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    @JP - shrimp on the barbie in the arvo - nice! :D...

    @JP - shrimp on the barbie in the arvo - nice! :D

    There's nothing like home sweet home. Thanks for the pics!
  2. ^Bongbong Marcos (son of Ferdinand & Imelda) is...

    ^Bongbong Marcos (son of Ferdinand & Imelda) is also in the news. He hasn't formally announced his candidacy, but it's rumoured that he will.

    Another candidate for president is Senator Panfilo...
  3. @switch - yeah, Indonesia and PH are the two most...

    @switch - yeah, Indonesia and PH are the two most populous countries in SEA. Vaccination will take time, especially in the far islands. I've heard from a Bali-based vlogger that the Bali business...
  4. The mayors of two towns near my area have been...

    The mayors of two towns near my area have been killed in recent years:

    Antonio Halili of Tanauan, Batangas (July 2018)
    Cesar Perez of Los Bańos, Laguna (Dec 2020)

    And this year (March),...
  5. Topper, PH isn't included in the list of...

    Topper, PH isn't included in the list of countries included in the Phuket and other sandboxes, since PH is considered as a high risk country by TH. If ever TH will fully open by January, I think it...
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    Happy freedom day, JP & wife! Safe journey home....

    Happy freedom day, JP & wife! Safe journey home. :)
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    Not interested in a sandwich, since I have my own...

    Not interested in a sandwich, since I have my own sausage. Harhar! :D

    I haven't eaten Spam in more than 2 years. I didn't buy it during covid times, and didn't buy it for a long time prior to...
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    There are so many SPAM haters here that I feel...

    There are so many SPAM haters here that I feel compelled to defend it. :)

    I'm Asian, so I eat (fried) rice. Moreso, I'm a Filipina, so I eat SPAM. :D

    I remember when I was a kid & imported...
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    ^but but but... SPAM has 14 flavors! :D Almost...

    ^but but but... SPAM has 14 flavors! :D

    Almost there, JP. Only a few more days. Cheers!

    :spam2:
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    ^corals are good, but SPAM is great! :D The...

    ^corals are good, but SPAM is great! :D

    The SPAM fried rice doesn't look bad (from the cookbook). I'll have a portion of that, please. :D

    SPAM is popular in Hawaii too! 14 flavors!

    In...
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    ^lol. I can't believe I watched that! I'll...

    ^lol. I can't believe I watched that!

    I'll have the egg, baked beans, sausage and SPAM combo, please. :D
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    @JP - yes, Spam is considered as pricey & upscale...

    @JP - yes, Spam is considered as pricey & upscale in PH, that's why the cheaper Ma-Ling is also popular (and tastes similar).

    Spam costs 180 pesos or ~3.5 usd, and you can only eat it for 1 meal....
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    You're improving, Mendip. Boris may indeed give...

    You're improving, Mendip. Boris may indeed give you that medal! :D

    Went to the supermarket recently and I made it my mission to go to the Spam section.

    Spam is 180 pesos, same price as...
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    ^heh. :) Re: durian, when I was younger, I...

    ^heh. :)

    Re: durian, when I was younger, I used to hate it. Now, I still don't like it but it's more acceptable, sp I'm just OK with it. Still don't like the smell. I prefer to eat it if processed...
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    Anthony Bourdain has eaten balut, without fuss. I...

    Anthony Bourdain has eaten balut, without fuss. I wonder re: Mark Weins?!

    JP, have you eaten balut?
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    Grassy should have his/ her own Instagram &...

    Grassy should have his/ her own Instagram & Twitter account. :)
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    Yes, lots more foreigners in TH compared to PH....

    Yes, lots more foreigners in TH compared to PH. During my 1st time in BKK, I was surprised at the sheer number of Western tourists, old & young. PH isn't much on the trail of the Western backpackers,...
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    ^Grassy reminds me of Natalie Dormer in Hunger...

    ^Grassy reminds me of Natalie Dormer in Hunger Games (3rd or 4th movie). Her hair was shaved on one side and long on the other.

    She also played Margaery Tyrell in GOT and Anne Boleyn in The Tudors...
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    @topper - lol. Filipinos love their Spam. Btw was...

    @topper - lol. Filipinos love their Spam. Btw was that Korean instant noodles at the back of the Spam tower?

    The last time I bought Spam, I bought the less sodium version _wasn't too salty.
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    @JP - good effort, especially for the last pic....

    @JP - good effort, especially for the last pic. For the dessert, next time you could take a pic of it separately. You should be able to show the layers of the cake.

    Next step: to make a food...
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    @dirk - I saw a guy eat deep fried pizza in a...

    @dirk - I saw a guy eat deep fried pizza in a Scotland travel vlog. Ugh...

    @mendip - the language was probably Bisaya. It's spoken in the central islands (eastern Visayas region like Cebu) and in...
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    ^err, I'll pass. Dirk, is that a Scottish...

    ^err, I'll pass.

    Dirk, is that a Scottish thing? Like deep fried Mars bars?
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    I guess one can eat 15 different versions of...

    I guess one can eat 15 different versions of silog meals! :)

    You might be surprised at the number of (s)expats (mostly from USA) living on a tourist visa for years in PH.
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    LOL. If you give an ordinary, mid to lower class...

    LOL. If you give an ordinary, mid to lower class Filipino a can of Spam, he/she will take it gladly. A can of baked beans, it depends...

    As for me, I'd prefer Spam over baked beans, but I rarely...
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    Good morning, JP. I await the artsy fartsy pics...

    Good morning, JP. I await the artsy fartsy pics of your lunch with bated breath. :D
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    On a lighter note... :) JP, your food looks...

    On a lighter note... :)

    JP, your food looks good. I'd like to have some of that blueberry cheesecake.

    But...

    You should take more artsy-fartsy pics of your food, for your Instagram (TD)...
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    @simon - I see many "top 10 places to retire"...

    @simon - I see many "top 10 places to retire" vids on YT. Many of those mentioned are SE Asian, Latin American or Eastern European countries. The problem that I see with most of these vids is they...
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    @Simon - in case you're interested in PH, there's...

    @Simon - in case you're interested in PH, there's a retirement visa called SRRV (Special Resident Retirees Visa). You'd need a bank deposit for that - 10k usd if w/ pension, 20k usd if w/o. The PRA...
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    ^^lol. Good onya, Mendip. Maybe Boris will give...

    ^^lol. Good onya, Mendip. Maybe Boris will give you a medal upon landing in Heathrow. :D

    Thanks for the galley pics. It's nice to see where my compatriots are working. Galley reminds me if the...
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    ^Nice. I'll watch this space. Grass-man (person?)...

    ^Nice. I'll watch this space. Grass-man (person?) reminds me of the troll dolls. :)
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    @Simon43 - sorry to hear about that. I've seen...

    @Simon43 - sorry to hear about that. I've seen some vlogs from VN that they're cracking down on foreigners too (those on tourist visas, many of whom were TEFLing). Philippines is still closed to...
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    Edit : double post, net issues

    Edit : double post, net issues
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    ^and you too! (and peace be with you too) :) ...

    ^and you too! (and peace be with you too) :)

    @shutree - I won't go out since it's started to rain, so I just looked for pics on the net. There's a spamsilog for you! :)

    Spamsilog, chicksilog,...
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    ^ :D :D :D __ silog are combo meals, featuring...

    ^ :D :D :D

    __ silog are combo meals, featuring garlic fried rice (Sinangag) and egg (itLog). It's usually eaten for breakfast. There are many variants:

    Spamsilog = spam
    Hotsilog = hotdog...
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    @JP - yup, I know that your ex-wife is Filipina....

    @JP - yup, I know that your ex-wife is Filipina. Your daughters (the one who recently married & the doctor) are half-Filipino. They're very pretty & must have good genes - from the mom's side! :D
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    Seaman = seafarer Though we (in PH) still call...

    Seaman = seafarer

    Though we (in PH) still call them seamen/ seaman when speaking in the vernacular.

    Chairman = chairperson or just "chair"
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    ^lol. I'm not interested in that type of bird. :D...

    ^lol. I'm not interested in that type of bird. :D

    I was thinking more of the avian kind. "Feed the birds, feed the birds. Two pence (tuppence)..."

    Now if there were some handsome well-dressed...
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    Mendip - pls quit being a remoaner. It's over &...

    Mendip - pls quit being a remoaner. It's over & done with. You're beginning to sound like SA. :D

    Thanks for the ROV pics!
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    JP, your quarantine food looks mighty fine. As...

    JP, your quarantine food looks mighty fine. As for the room, if I had to quarantine I'd pick one with a balcony so that I can go outside & talk to the birds. :)
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    @looper - when my BMI was 23, I definitely felt...

    @looper - when my BMI was 23, I definitely felt chubby. My office clothes hardly fitted me. Since I don't want to buy a new wardrobe, it's better for me to lose weight. Asian people have smaller...
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    @mendip - thanks for the info. Wow, so many...

    @mendip - thanks for the info. Wow, so many superstitious stuff!
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    ^that store isn't size-ist. Good on them! :D ...

    ^that store isn't size-ist. Good on them! :D

    Kudos to the peeps on this thread who are trying to become healthier.

    My BMI ranges from 20.3 to 21, depending on the time of day / week, so it's...
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    Why are y'all maligning my beloved balut?! :D ...

    Why are y'all maligning my beloved balut?! :D

    Here's a near perfect pic of one that I had some months ago. ;)

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    Re: pork sisig, I like it but don't eat much of it nowadays (genetic/...
  44. Thread: BBQ with KW

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    @KW - I like that Sommersby Apple cider! Had it...

    @KW - I like that Sommersby Apple cider! Had it in Malaysia - it's not available in PH. BBQ looks good too. Carry on... :)
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    ^what's with the superstition about backpacks?...

    ^what's with the superstition about backpacks? And yeah, the evening shift should have equally good food too - tell it to your manager! :)

    Btw do you also work Sundays? Or do you have a day off? ...
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    I agree with you, ootai. There are lots of fussy...

    I agree with you, ootai. There are lots of fussy eaters on this board, but to each his/ her own. :)

    Many Filipino seafarers gain weight after being aboard these ships/ vessels because the...
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    ^I think that's in the past, Norton. I haven't...

    ^I think that's in the past, Norton. I haven't heard chicken or pork meat being referred to as monkey meat.

    Re: the melamine/ plastic plates, it's not advisable to put hot food there because the...
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    @topper - nice table, and it's mahogany too! It...

    @topper - nice table, and it's mahogany too! It should last for your lifetime. :)

    From what I've heard/ read, the balikbayan visa of 1 year is included in the count of the 3 years allowed for a...
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    @JP - if it's any consolation to you, it's...

    @JP - if it's any consolation to you, it's similar protocol here in PH. It's 10 days hotel Q + 4 (or more) days in your final destination/ town, if coming from the USA or other non green listed...
  50. Seems david44 is high on kava root tea. :) ...

    Seems david44 is high on kava root tea. :)

    Welcome back, d44!
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