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  1. Happiness :tiphat: Money does not buy happiness but it seems many can rent it for 1,000 a month :cheers: Bottom line is: If all you spend is 1,000 a month and you are happy then it does not matter what you are buying. It also does not mean that the next guy will be happy with that budget.
    4 points
  2. I could eliminate 30,000 for rent by having our own house all paid for. Since I'm happily married I won't need to spend another 30,000 for a social life. So as a married guy in our own house that's paid for my wife and I probably can live just as comfortably as we do now, maybe even more so. As a single guy though in constant pursuit of a social life, I'd probably be broke in a week! LOL!!! :-)
    3 points
  3. Fascinating thread. I have not been online here in several months, so most of it was new to me. After reading it all through, I'm thinking my ideal budget would be somewhere around $2,500 to live a lifestyle where I would not feel like I was missing something. I will be arriving in Cebu in less than 3 months, and it is looking like I will be single when I do so. My long-time girlfriend appears to be a thing of the past. Monthly budget will be: Rent: 30,000p for rent for a smaller condo for the first year, after some bargaining. Food: 18,000p a month, including eating out Utilities: 8,000p including electricity, phone, internet, TV.... Visa: 2,000p a month Misc: 8,000p Laundry, public transportation, movies, odds and ends...etc. Social life: 30,000p going out a few nights a week.. when I get a girlfriend, I will spend it on her. Subtotal: 86,000p About $2,000USD a month Trip 22,000p half of a one week island-hopping trip ($1000/44,000p) every two months. Total 108,000p about $2,500USD I could live on less, but this seems to be about minimum I feel I could live comfortably on. If anyone with a higher budget than the $1,000 mentioned at the start of this thread could comment on my numbers, I would appreciate their input. I would have a nest egg for medical emergencies..etc.
    3 points
  4. Here's another story about the Philippines economic growth: http://www.philstar.com/business/2014/07/11/1345067/booming-philippine-economy-fruit-arroyo-admin-not-pnoys In my opinion the economic grow in the Philippines would be better described as "The wealthiest families in the Philippines experienced a 6.6% growth in their wealth." This is more accurate because the economic growth didn't effect most people in the Philippines. There's still about a 25% poverty rate. Here's something to think about. The Philippines continues to build more and more shopping malls all over the country which employs thousands or maybe millions of young boys and girls. I never saw so many employees working in a mall in my entire life. Five or six stand behind one or two cash registers and one or two on almost every isle. What will happen in a few years when they are too old to work in a mall so they are replaced by younger boys and girls? There's not enough jobs being created for them and most of them won't be qualified for OFW jobs.
    3 points
  5. I live on Mactan, in Basak, Lapu x 2, in a gated community, my rent and utilities are 12,000 pesos a month, 2 b/room, 2 storey, cr with hot water, is a closed community with filipino neighbors, usually very quiet. I have a friend that lives in a more upmarket area, house is a lot newer, better and her rent is 18,000 pesos per month. The mall from my house is an 8 peso ride away takes about 5 minutes, the mall is no SM but has everything I need to live and has the usual restaurants, so can always get a decent feed if we want too. Cebu (SM) is 30 minutes 200-240 pesos taxi trip going there, but coming back well that's any ones guess as they are doing roadworks and it's a bloody disaster at the moment, road works are supposed to be finished by December ( yeah right). If come home by taxi from SM we go around the airport, usually adds another 100pesos on the trip but you miss all the traffic and delay. You can go to SM by the ferry also, by trike to the ferry is 11pesos, ferry is 14 pesos, taxi from ferry to SM is 65-80 pesos, if there are 3 of you, best get a cab from Lapu. Good restaurants on Lapu are few and few between, Lantaw at Cordova in my opinion is the best, world class really, excellent food and better service, 3 of you would have a super meal and drinks with a wonderful view for around 1500pesos, well worth a visit, but only downside without a car is a bit hard to access. Beaches here as mentioned IMO are only so-so. You pay at all of them, forget them on week-ends and holidays, they are crowded, noisy and dirty. Having said that, you can catch a boat to Olango Island, just of the point of Mactan, taxi to ferry 150 pesos, ferry is 14 pesos, tric once on the island is around 100pesos to any of the little beaches there, lovely beaches, crystal clear water, just like a little island paradise again you pay, a hut is 300 pesos, big Red horse is 95 pesos, ice is 2 pesos ( be careful with the ice) so for a day there, without food, get you there and back for under a 1000 pesos, best take your own food. Lot's of people bag Lapu x 2 but I like it, where I live is clean, the kids play in the streets, have workers and gardeners to keep it looking neat and clean. As for crime here, my g/f has been robbed twice in Cebu but she say's she feels a lot safer here, I know there is crime around but in all my time here have never once felt threatened or unsafe having said that I don't go on the street's after 10pm ( told by locals not too) and if out always, always catch a taxi home. Another upside, is your Visa, Island Mall has a BI office an 8peso tric and 9 pesos jeepney ride away, can get my visa in 30 minutes and close by is a very efficient and well run, clean McDonalds ( if you like that type of food). The best you can do, in all honesty, come here, book a reasonable hotel and spend your time having a good look, Really is the only way, welcome and good luck.
    3 points
  6. This is an update of the Stunted Girl previously written about and posted here on this site,http://www.philippinebasicneeds.com/stunted-growth-for-child/ . Six months ago, I ‘purchased / leased / rented’ this girl from her parents for a pick axe. Took her in, properly fed her and clothed her. I had known her since birth and in fact if you look at the original video on this site, you will see her family living in a shack and the mother breast feeding this girl as a baby. She was offered to me to be adopted and I did look into it via a US and Manila based attorney who said the Philippine government would not allow a foreign adoption in this type of case. Since then I have fed her and clothed her every trip back to Catbalogan. But after I leave the mother sells off the clothes and dresses the girl in rags again. Same as for her older brothers, also mentioned on the www.philippinebasicneeds.com site, and you can read about it in the New Pants for Street Kid post. By the time I arrived in February of 2014, it was obvious the girl was not only stunted in growth, but also struggling simply to survive. No longer happy and laughing, she was about 42 months old and weighed 20 pounds. This is why I took temporary possession of her. When I am there, the parents are respectful and do what they are told to do. Of course it helps that I feed the girl’s older brothers too. But then as soon as I go, the past way of life is resumed and it is business as usual. Currently, the girl weighs about 15 pounds. FIFTEEN POUNDS / 6.8 kilos and she is now 4 as of August 10th. Even considering a possible scale error, she has not grown in the past 6 months and she has lost weight as she was weighed on the same scale. She has a chronic lung infection as does her mother. I have tried to get TB testing done but all I hear are excuses. She was hospitalized 2 weeks ago for a week or so for IV medications and at that time the doctor said she had pneumonia. She is covered under the national health plan called PHILHEALTH, but…… if the hospital pharmacy has no medications, as they often claim, then the fact she has any ‘insurance’ coverage at all is moot as there are no medications in the hospital pharmacy. Therefore, patients and their families must buy, daily, any prescribed medications at local pharmacies and they are not reimbursed by Philhealth. So the father comes to the charity people that run the charity for me asking for money. Money can not be given directly to him or his wife and it will be divided into food and alcohol and then medications. So the family that I have running the charity has to go and buy the medications and then deliver to the nursing staff. And you can buy only 1 day worth of medicine, as if you give more than one days medicine to the parents, they will sell the medicine to other families in the hospital who may have a script for the same medications. Then tomorrow they say the medicine was stolen and they need more. As of now, the girl is sick and eats little even though the charity has proper food. The mother has no faith in the hospital doctors so she is taking the girl to a local witch doctor who is claiming the girl has been poisoned. While I doubt the poison theory, I can say that in the past 2 years several under 5 yrs old kids have ‘died at night’, suddenly all living in 100 meters of this girls shack, and the kids are simply buried by local custom with no formal authority looking into the death. During my February 2014 trip when I took the girl, I treated her for active pneumonia and intestinal parasites and worms. But when I left the parents again took her. Why? Well even though anyone can see she is better off with me or the family that runs the charity, where she eats well and sleeps clean and dry and will one day go to school, she represents MONEY to the parents. The family is professional beggars who have used their children as street beggars for years. Again, in looking on the www.philippinbasicneeds.com site you see One Eyed Victor and the story on how I paid to have his eye removed. He is one of this girl’s older brothers. While yes it is good to have his eye fixed (see the pictures on the site), by fixing his eye, it lowered his earning potential as a street kid begging for money. I do have questions and never got any answer as to just ‘how’ One Eyed Vic got his eye damaged. Was it intentional to increase his begging earnings? What about this girl? Why failure to thrive? Why stunted when her brothers are not stunted? We may never know why or how the girl not only became as she is today, but more so, why is it allowed to continue? Interestingly, this same mother has two older daughters who she took to Manila as young teens to find employment as house maids. She of course was supposed to get their money and of course that never happened and the Manila social workers eventually took possession of the two sisters, now, 16 and 19 and warehoused them until the older girl turned 18 and then shipped both back to… you guessed it, this same mother as the older one did not qualify for assistance any more and as now an adult, she was told to accept responsibility for the younger sister. I have again renewed my efforts to get this girl proper medical evaluation and treatment. However I do not see long term success as long as the parents are still the primary care givers. The local DSWD (welfare people) office staff are aware of the situation, but to them, this is but 1 of many such cases. Limited budget and limited resources, they do not seem to be much actual help in rescuing this child, named Jessa Mae, which I seriously doubt, will see her 5th birthday. Any ideas? Let me know. Bruce
    2 points
  7. Father Shay Cullen, we note, wrote the article. Whilst like most if not indeed all of us I loathe the sexual abuse of children, we have to cope with the fact that little girls are encouraged to be "sexy" by their parents, perhaps quite innocently dreaming of a "career" for their little girl in "showbiz" or in "modelling", which will bring in much more money than a "career" selling shoes in a mall. It's a horribly slippery slope from there to the sexual abuse of minors. And the poverty in the countryside can be gruesome. The attitude of mind needs to be changed. I would start with some very populat Filipino TV programmes which are, as we British would say, "heaving with totty" - scantily clad dancers in all directions. As for "single executive orders", the President cannot compel Filipinos to pay their taxes or compel his own colleagues and staff to comply with the very detailed anti-corruption laws that are in force, so why Shay Cullen expects an order closing girlie bars to be enforced, I cannot imagine!
    2 points
  8. As I said in my previous post, living in the Philippines to me is one big permanent vacation. I don't travel in the U.S., but I do plan on taking some occasional trips within the Philippines. I have "(fun) spending" built into my budget, and while it's not very much I think it's important to have SOME degree of fun spending built into your budget. I can choose to buy a new gadget or take a little trip depending on what I'm feeling like that month (or save multiple months to get what I want).
    2 points
  9. Why in the world would you pay these kinds of prices to live in a 3rd world country like the Philippines? Vacations are one thing, I've blown 5 grand easy in a few weeks but living here is another matter entirely. Paying more in the Philippines doesn't equate to a better product, service or "top end" property. I think you need to look harder, maybe rethink your strategy.
    2 points
  10. Very good point about shopping malls. Anyone who is no longer pretty is kicked out, and the staff, as I think we all know, are employed on short term contracts, so they cannot claim the protection of the labour laws, which at first glance look good - except that they hardly apply to anyone. Another point - don't imagine that all these young people are models of virtue - there is plenty of drug dealing and drug taking going on amongst them - don't ask me how I know that.
    2 points
  11. My daughter-in-law is a graduate of the Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine. The 2014 in-state tuition, board & lodging and other expenses is estimated at $20,000 per semester. For out-of-state residents, the amount is about $40,000 per semester. That's a lot of money. If you receive an equivalent decree (DVM) from the Philippines, you can start a professional career in the United States or Canada without being burdened by a huge amount in student loans. By the way, the malpractice insurance for Vets is very low because the patients, mostly dogs & cats, cannot sue. The most owners can collect is the replacement value of a pet. By comparison, I recall my surgeon telling me he pays $1,000 per day for his Errors & Omissions insurance. That's $1,000 per day! As Chief of Surgery, if any subordinate surgeons are sued, the lawyers will include him in the suit because he is their supervisor.
    2 points
  12. Have you tried to CURE the high blood pressure? My old mother's is almost back to normal by she changed her diet A BIT ( e g exchanged butter to something specialy made to reduce high blood pressure, Becel. I believe it's partly rapeseed oil.)
    2 points
  13. I know the pain of seeing the regression of someone's health to the point of death-sadly, so very common in the Philippines. My (then) fiancee had developed medical issues (stage 1 cancer) that-even when I supplied the money for treatments, still passed away about 5 years ago due to poor diagnosis and actual treatment(s). I've managed to "restart" my life a few years back by the grace of God, but for so many like this child and adults alike who do not recieve even basic medical care to get them on track health wise-and for whatever reason like Andrew pointed out-it just can break your heart.
    1 point
  14. Whilst like most if not indeed all of us I loathe the sexual abuse of children, we have to cope with the fact that little girls are encouraged to be "sexy" by their parents, perhaps quite innocently dreaming of a "career" for their little girl in "showbiz" or in "modelling", which will bring in much more money than a "career" selling shoes in a mall. It's a horribly slippery slope from there to the sexual abuse of minors. And the poverty in the countryside can be gruesome. Something we noticed when visiting some rural towns on Cebu Island as well. The sexualisation of children beings in schools and the way they dress girls (and boys to some extent I guess) in their dance and sing performances. Yes indeed. K tells the tale of her mother going to some lengths to ensure that her father did NOT attend her High School graduation because she was required to wear a skimpy costume and dance suggestively and her father would certainly have put a stop to the performance by dragging his youngest daughter off the stage. People don't seem to make the obvious connection between the sexualisation of childhood and the sexual abuse of children.
    1 point
  15. My first reaction was that you could do it. Reading your posts over the years you seem level headed and careful. Then I read that you want to travel the Phils and the world, THAT throws your budget out of the window unless you have enough friends and relations who would love you to visit.
    1 point
  16. "This horrific continuous crime against children can be ended by a single executive order, strictly implemented, to close all sex bars and clubs that make girls and women available for sex." With one stroke of a pen, tumbleweeds will be blowing down the streets in Angeles, the GDP will go down, tourism numbers will go down to 2 million instead of up to 10 million and poverty will increase. http://www.manilatimes.net/children-sex-trade/131790/
    1 point
  17. Prepaying 6 months in advance was a big mistake. 1st month, last month, 1 month sec deposit - 3 months maximum advance. I know some of these characters demand it, just keep looking. I would try to reason with the landlord but in the likely event he refuses, I would let it go. The barangay would probably take many months to resolve and I don't think you would win. An attorney would be more money wasted. Sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on your system and affect judgement. Proceed carefully. Move asap.
    1 point
  18. OMG, the dreaded Karaoke! You are the enemy! :hystery:
    1 point
  19. It really doesn't matter what it is, where it came from or what its called. The OP likes it and asked for locations. You know Crad/ whippy within about 3 minutes of you joining under a new name I know its you, just like todmanpla or kaenghetpetyang and the list goes on. You are not welcome on this forum because you like to be augmentative and disruptive but since its a nice day I'm not going to ban you, just cut out your posting ability but you can still read. :thumbsup:
    1 point
  20. These are the types of "lower end" restaurants that I'm perfectly happy with. Mang Inasal is a fine place to eat.
    1 point
  21. Here are a variety of mock budgets for myself. I spent nearly three years north of Cebu City, so I have an idea of prices. I am planning on moving to Lipa City in one year. Lipa City is an hour-and-a-half south of manila, a bit south of touristy Tagaytay. Prices are somewhat cheaper. Min OK Better Kingly Visa 60 60 60 60 Food 200 250 300 320 Utilities 70 70 80 100 Date 80 130 160 240 Spending 100 150 270 390 Misc 50 60 70 80 Transport 20 20 20 30 Internet 30 30 60 80 Extra 50 100 120 200 Rent 150 220 260 300 Total 810 1090 1400 1800 Yearly 9720 13080 16800 21600 Weekly 194.4 261.6 336 432 Hourly 4.86 6.54 8.4 10.8 ******************** Notes: I am single, 46 years old. I will be supporting myself by working online, thus "Hourly" expenses are noted (based on 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year). My income is variable and a complex issue, but an average month would easily allow me a "Kingly" budget (if I choose) plus substantial money for savings. Food: If I cook at home: $1 for breakfast, $2 for lunch, $3 for dinner. Anything beyond $180 can be used to eat out and/or invite friends over for dinner. I don't care about expensive restaurants. I'm very happy with cheap and mid-range restaurants, generally $4 to $8 a meal. Date: I'm not into partying or nightlife. I'd just like to meet some nice girls and have an enjoyable time out. I figure about $25 to $30 a date is decent. Spending: This is for gadgets and/or short trips. Misc: Everyday and small, unanticipated expenses. Transport: A little on the low side. May need to increase it, but I have fun riding Jeepneys, pedicabs, tricycles, and motorcycles. Internet: I depend on this for a living, so I may need to increase spending here. Extra: Savings for emergencies. If needed, I will have an additional decent-sized stash/savings which I do not want to touch unless absolutely necessary. Rent: My idea of a "perfect luxury house" will be in the neighborhood of $250 to $300. I like to live in a somewhat rural setting on the outskirts of town. There are plenty of great houses for rent in this price range. I am fine living in a modest setting. These house will be worn down but comfortable for me. ********************* To many, these budgets seem to be "roughing it," but everyday spent in the Philippines is like a permanent vacation to me and I am perfectly happy with less money. I might as well include my budget for initial expenses: Minimum Maximum Plane Ticket 1000 1000 Settle In 800 1000 3 mo. living 2200 3100 3 mo. rent 800 800 Apt. Stuff 380 830 Karaoke 490 1800 TV 280 280 Computer 2000 2200 Total 7950 10910 ********************** Notes: If I spend "Minimum," I will spend a little extra from my next couple months of income to make up the difference. Settle In: A cushion until I can find a house to rent. 3 mo. living: Includes rent not covered by "rent" rent: First, last months rent & security deposit Apt. Stuff: Chairs, bed, initial food, refrigerator, other upstart stuff. Karaoke: My indulgence. I'm going to end up with a nice karaoke rig. This is my favorite way of meeting new people--hosting karaoke parties. They are very popular and everyone always has a ton of fun. I'll probably make up business cards that "advertise" my karaoke parties so I can hand them out (with my number, of course!) to cute women. It'll be a great ice breaker. Computer: I depend on this for my living. I will buy the important components in the U.S. and build it there. ************************ So I believe that $1000 a month is very doable for one person. I will be on a stricter budget starting out and anticipate that I'll come to rest at the "Better" $1400 budget. But if you are doing a $1000 per month budget, it's necessary to have a backup stash, at least enough to get you back home in an emergency. Also, keep in mind realistic "startup" costs.
    1 point
  22. I think there is a difference between "living" and vacation / trips. Where you live now, is a trip other than for business a part of your normal monthly expenses? For most people I know in the US, vacations are outside the normal monthly budget and do not ocurr 6-12 times a year. Just because you moved to the Philippines, why would vacations suddenly become part of the monthly "living" budget? Some of the larger budgets I hear $4k $5k a month sound like permanent vacations. Great if you can afford it, but I wouldn't lump vacations in with normal living expenses unless you did the same where you are from, if so, then please do and give some idea of the blown out budget you had where you are from. :)
    1 point
  23. What a shame for these two guys at their ages after living that long and likely having worked for 35 years, to die for nothing. There will be no investigation unless their families come here asap to file charges. I suspect that as much money as possible is already gone.
    1 point
  24. Whether you live in The Philippines, The US or anywhere else, you can save money and eat better by cooking at home instead of going to fast food and expensive restaurants. Right now my work schedule forces me to go to fast food restaurants most of the time. When I retire we will be making healthy delicious meals at much less cost than eating out all the time.
    1 point
  25. Why in the world would you pay these kinds of prices to live in a 3rd world country like the Philippines? Vacations are one thing, I've blown 5 grand easy in a few weeks but living here is another matter entirely. Paying more in the Philippines doesn't equate to a better product, service or "top end" property. I think you need to look harder, maybe rethink your strategy. agree with you Mike, I would be buying a condo at 80000+ peso pm not renting. There are many places for sale on Mactan if Pokermike is that hooked on the place
    1 point
  26. For the most part, yes, there is a stereotype that most things in the Philippines can be bought. Some of these stereotypes are valid. There's a reason why a lot of foreigners from the Middle East and Asia go to the Philippines for uni, and it's not just because it's cheaper. The admission standards are very low and the quality of education for some unis is abysmal. For instance, I am a volunteer tutor for immigrants (social/academic/ work English, standardized tests, basic literacy, etx.) and met a rather pompous graduate of one of the best unis in the Philippine. UP Diliman. He said he was a consistent valedictorian/salutatorian from kindergarten to undergrad, and once his family moved to Massachusetts, he figured he could easily get into Harvard. His transcripts were excellent and his recommendations were superlative. His GRE scores, however, were horrible. Dude averaged 400 and his writing sample was scored a 2.5. He was taught to regurgitate information rather than think critically. Rote learning is the hallmark of Philippine education, which is the opposite of Western education. That being said, I know of people with Philippine uni diplomas who went on to grad school here. Most of the Pinoys I met at Harvard (where I went for undergrad), Stanford (where I went to law school before realizing law wasn't my passion), Northeastern (where I received my first master's), and Yale (where I was accepted for a doctorate program but currently deferred) graduated from Ateneo, De la Salle, and UP Diliman. They all took the TOEFL iBT and required standardized tests. They all ranked in the 95th or higher percentile in the standardized tests, whichproved that they were not just smart according to Philippine standards, but international ones. More importantly, the scores proved that their diplomas were not bought, but rather, earned. So, yes, the validity and credibility of Philippine diplomas can often be questioned, but as long as there is proof that it was earned and that the student can measure up to international standards. Diploma plus proof of proficiency (NCLEX, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT) are the bffs of Philippine-educated homies who are legit. As for transfer of credits from hs to be used for unis in the Philippines. One of my former colleagues has Manila as his duty station, and I just Facebooked him on how he was able to enroll his twins at a Manila uni. They had to have their hs report cards translated from letter grades into numeric grades (notarized). I think this is exclusive to Philippine schools, but they also had to submit certificates of good moral character. What they did was get FBI clearances and character reference letters from their pastor, coaches, teachers, etc. They also had to submit scores for a college entrance exam. Because both parents are foreigners, the twins didn't have to take the Philippine entrance test. They submitted SAT scores. IB diplomas also work. They had to get physicals and health clearances, which they had done at St. Luke's. Gah. Sorry for the super-long post. Please keep us posted on your daughter's application progress. Leilani
    1 point
  27. No Jake. I must have re registered again having forgotten my original password. A couple of similar sites I guess. Stevetheheave is steve taylor!! But! Mr Jolly .... Has fused them together so I'm now just stevetheheave. Confused.com
    1 point
  28. Palawan and Puerto Princess are starting to look better with each post....LOL
    1 point
  29. That makes sense and is encouraging. Note that the participating offices are at the bottom too. I'm still on a tourist visa but I can't do my next extension in Olongapo because the maximum months they can do is 24, which is where I am at. 24-36 months have to be done at Intramuros / Manila. I heard that Intramuros BI is taking a long time to process extensions right now because first you have to wait in line to do the ARP before you can do the extension. It took one guy 6 hours to get it all done but I think he was in the first days of ARP processing, so it might get better. I'm going to try to do my ARP on Tuesday here in Olongapo and then go to Intramuros for my 6 month extension next week, thus avoiding some of the waiting at Intramuros. Maybe I will get lucky and Olongapo will give me an extension past 24 months.
    1 point
  30. Just thought I'd send out a reminder to the newer folk moved over here, although Christmas is generally a time for giving, there's still plenty who like to take...... Any way they can. Living in the NCR I know of 3 expats, 2 work colleagues and 1 close friends who have been mugged in the past week or so all in various parts of Manila, parts that my wonderful wife educated me on a long time ago to stay away from but never the less still something to watch out for. One of them got in a dodgy taxi and was taken down a side street where there was a group waiting for him.... Passports, money other documents taken, one in broad daylight at 4pm who got attacked in a busy street where there sole aim was wallet and cell phone, in this instance I'm happy to say the locals did them selves proud and stuck up for this elderly gent fending off his attackers, the third guy I know got blind sided outside LRT Taft and had minimal money taken, luckily enough all three came out with bumps and bruises although the taxi attackers wielded knives and left a few cuts all are fine just with stories to pass on. So always stay safe, be very aware of your surroundings and where you are in the city, stay away from known bad areas, bad things do happen! There are apps for smartphones now where you can travel in safety for a 70 peso booking fee, for me that's a lot cheaper than the hospital bills that will follow and the personal items you could lose. Hopefully we will not fuel criminals by putting ourselves in bad positions. This is not intended to scare you either just to educate and inform like we always do. Stay safe and enjoy the long long long Christmas season in the Ph
    1 point
  31. The apps are available for Androids too - and often through your Virus Protection programs. I"d like to say it's good to see you back too, Bootleultras! (No Welcomes... :hystery: ) :attention:
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  32. Thanks for the idea. Tried it - no joy. But a good idea. HI Methers, did you try Craiglist
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  33. I saw the same in 3 hospitals here. Very dirty. Poverty is one thing but there is no reason to be dirty. The beds, furniture and walls are never cleaned. It really is all about money being more important than cleanliness. A virus here would be devastating. Our girls both got chicken pox last June from a visit to Iloilo. Still got some dark spots.
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  34. Aloha Pedra. How do you do? First of all, I'm sorry that you're going through thesedifficulties. Raising kids with a husband/partner is challenging enough, and I cannot imagine what it's like for a single mom. Now to the nitty-gritty: what do you mean you want to be legal? If you mean legal wife, it seems that that's out of the question, as the bloke is already married. Marrying you is the only way for you to become legal. If you mean legal guardian of the two sons you share and by extension, being legally able to pursue child support, as the above members have said, your sons must be legally recognized by their Swedish father as his sons. Otherwise, you have no other recourse and will sadly be at the mercy of your son's father's generosity. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_nationality_law You need to dig even further as Wikipedia isn't the final authority on things, but if you were to go by the article above, your sons cannot claim Swedish citizenship because you and their father are not married. They also were conceived and born in the Philippines, not Sweden. In the event that things change and your sons' father decides he wants to marry you, they may then become Swedish citizens provided the marriage occurs before they turn 18. If citizenship is not your primary concern but rather, financial support, you have more options. If your son's father went through legal proceedings to claim them as his own, then it would be easier (though not a given) to hold him liable for financial support. If your financial support arrangement is without documentation (ie: word of honour), then you are in a tight spot as your son's father merely has a moral obligation to support them, not legal. I do not know what type of arrangement you currently have, but try as best you can to maintain a friendly (or civil, at the very least) communication. If you appear combatative, sometimes other people will dismiss you out of spite. I'm not saying that you ought to be a push-over because you need to stand up for your sons' rights. What I mean is that when all parties are calm, rules by their head rather than heart, then a genuine dialigue occurs rather than simultaneous monologues. Work in cooperatiom with your sons' father. Because he is already married, remember to also be in friendly or civil communication with his wife. Make sure that she knows you are not trying to replace her, but rather, simply trying to ensure that your sons are well taken care of. I wish you the best of luck, and hope that you find a peaceful resolution to your problems. Leilani
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  35. Airbnb.com doesn't really care about the units they promote. It cares about it's commission. Most of Asians who post there would send it nice pictures and lovely words to qualify. Who's going to verify? Ops! The renter but after he pays :) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  36. The figures in the link I posted are based on world bank statistics..They don't come from Malacanang. If you want to know what is made in the Philippines,whats exported and what is imported..Read the link. You might be surprised by some of the facts therein. I doubt that Fitch would upgrade the R.P`s credit rating based on what Filipino`s tell them!! lol. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_the_Philippines Fred wonder if you have read this....The grim reality..... http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/05/the-grim-reality-behind-the-philippines-economic-growth/275597/
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  37. I cannot speak for Canada, but my wife received full USA accreditation for her degrees that were earned in the Philippines. Bachelors in Science (Chemistry), Masters in English, and Masters in Public Administration. The accreditation process involves sending all school transcripts to a third party that evaluates the courses taken, grades received, and the school curriculum. The process is not cheap and takes several weeks.
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  38. Below is from the BI Facebook. Read the Exemption at the bottom right. Sounds like those on a 13A Permanent Resident are exempt from this new requirement.
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  39. on the surface it seems that Thailand and the Philippines, are very different. Buddhist, not Christian. More Chinese influence, in Thailand and tonal language. There is a more developed business ethic in Thailand than the Philippines. And so on. Many of the 'differences' have been highlighted here. superficially they can look totally different. But I still think that normal working class Thai and Filipino people have more in common with one another than any two other of the 10 ASEAN nationalities, apart from Malaysians and Indonesians. you might think that just because they are Buddhists too, and can pass for each other like all the ASEAN nationalities can, then Thai and Khmer people necessarily have a lot in common, however temperamentally they are quite different and Thais and Khmers often find it not so easy to get on, irrespective of what relations are like between their respective governments. Thais and Filipinos are alike in the sense that they are both sing-and-dance live-for-today kind of people, always looking to have a laugh, Other south east Asian nationalities like Khmers and Malaysians are just that touch less spontaneous, and more reserved. Not much less. But just enough, to notice. It is a little bit of a mystery to me why the Thais and Filipinos can seem so alike when the two countries share no border, and are 3 hours away from each other, by plane.
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  40. Sometimes, it depends on foreigner "B". A Brit was living here without doing the visa renewals. He invited his friend, foreigner "B" to visit. "B" informed the BI of "A" being here illegally so BI kicked him out. "B" got the wife, the house and the car from his friend, "A". ALL free. And some say that the first year start up costs are high! Not for him.
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  41. Please share details on the app? Thanks
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  42. Alby et all, perhaps it's TMI but I believe in transparency, so here goes: yes, I do believe in love. My dad was much older than my mom, yes. Yes, he supported my mom's family financially. Yes, my dad's family did not like her. Yes, they tried to break them up and yes, they havebinsulted and called her gold digger to her face. Yes, some went out of her way to make her feel unwanted. I saw it as a kid, didn't understand it. But I also know my mom stayed and fought for my dad not just because she didn't want me to have a broken home life, but because she loved and still loves my dad. How do I know? My mom's beautiful and kind and intelligent, and there have been numerous times when she could have left him for a richer, younger, more good-looking man. I personally know of at least two who pursued her for years. She justignored them. My dad had a stroke and was in the hospital for almost two years in a PVS. Guess wjo was at Pali Momi Hospital every single day, from when visiting hours started until they kicked her out? My mom, of course. She sang to him, talked to him, held his hand. She made sure that the nurses were on top of their game. Mom made sure that they turned my dad every two hours so that bed sores would not be a problem. And she learned how to clean his trach tube thing, his tube feeding, and his "outgoing" bags because she wanted him to be clean and not hungry. Mind you, this woman who cannot even stand the smell of onions and yhrows up at the mention of balut is changing dad's outgoing bags literally full of sh&t. As for money, well, even witj insurance thinga are expensive. It costs well over a million to stay in a hospital for almoat two yeara for aomeone with PVS. Even some of my dad's relatives were urging her to juat let my dad go because of the expenses. You know what this beautiful woman they called gold digger did? She sold her gold. She sold properties. She let go of the material things that made her life comfortable and the envy of other women because all she wanted was togrow old witj my dad. Dad promised her that once he retired, they would have breakfast together for the rest of their lives and mom was collecting on that. She brought the New York Times crosswrd puzzle every single day, reading it out loud and purposefully getting the wrong answers, hoping that my dad would get irritated enough to gwt out of PVS and come back to us. Dad passed away while mom and I went home briefly to sleep. A decade on and guess what? This Filipina who wanted financial stability that a Kano cpuld offer is still single, never even went on a date. I asked her why and jokingly tried to set her up with one of my professors who met her and found her beautiful. Her answer was no, because in her heart, she is still married to my dad. "My English is bad, so in the wedding, I did not say in sickness and in health, til death do us part. I say even if death do us part." My dad waa her first and last--only!--everything. This, Alby, is how true women love. Not just Filipina, but womenbin general. So the question now is, is the man this type of woman loves deserve this kind of love? --Leilani
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