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  1. My nice coffee pot didn't last long in the Philippines. When I return I will bring a french press and put the brewed coffee in a thermos. Low tech but makes great coffee.
  2. Same for me, retired at 56. I had my big warning at 54, heart attack and lung cancer. That wake up call helped my resolve to retire as early as possible.
  3. For all you military strategy types out there, I have a question. What was the military or political objective for Assad to use a chemical weapon? What did he gain from that?
  4. A BPI ATM ate my BPI ATM card once. No problem. Next business day went to the closest BPI branch and they fixed the problem. For my needs BPI was and continues to be the best choice for my Philippine banking needs which I have discussed numerous times in other banking threads.
  5. Let us know what you find has changed in the 5 years you have been gone from the US. I think many would find that interesting.
  6. That is the SRRV retirement visa. For non military it is $10,000 USD for military veteran $1,500. Just search SRRV on this forum to find more information. I know someone who was able to get this visa.
  7. The one big advantage of getting a 13A or SRRV is that you get a one time shot at shipping a bunch of your stuff to the Philippines without having to pay any customs fees. As I recall this is up to a total value of $7000 USD.
  8. I found some youtube video's that were good as a starting point. Called Tagalog 101 as I recall.
  9. Congrats. Thanks for the followup to let us know that things have worked out well for the happy couple.
  10. If the petitioner (the person from the USA) has lived in the Philippines for at least 6 months and can prove it the petitioner can have the visa request processed at the US Embassy in Manila instead of at a USCIS office in the US. It can take over a year to process the visa paperwork at a USCIS office in the US. It only took me 3 months to get a visa for my wife as US expat who had lived over 6 months in the Philippines by filing for the visa at the US Embassy. In this situation it may be better to marry in the Philippines then start the VISA process for the wife and children. For a fiancee visa as I recall the children would not be able to accompany you to the US initially. I also don't know if the biological father of the children could cause any problems for the children getting the visa.
  11. If there are no complications you can complete the process in 1-2 months. FYI there is no divorce in the Philippines so if you fiancee was married in the Philippines and the marriage was not annulled or she is not a widow it could indeed take years. Getting a previous marriage annulled can be very expensive and take years.
  12. Thanks for the report. Sounds very nice. Great pics of the girls. Katy is growing fast. Next thing you know she will want to borrow the power washer.
  13. Thank you for sharing your recent medical adventures. A good reminder to all of us to ensure we consider medical care in our plans. Glad to hear you are on the mend under the loving care of your family.
  14. I had 2 teenage girls say Kano from behind me at the Baguio market. I jumped around and said "Kano?", "Where?". They broke up laughing.
  15. That is much less than land in or close to Baguio where I saw small lots for 8-12k pesos per sqm. I toured a nice modern home on the outskirts of Baguio once. The land, not much bigger than the house was 2M pesos, the house cost 8M pesos to build. The house was built to western standards and was maybe 150-200 sqm.