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  1. Tom - you're not alone in your observation but when people are being paid per day and using materials somebody else has paid for then you can see why things are done the way they are. Add in the apparent inability to plan beyond the very rudimentary level and you can see why things follow a meandering path. I'm surprised your partner is surprised though - it's very much par for the course here.
    3 points
  2. Thanks for the tip, Snowy. I have checked them all numerous times and I think the stairs will likely outlast me and even the rest of the home! They are solid. These boys are fairly good with cement and welding and steel. They are not so good with wood. But - as someone here suggested - the steps are glued and screwed to the steel supports. Early on they wobbled a bit and were not all straight. But they feel secure and sturdy now. I am positive they have never done this sort of staircase before so they learned as they progressed. I remain a bit surprised that L is possibly pickier than me
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  3. I almost can't f*****g believe it. One year and over two months and our home is livable! It is not quite done, but so very close that we are going to "move in" tomorrow, at least for a couple of days. The unending stairs project keeps trundling along, but is getting there. There are a lot of little things that need to get finished. Yesterday, we brought in some friends of L to start to clean the place. It was so nice to not have to wade through 1/2" of sawdust and dirt when wandering through the house. The foreman started installing the curtain rod holders. L is having a field day shoppin
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  4. Well, it is only a memory of high school for Jake, but I will put it here in schools. By chance I stopped in the former George Dewey High School today and took some pics. This was a high school on the Subic Bay Navy Base. I posted some pics a few years ago and it seems like the abandoned section has gone downhill even more. Back then, the abandoned section was all green with overgrowth and I did not venture in there. Now that it is dry it looks like they cleared out some of the dried up brush, uncovering all the decay and filth. Sad to see what was probably a very nice facility neglected
    2 points
  5. Well Tom it’s been a long journey longer then you would have thought but you are so close . Its been interesting reading your story and I am sure you have given some folk some good ideas about what they may be doing in there future lives and other folk to think not a chance am I going though all that. Anyway I wish you all the happiness in your home and I am sure you will still have many months of getting the outside just as nice as the inside looks .
    2 points
  6. Advice received and well taken... thanks!
    2 points
  7. Tom, let me be Frank here My Friend, considerate is one thing, trying to influence others ways of Life is so different, Please don't be Naive enough to think anyone in your new Home area will welcome advice on how things should be Done, Remember, You are the new Kids on the Block, Telling others in anyway how to behave to your Standard will maybe brush them up the wrong way and you may well put a target on your Back, Tom, I have been there, You are sailing into uncharted waters for you and things may go wrong if you are not very careful of how you treat your neighbours of whatever class or p
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  8. Tom! think on that for goodness sake once word is out that you will pay, you may end up being a Pickup Point for Trash, People will come from afar just to avoid paying themselves to dispose of Trash It happens mate
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  9. Tommy to the Provincial way of Life, Something that City Dwellers don't always notice until they are involved daily with it, Along with HK, I am surprised that "L" is surprised when this is what Happens around School Gates, You will get used to it eventually, I have found the more you mention it and get irritated by it the more it happens. On my Build once they realised it upset me and the more I cleared up after them the more they did it. PAYBACK time for our constant search for Perfection methinks Tom once you are moved in it will stop BUT it will still happen outside your gates mate. My he
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  10. So maybe some members here could shed some light on some odd things L and I both noticed on the build here... The contractors have a couple of guys who have been painting. They started painting the interior months ago. Then the sparky comes in, the air con guy and even the foreman to chip out cement for installing or moving wires and plumbing. Then the painter paints over that when it's done. Then, even the painter goes and sprays stain and top coat on the wood work and makes a total mess of the paint job he has already done. So he paints again. Not being sarcastic here, but I reall
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  11. I transitioned from Balikbayan to 9A (because of the difficulty of doing another 'balikbayan run') end of June this year, including acquisition of ACR card...and have extended twice since.... no probs, at my local Field Office at Dagupan, North Luzon. Just get yourself into the country. I can't see there being any problems extending your stay, once here. Do of course keep an eye out for changes to the rules during the current 'crisis' .
    2 points
  12. That is suspended for now. It allows a foreigner to enter with his spouse and stay for one year.
    2 points
  13. A member has recently done it so I have Tagged him to see if he is willing to tell you @Eddie1
    2 points
  14. I never saw that story but I would not doubt it. When I took the pictures in 2016, the gym still had a foot or two of mud in it. I think they have cleaned it out some and they have plans to fully renovate it later.
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  15. My stamp is for 59 days, I'm going to go to a travel agency that a friend recommended and have them work on getting an extension, I think i have to get an ACR card now, it sure was nice having the balikbayan stamp, if it was still possible I would fly to Hong Kong and back with the wife to get another, it would be cheaper.
    2 points
  16. I don't think there's a single ball field left on SBMA now, used to be so many, we had the base basketball and softball teams that would travel, also the intramural and bar leagues year round. even after Pinatubo the fields were cleaned up and we were playing softball again six months later. If I remember correctly the George Dewey high school gym collapsed during Pinatubo killing 2 people.
    2 points
  17. Wow, those photos reactivated my lost memory cells during my puberty years (9th and 10th grade). I was on the HS baseball team. Do they still have that baseball field across the front entrance area? Thanks Don!
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  18. @jake Another update on George Dewey High School, now Manila Times College. I now have two daughters enrolled there as of today, but it is online. However, they have continued to fix up the campus. I stopped by today to pay some tuition, and took some pictures. It was a dreary day and they were cleaning up the mess from the early rain and wind (Quinta), but you can see the huge change from the pictures I posted in 2016. My oldest daughter started 11th grade online, back in late August. We did not think we could cope up with our 6 year old attending first grade online, so we did
    2 points
  19. I guess it will take a LONG time then
    2 points
  20. Whilst it is generally true that Tourist Visa (9A) holders cannot leave the country and then return there are a few exceptions to the rules. If you are married but have not yet obtained a 13A Visa (Resident that is free to come and go) OR you are a parent (Married or not) of a Filipino Child (Minor) you can leave the Philippines and then return by obtaining a Tourist Visa (9A) by providing proof of your marriage or proof of parenthood (Marriage Certificate/Birth Certificate etc). These are exempted from the current restrictions of no tourists allowed to enter the Philippines. The application
    1 point
  21. Thanks for the reply. Yes always keeping an eye out for the changes, which seem to be quite frequent.
    1 point
  22. If your motivation is purely to make your environment better for your own personal satisfaction then why not, Tom, but don't look for any gratitude or recognition for it - and indeed understand that it may bite you in the ass later. We have a street cleaner but I'm also "guilty" of picking up litter around my house - I have never, ever seen any of my neighbours do this even if it's their own litter.
    1 point
  23. Adding to Jack's comments ref. litter - I seem to remember some chat on this forum on the subject of clearing up the area surrounding our property. Unless I'm mistaken, the consensus was to not do it on the basis it won't make any difference in the long term and the task will become "your" responsibility.
    1 point
  24. Thanks for your thought, HK. What we are seeing is a lack of planning and organization on the part of the contractor. This is in addition to the general lack of consideration regarding trash, etc. The foreman here is a really nice guy. But he is now split between finishing our home and some other construction project they now have underway. He is expected to do myriad tasks AND to be a supervisor. It is beyond his capability and we see that. L is a school teacher and a bit of a Maverick (female!) too. She does not fit in with most of the commonly accepted or observed customs of many Filip
    1 point
  25. BI in Olongapo is very easy to deal with. No need for an agent and no crowds. I extended there many times. That extension with ACR should cost around p7300 for 60 days.
    1 point
  26. Looking at the stairs I have similar in my apartment. Make sure you give them a good check over. Mine the weld has cracked a few times due to poor quality weld and material. Fortunately they never collapsed as I'm sure it would be broken leg time.
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  27. There is no evidence of a baseball field over there, but they cleared the entire area with plans for some kind of fields.
    1 point
  28. Thanks Geoff... Yeah... Two birthdays later after starting this project... Never again!!!
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  30. I grew up in the country, around here the farmers can't get immigrant workers now because Covid has shut the borders. Farmers and small town business people (like I was) aren't generally 'lefties', mostly they're pragmatic realists and if you can't get someone to pick your oranges or your apples or your grapes and they rot on the tree or the vine then you're business is stuffed. And the 'locals' won't leave their cities and work in the country, rural areas (at least some of them) need immigrant workers to fill those employment positions. The problem comes when refugees are dumpe
    1 point
  31. I appreciate your thoughts, Snowy. So far, when visiting the home, the upstairs master bedroom has been cool. There are nice breezes usually and the early shade seems to keep that area cool. The aircon for that room works very well so that is good too. You did miss some earlier postings from me about the site, but that's okay. The home is sited in a fruit orchard so it is shaded in the early morning by mango trees to the east. It is exposed during mid-day to full sun, but then is shaded from about 3 pm and later by more mango trees to the west. Whenever we visit, the home is cooler i
    1 point
  32. Without Insurance, it's nigh impossible to legislate for medical bills - the best you can do is have a pot of money accessible and hope it's emough. As for your 2k budget - it's enough and many ex-pats are here on that or less. That said, if you want to live here at the same standard as back home you will find it's actually as expensive here for many things i.e. mobile phone bill/internet/western food/western restaurants etc. Long and short of it is if you are really looking to downsize/simplify life you can do it here and get by more easily than you could in Norway but if you're looking
    1 point
  33. Believe me... I will be delighted to be on the last page of this build description... Anyway, another visit today for the two of us. Now that we have a couple of chairs in the library (man cave) I am really enjoying lounging there a while when L goes out to talk to the workers. On goes the aircon and it works quite well. After 10 minutes at high speed, I turn it to automatic and the fan slows to a whisper yet keeps the room at 25 or wherever I set it. It's nice to get a bit spoiled. I hope to buy the bar fridge in a few days. The painter has gotten his act together and has
    1 point
  34. @Jake Looks like at least one of my kids will be going to your old school next August. We stopped by today and they already have some administrators there, and it looks like 15-20 rooms are almost ready. The current students in Cubi will move to the new facility in the next few months, then new students will start in August. They follow the U.S. school year schedule. The gymnasium is being retrofitted but it will not be open until phase II. They said they have plans for a swimming pool too.
    1 point
  35. I get your point, Jack. I will have a discussion with L about this. I understand what you are saying. We will start staying out there tomorrow night. We will figure things out... I appreciate your comments.
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  36. Well the good news here is that our favorite casino has reopened. Okada here in Manila. Thought I would relate the experience. First of all only people who have the top 4 level of player cards are allowed in. So if your just an occasional player or have never been before you wont be allowed in. Upon entering you must go through a complete body scan, reminded me of a TSA airport screening machine. Then (and I have only seen this in the movies or in military decontamination chambers) you enter an enclosed misting booth, stand there for a few seconds then proceed through the normal secu
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