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Filipinas Smoking

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Filipinas Smoking

 When my wife and I were out on a motorcycle ride recently, she took this picture of these two Filipinas smoking home-made cigarettes.  The one on the left claimed to be 98, but her daughter insisted that the mother was actually only 89.  Either way, whatever she is doing seems to be working.  I guess we should stock up on some of that home-grown tobacco!

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Arlene Trillanes advance fee fraud scam email

Well, today was the first time I've noticed an advanced-fee scam email from the Philippines.  Certainly I've read about many Filipina scammers who scam money from foreigners online, and certainly I've received thousands of Nigeria 419 advance fee fraud emails.  This is the first from the Philippines.  I'm sure it won't be the last.  This stuff is becoming more popular, because with so many new internet users, there are always some people who might believe it. 

If you get an email like this, don't believe a word of it.

Hello friend

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H1N1 Swine Flu in the Philippines? Quarantined in Cebu and Manila?

 I'm not worried.  Probably you don't need to be, either.  The health officials have begun quarantining some people in Cebu (http://ph.news.yahoo.com/star/20090505/tph-quarantined-cebu-possible-swine-flu-541dfb4.html) who appear to have the H1N1 flu.  In Manila, they've also found a few people with the flu (http://ph.news.yahoo.com/afp/20090525/tap-health-flu-philippines-5cc1ef8_1.html).  

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Recent Expat Deaths in the Philippines: Thomas Hunt and Charles Richmond

Charles Richmond and Thomas Hunt have died.

I recently read about the tragic death of Thomas Hunt in Cagayan de Oro, where the poor old man not only had his marriage fall apart, but he died - perhaps of a broken heart.  I had never met him or corresponded with him.

moving to the philippines - recommendations for where to live?

Hello everybody and hope all is good with you..Im an American guy living in NewYork. I am 38 years old and am engaged to a beautifull woman from Ormoc City in Leyte province..We will marry when she gets her visa and travels to me..I have been to the philippines in 2008 and visited Cebu, Ormoc,and Bohol..I had a great time..Im thinking of living in the Phills one day soon and was not sure where to live..I was thinking Cebu, Ormoc, or Taclabon..Im not sure to buy a house w/lot or a condo..Can somebody give me some information?.. Thanks very much..

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Kaguran and Electric Kaguran

Here we have one video demonstrating how to use an electric kaguran, then a photo of a kaguran.  We like to make our own coconut cream cheese and coconut milk and coconut oil.  One of the great things about living in the Philippines for me!

This kaguran belongs to the barangay captain at a nearby town in Negros Oriental.

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Waterfront Walk at the Boulevard in Dumaguete, Philippines

Waterfront Walk at the Boulevard in Dumaguete, Philippines

 One of the many nice things about Dumaguete is the Boulevard.  You can walk along the water without fighting cars, boats, pollution.  You do need to avoid a few waves occasionally on windy days at high tide, and sometimes you have to decline the sellers of pearls or sunglasses, but overall it's a very pleasant walk.  Right nearby are Why Not cafe, the Waterfront cafe, and even the office for Globe if you want to set up an internet connection or pay your bill.

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What Would You Do? (If You Caught a Rare Megamouth Shark in the Philippines)

I just ran across this report of a "Megamouth" shark that was caught and promptly eaten in the Philippines.  Apparently the shark spends most or all of its life quite deep, and so it was not recognized even to exist by scientists until 1976.  Now they've been seen just a few hundred times.  

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Hong Kong Writer Blacklisted From Philippines; What's the Take-Home Lesson?

The Philippines is a country where citizens and guest residents/tourists must be very careful.  Free speech isn't like in our home countries, at least not for foreigners.  Here is a case where a journalist was barred from the country for expressing an opinion that the Philippine immigration commissioner did not like.  The rule here are very different from the U.S. where people are routinely barred from visiting based on class and citizenship distinctions, but not barred based on their writings.  I can't say that one is necessarily the more just reason to be barred from visiting / residing in a certain area.

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What's the Right Balance in Education Between Local Dialect / Tagalog / English

I just ran across this website: http://mothertongue-based.blogspot.com/ - it raises the question (and answers it!) of how to balance the language of instruction between the local dialect and other languages.  One interesting point is that the effectiveness of learning English isn't necessarily increased by more hours, if those hours aren't efficient in the first place.  Indeed! 

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