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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    locals might be curious and tap in...
    You'd be lucky if thats it . . . you'd more likely find it gone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    Well, some good news...

    The workspace has decided to open on Wednesday.

    One of the things here is the importance of family. and the town is still small enough where everyone really does know each other.
    I hope it works out for you & your workplace, topper. Re: living in a small town - it's a double-edged sword. Yes, you can count on relatives (to a certain degree), but you also have to be on your best behavior. If you eff up, you'll be the talk of the town. Something like: "oh, do you know the kano (Amerikano) husband of so-and-so, he did XYZ the other day!" You'll be the subject of the local chismis/ tsismis (rumor or gossip) mill! Especially if you're the only whitey in the vicinity.

    And btw - be careful of what you say/ do online (forums, social media, etc) - either for individuals or the govt/ authorities. There's an anti cybercrime law (Republic Act, RA 10175) and data privacy law (RA 10173). I've heard they've been cracking down on foreigners during these lockdowns.

    There's a guy (Filipino) who was arrested recently bcos he ranted on social media that he's offering 50 M pesos for someone to kill Du30.

    Teacher regrets P50-M offer to kill Duterte | Inquirer News

    There's also the Spanish (?) guy living in a Makati gated village who got arrested for being arrogant & violating the quarantine. I saw the whole video of the incident (it's on YouTube). The cops were a bit heavy handed, but the foreigner was ill-mannered. The Bureau of Immigration is now looking at his status. Foreigners may be arrested & deported if they violate the quarantine.

    Makati foreigner to be charged for violating quarantine rules, assaulting police

    BI checking status of foreign resident in altercation with Makati cop | Inquirer News

    @headworx - I've an acquaintance who's married to a foreigner. Foreigner is now a PR here. She said whenever her husband is frustrated, he says, "I love the PI" then does a face palm or bangs his head on the wall!

    Let's hope topper has a thick skull!
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    I hope it works out for you
    Let's hope topper has a thick skull!
    Considering what Topper has been through this Covid pandemic is naught but a minor speed bump. Life sucks - the strong survive.

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    Well, pome positives...

    Back working, bookings are down, but improving., the topic of my next thread...

    The boxes we had shipped from Bkk finally arrived, now we have some of our junk!

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    Congratulations on getting your stuff, topper! Onwards and upwards.

    Store/ save up on a lot of patience.

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    Always a pleasure to receive one's goods.

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    It is...feels like you're home.

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    Well, I thought I'd give an update, as I know one and all are deeply curious about how things are going.

    First and foremost, after whinging like a little bitch about not having internet at my home so I can work from my domicle, I had an education about the topic.

    The power went out while I was at work a couple of days ago. Fortunately there's a generator in for the building. The outage was 5-6 hours. I'd have been royally screwed if I had scheduled classes with a power outage that long. Working at a place designed to handle such occurances is worth the money I pay.

    We're now in a modified general quarantine., which means there is still a 10 pm curfew, restuarants and such can have dine in customers, but only at 50% capacity, bars and such are still closed. Not wearing a facemask will get you beaten then fined by the police.

    About 50% of the restaurants in the building I work in didn't reopen. Causalities of the Covid I guess. One of them was an absolutely shit Mexican themed place and another was Sofia's Bakery which was rather nice.

    And I'll say it again...these are some chicken eating people. You can't get a decent cut of pork or beef, but the butchers here are masters of the chicken. I asked for a fillet of mackeral and it took 5 of the guys to butcher the poor fish carcass into something resembling a fillet.

    Having said all of that....

    The wife and I are starting to get aclimized to 'hood, it's not that bad outside of no internet, we've both agreed.

    If you want to see a vid of our neighborhood grocery store....



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    glad it's working out for you.

    what's up with that guy's intonation in the video?

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    Ray, he's lived here for 20 years. I think his delivery is between Liverpool and Illongo.

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    Possibly the most bizarre accent I've ever heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Possibly the most bizarre accent I've ever heard.
    I find him easy to listen to, to be honest. He does tons of vids of the city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    He does tons of vids of the city
    ...now that's boredom...

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    "Stay Strong Negros" . . . great sign by the roadside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...now that's boredom...
    He's oddly popular in the area, even with the Filipinos, even though the majority of his videos are mostly him on his motorcycle. The wife and I watched a ton of his videos before we moved.
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    He sounds like Bob Mortimer to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    He's oddly popular in the area, even with the Filipinos, even though the majority of his videos are mostly him on his motorcycle. The wife and I watched a ton of his videos before we moved.
    ...who was the poster on Ajarn.com who rode his motorbike around Indonesia, Myanmar etc and posted numerous vids of himself fondling his ukelele...or was it a kazoo?...

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    Joko and it was a ukelele.

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    @panama hat - topper lives on Negros island. It's divided into 2 provinces, Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental. The latter is where Bacolod city is located. In this case, the word "Negros" isn't considered racist - it's the name of the island. Histiry says that it was named that way by the Spaniards centuries ago because of the dark-skinnrd natives who lived there. They are the Ati tribe, and in the city of Kalibo (neighboring province of Aklan), there's a yearly festival called "Ati-Atihan". There's street dancing and some dancers are in blackface + curly wigs to signify the natives from long ago.

    Ati-atihan festival, held during January



    Re: Ilonggo dialect, spoken in the Western parts of the Visayan region - it's spoken with a lilt, so that lilt may have influenced the vlogger's native English.

    @topper - I went to the supermarket yesterday. The alcohol section was still cordoned off, even though my area is now on GCQ. It said "closed until further notice". However, a nearby 7/11 sold alcohol. Weird. No jeepneys travelling here yet. The barangay ppl said jeepneys will start next week since they're still fixing the fare matrix - fares will be higher due to fewer passengers. Cheers & thanks for the update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    In this case, the word "Negros" isn't considered racist
    I was just kidding, but thank you for the history lesson.

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    ^lol. You're welcome. Many foreigners are surprised when they hear the name of the island or province, and say that it's racist. But for us, it's not racist, it's just a name. Same with the Ati-Atihan festival, with the street dancers wearing black paint. Some would say it's not PC to wear blackface, but to us Filipinos, it's a festival and it commemorates a certain time in our history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    it's not racist, it's just a name.
    It's also pronounced differently. Kneegrows (American) vs Naygross (Spanish?) TBH I hadn't even thought about it.

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    How is the farang scene in Bacolod Top? I wouldn't imagine there is much of one, but is there a den or two where old farts go to grumble?

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    the quest for a big mac in bacolod...



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    LOL, Ray, it shows the sad state of affairs here when a McDs doesn't have a Big Mac. The second one he went to is where my "office" is at Loupes East.

    I went to a meat supplier today looking for proper ham. They be out because of some restrictions in Manila.

    I'm thinking of doing a Bacolod Burger vlog/website.

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