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  1. ^you're welcome. I thought it a bit over the top...

    ^you're welcome. I thought it a bit over the top (the gov't reaction). Great child actor. Fun fact: the truck survivor (illegal immigrant) is Filipino - I recognized the language.

    Edit : not about...
  2. Thread: Pool Plans

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    @JP - it's coming along nicely. I remember...

    @JP - it's coming along nicely. I remember following your house build some years ago. Now, it's about a pool. Let's partay!!! :D

    Btw, there's this US expat vlogger in PI (YT: My PI Dream). He...
  3. Thread: More Pie

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    I still haven't received the prize pies as POTY...

    I still haven't received the prize pies as POTY in 2016 (or was it 2017? ). I will accept deliveries by LBC or FedEx. Pls ship 3 extra pies: I'll share with Davis, Topper & Graceless Fawn. :D
  4. Thread: I made wine

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    ^that's not available here, NZ. Passion fruit...

    ^that's not available here, NZ.

    Passion fruit wine - it's good, and has a nice fruity smell. So good that I bought a new liter of juice & am making wine with it again. Cheers!

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    Sticky: @switch - in PI, the rules re: lockdown & covid...

    @switch - in PI, the rules re: lockdown & covid are mainly followed. We've been in some form of quarantine for almost 7 months now. I live in a suburb relatively near Manila, so there's face masks...
  6. Thread: Meatless Jack

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    I've used this meat alternative product, called...

    I've used this meat alternative product, called Meat Magic. It's made of dehydrated soy/ tofu and needs to be rehydrated before cooking.

    It tastes awful! I've used it as a meat sub in adobo...
  7. ^cool. I thought you needed some knowledge of...

    ^cool. I thought you needed some knowledge of Thai language. In the Thai citizenship thread (forgot who made it), the applicant spoke Thai with the officer, and had to fill out the forms in Thai as...
  8. ^I watched the vid - very well produced and...

    ^I watched the vid - very well produced and entertaining. It's like a mini movie. Must have taken several days of filming & hours of editing. Kudos to her & her videographers.
  9. @bld - we're cool. It's different if some random...

    @bld - we're cool. It's different if some random guy/ foreigner says "flip", versus if a husband refers to his wife as such.

    Re: the Viets, the Vietnam war (or American war in their viewpoint)...
  10. I have former schoolmates & colleagues who are...

    I have former schoolmates & colleagues who are now in Aus, NZ & Canada. They went through the skilled migrant route - most have graduate degrees & families (w/ small kids) when they migrated. For...
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    ^aww. Sorry to hear that there are no small tins...

    ^aww. Sorry to hear that there are no small tins of surstromming. Thanks for the effort. Happy weekend!
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    @L&F - still a cute dog - good to know it's OK....

    @L&F - still a cute dog - good to know it's OK. Thanks for the pics!
  13. No it's not. Call her by her proper nationality -...

    No it's not. Call her by her proper nationality - I doubt she'll appreciate being called a Flip or Flipper.
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    ^lol. I'm sure the temples must have been very...

    ^lol. I'm sure the temples must have been very enlightening. :D

    @mendip - hang in there & good luck in your future plans. Request: can you get a can of surstromming & sample it? Do it with the...
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    ^good to know that the van is still alive & well!...

    ^good to know that the van is still alive & well! How about the dog? :)

    @snub - thanks for the vanlife recos, will check them out.
  16. @backspin - be thankful you don't have neighbors...

    @backspin - be thankful you don't have neighbors singing karaoke every weekend. Heh.

    Re: the noise - learn to live with it. Talk about it - if that doesn't work, then buy noise-cancelling...
  17. Thread: Medellin Idyll

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    ^the buildings remind me of the houses in Baguio...

    ^the buildings remind me of the houses in Baguio city (see my Angeles - Baguio thread). Similar colorful houses stacked up in the mountains.

    Colombia - reminds me of Shakira - her hips don't lie....
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    Hi L&F. Are you the one who bought/ lived on a...

    Hi L&F. Are you the one who bought/ lived on a sailboat, then sold it & bought an RV/ motorhome? If yes, may I ask if you still have the motorhome, and where is it now? Just curious - I've watched a...
  19. Thread: I made wine

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    @shutree - congrats! Let the racked wine sit for...

    @shutree - congrats! Let the racked wine sit for 1 or 2 weeks (or even months) - it's said to taste better. Keep on experimenting. I haven't tried the "months" part, but yes, for some of my older...
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    ^A YouTube channel needs at least 1,000...

    ^A YouTube channel needs at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours to be monetized.
  21. @Thai dupp - congrats on making it back to TH....

    @Thai dupp - congrats on making it back to TH. Seems like your experience is similar to getting into PI for foreigners with Filipino spouse or child. Also a lot of hoops to get the visa. The...
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    ^whistling lasagna! Who'd have thunk! :D Does...

    ^whistling lasagna! Who'd have thunk! :D

    Does your workplace have a cafeteria for its employees? Or a common kitchen (with stoves, knives, etc) aside from microwave? I gather that your room is...
  23. There have been Muslim military groups in PI even...

    There have been Muslim military groups in PI even before Du30 was elected in 2016 - MNLF, MILF (not the type you'd mess with, heh), Abu Sayyaf, ISIS, etc. The MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front)...
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    Thanks for the updates, mandy & MM. Here in...

    Thanks for the updates, mandy & MM.

    Here in PI, public schools are still off. They'll start by October, I think - very delayed school year (which usually starts in June).

    Private schools were...
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    @mendip - if you start making 2L of wine this...

    @mendip - if you start making 2L of wine this weekend, you'll have lots of cheap wine for your going away party in 4 or more weeks! :D Glad you're settling in nicely. Cheers!
  26. Thread: I made wine

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    5 week old Cranberry wine - what's left of it....

    5 week old Cranberry wine - what's left of it. It's yummy!

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    ^I usually add water to that, as it's too sweet, but I like it that way. When it's watered down, it's not...
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    Mendip could buy beer/ wine in the meantime. But...

    Mendip could buy beer/ wine in the meantime. But if he starts to make his own wine this weekend, in 4 weeks he'll have lots of cheap wine! :) (if he's impatient, he could drink it after 3 weeks, if...
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    @mendip - glad to see that you arrived safely in...

    @mendip - glad to see that you arrived safely in your new digs.

    How long is your contract for that job? If it's more than 4 weeks, you could make your own wine! So that you don't have to carry...
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    Very nice, mendip. That cow does look bad ass! :)...

    Very nice, mendip. That cow does look bad ass! :)

    Hope you were able to make it safe & sound to your destination. Cheers!
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    Just for comparison, in PI, the president has...

    Just for comparison, in PI, the president has placed the country in a state of calamity until Sept 2021 (but may be lifted or extended, depending on circumstances).

    Duterte places PH under state...
  31. Thread: I made wine

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    ^I use baking cups to measure the sugar: 1 cup...

    ^I use baking cups to measure the sugar: 1 cup sugar for 1L of juice. The plastic cup says it contains 250 ml in a cup (I don't know the density of your sugar). So yeah, I think 1 kg sugar for 4L...
  32. ^Du30 or his spokesman (Harry Roque) didn't...

    ^Du30 or his spokesman (Harry Roque) didn't comment on the issue... No comment...

    @switch - yes, this new Manila mayor is good, kindhearted & is shaking up the status quo. He's young & doesn't...
  33. ^^good point there, headworx! Littering is a huge...

    ^^good point there, headworx! Littering is a huge problem in PI. However, there have been places which can control the litter problem, e.g. Sagada, new Boracay (after reopening), etc. Just need huge...
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    ^you're living the high life, topper! Trike...

    ^you're living the high life, topper! Trike service in the morning and private taxi in the evening! :D (but good onya for supporting the local economy - if they're your regular drivers, I'm sure they...
  35. Thread: I made wine

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    Made banana wine from ripe senyorita bananas (a...

    Made banana wine from ripe senyorita bananas (a banana variety which produces small fruits). It's best to use very ripe bananas for maximum sweetness.

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    Blended the fruits, added...
  36. Thread: I made wine

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    ^yup, mix of spirits. Although which spirits they...

    ^yup, mix of spirits. Although which spirits they added, I don't know.

    Ceres Orange juice is mixed with apple & grape juices!

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    Passion fruit is also mixed with apple & grape
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    @sabang - PI is way overhead in debt. My...

    @sabang - PI is way overhead in debt. My grandchildren x 10^9 will be born with debt. We learned that since grade school - we owe money to the IMF-World Bank, Japan and more recently, China. Re:...
  38. Thread: I made wine

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    @shutree - I have 22L of wine in different stages...

    @shutree - I have 22L of wine in different stages & flavours, so if I didn't label them properly, I'll be thoroughly confused! :D

    Re: the raisins (and probably sultanas), they are said to add...
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    ^Similar situation here in PI, in the tourist...

    ^Similar situation here in PI, in the tourist areas. I follow a vlogger couple (Jumping Places) - they've been in El Nido (in Palawan island) the past 6 months. The girl has a Brazilian passport....
  40. Thread: I made wine

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    ^thanks for the tip. There's no pectinase in my...

    ^thanks for the tip. There's no pectinase in my usual supermarket. I looked at Lazada, and there's one product there which says it's pectinase, but it looks like a repacked product & in Chinese...
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    @herman: can you make kaesespaetzel (sp)? Tasted...

    @herman: can you make kaesespaetzel (sp)? Tasted that when I was in das Vaterland :)

    @dillinger - looks good, aunt dillie! Breadmaking, hair braiding, now this! What other talents are you going to...
  42. Thread: I made wine

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    @shutree - the solids will eventually settle &...

    @shutree - the solids will eventually settle & you'll have a clearer wine, similar to my pineapple & 4 seasons juices (which have lots of fiber/ solid bits).

    These wines were mature, so I...
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    ^keep on keeping on, Mendip. This thread is...

    ^keep on keeping on, Mendip. This thread is interesting and we're still following your adventures.

    Re: the visa to TH, foreigners/ expats in PI face similar situations (14 day quarantine, covid...
  44. Thread: I made wine

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    @shutree - for the used bottles & other...

    @shutree - for the used bottles & other implements, I boil water & give the bottles a swish of hot water to sterilize, same with the spoons, bowls or blender.

    I saw apples (fruits) in your photo....
  45. Thread: I made wine

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    Rambutan wine 57363 57364 57365 I...

    Rambutan wine

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    I removed the meat from the seeds, blended it (added a little water before blending). Then strained the juice using a sieve, added sugar solution, yeast &...
  46. Thread: I made wine

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    New flavors (flavours) for the weekend: pomelo,...

    New flavors (flavours) for the weekend: pomelo, tamarind & rambutan (from fruits).

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    ^pomelo & tamarind, I haven't put labels

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    ^soursop & guava after I added more sugar yday
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    RIP Wally. I hope you found the peace that you...

    RIP Wally. I hope you found the peace that you were searching for.
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    There are rumors here (in PI) that it will be 2nd...

    There are rumors here (in PI) that it will be 2nd half of next year that they'll let foreign tourists in. So this is similar to Norton's news.

    Travel here is still very limited - you need papers...
  49. Thread: I made wine

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    ^Lol :D I drink only 1 glass of wine a night...

    ^Lol :D

    I drink only 1 glass of wine a night (and some nights are alcohol free), so I think I'll have supply until Christmas time. The last batch that I did, I gave some of it fo family members...
  50. Thread: I made wine

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    ^happynz is my Ceres brewing brother! :) Ceres...

    ^happynz is my Ceres brewing brother! :)

    Ceres juices are a bit more pricey here at almost 2 usd - but then they're imported & have various flavours. We don't have apple-cherry or lychee flavours,...
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