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Travel Essentials in the Philippines may differ from one traveler to another depending on your preference and objective. From swimming, diving, shopping, sight seeing or exploring, Philippines has all the essential things to offer. Travel in the Philippines must be a fun filled, extra special traveling experience so I intend to acquaint you with what you need to know about the Philippines, which places you may want to visit, how is air, sea and land travel in the Philippines and more. No matter how long you intend to stay here, whether it be for 4 days, 4 weeks or even more, you can explore, learn and experience why it is essentially, more fun in the Philippines!

People: Filipinos are very well known for being hospitable since time immemorial. When you are in a foreign land, it makes you feel better when you are at ease and when you feel that you are very much welcome. And what can make you feel more welcome than receiving gracious greetings and sweet smiles even from those you may consider strangers in a foreign land? It is the overwhelming warmth of the Filipinos in general, the friendliness and the sincere desire to help that will surely make your stay in the Philippines, extra special.

Language: Filipino and English are the official languages in the Philippines . While Filipino is the national language, English is also widely used. Communicating your thoughts with the locals will never be a hard task.

Weather: It is best to travel in the Philippines between the months of November and May. The average temperature in the Philippines (except Baguio) is 26.6 deg. C (79.9 deg. F). November to February is cool while March to May is hot and dry. June to October is rainy, with the months between July and September characterized by typhoons. Baguio, the summer captal of the Philippines, with an elevation of 1,500 m (5,000 ft.) above sea level has an average temperature of 18.3 deg. C (64.9 deg. F).

Currency: The currency in the Philippines is peso or PHP. Coin denominations are 5, 10, 25 centavos and 1 5 pesos. Bill denominations are 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 pesos. Most large stores, restaurants , hotels and resorts accept major credit cards including American Express , Visas and MasterCard. Traveller checks, preferably American Express are accepted at hotels and large department stores. Personal checks drawn on foreign banks are generally not accepted.

Religion: Filipinos are predominantly Christians 82.9% Catholics, 5.4% Protestants, 4.6% Islam, 2.6% Philippine Independent Church, 2.3% Iglesia ni Cristo

Water: The supply of water in Metro Manila and in all other major cities are considered drinkable. But if you are looking for bottled purified water, mineral water or spring water, you can easily find these available in all grocery stores and are often supplied in hotels and resorts nationwide.

Electricity: 220 volts a/c is the common standard. 110 volts a/c is also used, especially in major hotels.

Clothing: Casual clothing, which consists of a shirt and shorts or pants is very common among Filipinos.

The most common business casual attire combination (which is more like a business attire) for both men and women are as follows:

For women, a business casual attire consists of a skirt or a slacks. Jeans is a definite no no. For the top, a dress shirt or polo would do.

For men, a collared shirt top and cotton trousers (preferably colored blue, gray, brown, or black) with a belt and modest shoes with socks is generally acceptable.

Filipino Food: Rice is a staple food in the Philippines. Try our sinangag or fried rice with your favorite dish. Adobo, kaldereta, lechon, kare kare,
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sinigang, lumpia and bistek (beef steak) are very popular dishes You might also want to try bibingka, puto, palitaw and kuchinta for merienda or snacks. Street foods are common such as fish ball, kikiam, kwek kwek and barbeques like isaw, chicken head and chicken feet.

Tipping is expected for many services. The standard practice is 10% of the total bill. Tipping is optional on bills that already include a 10% service charge.

Business Hours: Normally, business hours starts between 8:00 am 8:30 am and ends between 5:00 pm 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday. Most private offices are also open on a Saturday when operating hours starts between 8:00 am 8:30 am and ends at 12:00 noon.

Banks are open from 9am to 3pm, Mondays to Fridays, with automated teller machines (ATM) operating 24 hours. Banks found inside the malls are open everyday, except holidays, from 10 am to 7 pm.

Telephone and Mobile Phone: Telephone service is modern and you can direct dial anywhere in the world. Public phones are available and are plentiful. These public phones only require one five peso coin for a three minute local call. If your friends or relatives, living outside the country wishes to call you here, the international dialing code is +63.

Time Zone: Standard time zone in the Philippines is UTC/GMT + 8 hours. Time zone abbreviation is PHT for Philippine Time. There is no daylight saving time in the Philippines.

Anti Smoking Law: Section five of the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 (Republic Act 9211) prohibits the carrying of any lighted tobacco product in public vehicles, schools, health centers, elevators, cinemas, malls and in places where fire hazards are present. Smoking is also banned in recreational facilities for minors. Fines imposed on violators of this section range from P500 to P10,000.

Anti Jaywalking Ordinance: Jaywalking used to be rampant in Metro Manila, causing traffic or even accidents. To avoid this, the Anti Jaywalking Ordinance, under MMDA Ordinance No.1 Series of 1995, was made.

Driving: Motor vehicles are driven on the right side of the road.

Air Travel in the Philippines: By air, Philippine Airlines, Airphil Express, Cebu Pacific, ZestAir, Seair, Tiger Airways, and Air Asia provide air travel services to major cities and towns in the Philippines. These airlines offer promotions and big discounts on flights several times a year making air travel in the Philippines more affordable. There are also scheduled chartered flights to major domestic destinations serviced by smaller commuter planes.

Sea Travel in the Philippines: Commercial ships and ferries are the most affordable way to travel from one region to another. 2Go Travel, Super Cat, Ocean Jet, Cebu Ferries, Cokaliong, Trans Asia, Lite Shipping and Montenegro Lines provide ferry services within the Philippines.

Land Travel in the Philippines: Public Transportation by land consists of buses, jeepneys, tricycles, pedicabs, taxis, and MRT/LRT/PNR. If possible, try to avoid these public transports especially buses, jeepneys and MRT/LRT in Metro Manila during rush hours (6:30 8:30 AM/PM), when you can expect these transport vehicles to be overcrowded.

How to get there: The international gateways in the Philippines are Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark and Laoag. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA; IATA: MLA), which is located about 7 12 kilometers south of Manila and southwest of Makati, is the main international gateway for travelers to the Philippines.

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“If you continue to throw trash on the floor, pretty soon it gets deep and it causes issues. It was everywhere in the house, so that was the big thing which causes concern for us,” Stemple said. “It causes a huge fire load, which causes the time to get out of the house, should there be a fire, it reduces that time significantly.”

The home was first inspected on Feb. 8. A city inspector found several violations. The tenants were given four days to make the home safe and livable.

When the city inspector returned on Feb. 12 the people who live there wouldn’t let him back inside. But he could see there hadn’t been an attempt to clean up what the city considered a fire hazard.

“Certainly in this case, this demonstrates the reason why we do some of those things,” Stemple said. “The message comes out sometimes as the city is being mean by throwing these people out on the curb. We don’t like to throw people out of their houses and cause turmoil in their life, but I can’t go to bed at night knowing someone’s sleeping in a dwelling that could cause them to lose their life.”
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My father’s way of live has always been living mostly off the land and being independent. He is a practical man who prefers function over form, who despises buying grocery when he knows he can grow vegetables and hunt and slaughter his own meat.

Besides fishing and growing his own vegetables he harvests large amounts of meat. How and why did this happen? First off, he had a wild hog problem. Hogs are a big problem in Florida and are actually considered a nuisance, and on private land there is no bag limits and no season.

As much as my dad loves hunting he doesn have the time to constantly hunt hogs, and besides that he doesn have the space to store hundreds and hundreds of pounds of meat and he sure isn going to kill and waste an animal just for the sake of removal.

So he has decided to build traps. He kills only the biggest hogs and raises the others and mostly gives them away. He may trade a pig for a few hours of chores around his property, or maybe a few more if he slaughters and butchers it. At the moment he’s passing out free sausage to anyone who needs it; he has too much.

When he first told me what he was doing and asked for help, I agreed but didn’t think it would work. I figured the hogs would be too skittish to just wander in a cage and trap themselves. I was soon humbled, though. At the moment he has a dozen or so 50 pound hogs and four piglets just off the teat. He’s also killed and given away half a dozen.

In trapping hogs, placement is important. You have to locate some of the more popular feeding areas or watering holes for hogs, but building directly on this area is a bad idea.

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If the herd has come here every day to eat, rest or drink, then they are going to notice when you build your trap. My dad chose a location about 200 yards from a popular shade area, and he began baiting the hogs with corn. He dropped pounds of it prior to even beginning construction. He brought them closer and closer to the trap area.

Now building the trap is actually like building a pen well, building two pens to be honest. The first is the actual trap, and the second is a long term holding pen. We built ours in an octagon pattern. We used this pattern to minimize large corners that larger hogs could use to climb out. They’re reasonably intelligent animals who just think with their stomachs more than their heads on occasion.

We used two layers of materials to build the pen. That’s because wild animals, being what they are, likely will go a little nuts and have a greater risk of damaging the fence. So the first layer was field fencing. We dug a foot deep trench around the fence line and installed a board layer at a 45 degree angle inward. Next, we attached the field fence to the board layer and strung it throughout the outline of the trench.

We used square fence posts in all eight corners and attached the field fence to these. Then we buried the trench in. Now if you are inside the pen, the field fence layer would the inside layer.

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We built two of these, roughly about six feet apart. Both pens are connected by a small pathway line with a fence; facing this pathway in each pen is a door that swings inwards. This way the pigs can be moved securely and the trap can be reset. If you’ve captured enough pigs you can also simply leave the trap set and not worry about overcrowding your holding pen.

Of course, you’re going to need food and water for your captured pigs. Good thing is that pigs eat anything, but can be fed corn and any extra vegetables from your garden. A simple and efficient trough is to cut a 50 gallon drum in half, long ways one side for food and one side for water.

Now when it comes to the actual trap, imagine a guillotine. The door is essentially the blade of the guillotine, supported by a rope and two pulleys.

The frame built for the door is roughly six feet tall, so we used two eight foot fence posts buried two feet into the ground, and a 2 across the top. Connected to the 2 is the first pulley. Of course, the rope goes around the pulley and connects to the door through whatever means you’ve chosen. We’ve simply drilled a hole through the door and tied a good knot through it.

On the opposite side of the pen, we attached another pulley to a fencepost. We ran the rope to the next pulley, then we attached it to a small section of a 2 this one only has to be about a foot long. The next step is to build two L shaped pieces of wood. The small end of the L shouldn’t be any longer than six inches. The L shaped pieces will essentially be buried upside down. These will be used to secure that small piece of 2 attached to the rope. This now forms your trigger mechanism. Now the rope needs to be short enough that when secured under the two L shaped pieces, the door (“guillotine blade”) is raised and open. The idea is to spread corn in a trail to the trigger mechanism and focus a large supply of corn around this. The hogs being hogs will hit the trigger and release the door and they are yours.

You can transfer the pigs almost the same way: just spread a trail of corn and open the door to the pathway. Remember: these are wild animal and can be very aggressive with you and with each other. It’s important to keep your distance and keep an eye on introducing different hogs to each other. You may get an aggressive one that needs to be separated, killed or released if necessary. No reason to lose pigs to infections and wounds for the sake of keeping one aggressive hog.

Editor note: Below are two videos by others describing their various hog pens.

Another entry that automatically resets is simply a gate with a horizontal hinge across the top of the opening. The gate slopes from the hing downward and inward into the pen. The gate is made of vertical pipes welded to a pipe frame. The pigs can push the gate and it will lift, but from the inside their pushing only serves to push the gate into the ground. You have to play with counterweights so that the gate is very light to lift, but still closes automatically.

In Australia we caught hundreds of wild pigs by using offal from kangaroo hunting (don hate me they are in plague proportions, and the annual cull has never reduced their numbers significantly!! I hate killing kangaroos, but it is necessary). The pigs inside are more interested in feeding than escape,
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After 18 years, the Edmonton location of Atlantic Trap and Gill will be closing its doors.

The bar, themed heavily towards an east coast aesthetic and menu, was the only bar of its kind in the city to cater to an Atlantic Canadian clientele, said co owner and manager of the location, Tanya Thorne.

couple people tried having an east coast vibe . It pretty tacky in here; nobody got the same vibe as we do, said Thorne, who bought into the company after years of working as an employee (a server then a manager).

like it tacky. We want it to have the grandma feel. closure is because of a decrease in business and an increase in costs, partially because of the minimum wage increase, Thorne said.

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been selling home to the east coast ers who moved out here back in the (oil) boom, she said.

east coast is just not here anymore. Our food sales have never gone down. It just liquor. small chain opened originally in as the Newfie Tap and Gril Vancouver (even further from the east coast) but had to change its name due to laws prohibiting the word in a business name. Its owners then set up a second location in Calgary, before finally expanding to Edmonton.

The Vancouver location closed around four years ago, and the Calgary location is still hurting for business, but the owners are going to try to take it in a new direction to make it viable, Thorne said.

see what happens, she said.

The location will take on a more commercial look, something along the lines of Hudsons or the Pint, but with a bit of east coast imagery sprinkled around.

The Trap and Gill, located on Calgary Trail and 77th Avenue, is having a farewell show on March 29. The bar also functions as a music venue,
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What is a transvestite?A transvestite is a person who likes to wear the clothes of the opposite sex.

Some dictionaries add the words ‘for sexual pleasure’, but this is not really true because many cross dressers just feel comfortable rather than sexually aroused when they wear the clothing of the other sex.

In recent times, many people who go in for wearing the clothes of the opposite sex have become unhappy with the word They prefer to describe themselves as standard body el text”>In 2012, one of us attended a conference at which it was claimed that 8 per cent of the population are into cross dressing. However, there is at present really no way of establishing whether this figure bears any relationship to the truth.

Who is most likely to cross dress?Some women dress up as men, but it’s overwhelmingly men who like to dress as women.

Are transvestites gay?Recent research has confirmed that most transvestites are not homosexual. However, some gay guys certainly like a spot of particularly in cabarets.

Do transvestites want to be women? In contrast, men who are uncomfortable about being male, or who feel they are not male inside, are said to have gender dysphoria. (Dysphoria means a chronic feeling of unease or great discontent.)

If this unhappiness and discomfort at being male leads them to take steps to change gender surgically, they are then called trans sexuals.

Some women also have gender dysphoria and seek to change sex, but they are a small minority of trans sexuals.

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Not every transvestite is a secret transvestite.

Some individuals make their livings as transvestite artists (drag queens) on stage and in clubs. Other performers cross dress for reasons such as seeking to break down gender barriers reportedly including the famous stand up comedy artist Eddie Izzard.

Telling other people Should a transvestite reveal to his friends, family or even his partner that he is a cross dresser?

This has to be done very carefully.

Many transvestites feel frustrated that they have to keep this part of their personality a secret, and sometimes their frustration erupts and leads to very sudden and unwise confessions in the workplace. But many colleagues are simply not ready to hear that Gerry becomes Geraldine at weekends.

Telling your wife or partner is also difficult though some women are extremely understanding about cross dressing.

Our advice to anyone thinking of telling a romantic partner, or indeed a colleague, sibling, friend or parent, is to first seek advice from one of the excellent support groups listed at the end of this factsheet.

Many men do tell their partners, and some of these partners enter into the spirit of the whole thing and actually help their men to dress as women. These guys are very lucky as their partners frequently stop them from making horrendous style mistakes!

One of us interviewed such a couple on a television programme called ‘The Good Sex Guide Late’. This husband and wife in their 30s used to go out clubbing together as ‘sisters’ heavily made up and dressed in party clothes.

The wife really liked her husband’s alter ego and said that his female side was so sensitive and loving that sharing it had enriched their marriage.

But few women are quite as happy with their man’s transvestite behaviour as she was.

Sex and cross dressingA number of male transvestites want to go a bit further than dressing up and going out they want to make love to women when they’re ‘acting female’.

In our experience, the majority of wives and girlfriends are definitely not happy with this scenario.

On the other hand, some women do find that having sex with a man who is made up and dressed as a woman can feel quite a turn on.
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Transsexual vice girl says new life is better than ‘hell’ of serving time in Scotland’s only female prisonKATELYN FINDLAY, who was born a man, was subjected to bullying and abuse whilst in prison and says the staff treated her like “an outcast” because she was transgender.06:00, 4 DEC 2015Updated14:08, 4 DEC 2015Katelyn Findlay

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A TRANSGENDER jailbird has spoken for the first time about her hell behind bars in a women’s jail and how she became a high class call girl after her release.

Katelyn Findlay, who was born Stuart Kelly, claims she now earns up to an hour while being wined and dined by men across the country.

The 21 year old says she is proud of her new profession because she “works hard” for her money.

And she claims that life as a prostitute is preferable to the “hell” of life behind bars at Cornton Vale women’s prison, where she served a six month sentence for robbery and threatening police officers.

Katelyn, who lives in Coatbridge, says she was falsely accused of sexually assaulting a female prisoner in a cupboard before being thrown into isolation in 2013.

The pre op transgender said: “I was put into a hall for people with mental health problems and that’s when another girl there made a false allegation that I had attacked her in a cupboard.

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“If they hadn’t put me in that hall, none of this would have happened. I was never even charged.

“I was labelled a beast and a thug and somehow it made the headlines that I had allegedly attacked this woman.”

Katelyn, who was inside for taking keys and a SIM card from an ex partner, added: “During my time there, the staff made me feel like an outcast and I was treated so differently to the other prisoners.

“They even said to me that they hadn’t been trained how to deal with someone who was transgender.

“When I was showering the girls had to be locked up but when they were showering I was allowed to walk around. It makes no sense.

“I want to tell people about my experience inside so that the staff might learn how the way they treat people like me affects us for the rest of our lives.

“Not a day goes by where I don’t think about everything I went through there.”

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Katelyn claims she turned to a life on the game after being placed on the sex offenders register for

slapping a man with a condom.

She believes the punishment was excessive for the crime which she claims she can’t remember as she was high on ecstasy and half drunk from the night before.
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The chaos at the airport started Thursday, when a winter storm hit New York amid unusually cold weather. That led to issues with frozen equipment, which led to problems in handling luggage. Other stresses like staff shortages contributed as well to the slowdown of operations on the ground.

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