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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    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?
    I've yet to find one. We got locked down pretty soon after arrival and I've been working tons to make up for not working for 2 months.

    I'll ask the vlogger guy, maybe he knows. Theres an American that lives next door, but he's got "issues", to be polite. He just stays in his part of the house all day every day and doesn't come out.....ever.
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    @topper - Negros, as in Negros island, isn't pronounced as Knee-grows or Nay-gross. It's more of nehg-ross. The "e" sounds like the "e" in "egg". The "o" is like in "loss" (to lose). Similar to how you would pronounce the Greek(?) name Stavros. Yes, the pronunciation is the Spanish one, which was carried over to Filipino. There are lots of Spanish words embedded in the Filipino language, which is mostly based in the Tagalog dialect.

    Re: electricity - supply can be intermittent in many parts of Visayas/ Mindanao. My friend is from Antique province (pronounced w/ 3 syllables, Ahn-tee-keh, not 2 syllables only) and they often have brownouts. It's a very undeveloped town - in 2017, it only had 1 ATM and 1 Family or Alfamart. No 7/11, Jollibee, McDonald's or a mall. Nearest mall was 1 hour away in San Jose City. So somehow, be thankful that you live in Bacolod city with malls & restos, and not a 1-ATM town!

    Re: vlog - maybe a burger vlog would be too limiting? My suggestion is to make it a general expat vlog. If you don't want to show your face, you could do voice-overs, like that guy you showed. Btw, check out Bud Brown on YT - he's from the US, retired, living in Dumaguete. He & his wife are in their 70s, have been married for ~50 years. They were interviewed in "Rated K" (a features show) and their love story was dramatized in the program "Magpakailanman" (forever more). Both the interview & drama are on YouTube. I found their life story very interesting. Plus, he speaks Tagalog, Cebuano/ Visayan & Vietnanese well! When he speaks Tagalog, it's almost without an accent, so I'm impressed!

    @sabang - I don't know about expats in Bacolod, but from what I've heard/ read, there are lots of expats (and sexpats) in Dumaguete & Cebu cities. Maybe Topper can check out those places when restrictions have eased. As of now, inter-island travel is not allowed yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @sabang - I don't know about expats in Bacolod, but from what I've heard/ read, there are lots of expats (and sexpats) in Dumaguete & Cebu cities. Maybe Topper can check out those places when restrictions have eased.
    Topper is a family man, I guess you meant Looper.

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    Katie, I've watched Bud's vids, mostly on the cost of living, but didn't know his backstory, I'll look at his stuff more.

    As lom said, I'm a family man, I wouldn't go anywhere my wife would feel uncomfortable.

    I think the first thing I want to check out is a nice beach, any suggestions for something close?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    I'll ask the vlogger guy
    Could you ask him where in the UK he is from, please? I can't place his accent.

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    ^ Will do

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    I reckon he's a Manc.

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    My friend is from Antique province
    So is mine, from Sibalom- I'm visiting later this year. Hopefully that is not the place you meant!

    lots of expats (and sexpats) in Dumaguete & Cebu cities
    Didn't like Cebu actually, not even Mactan. Duma sounds nice though and (talking of sexpat) I've got an ex-GF there, who owns a resort down the road in Zamboangita. It would be a must do, except I'm not sure if she still wants to kill me.

    But nah, we all know there are expats in the big places. In Thailand, there are pretty much always some around in the smaller places too. Just curious about the Fil's in this regard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    I reckon he's a Manc.
    Yeah, he talks in the same tempo as that bald vlogging twat....Oh what's his name? He does the Pattaya radio voiceover for Siamburis and was on Blind Date years, a complete Manc Twat

    It'll come to me in a bit.


    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    I think the first thing I want to check out is a nice beach, any suggestions for something close?
    You've been on that little island for a few Months and don't know where the beaches are?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    I'm thinking of doing a Bacolod Burger vlog/website.
    Sounds rather niiche.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Yeah, he talks in the same tempo as that bald vlogging twat....Oh what's his name? He does the Pattaya radio voiceover for Siamburis and was on Blind Date years, a complete Manc Twat

    It'll come to me in a bit.
    Geoff Carter.

    From Warrington, isn't he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Geoff Carter.

    From Warrington, isn't he?
    That's him. ? Thought he was a Manc... I guess there's no Warrington Int Airport...(vid below)

    He sounds very much alike the guy in the Flips and yeah I'd say he's got a Lancashire and about, maybe Northern Rugby town accent.


    YouTube


    The Geoff (The Legend) Carter in Thailand video thread


    I see after searching, that other vlogger Kev in Thailand died in April.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Geoff Carter.

    From Warrington, isn't he?

    Speaking of which, old Geoff Carter still going strong among the YouTube vlogging set.

    Wasn't there a thread here, some time back, documenting Geoff's adventures and whatnot?

    EDIT: a-ha....see above. Thanks, Dills!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    You've been on that little island for a few Months and don't know where the beaches are?
    And have been on house arrest for most of it.......

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    ^ You seem to know where all the burger joints are

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    You seem to know where all the burger joints are
    For the most part, I've only seen them driving by or their adverts on facebook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Topper is a family man, I guess you meant Looper.
    Ehhhhh???

    Farkin cheeky coont!

    Proper gent I am when out on safari exploring the dark and dusky recesses of South East Asia...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Ehhhhh???

    Farkin cheeky coont!

    Proper gent I am when out on safari exploring the dark and dusky recesses of South East Asia...

    Topper in Bacolod-44048-copy-jpg
    The dark and dusky recesses seem to be remarkably similar throughout SE Asia. Only terms and conditions vary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    exploring the dark and dusky recesses
    Ah, like Luigi?

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    @topper - I didn't go to the beach in Bacolod, so I can't recommend any. My friends and I went to a nature park nearby - can't remember the name. I would recommend going to Guimaras island for the beaches (I visited there) and Iloilo city when inter-island travel is allowed.

    So I did some googling:
    6 Best Beaches in Bacolod: Enjoy Beach Relaxation

    @sabang - Sibalom is right next to San Jose city, so there will probably be 2 ATMs there. I didn't visit Sibalom, but have passed by it on the way to San Jose. My friend lives farther north. If you have the time, get your friend to bring you to Tibiao Ecopark - I've heard it's nice. My friend was supposed to bring me there, but due to lack of time we weren't able to. Perhaps next time I visit, I'll be able to. The towns surrounding San Jose in Antique were similar - small, sleepy towns.

    Re: visiting this year, I don't know if tourists/ foreigners will be allowed, and if you'll have to quarantine 14 days upon arrival. As of now, only Filipinos & PRs are allowed to enter the country, and there's a mandatory quarantine period in a govt-designated facility. If you're a non-OFW or foreigner, you pay the bill. For OFWs, the govt foots the bill. Best bet is to plan your travel for next year.

    At the moment, leisure travel is not yet allowed. There are still checkpoints. If you go out of your province or region, you must have a travel pass, which you'll obtain from the local govt office (and it involves long lines - saw it the other day).

    Rules here:
    Planning to leave your province or the metro under GCQ? What you should know

    Edit: I've just seen a news video clip - for domestic flights, need to wear mask & have travel pass & medical certificate. No word yet on int'l flights.



    ^I've watched the vid. To travel by plane locally, you need a medical certificate & travel authority pass from local govt. There's temp check upon entering airport & disinfectant bottles at the checkin counter. There's social distancing in the boarding gates. The flight attendants are in full OPE: mask, face shield & plastic suits. During the flight, you fill out 2 forms: health declaration & location form for contact tracing. Then upon arrival, you fill out an acceptance form, which will be given to the local govt officials in your destination. Wow, that's a load of paperwork & hassle. I won't be flying locally anytime soon....
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    ^ hopefully all of that will be over soon!

    Thanks again for the info Katie!

    Another big difference between Bangkok and here is the water quality at times. Our water occasionally gets from a little dirty to fooking dark brown on occasion. We have to run the water until the water clears up. It often happens in the late evening, just before I want to brush my teeth and take a shower.

    Eewwwwwww ........... I'll try and take some pictures next time for your mortification....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    just before I want to brush my teeth
    We use bottle water for teeth.

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    Leave them in overnight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Leave them in overnight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    We use bottle water for teeth.
    I think most do here as well.

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