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Sorry, We Don’t Want Your Kind – No Philippines For You!

Manila Standard titled “Don’t be Rude, BI Tells Foreigners”, where the Bureau of Immigration (BI) had advised foreign visitors to respect Philippine laws and not to be rude towards immigration officers. It goes on to say that 74 foreigners were barred entry into the Philipines last year for being discourteous and offensive. 

Well… bring in the New Year and that number for 2018 becomes even higher. I guess some people just refuse to be informed (or be polite).

Here is the most recent Press Release from the BI concerning the past year, 2018.

Date: 13 Jan 2019 (Sun)

BI Barred 133 Rude Aliens from Entering RP in 2018

PASAY, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said it barred 133 foreign nationals from entering the country last year for being rude and disrespectful to immigration officers.

In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said the number of rude aliens who were turned back in 2018 was slightly higher than the 129 excluded in 2017.

Medina thus advised foreigners visiting the country not to be discourteous and avoid using foul and indecent language when talking to immigration officers whom they encounter in the ports of entry.

“The entry and stay of foreigners in the country is only a privilege, not a right,” Medina said. “Aliens are not allowed to verbally abuse or disrespect our immigration officers.”

Statistics show that 37 Chinese nationals topped the list, followed by 25 Americans, and 23 Koreans.

“They were also placed in our immigration blacklist of undesirable aliens, thus they are banned from re-entering the country,” Medina added.

According to BI Spokesperson Dana Sandoval, the BI has been strictly implementing a policy to disallow the entry of foreigners who exhibit arrogance or make offensive utterances against immigration officers, the latter being symbols of Philippine authority.

She said such policy is grounded under a memorandum order that then BI chief Andrea Domingo issued on March 29, 2001 which provides not only for the exclusion of a disrespectful foreign passenger but also his inclusion in the immigration blacklist.

“While we have been instructed to observe maximum tolerance, arrogant and discourteous foreigners are sent back and blacklisted. Symbols of the country, such as authorities, should be respected,” Sandoval said.

Put ‘Em On The Bus!


As far as I am concerned (and many will likely agree with me on this), these bad players simply need not come back… the Philippines don’t want them… and us Expats surely don’t need them here making us all look bad.  Actually most of them become blacklisted by the BI and find it difficult to return. The BI is getting tougher. I call this progress… wouldn’t you?

Have You Ever Been to Manila? – There is so much to explore.

Have You Ever Been to Manila? – There is so much to explore.


Visit Manila.

Manila may be one of the more easily misunderstood capitals in the world where ultra modern meets nostalgia. Some might learn that it’s in close proximity to the gorgeous island getaways of the Philippines, and be surprised to learn that it’s a big city. Others might be aware of its reputation for casino resorts and be surprised to learn that there are plenty of attractions that have nothing to do with casinos at all. And perhaps most surprising of all to a lot of prospective visitors is this fascinating bit of trivia: Manila is the most densely populated city in the world, with the population per square mile dwarfing that of say, New York or Tokyo.

All in all it makes for a unique destination and a place you’ll remember long after you visit. More specifically however, these are some of the things you may want to see and do there.

See Fort Santiago.

FortSantiago_1.jpgYou need not research Manila long before you’ll come across recommendations that you visit Intramuros. This is essentially an old walled city within the city, left over from Spanish colonization. The whole area is worth exploring if you have a morning or an afternoon free, but if you have to limit your sightseeing, Fort Santiago is the main attraction. With its own walls, gardens, statues, and well-preserved spaces, the fort is something like an indoor/outdoor monument to a previous age.

Try The Street Food.

Manila has legendary street food! It’s a little bit of an adventurous selection for a lot of foreigners (you’ll eat some things you never dreamed of trying before), but it’s all part of the culture. Be sure to try the fish balls, the palabok noodle dishes, and the halo-halo (which is actually just ice cream!).
Play At City Of Dreams

The City Of Dreams resort is a nice reminder that there’s still value in brick-and-mortar casinos. At this point, dozens if not hundreds of brand new casinos launch to the internet each and every year, and now reach mobile platforms as well. There’s no need to visit a real life casino. But at City Of Dreams you’ll find out just how far atmosphere can go. It’s a stunning complex with all kinds of attractions, and the casino floor is as inviting as any could be. Move over Las Vegas!

Visit Long Bar.

LongBar_1.jpgManila may be better known for nightlife, but this more casual bar is well worth your attention. It’s a classy, well-stocked cocktail bar in the lobby of the Raffles Makati, and certainly among the best places in town to grab a drink, meet up with a friend, etc. Cocktails are the main draw but you’ll find high-end comfort food as well.

Dine in Binondo.

Binondo is the name of Manila’s Chinatown, and once you learn about its history you won’t be able to resist going. This Chinatown was established at the end of the 16th century, making it the oldest in the world. It’s an incredible place to explore and, naturally, to find great food.

Visit The National Museum.

The National Museum of the Philippines is a major draw in Manila, particularly for tourists passing through. It’s a very large museum with sections for archaeology, natural history, and fine art (much of which has Spanish or East Asian influence). However, the biggest reason to visit might be the reopened National Planetarium, which has been updated with new technology and is now capable of putting on a dazzling display for visitors.Then when you are done in Manila, you will need a couple more months to explore the rest of the Philippines and its 7,106 other islands. And then it will be time to hit the beaches!

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Calbayog City… It’s Where We Live

This is my first attempt at posting a video to Stishit. This is a YouTube video I did to show fellow expats, who either live in the Philippines or who may be planning on moving to the Philippines, a little bit about our chosen paradise. It is the place where we live… Calbayog City, on the Island of Samar.


Smart Phone Photography Challenge sponsored by @juliank

The best camera you can ever own is the one in your pocket!

Your smartphones camera can do amazing things if you get to know it a little better.
I am lucky enough to have the Huawei P10 which has dual Leica lenses that can take just about any style of photo you’ll ever need.
I’m toying with the idea of a DSLR camera but –

1) They’re stupidly expensive!
2) I’m a poor musician and would much prefer to spend my hard earned cash on musical instruments that rarely lose value!
3) I’m uber clumsy and would probably break it anyway!
4) My Huawei takes amazing shots in the right hands.

Here’s some specs on my phones amazing camera –

Dual: 12 MP (f/2.2, PDAF, OIS) + 20 MP, Leica optics,
2x lossless zoom, phase detection and laser autofocus,
dual-LED dual-tone flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p @30fps, 1080p @60fps, check quality
Secondary 8 MP, f/1.9 front facing camera.

If you’re interested in this amazing bit of kit you can find out about it here –
Huawei P10

So here’s a few pics I’ve taken recently whilst out on my adventures!

Turkey tail Funghi on a log.

The Grand Hall stairs at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire UK


Experimenting with lens flare – the light hit the top left just at the right moment in this very simple photography subject.


Flowers are such a simple photographic subject. Take these beautiful spring snowdrops as an example – I used a narrow field to capture this shot.

Thanks for checking out my photography post.


Metal Detecting and Treasure Hunting – I’m a Physical History Hunter –

Metal Detecting – I’m a Physical History Hunter –


This is my favourite little toy car that I’ve found – Circa 1930’s.

Early in 2014 I found myself in a really dark depressed place after unfortunately, having a major breakdown. There were many triggers and reasons for this and I’d just been suppressing them all until they finally erupted into a volcanic collection of anxieties, self doubts and fear.

So the story continues, and I find myself sitting on my beloved safety net (the sofa) and settling down to this new programme on BBC4 called, ‘Detectorists’. It was amazing! I didn’t really know the first thing about this geeky, nerdy hobby and had only ever seen some old geezers walking across farmland, head down swinging a strange looking stick that resembled some kind of giant sink plunger.
And there I was, hooked, imagining the treasure that could be lost in the mud and wondering ‘I need to get me one of these things and head out Treasure Hunting’
So I did. I logged onto ‘everyone’s’ favourite place for bargains – EBay, and bought my first proper metal detector! Secondhand, well used but a total bargain at £200! I was so excited, I couldn’t wait for the postman to deliver my new Tesoro Cortes treasure wand and pin-pointer.


Tesoro Cortes

Garrett Pro-pointer Ii. Pin-pointing Metal Detector

Garrett Pinpointer

I continued to indulge myself in Detectorists and set about Google to find out more. There were certain laws and regulations that I needed to abide by, and, with my job I cannot risk any kind of legalities etc. I bought very own NCMD – National Council For Metal Detecting licence for £8 and actually left the house! I’d not been out for weeks and I was finally feeling like I had some motivation. How weird? something that was totally foreign to me had got me excited for the fist time in months, got me out of the house and knocking on local landowners doors. The second farm I visited granted me indefinite permission to go digging on his 100 acres of land, as long as I made sure to fill all holes after I’d dug and, bought him a bottle of single malt Whiskey now and then. ‘It’s a deal’ I said excitingly and trundled off home.
My new detector arrived a few days later and the rest they say, is history! literally, history.

My first finds from the back garden! Now I was really hooked!

Here’s some information about the show ‘Detectorists’ if you fancy checking it out. You can also find it on good old YouTube too.

Detectorists is an absolute gem of TV treasure. This program first aired back in 2014 much to the delight of Metal Detectorists far and wide. For a while it seemed like there was never going to be a show that brilliantly depicts our much loved, and very popular hobby.Both stars Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones are very well known actors who have starred in some huge blockbusters – Pirates Of The Caribbean (Crook) and The Hunger Games (Jones) are usually busy on other more glamorous Hollywood projects. So, especially as it’s written and directed by Crook I’m overjoyed they’ve made time for another series. Enjoy it people, as sadly this is due to be the last.

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I try to get out digging and physical history hunting whenever I can. I’ve met loads of like minded and really passionate history hunters since starting this wonderful hobby, and also gained a huge bank of historical knowledge about the people that once graced these shores.

One of my first military finds was this Royal Marine Labour Corps badge.


I researched this for days, and had found myself in a rather unusual happier place? looking for clues of what it might be? I’m not really into wars and fighting being a pacifist but, I was really intrigued to what it could be…and Hey Presto! I found this info!

Here’s some really interesting finds from the past few years, and some are even recorded with the Portable Antiquity Scheme, which enables other historians and Archaeologists to research their own finds and pieces of history that was once ‘Lost In The Mud’.

DENO-C6E263: Post-medieval toy horn book

This was found 5 miles from my home in a farmers field that had been ploughed and worked for the past 400 years!
It has now been recorded on the national database.

Unique ID:** DENO-C6E263

An incomplete lead alloy tablet of the Post Medieval period, dating from c. AD 1500 – c. AD 1700.

It is is part of a miniature horn-book showing the English alphabet. About 75 % of the rectangular tablet is present, the lower left corner is broken off. Any frame or handle that may have been fitted is missing. The letters are raised and the alphabet is split over four lines reading; A b c d e f / g h I k L m/ [n o] P q r s / [v] WXY
The letter J is not included, suggesting that the horn-book predates the publication of Charles Butler’s English Grammar (1633) which first distinguished between I and J.
The letter Z is also missing (or not placed at the end.) As it is very uncommon in Latin, it was sometimes omitted from children’s alphabets.
The reverse is blank except for a series of incised parallel lines running vertically from top to bottom, dividing the rectangle into seven more or less equal columns.
The object measures 33 mm by 41.5 mm and is 2 mm thick. It weighs 16.2 g.

Next is this Queen Victoria silver coin collection pair – One shilling 1866 and sixpence
Please note – Never clean coins with anything other than warm water and an old toothbrush as this can completely devalue them.

Here’s a Sterling .925 silver bracelet that I found a while back. it was almost 10 inches deep in the middle of a field and came out looking like this after a gentle water bath.
I have not found out any info as of yet but I’m guessing 1920’s possibly earlier.

This coin is a large gun money half-crown (or thirty pence, hence XXX above the crown) which was issued by James II from about June 1689 until May 1690.** **This issue was superseded in April 1690 by a smaller coin of similar design which lasted until October 1690. The later coins were struck in Limerick as the Dublin mint was captured after the Battle of the Boyne in July 1690 and closed.


A small collection of finds from the 11th -18th century


Here’s another collection of finds from a few months ago.
This was 4 hours out walking and hunting with a group of fellow detectorists.



This was just a small selection from my large finds collection that I’ve ammased over the past 4 years.
I have so many finds that I could ramble on all day about them! I’ll be sure to post some more blogs about my world of detecting over the spring and summer months as the weather warms.

Thanks for reading, commenting, up-voting and sharing.
I hope you found some value in my post.



Ever Heard about Andalucia??

For many people Andalucia is all that they imagine Spain to be. Great climate, sun, sea and beaches, bullfighting, sherry and flamenco. Covering over 33,000 square miles and running the length of mainland Spain’s southern coast it is the largest and most populous of the 17 autonomous regions of Spain. Andalusia is crossed by the Sierra Morena mountain range in the north and in the south by the snowcapped Sierra Nevada. The fertile basin of the Guadalquivir River lies between these mountain ranges. Huelva, Seville, Cadiz, Cordoba, Malaga, Jean, Granada and Almeria, all named for their principal cities, are the eight provinces that make up the region

History – Phoenicians first settled here in the 11th century BC founding several coastal colonies among them Gadir which is now Cadiz. Greeks and Carthaginians came in the 6th century BC. The Romans expelled the Carthaginians in the 3rd century BC and they in turn had their rule ended by the Visigoths in the 5th century AD. 711 saw the Moors cross the Strait of Gibraltar and establish the centre of their western emirate here in Cordoba. The Moorish period was the golden age of Andalusia. Agriculture, leather working, mining, pottery, textiles and trade were all fostered and brought great prosperity. Cordoba, Granada and Seville, embellished by the greatest Moorish monuments in Spain, the Mezquita, the Alcazar and the Alhambra Palace respectively were celebrated as centres of arts, culture and science. It remained under Moorish rule until the 13th century when, with the exception of the Moorish kingdom of Granada, most of it was conquered in by the kings of Castile, who in turn fell to the Catholic kings in 1492. Andalucia declined along with the rest of the country from the 16th century onwards. Although trade with the New World enabled the ports of Seville and Cadiz to continue to flourish. In 1713 Gibraltar was ceded to Britain and in 1833 Andalucia was divided into the present eight provinces. The region was a stronghold of anarchism during the Spanish republic. It, however, fell early to the insurgents in the Spanish civil war. Recurrent demonstrations against Franco were seen across Andalucia during his dictatorship. It became an autonomous region in 1981and elected its first parliament the following year.

The region has some interesting contrasts. The deserts of Almeria in the east are the driest part of the whole country, while Sierra de Grazalema in the southwest, because it exposed to winds of the Atlantic, is the rainiest part of Spain. Both the cities of Cordoba and Seville are notorious for their stifleing heat during the summer months but the peaks of the Sierra Nevada remain snow capped all year round. And contrast the rugged coastline of the Cabo de Gata or the Atlantic coast of Cadiz, both with their comparatively deserted beaches, with the intensely developed area in the province of Malaga. Yes the beaches are still there – you just can’t see them for the tourists.

There is still a strong Moorish influence in the character, customs and language of the people. With its tradition of bull fights, flamenco music and dance it is one of Europe’s most strikingly colourful regions. With the abundance of Moorish architecture and it’s pleasant climate it is easy to see why the growth of tourism has been so strong in recent decades. Agriculturally, barren lands contrast with richly fertile regions where cereals, citrus fruit, grapes, olives and sugar cane are produced. Industries, based generally on local agricultural produce, include flour milling, olive-oil extracting and wine making. Cattle, bulls for the ring, and fine horses are bred. The rich mineral resources, exploited since Phoenician times, include copper, iron, lead and zinc. But despite all this poverty is widespread. Farm labourers are among the poorest in Europe and many unemployed people have migrated to the industrial centres further to the north.

Semana Santa – Easter is Andalucia’s major festival and is celebrated for a full week. It features processions of hooded penitents alongside floats decorated with scenes from the passion travelling through the streets of most cities and large towns. Accommodation can be difficult to find during the week and booking ahead is advised.

Flamenco is believed to have been introduced to Andalucia, it’s home today, in the 15th century by gypsies arriving in the region. It is a combination of music, predominantly the guitar, song and dance and is played at fiestas, in bars and at private parties. Audience participate is very much encouraged.

Almeria – Probably founded by Phoenicians, Almeria flourished from the 13th to the 15th centuries as the outlet of the Moorish kingdom of Granada. In 1489 it fell to the Christians. Today the sunny, mild climate attracts many northern Europeans both as tourists and permanent settlers. The capital, also Almeria, is a busy Mediterranean port. It exports significant amounts of agricultural produce, as well as iron and other minerals mined nearby. The city has refineries, chemical and cement plants, and light industries.

Cadiz – In 1100 BC the Phoenicians founded the port of Gadir, known today as Cadiz, which became a market for silver and tin. Some 600 years later it was taken by the Carthaginians and passed in the 3rd century BC to the Romans. It flourished until the fall of Rome, but suffered from the Visigoths and unlike much of Andalucia declined further under the Moors. Its fortifications were rebuilt following it’s reconquest in 1262 by Alfonso X of Castile. Following the discovery of the New World, Cadiz revived its prosperity, as many ships from America unloaded their cargoes there. Columbus sailed from Cádiz in 1495, his second voyage. Inthe late 16th century both Sir Francis Drake and the earl of Essex led attacks on the fleet anchored there and the city respectivly. When in 1718 a sandbar blocked Seville’s port Cádiz became the centre for New World trade. The city declined after Spain lost its American colonies .Cádiz resisted a two year siege by the French from 1810 to 181212 unti lthe Duke of Wellington’s forces relieved it. Cadiz fell to the Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War. Today the city, which lies at the southern end of the bay of Cadiz, has an abundance of parks promanades and squares. It is chiefly a port exporting wines, notably the local sherry which has a worldwide reputation and other agricultural items and importing coal, foodstuffs and iron. There is a large fishing fleet based here and some shipbuilding on a limited scale takes place. At the northern end of the bay is the US naval base at Rota.

Cordoba lies beside a loop in the river Guadalequiver upstream from Seville. During the time when the Romans ruled Cordoba was the largest city in Spain and enjoyed great prominence during the time of the Moors. They built the Mezquita, the most beuatiful mosque in Spain.

Granada – Originally a Moorish fortress, it became the seat of the kingdom of Granada in 1238. At the hieght of Moorish rule this kingdom encompassed both the nieghbouring province of Malaga and Almeria as well as parts of Cadiz and Jean. During this time the city was recognized as a centre of art, commerce, industry and science. As the christians drove south the city was the stronghold of the Moors in Spain, surrending eventually in 1492. In the 17th century Granada owed it’s exi prominance to the fact that it was a major silk centre. It stands at the confluence of the rivers Darro and Genil. The local surrounding area is given over to agriculture and mineral extraction with Granada acting as the commercial hub for these. The city is a major tourist centre with attractions such as the Alhambra Palace and other notable Moorish buildings. Facing the Alhambra across the Darro river, the Sacromonte hill is honeycombed with gypsy caves. The nearby ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada also bring visitors to the locality. South of Granada lie the valleys of the Alpajarras bounded to the north by the Sierra Nevada and to the south the sierras of Lujar, La Contraviesa and Gador. The area is very picturesque dotted with the traditional whitewashed villages. Fertile soil provides good farming with citrus fruit, bananas and avacadoes amongst the food grown.

The city of Huelva which is the capital of the province of the same name lies on the Odiel river. It is a busy port exporting copper, cork and sulphur. Like most Spanish ports it has it’s fishing fleeet and in addition some oil refining and ship building. It has a limited tourist trade during the summer months. The city is supplied with water via a Roman aquaduct. Columbus planned his voyages at the nearby La Rabida monastery. The Coto de Donana National Park, Europes most important and largest wildlife sanctuary, lies in the delta of the river Guadalquiver. 60,000 acres have been fenced of to provide the perfect habitat for varied speices of wildlife, birds in particular.

Jaen was once the seat of a small Moorish kingdom and played an important role in the conquest of Granada from the Moors by Christian forces during the 15th century. During the Peninsular war of the early 1800’s the French won a major victory here. Today it is the commercial hub for a fertile agricutural area producing olive oil and wine. Europes richest lead mines are nearby and copper and iron are also extracted. The town Alcalá la Real is known it’s mineral springs. The Parque Natural de las Sierras de Cazorla, over 2,000 square kilometres, is the biggest protected are in Spain. Here you might see ibex, red or fallow deer and wild boar.

The city of Malaga was founded by the Phoenicians and passed through the hands of the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Visigoths and the Moors when it prospered as a major seaport for the kingdom. It finally fell to the Christian forces in 1487 Málaga is situated on the bay of Malaga and is a major port. Exports include the local wine, almonds, dried fruits, olives and iron ore. It’s beaches, luxurious vegitation and mild climate make it one of the world’s leading tourist destinations. Picasso was born in here and you will find a museum of his works.

Seville was important in Phoenician times and favoured by the Romans. It continued as the major city of southern Spain under the Visigoths. It fell to the Moors in 712 and became a prominent centre for culture and commerce. After a drawn out siege it was captured by the Christians in 1248. Some 300,000 Moors are reputed to have fled the city following it’s capture. Seville entered its greatest period of prosperity with the discovery of the Americas and was the main trading port with the new colonies. In 1718 a sandbar closed the port to shipping and Seville went into a steady decline. The French sacked the city in 1810. Throughout the civil war Seville was held by the Nationalists. Today Seville is both capital to the province and the region of Andalucia. Standing on the river Guadalquiver, which connects it to the Atlantic, it has returned to be a port of note accessible to ocean going vessels. Exports include minerals, cork, fruit, olives and wines. Armanents, chemicals, explosives, machinary, perfume, pharmaceuticals, porcelain, textiles and tobacco are all manufactured locally. It is a major cultural and tourist centre. Seville has kept much of its Moorish aspect and one of the world’s largest cathedrals occupies the site of a former mosque. The Giralda tower and the court of oranges remain from the original Moorish structure. You will also find the tomb of Christopher Columbus within the cathedral. The 14th century Alcazar, built by Moorish artisans stands next to the cathedral and is superseded only by Granada’s Alhambra Palace. It is recognized as Spain’s leading centre for bullfighting.

My Photograph

Photography is part of my other hobbies, these are some of the photos from my camera phone shots.

The location of this photo is all in the Aceh region. where I live now. aceh has many beautiful tourist destinations, such as sea tourism, mountains, rice fields, rivers, waterfalls, diving, and many others.

All photos shots by alpasee09


Hello stishit introduce my name Raja Mulkan I live in Lhokseumawe, aceh. My birthday is October 29, 1997. My hobby is traveling and music. I like traveling because it makes me happy and the music makes me comfortable. I loved visiting waterfalls, islands and mountains all the places that mingle with nature I love it. I will often post about traveling and provide information about places that are beautiful and rarely visited by tourists

Some extra pictures of our trip to the Ardennes

I recently wrote a blog post on Steemit about our trip to the Belgian Ardennes. We took so many pictures that I couldn’t possibly fit them all into one blog post, so I thought it was a good idea to share some more original ones here.


You can find my original Steemit post here:


Im dylen de from Borneo Asia, 43 years old, there is not much to say about me.. Just an ordinary person who like adventure and making new things as leisure.

Got no fix hobby too…I do anything that might interest me playing remote control drift car, Taking photograph of anything such as nature and interesting places.

At the moment i like doing something about crypto-currencies and found out it can be a source for the living..i’m still new to this but i enjoy it.

I do have a small business in computer parts but i did not do it like for a big international thing it just for fun because i like about the computer tech gaming and custom made casing for computer.

Okay about my place… I don’t know what to say cause I live in a small community but a we have varieties of cultural and races. Live near the beach area. We do have some historical places too.

Local food….lol I think we a famous with one this local food called “Umai” [00 may] thats how we pronounce it haha..Its a raw fish cut and slices into a little finger size without bones..and mix with some big onion, chili, salt, lime juice crushed peanut and thats it..



Okay guys if you to know more about me and place just drop your questions I try my best to give the input..