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Scottish ex-pat, currently working in Manila, Philippines as a Software Architect for Embedded Systems.


Nov
22
comment How can I see currency exchange rates?
I deliberately made that point in my answer, and talked about fees and commission. So I take exception at the 'all the other useless answers' phrase. Your answer is fine, but take the snark out if you want to avoid the downvotes.
Nov
21
answered How can I see currency exchange rates?
Nov
21
comment In-transit Visa for Amsterdam enroute to British Virgin Islands (Filipino)?
The short answer is no (because you'll stay in the international airside area of Schipol), but the long answer is in the answer linked in my other comment.
Nov
20
answered What is the weather usually like in November in Palawan, Philippines?
Nov
20
comment What is the weather usually like in November in Palawan, Philippines?
@Sam Apparently, yes, officially the rainy season does end in October. Although I would wonder if that should be updated given the late rains and typhoons in the last few years -- I don't know how many years something has to go on before it's regarded as a consistent change rather than a temporary deviation.
Nov
19
awarded  Enlightened
Nov
18
comment What is the weather usually like in November in Palawan, Philippines?
Where did you see the claim that the wet season ends in October? It seems to have been stretching out in recent years with rain and typhoons into November and December. However, unless there's an actual typhoon inbound (and I can't find evidence of one) you'll be fine. It'll rain a bit but it's still warm and it doesn't last that long. However I'm in Manila, so hopefully someone will come along and answer for Palawan specifically.
Nov
18
comment Websites for finding travel friends (with most members)?
If you rephrases this to remove the opinion part ('sites you prefer') and concentrated on asking for a comparison of travel sites based on some hard metric (users, or price , etc) it might be narrow enough to be answered. Otherwise do as @MarkMayo says and head to chat.
Nov
17
comment How long does it take from Heathrow Airport to King's Cross Station, London?
The linked question gives you all you need, so this will likely be closed as a duplicate. Just to add a second point -- you'll have no real issues with luggage (particularly at 1pm on a Sunday). I've traveled with exactly the same setup on the tube. You should note that Heathrow is a big place, it may take you a long time to go through the airport, get your bags and actually get to the train. I would probably book your Kings Cross train so that it's no earlier than two hours after your landing time. I'd probably give it longer and use any spare time to grab something to eat.
Nov
11
comment Which countries in Southeast Asia require travel insurance proof?
yeah, sorry, I understood that -- just adding a data point to complete the set.
Nov
11
comment Which countries in Southeast Asia require travel insurance proof?
For what it's worth I've never been asked for proof of travel insurance when entering the Philippines. Neither has anyone else I know who comes here regardless of visa status or length of stay. Technically I'm sure they can, but they never do. I have been stopped travelling into Hong Kong and asked about how much cash I had to support myself, but nothing about travel insurance (and I didn't even need to show the cash).
Nov
11
awarded  Scholar
Nov
11
accepted Air Travel with an Electric Arc Lighter
Nov
11
comment Air Travel with an Electric Arc Lighter
@DavidRicherby The battery is not removable. I wouldn't be comfortable putting it in checked baggage because I've really no idea how it works or what the battery is and I can see very bad things happening if it did somehow set itself off. So, yeah, seems like leaving it at home is the best idea, it's no big deal, was just curious really.
Nov
10
answered Index of local food blogs for a city?
Nov
10
comment Air Travel with an Electric Arc Lighter
Yeah, I figure they'll err on the side of caution. Problem is, because it has a battery in it -- and I've no idea what type, it might not be suitable for checked-in baggage either. Mind you, so must cattle prods ...
Nov
10
asked Air Travel with an Electric Arc Lighter
Nov
10
revised Where can I get alerts for earthquakes in California?
Added new link
Nov
5
comment What to do when creeped out by Charlie Chaplin on Westminster Bridge?
@jwenting I totally accept that, and yes they're scammers. But the behavior asked about in the question isn't illegal, which is why I hedged my answer.
Nov
5
revised What to do when creeped out by Charlie Chaplin on Westminster Bridge?
As note, clarified answer, removed 'rozzers' as it was edited out of the question.