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LovePhilly
9/9/2019 23:16 EST

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Likes:
The way families stick together and watch out for each other.

The abundant ocean that always reminds me how small I am.

The white smiles everywhere.

The inexpensive everything except gas.

The absence of pretentiousness.

The superstitions everyone seems to share.

The way Christianity is combined with Buddhism.

Filipinas who have to take a photo of absolutely everything.

Dislikes:

Tiny everything. Candy, food, buying detergent in tiny quantities, buying one cigarette..

The smell of burning petroleum in the streets.

The smell of open sewer beside the streets.

Rats in the streets.

Fish bones.

Terrible beef.

The feeling I am a target because of my skin tone (by a minority)

Only criminals have knives and guns.

Fearing cops (and I'm a retired cop)

Poverty.

Feel free to add...

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Robertdav298
9/10/2019 07:19 EST

LOVE PHILLY.....the lack of the police as in NO POLICE...especially in the small cities and ABSOLUTLEY NO TRAFFIC POLICE. Filipinos do not obey laws in the smallest they do whatever they want without consequnce EXCEPT IN DAVAO...so I have heard.. A sign means nothing as in NO PARKING or NO PEEING ON THE WALL......they do whatever they want.
You being ex-police will have trouble living here in a lawless society. Oh they have plenty of laws but nobody to enforce the law because they are afraid of getting shot,

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darkfader24
9/10/2019 07:58 EST

LovePhilly - Can you elaborate on a few things, please. Fearing Cops? Do they target Kanos? Even if you are as inconspicuous as you can be? "The feeling I am a target because of my skin tone (by a minority)". So, there are some that look to pick a fight? Angry Filipinos? If so, how does one handle that? What's the take on "Self-Defense"? Are you not allowed to do so - cuz I will do so. It's a God Given Right. Thank you.

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draks
9/10/2019 08:21 EST

Likes pretty smiling girls.. Warm weather some lovely beeches. Traveling around. Mostly very friendly people. My family here, my in laws are really nice dignified people.
Dislikes
Skin tax, greedy people. Driving standards especially in Manila. Dirty and untidy streets,

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LovePhilly
9/10/2019 10:12 EST

Dark,

The small amount of contact I've had with police were positive. It's well known however, that they routinely take bribes and that concerns me because light skin is synonymous with money. I haven't had a bad experience...yet... I would never confront them. I will remain polite and give them whatever they want.

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LovePhilly
9/10/2019 10:16 EST

Also Dark, Draks is right on. There is a "skin tax". I always have my wife get the cab, etc. because I know I will be charged more.

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surfingcebu
9/10/2019 11:09 EST

I like the good points of the culture, smiling peopling that say "good morning" and mean it , lovely smiling ladies - wow they have it all over the European Ladies ! , the tropics and its heat , the plant life thrives , each island having different cultures and habits , the love of family and community . people willing to help friends . The ocean water is clean and terrific away from larger cities , Diving. Children playing in the streets . Most people appreciative of even the smallest gift or thing !

dislikes - you will always be an outsider, extortions are rampant , the sex trade and the creeps it brings , Organ harvesting by China , abuse of young kids , corruption at every level it seems , poverty and no means to correct it for now, shaky healthcare in some clinics, ,violent tempers of some Filipinos .

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darkfader24
9/10/2019 13:38 EST

RobertDav - "Oh they have plenty of laws but nobody to enforce the law because they are afraid of getting shot." Who is afraid of getting shot? The Police? Someone to enforce the Law would be the police. And they are afraid of getting shot? Dear Goodness! It must be totally lawless then! Are you allowed to defend yourself if there are Zero Police around to protect you? I've heard that an immigrant cannot have a firearm or knife. If not, how can you protect yourself or your loved ones?

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Morgacj2004
9/10/2019 13:53 EST

It is not totally lawless and no people are not going around shooting each other. Foreigners cannot own firearms. They can own other less lethal weapons. The police can be very helpful and are not all corrupt. Robert and I have a slight difference of opinion on this matter, to each his own

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darkfader24
9/10/2019 14:45 EST

LovePhilly - Re: Police - I'm glad that you have had positive experiences. I am always very polite to the Cops here in California - they put their lives on the line for me. I go out of my way to thank them. I have every intention of doing the same in the RP. Thank you for your response.

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darkfader24
9/10/2019 18:04 EST

Morgac - Thank you for your post. You and Robert's difference of opinion is probably born out of different experiences - or you guys know people who have had either good or not so good experiences.

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draks
9/10/2019 18:09 EST

Foreigners are mostly safe here, they don't get regularly shot at all. There are no mass shootings at schools etc. Most people are very friendly and helpful. I have been here 9years never felt I needed a gun or a knife. I have seen some big fat arrogant men here shouting their mouth off at Filipino's and they are still alive and kicking.
If your from the USA and live in fear and arm yourself, then you are in for a treat, I have never been afraid here. I am very aware of who is around me at night, and don't put myself in a potentionally position. There is crime here and you have to be sensible, also choose where you live, parts of Mindanaou, parts of Manila are not very safe.
Come here be respectful, smile a lot, you will be OK. Philippines is hugely frustrating trying to get things done properly can be a problem, so many frustrating rules and regs, but just go with the flow.
Leave all your tempers, and angers at home. If you are short tempered and impatient then don't come here. You will be miserable. Don't flash your cash, don't boast about what you got, in fact don't tell ANYONE what you own here or back home, keep it to yourself, you have a very small pension that allowed you to live here, that's it.

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LarryKar
9/10/2019 18:22 EST

Morgacj2004 thank you for being the Voice of Reason. My few encounters with the police have been positive and correct I have never seen a shoot out on Main Street in the 6 years I've been here. I live in a town of about 30k in Far North Luzon. I often wonder what swarming Hell poor Robert lives in from his continued Negative Narrative. Poor guy.

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Robertdav298
9/10/2019 21:14 EST

Morgac/Dark, yes there are police in some places and NO they are not all corrupt. BUT it has been my experience that "traffic enforcers" do not enforce basic traffic laws. It is a well known fact that Filipinos have the "me first" attitude thus yielding is not an option. Filipino drivers will routinely go over the center line into oncoming traffic and if you beep your horn at them they get pissed off. They will pass you on the right, pass you on the left and cut in front of you.
Like I said in previous posts, it is not their fault because they have not been educated in traffic laws and they are ignorant when it comes to basic traffic.
In my opinion, if the RP wanted get extra PESOS for infrastructure they would mandate that ALL DRIVERS applying for a new license or renewing a drivers license MUST pass a road exam and an oral exam before they can drive anything as in a car, truck, motorcycle, tricycle. This would generate a constant revenue.
Also, the minimum driving age should be 16.
Those that have passed the exam will be given a special colored plate and a special driving license.
Anyone caught driving a vehicle without proper ID and registration will face a huge fine for 1st offense and jail time after that.

All of this should be handled by the LTO example cost for a new license 1000ph; renewal 600ph, new plate 1000ph......yearly sticker 400ph.

Dark, Philippine law currently states that foreigners cannot carry firearms or won firearms. Your wife can buy and carry a firearm as long as she passes all of the government laws. She can also get a PTC permit.
So yes inside your house if you have an intruder just make sure your wife does the shooting (you know what I mean).
If you are attacked or robbed on the street you are basically at their mercy.

Could you imagine in the US that immigrants CANNOT OWN a firearm or KNIFE only US CITIZENS.
Imagine how many lives we could save?
But wait a minute, the DEMS want all illegals to automatically become US Citizens.......scratch that idea.

Like my friend Morgac says, its not that bad here, just be kind, smile and stay away from the troubled areas. Kind of like LA or SF.....LOL

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Robertdav298
9/10/2019 21:54 EST

Larry.....I am cuurently employed at MACTAN AFB....which is in on the island of MACTAN in LAPU LAPU..
As far as my post, I see alot here and was just commenting on what I see and read. No more than that.
For those of you on this forum that live in better places, good for you.
When I am finished, we will live in the more quiet area of southern CEBU i.e Dalaguete, argao...areas.

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Morgacj2004
9/11/2019 01:14 EST

Well said Robert! Also Argao is where I own a home quiet area

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Traco
9/11/2019 01:34 EST

Likes
Pace of life
Beautiful smiling women
Warm politeres greetings
Respect for elders
Family values
Personalised customer service
Cheap food
San Mig

Dislikes
Manila taxi drivers
Floods
Poverty
Overcrowding
Bureacracy
Typhoons

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Robertdav298
9/11/2019 03:56 EST

Forgot to mention one of my favorite likes is how polite the chidren are to their family and friends always showing respect. It reminds me of my culture how we show repsect for elders.......brings a tear to my eye each time I witness it, here. Even my wife at 40 years old will show respect to her mother, father, aunts and uncles.

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catabisis
9/11/2019 06:35 EST

I have heard this comment many times and think it is nonsense. At least in the context it is used where cops avoid any trouble. I think it is just like everything else in the Philippines. Nothing is done preemptively. My friend asked a cop last year what would happen if the cops caught him drinking and driving. The cop said nothing would happen until he caused an accident. Then he would be in big trouble. Especially if someone was hurt. It is no different than the oh, sorry, sir. No stock. Filipinos think in linear trajectories.

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BC57
9/11/2019 06:38 EST

Likes:
Simple life
Courteous, I'm treated very well by all.
Family bonding
Resorts/Beaches
Beautiful women
Beautiful country
Easy to get to other islands
Overall pricing is reasonable
Plenty of places to eat at
San Miguel Light

Dislikes:
No trash service/pick up
No traffic lights (only 2) or stop signs
Vehicle exhaust
traffic
Filipinos not following any traffic laws at all.
Check out lines at the mall are so very slow even with short lines
Immigration has a very slow processing timeline. They need to get things done much quicker.
Foreigners can't have or own a weapon for protection.
Poverty
Bureaucracy

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Goslig
9/11/2019 07:45 EST

catabisis are you currently living in the RP?

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catabisis
9/11/2019 08:17 EST

Yes, I have been here since 2013

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FrederickJS
9/11/2019 09:41 EST

"I always have my wife get the cab, etc. because I know I will be charged more."

Could you explain this further? I thought cabs were required to use the meter and almost all drivers do this routinely now; thanks

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surfingcebu
9/11/2019 10:52 EST

I would love to flood Canada with 500K Filipina's to witness Canadian women squirm , as see their reaction ! .... Canadian women have lost the ability to understand what it means to be a women . There would be no contest . Hoards of men would date the Filipina's while avoiding the North American women if the above scenario took place .

Forgot to mention- taxes in the RP seem reasonable ... processing fees seem Ok too, on the whole .

dont like the skin tax / racial prejudicial treatment/ pricing - will hurt the RP in the long run .

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LovePhilly
9/11/2019 11:09 EST

I'd like to see that too Surf! lol. Frederick, some cabs use meters and some don't. Mostly they do. I just let my wife negotiate the price of anything because it will save us money. I hide while she does this.

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darkfader24
9/11/2019 14:19 EST

Surf - NO! Don't flood anywhere N. America with these wonderful women! They will get infected and turn into everything that you don't like about Canada and the USA. You know what I mean..........

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FrederickJS
9/11/2019 15:36 EST

Agree, and from my own observations of friends with Filipina and Latin American women, they say it takes about 2 to 3 years for them to become "infected" with the feminist and equality mentality in the USA. Little wonder, since they hear this in the mainstream media and see it in movies and TV shows on a daily basis.

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mattinnorfolk
9/11/2019 15:41 EST

Three years, that’s not very long, that’s why you are probably better off being in their country

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darkfader24
9/11/2019 16:45 EST

Mattin - That is exactly why I am moving to the RP. I wouldn't dare bring one of these sweet Ladies over to the USA - and have them become difficult, unhappy, disgruntled, bitter. It's a major reason that I am clearing out of here.

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mattinnorfolk
9/11/2019 16:48 EST

Do you know yet where you will end up Dark? My first visit is in 7 weeks for 22 days

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Sonny17373
9/11/2019 16:56 EST

On self defense. I got into a fight with a Filipino after I was grabbed and my shirt was tore. I punched him and I was taken to the police department. I refused to pay a bribe. After several hours I gave in, they took me to an ATM and I withdrew several hundred dollars, paid the bribe, and left. One of the biggest regrets in my life was paying that bribe.

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surfingcebu
9/11/2019 18:25 EST

Dark - I never thought of that, yes they would become bitter man haters within about 2 to 3 years. Some may rise above it, but there would be a whole litany of dyke 4th wave feminists trying to convert them. No doubt, most would succumb to I deserve it, I am the victim, I deserve 80% of the net wealth.

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surfingcebu
9/11/2019 18:27 EST

Fred- You were so right, I never thought of it that way. They would be hordes of fourth wave feminists, men haters, waiting to greet them at the airport. Most of them lesbians of course. Do you know the routine, comfortable shoes, short hair, and man hating for sure.

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catabisis
9/11/2019 19:24 EST

Darkfader, that is not 100% true. I know some Filipinas go to the U.S. and become Westernized. I dated three of them in the U.S. One was somewhat Americanized and could have an attitude. She had been in the States for 30 years and was divorced from her retired, philandering Navy husband. The second was sweet as honey and had those Filipino qualities, but lacking all upstairs if you know what I mean. She was in the U.S. 25 years. Her former Marine husband, later an over-the-road trucker, committed suicide when she asked for a divorce. He checked out by laying down in his garage under his car exhaust. She and her 12 year old daughter found him. The third was in the U.S. almost 40 years. She was the kindest, most respectful woman I had ever dated, or known. She had the disposition of a nun.. Very old-world, traditional, attributes. We were together 4 years. We split only because I wanted to get out of the U.S. to move here and she was too established to leave. We had a sad split. We kept in touch for another 4 years until she married a third time. I am certain her husband is a very happy man. Her first husband, a medical technologist like herself, died from a brain aneurysm at 50. She didn’t date for 7 years. She met a high school physics teacher and married. Three years later his doctor nicked his bowel during hernia surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He basically rotted from the inside, out over the next year and died on an operating table. The last three months of his life left him with his intestines exposed the size of a dinner plate in his stomach due to bacteria. He was at home during this time and she took a leave of absence from her job to be with him and regularly clean out his wound. If it is any consolation to her, she lived very well on the pensions of two husbands, and her salary. She has since retired and now live on her pension plus social security.

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Goslig
9/11/2019 22:47 EST

darkfader24 Just chiming in on your comment about importing your Filipina to the US. Don’t! I tried that, and immediately found that some my Asawa’s Pinay friends immediately began to compromise our marriage by offering my Asawa $24 p/hr jobs in Vancouver as a housekeeper (with benefits) to sugar daddies who own several mansions. A Pinay Permanent Resident in Canada only has to stick out their marriage for two years before they can move up the food chain. That’s what you get with the bleeding Expat Pinay version of feminism in Canada. My Asawa didn’t like the cold/rainy weather and we had a house here with her adopted daughter. Saved my (rocky) marriage.

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surfingcebu
9/11/2019 22:53 EST

Gos- yep the outside influence in the west would take away their inner beauty - I think thats what the crew here are saying , I never thought of that frankly, and how pervasive the rot of feminism is now - its everywhere from TV commercials , to service jobs . Its nothing about equality and all about superiority and hate .
With a Pinay coming to the west ( or Europe) It would be a 2 year curve I figure as well , before the short haired girls with comfortable shoes, a scowl , and hate would get to them .... Pity really .

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Goslig
9/11/2019 23:16 EST

Whatever happened to the images of great Male role models like Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart & Clark Gable, gone with the wind now. The ‘replacements’ are young hunk action figures fighting and body count, the Clint Eastwood ‘make my day’ version of men. I may be dating myself with those actors and the movies they made. Nevermore!

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acol
9/11/2019 23:30 EST

Going back to the main topic. I am living on Palawan. "Brown-out"s every 2 or 3 days and barking "rats" are 2 needles in my back here. Barking is everywhere in the RP but what about electricity cuts where you live?

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Goslig
9/12/2019 00:07 EST

acol we had the cursed brown outs until 4 years ago when Davao’s new coal fired generating plant came on line. Prior to that, brown- outs lasted over an hour. No AC or Fan. Since 2014, we had one or two brown out’s. My Davao Power monthly bill for two houses averages 6,000 p. About the same as I paid in Canada.

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surfingcebu
9/12/2019 00:26 EST

Gos, you have to learn how to throw a wire over other active wires to mooch from the mainline power grid. Free power for at least two weeks until they cut your wire. Maybe you will get three weeks out of it.

In Valencia, it is quite rare to have a brown out. Now and again with storms, and trucks sitting low power lines. By the way, why did they string some powerlines so low? The power up here is geothermal. Really cheap. The geothermal plant was completed by the Filipino government and the Japanese government by donation. Exceptional power plant for sure. Because I live in a volcano, I get constant rumblings, and small earthquakes. Also, the heat source is very near the surface. There is steam vents, all of the jungles here. It makes for interesting plant life around these vents. Makes life interesting. One of the reasons I love the Philippines with a passion.

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Goslig
9/12/2019 00:36 EST

acol our chihuahua/dachshund cross is a ‘make my day’ rat killer. Great barker if someone is at our gate. So fast no one could catch her.

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darkfader24
9/12/2019 00:45 EST

Mattin - Well, my Fiancee lives outside a quiet town about 3 or 4 hours southwest (?) of Manila. It's called Nueva Ecija. I've seen photos of the area on the internet and it's beautiful - BUT - whenever she does Video Chat from where she works or her family's home it looks typical Philippines. Pretty shabby. Like anywhere, it has it's pretty spots and drab spots. She is very easy going - the typical endearing quality of Filipinos - and she would love to stay in that area cuz of Family and Familiarity and Friends - but is totally down with a serious look at Tagaytay or Baguio, cuz she's adventurous also. Goslig said something interesting today about a nice beach area not far from GenSan - and a town associated politically with a Famous Boxer - and how the Boxer was very "Pro" ExPats - so maybe that would be worthy of investigation. I wouldn't argue with living near a beach - only my favorite place in the World!! But what about Typhoons, etc? Weather conditions are something that need a serious study. Where my Lady lives is hot and humid, but according to her, there is very little Earth Shaking, and no Typhoons - only heavy rain. I think (???) Tagaytay is fairly immune from those problems. But there you have to sleep with one eye open. You don't want to end up like the Citizens of Pompeii !! I say that because there is a Gorgeous Volcano there named Taal - and there are quiet stirrings in Taal. Sounds like an angry god, doesn't it? "I am The Mighty Taal!! Feed me your Virgins and I won't spew Hot Lava all over your sorry asses!! Arrrr...!"

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catabisis
9/12/2019 01:20 EST

Manny may be pro expat, His driver sure may not be. At least toward Jews. I had a Jewish friend go to Manny’s gym down there. While waiting for Manny to come out, my friend struck up a conversation with someone driving him that day. When my buddy told him he was from Israel, the driver told him he does not like Israelis because they kill kids in Syria.

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darkfader24
9/12/2019 02:55 EST

Surf - I am commenting on this: "Dark - I never thought of that, yes they would become bitter man haters within about 2 to 3 years. Some may rise above it, but there would be a whole litany of dyke 4th wave feminists trying to convert them. No doubt, most would succumb to I deserve it, I am the victim, I deserve 80% of the net wealth."

OK - I quote you because there are so many comments in this thread that I want to be clear what I am talking about. A very talented friend of mine is going thru something like this right now. This Gentlemen is a man of integrity and is one of the nicest people I have ever met. He is responsible for a majority of the Live Unplugged MTV Records and shows, has mixed the Emmys and Grammys (These are all the audio mixes that you hear on your TV while watching these shows), the VH-1 shows, many of the CMT (Country Music Award) Shows, just hundreds of these broadcasts since the beginning of MTV and CMT, TNN, etc etc. He built the MTV and TNN Broadcast Trucks. The guy is a genius and we work together. He is an exceptional human being. So his wife of around 30 years is working in a very important position with people of quite a bit of political power in an office. I must be discrete. She is under the influence of the head of the office - a person of considerable power - who is a dyke and a raging feminist. Next thing ya know - his wonderful wife demands a divorce! Outta Da Blue! He never saw it coming. He knows what has happened. She has been sold a Bill of Goods by these bitter, angry Anti-White Male, Anti-Any Male Radical Feminists who say things like telling her that she deserves "better" (she makes way more than him - and has two pensions - he doesn't have any pension), that she should dump him, etc. You know the drill. This is exactly what we are going thru here in the States. He is devastated - really - he is crushed.

Look at what a Georgetown Univ. Professor said (and this is what is being taught to our kids):

http://fbnewscycle.com/g-2/

"Referring to the situation with the current Kavanaugh hearings, Christine Fair wrote on Twitter, “Look at this chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement.
All of them (GOP Leaders) deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: We castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes.”

Can you imagine if we said something this harsh, evil about eviscerating women and feeding their corpses to swine? This is Nazi Death Camp talk. This comes from blind rage and hatred. The Hippie Peace Movement didn't bring us Peace. It brought us THIS! Beware, my friends, as more of their students get into positions of Government. You are seeing the Seeds of hatred and Persecution being sown now from the very Liberals who claim to want to help and Liberate. The Peace / Love People.

In regards to the Kavanaugh Hearings:
They could not prove a single accusation. Back in the days of Salem he would have been drawn and quartered. These people despise this concept: "Innocent until proven guilty." Do you know why they tear at Our Constitution? Because it limits their POWER!! It gets in their way!! If they could, they'd rip our throats out, just for being born Males. I hate that Baby Girls are many times drowned at birth in China - because of the One Child Only law - and Males are valued much higher than Females. It is an Evil thing. Life is precious. But not to the Chi-Comm Government - and not to some of these Radical Feminists.

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gypsyquokka
9/12/2019 03:13 EST

ACOL - re brownouts / blackouts they are very rare here in Leyte this past few years. If you have your phone number registered with Leyeco 11 they will text you in advance of any power outs they know for maintenance and the hours they anticipate disruption - power usually comes back a couple of hours before scheduled time. Very rarely happens here with no power. Smile

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Goslig
9/12/2019 06:36 EST

darkfader24 Sarangani Bay off GenSan is not prone to Typhoons or quakes. Tacloban in Leyte is where the super Typhoon Yolanda hit. That’s Typhoon alley and where we are moving to soon. The American Typhoon warning system gives everyone who can afford it time to get out of the way. We get regular small quakes in Davao due to Mt. Apo, an active volcano 2,954 meters high. It is the highest mountain in the Philippine Archipelago. Mount Apo National Park, established in 1936, has an area of 199,819 acres (80,864 hectares); it is the home of the rare Philippine eagle and features numerous peaks and valleys, as well as Malasita Falls, Sibulao Lake, and the Kisinte Hot Springs. Mindanao also has the largest concentration of ethnic minorities in the Philippines. They include the Magindanao, Maranao, Ilanun, and Sangil; all are Muslim groups sometimes collectively called the Moro. Groups usually found in the uplands include the T’boli, Subanon, Bukidnon, Bagobo, Mandaya, and Manobo. Another important group is the Tiruray, whose religion is a mixture of Christian, Muslim, and local beliefs. Mt. Apo was declared active in 1995 following the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 along with 10 other active volcanos in Mindanao. It’s eruption type is EXPLOSIVE. Just like DU30. About all we deal with is cracking in our concrete (& plastered walls) which requires touch-up.

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Goslig
9/12/2019 07:07 EST

darkfader24 Check out YouTube sensation Jordan Peterson, Ph.D in psychology and professor at University of Toronto. You’ll like his message about Lobsters.

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surfingcebu
9/12/2019 10:10 EST

Jordan Peterson, is a Canadian all-star . Very smart guy ! Many YouTube about him and lectures . Academic that pushes the envelope of current psychology and sociology . He is hated by most Canadian Universities and USA universities ( senior faculty ) as he does not pander to the current narrative . You will be hooked on listening to this intellectual !

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LovePhilly
9/14/2019 10:33 EST

Gos and Serf,

Thank you for recommending Jordan B Peterson. I checked out some of his videos then went on Amazon and bought two of his books! I hope they are as good as I think they will be.

One short video I found particularly interesting is about "the four fears". I can't wait to read the books!

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LovePhilly
9/14/2019 10:58 EST

Dark you articulated the "man hater" so well I would like to chime in but have nothing to add. Perfectly written and it makes me mad as hell.

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Goslig
9/14/2019 11:54 EST

LovePhilly You’ll be a happy lobster now! I love Jordan Peterson’s message.

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darkfader24
9/14/2019 13:32 EST

Goslig & Surf - This man Jordan Peterson sounds really interesting. I am looking forward to seeing some Vids of him. I don't currently have time to read books. Thank you for the recommendation.

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darkfader24
9/14/2019 13:41 EST

Goslig - Re: GenSan, Typhoons etc. - OK, so why are you moving to "Typhoon Alley" soon? It sounds dangerous, inconvenient at best. Having to run for the hills, property damage, etc. And you are currently under the shadow of an Active Volcano?!? Great - it only gets better - LOL. If Mt. Apo were to really blow it's top, what is the danger estimated to Davao? A lot of ash, etc. - or serious stuff, like huge boulders crashing down and Hot Lava in the streets? Not trying to be negative - really. Just curious. We don't want another Pompeii. BTW - I am very interested in moving to Tagaytay - which is looking down the Loaded Barrel of The Mighty Taal. If I can find two Virgins in the RP, I will sacrifice one to Taal, and keep one for myself. Joke, Folks, Joke!! Please do not tell the Feminists! They will feed my Castrated Corpse to the Swine.

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LovePhilly
9/14/2019 15:46 EST

Dark,

My wife and I must remain in the U.S. while she is waiting for her green card. As soon as she gets it we will be going to Tagaytay to live. We plan to live there about half the year and the other half in the U.S. I only visited there once but I'm convinced it's the place for me.

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LovePhilly
9/15/2019 07:57 EST

Also Dark you indicate you currently don't have much time to read. That's about to change.

I recommend a few good books for your travels. Besides waiting at airports once in the Philippines I spent much time waiting in lines or sitting in traffic. A good book will keep you sane.

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Goslig
9/15/2019 09:49 EST

LovePhilly I second that recommendation about reading LP. I couldn’t survive without my Kindle.

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darkfader24
9/15/2019 10:59 EST

Thanks, LovePhilly - Re: Reading on long airfllights and waits. That's the second thing I will put on my Philippine Travel List. The First Thing? Make sure you use the CR (Comfort Room - see, I'm learning...) before leaving to go anywhere!!!

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Robertdav298
9/15/2019 21:44 EST

Philly.....one of the things that drives me crazy is those people who are on their phone and speak so loud that everyone around them can hear them. Also people in public places such as restaurants are so loud they disrupt the whole place.

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phonedoctor1
9/15/2019 21:51 EST

Robert don't forget the people that talk on speakerphone while in public places and do it quite loudly!

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Robertdav298
9/16/2019 00:16 EST

Dark and Philly, I suggest these 2 books for great reading:

Killing of the Rising Sun by Bill Oreilly

Unfreedom of the Press by Mark Levine

Both are best sellers

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Robertdav298
9/16/2019 00:18 EST

Phone....that was very common in the US in the 1930's and 40's.....!

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phonedoctor1
9/16/2019 00:49 EST

I do not know what you are talking about . . . what was common then I thought the last comment I made was about people talking loudly on cell phones that they put on speaker mode in public ???

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phonedoctor1
9/16/2019 00:49 EST

I do not know what you are talking about . . . what was common then I thought the last comment I made was about people talking loudly on cell phones that they put on speaker mode in public ???

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LovePhilly
9/16/2019 09:20 EST

Thank you for the recommendation Robert. I'm familiar with both books and based upon your recommendation I will purchase them. Most of those Fox News guys write books and get richer. Most are very good reading. I've read several but not the two you recommended.

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Robertdav298
9/16/2019 21:07 EST

PHILLY....you will really like killing of the red sun.........it is all about WW2 and has very good info on the RP.....I read it twice could not put it down.

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LovePhilly
9/16/2019 23:44 EST

Robert,

I am a life long Army Officer and armature historian. I've studied history all of my life and I am confident I will enjoy this book.

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LovePhilly
9/16/2019 23:49 EST

I just purchased both books online. Thanks again.

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Goslig
9/17/2019 05:30 EST

RobertDav & Philly - don’t mean to butt in but I read this Pulitzer Prise winner for non-fiction about Eisenhower and the North African campaign and it was gripping. First of three volumes on WWII. I just read this one. Excellent read.
An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the ...
By Rick Atkinson

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Robertdav298
9/17/2019 08:16 EST

PHILLY.....nice to meet a fellow officer, I am a lifelong retired USAF LT Colonel, flew F4's out of the academy and finished on F15's.

Salute!

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Robertdav298
9/17/2019 20:27 EST

GOS.....thanks I did a paper in college on IKE, He was a very interesting person and very political........his decisions were the reason we had east/west germany and why Russia is the power they were/are.

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Goslig
9/17/2019 22:37 EST

Robertdav298 True! I liked Ike though since he was better on the field in North Africa than the rest. Had Patton continued on or Gen. Bernard Montgomery not messed up, the US Army would have gotten to Berlin before the Ruskies.

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Robertdav298
9/18/2019 04:16 EST

GOS....exactly spot on......IKE chose politics over victory......he basically ordered Patton to let the BRITS have Berlin.....as it turned out "bad move".

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Tsmslf
9/19/2019 18:13 EST

Darkfader

All will agree with your detestation of China's One Child Policy but it is now moot as the policy is no longer imposed. It used to be a good basis for female asylum to the USA which is part of my law practice but no longer. Christianity is now the most common basis for Chinese asylum cases that we see in L.A..

China did not get religion so to speak, it had a demographic problem created by that policy and thus killed it.

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LovePhilly
9/19/2019 21:01 EST

May God bless you and your service to our nation Robert.

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Robertdav298
9/19/2019 21:29 EST

PHILLY.......thank you SIR......and back to ya.

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darkfader24
9/20/2019 00:15 EST

Tsmslf - That's good news about deleting the One Child Policy in China. What a horrible and cruel thing - to discard human life and throw it out with the garbage. I have some dear friends who adopted a little boy out of China - the reason China "ejected" him was cuz of a severe cleft palate. So the adoption wasn't as difficult as usual. He was barely 3 yrs old when they got him. I heard that he's in High School now. They spent many thousands over several surgeries to get him in good shape - but it was worth every penny.

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Robertdav298
11/21/2019 00:12 EST

Guys, I never knew I had so much sweat and moisture in my body. I mean just doing simple things or even just sitting, I break out into a full body sweat........am I the only pesron like this?

Oh and its like that everyday....LOL

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darkfader24
11/21/2019 01:20 EST

Robert - I hate humidity - really. Where do you live? I will avoid it! LOL - Well, it IS the Tropics, so..... My Pinay, born and raised in the Nueva Ecija area, is always commenting on how "Hot" it is - and I assume that also means humid. She doesn't know what I mean by the term "Humid". She only refers to it as "Hot". I bought her a little window air conditioner, which she uses sparingly because of her electric bill. But she loves that thing. I told her to put a rotating fan below it where the cold air drops, and she won't have to run the condenser as hard. Seems to be working out well for her. We plan on moving to Tagaytay, where it is cooler. She's never been but is intrigued by the idea. She also claims that extended family and neighbors have a "Crab Mentality" - and will be envious of her marrying a "Kano". So, she's feeling protective, shy and reclusive. Interesting perspective, for sure.

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bbazor
11/21/2019 01:29 EST

Darkfader: I know several people that live in the Nueva Ecija area. They say that it is hotter than many other places in the country. I am in northern Luzon and it is hot here, but even hotter in Nueva Ecija. They don't know a lot about humidity here. I explain that when I lived in California, on a hot day, the temperature was similar to here, but that it feels much hotter here (Philippines). You can't get away from humidity here unless you are inside in an air conditioned room or running a dehumidifier.

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catabisis
11/21/2019 01:41 EST

No one will even convince me that Duterte is not a closet commie.......

Robertdav said:
CAT.........I used to think that there were so many Koreans here in the RP but I have come to find out that there are many more Chinese. I also read that D30 is allowing Chinese Nationals to come to the RP to work without a work Visa. What is this man doing.....my gosh ;(

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darkfader24
11/21/2019 01:47 EST

bbazor - Thank you for your information. I didn't realize that Nueva Ecija is hotter than other areas! I will definitely be checking out Tagaytay - which I hear is 8 to 10 degrees cooler than Manila. I realize that it will also be humid. I will have to learn to love it. Back in the 50s and 60s I used to live in Philadelphia, which was humid - tho not as bad as the RP. We moved to New Mexico in 1967, and BLISS! Also, have lived in Tucson, Phoenix, and now the Central Valley of California - so I have become very spoiled! I had a short stint in Oklahoma City in 1979 - that was miserable. I will just deal with it. Your idea of a Dehumidifier (with a fan) is an excellent one - because I won't have to use the Air Con quite as much.

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Goslig
11/21/2019 10:49 EST

Robert It’s hot & humid, but the same as Key West or Hawaii. But how come Filipino’s sweat less? Especially the gwapa Filipina’s.

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Robertdav298
11/21/2019 20:00 EST

GOS.........in my younger days I was in the tropics constantly, flying in and out, doing several sorties a day but I don't recall sweating so much......call it old man syndrome.

By the way F4's and F-15's did not have AC........LOL :).......of course it's much cooler at 30000 feet.

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Robertdav298
11/21/2019 20:02 EST

Dark......I live on the island of Mactan.......across the bridge from CEBU....feel free to drop by anytime.

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darkfader24
11/21/2019 20:09 EST

RobertDav - If I ever get the opportunity, I would Love to come by and meet with you! You sound like such a cool guy.

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Goslig
11/22/2019 03:26 EST

Robertdav298 I always wanted to be a jet pilot, but I was
too tall. I did have a one litre CBR Honda in line 4 up to 230 km on the straight away and a 170-190 km in the corners. It would do 300 km, but I couldn’t go there. But no view like you had.. Yet I considered fast motorcycling better than sex unless it was really good sex. Only got beat in one drag by a Harley with a nitrous oxygen booster. After 5,000 rpm the torque curve went straight up.

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phonedoctor1
11/22/2019 03:47 EST

had a 750,GPZturbo ! it wpiuld do 9.4 seconfds the quarter mile traps, tyat waa in 85 it was a factory turbothat i put specil ignition on and used 2 oz of octanje booster and lead additive as it needed leaded gas wich yyou cpould not nbu in CA, so i had to add it/ I NEVER lost a street race on thay bike ! I eode it from Manrina Del Ray to Long Beach every day as i worked at McDonnel Douglas as a system administrator for them as a telecom contractor. that's when i met my Japanese exwife. ! Fun times !

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Robertdav298
11/22/2019 04:50 EST

GOS........that is hilarious.........now that I think about it.......I never had a bad sexual experience........well that was that sheep in Ireland in 1980........LOL.

Also envied you bikers that would just grip it and rip it.

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Robertdav298
11/22/2019 04:53 EST

DARK.......sounds good........we can always crack a few San Migs and talk about the good old days.

On second thought.........these are the good ole days.......LOL

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darkfader24
11/22/2019 07:27 EST

RobertDav - I think it was Carly Simon who sang "These are the good old days!" (Anticipation) - And she was right! :-)

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Robertdav298
11/23/2019 05:47 EST

DARK....correct it was Carly and she was married to JT.......dating myself....LOL

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mootpoint20
11/25/2019 21:17 EST

Dark...……..your analysis of American culture is correct, and most men find it hard to believe their eyes at how fast and destructive its happening. It appears a movement towards civil war is happening. Trump is just a 'stop-gap' to a holocaust, in my opinion. It's irrational as hell.

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rebtop
11/25/2019 22:17 EST

Moot. Completely agree with you A civil war is coming. A violent civil war. No room for comprise left. Trump is a demented nut job but just a symptom of the deep divide. Emotional ivied.

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rebtop
11/25/2019 23:00 EST

emotional divide.

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Morgacj2004
11/25/2019 23:29 EST

Where in Gods name do you come up with this BS Ragtop. There is not going to be a civil war in the US! The economy is humming a long nicely. Wages are increasing. Life as usual. You and your liberal press friends are eating too many brownies and are actually starting to believe all the crap you spew is the truth. Put the bong down and get back to reality.

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onememphisdude
11/26/2019 00:59 EST

No Civil War here. Our President is doing well. He appears to be going for 2020 re-election in a landslide. Many times, outside The U.S., some take CNN News...as gospel. It's not. You have the last gasp of breath from a dying leftists movement that is...entertaining, but..no one believes due to their track record, and obvious bias. We just say MAGA2020...and beyond!

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Goslig
11/26/2019 03:25 EST

Morgue More than 100 real estate and economic experts said they expect the next recession to begin in 2020, with another third (35%) predicting the next recession to begin in 2021.

Trade policy, a geopolitical crisis and/or a stock market correction were the factors identified by panelists as most likely to trigger the next recession.
Trade policy, a stock market correction and a geopolitical crisis were cited as the most likely triggers for the next economic reversal.
Financial experts claim that the annual growth at the end of 2019 to be 4.1 percent, slowing further to 2.8 percent in 2020 and 2.5 percent in 2021 before picking up somewhat in 2022 and 2023 (to 3 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively). President Trump signed a huge corporate tax cut (which contained a minor cut for individuals). This has led to the federal deficit to reach $1 trillion per year. The increased spending and lower receipts have led the year to date deficit exploding from $176 to $310 billion, an increase of 77%. The monthly report has the Treasury needing to borrow $1.18 trillion in fiscal 2019 and $1.16 trillion in fiscal 2020. customs duties have nearly doubled (94% to be exact) from $12.6 billion to $24.5 billion due to the tariffs the Administration has implemented. While Trump will say that this is positive since other countries are paying these, he either doesn’t realize or care that the additional duties are really paid for by American companies or consumers. Read the whole analysis in Forbes.com https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2019/03/09/trumps-twin-deficits-are-exploding/. Posting Trump campaign slogans are just perpetuating lies. Become informed or remain ignorant.

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rebtop
11/26/2019 06:57 EST

One. I often wonder what is the goal of people like you who support trump. Revenge? I see the reason behind it: Hatred and Envy. Where do you think this saga is going to lead?

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rebtop
11/26/2019 07:14 EST

Goslig.. The fiscally responsible trump supporters are lying to themselves, for what reason i cannot understand. The deficit doubled under trump. His supporters are mostly composed of people that depend upon government handouts. Farmers, WV citizens. Old people that did not plan for old age or ran into life issues and would die without SS and Medicare. Yet when the deficit is addressed by republicans they attack entitlements. The very thing that enables their existence.

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gelynch52ph
11/26/2019 08:56 EST

Just make them run the meter and pay only the meter. That meter does not know your skin color.

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Goslig
11/26/2019 10:11 EST

onememphisdude “Likes & Dislikes about the Philippines” is a topic that has nothing to do with Trump rally fake patriotism. Go to Twitter. If reality testing is difficult for you, get professional help.

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Morgacj2004
11/26/2019 16:11 EST

Goslig. I appreciate why you as a Canadien Socialist and evidently a friend of China would love to see the end of Trump. I just listened to a real set of economic experts ( non partisan) who stated there are NO signs of the US going into recession. FYI the stock market is currently rallying, job growth is up and things are not all doom and gloom. The Democrats are focused solely on the impeachment process which will never happen as the Senate is friendly to Trump. This allows Trump to operate under the radar and actually make policy changes, build the wall etc with little scrutiny. Open up your eyes and get in touch with reality.

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LovePhilly
11/26/2019 17:05 EST

rebtop, did you really write "WV Citizens" when discussing government handouts?

I know you didn't.

I've lived here all of my life and everyone I know has a career. Thank you though for reinforcing negative stereotypes about the place I love most. It keeps the ass holes out.

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Morgacj2004
11/26/2019 17:48 EST

Thanks Rebtop you just described the supporters of the Democratic Party. Trump supporters are mainly middle class blue collar working Americans. Not sure how you got so confused. Pretty obvious in the last election who voted for him. Demographics of the voters are easily found on the internet.

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Goslig
11/26/2019 18:47 EST

Morgacj2004 Just Google it. Read the Forbes article. Look at YouTube. I am a Canadian conservative and follow the philosophy of Dr. Jordan Peterson, Ph. D. He’s all over YouTube. Spend your life savings on health care. That’s why the quality of life is so low in the US and Canadians are smarter. Sorry, I love America, but you political leaders is a honky.

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onememphisdude
11/26/2019 20:30 EST

Calm down Dude. I was replying to a Trump related post. Don;t know you, but from what I've read, I am worried about your TDS. It appears out of control. Evolve, son. As Micheal Jackson once said: "Make that change!" Do something fast or the next 5 years may be really rough for you. MAGA2020...and Beyond.

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Peacekeeper007
11/26/2019 20:51 EST

I hate to Delete this whole topic because there is valuable information on this thread. In the future any political comments let's keep it on the Politics Thread. I'll try to delete recent posts that have nothing to do with "likes and Dislikes about the Philippines". We're here to help new members not to confuse them with our constant topic jumping.

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TeeJay4103
11/26/2019 21:51 EST

Peacekeeper,

Thank you. The verbal sewage spewed by some members with regard to their political views is no more than childish at best. It's backed up by copy and paste nonsense from their favorite left or right wing website complete with their favorite details, graphs and numbers to prove how very right their thinking is and how very ignorant others who disagree are. Ad nauseam

How about blocking or removing the ones who are consistent offenders? Whatever they post that some consider of value is lessened in value by their lack of discipline when it comes to staying on point and answering the questions posed by the originator. For me, I find them distasteful enough where any post by them regardless of it's "value" is simply disregarded. I'll find the information elsewhere.

Anyway. Thanks for the effort.

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surfingcebu
11/26/2019 23:00 EST

Peacekeeper - thanks for doing a difficult job. I find some of the post very interesting ....so long as the mud slinging is kept to a minimum - Personal attacks are not productive and people should be talked to maybe? . I agree . Keep well !

Surf !

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darkfader24
11/27/2019 00:36 EST

Gentlemen - At this point in time I am sure that everyone pretty much knows where each other stand in our feelings and opinions regarding the state of affairs in America, Canada, the RP, and maybe in China. We have all certainly voiced it enough. I don't think that I have anything truly different to add to the conversation, except maybe an angry argument about this or that - which is not furthering the cause of this Forum. There are a number of individuals here who have an incredible amount of very valuable information that can and HAS helped each other. These people speak from EXPERIENCE - the greatest prover of Truth in regards to our beloved Philippines. We all know to a large degree the difficult waters that must be navigated in the RP in regards to the many Rules and Regulations, the discrepancies, and the all important sense of when a quick payment under the table is necessary - in order to get things done expeditiously. It's not easy to work through it all. Even now, after reading so much incredible information for the last 7 or 8 months, I still feel lost. Anyway, I greatly value the input I have received freely from all of you - and humbly suggest that we return to the original intent of this Forum. I am probably the guiltiest Party for having stirred up all of our "Political" discussions, and stand rebuked by my own conscience in helping to start a Forest Fire where it was unnecessary. If we find it "Impossible" to not continue our attacks on each other, then it really should be contained within the "Politics Thread", which was designed for Political Discussions. However, I think that we are much better off just helping each other and any new members, rather than devouring each other. United We Stand, Divided We Fall.

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LarryKar
11/27/2019 01:28 EST

Dark you are the voice of reason in this. It should be clear by now that nothing we write, no matter how many statistics we quote, no matter how many You Tube Gurus we want others to listen to 99.9% are not going to change their political stripes or their prejudices good or bad from this page. In the immortal words of Waylon Jennings can we just all go back to " the basics of life"?

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darkfader24
11/27/2019 02:55 EST

Larry - Thank you - and I wholeheartedly agree with you and Waylon! Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it!!

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gelynch52ph
11/28/2019 18:10 EST

Rethuglican propaganda & lies, every word.

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Goslig
11/29/2019 00:38 EST

BDO auto insurance is $15,000 pesos for theft, collision, third party liability , act of God, increased liability to the max, no fault damages is a good deal for my 2014 Ford Everest 2.5 lt diesel with 72,000 km. It’s covered for what I paid for it (very clean, new off road tires & mags, nice roof rack) $650,000 pesos. Getting the transfer of title in my name was a nightmare. If you’re looking at newer used car prices, message me and I’ll tell you all the hurdles you need to jump over. Never believe the promises of the previous owner that they will process it for you. Actually, they cannot. Used car dealers take a good mark up on their product. LTO annual insurance registration doesn’t cover much liability, and no third party liability, theft or collision isn’t included. Banks are best since you never know if a private insurance company goes out of business.

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Goslig
12/2/2019 04:54 EST

Typhoon hitting the Philippines now. Orange rain! I use free Windy app. Takes look. WOW!

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Goslig
12/2/2019 06:14 EST

Typhoon Kammuri (or Tisoy) should make landfall in Lamon Bay and sweep through most parts of the Philippines, from Northern Mindanao to the Ilocos region, around December 2, 2019. This includes the following regions:
• Bicol
• Calabarzon
• Caraga
• Central Luzon
• Mimaropa
• National Capital Region
• Western, Central and Eastern Visayas

Much of Luzon island, including Manila, may be affected by excessive rainfall and violent winds. Rains may cause flash flooding and landslides. The following essential services may also be disrupted:
• transportation
• power distribution
• water and food supply
• telecommunications networks
• emergency services
• medical care

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gypsyquokka
12/2/2019 09:00 EST

Typhoon Kammuri or Tisoy: Here in Tacloban, and northern Leyte were raised from Signal 1 to Signal 2 this afternoon. All day just drizzle and gusts of wind. Not too much happening but may increase after the typhoon crosses the coast in a couple of hours. The "storm" warnings have been dropped for Tacloban in the 4pm PAGASA Bulletin, but i see added to Tagaytay and Manila at that time.
I always follow the PAGASA website daily as sooo much info and alerts. TV channels etc often quote weather details that are different from PAGASA and their maps. They produce Bulletins daily at 4am and 4pm, except when a typhoon is in the PAR - then every 2 hour updates.
Be safe everyone

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LarryKar
12/2/2019 17:49 EST

gypsyquokka Re: Weather
Yes I find PAGASA to be the most accurate and just the facts forecasts. Local media wants to make every clap of thunder the end of civilization. As do some otherwise well meaning civilian posters. Up here on the north coast of Luzon just windy and off and on light to moderate rain. But the same that has plagued us for weeks now. The good side is that it has kept Tisoy well to the south. For the most part everything north of Tuguegaroa is not under any Storm Signals. Please pray as you are moved for all in the Central Philippines they are getting pounded.

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LarryKar
12/2/2019 17:49 EST

gypsyquokka Re: Weather
Yes I find PAGASA to be the most accurate and just the facts forecasts. Local media wants to make every clap of thunder the end of civilization. As do some otherwise well meaning civilian posters. Up here on the north coast of Luzon just windy and off and on light to moderate rain. But the same that has plagued us for weeks now. The good side is that it has kept Tisoy well to the south. For the most part everything north of Tuguegaroa is not under any Storm Signals. Please pray as you are moved for all in the Central Philippines they are getting pounded.

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jackson001
12/9/2019 11:47 EST

Just google cebu crimes against foreigners.
You are walking bullseye for every scammer here.
The only reason why they smile at you is beocos they are sizing you up for loan or green card.
Just say i am broke the smile disapears rel quick,
BEWARE!!!!!!

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Morgacj2004
12/9/2019 18:00 EST

Sorry but I have to respectfully disagree with Jackson’s post. Not everyone in Cebubis out to scam you or is sizing you up. I have been going to Cebubor living in Cebu since 2000. I have never been scammed other than the occasional taxi driver trying to run without a meter. Yes be careful but paranoia is not needed.

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Robertdav298
12/17/2019 05:36 EST

DID you know that motorcycles,, trcicads and tricyles are not required to have insurance they also do not pay road tax. So if one of these fine modes of transportation runs into you, they merely say....oh sorry. Even if the call an enforcer and they determine that its not your fault, these fine gents DO NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO PAY.

This explains why in part that they drive so reckless and have no regard for the simplest of road law.

You know that the Filipinos are always complaining that they do not have budget for projects?

A simple solution would be that all vehicles on the road must have proof of insurance and pay road tax, this would generate an enormous amount of revenue that could be used for infrastructure.
The government says that the people driving these motorcycles etc......ARE POOR and cannot afford insurance, this is pure garbage.
This is an example of the minority carrying the burden for the majority.

Seems I read that there was 4.5 million registered tricycles in 2018 and over 2 million new motorcyles in the first 10 months of 2018.

These numbers are huge.......look at all the revenue the RP is losing due to the governments incompetence.

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Goslig
12/17/2019 06:41 EST

Robertdav298 I am not casting doubt on your post that tricycles and motorcycles don’t carry insurance, but here in Davao they are required to. My Asawa has insurance and registration for her motorcycle. Yet there are many who do not. The Toril Police recently set up a road block and impounded about 30 tricycles and 20 motorcycles. We saw a herd of police pushing them down the street to their impound lot. But these are just spot checks. Kids without helmets speeding and weaving in and out of traffic without lights at night is common. About 2/3 of the overloaded tricycles and motorcycles with 3-4 riders drive at night without lights where there are no street lights. Many people we know who drive cars refuse to drive at night. There are no rules. It’s a game of chicken. I am constantly on my horn. It’s insane. Pretty much every time I drive to the downtown I see a mangled motorcycle in the middle of the road. There hasn’t been a day when I’m not cut off several times or vehicles charge onto McArthur HWY right in front of me. Motorcycles swarming on all sides between the lanes. I grind my teeth a lot.

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darkfader24
12/18/2019 01:41 EST

Goslig - You're on the Horn a lot with these life endangering, careless drivers? Being a Kano, I'm surprised that you aren't hauled off in handcuffs for daring to offend one of these poor, helpless little Pinoys. A good long jail sentence is what you need to get your mind right. In the States they call it "Attitude Adjustment"! (In this case - "Philippine Attitude Adjustment")

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Robertdav298
12/18/2019 03:55 EST

GOS......do you know if they pay raod tax in DAVAO? My guess is nope.
I have several friends that refuse to drive, they say its like playing russian roulette.
In DAVAO do they have traffic police, like in Chicago?

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Goslig
12/18/2019 07:51 EST

Robertdav298 They have traffic police in Davao which are lambs compared to the Lions in Chicago. The Davao Police are a different group and it’s wise to obey them. I have driven in many countries. Nothing compares to the recklessness of Davao drivers. The only rule they obey is a red light. There are practically none at all. In Toril we have is only one red light. Everything is a free-for-all except that one light.

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Goslig
12/18/2019 08:12 EST

darkfader24 I found skiing the advanced runs at Whistler pretty scary, but it’s not even close to the drivers here. My Ford Everest is big and blasting my horn has saved many Pinoy lives already because they blink/hesitate and don’t charge in front of me. The Jeepney drivers are the worst. A battering ram in wheels.

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ACEPoolPlayer
12/22/2019 09:56 EST

darkfader,
Nueva Ecija is actually 2.5-4 hours north of Manila, not southwest. Most of Nueva Ecija is very flat (hot and humid), similar to Bulacan and Pampanga. That province is a very large producer of rice. The big 7.7 earthquake in 1990 that killed over 1600 people had it's epicenter in Nueva Ecija. It was so strong that it did damage in Manila 110 miles away.

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LRod50
12/22/2019 19:42 EST

Ace, I think I remember the name from way back. You might have even been here when the earthquake hit. lol
Nice to here from you.

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ACEPoolPlayer
12/23/2019 07:59 EST

LRod,
Yeah, I was there during the Earthquake, Volcano, coup, seen it all. At that time most of the expats knew each other. I remember riding my bike in Manila and jumping off as the road seemed to have an ocean wave effect during the Earthquake. Where were you located at that time?

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darkfader24
12/23/2019 17:50 EST

Dear Ace - Thank you for the information. It is much appreciated. My Pinay is not stupid but is very ignorant. She was born and lives in a small Provincial Town in Nueva Ecija. Born late in 1992 - so she seems completely ignorant of the history of the area. And she downplays it a lot. I asked her about earthquakes and typhoons in the area and she said that they don't have any. But then her phone service goes out recently due to..... Right - a typhoon. ?!? Whatever. However, she does mention how miserably hot it is there, LOL !!

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LRod50
12/23/2019 19:13 EST

Ace, I was in prison.
I was a sergeant at Ely State Maximum Security Prison.
Loads of fun! NOT!

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bbazor
12/23/2019 19:21 EST

Darkfader: That is typical. Many Filipinos will tell you that it is safe where they live and invite you to go there. I have a friend that is a politician and has contacts all over the country. He also owns a construction company. He went to Mindanao and met a local Datu in a dangerous part of Mindanao. Before he went, he invited me. I told him no because it is not safe for foreigners there. He said that it would be safe because the Datu has security. I told him that it would be safe for him, but not for me because I am "kidnap bait". Sometimes Filipinos will say that their area is safe. In fact, it is fairly safe for them, but not for us. I have also experienced similar things to what your gf says. I think that they want to convince us (you in this case) think that it is ok so we will like it there. It is best to learn and use your better judgement. BTW, during typhoon season, most of the typhoons go north of her territory. The last one was closer to them. As the season goes on, they tend to go further south.

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darkfader24
12/24/2019 00:00 EST

bbazor - yes I concur with what you are saying. Exactly. She is either too young to know some of the big events, downplays stuff, or doesn't pay it much mind. She has a particularly laid back attitude, I have noticed. Very easy going. Bordering on slightly lazy, LOL. To a large degree it is nice because she is so agreeable. But sometimes it’s like “20 Questions” in order to extract complete information out of her. Part of the charm of Filipinos, I guess.

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bbazor
12/24/2019 00:12 EST

Darkfader: That is typical of the culture here. As long as she is faithful and honest and no hidden agenda, you should be fine.

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LarryKar
12/24/2019 01:06 EST

dark: True about typhoons. On the north coast we are mostly done for this season. The reason being is the prevailing winds push them south this time of year. Right now there is a Severe Tropical Storm which may be a Typhoon when it makes landfall near Tacloban. Noon news said they are already evacuating some areas. Few are arguing they learned their hard lesson back in 2013. Poor souls Christmas in an evacuation center would not be fun.

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gypsyquokka
12/24/2019 03:20 EST

Hi Larry Kar - yes it is now a typhoon and Tacloban, Leyte and all of Samar are under a Wind Signal #3 since 2pm today and winds to 170kph. Looks like a fun evening and night.

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