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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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    Hi Topper, I saw this YT vid of a guy getting his...

    Hi Topper, I saw this YT vid of a guy getting his 13a (resident visa) recently. For some unknown reason, I can't get the link to the vid, but his channel is The Black Filipino TV. He's from NY, USA...
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    Sticky: This thread has/ had many good pics & stories,...

    This thread has/ had many good pics & stories, fishy. Hope you have more pics hidden in the archives. But please, go easy on the sauce & YT vids. Else you might be brought to the kennel again. :D...
  7. I agree with MM on this matter. Even if it was a...

    I agree with MM on this matter. Even if it was a female doctor who examined the women, it's still an invasion of privacy & must not be done without the person's consent.

    At work, we have our...
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    @buckaroo - no problem, thanks for the...

    @buckaroo - no problem, thanks for the explanation. I'm interested in people's backgrounds and how they came to be where they are. My parents come from different countries, so I guess part of my...
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    @panama hat - thanks for the pics & stories. I...

    @panama hat - thanks for the pics & stories. I liked the primitive art too. I've an ex-colleague who now lives in Auckland. Last time he visited here, he said that in NZ, you can experience 4 seasons...
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    I've watched CB Media - I like his motorbike...

    I've watched CB Media - I like his motorbike tours of the provinces & islands, the car shows - not so much. But he does put in a lot of work/ effort in his vids.

    Re: Bald & Bankrupt, he's had the...
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    @mendip - when you go home to TH, you could make...

    @mendip - when you go home to TH, you could make a YT channel dedicated to your dogs. It might become viral! :)

    The YT channel of husky Keyush has 1M+ subscribers, and his friend Sherpa has 300k+...
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    One of the travel vloggers that I watch, Gabriel...

    One of the travel vloggers that I watch, Gabriel Traveler - I think Greece is one of his fave countries (if not the top fave). He has lots of vids covering Greece. He's now in Turkey and would like...
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    @mendip - thank you for the pics & vids! And the...

    @mendip - thank you for the pics & vids! And the shout out too! I was laughing all the while, like your colleague. Thanks for being a good sport. Cheers! :D

    Btw, maybe you could buy 2 cans extra....
  14. ^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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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
  17. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. ^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...
  21. ^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.
  22. @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)...
  23. 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!
  26. 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.
  29. @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...
  30. 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...
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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.
  34. @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...
  36. 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!
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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...
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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...
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    ^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...
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    ^^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...
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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...
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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:...
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