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  1. Well first off, you aren't the only Person with a bit of money on this site and my suggestion, don't spruik about your wealth or dress in top of the range cloths when your over there. Another thing you haven't said whether it's only a holiday or fulltime, if it's a holiday splash your money around, draw attention to yourself there's plenty over there that will notice you and relieve you of some of it. Then again if your staying fulltime, invest in your daughters future, there's no need to lock yourself up in a condo, there's plenty of nice estates that are well patrolled and close to the city proper. The PI people aren't all scammers or crooks, most of what you've probably heard are half drunken yarns told over and over to make then sound plausible. What's been said may times to new visitors, keep a low profile and stay out of sleasy bars and enjoy your daughter and wifes company. Good luck Try a bit of his lifestyle.
    5 points
  2. So other than the perfect storm of shit that the PI embassy in Canberra combined with Australia Post created, a bureaucratic nightmare , I finally have my passport with 9a visa in my hand despite receiving notification of approval of said visa over a month ago... Anyway, a story for another time. Booking my flights the other day, and I naturally went for Singapore Airlines as I have Kris Flyer points out the ying yang. Keeping a close eye on the prices, Singapore Air stayed pretty constant at about $AUD1700 one way Sydney -> Singapore -> Manila and they'd cancelled all flights out of Brisbane; whatever, $AUD44 one way from the Gold Coast to Sydney at the moment. PAL were anywhere between $AUD1750-1900 from Sydney direct to Manila. Anyway, Singapore Air have cancelled all flights from Singapore to Manila until the 14th of Feb as of Saturday, unless you'd already booked. So conceding defeat I booked PAL but tried a little experiment: I put in Syd -> Manila -> Hong Kong as I need a throwaway even on a 9a as things stand at the moment. For those that don't know, the 9a works exactly the same as the visa on arrival used to, but rather than 3 years, it's 2 with extensions to be filed at least 7 days prior to expiry. Guess what? $AUD1576 in total, a saving of about $AUD200-300 with the added leg rather than just to Manila. Anyway, posted for those that may come after and worth investigating when it's your time to book.
    4 points
  3. Welcome Dont know why you would want to leave Guam,,lovely place (except for the 30 mph speed limit boy that drove me nuts lol) But I understand living there and visiting there might be completely different than just visiting. I wont touch on the business part of your post, I am retired with secure income, so I will just address what I know about. The more money you have the safer you will be. Live in a higher end subdivision, have a driver to take you about, have live in maids. The area you mentioned is near Ayala Alabang, really high class area. From there you can go to 1st class malls and restaurants, 1st class hospital, all the bells and whistles. Even a good international school for your kids. The only time you would really have to mix with the great unwashed is if you went a a road trip somewhere. Long story short, unless a person is a complete rube and just rubs people the wrong way, is involved in some shady dealing and stays away from politics and family disputes, the Philippines is just as safe as any place else in the world,,,especially Chicago
    4 points
  4. You couldn't pay me to get on a roller coaster in the Philippines, and I love roller coasters.
    4 points
  5. I will cross Enchanted Kingdom off my list of things to do when we return to the Philippines. Don, you might try PUGAD in La Union. It was very nice for a day trip back when I lived in Baguio. I even did their Superman zip line.
    4 points
  6. My (province) neighbours are only jealous of my videoke performances, and amazing dance moves. It's so much less stressful not having to worry about money and status.
    3 points
  7. So security threw the towel in ?
    3 points
  8. An anti climax here. So the security guards didn’t find the towel and the Chinese tourists went to the bus and I went to my room, leaving the hookers in the bar that were hoping for one last client for the morning. The End
    3 points
  9. FFS! Dont go and leave us hanging! Did they find the towel? Did they make them pay for it, did a remake of a Bruce lee movie happen in the lobby! That policy has been around for as long as I remember, I want the BLOODY DETAILS
    3 points
  10. Only used PAL when I was short on funds! Seems like they're also short on funds... what goes around, comes around.
    3 points
  11. That my Friend is why most of us sane people Build ourselves a home
    3 points
  12. If you insist on living in a big city the air pollution will get you if you manage to avoid the criminals. Abandon all hope. I wouldn't get involved in any kind of business in the Philippines. Too dangerous, and a Filipino will do whatever cheaper than you can. My house is in a semi-rural touristy area in a less corrupt municipality, close to a small city . It's 2 hours from a big city (Cebu). It's quiet and safe- no bars on my windows!
    2 points
  13. Star light bed and breakfast, meals cooked in house, takeaway just around the corner if you don't like there meals, manly Pommy meals, balcony not oversized but good enough, pick up at the airport, takes quarantine guests, I've stayed there 14 days and still cheap, the wife was in touch with them less than a month ago. On line, the address, Park Ave Pasay.
    2 points
  14. I sort of feel the same way about zip lines...
    2 points
  15. Singapore Air to Singapore then Manila....
    2 points
  16. We stayed in an Airbnb in Baguio before covid and it was very nice but the caretaker and his family lived on-sight, it felt like we were being policed the whole time.
    2 points
  17. Yes, I recall that from when I took my (then 11 year-old) half Filipino son to the Orlando theme parks. Then again, I thought we got good value and good quality for our money, in a first world civilised country, not an overpopulated, polluted third world dump of a city like Manila (being honest).
    2 points
  18. That is common. They don't allow you to bring food into amusement parks in the U.S. unless it is baby food or special needs food. The problem at EK was that their food service is terrible.
    2 points
  19. Hi Guys, Do any of you have any motels you can recommend for my six days in the gulag (quarantine) in Manila? Happy to pay PHP2.5 - 3k a night. Balcony preferred. Cheers.
    1 point
  20. The national carrier of the Philippines had filed for bankruptcy in the United States in September, seeking relief from creditors as it tried to survive the devastation unleashed on the airline industry by the coronavirus pandemic. Its court-approved reorganisation plan includes a $2 billion debt reduction and additional liquidity of $505 million from its main shareholder, PAL said in a statement Friday.It also has the option to obtain up to $150 million in additional financing from new investors. "PAL has streamlined operations with a reorganised fleet and is now better capitalised for future growth," the airline added. https://www.yahoo.com/news/philippine-airlines-exits-us-bankruptcy-050911982.html
    1 point
  21. First (Probationary) one ? . The Honorable Commissioner Jaime H. Morente 2nd Floor, Bureau of Immigration Bldg. Magallanes Drive, Intramuros Manila Dear Commissioner: May I respectfully request a Non-Quota Immigrant Visa under Section 13, Paragraph A of the Philippine Immigrant Act as amended, in favor of my foreign spouse (name of spouse), a .......... National. I am (name of the Filipino spouse), a Philippine Citizen. We were married in (place of marriage) on ....... I am enclosing here, copies of the following documents to prove my above-cited information: My NSO-Issued Birth Certificate Our NSO-Issued Marriage Certificate Photocopy of the pertinent pages of his passport. a. Bio-Page b. Page/s showing: 1. His immigration admission and its extension/s. Sincerely, (Name of the Filipino Spouse) Petitioner/Filipino Spouse Address: (Name of the (your nationality) Spouse) Applicant/.......... National You have to sign it above your name in front of the lawyer. First check the above wording with your local immigration office though, plus with the Attorney who will be required to notarize the letter...and other documents, the details of which will be supplied by the Immigration Office nearest to you. Worked for me. I'm going in there tomorrow to apply for my Probationary 13A to be converted to a Permanent one. Wish me luck.
    1 point
  22. Just take a trip on one of their older buses. (And back in the early 90s, when I used to travel to Bicol from Manila....the train ! Standard gauge rolling stock on a narrow gauge line, with rotted out sleepers and hardly any ballast under warped lines. You got seasick ! )
    1 point
  23. Not sure if they have balconies, but Red Planet isn't too bad if your on a budget. If was going to be locked up in some room for 6 days i would probably look at a more expensive option. Berjaya Makati and i will meet you for drinks once you have checked in
    1 point
  24. I'll be flying PAL next week.. I do have a backup plan though.
    1 point
  25. A bit off topic. I stayed in a 2 star hotel in Manila, where of course when you go to check out they send staff to inspect the room for anything missing. While having breakfast I noticed a group of Chinese checking out, and the inspection revealed a towel missing, so the got the hotel security team in and inspected everyone’s luggage, virtually pulling out the contents and then repacking looking for a towel. oh the joys of travel
    1 point
  26. Well said, my experience is that there is not much difference between a 2 star hotel and Airbnb, why bother.
    1 point
  27. For us it is contextual. For short stays of one or two nights we will use a hotel. For longer stays an AirBnB or VRBO. Why? For a longer stay we will more likely want to prepare some of our own meals, breakfast at a minimum, and have more room to relax. I concur regarding the vax cards.
    1 point
  28. I agree. I would NEVER stay at an airbnb. Way too much BS going on. Strictly hotels for me. And ANY place that asks me for a vax card will lose my business. I am NOT living in Nazi Germany.
    1 point
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  30. It wouldn't be good for the Philippines for PAL to go bankrupt so it's good to see them making some progress. However personally I wouldn't feel comfortable booking too far ahead with them just yet (where as I used to book 2 or 3 months ahead of departure).
    1 point
  31. I always take food and drink supplies in my back-pack...wherever I go. Not prepared to queue for more than 15 minutes or to starve. Life is too short.
    1 point
  32. Just give me a hotel room and spare me all that nonsense.
    1 point
  33. The RFID tag is likely for a security door. With our AirBnB we didn't sweat the small stuff getting damaged. Not worth the effort to try and get compensation. Just part of the cost of doing business and should be built into your nightly rate and cleaning fee. For example we had some young men get very drunk and broke the toilet seat. I just spent the $10 for a replacement and a few minutes to replace it. Not worth the effort to try and get compensated for it. But I did give them a bad review. That type of attitude or approach is less common in the Philippines where people are more likely to covet every single peso they can squeeze out of you.
    1 point
  34. I dont see much wrong with airbnb hosts conditions except not sure what a RFID is for. The word fine could be changed to cost of replacement. Other fines which could be building fines which they threaten here like smoking in the condos so the host is warning you. The problem is these days airbnb guests often think they paid some money and can do as they like but its not so for reasons such as building rules and personal property rules since they are the owner. In my case when I was managing other peoples units before covid I would tell them to leave the keys in the room and lock the door then use a second set when I needed to get in except for one building where its was constructed that you had to lock the door with the key so in that case I just told them to leave the key and close the door. As for blood stains etc I have not had much trouble with. Women wiping makeup off with the towels was a bigger problem and in one case someone using candles above the bed then wax dripping ruined a set of sheets or blankets as its known here. The stuff left in the hallways would not be tolerated in my building so management or lack of is the blame. Anyway from the sound of your vacation I suggest next year buy a game of monopoly and stay home.
    1 point
  35. Might be so but this topic is about stopping to take pictures rather than helping so these people have stopped and for nothing more than capturing someone else's misery on camera.
    1 point
  36. Name could have changed. Ownership could have changed. I don't follow the stock market outside the United States anymore. My wife and I are against the consumption of sugar water beverages like Coke & Pepsi although we own stocks in both parent companies. Heh! Business is business. Not my problem if others want to get fat and have rotten teeth.
    1 point
  37. Part of the thrill is knowing that it could fly off the track at any moment! So the Philippines coasters should be more thrilling! When I lived in the Cincinnati area just before moving to PH, my friend lived next to King's Island, so I went several times. When we were waiting in line for a coaster, I would remind his wife (who is in marketing) that amusement park marketing departments arranged for periodic equipment failures. The failures make headlines and ridership goes way up!
    0 points
  38. Not allowed at Enchanted Kingdom!
    0 points
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