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  1. 3rd times the charm worked out for you. Glad your'e happy. It took me 4 times and I've been with this lovely Filipina for over 15 years. We have a 14 yr old son that I love to death and probably spoil way too much. Love can be had if you wait long enough to find it. Don't get angry with each other for more than 5 min. Yield even if you think you are right. Enjoy!
    6 points
  2. Yes Indeed it does I have taken to using ( even at the cost)Schick Medicated Shave Guard Shave gel for sensitive skin from Watsons" ( 389 peso) worth the Cost and has proven pretty good so far. Just a Thought here
    6 points
  3. Mike I'm pleased you opened up about that sentence, maybe it's not in the right section but I believe it will get read. To all you gents out there wanting to take your new found partner to your home country, Mike has summed it up in a nutshell, your partner is committed to their family more than their spouse. Don't worry, they will cook, clean, attend to a mans needs, just about anything you want, but if the family needs finance back home, the family comes first. So before you take your new found friend home, be aware the PI women are very family orientated and learn about their sense of respe
    5 points
  4. I had some bad luck in 2017 while visiting and ended up in the hospital as well. I was satisfied with the treatment and very happy with the prices. Long story short, I had pneumonia and they saw mass in the lung. I was 46 years old and a week away from traveling back to the US. Anyway I made it back to US for follow up care and the mass was just nipple shadow but I was found to have Latent TB. Latent TB means that at some point I was exposed to someone that had TB and was contagious and the disease was in my system but I was not contagious. I Went through the optional treatment in the US and p
    4 points
  5. That's something I never though about before, I always use boiled water to shave but them proceed to wash my face with the tap water so could be a problem. I haven't had any skin problems but who knows?
    3 points
  6. I sailed to Philippines back in 2011. I really liked the country, the friendly people and the generally low prices (compared to USA or Canada) for most food products, alcohol. I actually sailed the yacht here to sell it back in 2015 and never looked back. No wife or girlfriend at the time so I joined FaceBook and an online dating site. I met a number of gold diggers and a few nice women too . Eventually I met two who I got along well with online and met both of them in person. One was really a good match but too young for me in my mind - not yet 34. (I found that the younger ones seemed i
    3 points
  7. Ditto. Did that for more than a decade with no ill effect from brushing. Shaving in tap water is a different matter though. If there is any amount of Staphylococcus (staph) bacteria in the water then it gets in through the tiniest of cuts from shaving. Fortunately it is rare, but it happens and causes skin infections from boils to more severe damage. Just a suggestion, but if anyone is getting boils when shaving then do not wash any freshly shaved areas with unboiled tap water.
    3 points
  8. I retired to the Philippines for the third and hopefully final time, just under 2 years ago. After living here with my first Filipina gf and her two wonderful children who I helped raise we eventually moved to live in Australia....where they are very happy and my ex step children have done well for themselves and are both now married. We remain very close and even though it didn't work out with their mum, she and I remain mates. I then retired here again (with my finances significantly reduced) and eventually met a lovely Filipina (no children) and... yep you've guessed it... after
    3 points
  9. I found that out using my electric shaver. Always considered myself a Bright spark.
    2 points
  10. We'll get you used of the Ozzie language, you don't always have too add a word to every sentence, missing words sometimes have more meaning than the inserting actual word.
    2 points
  11. Don't hold back. Tell us how your really feel. Care to buy me a meal while I listen to you? Ho Ho Ho where's my gift
    2 points
  12. Sibulan to santander. half hour. Liloan Santander to Sibulan Fastcraft New Fare Rate and ...
    2 points
  13. I am trying to think how you would do that. Hmmmm, half hour to the airport, an hour until flight leaves, 40 minute flight, an hour waiting for a cab, hopefully only a half hour drive to the city. I can see how it is possible to be in Cebu in 4 hours but an hour? Are you hiding your own private helicopter out there? With a helipad in the city?
    2 points
  14. Well stated. I could say the same, but things change and I have not yet had your learning experiences of packing off a couple of wives to my home country. I should expect a similar result, and yet some people have reported success from doing that. So I can only surmise it is another case of Your mileage may vary. As such, there is a very good chance that I shall follow in your footstep, a few years behind you. Time will tell.
    2 points
  15. I think there is a huge effort to sort this out. I watch a vlogger who follows the crews and for one, shows the demolition and relocation of squatter areas on rivers and a wall has been erected to prevent trash from ending up in the river and into the sea. Yes long process, costly and educating the people is a huge task but in the end the education is getting through slowly.
    1 point
  16. Some years ago ( I was in Spain at the Time so never witnessed it myself) My SIL's Husband Arrived with a Friend on a Surprise Visit ( From the US) and because he nor his Friend wanted to pay for any impromptu Meal and Drinks, quite a large Fight broke Out ( My Wife tells me) about who would Pay for the Credit on the Food and Drinks. Sometimes and I have heard some other Stories, Things can get out of hand
    1 point
  17. The severe embarrassment of you wife/partner.
    1 point
  18. Spot on, I've never heard of a culture that says someone else has to pick up the tab, you eat you pay. If invited out for a meal and someone else's shouting then they will say there treat, if not you pay, no if or butts.
    1 point
  19. Not a problem. I have gotten amoebic dysentery twice since moving here. Source both times was unknown as we buy our drinking water. Could have been street food, contaminated fruit/vegetables, or maybe some bad ice. The first time I just assumed it was your ordinary diarrhea that would respond to imodium. After three days of being stubborn, I started to feel weak.. That is when the wife insisted I go to the doctor. The doctor gave me an IV to get rehydrated and medicine to kill the amoeba. It was a week or so later that the kidney pain started. Having a history, I knew what wa
    1 point
  20. History of kidney stones. Lithotripsy on five occasions, passed them on my own several other times. Only once since moving here six years ago. That occured after becoming badly dehydrated because of amoebic dysentery.
    1 point
  21. It can also come from watching yourself pee blood. Turned out to be a very large kidney stone.
    1 point
  22. Been off for awhile but read thru the comments with interest.... what it boils down to in my opinion is what happens is what you allow to happen. There is such a thing as decorum or etiquette. To attribute your comments about footing the bill to culture is absolute nonsense. There is nothing unique about Filipino culture that just bc you're a "foreigner" you are stuck with the bill no matter what. Absolute nonsense. This can happen in other parts of the world. The only reason it will happen is bc you allow it to happen. I think we Americans have a word for that. SUCKER!!! So if you want to pl
    1 point
  23. The problem was Dave I'd sold my house when I retired to the Philippines (the first time) and the house or apartment rentals in the Australian cities are really expensive.... so this created a financial pressure from the get-go. Add to that my last girl I took there sent home to her family nearly all her salary as a care giver unlike a western lady who would have put it into the family finances....
    1 point
  24. Burns & Scalds Depending on the source, there are a few ways to handle burns. The most common advice is to hold the affected area under cool water until the pain eases - depending on the degree and area of the burn (and location), this could take 5 - 15 minutes. Personally, I do what medical professionals DO NOT suggest, which is hold something very cold - ice, cold beverage can, anything very cold - against the burn. From some of my reading, once a burn occurs, the skin is still hot and damage continues after the source is removed. The extreme chilling stops this in its tracks.
    1 point
  25. No problem Old55 .I took my time choosing the best all round plan for me.But the good thing is that these ins companies offering the medigap policies have to follow government guidelines and are really good about processing your claims as they should.One thing to note - All the ins companies offer the same group of policies but the price will vary for the same policy.So contact an agent that sells these policies and they will tell you the best price for the policy you want....
    1 point
  26. I didn't mean to put you on the spot and appreciate your comments. At age 65 I am signed up for Medicare but am still working. I've been studying add-on plans that would cover visiting or living in Philippines.
    1 point
  27. This could also be dependent on where one is. Here in Cebu city I brush my teeth with tap water and no problem. For all the times I visited I did the same and as far as I know never had a problem but like I say it will depend where you are. Often I hear dont have ice in drinks but this might be so for some places but not entirely true for others. Now back to the OP. Normally illness from water will cause more than just vomiting so might be more to it.
    1 point
  28. We're retiring to the Philippines, yes dear.
    1 point
  29. I think it's called the Bohol sea, There's a fish sanctuary where I snorkel a place called Dauin on Negros Oriental. For me it's a great location It's possible to be in Cebu in 1 hour. Love it.
    1 point
  30. Despite being full of Kiwi's New Zealand is a civilised country. If you can remember the 1970's it'll be like being home from home. The banks are happy to hand out cash via the ATM machines as well. Surprisingly if you bank with a decent institution the exchange rates are usually about as good as you'll get as well.
    1 point
  31. Yes, the debit card is. When BPI rolled out their new debit cards with chip last year, they touted that fact. My U.S. credit card is good everywhere.
    1 point
  32. First make sure you Philippines debit/credit card is valid internationally.
    1 point
  33. Fastest way to get NZ dollars is to rob a NZ bank when you get there. It's not my recommendation however!
    1 point
  34. Another option would be to withdraw NZ dollars from an ATM, using my BPI peso ATM card. I'm guessing that would be expensive.
    1 point
  35. It will be cheaper to exchange US dollars at one of the money changers along Queen Street in Auckland’s CBD than at the airport (although you can exchange at the airport). This assumes you’re flying into Auckland Airport. I’ve no idea about exchanging when flying into Christchurch though.
    1 point
  36. So we here in Moaboal are almost neighbors, except for the 80 km swim.
    0 points
  37. Don't worry, starting next week it's the search for "Lost Confederate Gold". I'd never realised people were so careless with their gold until I started watching History/Discovery channels. Of course for all their faults and hype the "Lost Gold/Treasure" programmes still aren't a patch on "Ancient Aliens". However in a bid to up the ante the History channel is now combining the two - one of the guys from "The Curse of Oak Island" is now joining the search for "Ancient Aliens". The hyperbole will be unmatched in all of recorded history*. * See what I did there?
    0 points
  38. Because my wife told me we were, because she was from Cebu and because she'd already bought a condo unit (without telling me).
    0 points
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