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  1. Blueringocto_73

    Cheap flight to Manila until mid Dec 2021.

    Yeah he has been known to push for more power. I would favor the Aquinos back in but some Filipinos told me no that wouldn't be good. So I am scratching my head.
  2. Blueringocto_73

    Cheap flight to Manila until mid Dec 2021.

    On the other hand a guy I know who lives on Mindoro tells me the earliest will be second quarter of this year. But I will monitor the situation. D_Fresh will know first because he is in the Manila area. Getting married to your Filipina sweetheart is the best way to get back in to the country...
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    Cheap flight to Manila until mid Dec 2021.

    Tourist visa is not likely to resume until the medical authorities in the Philippines see enough progress with Covid-19 cases. I watched a speech where President Duterte made it clear that he felt the risk of overwhelming available health services was too great in a country that couldn't afford...
  4. Blueringocto_73

    Cheap flight to Manila until mid Dec 2021.

    Just saw this. But I await D_Fresh telling me he has seen any activity for foreigners. Especially for 50-60 days from now...
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    Cheap flight to Manila until mid Dec 2021.

    My Filipina aunt and uncle visiting Family in the Philippines in 2018. I didn't know it but at the same time I was on Mindoro diving. The guy in front is married to my half Filipina cousin the singer. He owns a recording studio in Las Vegas.
  6. Blueringocto_73

    Cheap flight to Manila until mid Dec 2021.

    My dive shop told me that the one year anniversary of my original flights protection with ITN insurance will be extended because of covid. I hope they are right because it's Mar. 31
  7. Blueringocto_73

    Cheap flight to Manila until mid Dec 2021.

    The reason I mention it is that it did not allow me to book sooner than Apr. 17 as if there was something significant about that date. But I'm going with D_Fresh he is in country and has his finger on the pulse.
  8. Blueringocto_73

    Cheap flight to Manila until mid Dec 2021.

    El Galleon shows me that I can book starting Apr. 17. I wonder why they would accept a paid reservation if they can not make good on it?
  9. Blueringocto_73

    Scorpion fish identification: stonefish vs devil vs scorpio

    Mesmerized by our venomous Marine animals.
  10. Blueringocto_73

    Why Backplate and Wing? - BP/Wing vs Jacket BC

    Those who enjoy BP/W. Are you expert swimmers in good condition physically? I can be tired after a deep dive. So waiting for the boat if I'm hit in the face with strong swell is where I can become uncomfortable. It's not a real risk but just being uncomfortable for about 5 minutes before...
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    Why Backplate and Wing? - BP/Wing vs Jacket BC

    Even with the crotch strap I don't feel that I can easily maintain vertical or lean back. "If" surface conditions are moving me around. (and not compensating with snorkel). Worst case scenario I would keep my primary handy at the surface and put my face down using air(not practical however)...
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    Why Backplate and Wing? - BP/Wing vs Jacket BC

    BP/W mininalist ideal for air travel. Checked baggage. However for me I'm still in the psychological mode of wanting full BCD support at the surface. I only fear the surface in rough weather without a BCD. Should you be diving in rough seas? No however some locations can change surface...
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    The Facts about Fugu (Full Version) - Pufferfish/Blowfish - Japan's Deadliest Dish

    Enjoyed the Fugu presentation very much. I am the neurotoxic enthusiast. I have dealt with the land based/terrestrial animals who produce neurotoxins. Namely Mambas and Cobras. I have experiencee with King Cobras, Black Mambas, Monocled Cobras and Gaboon Vipers. This is my Albino Monocled...
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    Ear Beer & Diver’s Ear Care - Preventing Ear Infections

    I would love to dive in Japan. My regular dive location is Puerto Galera.
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    Ear Beer & Diver’s Ear Care - Preventing Ear Infections

    When I was very young I lived in Yokohama. Then in High School I lived in Kanto Mura which is near Tokyo.
  16. Blueringocto_73

    Ear Beer & Diver’s Ear Care - Preventing Ear Infections

    Enjoyed the ear beer presentation. I can vouch for the Japanese tradition of keeping ears clear. I lived there for many years. I have used ear beer on several occasions with great success. I also like glycerin. I have used 95% alcohol when I felt there might be lurking bacteria. On a tangent I...
  17. Blueringocto_73

    Typhoon Goni Super Category 5 - Luzon Trajectory

    I may need your help again after this storm does it's damage. My girlfriends tito died just before the storm hit. I'm going to send her something for the funeral.
  18. Blueringocto_73

    Typhoon Goni Super Category 5 - Luzon Trajectory

    D_Fresh knows what's happening more than any of us. He's on the ground in Manila. Hope you and your loved ones are OK.
  19. Blueringocto_73

    Typhoon Goni Super Category 5 - Luzon Trajectory

    As of now I still have cell tower contact with three different Filipinos on the ground. One in ,Laguna(east Luzon), one in Cavite(Manila) and one in Valenzuela City(Manila). So at least those towers are intact for now.
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