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    Thanks for the pics and thread! Looks like it's...

    Thanks for the pics and thread! Looks like it's adventures of the dog (chok dee) - very cute.

    Situation (sandbox) looks better than JP's quarantine suite in BKK. No offence, JP. :)
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    I was introduced to Monty Python & the SPAM song...

    I was introduced to Monty Python & the SPAM song in Mendip's thread. Sometimes I rewatch the Monty clip, just for laughs.

    Lovely SPAM, wonderful SPAM!

    :spam2:

    (there's even a live / on-stage...
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    I watched this and thought of Mendip's thread. I...

    I watched this and thought of Mendip's thread. I hope he's just shopping for shawarmas & nail clippers. :)

    Turkey's $15 Billion Istanbul Canal Explained - TLDR News - YouTube
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    Cue the vikings: Spam, spam, spam, spam Lovely...

    Cue the vikings:
    Spam, spam, spam, spam
    Lovely SPAM, wonderful SPAM! :D

    :spam2:
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    Poll: More pics from my vaccination in PH: Checking...

    More pics from my vaccination in PH:

    Checking of BP & temp + some questions
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    Queue for the jab. The one on left is for 2nd dose (Sinopharm), on the right is for 1st dose - Pfizer. ...
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    Poll: Some pics from my vaccination stint. I had...

    Some pics from my vaccination stint. I had pre-registered for the vax at my office and at my town, and in my mind I said I'd get the jab from which one could give me sooner (and a brand I preferred)....
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    @looper - good to know that your pipes undergo...

    @looper - good to know that your pipes undergo regular maintenance. I'm not implying anything, since I have a set of pipes that I regularly inspect. It must be your lurid imagination. Heh! :D

    But...
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    Poll: ^foil, arms and hog! I love them - discovered...

    ^foil, arms and hog! I love them - discovered them recently. They were pushed into my playlist by the YT algorithm.

    Doom-dah! :)
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    ^are your pipes worthy of inspection, looper?...

    ^are your pipes worthy of inspection, looper? Heh!

    :D :spam2:

    @mendip - thnx for the info about H2S

    @hallelujah - great pics, nice food - thanks!
  10. @switch - here in PH, foreigners can get...

    @switch - here in PH, foreigners can get vaccinated as long as there's supply. Davis had Pfizer & Topper had Moderna (or vice versa?) and both were c/o the govt. I know 2 other foreigners who had...
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    ^good morning, mendy! Great pics of the crossing....

    ^good morning, mendy! Great pics of the crossing.

    What causes the H2S? Are there underwater volcanoes which emit it?

    Have watched vids of the La Palma volcano eruption. Fascinating view but...
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    ^yes, corruption is bad in many developing...

    ^yes, corruption is bad in many developing countries. Journalists all over the world are threatened because they sometimes go against their governments to expose the truth.

    Here's Maria Ressa on...
  13. @switch - I know several foreigners (residents &...

    @switch - I know several foreigners (residents & those on tourist visas) here in PH whp have been jabbed, for free c/o the PH govt. In many cases, they had to register online at their local govt...
  14. Re: further education, a former PH president,...

    Re: further education, a former PH president, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, studied at Georgetown University in Washington DC. She's the daughter of a former president, Diosdado Macapagal. During her time...
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    Yes, we are all chill here. :) Re: Maria Ressa...

    Yes, we are all chill here. :)

    Re: Maria Ressa and the Prize / price, she can use part of the prize money to pay for her court case here in PH. AFAIK the current govt filed several cases against...
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    @takeovers - good on her! It's tough to be a...

    @takeovers - good on her! It's tough to be a known govt critic in PH. Congratulations also to Dmitry Muratov!
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    ^cool. I hope PH opens up to tourists next year....

    ^cool. I hope PH opens up to tourists next year.

    I found Antique province too sleepy. Good for a visit (or retirement), but not a place to work or make $$. My friend and her siblings (all college...
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    @mendip - that Merrell pair looks more decent...

    @mendip - that Merrell pair looks more decent than your Jesus sandals. :D But hey, whatever floats your boat! (or should I say, vessel)

    Good luck to everyone in the contest!
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    You'd be surprised. :) I once travelled (with...

    You'd be surprised. :) I once travelled (with friends) around 3-4 hours just to get to SM Iloilo city. I spent the holidays in Antique province (pronounced An-TEE-keh, the Spanish/ Filipino way). I...
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    Sticky: Philippines will also be removed from the UK red...

    Philippines will also be removed from the UK red list too. That's good - it means that it's considered by other countries (UK) that conditions are getting better in PH. And yeah, I think it is. From...
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    @mendip - I have younger colleagues & hike mates...

    @mendip - I have younger colleagues & hike mates who are millenials - don't worry, I sometimes feel jurassic when I'm with them. :D The subs (subscribers) and merch (merchandise), I just got those...
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    ^she may become a professional domino artist....

    ^she may become a professional domino artist. This lady has 3.35M subs on YT and the vid has 23M views!

    Like many popular youtubers, she has her own merch. Talented young lady - looks like she's...
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    ^thanks, question answered. I've been on...

    ^thanks, question answered.

    I've been on overnight ferries here in PH. During the last few hours, most of us passengers were gathered at the deck or windows, just eager to dock. Hard to imagine...
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    ^^^what kind of SPAM? SPAM lite, less sodium,...

    ^^^what kind of SPAM? SPAM lite, less sodium, with turkey, with cheese, with jalapeńo, etc.

    And what kind of preparation? There's SPAM fried rice, S-burrito, S-spring rolls, S-burger, S-sushi......
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    Sticky: ^thanks, Harry!

    ^thanks, Harry!
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    ^that's the "benefit" of living in the province,...

    ^that's the "benefit" of living in the province, topper. :D The news did say (around 2 months ago) that BOQ will open more offices in the provinces. Question is, when?

    There's no walk-in for this...
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    Sticky: To the TH-based ppl: In the proposed reopening...

    To the TH-based ppl:

    In the proposed reopening of BKK, etc in November, will the requirements still be there? Hotel booking, travel insurance, 3 covid tests & COE? TIA
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    ^hey topper, what happened to your dream of being...

    ^hey topper, what happened to your dream of being a YT celebrity in PH? :D

    Good thing there's Asia @ night! (who doesn't know how to pronounce Bacolod properly, despite living there for many...
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    @Joe - cheers, I've just seen this thread. Hope...

    @Joe - cheers, I've just seen this thread. Hope you get to visit more castles soon.

    I sometimes follow the adventures of the husky "Sherpa" on YT - he & his human go on interesting trips, some of...
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    Re: smileys, I've memorized :chitown: and :spam2:...

    Re: smileys, I've memorized :chitown: and :spam2: and of course :) and :D

    Still a good thread, Mendy. Have a doner kebab for me when you dock in Istanbul.
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    ^the high price of travelling to PH now is due to...

    ^the high price of travelling to PH now is due to the limited travel capacity on all airports. Only 2,000 passengers per day for Manila, even fewer for Cebu & Clark airports.

    Many Filipinos (and...
  32. ^Probably 2025... just before the next pandemic...

    ^Probably 2025... just before the next pandemic arrives :)

    (accdg to scientists, lately we've been having one every 5-6 years, some limited in scope like SARS-1, Ebola or MERS)
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    @looper - nice legs! But.... why are you not...

    @looper - nice legs!

    But.... why are you not wearing heels?

    :D :D :spam2:
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    Sticky: @switch - similar with the Philippines. In PH,...

    @switch - similar with the Philippines. In PH, after vaccination, you get a white paper card with your vax details. It's not standard and varies from town ro town, which is $€Ą! but that's the way it...
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    Poll: You need to go to the Bureau of Quarantine...

    You need to go to the Bureau of Quarantine website, pay the fee, upload the files needed and schedule for an appointment to get your yellow card in person. In the Visayas region, there's only Cebu...
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    Hi Dill, here's one for you. :D (apologies, JP)...

    Hi Dill, here's one for you. :D
    (apologies, JP)

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    That's not my cat. Just saw it during one of my walks.
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    Thanks for the pics, mendip. Are your new...

    Thanks for the pics, mendip.

    Are your new trainers waterproof? There are some hiking shoes that are waterproof (like Merrell). I also haven't heard of that Hoka brand.

    Cheers & safe trails.
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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!
  39. ^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...
  40. @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...
  41. 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),...
  42. 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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