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Alfred Tan $23,200,000.00

All he wants me to do is to stand in as next of kin Mr. Haffez Al Sadique, totally illegal even if it were true, and collect my easy money. No thank you!

Dear ,

I have very important issues i want to discuss with you, because i know it’s will profit both of us and our families together.

On June 6, 2001, a foreign Oil consultant/contractor with Petronas Oil Corporation of Malaysia, Mr. Haffez Al Sadique, made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at (Twenty Three Million Two Hundred thousand Dollars) in my Bank branch in CAMBODIA. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Crude Oil Export Corporation that Mr. Haffez Al Sadique, died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Haffez Al Sadique, did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork. This sum of ($23,200,000.00) is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it.

Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Haffez Al Sadique, so that the fund will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 50% for me and 40% for you.10% for any expenses that may be incurred during the process of executing this transaction Please send me an mail with further information about yourself before we proceed further. Awaiting your urgent reply

(1). Full names:
(2). contact address
(3). Phone:
(4). Cell phone:
(5). Age:
(6). Occupation.

Yours Sincerely,
Alfred Tan.

February 18, 2014 Posted by | Financial Issues, Nigeria, Scams | 4 Comments

Hilarious Pensacola Blog: Dicksblog

Note to my Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabian readers – YES. This is legal. This is what free speech looks like. This anonymous blogger can poke fun – and does – at everyone. He probably will want to remain anonymous because he does not discriminate in who he pokes and won’t have any friends if people figure out who he is, but yes. Yes. YES. This is legal, this is freedom of speech. He won’t go to jail.

Poking fun at appearance-over-substance Mayor Ashton Hayward, who made national news this week as he prayed, and rethought his ban on homeless people using blankets in Pensacola: Dicksblog goes viral:

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February 18, 2014 Posted by | Bureaucracy, Character, Community, Cultural, ExPat Life, Financial Issues, Florida, Free Speech, Living Conditions, Marketing, Pensacola, Political Issues, Transparency | Leave a comment

Brunch at The Grand Marlin on Pensacola Beach

“Do you have any questions?” the waiter asked, and AdventureMan asked “Yes, what is a TGM hamburger?” and the waiter responded “The Grand Marlin; don’t be embarrassed, you’d be amazed, just about every customer asks that question.”

We thought it might be a brand name or something, and sort of it is.

It is Sunday, a glorious warm Sunday, and everyone is feeling it, everyone is ready for some sun and some heat after the devil of an ice storm that hit us at the end of January. The yards of the gardeners are heaped with devastation, and we are warned not to cut anything yet, wait until all danger of frost is passed. Cutting your “dead” plants signals them to send out new growth, and you don’t want them wasting energy sending out new growth until you can guarantee that the new growth will not be killed by another freeze.

Meanwhile, it is a glorious day, a perfect day for brunch at The Grand Marlin, where we are shown to a small private room that reminds us of similar lunches in Saudi Arabia, or Qatar, or sometimes even Kuwait where ‘families’ (women) might like to dine without prying eyes. There is even a curtain that can be pulled to insure privacy.


They have a great brunch menu, and the whole back side of it is drinks. You wouldn’t think people would be hittin’ the sauce at 0930 on a Sunday morning, but you would be wrong, LOL.



We had a great waiter, he took good care of us and could answer all our questions, brought us the extras we requested, made sure our cups and glasses stayed filled, all unobtrusively.

The coffee was noticeably good. As do many restaurants around here, The Grand Marlin has its own bottled hot sauce, Fire in the Hole, which warns you that it is very hot:


The restaurant fills up fast, even early in the day, with church goers and with beach goers, and so there is a wide range of dress from very casual to church-going chic. The live music starts early, too, around 1000, so there is also a wide range of ages, from kids to young adults, to some aging geezers around the bar, hitting it hard early in the morning.

When our breakfasts come, we are both delighted. I had intended to order the crab cake benedict, but when I saw Smoked Salmon Benedict on the menu, I was a goner. AdventureMan ordered a Vegetable Frittata and said it was one of the best. We were both very happy with our food.



Although by the time we left there were people waiting for tables, we were never rushed. It is an altogether civilized and enjoyable Sunday brunch, with lots of delicious temptations on the menu to try each time we go.

February 18, 2014 Posted by | Customer Service, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Florida, Food, Gardens, Pensacola, Restaurant | 2 Comments