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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    We know our way around now so it's not as bad as it was when we first got here.
    ...how's the Tagalog coming along?...

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    ^ "Ito ay malaki, mabaho, pero masarap."


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    "Ito ay malaki, mabaho, pero masarap." Does that mean "I,m from New Zealand so lock up your sheep"?

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    @TC - in Bacolod, people speak Ilonggo/ Hiligaynon (another dialect). Topper would be better off learning that.

    @hugh - happynz said: "This is big, smells bad but drlicious". Hmm... must be referring to durian?

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    There is one called 'Lazy Cat'. Thinking of getting it.
    Anyone have one?

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    Tom, I've not learned any Illongo, Tagalog or any other of the local dialects. Katie's right though, if I had to learn one, it would be Illongo, the local dialect, or English as most here speak some.

    Katie, I've not gotten vaccinated yet. Most of here is sinovac or Astra Zenaca from Thailand...and things in Thailand are sucking right now so it seems those aren't the best choices.
    "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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    More exciting news from my new home!

    I'm back to being a classroom teacher in Thailand again, abet online and a sub. The money is very good though.

    Today, I went to a furniture maker and ordered a table similar to this, to my (the wife's) very specific specifications.

    36" x 48" dining table, with a 3" butcher's block top.

    Topper in Bacolod-dining-table-jpg

    The table top is mahogany. We also ordered some matching cutting boards ... but 2" thick instead of 3".

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    Nice table but will be a bugger to move around

    Gratz on the work

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Nice table but will be a bugger to move around
    I have to admit, help is very inexpensive here, which was our thought.

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    Touché

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    Did you lose your Chinese students tops? I heard they stopped it all or something.

    The online Thai job is a good gif, probably online a while..

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    The online Thai job is a good gif, probably online a while
    job?
    gig?
    lark?

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    Did you lose your Chinese students tops? I heard they stopped it all or something.
    Never taught those evil communist bastards...I'll never teach a communist!!!!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    The online Thai job is a good gif, probably online a while..
    I've been teaching Thai and Vietnamese doing the "25 minute" lesson thing since I left BKK. The classroom thing is only in the last couple of week. It's kind of like being a radio DJ where you talk and and get fuck all response with a very occasional phone in. Amazing....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    Never taught those evil communist


    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    I've been teaching Thai and Vietnamese

    "Vietnam is a socialist republic with a one-party system led by the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV). The CPV espouses Marxism–Leninism"


    Politics of Vietnam - Wikipedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    "Vietnam is a socialist republic with a one-party system led by the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV). The CPV espouses Marxism–Leninism"
    Oh fuck...what have I done!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Served a cross section of fosillized wood for diner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Served a cross section of fosillized wood for diner.
    Have another beer!

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    Well, I went to immi again to renew my tourist visa....it was a fooking nightmare!


    I had to wait 10 minutes for some other guy to finish his stuff, then wait another 15 minutes to get my 6 month tourist visa done. I can only to continue to extend my tourist visa for another 2-1/2 years.

    I also got my ACR card...now I have a recognized form of ID here that, along with my passport, allows me to do things like open a bank account in my own name.

    Total cost, 8,860 pesos...or about 5800B for a six month visa.

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    Good news.
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    can only to continue to extend my tourist visa for another 2-1/2 years

    then what is the plan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    Well, I went to immi again to renew my tourist visa....it was a fooking nightmare!


    I had to wait 10 minutes for some other guy to finish his stuff, then wait another 15 minutes to get my 6 month tourist visa done. I can only to continue to extend my tourist visa for another 2-1/2 years.

    I also got my ACR card...now I have a recognized form of ID here that, along with my passport, allows me to do things like open a bank account in my own name.

    Total cost, 8,860 pesos...or about 5800B for a six month visa.
    Wot! No marriage visa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    Well, I went to immi again to renew my tourist visa....it was a fooking nightmare!


    I had to wait 10 minutes for some other guy to finish his stuff, then wait another 15 minutes to get my 6 month tourist visa done. I can only to continue to extend my tourist visa for another 2-1/2 years.

    I also got my ACR card...now I have a recognized form of ID here that, along with my passport, allows me to do things like open a bank account in my own name.

    Total cost, 8,860 pesos...or about 5800B for a six month visa.
    Well done Topper.

    Sounds like a breeze compared to Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    my tourist visa
    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    Total cost, 8,860 pesos.
    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    No marriage visa?
    A marriage visa will cost you more
    Much more


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    From what Topper has said before, he plans to get a 13A visa (that was my advice too). The 13A is a marriage visa/ resident visa for spouse of PH citizens. He can't apply for it yet because he can't go to Iloilo (another island), where there's a bigger immigration office that processes that type of visa. From his words before, the Bacolod immi office is small & doesn't process the 13A.

    From what I've read/ heard, all 13A applications have to be brought to the main office in Manila to be approved by the BI Commisioner, so it takes a few months.

    Topper can't go to Iloilo yet because of covid restrictions - he'll have to quarantine there for 14 days. Don't know if they've changed the rules for vaccinated people - which Topper & wife aren't yet. Vaccines are slow to reach the provinces, since they're prioritizing Manila & surrounds.

    It's tough to do interzonal or inter-island travel here in PH. To do so, one usually needs a covid test and/or proof of vaccination. Sometimes there's quarantine (home) too, or a letter of acceptance from the municipality of the target destination (especially if by plane or boat/ ship/ ferry).

    Hopefully in 6 months when Topper needs to renew again, vaccinations have increased and covid restrictions have decreased so he can process the 13A in Iloilo or Cebu (which has another big immi office).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Willy View Post
    then what is the plan?
    What Katie said....

    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Iloilo or Cebu (which has another big immi office).
    I prefer Iloilo as I can just take a ferry there. Cebu means a long bus ride, then a ferry.

    I got my table today....

    Topper in Bacolod-240861948_383366170029865_468796019420895634_n-jpg

    48" x 36" x 30" with a 3" mahogany top for about $175 with 3 matching cutting boards.

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