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  1. I made an unannounced trip to the home site this morning. Usually we tell the foreman we are headed that way so we can meet with him and discuss various things. Today, L is busy with school work (and also trying to get a driver's license - heaven help me!!!) so I traveled solo. The foreman was apparently off procuring materials but the remaining workers were mostly quite busy. More progress to report with photos: Yeah, I know, the same old photo... But wait... They already raised the fence portion above the tiled part of the fence. Now I can just barely touch a sharp point at t
    5 points
  2. Geoff my friend, have you never been up in the hills or out on the small islands? There are loads of girls who live in places with no Internet and often no phone connection either. Most of them would probably make very good wives/girl friends, apart from their limited English. But how does the foreigner meet them? He could take a trip up into the hills and try to chat up a girl selling tomatoes, but maybe it would be better to ask a Filipino or Filipina friend if they know/could recommend anyone. S has members of her large extended family who live in places like that and would be happy to obli
    3 points
  3. I am 71 and I'd already had two six-month extensions (also in Mactan). I know that some BIs will only give you two-month extensions after you've had two six-month ones. I think (but I'm not entirely sure) that Mactan would give more than two six-month extensions whatever your age. They give you the receipt and attach it to the back cover of your passport. On the receipt they clearly mark the expiry date, in my case February 2021. There is a notice in the BI saying more or less "Don't lose it or you won't get another extension"!
    3 points
  4. Not overdue, it expired in early August. Because of Covid-19, you won't actually go inside the BI, a man at the door will give you a form, you fill it out outside, give it back to him with your passport. Just put 6 months on it, and I would guess they won't notice or care about your age. A bit later the man will come and tell you how much you have to pay, you give it to him, wait a bit more, and back comes your passport with the receipt attached. I paid 9900 pesos but that included a renewal of my ACR card. Good luck!
    2 points
  5. To answer you and Old55. It is called fermented but it actually is salt water. Haha not like beer. I have had some sprouts from Germany done the same way and it makes the taste stronger in fact so much so that instead of the 8 or 10 I used to eat in the UK I only need 3 or 4 here.
    2 points
  6. Bisaya translator devices (or apps or web sites) are even worse than Tagalog ones in my personal experience (that probably reflects the fact that there are 3 times as many native Tagalog speakers as Bisaya speakers).
    2 points
  7. I will just suggest that the further into open ocean you can go, I believe the safer and better the fish. Pollution is a real issue here in Davao Gulf... I don't know anything about your planned area. I refuse to eat the farmed fish here because I have witnessed, first hand, how farmed fish are handled...it is not a pretty sight. Ocean fish should be much better and the further offshore, the better yet! Good luck and show us some photos to make us jealous of your catch!!!
    2 points
  8. For what its worth.... If a young woman can get in a few years of college or a larger city/town job (many home stay with relatives when doing this), they polish up their English quite a bit. Use of modern communication devices also often improves their English level.
    2 points
  9. Well yes you have a point, and yes I have been up into the hills and on some small islands. And yes I'm aware that there are loads of girls who live in places with no internet and often no phone. So yes, I didn't word my comments well (not the first time for that... my bad) :) Where we separate is "most of them would probably make very good wives/girl friends" because very limited English is a dividing line for me. I'm not against learning Tagalog or Bisaya (I'm very slowly trying to learn Bisaya) but no common language... that's going to make a real relationship really hard.
    2 points
  10. Ahhh Rutabaga, yea it's good mashed or in a slow cooker with brisket or pot roast. Dave, wouldn't fermented swede actually be compost? But we don't judge.
    2 points
  11. Plenty of nice genuine girls on the dating sites, even now (I met my wife through one..'DateInAsia'...DIA). You just need to become an expert at sifting out the scammers and 'ladyboys'. NEVER send one peso. A nice girl would probably be too proud to ask anyway. Also make sure pics are gen'. Facebook is a good place to look around too, as previously mentioned. .
    2 points
  12. We drove from near Carmen (Cebu Province) (MGCQ) to Lapu-Lapu (GCQ) yesterday to extend my visa. Not much to say about the BI in Mactan, it's already been mentioned that it's quick and easy to get a six-month extension. I did see a notice that seemed to say they had stopped issuing stickers for good, which could be good news if you don't want to fill up your passport pages too soon. Anyway, we both have general passes issued by the barangay saying we can go out for essential goods and services. But to travel to a GCQ area, we needed a specific one-day pass from Carmen Municipality which s
    1 point
  13. Tommy, Tommy, Tommy - life is short and getting shorter. You need to move on to a good single malt.
    1 point
  14. I have one of those bisaya translation devices. It works great but cost me a FORTUNE, still paying for it. It probably helps that she has a masters in English and taught at an international school. We have been married for 15 years now.
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  16. You are correct. I sent a message to Scott about that because we were going off topic. My memory went blank on the real reason. Later I realized that it was not the address, it was the fact that I filed taxes jointly with my wife and she does not have an Social Security #, only an ITIN. If filing jointly and one person has ITIN, not eligible. A lot of couples got shafted, even those living in the USA. There was a petition but it does not look like it got far. Hopefully, the next payment does not have this restriction. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/include-mixed-stat
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  17. It's really coming together now Tommy :)
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  18. Nah. That's fermented cabbage. Swede is called rutabaga in the USA I think. I love it cooked like mashed potatos but I have never tried it fermented.
    1 point
  19. I like mashed Swede with a little butter and roasted parsnips with my roast dinner. Of course I have mint sauce also. Yeh i would have eaten you share of the veg mate.
    1 point
  20. Let me know how it goes Jim.
    1 point
  21. No Swede looks a turnip mate.
    1 point
  22. Thanks, I made a mistake with my PHP AUD currently where I am I using $USD and the local currency RIEL, sometimes I am to lazy to think it out properly! At the current exchange rate I am looking at and would feel financially very comfortable at around 70k or 80k php per month from what you have said that would be ok. . I cant slum it I think its against my nature. If i had to I would go back home.Thanks again any advice is welcome your a champion.
    1 point
  23. We have a winner.
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  24. My wife told me when she was younger her mother taught her, "a man who eats good at home will not want to go out to eat."
    1 point
  25. Thanks Geoff, I think I am going with the old fashioned methods and I will wait until I get there and start meeting some nice women face to face as wasting hours on end wit the same questions same conversations only to get at the end "will you send me a gift?" is pretty tiresome in itself at least face to face you can weigh up a million things just by her non verbal communications which is after all 90% of all body communications (Gests, dress, attitude, etc). it also eliminates the "is she real" question and not some African guy sitting behind his computer in Nigeria 😂 It goes wit
    1 point
  26. It's hard to suggest coming to the Philippines and spending some time and meeting someone in country when you can't actually go there right now. There are genuine women on the dating sites, there are also a lot of poor women just trying to get money, so... yeah try it but be careful. I'd ask for her Facebook page (all Filipinos have Facebook, sometimes several), if she won't give it to you or she claims not to have one be suspicious. Look at the pages of her friends after her you are on her friends list. Second I'd ask for video chats, use Facebook messenger/video chat or Viber
    1 point
  27. It's no problem, I have a 3 story house. If I can''t get up the stairs when I get older I will sleep down stairs next to the beer.
    1 point
  28. The comments about the stairs are intersting, in Australia my house is single level but the house in CDO is three levels. I don't go up to the third floor that often but I'm up and down the stair multiple times per day when I'm there and honestly I really notice it when I first arrive from Aussie. But after a couple of weeks it just becomes part of my routine. It honestly does become part of my daily excercise. Tommy I'm really impressed with your house (and your patience) and I'd like to second the comments about 'thanks for sharing it' :)
    1 point
  29. Where were you when I was a kid, mum used to put them in stews and curries and we had to eat the bloody things, YUK YUK and bloody YUK.
    1 point
  30. And live somewhere that doesn't have an alcohol ban! Tanduay or San Mig or Red Horse can help you acclimate.
    1 point
  31. Mainly I get questions like: Would you like a beer? Would you like coffee? Would you like tea? What do you want for breakfast . . lunch . . supper etc? Can I cut your hair . . fingernails . . toenails etc? Do you mind if I play with your . . (you know).? Etc etc. Life is good.
    1 point
  32. Theres a lot of chat here about mail. Is there really much mail sent these days or what you cant access online. In my case I have no mail from Australia and dont care as everything I need is online.
    1 point
  33. 1 - When I walk or am shopping I will often complement parents on the children, quapo, quapa, love that hat, etc. The parents always smile and appreciate the comments. Sometimes I will have children come to me for mano po even when they do not know me. It is this warm, friendly, and gracious nature of Filipinos that I have come to love and respect. 2 - The main challenge I have faced with english speaking Filipinos is that the words are often pronounced differently here than USA. For example I wanted to buy wax for my car. The clerk did not understand what I wanted. I explained wh
    1 point
  34. Girls in the Philippines seem to mature later then their equivalent in the west. We have several nieces in the early twenties and they are little more like children.
    1 point
  35. @Jack D Well, I start to chat on the platform, then I change to WhatsApp if it goes well. If the communication is really good, I would try video chat. But never happened yet. @Freebie A typical conversation would go like this: Me: I'm x from y. I like your profile, would you like to get to know each other...etc. Her: Hello. M: How are you? How did you spend your weekend? H: I'm good. M: What is your job? H: I work in the supermarket.. --- This happens to me all the time. Their replies are so short and meaningless that there is nothing in t
    1 point
  36. This pretty much sums a lot of dating sites up these days.
    1 point
  37. Freebie reminded me of something. To each his own, but I don't get these long drawn-out online relationships. We know several Filipinas with western 'boyfriends' who they may never meet, or the promise is always in the future, etc. As a man, I was not interested in stringing along a relationship without quickly meeting face to face. How else could I be sure of the chemistry, or that it was not one giant scam? No offense to those of you who chatted online for 10 months before ever meeting your girl. Sounds like some of you had whole file folders and spreadsheets full of girls, heheh, so w
    1 point
  38. Ive been on and around chat sites for many years, since back in the Yahoo messenger, MSN Messenger, IRC chat relay days etc... and was active in dating sites inmany countries , Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines, Malaysia. ( as I moved countries in Asia a few times for work ). I found having a good photo of yourself, perhaps one in what they call professional attire ( shirt and necktie ) and a more casual one works well. Profiles are meaingless as most girls just look at pics. No need to show your fancy car as it doesnt impress. But the biggest point when chatting is seeing
    1 point
  39. I'm not sure about how you are sending messages. The best way for me was Facebook Messenger, and I always had very long interactive conversations. I never video chatted until I met the one that I really liked (based on our conversations).
    1 point
  40. Middle class filipinas don't need to marry a foreigner so you are unlikely to find them on online dating. You need to understand why filipinas are attracted to foreigners, it's either to scam them or get out of their desperate lifestyle. Also the reason they want children is because they believe is cements the relationship and you would take better care of them. At the end of the day they are mostly after your money, not always in a bad way, apart from the scammers, but for the security that goes with it.
    1 point
  41. Yes maybe wait until you want or can have a long term relationship rather than a hyped up online for an unknown time.
    1 point
  42. First of all, thanks for all your comments, it has surely given me some deeper insight into this thing. What this basically requires is a lot of patience and maybe also some different tactics/approach from my side, even though I haven't really figured out yet how to do it. What also makes it more difficult for me is that I am quite picky and also I don't want to have children which seems to rule out 90% of all girls. From my dating experience, the kind of Filipina which is a bit more educated/westernized is more likely to be found in business areas such as Makati. Fortunate
    1 point
  43. On line dating was the best thing that has ever happened to me, that’s where I met my wife , Date in Asia was the site and at first it felt like I was the kid in the best sweet shop looking at all those goodies who was looking at me , and there was loads of them too. I was talking and video chat to a few very nice ladies and some super attractive ladies but they turned out to be men but hey ho it was just a chat, you soon get to know those who are just after your cash but there are some wonderful people who are looking for love . My advice is don’t always look for the very young att
    1 point
  44. I met the Angry Midget (wife of 3 weeks now) in about 2011 on a dating site so my experience back then is likely to be different to yours now. I know this to be fact due to after meeting AM a couple of times over two years, we ended it as she wanted kids and I didn't want any more. I gave it all a miss for a couple of years and was happily single tripping all over Asia on holidays. Then in about 2017 I decided to give the dating sites another try. Wow, the difference was incredible. To begin with, there were a lot more sites than my initial outing and whilst the scammers were t
    1 point
  45. Having done it (online dating) and eventually married one of my "chat mates," the best advise I can give is to find a mentor. This is even more important than finding a girl, which let's face it, can be done easily - but finding the right girl is not so easy. I got very lucky and found my mentor who lived a couple hours away from me. He and his wife helped me navigate the tough online waters. Otherwise, I would have just drowned, overwhelmed by it all. But here's the important thing: find a like-minded mentor. There are guys online who are looking to marry, looking to find a vacation girl
    1 point
  46. I'm right up there with agreeing there are so many scammers these days. I think the good old innocent days are long gone. It's a shame for the good guys and the good girls. Even if you find one that on the surface sounds and acts ideal you will only see the real them after some time. Filipinos are experts at putting on a front. Just wait until the mask slips and you could have a shock. I started out on one of the web sites about 5 yrs ago and fortunately only got close to one girl and even today she is a good friend. I lost count of the girls with emergency medical bills, no food in
    1 point
  47. Welcome Elmo. For years I gave no thought whatsoever to dating sites. I felt sorry for all those un-married shmucks until I became divorced myself. I happened to be living in China then, and find Asian women extremely...umm...hot. Anyway, the trouble was finding one who spoke good english, so I decided to try a dating site called "Date in Asia". I really did not expect much result. But at least I could filter by age, language, location, etc. Within 2 weeks I was chatting back and forth with my future wife, a Filipina working nearby in Macau. Was very wary about girls falsifyi
    1 point
  48. Have you tried video chatting? I found that video chatting worked for me. When my future wife and I first made eye contact, we couldn't stop chatting. After a few weeks, she invited me to the Philippines.
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  49. As Old55 mentioned, that seem odd. It has been well over 15 years since I was contacting Filipinas via the web. I expect the site you use has a "chat" feature? When using chat some of these ladies could go chat for extended periods of time. We talked about all kinds of things. Where do you live? What is it like? How was your day? Is it still hot or is it raining? etc, etc, etc. The answers to these simple questions will normally lead to other Q and A that began to build knowledge of each other as individuals. I recall one chat that with my now wife of 15 years that went: M
    1 point
  50. I have not done it myself, but I have watched filipinas show me how it works. The number of foreign men on these sites hugely outnumbers the amount of available filipinas. So much so that the "real" daters get way more messages than they can handle, and thus the short note to each one that they find interesting. They also do not have time to read profiles. They scan and reply to the ones who seem interesting to them iin some way. Again, in my experience, there are scammers and business people. Scammers speaks for itself. Most foreigners do not realize that there are now agencies who
    1 point
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