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  1. I fully understand that my opinion is just that ... my opinion. After only 4 weeks here I've had enough, i don't like it! Maybe I haven't given it a proper chance but I'm going with my gut instincts and they have always served me well in the past. I came to PH from Thailand with every intention of settling down with my girl and seeing the rest of my days out. No problems with my extremely intelligent girl, she has her own beautifully furnished 4 bed house in a gated community with a live-in maid, a good viable business, great neighbours, fantastic family etc. Not once have I been asked to make a contribution to anything (obviously I have). All the people I've met have been so friendly and it's been great to have an intelligent conversation about almost any subject. I'm comparing to my 10 years in Thailand living on the outskirts of a provincial city .... The same scenario as here in Iloilo. So what went wrong? It's so expensive here. (except the booze which is ridiculously cheap) Food costs are 50-100% more for many basic items especially meat. Choice of foodstuffs is limited and I'm not talking about western foods. I find the food bland in the restaurants and also with the family home cooking. I like rice but not with every dish and certainly not for breakfast. I don't want to be eating separately from everyone else. Utility costs are 50% higher + frequent power outages and water supply cuts. They don't last long but still a pita. They happen in Thailand but not to the extent of here. The infrastructure maintenance is poor. In Thailand it seems so much more modern with bike lanes etc. Public transport is poor. Taxis are great though and affordable. I like to play competitive badminton even at my age. The club courts I visited are sadly outdated and again expensive. I'm a football fan, not into basketball. It's great to have a close community but it's a little too much with the constant 'marites' that goes on in the street. Immigration is expensive. Both countries have hoops to overcome but Thailand does offer more in the way of incentives. Medical costs are quite affordable in Thailand and the standards of care I believe are better. I had to have a course of rabies vaccination here .... A small dog bite clinic (that's another story) My honest opinion is the Philippines is way, way behind Thailand in almost every aspect of amenities and lifestyles available to a western guy, even if he is willing to give it a go and try to adapt to a different way of life. I understand the transport of goods from one island to another increases overall costs but even locally produced goods in the market are over-priced and of a poor quality by my standards. It's not all about money but that is an important factor, it's about general well-being and overall contentment with life. I'm not going to find it here, much to my disappointment. The few foreigners I've seen here looked sad, almost as though they are in a trap with no chance of escape. If I could take my girl to Thailand or even to another part of the Philippines I would give it a go but sadly her life is in Iloilo / Bacolod. Bless her, she understands. I've travelled around different areas of Thailand, from the tourist areas to where I lived in Isaan, the food bowl of Thailand. I'm not saying it's all good and it depends on what you want out of life but I definitely believe the pros outnumber the cons. As for the women ....... Certainly 'slimmer' than Filipino's but most haven't got the intellect or the ability to comprehend even the most basic of English, unlike here. Learn Thai they shout ..... No thanks it's better that I can't understand you! JMHO.
    13 points
  2. As the subject says, how did you meet your wife/partner/girlfriend? I'm genuinely curious given the amount of horror stories in other threads - according to some of the advice it's a wonder any of us are in a relationship with a Filipina at all. For me, I met my wife on a dating site. Anecdotally, it appears we're one of the very rare success stories going down this path. We met online just on 9 years ago, had an interesting journey, and have been married since February 2020. How about the rest of you?
    11 points
  3. I met my wife purely by accident in Folkestone while shopping, she was in the UK on a family visit. she came and lived with me for the rest of her 6 months stay. I was invited to come to the Philippines for a holiday, so I came for a month. I paid for her annulment, and her visa to get married in the UK. We married and lived in the UK for 2 years, found it too expensive to live there for the two of us, so we decided to live in the Philippines. She came back and found a house, where we currently live, so all the stuff from the UK was sent here, including the 2 German shepherds. We are happy here, the marriage seems to work well, she deals with all the admin, she's a retired teacher and we are both of a similar age.
    11 points
  4. Well at least you won't die wondering You gave it a shot mate, and even after 6 months here myself I can see the downsides compared to Thailand (yes I've spent a lot of time there), but as they say, each to their own and for reasons I can't put my finger on, I just prefer PI. I guess it comes down to a nearly finished developing country (if you could even still call Thailand that, I have my doubts) compared to The Philippines, which is still very much in the throws of growing pains I'm not sure it will ever grow out of. Best of luck mate
    10 points
  5. I was in jail in Cebu for refusing to pay a bribe. My future Sweetie had a hobby of collecting books and magazines for prisoners, which she delivered every week. I had read some of Dr. Jose Rizal's literature, which is among her favorite reading material. We had a couple of really good conversations, and she got her uncle, the only honest policeman in Cebu, to facilitate my release. We then dated for 2 weeks and were married in 3. Well, that's what I tell people, anyway. We've been together for 30 years.
    10 points
  6. I had already been to Philippines two times when I met my wife, in Sweden! I was doing work in her apartment and we started talking about my trips to the Philippines. It turned out that she got divorced two years earlier. We liked each other and have now been together for almost 27 years and married for the last 3. Can't marry a stranger 😉. I guess we are also different in that she is 9 years older than me. We live a good and happy life.
    10 points
  7. Internet dating site. I read 1000s of "who am I what am I looking for" short blurbs from all over the world. After reading these and doing a bit of research I decided to start communicating with Filipinas as they seemed to espouse the character traits I was looking for. I also purchased and read the book "Culture Shock Philippines". The site I used had a set of filters including min/max height and weight, min/max age, children yes/no, children in the house yes/no, education level, religion, maybe some other that I cannot remember now. I set the filters and communicated with those that met the criteria(big head) and looked attractive (little head). Those who were dressed in any type of revealing clothing (plunge tops etc.) were excluded. I ended up with a set of manila file folders set up to keep track of correspondence (chats) and photos from the ladies. Over a period of about a year I reduced the list down to two that I decided I needed to meet in person. I was honest with both and explained that I wanted to meet and spend time with each of them when I came to the Philippines. One was okay with that, the other said; "That is not being fair to the other Filipina". So I was forced to make a choice between which one I wanted to meet. I flew to the Philippines and spent three weeks learning more about the lady who told me it would not be fair to see both in person. We have been married 17 years now, eight year in the USA, nine years here in the Philippines.
    10 points
  8. My wife was suggested to me by her cousin in 1998 so I knew she was from a good family and a decent person. She was also listed in a Mail Order Bride magazine called Cherry Blossoms. My wife and I exchanged letters and agreed to meet briefly in Cebu City while I was on my way to Sequior to SCUBA dive. A coworkers wife suggested her niece who was smoking hot and sweet so I was more interested in the niece. After first meeting the niece I knew she was not for me. As soon as I met my wife I became aware she was very special so I remained in Cebu getting to know each other. After returning to Cebu in 1998 I knew she was worth taking a chance on. We got married in 1999 and have been very happy.
    10 points
  9. I met my wife 36 years ago as she was coming out of a restaurant. She always rolls her eyes when I tell people it was love at first sight. Don't get me wrong, she can be bat shit crazy like any woman but 99% of the time when she smiles at me it makes me feel like the first time we met.
    9 points
  10. The wife ( well the ex wife ) met in a nightclub in Hong Kong. She was with a group of fellow filipinas who all worked with a very well known Asian airline. That led to marriage, kids and a huge amount of discounted travel ( 90% off !) all around the world. Eventually, after over 20 years wife and I had different interests expectations and motivations. GF I met from a dating sight....she was shy but looking for adventure in her life might be the best description. That was 4 years ago and we continue to smile, travel and enjoy life with very few arguments, zero jealousy and a tampo attack once a year max. Way simpler and satisfying ( to me ) than being married.
    9 points
  11. I'm sure he will meet his match when he comes here as the girls are becoming more street wise. A good friend who had found the " one " has just found out the hard way the meaning of the long game, he had been living with a girl for about 2yrs who he worshipped, never asked or a peso and was pretty laid back. He supported her and her family all through the covid lockdowns as he was stuck in the UK. Over two years without seeing her he eventually made it back to the Philippines to be given the good news it was over. He then resorted to try and find a girl online and chatted to quite a few who were happy to come and visit him if he paid their travel expenses, needless to say he sent the money and no one appeared but he gave me a good laugh. Over the last couple of weeks he had convinced one to visit him in Puerto Galera but on route her van had flat tyre, no spare and no replacement van until Monday, this was on the Saturday. He sent her money for food etc and obviously she had missed the boat so would need a new ticket. Monday morning he gets the message saying she's on her way by ship to Puerto Princesa by mistake, send more money for the trip back lol. Like a good sucker he gave her a little money and ended up talking to another girl and invited her to Puerto Galera also. Some money was sent, photos exchanged etc and she was on her way, 5hrs later he gets a message saying she has gone to Puerto Princesa by mistake, send more money. I told him he was being royaly screwed and those girls either work in a boiler room chatting up Westerners and reading off a script or are friends, they both according to him lived a good distance apart. He told her he knew it was a scam so stop wasting his time and that another girl had done the same to him with the same excuses. It gets better though, 6hrs later he gets a message from the second girl explaining she has landed in Puerto Princesa and believe it or not has bumped into a girl from Manila who is stranded there and said she was going to meet a guy in Puerto Galera. She then sent a photo of both of them together as proof and it was the other girl, send money and they will both travel to Puerto Galera together and both will spend time with him. lol I'll add there are no boat from Batangas to Puerto Princesa and if there was it would take over 12hrs.
    9 points
  12. To acquire my Thai licenses I showed them my valid UK license and that was it, 30 mins later I was walking out. To renew my licenses 5 years later I had to do the co-ordination test ( line up two posts with sticks attached to string) colour blind test and brake reaction test then watch a video. No big deal. I'll disagree with that statement. The SRRV has more hoops to go through than the Thai retirement extension (not a visa). From what I've read anyway. Totally agree with you. I was in the fresh food supply industry for over 30 years, my interest in food has never waivered hence I have a keen eye regarding prices and quality. Just got back from a visit to the local wet market and a major supermarket. The Philippines is definitely 50% + more expensive on most items, especially meat and certainly more variety back here. As I said before utilities, even drinking water are far more dearer in PI. Anyways, everyone can have a different opinion which is what makes life more interesting. I'm back in my old stomping ground looking forward to my badminton tonight. The local street dogs are pleased to see me again (I always leave a bowl of water out). Great to be eating semi-spicy food and cooking a full roast dinner washed down with a watery Thai beer that's expensive and tasteless! . I enjoyed my time in the Philippines but for me there's absolutely no way I could live there, I miss my Thai lifestyle too much! Cheers guys, all the best to you all.
    8 points
  13. Steveeeeeeeeeee could we loan some money to a sister , NO . Then I get a full explanation of this great idea the sister is doing but she has not got the funds to do it , she is buying a bargain condo for 1.2 million peso for her daughter to stay while she is going to college to save her from travelling the 30 km there each day , yes I know that travel in the Philippines can take hours but surely there could be other alternatives like sharing students accommodation for the time she will be there. Anyway 100,000 peso deposit is what they thought I would give them to help out , that’s never going to happen , but I am not that mean so I have offered our house in Marikina that she could use for free it’s about the same distance to this Patts college and I did give them the Facebook sites for house sharing around the college too, hope all this free information will help the family , but I don’t so , cash is still king in there minds not free advice
    8 points
  14. Here's some pretty good advice from "The Filipina Pea". Agree or not with all the points, I personally think she's on the mark with most of them. I think you could add: Don't expect the country to change for you, it's their country, you need to adapt to the country.
    8 points
  15. I will never live in any country that makes me feel as if I need to have a gun to be safe. There are too many countries to choose from to live. Having lived in and visited the Philippines for over 30 years I feel pretty safe. I feel safer here than in the USA. Thankfully not many mass murders here at schools, grocery stores, concerts, churches etc as in the USA. Here it is honor, political or just drunks being drunk settled with bolos, victims get stitches and get on with life.
    8 points
  16. Met my wife online purely by luck as i was about to log off of the site i was on ! I flew to the Philippines in April 2002 and married my wife on my Birthday April 17th the wife joined me later in the UK . We retired to the Philippines in 2011 we are still happily married i am truly in Paradise !
    8 points
  17. My wife's family is different, they descend on the food like a flock of buzzards going for a dead wildebeest. And I love it because they are my family now, and they get to eat food they normally cannot afford. It is just a joy to see them eat and celebrate life.
    8 points
  18. What you're looking for is not a Girl Friend.
    8 points
  19. I didn't really want to get into disecting ThaiWolf's comments for fear of being accused of being defensive towards Iloilo (again) but we have all of those here in Iloilo as well. Cycle lanes thin on the ground admittedly but there are some. Brownouts are running at about 3 a month and all under an hour , never had a water outage in the last year or more. All of this is in my area. YMMV. As you say, it's all about location and not just within the country but within the province and even city. For the avoidance of doubt, I know this reads as a defence of Iloilo, and it is, but I think ThaiWolf has maybe been unlucky in his choice of location and perhaps hasn't experienced other parts of the province. The case for the defence rests M'Lud!
    7 points
  20. Due to my previous occupation I have spent considerable time in Asia. I will agree that Thailand has many advantages, especially the medical care which is world class. I also enjoyed my time in Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and Singapore. Were I wealthy I would have retired in Singapore. However, for me Philippines is a nice mix of advantages and disadvantages that balance each other out. English is taught here which is an advantage. Is it understood here? Somewhat but it's a start for someone who is weary of learning other languages . Cost of living is low. I find the food available to be to my liking though at times I miss the variety available outside the major population areas. Driving and roads are a horror in the provinces. Most people are not aware of the traffic laws and law enforcement is nonexistent.The government is run by family dynasties employed by a relatively few very rich people. So the country is an oligarchy. Being from the US I am used to that so not a big issue. I find that if you keep a low profile, don't get into disputes with minor officialdom and treat folks with respect one can have a happy life here. In my experience the average person in the provinces is much more compassionate than the average person in so called developed countries. But that's just my personal experience...thus far.
    7 points
  21. Sitting in Manila airport waiting for terminal transfer... Another negative! A retirement extension is so easy. In and out of the local office in 30 mins. Easiest way is 800k baht in a fixed acct. It can be done on income of 65k per month or a combination of the two. Cost 1900 baht per year. Marriage extension is slightly more complicated but financially less of a burden, only 400k to sit in an acct or 40k per month income. None of this 2 months at a time and cost malarkey. Easy to get I.D card valid for life if over 60. Cost 20 baht! Residence book is free. Drivers licence is easy as well. Check the Thai Bureau of Immigration website for other options. Many guys use agents which can do the lot for you, they even have ways of by-passing the financial requirements required.
    7 points
  22. It's sad that things are being manipulated for the benefits of the few. Without getting political it amazes me that suddenly the Ukraine is suddenly the food basket of the World and the war is hitting everyone. They can ship hundreds of tanks, thousands of missiles and every politician and celebrity under the sun into the Ukraine yet they can't get food out! They're also allowing oil and gas to flow at 3/4 of the rate through the country to Europe. Other nations are ignoring the embargos and still buying it and profits for the oil and gas industry are at record levels. It's almost as if they're recouping their loses due to covid.
    7 points
  23. Cherry Blossoms 2017. Made 8 trips to the Philippines 2017-2019. She is from Zamboanga del Norte, Mindanao. We met in Manila on my first trip. Then subsequent trips to Cebu, Dipolog, Dapitan and the coastal areas of ZDN. Married April 2019. My life has been so much better since I met her.
    7 points
  24. I met my wife through her sister whilst working in the Netherlands. Her sister gave me her Address in Singapore I wrote to her with a photo of me, we arranged to meet up in the Philippines 3 Months later she got her visa to come to England and we got married The rest is history. 20 years later we are still living together. (JUST). LOL.
    7 points
  25. Which one as l have all three sort of
    7 points
  26. My current partner I've known over 4yrs and been with her just over 2yrs. I was single for over a year having finished with a great girl who just had too much jealousy and tampo for me. She was a waitress in a restaurant I ate in regularly and seamed very shy. I did my homework on her as lots of guys were trying their luck. She knocked every single one back and a few tried to flash the cash to impress her. I was a friend of her best friend and a bit of a shoulder for her friend to cry on but purely platonic. Her friend told me many things about my partner, mainly thinking she's going to die a single old lady as she won't entertain any guys. She was telling me she came from a nice family, never drank, smoked etc but had insecurity issues and would I mind advising her as she thought I was a decent guy. I friended her and she slowly opened up to me telling me lots of personal things as did her friend but I kept everything to myself, both started fishing to see what the other one was talking about but I would just laugh and tell them no chance, what's told to me stays with me. I remained a good friend to her for well over a year, never even a kiss on the cheek then the restaurant closed down, I'd moved to Boracay and kept in touch then her friend asked me if there was jobs on Boracay I could find for my current partner. I offered to find her cheap digs and help out. I got her a room for 2k per month and tried to find her a job with no success. One day I saw the room she had and it was basically the size of a kitchen table, no running water and one light. I then offered her to stay in my apartment as I had spare room and the rest is history as they say. I'll add I had a dabble with the dating sites and 99% were scammers.
    7 points
  27. Yep - and it is still funny as hell. Once upon a time, a prince asked a beautiful princess "Will you marry me?" The princess said no, and the prince lived happily ever after. And he rode motorcycles and xxxx skinny, big-titted broads, and hunted and fished whenever the ?????? he wanted, and went to naked bars, and dated women half his age, and drank whiskey, beer, Captain Morgan, and snorted cocaine off strippers' asses, and never heard bitching, and never paid child support or alimony. And ate pussies and ass-xxxx cheerleaders and kept his house and guns, and never got cheated on while he was at work, and all his friends and family thought he was ?????? cool as hell, and he had tons of money in the bank, and he left the toilet seat up The End
    7 points
  28. In the Philippines that would mean you are now responsible for everyones dinner, education, and a monthly stipend
    6 points
  29. What a great post... Thailand is a wonderful country to live in and I'm talking from my own experience. But now I live here in the Philippines... Hard to describe why I chose Philippines over Thailand to live as I enjoy both places so much. Even though I've lived here more or less full time for over 10 years, I've spent weeks and months in Thailand over dozens of visits during that time...until Covid. For me, both countries have advantages over each other, as do most. I guess, how you priorities those advantages determines where you lay your hat. The number one advantage of the Philippines is that English is widely spoken throughout. Which in itself isn't the main attraction, but our partners and loved ones can communicate with us on a level that we want and need, that's it. In comparison to Thailand, where Thai English speakers usually fall into a small group of very well educated and those that have worked in a bar and hung around foreigners for 10 years or more...did you say your partner is Filipina... Mine too... Step outside any of the tourist hubs in Thailand and English is rarely spoken or understood. In fact it would be very hard to live in that environment unless you could speak some Thai or have your own interpreter (wife). Next advantage of the Philippines is visa extentions that allow foreigners to stay here unhindered. Sure, there's the Thai retirement visa, I had one for a while, but as I recall, you have to be 50yo or above to get and then have to show 800k baht (~26k usd) each year, a bit more than the Philippine retirement visa.. But living in Thailand as a tourist and doing visa runs was virtually stamped out 5yrs ago... Thai driving licence, that made me smile, having to sit in the test centre with that wooden contraption and line the pegs up, oh dear, just to get a Thai license, no, two Thai licences. That's right, I had to pay for two Thai licences, one for car and one for motorcycle...glad I can drive in Thailand on my Filipino licence now without hassle from the cops there... Travelling back and too between the two countries, I've always thought that the Philippines cost of living is way cheaper than Thailand, they used to be very similar, then around about 2009 things seemed to change and Thailand became far more expensive for basic food stuffs... But recently, prices have sky rocketed here and pushed up the cost of living, so I can't compare with Thailand now, as I haven't been there since end Dec 2019.. The things I miss the most about Thailand and for me, this is Thailands advantage over the Philippines. Thailand infrastructure is far more developed. The food is far better, from restaurants to street food.. and groceries... Hotels and accommodation is better quality and value. There's no typhoons, volcanoes, and earthquakes are rare (actual had an earthquake close to Chang Mia back in 2019). Like a guy with two lovers, I miss Thailand when I'm here and the Philippines when I'm there...anyway enuff waffle, otherwise I'll start on about Cambodia... I hope you're home safe and no worse off for your Philippines experience...
    6 points
  30. MacDonalds pays $17 an hour where I live. I surely expect their burgers will cost more than a place that pays half of that for a full day's wage.
    6 points
  31. My Filipina wife has taken the free bus a couple of times from Moalboal to Cebu City. When we go together we pay the fare for an AC bus or hire a private car but my wife loves a "bargain" and is also known to squeeze a peso until it cries out in pain.
    6 points
  32. We are at an AirBnB literally across the street from USEM Manila. Compared to other AirBnb we stayed at in Manila, it is big and reasonable. My daughter has a passport appointment at 0845 tomorrow. View of part of the embassy from the 36th floor.
    6 points
  33. You might want to consider that she may never leave and you wont get your house back.
    6 points
  34. I know you all have been waiting for it! Drumroll please! El Beacho Dolomito!
    6 points
  35. Yep sending $$$ to girls is a red flag... best to send directly to her boyfriend
    6 points
  36. In 2010 I was in Cebu Philippines for Sinulog and visiting my Filipino friends. I was supposed to travel to Samar to visit another friend but a landslide shut down the Airport. One of my friends in Cebu said he had another Filipino friend coming from the US and they were heading to Bohol. They invited me to tag along since I had no plans. These guys (both doctors) labeled me an "Albino Filipino" because I like to eat everything, have a few drinks and just have fun learning how much I was like them. I will now shorten this very long story of many coincidences (ask and I will tell you). My wife was visiting the Philippines (from Dubai) and touring around with her sister and best friend. My friends encouraged me to talk with her but I told them I had no interest in a 19 year old. This turned to a bet about her age which I lost (she was 29 and single). The rest is a long story but short version is, the 6 of us spent 2 weeks hanging out together (because coincidently we were traveling to same places separated by 1 day. No one got any action but I tried which made me like her more! She invited me to see parts of Luzon and I took her up on it. While there I got sick and she and her family took care of me. After spending almost 1 month with her and trying like hell to get some, she sent me on my way back to the US and asked me to visit her in Dubai. I told her maybe and that likely we could only be friends. Anyway, multiple trips and many skype calls over a few years and next thing I know, we are married. At this time I still had no idea her family was well off since they live in their businesses. Anyway we have been married for 10 years and 2 weeks. We still live in the US and both work there. There is so much pressure from her family for us to move here and I think its going to happen for at least half the year soon. We could easily afford to retire to the Philippines now but neither of us wants to give up the American life yet. Our relationship is not perfect but we love and respect each other!
    6 points
  37. I met a filipina through a dating site about 6 years ago (I forget which one) but after a short time it became apparent that she wasn't the one for me. However by then I'd made freinds with a few of the older family members and one of them suggested her partners niece (she's the only one I'd recommend for you Geoffrey). We stayed friends for a few months but eventually got together as a couple about 5 years ago and we're still together. Not married because I'm divorced and SWMBO is strongly Catholic (so understandably wants a Catholic marriage ceremony) and I can't get married in a Catholic church without a church annulment (or my ex-wife passing on which would make me a widower in the churches view). And getting an annulment for me would be arguably more difficult than it would be to get one for a catholic in the Philippines because it would probably have to be done in Australia. Just all too hard *shrug*
    6 points
  38. I dont know what this says about me...........but.........My first thought is that now the BI can now charge an Interpol record check "fee" when we renew our acr cards or visa renewals
    6 points
  39. I can assure you that it is physically impossible for it to work as advertised. Just ask Michael Jackson. It will work similar to what shoe polish does on shoes, but that's as far as it goes. It cannot change the pigments in your skin. But even my wife believes it and uses it. Oh well. I love telling her in the morning....."sweetheart, you look so WHITE today".
    6 points
  40. I was a non-imm O holder based on retirement for 9 years in Thailand so I can understand why some folk went down the line of using agents for everything. I.M.H.O. apart from the financial requirements that an agent can 'fix' at the immigration office, everything else can be achieved without pain by yourself with a little patience. It's good experience! I went to the local BPI to find out about opening an account. I was told in no uncertain terms, no ACR card, no account. Ok, I'll wait. I transferred some money from my UK acct to my partners acct using 'Wise'. Arrived within 18 hrs. She opened a separate savings acct and gave me the debit card etc. Good girl! I went to the L.T.O. to get my drivers license and was told the same, no ACR card, no license. Ok, I'll wait and use taxis and trikes for now. Maybe it's just me but I like to achieve things myself, it gives me personal satisfaction. Off to the local B.I. at the end of the week to get an idea of immigration procedures in the local office, in Thailand they're all on the 'take' given any opportunity! Op ..... I wish you well on your new adventure. I've only been here a week so a lot to learn! No comparison between the two countries as yet, pros and cons for both.
    6 points
  41. To cut to the core, you're looking for a paid "girl friend experience"; You're paying for companionship and sex that can be turned on and off at your whim, but a longer term arrangement than usual. I'm sure it's achievable but human emotion will eventually come into play unless you do come to an arrangement with a hard nosed, pragmatic woman or bar girl. And even then... I'm not sure non-working girls would be happy with the arrangement for too long given how it would look to their families and friends. I know a couple of guys that have done this with women that weren't bar girls and in both cases it ended badly, not as extreme as @Dave Hounddriver's example, but it wasn't pretty.
    6 points
  42. I say.... splendid idea.
    5 points
  43. Having done both Thai and Philippine retirement visas (extention) I would agree with you whole heartedly, but that's not the point I was trying to make. The visa advantage of the Philippines I was speaking about was this. Anyone, from a country that has visa exemption on arrival for the Philippines can just turn up here and live here for 3 years at a time and not have to bother with retirement visas or marriage visa or be of a certain age... This is not possible in Thailand.
    5 points
  44. Sun Star Local News Manila 06/16/2022 Dr. Elmer Punzalan reminds tourist of alert levels in the Philippines Undersecretary Dr. Elmer Punzalan of the DOH reminds tourist that certain requirements are still required with Alert level one which most of the Philippines have been placed under as of June 1st. Foreign tourist who wish to indulge in sexual activities during level one must : Obtain a permit from the mayor's office : Fill up necessary health decorations signed off by a certified DOH doctor after examination : Submit 3 photos of applicant in naked poses for tracing by the DOH and IATF. Applicant should submit, front, rear and side view. Unmasked persons not permitted. Under Secretary Dr. Elmer Punzalan said that foreign tourist caught in activities without proper permits will be detained and deported after the maximum of 4 years jail time is served. They will also be placed on the BI blacklist to prevent re entering the country to take advantage of naive young Filipino women whilst also spreading Covid 19. Full Alert Levels HERE :
    5 points
  45. Same as Dave, I needed it to prove my wife's residence in Dumaguete, but for other reasons, (Piapi at the time) otherwise they wouldn't perform a civil marriage in the local courthouse. Barring that, we would've had to go back to her hometown to get married. The catholic church allows out of municipality marriages (I'm a divorce so not going to happen) but civil marriages, at least in Dumaguete, have to be performed locally where the applicant (my wife) resides. No formal fee was charged for the certificate, no forms to fill out, didn't even have to show proof of residency, but it was expected that we give a "donation" to the barangay - PHP200 from memory. The barangay captain at the time was actually a really good guy, we still catch up for a coffee every now and then.
    5 points
  46. Got me thinking. If it really could work on their nose, could it maybe work on other parts of the body? Asking for a friend. Or maybe they could use this on their nose. It claims proven results. https://www.amazon.com/Xpanse-Penile-Health-Cream-Formula/dp/B07F2KY6GB
    5 points
  47. What about the Kyber pass?
    5 points
  48. I knew one foreigner who got "real" full coverage car insurance, (I think Malay Insurance but it was a while back) and his wife got in 3 car accidents and they paid to fix his car each time. So it can be worth it. I never had it and I drove a dozen years there. The LTO insurance was good enough for me, but I never had an accident either so maybe just lucky.
    5 points
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