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    Choose friends wisely, some are not what they appear to be!
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  1. Jollygoodfellow

    Choosing a place to live (expat)

    Are you looking for furnished or unfurnished? Does obviously make a difference to price. In most cases you will pay 2 months deposit and one month in advance. Some places require post dated checks for the term of the lease. If you are leasing through a owner managing their own property they may have a rough lease contract so best to read and discuss any concerns prior to agreeing to anything. Some leases require the tenant to pay the condo dues. Some only require the tenant to pay the water and sewerage part of the condo dues so check what the lease says. Also if you need parking that may be an added expense. If you need good internet check that its available or if its already in the owners name otherwise you might have to foot the bill for connection charges. Electric costs vary from area to area and use. Best to read living costs topics but for an idea my electric is around P3200 a month studio condo for two people. My friend in the same building is around P2000 a month so depends on appliances and aircon use. That reminds me to check if the building is individually metered for each condo. Just to add last night my friend was telling me his usually electric had been about P1000 a month for a year and suddenly increased, he went to Veco to ask why and found they had been estimating for all this time?
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    Proof of life form time again !

    Yep go with the flow
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    Proof of life form time again !

    It might be a waste but how can you expect anyone else to know that only you can access that account personally by going into the bank?
  4. Jollygoodfellow

    Transition through China

    OK we wont ask. I always connect through North Korea but the downside is a bit of a delay but they always let me enter the country and visit the nuclear weapons sites and take lots of tourist type pictures.
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    Who or what to blame?

    The variables are not much at all. Different methods yes. Reinforcement as in mesh as we call it or deformed bars and foundation cages yes definitely required but having said that when coming down to things like a pathway it depends on the soil. I grew up in a part of Australia that was notorious for clay and moving soils so even a path had to have reinforcement with mesh or bars but later in life moving to another part of Australia there was no steel put in paths as the soil never moved and was not needed. Not sure about here in the Phils if requirements change from island to island but I bet if you are laying concrete on a sand island minimum reinforcement is needed or none depending on the job. Oh when you say some dont know that concrete without steel is not proper concrete who do you mean? I can look anywhere out my window and see so much steel going into buildings here.
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    Who or what to blame?

    In Australia the norm would be to cover the slab with black plastic. Thr plastic keeps the moisture in plus sweats. In other cases we would place sand around the edges on top of the concrete and fill with water for several days. Whatever method its to prevent cracking more than anything. Generally going to powder means lack of cement or bad mix. Could even be salt in the sand if using cheap sand. Hint, to remove the top layer of slurry for a stone affect mix sugar and water. When concrete smooth using a watering can to drench the top and hose off. Of Course these days you can buy chemicals but sugar kills the cement so works the same.
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    Who or what to blame?

    Not sure how many in a box here but I think it's good to have a few spares anyway incase down the track if you should have to replace a couple then you have the exact same color but anyway job done and time to start on the bar l guess.
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    Transition through China

    Porn sites are known for that
  9. Jollygoodfellow

    Transition through China

    Generally in most countries if you dont leave the airport you wont need one but there are exceptions and it might depend where you are comming from , thats my understanding.
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    Proof of life form time again !

    Maybe because they consider you dead and no one will reply or answer anyway
  11. Just in case someone wants to take the wife or GF or someone elses GF for a trip somewhere that no visa is required. https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/24/1818277/list-where-you-can-travel-visa-free-philippine-passport
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    Expat-to-be...A few questions

    Well so far I think I still have awhile before they expire but you have reminded me to check that and probably what I will do is change my address to my sisters or something so the new card would be sent there and work it out later.
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    Expats in Philippines choose never to return....

    Is she independent or has other family to look out for her? Everyone's situation is different so no advice here. To add, have you ever discussed what might be your plans with her? Most likely she knows and also while you were here looking around her life went on without you. When I was still in Aus I was the only family member that lived in another part of Australia and only got to visit my mum or family about every 2 years or so and to me now it's no different if Im here in the Phils as its just more distance but nothing has changed.
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    Choosing a place to live (expat)

    Yes you are right and Cebu is way down the list. Maybe in size of City I was thinking of. Anyway for the purposes of this topic travel to explore is relatively easy from Cebu.