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Goslig
9/25/2019 23:23 EST

Just starting this collection of useful tips. There are 4 different plug types I here for electrical appliances. I have found one brand of surge protector power bar that fits them all without adaptors & the male plug fits snug in its female receptor: “Panther” brand (has a black panther logo). Also you will realise that the router with your modem is crap. You will need another router or range extender. I bought an ASUS RT-AC88U wireless AC3100 dual band Gigabit router. The configuration is a little tricky from their website, but there is an iPhone App that simplifies it. After plugging all the wires with the power off on everything, you power everything up an press the reset button to restore factory defaults and download the latest firmware. Your desktop menu will load all the utilities. You will need a power delay switch (Panther brand) because the surge protector is inadequate after a brown out when the power comes back on with a burst surge. The delay switch takes 5 minutes to allow power to its female receptors. We get Avery good 2.4 g and 5.0 g signal. Watch the YouTube for help configuring this router.

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darkfader24
9/26/2019 02:40 EST

Gos - "........... the male plug fits snug in its female receptor" That's what she said. Sorry - I couldn't resist. Or as my Ex said to me 5 years ago - "You're 60 going on 16." True, true........ Hehehe

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LarryKar
9/26/2019 04:28 EST

Gos: don't want to start a debate but you must have some strange electronics. I have the normal assortment of TV's, fans, toaster ovens, etc etc. Every one came with a standard two prong and a ground like in the USA. The only odd ball was on my generator and it was your standard heavy duty twist to plug in job. Now Hong Kong and some other Asian countries you need adaptors but at least in my experience not in the RP. Did you find the location of a crashed UFO and reverse engineer?

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Goslig
9/26/2019 04:56 EST

LarryKar The product you are buying is different from what is distributed here. I get two giant round prongs, two smaller round prongs, a wide three prong, and an even wider three angled prong. These are for standard appliances (probably made in China) like a Sharp Vacuum or a lamp, etc. I’m just going to add a rant about Pinoy pollution. Though littering is banned on the streets of Davao, aquatic littering is out of control. My local swimming hole, Vales Beach, used to have clear water and swarms of fish up to 5 years ago. Now the fish are gone, the water is too warm and dirty brown, and it’s choked with organic debris (20%} and one-use plastic, broken runners, miscellaneous plastic of all types three feet deep and waves of the flotsam/jetsam every three feet.. The beach is mired in it and I have to swim off shore at least 200 feet to avoid most of it. Pinoy’s like lots of one use plastic and love just dumping everywhere. It’s the worst king of pollution. Plastic bags inside of double plastic bags full of one use plastic wrapped junk food and plastic drink bottles. Recycling doesn’t exist. It’s a disgusting “who cares” cultural moray. Like guys taking a public piss up against a wall. If it keeps up, their will be layers of one use plastic garbage covering everything. everywhere Disgusting!

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Goslig
9/26/2019 05:17 EST

darkfader24 That’s what I like about Filipina’s. Woody has no complaints, and he feels like a radical again. The Filipina receptor all too willing.

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darkfader24
9/26/2019 05:23 EST

Goslig!!! How Politically Incorrect! I am horrified (Not!!) Hehehe.......

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Goslig
9/26/2019 05:37 EST

darkfader24 I enjoy a little political incorrectness occasionally, and I never get any complaints about it either.

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LarryKar
9/26/2019 07:00 EST

Gos: all the appliances I have were bought here but anyway. Yes I read today that all of the sea ice within 150 miles of the Alaskan Coast has melted. If true I'm in shock. Memories of standing on the beach at Barrow and marveling at the ice burgs streaked with ancient blue ice. And Trump mocks that little Swedish girl.

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Goslig
9/26/2019 07:39 EST

LarryKar Yep! Global warming doesn’t exist, but Greenland is disappearing. The cumulative ice loss from Greenland from 1992 to 2015 was 3 600 Gt (Gigatonnes) and contributed to global sea level rise by approximately 10 mm. The risks to America and the entire world can only be managed after Trump is removed from office, hopefully before it’s too late. On another note, have you watched the Raffu Tulfo shows on YouTube. Most of it is in English. 80% are about Foreigners scammed by Filipina’s. Lots of interesting facts about Philippine Law (he’s a lawyer). The last show I watched I found out it’s legal to exchange nude pictures, but if you (or your photo-mate) send the nude picture of the person to anyone else, you go to jail. Raffy Tulfo does all kinds of issues. All interesting scams. He’s very good and a funny negotiator.

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LovePhilly
9/26/2019 08:22 EST

Larry and Gos, just remember...you guys started it. This is not the politics page so no whining later!

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LovePhilly
9/26/2019 08:24 EST

And yes Gos, I read that 95% of plastics in the ocean come from Asia. 95%!!! They throw it in their rivers and it all flows to the ocean then the U.S. gets lectured for using drinking straws...stupid.

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darkfader24
9/26/2019 09:00 EST

LovePhilly - We could fix this "Drinking Straw Issue" quite easily. Go back to utilizing those wax covered paper straws. How hard is that?

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Goslig
9/26/2019 09:38 EST

LovePhilly Larry started it, but then I turned the page to Raffu Tulfo. He’s better than Jerry Springer. Gives guys free motorcycles if they break up with their cheating wife/girlfriend. I can’t do politics anymore. Canada & the US are too extremes. Both shocking and embarrassing . That’s all I can say.

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TheIslandGeneration
9/26/2019 11:23 EST

Statistics are always something you have to take with a grain of salt him, in this case, a few grains of plastic. While 95% of plastics in the ocean come from Asian may be somewhat true. Keep in mind up until recently we were shipping almost all are recycled plastics and other things from our recycle bins to China. This was at an enormous volume because we really couldn't handle recycling ourselves in the US. If you remember even recently the Philippines refused recycled material from Canada and sent it back. So while these Asian countries might be dumping things they just can't process the source of the plastic material may be more complicated than just them dumping their material. Also, the further keep in mind in the US-China has virtually cut off all shipments of recycled material to their country. This means the US is dumping recycled material in landfills because they can't process it. People might have a good feeling when they push that blue can down by the sidewalk but not realizing this not doing what they intended not before or even now.

Mark
The Island Generation

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Goslig
9/26/2019 20:30 EST

TheIslandGeneration The Philippines returned “rotting garbage” to Canada that was not recyclable though there was some plastic mixed in. I moved to the Philippines from Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada on Vancouver Island. The City won the international recycling award several years in a row. All organic waste is collected in separate containers, all plastic, cardboard and metal has a separate container. Your garbage is inspected and anything prohibited, like styrofoam or cfl light bulbs, or glass, is left behind for you to drop off at a recycling centres. Plastic bags must go to the landfill. Almost all stores do not provide one use plastic bags. The few that do you must pay for. Your generalisation that all statistics “must be taken with a grain of salt” is inaccurate. Having completed two years of statistics in University, it all depends using proper statical methods. Sometimes data is presented as valid statistics when in fact it is manipulated data that was not calculated according to proper statistical methods. It would be correct to say that “some” statistics are fake data.

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Goslig
9/26/2019 20:56 EST

TheIslandGeneration
The capital of BC is Victoria on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island. Victoria releases all its untreated sewage straight into the Juan de Fuca Strait, now, called the Salish Sea, directly across from Port Angeles, Washington. I wasn’t trying to give the impression that Canada was environmentally responsible. It isn’t.

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TheIslandGeneration
9/27/2019 13:34 EST

Goslig - I stand by my statement that all statistics should be taken with a grain of salt. Especially when you're talking about multiple countries for all sorts of different political reasons doing the reporting. Even the companies working with the trash reporting they have their reasons such as "put more weight down for the ship to get more money who is checking. The list goes on and on.

I'm not sure why you're posting you had two years of statistics in University. Was that to prove your right? When you have no idea who I am. I spent 18 years writing statistical programs for the largest organization in the world, calculating world data at a monumental scale. Surprisingly in school, you probably studied one of the models I built.

The whole point here is not who has the bigger statistical genitalia but that saying Asia is the sole source or 95% of plastics when 45 percent of all the world's plastic is exported to China. This skews the numbers and is misleading that is only China's trash.

"For more than 25 years, many developed countries, including the U.S., have been sending massive amounts of plastic waste to China instead of recycling it on their own.

Some 106 million metric tons — about 45 percent — of the world's plastics set for recycling have been exported to China since reporting to the United Nations Comtrade Database began in 1992.

But in 2017, China passed the National Sword policy banning plastic waste from being imported — for the protection of the environment and people's health — beginning in January 2018." NPR June 28, 2018.

I do agree that some countries like Canada and to some extent the United States has taken a great deal of effort to try to solve recycle issues. I just watched a show recently that showed that good Samaritans were recycling something as simple as their pizza box. Completely cleaned out with nothing in it. But the recyclers were rejecting it because of course cheese oil and pepperoni oil had contaminated the actual cardboard. How many people know that? Most people think if they do their part and throw what they "understand" is recyclable in the blue bin, the world gets cleaner. It would be more interesting to see statistics as China is not taking plastics how much of the American trash, after sorting, get thrown into a landfill?

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Goslig
9/27/2019 14:57 EST

TheIslandGeneration I think you are using exaggeration to make your point.!Obviously there are reliability and validity differences between different types of data manipulation and sampling’s techniques. There’s a big difference between a correlation coefficient (r), a chi square test, a t test of significance and an f test or analysis off variability. We didn’t have computers back when I was in university. My comments were not made for the purpose of challenging your ego. Just a declaration of my point of view. I don’t mind if you disagree with me. I’m not a pissing contest kid of guy unless someone takes a low blow personal attack against me. I do agree with practically everything you said. But “a grain of salt” comment from someone of your experience isn’t credible to me. We don’t need to agree on that. I’m more interested in the discussion about recycling.

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TheIslandGeneration
9/27/2019 16:59 EST

Goslig - Thank you for agreeing with most of my response. But if you could elaborate where you think I was using "exaggeration" to make a point I'd like to respond to that.

The basic goal of recycling is a good thing but maybe the problem is it's become a business. So there is some logic to say that people in that business do not necessarily want to have the supplier (us), throwing "recyclables" in our blue bin and also do the work of the contractor's sorters.

Of course, keeping in mind that all the rejected material cost that then be put in the truck and taken to a landfill where it could've been put in one truck and taken to the landfill if we were better sorters.

We like that even go to the tedious and I considered the expensive task of cleaning things like soda cans using water from the sink. Are we not trading one resource for another?

I have seen the kids on Smoky Mountain. Dangerous certainly but then again what recyclers.

Floating plastic in the ocean is huge. On one hand, I encourage those that want to attempt to go out there and try to clean it up. But on the other hand, some animals have made these artificial floating reefs home and are living and reproducing there.

It's interesting because we both remember the "old days" there were those thick Coke bottles that you simply return to get some money. They would wash these and then recycle them. It was efficient before was replaced with convenience.

Of course a few hundred years ago we couldn't realize that we have this recycling problem. You have to wonder a few hundred years from now will we make a permanent trash dump on the moon or will there be just trash loaded into cylinders on a rocket blasted towards the sun that engines will reverse so that the debris continues towards the sun and the rocket returns like the trash truck on Wednesdays.

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TheIslandGeneration
9/27/2019 17:11 EST

Goslig -
I think we can all agree Greenland's ice is melting. I'm not a Trump fan but you have to really admire his last real estate attempted deal. No one has really thought about why he did this or even commented on what level it could've gone to. Let's offer the host country money to buy Greenland. This of course would have to be approved by Congress. The offer was made regardless, without a number value.

Let's say Congress took it up and said no way, but this would mean Denmark decided to sell.

Trump would then counter saying congress won't buy it so I will pay the price. Then Trump would have the biggest real estate deal since the Louisiana purchase.

Trump said he doesn't believe in climate change but also it does seem he was hedging his bet. I mean if Greenland really does turn green you can put a lot of towers there!

Mark

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Goslig
9/27/2019 21:59 EST

TheIslandGeneration Both Denmark and Trump know how resource rich Greenland is. Greenland is believed by some geologists to have some of the world's largest remaining oil resources. U.S. Geological Survey found in 2001 that the waters off north-eastern Greenland, in the Greenland Sea north and south of the Arctic Circle, could contain up to 110 billion barrels, and is widely believed to hold excellent potential for a host of natural resources, including zinc, lead, gold, iron ore, and copper. It makes Denmark an Artic nation too.

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Goslig
9/27/2019 22:07 EST

TheIslandGeneration You exaggerate, as I stated previously, when you say that “all statistics must be taken with a grain of salt”. It is true that in a very few cases you can get false negatives or false positives. The vast body of scientific knowledge is based on statistics. The (normal) bell shaped curve is real. Are you claiming it isn’t?

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Goslig
9/28/2019 11:44 EST

All Davao City & Samal Island beaches and Davao’s river are banned from allowing swimming three days ago. No warning signs are posted, nor do the beach staff tell you. A Chinese virus has infected the Gulf of Davao and made its way up the river. School. children were informed and friends of ours who own and manage a nearby beach told us. I assume the authorities are keeping the warning under warps day as to not impact tourism. Also, recently the beaches were covered in piles of plastic refuse that came from China. I think China is dumping off shore so their trash and viruses wash up on local beaches here instead of in China. I don’t imagine the local fish that are caught can be very safe to eat either.

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IDAHO1
9/28/2019 12:18 EST

This adapter covers most stuff that most {but not all} people will bring to the Phils. It is only for 220 V, and it does provide 2 USB ports.
It is the ROYU REDPL125, and you can see it at this web page.

http://fireflyelectric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/PriceList-Royu-Firefly-Electrical-Devices-JAN-2018-issue-V1.pdf

It is supposed to be good for up to 10 Amps, and I picked up a couple at Gaisano's in Ozamiz City.

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Goslig
9/28/2019 22:45 EST

6.1 magnitude earthquake in Davao Oriental just now. Just a little shaking in Davao Del Sur. we get them every couple months.

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darkfader24
9/29/2019 07:25 EST

Wow! Stay safe Gos - and all Davaoians. Prayers for you!!

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Goslig
9/29/2019 07:43 EST

darkfader24 I used my Pure Force app to inquire in the “city concerns”. First I got an immediate (911) call back saying they would investigate. Later I used the Pure Force app to send an email confirming that the “Chinese virus” is a threat and it has closed the beaches. Less than a minute later I got two calls back confirming that swimming is banned. The Pure Force app also notified me immediately about the details about todays earthquake in Davao Oriental. It lists emergency numbers for a variety of government departments including a hot line to Duterte. It works everywhere in the Philippines. I recommend it to everyone for all emergencies: Police, Fire or Ambulance. It also has family tracking. It’s FREE too.

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LarryKar
9/29/2019 08:09 EST

Gos: Thanks for the tip about Pure Force. Found it easily in Google Play Store. All set.

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darkfader24
9/29/2019 19:49 EST

Gosling - Thank you for the 411 on Pure Force. What a fantastic App. It will serve well all those who know about it. I will text my Filipino friends regarding this. U R Da Man!!

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Goslig
9/29/2019 22:29 EST

Chinese Virus swimming ban lifted. The beaches are again safe in Davao.

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darkfader24
9/30/2019 01:41 EST

Gosling - "Chinese Virus swimming ban lifted. The beaches are again safe in Davao." What? Did DU30 throw a lot of bleach into the Ocean???

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Goslig
9/30/2019 03:11 EST

darkfader24 Several tide changes and currents do wonders. All the plastic refuse gone too, but broken pieces of brain coral still remain.

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LarryKar
9/30/2019 03:20 EST

Goslig have you been drinking beer with " The Golden Warrior"? Got curious and searched around. Found nothing about China being involved and it's a scare mostly over the polio virus being found in samples of river water. Probably from contamination by sewage. But I was not fair in suspecting Warrior. He would blame the Deep State.
https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1027729.amp#aoh=15698274233283&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&_tf=From%20%251%24s

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Goslig
9/30/2019 03:31 EST

LarryKar That’s interesting. I read a Phil Star report that Polio is on the rise here again. The Salk vaccine was replaced by the Sabine oral vaccine in the 1960’s. Neither my wife’s daughter nor her niece have had the oral vaccine. Tomorrow we go to the doctor.

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LarryKar
9/30/2019 04:12 EST

Goslig yes so far two or three confirmed cases. First new cases in over 19 years. I'm so old I was part of the first round of the Salk Vaccine. Chicago Public Schools. Remember they marched us all to the gym and we got injected.

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darkfader24
9/30/2019 04:27 EST

Goslig/LarryKar - In South Philadelphia I remember me and all the little Black Ghetto Kids getting little paper cups with "Sugar Cubes" for TB and Polio prevention. We all lined up gleefully, as we considered it a treat to get some sugar!

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Goslig
9/30/2019 05:16 EST

LarryKar That would be the same for me. I lived with my mother and older brother then and went to Eugene Field Elementary School on the North Side of Chicago.. My Dad’s offices were at 936 North Michigan off Oak Street Beach. Where in Chicago are you from?

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LarryKar
9/30/2019 06:25 EST

Goslig: At that time we lived on Central and I attended Burnham Elementary. Dad was an Engineer worked for a company that manufacturered mining equipment. Upwardly mobile like many of the Post War Vets folks built a new house in LaGrange and later another new house in Western Springs on Wolf Road. Yeah grew up a spoiled suburban brat. Would have attended Lyons Twp. HS but Dad got a job with a company in Southern Illinois not far from St. Louis and we moved just before I would have gone to Lyons.

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LovePhilly
9/30/2019 08:05 EST

My brother in laws live in Taguig near Manilla and have had drought for the past many months. Has anyone here in the Philippines had this water shortage?

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gypsyquokka
9/30/2019 09:39 EST

Hi lovephilly - Here in Tacloban we had quite severe restrictions with water in June, July and part of August. Some water in the mains for an hour a day = few drips in a bucket at the end of a street. The dams were too low. Was a boom for the guys with a vehicle to carry about 30 plastic jerry cans of water at a time and charged 10 to 12 php a container. Not exactly cheap but little choice. Water came from deep wells. Some deliveries with 5 jerry cans on a pedicab - took 1 hour each way to go get the water. I gave them 20php a can, but still like slave labour. Always conscious of water usage, as most Australians are.

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mattinnorfolk
9/30/2019 09:50 EST

Thanks for this info in the water and is that country wide pretty much? If I can buy you a beer or coffee as I go through Tacloban let me know, and that offer is open to anyone. Thanks.

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darkfader24
9/30/2019 14:17 EST

gypsyquokka - I am astounded to read about thesis water shortages. I had read about 6 months ago or so, that Pinays are very clean and take lots of showers - 2 a day - because the RP, being in the Tropics, NEVER had a shortage of water. Now I read your words and I can't believe it. Is the problem because they don't have enough Dams, or there really is a drought? A drought would really surprise me.

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surfingcebu
9/30/2019 16:02 EST

Dark- what is a Chinese virus swim ban? Huh?

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Goslig
9/30/2019 20:28 EST

darkfader24 Plenty of water in Davao.

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LovePhilly
9/30/2019 20:43 EST

Thanks for the update on the water all. I'm just shocked because this is the "wet" season and they are still having drought. My wife says she never experienced this before.

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TheIslandGeneration
9/30/2019 22:02 EST

Current rates of recycling are dismal. In Europe, about 30% of plastics are recycled, but the U.S. recycles only 9.1%, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s about all our networks can manage without significant improvements and investments in recycling technologies and infrastructure.

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LarryKar
10/1/2019 02:38 EST

It was bad actually critical back in June July August but if you check the PAGASA Page on FB they post dam water levels every week. Almost all are back to normal levels or very close.

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gypsyquokka
10/1/2019 03:31 EST

dark - there have been a few other comments about water shortages in different provinces. Here in Leyte the rainy season should have started weeks ago but to date only a couple of showers. I dont think it is lack of dams in most places but a drought. Look at the weather in India in past few months - should have been hot and dry but they have extensive flooding over much of the country. Manila has major water shortage problems these past months and with areas this week limited to two hours a day. Main dams are at critical / or below levels and substituting some of requirements with artesian bores. Check it out on Philippine news . Smile

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darkfader24
10/1/2019 08:49 EST

SurfingCebu - "Dark- what is a Chinese virus swim ban? Huh?" Goslig was talking about it around Davao because of trash and a Chinese Virus in the water - which is apparently now safe to swim in. Then Gelynch mentioned some things about a drought where he lives and the cost and inconvenience of hauling water from somewhere. I then mentioned to Gelynch that I had always heard that the RP, being in the Tropics with lots of rainfall, didn't ever have water issues. I was surprised that he is experiencing a drought.

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Goslig
10/1/2019 08:59 EST

darkfader24 LarryKar clarified that it was a polio virus discovered in the river that flows out into beaches. There are two new cases of Polio in Davao. I saw a news report that stated there were 9 new cases of Polio nationwide. My step daughter was told it was a “Chinese” virus at her school. The city called it a “Chinese” virus, but it was actually a Polio virus. The threat is now over. The beaches were cleaned of debris.But often there are large drifts of it coming from China and washing up on the beaches here. Doesn’t seem to be a big problem elsewhere that I have been. The currents and winds push it. We have had Southeasterly winds for months now.

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Goslig
10/9/2019 10:22 EST

Just to let the uninformed be forewarned, I was having a marital problem just before my 8th wedding anniversary. My wife’s life has become dominated since April by another woman who’s husband abandoned her. My wife cancelled airfares for a trip I planned and went on the bus then so she could be alone with this woman. I hardly see my wife who drinks with this “lover” for 7 - 10 hours a day 5-6 days a week with their drinking friends. I am not invited. My wife is bi-polar and needs her medication daily to prevent severe mood swings. When she takes her medication she is very loving and responsible. But her girlfriend/lover convinced her to stop 6 days before our anniversary. I did not want the unhappy marriage wrecker at my anniversary celebration. However , my wife was persuaded to change our plan to exclude me at a beach party. I begged my wife to not go. I warned her if she went, I would show up and voice my disapproval . So I did to everyone’s shock. Prior to this my wife asked me for a divorce and tried to get the police to remove me from our property. This is a classic MANIC ATTACK. I have been through many. My wife also confessed to loving her friend who loved her deeply. I was greeted at the beach party table by her lover who tried swinging a rum bottle at me. I told her she was a “marriage wrecker” and to GTH. Then left. My wife then spent the next four days with her, behaviour typical when she goes off her medication. SO HERE’s the rub. I posted her lovers picture on my Facebook update for 1 day. Her lover immediately began a libel suit against me because I described her as a “Lesbian”. This is a cyber crime resulting in jail and deportation. I also got a summons from the Barangay Captain as the defendant against her and my wife’s complaint. Once you get a derogatory report about you, you are deported and can never come back to the Philippines. However, the problem was my wife has no money and can’t sell our house because of problems with the title. I told her to get her lover to back off. The libel suit was dropped, but the hearing at the Barangay office is still on. I was careful to screenshot all their drunken parties posted on my wife’s Facebook that I was never invited to or knew about. I also took screen shots of my pleading to my wife to go to dinner with me and later she could go out with them, or plan their party on another day. I included pictures of my wife when she is happy and normal, and when she is suffering a manic attack. Be very careful to never post anything derogatory on Facebook. Leave a trail of messaging to support yourself when a surprise summons is delivered because some wack job wants to make trouble. Never raise your voice. I think I will come out on top this time, I hope! My wife is back on her medication. C’est la vie!

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darkfader24
10/9/2019 12:02 EST

Goslig - Wow! I am so sorry that you are going through this. They may threaten to deport you - but you might have something on them. “Adultery” is completely illegal. I don’t know if Homosexuality is also, but if so, then you’ve got them on 2 counts. The question is, “Can you prove this?” If so, then good. I mentioned a dear friend whose wife has been working in the Sheriff’s Department of a Calif city. The Chief Sheriff is an aggressive dyke, and has gained sway over my friend’s wife. Out of the Blue, she started demanding a divorce. It has been like a personality change, and now their 30 plus year is shot. He stood by her through many health issues, including a double mastectomy. It is tragic. I think this is typical in the Gay world. They claim that they hurt no one. I say “BULLS#%t. My Dad went Gay and there was Hell to pay at home.

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surfingcebu
10/9/2019 12:02 EST

Gos- Thanks for sharing . We all have different views on this forum , but we all have some sympathy in what yoru going through . If It was me , I would hope members here would help with some good ideas and some encouragement . We all have disagreements here at times , but when you reach out with an explanation of what is going on with yourself, it is very admirable and deserving of encouragement and helpful words I would hope .

I hope and wish you the best .

your wife is your ex wife at this point. You must treat her as such . Treat her nicely ( im sure you would as you always do ) , BUT watch out for the extortion now ! They will go for you pocket book !

Surf !

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surfingcebu
10/9/2019 13:03 EST

Gos - I think the commotion is they know you have money and yoru wife/exwife wants to extort it . Be careful bud . Adultery is a huge issue , so is the forms of bleeding you of your money ....so just some helpful hints here .

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catabisis
10/9/2019 15:32 EST

Goslig, get rid of her. Materialism you lose is nothing compared to emotional peace. You didn’t think this through before posting about the dyke. You should have done your due diligence and texted back and forth with your wife until she admitted adultery with the dyke. The dyke is not the home wrecker. It is your wife!
No offense-all humans have quirks and issues-something is missing from a man who marries a woman with your wife’s ingrained troubles. You are being this woman’s enabler. Seriously, you need to go to YouTube and watch some Coach Red Pill videos.

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LovePhilly
10/9/2019 16:01 EST

Gos,

When the timing is right, dump her! Until then, don't give her anything. No money. Cut her off.

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catabisis
10/9/2019 20:35 EST

I agree with LovePhilly. Cut her off and shut her down now!

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Goslig
10/9/2019 23:15 EST

LovePhilly I agree that is how I feel. But I must be very careful to preserve my status here. She’s promised to give me half of the household goods and half of the money from the sale of the house, and confirm my Permanent Resident Visa. I also realise that her betrayal is a symptom of her mental illness. I need to escape it. There were many good memories. I am through my brief anger stage, and now I am just flotsam/jetsam for a while. There will be a time for my new situation. It is always best to just buy a condo in your name. NEVER buy a house that is in your wife’s name. Thanks for your support.

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Goslig
10/9/2019 23:21 EST

catabisis Hindsight is 20/20. My wife is 100% responsible. Nice guys finish last. All I get from it is self respect. I am not co-dependent. My wife suffers from a mental illness that she carefully concealed until it was too late. When she is not having a manic attack and is on her medication, she is wonderful and loving. I used to love her, still do a little, but I cannot live with her anymore. Thanks for your support.

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surfingcebu
10/10/2019 00:32 EST

I agree Gos . In the RP , buy a condo , way too many strange things happen with land and homes in the RP ...
One must have things in their name , in the RP . But rent is SO cheap ....I think renting for a long term is a choice as well !

You have my support Gos ... I wish you luck in your journey to heal .

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surfingcebu
10/10/2019 00:38 EST

Love Philliy has a point here Gos . Distance yourself asap ! Maybe even consider moving islands or cities . Get away from her . I know what pain you have had under her rule . your a good man Sir , you deserve and will get much better !

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Goslig
10/10/2019 01:25 EST

surfingcebu Thanks for your support Surf. I have to play the cards I am dealt. I have my Permanent Resident Visa and the sale of the house which I am promised 1/2 and half of the furniture. Still waiting on my Ford registration. The divorce is in the works. But first things first. My wife is fine while on her medication.

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TheIslandGeneration
10/10/2019 18:28 EST

First I sympathize with you on anyone with a partner that is having mental issues. My first wife who was Thai actually developed a strong bipolar mental situation. On medicine just like you've experienced, everything was fine. Unfortunately her friends convinced her that she was better and that she didn't need the medicine anymore not understanding the medicine was the key thing that was making her better. When she stopped taking that medicine and never return to taking that medicine it was crazy town. There was no reasoning of course and it just turned into a nightmare of not knowing what the next day would bring. I eventually got divorced but because of children still had to deal with the insanity for many years to come. But distancing myself from her was better for both of us . But during all the time she put a huge dent in me financially only when I got divorced was able to actually get away from the bad side.

You mentioned "that the divorce is in the works" I was a bit confused about this because divorce is not legal in the Philippines although it has gone as far as the president but he has not supported it.

The only legal means is annulment. But that means you were never married so what does it actually mean for property and everything else if you actually were never married?

Also I do recommend getting away from her but also you have to be careful that you let everyone know why and have witnesses to that effect because of course she can always claim later that you abandoned her. It's very hard to win when someone you're fighting legally is not sane.
They can spend anything up that's in their dreams or their head that never happened and of course it's hard to tell everyone that ever happened what is she talking about? Went through plenty of that.

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Goslig
10/11/2019 09:24 EST

TheIslandGeneration Yes you understand how difficult a living situation it becomes living with a bi-polar off her meds. My wife is back to normal as she is taking them again. Yet, it takes 4 days for the blood levels to become effective. It was the same situation with her friends convincing her to stop taking them. So here is my divorce process. I am an American, and I get get my divorce in Guam in 7 days. I can go to the American Embassy and get a letter saying I am single. I am not a Filipino. The Philippine government does not have jurisdiction. My ex wife can take my Guam divorce to the NSO and get her Cinomar saying she is single. Foreign divorces are recognised. However, before I was married, I had to pay 190,000 p for her annulment of her Filipino marriage to a Filipino man. It’s the US Embassy that determines my marital status not the Philippine government.

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gelynch52ph
10/11/2019 09:41 EST

I hope you understand that your wife will have to sign the documents in front of US attorney. There is a US notarial service at the Embassy but you must make an appointment there.

What is a 7-Day Residency Divorce on Guam?

Under Guam law, married couples residing outside of the island can obtain a Guam divorce if they meet certain requirements. First, both non-resident spouses must consent to the divorce. Second, both must sign documents in front of a U.S. notary public. And third, one spouse must come to Guam and stay for a minimum of seven consecutive days. The entire process usually takes from 3 to 6 weeks. Guam divorces are recognized throughout all 50 States and U.S. Territories.

http://www.divorceguam.com/

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gelynch52ph
10/11/2019 09:47 EST

Goslig: I lived in the Philippines for 14 years and only ever saw 3 kinds of plugs. They were the same 2 flat blades as found in the US (but not polarized with 1 being larger), 3 wire grounded plugs but they were not very common due to the fact that no houses in PI are grounded unless you have an older US military house, and I did see a couple of the 2 round plugs as found in Korea. You can buy adapters for those at any hardware store for about P50.

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Goslig
10/11/2019 09:58 EST

gelynch52ph We have those here, but there are two round sizes, and another three prong plug where the prongs are at 45 degree angles with each other.

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gelynch52ph
10/11/2019 10:26 EST

I never saw any of those 3 prong plugs you are talking about. Those are usually industrial plugs not used on household devices.

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Goslig
10/11/2019 22:24 EST

gelynch52ph I must make an on-line appointment for Notary Services (for my wife) at the Cebu City American Consulate. I do not need to attend. You must be certain that your arrival and departure times on Guam coincide with the 7 day residency rule. American divorces granted to Americans are valid in Canada and the Philippines for a Philippine marriage. They do this work for thousands of Americans married to Asians.

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Goslig
10/15/2019 09:12 EST

Scam on 2014 Ford Everest: when I bought this second hand Gord from the owner of a repair shop, I believed it to be trustworthy. It had one year old Mag wheel rims and 4 one year old off road 17 inch tires. However, I noticed the front wheels out of alignment. Went to a high rated repair shop (that also scammed me) to have the alignment fixed only to discover that the wheel lugs had no socket that fit to remove them. I had photographed all the documents in the glove compartment when I first inspected the Everest which included the invoice of the owners shop (Performance Auto) for the rims, lugs and tires (Aug. 2018). The owners son who manages his shop made various attempts to find a socket to fit. It is neither SAE or metric, but rather a special tool that came with the wheel lugs that I was later told was”lost”. Two months have passed and the registration is still not transferred into my name. Today I went to a Goodyear tire shop and a machine shop. I had a 14mm & 16mm socket and my calliper. The lug size is 15.5mm. I was told I had a big problem. Even the original spare tire cannot be mounted since the l wheel lugs would not fit. The managers son joked that “they would have swapped out the new wheels with the old ones, but the couldn’t find the original wheels” (?) Kind of odd. 4 huge tires? What they couldn’t find was the lug socket. The brake maintenance light indicator was coming on. So the reason for selling to me became obvious. The manager did nothing to resolve the problem except a lame promise never acted on. He’s just anxiously waiting for it to be registered in my name. Two solutions come to mind. Reorder the wheel lug set they bought to get another specialised wheel lug socket or shim up a 16mm socket to fit. But HEY! Aren’t foreigners stupid? Play them. We go to the lawyer tomorrow to file our civil case to recover 664,000 pesos. F-#K Pinoy scammers.

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surfingcebu
10/15/2019 11:41 EST

Gos - for the Ford , its not theirs to sell ? The tires were swapped out - Why do you figure ?
outright scam . car scam ?

I always would buy form a dealer or VERY close, long term friend . Never a shop , myself .

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catabisis
10/16/2019 00:02 EST

Gosling, a few things here.. This is for everyone. Next time you buy a car that is not a shimmed together multi cab, Google a used car buying checklist. One of the things it would say is jack up the vehicle and shake each wheel. If there is movement, the wheel bearings are bad.
The next instruction on the list will be to remove the wheel and check for brake wear. This is where you would have found your lug nut issue.
The brake maintenance light isn’t a huge issue. I am certain you just need new brakes. If you don’t do it yourself, DO NOT take it to the dealership. You will be out a lot of money. Find a reputable mechanic to do it. Go to Facebook in a foreigner’s group in your area and ask foreigners for a decent mechanic.
Before you buy another car, research the best scan tools online and buy the one you can most afford. Then take it with you when you search for a vehicle. Most of these knuckleheads here have probably never heard of one. If they have they probably never used one.
Run the scan. If any faults come up, maybe all you need to do is reset the computer and the faults will clear through the scanner. But you need to know the ones that will clear and a good scanner will tell you.
Before you clear it, you negotiate a lower price for the “problems” of the vehicle and tell the guy you will repair it yourself. Pull out a scanner and he will think you are a master mechanic. Then clear the faults when you get home. I would even go as far as telling the owner if he sells his vehicle with that many “problems” and does not tell the customer he could find himself getting sued. He might be eager to sell it to you just to get away from it.
Here is a guy who has been a mechanic for 50 years. I drop in to his YouTube channel from time to time. Here is what he says in his scan tool review.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c7Q_rCJX1MM ......
Scam on 2014 Ford Everest: when I bought this second hand Gord from the owner of a repair shop, I believed it to be trustworthy. It had one year old Mag wheel rims and 4 one year old off road 17 inch tires. However, I noticed the front wheels out of alignment. Went to a high rated repair shop (that also scammed me) to have the alignment fixed only to discover that the wheel lugs had no socket that fit to remove them. I had photographed all the documents in the glove compartment when I first inspected the Everest which included the invoice of the owners shop (Performance Auto) for the rims, lugs and tires (Aug. 2018). The owners son who manages his shop made various attempts to find a socket to fit. It is neither SAE or metric, but rather a special tool that came with the wheel lugs that I was later told was”lost”. Two months have passed and the registration is still not transferred into my name. Today I went to a Goodyear tire shop and a machine shop. I had a 14mm & 16mm socket and my calliper. The lug size is 15.5mm. I was told I had a big problem. Even the original spare tire cannot be mounted since the l wheel lugs would not fit. The managers son joked that “they would have swapped out the new wheels with the old ones, but the couldn’t find the original wheels” (?) Kind of odd. 4 huge tires? What they couldn’t find was the lug socket. The brake maintenance light indicator was coming on. So the reason for selling to me became obvious. The manager did nothing to resolve the problem except a lame promise never acted on. He’s just anxiously waiting for it to be registered in my name. Two solutions come to mind. Reorder the wheel lug set they bought to get another specialised wheel lug socket or shim up a 16mm socket to fit. But HEY! Aren’t foreigners stupid? Play them. We go to the lawyer tomorrow to file our civil case to recover 664,000 pesos. F-#K Pinoy scammers.

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Goslig
10/16/2019 10:02 EST

7.8 earthquake in General Santos, a couple hours away. The water at the beach went way out three times further that the lowest, low tide mark. Tsunami alert, mass migration of thousands of people and pets, a crush of traffic. Eventually we made it to the highway. Two hours and then the all clear. The worst shaking in 8 years, things falling off shelves, ground really moving and then aftershocks. Got everyone and the dogs into my Ford. Glad to have it.

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Goslig
10/16/2019 10:27 EST

catabisis Did a lot of checking of everything, but with fake knees wasn’t able to crawl underneath. Brake pads half gone, everything was good except wheel alignment. Problem was alien wheel lugs that were 16.5 mm. It’s not like the West. No yellow pages. I went by referrals. After three machine shops and 6 wheel shops finally one smart Pinoy told me about Smart Wheels, a high tech. Honest repair shop. They had never seen wheel lugs like mine. Had a removal tool and now I have 17mm wheel lugs. Each wheel has one funny lug you must use an adaptor on ( anti-theft). Frame and front end needed a few shims, but everything else good. The streets here are like a bowl of spaghetti. Very few signs, no numbers. I hired a driver for 500 p who knew the city.. Smart Wheels shop is tops. Fair prices and good work. Manager said I got “stabbed in the back”. The registration is at LTO near Gen SAN in the capital of Negros Oriental, Coromandel or Marbel. Wife has a high ranking chief engineer brother in law to help me clean up the registration mess. Basically, I paid 50,000 pesos too much, but otherwise I did OK but a huge hassle. I watch all the car shows on YouTube so I just didn’t check the tire tools and should have shied away from the registration complications. The wife loved the car and I yielded to her pressure. Been following reviews and adds for 10 months. All the good deals are in Manila. My domestic circumstances are temporarily mitigated. We have land title problems and scams next to solve. Once the title is cleaned, we’ll sell and our location is excellent in terms of the community plan. Our property went up three times it’s value. By then I will be a Permanent Resident and have wings. It just a “wait a while” Pinoy drip-drip-drip process. We are like room mates, no longer husband and wife. So it goes. Thanks to everyone for your support.

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gypsyquokka
10/16/2019 11:38 EST

USGS says there were 3 quakes to date this evening near Columbio, Mindanao. 6.4 at 7.37pm 5.3 at 8.09pm and a 4.9 at 8.21pm. . No other quakes registered in Philippines in recent days. USGS is reliable and posts usually online within 10 minutes of the quake.

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Goslig
10/16/2019 11:55 EST

gypsyquokka That’s completely different information about the size and location of the quakes that was announced on the radio. Did then mention the tsunami warning? We first heard after the first one from a call from our Barangay Captain. Not saying you post is incorrect, just that was not how they were described on local radio. Oddly, the Pure Force App. had no information and they always had before.

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gypsyquokka
10/16/2019 12:41 EST

Goslig - If you do not believe what i wrote about strength and times of the 3 quakes = check the USGS website. It gives info about times, depth etc , that measures more than 2.5, of any quake around the world. USGS is reliable for and tremors etc that we feel in Tacloban and times are exactly given minutes after it is felt. I do not know what Pure Force is. USGS is a reliable US govt site. Check it out . It is about earthquakes and does not get into tsunami's etc

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Tsmslf
10/16/2019 18:39 EST

6.4 according to the U.S. Geological service. Couldn't find it in the Manila Times but, as I have a friend in Gen Sant, I went to check after reading your post. I don't know which number is correct but I did read 6.4 on the USGS site.

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LarryKar
10/16/2019 19:58 EST

Philvocs had it at 6.4 on the report I saw. Sometimes the media rounds them up which is very wrong. With earthquakes there is a huge difference between 6.4 and 7.

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Goslig
10/16/2019 22:26 EST

gypsyquokka Pure Force is the official Philippine government emergency services app for Android or iOS. It’s excellent as it has tracking. You can instantly get police, ambulance or fire department. Also has all the hot lines to government agencies and more. Check it out. We had another small earthquake 10 minutes ago. Just spilled my coffee, not like last night.

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Goslig
10/16/2019 22:45 EST

LarryKar Whatever it was, I never had the floor moving so much, plates and glasses spilling out of cabinets, pictures falling off walls, doors swinging. I can’t imagine a magnitude 7.

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gypsyquokka
10/17/2019 04:53 EST

Hi Larry - Yes the quake numbers mean a lot and the different media sprout different strengths after the quakes. Eg. a quake registering 6 means it is 10 times stronger than a 5. A 7 quake is 10 times stronger than a 6. None of them are fun - Smile

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gypsyquokka
10/17/2019 05:13 EST

Goslig - Thanks for the info Pure Force, i will check it out [ dont know what Android / IOS is but not important]. You mentioned to Larry that you cannot imagine a 7 quake. WOW - try a 7.9, definitely not fun. I was living in Dujiangyan, Sichuan, China in May 2008 and almost at the epicentre. Over 90,000 died - streets disappeared to rubble in seconds and the next street left half standing as quakes destroy in lines - not as a blanket area with the same destruction. Mid afternoon when it hit and i was teaching on 2nd floor of a 6 story. I followed some students jumping out the windows but many students never made it out - sooo very sad. My apartment was just rubble and all belongings lost. It taught me to always carry my passport with me when i leave the house - sooo much hassle to get it renewed, as wanted proof that it was still under the rubble - he he he . It took several months to get power and water back and new hospitals constructed. The Chinese PLA troops virtually took over the area and usable roads, and got things moving / tents / hot foods / water for over a million people . Any quake is scary, and in Tacloban the tremors are rare = swish water out of a bucket , but still have to get out quick as one never knows, Smile

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Goslig
10/20/2019 01:43 EST

Advantage of living behind two gated walls with spikes: our little dog was poisoned two days ago because she barked at the cats that came to steal her food at night. Pinoy’s don’t mind blasting their music late at night, but if your little dog barks, they poison it. You’re a Westerner. This follows vandalism to our water supply for weeks until we locked the gate valve. I’m leaving where I live as soon as possible.

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LarryKar
10/20/2019 01:58 EST

Very sorry about your pup. Gos but are you sure it was poison? Lots of dog diseases are just endemic. I've lost several over the years and at the same time almost every dog in the Barangay under a year old dies to. Appreciate your loss I find dogs the character of almost all dogs much superior to most people.

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LarryKar
10/20/2019 02:02 EST

Gos wrong word meant "empathy" for your loss not "appreciate".

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Goslig
10/20/2019 05:39 EST

LarryKar Our dog never leaves our walled in gated compound. Our second dog is fine. Nicole was very active and healthy three year old cross and has never been sick before. During the evacuation she was in my car only. Suddenly she looses mobility and control of her vowels for two days. Hmm?

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Goslig
10/20/2019 06:13 EST

LarryKar Thanks Larry. Giving up something you love is the hardest thing to do.

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catabisis
10/20/2019 06:40 EST

Despite the karaoke, there is nothing worse than a dog that was not taught to shut up. I have them in my apartment complex now. I don't know what people are thinking to allow their dogs to
just go off at will every time another dog, cat, or person walks by. My dogs never barked unless someone walked into my yard or knocked on my door. When it happened and I told them to shut up, they did.
........Goslig said: Advantage of living behind two gated walls with spikes: our little dog was poisoned two days ago because she barked at the cats that came to steal her food at night. Pinoy’s don’t mind blasting their music late at night, but if your little dog barks, they poison it. You’re a Westerner. This follows vandalism to our water supply for weeks until we locked the gate valve. I’m leaving where I live as soon as possible.

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Goslig
10/20/2019 07:58 EST

Earthquakes happening daily now all over the Philippines. We get at least one smaller one each day, sometimes two. They don’t last long, but, in the 8 years we have lived in Davao City, they have never been so frequent.

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Goslig
10/20/2019 08:28 EST

catabisis My little dog was not a barker. She barked for about 5 seconds at a stray cat maybe 3 or 4 times a week. If the neighbour who poisoned our dog had a problem with this, they should have said something and we would keep her in the house. My point was that following weeks of vandalism to our water line, our dog is poisoned. Just pointing out that anti-westerner sentiment is common here. If you live here you would know that. I have countless other examples if you are still baffled by my point. In the beginning, I was against the idea of a gated community with guards. Now I am all for it.

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surfingcebu
10/20/2019 11:16 EST

Yes Gos- the racist thing is all over the place in the RP - REAL BAD , in some areas . Anything White or Euro they hate . Thankfully it is geographic in nature and NOT everyone . Pinoy have a strong sense of Nationalism , I dont think the two are necessarily connected. In fact I know it .

Gated community in the RP ? Yes, great idea if you can get it . It can be VERY TRIBAL out there in the mix of things . Having 'the tribe ' wander inches from your back door is dangerous with Bolo knives , drunk, etc .. - depending on the community you live .

Under DU30 anti-white sentiments have grown . Dont think for a minute that because yoru 30 and a weight lifter your not a target - yoru even more of one ! ( seen it ) Im a fan of DU30 ...I hope he can tailor it back - its a huge concern of mine too !

People are people - I hope the anti white thing passes soon. I dont see the China Mainlanders get picked on that often . They hire "fixers" to deal with people that bother their family often up north .

Surf !

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surfingcebu
10/20/2019 11:22 EST

Catabis - if you dont like dogs barking , roosters in the morning and Karaoke at all hours, loud or no mufflers on bikes - the RP may not be for the expat . The place is full of it - every island 110%

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surfingcebu
10/20/2019 11:32 EST

Gos - yep, I would say sadly the Tribe got your dog . Its common . I use to see a nice white lab cross near my gate entrance a girl owned in in the house across the road . I fed it treats on occasion and walked and hiked with it . such a 'man best friend' . I found it on the side of the road one night , foaming from the mouth . all the Pinoy around said she was poisoned . I didn't sleep for two day . Why are they so cruel to domesticated animals and the like . Awful experience ! I loved that dog ! Such a friendly dog that trusted people as her keeper . such a horrible experience seeing her suffering by the hands of the tribe !

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catabisis
10/20/2019 17:52 EST

Goslig,I have lived in the Philippines for sometime now and never lived in a gated community. I never felt the need. I don't own dogs either, which might explain why I don't have neighbor problems.
I generally ignore adults in my complex other than a slight smile or wave greeting my neighbors
I regularly high-five little kids, call them all amigo, and buy ice cream cones if they catch me when not too many kids are gathered around. I presume that is my rep in the 'hood.
I live in an apartment complex. I had an issue with a neighbor's incessantly barking dog at 11:00 PM. I was pissed and walked to the next door neighbors house to ask if it were their dog barking. After they said, no, i realized the dog owner's apartment was dark. I told the neighbor I didn't understand how they tolerated the dog barking like that just feet away from them. The husband and wife just stood there giving me that typical Filipino 1000-yard stare. They knew I was upset when I left.
The next day, the landlord politely asked me to take any issues with neighbors to her and let her handle it.
So, don't expect Filipinos to come to your door and talk to you about your dog. They don't usually operate like that. Their protocol seems to be to talk behind your back to neighbors and add a few extra things to the story for effect, or poison your pet. Animal welfare is even cheaper than the human value here, as we all know.
I never felt any Anti-Western sentiment whosoever until Duterte was elected. Before him, people were far more outgoing toward me. I notice it now where I live, and really noticed it a year after Duterte was elected when I visited one of the cities I lived in Mindanao. In the latter, people would readily smile, wave, greet me with Hey Joe, and even stop to ask me the same questions everyone else did; where you going, where you live, where's your wife, where you from? Virtually all that stopped last time I went there. At first, I thought it was me, but friends have noticed it as well. Quite sad, really. I thought it was one of the greatest assets the country had. Duterte is obviously a racist and has projected it onto the populous through an advanced form of Pinoy Pride and nationalism. Fortunately for all of us, that friendly hospitality still exists when I go to the countryside...... Goslig said:
catabisis My little dog was not a barker. She barked for about 5 seconds at a stray cat maybe 3 or 4 times a week. If the neighbour who poisoned our dog had a problem with this, they should have said something and we would keep her in the house. My point was that following weeks of vandalism to our water line, our dog is poisoned. Just pointing out that anti-westerner sentiment is common here. If you live here you would know that. I have countless other examples if you are still baffled by my point. In the beginning, I was against the idea of a gated community with guards. Now I am all for it.

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catabisis
10/20/2019 18:00 EST

SurfingCebu. You aren't kidding. I could never live next to a main road. I do now, but back away from it in an apartment complex. Dogs aren't a huge problem where I am living. Just an occasional annoyance. Same with Karaoke. For some reason, roosters don't bother me.
Then again, I am not surrounded by them except for a few in the distance......

SurfingCebu said; Catabis - if you dont like dogs barking , roosters in the morning and Karaoke at all hours, loud or no mufflers on bikes - the RP may not be for the expat . The place is full of it - every island 110%

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catabisis
10/20/2019 21:01 EST

Surf, you are naive AF if you think Duterte is going to throttle back racism here. Do you remember him telling the U.S. that Filipinos are no longer their brown little brothers? Recently he called a country, I can't remember the one, stupid white people for criticizing his drug war. He is indeed a nationalist, but also an avowed socialist. His mentor of 40 years was the founder of the Philippine Communist Party until they had a falling out after he was elected president. His chief of staff in Davao was once a priest until he fled to the mountains and became an NPA commander. And you support people like that for office?

........SurfingCebu said;
Yes Gos- the racist thing is all over the place in the RP - REAL BAD , in some areas . Anything White or Euro they hate . Thankfully it is geographic in nature and NOT everyone . Pinoy have a strong sense of Nationalism , I dont think the two are necessarily connected. In fact I know it . Gated community in the RP ? Yes, great idea if you can get it . It can be VERY TRIBAL out there in the mix of things . Having 'the tribe ' wander inches from your back door is dangerous with Bolo knives , drunk, etc .. - depending on the community you live . Under DU30 anti-white sentiments have grown . Dont think for a minute that because yoru 30 and a weight lifter your not a target - yoru even more of one ! ( seen it ) Im a fan of DU30 ...I hope he can tailor it back - its a huge concern of mine too ! People are people - I hope the anti white thing passes soon. I dont see the China Mainlanders get picked on that often . They hire "fixers" to deal with people that bother their family often up north . Surf !

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Goslig
10/20/2019 21:15 EST

catabisis I believe the anti-white/westerner predisposition is due to an inferiority complex that Pinoy have more so than Pinay particularly if you are educated and financially comfortable. Educated middle class Pinoy with good English often approach me and strike up conversation. Older Pinay’s do aw well particularly if they were married to a foreigner. When our home was recently appraised and the licensed appraiser heard my description of how our land title was put into the spin cycle of endless “processing” and has been in court for 4 years. She was grinning with a smirk and said “you’re a Westerner so that’s what you get”. My name appears on our title as the “foreign husband”. Oddly out of the hundred or more homes in Prudential Village got their land titles “cleaned”, except for us where they added a new encumbrance stating that we could “not sell our home for 10 years” starting February 2018. The other encumbrances amount to 6,000 peso dating back to 1954 when I was 10. I am 75 now. All those people are dead. It’s much bigger than Duterte. However, LTO was very good about fast tracking my drivers license. Americans are better liked and treated in Vietnam. Generally it’s Filipinos before anyone else, not unlike job hunting in Canada.

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surfingcebu
10/20/2019 22:54 EST

Catabis- I agree with the anti white sentiment gaining in the RP , but I can’t link it to Nationalism directly. But I do agree it comes from the leadership ranks in the nation, by some .
It’s more race than anything else , as I see Chinese not singled out as much as whites these days . Odd observation actually. Race based , yes . Thanks God it’s not everyone, but it’s growing.

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Goslig
10/21/2019 00:47 EST

catabisis. You state that Jose Maria Sison, founder and leader of the NPA, was “Duterte’s mentor for over 40 years”. Is that your speculation or do you have any evidence of that? Duterte officially designated the NPA as a terrorist organisation in 2017. Yes he is a leftist, He named two officials that were funnelling government money to the NPA: former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and former Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano. Taguiwalo and Mariano were rejected by the Commission on Appointments.
Other left-leaning individuals who were in his government include National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Liza Maza, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor chair Terry Ridon and Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod. The Philippines is an oligarchy. Duterte has sought to distance the Philippines from the United States and European Union and pursue closer ties with China and Russia. Recently Duterte ordered the AFP and the PNP to pursue an “all-out war” against the CPP-NPA,there would be “no stopping” in the fighting and that he would not accept any surrender. Yet Archbishop Antonio Ledesma and other Catholic and Protestant bishops, spurned “all-out war” for historically having inflicted death, destruction and misery among the people without resolving the armed conflict. Ringing small bells, they chanted in unison: “No to all-out war! Yes to peace talks!” Peace talks have failed even with the generous incentives offered by Duterte. My information source is PhilStar news.

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catabisis
10/21/2019 01:42 EST

Goslig, you are likely correct about the possibility of an inferiority complex. Don't get me wrong. I still get greetings from strangers and smiles too, it just feels changed and isn't out there as much.
They remind me more of Malaysians. May ignore you until you speak. Then they are more friendly. What I liked before is how outgoing they were toward me. Almost like little kids sometimes. It always brightens my day when they do it



Goslig said: Catabisis I believe the anti-white/westerner predisposition is due to an inferiority complex that Pinoy have more so than Pinay particularly if you are educated and financially comfortable. Educated middle class Pinoy with good English often approach me and strike up conversation. Older Pinay’s do aw well particularly if they were married to a foreigner. When our home was recently appraised and the licensed appraiser heard my description of how our land title was put into the spin cycle of endless “processing” and has been in court for 4 years. She was grinning with a smirk and said “you’re a Westerner so that’s what you get”. My name appears on our title as the “foreign husband”. Oddly out of the hundred or more homes in Prudential Village got their land titles “cleaned”, except for us where they added a new encumbrance stating that we could “not sell our home for 10 years” starting February 2018. The other encumbrances amount to 6,000 peso dating back to 1954 when I was 10. I am 75 now. All those people are dead. It’s much bigger than Duterte. However, LTO was very good about fast tracking my drivers license. Americans are better liked and treated in Vietnam. Generally it’s Filipinos before anyone else, not unlike job hunting in Canada.

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acol
10/21/2019 06:11 EST

If you don't like barking "rats", roosters and karaoke, I suggest you to try a japanese neighbour. He doesn't stop yelling at his daughter 4 years old already (who cries on her turn). Was the same with the pinay wife who now disappeared. Don't think I am anti-japanese, I worked in japanese banks for 7 years ;-)

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catabisis
10/21/2019 06:26 EST

SurfingCebu, The dire thing about the growing Western racism is that Duterte's daughter is likely to take his place in the next election and carry his torch of hatred. I think her dad's level of arrogance pales compared to her. I saw a video of her slapping a government official for something he did that she didn't like. I don't remember the incident exactly, but I thought he did fail his duty in that incident. Seems to me there was a flood or earthquake. I really don't remember. Still, for her to slap a grown man, in public no less, speaks volumes of her gall. I can't stand looking at her.







......SurfingCebu said: I agree with the anti white sentiment gaining in the RP , but I can’t link it to Nationalism directly. But I do agree it comes from the leadership ranks in the nation, by some . It’s more race than anything else , as I see Chinese not singled out as much as whites these days . Odd observation actually. Race based , yes . Thanks God it’s not everyone, but it’s growing.

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catabisis
10/21/2019 06:40 EST

Here is an article about Duterte and his mentor Sison. First, I'll mention that I read an interesting comment tart from Phil. Star. The columnist stated that the difficulty Sison has with negotiations is that there are factions of younger NPA groups that are something of renegades and do not want to follow the authority of the Old Guard. If Sison cannot control factions, that could cause huge problems for the government if these factions are fighting independent of each other. They will be like marauding gangs. Probably drug fueled. too. Here is the article you requested. https://josemariasison.org/president-elect-duterte-through-the-eyes-of-his-mentor/






.........Goslig said: Catabisis. You state that Jose Maria Sison, founder and leader of the NPA, was “Duterte’s mentor for over 40 years”. Is that your speculation or do you have any evidence of that? Duterte officially designated the NPA as a terrorist organisation in 2017. Yes he is a leftist, He named two officials that were funnelling government money to the NPA: former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and former Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano. Taguiwalo and Mariano were rejected by the Commission on Appointments. Other left-leaning individuals who were in his government include National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Liza Maza, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor chair Terry Ridon and Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod. The Philippines is an oligarchy. Duterte has sought to distance the Philippines from the United States and European Union and pursue closer ties with China and Russia. Recently Duterte ordered the AFP and the PNP to pursue an “all-out war” against the CPP-NPA,there would be “no stopping” in the fighting and that he would not accept any surrender. Yet Archbishop Antonio Ledesma and other Catholic and Protestant bishops, spurned “all-out war” for historically having inflicted death, destruction and misery among the people without resolving the armed conflict. Ringing small bells, they chanted in unison: “No to all-out war! Yes to peace talks!” Peace talks have failed even with the generous incentives offered by Duterte. My information source is PhilStar news.

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Goslig
10/21/2019 07:30 EST

catabisis The psychological game of noticing someone before they notice you.. Establishing hegemony. I agree with you about the change since Duterte was elected. He appeals to the populist “power solution” which streaks through every Pinoy psyche. A David for every Goliath, Their egotism is everywhere especially on the roads. The kids are still very friendly, and on the beach some people reach out to me as friendly’s. I like to show off my swimming abilities. I have yet to find a Pinoy who knows how to swim distance. (Island nation?) Surf calls it Tribalism, and he is right. There’s status in every swindle of a Westerner getting sucked in by their friendly con. Only they can see it in each other. We’re blindsided.

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Goslig
10/21/2019 07:45 EST

Slapping seems to be the thing here comparable to spitting in someone’s face. I have seen women repeatedly slap an older mans face, videos of cops slapping the faces of drivers. What I can’t figure is why they didn’t see it coming and why they don’t react defensively to block it. Sticking you hand out at someone aggressively is an invitation to a host of Judo counter moves.

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catabisis
10/21/2019 08:24 EST

Goslig, I agree with your statements. Especially about the kids here. They are the coolest and parents don't freak out as paranoid American parents do, when I, a grown man, speaks to them.
Someone stated the following somewhere on one of these boards and I kept the quote. It is a comment about Filipinos.
" This is an issue of cognitive development. They are stuck in the stage of role sophistication, but will not advance to the stage of self consistency. For them, opportunism is their guiding principle.
They may scam, lie and cheat by our standards but by their own culture they are only maximizing their opportunities" I found the statement both clever and sad.
.......Goslig said: Catabisis The psychological game of noticing someone before they notice you.. Establishing hegemony. I agree with you about the change since Duterte was elected. He appeals to the populist “power solution” which streaks through every Pinoy psyche. A David for every Goliath, Their egotism is everywhere especially on the roads. The kids are still very friendly, and on the beach some people reach out to me as friendly’s. I like to show off my swimming abilities. I have yet to find a Pinoy who knows how to swim distance. (Island nation?) Surf calls it Tribalism, and he is right. There’s status in every swindle of a Westerner getting sucked in by their friendly con. Only they can see it in each other. We’re blindsided.

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Goslig
10/21/2019 10:33 EST

catabisis. Those are my words. They are taken from I level theory of cognitive development and serve as a useful tool in the classification of Juvenile Delinquents. The Google references you have to subscribe to if you’re interested in that sort of thing. The classification system of Interpersonal Maturity applies to all ages. Spent too many years on a max security psych ward as a supervisor. Lots of 15 to 18 year olds. I prefer to forget about that job. Probably feel the same way about the Philippines if things keep going the way they have been in the last little while.

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surfingcebu
10/21/2019 11:57 EST

Gos - I dont 100% agree with DU30 hating whites, I admit whites do not inspire him though ! (under statement) ..... I think its a Chess game for him . Does DU30 actually think Russia and the favourite now the Chinese are going to deal with him fairly and treat them with ANY degree of respect . They will eat up the country alive !

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surfingcebu
10/21/2019 12:01 EST

Catabis - is DU30's daughter the Mayor of Davao ? ...or is that another relative ?

I don know too much about DU30's daughter .

IF she gains power as the next president and goes Anti-west .... there will be consequences ( Big ones) , dont you think Catabis ?

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Morgacj2004
10/21/2019 13:32 EST

Sorry guys but I personally like DU 30. I think he is exactly what the Philippines needs. I am treated no differently now then when I first started coming to the PI 30 years ago. I do not believe DU 30 is a communist or socialist. He leans both left and right depending on the issue. A label does not work on him.

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surfingcebu
10/21/2019 13:40 EST

Morgac - I like DU30 as well...just very hard to gauge at times . Maybe exactly what the country needs. correct

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catabisis
10/21/2019 17:52 EST

SurfingCebu, Yeah, she's mayor down there. Her brother was vice-mayor until he was accused of running dope with the Chinese Triad.. He quit saying he didn't want the drama and was returning to farming. If I had to guess, daddy made him quit to take the heat off the dynasty's image.
If Duterte's daughter runs she will win. These people have an odd way of voting the way they support dynasties and overlook shanannigans from their leaders.
The former mayor of Pagadian City was somehow wrapped up in the largest ponsi scheme the country had every known. Stealing 12 billion from the citizens. A teacher committed suicide after mortgaging her house. Someone involved in the scheme had their house burnt down. The mayor fled to keep from getting killed. Seven years later he is the mayor again. Duterte came to town and told the city to get rid of the governor. Next election he was gone. Here are two interesting articles about the ponsi scheme and the mayor's election.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aman_Futures_Group ........
...... https://www.google.com.ph/amp/s/amp.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2019/231092-samuel-co-wins-mayor-pagadian-city .......




........SurfingCebu said: Catabis - is DU30's daughter the Mayor of Davao ? ...or is that another relative ? I don know too much about DU30's daughter . IF she gains power as the next president and goes Anti-west .... there will be consequences ( Big ones) , dont you think Catabis ?

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catabisis
10/21/2019 18:35 EST

Morgacj2004, for the life of me, I will never understand foreigners like you who come from democracies and support a guy like Duterte.
You say he is the person the country needs. What about the West? It has become a surveillance police state. It is full of corruption and government no longer abides by the people due to being so influenced by oligarchs and military. Should the West now be governed by people with the likes of Duterte to straighten out affairs, or do you think over time more democratic principles will win the day?
If you think he can't be given a label and is both left and right, you are clueless about political theory.
Duterte admits he is a leftist socialist. He says it himself. He is a far-left leaning socialist, which puts him near the camp of communists. That is a label and one he gave himself..
The other comes from his leftist extremism. That is why he looks like a right-wing fascist as well as a communist. When you take left-wing and right-wing thinking to their most extreme, you arrive at the same conclusion, which is totalitarianism.
And this guy is a totalitarian. The only thing keeping him in check are forces bigger than himself.. He thought he was going to go to Manila and run the country like he did his little fiefdom in Davao and it backfired once he saw things were not going to fly the same way as they did for his 20 years as mayor.










......Morgacj2004 said: Sorry guys but I personally like DU 30. I think he is exactly what the Philippines needs. I am treated no differently now then when I first started coming to the PI 30 years ago. I do not believe DU 30 is a communist or socialist. He leans both left and right depending on the issue. A label does not work on him.

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darkfader24
10/21/2019 19:16 EST

Catabisis - Doesn't sound too different than Politics in the USA. Dope smugglers get shot down in the streets of Davao - but the Vice Mayor just quietly retires to the Farm - with no other repercussions.

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catabisis
10/21/2019 21:26 EST

Darkfader24, Yep. You got it.



.......Darkfader24 said: Catabisis - Doesn't sound too different than Politics in the USA. Dope smugglers get shot down in the streets of Davao - but the Vice Mayor just quietly retires to the Farm - with no other repercussions.

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draks
10/22/2019 00:59 EST

You can't compare politics or anything else to that of USA, no good pussyfooting around here, you will be very quickly du30 is whether you like it or not, good for this country. Corruption is so deep seated here, drug dealers didn't fear the law at all, and I mean at all. Filipinos don't have a high respect for law anyway, so Du30 told dealers and users give up or die, and kept his word. During that time serious crime dropped dramatically, since it has stopped crime has risen again. It's not nice but honestly it worked. I have been visiting here for 15 years and now lived here 10 years solid, there were rapes and murders nearly every day, bodies of young girls raped tortured and murdered regularly, after the anti drug campaign these crimes dropped dramatically. Where I lived before there was a 15 year old neighbour, just an ordinary school girl, she was found dead in the river body thrown off the bridge. She had been raped repeatedly, arms and legs severely burned, and metal rod hammered through her head untill it came out of her neck. They eventually caught the men as they tried to abduct another local girl, they were all serious addicts. What would you want done to these animals? Death is all they deserve. If it was just an isolated case I would say no, but unfortunately that is just one story of thousands of others. If you don't take drugs and don't deal you were safe.
Now it's starting again. Prisons are grossly overcrowded like 600%. This is not the civilised orderly west this is more attuned to the west of the 18th and 19th century.
There have been massive changes here since Du30 much more foreign investment, and much more to come, road construction, etc etc etc. Done more than nearly all the other presidents. He says what he feels, he doesn't behave like most politicians, he says it as it is. Othe senators have tried to get him impeached, probably they are scared he has information on them.
He has made misted sure, but as said before he IS what this country needed. It couldn't carry on as it did before, sliding down the slippery slope of poverty and corruption. Long way to go yet, let's see what the next president does. This is not America, nor is it a puppet of America.

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Goslig
10/28/2019 10:18 EST

Facebook proved valuable since I searched the original owner’s name for the Ford Everest I bought off her cousin, the father of Mike who was scamming me on my $650,000 p. I had paid him $6,000 p to process the title change to my name. He held several documents that are required that I paid for. Helen was the original owner I found out, and I used Messenger politely twice to message her. She levered Mike to release all the documents that are required. He had no intention to do so ( keeping it all in her name), but she was honest and didn’t want to get caught up in a court case. Now we’re off tomorrow on a five hour drive through the boonies to Marbel (Coromandel) where her LTO Registration and plate are from. It’s the capital of Sultan Kudarat. That should be the end of that nightmare. Never trust a Filipino. Still a couple Pinoy nightmares to fix coming up.

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surfingcebu
10/28/2019 10:47 EST

Gos - interesting story around your purchase of the Ford. You are a seasoned travellers and RP resident too .
It always amazes me that a new expat from LA, or Toronto , or London /Germany , "thinks " that they have the upper hand and 'knowledge' in the RP . One has to be SUPER cautious when in the RP , especially around any type of sale or purchase ! Filipino's are generally WAY AHEAD you re- any potential scam !!! Best be warned !

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mootpoint20
10/29/2019 12:46 EST

Draks sizes it up fairly. Look, "...Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas, anymore!"--(Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. ) Why should Duterte take abuse from Obama's conception of fairness to drug dealers? It's not white hatred, it's Western hatred., Why should the RP be run like New Jersey? Only recently China has flooded it with boatloads of narcotics, as it has America. A drug-addicted nation becomes enslaved. Women become prostitutes, men rob and murder because of addiction. If you expected Duterte to create Rehab centers you're delusional. If its your child being offered Fentynal, would you be as 'fair-minded'?

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surfingcebu
10/29/2019 12:48 EST

Moot- are you saying the RP , has recently been flooded with drugs and such ? Where mainly ? How bad is it , if your saying this ?

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Goslig
10/29/2019 19:02 EST

surfingcebu Leni Robredo, the Liberal, is campaigning against Duterte claiming she has a better way to win the war on drugs. The Liberal fake news has been published that Duterte failed. I don’t see it at all in Davao. By comparison to Vancouver Island, where there is a much more serious drug problem. I imagine the US to be even worse.

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catabisis
10/29/2019 23:38 EST

https://www.facebook.com/notes/andy-yapo/did-duterte-really-make-davao-safe-from-criminals-is-the-city-even-safest-in-the/133935090305496/

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mootpoint20
10/30/2019 02:41 EST

Yes, a tidal wave, much of it is being shipped out of Shanghai. Recently, a Danish freighter had a sealed container of 25 tons of Fentanyl attempting to land in Mexico this Aug. for the Sinaloa Cartel. The Mexican Coast guard stopped it. It was from Shanghai. Look it up on Breitbart or the internet. If you believe the Communist Party simply ‘missed’ it, you’re naïve. Much of trump’s tariff war with China may have to do with this, but he doesn’t want to expose or panic Americans. Thousands are dying.

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Goslig
10/30/2019 03:34 EST

mootpoint20 What a bunch of horse feathers from you again. You can’t compare the Philippines with anywhere else. Pinoy’s have their own way of dealing with issues/problems. Doesn’t matter if you are a drug dealer/user, cheating husband or rich foreigner married to a black widow filipina. BANG-BANG you’re dead. Corrupt politician: BANG-BANG your dead. Environmentalist with young family trying to protect beautiful aquatic habitat? BANG-BANG they’re all good dead. That’s PINOY.

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Goslig
10/31/2019 00:53 EST

Earthquakes every day in Davao. 6.8 in North Cotobato. Yesterday and today buildings damaged. Condos next to SM Mall cracked. In Marbel two earthquakes and after shocks. Never in 8 years has there been so many earthquakes.

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darkfader24
10/31/2019 02:26 EST

Goslig - Re: Rampant Earthquakes - Stay safe, Brother. Maybe get out of the area for awhile.

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draks
10/31/2019 02:36 EST

Any earthquake of this type spreads as tectonic plates move other plates move to fill the voids, these earthquakes are very widespread and strong, it looks like it's all building up to a big one. I sincerely hope not. I would love to be wrong. But doesn't look good at the moment. Seernai lives near mount appo I think, hope he is OK. Wish he was still in the group to give his reports, good luck to all of you that are near these quakes.

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LarryKar
10/31/2019 03:11 EST

draks: Yes miss Seernai as well. Rarely political but always a fountain of information about RP. Anyone that sees him please assure him I believe his antagonists are gone and he would be welcomed back by many of us.

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Goslig
10/31/2019 05:53 EST

LarryKar Seerna. lives in Mintal not far from me. I might be looking him up now that I have wheels and will say hello from everyone.

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draks
10/31/2019 07:34 EST

Seernai was OK sometimes his advice was wrong but I think many of us are guilty of that. He was extremely positive and loyal about Davou. Basically he is a decent guy fitting into the Filipino culture as much as he could. I personally would like him to come back. A few people were driven out of this group, unneccassarily I thought. If anyone does talk to Seernai tell him to return even under another name.

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mootpoint20
10/31/2019 18:07 EST

Excellent idea to come back. Let him know he can use the name of 'Standupguy'. It's available now, since that provocative fool left!

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catabisis
10/31/2019 19:05 EST

There are still people here who would challenge Seernai's buffoonery.

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catabisis
10/31/2019 19:17 EST

Draks, what you said is what made Seernai look like a buffoon at times. Duterte could never do wrong to him, his comments that Davao is the greatest made him look foolish, and he white knighted the filipino through conformity to a people who often do not deserve it. That is why he got slammed here. That not being positive. It is blind obedience.
............Draks said: Seernai was OK sometimes his advice was wrong .... he was extremely positive and loyal about Davou. Basically he is......fitting into the Filipino culture as much as he could.

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draks
10/31/2019 20:07 EST

I guess what you said is right in many ways, but we are all different, some are highly educated, and some like me were hardly educated, some are rich, some are poor, some follow all the rules some bend them a bit, he was different shall we say, but I don't think he had do be driven out or, betrayed all the time, a lot of insults went his way, I didn't agree with a lot of what he said and I could see large cracks in his life style, but I never insulted him.
The world is made up billions of different people, some h good some bad. I don't like the attitude of a lot of people on here who seem to think they are superior to others, and too quick, to stick the knife in. .serrnai was over the top in so many ways, and his blind trust in people was maybe misguided. But he was who he was right or wrong, he didn't need to be betrayed so much that he felt he had to leave.
This is not real life it's just a forum full of very different charecters. Some of us should learn to live and let live even in this group. Accept others think different to you. As individuals no one is an better than anyone else. Let no man put usunder

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Goslig
10/31/2019 21:37 EST

catabisis Regardless of Seernai’s opinions, the issue is the tolerance by those Forum members who have different opinions. The verbal abuse and personal attacks by a small number of Forum members is permitted by the monitor. Most members are not boorish. Seernai, Floppie, SUG and others were targets. This is why the trouble makers are on this forum. They’re here to pick a victim and double or triple team attacks on that person until they quit. They are immature adults who never developed beyond the school yard bully stage. I guess the monitor and some others like the show. Maybe one might come back to remind those hooligans that they are trash, and the good members wouldn’t waste their time on becoming a target again as long as this forum’s monitor is impotent this will never change.

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LarryKar
10/31/2019 21:39 EST

draks well said and Bravo. Yes he did go overboard with his self appointed spokesperson for the Davao Chamber of Commerce but he was a good guy and meant 100% well. He spoke what he sincerely thought was true and helpful. Guess I wax nostalgic for when this page actually discussed and presented information useful to Expats and not as a test bed for what far to often sound like someone PhD dissertation. Rarely iimpressed not that the presenters would care. Smile!

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Goslig
10/31/2019 21:48 EST

draks you last post about Seernai was excellently worded and well stated. I believe you are a positive leader here. Your comment about mutual respect and tolerance brings new light into the ugly and dark side of this Forum. Thank you for being the person you are. If there were more members like you that would speak out against the negative leaders, the toxic back biting negative leaders would stop their bull s#it.

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surfingcebu
10/31/2019 22:01 EST

Draks - nice words . Kindness never goes out of fashion. Thanks for being a great person !

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catabisis
10/31/2019 23:22 EST

Goslig, In an age of Western mass surveillance, identity politics, political correctness, and stifling free speech, I find it refreshing that we have monitors on this site who permit a wide margin of free speech.
I didn't know about the other guys you mentioned. I have read many of Seernai's posts. Some were so absurd and outlandish he left himself open to harsh rebuttals that he was not capable of defending with logic and facts.
I don't believe I ever heard him say one negative thing about Duterte or Davao. Not anything deservedly significant anyway. That can be dangerous for the 89 year old guy here over the last few days who was seeking advice about moving here. Imagine if this site was full of Seernai's who would paint this place like an article out of Conté Nast Traveller. It could be dangerous for an 98 year old guy. Shocking, too, after he arrived.
If he left this site out of disgust it would be due, in part, to lacking confidence to defend his positions. If anyone were proven wrong they would be worth their salt to adjust their thinking and change their positions. That is what it means to grow intelligently. You don't do it by running away after spending years posting your skewered positions about this country.



...........Goslig said; catabisis Regardless of Seernai’s opinions, the issue is the tolerance by those Forum members who have different opinions. The verbal abuse and personal attacks by a small number of Forum members is permitted by the monitor. Most members are not boorish. Seernai, Floppie, SUG and others were targets. This is why the trouble makers are on this forum. They’re here to pick a victim and double or triple team attacks on that person until they quit. They are immature adults who never developed beyond the school yard bully stage. I guess the monitor and some others like the show. Maybe one might come back to remind those hooligans that they are trash, and the good members wouldn’t waste their time on becoming a target again as long as this forum’s monitor is impotent this will never change.

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catabisis
10/31/2019 23:22 EST

Goslig, In an age of Western mass surveillance, identity politics, political correctness, and stifling free speech, I find it refreshing that we have monitors on this site who permit a wide margin of free speech.
I didn't know about the other guys you mentioned. I have read many of Seernai's posts. Some were so absurd and outlandish he left himself open to harsh rebuttals that he was not capable of defending with logic and facts.
I don't believe I ever heard him say one negative thing about Duterte or Davao. Not anything deservedly significant anyway. That can be dangerous for the 89 year old guy here over the last few days who was seeking advice about moving here. Imagine if this site was full of Seernai's who would paint this place like an article out of Conté Nast Traveller. It could be dangerous for an 98 year old guy. Shocking, too, after he arrived.
If he left this site out of disgust it would be due, in part, to lacking confidence to defend his positions. If anyone were proven wrong they would be worth their salt to adjust their thinking and change their positions. That is what it means to grow intelligently. You don't do it by running away after spending years posting your skewered positions about this country.



...........Goslig said; catabisis Regardless of Seernai’s opinions, the issue is the tolerance by those Forum members who have different opinions. The verbal abuse and personal attacks by a small number of Forum members is permitted by the monitor. Most members are not boorish. Seernai, Floppie, SUG and others were targets. This is why the trouble makers are on this forum. They’re here to pick a victim and double or triple team attacks on that person until they quit. They are immature adults who never developed beyond the school yard bully stage. I guess the monitor and some others like the show. Maybe one might come back to remind those hooligans that they are trash, and the good members wouldn’t waste their time on becoming a target again as long as this forum’s monitor is impotent this will never change.

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Goslig
11/1/2019 02:02 EST

catabisis I am not defending what Seernai posted. You don’t live here. He did and so do I. But you are not applying logic since my point was being made about the toxic posters who relentlessly attacked Floppie, a kind and gentle Filipina nurse and the SUG. It mattered not whether the topic was about Davao or Duterte. The objective was to victimise and humiliate a member restlessly because they had a different opinion for egotistical amusement. Added to this were the personal insults and outright lies. The monitor has an obligation to uphold the Members Agreement that prohibits “personal attacks”. He is negligent in his duty with only those who he disagrees with. That’s bias. I no longer see the point of discussing this with you further. You can promote your opinions whether they are valid or not. They wouldn’t change regardless of my point of view. Certainly living in Davao gives you first hand experience which you have none of.

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gelynch52ph
11/1/2019 08:14 EST

I had a long term relationship (and a child) with a woman who turned out to be a liar and a thief. She would never let me go anywhere without getting on the same bus or trike/jeepney or whatever. Finally I moved from Tagaytay to Malaybalay in Bukidnon (Mindanao) and spent the best 3 years of my Philippine experience there. Yup, move to another island where you are hard to find and live under the radar so you can get some peace.

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Goslig
11/1/2019 09:36 EST

gelynch52ph Good on you. I am confident now that when the time comes, I can move on like you have. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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mootpoint20
11/1/2019 20:13 EST

I must laugh at the comment about that vaporized-shadow who called himself, SUG. My memory is that of a self-pitying, abusive intellectual. He always complained that he was being ‘victimized’ by fellow commentators, ones that he was busy insulting. Who really cares? I think he was also from Davao. Maybe Goslig, who wasn't on our blog at the time ran into him at some lonely beach? It’s a shame you weren’t here with us to read his weird political comments--or should I say his constant complaining. Nobody’s perfect but calling him a ‘victim’ on this blog is absolutely hysterical. He was obviously suffering, but I don’t know from what. God Bless him--wherever he is!

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Goslig
11/2/2019 05:58 EST

Mooted pointless. Typical horse feathers from you. Are you suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome? You’re practicing your lying troll skills again. Do you have some kind of inferiority complex? It all sounds like oink oink oink to me! I’ll try an dumb down my posts for you so you’re not challenged. Too bad you’re a sociopath. You’ll always be an oink-oink ??

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draks
11/2/2019 06:47 EST

Oh stop this childish backstabbing. Those that were pushed out are gone, get a life move on. We are all very different thank God. Grow up

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Morgacj2004
11/2/2019 12:28 EST

Goslig. Really getting tired of reading all of your insults. Time for Peacekeeoer to step in and put an end to this madness. !

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Goslig
11/2/2019 22:19 EST

17 dead from the series of six recent earthquakes that hit Southern Mindanao on October 16, a 6.3 magnitude, again on October 29, a 6.6 magnitude, on October 31, a 6.5 magnitude, and three 4.9 earthquakes on November 1. Condo towers and some hotels were demolished. In Davao Oriental roads were destroyed. Two people in Davao del Sur remained missing since the October 29 tremor. 146,745 people are affected. There were many aftershocks. We were not affected except for a minor crack in one floor tile. Nearby us, cabinets were knocked over and walls were cracked. . Everything seems back to normal now. Question remains: is Davao safe? On August 17, 1976, a powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Moro Gulf, which is off the coast of Mindanao and is part of the Celebes Sea. The tsunami it created reached as high as 9 meters, Over 8000 people were killed. You don’t want to move to Polomolok or Cotabato.

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Goslig
11/2/2019 22:26 EST

ABS CBN News: With Cotabato experiencing a series of strong earthquakes, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has reminded the public to be ready for anything, including a much stronger 7.2-magnitude earthquake in that area.

“Based on the length of this fault in Cotabato, it’s capable of generating a 7.2-magnitude earthquake, said Dr. Toto Bacolcol, associate scientist at Phivolcs.

For years, Metro Manila has been preparing for the “Big One”—a similar 7.2-magnitude earthquake from the West Valley Fault.
Projections of the “Big One” show that up to 34,000 people may die in Metro Manila although it will be much different for Cotabato and its surrounding areas because of differences in population and number of buildings.

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Dutchmen2003
11/2/2019 22:39 EST

pls read Ken Follett: the hammer of Eden. ISBN10 0449227545
ISBN13 9780449227541
greetings to all.

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surfingcebu
11/2/2019 23:51 EST

Gos- huge plate tectonic activity down there . What the hell is causing it. I am use the the 2,3,4 Richter scale quakes . We get them on Negros all the time .... but things are different now. Magnitude is rising everywhere is region , your area especially. Odd , could it be volcanic activity pushing it or making it worse?

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draks
11/3/2019 00:10 EST

Goslig-some very good info.
I fear there is going to be one almighty big quake soon. I hope as usual I am totally wrong

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Goslig
11/3/2019 00:44 EST

surfingcebu The long Cotobato fault is an area of active seismic activity. 24 earthquakes in the past 7 days, 48 earthquakes in the past 30 day's, and 195 earthquakes in the past 365 days. The death toll is now 22. The epi centre of the quakes are all (except 1) South central Mindanao, SW of Davao, SE of Cotobato and N of General Santos. One was from Davao Oriental. Earthquakes, Typhoons, or Terrorists, take your pick.

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catabisis
11/3/2019 02:58 EST

Goslig, I can't speak for the others you mentioned, but certainly, Seernai was so out there with his outlandish comments, he deserved to be humbled. He couldn't defend his nonsense, so he left. There is no need to be an apologist for Seernai or Davao. Despite what you say that I don't know what I am talking about, I lived in Davao for three years with a friend who was struggling financially after leaving a bad divorce in Pagadian where we met during a time when the guy's exwife was cleaning his clock..
The city is no more special than any other big city in the Philippines that I visited through 7 straight months on top of a 175cc Kawasaki.
The exception with Davao compared to other cities is a better ambulance system, road laws are enforced, it held first place in murders, second place in rapes, and when children were accidentally killed they were referred to as collateral damage.





.............Goslig said; catabisis I am not defending what Seernai posted. You don’t live here. He did and so do I. But you are not applying logic since my point was being made about the toxic posters who relentlessly attacked Floppie, a kind and gentle Filipina nurse and the SUG. It mattered not whether the topic was about Davao or Duterte. The objective was to victimise and humiliate a member restlessly because they had a different opinion for egotistical amusement. Added to this were the personal insults and outright lies. The monitor has an obligation to uphold the Members Agreement that prohibits “personal attacks”. He is negligent in his duty with only those who he disagrees with. That’s bias. I no longer see the point of discussing this with you further. You can promote your opinions whether they are valid or not. They wouldn’t change regardless of my point of view. Certainly living in Davao gives you first hand experience which you have none of.

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draks
11/3/2019 07:33 EST

Catabisis, no one DESERVES to be put down, if you don't agree with someone's point of view either give your opinion or skip over their comments, there is absolutely no need to make someone look foolish or stupid. We all know what Seernai was like and most people just let him get on with it or corrected his mistakes. Either way it's not up to the k likes of you or anyone else to make a man look a fool in front of other men. Do you do this in real life? Have you still got all your teeth in your head? But I guess you will act the tough guy and tell me no one would dare take a swing at you. You and others are nothing special in this forum. You make some really good points here your obviously not stupid, but it's not your duty to make other men feel small and foolish. Bloody disappointed in you to be honest. Not that you would give a flying f*/'

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Goslig
11/3/2019 07:50 EST

catabisis What years did you live in Davao? Seernai was well connected with the police in Davao, meeting with them once a month as part of a group of expats that assist the PNP in dealing with foreigners during emergencies. He had an opportunity to discuss the issues he posted about. I still don’t understand why his posts caused such a ruckus with a few other Forum members. I agreed with most of his remarks, but dropped out of the discussion when the malcontents started their nastiness with him. He is from Wales. I doubt many on this Forum have had much contact with Welshman, but I worked with one for 15 years. Seernai was a typically stubborn and bull headed Welshman. Wales is a tough place to live. I was close to my Welshman coworker (I represented the Federal government and he represented the province). Seernai reminded me of him, particularly his appetite for debate. What I observed was that antagonism infected this debate about Davao. It changed from a debate of different viewpoints to a one up-manship contest (like other posts have degenerated into) where the only purpose was to offend with insults and mocking, i.e. the “personal attacks” prohibited in the Members Agreement that a few posters choose to flagrantly abuse. The one-upmandhip game ends in rejection. Seernai rejected the Forum because there are a few who enjoy turning it into a circus of verbal abuse. It’s their ego trip. Most Forum members join to discuss the Philippines. It doesn’t matter to me if your opinion of Davao is different than mine. I can get along with people who have quite different points of view. I think this whole discussion is really about group norms. That is the real topic. As part of that, I want to apologise for the abruptness of my tone in my previous reply to you. I believe both you and I might have some common ground, and I have no investment in one upmanship contests. Sometimes the insults hurled at me do provoke judgement retorts from me though. Just my nature.

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surfingcebu
11/3/2019 09:57 EST

Draks - I think your right . I was looking at a target map of earth quakes in the RP over the last 4 months ...WAY TOO many to look the other way . Something is happening . A big one of mega proportions is on its way . These 'small' releases , may help reduce the big ones intensity they hope ..... Let pray its easy on the people and no lives are lost !

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catabisis
11/3/2019 17:44 EST

I would have started a new thread for this. I can't seem to figure out from my phone how to do it. Speaking of earthquakes, I want to ask if there are any structural engineers on this forum? If there are, I would like discuss what you know about concrete domes. I am thinking of building one after reading they stand up well in earthquakes. I thought about earth bag construction, which is even better than domes, but the building labor appears to be intensive. I read where an earth bag building was constructed in a village in Afghanistan. After an earthquake it was the only building remaining in the village. It also passes the stringent California Building Codes.




........SurfCebu said: Draks - I think your right . I was looking at a target map of earth quakes in the RP over the last 4 months ...WAY TOO many to look the other way . Something is happening . A big one of mega proportions is on its way . These 'small' releases , may help reduce the big ones intensity they hope ..... Let pray its easy on the people and no lives are lost !

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Goslig
11/4/2019 02:47 EST

If you think Westerners are not conned and scammed regularly in the Philippines just watch the Raffu Tulfo shows on You Tube. Every Filipino watches this show. Filipino’s also scam other Filipinos too, part of their “me first crab mentality” The two Trumpet’s full of horse feathers don’t know s#it@ from Shinola. Live here 9 years. There are some nicer cities where the locals are good people. We have some on our street. It’s the luck of the draw. Don’t listen to these two Ugly American’ trumpet’s who have polluted this forum with their vile posts for years. . For me I am wiser and looking forward to moving to Tacloban. If anyone tells you the Philippines is a bed of roses, they are misleading you.

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Morgacj2004
11/4/2019 14:33 EST

Gasbag says “just watch the Raffu Tulfo shows on You Tube. Every Filipino watches this show.“ My Filipina wife and her entire family have never heard of this individual or watched this show. I will ignore your ongoing hateful comments and stick to the content of the OP. I never said the Philippines “is a bed of roses”. So once again you mis quote me. Read my post again for clarification.

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LarryKar
11/4/2019 21:01 EST

Morgacj2004 Like you no one in my Gals family or any of her very wide circle of friends watch or ever mention Tulfo. So once again I'm left asking which RP some of these guys live on. With the exception of a core far to many on here remind me of my Ex in the USA. When she talked about her awful childhood ( which actually was somewhat true) and I would later innocently mention some fond memory of mine, she would fly into a rage. I dont dwell on her and 98% is blocked so let's leave it there.
So guess I'm sorry I manage to survive mostly unscathed on this Parasite Island I now call home. Just a charmed life and a winning smile I guess. Smiles as I type.

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Goslig
11/4/2019 21:14 EST

LarryKar Geesh! On YouTube go to “search menu”, type in “Raffy Tulfo in Action”. Lots of burnt westerner stories there.parts in English, but Tagalog too. You’re Filipina’s DIESN’T KNOW this famous media celebrity? Everyone here in the Philippines watches RAFFY TULFO. Good bye- smile!

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catabisis
11/4/2019 21:39 EST

http://www.vipfaq.com/Raffy%20Tulfo.html

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Goslig
11/4/2019 22:32 EST

catabisis That link regarding Raffy Tulfo is somewhat inaccurate. His YouTube broadcasts are mostly about infidelity and scams. Most of his shows about scams are unfaithful Filipina’s, but some involve Filipino men as well as Westerners. He’s the Jerry Springer of the Philippines. Are there any Americans who haven’t heard of Jerry Springer? Probably?

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Goslig
11/4/2019 22:48 EST

https://youtu.be/fqvXsCCubHk

Canadian scammed: Raffy Tulfo in action YouTube video.

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LarryKar
11/5/2019 02:55 EST

Gos: Did not say she doesn't know who Tulfo is sorry if I wasn't 100% clear. Just that neither her nor her friends seem to give him any more credence than any other " media " star. Years ago I used to read Ann Landers/Dear Abby daily in the newspapers. Somehow didn't let tales of a few bad apples spoil me on the humanity or any particular part of it.

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Goslig
11/5/2019 04:32 EST

LarryKar The used to have a TV show here called “Face to Face””. The Tulfo brothers took up where that left off. Lots of drama. Tulfo has a large legal team that goes out to set things straight with the Barangay Captain and swindled foreigners and the Pinoy family. Tulfo hands out free motorcycles if the Pinoy husbands leave their cheating filipina wives. Some Filipino’s want him to run for President. It’s way beyond Ann Landers, who I read as well. Currently, I am at the wrong end of a domino effect of scams hitting me all at once, some involving big money and others just small time. If I sound jaded, it’s because of the current of anti-foreigner sentiment here, and the toxic harpies on this forum. I can snooze the forum, and hack away at the tangle of scams. Not exactly “having more fun in the Philippines”. For those who are, enjoy it while it lasts.

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gelynch52ph
11/5/2019 07:08 EST

Sorry to say this, but apparently the old maxim applies. "The quickest way to become a millionaire in The Philippines is to go there with two million."

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LovePhilly
11/5/2019 08:30 EST

Gos, I watched the link you sent and this Canadian guy is just gullible. He's an advertisement for a scam. He hardly even knew this woman and gave her 20k dollars to buy them a house. This could happen in New York or anywhere else in the world. You can't fix stupid.

I understand your personal situation is quite different.

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Goslig
11/5/2019 08:41 EST

gelynch52ph The skin-you-alive tax! LOL. So true. Filipino’s are better liars, b-s’ers, and pretenders than North American’s, and they have such a flair to blame you for it. It’s taken me 9 years to know when my wife is lying to me (less than 50% of the time).

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Goslig
11/5/2019 09:13 EST

LovePhilly I agree about that Canuck (not the only Canuck), There was a Saudi Chief of police that was scammed beautifully by a Pinay too. Even Filipino guys get scammed. Pinay’s are incredible pretenders. Their contradictory roles are equally valid and real to them. They are blind to the impact they have on the other person. Like egocentric multiple personalities. They can suspend disbelief better than Hollywood. It’s embarrassing to watch Westerners cave in to their crocodile tears. It shows how willingly some become Instantly co-dependent. I’m a little guilty of that myself. There was an Aussie who was more codependent than anyone I ever observed.. He made me feel sick when he was so forgiving of how terribly he was betrayed and scammed. A completely broken man. Tulfo should give out actress awards to those Pinay sirens. My wife deserves one probably.

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mootpoint20
11/5/2019 11:39 EST

Soon this blog will be decimated or eliminated. It’s turned into a hate-filled sewer by our friend, SUG/Goslig from Prudential Village, Davao. His hate is now against Filipinos, not just opponents or people he disagrees with. He has accused his own wife of being homosexual, because she took his property. It will not be tolerated much longer. When someone from the government steps in, this character will disappear, again. Hopefully it will be voluntary. Some people, here, have surrendered like sheep. Whether it’s ignorance or cowardice, I’d suggest going to LivinginthePhilippines.com. Former member, Clarkee, made mention of his own frustration with this neurotic, who is simply out to destroy any remnant of harmony. I will continue to observe and report.

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surfingcebu
11/5/2019 14:03 EST

Gos - your right ! The Long Con game is learned when they are very young ! They are the worlds best , from what I have seen! ....Of course I am talking some here and NOT all . If you have a good one - your a lucky man ! at least , 1/3 are Long Con players - Best Be Warned ,.

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