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    @TC - in Bacolod, people speak Ilonggo/...

    @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...
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    ^OMG, the 20-peso coin! I'd better save up some...

    ^OMG, the 20-peso coin! I'd better save up some crisp 20p bills before they go out of circulation.

    I feel bad if the money in paper form is converted into a coin, as it's devalued. The 5 & 10 peso...
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    @mendip - re: the throwaway ticket - you can buy/...

    @mendip - re: the throwaway ticket - you can buy/ rent a throwaway ticket from onwardfly dot com or similar sites. They cost around 10-12 usd and the booking is good for 24 or 48 hours (read the fine...
  4. Pres Du30 has announced that he will run for VP...

    Pres Du30 has announced that he will run for VP next year.

    Duterte: Consider me for vice presidency 'to maintain equilibrium' | Inquirer News

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    Me: no comment...
  5. Unfortunately, that's true. Vote buying is...

    Unfortunately, that's true.

    Vote buying is still rampant in PH, especially among the C-D classes. Politicians give out T-shirts/ 5 kilos rice/ 500 pesos (~10 usd) and the poor give out their...
  6. Pres Du30's popularity is down (don't have the...

    Pres Du30's popularity is down (don't have the exact numbers) due to several issues: the handling of the pandemic, South China Sea, human rights, etc. He's also old & ill (how ill he is, don't know...
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    Maybe the rules were stricter for foreigners,...

    Maybe the rules were stricter for foreigners, even then? The guy I talked about earlier (the one who changed his name to marry a 2nd time) was a Filipino. He's passed away, so can't interview him....
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    @takeovers & @topper - thanks for the replies....

    @takeovers & @topper - thanks for the replies. Just wondered about those monk marriages & their legality.

    In Vietnam (decades ago), they allowed "police station" marriages, which I guess are...
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    Wow, a wooden scale model. Kudos to the OP! Best...

    Wow, a wooden scale model. Kudos to the OP! Best of luck in the build. Will watch this space. Cheers! :)
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    Thanks for the answers. Follow up questions: ...

    Thanks for the answers.

    Follow up questions:

    Is the marriage by monk legal? Will the 2nd woman (mistress) get a document out of it?

    And.. just in case the guy dies (he's a policeman so I...
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    Don't people/ individuals in TH need some sort of...

    Don't people/ individuals in TH need some sort of document saying that he/ she is single before getting married? How was the guy in the OP able to marry his mistress if he's still married to the...
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    When I was in uni, a nearby stall sold empanadas...

    When I was in uni, a nearby stall sold empanadas for 10 pesos. Now they're sold at ~20 or 25 pesos (1 usd ~ 48 pesos). I haven't eaten empanada in a long time. Might go somewhere to find one. Cheers!...
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    On that plate of Mendy's English breakfast, I'd...

    On that plate of Mendy's English breakfast, I'd eat everything except the beans. I'd substitute it with toast or rice (gasp!). :D

    Do you guys get the farts after eating those beans? That's been my...
  14. Re: India, in the movie Slumdog Millionaire, the...

    Re: India, in the movie Slumdog Millionaire, the protagonist (as a kid) escaped from a gang who get poor kids & maim them. Apparently, blind kids (or lacking of other parts) get more donations as...
  15. Years ago (around 2005, I think) I watched this...

    Years ago (around 2005, I think) I watched this mini docu on a local program here (PH) about people on a particular island selling their kidneys for ~80,000 pesos (~1,600 usd).

    It was Siargao...
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    Very "noice", PAG. I'd eat that. ( It looks...

    Very "noice", PAG. I'd eat that.

    ( It looks like a baked empanada, which for me is a good thing. Cheers.)
  17. Anyway, back to k-pop. :D BTS sure are pretty...

    Anyway, back to k-pop. :D

    BTS sure are pretty boys (too pretty for me). But some of their tunes are very danceable and good for a workout. Example:

    Part 1 | The Most Explosive BTS 600 Calorie...
  18. Thread: I made wine

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    Good luck in your winemaking efforts & refinement...

    Good luck in your winemaking efforts & refinement process, shutree.

    I still have some wines currently fermenting - I think one is red grape, the other is apple. After trying most of the flavours...
  19. It's sad to see that countries which handled the...

    It's sad to see that countries which handled the virus situation quite well last year are experiencing 2nd or 3rd waves now. Even western countries like Germany, France, Italy, Canada are/ have...
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    It's been some time since I made dumplings, but...

    It's been some time since I made dumplings, but I've usually used ground chicken meat (instead of pork). I've been on a "less pork" diet for several years now. Then added chopped carrots or squash...
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    @buckaroo - apparently vanlife is seen as hip &...

    @buckaroo - apparently vanlife is seen as hip & cool among the Gen Z & millenial crowd. So many vanlife channels on YT.

    If I was a bit younger & not committed to paying for real estate, I'd...
  22. Thread: Anna the dog

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    Sticky: @mendip - thanks for the tip. My mom's dogs are...

    @mendip - thanks for the tip. My mom's dogs are 6.5 years (male) and ~1 year (female). The older dog has never had a nail trim, and his walk is OK. Same with the younger dog. They get enough...
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    Sticky: There's this vlogger on YT called "Live Love...

    There's this vlogger on YT called "Live Love Thailand" who did the quarantine in January or February. He stayed in his hotel for 15 nights, I think. His hotel had a balcony too - the room looked...
  24. Thread: Anna the dog

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    Sticky: Dan has had a good life. Thank you for the pics &...

    Dan has had a good life. Thank you for the pics & memories, Dan!

    I remember one of our cats (street cat) - it was around 10.5 years when he passed. He also didn't like to eat or drink. On his last...
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    Poll: I'll be having the Moderna vaccine, but I don't...

    I'll be having the Moderna vaccine, but I don't know when - hopefully this 2nd qtr. Probably when the shipment arrives in the PI and gets distributed to the private sector. Mine will be...
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    Spice Girls.... Gurl powah!!! And now Black...

    Spice Girls.... Gurl powah!!!

    And now Black Pink - I don't really like them, but they sorta grow on you. My niece loves them.

    Let's Kill this Love! (that was blasting through the airwaves here...
  27. Thread: UK road trip

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    I've just watched a recent vid of the YT channel...

    I've just watched a recent vid of the YT channel Wee Broon Van (Scottish couple) and they said that most campsites are already fully booked.

    @joe - good luck on your trip & hope this summer turns...
  28. Pres Du30 will meet with the Chinese ambassador...

    Pres Du30 will meet with the Chinese ambassador to discuss the matter.

    Link:
    Duterte will talk to Beijing envoy about West Philippine Sea incursion Palace | Global News

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    IMHO, I...
  29. Thread: Modern Family

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    ^lol, I'm pretty sure he didn't. For some...

    ^lol, I'm pretty sure he didn't.

    For some girls, they use the term "bakla" to each other as a sign of closeness or endearment. I had a friend / colleague who was spoke like that. Among our "gang"...
  30. Thread: Modern Family

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    ^it's "bakla" - a gay man, usually effeminate...

    ^it's "bakla" - a gay man, usually effeminate (ladyboy), but it can refer to manly gays as well. Over time, variations have evolved, like: baklush, badaf, bading, becky/ beki/ beks, bekimon (derived...
  31. Thread: Modern Family

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    In Tagalog, the 3rd person pronoun (siya) is...

    In Tagalog, the 3rd person pronoun (siya) is gender neutral, so there's no problem with gender exclusivity, etc. The problem comes when switching to English. Many Filipinos interchange using he/she &...
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    I've discovered Tracey Ullman via YouTube. My...

    I've discovered Tracey Ullman via YouTube. My faves are her Angela Merkel & Nicola Sturgeon impressions. I think this vid is appropriate for this thread. :)

    Tracey Ullman Flawless parody of The...
  33. @cyrille - yeah, I know that the curfew in UK is...

    @cyrille - yeah, I know that the curfew in UK is just a proposal. But I think that to impose a curfew just on men is silly.

    Btw, there's a curfew now in Metro Manila (10 pm to 5 am, I think) but...
  34. ^For PH, still closed for general tourism. ...

    ^For PH, still closed for general tourism.

    Only PH citizens, former citizens & their spouse/ children are allowed to enter. Former citizens must present old PH passport or birth certificate....
  35. ^If there is to be a curfew, it should be for...

    ^If there is to be a curfew, it should be for everyone - men, women, children, LGBTQ+, etc. JMHO.

    That being said, I don't walk on the streets alone after 9 or 10 pm. Just not a good idea.

    In...
  36. What's the update re: TH quarantine? I think...

    What's the update re: TH quarantine? I think there was a proposal to shorten the quarantine to 7 days (instead of 15) for vaccinated people? Has that been approved? TIA.
  37. Same here in PI. I don't know the exact law, but...

    Same here in PI. I don't know the exact law, but if you're a student, foreign spouse, expat, etc - don't say anything publicly against the govt. Keep your mouth shut. Else it's bye bye, PI.

    There...
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    Just my opinion... If he's doing it for the...

    Just my opinion...

    If he's doing it for the money, he must be more agressive. Put out more content (2 to 3 vids per week) or expand his territory, not just Bkk.

    CB media gained 100k subs in...
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    ^props to you for being a good sport, Joe. ;) ...

    ^props to you for being a good sport, Joe. ;)

    But I still don't like your pack of sauce & canned boiled potatoes. I think that's cheating. But you're a single dad, so you've got an excuse. Keep on...
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    ^yup, I agree. It's like using microwavable or...

    ^yup, I agree. It's like using microwavable or boil-in-bag rice. :)

    The last few months of covid, I've cooked several curries. Got the recipes from YT channel "Spice Eats" - run by an Indian...
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    ^lol. Yes, lots of signs with wrong spelling or...

    ^lol. Yes, lots of signs with wrong spelling or grammar in PI. But to be fair, English is a 2nd language.

    Re: topper's place, Bacolod - it's a city in a small island. In many ways, it's still very...
  42. Thread: Anna the dog

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    Sticky: I didn't know that labradors have webbed paws....

    I didn't know that labradors have webbed paws. Learned something new today!

    @mendip & JP - those are cute puppies
  43. Nothing new there. In PI, incoming travellers...

    Nothing new there. In PI, incoming travellers must download a similar app, called Traze. In my hometown, we have QR code scanning for major establishments, banks, utilities, the wet market, churches,...
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    Sticky: Re: Oz and NZ, they are island nations & don't...

    Re: Oz and NZ, they are island nations & don't want the virus to spread in their country. IMO if someone wants to repatriate, then they must shoukder the cost (whether partly or in full). As I...
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    @tc - not everyone is an English native speaker...

    @tc - not everyone is an English native speaker or grew up with Hollywood references. I also didn't get it until cyrille's post above. :) I think Lom is a Scandy.

    @topper - hang in there. Signal...
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    @topper - congrats on your visa renewal....

    @topper - congrats on your visa renewal. Hopefully in 6 months, you'll be able to travel to the other island to apply for 13A. I think the application costs 7-8k pesos (last time I checked, so it's...
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    Of the famous people that I've read about... ...

    Of the famous people that I've read about...

    Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook, gave up his US citizenship some years ago. He has Brazilian citizenship (formerly dual US/ Brazilian) and got...
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    ^that looks alright, sexy even. I don't like a...

    ^that looks alright, sexy even. I don't like a carpet-ful of chest hair & the accompanying back hair. Personal preference though - I'm sure some ladies like their men extra hairy. :)
  49. Thread: Pool Plans

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    @JP - just saying hello & looked at your thread...

    @JP - just saying hello & looked at your thread to see the latest pics. Congrats on the pool build, it looks mighty fine.

    Btw, the pic with your golden looks great, very Instagram-ish. You could...
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    @mendip - good morning! Enjoy your first weekend...

    @mendip - good morning! Enjoy your first weekend at home.

    Good morning & happy Saturday to all! :)

    Btw, as to hair - I'd call that as incomplete evolution. On the same level as Neanderthal &...
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