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  1. We have been having issues with PLDT since the middle of January. During the day it's OK but between 5pm and 10pm it drops from a rock solid 15mbps and a ping of 15 to 20 down (or should that be 'up') to a ping in the middle 500's and a download speed of about half to one mbps. Absolute rubbish! And PLDT keep sending engineers around but are unable to improve the evening speeds. They just scratch their heads, replace random parts of the local network, etc. This is still ongoing. It's got so bad that we now have Globe as a back-up which seems much more reliable. But even Globe can have its off days! Unfortunately they are our only options here so, through neccessity, we are rather stuck with them. Ken
  2. Hi Snowy. I guess your bags are unpacked now and you're just starting to settle in. You can throw away your duffle coat, gloves and scarf. I can guarantee, you won't be needing them here! I trust everything works out just as you hoped for. Good luck for the future. Ken
  3. Hi Ron. My dentist in Jomtien is a different one. I sent you a PM with the details, but if you like yours then I wouldn't change. I have to say I haven't missed Jomtien and very happy to have moved to the Philippines. Things are different here and certainly not perfect, but I think better on many levels. It does take a bit of getting used to before things settle down, but so did moving to Thailand. Good luck with your move in July. I feel sure you won't regret it. Ken
  4. Hi Ron I had an implant done when I was in Jomtien, in your neck of the woods. As you say, it was around 50k but the surgeon came highly recimmended by several local expats and it was a good recommendation. That was three years ago and I am very happy with it. Now I am in the Philippines I went to my usual (again highly recommended) local dentist about nine months ago with a cracked molar and was fearing I needed another implant. She recommended a thing called 'bio-dentine' which is a very simple two part procedure, a few days apart, where the tooth is rebuilt using a sort of 'poly-filla' type substance. If you're not familiar with poly-filla' its a sort of plaster mix used for filling cracks in walls! I have to say it's been in place for nine months now and is doing the job admirably. It won't help in your case as it needs an existing tooth to build on, but it seems that for some dental issues it is a much cheaper and simpler option that an implant. The cost was around 5000 php. A fraction of an implant! Perhaps that's why I had never heard of it before. Certainly not from any dentists I have used previously. . If you would like the name of the Jomtien dentist PM me. Ken
  5. Thanks Jack. My birthday also is in May and I am usually in the UK around then. Sod's law they send it in December and I have my pension stopped! i will have to give that some thought. Ken
  6. Do you know if the form, if you are selected, is sent out around your birthday? Or are they truly random at any time of the year? Ken
  7. I too have noticed a lot of road construction in and around CDO much as you have described. Work which was long overdue. Good to see! Ken
  8. I have only given my finger prints on the initial issue. I have had three renewals and have not been asked for them since. Perhaps different BI offices have different interpretations of the rules? Ken
  9. I guess you have been fortunate never having to do a 60 day extension or obtained an ACR-I card before. As around 7850php of the 8000 goes to the BI I think about 150php for the agent to do the work for me is money well spent. It would cost me more in taxi fares to and from the local immigration office. He does have a large number of expats that he does the renewals for so probably still earns quite a bit for his trouble. Ken
  10. I have just done my 60 day extension and ACR-i card and I use an agent in my local SM Mall here in CDO for all my extensions. His charge for both including his fee was 8000php which saves an awful lot of hassle. He completes all neccessary forms and you get your passport back on the 3rd day. ACR-i card arrives about a month later. He is a local travel agent. I seem to recall there is a travel agent in the Mango area of Cebu. It might be worth checking him out for future renewals. Ken
  11. We regularly ship from the UK and use a company called Forex Cargo and they have always proved reliable. They specialise in Balikbayan box shipping. Their US arm is called UMAC who have a branch in St Petersburg. Their head office is in Manila with branches wordwide. if you go to their UK website and click on the 'Branches' header it will give you the US sites. Use the map function and click on the Tampa pin and their contact details will come up. Ken
  12. The boxes cost 200thb each IIRC. But they are quite large, about 4 feet tall and 2 feet square. They deliver the boxes to you included in the cost and collect them when you are ready. The cost of shipping was 85thb / kg collected from Pattaya and delivered to our house in Mindanao. If you take the boxes to their depot in BKK it was 60thb /kg. For smaller boxes, max 20kg, it was cheaper to use the post office in Soi 5, Jomtien. The boxes from them were free as well. Ken
  13. Glad you got it sorted in the end Ron. For future reference, just next to immigration in Soi 5 is a travel agent and business service called 'My Office Travel'. Run by a very helpful Swiss lady. I have used then many times for booking airline tickets. She usually is able to beat any directly booked flights. Especially given a bit of notice and you can be flexible with your travel arrangements. She often has access to special offers which are only available through agents. Ken
  14. Thanks for the very timely link Paul. It looks very good. Very similar to my ThaiExpatTV system which I have and is excellent. However my systems digibox is playing up and ThaiExpatTV are unwilling for some reason to send me a new box despite me offering to buy a new one and pay the courier charge. As my subscription is due for renewal I think I will give this one a go instead. It also gives the channels I watch on my Phils Parasat subscription so I can also bin that one and save that subscription as well. Ken
  15. Renew your passport whilst still in the UK. It will be much easier. They will give you extra validity, up to 9 months IIRC, if you renew it before the current one expires. Ken