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  1. #17423
    Quote Originally Posted by GoodEnough  [View Original Post]
    I must be getting somewhat dense in my old age. So, you're saying that China is responsible for the pervasive corruption in both the US and the Philippines, is that right? Makes about as much sense as the orange stain in the US White House blaming Clinton for his current torrent of scandals. GE.
    Please note that Doc said "principle culprit," not "principal culprit." The Chinese interventions in the South China Sea do seem to be guided by a consistent principle, although quite different than the principle or principles underlying their connections to Elaine Chao or Jared Kushner. Also, don't forget that blaming Clinton for current scandals appears to satisfy about 43% of voters, and the underlying principle probably operates roughly the same in 2019 as it did in 2016.

  2. #17422
    Quote Originally Posted by Docwiltro  [View Original Post]
    Yes, and the principle culprit for both the Philippines and the US regarding conflict of interests is China who is becoming a really bad actor on the world stage.
    I must be getting somewhat dense in my old age. So, you're saying that China is responsible for the pervasive corruption in both the US and the Philippines, is that right? Makes about as much sense as the orange stain in the US White House blaming Clinton for his current torrent of scandals.

    GE.

  3. #17421
    Quote Originally Posted by GoodEnough  [View Original Post]
    And looked at from another perspective, it differs from what happens in the US only in scale and crudeness. Most lately the discovery that Mitch McConnell's wife, who coincidentally is the Secretary of Transportation, neatly arranged for $78 million to be given to McConnell's backward state of Kentucky just as he's running for re-election. Same game, just a slightly more sophisticated version using taxpayer money. Corruption is rampant in both governments, and likely in many others, so maybe it's time not to get self-rightous about corruption here.

    GE.
    Yes, and the principle culprit for both the Philippines and the US regarding conflict of interests is China who is becoming a really bad actor on the world stage.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Phils China Conflict.jpg‎   US China Conflict.jpg‎  

  4. #17420
    Quote Originally Posted by Transporter  [View Original Post]
    Kind of depends on how much rain. Rainy season is typhoon season, so a typhoon will affect the girls yes. And heavy rains will effect the girls also, but more so in Manila. In AC I wouldn't worry about the rain too much (unless you melt with water) there are so many girls, and there for sure will be enough to go around, yes the numbers may be a little less, buy you may not even notice. In Manila, heavy rains will effect the girls, as they don't have a good water drainage system there, and the streets / roads will get flooded hindering transportation.
    Actually, monsoons bring much more rain that do typhoons. Typhoons bring strong winds from East to West off the Pacific and do lots of damage, but because they move quickly they don't typically suck up too much water. Monsoons move more slowly, usually moving from Southwest to Northeast, and thus suck a lot of rain off the South China Sea. Sometimes they hold almost stationary (called a hanging monsoon or hanging habagat) and just continuously circulate rain onto the big island, Luzon.

    Flooding does occur in the Manila streets, and it doesn't run off because of a) poor drainage systems and because b) much of Manila is relatively low-lying relative to Manila Bay and the rivers and esteros that drain the area. Taxis are often the first victims, since water in the streets is too deep for them. If you and lady friend are comfortable traveling in jeepneys, they keep going when taxis can't, because their suspension holds the passenger areas and engines well above water in the streets. Also, the light rail systems are not usually affected by rain.

    Other tips. Bring a small umbrella, but strong enough to withstand wind. Carry pocket change and a few small bills. Entrepreneurial locals will put down wooden planks that straddle the deep water alongside the curb, and they collect from pedestrians for using the plank. Also, sometimes the best way to get across a flooded street is a pedicab; that is, a bicycle with sidecar and operators with strong calf muscles.

  5. #17419
    Quote Originally Posted by Goferring  [View Original Post]
    Not to get too far off topic but in a lot of jurisdictions this is the cause of a lot of post election violence. Big promises and commitments are made to garner votes on the assumption that a win will provide funding sources to fulfill these. It comes as a big surprise when the candidate places 4th and then has the masses banging on his door looking for what was promised in exchange for their vote.

    Cheers. G.
    And looked at from another perspective, it differs from what happens in the US only in scale and crudeness. Most lately the discovery that Mitch McConnell's wife, who coincidentally is the Secretary of Transportation, neatly arranged for $78 million to be given to McConnell's backward state of Kentucky just as he's running for re-election. Same game, just a slightly more sophisticated version using taxpayer money. Corruption is rampant in both governments, and likely in many others, so maybe it's time not to get self-rightous about corruption here.

    GE.

  6. #17418
    Quote Originally Posted by Dg8787  [View Original Post]
    Monsoon season is terrible. So bad that girls fuck old ugly foreigners hoping for a ticket out of there.

    My best memories are holed up in a hotel room with 3 sweeties for a few days riding out the storm.
    Quote Originally Posted by Transporter  [View Original Post]
    Kind of depends on how much rain. Rainy season is typhoon season, so a typhoon will affect the girls yes. And heavy rains will effect the girls also, but more so in Manila. In AC I wouldn't worry about the rain too much (unless you melt with water) there are so many girls, and there for sure will be enough to go around, yes the numbers may be a little less, buy you may not even notice. In Manila, heavy rains will effect the girls, as they don't have a good water drainage system there, and the streets / roads will get flooded hindering transportation. There is good and bad with that, depending where the girls are stranded it could also work to your favor, as the last heavy rain stranded many girls at work. KTV girls who don't normally go out with customers were eager to do overnights with clients (found them on wechat). Just as long as you stay at a hotel that has a backup generator and provisions enough so you can get things to eat. Don't stay on the ground floor, and if a heavy rain is due in, stock up on some supplies (water and food). I didn't have a problem before but it was only flooding for a week, I guess if it was longer, it would have been a problem.
    Thanks Dg and Transporter for your views and much appreciated.

  7. #17417
    Quote Originally Posted by Dg8787  [View Original Post]

    Local or provincial elections are usually won by the highest paying vote buyer. I know a girl who travelled to the province to vote and was paid 5 k for her vote. A lot of voters got 5 k. When I meantioned this to another girl from another province. She said she only got 2 k for her vote! Corruption must pay well to buy votes and to continue the family business.
    Not to get too far off topic but in a lot of jurisdictions this is the cause of a lot of post election violence. Big promises and commitments are made to garner votes on the assumption that a win will provide funding sources to fulfill these. It comes as a big surprise when the candidate places 4th and then has the masses banging on his door looking for what was promised in exchange for their vote.

    Cheers. G.

  8. #17416
    Only had one but it was nice to have it on tap in between room service and working. Reminds me of my college days.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dg8787  [View Original Post]
    Monsoon season is terrible. So bad that girls fuck old ugly foreigners hoping for a ticket out of there.

    My best memories are holed up in a hotel room with 3 sweeties for a few days riding out the storm.

  9. #17415
    Quote Originally Posted by SoapySmith  [View Original Post]
    Thanks G and Dg for your replies. The increased number of carriers moving to T3 makes sense. Tipping suggestions are helpful; 200 php is not a lot of money for anybody who can afford to travel to and from the Phils. It strikes me that average Filipinos don't think in terms of large tips, to cabbies, waiters, porters, or anybody else, and then they extend a sort of class deference to foreigners who do give comparatively large tips--by Filipino standards. It's the same sort of class deference that leads Filipinos to keep re-electing the same families to national office, as though only a small group of wealthy families are capable of performing these duties.

    Last two trips I had a condo near SM Manila. Both times the taxis, one regular, one coupon, took me down Roxas Blvd. and crossed over to Taft at Luneta Park. The taxi travel time was not bad at all. I guess I was spoiled my last time in via PAL from San Francisco in November. Arrival at 4 am and departure at 9 pm, thus missing the worst of the crowds at T3. Perhaps PAL has the luxury of planning around NAIA traffic, especially for flights that cross the International Date Line.
    We associated money and cost to our subjective earning power. 200 peso ($4. 00) is nothing compared to my hourly or daily earnings. 200 pesos is well above the average Filipino hourly wage. Hence waiting an hour is well worth it to them.

    Local or provincial elections are usually won by the highest paying vote buyer. I know a girl who travelled to the province to vote and was paid 5 k for her vote. A lot of voters got 5 k. When I meantioned this to another girl from another province. She said she only got 2 k for her vote! Corruption must pay well to buy votes and to continue the family business.

    Your hotels are not that far away. Kilometer wise. Time wise is another story depending on the time of day or night.

  10. #17414
    Quote Originally Posted by Nazgylg15  [View Original Post]
    Hello gents,

    Would you recommend visiting Manila / Angeles in mid Aug. 10-20 ?The purpose of my visit would be solely for mongering and am bit reluctant because of the rain. I have seen reports on tripadvisor of manila getting flooded and people advising against visiting albeit for tourism. I checked the weather reports and most suggest sporadic showers / thunderstorms for most days. Would weather affect availability of girls?

    BR,

    Nazgyl.
    Kind of depends on how much rain. Rainy season is typhoon season, so a typhoon will affect the girls yes. And heavy rains will effect the girls also, but more so in Manila. In AC I wouldn't worry about the rain too much (unless you melt with water) there are so many girls, and there for sure will be enough to go around, yes the numbers may be a little less, buy you may not even notice. In Manila, heavy rains will effect the girls, as they don't have a good water drainage system there, and the streets / roads will get flooded hindering transportation. There is good and bad with that, depending where the girls are stranded it could also work to your favor, as the last heavy rain stranded many girls at work. KTV girls who don't normally go out with customers were eager to do overnights with clients (found them on wechat). Just as long as you stay at a hotel that has a backup generator and provisions enough so you can get things to eat. Don't stay on the ground floor, and if a heavy rain is due in, stock up on some supplies (water and food). I didn't have a problem before but it was only flooding for a week, I guess if it was longer, it would have been a problem.

  11. #17413
    Quote Originally Posted by Nazgylg15  [View Original Post]
    Hello gents,

    Would you recommend visiting Manila / Angeles in mid Aug. 10-20 ?The purpose of my visit would be solely for mongering and am bit reluctant because of the rain. I have seen reports on tripadvisor of manila getting flooded and people advising against visiting albeit for tourism. I checked the weather reports and most suggest sporadic showers / thunderstorms for most days. Would weather affect availability of girls?

    BR,

    Nazgyl.
    Monsoon season is terrible. So bad that girls fuck old ugly foreigners hoping for a ticket out of there.

    My best memories are holed up in a hotel room with 3 sweeties for a few days riding out the storm.

  12. #17412

    I think the app is for escorts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blanquiceleste  [View Original Post]
    Strange! Its available on Android and iOS. This screen shot is from Oct 2018.
    I remember reading on the smooci thread, the app is for escorts to quickly check the booking and respond. The clients would have to use the web I suppose.

  13. #17411

    Manila and angeles in August.

    Hello gents,

    Would you recommend visiting Manila / Angeles in mid Aug. 10-20 ?The purpose of my visit would be solely for mongering and am bit reluctant because of the rain. I have seen reports on tripadvisor of manila getting flooded and people advising against visiting albeit for tourism. I checked the weather reports and most suggest sporadic showers / thunderstorms for most days. Would weather affect availability of girls?

    BR,

    Nazgyl.

  14. #17410
    Quote Originally Posted by Bigstud  [View Original Post]
    Natty, the much better alternative is Grab! Download the app, choose the credit card payment option, and enjoy the ride.
    Slow down buddy. There are many times when Grab is not available when you come in to the airport. Like Dg said, you have to hop on that Resorts World shuttle and go over to those hotels and try to order one from there or get a taxi from over there.

  15. #17409

    Grab a Grab instead!

    Quote Originally Posted by NattyBumpo  [View Original Post]
    I tip the porters too when there are large lines. They seem happy with 100 p and it is worth every centavo.

    Good advice about arrivals too. I waited in line about 20 minutes for a metered taxi last time I arrived and I thought that was an improvement from the time before. But don't get me started on MNL taxis. LOL. One night I couldn't find a taxi to save my soul. I ended up walking from the Fairmont (GreenBelt) to Burgos St. It only took about 30 minutes. Another night I started out in a taxi, but traffic was at a standstill halfway there, so I bailed a few blocks from Burgos St. and walked the rest of the way. I think the taxi beat me there by a head. No problem getting a taxi at COD (Aseana City) however.
    Natty, the much better alternative is Grab! Download the app, choose the credit card payment option, and enjoy the ride.

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