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  1. Two citizen journalists, lawyer Chen Quisil(sp?)...

    Two citizen journalists, lawyer Chen Quisil(sp?) and businessman Fang Bin, have disappeared. They uploaded many vids of the real situation in Wuhan the past weeks. Weibo & wechat are censored /...
  2. Too late. Word from grapevine is that Palawan has...

    Too late. Word from grapevine is that Palawan has been sold, in parts, to the Chinese.

    There are talks to have VFAs with China & Japan. :chitown:
  3. Public banquet was held on Jan 18, when the...

    Public banquet was held on Jan 18, when the disease was already spreading
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    Funeral homes very busy - so the official number of people dying is much lower (as we all probably know) ...
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    @d48 - a colleague of mine had it last year at...

    @d48 - a colleague of mine had it last year at Shinagawa eye clinic. (Shinagawa dot ph, Japanese owned) They have lots of ads here & quite popular as many celebrities endorse them. The cost for my...
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    Volcanic quakes continue in Taal. Some quakes...

    Volcanic quakes continue in Taal. Some quakes were felt by nearby towns.

    Volcanic quakes continue as Taal unrest enters 4th week | Inquirer News

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    Note: the volcano is still at alert...
  6. In PI: First death outside of China due to...

    In PI:

    First death outside of China due to Ncov. The patient was the BF of the 1st identified patient, Patient #1. Both took flights from Wuhan to HK, then HK-Cebu, Cebu-Dumaguete. Stayed in...
  7. In PI: Cebu Pacific airline has cancelled all...

    In PI:

    Cebu Pacific airline has cancelled all flights to Mainland China. Flights to HK & Macau have been reduced.

    The 38 y.o. Chinese woman from Wuhan who itested positive for the virus...
  8. @nev - thanks for that. Made me laugh. Especially...

    @nev - thanks for that. Made me laugh. Especially the part: And in the latest news I saw.. Ten thousand people maybe more... :D

    Yes there is fear here, but life goes on. I'm now in my hometown,...
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    @ant - yes, I meant it as what you understood -...

    @ant - yes, I meant it as what you understood - that I wasn't really surprised that he could speak regular non-Aussie slang English. I know it's just his way of talking in the forum.

    I've met...
  10. In PI: At the ofc, there is an awareness...

    In PI:

    At the ofc, there is an awareness campaign. Disinfectants & masks abound. There is fear, yes, but life goes on.

    Yes, many Filipinos, not just netizens, want to ban Chinese flights &...
  11. @panama hat - yes, that's exactly how many...

    @panama hat - yes, that's exactly how many Filipinos feel - we know that our health care system can't handle it. Public hospitals are already full to the brim with regular patients. And yes, there...
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    Keep cool, guys. :) Topper, terry is just...

    Keep cool, guys. :)

    Topper, terry is just trying to get a rise out of you. He doesn't like you because you eat too many burgers. :)

    I've met Terry and he's a cool dude. He can speak regular...
  13. In PI First case of coronavirus confirmed from...

    In PI

    First case of coronavirus confirmed from a 38 year old Chinese woman. She got herself checked into a govt hospital last Jan 25 for cough. Had no fever. Test came in today from Australia,...
  14. ^lol re: the pic Re: nCoV, I think people in...

    ^lol re: the pic

    Re: nCoV, I think people in PI are scared because we know that our public health systems are not good. There are lots of poor ppl, living in slums, congested cities like Metro...
  15. For those who have FB, look for the post of Danny...

    For those who have FB, look for the post of Danny Chen. He works in Australia but currently is in Shanghai, and gives a grim view of the situation there. The virus is not just in Wuhan, but also in...
  16. You may find this useful: how coronavirus kills...

    You may find this useful: how coronavirus kills by acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)

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  17. In the PI: Cruise ship from China was not...

    In the PI:

    Cruise ship from China was not allowed to dock in Subic port. Locals, organizations and the Mayor of Olongapo city joined in the protests. Subic port is managed by Subic Bay...
  18. CNN vid of exotic animals (including porcupines)...

    CNN vid of exotic animals (including porcupines) in a Chinese market:

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  19. Vid from Med Cram, explained by a medical doctor....

    Vid from Med Cram, explained by a medical doctor. His source is Lancet, a medical journal

    At the end of the vid, he stated that scientists sequenced the RNA of the NCov and compared it to known...
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    Nice pics, chitty, thanks. Were they your pics?...

    Nice pics, chitty, thanks. Were they your pics? If not, then you should put the source. :)
  21. It is a bit worrying on my part, because there...

    It is a bit worrying on my part, because there are 2 suspected cases of the virus in Metro Manila. Those 2 cases are in the southern part, near where I live & work. One is in Alabang, where there are...
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    ^yes, lungs are important, especially in the long...

    ^yes, lungs are important, especially in the long run. The past week, I've been exposed to volcanic ash due to the Taal volcano explosion, and it's not good. They say that volcanic ash is like glass...
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    ^yup, lots of OFWs all over the world. Started in...

    ^yup, lots of OFWs all over the world. Started in the 1970s/80s during the oil & construction boom in the Middle East. I've had classmates whose dads worked in Saudi. Then the surge of domestic...
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    @iceman - very interesting. Thanks. No macho...

    @iceman - very interesting. Thanks. No macho workmen in proper PPE? What can I ogle on?

    I guess I'll have to be content with Men At Work (Down Under). :D

    Re: the sis in law - hmm. Interesting...
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    @dill - looks like Chucky as a baby :D

    @dill - looks like Chucky as a baby :D
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    @sabang - they are strict with Filipinos too, but...

    @sabang - they are strict with Filipinos too, but depending on the circumstances.

    Way back in 2011 or 2012, there was no separate OFW lane yet, so OFWs had to queue with regular tourists like me....
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    @topper - Gilbey's is still considered as middle...

    @topper - Gilbey's is still considered as middle class gin. Try the Ginebra San Miguel, the common folks' gin. :) Tanduay rhum by itself, I don't like. But when mixed with Del Monte Four Seasons...
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    ^IMO that vlogger shouldn't have been allowed to...

    ^IMO that vlogger shouldn't have been allowed to go near the crater lake, much less swim in it. There were other tourists (local & foreign) who had lucky escapes last Sunday, 12 January. They wanted...
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    KSA is still not a place I'd visit as a solo...

    KSA is still not a place I'd visit as a solo female traveller, but I'd consider it with a partner or in a group tour (but I usually don't like tour groups since they're very commercialised, so prefer...
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    ^ & ^^ Lol Welcome to PI, topper! I'm glad you...

    ^ & ^^ Lol

    Welcome to PI, topper! I'm glad you got to Bacolod safe & sound. I saw that you landed in NAIA terminal 3 - Jollibee & the red Air Asia xmas tree are still there.

    It's a bit...
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    ^yes, lots of ash. As seen in the Hungry Syrian's...

    ^yes, lots of ash. As seen in the Hungry Syrian's video, Tagaytay is now a ghost town. It will take time for Tagaytay and surrounding towns to rise (literally) from the ashes.

    But, I remain...
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    Here's a vid of The Hungry Syrian Wanderer. I've...

    Here's a vid of The Hungry Syrian Wanderer. I've watched many of his vids - he has a good heart and has established himself in PI. He left Syria 6 or so years ago, due to the war. He studied...
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    @hugh cow - yes, it's a fave place for expats...

    @hugh cow - yes, it's a fave place for expats bcos it's cooler all year round and is near Manila & the airport, but far enough to be "provincial" and still have amenities. The BF and I had a short...
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    ^thanks all. I'm safe, as well as my immediate...

    ^thanks all. I'm safe, as well as my immediate family. Where I live, there's still a lot of dust /ash on the streets, so you have to wear a mask. I use an N95 mask as the ordinary medical mask isn't...
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    @betty - I liked the pic of Chokdee with the...

    @betty - I liked the pic of Chokdee with the guitar. Any pic with Chokdee on it is a winner. Cheers! :D
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    Remembered this thread while I viewed a vid of a...

    Remembered this thread while I viewed a vid of a vlogger that I sometimes watch. I like his calm manner, and he presents the bad & good of a place, but is very respectful & not derogatory. He also...
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    Smaller crater lake is all but gone. Volcano...

    Smaller crater lake is all but gone. Volcano island is covered in ash. Details here

    Taal volcano lake all but gone in eruption - BBC News
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    Thanks for the chokdee update, betty. TD ppl...

    Thanks for the chokdee update, betty. TD ppl always like a good ending! Or should I say "happy"? Lol.

    Can't choose which is cuter, your dog or Snakey's. Expect to see Chokdee in some of Dill's...
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    Update to this thread: there's a vid in the link...

    Update to this thread: there's a vid in the link

    WATCH: Tourists with kids luckily escape Taal crater as it begins to explode – ALBERTisement

    Some tourists had a lucky escape last Sunday...
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    ^congrats, misskit! Is that for good or just a...

    ^congrats, misskit! Is that for good or just a short visit?

    I'm happy for an ashfall-free day! It's sunny and generally a nice day. No earthquake felt yet for today, which is a blessing! Felt...
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    ^yup. Almost everyone is praying now, with the...

    ^yup. Almost everyone is praying now, with the hastag #prayfortaal

    Btw it's sunny now, back to normal. It's like the calm after the storm. Yesterday afternoon there was rain, so it washed out the...
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    Taal or Tagaytay is around 30 km from where I...

    Taal or Tagaytay is around 30 km from where I Iive. I messaged Davis yesterday asking how he is, he said there was no ashfall around his area last night. But, lots of ashfall in my area. I'm working...
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    Update to the thread: Taal Volcano is still on...

    Update to the thread:

    Taal Volcano is still on alert level 4. Flights in Manila Airport have been cancelled. Clark Airport may also be affected, depending on the wind.

    'Hazardous' Taal Volcano...
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    ^thanks toot Flights in Manila airport have...

    ^thanks toot

    Flights in Manila airport have been put on hold due to the ashfall:

    Taal eruption puts NAIA flights on hold | News | GMA News Online

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    It's a bit exciting...
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    Got this infographic from a work chat group: ...

    Got this infographic from a work chat group:

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    Taal Volcano alert level 3 in PI

    Taal Volcano in Batangas is on alert level 3 as it spewed 1 km of ash on the afternoon of Sunday, January 12.

    Can somebody pls copy the article? Can't do it from phone.

    More info here
    Alert...
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    Later that evening, it was such a burst of color...

    Later that evening, it was such a burst of color

    They set this up and were chanting "Hare Hare Krishna!" There were fireworks later on.

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    People wore their Sunday's best
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    That afternoon/ evening, it was Festival Day in...

    That afternoon/ evening, it was Festival Day in Little India - Sri Jagannatha Ratha Yatra. They were preparing the tents and everyone was dressed in their native costumes. Very colorful.

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    Upon arrival in KL Sentral, we had wonton noodle...

    Upon arrival in KL Sentral, we had wonton noodle soup for lunch

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    We checked in at our hotel in Little India and rested a bit. Later that afternoon, I unleashed my inner Imelda again, since...
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    The next day, it was off to an early start to...

    The next day, it was off to an early start to catch the 0845H bus back to KL.

    Walk to the bus station; our hotel was ~10 minute-walk away
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    This was a hotel/ mall under construction
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