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zqqvblopswy1mo
Long story short Siargo is the only place that has a lot of these issues in my experience (been here for 2 years)
xxjemxlwggv1mo
kpmytuldewrx the internet hate has been around since the early 2000s. we used to be behind in terms of internet speed compared to our asian neighbors. back then, dial-up modem was the norm and it was expensive. imagine paying 70php/hour to rent computers in internet shops (we call them cafes) back then. the telcos here really suck (even to this day). a duopoly (Smart and Globe) is not a good thing you see, it seems if the other one does not have it, the competitor does not get it too. fast forward today, we do have decent speeds now but since the services of the telcos are still garbage (tech support), I donโ€™t think the internet hate is going away soon. but I guess it is more of a โ€œtelco hateโ€ rather than internet hate now.
zbsjgpmryugzuabq1mo
The speeds at this point are in โ€œacceptableโ€ range. Stability is a bit mixed still. The random-ass restrictions on all the mobile plans are incredibly obnoxious though. If you want to stick around for awhile, youโ€™re going to have to get a local SIM, which you probably have to reload every seven days in-person somewhere and the data allowance only works for specific apps. Iโ€™m in Manila right now and itโ€™s a pain compared to the rest of SEA. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
pqwvnmjkns1mo
What package are you using that allows only specific apps?
pgmbrbfldsodhoct1mo
Iโ€™m on TNT right now, because they were the only provider in the region that allowed reloading once a month rather than every seven days.
qwusmzensddfhztx1mo
Forget the package, but it has 6gb base with 1gb per day of data usable with only specific apps.
iduukbhqvfyszgnf1mo
I can get unlimited in Thailand, with no silly app restrictions, for half the price.
yvialntgzp1mo
Yes, it sucks. I don't disagree with you. You can use Globe. Google "List of Globe GOSAKTO Unli Data Internet Promos 2020" to find packages.

What I always use is GOTSCOMBODD90 (send to 8080) which gives you 2GB for 7 days. Just load more than 90, so that when this runs out, you can easily avail the promo again without having to go to a mobile shop to reload. No app restrictions.
poywxenhzafuqbef1mo
Yep, Iโ€™d use globe if they had reasonable coverage here, but they donโ€™t seem to.
czfnzgimhroveloc1mo
Iโ€™m not right in the city, Iโ€™m staying with my girlfriends family south of the city in Cavite, and Globe coverage in this area seems to be patchy. I _have_ been using SMART, but tried TNT this time just to see if theyโ€™d be any better. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ
xwkongkipf1mo
we're still very much behind
fvweamcnkuo1mo
Sure things are behind, but in my experience the last year has made big jumps. But ya PLDT can still go to hell lol. Since I upgraded plans to 100mbps and the Google Wifi (even though I already had Google Wifi) I havenโ€™t experience any issues.
dzsghmycver1mo
grxhlrxlywpdzesuu yes stability can be an issue itโ€™s why I keep recommending Globe at Home modem I have PLDT fiber 100mbps and then that as a back up.

On the cell plans idk what youโ€™re talking about? Smart/Globe you can load online or buy a few call cards and then load via text or their apps. Iโ€™ve been doing the 100peso/week Smart one 2gb for the week and 1gb/day for YouTube/NBA. Thatโ€™s pretty darn good imo. So Iโ€™m paying like $10/cad for 8gb/month and 28gb of YouTube and NBA (+other Filipino specific services)
rtyiookzuvr1mo
Canada although itโ€™s telecom situation is pathetic is 10gb for $75/month
jpuhklsojglbwsyq1mo
Iโ€™m getting 20gb in Canada for $50. ๐Ÿค”
rmmmbemvpkdt1mo
canada is the biggest rip-off for data plans and even home broadband i've ever experienced anywhere in the world
ggwmnhezefxd1mo
I was getting Unlimited Data with my cellphone + FREE home unlimited home internet for 35 british pounds 10 YEARS AGO. ๐Ÿ˜•
nnlvsifslsfs1mo
just getting ripped off so bad in Canada and they don't even know it
zdzmicowymvp1mo
arnetmmviiravancg I just got double that on a tourist SIM card in Philippines for $40
miwqyyqcivlwlcbm1mo
Yep, Canada mobile is _massively_ overpriced.
fpjrvevrtbsortye1mo
One of many reasons I'm looking to GTFO permanently. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
kygbzpohoqpt1mo
I love Canada too much. But some politician needs to do something. We're getting extorted
dduvupwejnisvctd1mo
I don't have much love for Canada. The politically moderate aspect is kind of nice, but it's too cold most places, people are not generally as friendly, and a lot of the country is actually fairly lacking in quality of life conveniences like affordable restaurants, good places to relax/unwind, etc.
ldmctisdiuxcoljd1mo
And the few cities that are actually big enough to have some of that and reasonable diversity are _way_ too expensive for how much money you can make there.
wsdrlwizutdwsoqm1mo
I regularly get recruiters from Vancouver companies giving me offers in the $80-120k range and I just laugh them off the phone. I've been getting double that for over half a decade from companies that don't even care what city I'm in.
cieaatwnxhwpdcyu1mo
At $80k, rent in Vancouver is close to half your gross income. Leaves not much left for anything else. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
ficrjpwnmgex1mo
> I'm in Montreal 8 months of the year (May-December), infinitely liveable. I LOVE this city, heheh
ecbzyrqyghjg1mo
I'm a brit, can't wait to rock my Canadian citizenship in 1-2 years. And the people are awesome mang, try living in London, UK - shudder -but yeah, ,i get your point, Vancouver is so expensive, as is Toronto.
dzxbqppmdnelihqz1mo
Montreal is cool. Sadly, it's "cool" in too many ways for me. ๐Ÿ˜…
pebcgtpzzgpyvunv1mo
Tried to buy some stuff at Watsonโ€™s just now and they said they didnโ€™t have enough change to take a 500p bill. Thatโ€™s literally the smallest bill you can _get_ at ATMs, yet they didnโ€™t think to have enough change on-hand to make change for that. They had just opened half an hour before that too. ๐Ÿค”
tbumfqzzouifjfhq1mo
I could understand some tiny shop not having enough cash on hand, but thatโ€™s a major name-brand pharmacy.
rxgnakyfhmujxyeq1mo
Youโ€™d think theyโ€™d bring in a bunch of change at the start of the day so they have enough to last for awhile.
nszfvjlou1mo
I have that so many times
tcisqqolj1mo
even in Thailand
tayxgnnsa1mo
you pay with 1,000 THB and it's too big often
ofxogiwfk1mo
always have to change it at 7/11
vobzwvnwj1mo
luckily TH at least lets u pay more with NFC or card now
opwemimcgt1mo
This happens a lot. Just try to use your 1000 and 500 bills whenever you can so that you have smaller bills. I also always withdraw 900 in the atm but I guess that is too much fees for foreign cards
zmmexpxwlpfndvxs1mo
The bill was about 340 and I was 30 short in smaller bills. Apparently they didnโ€™t have enough change for the 160 difference from 500 though. ๐Ÿค”
acblvblpchcphvkb1mo
I do try to break up my thousands whenever I can, but Iโ€™ve never seen any troubles accepting 500s before, especially not in a major chain like that.
ziszqqoxi1mo
Hey guys, first, sorry for asking a question that has probably already come up before (can't see the channel history on free Slack).

Was just wondering how coronavirus is impacting travel / life in the Philippines? Are people mostly staying indoors? Everyone wearing masks everywhere? Touristy places suddenly deserted? I know there's only 3 confirmed cases but just wondering how the locals are reacting.
maozeiyxl1mo
Cheers!
gzggbgaaistc1mo
"change out of stock, sir"
mochdndpuuzhdsfr1mo
Haven't seen much difference in Cavite. Some people in masks, but not many. They added hand sanitizer to mall entrances, that's about it.
qwchaipspj1mo
I left cebu/moalboal 3 days ago. Not desserted at all, plenty of tourists. Most people doesn't wear masks. Some malls doing temperature checks at the entrance, other than that, life as usual I guess. Personally I'm not worried at all about coronavirus after seeing some mortality stats (about 0,2% in young people).
uhkxlctpqv1mo
Being in the roads here is probably more risky than that ๐Ÿ˜…
qcodufyiz1mo
Hehehehe
xfrtijnkq1mo
Im totally with ya!
lrkwemeus1mo
Just my mom being really paranoid.
wchyeaddt1mo
Cheers for the on-the-ground status update guys gwohieiypuh wpamfgbdejjardmmt it's really hard to have a clear picture with how the media is blowing this thing up
zbjvbahwpuspoalz1mo
Thatโ€™s media for you. Everything is on fire, panic, mayhem, the world is ending, if itโ€™ll get us clicks! ๐Ÿ™„
ohvqmkid1mo
gvunmvrxoaznuuwaa WHO's been stepping up the tone of their messaging, especially because a lot of countries are being way too lax about it
ibdcbbliuozhomub1mo
It seems to be a wide spread. Some just shrug and do _nothing_ to protect themselves while others go into full-on lock-down, closing the borders, cancelling flights, etc. The _reality_ is somewhere in the middle.
nygyswytcyeehizm1mo
If people stay calm and _educate_ themselves on how to stay safe effectively, everything will go much smoother than if we all succumb to this panic.
kzkgybplildekhnr1mo
Most people don't seem to actually _understand_ what the virus is, how it transmits, what the risks are, etc.
tiyrrdybzvophfav1mo
It does indeed have a higher fatality rate than the flu, however that is heavily skewed to very old/young and/or immuno-compromised people. The majority of humans have about equal chance of death from the flu than from coronavirus. But the flu is 10x more infectious, the chance of actually _catching_ the virus is fairly low. Elderly, families with very young children and immuno-compromised folks should absolutely be very careful right now. Average people should just focus on staying clean and not exposing them to risk unnecessarily, more to help protect the at-risk types than themselves really.
fuwnkldg1mo
flu has an r of 1.3 whereas covid-19 has an r closer to 2-3
kaccwmvy1mo
don't compare absolute numbers
mudcnpvu1mo
actually don't even compare to flu (is what a lot of experts have been saying)
cfwkjosn1mo
anyways things are certainly going to get worse before they get better.. we won't be affected but the older folks in our familes might
mcqigpqk1mo
could be carriers etc
qghrnuyj1mo
oh well
ruifbngjn1mo
i'll also redirect all of you to #_covid19
xcvsqojmanyolrvb1mo
Trying to bypass the bot! You're banned! ๐Ÿ˜›
wmufbxtlb1mo
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shmjcxlnqajs25d
gsbzpmwlnptbk just arrived in ๐ŸŒ† Manila, #philippines
fkbqzke25d
what? how? so people who are not currently in Manila and want to leave the country will be trapped as they canโ€™t go back to the airport?
tulifwrxaruawejn25d
Yes, starting Sunday. Iโ€™m heading to the airport today to get out before the lockdown starts. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
pzqpgqlwricj24d
goddamn that was lucky
xnnkfojzcosk24d
i made it by one day
sjilehokqdlp24d
onto Tokyo!
cmmmjvusteri24d
mfgdnppx no - domestic flights, in and out, Getting out of manila and to other parts of the country. Coming and going internationally is still ok
muicqcojzaee24d
stil,, i could have been trapped in Cebu ๐Ÿ˜•
gfvlrnarhgrr24d
quite an adventure this coronoa virus dodging, this nomadic season.. heh
qsbogar24d
yesโ€ฆ thatโ€™s what i asked - ppl on island other than manila are trapped
tnkasmrm24d
cebu has international airport too
edariilhjjzehjvk24d
As does Davao.
xkneyrrzdhhbsqnh24d
Palawan too.
hjcjtkhzdnurjuhz24d
Youโ€™re not trapped if youโ€™re just passing through. I havenโ€™t seen a clear answer on if foreigners _staying_ in Manila will be able to get out, so Iโ€™m just getting out while I can. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
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idiyzbawpmsz24d
jkwcbhfqkolpnazax foreigners can get out, your fine, its just to contain manila and not spread through the country
prfmfmgczqcoearn24d
Back home to Vancouver for now.
wwzaiepmgokhezaz24d
Just going to wait out the plague somewhere that I donโ€™t have visa worries. Itโ€™s getting to be warm enough that Vancouver is fine anyway.
qtqvpinwadjgcztp24d
For now. Who knows how long thatโ€™ll remain the case. Best to be cautious about it, I think. ๐Ÿค”
qlezwdafplyc24d
yes, but you wanted a clear answer for right now. And that's the answer.
zsnizcgfylwvfyjs24d
Went to MOA the other day and got heat scanned. Went to the airport today and no scans at all. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
qfmledlr24d
ubfyghnybxyfmsydx probably only in arrivals, if at all
uwrhruhjlavjxvcc24d
Yeah, just seemed weird that _a mall_ was taking the virus more seriously than _the airport_. ๐Ÿ˜…
ganbflkobssdbxbg23d
Yep, glad I got out when I did. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
eyaqhaxciazs9d
RIP Philippines
rvhmlvzb9d
quostnefvddti what happened?
arsohrnf9d
> Nine doctors have died in theย Philippinesย from the coronaviru
ykekjkxf9d
damn
ztmghcdhhw9d
We are still alive
klonyjy9d
Is it as much of a mess as it looks like from the outside?
mlzrntyd9d
jkvmolmklwuix also RIP UK. RIP canada. RIP the world
glxoimgdrvti9d
No I just want any getting messages in this channel. Glad you're alive!
xgmjatnlubdn9d
I have a Scottish fined trapped there for a month
hrnhtgodevs3d
Anyone living in PP or Tagaytay/Santa Rosa or Bacolod/Iloilo?
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