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  1. The rose colored glasses crowd here at LinC probably won't like this post very much and will dismiss it offhand as Filipino bashing. This post isn't meant to bash anyone. Hopefully it will be instructive of what can and often does happen for anyone contemplating immersing themselves in the island culture. I have tried to be brief and purposely left out some of the uglier bits. My Filipina wife and I have been married for almost 40 years and are now in our 60's. Over the years, we have tried to help some of her siblings children get through school and afterward into college or trade school
    9 points
  2. I bought a lot in my daughter's name, 1,212 square metres... my boundary was hard up against the front doors of half a dozen illegally built houses, and people had used the lot as their personal open space for years, so there was a bit of general panic the day a foreigner walked in. I engaged an architect, who told me I was quite within my rights to fence right on the western boundary, but went on to say that in the interests of friendly neighbourhood relations and a generally peaceful retirement, it would be in my interests to concede a one metre wide walkway from the barangay road to the bea
    7 points
  3. If you look hard enough you can find justification for not helping anyone. Like me and housework.
    5 points
  4. To answer your question, I've had two different doctors on two separate occasions (more than a decade ago) where metal was involved in an injury tell me they don't typically give out tetanus shots any more unless there is a lot of metal involved, like in that of a auto accident. {Why not?} I've been to the ER quite a lot with questionable injuries over the years and never had a doctor suggest it. {Why not?} I haven't had a tetanus shot in decades. I'm not opposed to it, so why not? Anyway, I digress from this being a vaccine debate, because it's not. This is once again, the partial point.
    5 points
  5. No rose coulored glasses here.. and I don't dismiss your comments at all. My own experiences in the 12 years I've been here mirror your own. I have many stories.. but I will relate only 1.. and I'll try to condense it because it lasted a long time. My wife because pregnant with our first child in 2010.. and her older sister was pregnant at same time from a guy that ran away.. So.. I offered sister a job.. paid.. assisting my wife.. each co-parenting their kids and living in our home. This wasn't the sweetest of arrangements as the sister felt it was her right and priveled
    5 points
  6. I’m an outsider but I think it’s a shame. Airbrushing history so we don’t have to “see” it sounds to me like a bad idea. “ Those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it”.
    5 points
  7. Jess doesn't have to worry about that. If he was kidnapped, within two weeks, the kidnappers would be offering to pay his wife to take him back.
    5 points
  8. 5 points
  9. Those running the government have totally lost their minds.
    5 points
  10. I think most of you are old enough to recall when men were men and women were damned glad that they were. When the military was run by MEN who wore a uniform with pride and weren't afraid of anything except the politicians who oversaw them from Washington D.C. Enjoy the pictures… and pray for the "good old days".
    5 points
  11. Here is what you will need for this year's annual report (in the Cebu BI office in Robinson's Galleria) Printed confirmation number that you get by registering on their website given earlier in this thread (vua.imigration.gov.ph). A copy of the confirmation page on your phone will NOT work. They want a clean printout of the PDF they generate. Your current ACR-I card (with one photocopy front and back) Your current passport (with a photocopy of the main page and a photocopy of the page with your latest entry stamp) A photocopy of your original resident visa stamp (in my case
    5 points
  12. After being arrested in October for the possession of PHP1.3 million (US$22,058) worth of marijuana, Juanito Jose Remulla III, son of Department of Justice Secretary Boying Remulla, has been acquitted by a Las Piñas court. The circumstances of Remulla’s case and acquittal have led to social media uproar. Netizens pointed out the stark difference between authorities’ handling of Remulla’s case, which saw a speedy three-month resolution, over the thousands of drug suspects killed in the government’s drug war, a continuation of Rodrigo Duterte’s policy. The Philippine Drug Enforcement A
    5 points
  13. This is a pastel painting of Panagsama; Moalboal Cebu years before the typhoon changed the look of it. Panagsama; Moalboal, Cebu 9 X 12 inches Pastel on pper
    4 points
  14. Obviously, some of the stories here definitely count as "failures". But I don't think "success" necessarily equates to going to college and getting a good job. There's a seventeen-year-old girl in my extended family who was often in our house, so I know her very well. She was in high school, final year I think. Her mother is single, and could hardly have afforded to send her to college. And we haven't got money to pay for anyone except our own children. Anyway, she has a boyfriend and got pregnant. She's now gone to live with the boy and his parents in another town. The boy has a job in a
    4 points
  15. To answer some questions.. The Cebu BI office is still on the third floor of Robinson's Galleria. Regardless of what is accepted in other offices, the QR code in your smart phone is NOT acceptable in the Cebu BI office. It must be a clean printed copy. If you follow the instructions I gave you earlier in this thread, it will only take a few minutes to complete the process (once they call your number). A quick trip to the cashier, and you are out of there. The guard gives out the numbers when you enter, so it depends on how many numbers are in front of you as to how long it is be
    4 points
  16. Got a little carried away with the "what about doing this" for the water supple system. Finished this week. Gonna need a drawing to remember which valve controls which line. Took a lot of splannin to get plumber to understand what I wanted. We were gone for a day and when I got back he'd piped well to main tank to house with bottom drain (not needed - 40 micron filter and system drain) as is typical. All 1" ppr (except city run) and stainless steel steel fittings. No pipe runs inside walls - through West wall only - DK, utility room, kitchen, CRs. Also 2 outside spickets / spigots.
    4 points
  17. To tell you the truth, I miss Whippy. I always looked forward to his bizarre posts. The tomato one was truly a classic.
    4 points
  18. Then perhaps the solution is for his children to organize a project to reinforce and protect the foundations and lift the house 1m or so - all while he continues to live there. That would give him more time.
    4 points
  19. Tonight I made Baked Sole with tomato, oregano, onion, hot peppers, and capers.
    4 points
  20. I think the military is gaining the reputation of the priesthood. If you're in it you're a flaming "DisneyWorld worker" who couldn't fight his way out of a wet paper bag, but you're probably good with little boys.* *Rant of a grumpy old man who served long ago.
    4 points
  21. Installed main chandelier w/ medallion - some assembly, couple of hours, and a nip (or 2) of Tanduay required. Great room lighting is in 4 zones. Corner spots, center spots, small chandelier, finally main one. Installed DK sink. Pail is for leak test. Got at Builder wear. 9 K w/ cutting board, faucet, soap dispenser, drain assembly, and SS veggie basket. Pump houses installed and last of ceiling molding put in.
    3 points
  22. It depends on where you get your stats as to what results you will see. Some can be believed and others bear belief. If you believe any statistic coming from a government agency that has already been proven corrupt, then you will believe anything.
    3 points
  23. I made an error in buying the water filter. OK for city water but not water directly from pumps. Didn't check inlet orifice. 1" connection threads but waaaay too small an inlet orifice. Causes short cycling. Moved to "house" line until I can find a suitable low pressure drop house filter. May just increase filter inlet hole. Made an insert with no filter for if I want to remove filter to run pumps discharge directly to house. Non-skid floor tile in DK Lockable house to protect well pump - will have one for pressure pump also. Patio (my room) screen with lower diamond backing go
    3 points
  24. Yep, like wearing masks on 17 hour flights (or any flight for that matter). The attractive stewardess makes the announcement... "Masks must be worn at all times during the flight. We don't want anyone to infect another passenger, or be infected by another passenger". Some time later, here comes the beauty with the food tray... "What would you like to drink with your meal?". "Do I have to wear the mask when I eat and drink"? "No, you silly goose. You take the mask off when you eat and drink. Now, what can I get you to drink"? "JD and coke, thank you. You better make i
    3 points
  25. the nun was NOT deported for being a volunteer. she was deported for being involved in political protests . Foreigners are told repeatedly no matter what visa they are on they must NEVER EVER under law be involved in domestic politics.
    3 points
  26. I have no doubt whatsoever in your reply, exactly what my views are I might add. However, should somebody find themselves in an unfortunate situation with a Filpino that is looking for revenge in any way then that is not the case. A couple of years ago I actually went to the BI and asked that very question and it would appear that if some body makes a complaint regarding any form of vounteering, regardless of the nature of it and the hours involved, that person will be seen as breaking the terms of their visa if their visa doesn't permit voluntary work. That is just what I was told by the I
    3 points
  27. My experience with extended family here is very much different. Each of Tata's siblings ( 3 sisters / 1 brother) are very industrious and successful. One owned an inn on Lapu Lapu and is building a new one across from entrance to Pangalo Airport. BIL owns 5 business and starting 2 more (gas and water stations) BIL has helped with the contracting of materials for house, also he and papa have acted as general overseers. Saved me at least P1 million. Loaned brother P100,000 in Sep. "you'll get back in Jan" Money sent 1st week of Jan. Only two very small problems - I've related how
    3 points
  28. I made Bicol Express last night, spicy hot, but not so hot that you couldn't taste the ingredients. I bought the pork belly at one of Virginia's Pork Shops, the best meat-to-fat ratio of any commercial shop that I have seen.
    3 points
  29. Tuna with Pechay, Basmati rice and Sawsawan (Filipino Dipping Sauce) made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, hot peppers, calamansi juice, vinegar and soy sauce. The Pechay and Calamansi are fresh from our garden.
    3 points
  30. Who was right? Well Fauci's net worth went up $5 million during the pandemic. I would love to see how much the rest of the swamp profited during that time frame. Is the point right or who made the most profit?? https://www.openthebooks.com/breaking-faucis-net-worth-soared-over-126-million-during-pandemic--up-5-million-2019-2021/
    3 points
  31. Added "seat" to water diversion wall along house. The recent continuous rains highlighted the slope of her land. Facing North its South to North then West to East AND East to West (East lot line and half of yard are lowest points) . Putting in water diverting wall from house to end of lot. If not enough will enclose North lot line. The height of the post frame is due to future addition of Chicken wire above blocks. Why you ask? To keep the chickens out of course.
    3 points
  32. No way of knowing for sure, but for me getting jabbed was playing the percentages. My age group 75+ = 6% 0f population but 28% of deaths. Of course per-existing conditions played a major roll . https://www.statista.com/statistics/1191568/reported-deaths-from-covid-by-age-us/
    3 points
  33. In Janga today - Bee Farm restaurant - P405 for ham pizza with can of Coke. One of the best I've had here
    3 points
  34. Garlic, butter, wine, vegetable stock, lemon juice, and capers with leftover pasta.
    3 points
  35. Yankee Pot Roast on cruise ship.
    3 points
  36. In the new military I guess you can talk about your privates then.
    3 points
  37. 3 points
  38. Some of you guys really need to get a life...
    3 points
  39. Just tried to do my online Arrival Form and it would appear 4 days in advance is the max.
    3 points
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