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    @ant - yes, I meant it as what you understood - that I wasn't really surprised that he could speak regular non-Aussie slang English. I know it's just his way of talking in the forum.

    I've met Terry in BKK, BLD in Laos, Aging One in BKK and Bettyboo in Manila, in that order. All were top blokes.

    @JP - yes, I know what you meant by looking non-Igorot. Your youngest daughter (the new doctor) looks more Filipino than Caucasian, if you don't mind my saying so. Or she could pass as Latina. (I have a pure Filipina friend, curly haired, who looks a bit Latina. She now lives in the US and ppl always mistake her for Latina/Mexican and speak Spanish to her.)

    I've been to Roxas and Iloilo cities in Panay island, also to Bacolod in Negros island. For me, they are provincial cities. Maybe like Udon Thani in TH? I don't know, but that's the closest that I can think of. I didn't really get to see a lot of Udon Thani, just a bird's eyeview.

    Re: the province, yes it can get very rural, very provincial. Lack of public vehicles (even trikes), lack of electricity, lack of running water inside the house. Don't even think about internet, as that would be a luxury, especially in remote mountain villages. Kids in the mountains have to walk several kilometers to reach the govt/public schools. My dad's hometown is like that, very rural, but I grew up in a slightly more progressive town, and I cannot live in very rural conditions. Short holidsys to visit my relatives are OK, but to live there full time, nope!

    And re: the rainy season, yes it can be brutal, depending on your location. We get an average of 20 typhoons a year. Earthquakes & volcanic eruptions once in a while. Taal Volcano eruption was just last January 12th. Pacific Ring of Fire, as y'all know.

    Lots of problems in the PI: lack of infrastructure, corruption, natural calamities, overpopulation (104 million and counting!). Now there's the threat of the coronavirus, for which the health care system is not equipped for (that's in another thread).

    Anyway, despite all these things, as we say here: it's more fun in the Philippines!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Anyway, despite all these things, as we say here: it's more fun in the Philippines!
    There's another saying that's been around forever that you may or may not have heard KT, Only in the Philippines. No idea where that one could have originated but I think Topper will be quoting it in the future

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Your youngest daughter (the new doctor) looks more Filipino than Caucasian, if you don't mind my saying so.
    Don't mind at all Katie. My oldest is about the same to a great degree. If you saw pics of all 4 of us (Dad, Mom and daughters) you would see the mix very well. But to your point they do look Latina because they have my nose yet Asian eyes. My oldest has light hazel colored eyes. ( mix of my blue eyes her Moms dark brown eyes).

    Again living anywhere is what you make it. One has to be honest with themselves on their personal expectations. There was never any discussion about moving to the Philippines when I was married. There was no way my wife at the time was ever moving ( born in SF) and my daughters are California girls. So you know they never even thought about it. They enjoyed visiting when younger but that novelty wore off.

    I moved abroad after the divorce for work and the companies I worked for paid for me to live in various locations. Thailand just became an easy place to live and just checked off a lot of those boxes. I never intended on getting married again but things change and I have to eat some crow as I said years ago when I joined TD I'd never marry again. That said I can with great confidence say I will never have any more children...555.

    In the end what is nice is all of these SEAsia countries are quick flight trips to go visit and hang out. If you are ever back this way and up in Northern Thailand shoot me a PM and we can meet up and say Hello and you can see our Zoo.... We just got another batch of tortoise eggs making it 41 now incubating. No idea what I will do with 41 tortoises...555.

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    Best of luck , Tops and wife. It looks like a nice area. If you need help with online teaching I have a ton of resources and links for ya.
    I have a few connections to the Phils as well. I've been sponsoring a number of children an hour north of Manilla to attend school as they are quite poor. I keep in touch with them via letters and the principal of the school is my friend's father. I really want to visit soon enough and see the school and children as well. Also, one of my good friends who I worked with in Beijing, is from Cebu and she has been saving for many years and finally had a house built there in Cebu. It is very cheap there to build and buy houses. She sent me a pic and it is sooo nice.. with an open invitation to visit anytime.

    Hope you settle in fine and post more pics. Say hi to the wife as I know we met a few times.
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    I'm sitting here in the Wendy's in Manila airport with a quick 4 hour layover.

    We got our boxes picked up to be shipped and got our of the house on Tuesday. Yesterday was spent doing errands based out of the inlaw's house.

    The airports (Swampy and Manila) seem very quiet compared to the last time I flew here, there were tons of flights cancelled heading to China and Japan.

    Getting my visa was a complete piece of piss. We just showed our passports and BOOM! I got a one 1 year visa. No checking of marriage certificates, questions ... unlike Thailand. The wife was stamped in and I was given my visa in under 3 minutes.

    FOOKING COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    If you are a long term US expat who really missed Wendy's .... if you try the one in the Manila airport, you'll still be missing Wendy's from the U.S.
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    Nice one, good luck with it all.


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    With a bit of squinting, you can even read the passport stamp. Well done!

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    Praise be to Quiboloy, the adventure begins

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    Good luck with your new chapter.

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    Found this hidden gem....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    Getting my visa was a complete piece of piss. We just showed our passports and BOOM! I got a one 1 year visa. No checking of marriage certificates, questions ... unlike Thailand. The wife was stamped in and I was given my visa in under 3 minutes.

    FOOKING COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thats how it goes when you enter a country your wife is a national of.

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    ^ Its certainly not like Thailand. At some point paperwork was submitted for every long term visa I've ever heard of there.

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    Not in Thailand.

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    ^ Exactly, for me all I did is show up in here with my wife. No visa applications, no embassy visit to beg for a visa, nothing and no questions asked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    Getting my visa was a complete piece of piss. We just showed our passports and BOOM! I got a one 1 year visa. No checking of marriage certificates, questions ... unlike Thailand. The wife was stamped in and I was given my visa in under 3 minutes.
    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Thats how it goes when you enter a country your wife is a national of.
    Say whaaat?

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    that place seems to be junk food paradise !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    I'm sitting here in the Wendy's in Manila airport with a quick 4 hour layover.

    If you are a long term US expat who really missed Wendy's .... if you try the one in the Manila airport, you'll still be missing Wendy's from the U.S.
    Wendys is my favorite burger place, are you saying it's not so good in Manila?

    best burger on the planet, miss it

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    The last Wendys I went to was in Siguatepeque, Honduras. 2005, when I actually had a full head of hair.
    Edit: Just has a look on their google reviews, it would appear that one of the diners favorite things about this fine establishment is that you are not likely to be gunned down by accident in a pitched gang battle. 2005 was a fun year.

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    Sadly, they seem to be diminishing- but I always liked a good burger cart! Actually, I found one in Caloocan thank goodness- because that is the only good thing I found there.

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    ArmyNavy burgers are really good.

    There's a couple of expensive burger shops in BGC, but I don't think any of them are as good as Army Navy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Thats how it goes when you enter a country your wife is a national of.
    Do you live in Thailand.

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    No Cheeks, he is with the SS, and like a puff of smoke he could be anywhere.

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    We had some stuff to run and do today, at one point we were asked to come back after lunch. My legs were killing me after all the walking yesterday, so we popped into the nearest restaurant... Zacks.

    Looking thru the menu, I saw this...and thought who would try...
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    The thought went straight to the Lord's ears because when I looked up from the menu, this guy was ordering the challenge.

    He didn't finish....

    Sorry about the rotated pics, I tried editing them, I'm posting from my tablet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    My legs were killing me after all the walking yesterday, so we popped into the nearest restaurant.
    to fur up the arteries a bit more, you are legend Topper.

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    ^ we shared some corn chips and a bottle of water... tonight is grilled mackeral and kinilaw (cerveche) .

    For another rest period we stopped at Jollbees..for my last time. I sampled one of their burgers and it made McD's seem like a gourmet burger.

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