KC813

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  1. The Lonely Planet guidebook used to have a warning about crossing the streets in HCMC. Advised to keep walking at an even speed - never slow down or stop - and the bikes will find their way around you. My preferred method was to find some very old people crossing and just hide behind them! Mogo- was it the War Relics Museum you visited? When I was last there I recall seeing some old signage on the property calling the place something like the 'US Aggression War' museum. An interesting place....
  2. Not any more. Philippine law used to force any Filipino that took citizenship in another country to lose their Filipino citizenship. That changed in 2003 when Philippines finally recognized dual citizenship and allowed those who lost citizenship to reacquire their PI citizenship.
  3. There is a lot of good information in this thread. Of course, different personal circumstances will sometimes lead to different answers. For example, children born abroad to a Filipino citizen (father or mother) are considered ‘natural-born’ citizens. If the Filipino parent lost their Philippine citizenship before the child was born, but then re-acquired Filipino citizenship before the child reaches 18, the child is a Philippine citizen. There used to be a lot of different passport combinations people used to enter and leave different countries, and most of the time it did not make much difference as long as the US citizen used the US passport when entering the US. This has changed in recent years (at least ‘recent’ to me!) so now it is important to match the passport info on the airline ticket with the passport to be used when entering the US. Recall that all the behind-the-scenes security checks are performed pre-arrival based on the passenger manifest and identifier data provided by the airline. Boarding with one passport and entering with another may lead to some additional questions upon entry. Also, I wonder if there have been some technological improvements the last couple of years in the Philippine entry/exit data records. Twice at entry I’ve had them swipe my passport, then ask if my wife was traveling with me, and once the officer politely engaged me in a conversation about one of my two-day trips that happened years ago on a different (now expired) passport!
  4. I lost my ear for morse code decades ago, but with your husband's youthful experience I bet he could still play a code key like a pro!
  5. Wow, DXing! Haven't heard that term in a long time! I probably have an old notebook somewhere full of QSL cards from long ago. You mention FM, but I wonder about reception considering the terrain? I would think medium-wave reception from other countries would be possible and interesting, IF AM bands are in use in SE Asia. I remember when I first went to PH in the 80's, outside shortwave receivers and ham equipment were banned without special government permission. The internet has sure changed those hobbies. kc