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  1. Five years down the line and having assessed my priorities I can say that for me it is the cost of living 100% followed by quality of life. I'll admit I have had to move 3 times to maintain a fine balance between quality of life and cost though. A good reason why no one should travel half way around the World and set roots in one location for one person until they've experienced life here. Initially the lure of sunshine, pretty women and friendliness of the locals was a major attraction but time and experience has blown a few of my priorities out of the water. I came to realise I li
    13 points
  2. Wife and I are quarantine hotel as this is written. Several days prior to our scheduled flight, we checked out various Philippine Airlines recommended quarantine hotels. We chose one in Pasay in the Newport City area. I can see Villamor Airbase outside my window. We left San Francisco February 20. (Flight was rescheduled from original February 17 departure date) Ticket counter wanted to see our marriage certificate. All we have is a certified copy. Plus I had the 9a tourist visa from a few months ago when it was required. All in all, Philippine Airlines was no problem. We even brought two
    12 points
  3. Many may know my stories about lending, borrowing and gifting cash to the extended family, now it seems they are not speaking to Emma , not a word since January 4th after I said no to a loan of 100,000 peso , after asking what this loan was for I did not get the right reply, i was told it was a unexpected bill, then it was school fees . This is a family who has been showing off there new American kitchen that’s just been fitted there new extension on the house and there half way to building a water station too. As I said the money was not sent but I did send them all the best .
    11 points
  4. Loans are rarely paid back here. Whenever deciding to loan for a good reason, consider it a gift.
    11 points
  5. Many have told stories of bad products and services around the Philippines including myself. However, sometimes we get lucky and find a good one. This time I want to share another good service experience we have had. https://teko.ph/ They are a service company who do installs, service, repair, and cleaning of most all appliances. We had a bad experience with a local guy to clean a aircon and thought we would save a little using and helping out a local guy. While cleaning he damaged and was unable to repair our unit. With Teko you book very easy on line any time and pick the service yo
    11 points
  6. It's OK. They slipped a clause into the system. " Morente said the BI will launch the APIS as soon as technical issues are ironed out to ensure the successful implementation of the scheme." That should take a few years.
    10 points
  7. Exactly right, over 20+ years we have never loaned money only gifting cash and rarely that. Loans simply aren't worth the chance of hard feelings and worse.
    10 points
  8. Wife's work not mine.
    9 points
  9. We have been caught a few times but now, My wife makes anyone sign an agreement, It certainly makes any Borrower think about non Payment, We did have an occasion that we had to take it to the Barangay Captain, He told the Family Haad you either pay or I will have it reported as Estaffa ? You just have to be cruel to be kind for our own peace of mind, They fought back saying it was unlicensed Lending but the Captain said NO. it is a personal issue that you thought you could just ignore
    8 points
  10. Sorry to hear about your problem Jim, Maybe one of the tips below will help settle you. What can I take for wind? More tips for treating trapped wind: Drink warm water. Try adding a drop of peppermint oil to it. Drink herbal tea – chamomile, ginger, dandelion are particularly soothing. Massaging your lower abdomen can get the wind moving. Going for a walk uses gravity to move the gas out of your body.
    8 points
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  12. Any decent electrician would have a live cable detector that he runs along the wall and follows the circuit until it stops. Taking into consideration that the circuit breaker doesn't keep tripping obviously. If it does then he should be disconecting the wiring at the switches and seeing if the circuit breaker stays on. If it does the short is after that point.
    7 points
  13. As the old sayings go "A Rose by any other name would smell as good" and "A difference that makes no difference is no difference"
    7 points
  14. As you noted DaveB, the rules and circumstances continually change. My Asawa and son just returned From PI to here in NW Washington and were lucky entering PI in Dec to do the one test only entering and only 1 day in hotel, as our 6 y.o. would lose his freaking mind if "jailed" for 6 days or more....he was bouncing off City Garden walls after just one day. Sure hope that things ease up by this Fall as we plan our escape back to the Philippines and hopefully Dumaguete when all said and done, as just can't see us hotel confined with the kiddo for any length of time. We've started the give away a
    7 points
  15. Good news! We have new starts now for neem trees, cacao plants and dwarf coconut. Tomorrow we will have several small truck loads of "earth fill" delivered along with some potting soil and a number of decorative plants too. I will post some photos soon. The back, front and side yards are starting to look so much better than during construction. I have planted corn and giant sunflowers outside the compound along the right-of-way. It will likely be a long time before there is any development so, meantime, we are growing things and improving the appearance of the local area. We already
    7 points
  16. WARNING -- RANT ALERT Sovereign and independent nations such as Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Australia are somewhat self sufficient to protect its people and its shores (Australia having a big coastline of 22K miles to protect). However, we are now living in these chaotic times of a global pandemic, spiced with political unrest and ineptitude. And a hungry tiger, salivating in your backyard. You think the good people of Taiwan are a little concern, or look the other way, denying reality? You think the Filipino fishermen are a little concern, now that the Chinese coastguard have auth
    7 points
  17. Well it looks like expats will get the jab here but it has not been stated how much it will cost. COVID knows no nationality: IATF to craft vaccination policy of foreigners in PH Published February 22, 2021, 6:27 PM by Genalyn Kabiling The government pandemic task force is expected to craft a policy on the vaccination of foreigners staying in the country against the new coronavirus disease. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, it is important to have a policy on the vaccination of all people in the country for protection
    6 points
  18. I'm not worried about the cost. I don't think that it would be an unreasonable amount. I'm just glad to hear that we're now included. Now let's hope that vaccines will start to arrive ASAP! Thanks Sonjack for finding this article!
    6 points
  19. It would be very expensive to have a centralized UPS to run all your household appliances including aircon units. Remember these will be run from the UPS battery which would need to be HUGE to cater for the power demand. And you would also need a HUGE pure sine wave inverter which would be very expensive, if such a beast exists! Your UPS should just cater for your essential equipment which you would want to use during a brownout. Computer, internet modem, perhaps a fan and a light or two. You certainly wouldn’t want to run any power hungry items from it. All the UPS’ I have seen for
    6 points
  20. Well, agreed on repayment HK blues, that you can really only go to the well once..
    6 points
  21. Very good advice as trying to get money back here will send you insane with all the excuses which come up.
    6 points
  22. Israel's Ministry of Health released post immunization data after studying 1.7 million citizens who had received both shots of Pfizer's vaccine. Two weeks after receiving both doses, vaccinated Israelis were 95.8% less like to fall ill from Covid-19 and 98.9% less likely to face hospitalization or death. 100,000 doses of Pfizer BioNTech vaccines will be shipped to the Philippines after the company receives an indemnification agreement. Total order is 900,000 doses. The original shipment date was February 12 if the indemnity had been provided earlier. Vaccines manufactured by other c
    6 points
  23. Cheers JGF No doubt the wife will do her usual trick......make me hide under a load of towel's, while she negotiates the price!!!!
    6 points
  24. Jack, we've had strong winds night and day for a couple of days now. It got quiet last night , butnow this morning the wind is starting to kick up again. We took all my herb plants and such inside from the balcony last night just in case.
    6 points
  25. The idea behind a vaccine or health passport is to provide information about your medical status. In exchange, you are given permission to once again visit shopping malls; enjoy entertainment venues; attend sports events; and travel abroad. Israel will use their "green" passport program to add pressure on citizens who refuse to be vaccinated. Their draconian measure may include denial of some government services such as non-renewal of driver's license. This might not be possible in the United States and Great Britain. The more liberal members of their societies will have a huge outcry fol
    6 points
  26. Good deal. Looks like I won't have to water my garden this week.😀 Always look on the bright side of life.😀😁
    6 points
  27. Welcome to the Forum Dude! Once you visit the Phil you will learn that there are a lot of gray areas here, and things vary depending on where you are in the country. But overall, if you are under 65 years old you are free to visit stores, malls and restaurants. When indoors a person must wear a mask and face shield. When outdoor you must wear a mask.
    6 points
  28. Spot on Jim Trouble is some people believe that it will never happen to them!!! Remember my Filipino friend, who thank God survived after 50+ days in hospital. He was in his 30's fit and cycled for miles for exercise. The more we learn about this virus, the more some people try to play it down, the sooner they realise this is a Global Pandemic, the quicker the World can over-come it.
    6 points
  29. I can't speak for myself, but since moving here to Cebu province over six years ago now, my Filipino husband has gotten quite handy at fixing things himself. Having been let down by many a plumber carpenter mechanic etc many times, he decided to take things into his own hands and attempt do many repairs himself. After all he has all the tools that are often borrowed by tradespeople here anyway. Through online research, personal books and watching Youtube DIY topics, he's been able to accomplish quite a few repairs and projects on his own with a great sense of satisfaction. I know that local n
    6 points
  30. Very restrictive living in a shoe box condo, terrace tiny..... best she can do...... CONDO GARDEN
    6 points
  31. As the Everly brothers used to sing: Dream, dream, dream, dream Dream, dream, dream, dream
    6 points
  32. Well, enough of my "warmongering" and doom and gloom topics (apparently, I pissed off a member here). This topic involves a major fight between the Italians, the Brits and the defender New Zealand. The American boat Magic is out of the race after that devastating knockdown which resulted nearly sinking their boat. That large hole allowed all the electronics to be soaked with salt water and had to be repaired and replace. Unfortunately, they could not achieve their original speed performance and was beaten by the Italians, 4 straight in the semi finals of Prada Race series. The America's Cu
    6 points
  33. Chaos in the Skies I've been monitoring the bubble above South China Sea. In the most recent developments, the chaos above the Straits of Taiwan. Only about 100 miles wide and 300 miles long where the "Big Stick" (USS ROOSEVELT) carrier group is currently exercising the freedom of navigation. About twice a month, a US warship would transit through. I believe HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and her escorts are patrolling that area too. I didn't realize our fellow Asian Pacific warriors also have a formidable military. South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Australia -- a
    6 points
  34. Yeah... and even more so on the seas, I fear, Jake. Look at the SCS buildups on disputed islands where nobody has tried to slow them down or stop them? And I also think it may only be a matter of time before the s*** hits the fan somewhere. The Chinese continue to be pushier and pushier worldwide on their apparent domination agenda. They continue to construct, test and deploy more military hardware and personnel. And, it appears that most countries are afraid to push back too hard or too far because they don't want to be crushed or even attacked. Of course, in any situation, the Chinese w
    6 points
  35. Try 'Radio Garden.com'. (Available desktop and app'). It searches for, plays live, and saves for you, almost any radio station in the world, with no interruptions. I have found it to be simple to use, and with excellent quality sound.
    5 points
  36. Yep...that's why we had to run another line to the box, we upgraded the breaker for an A/C unit and I insisted they also upgraded the wiring to match.
    5 points
  37. Perhaps Gandang Smile your generalizing a little here. We all from time to time get the run around and attempted small rip offs which we remember, do we likewise remember the suttle little good experiences like..... Recently during heavy rain my front tyre was flat, walked over the road to the vulcanizer explained its a brand new tyre and I wish not drive it, even slowly. Told him just wait until rain eases and bring a jack over. OK....what happened he immediately came in the down pour, removed wheel, dragged about 200 meters to his shop, effected repair and refitted wheel. When I paid h
    5 points
  38. Sounds to me like you have had a friday afternoon wiring job on your house. The Philippines is notorious for bad electrical fittings and I've had a couple of small shocks in a previous home by poorly wired fittings. Regardless of cost I'd recommend you get a proper electrician with the tools to check the installation. It's not right for some water ingress to just cut the power to upstairs lighting without triping a breaker. The water ingress and poorly installed wiring could lead to areas of your house becoming live which can kill you. An electrician worth his salt will have something
    5 points
  39. There should be a MAIN breaker that controls the whole breaker box... IF that breaker is open... everything would be OFF. Sometimes a tripped breaker looks like it's ON, just a tad below the ON position. When a breaker is tripped, you have to push it OFF and then back ON. With the problems you have had, not sure I would recommend doing it yourself though. If you do, be sure you turn EVERYTHING in the house OFF, reset the breaker, and then turn things on one a a time.... if the main breaker opens again... STOP and get an electrician before doing anything else.
    5 points
  40. We told her if it wasn't paid back we would take it from the kids college fund.😉
    5 points
  41. Two stray kittens I bought home from the park have grown much larger than I expected.
    5 points
  42. Some people are going over the line with personal attacks on a member. STOP IT. Everyone can state their opinion, rebut other opinions, and express feelings without extreme personal attacks.
    5 points
  43. Welcome mate, You may be "abiding" for a while (yes I'm a fan of that movie too). Currently, unless you're a national, married to a national, or have children in PI, you aren't allowed entry. Upon entry, there's a 14 day hotel quarantine period and then if you move between islands, a further 14 day quarantine if, and only if you fulfil movement documentary and other requirements. The situation is in flux right now and they're there's mutterings of a "vaccination passport" but nothing solid yet. I'd suggest you stay in touch with your local PI consulate to stay on top of the changes;
    5 points
  44. Not only that Dave, but if a person is a real "tourist". He/they, get swabbed while in airport quarantine, get released. Get a new swab, go to a hotel in boracay for a week, get a new swab, go to a hotel in Palawan for a week. (repeat for each hotel check in). Heck of a way to revive the tourist industry I can think of better ways to destroy my nasal cavities
    5 points
  45. It would be nice to see a bit of competition of any kind with Smart (Stupid) and Globe. They have had it too easy for too long...
    5 points
  46. Interesting to see how this offer could be seen as inflammatory depending on which side of the fence you're on. P.S. It's not HK passport holders though, it's BNO passport holders and their dependents.
    5 points
  47. In San Carlos City they are referred to as pedicabs. Many more there than any other city I visited. When my daughter was younger and if she got bored we would have the local guy take her a ride with her Tita around the subdivision. It made her happy and us as well for a while.
    5 points
  48. I agree Snowy, super powers to plant their super influences at all corners of the world. The British Empire and how the West was won with the slaughter of the native Americans, comes to mind. I thought we would learn our lesson after we lost so many young men and material in Vietnam. But no, we apparently would rather hate, even today with all the political circuses around the world. But in this case, protecting your country against an enemy just a hundred miles away should be viewed like an intruder busting through your front door. Read the local news from Taiwan. The prime minist
    5 points
  49. And risk getting a bullet in the back, remember where you are.
    5 points
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