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  1. I once was talking to a doctor friend who admitted to me,(as if we didn't know), say, " with all the education and experience that doctors have, we many times have to make the best educated guess based on symptoms and what the patient says. On a side note: A mechanic was removing a cylinder-head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well known cardiologist in his shop. The cardiologist was there waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his bike when the mechanic shouted across the garage, "Hey Doc, want to take a look at this?" The cardiologist, a bit surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working on the motorcycle. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, "So, Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take the valves out, repair any damage, and put them back in and, when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I make $40k a year and you get the really big bucks ($1Millon) when you and I are doing basically the same work?" The cardiologist paused, smiled and leaned over, then whispered to the mechanic.... "Try doing it with the engine running."
  2. What does retirement feel like

    Some people "Live to work" and others "Work to live". The former will have a hard time with retirement. The latter will enjoy it to no end. Either way, retirement will be what you make it. As others have said, you need to keep your mind and body active. These can be simple things which cost little to no money. Other things like hobbies can be fulfilling. But, like everything else in life, each of us to find that balance for ourselves. Just relax and enjoy your retirement Steve.
  3. Balikbayan Box Rule 2017

    Not trying to confuse the issue but there is another type of availment called De Minimis. If the shipment is less than PHP10,000 anyone can ship and it will not be counted as an availment under the Balikbayan Box privilege. See the last paragraph in the first section of the BOC Information Sheet I linked earlier and again here. http://customs.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Balikbayan-Information-Sheet.pdf It would seem that anyone could send as many boxes they wanted under the De Minimis availment as long as the value was low. Then sending more higher value items under the Balikbayan Box privilege. However, the big question is still is, will they follow these new rules and for how long?
  4. Balikbayan Box Rule 2017

    Tim, Read the third paragraph on this link. http://customs.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Balikbayan-Information-Sheet.pdf Clearly says anyone can ship a box. However, only a "qualified Filipino while abroad can avail of the tax and duty free privilege". Hope this helps.
  5. Balikbayan Box Rule 2017

    That is correct and it is all in the required BOC Information Sheet linked above, to be filled out during each shipment. Did they require your wife to fill up the Information Sheet or just give copies of IDs and contents?
  6. Balikbayan Box Rule 2017

    No, I do not think they will be opening every box. Only the ones suspicious. But they will be collecting more taxes and fees if they do follow the rules. My feelings are if you follow the rules you should have a pretty high chance of having no issues. But it does seem they are cracking down on commercial/volume shipments and trying to intervene on the banded items. Now if anyone thinks these rules are harsh, just try shipping the same items shipped before from the Philippines to your home country.
  7. Balikbayan Box Rule 2017

    Since the other thread on New Major Rule changes for shipping boxes seemed to have run it course, I started this new one. I contacted several shippers on the US east coast where I shipped from before. It seems they are following the new rules pretty close. I'm told the rules only allow a shipper three boxes per year with a value P150,000 or about $3,000. each box. I was also told if a person wants to ship more than the allowed three boxes it is permitted. However, the additional boxes will be taxed and duty applied per the rules of BOC. What I could not find an answer to is if a citizen can receive more than 3 boxes a year from different family members. Seems the BOC is recording shipper info but not sure of receiver info. Then you have the what if? Different family members ship to the same person without knowing they already received their 3 boxes. Anyway, each of the shippers provided the following links with information and forms needed. http://customs.gov.ph/consolidated-shipment-of-duty-and-tax-free-balikbayan-boxes/ http://customs.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Balikbayan-Information-Sheet.pdf Well, just after posting another shipper returned my call and has a different angle. He says a person is allowed 3 shipments per year with multi boxes as long as the total for the year does not exceed P150,000. Go figure, Of course YMMV
  8. Another option is try to locate a machine shop with a lathe. Take the adapter along and for them to measure and explain what you need. Should be able to make one in 30 minutes.
  9. Doesn't matter where you are located. Finding credible information about things in the Philippines is always a challenge. That's why we are here on the forum. Helps make life here a little less stressful. By t he way, I too love the roof Ventilator and I think it was Wilcon where I say them here.
  10. Balikbayan Box Major Rule Changes

    HBM, Did you notice if anyone had shipped larger than normal boxes or odd sized boxes? Just wondering because I'm considering a box just a little larger than the normal Jumbo we ship.
  11. Balikbayan Box Major Rule Changes

    I guess I'll make some calls to some of the shippers I had used in the past. See what requirements they are imposing now that the new rules are in effect,...or not. I was planning to ship a few boxes while visiting the old place in March.
  12. Balikbayan Box Major Rule Changes

    Does anyone have an update from experience shipping balikbayan boxes to the Philippines since the new rules took effect? Are the shippers/consolidators following the new rules? If they are, I wonder how long it will last?
  13. To Retire At 56? Or Rough It Out...

    Sorry, try this one, Pg2 How much can a family get. https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10085.pdf
  14. To Retire At 56? Or Rough It Out...

    Don, read the first line under Max Family Benifits, I think its correct. https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/yourchildren.html
  15. Grounding Appliances

    My wife was asking why I had tears running and I told her I just learned I'm related to Jake through the in-laws of Bubba!