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  1. Today I renewed my visa and after my last experience at the main Cebu office in Jmall I was not going back so went to Mactan. Mactan office about 10am Only one other person there waiting for their visa. As I was leaving one more showed up. Office, cool. Seats and a writing place to fill in the form. Not like the main office with nothing to put your paper work on to fill the details. Quick transaction, maybe 10 minutes only. No bull or scams Form hard to read as font too small but had GF to fll it in. Eyes are not like they used to be probably because I was told certain activities send you blind but I did not listen but turned out to be true. No crap about comming back in 3 days. Paid exactly as the sign says on the wall. Easy experience and cost for first extension P3030 Extra cost for taxi compared to going to Jmall only about P200. Worth it and will use Mactan again.
    11 points
  2. Read twice before commenting once, or we shall have no need of our imaginations to determine your IQ
    9 points
  3. Places are what you make of them for the most part.
    8 points
  4. The thing you have to remember is Filipinos are very much family orientated ! They celebrate birthdays and the day a family member died ! And then there is all souls day when the whole Philippines go to the graves to spend the day with their past family members ! I married my Filipina wife in 2002 and for me I am part of her Family personally i would never dream of moving away from her family ! However sadly over the years she has lost her Father and her Mother and also 4 brothers She now has a younger sister who lives next door and a Brother who has just returned from saudi and he lives with his son and his wife. Luckily i have never encountered problems with family members unlike other forum members . And yes my wife may be a small woman but she is a very strong willed woman . And meeting her and marrying her were the best things in my life !
    8 points
  5. Regardless of our political beliefs or views on the monarchy system, she carried out her duties with impeccable poise and dedication and was a constant for most of us.
    7 points
  6. I would be nervous as hell if I carried and reported that sum of money. How many people would then know? Are you setting yourself up to be robbed? I would figure some way to transfer from an outside account into the Philippines rather than carry the cash. Maybe that is just me being too cautious? .
    7 points
  7. I dont know about the rest of you. But I have a bad habit of when I see something thats not right I open my pie hole and say something about it......... My Asawa tends to take constructive comments as a personal affront. So after 4 days of almost continuous rain, and I see her watering the front yard (fully exposed) plants this morning......I wisely kept my trap SHUT.... It still doesnt make sense though
    7 points
  8. Good point. Since they left paperwork for Colsie to complete it may be wise to take it to the BI and ask if its legit.
    7 points
  9. Seem I might be in the minority here... but am I the only one that thinks coming to live in the Philippines, and expecting "any" discount is kinda messed up. I.e., Trying to reconcile why the 65+ year old owner of any business in the Philippines should be giving me a "discount because I am 60. After living outside the Philippines almost my entire life, make multiple times more $$$ than the vast majority of anyone in the Philippines... and now I want a "discount" because I decided to set up residency???? Happy to pay what what they ask... if I don't like the price, I won't buy it.
    6 points
  10. I dropped a hint once. The answer was: "DON'T you try to deny me my food!"
    6 points
  11. She had a cameo performance with Paddington Bear on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year. There is a very poignant cartoon released on the day of her death, which I am attaching. Even in its simplicity, it sums up her life completely! I think it’s very moving! I know she was loved and respected around the world. She will be sadly missed by many.
    6 points
  12. Fine for you that you are at the stage of life where you don't care how much longer you live. I have younger kids. I want to be healthy and alert for them as long as possible. For me, enjoying life now is to be with my kids and family, and be here for them. Changing my diet to eliminate sugar, grains and bad oils is has been life changing for me. Huge weight loss, more energy, pre-diabetes gone, HBP almost gone, many body aches and pains reduced, etc. I'm fairly certain I have added years to my life, but if I drop dead I will post about it.
    6 points
  13. That is an amazing quality that I have yet to master. Congrats.
    6 points
  14. Other side of the house and the gate we installed a few months ago. You can see the damage in the eaves from the typhoon in December, there's similar on the other side but that's it. Pretty good I reckon considering the typhoon passed right over the top and a couple of houses were damaged beyond repair. The eaves are only 3-ply, when we redo the roof they'll be Hardiflex or something similar. To the right on the ground floor is all kitchen, it's massive, basically goes back to the property boundary. If we feel the need in the future we'll extend over the top of that.
    6 points
  15. Agree, probably the weakest forum troll ever. On the plus side his attempts makes me laugh. Maybe keep him around as the "pet troll".
    5 points
  16. Confucius says, man who quotes his own post while being a troll is stupid and ugly no matter where they are.
    5 points
  17. GF - and unlikely ever to be wife if he follows some of the advice given here! I don't dare suggest my wife loses a few pounds for fear she'll hit me with the same suggestion.
    5 points
  18. Run 'Third world' or not, there is more than enough food to go around. Always check out your prospective Filipina's mother, because your girl will gradually morph into whatever she looks like.
    5 points
  19. To be quite honest I feel a little emotional about this.
    5 points
  20. It Only took me 29 years............... crap, you mean I have 12 more years to go before this stops happening . . .
    5 points
  21. Steve, your family has history. Find a location well away from the family that you both could enjoy and rent. Finding a sea view rural area not far from a small to medium sized town is fairly easy but will take some time. Snowy makes good point. Most condos security would only admit those you allow and is too small for overnight guests. If Emma only want's things her way or is unwilling to happily compromise then you have some decisions to make.
    5 points
  22. Another option is to live somewhere the family would love to visit but in a condo that's just good enough for a few days. I'm a days travel from my partners family and friends but living on Boracay they see that as a bonus to them as they can use us as an excuse to visit. Maybe a guest every couple of months for two or three days which I can handle. The added bonus my partner loves it also.
    5 points
  23. Or letting the cold out. If my sainted mother was still alive she would be going hoarse yelling "Shut the door, were you born in a barn!"
    5 points
  24. In our house it seems that the family will do everything in their power to keep the heat inside. Opening up first thing in the morning when it's still cool inside, closing windows in the early afternoon when the breeze comes up, putting furniture in front of doors and windows that blocks airflow.. I now keep my mouth shut, there's other hills to die on.
    5 points
  25. I've built and lived in a wooden house as you've described before building a concrete house, with concrete roof... The wooden house was way cooler than the concrete house...as for noise from the rain, never bothered me compared to the roosters and neighbours kareoke at 4am... Any false ceiling would be a magnet to rats, bats and snakes... I was staying in a place in Bohol a few weeks ago and they had quite an engenius way of installing the steel roofing sheet with hardiflex sheeting on the inside fixed together onto the roof joists...not sure if they'd sandwiched insulation layer between the outer steel or inner hardiflex but interior ceiling looked great and noise from heavy rain was much quieter...and no room for pests
    5 points
  26. Yes. I hope that when it comes that I am sitting on the deck and watching the sunset. Be extra nice if my extended Philippine family has been over for the day.
    5 points
  27. Ok, got my answer from my local expert. Dex Ognita is my local driver that I have recommended here and a few of you have used. He has contracts with the U.S. Navy and has security clearance to drive on the dock right up to the ship. He is also a semi-expert on all things military. He said there are no Aussies military ships in port but there might be some Aussie yachts training here. SLG is U.S. Navy woke speak for Shore Patrol. Shore Liaison Group. Ships in port: USS New Orleans, USNS John Ericsson, USNS Big Horn and we're expecting Millinocket, Rappahanock and Brunswick by next week
    4 points
  28. I bugged out yesterday (Tuesday). Hooked up to the RV and left. Am up in the panhandle near Panama City. The south western part of Spring Hill was where I was at and 100mph winds were forecasted. Since the storm shifted more to the south, they are now forecasting it to be more like a tropical storm in that area. I’ll just sit it out and head back on Saturday.
    4 points
  29. Always has an interesting take on any given topic. What a lot of people don't understand about Peterson is he sometimes plays devil's advocate and that's what angers them. Whilst I don't always agree with him, his viewpoints are always well considered and based in research and knowledge.
    4 points
  30. The fact that you are not there living with her much of the time, probably precludes her need to become a gym regular. When you are on site and living with your Pinay, it is easier to either set by example or motivate them by various means. My suggestion would be to ask her if she wanted to join a local Zumba dance exercise group. Its popular where I live on Panay. AN alternative is to buy her and exercise bike so she can pedal away the extra weight while watching local TV soap or game shows that many women here like to follow on a daily basis. Long ago, when I first met my Pinay, she was living with small food and had an exemplary figure. She told me that her bakla PE teacher in HS would put her at the front of he parade band...ha-ha. Well, she still has an hour-glass figure.....when viewed from the back. From the side she appears several months pregnant, and I tease her accordingly. But that's going on thin ice, because her retort is usually, "So what you want? Another woman?" After I reassure her that I do not , I stress that I am concerned about her health and having her slip into type II diabetes. In past years we would sometime exercise walk in the late afternoon or early morning at the city stadium track, but sometimes she would sit and wait while I (20 years older) did the walking. Sometimes she also walked, but not always since she has a metal insert in her once broken foot. I need to buy her an exercise bike when I return this winter. While there for 30 continuous months during the covid lock down I couldn't get to my gym for a once weekly weight lifting session so I had a pair of 2 and 6 kg dumbells I used. SHe sometimes would work out at the gym with me but mostly would drop me off and do her grocery shopping, so I knew she didn't have 'the exercise habit'. Now we just eat two meals a day while at home and 'time-window' fast. But she still needs to shed the pounds. Fortunately she is visiting with her sisters in Mindoro right now, and her retired Aussie nurse, older sister, seemed shocked that she had put on so much weight.... so she and her two sisters went to the local track and started exercise walking together. Maybe she will get more serious now.
    4 points
  31. Hopefully the girlfriend part has been going on a good few years and you've spent a lot of time together. If you've only spent a few weeks together here and there her guard maybe slipping. Sad to say but from experience Filipinos can be a bundle of fun chatting online and spending small holidays with but once the excitement of travelling around wears off and you decide to stay put in a non touristy area like her home for a bit they bury their heads in their phones and just want to sit on their butts and keep out of the sun. I just had one such girl visit me and my partner for a few days last month. I'd known her a few years as a friend but had only spent a few hours here and there in her company. She was bubbly, lively and very chatty until she had spent 8hrs here then it was face in the phone, eat and sit. All offers of going out and about sightseeing was met with " I'm tired." Even my partner was pissed off with her. If you've spent a long time together and gentle persuasion doesn't work then join a gym and drop a hint that you're impressed how fit and sexy looking some of the women there are. She'll be in her gym gear and down the gym infront of you. Jealousy is a great motivator.
    4 points
  32. Best to buy prior to getting into any serious relationship. Once you have the noose around your wedding tackle it's a 50/50 split. Condos are straight forward to buy but do your usual homework. I for one would only buy from one of the big players like DCMI, Ayala, MegaWorld etc. I've seen a couple of condo developments disappear in the night before completion and others completed a few years after promised that look run down already. One I was close to buying on Palawan turned out to be a major scam and the builders ran off with hundreds of millions in deposits and full payments. Before buying get a copy of the following: Corporation security papers. Secretary certificate. Building permit. Occupancy permit. Also check out your monthly fees for management, insurance etc. I saw some condos charging from 2.5k up to 15k monthly and that was 5yrs ago. Finally buy where you can rent it out if you get bored of the area. Again some condos sit empty as there's limited rentals due to no one wanting to live there or too many condos for rent in the area.
    4 points
  33. The senior discount for foreigners has been brought up a number of times here on the forum. It usually starts with the reference to Republic Act 2832 as did the original poster. This bill was proposed May 18, 2011 (not 2018) and it never passed. Forum members should disregard any argument that uses RA 2832 to justify senior discount for foreigners. I say again IT NEVER PASSED. But things beame less clear and open to interpretation as the original bill (RA 7432) was amended. Republic Act 7432, the original bill, is modified by Republic Act 9994 (became law Feb 15, 2010) with a new definition: "Sec 2(a) Senior citizen or elderly refers to any resident citizen of the Philippines at least sixty (60) years old". There is no mention of income level in the new definition as in the original Act which was 60K peso per year. I have a 13A visa and have lived here for nine years. I am a permanent "Resident", but I am I not a "Citizen" of the Philippines. I am a citizen of the USA. cit·i·zen /ˈsidizən,ˈsidisən/ noun a legally recognized subject or national of a state or commonwealth, either native or naturalized. "a Polish citizen" Final thoughts - Consider this. If the RA 9994 (signed into law 2010) gave foreign residents the rights to the benefits of RA 7432, why would there have been an attempt to allow foreign seniors to have those same benefits (RA 2832 in 2011 which never passed). There would have been no reason to try and extend the benefits to foreigners if they were already entitled via RA 9994. As foreigners we are not allowed by law entitled to the senior discount. We do a disservice to members and other expats by saying anything to the contrary.
    4 points
  34. If you are a senior citizen and living in the Philippines, and require a Philippine Senior Citizen card to live. You selected the wrong country to live in.
    4 points
  35. I also met my wife on a dating site after clicking on an ad on a travel blog. Three trips and then she came to the US. It's been over 6 years, and two (soon to be 3) kids since then.
    4 points
  36. If you read the Republic Act 9994 they have removed the word Filipino and replaced it with any resident of the Philippines at least 60yrs old. It's the usual Philippines way of doing things, you have to search around lots of acts to find the full information. http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/research/Philippines/RA 9994 - The Expanded Senior Citizens Act.pdf Section 3. Section 2 of Republic Act No. 7432, as amended by Republic Act No. 9257, otherwise known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003", is hereby further amended to read as follows: SEC. 2. Definition of terms. - For purposes of this Act, these terms are defined as follows: "(a) Senior citizen or elderly refers to any resident citizen of the Philippines at least sixty (60) years old; Republic Act 9257 also defines it as any resident citizen over 60yrs old. You need to scroll to section 2 definition of terms. https://doh.gov.ph/sites/default/files/policies_and_laws/RA09257.pdf
    4 points
  37. I am fine about individuals not getting vaccinated because you are free to choose. I am also fine with the Philippine health authorities imposing a rule not allowing unvaccinated foreigners entry.
    4 points
  38. Our RV has 5 batteries. My experience is the dry cell one dedicated for the engine lasted 6 years before needing replacement. The 4 wet cells for interior lighting, water pump, microwave, coffee maker, electrical outlets, etc. had to be replaced every two years. There is a 1200-watt generator that works through an extended fan belt to keep the 4 wet cells at peak whenever the engine was running and likewise, it is charged whenever you connect to a shoreline. The dealer told me the wet cells would last forever because they are fully charged at all times. Nope. I have to stop believing dealers.
    4 points
  39. My mother traveled all over until she passed away. A small circle of friends had purchased a general sales agency travel business to avail to freebies and deep discounts from airlines and hotels since everyone in the group was a company director. One wealthy member of the group had a nurse as companion. She would take everyone's blood pressure in the morning and dispense medication. I remember the group was pulled aside in South America at the airport because the nurse was carrying so many bottles of prescription medications. I was likewise fearful about becoming bored after retirement. Ten years ago, I looked into the possibility of providing Alzheimer's care in the Philippines for foreign nationals, primarily Japanese and Americans. This would keep me busy. My wife pointed out this would place our money at risk, and it would be at least 5 to 6 years to achieve breakeven. There was already enough, so why not travel? There is really never enough so we are still very careful about expenditures. Our travel is comfortable, but not luxurious.
    4 points
  40. Good evening, My mother (72 years young)has mild dementia but is still capable of making good decisions. Both her parents had Dementia which later turned to Alzheimer's and they both spent their last years of life in nursing homes. We were recently talking about the memory's of the days where she took care of her parents and the burden it was for her before she had to give in and put them in the nursing home. My wife and I have been needing to help mom much more the past 2 months and she expressed great appreciation and told me she doesn't want to burden us if she gets worse. She knows her memory is bad and she is always forgetting and repeating herself. We asked her what her preference would be if we were no longer able to take care of her. Would she would rather go into a nursing home or move to the Philippines and have private in house care? Her answer was "I don't want to go into a nursing home". So now our plan is to bring her to the Philippines for vacation in January and then see if she will change the answer to "Yes I want to go to the Philippines when my memory is really bad". My wife and I had planned to retire last June but decided to work 2 more years. What are your thoughts?
    4 points
  41. It is a very personal decision. My mother would not like life in the Philippines. She visited a few times before persuading my wife and I to return to Canada to take care of her here. Someone else's mother may love it there. I do not think there is a one-size-fits-all solution to this.
    4 points
  42. I take a skeptic view of studies done by large corporations and government designed to confirm a viewpoint. Similarly, you have to be careful about YouTube videos. The truth is unimportant. The objective is to get as large an audience as possible because compensation is based on numbers. There was a time period when olive oil was considered bad for you. Later this was changed to good. Canola oil is promoted as good. Premium pricing, cheap to manufacture, producers love it. The food taste when you use Canola oil wasn't taken into consideration. I am glad to have reached an age, beyond my original expectation, that I don't need worry anymore. A healthy diet may add two years, a poor diet may subtract two years. So what? Just enjoy life. Too late to become a vegan. Besides, I am still waiting for studies showing how many vegans are killed by a bus or an auto. Their diet didn't help avoid an accident.
    4 points
  43. Funny thing is Emma wants what’s best for me and I am sure where ever we land we will both be happy as long as it’s far enough away in my view , Spain springs to mind .
    4 points
  44. We live about 30 minutes drive from the family. It's close enough to be convenient but far enough to be not too convenient. It's case by case but for us there has never been any reason to put some distance between us and them. For me, it would have been strange to come to live in my wife's own country yet far from the family. Others have their reasons I understand.
    4 points
  45. Hi @The Carabao Whisperer why not look into Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia? Air Asia goes outa NAIA 3 for around 5k return between , flight time is around 2 hrs & the place is an inexpensive destination to spend a few days. I've had many 8-10 hr layovers in Changi & personally apart from garden of harmony, butterfly garden & a couple of other gardens (there is 10) there isn't a lot to do except spend a fortune getting a beer or food imo. Just a thought. Hope all goes well.
    4 points
  46. As my Asawa always tells me: "just go with the flow."
    4 points
  47. Bamboo telegraph. Everyone knows where the foreigners live.
    4 points
  48. So in your case it looks like you will need to factor in tourist visa costs into your budget. Most people take the advice to come for a visit first, like 3 months as a few weeks wont be the same as living here full time. Travel around and get the real feel for the place before deciding if its for you.
    4 points
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