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  1. I didn't have to get medical test's when I got 13A in Philippines, but I've heard others that got theirs in the US did.
  2. I did mine in Manila on Monday and luckily I did save and bring my receipt from last year because when the guy bought me up on the computer he made like a concerned face and asked if I had done it last year. He actually looked a little surprised when I said yes, here's the receipt. He took it and said OK it's updated in the computer system, go over there and pay...In and out in like 20 minutes. I look forward to going there once a year and getting a burger at the place inside the building, I think they are the best burgers I have had in the Philippines!
  3. 1) It will be hard to buy a car here on a tourist Visa, but like anything here it depends on the day, location and the person you are dealing with. 2) You can use your home license for I believe it's 90 days. 3) See no. 1 above. haha 4) 30 days, extendable at the Bi for I believe 2 years. 5) I have no idea. but medical care here is very inexpensive. An emergency room visit with xray, numerous tests will cost about 40 us dollars. Hope this helps, by the way I live near Cainta in Pasig city. I don't golf but I would be up for maybe grabbing a drink or some dinner? Safe trip Howard
  4. That's really messed up, I feel for you. I did some searching online and found this, maybe they can help you? Good luck! https://www.pensionsadvisoryservice.org.uk/
  5. I don't remember needing anything last year except my ACR card Jack. It might be different in the smaller BI's? But in Intermuros they had a separate area set up for yearly check in next to the main building. I handed them my ACR card, she checked something on the computer and handed it back. done! But after reading this I will try to track down the receipt I got last year( I'm sure I have it, the wife taught me to never, ever throw anything away here! ) and bring my passport. Thanks for the heads up!
  6. Howard

    Is Tipping 20% Too Much in the Philippines?

    I do usually tip but I first check the receipt to see if there is an added service charge. If there is a service charge I won't tip unless the server was really good. When I do tip it's not 20%. I find in metro manila that 100 peso's or 50 for that matter has any server jumping for joy!
  7. Thanks Reboot, it looks very nice!👍😀
  8. Thanks for the recommendations Snowy!👍😋
  9. The wife and I are planning a trip to El Nido in a couple of months. We've never been there, so I'm looking for some suggestions on a decent place to stay. I'm hoping for a not too expensive place near or on the beach as we plan to swim and do some snorkeling. Any suggestions are appreciated!
  10. Howard

    Dengue Vaccine

    Conspiracy theory or theorist was a term created by the CIA as a way to discredit anyone who disagreed with the Warren Commission report. I believe Alex Jones revels in the Moniker of Conspiracy theorist. Fake news is based on quotes and beliefs of many men throughout history from Lenin to Goebbels in that "If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself" This is practiced by major news outlets in the US such as CNN, MSNBC, the New York times, Washington Post etc. Given a choice between the two, I tend to trust Alex Jones.
  11. Howard

    Dengue Vaccine

    I don't know how this reflects on Alex Jones and infowars because If you look at the press release link in the story you will see that the manufacturer is saying the same thing about the vaccine. Here is their quote. Based on up to six years of clinical data, the new analysis evaluated long-term safety and efficacy of Dengvaxia in people who had been infected with dengue prior to vaccination and those who had not. The analysis confirmed that Dengvaxia provides persistent protective benefit against dengue fever in those who had prior infection. For those not previously infected by dengue virus, however, the analysis found that in the longer term, more cases of severe disease could occur following vaccination upon a subsequent dengue infection.
  12. I have the globe Prepay LTE on my phone. I haven't noticed any problems with it in Metro Manila. I love the globe LTE but not the home wifi service, I had that a couple years back and I was lucky to get 1/3 MB download at 1:00 in the morning. If Sky is available in your area I highly recommend them for home wifi.
  13. Yes of course Dave. I think everyone here is quite aware of how things work in the PI. what works for some one day won't work for others the next. Usually dependent on a few factors like location, mood of the bank manager, whether or not they like foreigners. etc. I know a guy who told me the same as you and he also said he was able to get credit for a couple of brand new cars all with his tourist ACR card. But It was a useless ID card for me trying to do anything in Pasig City. I was always told, sorry, you are just a tourist sir!
  14. I would get the 59 day visa in LA if you can get that, it will save you at least one trip to BI! One thing I want to make you aware of is the ACR card that you get issued is a TOURIST ACR card. I found it to be quite useless as far as opening a bank account and things like that at any major bank in the Philippines, I also couldn't use it to get a drivers license. It wasn't until I got a permanent resident ACR card that banks would even consider opening an account for me. I've talked to others who said they had a different experience but my guess is maybe they got an account at one of those local Barangay banks like my wife used to use(Royal bank of montalban or something like that where I wouldn't put my money!). I hope it works out for you!
  15. We buy the Pure Foods all the time. I like it just fine. Now, if I could find a good breakfast sausage here! I don't like the sweet longinisa or Tocino! I just don't get the sweet tasting meat thing!