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  1. 16 points
    I wonder if the Chinese would have been so agressive if the US navy and air force were still stationed at Clark and Subic.
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    This is my list of what makes the PH so unique (see if you can find these in other countries): 1. Comfort room or CR aka bathroom (the first time I heard this, I had no idea what it was) 2. Jose Rizal is the PH hero, like the George Washington of the States. His statue is everywhere 3. Banana ketchup (really?! there's no tomatoes in this and it's red?) and halo halo (mix mix dessert) 4. Jeepneys 5. Kiss noise to get people's attention 6. Coin tap on the jeep/bus to stop it 7. Jollibee's 8. Saying 'Scuse' instead of pardon me or excuse me 9. Heavily armed malls and banks - pat downs before entering 10. Hey Joe (I first heard this in Cebu and had no clue who they were talking to) 11. People rarely travel solo for vacation. They like group travel with their friends, coworkers, or family 12. buy one take one (instead of buy one get one free), avail a service (instead of request) 13. Religious street processions 14. The cashier asks you for change at the register 15. Smaller refrigerator sizes 16. You can buy pharmaceutical pills by the unit. They can sell you just 1 pill if you want 17. You don't take your tray to the trash can at fast food restaurants. Employees do that 18. Honking on the street. Just to let you know I'm passing you or to tell you not to pull out in front of me 19. Christmas starts in September 20. Divorce is illegal (Vatican city is the only other place) 21. Fast food hotline (You can call one main number and they will place the order with the store and deliver it to you. You don't have to call your local restaurant directly) 22. 13th month pay (It's like a bonus but it is required by law) 23. Mixing up he and her (I have been called Ma'am far too many times; or her) 24. Age discrimination (I have seen Jollibee ads for 20-30 year old ladies. If you're a 40 year old man, you're not working there) 25. Sweet spaghetti 26. Hand respect to elders (mano po) 27. Dirty kitchen 28. Godparents (and multiple sets of them) 29. shuffling of feet (I call it the FW - Filipino Walking. You have your OFW and FW) 30. Fast food places run out of food (I've been to KFC twice and they didn't have chicken meals. McDonald's runs out of ice cream all the time) 31. The sales person says out loud the amount of money that you just handed them 32. The President can declare a holiday when he wants 33. Some restaurants give you a plastic hand bag glove for eating chicken or nachos 34. During elections, there is a liquor ban 35. Circumcision at age 13 36. Blunt statements to family members about weight or looks 37. No house mailboxes on the street 38. You treat others to dinner on your birthday 39. Nose bleed syndrome
  3. 14 points
    It should come as no surprise that there are very few responsible men in the Philippines. Most boys are not raised in a way that encourages responsibility. Most boys are pampered, force-fed by a female, and given free reign to play as much as they want until they are deemed old enough to be a man; while their sisters are given tasks and responsibilities almost from the time when they are able to walk. Gradually taking on more and more responsibility as a child is how responsibility is taught, and very few boys in this culture get that experience.
  4. 12 points
    Just finished pouring a new concrete slab here in Oz. Try explaining to a group of tough ozzie piss head concreters why there has to be coins and a dead chook buried under the slab! They still think we're all nuts!
  5. 11 points
    Ed's Last Will and Testament Ed lived all his life in the Florida Keys and is on his deathbed and knows the end is near. His nurse, his wife, his daughter and two sons, are with him. He asks for two witnesses to be present and a camcorder be in place to record his last wishes, and when all is ready he begins to speak: "My son, Doug, I want you to take the Ocean Reef houses" "My daughter Kelly, you take the apartments between mile markers 100 and Tavernier." "My son, Kevin, I want you to take the offices over in the Marathon Government Center." "Cathy, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings on the bay side on Blackwater Sound." The nurse and witnesses are blown away as they did not realize his extensive holdings, and as Ed slips away, the nurse says, "Your husband must have been such a hard-working man to have accumulated all this property."
  6. 11 points
    My Canadian friend Neil.. aged 75. passed late Thursday the 27th of June. It was NOT unexpected, as his health had been on a steady downward path for last 9 months. For the last 2 months Neil was confined to a bed, and unable to stand at all. I established communications with his daughter Karen in Alberta back in April this year, in anticipation, and surely enough it's been needed. Per his own wishes, and in keeping with the limited budget available to Neil and his family, Neil was cared for at his own home by a young couple, with twice daily visits by nurses from a medical clinic in Balamban. Those around him made sure that his last 2 months.. with the inevitable outcome never in doubt.. were as clean.. and comfortable as possible. In the end he passed at Balamban District Hospital.. where he had been rushed some 24 to 48 hours earlier in clear distress. But what prompted me to start this thread was NOT the passing of my friend Neil.. but rather the role of St Peters funeral home in helping his family. I'm impressed. The family decided immediately that they would opt for cremation, and repatriate the ashes to Canada. At Karens request (remotely from Canada), his helper moved Neil to St Peters right away. They WOULD have oved him to St Peters in Toledo.. but apparently their vehicle failed, so he was moved to St Peters here in Tuburan. Don't know if there is a St Peters in Balamban.. and didn't matter.. as the body was already here in Tuburan when I first heard about Neil's death. When I woke on Friday I had an email from Karen advising of her fathers death, and advising that he was at St peters Tuburan, and asking me to arrange to ship the ashes back to the family in Canada. The funeral service will be in Canada.. though a mass was also held for Neil in Toledo So.. on Friday the 28th.. my wife and I went around 8 or 9am to St Peters.. to see what was the status. I was expecting (and I was right) that Karen would have a lot of problems communicating with the St Peters people in Tuburan because of a language issue, and because the Pinoy way of doing things is different from Karen's Canadian expectations. So my wife and I asked the procedure.. and the prices.. and I got Karen to call me there in that St peters office and we learned (and shared with Karen) that: All St peters cremations are done in Cebu City at the St peters IMUS location. Main documentation requirement was the Death Certificate which was not yet available. Neils friend in Toledo took this task. to get the Death Certificate released Karen had to first pay (WU) the bill (20K php) at the district hospital. The death cert was released Monday and delivered to St Peters. But St Peters refused it.. saying that it must first be REGISTERED (at LGU) in Balamban. That was completed Wednesday July 3rd, and the body was moved to St peters IMUS branch in the city. To MOVE the body to the city a Transfer Permit from the municipality was required. This was obtained by Neil's friend in Toledo To CREMATE an authorization letter from Karen would be required. Fortunately.. this little St Peters office in Tuburan had email.. which made it easy to deliver Karen's authorization letter and images of some ID documents to establish Karen as the person to provide this authorization. Within a couple hours Karen and St Peters completed this.. all by email. Costs at St Peters Tuburan were: Transportation Balamban to Tuburan = 4320 Transportation Tuburan to Cebu City = 12000 Embalming for 5 days @ 1,500/day = 7500 Cremation 20,000 Quarantine permit = 500 Coffin = can't remember this one.. but i THINK it was about 40 to 60 thousand for the least expensive option. The Tuburan office gave 16% senior discounts on transportation and cremation.. though they were later overrules by Cebu City of the cremation itself. On Friday the 28th I went to Neils friends to his place. Rent had only been paid till end June so quick acion was needed. Karen instructed that the people who had taken care of his should take anything of value that they wanted, and that anything they didn't want should be thrown out. Neil lived a minimal lifestyle, so their wasn't much.. TV, Ref, cooking stuff, fans, . Neil hjad a car.. 2006 Innova.. which was sold by his hepers early the following week.. with $1500 to Karen and the rest to the helpers. My research told me that the courier companies ()DHL and FEDEX etc) will NOT ship human remains, whether cremated or not. So I crossed my fingers and HOPED that St Peters could help. On Saturday the 29th I phones St peters IMUS branch and spoke to Sharon Cabaluna there. Sharon is a VERY helpful and VERY knowledgeable person. She has repatriated human remains, both cremated and not cremated, to multiple countries, and has repatriated remains (not cremated) to Canada already once this year. Karen advised that costs would be:6000 peso for documents plus 30,000 peso to ship ashes to Vancouver as Air Freight, with airport pick up. Document requirements would include; * Five (5) true certified good quality paper copies of Death Certificate * Passport (Neils) - This was at Neil's attorney.. I retrieved it Thursday morning and delivered it to Ste peters * CONSIGNEE name, address, phone number * CONSULAR CERTIFICATE - from consulate, arranged directly by St Peters (Sharon). They'll send passport to consulate or embassy where it will be cancelled.. and returned with certificate. * CREMATION CERTIFICATE - provided by St Peters (Sharon) * QUARANTINE CERTFICATE - provided by St Peters (Sharon) * TRANSFER PERMIT - provided by St Peters (Sharon) The ashes will already be cleared through customs before Karen gets them. Some of the papers above are for customs clearance. Cremation was at 1pm yesterday. St peters will places ashes in strong plastic bag inside cardboard box. It may sound inappropriate, but airport security MUST be able to x-ray the container and there MUST be nothing inside that will raise security alarms, as they will NOT open human remains for further inspection. Waiting now to see if any other issues will arise before shipping of ashes. But so far has been relatively painless.
  7. 11 points
    No perception involved! This administration has made it clear that they intend to be friends with China...until Chna went too far and now they want big brother to step in and be the bad guy. Shoulda thought of that before he spit in the eye of the US
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    If parents can not handle them at that age, then the prison system generally has to when they are teens or older.
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    An elderly couple, who were both widowed, had been going out with each other for a long time Urged on by their friends, they decided it was finally time to get married. Before the wedding, they went out to dinner and had a long conversation regarding how their marriage might work. They discussed finances, living arrangements and so on. Finally the old gentleman decided it was time to broach the subject of their physical relationship. "How do you feel about sex?" he asked, rather tentatively."I would like it infrequently" she replied. The old gentleman sat quietly for a moment, adjusted his glasses, leaned over toward her and said...."Is that one word or two?"
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    I think the title is self explanatory. I know some of you have mentioned eventually moving back to your home country. Why are you still in the Philippines then? I assume that some are there because their wife doesn't want to leave for one reason or another. Others have moved back because of their wives. I lived there for 5 years in 4 different provinces. I lived in a primitive 1 room house in the mountains and a luxury condo in Cebu IT Park. I think I got a decent feel of living there. I stayed there because my wife didn't want to move to the USA. It had nothing to do with her family though. She had been living away from them since she was a teenager. It was no secret that i wanted to return to the USA. Then one day she said she would like to move to the USA. We've been here in the USA for nearly 5 years now. She is now a US citizen. She's never even wanted to go back to visit until recently. She plans to return for a month next year. So that's my short story of why I lived there. Please leave a discussion of politics of your home country out of this topic. If that's really why you're living in the Philippines, just say politics and leave it at that.
  16. 9 points
    Yesterday the wife and I had sort of a anniversary trip that was a lot of fun. Our Anniversary was Monday but it was solidly overcast so we waited for better weather. Got up early to leave about 5 to get through Cebu before the heavier traffic. Went down to Dalaguete and to the Osmena Peak trail. Beautiful clear day which is a little unusual there. There's a small parking area but I'm sure more could be found if needed. There's a small hike up to the entry area/snack bar. p30 per head entry which seems reasonable as they keep the trail clean and improving it little by little. My wife had been before and she mentioned the trail was getting better. They offered to carry up my bag for p150 but I declined. About halfway up there are a couple more sariX2s. I would say the climb is comparable to maybe 5 or 6 of the Bohol Chocolate Hills stairway climbs(?) if you've done that and probably most here have. It is not stairs though. It's rocky steps and a little jagged. Towards the top there is some looser gravel that can get a little tricky. I didn't have much trouble getting up in flip flops but would probably wear shoes if I went again. We followed up a couple older local guys and they got to the top a little ahead of us. There was a young local guy there too (really local, lived about 300 yards from the top) and that was it. So when the 3 of them left we were by ourselves a while. The view was pretty nice including the fog coming in over the craggy peaks towards Negros, There's a clear area not far from the top they allow camping there for p50 per tent. About half way down was the first group we passed going the other way. After going back down we paid somebody p20 to "watch" our truck which I doubt needed watching but whatever. Then from there drove to Cambais Falls A bit narrow road all the way there but I think we only met one other non scooter on the way. A guide cost p50 and I'm sure you'd be ok without one but I would say the info was worth the p50, at least the first time. Besides showing how to do the rock slides without busting your arse, they were also handy for taking pictures and pointing out the slippery areas, etc. Kind of a long but easy hike back to the entry and then it's p50 per head entry. They also rent life vests if you want. This falls, btw, feeds Kawason Falls. The upper falls is quite beautiful and there's a 15 foot ledge you can jump in or a dry rock slide into the pool. It's dry but smooth enough to slide down without water and a 3-4 foot drop into the pool at the end. I imagine going at certain times there might be water on it. There's also a nice cave under the slide you can swim through. Then the lower falls has a longer water slide and some ledges to climb to jump. The guide jumped from the top which looked to me about 75-80 feet. On the way back we went through Dalaguete again and got some cheap produce. Plump ripe Mangoes p40/Kg and others.
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    Maybe it just feels longer?
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    I have to disagree with you on this one Pete. I'm betting PAL has used this method to scam millions over the years from unsuspecting travellers. Corruption starts at the top. Thankfully someone finally called them on it .PAL and other companies count on the fact that most Filipinos are too timid to say anything when they are getting robbed!
  25. 8 points
    I wonder if the man really understands just how much the US really, at the end of the day, doesn't give a flying f*ck about Philippines.
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    I was forced into retirement twice for corporate reasons and finally figured out we could live here on smaller than full pensions. As it turned out we bought the house across from where my asawa grew up! There is plenty of downside to living here but as @Cebuandrew has stated, the pros outweigh the cons. A lot will disagree to the cost of living view but I think it depends on the conveniences that you expect/need. If we were living in the states, 1 or both of us would have to work just to afford health insurance. Here there is pretty good medical and it's cheap. Fortunately we are both healthy, (knock on wood). For the record, my wife brings up moving back to the US from time to time but I'm perfectly happy. And, I would miss her while she is working
  30. 8 points
    Good question. And I think of the same question from time to time. For me, it is the "peace." Here, in the Visayas, the people are so simple and kind and nice to me. In America, everyone is hurried and rude. Sure, there are pros (cost of living, cheap fresh seafood everywhere, rent, beaches, simple, good people); and cons (3rd world country, corruption, racism on a daily basis and loss of good food on a daily level). For me, Dog, the pros far outweigh the cons.
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    Crack Shot...
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    A man boarded an airplane and took his seat. As he settled in, he glanced up and saw the most beautiful woman boarding the plane. He soon realized She was heading straight towards his seat. As fate would have it, she took the seat right beside his. Eager to strike up a conversation he blurted out, “Business trip or pleasure?” She turned, smiled and said, “Business. I’m going to the Annual Nymphomaniacs of America Convention in Boston." He swallowed hard. Here was the most gorgeous woman he had ever seen Sitting next to him, and she was going to a meeting of nymphomaniacs! Struggling to maintain his composure, he calmly asked, “What’s your Business at this convention?” “Lecturer,” she responded. “I use information that I have learned from my Personal experiences to debunk some of the popular myths about sexuality.” “Really?” he said. “And what kind of myths are there?” “Well,” she explained, “one popular myth is that African-American men are The most well-endowed of all men, when in fact it is the Native American Indian who is most likely to possess that trait. Another popular myth is That Frenchmen are the best lovers, when actually it is men of Mexican Descent who are the best. I have also discovered that the lover with Absolutely the best stamina is the Southern Redneck.” Suddenly the woman became a little uncomfortable and blushed.. “I’m Sorry,” she said, “I shouldn't really be discussing all of this with you. I don’t even know your name.” “Tonto,” the man said, “Tonto Gonzales, but my friends call me Bubba".
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    I live here because home is where the heart is, and my heart is with my wife and daughter. The education my daughter is receiving at the school she attends here is far superior to anything we could expect in public elementary schools in he US (and we could never afford private schools in the US). Of course, the other main reason we live here is that we own a house here. I can't afford to just walk away from that investment. Houses usually take time to sell in the Philippines (unless you want to just give them away ... and I don't). Maybe if there is another housing bubble burst in the US, that dynamic will change, and we will be able to afford homes in both countries. We are hoping that by the time our daughter is in sixth grade, we can sell our house and move to the US. Even with the liberal slant that has taken over the educational system in the US, I feel that secondary education in the US is still superior to secondary education in the Philippines (and there is no doubt the universities in the US are far superior to universities in the Philippines). That is primarily because most education in the Philippines is by rote, and very little independent thinking is required of students, whereas in the US secondary education is centered around students learning to think for themselves. It doesn't take you very long living in the Philippines to realize that very few Filipinos know how to make a decision. That is due to the secondary education they received. They were never taught how to think for themselves and how to make a decision. So yeah ... we are still planning to move, but it isn't urgent (since my daughter is only in the third grade).
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