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  1. 21 points
    It's with greatful thanks to all those people who prayed for my friend Louie who is now back home with his wife and young son. Louie spent over 50 days in hospital mostly on a ventilator before he was free from the Covid virus. To God be the Glory Amen
  2. 10 points
    This was my very first non-stop flight (14 & 1/2 hours) to the Philippines, and my wife and I slept through most of it. Philippine Airlines is OK, except for their food. Upon arrival in Cebu, my wife and I were tested for COVID-19 with swabs used on our mouths and noses, which was quick and not too painful. While we wait for the results, we are imprisoned in a government-approved quarantine hotel in Lapu-Lapu. Getting the results, which we both expect to be negative, will take 2 -4 days, and if we pass, we'll be issued certificates showing that we're both negative for COVID-19. At that point, we can quarantine at any place of our choosing. The hotel has air-con and Sky TV, plus 3 rice meals each day... not too bad for 2,700 PHP per day,
  3. 10 points
    Here is an update regarding PRA here in Davao: I went there this morning and the director of the local field office here was the one to help me with renewing my SRRV that technically expired on April 24 this year. He told me that the office had reopened for business on June 6. I mentioned that I did not know that and perhaps his office might send out an e-mail or text message to inform "members" of the reopening? He said that a notification had already been sent out, so I told him that I did not receive any... He told me that he would look into that. Apparently they have staggered shift days so, instead of three people being there every day, only one or two are there. They are quite helpful and efficient. They accepted my payment, gave me the proper, legal receipt and I was thus saved from having to go to the Land Bank myself...they did that before and will do that again. That's what I call service! I learned two new things today. First, I was not previously aware that I could pay the annual fee in advance for up to three years. I only had enough cash for two years, but readily paid that. It was P36,720 for the two year payment. They told me the new card would be available in about one month. But, meanwhile, I have a receipt to prove the continuation and payment. Secondly, the director asked where I lived and I told him about the rented apartment and also mentioned that my partner and I were building a new home and showed him some photos. He was very interested. He told me to let him know when it was completed and he would then process some paperwork that will do two things: It will guarantee that I maintain ownership of the constructed building and any improvements on the leased land, regardless about my relationship with my partner. It will also free up my US$10,000 deposit for the visa and allow me to withdraw all of that, in the same manner that foreigners can do if leasing or owning a condo or apartment. So, the real estate will replace the cash deposit as "collateral" for the visa. I asked him further questions and he said this was totally legal and above board and common practice. However he said that not all directors would necessarily go through the drill to do this always because it took some work and time on their part to deal with it. I have always been impressed with this PRA office and today's experience supported those feelings.
  4. 9 points
    I have to ask Edrigo if you have ever visited the Philippines before. It would help to phrase our answers. But to you questions. Most land is privately owned here so most likely if you just camped out you would run the risk of trespassing. 2nd unless you were really in the middle of no where you would be drawing attention to your self big time. 3rd you would need a industrial strength mosquito net, there are all sorts of creepie crawlers here, not counting the two legged kind. But let me give you my personal answer. I spent 33 years in the military, most of it in combat units. I have slept outdoors all over the world in all weather. There is NO WAY on gods green earth I would sleep outdoors here unless I was fully armed had my platoon at my back, was surrounded by barbed wire, claymore mines and had on call artillery targets ready to fire on my position.
  5. 9 points
  6. 8 points
    Hi Joey The story-line; It was Louie's wife who works in the local hospital here in UK, who got the virus first. Louie who also works at the same hospital, then caught it from her, but in a much more severe form, thank God their son showed no symptoms! Some of the local Filipino community rallied round and provided the family with shopping and meals during their ordeal. Thanks for asking.
  7. 7 points
    I got a call again from a friend here in the Philippines about an air con problem. He blew another PCB on his split unit. This follows another call from another friend who said his air con which was installed one year ago is not cooling as it was. Neither call surprised me. The installation of split units here in my experience do not meet the manufacturers installation instructions for one thing. The guy that blew another PCB on an older unit told me he had it cleaned regularly by the initial installer. He said they pressure washed it. There is so much wrong with pressure washing a condensing unit I cannot understand why it is still done, unless it is to kill air cons. It's like pressure washing your car while your laptop is open beside it. The fact that the new air con isn't cooling properly does not surprise me either. These guys pull a vacuum for about 30 minutes with no way to know if the vacuum is enough or holds to meet manufacturers instructions. Also, the units sold are in many cases greatly over-sized. I talked to a manufacturer's rep who I have known for years in Japan about these issues. He said,"Well you must realize we make our money selling the units and parts. If the installer or service people do not follow directions it is not an issue for us as we cannot control them." So my advice to anyone installing a split air con system in the Philippines is to get a copy of the installation instructions from the installer and insist they follow the instructions and monitor them. You will save yourself a lot of money and headaches down the road.
  8. 7 points
    Edrigo, Respect to you for what you are doing and of course if people decide to donate then that is wonderful. Sadly, millions of families across the Philippines have had no work since this virus raised its ugly head, therefore millions have no form of income whatsoever. In many places such as Cebu City as just one example, families are totally locked down, no possibility of work and no money and precious little food coming in, many are truly starving. You mention that the sick child's father has an income of $350 USD per month, that equates to about 17,500 peso. Believe me, that is a monthly income that many here can only dream of.. and that would include normal times. A sick and coughing child is sadly very commonplace here, that might sound a bit heartless but its not meant to be, it's just a matter of fact. Whilst i applaud your effort I could probably find dozens in a far worse situation just on one visit from where i live to town and back. Sad but true and that can be multiplied right across the Philippines at this present time. That said, good luck with your appeal.
  9. 7 points
    So what does "Boating and drinking" have to do with the pandemic you ask? We have a neighbor outside our compound (we will call him "N") who likes to enjoy adult beverages. He and his barkada friend (we will call him "F") got together a few weeks back for a drinking session. It was during the session that N & F decided to do a little fishing in N's banka. For some reason they decided the fishing on the Negros side of Tanon Strait would be better. It is only about 18 to 20 kilometers from Moalboal but they still had some beer left, so off they went. They ran out of beer by the time they reached Negros and decided to put ashore and buy some more. They were met by the authorities who promptly put them both in "enforced" quarantine for 15 days. Who would have thought that boating while being drunk is not on the "excused list" for going inter-island. After the 15 day quarantine they were allowed to leave after being warned not to return. When they arrived back in Moalboal they were met by the authorities on this side of the water. If you guessed 15 more days of quarantine, you guessed correctly. And the tongue lashing he has received from the authorities is nothing compared to what N is getting from his wife. Only in Da Philippines
  10. 7 points
    Did it ever occur to you they were working girls? If I go to Ayala alone I get approached to but its not because they like me its because they are freelancers.
  11. 7 points
    I think that depends upon where in the Philippines that you 'troll the malls'. The attitude I notice towards western men (well me) is very different in Manila than it is in Cagayan De Oro. Not that I'm looking but it's obvious sometimes. And the effect is even more pronounced if I visit Ozamiz. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the effect of 'mall trolling' is inversely proportional to the number of foreign guys in the area.
  12. 7 points
    I used to live in Washington state and am familiar with the weather there. When Old55 says "short summer months" he is stretching the truth quite a bit. Last year in Seattle summer happened to fall on a Thursday and the people who had to work were really pissed.
  13. 7 points
  14. 7 points
    Heeb, when you On a BB stamp you are undocumented so no one really knows you are here so there is no need for an ECC, You can't get a BB Stamp on your Return if your wife is Not with you, The Stamp is a one off so if you leave before the expiry of the current one, You will forfeit the remainder of time left, Sad to say, that things will be a long time before it all gets sorted but would say Best of Luck to you on this my friend
  15. 7 points
    From what I see lately is to be an expat you must like discussing statistics and graphs and go over the same thing until the cows come home. Hope you fit in.
  16. 7 points
    Hi TerryP welcome to the forum. Good luck with your future endevours but take things slowly and one step at a time. The Philippines at times defies logic to freshly landed Westerners and even some of the more seasoned veterans. There's legal law and laws of probability here. Each one can be interpretated depending on what day of the week, what side of the bed those involved in get out of and who is connected to who. Deal with the annulment first before spending a single peso in any business, write this out one thousand times and place it on the fridge, CR and above the TV. I had a partner for two years who is married with a daughter and abandoned by her partner, he is/was an Overseas Foreign Worker who only has enough contact with the daughter to keep his head above water. There are laws that fathers must pay maintenance and he pays the bare minimum as his visa depends on it. It's true that you can go to jail for adultery even though the husband has abandoned his wife but there are family courts the wife can go to where she can get a certificate of abandonment. This will give you and her some protection in law from accusations of adultery. It could save you in 99% of cases but if you get a religious judge you could still do time. Ensure your partner seeks advice on this, not being funny but get concrete evidence that she does it as many will say they will do something here but doing it is a whole new ball game. The reason why you "MUST" get an annulment before spending a peso is you are a foreigner ripe for the picking. You spend your Worldly savings on a business which won't be in your name and the husband appears crying adultery, or his family or a greedy family member get involved and you get reported, at best your visa will be cancelled, you blacklisted and kicked out of the country, never to return. Goodbye savings.
  17. 6 points
    If you look at the US Embassy web page you will be able to apply for and get a Travel pass that will allow you to move from your home to your local airport. I have received emails from the embassy about them and a relative of ours received oneto move from their home in the province to Manila. This is a diplomatic pass approved between governments and will allow you to move under ecq
  18. 6 points
    I suspect the majority of police in Philippines are honest hardworking folks. However I'm with you Graham, enough news stories over the years have led me to avoid any contact with police if at all possible. That maybe an overreaction but why take the chance.
  19. 6 points
    We went out to the home site again yesterday morning and spent hours there... Mostly, I just sort of wandered around looking here and there while L rattled on and on with the foreman, electrician, welder... I am so glad to have her there when we go. .. So now the railing is lowered. Here you can see the small terrace off the "library" or third guest bedroom. It is also next to the small wet bar where I will be able to get my Tanduay, beer in the afternoons or make coffee for us in the mornings. There will just be enough space for a tiny table and two people to sit and enjoy. The stair project continues... I had no idea how complex or challenging creating this staircase would be. The wood has been sanded down and so is now covered to minimize damage from foot traffic. They should install the railings in a few days... Note also on the lower left - our first furniture is already here!!! Not being as talented or having a nice workshop as @Mike J, we ordered up a dining room table and chairs to be made of difficult-to-get hardwood from a province. So it is sitting there patiently waiting for us to enjoy our first at-home feast... I just want pizza and beer!!!!!! A huge coil of the 3/4" waterline that will run from the main road connection to the home - about 170 metres all up. The electrical panel now has circuit breakers installed - two 60 amp breakers at the top for the main service and then 30 amp breakers for each air/con unit and water heater, 20 amp for the lighting and outlet circuits. And I had to laugh... without me even saying a word, the Sparky told me he would label all the breakers... This guy really is a pro! I could clearly read "General Electric, i.e. GE" on the switches. Nice, clean installation so far.
  20. 6 points
    To be honest I'm not a party animal and neither are the Korean and Chinese. They tend to stay in the high end resorts and seam to come to a tropical paradise to hide away from the sun. They literally leave their resorts, walk along Dmall and a few of the other restaurant areas for food then back to their resorts. Even peak season you'll only see a few on the 4.5km of beach during the day. At 5:30pm they are like ants on the beach to watch the stunning sunsets and then they eat in the restaurants and go to bed. You can walk past Willy's rock to station one most days even in peak season and it's empty. The high end resorts there have nice pools and shade from the sun. I'm currently averaging about ten seconds face to face conversations daily. It's that quiet. I've enclose a couple of photos taken today and one with high tide taken the other day.
  21. 6 points
    Back Again...Here's a tale of the "new guy" on the forum. I kept getting email notices about this conversation thread, and I kept following the link only to see the same thread I'd been reading for the last couple weeks. Then yesterday I had an "ah ha" moment - I did not know this thread was up to 4 pages. Never noticed the "page" indicator on the bottom. So I kept looking at page 1, and y'all have moved along way past that. Duh. Anyway...to respond to a couple statements. I was in Boracay the first week of March. I thought that was Malay Province, and Aklan was actually south of there, so I may have mis-spoke about my exploration there. My purpose was to cruise up and down between Caticlan and Kalibo and see how it compared as a contender for moving to the Philippines. I stayed in Boracay partly because that was where all the hotels and Air BnBs were, and partly because my brother was tagging along with some of his adult kids, so thought it would be a fun place for them. Boracay tourism was really down at that point - the South Korea version of COVID-19 was just hitting its stride. My wife and I ate brunch one morning at one of the upscale resorts and the waiter told me out of 200 rooms, they only had 11 occupied.. The van company I used to get from Kalibo up to Boracay had a great guy who really knew his way around and we used him for a day with one of their drivers to repeat the trip between Kalibo and Boracay - but off the beaten path and all over the boonies for about 8 hours. My mother in law is from a farm up in the hills above Kalibo and I had been there before. Was kind of impressed with how clean and laid out the city is. We were also looking at things around Nabas. We were on some wide open beaches in between Kalibo and Nabas - nice area. I had mentioned earlier that I have some specific criteria we're seeking. That area meets some of it, but some of would be a bit bothersome to work out. We've moved it to third on our "preference" list. (One thing I came away with was the surprise at the changes in Boracay. I had first visited there about 20 some years ago. At that time, there were no departure/docking terminals at either end of the boat trip. You just went down to the dock, there was a guy there directing people to boats like they were taxis, you paid, you went. When you got to the island, there was no jetty. The boat stopped off shore and dropped a ramp, you went down into knee deep water, and you waded ashore. Then when you got across the beach, there you were - in front of mult-bazillion dollar Hilton. Typical Philippine schizophrenic experience.) We left Caticlan after a couple days, and spent five days roaming around Dumaguete. Liked it, though I liked the area around Dauin best. Then flew up to Manila and got there 36 hours before the Manila airport quarantine kicked in that stopped all domestic flights from landing there. Dodged that bullet. We flew back to the US two days later. Of course, haven't been able to go back since. We had planned on going back in April to check out the greater Subic City/Olongapo/Freeport zone area. Right now, the virus is causing us problems at both ends. My wife retires next February, so we can't deal with a 14 day quarantine to spend a week looking at more potential places to live. Meanwhile, my application for a 13A visa is on hold (my wife is a dual citizen) - the Pierce County Sheriff Dept that has police jurisdiction over where I've lived the last 22 years is not fielding any requests for things like Police Clearance until the County goes to "phase 3" of moving past the lock down policies. At the rate the whole damn US is going, we may never get past where we are. My Plan B is that we might just end up flying in March, get a Balikbayan visa at the airport, go into the 14 day quarantine (since we'll both be retired at the point, we won't care much), then go up to Subic for a while and finish the exploration we wanted to do this year. We'll have our world packed into two suitcases and two balikbayan boxes. so we'll be mobile and fairly flexible to sort it out . But still hoping we can get to a better place before the year is out and get the visa in place, at the least. Another quirk to interject into the journey - dealing with the Philippine Statistic Authority (PSA). As my wife was setting up things for her dual citizenship and new passport, the consulate wanted the new PSA birth certificate. She has birth certificates printed back in the 80s and 90s from the Mabalacat courthouse. Since they were in a transition period, they took those. But we ordered her new one form PSA. It came back with a different birth year! Only way to fix that is petition the court to correct the birth year. So we had done that and had a court date (finally) of March 31 (which is why were going to do a Subic tour in April). The virus blew that away, and that whole fiasco is also hanging - though we luckily got all her paperwork done using her old birth certificates. Still - it's something we want to fix. Feels like something that will just come back and be a hassle some day. Glad I started this whole immigration thing 2 years early.
  22. 6 points
    I was having lunch at Ayala while my wife shopped and a young lady offered to "join me for lunch". I told her the last time my wife saw me with someone else she chased her with a bolo.
  23. 6 points
    I don't think we should lie to ourselves boss, there's plenty of great looking women in their 20s/30s from the west but they aren't interested in the majority of expats living in the Philippines. Good looking Filipinas in their 20s/30s are though
  24. 6 points
    That's not the 1st word that comes to mind!
  25. 6 points
    I think the word you're looking for there is 'up-skirters'
  26. 6 points
    I wonder if these "Mall Trolls" are the same guys who sit at the strategically placed coffee stalls next to escalators/stairways?
  27. 6 points
    By the way, for OnMyWay. I realize I may have been a bit disparaging about living in the Freeport Zone. Hope you didn't take it as a personal affront that you decided to live there. I'll apologize for any off the cuff comment about the area, especially from someone who hasn't yet been there (and I do intend to tour it, too). I just happen to enjoy the bustle and "going native" feel of the country - seems like it's cheating if you don't hear a rooster crowing nearby. Perhaps after a year or so of wallowing in it, I might be at your door step wondering if you have a room to rent. Gotta give it a try and find out.
  28. 6 points
    Good. This is an Expat forum. The coronavirus topics are only meant for advice on what we can do, do we need a pass, what flights are happening ETC but we are not a dedicated Corona forum so start a Facebook group and enjoy.
  29. 6 points
    It's been pretty much standard practice for savvy ex-pats in any country that they reside in not to get involved in local politics period. I refuse to talk politics or criticise even if I'm just talking to relatives and that includes talking about U.S. politics as it invites comparisons. Keep your head down. Always a wise policy.
  30. 6 points
    Not to worry, you will have plenty of opportunities to break down once you move here and start dealing with the Philippine bureaucracy
  31. 5 points
    OK sunshine now research and put up some stories from around the World, After 20 odd years connected and 12 living here my rose colored glasses are long gone, and just so you can troll some more, I have been a Foreigner somewhere for over 35 years and lost count of the Countries I have lived, spent much time in, maybe you are just another one that just does not want to be here
  32. 5 points
    Disgraceful, and doesn't surprise me in the least. Their country. Their (all too often) despicable police behaviour. If I see police officers in this country I cross the street to avoid them. Their reputation is frightening. Keeping a low profile, as a foreigner is wise, IMO....considering what can happen to the locals who do actually HAVE some rights...in theory.
  33. 5 points
    Well... if your family is there and you aren't (like a lot of OFW) and you're jobs gone why wouldn't you want to come back. And there are plenty of couples who've ended up separated (I'm one of them) because they got caught overseas when lockdowns started. In theory I'm entitled to a spouse visa to bring SWMBO here, in practice the government aren't granting many of them even for married couples let along De Facto ones. If I could go there then I'd consider it (subject to the difficulties, safety and expense of getting there). I find the airport procedures updates useful.
  34. 5 points
    Ass, Gas or Grass; nobody advertises for free.
  35. 5 points
    Not at all offended... but I think you used a picture of the wrong Pope
  36. 5 points
    I suggest it was a judgement call. The photos by themselves do not break any forum rules, whereas links and advertising do. The fact that some members commented suggests a level of amusement or interest.
  37. 5 points
    There are an alloted amount of motorcycles allowed on the island and I'm fortunate enough to have one. Still plenty of tricycles about and I also have a mountain bike. Personally I like to walk the beach to get to where I want. 4.5km of lovely white sand and aquamarine seas. The island is just over 7km long and 600m wide in places. Probably 1km at it's widest.
  38. 5 points
    or.... they could simply just ask my wife and my IL's.... they seem to know every step I've ever taken
  39. 5 points
    Time, patience and a realistic idea why the person may be attracted to you is the main thing you will require. Use social media to your advantage. More than one Facebook account sets alarm bells ringing and lots of drama and foreigner likes. They just can't help themselves when it comes to Facebook and you'll see a more accurate version of them if you do your homework. I've learned a lot from Filipino partners as they could put Sherlock Holmes to shame with their detective skills. Previously I've talked to some allegedly nice girls until I've started researching. Thirty minutes on Facebook checking them and their friends out then linking one or two accounts together you may find they have a few personalities. If they don't share a link to a Facebook account showing family, school friends etc they are hiding something. I've found nice Province girls with seperate accounts showing them travelling around the usual tourists sites and living in nice hotels yet they have no money for a load for their phone. Others their Facebook is littered with non stop love quotes and drama. Saying they will sort out x, y and z for causing trouble in their relationship.
  40. 5 points
    I guess you've answered all of JDDavao's questions right there!
  41. 5 points
    I think the secret is not be too aggressive, just go to the mall and try on a shirt in the men's department or something, I've been flirted on even with my wife with me, I'm not allowed out to the mall by myself anymore. That being said, who knows the story of the girls flirting on me, my niece works in an SM store in Laguna, and she is late thirties but has three kids and a granddaughter, her husband is awol, not the ideal women to date for sure.
  42. 5 points
    My advice is to answer the following honestly, to yourself: 1. If there are 12 million women in my own country that I cannot have a successful relationship with, what makes me think I will find a successful relationship in the Philippines? 2. Is it really a relationship I'm looking for? 3. Why the Philippines?
  43. 5 points
    Filipnas who know that you are a newbie will enjoy putting you through a variety of emotions. Learn the game and how its played and learn fast. Do not believe the numerous and various sob stories until you fully and completely trust who you are with. The ladies can sometimes be very creative in getting you to part with your pera ( money ). But dont treat all as bad or money hungry. Let them earn your trust. Be careful of those who have tampo attacks ( extreme moodiness ) careful of those who ask and expect things as gifts etc. Treat them as you would like to be treated. and you may be delightfully suprised. Also be aware of when a Filipina goes silent suddenly. Its generally the start of some drama or other. Every girl knows all the numerous and various dating sites so go and enjoy those and have fun on them, but recognise that every girl talks to many guys at same time. And yes only start talking once you are on the ground. It gives you an automatic increased chance versus the guy stuvk in his moms basement many many miles away. Be fairly honest about what you arel ooking for..... but again do not state its your first time here.... that will attract the sharks in the water. Oh and do video call with any prospects... there are many ladies who have an appendage that doesnt occur a biological female. Its a great life here once you know some of the rules and have some good and bad experiences here. Others might disagree but dont go all in at once.. ie dont give up all the details of your life , full name, date of birth, pasport details etc from the outset. Some girls can be a tad too friendly with the police and again , your money is their aim. No need to lie but just dont provide details of your life that could be used against you. Hopefully this doesnt sound too alarmist. Just be on your guard. Me, been visiting here since about 1982, and have lived here over 10 years so i've learnt just a bit. Oh and one final thing.. if you find a girl with whom everything works, dont be too enthusiastic to get a ring on her finger. Take your time. Repeat, take yout time. Repeat again, TAKE YOUR TIME And if you find one whos made your life hell, get on a plane, a new place always creates new experiences.
  44. 5 points
    The Philippine dating scened has changed so much in the last decade that any tips I have to offer are no longer valid. In fact, much of the advice about dating that you will hear is outdated. I would encourage you to ask specific questions if you are looking for specific advice.
  45. 5 points
    Thanks to "On my Way" for taking the time to cruise through my post and respond with some great insights. I might mention, I was on a different ex-pat forum for a while and all I saw was a lot of pissed off people arguing politics, complaining about everything on the planet, and chucking rocks at one another. Never got any decent information flow going. I was reminded of a line I heard: "some people aren't happy unless they're mad". This forum has been just the opposite, so kudos to any members reading this. It's been refreshing to find some people willing to help with good info. To address some of your thoughts, we do intend to rent rather than buy (I sold my house as a first step to leaving the US, and prefer to just not get tied down...we are going into this with more of an "extended vacation" mentality, so want the flexibility to bounce if we feel like it). I'm a bit adverse to the free port zone - seems more like living in San Diego than the Philippines, which kind of undercuts some of the general reason we're moving to the Philippines in the first place. We will have a decent income stream, so willing to pay a bit more for rent if we find just the right thing. Our general plan is to just hole up in a monthly rental some place for a month or two, and then use that to chase down a longer term lease/rental arrangement. Appreciate the insight on the extra driving time. It lends a bit more credence to the idea of maybe living more to the east, but that is based entirely on me looking at Google Earth. Gotta get out there and drive around and see if it is somewhere I want to live. In that regard, would love to get your van contact info. I'll file it for now, until we can put our return trip together. My current understanding is if we flew into Clark today, we'd have to go through 14 days of quarantine, and since my wife still works, that eats her vacation up right there. I'm hoping that lets up before end of year, but at the worst, we'll just immigrate in March, hole up for the two weeks (maybe at my mother in law's house), and go from there. Regardless, I'd love the van owner contract info, and I can work with him to set up transportation for us before we get there. Might even consider having him meet us at Clark. If you happen to think of something additional to pass my way, I'd appreciate you dropping me a note. If anyone else on the forum has inputs on this discussion, also love to hear from them. My next near term big event is to get my 13A visa going. Thanks again.
  46. 5 points
    The thing is it gets very boring and old fast to answer the same questions over and over every time a new member joins up. Most new members dont read anything in previous threads related to their questions and go straight to ask a question as if its something never asked before. So if someone suggests they use the search box to try to find an answer first I dont think thats a bad thing.
  47. 5 points
    Well, my foil backed insulation is double walled ie foil backed on both sides. It stops the heat from the sun penetrating through much better. Worth paying a bit more.
  48. 5 points
    Today was exciting for us at the home site... We met with two engineers who work for the window company we chose - Philips Glass - to finalize the window configurations. It was good that we all were there because we made a few more changes regarding which windows will open and where they will be located. So now we wait about a week or so for them to manufacture the windows, then it will take about a week for them to install them. As soon as the kitchen windows are installed, the kitchen cabinet company will come in and install the cabinets... Meanwhile, the boys were installing the roofing over the laundry/CR/dirty kitchen areas along with styrofoam insulation with foil backing. They were also working on the roofing over the top of the house, finally. I want to ask them why that was scheduled as one of the last items rather than earlier on... They will need to make some adjustments because the original roof design was rather flat and the foreman was concerned that it would not drain properly or completely from the embossed pattern of the steel. They will raise the high side of the roof an additional 20 cm in order to increase drainage flow. And the electrician has been a very busy guy! He has already installed many "pin" lights (that we call "can" lights in USA), two ceiling fans and some dome lights too. I think he has also installed at least some of the "cove" lights. Downspouts from the roof drains. The new gutter and roofing preps over the CR, laundry and dirty kitchen. Roofing going in over the laundry and dirty kitchen. You can easily see the foil part of the insulation. Roofing ready to install... Big-ass roll of insulation ready to go. Living room 52" ceiling fan - Westinghouse. I wanted Hunter, but Wilcon is discontinuing that line and I didn't trust something else that they carry called "Laze?" or something like that. Never heard of it but have heard good things about Westinghouse. Note also the pin lights installed. We chose a type that has plastic covers which will prevent insects from getting inside. A smaller ceiling fan for the dining area....and more pin lights! Pin light and dome light installed in the downstairs guest bedroom. My supervisor on the roof deck enjoying the view and testing the new safety railings. There will be a small awning over the door from the stairs to the roof deck. Summing it up for today - we are pleased.It's still slower than we would like, but we think the work is being done correctly. I am sure the foreman is shaking his head sometimes when considering some of our ideas... But he goes along with them and points out potential problems that we don't always catch. So I bought them 2 bottles of Tanduay and just one for me...! And always a big thank you to the boys for their work.
  49. 5 points
    Welcome to Philippines Expat Forum Kingcoil. We would be pleased to answer any Expat related living in Philippines questions and we have a host of ccp virus experts on hand as well. However we don't answer homework questions you have to do your own economics homework. Sorry.
  50. 5 points
    Hi there mate and welcome. Annulment can be an expensive and convoluted exercise in PI, there are some on these forums that have gone through the process that can comment on that. Just remember, unlike most western countries, there is no "no fault divorce" in PI, so unless certain relatively extreme circumstances can be proven, it's not going to happen. As Eddie said, be careful of vengeful or ex's attempting to extort money; you could find yourself on the wrong end of PI's adultery laws which do carry prison terms. I was married in PI in February, so I can tell you to documents required: Certified copies of birth certificates for both of you. Certified copies of valid ID for both of you - we used passports A Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) - Issued by your embassy in PI, it's an affadavit that you're no longer married in your country of origin. You'll need to take originals of any proof of dissolution of previous marriages. PI will not accept a CNI issued outside of PI under any circumstances, this is not negotiable, you must have this processed by your embassy in PI. A CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage Record) for both of you - This is issued by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) proving that neither of you are married within PI. In our case, a death certificate of The Angry Midget's (my wife) first husband, also issued by PSA. Proof that one of you permanently resides in the barangay you wish to be married in. If neither of you has ID stating proof of that residence, you can obtain an affadivit from the local barangay captain in person. Your mileage may vary as to the cost of the "donation" or his/her attitude towards westerners. In the case of a civil marriage, a certificate from the local city hall that you've both been through a day long group counselling session - the content of which has to be seen to be believed. I assume that there's a similar document that can be issued by a priest/minister in the case of church wedding. Either way, you're going to need it to obtain: Marriage licence - that is issued by the local town hall 10 days after you've filed and paid for the application with all the above paperwork. Fees for the licence will vary by location, but the PSA fees are set. All up we spent approximately 7k PHP wtih the actual marriage fee at the Hall of Justice. In the case of Dumaguete, agents/fixers are not allowed, the licence phase must be completed in person, no clue about anywhere else. Also of note, we had to present licence and all the above documents at the local Hall of Justice when organising the date and judge to conduct the ceremony, the licence alone is not enough. Personally, I'd allow about 2 weeks for the entire process. Once you're married, register the marriage at PSA. Also helpful: The patience of Job. A sense of humour. A good playlist on a music streaming service for the interminable waiting at various stages. Beer. Remember, it's their country, their laws and rules, you're the visitor. I made a series of posts in the relevant forum going into more detail on our specific experiences, if I can find them, I'll link them. I hope this has helped and good luck!! Edit: In the case of a civil wedding, as @Jack Peterson witnessed at my ceromony, you may also be good naturedly "cross-examined" by the presiding judge as to your motivations. Make no mistake, the questions are quite probing and asked in all seriousness in their intent. Nod, smile and be polite, friendly and respectful is the best advice I can give.
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