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    Found it! Tin foil hatter out for a grocery run....

    Found it! Tin foil hatter out for a grocery run. Pic taken in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia in Dec 2019. The BF sent it to me recently bcos we were talking about conspiracy theorists. :D

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    @mendip - another LOL from me! I liked the...

    @mendip - another LOL from me! I liked the "handbag" detail! :D

    I was expecting something more firefighter-ish for Terry (a la YMCA), but this didn't disappoint!

    I also liked the tin foil hat &...
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    Sticky: It's not just the reagents/ chemicals/ equipment...

    It's not just the reagents/ chemicals/ equipment that's lacking. There's also shortage here of PPE. I've seen reports / vids on local news about health workers, barangay (village) support staff &...
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    Sticky: @ant - depends on the testing done. Could be that...

    @ant - depends on the testing done. Could be that there are not enough test kits. At the start, PI only had 2,000 test kits from the WHO. Had to procure more and this week, the donated kits from SG...
  5. ^that was my reaction as well.. Lion Air :( A...

    ^that was my reaction as well.. Lion Air :(

    A pity that the doc, medical crew & passengers passed away. RIP. :(
  6. There's a liquor ban in some parts of PI. Topper...

    There's a liquor ban in some parts of PI. Topper said in another thread that his province has banned it. I don't know if he was able to get from some small mom & pop stores. As with other places,...
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    Sticky: Aņo, Bongbong, Virata test positive |...

    Aņo, Bongbong, Virata test positive | Philstar.com

    Bongbong Marcos, Interior Secretary & former prime minister Cesar Virata = all are positive for Covid.

    Virata was prime minister during the...
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    Sticky: @GF - the numbers are increasing because we're...

    @GF - the numbers are increasing because we're also testing more. I think the govt has received the test kits from SG? I remember earlier this month, during a Senate inquiry, that there were only...
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    Nice buns, dill! Am I allowed to say that?! It...

    Nice buns, dill!

    Am I allowed to say that?! It sounded a bit naughty,. Lol. :D
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    @Topper - same here, no public transport...

    @Topper - same here, no public transport whatsoever. If you're on motorbike, only 1 person is allowed, no passenger. Unless it's an emergency - maybe the police will allow it.

    Around your gated...
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    Great pics, Mendip! The dog looks happier...

    Great pics, Mendip!

    The dog looks happier wearing heels & lacy undies than a backpack & hiking shoes! I guess I know her/his/its priorities! :D

    Btw, what about our resident fireman, Terry57? :D...
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    Sticky: @bowie - TH is still in the early stages of the...

    @bowie - TH is still in the early stages of the lockdown - people have yet to learn.

    That was the case 2 weeks ago here in Luzon/ Manila. Soft quarantine, ppl could still go out at scheduled...
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    @topper - AFAIK that pass is just for travel...

    @topper - AFAIK that pass is just for travel within your barangay (village). In my area, I can't go out of the boundaries of my barangay anymore, even with pass - they've put up checkpoints.
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    Looks good, TC! I'm enjoying your cooking pics as...

    Looks good, TC! I'm enjoying your cooking pics as much as your restaurant review pics. Suggestion though - maybe you can put them all in one thread?

    And I wonder... where's the checkered shirt? :D...
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    Gotta love the Gent :D

    Gotta love the Gent :D
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    Sticky: In PI: 1,075 cases, 68 deaths (6.3% mortality so...

    In PI: 1,075 cases, 68 deaths (6.3% mortality so far, most patients who died were seniors)

    Virus cases top 1,000 as DOH steps up tests | Inquirer News

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    Luzon is still under quarantine,...
  17. The Flu (2013? ) - South Korean film; have...

    The Flu (2013? ) - South Korean film; have watched it

    Inferno (2016?) - based on Dan Brown's book; not watched yet but on bucket list
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    Sticky: @graceless fawn - take care, keep safe! Some of...

    @graceless fawn - take care, keep safe! Some of my neighbors are now feeling the pain of 2 weeks lockdown re: food. I hope we can flatten the curve here in PI, so that the lockdown will end by April...
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    @topper - if you're reading this, pls take note....

    @topper - if you're reading this, pls take note.

    I went out to have my water container refilled & to buy fresh produce. Owner of water station said we (our area) will be on total lockdown starting...
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    The new ones are brilliant, mendip! Had me really...

    The new ones are brilliant, mendip! Had me really laughing! Brexit + socks & sandals! And the barbecue! Cheers! :D
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    It's been more than a week of total lockdown here...

    It's been more than a week of total lockdown here in PI, specifically Luzon island. Lockdown of Metro Manila 15 March, entire Luzon 17 March. Other provinces/ islands followed. Curfew from 8 pm to 5...
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    @mandaloopy - good luck! I hope all turns out...

    @mandaloopy - good luck! I hope all turns out well for you, including your lungs. Why not try Taiwan or S Korea? Both have covid, but Taiwan has managed it well. As for SK, they're stabilizing now, I...
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    ^there's hope. :D hoodlum nephew would know which...

    ^there's hope. :D hoodlum nephew would know which small stores have alcohol. They'll prolly sell, if the price is right. Little stores need income too. Tell him to bring a cloth or paper bag for the...
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    ^Lol. You can say it's the BF's influence. Good...

    ^Lol. You can say it's the BF's influence. Good or bad? :D

    In our Baguio/Sagada holiday earlier this month, we bought 6 bottles of flavored Soju. Hey, they were on promo: 6 bottles for the price...
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    @topper - are the malls still open? If yes, go to...

    @topper - are the malls still open? If yes, go to the mall today & buy the prepaid router, as well as prepaid cards to load credits on it. Depending on your use, you can load credit for 3, 7, 14, 28...
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    I went out today to buy eggs (forgot to do so...

    I went out today to buy eggs (forgot to do so yesterday). Since it was only a short distance, I didn't wear a mask. On the way back, I was chastised by an elderly woman as to my lack of mask. I said...
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    Re: myself, I've been WFH since last week. I'm...

    Re: myself, I've been WFH since last week. I'm fortunate that the salary is regular and am not in a no work/ no pay situation. Many ppl are out of work now.

    The other day, there was a barangay...
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    @topper - Metro Manila has been in lockdown since...

    @topper - Metro Manila has been in lockdown since 15 March, and the rest of Luzon two days after. It was only a matter of time before your province declared its own lockdown.

    Re: Internet at home,...
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    @mendip - that's brilliant! Thanks much - made my...

    @mendip - that's brilliant! Thanks much - made my day! You got it, right down to the Merrell hiking shoes! :D

    I do have a red-ish backpack (dark pink, twas a gift) and Merrell shoes. Now I have to...
  30. ^lol! Yes, pls feel free to do so. My area is in...

    ^lol! Yes, pls feel free to do so. My area is in lockdown now, so I may need some proper PPE for the grocery run! :D
  31. @toot - that's Jollibee spaghetti, for Filipino...

    @toot - that's Jollibee spaghetti, for Filipino tastes only. You'll either be very Jolly or very barfy when you eat it. :D

    @hal - yes, Angeles walking street was kinda depressing. Not a place that...
  32. @cyrille - when (what year) did you go there?...

    @cyrille - when (what year) did you go there? When I went in 2016, they had cleaned the area up a bit (removed some trees and bushes). Now that area is part of the Echo Valley trail - I didn't go...
  33. The guesthouse had a husky and several pups - all...

    The guesthouse had a husky and several pups - all very friendly.

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    Thanks for all the greets and greens - you know who you are.

    More Sagada pics

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    @mendip - great pics! Made me chuckle. Thanks for...

    @mendip - great pics! Made me chuckle. Thanks for the effort! Do you have a backpack &/or hiking stick? That's how I would like to be portrayed. Cheers! :)
  36. After a day of my self-isolation, we went for a...

    After a day of my self-isolation, we went for a walk. Our digs were located along South Road, so we just walked farther along that road. I wanted to see the Hanging Coffins. We reached the junction...
  37. ^I'll fix the links, ta. Net problems. Prolly...

    ^I'll fix the links, ta. Net problems. Prolly many students doing online lessons. :D
  38. From Metro Manila, one can get to Sagada directly...

    From Metro Manila, one can get to Sagada directly via O/N bus. Visit Genesis Transport for details - I think its 10-12 hours, 3 seats per row (reclining) and ~900 pesos or 18 usd.

    One can also go...
  39. @cyrille - Sagada was also fairly quiet when we...

    @cyrille - Sagada was also fairly quiet when we were there, but then we went on weekdays, so the usual weekend crowds from Manila were avoided.

    The tour guides, inns, restos there must all be...
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    Because of internet limitations, I can't seem to attach many pics on one post, so pls bear with me.

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  41. Some scenes in Sagada - it's a small mountain...

    Some scenes in Sagada - it's a small mountain town. There are no large hotels, it's all family owned inns/ hostels. Most have have free wifi.

    In 2016, most tourists were either Filipinos or young...
  42. @headworx - yes, most establishments are closed...

    @headworx - yes, most establishments are closed now in the whole of Luzon, except for food, hospitals, pharmacies. If interested in the lockdown of Angeles city, check out the vids of Philly in the...
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    Went to the supermarket yesterday to stock up....

    Went to the supermarket yesterday to stock up. I've been OK since I shopped last Friday (13 March) prior to the lockdown which was implemented last Sunday (15 March). There are small mom & pop...
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    Welcome back, tomcat! Good to see you again. ...

    Welcome back, tomcat! Good to see you again.

    May Buddha/ Allah/ God and all the other gods continue to bless you & yours. :)

    Since I can't give you virtual cheek kisses (social distancing &...
  45. Baguio city is chock full of people & houses, so...

    Baguio city is chock full of people & houses, so in most places you can't see the trees or mountains anymore. Still, it's only around 5 hours from Manila (at night), so it's a good weekend escape if...
  46. I have been to Baguio several times, but this was...

    I have been to Baguio several times, but this was only my 2nd trip to Sagada. My last trip was in May 2016, wherein I went with a girl friend/ colleague.

    Sagada is a small town in the province...
  47. Next day, we travelled to Baguio City via Victory...

    Next day, we travelled to Baguio City via Victory Liner bus. Not much pics of that day - it was a travel day. Baguio, since it's in high elevation, was blessedly cool, 20-24 degrees versus 30 degrees...
  48. Dinner at a family owned Korean resto on Walking...

    Dinner at a family owned Korean resto on Walking Street - it was good!

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  49. The digs in Angeles. It was an apartment type...

    The digs in Angeles.

    It was an apartment type room. Small but adequate, around 900 pesos or 17 usd (1 usd = 51 pesos). It was our cheapest room for the entire trip. I prefer apartments so that we...
  50. Walking Street, Angeles City. It was my first...

    Walking Street, Angeles City. It was my first time there, and it was... interesting.

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