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DavidK last won the day on May 26 2016

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  1. Well I got a 6-month extension last month and although the form I fill in states "married" it doesn't say married to a Filipina. Nor was anybody interested to ask.
  2. NFL options ?

    Well I watch it on NFL.TV using Cignal Fiber with similar internet speeds without too many problems. Don't know anything about your other option though.
  3. New or 2nd hand

    With new you get the obvious peace of mind benefits and if you can afford it easily then why wouldn't you? However I decided given the traffic conditions and the likelyhood of bangs and scratches I would hate to do that with a new car (plus the wife had a new one) so I looked for a used one. Found a six-year old Mitsubishi Lancer with 28,000 km on the clock advertised by a local second-hand dealer and got it for a very reasonable price. Touch wood have had very few problems with it (except batteries don't last more than a few years here) and yes it's received a number of dings from the careless and motorbikes. You pays your money and takes your chance..........
  4. Buying a car

    Last "accident" I had was a motorcycle driving into the back of me when I had to stop fairly quickly to avoid hitting the motorcycle in front. His first words when I got out were "Give me money". My response of "Well you ran into the back of me how much will you give me?" met with blank looks. I passed him a couple of thousand peso and pissed off promptly. Waiting around would likely have cost me quite a bit extra.
  5. Bank Deposit Fee

    If all they charge you for collecting cheques drawn on US banks is $5 then you're getting a good deal. We used to charge many times that for collecting foreign cheques about 30 years ago.
  6. Landers superstore

    There was a topic on this very subject only the other week............
  7. Individual offices are not "franchises" but reflect the personality of the top team, especially if they have a lot of freedom in how they run "their" branch. That can result in manifestly different experiences in two branches for the same or similar issues.
  8. Death as an Expat

    Pneumonia is very big here. I'd only been here 5 months when I got it. Fortunately at 56 I was strong enough to fight it off, with a little help from Cebu Doctors Hospital. Had me in there for 5 days though. This warm wet climate is ideal for microbes to proliferate and infections of one sort or another are easy to come by. Previously I was 0 for 20 (years) in hospital visits, here I'm 2 for 2.
  9. Sub SGD300 including baggage would be a good round-trip price, sometimes it's possible to be just over SGD200 if you can be really flexible on your departure/return dates. I try to book between 8 and 6 weeks beforehand but sometimes earlier if the dates are set and I don't expect the website prices to improve.
  10. Well as I live in Cebu that's the easy route obviously . I am either travelling or arranging travel to/from Singapore on a regular basis. You can look at Cebu Pathetic (as mentioned, by the way not choosing the meal or changing the baggage allowance ain't difficult), or any one of Tiger, Air Asia or Silk Air as an alternative to PAL. All have their advantages and disadvantages which can be checked by whiling away some time on the computer.
  11. S & R Supermarkets

    Queenie, the wife went the other day. Her and the House-slaves' assessment was that essentially it was just S&R without as much choice and a little more expensive. I didn't bother to enquire deeper .
  12. No doubt enforcement would be as effective as with all the other miscellaneous laws they like to pass Still, if you're truly worried just carry a can of air-freshener around with you
  13. Two old guys celebrating their birthday

    These days I count birthdays rather than celebrating them but given the alternative "Old age" is much the lesser of two evils. Happy birthday guys.
  14. Change in BI hours

    But as a result you will now not get your passport back for 3 days when extending your visa. I've just been to do mine and I can collect it on the 12th. I believe for Exit Clearance Certificates it's 5 days, which is causing some consternation to those who are leaving before their passport/certificate will be ready. It's more fun in the Philippines!
  15. Fork and spoon versus knife

    Of course Americans have forgotten how to use knives at the table as well. Sure, give them a steak and they'll pick up their knife and cut it into pieces, then the knife will go back down, the fork will swap to the right hand and eating will commence.............