159 Days of Covid Shutdown: My Thoughts From The Philippines


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  1. Yikes 159 days! Glad I got my butt back to AU for the moment.
    Been sending money back home to keep food on the table.
    Yes “content without” is a learned place to be in life not to mention a companion or someone to share it with is for better words “a blessing”
    We don’t realise what we have, including the basics until they are taken away.
    Glad you and Vi are holding up Henry.
    Stay sane Henry lol.
    Cheers

  2. Links;
    Longest Shutdown.. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/inside-worlds-longest-strictest-coronavirus-lockdown-philippines/
    No More Money For Food.. https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/749563/duterte-no-more-money-for-food-financial-assistance/story/
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  3. The logic that the Philippine government do is beyond commen sense, very apparent with the situation that TimK is in, here in Thailand there was never a complete lockdown, people could go out together with no restrictions, you could buy groceries, some were open 24 hours, most restaurants were only closed for a month or two, now it’s just about normal. The only thing that’s not possible is crossing borders and international travel.

  4. Here in Santa Rosa, Laguna we back stepped to ECQ. Jen and I have done okay but we have had friends really struggle even those we thought would be okay. With their businesses shut even those that seemed more affluent have run out. Thankfully when we switched to GCQ a lot of people wanted to move so Jen closed a lot of deals and that has more than covered us. Now back in ECQ, I worry so much for those who were already struggling in GCQ. We are on a 3 day a week pass but Jen is out most days. I go out about once a week but I am not fussed. Did 10 years as an agoraphobic of never leaving the house back home in the UK so as long as I have internet this is on a personal level not too hard.

  5. Hi from Virginia, USA. I have been a long time subscriber. I subscribed to your channel same time as I subscribed to Pop65Z. 👍🇺🇸🇵🇭🇦🇺

  6. Worst part is not being able to fly international travel Sydney airport is a ghost town I saw 3 flights only in the board no checkout counters open 4 food outlets open only handful of passengers waiting 5 hours until next flight noone knws wen travel as we knw it will get back to normal whole world hasnt been like this in our time frustrating

  7. I was there in Leyte, Manila and travel to Vigan, in February before the Coronavirus becomes bad. I was born in Leyte but went to high school in Cebu. Thanks for sharing your travels.😊

  8. Best of luck to you and Vee. It was a lot more easy in Thailand after the first 60 days. Now we can travel in all provinces flying, bus or driving. No pass here. Just mask and log when you go in restaurant or mall or shop. Name and phone number. We are able to shop and go to restaurant with family or friends etc. People in PHP suffer a lot more from the situation than Thailand or Vietnam.

  9. Check out the quarantine video by Tim K in the Philippines. He was residing in the Philippines before the pandemic so not sure why he’s now in quarantine. I think he moved from one area to another. But it’s a grim situation to be quarantined for 2 weeks in a makeshift camp

    https://youtu.be/IUHl29NXzRU

  10. good morning Reekay. another great soothing video. The “lock down” is just a mental issue. if you have a great attitude you will be fine. If you buy into the doom and gloom you will drive yourself nuts. My wife owns a home in San Pablo City, which we can’t get to right now, but who cares, we are not going to worry about it right now. we have 13K in unused Airline tickets including a 6K ticket for the dog. OH WELL. . We can now sell our home for 40K more than pre covid … okay then. My wife, being an awesome Filipina nurse just got promoted to supervisor, another bonus. We are fortunately doing well … not so much the Filipinas near our home in SPC. you said no food available from government, so we send funds to our house keeper to feed 45 families in our neighborhood there. It is not a big deal for us …. it is for them. HELP wherever you can and God will bless you. KEEP a Great attitude and don’t let this get you down.

    For the younger viewers … If you wanted to know what retirement felt like … Covid is a test run. SAVE up, if you don’t, you will not be able to do anything because of lack of funds. you will be sitting at home looking at the walls .. just like you are now.

  11. I wonder where you base your expectations on, that the worst is behind us in the Philippines? Currently the number of infected people is still increasing with an exponential rate….

  12. the lockdown is hurting more people than helping, house arrest for adults, is what it is, no more human rights is how i see it, i am here in the US, my wife is stuck in manila.

  13. Me and my fiance was supposed to get married last April but Covid messed that up and we have been separated since. then…She lost her job because of Covid so I am sending her money to survive…she is an orphan with no family…so it is hell unless I can get together with her outside of pH and better on us financially…I hope your right with this being temporary like a season…I hope a short season

  14. I was telling someone that 2020 is a wash for Asia. Even Africa as well. If people just want a quick getaway then the Caribbean might be the place to go or alternatively just saving can help make your return trip to the Philippines even better. I may check out the Philippines or Indonesia in 2021.

  15. I think the malls give you a false sense of what’s happening, if you go out and look outside of the malls you see how many people are jobless, they are saying 45% but i am hearing more so its far from normal,. The thing i have noticed is people are not buying things, you see it as there are sales on everywhere.

  16. If the land lords had know how long it was going to go on they are ripped your arm off to get you in as so many people have stopped paying rent.

  17. They will keep thing as they are as long as possible, politicians have so much control and power over the population and they will not be in any hurry to give that up.

  18. Good to hear from you Reekay, glad you’re doing well under the circumstances! My filipina asawa and I where very fortunate to get situated just before the pandemic. Unlike many, and living in a small TN town, I loved the quarantine! Less traffic and more business for us. Have a feeling once the US election is over this whole pandemic scenario will take a back burner… Don’t get me wrong, it needs to be taking seriously. We’ll just have a better perspective on it moving forward.

  19. Yea… like the joblessness was a surprise. What we have in the Philippines is an uneducated high school student equivalent in charge of the entire country. Durerte is a complete idiot. He has DECIMATED the entire country by his action with Covid. The number of citizens that will die due to hunger or lack of money for ANY health treatment will be far far greater than the numbers that will die from Covid. Of course…… the citizens will not know this…..it will be kept secret from them. The entire country is going straight down the toilet permanently due to his insane actions. The country has always been in economic straights and now it is literally DOOMED ECONOMICALLY. The people of the Philippines should get him out of the position of control of the country or they will be sorry. He is a complete imbecile.

  20. I get a kick out of all the people in the USA who are bitching and moaning about wearing masks. Here in the Philippines not only masks are a must for EVERYONE but now we must wear face shields also or you WILL be arrested and fined!

    But did I mention the infection and death rate is 10x lower than the USA? Go figure!

  21. I ask you to watch Tim k in phillippenes blogger phillippene wife baby.His latest quranteed in phillippene like jail watch u tube.Something to think about as he tested negative picture your self.Some times you guys are not real.

  22. My girlfriend lives in Pasig City and works in Manila. She sends me videos everyday of the intense traffic in her area. It seems it may be opening up a little at a time…..

  23. Reekay, you stated ” I imagine” you meant ” I am Legend” And you were initially right, George Romeros Dawn of the Dead was in a mall but the mall was in the country , i dont know about Day in the Dead, Never seen that one although i know about it,,,,

  24. I go philippines first week sept 2018 2019 threw christmas not 2020. i doubt tourism will be open this year. Some plans are moving forward as if i were there other plans stop. I save money by not going this year flights rent etc only good thing.
    c

  25. Philippines has a government of clowns. Government keeps taking out massive loans but can hardly give the support that hospitals have yearned for since February, and Health department is riddled with corruption. Meanwhile Duterte kisses China’s and Russia’s asses.

  26. Oh.. yeah.. Cebu and Manila gets the record for sure for lockdown! Here in La Union.. MGCQ. still in barangay pass to go to the market.. Hey, be careful if you are going to travelling. Tim K got put on Quarantine. see video: @x9rA He has to stay on a Basket ball court for 14 days!

  27. Yeah, what can you do? I just save the money I get from work, money that I would otherwise have spent on travelling. I send some money to a PH charity that I trust, something is better than nothing. But in the mean time, all we can do is wait. Like Reekay says, for myself, I am patient, and content with or without. I just wish the situation in the PH wasn’t so desperate, many people have died already, and watching kids get very ill from malnutrition and dying, it’s heartbreaking.

  28. Hey mate

    Not much disruption in Canada, Walmart now (bit late) compulsory masks) no movie theatres yet, some restaurants with limited seating.
    Traffic on roads back to normal

    I was laid off in March, at work in Alberta at the moment, only in my 4th week of work since March (if it wasn’t for the Australian govt releasing $10,000 of my pension twice, I would have been on the streets begging

  29. As for Ph, Febby will be waiting for her passport for a long time, she applied for postal ID and SSS ID in February. About a month ago she went to check on progress but the security guard wouldn’t let her in the building and told her to come back when she turns 22

    A lady who came out told her they are only processing November, pre covid, so what the hell is the backlog going to be?
    She needs either to get her passport. Without her passport she can’t come to Canada to visit or live. I can’t get there until at least January I imagine. I won’t be seeing her for a long time and it’s killing me. Only three days since November we haven’t chatted daily was recently when camping and no cell service. When she’s up and not working (she was able to return to her job on Mactan about 6 weeks ago after a 3 month lay off when I supported her family). So all in all, it’s F#%ked up, and so frustrating. You are one of the lucky ones being with your honey. Even if I could co there, i could only visit for 2-3 weeks, after 14 day quarantine, might get a day or three with her

  30. I finally got a travel pass to go to Cagayan de oro. Finished with NBI and went to the mall . My three year old is growing like a weed. Needs shoes and clothes.. Was not allowed to enter the mall. Im over 60 and child to young. We would have spent about fifty thousand pesos on the three of us. Clothes and toys and more. Well the Economy will stay bad !!!!!! Just plain STUPID !!!!!!

  31. Good morning Reekay
    Ihave family in the Philippines and miss them ,just returned to Aus at the end of last year My partner was due to come here in March,Well all our plans have been put on hold fortunatly I have a good business and can send funds to support my family there,As the old saying goes this too will pass!Keep safe and well God bless Chris

  32. Lockdowns do very little to control the virus. Its nothing but Government Control of the population. When will it be back to normal? NEVER, The Government is not going to freely give up control. They will give just enough freedoms to avoid a Civil War. When the Government forces people to stay at home and no way to earn money for food and other essentials they are putting people into a position where they have nothing to loose. Its good that you are doing fine but the majority of Filipinos are not. I have a bad feeling about the future of Philippines. I am afraid that at some point there will be trouble. You should be carefull in saying how well you are doing while others are suffering greatly. You are only making yourself and other Ex-Pats a target. I left Philippines about a month ago, But I helped a lot of families that prior to covid were getting by with enough food and shelter. After the Government lockdowns, They lost any source of income and in the Philippines unlike the U S , No Money , No Food.I am not Rich , I live on SS retirement and a small Pension but I purchased bags of Rice and gave away canned goods to people that I knew had no food. I urge all Ex-Pats to try to help families in Need. A 20kg bag of rice will cost about $20.00 U S ,Even on my budget it is a small amount but it really means a lot to a Family that has no food. I am discusted with so many Ex-Pat Blogs that show how well they are doing during the Lockdown, while most of the population is suffering. Filipinos are Kind people Kind people are my Kind of People.

  33. Reekay, You seem to be a very logical-thinker, so I would appreciate your opinion on a particular subject. The subject is hypothetical but I think you will be able to “connect the dots” and understand why I am asking your opinion. Here goes: A person ownes a small store or cafe/restobar in the Philippines, is fully licensed and totally within the laws applying to operating that business. If the national law in the Philippines is that the owner of said store/cafe, is allowed to legally sell beer, rum, or some other form of alcoholic beverages to properly-vetted Philippine citizens (meaning they are over the age of 18 and have provided acceptable, government-approved ID) and a customer comes into the store or cafe wishing to purchase an alcoholic beverage, is willing to pay for it and requesting to engage in the transaction, PLEASE explain to me why a number of foreigners feel that the store owner is a terrible person for not refusing to sell the customer what they have requested to purchase (even though it is 100% legal to do so) unless the customer is, let’s say, 25 years old, or maybe even 30, 35, or 40 years old? I can’t understand that mode of thinking, meaning the age issue. Honestly, I have the mindset that VERY possibly, their vehement position is based on jealously, often referred to in the USA as ‘sour-grapes’. I may be incorrect but can you share your take on such an issue? Thanks, you so often give very useful information on your channel!

  34. Whats up bro. Great informative vid. I was wondering what its like there. Hopefully the Phili will reopen and establish the new normal. Can i ask question. It seems the us dollar has tanked cause the exchange rate dropped 7 points. Any thoughts on this?

  35. .. Whoever is running the Philippines are idiots, literally committing forced suicide on their people .. The ‘leaders’ there are complete morons and have lost their minds .. Fuck those stupid, evil, lost bastards

  36. even if other countries open their boarders,here in australia our borders are closed so we can’t leave to at least middle of next year, in melbourne victoria major lock down a curfew from 8pm to 5am lots of businesses are closed our economy is hurting

  37. Hello Henry and I look at the situation in the Philippines this way: Those Filipinas who have a relationship either as boyfriend/girlfriend or marriage with a foreigner will have it better as opposed to those who don’t. As far as stores and other commerce centers, they will and are suffering for sales since almost half of the Filipinos are out of work and many are struggling for basic needs. The situation has to get better very soon indeed! Both of you stay safe!

  38. Your analysis and insight regarding foreigners being allowed to visit is something I follow very closely. I want to visit Philippines, and your opinion is going to play a part in when I purchase my air ticket. Please give your views in the November time frame. You mentioned in your video several months ago and now on this one that your expectation is December, or early next year. Also, if you can also give your opinion regarding quarantine, health checks, covid free certificates, etc. that you think will be implemented for foreign visitors. When do you think the least hassle free travel for foreign tourists will begin? I am thinking April 2021. Thanks.

  39. Luke 12:53- “They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

    Matthew 10:21- “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.

    Micah 7:6- For son treats father contemptuously, Daughter rises up against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.

    Psalm 106:37- They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons,

    1 Corinthians 10:21- You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.

    Acts 16:31- They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

    Conflict within the household will divide the family unit
    https://youtu.be/QEgQdsji2tM

    The signs of the times which were told are now being unfold
    https://youtu.be/NxRp4Z0nYSY

    Is your household under God’s spiritual chain of command?
    https://youtu.be/-gUIntEXzIo

    Support your loved ones by using the Word of God
    https://youtu.be/A6hHD8DMRfE

    Are you a real spiritual father within the household?
    https://youtu.be/1NphztsYEcs

    Do not get your children involve when your marriage is being dissolved
    https://youtu.be/3VsscP8vc8k

    Allow the Spirit of God to build your household with His Word and His love
    https://youtu.be/dVNqgmt32oM

  40. Lock downs are cruel ….debilitating….destructive…..with long term devastation of peoples lives…..why do politicians love this….power over a collapsed society can’t be that enticing…..

  41. Reekay, thanks for the offline reply, and yes, I agree completely with you on your opinion of the issue I inquired about. Now, I admit that I worded my original inquiry in a kind of “veiled” manner, hoping that you would read “between the lines”, which it appears that you either did not or that you chose not to give your opinion in case that you had read too much into my question, no problem for me either way. I will be very to the point and hope that you do not mind my transparency. I was discreetly bridging the subject of why so many expats (foreign, non-Filipino citizens) seem to be so upset and outwardly vocal online about a foreign male preferring a female Filipina partner (wife, girlfriend) who is in the age-range of 18-20 years old as opposed to being within an age-range of 10-20 years younger than the foreign male. Here is my belief: the law in the Philippines states (in English) that a citizen of the Philippines reaches the “age of majority” (becomes an adult for legal purposes) upon reaching their 18th birthday. If the Filipina feels or believes that entering into a personal relationship with a foreign male (expat) is something she chooses to do for whatever reason(s) she may have is to her benefit, SHE HAS THE LEGAL RIGHT TO DO SO! It matters NOT whether one or thousands of foreigners disapprove of her choice, IT’S HER CHOICE AND SHE HAS THE LEGAL RIGHT TO MAKE IT! Of course this is accompanied with the caveat that she is not under duress nor is being forced against her freewill to make such a choice. So, why are so many expats up in arms and actively trying to cause problems for any foreigner who wishes to have an attractive (yes, one might use the term “sexy”) wife or girlfriend who is past the age of majority (18 or older) in the Philippines. To me, this position makes NO logical sense at all! The only conclusion that I can come to is that those expats engaging in this kind of meddling and malicious activity MIGHT be jealous because they made the personal choice to “settle” for a Filipina who is older and perhaps not nearly as attractive nor as “sexy” and they are now “green with envy” because they see another expat who had some ability to find and offer something to a younger Filipina who appreciated what the older expat was offering and she evaluated the circumstances and came to the conclusion that entering into such a relationship was not only beneficial to her, but more importantly WHAT SHE WANTED TO DO OF HER OWN FREEWILL! Personally, I doubt that those self-appointed busybodies will ever cease from trying to make life difficult for those who chose to and were successful in finding an attractive, sexy young Filipina (but 18 or older, thus “legal”). Maybe they can’t find or keep a girlfriend or wife or perhaps they “settled” for an older, fat, or ugly woman because they evaluated their situation and decided that “something is better than nothing”. I do not know why those expats continue to meddle and harass others but I am of the opinion that most expats can see through their actions and understand that they are probably jealous and “green with envy”. That is my take on the subject, right or wrong!

  42. A fucked up lost year.
    Many couples and businesses will not surivive this.
    Lucky few like Reekay are inside…

    Nobody responsible for chovid.
    Pool party in Wuhan

  43. The malls simply being open is not a good indicator. It is troubling there are fewer people being fear of the virus, or they have been affected economically. Lack of crowds is just one bad sign, the abundance of sales is another. I’m not worried about the big chain businesses, but the SMEs. Most of them barely got by before and its tougher now.

    Also OFWs and local Filipinos losing jobs is not a good thing. I fear more the economic issues over the virus.

  44. You think there will be travel to RP by January, 2021 … seriously? Not a chance! I doubt we will get a vaccine by that time, and even if we do it will take over a year to distribute to everyone. USA, approaching 6 million cases and 200,000 deaths is a mess, and even today Americans are banned from overseas travel. I do not see Americans travel for at least two years.

  45. Thought you might want this info Concerning the SRRV visa. This is straight from a msg. I got today. So right now with help from PRA office, those with SRRV visa can return to PI.

    Clients with expiring IDs, pending Serving requests and SRRV applications need not worry especially if no plans of leaving the country. PRA will be giving special considerations to unprocessed and unattended obligations due to our current situation.

    To those who were stranded outside the country, you may start sending us your Letter of Intent to enter the country so we may endorse your entry.

    Have a great day.

  46. Hi Reekay, my cousin is actually Filipino but I noticed as soon as she moved to Guam she starts not saying much on messenger she sounds cold to me every time I try to talk to her. If you were me would you block her on Facebook? Because I’ve trying staying touch with her but she sounds cold…

  47. Hi i’ve watch you for years now, i’m friends with Aussie farming in the Philippines and i asked him a Question well mainly his thought and he referred me to you saying you might be able to answer it better. So here it is;
    I have a question and I know you want be able to answer it but just some of your thoughts and please others who read this I’d like to hear your thoughts also.
    Now off topic totally from this video,,, it’s about what are your thoughts on when / how long will it be until foreigners will be able to travel there?
    Will I ever see my asawa coh again 🙁
    Had some fella just come into work he was going to retire there was getting ready to just before covet hit and I said “we’ll get vaccine soon and we can fly over can’t wait to see the missus again” and he said “we’re fuck mate it’ll be 2yrs before that happens” 🙁
    So what do you guys think 🤔 might even be handy Will if you make a video for this topic so we get more thoughts, only an idea up to you mate. Great video thanks
    It’s I just keep strong be positive and try to keep in high spirts but truthfully at times it’s upsetting and depressing, it’s really hard. Yerh I talk to her 2 maybe 3 times a day and we text each other all day but it hurts not being together.

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