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  1. 12 points
    Forget the “ thats not the way they do it back home” mindset. Thats the way they do it here, accept it.
  2. 11 points
    Best loan I ever made was to my bro in law awhile back. P1,500. Haven't seen him since!
  3. 11 points
    A loan becomes a gift ,so don't loan unless you can afford not to get it back.
  4. 11 points
    Disclaimer: I am making generalizations below based on observations of cultural tendencies. I think, in Philippine society, it's challenging to tell a Filipino that they are wrong. In non-Hispanic and non-Asian countries, thanks largely to the inclusion of Greek philosophy in the culture, there is a shared understanding of the concept of debate and the exchange of ideas. The priority is on the topic and not the person. The joy of debate is in the cognitive victory, while the loss of an argument can potentially lead to wisdom in those without hubris. This scenario is a fertile environment for success because it encourages multiple viewpoints. The best ideas have a chance to rise to the top, though of course that often isn't the case... but at least the opportunity exists. In Hispanic and Asian countries, that opportunity seldom exists. This is because the focus is on the person and not the topic. When telling a Filipino, a Spaniard, a Japanese, etc., that they are wrong... the default reaction is that you are condemning them as a person. Your logical topic-based opinion is construed as an affront against their personal values. In short, it is an insult to some degree. I've found that the most effective way to mitigate this is to precede "helpful" opinions—especially if it's a topic of gravitas—with a re-affirmation of your relationship. Make an effort to isolate the topic by assuring the person of the importance of the relationship with the person/spouse/etc. Tell the girl how much you love her first, remind the friend of your history together, compliment the stranger on their professional abilities, etc. Much of the world is a thin-skinned place... not everyone has benefited from a cultural history of logic. Aren
  5. 10 points
    I am one of many who would have benefited greatly if I had known earlier about the 'Living in Cebu' forum and had accessed a lot of the wisdom posted by earlier arrivals. So what about a thread that lists each of our pet bits of Philippine gained wisdom: So come on guys and gals, please post your little pearls of wisdom here, it might save a visitor (or local) a lot of pain! At least create some interest. And for a starter here is mine below: OzePete: 'Leave that superior western attitude behind, keep an open mind and respect the locals'
  6. 10 points
    Larry was a very helpful fellow that would give the shirt off his back to a stranger. He had a wealth of expertise in both living on the islands for so long but also in accomplishing various things like documents, property, financial transactions, building, and most of all, in general mechanics. He could work on any vehicle with an engine. I knew both him and his wife Ronny since about 2007-08 when he helped in the purchase of my first motorbike that Paul taught me to ride on the trip back from Dumaguete to Cebu. Over some years Larry helped me with repairs and getting it back up to snuff after long months of storage, and renewing registration on it before I returned to the country so it would be road-trip worthy. He was a very handy friend to know. Dumaguete and Valencia won't be the same without him. RIP dear friend.
  7. 9 points
    Just before the lockdown, we finished the perimeter wall and about the same time I finished welding the back gate together for it. After lockdown I was looking for things to do so I installed the gate opener and got it working about 95% the way I want it. It runs off two motorcycle batteries in the gray box there that are recharged by the solar panel above. The panel is much larger than needed but it was the smallest I had available. I think it's maybe 120W? and the company that sold me the opener, etc. recommended 30W or so. One problem was the opener required 35V for the recharging ckt and the panel puts out only 17V so I bought a step up transformer on Lazada which is also contained in the grey box. Seems to be working well. My caretaker's grandkids run out to watch when I'm leaving. And when I get deliveries the drivers are looking around for who opened the gate. That gave us a way to go out if we need to and in the lockdown that wouldn't be much so I decided this would be a good time to cement our driveway. We had 12 sacks of cement left over from the wall I didn't want to waste so I got started welding up a grill for the rain gutter at the bottom of the driveway. That took me longer than it should but after it was done we started on it. The 12 bags didn't go as far as I wanted but I was able to get more cement and rebar delivered. In a day or two it will be ready to drive on. I decided I liked the look of the 2 cement sidewalks rather than a fully paved road and since the walls and the pump house make you drive only in the middle, paving across was a waste of material anyway. The gaps will be filled with dirt and then grass grown in the middle and maybe flowers along the edges or just grass. So that's what I've been doing and why I haven't been posting a lot. Next up is a real septic system and replumbing our current house to it. That will also be the septic for the new house. The current system is just a leach well and it's in the middle of where the new house will be. Not looking forward to digging into that but it's been sufficient for the 2 of us for like almost 10 years. Hahahahaha
  8. 9 points
    Warning – long, boring read! ( its gotta be better than reading about COVID-19 though! ) We flew from Brisbane to Bangkok ( Don Mueang ) on March 1st ( COVID-19 was barely a blip on the radar at that stage! ) The plane was around 2/5 full, so each of us had a whole row to ourselves to stretch out and move about the cabin at will Arrival and immigration at DMK was quite easy – one of the guards in the irrigation area noticed we had two kids in tow ( ages 6 & 8 ) and said “you have babies”, and we were ushered through to the VIP desk to complete formalities I had done some research prior to the flight and found that there was a free shuttle that runs between Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi Airports ( a trip of approx. 50km ), although, to avail the service you had to show proof of a connecting flight within the next 24 hours ( which we had ) After arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport on the shuttle, we took a taxi to our overnight accommodation, BS Residence, which was just a short ride from the airport The driver was a friendly, chatty local that decided to switch the meter off about ¾ of the way into the trip – the meter was around 80THB at that stage, however, he said that we needed to pay 200THB – welcome to Thailand Anyway, check in was smooth ( I had booked and paid for all accommodations prior to the trip ) – our family room was very large but simple, bathroom was also large and clean We ate dinner by the pool – food was absolutely delicious, and really cheap The room rate included a one way trip to the airport on the hotel shuttle, so the next morning we were off to Suvarnabhumi for our flight to Manila on Cebu Pacific Flight to Manila was around ¾ full, and my assigned seat was right beside a very large Filipino gent – I asked one of the attendants if I could move to the empty row behind me after take off, to which she replied no ( these things always seem too difficult on Philippine carriers ) Anyway, we arrived to an absolute clusterf*ck of people at the immigration area at NAIA Terminal 3, and thankfully we got the same treatment as we did at Bangkok – a friendly guard approached us and also said “you have babies” and ushered us through to the diplomat desk After exiting the terminal and a brief line up for a taxi, we were on our way to our overnight accommodation at Achievers Airport Hotel in Pasay ( taxi ride was on the meter without prompting ) Our family room at the hotel was quite small, however, it was furnished with one queen and two single beds, so everyone slept comfortably We ate dinner at the hotel, their restaurant was quite a funky little set up and their food was excellent ( my wife and I took advantage of their 6 San Mig Light for 200PHP deal, twice! ) The room rate included breakfast, and a one way trip to the Airport in the hotel shuttle Breakfast from a set menu was very basic but good, and before we knew it we were back at Terminal 3 for our domestic flight to Tacloban We were traveling light ( each of us had a carry on bag only ), so we did the self check in and proceeded to the departure area via security At this stage, we had already travelled through 4 different airports with the same belongings, and it was here where security decided that our insect repellent wouldn’t be allowed onto the plane After explaining nicely that it was within the guidelines, the guard “did us a favour” and let us proceed with the insect repellent Arrival into Tacloban was an absolute mess – we were handed a COVID-19 form upon entry to the terminal, which needed to be filled out before they would let anyone leave ( why couldn’t they have handed the forms out on the flight!?! ) Anyway, after filling out the forms and being allowed to leave the terminal we jumped into a trike for a quick trip to the GT Tours depot downtown for our bus ride to Catbalogan As typical of these types of services, it was a white knuckle edge of your seat type ride with a weary driver trying to make the trip in record time whilst ‘competing’ with every other road user We eventually arrived into Catbalogan and onto our overnight accommodation in preparation for our boat ride across to my wifes village ( Astorga, Daram ) the following morning We stayed at the Alegro Hotel, which again was quite simple but modern and clean After a big dinner at Mang Inasal I decided to go for a walk around Imelda Marcos park, which was buzzing with live music and locals – it turned out that the majority of the locals were high school kids, and there were a couple of very creepy looking older foreigners hanging around, so I didn’t stick around there too long The following morning we took a trike down to the sea-wall and jumped on the rickety old boat for the trip across to Daram, and upon arrival we observed the shear magnitude of the typhoon that ripped through the village on Christmas Eve 2019 ( I think I uploaded some photos on another thread elsewhere on the forum ) Whilst there were no reported casualties on the island, many homes were torn to shreds, and many are still living in what is still left standing and going about their daily business – got to love the resilience of these people Life on the island is very simple – we only stayed for 3 days, however, it was a great experience for our two kids to re-connect with their cousins and have fun without television, ipads and other gadgets For me, the days consisted of all day drinking and karaoke sessions with the men of my wifes family After a few wonderful days in the village, we took my wifes siblings and their partners and kids over to the mainland for a few days away at Rosario Hills Resort, which is around 10km North of Catbalogan Rosario Hills is not a flashy place by any means, it kind of reminded me of Bahia Resort on Mactan – it had a couple of pools, simple accommodations, huts for hire for day trippers ( they normally charge staying guests to hire these too, but since we booked a number of rooms for a couple of nights we got them free – gee, thanks! ) The day we arrived it was just our group in the whole place, so it was very quiet and another long drinking session ensued into the night The following day ( Saturday ) was a totally different story – people started rolling in by the jeepney load, carrying whole roast pigs, pot after pot of rice, case after case of beer and spirits, you name it ( the resort is one of those typical BYO everything ) There was a live band playing some good old fashion rock and roll, kids were running around like absolute ferrals, people were drunk, loud and happy, groups of women were taking the obligatory selfies from every corner of the place to show off on Facebook – it was a really good vibe Just about each hut I passed I was invited in for some food and drink ( no idea how many shots of god knows what I did over the course of the day, in addition to the session in our own hut! ) Sadly, the following day it was time to check out and return to the sea wall in Catbalogan where the family set sail back to the village and we jumped back on a bus to Tacloban to begin the next part of our trip I was pleasantly surprised that our bus was a near new, approx. 30 seater (?) with more legroom and head clearance than the normal 12-14 seaters (?) and that the driver did not seem to be in any hurry at all – easily the most comfortable ride I have had on any bus in the Philippines, ever We jumped on a trike from the terminal downtown to our overnight accommodation, the Summit Hotel I specifically chose this hotel for a few reasons – our flight back to Manila was late in the afternoon on the following day, and this hotel offered me a free late checkout, it had a pool ( to keep the kids entertained ) and it was right beside the new Robinsons mall ( for additional food options and to kill more time after check out ) As it turned out, the new Robinsons mall was closed due to a fire some months prior ( I had no idea! ), the kids couldn’t swim in the pool the following day because they were sick from the food from the restaurant from that night – apart from that, the room was really really nice and the hotel itself was actually a pretty classy place! The hotel is still quite new, and the staff DEFINITELY needs more training, as I had one of the most bizarre experiences ive ever had in all my travels – I had just stepped out of the shower, and the doorbell rang with a simultaneous call of “housekeeping” as the housekeeper opened our room door to see me in all my glory and my wife wrapped in a towel, both of us with looks of total bemusement Unfortunately, this wasn’t the only time we were left shaking our heads in disbelief at this hotel – just after checking in, we went out by the pool for the afternoon to chill out, whilst the kids were happily swimming my wife and I thought we would have a few beers at the poolside bar There were no staff members behind the bar, so I decided to ask one of the three guys at the entrance to the pool area ( one who opens the door, the other who hands out towels, and the other who keeps a log of the room number ) if I could order some drinks, to which they replied “sorry sir, the bar staff is on their break and will be back in 1-2 hours” Anyway, fast forward to checking in at the airport for our flight back to Manila – we still had the same four carry on bags with us, and even though we were well under our total baggage allowance ( which was 28kgs between four of us ), one bag weighed in at 8.5kgs ( limit was 7kg ), we were told that we had to repack our bags so we didn’t exceed the single bag limit After trying to explain that we were well under the total allowance, and that no one else had to handle our bags, and that we had already been on several flights where one of the bags was over and the others were under 7kg, they still had to ‘tick that box’ and make us repack the bag – its more complicated in the Philippines! Flight to Manila was an absolute hoot – my youngest boy decided to throw up on the floor just beside row 1 on his attempt to get to the toilet just after take off ( he would have made it if he hadn’t dropped his sick bag as he opened the toilet door – as he went to pick it up some a’hole Filipino almost bowled him over in his attempt to overtake him and get into the toilet ) After I cleaned up I received praise from the lovely flight crew ( so worth it! ) After touching down in Manila we were off to Achievers Airport Hotel in Pasay again for another overnight stay before our flight back to Bangkok the following morning In what seemed like just a couple of hours ( which it was ), we were back in the airport shuttle and in NAIA Terminal 3 for our flight to Bangkok After arriving into Bangkok and waiting for our domestic transfer to Phuket, we read of the Presidents decision to impose a total lockdown in Manila – sounds like we saved ourselves some hassle flying out early that morning! The dining choices at Suvarnabhumi are excellent, and we decided on some Thai food before our flight to Phuket The airport itself was swarming with people, however, we always felt a sense of organisation and calm – this proved to be short lived, as a very late plane change ( ie; we were already in a bus on the tarmac at the base of the stairs to the aircraft ) meant that we had to go back inside the terminal, go to a different gate, which meant a whole plane load of passengers had to go through a security checkpoint, AGAIN!, in order to go back into the departure gate area and eventually onto the plane The flight landed approx. 30 minutes after its scheduled arrival time, which meant that it was the exact time I had booked our pick up service to transfer us to the resort ( I always factor in a 30 minute delay on these bookings ) Despite giving the transport company the wrong terminal number, a greeter was in the arrivals area outside the terminal with our name on a sign and ready to load us into the vehicle After six flights and just as many different hotels in less than 10 days, I was ready to relax and unwind Before long we had checked into Graceland Resort Phuket ( which would be our accommodation for the next 10 days ), met up with our friends and enjoyed a nice cool San Miguel Light! There was a slight hiccup at check in ( which I expected ) – at the time of booking I had booked a family room which consisted of 2 queen beds When the booking went through it only showed 2 adult occupants, so when I called the resort and explained, they wanted an extra THB1,500 per night to accommodate 2 kids! It was very difficult trying to negotiate over the phone so decided I would do it at time of check in After explaining that the room had enough beds to accommodate all four of us and we didn’t need rollaway beds ( which incur extra charges ), I said that I understood that the room rate only included breakfast for two, so I said I would be happy to pay up front for two kids breakfasts for each of the ten nights, which they happily accepted ( and was a hell of a lot cheaper than THB1,500 per night! ) This would be my wifes first trip to Thailand, and my second ( my first was a golf trip in 2019 ) We found Thailand, or Phuket specifically, very very expensive – prices for most things in THB seemed a bit higher than they were in PHP, however, we were getting approx. PHP32 to the AUD, and only approx. THB19 to the AUD My wife loves Thai food ( my brother is married to a Thai lady who cooks in a Thai restaurant in Oz ) and was very happy with the quality of every meal we had during our trip, and thought that the Thai people were lovely Everywhere we went the locals thought that my wife was Thai, and would start speaking to her in Thai – she quickly learned how to say “I don’t speak Thai” in the local tongue so as to not cause any embarrassment or have them believe she was ‘stuck up’ when they initiated conversation The resort itself was absolutely outstanding – it occupies a lot of real estate along the Patong beachfront, and there were pools everywhere Location was superb, with so many restaurants, bars and Walking Street close by We were lucky to have been assigned a room in a newly renovated wing, so it was very clean, modern and comfortable The staff were so polite and friendly, and the breakfast buffet had a great selection for all palates I was lucky enough to have a couple of games of golf whilst there, however, I would not recommend golf in Phuket for the budget conscious – the rounds I had at Red Mountain and Loch Palm cost a small fortune! Our friend arranged a boat trip / island hopping day for us all – my advice would be to be careful about believing what some of these operators promise It turned out to be a very expensive boat cruise that drove by lots of nice looking places ( well they looked nice from a distance! ) As we entered our second week in Thailand, the resort and the local area had become a ghost town – occupancy was at an all time low, and bars and restaurants were closed ( our last 3-4 days were actually quite boring ) We were keeping a close eye on the news from home ( Oz ) and were only just starting to appreciate the magnitude COVID-19 was having on the world Unfortunately, all this hysteria prompted our Prime Minister to declare that he would close the borders – naturally, this scared a lot of the airlines as they then started cancelling flights First, our flight from Phuket to Bangkok was cancelled – after being on hold for hours with the airline, I finally gave up and found flights on another airline ( at twice the price I originally paid! ) Then, the night before we were scheduled to fly back to Oz from Bangkok, the airline cancelled this flight as well I spent about 6 hours on hold with this airline ( on our last night in Phuket! ) in an attempt to arrange alternative flights – I gave up on this too and booked with another airline ( again, at a much much higher price ) however, it was departing from Suvarnabhumi ( which meant we had to get on that shuttle service again from Don Mueang ) After making it back to Bangkok we stayed at a nice little hotel called AT Residence, which was only a short ride to / from Suvarnabhumi airport To our surprise, the lady at the check in desk was a Filipina, and she gave us a fee late check out for the following day The hotel architecture was quite unique, the room was spacious and comfy, and the rate included a cup of instant noodles for all occupants ( quite a good idea for those arriving late actually ), a set breakfast and a one way shuttle ride back to the airport The cup of noodles didn’t really fulfil my appetite, so we got some food from the on site restaurant which was absolutely delicious Unfortunately, the meal was soured because of more bad news – yep, you guessed it, another flight cancellation I spent another sleepless night looking for flights home, the only ones I could find were weeks away and at totally ridiculous prices ( ie; tens of thousands of dollars each ) – I was in total stress out mode, not only couldn’t I find a way to get home, but both my boys were really sick at this stage and I was really worried about their health ( both had temps over 39 degrees! ) The following morning I received an email from a friend back in Oz pointing out a special flight that an airline had put on for stranded passengers, however, it was destined for Melbourne ( not Brisbane ) – I didn’t care at that stage, I just wanted to be back in Oz, so I booked it immediately ( again, paying through the nose! ) It was a looooong last day in Thailand ( the flight was scheduled to depart at almost midnight ), and our boys health was worsening We were lucky to actually get into the airport, as the Thai government enforced strict conditions for passengers ( one of which included anyone with a high temperature would not be admitted entrance ) Both our boys temps were still in excess of 39 degrees on the way to the airport, and thankfully when they were tested upon entering the terminal the testers let them past ( the tester could obviously see the stress on our faces and gave me a look of ‘get going before anyone else sees’ ) We arrived around 4 hours before our flight, and the check in line was a mile long – after chatting with a few others in the line it seemed that many were in the same boat as us ( ie; had flights cancelled ), so people were keen to get to the airport and get that golden ticket! After checking in and getting our boarding passes I felt a huge sense of relief There were a lot of nervous murmurs amongst the passengers in the departure area when there was an announcement about our arriving plane being delayed, which resulted in a one hour delay Once we were on board and the wheels went up, I felt a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders – the only thing I had to worry about now was making our connecting flight from Melbourne to Brisbane ( which I had cut pretty fine ) About an hour before landing the pilot gave his usual speech and also mentioned that they didn’t have any incoming passenger card / immigration cards on board, so these had to be filled out after disembarking ( grrrrrr!!!! I like having these pre-filled so we can breeze through immigration ), and that we also had to fill out a self isolation declaration form which will also be handed to us upon arrival I knew we were already cutting it fine to get to our connecting flight, but all this red-tape was going to cost us valuable time! As the plane touched down, there were tears and cheers as it was obvious people were more happier than ever to be on home soil I was half way through filling out the forms when my wife was finally able to get signal and do a web check in for our connecting flight ( we were a minute or two from missing the 45 minute cut off ) however, I knew we weren’t out of the woods yet – we had to clear immigration and customs first Luckily, we were the only international flight that had arrived that morning so we got through immigration quite quickly, however, my wife reminded me that she had some food to declare through customs, so we were ushered into the line expecting that our bags would be thoroughly searched After a short wait the normally grumpy airport staff asked what we had to declare, and after telling them they just told us to go straight to the exit! We walked at a very fast pace from the international to the domestic terminal at Tullamarine, and walked straight onto our next flight and they closed the door behind us! We finally arrived home to an empty fridge and cupboard ( and we weren’t allowed to leave the house at all ), so thankfully a few of my wifes friends dropped some supplies that would get us through the next couple of days After a brief phone consultation with a GP, he asked that we get the boys tested for COVID-19, which thankfully came back negative Im never going on a bloody holiday ever again!
  9. 9 points
    Just because a Filipina says you are handsome, it doesnt make it true If you are truly handsome like me, then Filipina’s will call you ‘artista’, or as in my case ‘Piolo’ (i am the Piolo Pascual of Australia, just without the gayness)
  10. 9 points
    Shop in the markets. Not the super ones, the other ones. Don't be ass-terrified of initially getting overcharged a few pesos because you look different. It's important to cultivate 'suki' relationships. The vendors you patronize regularly will look right out for you and your regular business (and save you the choicest stuff). When I first came here I went to the supermarket a few times and realized we'd just bought a large assortment of cans, powders, and mixes. I was like "where's the actual food?" It's in the markets of course.This isn't always readily apparent to a new visitor.
  11. 9 points
    Rent don't buy or build for at LEAST xx years. Travel around and see as much as you can before you settle in one location. Make sure you understand the ABSOLUTE COMMUNITY law.. And when you think you understand it.. learn some more.
  12. 9 points
    Hongkongphooey: “When planning your first social event or party, only invite a few close friends; multiply that by fifty for how many people will actually show up. Oh, and BYOB isn’t really a thing here.”
  13. 9 points
    My urologist’s office called the other day and explained that my scheduled appointment would now be done over the phone due to the coronavirus. One hour before the scheduled teleconference, I was instructed (via email) to administer my own urine test. This was to avoid those lab tests and costly co-pays that your doctor's tell you to get at Quest Diagnostics, and because they're shutdown too. Simply go outside and pee in the front yard. If ants gather: DIABETES. If you pee on your feet: PROSTATE If it smells like a barbecue: CHOLESTEROL If your wrist hurts when you shake it: OSTEOARTHRITIS If you return to your house with your penis outside your pants: ALZHEIMER'S You’re welcome !
  14. 9 points
    While stuck here in New Jersey I painted a painting of my wife with my mother. I really miss my studio in Barili. The Artist's Wife and Mother oil on canvas 24 x 30 inches
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  17. 8 points
    Don`t call any politician "Buang" on the internet.
  18. 8 points
    Just a Heads Up. I am not dead, I only smell that way sometimes
  19. 8 points
    For Jim Sibbick and Woolf... Don't read too much into it. It is just my way of showing respect to two good men.
  20. 8 points
    Well my box of needs was delivered and to help in this fight against the virus i will be staying in door for a while
  21. 8 points
    I’m as bored as an Amish electrician. ~~~~~ Ontario has banned groups larger than 5. If you’re a family of 6, you’re all about to find out who’s the least favorite! ~~~~~ The longer this goes on, the harder it will be to return to a society where pants and bras are required! ~~~~~ Happy hour is starting earlier and earlier. ~~~~~ If this keeps up, I’ll be pouring wine in my cereal! ~~~~~ Today’s Weather? Room temperature ~~~~~ 30 Days Hath September, April, June and November All the rest have 31 … except March which had 8000 ~~~~~ Smoking pot and skipping school had me in trouble constantly. Now weed’s legal and schools closed … damn kids are livin’ the dream! ~~~~~ This is stupid. I just tried to make my own hand sanitizer and it came out as a rum & coke! ~~~~~ If you get an email with the subject “Knock Knock”, don’t open it. It’s a Jehovah Witness working from home ~~~~~ After a few days of not going out, I saw someone I knew walking by on the sidewalk outside. I immediately ran to the window and started yelling to them. Now I understand dogs ~~~~~ Day 8 of social isolation and it’s looking like Las Vegas in my house: We’re losing money by the minute. Cocktails are acceptable at any hour. Nobody knows what time it is.
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  24. 8 points
    Wife's niece, husband and child in the province were stuck with zip. We sent funds on April 19th via WU. We get notice that funds are ready to collect that day so under difficulty she gets to Catmon to collect only to be told 'funds from overseas are not available, leave phone number and we will text when to return / collect. Waits five days with no text so returns to D'Hulliers only to be told the same. Another three days and nothing no money, no food so she goes to Carmen agent and told the same!!! Each time I check on line and their site says ready to collect. I contact WU and after long wait this idiot explains that it is not a WU problem and she should go back to the WU agent then contact WU from there! WTF, I explain to this brains trust that it is a WU and WU agent issue to resolve, not my recipients! Long story short I told them to jam their business and resent with Remitly, all good. No more Western Union for me!
  25. 8 points
    He chastised me as well about the forum, and when I told him he ran his forum like a police state, he told me it was his forum and he could run it the way he wanted. I first met him online and in person in 2004. He was quite well known around Cebu City at that era. There were far fewer foreign nationals living and visiting at that time than any other date in modern history, aside from this pandemic. When out and about with him, he would be greeted by others, primarily foreigners very regularly. When he did spot a foreigner or a group of foreigners he didn't know, he'd often make an attempt to engage and introduce himself at minimum. Eventually he moved away from the city to the province in about 2008, to get away from all the attention, chaos, and drama he often attracted. I gathered with him many times over the years, up until he moved away in about 2012. He taught me a lot about life, culture, and travel in the Philippines. He taught me to ride a motorcycle. I traveled a lot with the guy, even taking trips on our motorbikes (before he had a significant accident and gave it up), over to Leyte a few times, Mindanao, Negros Oriental and Occidental heaps of times, and all over the island of Cebu and its outlying islands. I never saw him again after he moved away. When I made subsequent visits to the country after he moved away, it felt like it wasn't quite the same anymore. It was really regrettable that I didn't get to see him before he passed. I was actually in the very process of putting together a plan to get over there within the coming week or two, when I got the bad news. It happened so quickly. He really did support a lot of people he cared about. He constantly sent money to his adopted child's parent, and other girls who fell on hard times. He didn't let those he cared about be destitute if he could at all help it. RIP big bro. I hope all those he loved and cared about are looked after and taken care of the way he would wish them to be for the remainder of their years.
  26. 7 points
    Legion takes a long overdue swing at PLDT!!!! Hooray. The statement came as strict stay-at-home rules are being observed in parts of the Philippines as the government's measure to control the spread of COVID-19. Students and workers have had to resort to virtual lectures and meetings as part of life under the "new normal." The tweet was taken down at 2:30 p.m., and the account's display name has been reverted to "PLDT Cares." In a statement, the network said it has recovered the account and assured customers that the security breach "did not affect PLDT's network and services." The internet provider countered the group's demand for better connectivity, saying that it has provided subscribers with speed boosts and higher data allocations for Fibr customers and Smart subscribers. "As a result, our customers have been using more extensively a wide range of data and digital services that have helped them cope with life under lockdown," PLDT said in a statement, noting that they invest heavily in their fiber and LTE networks. The hackers also earlier threatened that PLDT's rival, Globe Telecom, will be next on their agenda. This tweet has been deleted. https://cnnphilippines.com/business/2020/5/28/PLDT-Twitter-hack.html?fbclid=IwAR1YDZN4QONptdXuEdkniRYyIaO9fR_wowzPmqGs-iCkBBQXyYS128Q7Qrk
  27. 7 points
    Mine were also different indications. Last one - No pain - left arm rose on its own to about 40 degrees - pushed it down - started to leave my office to go to CR - walked into a wall - went back to desk, sat down - pushed arm down again - managed to walk into central area - sat down - started to go to sleep - "you OK?" NO, please call an ambulance. EMT gal kept saying "don't go to sleep" 3 days in and out of it - missed the steak and lobster dinners the hospital served - that's not a joke - company located in very exclusive area Final day consultation - "You've had another stroke" WTF do you mean ANOTHER stroke? Guess I'd had several minor strokes / concussions previously. Gave up smoking and still take 83mg aspirin every day. Sam's Club brand ($5 for 2 btls 400 ct)
  28. 7 points
    My experience with a stroke back in 2013 was different than these examples. It started with a sharp pain in the back of my head and a loss of balance. The pain only lasted for a little while and went away, so I assumed that it was just a weird headache. Then, I started having problems remembering names of people I had known for years. I decided to go visit my doctor, who sent me in for a CT-Scan of my brain. It turned out that a vein in my skull (near my hypothalamus) had ruptured, allowing blood into the surrounding area. There was damage, but it was only along the center-line of my brain (which is why I didn't experience any of the typical stroke symptoms such as partial paralysis). In addition to the loss of balance, my T-level was also substantially lowered due to the stroke, but that can be treated. Both of these symptoms were caused by damage to my hypothalamus, which controls your sense of balance and your hormone production. There was no life-threatening damage done, but to this day, I still have to brace myself against the wall when I get out of bed before I start moving or I will fall down. There was some memory loss, but I don't remember what I don't remember. Most of it I probably didn't need to remember anyway. Every once in a while, I will try to recall something that I know I once knew and can't bring the information back up. Luckily, Google helps to jog your memory on a lot of subjects. I haven't ever had another headache like that, but if I do, I (and my wife) will know what to do. I'm on Eliquis (a blood thinner), so there isn't much chance that I will ever develop blood clots that could cause a serious stroke in the future.
  29. 7 points
    The other thing about this type of scum is the image that all of us expats wear because of them. You can feel the suspicion / hatred of some locals, and quite frankly I don't blame them, cos there are so many expat creeps that haunt the Phils and exploit the local kids assisted by their poverty. I have never dobbed anyone in for anything in my life, and have mixed with some dodgy bastards, but if I had proof of the vile practice of one of these creeps I wouldn't hesitate for one second in seeing them bought down.
  30. 7 points
    There was a light house that you can go to the top of, the views up there were great. There was the Pacific War Memorial, and the museum as well. The museum was worth the view, as well as it got you inside with some A/C!
  31. 7 points
  32. 7 points
    Until things settle down I would not be attempting to fly anywhere. Only a true emergency would get me in a airplane at this time. There's a pandemic going on. I'm over 65 and have health issues.
  33. 7 points
  34. 7 points
    Ok, then advice is: Book direct to Cebu, Davao, or any itinerary that doesn't include Manila. Don't worry about booking a bunch of hotels unless you're coming around Christmas or Sinulog. And for for the love of God, don't come for just 3 days.
  35. 7 points
    Get good local good friends stay away from most foreigners! Your foreigners friends need to be some that have a good life here and integrated in the Philippine system.
  36. 7 points
    Absolutely. However, be aware that you will be under a microscope. Everybody will know who you are and what you do. Many will stare - but don’t worry about that - just smile and pass the time of day. They will smile back.
  37. 7 points
    fred: If visiting keep your head low and things simple. If moving there do the same but make some influential friends. If moving there and conducting business then make as many influential friends as possible. In the blink of an eye things can go pear shaped and it's not what you know...it's who you know.
  38. 7 points
    We will miss you Woolfman. You were always there for us with a map or some straight forward directions. A valuable contributor to the forum and humanity. RIP
  39. 7 points
  40. 7 points
  41. 7 points
  42. 7 points
    It will kill Viking's and any other buffet. In fact, most restaurants can't survive without near capacity. Limiting diners to 2 meters will effectively cut their occupancy in half. May be more expensive to stay open? Also, what of all the little Mom & Pop restos on the street where you walk up and look under the lids for today's specials. This bill will not be helping a lot if passed the way it is.
  43. 6 points
  44. 6 points
    A lady in the Villages in Florida (a senior retirement community), was sitting on a bench, near another bench with a gentleman sitting on the bench. She asked him if he was new to the community and he said "no, I have owned a condo here for 20 years". She then said "I have been here for 15 years and I have never seen you around!". He then said "I have been in prison for the last 17 years!". She was stunned and finally asked him what he had done. He said that he had murdered his first wife! She was stunned again and after a long pause she said. So you're SINGLE???
  45. 6 points
    And if your bank balance is like a barometer that indicates her love intensity for you , run! And while those hot 20 something chicks in the mall get your 50 to 60 year old juices bubbling, remember she will always be younger than your daughter or niece back home! IE: when your near 80 and useless she will be 40 something and rearing to go! What then? There are many wonderful and attractive Filipinas in the closer to your own age range, so stay real. My sweetie just turned 60 and is still a head turner, well mine anyway!
  46. 6 points
    If you can live by the slogan "Its more fun in the Philippines" you will enjoy it here. When you will be in a frustrating or unusual situation or confronted by illogical answers or behavior (from your usual perspective), try to get into the perspective of the slogan, try to turn into a positive situation and think to yourself this is really more fun, you would never experience such hillarious things in any part of the world and enjoy it. This of course for the hopefully more enjouyous moments as well.
  47. 6 points
    Yeah, it depends on what you're used to. My first trip here was a week in CC, very uncomfortable, then two weeks mostly in the province. Much better. When I got back to my rural home I realized the city was the problem and I would likely have been nearly as uncomfortable in Chicago or other large city. As for advice. Don't base your decision to move here based solely on tourist visits staying in resorts and eating in restos unless you can afford to do that and plan to do that all the time. It's ok to travel around and see sites but it's also a good idea to plant yourself somewhere a month or two and deal with the day to day stuff.
  48. 6 points
  49. 6 points
  50. 6 points
    It looks like a control freaks wet dream. Hell, half of the population probably doesn't even have access to a real toilet and handwashing, with soap, at any given time of the day, just sayin'! I err on the conspiracy side of things when it comes to this corona virus and there are countries that are doing just fine by not placing the population under house arrest. I'm beginning to rethink my idea of wanting to stay in country with all of this hysteria.
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