your personal vehicle " if you are accompanied by a child under the age of 16 yrs " Sent from my ASUS_T00J using Tapatalk
  8. Couple of points .. 1 . If you live so far from the BI , why did you not avail yourself of at least 2 x 6 month extensions in the 3 year period ? 2. This will not be the end of your trips to BI , you will also have to attend to get an Exit Clearance ..I think up to a week prior to departure date, but I'm sure someone will confirm that for you ..
  9. Bathrooms , kitchens , window cleaning ... stuff guys mostly hate doing. Sent from my ASUS_T00J using Tapatalk
  10. Probably not for OP , but for guys on Mactan .. Scape Skydeck .. on the roof of Azon Residences Condo. Fantastic night time views across the city and the channel. Cuisine that I think they describe as Italian,/Spanish fusion. Located just off the exit of the new bridge on the right. Parking available . Apologies for my inability to post links, but there are reviews and menus on all the usual internet spots. Sent from my ASUS_T00J using Tapatalk
  11. Don't forget ...PPE ! I know you already have breathing apparatus for your city strolls .. Gonna need . Gloves . Eye protection . Ear muffs. In your already limited space Condo .. where did u plan to store your tools on the 364 days and 22hours a year when not in use ? In Australia, and probably many other countries, for a one-off job like this, you would just go to the local Equipment Hire depot, and get the appropriate tool for the day. It's admirable that you want to do this stuff yourself. Good luck with it . Sent from my ASUS_T00J using Tapatalk
  12. My reading of the OP was that the Leyte family were invited to Cebu ..for the week there .. And I presumed only the Aussies were going to Boracay Of course I could be wrong . My advice to the OP ..cancel Cebu,/ ,Boracay .. take the Aussie contingent to Bali ..have a ball ! Send photos to Samar / Leyte. Sent from my ASUS_T00J using Tapatalk
  13. On the supermarket shelf. It's likely the price will tell the truth .. Huge variance in some of the prices. Sent from my ASUS_T00J using Tapatalk
  14. If you are in Toledo , go and have a chat to Dodong at IBM Motors .. he will likely point you in the right direction .. Take the side street Shell Gas station, from the main road in from Sangi. ( just b4 Caesars,). Sent from my ASUS_T00J using Tapatalk