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butseriouslyuk

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Re: Lifestyle
« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2008, 06:00:24 PM »
When we added an extension to the house, we built it with a rooftop terrace as I really enjoy sitting out on a clear night waiting for shooting stars. Then we decided we had room up there for another small bedroom and CR. On top of the new bedroom we made a seating area which we put a roof over for shade and to keep the rain off ( nicknamed the \'Tower of Love\'). The CR roof we just made into an open view deck. We get a nice breeze up there in the afternoons and often laze on an airbed to read and have a glass (bottle in my case ) of wine or 3.

I don\'t go out and socialise very much these days, usually only Sunday lunch at Abanico boat club, plus maybe Thursday afternoon at Jess bar, a regular for a lot of local expats. Very occasionally I\'ll head to Brunos Swiss deli for a few glasses of chilled white and a selection of cheeses and cold cuts. We haven\'t been down to the beach for sometime even though it\'s a very short trike ride away. Have to make an effort next leave.

Most evenings at sunset I sit beside my little pond and watch my Koi come out to feed. It\'s about the only time I get to see my small Black Koi as he seems to be a bit nocturnal. They seem to be thriving and have grown considerably since we bought them early last year. The biggest is about 14 inch long now. The pond is a basic rectangle shape and we built a filter system ourselves. I\'m planning something a little more ornate in future. Been reading up on natural swimming ponds which are just filtered by plants and minerals. Nice to cool down in, but a good habitat for fish too. If it ends up looking anything like the attached pic, I\'ll be happy. Of course any input or info from group members would be welcome.

Our lot still looks a bit like a building site, but slowly and steadily we are getting there.

Transport is in the form of a motor tricycle that is just fine for getting around town. We keep up the franchise on it just in case Rebeccas brother fancies earning a few pesos carrying passengers.

Life in Palawan is pretty good!

Matt

One silly thing that I have noticed since living in the Philippines: Roosters do not just crow at sunrise. They can go at it all bloody night!



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Offline GregW

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Re: Lifestyle
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2008, 11:30:11 AM »
Your little pond is great!  Very nice looking.  I\'m jealous.  Now I want one too.  I can readily imagine how restful it is to sit around the pond and feed the fish as you describe.  Good going.
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Re: Lifestyle
« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2008, 04:29:41 AM »
Using fans in the tropic not only saves the high cost of using Air-Conditioning.

BTW, I am allergic to Air-Conditioning…it makes me break out with chills whenever it is used as well as tachycardia whenever I received the high electric bills. : )

All kidding aside, fans do work well because of the high humidity in the tropics and keeping overhead money to a minimum includes the use of public transportation. Riding jeepneys is a great way of meeting friends and it only takes a few words of Tagalog to direct the drivers to stop.

-Bill

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Re: Lifestyle
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2008, 05:47:39 AM »
Using fans in the tropic not only saves the high cost of using Air-Conditioning.

BTW, I am allergic to Air-Conditioning…it makes me break out with chills whenever it is used as well as tachycardia whenever I received the high electric bills. : )

All kidding aside, fans do work well because of the high humidity in the tropics and keeping overhead money to a minimum includes the use of public transportation. Riding jeepneys is a great way of meeting friends and it only takes a few words of Tagalog to direct the drivers to stop.

-Bill

Good sense!  You may be surprised to know that many expats share your distaste for a/c once they\'ve become accustomed to living here.  While I may find some temporary relief in malls and theaters, I rarely visit them.  Air conditioning for a length of time dries up my sinuses and causes a dry cough.  I much prefer my house that\'s been designed for the climate (more or less) and provides all the comfort these old bones need.

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Re: Lifestyle
« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2008, 07:14:11 AM »
Our retirement income is about $XXX stateside and maybe $XXX here.  Our bills/living costs are about $XXX  a month  (a/c at XXX!!). We invest some in new construction (building a xxxx near the xxxx),  manage to put away about XXX  each month after out of pocket expenses- which get out of hand quickly..  We travel, eat where we like, buy things that interest us.       

I share all of this with a small intrepidation hoping it won\'t get back.  We never talk about our income or expenses to anyone here.

Mike M.

RECOMMENDATION TO THE MODERATORS AND NEW FORUM MEMBERS REGARDING DISCUSSION OF PERSONAL INCOME, ASSETS, AND INVESTMENTS IN THE PHILIPPINES.

Mike,

Your post was appealing, informative, and exactly what is needed on this forum. Sharing your background and current situation provides credibility and reality to the dreams of thousands of expats all over the world!

However, I have a SERIOUS recommendation. I hope the Moderators (or Don, himself) will consider establishing a rule to forbid Forum Members from discussing their personal income, current assets, and current or proposed RP investments on this public forum.

RATIONALE: We live in the Information Age. The positive aspects of quick/reliable information exchange among friends cannot be overemphasized. However, with every positive, life-altering invention, there exists a dark, sinister, and potentially dangerous aspect. In today\'s world, there are criminals lurking to exploit any private information posted on public forums. I hope nobody thinks I\'m paranoid. In my line of business, I know how the simplest bit of volunteered information can be used to take advantage of you. Please DO NOT think it\'s a difficult task to track and locate the whereabouts of every individual on this forum. It can be done with a minimum of effort.

Accordingly, I\'m pleading with everyone to be especially careful about the personal / private information placed in your posts. If the MODS choose to establish a rule to forbid certain private information, that would be ideal. If not, please exercise prudence and think about your posts. Thank you.

Offline Gray Wolf

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Re: Lifestyle
« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2008, 08:10:43 AM »
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RECOMMENDATION TO THE MODERATORS AND NEW FORUM MEMBERS REGARDING DISCUSSION OF PERSONAL INCOME, ASSETS, AND INVESTMENTS IN THE PHILIPPINES.

However, I have a SERIOUS recommendation. I hope the Moderators (or Don, himself) will consider establishing a rule to forbid Forum Members from discussing their personal income, current assets, and current or proposed RP investments on this public forum.

Accordingly, I\'m pleading with everyone to be especially careful about the personal / private information placed in your posts. If the MODS choose to establish a rule to forbid certain private information, that would be ideal. If not, please exercise prudence and think about your posts. Thank you.

Worldy,

Speaking as a Global Moderator of this LinPC forum, as well as a senior LinP3 List Guide, I can honestly say that this should be common sense and there\'s no need for us to make an addition to our already poorly abided by list of rules.  Everyone who is familiar with our group from the beginning knows that our rules are strict, indeed to some even tyrannical.  Adding another to the long list would serve little if any purpose.  All IMHO of course. 

Now, having said all that, I will recommend to everyone who posts here to be cautious of what you reveal about yourself on these pages.  There is truth in what wordly says about those who lurk amongst our guests waiting for the perfect target to strike.  Nothing, not even another rule,  can prevent that.  It is up to each of us to be cautious with what personal information we offer here.

Jack
Louisville, KY USA - Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, PH

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Re: Lifestyle
« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2008, 08:35:43 AM »

I can honestly say that this should be common sense and there\'s no need for us to make an addition to our already poorly abided by list of rules.

Now, having said all that, I will recommend to everyone who posts here to be cautious of what you reveal about yourself on these pages.  There is truth in what wordly says about those who lurk amongst our guests waiting for the perfect target to strike.  Nothing, not even another rule,  can prevent that.  It is up to each of us to be cautious with what personal information we offer here.

Jack


As the other \'Global Moderator\', I agree with Jack. As with all our private emails, common sense must prevail. We are all aware of the scam emails. As with those, we wouldn\'t declare personal info. That said, let\'s not get paranoid either. Even basic info here or on any forum / group COULD be used for scams etc. So don\'t be specific i.e. I have X amount in Y bank in Z area or I have invested X in Z savings scheme. Common sense

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Re: Lifestyle
« Reply #22 on: February 20, 2008, 01:37:34 AM »
Using fans in the tropic not only saves the high cost of using Air-Conditioning.

BTW, I am allergic to Air-Conditioning…it makes me break out with chills whenever it is used as well as tachycardia whenever I received the high electric bills. : )

All kidding aside, fans do work well because of the high humidity in the tropics and keeping overhead money to a minimum includes the use of public transportation. Riding jeepneys is a great way of meeting friends and it only takes a few words of Tagalog to direct the drivers to stop.

-Bill

I prefer Ceiling fans to a/c .....riding buses (haven\'t ridden jeepneys) is easier ......tap on ceiling with coin when you want the bus to stop

jayjayrp

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Re: Lifestyle
« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2008, 04:30:46 PM »
I see I am not alone in my obtainment of a relaxed lifestyle.
Bless you all,  JJ       

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Re: Lifestyle
« Reply #24 on: February 22, 2008, 01:31:28 AM »
Thanks for the informative post by Mike M.   Glad you\'re enjoying yourself Mike.   Must be the psychologist that makes you easygoing with such ease of frank discussion. oh and 1 more thing - a smiley  ;D
I’m not Aussie although sometimes I sound like one.

Rick B

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Re: Lifestyle
« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2008, 08:23:30 PM »
Mike M, enjoyed your post and the specific details and descriptions were what made it so

on the A/C debate, we go for half way, bedroom A/C and living area fans but i see where the \"fan\" people come from, sometimes can\'t wait to get out of A/C and into the real world

Rick

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Re: Lifestyle
« Reply #26 on: March 06, 2008, 04:27:33 AM »
   We have A/C only in the master BR in the house in the city.
   The rest of the house, fans.
   The beach house fans only.

Rick

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Re: Lifestyle
« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2008, 06:03:09 AM »
Gosh guys!!!   Yeah that was sort of impulsive and one of those good intention posts..... re our income.  I guess since every Filipino in Bulacan has wormed it out of my family or have a much higher estimate of our income I was lulled into a sense of security.  I do agree that posting one\'s financial status on this or any other internet site is in very bad form.  Thanks for the feedback.

Someone close the barn door ha?

Mike M.

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Re: Lifestyle
« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2008, 04:25:56 AM »
 :)our Moderators are strict but but often work quietly with members whom may flame on other folks when excited about the
 thread on some post....or as they say poorly follow the rules .....giving them a chance to remain on this part of the info highway
 .........they gave me a chance ,didnt have to.................................take a deep breath before you post.......
 i need a dose of Captain Ron humor................................................

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Re: Lifestyle
« Reply #29 on: March 07, 2008, 07:27:52 AM »
:)our Moderators are strict but but often work quietly with members whom may flame on other folks when excited about the
 thread on some post....or as they say poorly follow the rules .....giving them a chance to remain on this part of the info highway
 .........they gave me a chance ,didnt have to.................................take a deep breath before you post.......
 i need a dose of Captain Ron humor................................................

Thanks for the positive comment. We MUCH prefer to be Forum Guides than big bad rule enforcers. Great thing about our forums members, is they are doing a pretty good job of giving us nothing much to do. Long may that remain.  8)