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Philippines Nationalization of Legacy-Pyramid-Scheme-Affiliated Insolvent Banks

Philippines Nationalization of Legacy-Pyramid-Scheme-Affiliated Insolvent Banks

What would it be like if you had deposited your savings into a bank, then came by the next year to find it completely boarded up and closed, with only one sheet of paper describing how you could file a claim for a potential payout of your deposit?  Got to be a bummer.  There are probably tens or hundreds of thousands of banks around the world with signs like this. (As always, click "Original" below the picture to see a larger version, if you want to see more details.)

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Slack Philippines Economy: More Sales Staff Than Shoppers At The Big Sale

Slack Philippines Economy: More Sales Staff Than Shoppers At The Big Sale

We went shopping for a washing machine earlier this month, but the price tag of 5000 pesos was destined to be reduced to 4500 on the day of the big sale.   We offered 4500 on the spot, but it was turned down by the manager at Mart One Dumaguete.  We therefore waited patiently.  Finally the big day arrived, and we went to the well-publicized sale.  As always, they had many sales staff, just like every other day.  But unfortunately for their business, the total number of shoppers was fewer than the sales staff - just like every other day!  It appears people in the Philippines are not shopping.  The global economy is taking its toll already.

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"Snake-Oil-Quality" Electrical Scooter Advertisement

"Snake-Oil-Quality" Electrical Scooter Advertisement

A few days ago I was in Dumaguete and noticed some electric scooters for sale.  They were not exactly flying off the shelves, not the least because they were extremely overpriced.  Scooters that cost $200 in China were $800.  I'm sure there is a story somewhere in that.  But check out this promotional material - a scooter that can go 1000 miles on a single charge!!  Sign me up - but I'll pay after I test it, thanks.

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New Hotel in Dumaguete

New Hotel in Dumaguete

When we left Dumaguete, Philippines less than a year ago, this building definitely did not exist.  But now upon our return, it looks finished and snazzy.  I haven't been inside yet.  It's near the market, downtown.

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Dumaguete, Philippines - A Nice City -- and a Lodging Recommendation

Dumaguete is where I've spent most of my time while in the Philippines.  It's small enough so that we can live in a peaceful, bucolic setting yet be in the center of town in just ten minutes.

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Some Wares Being Sold in Dumaguete Philippines at the Boulevard

A few guys are always selling stuff on the Boulevard in Dumaguete.  Some DVDs, watches, sunglasses, and prescription medicine.  I'm always amazed by how many people are selling things on the streets.  I hardly ever buy anything from them, but they must be selling to somebody, otherwise they would not be out there, right?

dvds and other things sold on boulevard in Dumaguetewatch and glasses sold on beach

you know you are filipino, if....

If any of the following sounds familiar to you, then you're probably Filipino. Admit it, some halo-halo sounds pretty good right about now.

• You answer to "Pssst!!"
• You point with your lips.
• You have relatives whose nicknames consist of repeated syllables like Ling-Ling, Bong-Bong, or Che-Che.
• You have uncles and aunts named Boy, Girlie or Baby.
• In your dining room there's a picture of "Last Supper" - and on either side of it are a giant wooden spoon and fork.
• The furniture in your house is wrapped in plastic or covered in blankets.
• You use shopping bags as garbage bags.
• You have a piano no one plays.

Charge for not having moto registration in Philippines?

So my friend was pulled over for being a gringo.  Still says this wasn't the reason he was pulled over, even though everybody on the road still has the old tags.  Just him who gets pulled over, he says skin color means nothing.  Didn't have his registration, god knows why, they took his license - had to pay 2,000 pesos to get it back.  Are these fines standard, or is there a sliding scale?  He claims the guy at the LTO arbitrarily came up with the 2,000 figure.  At least he got a receipt.

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Cebu Pacific - Contact Emails For The Frustrated

Everyone who has spent some time in the Philippines seems to have a Cebu Pacific horror story - whether it's the website or the exorbitant baggage charges, anal retentive baggage weighers, or the insistence on buying useless return tickets.  I just read a few recent posts on these topics that include some "potentially useful" email addresses... good luck.  Me personally, I've now decided to avoid them when possible.

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Unused Telephone Pole Power Line Poles in Manila, Philippines

Unused Telephone Pole Power Line Poles in Manila, Philippines

These powerline poles weren't cheap to make... and yet, they were unused - in some strange way, it must have been cheaper to leave them, than to make use of them... not only did the trees grow around them, but the sidewalk was even put in around one of them.  Or maybe there is some sentimental value to having these poles lying on the side of Roxas in Manila... your guess is as good as mine!

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