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  1. 37 points
    I met Paul in 2002 in Cebu Ciyu and we have been close friends since. He moved to Thailand for awhile for a change of scenery, visited Sihanoukville, Cambodia early 2012 on a visa renewal run and just stayed. I moved from Cebu to Sihanoukville, May 2012. Paul met Chan there and instantly became a pair., Eventually moving to Battambang where Chan has a farm about 30k outside town. They split there time between a city apartment and living quarters they built at the farm. About 2 1/2 months ago Paul started to experience random abdominal pains. About 3 weeks ago he consulted a doctyor. Blood tests and MRI showed pancreatic cancer, stage 4. Diagnosis was perhaps 6 months. About 4 days later he took a severe change for the worse while at the farm with Chan. She called me and then managed to get him in a tuktuk and to the hospitol I got him admitted. The did further blood test, 2 blood transfusions and IVs for meds, sucrose. Next morning the doctor said he had at best one week. We checked him out and returned him to the farm. He was barely aware of his surrounding, in and out of coma. The next evening, Nov 8, about 8:20 he passed away. Myself and some other of Pauls friends will hold a wake here in Battambang, Saturday, Nov 17 at The Delicious Restaurant. No Host event, to honor his life and send him on to wherever he is going. At least it was very quick and he did not suffer much.
  2. 25 points
    Paul was cremated in Phnom Penh on December 9. Chan has his ashs/urn with her at the farm. I was a witness at the cremation.
  3. 21 points
    It's hard to know what to say when a friend passes. My last communication with Lee was like that. I didn't want to use the typical platitudes, so I just talked to him. Lee knew this was coming sooner or later and had planned for it for years. I think his number one goal was to make sure his wife was taken care of after he passed. In that respect, he achieved his goal. Lee was the one who introduced me to LinC and was the first person I met in Cebu when looking for a place to rent. He did a lot of things to help me with our move to Cebu. We became friends and went out often with our wives to dinner. When we met at a restaurant, I never knew who else would be there, but it was almost always another LinC member. Most of the people I met from LinC, I met through Lee. As things go, we didn't stay in contact as much once I left the Philippines. Emails now and then and the occasional phone call. We had planned to get together here in Florida, but it just never happened. I knew of his current situation a while back, but kept it to myself because Lee was a private man. I think most who knew him personally though, knew about his chronic disease that he had lived with for years. Each trip back and forth between the US and Cebu was becoming harder and harder for him. Those who never met Lee, but interacted with him here on LinC and other Philippine forums, never got the chance to really know Lee. He was one of the most helpful members on LinC when the topic was something he knew about. He never was one of those type to Google the answer and pass it off as though he was talking from experience. Lee had an unwritten code about how he interacted on the forum and he expect the same from others. Some might have called him old school. He wasn't confrontational, but didn't shy away either. He often came to the defence of others when he felt they were being unfairly attacked. I'm sure those who read much of Lee's post, knew of his strong political leanings. Yet, in person, he never once mentioned such things. Most who spent any time with Lee, would probably have describe him as a "Good Man"...
  4. 21 points
    Indeed its not, its a country where a few families have ruled supreme in both national and provincial areas for generations. Passing laws, obtaining political office, doing business in a way that ensured that they would obtain more wealth, obtain more influence and control of their given areas. The Don's so to speak...the last election came as a surprise to them in a big way if you compare the Aquinos to the Democratic party in the last election you can see some very close parallels. So along comes Roddy, someone that was not in the club, someone that actually wanted to see the Philippines prosper and upset the apple cart. So what did he inherit? A country that was infested with corruption, infested with nepotism, a country that was held together by a spider web of elitism that controlled everything from the smallest government agency to very top of the military and police. A country were drugs permeated every social class and a country were entire sections of the southern regions were controlled by people that wanted to secede from the union and were willing to do it anyway they could. So how do you fix that? Who among us would even attempt to fix a mess like that? They call Roddy a strongman, indeed he is, stronger than anybody that I have met...he had only one option, fight fire with fire...the only way to wipe out cockroaches is kill them all, if you do not the eggs hatch and you have the problem all over again in a few months....as much as people hide their head in the sand and because its not politically correct to recognize the fact it remains the truth. It amazes me sometime that people continue to harp on non-judicial killings in a country where anybody can (and are) killed daily by the infamous "two guys on a bike" for the paltry sum of five thousand Philippine pesos. Wake up, like the man said "this damn sure ain't Kansas Toto" President Duterte has only six years to achieve a monumental task. A task that only a fool or a patriot would attempt. At seventy one he is not guaranteed to live out his Presidency, nor is he guaranteed to have a successor who will carry on his work and his dreams of a successful country where the Filipino people can have a good life without prostituting themselves all over the world to make a living (OFW's). As I have been living here continuously since early 2011 and visiting here since 1967 I can tell you that DU30 has been like a breath of fresh air, and yes even though you sit on the beach and marvel, occasionally you have to smell a fart. So for me, I hope he does what ever it takes to clean out this country and make it into a country where my four kids and my wife can actually get an education and work in their own country without being under the control of a small group of oligarch families who care only for their own wealth and power. I hope my kids and family never again have to grow up in a country where drugs and power rule the landscape... Go Mr. President..do what is necessary to clean up the mess you inherited.
  5. 20 points
    And if THAT'S the worst mistake you ever make in Phils, well, you'll do quite well!
  6. 18 points
    I remember that guy who died in the city in 2014, I believe, and his body was in funeral home over by J Mall-no friends-relatives-nobody to make arrangements for body, and Lee/Nila made don't know how many trips across city from their condo(taxi)to get all info about guy-get in touch w/folks-LOT of trouble/aggravation he went thru to get it taken care of. Another typical example-1st year after we came back, I had to get some surgery done over at Tampa VA, and had to have someone drive us. This was before my wife had her license, and Lee offered to make the 4 hour trip from Ft Lauderdale to give us a hand. I know of lot of instances where he helped people cause that's just the way he was.
  7. 18 points
    We have got my wife's father as a permanent resident in our house , I was there a few times last year but probably just a couple or so of months worth , the old boy is there on his own for the most part , He doesn't really cook so brother in law drops in and cooks up something 4 or 5 times a week , we have bore water and the electric , usually runs at 12 to 1400 pesos per month... and gas for cooking the bottle is 800p and that lasted him 9 months last one he had. He still works as a carpenter at 66 years old , not one lazy bone in his body , so he provides his own tucker . Must be a bit lonely for him at times , but all in all he runs on the sniff of an oily rag , the cost to keep him happy there is about 10 bucks a week ....and the house is looked after ...what a bargain. Probably have to end up feeding him at some point but this o'l bugger is pretty resilient , still climbs up a 50 foot mango tree to get the fruit before the birds and ants get to it. He never asks for nothing ...at all...so I bought him a flat screen tv a couple of years back and got the dish installed on the roof and he is as happy as larry and he pays the subscription each month. I wonder if all this good fortune I have with this setup is from not acting like a bigshot 15 years ago when I first lobbed there , and to this day for that matter , if they get the wrong impression and start becoming overly dependent early on in the proceedings you may have created yourself some expensive hard yards to come. Anyway that's my story , everyone is happy and the cost is minimal........
  8. 18 points
  9. 18 points
    I noticed someone felt to need to announce they were leaving. I think that is just some passive aggressive attempt at a rebuke? Paul was always a gentleman. I found some psychotic wen site attacking him and non of the contents reflected my experience with him. Always a good guy to me. The new owner made an unsolicited contact with me to help me optimise a web page. How cool is that? I come here to pass the time. Maybe I am mistaken but I consider myself a realist. I don’t want or expect anyone to care if I leave or stay. I come here to pass time. None of my posts will be exceptional. I don’t join cliques and block those people. I just enjoy simple browsing and occasional interactions by posting. What is exceptional is how willing members are to help when it has needed most. I have donated money and time to people in need here. I have gotten much more back in priceless knowledge. So things are a bit different now but the core group of good hearted members are why I like it here and don’t think that can easily be replaced. I don’t like a beat down just because things may not operated the way I expect. Not my site. This is my way of supporting an overwhelmingly good core group of members. End.
  10. 17 points
    RIP Lee! He never wanted his photo shown anywhere, but I will make this exception.
  11. 17 points
    Zoe , my 12 year old daughter asked for a bit of an upgrade on her tiny little bedroom that she insists on having a double bed in ..so a lick of paint on the walls and some custom built shelving to replace a cupboard I built 20 years ago when my son was born...anyway she is happy which is the main thing..........she got involved in it as well...
  12. 17 points
    These days I come to this forum infrequently so I've only now learned the sad news of Paul's passing. The expression "larger than life" would be an apt description of him methinks. I met him a few times, especially during the year I ran "Our Place" and found him to be a man of strong opinions but a heart of gold. I remember on one occasion, he drove me and mrs from Naga to Toledo when he really didn't need to. Over the years I heard many negative opinions and stories about him, but my experience of him was wholly positive; that he was a decent man and definitely an interesting one. I didn't always agree with him, but he always had my respect.
  13. 17 points
    I as going to finish the rest of the line from The Rolling Stones, but I am neither a man of wealth or taste. I have been a member for awhile, but haven’t really posted because others know a lot more that I do about Cebu. I have been reading and learning from everyone on this form. I met my beautiful filipina wife in Los Angeles 34 years ago. Been married for the past 30 yrs, really didn’t know much about the people or the country I only knew she was one of the prettiest girls I have seen. All of her family had already immigratied to the US so she was in no hurry to return to her homeland. 3 kids and 20 years later we finally visited thePhilippines. My wife rediscovered her love for Cebu, and I instantly felt at home. About this time she also discovered Facebook and reconnected with her High School and College Nursing school friends in Cebu. We purchased a condo about 3 years ago in the area of Osmena circle, and visit Cebu a couple times a year, staying 2 months at a time. Since all of her family are in the US, we don’t have all the family drama that I sometimes read about in the Philippines. My interest include scuba diving , which I manage to do a lot in the Philippines, Golf, my favorite course is Alta Vista, and music. I would like this opportunity to thank the folks who contribute to the music video form. Every time I look there is an artist I had forgot about. I have added volumes to my playlist thanks to you guys. I am sure I have met some of you guys already, just didn’t make the forum connection. Anyway, I plan to get more involved here, thanks for reading.
  14. 17 points
    Meeting in "Heaven" SYLVIA: Hi! Wanda. WANDA: Hi! Sylvia. How'd you die? SYLVIA: I froze to death. WANDA: How horrible! SYLVIA: It wasn't so bad. After I quit shaking from the cold, I began to get warm & sleepy, and finally died a peaceful death. What about you? WANDA: I died of a massive heart attack. I suspected that my husband was cheating, so I came home early to catch him in the act. But instead, I found him all by himself in the den watching TV. SYLVIA: So, what happened? WANDA: I was so sure there was another woman there somewhere that I started running all over the house looking. I ran up into the attic and searched, and down into the basement. Then I went through every closet and checked under all the beds. I kept this up until I had looked everywhere, and finally I became so exhausted that I just keeled over with a heart attack and died. SYLVIA: Too bad you didn't look in the freezer ---we'd both still be alive.
  15. 17 points
    I am here on my 4th visit, and just want to share some things I have noticed since my last visit, including my attitudes. Some things for those of you that live here you are already aware of. For starters, GF has incredibly crappy hours that change, and it has killed a lot of the fun activities, but we are making the best of it. LDR's: I never saw myself being in one of this distance, and time in between. Sucks when I am away. 7 months since last visit... we really needed this! TRAFFIC: DAYUMMMM, it seems so much worse here in the city, maybe due to the holiday and summer vacation. Oddly, I am pretty even keel about it all, just chill in the back seat of the taxi, and I will arrive when I arrive. Granted the cost goes up, but it is beyond my control'. The street chaos and mayhem just seems to be heavier. SPEAKING OF TAXIS: Rear view mirror cams are new and even have rear-view cams, I applaud this! MORE TAXI STUFF: Honoring "No left Turn" signs, (Never did before) only to follow with sketchy and to me illegal, U Turns in front of traffic! FILIPINO ATTITUDES: Not sure if possible, but people seem even nicer than the last visit. SUMMER MONTHS: At times... Hot AF!! MY TAXI TIPPING: I found I am not suffering from the over tipping white knight syndrome any longer. If the driver attempts to carry on a conversation with me, I tip much bigger. Beyond that, about 10-20 pesos for the quiet ones and almost nothing for the ones that spend the time loud talking on their cell phones the entire time. NON AIRCON LITTLE BUSES: Riding this to and from the province will no longer be tolerated, by me, my ass, or my carbon monoxide filled lungs! LECHON: The addiction to crispy skin is real!!! I bought the 30kg for 5k, great eats! The family did the re-cook thing for other dishes with the left overs, not a whole lot to work with there. They bragged after we left showing off the FOUR Lechon for the actual Fiesta, and all the party videos. Someday I will actually get to attend. FILIPINO FAMILIES vs. AMERICAN: Poor Poverty Filipino families seem 10x happier than the average well to do families I know in the USA. FILIPINO KIDS: They crack me up over the pleasure they derive from the smallest of things, very refreshing! Also how mesmerized the little ones in the province are over a big old Kano! COMFORTABLE: Feeling more like I belong here (Being comfortable could be a bad thing) I keep my wits about me at all times, maybe confident is a better word. I know my way around a bit more, practicing more visyan, and have adapted to street crossing (AKA Frogger) much better. ROAD CONSTRUCTION: Saw a lot of it to and from the province. Looks pretty awful, so very primitive. FIESTA: Filipino's know how to have fun! EXPATS AT THE MALL: I really notice them much more this time around. So many are really "Creepers", and I will just leave it at that. Many of the couples the woman doesn't seem real happy, where the woman seems to be dragged through the mall trailing her man. MY ATTITUDE: Feeling like I am more relaxed, just accepting things as they are, and not getting overly worked up on the tiny details. I actually seem to have more patience than my GF (That could easily change! ) I think me being an Air Force brat and living in Europe and a lot of travel to 3rd world countries etc, has really helped me adapt to places like Cebu. MILLION DOLLAR VIEWS: They are everywhere in the province! (just have to look past the poverty) Just some stuff... I had some nice conversations with some of my GF's workmates. Quite intelligent, and inquisitive. Funny to listen to some of their views of what they think Americans are and what the USA is like. They were spot on about many things on how they view us (a lot of it is not good) I learned about paper wrapping Mangoes on the trees, and other oddities in the Phil's. I can see me living here, it's just a matter of where and with who . I have been checking out ads on FB for rentals etc, just to get a feel for it. Did I mention crispy skin is like crack? RESTAURANTS: Tried a few more to add to my list. Hit up the RACK at Seaside (the mall was packed on a Sunday!) Tried their Katsu, me liked! Ordered their BRICK of onion rings, that' was too much! Would be great for 4 people or so, not us and large meals to go with it. SHAKA, good food and vibes, loved the live music. PARK SOCIAL IT PARK, this time finger foods (Loved the fresh chips and dip) and adult beverage on a Sunday night, listening to 70's-80's rock stuff, very enjoyable evening. SUGBO MERCADO at IT PARK, didn't eat there, absolutely packed on a Sunday night, now on my hit list for the next visit. LEMON GRASS and HUKAD... great eats, love the soups. Just a few of the eats we had... STAYS: The Quest for all but one night, and the Maracossa Cottages in Moalboal for the second time during our pre fiesta visit to Alegria. Decent breakfast is included, and I stayed for free with my Expedia points. FLOWERS: I bought her the very first flowers she has received. I got more thank you's for those than anything ever! Such a simple thing meant so much to her! Really cute watching her take selfies with them. So far so good... I hope the trend continues in a positive direction. I am excited about living somewhere in Cebu, but still looking at other islands, nothing carved in stone. Hell, if me and the GF don't work out, visits to other countries are on the back burner. A few pics attached of my time here... leaving Thursday morning, not happy about that.
  16. 16 points
    I think the clip also showed that having a dashcam isn't such a bad idea also , because "if" there was no cctv it may well have become the crucial element in backing up the factual chain of events. The guy filmed , narrated and then shared his experience in the Philippines ... I personally wish we were sharing more posts like this on the forum. The other people in this incident had obvious prior damage to their vehicle , and the demand for money by the lady was extortion ..a disgrace , she had to know that the vehicle that she occupied was in the wrong but she wanted money anyway ....what a horrible person she must really be............
  17. 16 points
    In a sense, YES! I may be be remembering incorrectly but this is how I remember it. Not sure what year I joined LINP, I think it might have been 1999. Regardless, when I joined there were only 200 or 300 members. . I was made a moderator at some stage. Paul Petrea was definitely a moderator too. I think David Whittall may have been a moderator and pretty sure Perry Gamsby was a moderator. Because of the LINP association, Paul Petrea came to the Philippnes and stayed at Don Herrington's house. Don at that time employed Jan Pernia to do his IT work. Jan Pernia was given the nickname JJ by Don Herrington. JJ and Paul were married in I think, December of 2003. JJ left the employment of Don Herrington which mightily pissed off Don. Unfortunately for Don, Don's replacement IT people were morons and, I presume without Don's knowledge, referred many issues to JJ so JJ still had access to ALL Don's sites. LINP was lost for some reason. So LINP1 was created. Don asked me to make more yahoo groups just in case. So I created LINP2, LINP3, LINP4, LINP5, LINP6, LINP7 and LINP8. then handed over ownership to Don. LINP1 was lost shortly after LINP was lost so we started with LINP2. In 2003, Perry Gamsby started a yahoo group to promote a book he was selling. I used to hang out regularly with Don in those days. In December 2003, Don and I were having lunch and Don said to me that he could not believe that Perry had not protected himself by creating a domain name to match his yahoo group and that Don had bought the domain. Don then asked for my opinion. Should he sell the domain to Perry at cost. Should he give it to him or should he try and make a profit. My suggestion was at cost. Before Don could do anything, it was revealed by Paul that Don had bought Perry's domain name. Paul knew because JJ knew. There was uproar in the LINP community. This is what created the split. I tried to tell Perry what had happened but Perry just believed that Don was trying to steal his business. LINP used to have monthly get togethers at Ratskys in Ayala Mall in those days. Before the Terraces, there was a night club section with late opening restaurants. Now if you go into Ayala mall at the entrance closest to Citibank, It is the section with the long circular staircase. Ratskys was a 2 storey night club in that section. It was a night club at night with dancing in the bottom level and dining in the upper level looking down at the dancing. In the daytime they had a special which was all the pizza you can eat and all the draught beer you can drink. Pretty sure the special started at P99 but was up to somewhere about P150 by the time it ended. Where Ratskys was is now shops downstairs and shops upstairs. The first get together after the domain purchase, there was much vitriol at the meeting. I can remember Orey Higgins and Don Herrington nearly coming to blows. There was Perry Gamsby having a go at Don verbally. Anyway, multiple people went off and created there own yahoo groups. Perry Gamsby had several yahoo groups. Some more adult than others. Long before free video sharing services such as yahoo videos or youtube, as far as i can tell, I had the first free Philippines videos available online. These days, there are more Philippines videos posted on youtube every day than i ever had so i can't be bothered with videos any more. Anyway, I already had my own yahoo groups for showing off my videos. It was a ridiculous system though because of the small file sizes. Paul said he could help. We created Cebutours, LINC, Bigjimsphilippinesexperience and maybe pointmancebu. Although pointmancebu may have already existed. When I say we, I mean JJ. JJ was the brains and created everything. I paid for the domain names and the hosting for everything. I had to keep increasing the data usage until I was paying for 180gb of data usage each month. Right about this time Don Herrington contacted me to say he wanted to help with my videos but when i told him that Paul was already doing it, that created a rift between us. Anyway, along with the LINC forums, JJ also created the LINC yahoo group. A decision was made. I would run the LINC yahoo group and Paul would run the LINC forums. We still had get togethers. LINC get togethers continued at Ratskys while LINP get togethers moved to the original Mooons cafe as it was very close to where Don Herrington was living. JJ was still assisting the staff working for Don Herrington. So JJ still had access to everything. Paul decided to mess with Don and closed down LINP2. That is when LINP2 changed to LINP3 which continued for years and may still exist for all i know. The old forum was closed down and the current forum created in 2006.
  18. 16 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
  19. 16 points
    I may have spanked someone unnecessarily in an open forum and want to apologize Ranger up stated: There are some posters in thread who make excuses like "That's just the Philippines, they are ignorant and naive and easily tricked". I read it: There are some posters in thread who make excuses like "That's just the Philippines, they (the posters) are ignorant and naive and easily tricked". I now believe he meant: There are some posters in thread who make excuses like "That's just the Philippines, they (Filipinos) are ignorant and naive and easily tricked". @RangerUp, I formally apologize if I misread your post. However, there is value in what I said. We all need to get off our high horse and make this forum friendly enough that people, who normally are too shy to post, will freely contribute. Again, sorry if I was mistaken, Dafey
  20. 15 points
    Absolutely beautiful resort set on the hilltop along side National Hwy as entering Alcoy from Dalaguete. Upon arrival, when you drive up their driveway, as soon as it levels out, straight ahead is a picturesque view of the ocean and palm trees. 12 rooms appointed perfectly with queen & twin beds, huge CR, table and chairs complete with coffee setup, mini fridge stocked with ice cold cokes and of grass going to the pool. Pool is about 8m x 14m, up to 6' deep and was clean. Hot tub also but more like x spa with jets (no hot water). Ate dinner at the restaurant bar and chatted with the German owner a bit. He recommended the it potatoes included 2 Sunnyside up eggs, awesome. Drinks we had about 10 shots, 2 beers, 2 mango shakes and 7 jack & cokes. Surprised by the bill of only p3,600 with a 10% discount for hotel guests. Breakfast was equally delicious with a great German bread, crisp bacon and fresh fruits. Standard rooms are p1950 walk-in and p2,950 for the 4 rooms with rear balcony over looking the ocean. They also are a tropical bird rescue center with about 13 tropical birds in huge cages. The owners are a German husband and his Austrian wife. He is a musician and sound man. He even built a recording studio for p600k. The locals seem to enjoy the attention of a professional sound recording. http://www.bbb-alcoy.com Sent from my CPH1819 using Tapatalk
  21. 15 points
  22. 15 points
    Trying to find something to put a break in the serious and miserable stuff here to have a more pleasant start to 2019 .......anyway , I grew up on horses and motorbikes so xmas on my bro's farm was a good experience for my wife and daughter ...I am building a house for my bro on this farm also .... We finished work late about a week ago and were sitting around having a cold beer and about 9;30 pm we were treated to this magnificent sunset at the elevated location where we are building his house .....next big land mass due south is Antarctica........
  23. 15 points
    Big thanks to Larry and Romy for their help and services on a recent K1 visa they helped us with. Neng sailed through the interview at the embassy and had all the paperwork she needed. Neng is now in the US with me, and is enjoying new experiences. Seems strange but very nice to have her with me now after living alone here for a number of years. She is enjoying hoeing in the garden as I type. If you ever are considering visa services for a pinay. contact Larry and Romy at pinayvisa.com. They made the whole process very doable. Thanks again !
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  25. 15 points
    Just more fuel to convince the skeptical that no good deed goes unpunished in the Philippines. Keep your head low, the nail that sticks up gets hammered! I wish them luck.
  26. 15 points
    most recent for me was clicking on this thread. ?
  27. 14 points
    ☆K visa petition filed 11/2014    ⇒Embassy interview 02/2015 ☆K visa received 03/2015    ⇒Arrived @US POE 05/2015 ☆Marriage officiated 05/2015    ⇒Adjustment request 06/2015    ⇒CIS interview 09/2015 ☆Green card received 09/2015    ⇒Petition to remove conditions filed 06/2017    ⇒Green card extended 06/2017    ⇒Application for Naturalization filed 06/2018 ☆Condition removal approved 11/2018    ⇒Naturalization interview 11/2018    ⇒Invitation to an Oath Ceremony received 11/2018 ☆Attended the Oath of Allegiance Ceremony! 12/2018
  28. 14 points
    I'm old she is young and keeps coming up with ideas. Keeps insisting I need a new wallet, my wallet is only about 20 years old and still in pretty good shape, I put my foot down on that one. No new wallet! She wants to go to the mall and buy stuff, I just go there to walk around and see no reason to buy anything, it is a place for walking around not buying. Unless of course there are closeout sales. I have a nice set of Sony wireless headphones so I can watch TV while she sleeps and not disturb her. These are nice headphones. I bought them since we have been married so less than 12 years old. Gets on me about my clothes occasionally, I swear she bought more clothes last year than I have bought in the last 20 years. Her money, she earns it and can do as she likes with it. The T shirts I bought at Country Mall?? 12 years ago are in perfectly good condition, I do not need new ones. So for my birthday she gets me a new set of head phones, sitting there trying not to be an old fart and act excited about her though fullness. But I am perfectly happy with my old headphones, they work extremely well and are comfortable. I don't want new headphones but guess I will have to take one for the team. The trials and tribulations of being married to a Philippina.
  29. 14 points
    in response to a conversation we have been having with MickyG i figured i will post a new topic on my wife's method of making pizza at home so he along with anyone else interested can give it a whirl this holiday season. SIMPLE PIZZA DOUGH RECIPE (makes 2 large regular pizza crust). You need to gather up 3 cups bread flour (first class flour) 1 tablespoon instant dry yeast 1/2 tablespoon salt 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup lukewarm water. How to: In a mixing bowl dissolve yeast, salt and sugar then add olive oil. Slowly then add the flour, 1 cup at a time mixing to form the dough. Divide dough and make 2 balls and place it in a greased bowl, covered with damp towel and let it rise for 2 hours or as soon as the dough doubled in size. Using rolling pin or by hand, form a pizza crust on a floured board. Add toppings and into the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Note: Adjust your cooking time according to temperature. I set my temp at 360. My oven is only max 370'C. I used to use a baking stone but found it tends to keep cooking the pizza after removing from the oven so now I use a simple pan. some pics and finished products. works equally well for calzones too.
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    Australian Men are big on "Mateship". This explains it perfectly! A Testimony to True Mateship A man brings his best mate home for dinner unannounced at 5.30 p.m. after work. His wife screams at him as his friend listens in, "My hair & makeup are not done, the house is a mess, the dishes are not done, I'm still in my pyjamas, and I can't be bothered with cooking tonight! What the hell did you bring him home for?" "Because he's thinking of getting married."
  32. 14 points
    that's what my son just won at a local tae kwon do tournament today. . amongst other skills he had to show he also had to do quite a bit of sparring. his biggest challenge was a 3rd degree black belt, my son is second degree, that is almost 3 years older than him, my boy is 13, .. they were fighting 2, 3 minute rounds and by the luck of the draw the way my sons last two matches fell he had to fight them with only 30 seconds rest between matches so now we have to find a good place to put this new large trophy. good problems to have
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    It was very hard to get much information online or by phone with BI, so i just learned what i could and took my family to manila to sort it out. Overstays beyond one year must be handled there. All the stories had me very nervous, but it reality it was a simple process. We walked into the office in Intramuros and went directly to window 31 where i had my wife talk to them. She got a form to fill out and a list of requirements. We needed 2x2 pics (available on site p100), a notarized request for visa extension (avail. next dòor p300), notarized request letter to avoid blacklist (p300), copies of marriage certificate and birth certificate of child, and the completed form. We turned all that into window 31, got a bill for p161K (much less than expected) to be paid later, and received a receipt for filing. They kept my passport but gave me a stamped copy. I am to contact a hotline after 20 working days and receive their order, then i have 30 days to report and pay the fine....and follow their order, which will be leaving the country in my case. It helped a lot that my wife was present and did most of the talking. It also helped that we were remorseful and humble. There was never a threat of being locked up, and the agent was very professional. And in the end most of my worries were unfounded. Hopefully in a month i will get my order, pay up, and nothing will have changed by then. As we all know how people change their minds here.
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    I am not a fan of over moderating , it dampens things a bit if someone is just strolling around looking for stuff to pick at , I would say right now is the smoothest and least moderating used since I joined here 12K posts ago, and everyone I think , is more at ease without over the top moderating ....for this to continue some self restraint is sometimes required from everybody participating ....particularly in controversial type subject matter. So we need to be selective with our wording and descriptions in these topics , and we also need to refrain from injecting political persuasion into things where it is just not necessary , no one in particular is being singled out here but we can sort of look at it as a notification of where the speed camera is going to be set up ...and hopefully avoid being pinged as we go through it.............
  35. 13 points
    shoulda at least tried wearing a disguise. the two of them wearing identical orange t-shirts was a dead giveaway
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    My new Dominar 400choose files... Click to choose files
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    Just a point here. Was that comment necessary? I thought this forum was about informing people about what things are like living here, and other things, like what to look out for. In my opinion, that is what the OP was doing. From what I see when driving here, his points are totally relevant. And the likely hood of something similar occurring to another foreigner here are extremely high. So, why not warn them? And let them know generally how to deal with it. Or are you genuinely concerned that the other driver was seen to be in the wrong?
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    I went to Bacolod the other day to pick up a goat and I was amazed with the city. On the roads we traveled I saw very few shanties along the roads, most buildings were well kept and well built. The most amazing thing to me though was the lack of trash. There was almost no trash thrown anywhere along the roads we traveled. The place seemed super clean compared to any area that I have seen on Cebu.
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    That is about the least complicated scam I have heard of in a long time.
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    When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in North Platte, Nebraska, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her copy to Missouri. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem. And this little old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet. Crabby Old Man What do you see nurses? What do you see? What are you thinking when you're looking at me? A crabby old man not very wise, Uncertain of habit with faraway eyes? Who dribbles his food and makes no reply . When you say in a loud voice,"I do wish you'd try!" Who seems not to notice the things that you do. And forever is losing a sock or a shoe? Who, resisting or not lets you do as you will, With bathing and feeding the long day to fill? Is that what you're thinking? Is that what you see? Then open your eyes, nurse, you're not looking at me.. I'll tell you who I am as I sit here so still, As I do at your bidding as I eat at your will. I'm a small child of ten with a father and mother, Brothers and sisters who love one another. A young boy of sixteen with wings on his feet Dreaming that soon now a lover he'll meet.. A groom soon at twenty my heart gives a leap. Remembering, the vows that I promised to keep. At twenty-five, now I have young of my own. Who need me to guide and a secure happy home. A man of thirty, my young now grown fast, Bound to each other with ties that should last. At forty, my young sons have grown and are gone, But my woman's beside me to see I don't mourn. At fifty, once more, babies play 'round my knee, Again, we know children, my loved one and me. Dark days are upon me my wife is now dead. I look at the future shudder with dread.. For my young are all rearing young of their own. And I think of the years, and the love that I've known. I'm now an old man and nature is cruel. Tis jest to make old age look like a fool. The body, it crumbles, grace and vigour, depart. There is now a stone where I once had a heart. But inside this old carcass a young guy still dwells, And now and again my battered heart swells. I remember the joys . I remember the pain. And I'm loving and living life over again. I think of the years, all too few, gone too fast. And accept the stark fact that nothing can last. So open your eyes, people open and see. Not a crabby old man. Look closer ... see ME!! Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within ... . . . we will all, one day, be there, too! PLEASE SHARE THIS POEM The best and most beautiful things of this world can't be seen or touched.. They must be felt by the heart.
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    Ill be impressed when a full blooded Filipina wins it....
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    RIP Paul. Condolences to Paul's family. I met Paul once, in Battembang, when hand-delivering the two bottles of Jack Daniels that Paul won from me over a US presidential election bet. He was not very well at the end of the night, which I put down to the fact that he was drinking with Australians. He called for reinforcements, and asked Chan to help him, which she did. We went for pizzas. I remember thinking at the time that he was a very lucky man, she was really looking after him. Didn't agree with Paul on most of his beliefs, but had a sneaking respect for his ability to stick to his beliefs which defied the laws of logic. RIP, big fellow. Last memory will be of Chan, Rose and Graham getting you into the horse and cart after that mega pizza night. .
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    a couple of years ago for fathers day my son and i took a long helicopter tour all over san antonio the same place offers a first flight experience that we took advantage of yesterday.. the guy said that while it is not unheard of for a 13 year old to do this it is very unusual .. but he decided our boy was good to go first there was a long class on the ground for which he got a certificate then they got in to the R22 beta 2 small 2 man helicopter. and yeah no doors the pilot takes him up and then slowly gives over the controls to my son and directs him verbally. he got to fly downtown and around the tower of the americas .. and back to the airport.. that took about 20 ish minutes then back at the airport they he got to try out learning to hover in place.. the trainer told us new pilots usually take about 5 hours to get that learned.. but some are more natural.. such as our kiddo.. he said he was great at it picked up the touch almost immediately ... and this we could watch .. and yeah we could see him get it pretty quick..they did that for another 20 minutes or so the guy liked our boy so he went longer than was actually normal pretty damn cool day
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    And that is one of the many reasons I don't drink/socialize with too many Filipinos for the most part. I know that quite a few of the members here think the sun shines out of these people's asses, judging from the posts I've read on the site over a number of years, but hey, that's just me. I'm waiting for the blame the victim crowd, or the "well I've been drinking out on the street/7-11/sari-sari/corner etc with the boys from the neighborhood for years and they all love me and nothings happened to me" bunch to start their blather.
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    Instead of criticizing the name, rules, and color of the new forum let's take a moment to thank the efforts of those who listened to the popular demand and put in the time to get it done. Thanks guys!
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