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We Had The Swine Flu. And It Sucked.

Well, We all knew the swine flew was coming.  I first reported on it in our first swine flu mention. Well, we had it this past week.  First my wife had it.  She was hot and sweating and tired and achy.  Headache, high fever, stomach ache, runny nose.  Two days with a fever!  Then as she got better, the baby was next.  She must have been a thousand degrees, she was as hot as a frying pan.  My wife said, "Oh she needs a checkup."  Yeah, right.  Like I'm going to take a baby with a fever to a doctor in the Philippines.  Altogether, the baby had about 18 hours of fever, but the worst part was about 8-10 hours.

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Adventures in Negotiating Land Purchase, Part III

As you can read in parts I (http://philippines-living.com/topic/few-adventures-finding-negotiating-l...) and II (http://philippines-living.com/topic/adventures-negotiating-land-purchase...) we had spent quite a lot of time negotiating to buy a piece of land, paid for the survey, etc.  Well, count that as a few months and a few hundred plus dollars of tuition.

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Goodbye Nils Frode Steen Aksnes. What's the Lesson From This Death?

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In recent articles http://cdn.ph/photostore/news_details.php?id=3144 and http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=488721 you can read about the death of the Norwegian Nils Frode Steen Aksnes.  I believe I never met him, but I know he spent time near Dumaguete.

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Concrete Pouring Road Construction in Dumaguete, Philippines

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Here are three videos my wife and I shot today in Dumaguete.  Actually there has been a lot of construction this year here. Sometimes it seems like it's going slow. But the truth is there are a lot of people working hard, and they've made a lot of progress. Many places in Negros are making good progress in road building.  The first video features the concrete mixer mixing the concrete, dumping it out, and the men moving the concrete into place.  Also there is a strange tube maybe for getting the air out by vibrating.

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July 4th in Dumaguete: Gentle Foreigner Reportedly Shot in City of Gentle People

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I've noticed quite a few news items about foreigners being shot, even in this City of Gentle People, Dumaguete, Oriental Negros. Here are is a news item about it ("A retired police officer shot and wounded a retired member of the United States Special Forces yesterday in front of the Negros Oriental 2 Electric Cooperative in Dumaguete City.") and also there is a dialogue I noticed going on at a Dumaguete discussion board at dumagueteinfo.com/board/dumaguete-city/incident-dumaguete-4881.html . It is scary and discouraging. I am starting to wonder - what are the statistics on homicide or attempted homicide against foreigners here.

european parliament resolution on the philippines-NEW

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Declaration of 15 September 2008 by the Presidency on behalf of the EU on the situation in country-regionMindanao,

–  having regard to the appeal issued by the Ambassadors of the European Union and the United States of America and the Australian Embassy's deputy head of mission on 29 January 2009,

–   having regard to the third session of the Tripartite Review of the implementation of the 1996 Peace Agreement between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) from 11 to 13 March 2009,

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Ouch, Yet Another Foreigner Brutally Murdered - Goodbye Herman Kruse

"A 68-year-old German man was stabbed to death by an unidentified attacker at his residence in the central Philippines, a police report said Friday. Herman Kruse was watching television with his Filipino wife at their house in Daan Bantayan town in Cebu province..."  http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/275950,german-man-stabbed-to-death-in-central-philippines.html

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Philippines Lawyer Disbarred and Told to Fork It Over After Pulling Fast One on Dumb Danish Dude

According to this fascinating brief, one Mr. Mas has been found responsible and in bad taste and faith for being too clever in assisting the Dane Stemmerik.  Looks like the Dane was counting on buying some land here in the Philippines and sent over a good chunk of change - but no land was ever put in his name.  What a surprise.  Sometimes there is more than meets the eye, but at least on the surface level it seems admirable that a legal representative is held accountable for breaking his oath to uphold the law and the truth. 

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Immigration Turf Battle or Reform?

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"Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez wants lawyer Serafin Abellon of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) 7, based in Mandaue City, to return to the BI office in Manila “immediately” and to stay there until further notice." http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/doj-orders-bi-7-lawyer-relieved

Is this a turf battle, reform, or both?

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Is True Love Possible?

I've wondered sometimes about whether true love is possible - love where both the man and the woman value each other, respect each other, don't intentionally hurt each other, don't lie to each other, enjoy each other's company, don't cheat on each other, hold property in common and raise children working through their differences in values so that nobody gets trampled.  Of course there will always be something we say that comes across wrong, or we might for a moment see someone and experience a distracting temptation - but do those things add up?  Or are some or all relationships "doomed" from the start because rather than having mutual respect and compassion, they are based on one or both persons taking advantage of the other one?

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