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  1. Depends very much on the individual HK. For myself, as said going from the rather run down city of Bacolod to up town IloIlo is like going to a new world. What i do enjoy here though is the proximity of Canlaon and the surrounding national parks, , Within an hours drive we can hike, often without the much vaunted tourist guide to water falls rivers, mostly no garbage. Due to the proximity to Mt Canlaon there are various cold spring resorts close by, fresh invigorating COLD water swimming. Close by we have such a spring run by a nature loving Filipino, beautifully landscaped and run
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  2. Zero???? Gazooks...are you sure you're still in the Philippines? Is there at least a rooster crowing somewhere in the background?
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  3. Well she never returned to see if there was an answer. Comparing a used car salesman to a politician is very degrading to the used car salesman.
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  4. Philippines December 2021
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  5. You think you are joking, but it's really possible. Kan Umantad Falls in Bohol is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Philippines, but it only flows on weekends. Most of the time the water goes to the very large number of rice terraces nearby.
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  6. Actually...family proximity was one of our high level geography factors...on top of the others regarding things like medical and airports, etc. There's an old saying: marry a Filipina, and you marry her family. However, "proximity" is a word that needs personal definition. For us it means being able to visit a couple times a month - so like an hour away is good - in fact, it's preferable. My wife has spent 30 years in the US and is fairly Americanized, but one of the reasons we're here is because it's an opportunity for her to spend some time with her mom and dad while they're still alive.
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  7. Or maybe a used car salesman or a politician will do.
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  8. LTO told me to do the same, carry the receipt of the driving licence as there were no plastic. But carrying a copy of your driving licence and using it to show the officials is illegal. Your driving licence is a legal document.
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  9. LOL, I'v seen these armed guards fast asleep sat in a chair. As much use as a chocolate tea-pot.
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  10. Got it, so you have to mail a passport and also a Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice (except FedEx), if Passport with Visa is to be mailed back.
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  11. Forum members are not allowed to post messages that advise members to break or not follow the law. Philippine law requires you to carry a driver license. I posted the URL, but not the actual page because it is a PDF. You need to carry the license so the officer knows that the actual license has not been confiscated and you are using a photocopy. Republic Act 4136, CHAPTER III, ARTICLE 1, Sec 19 https://lto.gov.ph/images/ISSUANCES/Republic_Act/RA_4136.pdf
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  12. Optimistic to think that the covid wave in India will be over in 2 weeks.
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  13. http://www.philippinessanfrancisco.org/philippines-dc/embassy-dc/ For the US west coast Philippines embassy.
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  14. Its usually not unless something of large value is taken. Petty larceny is common and usually a thing of the moment and opportunity in very many third world countries. I recall reading many blogs and seeing many vblogs from weathy expats in say, Costa Rica, who complain bitterly about how all their hired help have light fingers. People here seem at times not to affix rigid property rights akin to those in wealthier countries... for some reason. I can guess why since I read a lot of social psychology re the attitudes of other national societies, but since its a complex topic I don't want
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  15. It sounds like progress to me too. Anyone who has ever tried to cancel a PLDT contract knows the frustration. In the past they would keep billing and nagging even after you stopped using the service. Now you only have to skip a payment and its over. Lovely!
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  16. Thanks for sharing your selection process which was successful for you, DaveB. Your mentioned criteria was a good example of knowing your needs, and finding a list of acceptable starting points. From what you wrote thus far, it seems your wife was open to many options over a wide geographic area. A lot of Pinay aren't willing to settle outside of their first language areas, but some women can speak two in-country languages as well as English and some are very well traveled, so they will comfortably consider living on many islands or other regions. Many Pinay want to be in some proxim
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  17. Thought I'd go back to your original questions and provide some info on how I and my wife sat in the US and approached the "where to live in the Philippines" question. The problem is how to sit in the States and make any sense out of the barrage of site-specific info that comes your way. Our approach might sound pretty mechanical, and naively simplistic, but it got us started. We did have the advantage of having traveled back and forth here quite often over the years, but deciding where to live as a settled household is another level of commitment to the geography. We had a set of top
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  18. Haha thanks for the tips! Will make sure to take my kindle with me! My gf has a (very) large family so maybe one of them can be "encouraged" to do the queueing for me.... although I'm English I'm not a fan of queueing! ;)
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  19. Yes war and peace by Tolstoy comes to mind.
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  20. Like looking at the local scenery.
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  21. Having reading material helps with tolerating lines.
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  22. Or phillhealth at the least. @Michael H just be forewarned things don`t work here like they do in the west. For an example my friend had to queue up yesterday to pay an extra on his water bill didn`t take very long but it was only 6 pesos and he had already waited to pay the main bill. Everything here takes time and you have to be very patient. Apart from that, for me, the pros outweigh the cons. Welcome to the forum.
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  23. You bring up an excellent point! When, or if, you show up at the emergency ward you better have a credit card or a fist full of cash.
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  24. Get yourself over here mate. You'll love it...especially as a retiree (you even get the annual increments on a British State Pension). Bear in mind though, when involved with a Filipina here, her family will always come first, and they will always need money. You need to learn how to deal with that. Also, consider future health implications, as it all has to be paid for here.
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  25. Would endorse all HK says, I live in near by Bacolod and going to IloIlo is like going back to NZ if one stays uptown. Has everything, lovely wide streets some super upmarket malls and fantastic esplanade. The only draw back for me is, although the city is amazing, thats it, not so much else to do compared to Negros that I am aware of,this pertains to out doors. Well worth checking out for sure.
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  26. It's just the pollution in Manila that would concern me (having lived both there and in the province).
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  27. Hello Michael, and welcome aboard. FYI Under the forum of 'Life as an Expat' you will find this thread. https://www.philippines-expats.com/topic/31214-what-do-you-not-love-about-living-in-the-philippines/ As you can see, it focuses on the cons. The first posting, however, contains a link to an earlier thread entitled almost the same wording but without the not". It contains some of the pros....just click on it. I am sure that there are several youtube videoblogs that focus on this theme as well. Its a start.....
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  28. I based myself in the very centre of Makati...convenient for malls but of greater importance was 3 traffic lights to airport and in first few years here managed 28 trips both nationally and internationally. Easy to get to HK or Thailand and easy for Europe and Australia. Hospitals, no brownouts and constant wifi all here. However when I want a dose of beach or provincel life WAS very easy to head to Bantaya, Siquijor, Dumaguete area, Siargao, and a host of other good easy to bein provincial areas. For me this works as I own my own condo. Many golf courses just a few kms south of Aya
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  29. I disagree... One can find many places that are "the same" or very similar, within any given country. I just made a comment based on what was posted, HK... USA has an incredible diversity of locations, climates, etc... I, personally, chose Philippines because of climate, people, culture. Definitely, the Phils... is not for everyone.
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  30. Copied from google search...for what it's worth: * Acquisition thru hereditary succession if the foreign acquire is a legal or natural heir. This means that when you are married to a Filipino citizen and your husband/wife dies, you as the natural heir will become the legal owner of his/her property. The same is true for the children. Every natural child (legitimate or illegitimate) can inherit the property of his/her Filipino father/mother even if he/she is not a Filipino citizen. Owning of houses or buildings is legal as long as the foreigner does not own the land on which the hous
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  31. I would assume that the foreigner is named a husband to the owner due to the Family Code of the Philippines and, in addition, to ensure that the foreigner can maintain ownership in the event of death of spouse. Those are the only two instances I can think of where the foreigner would have any kind of claim on the property.
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  32. Being a long termer here, I am no longer surprised at material failures or breakdowns due to a host of reasons you may not encounter in other countries and climates. Replacing light switches, main house lines, wiring that needs extra armor against insects and rodents, etc. is fairly normal and usually of moderate cost. TVs, radios and computer failures seem higher than normal to what I am used to in my other cold climate where I normally spend time. But we can live with that. What did surprise me the other day was for our relatively new, high quality Condura Inverter refrigerator to
    1 point
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