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  1. jrlee183

    Changes at NAIA

    Yep! Although there are actually two run ways (one much smaller that can accommodate light aircraft and smaller commercial planes e.g. A320). Problem is that the two runways cross eachother meaning only one can be used at a time.
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    Foreclosure Laws

    Firstly, im so sorry to hear of your health problems .... the last thing you need is a financial issue such as this to add to your burden. Foreclosure is used as a last resort in the event of default and in most countries banks would do their best to negotiate a repayment plan before repossessing your property. That said, this is the Philippines and it could be different. I guess it would really depend on what it states in your loan agreement. There is alot of case law with regards to foreclosures, but it would seem to indicate 3 months of missed payments is the general rule of thumb. If I were you I would go to the bank in person (the actual branch linked to the loan account) and speak to the manager. take of all of your supporting documents (including your health certifications) with a copy to give to the manager. Ask him to escalate this to the manager of the collections department. If he cant do that then ask him to ask his area manager to do it on his behalf. Writing to collections wont help as you will just get a standard copy and paste response. Something else to take into consideration is this; did the bank insist on you taking out some kind of insurance together with the loan? Sometimes these policies can pay out in the event of serious illness which may well help your situation.
  3. Yep its a good place to visit for a few days. be prepared to be shocked at how expensive everything is though.
  4. Singapore is known for its very expensive hotels. There are some cheap hotels in the changi area which is a short cab ride from the airport. Its been a while, but Hotel 81 was always the budget hotel option when i lived in SG. Although from what I have heard i believe the '81' refers to the average length of a guests stay (in minutes) or the number of bed bugs per square cm! Whichever it was, its not good. I would just stay in the airport ..... as far as long layovers go, Singapore is probably the best place to be.
  5. Travelling with Kids is always a pain, but never as bad as you think it will be .... in my experience anyway. Car seats - in the UK private cars have to be fitted with car seats if traveling with an infant/toddler. Not sure about Taxis etc. Eurozone is probably the same.
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    Uber and Grab combine

    We have always used Grab so no real change for us. The problem with uber in some SEA countries (possibly the philippines too) is that the driver doesnt know where he is going to take you until he picks you up. Whilst that was designed to stop drivers being selective with their passengers, all that happened was they give the passenger a call, ask where they are going and if they dont like it they just cancel.
  7. Im in the UAE pretty much once a quarter and this has also been our route of choice over the past couple of years back to the uk. To answer your questions specifically: A. Look at skyscanner or Google flights. Those are the best tools for cheap flights. B. Yes, and if you go with emirates the process is very simple. once you have booked your flight with a stopover there is a link on the site with the application form. Its straightforward and most importantly emirates sponsor the visa (otherwise you would be forking out a deposit of AED 10,000). You may actually find your partner is entitled to a transit visa which allows up to a certain time outside of the airport without a visa at all. https://www.emirates.com/english/before-you-fly/visa-passport-information/uae-visas/ C. Absolutely. When you land, buy yourself a metro ticket prepaid card and basically follow the metro line to the key sites (Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall etc etc ..... Google maps is your friend). That will take you right back to the airport too. You get a reasonable view of the Burj al arab as well from the metro line. Im sure there are organised tours too. Depending on the time of year you go it can be very very hot and humid in July/August so walking anywhere isnt an option and if you get stuck there in ramadan bear in mind that food and beverage options will be limited throughout the country and if you have kids with you i wouldnt even bother going in. The airport is alot more relaxed for F&B during ramadan. Others have mentioned flying through Qatar, and i spotted the other day that they are putting their new 787 on clark to doha which would be much nicer than the old 777 from Manila. Not sure about stop over options, but i was in Doha the other week and wouldnt really rate it that much.
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    Philippines WIFI issues

    Smart 4g data is the best for sure especially in Manila. Globe is just too intermittent. Not sure about the provinces, but ive been able to download movies at a pretty reasonable speed using a smart bro data sim card which can also be used in pocket wifi.
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    7 Eleven

    Yep, although i guess it depends on the severity of the condition that would dictate my ability to continue work. It could be anything from just 'bad guts' to full blown vomiting, diarrhea and fever. Ive had both and everything in between, and it sounds like you are at the worse end of the spectrum. Get well soon
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    7 Eleven

    Agreed, but not so practical to 'let it run' when you are in the middle of a meeting lol .
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    Long Flights

    I think most airlines use bottled water nowadays to serve to passengers. Ive always felt most long haul flights are a bit stingy when it comes to giving out water and fluids. Sure, you get served at mealtimes with a small cup (about 150ml) of water or juice (and maybe something stronger) and a couple of rounds of mid flight service but that is no way near enough fluid for a long haul 12-14 hour flight. Of course you can ask for more, but i have seen some less seasoned travelers feel uncomfortable about asking or totally unaware that you can. In business/first class you are usually given a 330ml bottle on overnight flights which they will gladly replace at any time. The service you get largely depends on the crew. I always used to take on a 2l bottle with me for long haul flights but that is not always possible nowadays due to LAGs restrictions.
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    7 Eleven

    Something I found out a couple of years back is that alot of food poisoning doesn't actually come from food, but from bacteria left on surfaces which we all unwittingly touch e.g. door handles, fossets/taps in public toilets, elevator buttons. Once its on your hands then it can easily be passed onto your system via one of the several hundred times the average human touches their face/mouth on a daily basis. Whilst the 7/11 probably was the source of your food poisoning it was more likely to be the hot water dispenser handle or the door handle to the entrance that was the culprit, not the water itself. As a frequent traveler this is my worst nightmare and have had it happen on a number of occasions. As a result i always carry Imodium, charcoal tablets, and ciproflaxicin in my briefcase at all times. Another good tip i got from a doctor years ago was if you ever think you have contracted something like this, you should drink a can or two of full fat coke as quickly as possible (basically flood your gut with the stuff) ..... coke kills pretty much every bacteria going.
  13. Absolutely correct. The problem is it is quite rare for the filipina spouse not to have any other compulsory heirs (e.g. parents, siblings, children etc)
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    Manila 10s Rugby Lunch

    Ah .... dress code is smart casual unfortunately.
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    Manila 10s Rugby Lunch

    Seats still available if you and your friend want to join?
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