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    The wife went to do the dishes a few minutes ago and this is the pic she sent of the water....

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    Lovely.....

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    ^...you drink bottled water, right?...

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    H'mmm, wheres Dr Earl when you need him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    you drink bottled water, right
    Of course..bottled water hsre is sold by the jerrycan.

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    You're not really selling this Flip Flop island, Topper.

    You should do a spoof of the vid below and change the words to reflect the place's lack of electricity, 5G internet, clean water, meats other than chicken and its scarcity of Big Macs



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    ^if you want to live in a cheap island, you gotta take the brownouts & no/ slow internet together with the beaches & mountains.

    I don't like the song - words don't rhyme.

    @topper - stock up on beer/ alcohol. There might be a 2nd wave of CV & 2nd lockdown - I wouldn't want you to be thirsty.

    Re: internet - are there cable TV companies who provide cable + Internet? Here we have those, as well as the usual telco providers like Globe & Smart/PLDT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    I don't like the song - words don't rhyme.
    Agree, not like this classic that will never leave my head.

    Buong bansa ay nagkakasia
    Sa tuwat saya na aming dala...

    Wonder how many times Topper will hear this in the background before suddenly realising he knows the words too

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    ^Lol! Brilliant, headworx!!!

    You still know the words of Eat Bulaga! (and yes, it's a catchy song, with rhyming lyrics)

    For you, I'll wear my elephant pants and dance to the Eat Bulaga theme song!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    For you, I'll wear my elephant pants and dance to the Eat Bulaga theme song!
    ...pls attach a vid: I've never seen a Filipina dance...

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    @tomcat - this is Tinikling, said to mimic the movrments of the "tikling" bird (buff banded rail, Galliralus philippensis - thanks to Google). The music & movements should be faster towards the end of the dance - they didn't do that variant since it's harder to do.

    Tinikling dance


    Carinyosa folk dance - it's a courtship dance. (Carinosa should be spelled with the "enye" like in Espanya, but I don't have that enye letter on my phone)



    I've performed those dances in school presentations long ago.

    For modern dances - see the dances/ songs of Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga & Luis Fonsi (Despacito). Despacito was a huge hit here.

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    ^ Topper once you get the hang of Tinikling post some vids up

    I do a similar dance if i need a tom tit and all the traps are taken.

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    ^Cider me up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack meoff View Post
    ^Cider me up
    and add stabilisers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Topper once you get the hang of Tinikling post some vids up
    I don't think so...,

    If one of those poles hit me on the ankle, I'd scream and cry like a little girl. I have my rough tough manly reputation to protect.

    I just made my semi, almost world famous tuna salad, its a good example of "out of stock" and what one has to do to make due.

    The only jar of pickles we could find was a gallon jar of Vlassic pickles. I'd never seen them for sale before. We had to rearrange the shelves in our fridge to fit it in.
    "I was a good student. I comprehend very well, OK, better than I think almost anybody," - President Trump comparing his legal knowledge to a Federal judge.

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    For you guys... Fast tempo at around 3:29. I've only done the regular tempo, not the fast one. Bamboo poles are used - if your feet get caught, it's one big oww!

    Fast tinikling:


    Another dance, this time from the northern highlands. It's a dance of the Igorot tribes (hill tribes) - Baguio & surrounds. The authentic dance uses clay pots, on top of each other. Real test of balance. I've seen some performances wherein the pots are made of plastic. Whenever I watch a dance wherein real clay pots are used, the audience usually breathes a sigh of relief when no pots are broken at the end.

    Banga dance; banga = clay pot
    Last edited by katie23; 07-06-2020 at 09:37 PM.

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    There was a ambush/shooting yesterday in the 'hood next to mine yesterday. I didn't realize that area was dodgy.


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    (Imagining his bizarre rising intonation)

    Somehow I dont think.

    That the Laurel and Hardy Music.

    And jaunty voice.

    Will quite suit the subject matter here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    I didn't realize that area was dodgy.
    The dodgy area is known as the Philippines

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    ^ LOL

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    Staying Safe in Bacolod
    Even though the Philippines is the self-proclaimed hospitality capital of the world, there are still many unsafe areas and traps that foreigners as well as non-Bacolodnons can fall into.

    Common money traps:
    The random "helpful" person. This trap happens when you are carrying something heavy or trying to get a taxi and a random person comes along and tries to help. However, afterwards they will demand money from you and if you don't give it, they may turn violent.

    How to stay safe: wave off anyone trying to help you.

    The "trapped in Bacolod" person. A random person will come up to you and tell you a sad story about how they are stuck in Bacolod with no money to return home. Afterwards, they will ask you if you can give them money for bus fare. They will sometimes even have small children looking sad next to them.

    How to stay safe: ignore them.

    The drive around until the tourist figures out what I'm doing trap. This is when you get a taxi and the driver drives around random streets until you catch onto what the driver is doing.

    How to stay safe: know where you are going and tell them exactly where. If they start to go off course, tell them the correct way. Don't let them tell you there is traffic. Just tell them to go the way you say.

    The charge three times more than locals scam. Many street vendors and people in the local markets do not have signs displaying prices. Instead, you must ask them how much it costs. However, if you don't know how much something should cost, you can get trapped into paying three-times as much as what the locals pay.

    How to stay safe: ask at least three vendors/sellers how much they charge for theirs and choose the cheapest one.

    Thieving traps:
    Two people jeepney trap. This happens when you are riding a jeepney and one person sits next to you while the other person acts as a lookout or distraction (may be on the opposite side of the jeepney or on the opposite side of you, depending on the purpose). One person may look around and tip the other person when to pickpocket or the person will distract you by talking to you or dropping change. The other person will then look for the best opportunity to swipe your cellphone and money.

    How to stay safe: keep your hands over your pockets and bag and watch what both people are doing. Also, be sure to "feel" your pockets so you know when someone is grabbing it or your wallet/phone moves.

    One person jeepney trap. This is when one person, usually with a large bag, will sit next to you. They will wait for you to be distracted and then reach their hand underneath their bag and grab whatever they can from you.

    How to stay safe: like the other, keep your hands on your pocket and watch what the people next to you are doing.

    Crowded places trap. This is when you walk through a crowded place and someone will walk next to you or from the opposite direction and grab whatever they can off of you.

    How to stay safe: avoid crowded places as much as possible (but don't go to empty places either!) and know your surroundings. Keep your pockets and bags safe.

    Walking alone trap. This is when you are walking alone and a group of people come up to you and demand your money, if you don't give it, they will likely beat you or kill you.

    How to stay safe: don't walk alone after dark, no matter how safe the area seems.

    Physically harmful traps:
    After dark knocking trap. This is when random people come to your gate or door and knock on your gate. If you answer it, they will push their way inside, beat you, and rob you.

    How to stay safe: don't answer the door if you don't know the person.

    Walking alone trap. This is the same as the thieving trap, except instead of stealing from you, they simply beat you or possibly sexually assault you.

    How to stay safe: never walk alone, especially after dark.

    Tricycle trap. This is when you take a tricycle alone and the driver drives to a desolate area and causes harm to you.

    How to stay safe: never take a tricycle alone, especially after dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    For you guys... Fast tempo at around 3:29. I've only done the regular tempo, not the fast one. Bamboo poles are used - if your feet get caught, it's one big oww!

    Fast tinikling:



    Similar dance is done in Thailand:


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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    The authentic dance uses clay pots, on top of each other. Real test of balance.
    Katie, the bloke equivalent is getting a round of beer from the bar to the table without spilling or dropping a pint

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Similar dance is done in Thailand:

    And in Malaysia, apparently. Skip to 3 minutes into the video.


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    @nidhogg & neverna - thanks for the dances. Very interesting to see the similarities in the movements and the costumes (esp for Malaysia). Malaysia, Indonesia & PI languages belong to the Austronesian family of languages, so there are similarities in words. Also similar to rhe Maori language - same family (I remember Manaam - wonder where he is now).

    Re: that Bacolod vlogger, I browsed through his vids, and saw this: no Big Mac in McDonald's! (only chicken nuggets & fried chicken available - locals usually don't order Big Macs, so I'll understand if the store doesn't stock it)



    Spoiler alert: he finally got a Big Mac in the 3rd store

    @topper - re: island life & supplies - when cooking, you have to cook with "what is available" , not necessarily with "what you want". Many of the goods come from Luzon, so it takes a while to reach the islands (usually by RORO - roll on, roll off ships). Especially now during the pandemic/ quarantine, the supply chain is hampered. If you order from Lazada, and the supplier is from Luzon then your package will take time. Even in my local supermarket, there are some things that I'd like to have, but are not available. So I adjust. Cheers!

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    I was walking around today and found this.....

    Topper in Bacolod-20200616_115556-jpg

    It was opening/blessing day, so the food wad free, I sat with the uncle of the chef. The chef learned to prepare Thai food in Bangkok.

    Topper in Bacolod-20200616_115641-jpg

    Since it was targeted for local palates, no real flavors jumped out. 5/10 with the tom yam being almost good.
    Not bad for free, and the waitress is smoking hot.

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