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    Out of topic... I just noticed that the...

    Out of topic...

    I just noticed that the Finance Minister looks a bit like Jose Mari Chan, a popular singer/ songwriter/ businessman here (Fil - Chinese). I think the minister is Thai - Chinese?
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    I didn't have the high teased hair - wrong...

    I didn't have the high teased hair - wrong decade. I did have this bob cut with bangs/ fringe, like Dora the Explorer. :D

    And yes, my mom cut my hair as a kid, to save $$.

    I think snaff was...
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    TH has better infrastructure than PI (roads,...

    TH has better infrastructure than PI (roads, transportation, internet, etc).

    PI has lower cost of living (in general), but you have to give up some creature comforts, or pay top price for them -...
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    ^lol. Ask topper about his experiences re:...

    ^lol.

    Ask topper about his experiences re: spotty internet, brownouts, lack of stock (common in the provinces) and now, the current lockdowns & travel restrictions. ;)

    Ooh, and formerly the...
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    @mandaloopy - I think with the 13A visa (resident...

    @mandaloopy - I think with the 13A visa (resident visa for foreign spouses of PI citizens) as well as SRRV, you can pay into Philhealth. I think it's 18,000 pesos (360 usd) per year or 1,500 pesos/...
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    The retirement visa (SRRV, special retiree...

    The retirement visa (SRRV, special retiree resident visa) in PI has been suspended recently. It's currently under review.

    Government suspends issuance of foreign retirement visa

    Reason for the...
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    @dill - yes I know that the goalie can touch the...

    @dill - yes I know that the goalie can touch the ball, pick it up, throw or kick it to his team members. :)

    Seems the Poms here are still bitter over the Falkland/ Malvinas issue. :D I've just...
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    ^I watched from phone, so it wasn't clear. The...

    ^I watched from phone, so it wasn't clear. The resolution also wasn't good.

    Don't know much/ have forgotten the rules about football/ soccer. But I remember that using your hand is illegal - you...
  9. Thread: On my bike

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    ^thanks Nev! Didn't know that. I searched for...

    ^thanks Nev! Didn't know that.

    I searched for the vid where I saw the colored sheep. It was about Irish accents! I could understand the reporter, but for the farmers, I couldn't, especially for...
  10. Thread: On my bike

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    ^^I think painting the sheep is for...

    ^^I think painting the sheep is for identification? I saw a vid where some sheep were painted red, others blue (different owners).

    Is Joe a.k.a Chitty? If yes, why the name change?

    Btw, nice...
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    ^thanks, hal. I've watched it, and it's...

    ^thanks, hal.

    I've watched it, and it's unclear if the goal was made by his head or hand. I've googled and Diego confessed in later years that it was his hand, and he knew it was illegal. Still a...
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    Any vid of this "hand of God goal"? I thought...

    Any vid of this "hand of God goal"? I thought using hands are forbidden in football? (or am I mistaken)

    Wow, 128 kg at 5'5" - that's obese! He really must have let go at that time.

    Looking at...
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    @looper - as I've said earlier, we're all adults...

    @looper - as I've said earlier, we're all adults and are responsible for our actions. Actions have consequences.

    That being said, I do not condone cheating on one's partner, especially if it's a...
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    @KW - the WIFE is in CAPS. Save the best for...

    @KW - the WIFE is in CAPS. Save the best for last. :)

    And as far as I know, in TH (same as in PI), the wife (the national) owns the land. Something to think about. Remember the Jimbob story?...
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    Hey Mendip! Just saying hello & howdy. I hope...

    Hey Mendip! Just saying hello & howdy. I hope you're hanging on.

    Missing the daughter and the dogs, but not the wife? Hmm... As for the French colleague, be careful of catching covid, as well as...
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    Sticky: Re: Qantas requiring vaccination before flying,...

    Re: Qantas requiring vaccination before flying, I'm sure the conspiracy theory people (5G, Bill Gates, QAnon, Illuminati, etc) will have a love fest re: this issue. :D

    In my hometown, they've...
  17. Unfortunately, there are loads of those scams,...

    Unfortunately, there are loads of those scams, even here, and abroad! It's Filipinos scamming other Filipinos (which isn't unique). Bernie Madoff scammed his fellow Americans.

    The mainland...
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    Sticky: ^^I watched the vid. Your place looks lovely and...

    ^^I watched the vid. Your place looks lovely and the general area looks peaceful. Beautiful dogs.

    Re: the vid itself, it was very well produced! I didn't understand the language, but I finished...
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    Sticky: Hi BIP. Thanks for the progress report. Glad...

    Hi BIP. Thanks for the progress report. Glad you're doing well.

    Do you have the link to the vid made by the vlogger ee: the dogs? Ever since the lockdown, I now watch cat & dog vids! :)

    Btw,...
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    Very interesting to read all of your opinions /...

    Very interesting to read all of your opinions / experiences...

    I don't have white coat syndrome, but whenever the annual medical checkup (work-sponsored) is near, I eat more healthy/ exercise more...
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    ^I also felt headaches, dizziness, general...

    ^I also felt headaches, dizziness, general weakness when I had my episodes. My BP reached ~140/90, which was high for me. Nowadays it's ~120/80 or 110/70. I've also experienced palpitations when I...
  22. Yes, several areas in & around Metro Manila are...

    Yes, several areas in & around Metro Manila are flooded.

    Marikina River has overflowed & caused flooding in nearby areas. This typhoon Vamco (local name Ulysses) didn't have very strong winds but...
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    Pineapple juice is the go to drink for me...

    Pineapple juice is the go to drink for me whenever I feel dizziness and that pain at the back of my head. I have genes for hypertension & Type 2 diabetes. My dad had a serious stroke at 58 - half...
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    My, what a splendid cock you have! :D My mom...

    My, what a splendid cock you have! :D

    My mom has been raising chickens on & off for the past 20 or so years. I have scars on my hand from when I was pecked by a rooster. At the moment, they're...
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    @Edmond - my eyes are slightly smaller than those...

    @Edmond - my eyes are slightly smaller than those in the pic, but like happynz, I'll take it. 555
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    Lol. I still prefer the Luigi avatar - it had...

    Lol. I still prefer the Luigi avatar - it had more character (and humour).

    And oh, where did those times 2 Italian guys go, the ones in the gif? :D

    I don't have a bitmoji - don't want to upload...
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    Hi Mendip - good luck and I hope your covid test...

    Hi Mendip - good luck and I hope your covid test turns out negative!

    Re: masks & Sweden, I know that Sweden didn't lock down & they're doing social distancing, etc. An advantage of Sweden is that...
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    Thanks for the answers! Edit: I like Ms Harris...

    Thanks for the answers!

    Edit: I like Ms Harris as VP choice - a woman, a person of color, and seems to be an intelligent & competent individual (though I don't know much of her politics).
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    Question re: Kamala Harris. I've read from...

    Question re: Kamala Harris. I've read from comments that she can't be a presidential candidate because her parents weren't US citizens when she was born. How true? What does the constitution say?
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    ^I don't have a microwave - don't need it. :D My...

    ^I don't have a microwave - don't need it. :D My energy bill is 400-500 pesos (8 to 10 usd) now that I'm WFH. When I was office-based, it was half of that. :D
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    Good to know that the Orange one will soon go...

    Good to know that the Orange one will soon go away.

    @buckaroo - I remembered your post about the USA being a handful of states on the east & west coasts, then it's all blah-blah states in the...
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    ^I agree with Prag's solution. Buy a mini plastic...

    ^I agree with Prag's solution. Buy a mini plastic chair - check for sturdiness before buying. I use them all the time - in the garden, kitchen (upper cupboards) etc. I have them in my flat and in my...
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    @kingwilly, panama hat & AO - thanks! Yes, I knew...

    @kingwilly, panama hat & AO - thanks! Yes, I knew that dems are blue & repubs are red. I was wondering why the trend in Penn is different from its NE neighbors.

    Weird - I've had fox news & trump...
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    Just curious: why is Pennsylvania a red state,...

    Just curious: why is Pennsylvania a red state, when the other NE states are blue? What's the history there? Thanks.

    Btw, in the "if you were able to vote" thread, I voted for Biden. Would've liked...
  35. ^yes, thankfully Siony won't be too strong of a...

    ^yes, thankfully Siony won't be too strong of a storm & it's good that it's up in the north. The south of Luzon has been battered by 2 typhoons & the soil is wet, making it more prone to landslides....
  36. ^We had a brownout yesterday, but only 5-10...

    ^We had a brownout yesterday, but only 5-10 minutes, around 6 pm during the maximum intensity of winds.

    Typhoon Quinta last weekend, Rolly this weekend and Siony later this week! It's more fun in...
  37. ^totally agree. You have to be there to...

    ^totally agree. You have to be there to experience it.

    Update: the typhoon passed by my area around 4-7 pm yesterday. Some strong wind and rain, but thankfully the storm had weakened by then. By...
  38. ^thanks KW. I think topper's area is in the...

    ^thanks KW. I think topper's area is in the fringes, my area (and Davis') will be around the center/ centre. Still rainy & windy - the winds are quite cold!

    For those who like stormy videos
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  39. ^I'm at my parents' house/ hometown now (not my...

    ^I'm at my parents' house/ hometown now (not my apartment / work-town) - visited my mom for the weekend. I'm glad I'm with my mom, so we'll be going through this storm together (and I won't be...
  40. Some vids sent by citizens to Rappler news: ...

    Some vids sent by citizens to Rappler news:

    Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni): Situation in Barangay 58 Buraguis, Legazpi City, Albay - YouTube

    Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni): Strong wind, intermittent...
  41. Super typhoon Rolly (int'l name Goni) in PI

    Strong typhoon... strongest one in 2020 so far (worldwide)

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/10/30/super-typhoon-goni-philippines-rolly/

    Rolly intensifies into super typhoon, makes...
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    ^heh. :D There's no covid visa amnesty. Lots of...

    ^heh. :D There's no covid visa amnesty. Lots of Chinese ppl will be deported because they overstayed their visa. It's in the news section, but here's another link.

    Philippines to expel thousands...
  43. Thread: Duterte Afloat

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    @sabang - yes, I know about your history in/ near...

    @sabang - yes, I know about your history in/ near Mindoro & Puerto Galera - you mentioned it in my PG thread. Your experience may be true in/ near PG, but it's not true for all Filipinos, or for my...
  44. Thread: Duterte Afloat

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    ^many Filipino fishermen know how to swim,...

    ^many Filipino fishermen know how to swim, Sabang. My grandfather was a farmer/ fisherman, and at one point, my dad was too - he taught me how to swim. AFAIK my dad's siblings all knew how to swim -...
  45. Great pics & vids, MM. Thanks for sharing. Makes...

    Great pics & vids, MM. Thanks for sharing. Makes me miss Vietnam. Went there on a trip last year - Hanoi, Hue, Danang (+ Hoi An side trip), then Saigon. Didn't explore Sapa or Halong Bay - maybe next...
  46. The women were examined without their consent....

    The women were examined without their consent. The reason wasn't properly explained and they had no choice in the matter. It was an invasion of privacy. In the article that MM posted, a 60+ year old...
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    Just saw from another vlog (Jumping Places) that...

    Just saw from another vlog (Jumping Places) that it cost them ~160 usd (P8,000) per person for a covid swab test. They did the tests at Makati Medical Center a few weeks ago. It was a requirement for...
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    ^from my understanding, 13A is for permanent...

    ^from my understanding, 13A is for permanent residence for foreign spouses of PI nationals (including dual cirizens), while 13G is for permanent residence for former PI nationals (natural born...
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    @davis - I've seen from Bud Brown's channel...

    @davis - I've seen from Bud Brown's channel (another US expat vlogger - he's been married to his Filipina wife for ~50 years) that he & his wife are applying/ have applied for the 13g visa.

    The...
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    ^Yes, I may be wrong. But, for the balikbayan...

    ^Yes, I may be wrong. But, for the balikbayan visa, topper would have to leave the country before his 1 year is up, right? He arrived here in March, so he'd have to leave in March next year. As it...
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