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    @mendip - as others have said, put some lotion/...

    @mendip - as others have said, put some lotion/ moisturiser on the foot, ideally at night before you sleep. Let the lotion dry a bit, then put socks on. The socks help trap the lotion on your skin....
  2. I watched the vid of the friends' interview...

    I watched the vid of the friends' interview again, as I wasn't able to translate everything in the former post.

    The last sighting of Christine (alive) was around 0630H, when she was carried to...
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    Glad you made it safely to your hotel, mendip. WB...

    Glad you made it safely to your hotel, mendip. WB to TH. :)
  4. ^^ & ^^^ Yes, terima kasih. Indonesian, Malaysian...

    ^^ & ^^^ Yes, terima kasih. Indonesian, Malaysian & PI languages all belong to the same language family (Austronesian)

    In this other video, they interviewed the 4 (gay) friends of Christine who...
  5. Two men involved in Christine's case recant, said...

    Two men involved in Christine's case recant, said their testimony was forced by police.

    2 Dacera pals recant: Drug use issue forced by Makati police | Inquirer News

    Take note that there were 2...
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    Good luck, mendip! Safe travels. ^yup, you're...

    Good luck, mendip! Safe travels.

    ^yup, you're only allowed less than 100 ml of each fluid in the carry on. Unless it was bought at Duty free, I guess?

    I remember a news article wherein the lady...
  7. ^lots of articles about her in the local news....

    ^lots of articles about her in the local news. She was very pretty, and according to friends / sources, was a bit of a wild girl & party animal.

    She & three or four gay male friends rented a room...
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    Sticky: point taken. :) Though I did see a 118 y.o....

    point taken. :)

    Though I did see a 118 y.o. Japanese woman in the news lately. She looked good for 118, and said she hopes to live until 120.

    Re: the Queen and P. Philip looked good in their...
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    Sticky: The Queen looks good for 94, but then she lives...

    The Queen looks good for 94, but then she lives healthily, I think (no smoking or alcohol). Does/ did Prince Philip smoke or drink?
  10. I've only seen one in a cage, in a University...

    I've only seen one in a cage, in a University reserve facility, together with other endangered birds. A few years ago, I revisited the area to visit the birds. The staff told me that the birds have...
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    @AO - Thanks for the info. In PI: after...

    @AO - Thanks for the info.

    In PI: after marriage, the woman can choose to:

    a) retain her maiden name
    b) have a hyphenated surname
    c) take her husband's surname
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    In PI: the naming convention is, one's middle...

    In PI: the naming convention is, one's middle name is the mother's maiden name/ surname.

    If the child is illegitimate & the dad did not recognize the kid, the child takes the mother's surname and...
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    As I watched the vids, my thought was, why didn't...

    As I watched the vids, my thought was, why didn't the police stop the mob from entering in the first place? And why weren't the police/ army/ etc in full battle gear? SMH.

    As one comment on YT...
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    @snub - I've been eating balut as a kid. As for...

    @snub - I've been eating balut as a kid. As for the pig's brain, haven't tried it. But if I go to Cebu and find it, then I'll eat it. :D

    @topper - oops, I forgot that you need to quarantine if you...
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    ^Lol. Snub, I searched for this. I found it quite...

    ^Lol. Snub, I searched for this. I found it quite funny at the time. The guy ate pig's brain & balut (boiled fertilized duck egg). PI delicacies! Cheers! :D

    British Guy tries Filipino Balut For...
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    @snub - Lol. Those are chicken intestines &...

    @snub - Lol. Those are chicken intestines & fairly common here. There are pig intestines too, as well as chicken heads & feet. The brown squares are made from blood (not sure if pig or chicken). In...
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    Hi topper, thanks for the pics & update. Such BBQ...

    Hi topper, thanks for the pics & update. Such BBQ places are common in my hood too, but without the crab.

    Re: your visa status, my advice would be to apply for the 13A. I don't think int'l travel...
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    Hi Mendip, hope you get back to TH soon. PI...

    Hi Mendip, hope you get back to TH soon.

    PI has also banned UK (plus 19 other countries, including USA) from entering due to the new covid variant. Though the rules are not clear if it's all UK...
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    Happy New Year, everyone! Let's hope that 2021 is...

    Happy New Year, everyone! Let's hope that 2021 is better for all! :)
  20. ^^Yeah, as a kid I got bombarded by the litany...

    ^^Yeah, as a kid I got bombarded by the litany that "you're lucky that you don't have to wake up at 4 am and have to walk 5 km just to go to school" - as both my parents experienced that, coming from...
  21. ^I hope your kids feel better, KW Btw, your...

    ^I hope your kids feel better, KW

    Btw, your son sounds a bit bratty, complaining about lack of internet & Netflix, etc. But then, I think it's the same for middle class kids the world over,...
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    Congratulations Mendip on the CoE and Happy New...

    Congratulations Mendip on the CoE and Happy New Year to you & your family!

    HNY to everyone as well. Cheers! :)
  23. KW - the pic in post 10 isn't showing. I can't...

    KW - the pic in post 10 isn't showing.

    I can't remember how much the bus cost (was way back in 2012), but it was affordable. Seats were comfy, a/c, four in a row. Journey took around an hour from...
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    Thanks, Joe. Very nice! The Brighton pic just...

    Thanks, Joe. Very nice!

    The Brighton pic just makes me SMH. :)
  25. ^Seems we don't learn from history. One could...

    ^Seems we don't learn from history. One could read about the Spanish flu/ 1918 pandemic and know that it lasted for almost 3 years.

    Some cabinet officials & soldiers (belonging to the Presidential...
  26. ^sorry KW, can't help you re: the pic issue. ...

    ^sorry KW, can't help you re: the pic issue.

    I've been to Genting Highlands on a day trip - took a bus from KL. Explored a bit, saw (but didn't play) at the casinos.

    Why didn't you put this in...
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    Poll: ^^the Oxford / Astra Zeneca vaccine is made from...

    ^^the Oxford / Astra Zeneca vaccine is made from old technology, i.e. uses attenuated virus (milder form), just like the ones for measles, polio, etc.

    The Pfizer & Moderna vaccines use mRNA...
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    Poll: Yes, I'll take it, especially if it means more...

    Yes, I'll take it, especially if it means more freedom of movement/ travel. I haven't left my province in 9 months due to travel restrictions & checkpoints here in PI.

    The vaccine (Astra Zeneca,...
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    Happy Christmas to you & yours, Mendip! Watch...

    Happy Christmas to you & yours, Mendip!

    Watch "Love Actually", a soppy Christmas movie. :D
  30. ^thanks for the explanation. I think a lot of...

    ^thanks for the explanation.

    I think a lot of the successful cooking channels started out as hobbies. But when they got many subscribers & the $$ started raking in, then they had to be more...
  31. ^a Filipino chef that I follow, he puts the...

    ^a Filipino chef that I follow, he puts the ingredients & measurements in the description box below the vids. He has 350k + subscribers and his vids usually get thousands of views. Granted, he has a...
  32. Life is cheap in PI. You don't want to mess with...

    Life is cheap in PI. You don't want to mess with the police or the militants (especially in the deep south)

    Pres Du30 said in a press con: give him covid

    Duterte on ?crazy? killer cop: Feed him...
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    Sticky: 3 doctors who received the Pfizer vaccine share...

    3 doctors who received the Pfizer vaccine share their side effects - Business Insider

    ^doctors said they experienced a bit of sore muscles after 24 hours. Other than that, they felt fine.
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    ^^commiserate w/ you re: the winter & darkness. I...

    ^^commiserate w/ you re: the winter & darkness. I saw that in one of your pics, it was only past 4 pm and dark as night! I don't miss cold winters (though the Christmas markets & mulled wine were...
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    Agree with D48 there. Trams & trains are great!...

    Agree with D48 there. Trams & trains are great! When I was new to farangland, I used to hop on a tram line from end to end, just to see the sights. A compatriot told me that was a good & fast way to...
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    Found this yesterday in my YT feed. Two birds...

    Found this yesterday in my YT feed. Two birds with one stone! :D

    (Good thing I watch the new Spitting Image & BBC so I know most of the politicians featured.)

    Do They Know It's Covid Time? -...
  37. ^That's in an ideal society, that all people are...

    ^That's in an ideal society, that all people are treated fairly and equally.

    But many developing countries aren't exactly true democracies, my own included. I just accept it, make the most of it...
  38. Southwest Mindanao (where Cotabato belongs) -...

    Southwest Mindanao (where Cotabato belongs) - there are travel advisories regarding that area (US govt, for example). If one travels there despite the warning, one's travel insurance is void.
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  39. Cotabato is considered as belonging to the deep...

    Cotabato is considered as belonging to the deep South, majority Muslim area. I wouldn't advise white foreigners to go there, unless with armed guards. Travel at your own risk!

    Remember Gracia &...
  40. I see it as this way - their country, their...

    I see it as this way - their country, their rules. If they say it's illegal to poke fish or corals, then obey. If it's prohibited to say something against the govt on social media, then shut your...
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    From the vlogs I've seen of ppl entering PI...

    From the vlogs I've seen of ppl entering PI recently, the docs need to be printed out & they advise to have multiple copies. AFAIK there's no covid test needed prior to the flight, but need test upon...
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    Sticky: More about the possibility of covid passports,...

    More about the possibility of covid passports, from Euronews

    Do we need coronavirus 'vaccine passports' to get Europe moving again? Euronews asks the experts

    Edit:

    The Dept of Tourism (DOT)...
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    @edmond - yeah, I was also reminded of the...

    @edmond - yeah, I was also reminded of the printer from The Office.

    Oh, and Michael Bolton! :D

    @MK - hope you're able to get it to work!
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    Sticky: ^Cebu Pacific budget airline here in PI is...

    ^Cebu Pacific budget airline here in PI is advocating for it. It may be the future of air travel...

    Link to 7 Dec article:
    'COVID passport' will be essential when international travel reopens:...
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    Will probably have a surge in numbers here in PI...

    Will probably have a surge in numbers here in PI after the Xmas & NY parties, and everything in between.

    I'm already seeing/ hearing karaoke parties during weekends. People passing the mic,...
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    ^Lol. From what I've seen lately, flight...

    ^Lol.

    From what I've seen lately, flight attendants look more like nurses/ health workers nowadays. They're all wearing space suits/ PPE.

    Flights to/ from PI: passengers need to wear face mask...
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    ^do a Bruce Willis & embrace your baldness....

    ^do a Bruce Willis & embrace your baldness. Comb-overs are weird.

    Cheers! Good luck on your new leadership role.
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    Nice... I miss trekking - hopefully restrictions...

    Nice... I miss trekking - hopefully restrictions here in PI will be eased a bit next year and hikes/ treks will be allowed.

    Looking forward to your adventures. Cheers!
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    Al Jazeera docu... Mods, if this is...

    Al Jazeera docu... Mods, if this is inappropriate, pls delete.

    Justice for Thailand's Disappeared | 101 East - YouTube
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    ^I think what harry meant was that boys nowadays...

    ^I think what harry meant was that boys nowadays learn crochet in school.

    In my day (gosh!), girls had HE (home economics) classes like cooking, needlework, crochet, dressmaking, etc for 3...
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