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  1. 14 points
    I agree 100%, lots of scammers I get endless messages from lovely ladies only wanting "fun". At 1st I thought great, finally an adventurous lady. Wrong, apparently fun is code word for sex. Some of these women have forced themselves upon me and some have even offered me money to impregnate them. At first I felt bad taking their money, knowing I've had a vasectomy but turn around is fair play. I recently had to shut my profile down because my wife was getting suspicious of all my activity. Stay away from internet dating sites. Sent from my CPH1819 using Tapatalk
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  3. 13 points
    My wife and I live on a small private island which is only an hour boat ride from our coconut farm. I farm a little, raise freshwater and saltwater fish and lobsters while enjoying the natural beauty and quite serenity of rural life. I breath fresh air and eat fresh-caught seafood, and vine/tree ripened fruits and vegetables. This morning my wife and I sat in one of the small bungalows drinking coffee as the sun chased away the night over a sea which was smooth as glass. Local fishermen passed by with friendly smiles and waves, and some stopped to show their catch of the night. We will be smoking a couple of fresh yellow-fins and groupers later this afternoon, accompanied with fresh-harvest rice from our farm, and a couple of fat ripened papaya my wife has already harvested. Soon the bungalows will begin to fill and the little sari-sari will open, and then the silence will be be replaced with the sounds of playful children and family revelry as they splash about the clear sea water. Then as dusk begins to settle in for the night the bungalows empty, and it is once again peacefully quite. If the weather is nice tonight my wife and I may sit in a bungalow and just watch the moon and stairs, and simply enjoy each others company. Then the peaceful sleep until the dawn once again begins a new day, and the morning sun begins to draw new revelers to our shores. This is what I like most about being here.
  4. 12 points
    Whilst there are some people who're "difficult" (less than in my country I must say), the vast majority of Filipinos are charming people, and I have a great fondness for the culture. Many foreigners complain about the food, citing Thai food as the benchmark, but I could just about live on kinilaw, and the chicken 'n' veg soup is to die for, I don't know what they do to it but I can never get that taste anywhere else but the Phils. I float back and forth, not ready to go permanent yet, usually stay 5 or 6 weeks at a time, it takes about 2 weeks to acclimatise and get into relax mode and all the stress falls away. I get 2 or 3 weeks of bliss until the return date looms, damn it back to stress mode. The best by far is my beautiful 5 year old daughter, "east meets west", my little honey blonde Asian baby, I can get all choked up just looking at her. Here's a picture of her in front of our little family store. Note the long Celtic legs haha.
  5. 12 points
    I moved here full time in February. I have noticed a lot less stress even though some situations would have caused me to blow my top in January. I guess my thinking has changed a bit and I can adapt to just about anything without too much friction. I really enjoy riding jeepneys, eating from street vendors and saying good morning to 30 different people on my way to the jeepney stop. Now some even say good morning before I get a chance. The neighborhood boys and girls play in a basketball/volleyball area every evening. When I walk through to go home the all yell "George" kinda like Norm from Cheers, very funny. Especially for my family who has lived there full-time for 4 years and hardly knows or speaks to anyone. Sent from my CPH1819 using Tapatalk
  6. 11 points
    Update: After my initial appearance at BI, I was told to contact their hotline after 20 business days and then follow whatever order had been decided by them. I called after a week, talked to a few different clerks, and was told I needed to buy an air ticket and bring in a copy to BI. I decided to just go visit them again to confirm this and ask a few more questions. Checked in at window 31 again and after a short wait was instructed to come meet with a supervisor in an office in the back. He asked a few questions about the overstay, my family, and my future plans. Very professional, yet friendly, conversation....and he showed me my file, confirmed the p161k bill to be paid at the conclusion of processing, and said he just needed me to bring in an NBI clearance and he would send my case upstairs to the commisioner for his ruling. No need for ticket yet or any type of payment. The supervisor said there's a good chance I won't be blacklisted and estimated they would have a ruling and order for me about a week after I bring in my NBI clearance. So far so good....will update again later.
  7. 10 points
    Back in Feb. I started a post about (relocating to get away from crazy girl)..after a while I stopped responding to this post because I got as much info as I wanted before I moved to Bohol from Baguio...now that I'm safely back in the US I can hopefully share my nightmare with the newbies who are naive and inexperienced as I was when it comes to the dangers of dating in a "developing country" like the PH. After going through 7 or 8 obvious scammers on date in Asia I found someone who I thought was the real deal. Unfortunately her profile turned out to be a complete SCAM! She said she was 28, was really 35....she said she was single, was really separated (which means NOTHING because they were legally still married)....said she had no kids, she really had 4!....when she would not show me her ID on our 2nd date I became suspicious so the next chance I got I went through her purse while she was in the bathroom and quickly snapped a picture of her ID and waited till she was gone to look at it. To my surprise I saw the birth date that didn't add up to 28 and then Googled her real complete name and the truth popped up and slapped the rose colored glasses off my face. Keep in mind that we only dated for 10 days...the 1st week was her taking me to the hospital because I had a stomach virus and needed antibiotics, after I was feeling better she slept at my condo 3 times. The mourning I found out that she was legally married with 4 kids I quickly conjured up lies of my own and told her a story of why we should just be friends and not lovers. I know better than to call these people out on their bulls**t, it does nothing but embarrass them and 99 out of 100 times they get vengeful with the Philippine law on their side. fast forward to the next day I met her outside my condo and gave her back all the things she left over from the night before. She was upset with me and wanted a serious relationship so I tried my best to soften the blow and tell her how awesome and wonderful she is and we will be friends for a very long time. (all the while I'm thinking in the back of my head "you scamming bit*h".....but I played it cool and prayed that I could get out of this situation without repercussions..WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!...less than 2 weeks later she pulls the pregnancy scam.....then I did some research and soon found out that according to Philippine law her husband who has been separated from her for over 4 years can press charges on me for adultery (EVEN THOUGH I HAD NO IDEA THAT SHE WAS MARRIED)....It doesn't matter in the Philippines...you're a foreigner you're a target....it's been 4 months now and it's all over. I didn't respond to any of her calls or text and slowly but surly the calling and texting times got further and further apart until she finally gave up on a potential sucker like me...please guys watch your ass in the Philippines...and no matter how sweet she is DON'T TRUST HER until you have fully investigated her with the internet, the CENOMAR, her picture ID, and anything else of legal status. and don't be a fool to think that if you meet her friends or family she is more legit, because they will be in on the scam as well.
  8. 10 points
    while i may not dress very well i'm not that old. i may have looked it that day but i ran out of money to go to the parlor. you could have helped me out.
  9. 10 points
    I have met many girl and without even trying. Once at Ayala, I was asking which ATM would allow p40k withdraws (before the HSBC posts) and believe it or not that sparked a lot of conversation with many friendly ladies. Sent from my CPH1819 using Tapatalk
  10. 9 points
    LOL....climb down off your self-righteous high-horse there, pardner, and read the OP. Shit happens, and it happens an awful lot in this country. Doing my best to rectify the situation and help others who have stumbled themselves. If that bothers you, then piss off.
  11. 9 points
    Not having to drive!...I know sometimes it takes up to 45 minutes to catch a Jeepney, HH, or taxi, but damn I hate driving!...just got back to the states yesterday and I already miss being chauffeured around everywhere..huhuhu
  12. 9 points
    Hi folks. I met my girl on the internet and she says she needs $1,500 for her sick caribao, so I am hoping to get advice. Kidding. I've been married ten years to a wonderful Filipina. We built a house in Iligan City on Mindanao. (I'm in construction.) We stay up to 5 months at a time, every other year. We have a couple of kids, born in the USA, easy to get dual citizenship for. We reported the births, so the paperwork is going to be straightforward. As you may know, Marawi City is very close to Iligan City and golly, things heated up there a little with ISIS and all. We were there from December to the middle of last month. For years we have been poking around for a different place to settle, but it's been real tough to find the right place. This most recent scuffle has really encouraged us to move. We're from rural Alaska. There isn't anything that can come even remotely close to Alaska in terms of the pristine environment, the peace and solitude, the wilderness... we live on the edge of tens of millions of acres with all the toys an Alaskan would want. In trying to reproduce as best we can what we have here in Alaska it points to a number of different places. We have been all over the place, and I started six years before I met her, exploring places like the Mountain and Kalinga provinces, Zambales, etc. on Luzon. Negros Oriental/Occidental, Samar, Cebu, Leyte, Palawan, Mindanao - and have to admit this catch-22: The more remote you go, the more aggravation with NPA and other gangsters. Down south, it's worse with Abu Sayyef - they're the most murderous cut-throats in the Philippines. When we were camping on an Island in Palawan they actually zipped up in a boat and kidnapped some tourists south of us. So we wrote off Palawan. We were there with our infant children when a patrol boat came by to inform us of the kidnapping so it was terrifying to my wife. In Kalinga province I actually had a good experience with the NPA - I play guitar, was in a band for years as lead singer, and my origins were in gospel music. So in my travels music has always been a way to connect with people. Everyone has a guitar in a village with one or two strings missing. I blundered into a village with what they called an NPA "Amazonia", a woman, tough as nails, who was the local commander. I played music for her nephew's wedding, that's what was going on when I showed up, and did the dancing with them while they banged those pots they use in that region. They told me they killed a foreigner, I forget what country he was from. But he claimed to be studying indigenous languages in the Cordillera region when what he was really doing was using a metal detector looking for buried gold the Japanese abandoned as the Americans closed in on them up there in WWII. Apparently that lie was a capital offence to those NPA people (they morph in and out of the NPA and Cordillera People's Army the same way guys morph in and out of the MILF and BIFF on Mindanao). So they disappeared him. Bottom line, despite my good time with them - I don't want NPA running around with AK-47's collecting renegade taxes from me. In Northern Samar the NPA held me up at a makeshift checkpoint and robbed me. Usually I am on a motorcycle but I had a multicab on that trip. They sent me back with my tail between my legs and I had not re-visited Samar until this last trip. I am getting too old for this kind of excitement. We don't want NPA, MILF, MNLF, Abu-Sayyef, or local gangsters and cops dealing shabu. The other thing is pollution. It was disappointing to me when I traveled to what I thought would be more remote and therefore cleaner places... that I was totally wrong. Every village throws their garbage right down the ravine by their hut. There's no wastewater treatment. Pigs and chickens pooping about. If you are the only person living on an island, great. But as the local population increases, the pollution quickly becomes a problem. The ironies are strangely hilarious to me. For years, people bragged about the white sand beaches of this or that place, like Boracay. I have a lot of experience and knew they were swimming in shit there. It's way too big. For people that grew up in cities of millions that may seem an odd statement but with no sewage treatment you can't go over even a few hundred people in an enclave before the turds are overwhelming the immediate environment. So the top priorities are lack of violent thugs and cleanliness, and finally, reasonable time/distance to health care. We already live where a heart attack is going to kill me or a really bad wound out back of the cabin in the woods - I'm going to die. So I don't need to be in Manila next to a hospital. But not a three day trip either. We don't need, and don't want "shopping". We go six weeks without a town run. You stock up in rural Alaska. So being boating or driving distance from a place like Tacloban or Catbalogan, that's plenty good enough. I mention them because we just came from there, and it led me to this forum. Because that stretch between Catbalogan and Tacloban by boat really thrilled us. Daram Island in particlular. No NPA or other alphabet-soup terrorists. The villages are small enough to where they can't overwhelm the sea with pollution. It's still crowded by our standards, everywhere is in the Philippines, but the lack of roads - boat access only - really cuts down on traffic congestion and associated pollution. The typhoon risk is pretty reasonable - it is protected by the main island of Samar, so it catches typhoons coming from the East after they have slowed down a bit. All the shacks still get wiped out but a good concrete and steel structure up off the surge line is going to do okay. Cebu is the closest hub city. We like Cebu City in terms of its modernity. Lack of ignorance to the outside world. You don't hear "hey Joe" every four seconds in Cebu. There's flights from Catbalogan or Tacloban to Cebu. Good health care and hospitals there. Shopping centers and just about all the goods & services of the first world. I can see why you would live there! A city person. We have a working plan, but are here to see if there are going to be useful suggestions/comments. There's bound to be someone from, say, Tacloban here or someone who knows of a similar kind of island group set-up like this within striking distance of Cebu City. We are going to buy a boat. It's going to be about $2,000, or 100,000 pesos. We can sleep on a boat for that kind of money - we sleep in tents in the wilderness on rough ground so a boat is going to be five-star camping. We plan to travel around Daram Island, visiting villages as we go and inquiring about land. We already saw lots of examples and noted something that affected our strategy. People in those villages, all they can think about is moving to a city and having running water, propane stove, cafes and stores, etc. Jobs. You can see where a whole extended family has moved out of the village, a cluster of plots with broken-down remains of houses an extended family used to live in. Someone got the dream job in a city and eventually the whole family moved out. They owe back-taxes to the Barangay for 20 years, but it isn't much money and incredibly there's no interest on the debt. You offer to pay the taxes and buy the lots. There are also little islands or tiny landings where there's no houses at all. We saw half an island for a price I don't believe, but we did not talk to the seller directly. This was just a fact-finding mission. An island with no people means electricity production. No biggie, I work remote construction and produce my own electricity but it really complicates things. So to pursue the above line of thinking, you can go to the property records people in the city of Daram and find out who abandoned the properties you found, and who owns any little cove or island you find as a prospect. So we would stay on this boat for a matter of months. Until we find the right place. The construction logistics in this region call for harvesting sand, gravel, and stones out in the bay in front of your land. You have to pay the Barangay per cubic meter, but it is cheapest thing to do - pay villagers to dive in the shallows for it, by the bucket load. Rather than shipping from Tacloban. Water and electricity are already mostly solved living on the edge of a village. They're going to have a well, and the fact there is a well means you have a water table you can access yourself if you need to punch one. I can make hollow block on-site if the materials are there, you just use a mechanical shaker that produces three at a time, easy to transport the shaker by boat. So then you are just boating the cement in. Boating plywood, milled lumber, plumbing and electrical, etc.too. We sized the boat specifically for the need to transport all that. We talked to a boat builder too, but it is better to buy a used one and swap out the motor if it is a high-time engine. I would like to dredge with a small screen plant, but they tell me you can't do that. Not a big ocean dredge like the Chinese making islands, but just a little suction dredge with a five horse 4-cycle engine. I don't want to buy a place already built, unless they are giving it away, and that isn't going to happen. You look through advertisements online, and you just aren't going to find villagers know how to use the internet to list this kind of property. You have to go in person. We want to do the Barangay property records research ourselves but use a property lawyer to look over anything before my wife obtains title. This is the first time in a decade we've felt like we are closing in on a solution to our problem. It wasn't what I expected. I see now that the boat-only transport, (lack of roads) - that has done the isolation job for us. It has kept the villages small enough to not overwhelm the environment with pollution. No offense to the villagers, we're talking about sixth grade educations on average and language Wari with bad Tagalog. The kids are like packs of wild Indians if you don't put your foot down, lol. They have so little exposure to foreigners and so little going on in the village that there will be relentless gawking and unintentional harassment in the beginning. They mock out of curiosity and the thrill of English practice, not malice. If you have comments/suggestuins, questions, or another strategic area to suggest in the region of Cebu, we have open minds. I am about to leave for a remote construction site with no cell phone, internet, running water, etc. but will be back off and on. Now that I am a member I can check in now and then. Thank you for your time.
  13. 9 points
    Quality of life. If we were in the US today one of us would have to work...(while I'm fishing ) Honestly, I can't live this comfortably in the US on my retirement. Let's hope the peso maintains its value!
  14. 9 points
    I am most depressed about education in the Philippines. I'm a retired professor. I am homeschooling two kids, the second grader reads at the college level and does algebra. The first grader reads at 9th grade level and is in 4th grade math. We put our whole lives into these kids, their education. Both of us. They do music and MMA too. We choose what we do for socialization, the school is the last place we would ever send them for socialization. They socialized with a beehive of Filipinos four months this year. In Iligan City. We homeschooled there too. I had to consider education for my wife and her siblings, our own children, our extended family. It's bleak. I would say the educational system is doing exactly what it was designed to do: create mindless automatons, to never ask questions, to accept arbitrary authority, to be gullible and stupid, frankly. Insofar as the state system is concerned. I studied the exam scores coming out of the various high schools test scores like the SASE on Mindanao. Some high schools are putting out zero students making that cut-off score and for others, half the graduating class does. It is extreme difference across schools. Obviously the elite private schools are generally the best but it isn't always true and I know why but don't want to broach the subject yet. There are some parochial schools that do really well. But the public schools in the poor areas, nobody even comes close to passing the SASE cut-off score. The average IQ in the Philippines is 85. That is one full standard deviation below the USA. I think we have to acknowledge the genetics of intelligence. But it is not all genetic and again look at Singapore with IQ 108. They worked their way up there through a conscious national zealotry over education. They are not that genetically distinct from Filipinos. Look all over SE Asia and you see high IQ's. Filipinos are really under-performing relative to their genetic potential, it seems to me. Our kids are off the charts because we are like Singapore. Working our asses off. The teachers come from the lowest professional cohort, they can't afford to pay what an engineer or business school graduate is paid. The schools of education are filled with "paper mills" that don't actually have classes or do superfluous busywork they've just made up. Really fly-by-night organizations, nobody can pass the qualifying professional exam but the schools have to hire them anyway because that is all they have to hire. It is a terrible mess. I can only say that as a parent you have to do it yourself. Even the best private schools, they don't have a chance against committed parents. But if the topic is comparing Singapore to Philippines, then one thing is very clear: Yew in Singapore galvanized the nation to first become self-aware at their performance in all areas of economics, education, and etc. compared to other countries. They dared to beat everyone else through a conscious national effort. They looked at what other countries were doing. What worked and what didn't. I really dislike the "Filipino Pride" mentality in it's belief of entitlement. It's ignorance of performance against other countries. You have to earn pride, and it comes from doing things better than others, not from just being born somewhere. The Filipinos do not participate in international testing. I guess they'll just be proud of themselves without seeing how they look in math, reading, and writing. Humility and hard work would serve them better as a national motto. And that filters right down through all the schools, who in Singapore are filled with the competitive spirit of being #1 on the PISA tests. Filipinos don't even take it, and that's what's wrong. I go so far as to call it stupid pride. I do not mean that as a put-down but as constructive criticism.
  15. 9 points
    Very simple for you, go to those malls, that have organized taxi lines and stop complaining
  16. 8 points
    slim, gwapa filipinas - whether morena, chinita, or mestiza; families together on Sundays, from lola and lolo to the smallest baby granddaughter; low-cost airfares making island travel so easy (throw in walking on the tarmac to board propeller airplanes); riding ferries; fresh corn on the street when it's in season; shopping crazy clothing stores in Colon; carabao plowing sugar cane fields in Negros; walking 300' out on a white sand beach and the water just above your knees (throw in shell-hunting); being rich in USD; houses with huge overhanging roofs (throw in mega rainfall); ability to strike up easy conversations; 2 week old babies being carried by young mothers in the mall or on the street; street vendors with baskets of stuff on their heads; old churches (throw in Spanish watchtowers); waterfalls set far into any forest or jungle (throw in bird and insect sounds like I'm Errol Flynn in Objective, Burma!); handmade tools - saws, plows, bolo knives, concrete chipping; all fresh fruit, (throw in walking and losing weight); squeezing into a jeepney; feeling like I am in on the greatest secret that my poor compatriots back "home" cannot imagine....
  17. 8 points
    One of my favorite things to do here in the Philippines would get me arrested in no time in the US: Wake up, throw on some shorts and a random t-shirt, pick out some flip flops, dont forget the sunglasses, and go riding my motorcycle all over the back roads for an hour or 2. It's even more fun the day after it rains. Motorcycle wash: 50 pesos + a generous 50p tip. Who cares if you're riding in 3ft of mud? All that fun and apparently I am a celebrity as well. Guaranteed at least 30 frantically waving "hey Joe's" per hour on the motorcycle in the middle of nowhere.
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  20. 8 points
    My sons feeding the love birds. At the Amlan zoo, Amlan, Negros, May 2018. Once a busy little engine that could.. in the sugar cane industry. Bais City Negros May 2018. My brother the retired railroader tells me this is from Baldwin locomotive works 1925 (83 steam engines sold in the Philippines, 6 still operational). Day ends in Sipalay Negros May 2018. Caught the tail end of a wedding on the beach in the lower right.
  21. 7 points
    Feel free to put your jokes or memes about the military here...
  22. 7 points
    Yes, shit happens, and all honor to you for fixing it and for posting it here in the forum. Its posts like this we need her, this can be very helpful for others.
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  24. 7 points
    Sorry but I don't understand the need for a dress code or ask, it's a shame that foreigner needs to go to offices like that dressed as a tramp! For me, this is a disrespect for the country and the officers working there in BI!
  25. 7 points
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