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  1. My wife and I have been married 50 years and we are considering moving to the Philippines after the independent living retirement stage. Our background includes 30+ years on Oahu as transplants with our younger son still there as a teacher at Nanakuli High School. The Philippine location should be close to a major hospital for medical services. Another is nearby restaurants offering international cuisine, a Western style supermarket, and a wet market. We may need 24 hours in-resident caregiver services which is inexpensive compared to Hawaii. At the time of my research, cost for caregivers on Oahu was between $60,000 to $150,000 a year. Our budget for the Philippines for live-in is less than $20,000 a year. Social networking requires just a little effort. Join a church group, hobby group or look for an expat community that meets on a regular basis. If either one of us are still independent, the plan is to volunteer. Perhaps offering conversational English practice for high school and college students. Volunteerism will also result in social networking as you get to meet parents, school administrators, etc.
    6 points
  2. Got power back on Christmas day, little damage but wooden pole that carries power and internet lines was almost blocking the road from my jungle house. Spent most of the day chopping bamboo away from my power lines that had been toppled, a whole bunch of bamboo had been uprooted and completely blocked another dirt track.
    3 points
  3. Maybe apart from an education program, they could ensure that every household has a television set. Even here in Australia there are teenage girls in shopping centres with babies but this is different system where the government encourages population growth and the welfare system looks after them. Of course there are the areas here where there are 3 generations of adults in the one house that just keep pumping out babies and none of the 3 generations have ever had a job.
    3 points
  4. Right down the street from us is the local chapter of a racing association. About every two weeks local racers bring their birds in cages. They are all loaded onto a specialized truck and taken to the release point. I am in Metro Manila and I know that once the release point was in Legaspi (southern end of Luzon) and once they even took a ferry to the island of Mindoro. These guys are serious and pretty well organized. If you have any specific questions I will be happy to take a walk down there and ask them. A funny side note, I did ask one guy if the birds find their way home okay. (being ignorant of this sport) He said usually yes,,,,but the biggest danger is little kids that hang around the release points with nets....Seems they net the birds and sell them on the black market
    2 points
  5. My Filipina wife of (at that time) of 19 years retired and moved here in 2012. With the exception of a few minor bumps, we are very happy that we did. Our pensions go so much further here. We usually (before covid anyway) took a road trip once a week just to go out for a meal, and would visit a resort for a few days every month or so. There are so many within driving distance from Manila I dont think we will ever run out. Not at your age and situation. The only color people will care about is the color of your money. Being a "dollar earner" you are already considered to be on of the "upper class" (whether true or not ). So that would be the least of my worries. Having painted such a rosy picture, let me talk about possible downsides. Your wife probably has relatives here (assuming that is who your father in law visits) but is not close to them. I am sure that you will want to visit them. I suggest that you do so, but depending on their circumstances I personally would keep them at arms distance for a while. Families here are infamous for expecting "rich" relatives to help them financially. Lastly, the Philippines is not for everyone, I visited with my wife for 2-3 weeks over an 18 year period before we made the disicion to retire here, and even then I was shocked about several aspect of living here,,,,vacations are a LOT different than setting up house. So if you are in a position to visit for an extended period before selling up and making a move, I would strongly suggest that. There are lots of condos for rent that you can set up temporarily depending on where you are interested in. We are a pretty laid back group here, so just start asking questions,,,but please start a new topic for each question. We do tend to be a bunch of wind bags and rarely stay on topic after the first reply or two
    2 points
  6. Just read where the president wants families to limit to 3 children per household to ease the poverty in the country, which would have to be brought about by contraception. I wonder what the Catholic Church thinks about this, would they be the ones to dish out rubbers at church services?
    1 point
  7. Not sure about that as if you do a Facebook group search including the term "Philippines" you get several groups. One has 33k members so hardly a secret.
    1 point
  8. From what I read he was mainly joking with his advice. He also said taking the pill is for women and that wont work for men so best to cut off the penis but the wives wont be happy. He went on to say he was making people laugh while waiting for relief goods. As for contraception, well its widely available and has been for several years now so nothing new and the church haven't said anything for years. You can get the pill or buy condoms in 7/11 or pharmacy.
    1 point
  9. Believe or not, television watching actually works to reduce pregnancies.
    1 point
  10. Bats maybe? Millions take off at dusk to feast on insects.
    1 point
  11. Publically they will denounce it as per church doctrine, speak to a priest one on one with out his collar on and they are for it. I am not sure if free contraception will work anyway. We live within spitting distance of some really poor areas. Not a day goes by where a young pregnant teen is not seen or carrying a baby. I don't know if it the result of rape, incest, lack of education (hard to believe they don't know the birds and the bees when dogs and cats are seen humping everyday), boredom or just desperation of poor girls who just want something they can call their own. All I do know is that the poor even in rich countries where contraception is free or cheap and easy to get they don't seem to use it, so why would it work here?
    1 point
  12. What island/province/language (s) area (s) do most of the Pinoy kinfolk live in ? Maybe that is not a factor, but it might help since there may be expat members living there who can provide you with more targeted and specific information it that is a relevant concern.
    1 point
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