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Øyvind Skald

Since I'm stranded on a island in the Philippines

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I use BandLab regularly.

Just bought a Spark Amp (will ship the 08.19.2020).

Have loaned a electric Yamaha guitar from friends here. But might have one of my own sent here.

I miss my studio some now...

 

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Unless her family took her back, you have female companionship.  You really don't know what "stranded" is yet!  😆

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There are far worse places to be stranded. At least you can't starve there.

Or freeze, which may hold more meaning for a Viking. 

I was recently watching ABS-CBN and they were showing footage of Manila streets. Talk about surreal - it was like the opening scene of 28 Days After. No traffic. You can't comprehend how strange that is unless you've experienced the hell that is Manila traffic.

BTW, some cheap but quite decent acoustic guitars are made in the Philippines. Ask around.

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It is quarantine to entering an new island.

So if we was to go to the main island with Manila we are to be in quarantine 14 days or something just to go there. And we cannot even enter Manila. But other city's we would have to stay in a hotel for 14 days. And returning, we would have to stay in door here as long too. 

Also embassy's, airport and personal travel is not available. You have to get a valid paper to be able to travel out of the island. And that cost some too.

We never had a honeymoon, we have a 5,8 yo girl... She is making sure we are busy...

And also family life here are different than US, west. Here people comes over all the time and even we babysit family kids all the time. Not planed, but they just come here, or some family put them here.

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And to what degree has the virus impacted your island? Or rural areas in general?

I worry about my family there, even though they're on a remote island. As you note, they are an intrinsically social people not inclined to self-isolate. 

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Thanks for that. Dang, the Philippines' daily cases are as high as, um, Florida. That's bad.

I actually expected it to be even worse due to the population density of urban areas. However, much of the archipelago is rural, farming country where one would hope transmission would be slower. That's turning out not to be holding true in rural America, either.

The good news is that Filipinos can retreat to the bundoks - as many did during WWII - where the transmission rate is much, much lower. Unfortunately, the Cordilleras are a long way from Øyvind's neighborhood.

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On 8/12/2020 at 3:29 AM, Øyvind Skald said:

It is quarantine to entering an new island.

Here people comes over all the time and even we babysit family kids all the time. Not planed, but they just come here, or some family put them here.

Hi, Glad to hear you're well😷 it sounds like a great chance to form a band..

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