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Goslig
8/24/2019 03:35 EST

My wife and I returned from Boracay a month ago. They don’t allow chairs on the beach and only a few smoking areas. The white marble sand was perfect and no rocks. Just a little sea weed. Great restaurants and nightlife. We stayed on the beach at the Bamboo Bungalows just steps from the mall and good restaurants at Station 1. Beach view rooms with a balcony for 2 at 2,700 pesos a night (low season) and 4,200 pesos a night ( high season). Don’t stay at the AirBNB there. Worst room and twice the cost. It’s difficult to travel there as you must also book van and passenger boat from Caticlan to get there. We’re going to Panglow Island and staying at the Alona Vida Beach Resort for 7 nights for 23,000 pesos. Many consider it the best or second best beach on the island. Brand new International Airport, a 400 peso ride for both of use by the hotel. Quick direct flight from Cebu or Davao. From Davao it’s 50 minutes. They now call the airport the Taglibaran airport as they closed the airport in Taglibaran City to rename Panglow airport. Don’t get confused by Google Earth. Amazing snorkelling and diving and lots else to see and do on the island. Don’t book a tour. Just hire a tricycle or car to take you to one or two destinations each day. They have a catered River tour there as well that’s amazing jungle with the smallest known monkey species. Check YouTube. Powder white sand, great restaurant and night life scene. People watching as much fun as the swarms if tropical fish off the local house reef. Just a short trip to Tagbilaran if you take the ferry from Cebu. Or check out the Chocolate Hills. Great beach scene.

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darkfader24
8/24/2019 17:11 EST

Gos - Awesome information, as always - and very much appreciated. Both places sound wonderful, especially Panglow Island. I have been planning a Honeymoon experience, probably Boracay - but Panglow actually sounds a little bit more interesting - especially that Jungle River Cruise. Sounds like the Jungle Cruise in Disneyland - only better!! I wonder if they play "Martin Denny Music" as you are floating along.....

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Robertdav298
8/25/2019 05:46 EST

GOSLIG.....Bohol is a fun island, have been there several times. Stayyed at the BOHOL BEACH CLUB RESORT on Panglow island on our honeymoon. People are now saying that ALONA is the place to go.
Let us know how it was.

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mattinnorfolk
8/25/2019 08:15 EST

Excellent, and Bohol is on my list for November.

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Tsmslf
8/25/2019 12:08 EST

I spent a few days at Alona three years ago and liked it. It is not glitzy at all and there are plenty of smaller places to stay, eat and drink right on the beach. It's about an hour's drive from Tagbileran. I would think it will slowly develop into an upper middle class resort spot as there's plenty of room for that and the beach is excellent. The present places will need to be purchased and merged as none had the land to afford a modern resort insofar as I could tell though I wasn't looking at it as an investment. I was with a sinuous Pinay and that was rich enough for me.
Would I return to it as is? Yes, I like its smallness and lack of pomposity or glamour. It reminds me of Pismo Beach in California.

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darkfader24
8/25/2019 13:20 EST

Tsmslf - I love Pismo - been there many times, as I live in Fresno. Love Cambria, too. If Alona is like "Piz", I am there!!

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Tsmslf
8/25/2019 15:13 EST

It reminded me more of the older Pismo which has been upscaled some and is very popular whereas before it was just there and, if you're old enough, an object of Jack Benny's wit sometimes much like: "Anaheim, Azusa and Cuuuckamonga"
It's very comfortable, easy and pleasant with a fine beach. Didn't see much surf though of which Pismo has lots somedays.

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Abalone38
8/28/2019 23:31 EST

Thankyo fo rthe information. I am moving to Cebu next year and will look this location up.

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Goslig
8/29/2019 01:44 EST

Abalone38. The Bamboo Bungalows on Boracay are half the price and on the beach just like the Alona Vida Beach Resort in Bohol. Alona Beach allows umbrellas and lounge chairs. There isn’t any special smoking areas. It’s an easy hop to Caticlan airport from Cebu if you go to Boracay . After getting your bags, the bus to the docks and the passenger ferry and bus on Boracay can be booked (return pickup) right in the Caticlan airport. They will port your bags too for a 20 peso tip. I’ll let you know how how the trip Panganlow Island goes after next week.

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Goslig
9/6/2019 07:47 EST

RibertDav298 Bohol Beach Club just North of Alona Beach (6,500 peso p/pm). First class top rating. Alona Beach has the action. Great people watching. Clown Fishes just off the front of Alona Vida Beach Club where we are staying on the beach (3,400 p/pm). Restaurants, coffee houses, McDonalds, 7/11 all close by. New carry-on rule is that you can’t carry on a small collapsing umbrella (mine is only 5inches) because you can break off the fabric and use the tip as a dagger.

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Robertdav298
9/6/2019 09:06 EST

gos...thanks for the reply I am planning on visiting BOHOL in the near future and I have heard that ALONA Beach was the place to go. My 11 year old daughter loves to snorkel....!

Interesting about the umbrella......what a bout my akc 47.....LOL

Have you done the LOBOC RIVER CRUISE.....you would like it.

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Goslig
9/6/2019 10:01 EST

RobertDav298 Just be careful and let your kids swim at Alona Beach only on the high tide. Stay on the sand bottom area. There are lots of small (3 inch dia.) Sea Urchins on rock hidden in weeds or small sandy spots. They have sharp pointed spikes all over their mono valve body that will break off in your foot requiring emergency hospital treatment. You can buy them from a beach vendor who cuts off their spikes off firstI have eaten Uni. The most fishy tasting seafood of all. The strips from inside you eat are actually the gonads of the urchin. Not as disgusting as Balot, the favourite of Pinoy. Roasted fertilised eggs in the shell just before they hatch out. Yummy in your tummy.

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surfingcebu
9/6/2019 11:23 EST

I like Saiton beach are ( out of many of my favourites ) , at the south tip of Negros - I use to take. My Motor there each day for at least 3 times a week . ....next stop is looking at Mindanao - on a clear night you can see the lights of Dapitan..... Looking south . In town they have some basic store , So kind of remote , BUT SO beautiful . The people around there are very kind too . NOT a tourist destination, whhihch is probably why I like it even more . Snorkelling and diving is first rate - World Class !

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phonedoctor1
9/6/2019 14:09 EST

years ago we went from salay beach on a pump boat, to many beaches we went to black beaches brown and white it was a great day we had a picnic on the white beach ... great day never knew there
were black beaches

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darkfader24
9/6/2019 15:45 EST

Goslig - regarding the sea urchins with spikes - I remember hearing a missionary to the Philippines speak way back in the early 1980s - and he had gotten spiked by some sea creature. He had to go to the hospital with a terrible infection - and years later still was suffering from the consequences. It did not sound fun - really limited his walking activities - plus he had a lot of on-going pain from it. I would recommend those special water shoes - I don't know the official name of them - water sandals or something. They have porous sides but I think the sole is solid. Worth looking into.

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Goslig
9/6/2019 19:08 EST

phonedoctor1 They have a pink sand beach on Samar Island along with some NPA. Shame because I want to go there.

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Goslig
9/6/2019 19:17 EST

darkfader24 This is why Boracay is better. Bigger beach, no weeds or rock or sea urchins with fine marble white sand gently sloping, beach front hotels at half the price, two nice walk through malls. The foreign tourists are here at Alona Beach in greater numbers because it’s so accessible with the Taglibaran international airport 10 minutes away, and the other nearby attractions RobertDav298 mentioned. Always inquire with a local beach vendor about any hazards before venturing out.

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darkfader24
9/6/2019 21:24 EST

Goslig - Thanks again, as always for such great advice. Well, I had been planning all along to go to Boracay for my impending HoneyMoon - almost sounds like Impending Doom - Freudian Slip? No, I think that's something Mrs. Freud would wear...... Don't miss the next show starting in 45, Folks. I hear the Liver and Onions are delicious -and don't forget to tip your waitress! But seriously - I hadn't considered anywhere else until you brought up Alona Beach. Now, I'm reconsidering Boracay. :-)

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Tsmslf
9/6/2019 22:24 EST

Mr. Gasbag, you are wrong again. I don't live in the RP but I have been to Alona Beach and the drive from Tagbileran's airport took about 45 minutes to an hour. I don't recall exactly but it was a decent road and the driver did that run regularly.
You seem to be the Forum's version of Joe Biden.

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surfingcebu
9/6/2019 23:44 EST

Dark, I would do Alona before your other option , or Siquijor island. Great spots there , but certainly not a party nightlife scene.

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Goslig
9/7/2019 00:01 EST

Tsmslf - you’re confused. If you had read my posts about Alona Beach carefully, you wouldn’t be making erroneous claims. The Taglibaran airport in Taglibaran City was closed over a year ago. You can see the abandoned landing strip and the Chocolate Hills on the approach to Bohol Airport now renamed as the Taglibaran airport. We took the cab 4 days ago. “Google Earth is wrong about the name”...Go figure, eh!

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Goslig
9/7/2019 00:38 EST

Fader after you get your bags at the Caticlan Airport, at the exit is a counter where you can book an RT van to the docks for the short crossing in a Pinoy trimaran. Then the Van on Boracay to the beach. For 20 p. they load your bags. Best value/location is the Bamboo Bungalows (don’t stay in the AirBNB there for x2$). Book with the hotel directly. The 2Pax. Bungalows (ground level and second floor) are queen bed, mini fridge, AC furnished with balcony for 2,700 p. a night low season (06-15 to 11-15) or 4,000 p. for high season (11-16 to 06-14) There are two second floor Queen Room’s with a balcony view of the beach. Great location between station 1 & 2 just steps from D-Mall coffee house, excellent Italian food, etc.
reservation@bamboo-bungalows-boracay.net (+63) 36 288 6324. www.bboracay.com. 5608 Boracay Malay, Allan, PH

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Goslig
9/7/2019 01:00 EST

Fader Alona Beach is cool. The beach restaurants & coffee houses are more pricey than those on the access road. Up the road across from McDonalds is a good French bakery coffee house. The people watching is better. Alona Vita beach resort is nice with a show lounge and (covered) restaurant right on the beach with nightly live music. Their router is slow and the band width sucks. The pillows are crappy. The AC has a governor on it that won’t let you set it below 22 cl. There is a small pool and a nice mix of different nationalities. There is an indoors AC’ed club on the access road. Buy your drinks and snacks at the 7/11 next to McDonald’s. They have a little square off the road with live outdoor music. There is more action here with the dive tours, the jungle river (catered) cruise that RobertDav298 mentioned. The people watching is better and you can smoke on the beach. You can rent a motorcycle. Don’t try a full tour, just pick one or two destinations a day. Otherwise you’re hoping around too much in one day. Just an antidote: I made friends with a female lab cross on the beach. Next day I saw her again and said “hi girl”. Two Pinay (eye candy) tourist guides with older Westerners in tow, looked over and flashed ‘come hither’ smiles at me. I pointed to my new Lab friend LOL.

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surfingcebu
9/7/2019 01:32 EST

Goslig- the new airport on Bohol is international wide body ready with a long strip, flew over it a few times while it was being built

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Goslig
9/7/2019 08:14 EST

Saturday night on Alona Beach definitely jumping. 5 live bands, restaurants, bars, coffee houses, clubs beach path and access road packed with sounds and lights. Crowded with mostly young Asians, a few Westerners. Better night life and people watching than Boracay.

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Goslig
9/7/2019 08:25 EST

Best Pizza on Alona Beach at Noah’s pizza across from McDonalds.

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darkfader24
9/7/2019 16:09 EST

Gos - Sounds amazing. I just watched some videos on YouTube with "The Holistic Traveler" regarding Boracay. Nice little Vlog. An Australian guy named Adam and his incredibly cute and charming Thai Girlfriend, Sai. Their nice little jaunt was fun and informative.

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darkfader24
9/7/2019 17:08 EST

Gos - Yeah, RobertDav's River Cruise sounds so intriguing. No doubt that I have to experience that. However, I am a bit nervous about your little Puffies with their stingers. I am a Diabetic and cannot afford any chance of foot/leg infections. I had one 3 & 1/2 years ago and I was 98% towards being Septic when they took me into the hospital for a 10 Day / $90,000 stay. When I go to Alona I think I will just put my Pinkies in the water and no more! I want to go into the water fully at Boracay, if possible. In the Vid that I saw - "Sai", the Young Lady, seemed to act like the water was fairly cool. She said it was a lot colder than her native Thailand. Is that your experience?

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Goslig
9/7/2019 21:01 EST

darkfader24 yes ‘Sai’ I have watched those videos. At Alona, I wait for the high tide and stay on the bottom that looks yellow instead of green. I’m a swimmer and don’t want to venture beyond the sand before pushing off the bottom. Even at low tide, there is still sand bottom to wade on, but I’m skimming the weeds. The Tropical fishes are fun to watch tho. I think for a first-timer Boracay is the better choice for you. That’s where we went on our honeymoon. It’s all flat and D-Mall has everything. There are hustlers on the beach selling day cruises to neighbouring islands perfect for snorkelling. The trips are catered. We paid 2000 p. 9 years ago for the two of us. I recommend the Bamboo Bungalows deluxe rooms. Best location and cheap. The queen bed, linens, pillows, AC and WiFi are superior to the Alona Vida Beach Resort where we are now. The journey from Caticlan airport on the trimaran to Boracay makes for a nice psychological break away feeling.

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Goslig
9/7/2019 23:56 EST

Useful Apps for the RP include “Fishing”, a. GPS app that you can monitor the tides on. Fishing best at high tide. “Windy” another GPS app for monitoring waves, wind, clouds, temperature, rain, thunder, & air quality.. These are free. There are other good weather apps, but after a while they flame you with adds to lever you into buying. A Globe Pocket WiFi (that you load): you can securely surf. If the red WiFi light comes on, move it higher up or close to a window. brought my Kindle. A must read for all Americans: “Bearskin: A Novel” by James A. McLaughlin (Edgar Award 2018) rough and ready red-neck’y thriller; “Charcoal Joe: an Easy Rawlings mystery” by Walter Mosley. The Complete Western Stories by Elmore Leanord (originally published in Argosy Magazine) or anything br Elmore Leanord (Dutch). Amazon kindle books has reviews. “Bluebird, Bluebird - A Highway 59 Mystery Book ( East Texas ). These are American flavoured good reads. There is also: “Beautiful Animals” by Lawrence Osborne set in the Greek Islands. Sophisticated, smart and uncomfortable, crackling and difficult to put down. The best news channel is ABC Australia.

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darkfader24
9/8/2019 04:36 EST

Dear Goslig - Thank you for your great advice - which I will heed. I look forward to the almost perfection of Boracay.

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catabisis
9/9/2019 01:53 EST

I got ripped-off at Boracay. At the hotel a guy hocking snorkeling trips told me there was a P100 registration fee for signing up on the beach and his cousin would arrange the boat. On the trike ride to the beach I kept thinking that it did t sound right that I would need to pay to sign my name. Once I arrived I asked the registrar about the fee. She said none existed. I told tge guy I was not paying. I get on the cousin’s boat for two dive spots and another on an island. After the second dive, the captain said the third dive is p100 for the island. I told him I wasn’t paying and to take me to another spot to dive. A water ranger came by for p25 environmental protection fee. I told him I want a receipt. He said there was not receipt. I told him I was not paying.

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Goslig
9/9/2019 07:46 EST

catabisis Those losses are small. Have you had to obtain legal services in the RP? They see Westerners as “milk”. How about Registrar of Deeds. I’m closing on 35,000 p. for our Land Title that we have waited almost 8 years for which we recently got back with a new encumbrance stating we couldn’t sell for 8 years. Then came more requests for money needed to fix that and more waiting. Those are just nickel/dime skin taxes you suffered.

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surfingcebu
9/9/2019 10:54 EST

catabis - there are so many rip-offs in the Philippines , you explain just one . Yep , he got ya !

The prejudicial "skin Tax", is so Overt ....ti bugs me too no end . All my pinoy buddies are against it - it even goes as far as a 'skin tax for a bar fine' for the guys that like to sit on a bar stool for 2-6 months a year :) .Racial prejudice is alive and well in the RP unfortunately . Even cab ride are upped , for a foreigner . Its just another way to say ' you are a foreigner and will NEVER be a part of this country, in a real sense ' . It does a lot of harm to relations between legitimate expats and the countries progress ! I wander , does the RP want ANY immigration at all ? Probably not .
However , after a while , you discover ways around it ! :)

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darkfader24
9/9/2019 18:38 EST

Surfing - The RP SHOULD want immigration - at least of ExPats - since they have to prove income - and they spend most or all of it into the RP Economy!

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phonedoctor1
9/11/2019 03:39 EST

we took a pump boat to a few beaches near Salay, I saw pink, black. tan and white beaches that day. BUT I still want to go to Camiguin Island

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Goslig
9/11/2019 07:38 EST

phonedoctor1 where is Salay beach located? Where did you catch the boat from?

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Goslig
9/11/2019 08:08 EST

phonedoctor1 I found Salay. Beach on Google Earth. No need for a reply.

My wife and I plan a drive to Gumasa Beach outside of GenSan. There have been several newspaper stories that it is the new Boracay, still undiscovered by mainstream tourism.

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mattinnorfolk
9/11/2019 09:53 EST

Is Sarangani okay Gos?

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Goslig
9/11/2019 20:52 EST

mattinnorfolk Sarangani is a Christian town near Gen SAN where Manny Pacquip aka. PAC-Man, lives, the greatest boxer ever lived. He’s a Senator and bud of DU-30. But right now, he’s in Makati doing a BA major in Political Science. He rides herd in that area and would punch out any trouble makers (and more). But he’s going back and forth to Manila. He wants Expats and tourists going there, and there are a few living there. Gen SAN has a nice beach off a cliff at its centre. All the mod-cons. I’ve been there on the way to Marbel or Coromandel. You’re going to be a novelty there.

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mattinnorfolk
9/11/2019 20:53 EST

Thanks Gos, , I was going to Davao city anyways so maybe I’ll head on down .

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Goslig
9/11/2019 22:54 EST

Friggin iPhone speller. PACQUIAO not “ pacquip”

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darkfader24
9/11/2019 23:51 EST

Gos - That iPhone auto-correct in the spelling aspect can drive anyone crazy. You can go into your General Settings and find it and turn it off. I finally had to. But the caveat is that you have to constantly watch what you are doing and correct your own spellings.

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catabisis
9/12/2019 00:04 EST

Goslig, I imagine there are many outside the Philippines who question your position about Manny being the best.Mike Tyson, who is also a boxing historian, says Sugar Ray Robinson is the greatest. I don’t know either way, but that is his position. Robinson was 85-0 as an amateur with 69 of those victories coming by way of knockout, 40 in the first round. He turned professional in 1940 at the age of 19 and by 1951 had a professional record of 128-1-2 with 84 knockouts. Robinson held the welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and won the middleweight title in the latter year. He retired in 1952, only to come back two and a half years later and regain the middleweight title in 1955.

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Goslig
9/12/2019 00:13 EST

darkfader24 Gracias Senior-will axe speller.

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Goslig
9/12/2019 07:35 EST

cats there are quite a few contenders for the greatest boxer in the world including those you mentioned and others. Pacman is 40 years old and has proven that indeed, life begins at 40 when he beat his 30-year opponent, Keith Thurman, in a grueling 12-round bout for the World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight belt at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas recently. There is actually a website where you can vote:
https://www.topendsports.com/resources/polls/sport/boxing/greatest-ever.htm

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Robertdav298
9/12/2019 19:26 EST

CAT....there are many arguments about who was the greatest boxer of all time.

However, saying that PAC is the greatest while true in HIS ERA and I underscore ERA.
Going back in history one could say, JOE LOUIS, ROCKY MARCIANO were the greatest of their era.
Surely CASSIUS CLAY was indeed the best in his era.

I could go on an on naming boxers who were champions in several weight classes during their individual ERA. But to take a boxer out of his era and inject him into a different ERA is ludicrous and especially to say he is the greatest.

On a similar analogy one could say the best of all time is Michael Jordan and he was in his ERA. But what about WILT C, MAGIC, OSCAR R and of course LEBRON.

We could make a solid case for each of these fantastic athletes to say they are the greatest in their sport and they were "in their era".

Just my opinion!

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darkfader24
9/12/2019 22:04 EST

Cat / Surf / Gos / Robert - You guys are "All Wet" - You're Welterweights !! I saw - I know - a certain Rocky Balboa, The Eye-Dallion Stallion from South Philly - he creamed The Great Apollo Creed - TWICE!!! And not only Dat - he has integrity! When asked to invest in "Condominiums" he said: "I never use 'em." Now That's Dumb with Heart!! You guys need to catch up on your movies!!

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