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  1. 21 points
    Hi All...I just thought I'd post some of my thoughts and reasons for building my house in the Cebu provinces in the hope to show people(with a relatively small pension) that it is easily possible to build a quality and an affordable house or home in the Philippines without the cost being too excessive. My house isn't finished yet but my Filipina wife and I are now living happily in the new house. People build their own houses in the Phils for many reasons. Here are some of the reasons why I built my house in the Cebu provinces on the north side of Cebu island: * I only had a UK state pension and half a military pension(with a small lump sum) with which to build my own house. * I had previously been living in the Philippines -- in a rented house in San Fernando City, Ilocos Sur -- for the past 12 years. It was noticeably getting more expensive to live there(due to its proximity to Metro Manila) and it was becoming too modern and civilized(read expensive) for my tastes. During those 12 years the total rent I paid was over PHP 1.4 million. That's really why I moved to Cebu and decided to build a house. I now pay no rent and only pay a yearly tax on my new house and land that comes to about PHP 500($10.00 or GBP 7.00) per year. Which is alot of money saved per annum, which means that my pension will go even further. * We sold everything locally before we moved to Cebu, including all furniture, kitchen stuff and our car(old Revo). This gave us some extra money for the big move and also helped us to save money as well because shipping costs, even in the Philippines, I regard as way too high. * We shipped all our soft stuff -- clothing, bedding, curtains etc by LBC. That didn't break the bank. * My wife's family also came for visits to SF and took delicate stuff(like the HD TV) back to Cebu for us. We couldn't have done it so easily without her family's invaluable help. * I designed the new house myself(it passed the local Municipal Building Regs with only a few mods) and have been self-managing the build with my wife since July 2017 -- still ongoing. By doing it this way and not hiring an architect to both design and manage the build, we saved a huge amount of money on architect design and management fees. The house will probably be finished round about June 2018. But I'm in no real hurry. I've also found that if you build slow and you're there all the time, you spot build errors well before they become too expensive to rectify. * I also made a firm promise to my wife that the house would be built the Filipino way. So that's just what we did. I've also watched over the house being built on a daily basis for many months. I'm happy with the build. All our walls were built in the normal way using 4" or 6" hollow block and plastered with cement. All house and boundary walls are bedded 4 ft down in the earth with a wide concrete base that contain vertical and horizontal steel rods for extra strength. All concrete vertical support columns(23 in total) are similarly constructed. We have 8 concrete steel reinforced cross-members(15" x 4 ") going across the width at the top of the house and 2 concrete cross-members(also steel re-inforced) that travel vertically down the center of the long side of the house to support the walls and roof. I've used no wood in the roof construction(due to the well-known termite problem in the Phils). I wanted the new house to be earthquake-proof so I didn't skimp on the structure of the house. And, unlike most westerners who build houses in the Phils, we didn't import anything from Europe or America. We just bought all our needs locally. More money saved. * I deliberately did not build my house near a popular white beach. I purchased a 400 sqm plot of land for building the house. This was in a beautiful agricultural area(above sea level so it never floods) very near the Central Mountains of Cebu. Our new house is only 2 kms from the local beach or coastline. The land cost me PHP 1500 per sqm. But if you buy land in Cebu city, Manduae or Mactan or on any white beach then you will pay through the nose and it will probably now cost you upwards of PHP 10,000 to PHP 20,000 per sqm. * Ours is a fair sized house for just two people -- 9m x 16m -- with an approximate tiled floor space of 144 sqm. The house is just a simple bungalow with open plan kitchen, dining room and living room. It has a large master bedroom with attached toilet/bathroom. There are two fair sized guest bedrooms and a guest toilet/shower. My wife's garden, herbs and orchids surround three sides of the house. There will eventually be a concrete front drive with an open garage with a well-shaded terrace at the front of the house where I currently sit every day, out of the sun and in the fresh air, to do my work. * If my wife and I get bored or need to go for a proper shop or break, Cebu city is only 1.5 hours away across the mountains by car from our house. We always stay at our favorite hotels in Cebu(either the Montebello Villa Resort or the Leope Hotel, depending on how we're fixed for cash). * Where we live now, it's alot cheaper all-round than San Fernando City in Luzon. Food is so much cheaper and the utilities are also much cheaper here in the provinces. Here I run fans and alot of lighting as well as aircon(bedroom only.) -- the same as we did in SF. Our monthly electric bill in SF was PHP 7,000 whereas where we are now in the provinces electric costs us only PHP 3,000 per month. Same for all the other utilities -- even internet is cheaper by a third for the same Mb speed as we had in SF. This is because the tax and BIR is always cheaper in the provinces than if you live in or near any city in the Phils. I hope this post will be useful to some people.
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    evan i know where you are heading with all of this since my wife and i are splattered all over your blog as victims, and i have never contacted you to set the story straight. let me just tell you straight up since me (and my wife) were banned for over a year and a half for what you suggest is the most controversial of circumstances, that there is no tantalizing back story to it. quite simply, paul banned us, sold the forum and then we were reinstated. there was no linc collusion nor any staff members conspiring with paul leading to the banning to try and keep our mouths shut to protect some bad guy. it's not that i don't like you or have issue with your intent to expose bad guys in your blog, but since you feature my wife and i with non-factual assumptions, have many linc staff members mentioned in your blog with what i consider completely erroneous suggestions of bad intent, that i have been hesitant to set the record straight. i know most staff personally, as well as loads of fellow members. no one would object to ill-behavior more than myself and my wife but we have never encountered any. now i don't want to turn this into a debate with you where you start demading info from me as i can tell you right here and now that isn't going to happen. i'm not trying to draw a line in the sand with you either. there is no reason why we can't be on the same side and not be so contentious here in the public section of the forum. the new owner and the staff has been more than patient allowing this stuff, but let's not push it too far. there are no smoking guns to find anymore. paul is gone and the place is moving forward. rome wasn't built in a day so why not everyone just take a breather and stop making things seem so unappealing to new readers of this public section?
  3. 15 points
    So the night before November the 8th I was tracking Yolanda real time on the computer...I had of course been tracking it for a week or so, I actually had it figured we would get a dead hit...had told some officials to include the Mayor but pretty much got the stupid American look. My wife had made most of her siblings and their kids come to the house (some under protest) until the storm passed....all were there except one of my BILs and he was staying put to guard his squatter nipa about 50 feet from the shore line...sometime that evening when they told me (I was not counting heads) I made my other BIL go get him and force him to come to the house, not that I liked him all that much but didnt want the family to loose their father... My house at the time was about 500 mtrs from the shore, on a narrow street, one story, its was surrounded by a eight foot concrete wall in front, and sides and a twenty foot concrete wall in the back, also every house but mine was two story and they surrounded us. We were on high ground and I figured the walls and the other houses would pretty much protect it from the wind I expected....things being what they are here, I told the wife no need to evacuate we are probably as safe here as anywhere. That proved to be true. About three or four in the morning I watched NoyNoy's speech on the TV and remember him saying, no worries we have it all under control, yea right. Shortly after I guess somewhere around 4am the power went out...little did we know it would be seven months until we would see it again... The wind gust were steadily picking up by this time and as I have no wind measuring equipment I can only guess it was somewhere about 60 mph with gust to about 80 mph... the winds steadily picked up and about sunrise they were really blowing a gale...as it got light I could look outside and see there already was a lot of damage to roofs and trees, guessing by then the winds were well over 100 mph, the high wall in the back was swaying in and out something like two feet...and I moved everybody to the master bed room as I figured out it was most likely the safest place to be, the thing I was worried about was the wall coming down, fortunately we had a huge hardwood tree in the back and when a strong gust would push the wall toward the house it would stop when it hit the tree...thats what saved the wall. As the storm peaked, the trees in front started coming down, one on the house, one took out the dirty kitchen, the house had three skylights domed plastic, about two feet wide and three to four feet long, we lost all of them, you would hear the wind gust pick up then a loud pop as the wind sucked them out....the water coming down the street was about four feet deep and rushing by so fast you could not have stood or swam in it...my yard was about two feet deep, thank God for the foresight the guy that built it had as he had raised the house something like four feet which was enough...at one point we saw a multi cab go by down the street like a speed boat..no driver...the gate to the driveway finally let loose, broke the locking cross bar...and now the water was about half way up the drive way. What was strange was the only leak we had in the roof was from the skylights going...that house was built very good me thinks... All we could do was hunker down and wait, toward the afternoon, it got to where we could survey the damage…it was a OMG moment…every house but ours had taken major damage, the closer you got to the main drag the more the damage…every wire and most of the poles were down, tin and wires everywhere, cars upside down, walls down, in some cases whole buildings down, as we got to the main drag, more destruction, dead bodies everywhere….people walking the streets like zombies…some with clothes and some without…I saw the damage to New Orleans from the air, saw the destruction from Camille from the air but I had never seen anything like this… Early the next morning, the day after the storm, we walked to where all the wife’s siblings houses were, remember the squatter area where they lived was over by the shore..right on the shore…we almost could not find where they had lived, there were zero landmarks…everything you could use for a guide was just gone…we only found where my BILs house was by finding a old concrete stove he cooked on buried in the sand…as usual after a storm, it was clear and the sun was beating down…the bodies that were everywhere were starting to get ripe and the smell was very noticeable. My BIL saw a new looking motorcycle helmet laying on the ground, thinking he had a new helmet he picked it up, only to throw it down as the owners head was still in it. After a few hours of checking the place out…we walked back to the house…broke open the booze and just sat thinking about what we had seen, I guess most of us were in shock a little bit. By the next day the looting had started, everything that was not nailed down the mobs were taking, we broke out the guns and my Bil got on the roof with the shot gun and I was downstairs with the .45, the neighbors did the same, which is a good thing as our street was the only one that didn’t suffer break ins and looting. We lived like this for a couple of weeks as the Army and the PNP promised by NoyNoy never showed up… To make a very long story a little shorter, it took about a month for the streets to get cleared enough to ride a bike and a few weeks longer to get them where you could drive a car. We got food by driving to BayBay or Ormoc to shop…used candles and oil lamps for the seven months it took to get power. Cooked with gas and wood, mostly wood as there was a lot laying around. We were fortunate as we had a hand pump deep well so we could get water, just had to boil it to drink….strangely, coke and beer were plentiful as the locals raided the coke and San Miguel bottling plants… And that my friends is my best storm story…
  4. 14 points
    Your life's mission in this thread is over , you have been given every chance but appear intent on dragging everybody into the bottomless pit of misery where you dwell, These recent posts are just unacceptable , you have no interest in moving forward and are simply intent on being destructive , you have have shown a complete lack of respect .....enough is enough.
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    I built my house the Filipino way , i didn't want a concrete hollow block house , still standing strong after 12yrs high ceilings large screened windows ,, no need for stand fans most nights , much cheaper at the time i have sense build a house out of concrete ,, so if the big bad wolf blows down my bamboo house i have a place to run lol
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    It's still tipping down with rain outside so I can't really take any decent photos of the outside house at the moment. So here are some pictures of the inside of the house. Here are some pics of the open-plan living room, kitchen, dining room:
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    oh i agree! why...just yesterday my wife asked me when i was going to go food shopping and i told her "as soon as i finish the laundry!" i have no problem laying down the law when necessary !
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    Photoshop got nuthin' on reality...
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    Rather than address a few comments I saw in a couple of recent threads about beggars and pickpockets where the Badjao have been mentioned and risk taking them too far off topic, I decided to start a new thread on the subject of the Badjao. Below is a brief introduction to who the Badjao are followed by a few other facts: Best estimates put the number of Badjao in Davao City at around 3,500, Cebu City 2,200, and the capital region at around 2,500. The Badjao have had permanent communities established in Davao City (Isla Verde) and Cebu City (Alaska Mambaling) for more than 50 years. While many Badjao can be found begging in just about every city in the Philippines, fewer than 25% of Badjao are beggars. Most are able to earn enough to get by and are content with what they have without having to resort to begging. Literacy rates among the Badjao in the Philippines are below 10%. And, fewer than 20% of all Badjao children in the Philippines are currently enrolled in school. Most of the Badjao found in Luzon and The Visayas have migrated from Zamboanga and the island of Basilan. The island of Basilan is not very large and is slightly smaller in size than the North Carolina county I was born and lived in for much of my life. For comparison, the land Area of Rockingham County is around 573 square miles as opposed to the 512 of Basilan. To put that into perspective, Basilan is a little smaller than the red shaded area on the map below of the Southeast United States. If anyone has ever wondered why the Badjao choose to leave their homeland and move to the urban areas of the Philippines where they are unable to find work, struggle to survive, and often have to resort to begging in the streets; these stories below should make it clear. These reports all come from the small island of Basilan with the exception of the last three that mention Zamboanga. I added those to show that the situation there is not much better. Most of these incidents took place within the past twelve months or so and while not all of the victims found in these stories are Badjao, many are. How long would you continue to live in your community with your family if headlines like the ones below were the norm? Bodies of 2 beheaded Vietnamese found in Basilan http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/05/17/bodies-of-2-beheaded-vietnamese-found-in-basilan 9 killed in Maluso massacre http://dzrhnews.com.ph/9-killed-maluso-massacre/ Abu Sayyaf bandits behead Basilan couple https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/01/06/abu-sayyaf-bandits-behead-basilan-couple/ 2 kids among 4 civilians killed in Basilan operations http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/879942/2-kids-among-4-civilians-killed-in-basilan-operations-ngo-police 7 Basilan farmers abducted by Abu Sayyaf found beheaded http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/regions/620140/7-basilan-farmers-abducted-by-abu-sayyaf-found-beheaded/story/ Ex-barangay captain found beheaded in Basilan https://www.rappler.com/nation/186076-ex-barangay-captain-hadji-najir-bohong-beheaded-basilan Mother injured, daughter dead in Lamitan blast https://www.rappler.com/nation/158450-mother-injured-daughter-dead-lamitan-blast Boy killed, 2 other children injured in Basilan grenade blast http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/835498/boy-killed-2-other-children-injured-in-basilan-grenade-blast#ixzz4VqQ5A5gZ Headless body dumped in front of a store in Basilan http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/950839/headless-body-dumped-in-front-of-a-store-in-basilan 2 children killed, 3 injured in Basilan explosion https://www.rappler.com/nation/159891-al-barka-basilan-explosion-january-2017-abu-sayyaf Boy, 8, slain in Basilan assault http://www.philstar.com/nation/2016/12/05/1650248/boy-8-slain-basilan-assault 2 children dead, brothers wounded in Basilan blast http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/851644/2-children-dead-brothers-wounded-in-basilan-blast Gunmen kill 9 Badjaos in Zamboanga http://www.philstar.com/nation/2013/12/26/1272187/gunmen-kill-9-badjaos-zamboanga 8 fishermen shot dead off Zamboanga https://www.rappler.com/nation/157868-pirates-kill-boat-crew-zamboanga Officials said at least 167 Badjaos, mostly children, have died since they moved to Cawa-Cawa after the siege. https://www.rappler.com/nation/68591-in-photos-badjaos-zamboanga-city There are many myths surrounding the Badjao, and I have seen several of them repeated on this forum from time to time. I will provide a few quotes I have read in the past couple of days and then I will try to clarify some of the misconceptions many people have about the Badjao. "Never give to Badjaos, they ride a multicab every morning to be scattered in the city, their babies are given Tanduay to keep them lethargic." Badjao mothers love their children just as much as any other parent and would never intentionally have them consume alcohol or any other drug just to make them appear pitiful and lethargic. I have mentioned this in other threads in the past, but the reason their babies appear to be drugged is because of a combination of the heat and malnutrition. "...the 500 to 2000 or more indentured badjaos, from Badjao Island with a history of slavery going back to the mid-1800s who are dispersed on the streets of Metro-Manila with infants and toddlers, by their "owner" employers from their island south of Zamboanga City like corporate fast food chain." "They have been proven time and time again to be an organized groups here. It is in essence organized crime." First off, there is no "Badjao Island". The Badjao's ancestrial domain covers parts of Mindanao including the islands found in the Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, much of Malaysia and Indonesia. They are not part of any criminal syndicate with an "Owner" who is sending them to the urban areas to beg. They are just families trying to survive. "On the island south of us, Mindanao, they have a group they call sea gypsies. Here in Dumaguete some come to beg and ? they call them bagao's. Watch everything closely when they are in town. These are the ones where a lot of them use babies as a source of sympathy. They are an organized bunch so they have a plan." The Badjao are organized, but only as a family structure. It is not unusual for a clan to consist of several family units and travel together in search of a better opportunity. "The newspaper says one of them comes and rents a house /apartment then a herd of them move in. Most are easily spotted by their shabby dress and the proverbial rent a baby." The newspaper is wrong. The Badjao would not waste money renting an apartment. They are comfortable sleeping under the stars or a makeshift shanty on a sidewalk or on the beach. Usually a few Badjao will travel to a new city or town to see how kind and generous the people are and if they feel they will be accepted and there is enough of an opportunity to provide for their families back home, they will encourage the rest of the family to join them. The Badjao have no need to "rent" a baby either. They have plenty of their own. "...giving to the baby in the arms for sympathy mothers is nothing but a scam. The intent of the Badjao is not to scam anyone, they are only trying to survive. Below is a picture of a census report I took just today. The information below would be representative of the average Badjao family found just about anywhere in the Philippines. This family of five reports a monthly income of just P1,000 from fishing. I have known this family many years, and I can confirm that this amount is pretty close to being accurate. While this family is not known to beg, it's hard to call those who do beg scammers when they are fleeing from conflict, earn so little, have little if any education, and have so many mouths to feed. "They keep shipping them out of here but like a bad penny they keep coming back." After reading the headlines provided, is there any doubt as to why they keep returning? Until the issues that are causing them to flee from their ancestral waters and lands are dealt with, they are going to keep coming back. It's unfair to judge others based on appearances and actions without knowing their story and I hope this information will help people understand the Badjao's situation a little better.
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    Weekly update: The first duplex has been completed. Did pressure check on the water system this week and all working properly. Street end of 2nd duplex now being neutralized and primed. Shelter by gate for generator and pressure pump completed. While fitting out continues on the interior of the 2nd duplex the guys are clearing the site of all the old vegetation and leveling prior to bringing in topsoil and gravel. The gravel will be used for the car park and walkways with the rest of the area grassed and landscaped. Hardest part for them is breaking up and removing the superficial cement where the mixing was done to get back to the topsoil layer. There is indeed light at the end of the tunnel. .
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    as most of you know i had a very lucrative career in hollywood before i came here to cebu. i made a healthy living in both print and television media and am still recognized even here on the streets of cebu city. because of my past illustrious career i used to participate heavily in the competing forum www.starsofAmericanmedianowlivingincebu.com but stopped logging in so much when the trolls kept teasing me. at first i thought they were complimenting me on my prolific career by posting that although i'm still recognizable, i did look better in the print ads and commercials i was in, and i was pleased that some understood how photoshop and other programs can enhance images for media production. however my wife pointed out that since my media work was focused on "before" pics and such to promote health, beauty and fitness products, including playing the "98 pound weakling" that got sand kicked in his face at beaches, those comments were actually insults. i still don't get what she means but took her word for it and stuck to this site.
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    Sorry, you are not allowed to post productive threads here without expecting negativity and denigration from a few in retort. Never mind the negativity, good job! Do what makes you and your wife happy!
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    At the time I saw this I was scanning Utube for today's news. The vid being from FOX shouldn't distract you from the fact that there was a catastrophe in Taiwan. If you want to post a vid from your own news sources other than Fox I wouldn't object, but don't bring your focus on this topic down to it being doomsday messages from FOX. I'd prefer you to show a little sympathy to the area affected and also take into consideration the possibility there are members from there in this forum.
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    Reminds me of the time I was driving my car in Cebu about 10 years ago. There was a pothole in the street that was so deep that it swallowed the left front tire, and I couldn't go forward or reverse. The frame of the car near the tire was actually sitting on the road. I was standing by my car trying to decide what to do when a group of 6 young Filipinos walked by and offered their help. They picked up the front of my car and pulled my car forward out of the pothole. That is one of many of my good memories of the Philippines.
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    oh i'm sure that would be a happy-go-lucky addition to this strange topic. i been here in the philippines a helluva lot longer than you and many other members and i can safely say there is no coin or sides. people are people everywhere in the world and despite some who generalize about "filipinas" or "foreigners" i have seen absolutely no difference here from the same stuff going on in my home country.
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    Rule 16 There’s always room. It doesn’t matter whether it is a jeepney, an elevator, a parking area....there’s always room for more. It is 9ne of those magical things that no matter how crowded or full something seems, one more can join the crowd. Rule 17 Alwsys form a queue before the ferry docks. This rule means that as the announcement is made to please remain seated while the ferry maneuvers for docking, that is the signal to get up and form a crowd at the exits. Rule 18 Never buy an umbrella when a handbrella is available. The experience is a delight. As Mother Nature begins to rain, an announcement is made by people...RAIN! That will automatically cause hands to form a small handbrella to shield the head. Rule 19 Alwsys a good thing to state the obvious. If you happen to be in a public area using electrical power for lighting, and there is a brown out, it is customary to yell out BROWN OUT! This is a courtesy for any blind people in the area who may not have been able to detect the lights are off. Rule 20 No need to ask for assistance, people are helpful in the extreme This trait shows up without the foreigner having to do anything. If you happen to be standing in a queue and are awaiting the processing of some documents, nearby people will gladly offer assistance and advice, even reading the documents you are holding. Rule 21. Gossip is a national sport. i haven’t learned how the scoring works, but I had a clue given to me. I spoke with a neighbor about gossip and now it was often not accurate about myself and family. The response was revealing. "Don’t worry about gossip. If it’s not true, we just make up some new gossip"
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    She wanted to make sure she didn't lose the keys to the lock...
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    Just some more pictures, The skylights that went the road from the carport The tree that took out the DK The busted gate Everybody in the master br Where the wave stopped The house across the street Where my brother in law ( that wanted to protect his house) house stood Looking down the street that ran by the shore, you can see the reason to use rebar in the walls and what happens when you do not
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    Women who say getting married was the best day of their life, have obviously never had 2 Kit Kats fall out of a vending machine by mistake.
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    So I went to buy a Lottery ticket and it was a brown out. Fortunately the Lottery department can afford a generator! Notice the IV Drip of fuel right over the hot generator. Hope nobody bumps it!
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    Are you sure they were not trying to drown you?
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    Was taking a trike, with just my wife and I, from the remote and isolated beachfront property of my good Canadian friend one very wet day, when the trike got stuck in the mud. Just by chance there was a group of about 8 boys.. age about 10 to 14, walking by in the other direction at exactly the right moment. Without a word of encouragement or request all of the boys gathered quickly at the back of the trike.. and "presto" we were on our way with a few "Bye Joe" calls and lots of laughing. The whole experience was less than 30 seconds. But the laughing faces of the boys made it memorable. The image remains in my head some years later. One of the joys of the Philippines I know.
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    sometimes along with making pizza my wife will make extra dough and also do up a couple calzones just for something different. she basically uses the same ingredients and the kid enjoys them too! i like em as they're nice economical meals since she makes everything from scratch and her cooking hobby doesn't require any exotic (costly) kitchen equipment...just a cheap mixer and our 8k peso westinghouse combo oven and stove
  46. 10 points
    9 things they didn't tell me about the Philippines or Eating With a Spoon Before moving here I spent years gathering knowledge about what to expect and how to go about the process of changing my Lifestyle and relocating halfway around the world. This Forum helped me immensely as I hope it will help the next guy doing the same as me. There are however some things you just can't plan for and they neglected to tell me.... 1) Eating with a spoon I was raised with a knife and a fork so it took a while to get the knack of a spoon instead of the knife. Traditionally wherever you go you will be given a fork and Tablespoon for your place setting. At home we do our share of eating with our hands too but only when eating off of banana leaf plates. I guess I'm reverting to my infant years as a spoon was all I was trusted with. This may be the case again in the not too distant future! 2) Every meal is an experience For Filipinos, meal time is a gathering time and an opportunity to socialize. Breakfast, snack, tweenzies, second breakfast, lunch, etc. Hobbits got nothing on these folks. They will fill every bit of down time with eating. Maybe it's just my family and the fact that for many years they had no food but I am always amazed at their ability to turn a mouthful into an event. 3) Hot dogs are individually wrapped in condoms! While I'm talking about food, let me warn you that hot dogs in the Philippines are wrapped individually in a plastic tube. Not knowing this, the first time I cooked them they were extra crunchy! 4) Maintenance does not exist That is not a totally true statement but it is rare. The concept of keeping something in good shape seems ridiculous to the locals who would rather wait until it breaks and start again. That being said, Filipinos are great "patchers". 5) Customer Service is unique I was set back the first time I purchased something in a hardware store and the sales help unboxed it to make sure all the parts were there and it worked and expertly repackaged it! This is really a good concept but don't expect to buy something and hurry home...they will want to open it and make sure its okay before letting you leave the store so don't be in a hurry. 6) Filipinos are Shy Okay, I was told this but until you experience it you can't really comprehend to what degree this is! People will go to great lengths to avoid confrontation with a foreigner on the chance that they may need to speak to them...(nose bleed syndrome) 7) Filipinos do not understand sarcasm Don't even try. It will go over their head or they will be insulted because they think you are serious. 8) Locals exaggerate and are freaked out by the slightest weather. This may have started after Yolanda, I'm not sure but the slightest Low Pressure zone heading toward the islands will make them change travel plans, parties and generally have them seeking solace at the confessional! It's taken the family a while to understand I can accurately predict the weather, (they think it's VooDoo), but they are starting to trust me when I say it's okay to take the ferry. 9) You can always see the next island Not 100% accurate but it's an interesting sensation that almost wherever you go there is another island within reach. Makes me want to go there!
  47. 10 points
    This may or may not be of interest to you and I think I may have posted this here before. I will retire at the end of the year. I have two options - Live with current girlfriend on Leyte. - Get rid of current girlfriend and live in Cebu City I have made a VERY good deal with the owner of the Cebu Century Hotel to live there permanently in a family room. The family room is P1150 per night. Your rate by the month will be a maximum of P920 per night. Cebu Century Hotel is on corner of Colon and Pelaez Streets Downtown. I first stayed there at the beginning of May 1995 with my then fiance, now ex wife as we arranged stuff for our wedding. I used to live there permanently when I was a partner in a tourism business in Cebu City with Paul, previuos owner of the LINC forums. Last time I stayed there was 11 days at the end of August. So, I have been staying there off and on for 22 years. The family room is the size of a double garage and has 2 double beds, aircon, 32 inch cable TV with about 95 channels, fridge, private bathroom, direct dial telephone with free local telephone calls, free wifi. For some one staying permanently, they will run a cable for your laptop instead if you want. You can set up what configuration you like. i will get rid of a double bed and install a sala set (sofa set) and my own 60 inch TV. The hotel has it's own cafe/restaurant on the 5th floor and offers room service until 10pm. The lobby operates 24/7 There is a bank next door with an ATM machine right next to the front door of the hotel. It is my emergency machine as it only dispenses P10,000 at a time. I usually use HSBC opposite Ayala mall and get P40,000 at a time. Also at the front door is a purified water dispenser. It dispenses 300ml of water at a time for P1. Use your own bottle. So, it works out at about P3.5 per litre. There is a place offering massages with an entrance on Pelaez Street, a few doors up from the entrance to the hotel. I happily used them for a couple of years but I decided it was no longer my go to place for a massage. I now use the blind masseurs. There are blind masseurs in 138 mall, about 100 metres along Colon from the hotel. There are blind masseurs across the road in Colonnade Mall, that is who I now use. They charge P250 per hour for a reflexology massage. There are automated massage chairs in the Collonade Mall too. P10 for 3 minutes. Or P200 per hour. I can be happy with a 30 minute sit in an automated massage chair. I usually drink San Miguel Light. Light on carbs, not alchol. SML is 5 percent alcohol. In Pelaez Street there are several expat bars bars with San Miguel Light selling for P45 a 330ml bottle. Although the Cebu Century Hotel will sell you a 330ml San Miguel Light for P39 through room service or in their cafe. Along Pelaez Street, you can get San Miguel Light ice cold from a freezer at a conveninece store 24/7, about 100 metres from the front door of the hotel. I Can't remember the new name now but that store will put out a table and chairs for you to drink at and watch the world go by. So if it is 3am and you feel like a beer, just pop along to the convenience store. The other places along Pelaez Street I like to drink at are Our Place Bar, Magic Tony's and Sesame. All selling SML for P45. Sesame is also known as Lina Foodhaus. The owner of Sesame is the same owner of the Our Place Bar. . There used to be quite a number of bikini bars in the area but there are just a few now. You can eat food at multiple locations nearby. There is a Filipino restauarant straight across the road called Patay Gutom (death of hunger). A Filipino size meal costs about P45. I buy a double meal and am as full as a fat girls sock for P90. All day farmers breakfast in the Our Place bar one block from Cebu Century is P200. Breakfast from room service is P110. Other meals are cheap from room service too. I will walk to and from pier 1. The walk is a bit over 10 minutes. Pier 1 is where you catch OceanJet or Supercat to Tagbilaran Bohol or to Ormoc City on leyte. In fine weather, I will also walk to and from Ayala Mall and to and from SM Mall. It takes me about 35 minutes to walk to either mall. Here is some other information about the area. Colon is the oldest street in the Philippines. It is named after Christopher Columbus. It runs from Sikatatuna Street for a bit over a kilometre until it becomes C. Padilla Along Colon, you will find - Several small malls such as 138 mall and Colonnade Mall. Colonnade mall has a good money changer and is my go to place for SIM cards and load. It is also my go to place for boat and plane tickets. I use Jude ticketing on the second level. - Multiple supermarkets. There are 4 supermarkets within 100 metres of the hotel. The cheapest supermarket in Cebu City is Colonnade Supermarket on the opposite side of the road to the hotel. It has about 50 checkouts at 4 entrances. It closes at 8pm though. Gaisano has a small supermarket in the Cebu Century hotel complex with 3 standard checkouts and a couple of express checkouts. It's entrance is at the corner of Colon and Pelaez. It is open 24/7. It is slightly more expensive than Colonnade but way cheaper than the 7/11 convenience store across the road. - A 711 convenience store - Several large department stores. One being Gaisano Metro. It is 7 storeys high with a large food court on the top level - Several internet cafés - Cebu Business Hotel - Cheap cinemas across the road in Colonnade Mall - Dentists - Optometrists - Doctors - Attorneys - Hairdressers and Beauty Parlours - Numerous pharmacies - Access to a couple of universities such as University of Visayas and University of Cebu - Bingo halls - Chess playing centre - Computer stores - Multitude of fast food restaurants such as McDonalds which is 24/7 - Multiple places for legitimate massage - Stores selling cell phones, cell phone accessories, prepaid cell phone cards - Stores selling pirate DVD's - Numerous Banks with ATM machines - Stalls where you can get your watch fixed or exchange your broken jewellery for cash - Several money changers. - Outlets selling ferry tickets - touts offering ID in 10 minutes - stalls making rubber stamps and - Taxis going past 24/7 Near Colon you will find a multitude of historical sights/sights such as - Heritage of Cebu - Manual Yap ancestral house - Casa Gorordo museum - Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral - Sto Nino Basilica - Magellan's Cross - Fort San Pedro Also located not far away from Colon is the historic Carbon Markets, A multitude of pensionne houses and hotels. A multitude of other shopping, about 5 more universities and colleges, a multitude of other restaurant and dining options and the large E Mall with the Cebu South Bus terminal nearly next to E Mall. At night on Pelaez Street, opposite the hotel, food vendors set up along the road, where cars drive in the daytime, They sell Balut,tempura, fried chicken, rice, noodles, soup, boiled chicken eggs, corn on the cob and more. Pelaez Street ends at Colon. The road from Colon down to the pier is Legaspi Street. On many nights of the year, the road from Colon along Legaspi street for one block is closed off and used as an open air market selling clothes, shoes and knick knacks. Here is the website http://www.cebucenturyhotel.com/rates.html
  48. 10 points
    I don't know any of the persons in this thread. But reading this thread so far already convinces me that it'll be a cold day in hell before I would even THINK of donating anything to any of the persons mentioned in this thread. What a waste of 2 minutes of my life. Trust OP is happy with the thread so far. Over and OUT !!.
  49. 10 points
    One of my favorite short videos is of my wife, dispatching a snake with a long knife. Each time she chopped, she would say "sorry" to the snake.
  50. 10 points
    Rule 13. Filipinos can be frugal in unexpected ways. Tow easy come to mind. When dealing with a government or school bureaucracy, expect to be buying envelopes, make all copies, pay for any postage and don’t expect a text message to be sent to you as that costs money. Other ways to save money is to drive with lights off as that converses energy in the battery. Finally, brakes are costly, so using the horn rather than braking is a way to save that hard earned cash.
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