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  1. #18565

    Still watching you, Grab. Out of the frying pan, into the fire

    Grab taxi, more (well, old) shenanigans resurfacing. Now that the drivers are encased in the left-front seat by plexiglass or a thick saran-wrap type of plastic, it is difficult (nearly impossible) to see the meter now. It is difficult many times to even be able to tell if it is powered on, as its hidden inside the plastic, hidden from the back seat and the front passenger seat.

    1) The driver fails to switch on the meter when you enter the taxi. When he drops you at your destination, you ask him how much is the metered fare. Alternately, you notice part-way into your ride that the meter is not running and you remind him to turn it on, but he balks at that. At the end of your grab taxi ride you ask for a receipt, but he can not produce one because he did not run the meter. "Just you look in your app sir. Its there". No, its not. You show him your app and ask him to find it, but he can not. He might offer to tell you what he thinks the ride was worth, and it will be exorbitantly large. A p130-160 ranged ride might become "Its 250. OK"? You balk, getting nowhere with him. You must go thru the time-consuming process of reporting him to Grab (the app is time-consuming, and limits your reporting of his bad behavior to just a few pre-made options, with little chance to explain what happened). It might take days to hear back from Grab on your status (reply is by email, but initially you can not complain to them via email, only the app).

    2) You order a Grab taxi, to pick you up at Robinson's Malate and drop you at your condo in Makati. Your pickup point is on Pedro Gil, main entrance by Starbucks (across from Eurotel). The Grab driver accepts your fare and the map shows him on Taft. He turns west on P Faura, then he turns left again on Adriatico, then he turns left again on Pedro Gil, then into the semi-circle mall pickup / dropoff area. You get into the car. He confirms "You are sir Westy?" Yes, lets go to Knightsbridge fella. He touches the meter, but you can't really see it very well. There appear to be digital lights running on the meter (but you can't make them out). Curious, just 30 seconds and less than 100 meters away from Robinson's, you pull the plastic aside and look at the meter, it says p48 and 4:22 time, and 0. 4 km. That would be impossible, as you have been in the taxi just 45-50 seconds, and traveled just 100 meters (0. 1 km). The driver, on his way to Robinson's, turned on his meter *before* he got to Robinson's, back around the time he turned left off of Faura, on to Adriatico. It can give him a p6-8 time advantage, and later possibly a p13.5 km advantage. Good news: Every driver whom I caught in this gimick has quickly re-set his meter to flagfall, losing the first minute and 0. 1 km on the final fare (or in one case, 4+ minutes and 0. 8 km). Bad news: I reported every driver that did this.

    Both of these "golden oldies" have popped up in the past 3 weeks (again).

  2. #18564
    The screw loosens a bit. NCR will go from the current Alert Level 4, down to the milder Alert Level 3, tomorrow. Biz will open up a bit more.

    https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2...ing-october-16

    From the article:

    "MANILA, Philippines Quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila will be relaxed this week as the COVID-19 situation in the capital region continues to improve.bThe government's pandemic task force has approved the recommendation to place Metro Manila under Alert Level 3 from October 16 to 31, presidential spokesman Harry Roque announced on Wednesday.

    The capital region, the Philippines' economic center, is under Alert Level 4, the second most stringent classification in the government's new quarantine system. The downgrade in the alert level will increase the permitted operational capacity of businesses, allowing business establishments to serve more clients.

    Under the alert status, food businesses may operate in full capacity for take out and delivery while dine-in services will be permitted at 30% capacity. Personal care service establishments can also fill in up to 30% of their venue capacity. The same operational capacities will be implemented in closed and crowded venues and close contact activities. However, the allowed capacities for businesses with safety seals may increase by 10%.

    The venue capacities will not apply to areas under granular lockdowns. Under Alert Level 4, the allowed operational capacity for dine-in and personal care services and in-person religious activities is just 20%."

  3. #18563
    Quote Originally Posted by EngineDriver  [View Original Post]
    Westie, Thanks for single handedly keeping the Philippines board alive. Your resilience in staying put there for the past few years is admirable. Not sure mere mortals could have done that. LOL.
    Thanks for your kind words. Re-naming the Phils forums "WestyVille" or such might be appropriate. Kidding.

    Quote Originally Posted by EngineDriver  [View Original Post]
    I seriously question the sanity of mongers who are planning to visit third world countries at the moment just to chase pussy. All this bureaucratic effort just for a root?
    Yes. Indeed, for less than that, I think. For the possibility of a root. Before the Internet, I had friends drive across states to get to a girl they knew remotely, thinking they were about to get laid. Only to find that she was a ghost, she didn't really live there, or was not the girl she pretended to be. Catfished. Or if not for the poon, he went to 'save' the damsel from her poor life situation (even less than a root).

    Can you smell it? Touch it? Feel the Grafenberg spot? Will she go a bit further than 'vanila'? Just the thought of it, rolling around in a man's mind, can make the fever set in. Oh, to be locked away from it. Incels understand this I think.

    Quote Originally Posted by EngineDriver  [View Original Post]
    Most mongers have excellent options for sex in their own countries, albeit at a higher price. But factoring in the high cost of the airfare,
    There is something to be said for this. There is, I think, a common misconception that we only travel for the poon (somewhat true). But I always had, in my home country, nawty avenues of joy. Some were financial, others just for sport.

    Which is better: 1) You spend $3600 USD flying to Phils for 2 weeks, and hammer 12 pinay (great trip). Or 2) You have several college co-ed hotties who are selling it for $300/1-hour session, which you enjoy once a month ($3600 for one year), same, 12 hammers. There are pro / con's for each.

    Having said that, I confess that chasing Fiipina is more fun. They drop their panties so much faster. They say and do the craziest sh*t. They are camera crazy. They are better looking. And there's no LAC in my country. Current (and maybe future) reality: There is no LAC here anymore.

    Quote Originally Posted by EngineDriver  [View Original Post]
    confusing and inconsistent quarantine requirements, loss of income, need to wear all the Covid paraphernalia and loss of tourist atmosphere hardly makes it worthwhile.
    The NCR has gone to 'granular' lockdowns. As I recently posted, less than 30% of Brgy are causing 80% of new cases. Only those places are being hit with the harsher lockdown situation (good news). However, even though my city is not one of those areas, all hotels in this area continue to allow you to have only 1 registered guest. Also, as opposed to a recent AC forum post indicating hotels allowing additional guests, the residences in this area continue to allow you 1 guest registered in total (unless you are renting a unit for, say, 3 persons, in which case you can register 2 guests). There is no tourist atmosphere here.

    And because you have been good fellas during the wait, an extra pic goodie or two. Seems the morsel has discovered the joy of a pulsating shower head.
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  4. #18562

    My Philippine / whit boy friends that live there have ben telling me to go for years.

    Quote Originally Posted by Thampi62  [View Original Post]
    For some, the home country won't entertain the old people in mongering. For them SEA and other third world countries are paradise. Eagerly waiting for the time to begin the reentry.
    Looking at those beaches, mountains, rivers, waterfalls. Tropical waters. My lord! And the English speaking nurses that I meet here in the USA are unassuming, beautiful and (most) are sincere. I can't wait. But I will be in Colombia till then. LOL It's closer.

  5. #18561
    Quote Originally Posted by EngineDriver  [View Original Post]
    Westie,

    Thanks for single handedly keeping the Philippines board alive. Your resilience in staying put there for the past few years is admirable. Not sure mere mortals could have done that. LOL.

    I seriously question the sanity of mongers who are planning to visit third world countries at the moment just to chase pussy. All this bureaucratic effort just for a root? Most mongers have excellent options for sex in their own countries, albeit at a higher price. But factoring in the high cost of the airfare, confusing and inconsistent quarantine requirements, loss of income, need to wear all the Covid paraphernalia and loss of tourist atmosphere hardly makes it worthwhile.
    For some, the home country won't entertain the old people in mongering. For them SEA and other third world countries are paradise. Eagerly waiting for the time to begin the reentry.

  6. #18560
    Quote Originally Posted by WestCoast1  [View Original Post]
    See pic. After you get here (one day), you will need to go home. All airlines are requiring a negative covid test within the 3 previous days of your outbound flight home. Maybe right-click on the picture and 'Save As' in a folder you will remember at that time. This is one of many testing facilities that have sprung up on social media in the past year that provides such service (they will come to your residence, or they have a drive-thru, or you can walk in). Test results advertised 24 hours or less. At the bottom of the pic are 2 phone numbers, an email address, and their website. You can also private message them on social media for an appointment. There are other labs that offer the same service (I am not associated with this organization).

    Update: Here are 2 more such labs, see pics.

    WC.
    Westie,

    Thanks for single handedly keeping the Philippines board alive. Your resilience in staying put there for the past few years is admirable. Not sure mere mortals could have done that. LOL.

    I seriously question the sanity of mongers who are planning to visit third world countries at the moment just to chase pussy. All this bureaucratic effort just for a root? Most mongers have excellent options for sex in their own countries, albeit at a higher price. But factoring in the high cost of the airfare, confusing and inconsistent quarantine requirements, loss of income, need to wear all the Covid paraphernalia and loss of tourist atmosphere hardly makes it worthwhile.

  7. #18559
    See pic. After you get here (one day), you will need to go home. All airlines are requiring a negative covid test within the 3 previous days of your outbound flight home. Maybe right-click on the picture and 'Save As' in a folder you will remember at that time. This is one of many testing facilities that have sprung up on social media in the past year that provides such service (they will come to your residence, or they have a drive-thru, or you can walk in). Test results advertised 24 hours or less. At the bottom of the pic are 2 phone numbers, an email address, and their website. You can also private message them on social media for an appointment. There are other labs that offer the same service (I am not associated with this organization).

    Update: Here are 2 more such labs, see pics.

    WC.
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  8. #18558
    Questions before about renting vs buying. Here's an ad from social media. A one-bedroom condo unit, larger than most at 63 sq meters, for approximately p14 million.
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  9. #18557
    Quote Originally Posted by WestCoast1  [View Original Post]
    1) A new Sogo. SNIP They are still working inside, but it looks close to completion.
    The new Sogo is up and operating, I spoke to the guards last night.

  10. #18556
    Quote Originally Posted by Docwiltro  [View Original Post]
    Sogo did the same thing with the old Korean Hotel in the Burgos area.

    https://app.box.com/s/dq89cpa438jm4vrifpk1vy8m8hnfgrhl
    When did it become a Sogo?

  11. #18555
    Quote Originally Posted by WestCoast1  [View Original Post]
    1) A new Sogo. Back around May I was walking down the street one evening and noticed an old, defunct 3-story building. It looked like it was a hotel or apartment previously. Worse, all the facing was off the building completely. It was just concrete, with all the windows broken out. Moreso it was riddled with small holes, all the way to the roof, giving the appearance of being hit with grenades. A few weeks later, several blocks away, signs started going up: "New Sogo, coming soon". Strange that this would become a new Sogo, but nobody put up a sign at that location (at that time; the sign at the location would go up weeks later).

    Re-construction began. The entire face was boarded up. A 4th floor was added (1 month). The boards came down. Work began inside on the rooms. Windows were added later. The facing you see was started a month ago. They are still working inside, but it looks close to completion.
    Sogo did the same thing with the old Korean Hotel in the Burgos area.

    https://app.box.com/s/dq89cpa438jm4vrifpk1vy8m8hnfgrhl
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  12. #18554

    A birth, and a death

    1) A new Sogo. Back around May I was walking down the street one evening and noticed an old, defunct 3-story building. It looked like it was a hotel or apartment previously. Worse, all the facing was off the building completely. It was just concrete, with all the windows broken out. Moreso it was riddled with small holes, all the way to the roof, giving the appearance of being hit with grenades. A few weeks later, several blocks away, signs started going up: "New Sogo, coming soon". Strange that this would become a new Sogo, but nobody put up a sign at that location (at that time; the sign at the location would go up weeks later).

    Re-construction began. The entire face was boarded up. A 4th floor was added (1 month). The boards came down. Work began inside on the rooms. Windows were added later. The facing you see was started a month ago. They are still working inside, but it looks close to completion.

    This pandemic period I have seen a greater construction growth rate than at any time in my past. The pandemic seems to be a time when builders are building possibly on the cheap, like mad, hoping to cash in after the pandemic with sales.

    2) A resto in Robinson's. Third floor, Pepi Cubano. They sold only a small selection of sandwiches and coffee, and desserts. Only about 6-7 small tables. Before the recent ECQ they were doing fine. When the ECQ hit, all restos in the mall closed including this one. The day prior to the end of ECQ, all the other restos in the mall had personnel cleaning, re-stocking, and readying equipment and tables for the following day. But not Pepi, nobody was there. The day things opened, Pepi stayed closed, even for a few more days. Then one day I walked by and chatted the same two girls who I had seen working there before. They were cleaning everything, I assumed in order to restart operations the next day. Boy was I wrong. A few days later I walk by, and it looks like this. All the tables, ovens, stock, refrigerators and such are gone; wiped clean.
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  13. #18553
    Just some Manila stuff. See pics. This is how the jabs in Manila are reported, the evening before they happen. The categories I think are A1 (frontliners), A2 (seniors), and the rest are age groups moving down from age 60 by decade.
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  14. #18552
    Quote Originally Posted by WestCoast1  [View Original Post]
    Question. If Cbear can't f*ck the maid, maybe WR can? Just say "Roger", Roger.
    You just need to steal Roger's stash of sexy costumes any any girl can be a Horny French Maid. 😁.

  15. #18551

    Find agency or place an ad

    Quote Originally Posted by Cbear13  [View Original Post]
    So if things start to open back up. I will be back in the Philippines for work for a month in February.

    Is there some type of place or does someone know a woman who will keep my place clean and cook two to three meals a day for me?
    There are domestic help agencies in most if not all cities. Google might be a place to start.

    Or, place an ad on Craigslist (Services / household. Or Jobs / General Labor) or locanto. Some screening for drug addicts and criminals would be advised. Good advice, to not fuck the help. So much temptation! What if she offered you massage, or you required massage as condition of employment? Would you resist the temptation? If she was also nude?

    If she is live in, a 2 bedroom condo would be less confusion in the end.

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