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Title: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: on July 06, 2010, 05:50:44 PM
If one of the moderators feel the attachment means this should be filed in another location, please feel free to do so. I cover The flight over, Going through Customs, and the first few days here so I cross a couple of topics.

I have attached a Word (2203) document that my friends asked for. It reflects some of the things I went through in the planning, travelling, and settling in periods. What is missing is all the great advice that received from folks on this forum, some of which I took. And I paid a price for not taking some. One difference in my flight from others is that I elected to fly business class. I am a big guy who does not play well with others in cattle class and for 15+ hours in the air I wanted it to be a pleasurable as well memorable experience. I do not regret the choice in the least as you will note in my attachment.

So without further words, please enjoy and feel free to ask if I raise any questions.

Oldsalt

[attachment deleted by admin]
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: dylanaz on July 06, 2010, 06:04:07 PM
For those without MS word I quoted it below... Looks MUCH better in word though (hmm - on 2nd thought ... removed the quote   ;D ) You can read to see why...

But after reading - I agree - I cant remember the last time I flew coach for the flight here... 1st/business is a MUST !

But .. Im changing airlines... because you said...

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I still rank Finn Air #1, but that is only because the First Class fight Attendant meets you (and wears throughout the flight) in an evening gown and serves you

Wherever that plane goes.. i will go !   8)
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: Knowdafish on July 06, 2010, 06:47:16 PM

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I still rank Finn Air #1, but that is only because the First Class fight Attendant meets you (and wears throughout the flight) in an evening gown and serves you


I couldn\'t find a pic of a Finn Air Stewardess in a night gown using google  :\'(, but I did find a website that shows all the different garb each airline has them wear.

http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Beauty-of-Stewardess

And yes, they are all fully clothed!
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: BC Boy on July 06, 2010, 07:22:41 PM
 Every time i am in Moons Caffe at Grand Mall i look for a big guy who looks like he has spent too much time in rainy far north west USA.

Saw a big dude today and almost said \"Hi Oldsalt\"

 :D

edit: just noticed attatchment, thanks.
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: MikeBal on July 06, 2010, 09:51:11 PM
Oldsalt, I admire your self discipline. I always intend to do what you\'re doing with the diet and exercise on our trips to the Philippines, but that only lasts until the first morning when I hit the breakfast buffet at the hotel.  :)
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on July 06, 2010, 10:24:15 PM
Sorry to hear that the room at Waterfront at the Aiport was such a disappointment.

Our room was great...P5500 for a full suite......I was landing at 03:00 and wanted somewhere close to airport that Glo could check into before I arrived

Only spent the one night but was worth the extra dough.
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: GregW on July 07, 2010, 04:03:18 AM
Great report.  One I\'m sure many newbies will find quite interesting.  Glad you made it. 
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: Gray Wolf on July 08, 2010, 03:40:41 AM
Excellent post John!  This one earns a sticky!   :)  :)  :)
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: on July 08, 2010, 07:31:29 AM
Great to hear you made it over John. Great post too, gives a good incite to what to expect here.

I only arrived a couple of days ago, and I can still see why it would be fairly daunting to any newbie, clearing the airport, and just getting to where you want to be. I\'ve been dozens of times, but it is still chaos passing through Manila after the airport.

I hope you do well with the weight loss, as it will make life so much more comfortable and pleasant in this heat and humidity. I\'ve lost 30 lbs in the last six months, fairly easily at first, but it has stalled now, just won\'t go any lower 200lbs.

We only have cold showers in our house, and there is no finer way to wake up each morning that forcing myself under one.  ;D

Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on July 08, 2010, 12:25:23 PM

We only have cold showers in our house, and there is no finer way to wake up each morning that forcing myself under one.  ;D


with your palangga!!!!
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: RUFUS on July 08, 2010, 01:51:45 PM
Now, now....this is a family forum ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: on July 08, 2010, 02:53:47 PM

We only have cold showers in our house, and there is no finer way to wake up each morning that forcing myself under one.  ;D


I know what you mean. I have hot water but I end the shower with 3-4 minutes of full cold. It cools me down and you are right, it sort of sets the new day in perspective.

Oldsalt
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: BC Boy on July 16, 2010, 04:40:18 PM

We only have cold showers in our house, and there is no finer way to wake up each morning that forcing myself under one.  ;D


I know what you mean. I have hot water but I end the shower with 3-4 minutes of full cold. It cools me down and you are right, it sort of sets the new day in perspective.

Oldsalt

same...i use warm to help rinse soap and finish off with a cool finalee. Though i will often have a very brief cold rinse just to freshen up.
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: fharz on September 09, 2010, 10:05:56 PM
What are your experiences in getting here? do you have some any great experiences you would like to share with us?
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: vercoes on December 28, 2010, 09:14:06 AM
How does one read the attachement that was \"removed\" by the Admin...why was it removed??
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: GregW on December 28, 2010, 10:42:53 AM
How does one read the attachement that was \"removed\" by the Admin...why was it removed??

One does not read the attachment.  That is why it was removed.

Why was it removed?  The moderator deemed it to be in violation of our rules.  The moderators do not need to offer an explanation of why.
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: Hank S. on December 28, 2010, 01:39:09 PM
Hmn Mr. Moderator, so how does a \"Newbie\" learn when he can\'t read invisible ink? Any ideas? got me curious now  ???
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: RUFUS on December 28, 2010, 03:11:29 PM
You don\'t!
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: Chasereo on December 28, 2010, 04:01:40 PM
Hmn Mr. Moderator, so how does a \"Newbie\" learn when he can\'t read invisible ink? Any ideas? got me curious now  ???


If one wanted the attachment, one could PM oldsalt and ask him nicely to perhaps email it...
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: Gray Wolf on December 29, 2010, 03:46:02 AM
Everyone chill while I find out what happened...   In the meantime, John would you repost the link?  Thanks.

Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: YoucancallmeAl on December 31, 2010, 09:30:04 AM
Everyone chill while I find out what happened...   In the meantime, John would you repost the link?  Thanks.

Yes, please. Another newbie here who would very much like to read it too.
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: on March 31, 2011, 11:17:56 PM
Sorry for the delay in responding to your request. Hopefully my attachments (my flight over and the first month in Cebu) will stay up long enough for your reading. I have reread these and am not sure why they broke the rules. It certainly was not my intention to do so. I really enjoyed my six months in the Philippines and I found the people there wonderful, friendly, and made some true friends. There was a major fire in Cebu City while I was there and 98 families lost their homes. One of my cherished memories has been helping three families rebuild their homes.

I just checked the price of airline tickets to the Philippines and they seem to be about three times what they were 9 months ago. Ouch!

John
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: Thomastherhymer on July 25, 2011, 02:51:21 AM
Hello; I\'m Thomas From Minnesota (mechanical engineer) and a new member here.

To: Grey Wolf (and Others), A simple Japanese water heater made from a small stove with a copper tube coil in the stovepipe is easy to make and can use almost any kind of fuel. If you prefer to shower in the afternoon, it\'s even simpler with a roof tank painted black.  Add an insulated storage tank and you have all the morning hot water you need for free!
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: KINGOBA on August 04, 2011, 10:13:14 AM
Greetings, I did not get a chance to read old salts treaties, it appears to have been removed by admin. We are retiring in a few months and plan our first trip in february, would have loved to read his words. Peace!
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: richardsinger on August 04, 2011, 01:44:47 PM
Greetings, I did not get a chance to read old salts treaties, it appears to have been removed by admin. We are retiring in a few months and plan our first trip in february, would have loved to read his words. Peace!

The attachments are still there. Please see oldsalt\'s post of 31 March.

Richard
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on August 04, 2011, 04:23:46 PM
So where did oldsalt go? I see his status has gone to \"guest\"
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: RUFUS on August 04, 2011, 04:53:15 PM
He went the way of those that could not deal with forum status quo...
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: RJJ on August 07, 2011, 08:43:14 PM
Hi Its RJJ
I have read his documents. I guess the most I got out of them is that you need to have a caregiver/helper with you at all times.
Now just to say, I will be traveling to Cebu/Mactan Island this September (I think). I am having second thoughts about it. From reading the posts in the forum here it seems there are many dangers awaiting the westerner. Many are small ones but possibly a few large dangers too. Sorry but it is the flavor I am getting from the posts here overall in the forum.
Now the possible good news is that the one lady that it seems that I am getting serious with is an imterpretor (even though she is not working right now). She knows knows all of the Philipine languages, english and chinese. So as long as I stay with her things may be ok.
The one thing that was not mentioned in his document is the tourist tax. I have read up on it and it is soo confusing. But the price seeems to be about 1600 pesos. Just not sure on who or when someone has to pay it or how many times (if you have more than one filght). I have my reasons to be knowledgeable about this due to possible other considerations in my trip.
I have one other situation that I would like to bring up but this part of the forum is not the place. I will choose another thread and folder.
RJJ
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: GregW on August 08, 2011, 02:53:16 AM
Hi Its RJJ

Now just to say, I will be traveling to Cebu/Mactan Island this September (I think). I am having second thoughts about it. From reading the posts in the forum here it seems there are many dangers awaiting the westerner. Many are small ones but possibly a few large dangers too. Sorry but it is the flavor I am getting from the posts here overall in the forum.

Bad news always gets all the attention doesn\'t it?  Relax.  Cebu is a great place.  I feel much safer in Cebu than in the US.  I\'ve been to many places and done many things.  I walk around alone, unescorted.  Even do so at night.  Of course I stay away from known trouble areas but that is anywhere I go.  We have a lot on Mactan that we are preparing to build on and I have no qualms about the area at all.  Don\'t let a few Chicken Littles (The sky is falling, The sky is falling) steal a great experience from you.   

Hmmm, maybe I better stop now.  Don\'t want Cebu to become too popular.  If every foreigner came to Cebu and saw how great it is then it would be so overcrowded.    >:(  Yeah, on second thought, those other guys were right.   ::)  Yeah, that\'s the ticket, the sky really is falling.   :o

 :D ;) ;D
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: graham on August 09, 2011, 09:19:48 PM
Well gosh Greg,

You just put me off Cebu. Was going to sell my little beachside place on Mindanao
and transfer somewhere inland on Cebu. Tsunami\'s are very worrisome you know??
 ::) ::) ::)


Graham
Title: Re: My Experiences in Getting Here
Post by: intocebu on August 10, 2011, 07:12:46 AM
Bohol is the Place to go for me ...Going for a 3 Day Pit stop to Cebu in late March Beginning of April 2012 Going to the American Consular Agency in the city to get that certificate of legal Capcity to get Married... then off to Bohol...Hear it Rains a Lot in Cebu ;D