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  1. 14 points
    Elite Jet The only picture ever taken of Concorde flying at Mach 2 (1,350 mph). Taken from an RAF Tornado fighter jet, which only rendezvoused with Concorde for 4 minutes over the Irish Sea: The Tornado was rapidly running out of fuel, struggling to keep up with Concorde at Mach 2
  2. 8 points
    If you don't like how Filipinos drive, stay off the sidewalk!
  3. 7 points
    Sidewalks? Vendors and whatnot are blocking the very few sidewalks that exist.
  4. 6 points
    That would be such a cool car to drive around in now! So retro and the front end kinda looks like a baby '57 Chevy! Too bad that all of us couldn't kept all of our old cars in a big garage, instead of selling them. They would be worth a fortune now!
  5. 6 points
    True and motorbikes too, forcing pedestrians to walk on the road.
  6. 6 points
    Flew back from Bermuda on Concorde in 94, part of an incentive trip, it was an amazing experience. An edit to give a more comprehensive post in this topic: Firstly the OP needs to add an e! What is truly amazing is concorde was designed in the early 60's and even more surprisingly the British & French managed to work together on this. Back to my flight on Concorde, as explained it was an incentive from the manufacturer of the products my business was involved with at the time. We flew to Bermuda on a plane I can't remember and after 7 days of all expenses being paid the Hamilton Hotel in Bermuda we flew back on Concorde. The company had chartered it from BA and there were 2 captains, one to fly and one to give commentary. It was only the 2nd or 3rd time Concorde had been to Bermuda and the fences around the airport were lined with people. The acceleration when we took off was incredible and once over the coast the afterburners were turned on and you got another adrenaline rush. The Captain gave all the commentary until we reached cruising height, at which point he announced he would come back when we were due to start decent. He duly did this and announced that as we were about to descend and the 1st thing they would do is to turn off the after burners, which would feel like dabbing the car brakes. He gave a 3,2,1, count down and the whole plane shook like hell, several people screamed and there was a silence from the cockpit for what seemed like a long time. It was probably less than a minute then he came back and said "sorry for the silence, but we have lost engine number 4 and need to get this bird on the ground". We were diverted to Gatwick and we descended at a very steep rate and were subsequently told that this was only the 3rd time this had happened in the plane history and the silence was due to them ensuring the other engines did not cut out. Sadly lost my certificate for flying due to the shipping company managing to lose some of our goods, but was a fantastic experience.
  7. 5 points
    On a lighter note That is probably not to everyone's liking + For us Brits & Ozzies it should be hogging the right lane;
  8. 5 points
    Sorry, Baston... but unless you have driven for a while in Davao, you may have no clue. I have written in several topics my favourite advice and, at risk of being repeatedly redundant, I will share that once again: If you drive here, always try to be aware of your surroundings - all sides, front and back. Don't drive just defensively, drive assertively or you will never move. As you proceed, consider everyone you see - in car, on bike, on foot - and try to imagine the absolute stupidist thing any and all of them might do.... because you will rarely be disappointed! People will turn unexpectedly and, of course without any signal - right into your path. Kids and/or dogs and parents will run right in front of you (especially at night while wearing dark clothing and rarely at crosswalks) and seem shocked if you honk your horn at them - they think they are alone on this planet! Motorcycles especially will turn onto the road in front of you without looking and then also seem shocked if you give them a horn honk - they have no idea that anyone is on the road but them. I am not being sarcastic - I have seen all of this, and multiple times, and lots more... jeepneys routinely cut in front of traffic, roar 50 meters in the left lane, then slam on their brakes and cut to the right lane to drop off or pick up passengers - who also don't look for traffic... And also, jeepneys will just stop in the left or center lane (whichever lane they happen to be in at the time) to drop or pick up passengers... Mostly it seems like madness! It is more complicated and dangerous than any computer simulation could ever be! So maybe this topic should also include why are Filipinos such bad pedestrians? Just be super careful always...
  9. 5 points
    Sorry. I did not plan to rub you the wrong way. I was just having a bit of fun. I personally don't give a shit if someone spells Concorde without the "e" or Kew Gardens with a "Q" but one of your posts made it seem like you cared so I was just messing with you. Many of us tease each other on this forum. Its part of its charm.
  10. 5 points
    It's not always possible to fly back to your country of origin for medical treatment, sometimes the condition prohibits plane travel or even moving the patient. It is possible to self insure but where do you safely keep such a large sum of money? And how is it accessed if you're in a hospital and possibly immobile or even unconsciousness? YMMV but personally I wouldn't be in the Philippines without some form of health insurance or travel insurance.
  11. 5 points
    I dont agree There are many cases where people get hit with life threatening illness or accidents which can cost a fortune. Also what about the cost of returning your body back home?
  12. 5 points
    Slightly off topic. I was able to see the SR-71 Blackbird at the San Diego flight museum. To actually see it, walk around it, and under it is amazing. Even mounted on pillars as a display it looks totally bad A$$ in black and wicked fast standing still. Hard to believe the engineers that designed it used slide rules back in the early 60s. Mach 3 at 85,000 feet. Eat my shorts Russia.
  13. 4 points
    I recently Joined and I actually don't recall joining this FB thing (Gofundme) and honestly, I am amazed at the sort of causes that are popping up. I know that there are many causes that deserve our Charity but some of the requests are so laughable. Anyone else get the impression it has Lost its way?
  14. 4 points
    On a more serious note , why dont we ban plastics all together ,starting with bottles , i clearly remember taking glass bottles back to the store and getting my deposit back I would have thought , but maybe tgey cannot , design a plastic that can be recycled , many materials such as leather ,cloth , wood and paper can be recycled , cant they come up with a pastic composition that can be recycled?
  15. 4 points
    They can't just put it all in shipping containers and send it all to Canada to teach them a lesson??
  16. 4 points
    You are right, I am sure. And then, when they get behind the wheel, they do what Filipinos are very good at - mimicking others that they see... So they see the bozos cutting lanes and all the rest already presented here and just copy cat that so that they are accepted as drivers and not chastised by their friends, relatives or other drivers... so it continues, ad nauseum...
  17. 4 points
    LOL a little embarrassing to admit now but mine was a 1959 Standard Pennant
  18. 4 points
    Before Jensen Bought the badge it was Produced by Austin ( BLMC) an Icon of the Smaller sports Job I had 2 at one time and was stopped just before Buying the Frogeye 1970 one by my Bride to be. All gone now are the Thoughts but I am sure I would have Loved it: Jensen certainly made a good Move there that retained the Healy name
  19. 4 points
    With so many replies and such a lot of interest, curiosity got the better of me! Having never owned a brand new car, marriage and family being my priority, I started to lose interest in cars other than for their practicality, however if there's one car i would of loved to have owned it would of been this one! You would be lucky to find one in original condition under a £100.000 these days My first car added a 1952 model Wolsely 1500 cc
  20. 4 points
    On a nice walk today I came across this , stunning condition 1973 Triumph Stag.
  21. 4 points
    Just renewed my fake drivers license a month a go. P3k. Good for 5 years.
  22. 4 points
    The 1 year visa is a big problem for a lot of people. My licence was issued from a UK licence but as Jack says it depends on which side of the bed they got out of.
  23. 4 points
    Yes, there are still people who expect the world should be perfect and everyone else should pay for that. Amazing. Some of the causes are well meant and others are posted out of desparation. I expect the fad will die out as most of the ones I have seen are only contributed to by close friends and family members. There are no/few rich people out there who are looking for a GoFundMe page to throw their money at. It reminds me a little of the Filipinos who want to sell a bit of land or a house at a ridiculous price with the assumption there are rich people out there who enjoy giving money away. This may be a rational delusion considering the way foreigners tip and give to beggars sometimes.
  24. 4 points
    That is why I shopped around for a travel credit card that provides insurance when you buy the ticket, no additional cost. My card has no foreign transaction fees, rental car insurance, trip interruption, accident insurance, travel assistance (medical & lawyer advice locally). They used to cover the cost of airline wifi, but quit... bummer. I have never needed to claim on it, but also do not have to pay extra for it.
  25. 4 points
    'e' ok mr perfect satisfied F***king Grammar and spelling freaks
  26. 4 points
    Been flying yearly between N.Amer and MNL for the last 16 years, usually with either KE or China Air. The best price usually is with one of those although ANA seems to have given me a better deal last year. I bought a round trip KE last Nov, with a return leg 6 months after arrival. In Dec or Jan I received a notice of itinerary change from my ticket source, re my KE return flt. in late April. Said my return leg from Inchon to Seattle flt number was no longer operational and gave me a replacement KE flt. number and arr/dep. times. My new schedule required me to depart Inchon for Seattle one hour BEFORE I ARRiVED on my flight from MNL. Unsurprisingly (to me at least), all attempts to contact KE to alert them to this absurd scheduling error ,failed. Phone numbers, emails, etc.... even with my VIP, were of no avail in my attempt to contact one of their living, breathing service reps..... if they exist. So I figured, since its their F.Up, they can sort it when I show up at the MNL airport. Which they did. I rejected their first solution, which was to have me wait in the MNL airport for 10 hours, and then have another 10 hour layover in Inchon. I already had a good booking for my MNL to Inchon leg, so I told them to put me up in Seoul/INCH.... which they did. They bused me to the Grand Hyatt, gave me vouchers for dinner, breakfast and lunch the next day, and put me up in the nicest hotel room I ever stayed in during my life. Bathrobe and slippers provided along with the ceiling rain shower, soak tub, computerized bum service toilet etc. Coffee, tea maker etc, without any out of pocket costs. So in this instance.... I have no complaints about KE. They gave me the best mini-vacation I ever had. Nice gardens, pools, etc at this first rate place. The assistant director of the rest chatted me up for 1 hours since he had worked at Hyattt in Guam, where his son was born (making him eligible for US citizenship. ) So I made a new friend to boot. This screw up worked out for me in spades, but the contact element with a KE service rep. was a total failure.
  27. 4 points
    I reckon she's too busy answering all the private messages we've all been sending her!
  28. 4 points
    I starting thinking about so many English expressions, such as "setting sail,'' which is used more often than not for ships that no longer have sails, but I just learned that there are so many other expressions that have origins with sailing. “A clean bill of health” According to dictionary.com this phrase derives from the days when the crew of ocean going ships might be a little less than hygienic, so they needed to present a certificate, carried by a ship, attesting to the presence or absence of infectious diseases among the ship’s crew and at the port from which it has come. “Feeling Blue” How often do you hear people talking about feeling blue or have the blues? An entire genre of music comes from this phrase. Who knew that came from the world of sailing? See-the-sea.org explains the popular phrase comes from a custom that was practiced when a ship lost its captain during a voyage. The ship would fly blue flags and have a blue band painted along her hull when she returned to port. “Pipe down” Parents have been screaming “pipe down” to their kids forever, but where does that actually come from? Apparently, Pipe Down was the last signal from the Bosun’s pipe each day, which meant lights-out, quiet down, time to go to bed. “Over a barrel” We all know when someone has you “over a barrel” things aren’t going well. This saying is used all the time these days to indicate being severely compromised, but it began in the most literal way. Sailor crew would sometimes be punished for their misgivings and that involved being tied over a cannon barrel and whipped. It’s no wonder that one stuck around. Yikes. “Toe the line” Perhaps you’ve been at work and your boss has scowled at you and said, “toe the line, or you’re gone”. If this has happened to you, we are sorry, that sounds like a horrible work environment. But, if you were wondering about the origins of his demand, it’s an old naval expression that refers to a ship’s crew who would be called to gather and form a line with their toes all touching a given seam (or line) of the deck planking. “By and Large” Folks say this one all the time to refer to the big picture. “By and large, ASA is the most awesome organization in existence”… something like that. This term got started on a sailboat with the word “by” meaning into the wind and “large” meaning off the wind. So sailors would say: “By and large this ship handles quite nicely.” “Loose cannon” Everyone has known a few people who are loose cannons – unpredictable and dangerous on some level. Not surprisingly the term comes from when a ship’s cannon would come loose from it’s lashing. The big dangerous thing would be sliding all over the place making for some uncomfortable time on deck trying to get that bad boy back in its spot. “A square meal” People often talk about getting three “square meals” a day…what the hell is a square meal? It’s actually quite simple – the wooden plates back in the days of tall ships were square. “Hand over fist” These days this phrase usually refers to making a bunch of money, although it can refer to anything happening fast and in abundance. It comes from a more literal origin – sailors would be tugging at lines as fast as they could, hand over fist, to trim sheets and raise sails. “Son of a gun” It’s amazing that this phrase has lasted so long. Back in the day, as you might imagine, sailors were often less than virtuous and every once in a while a “lady friend” of a crewman might give birth to a child on the ship. A good spot for this sort of thing was between the guns on the gun deck. Now let’s say this little rascal isn’t claimed by any of the aforementioned sleazy sailors, this little grommet would sometimes be called a “son of a gun”.
  29. 3 points
    Fat lady ( bikes pet name) just passed our government test called an mot ,not bad for an 19 year old bike , this was a honda made in Ohio
  30. 3 points
    I can cover my first and last bikes in one post, because they are one and the same! (Sorry, I think I told part of this story on the forum a few years back!) When I was 17, still in high school, I was working part time enough to save some money. An older buddy bought a brand new Honda 350 street bike, and a week later I had an identical one, even the same color, red! We had a great time cruising around Southern California. My sister and her husband (I think, not sure which year they married) were in university at UCSB in Santa Barbara. This was 1973, I think, and Vietnam was in prime focus. Lots of protests at UCSB, etc., etc. It was also a huge party school and I really did not like being at home with my parents. Lots of conflict there during those years too. So every few weeks, I would ride the Honda up the coast and spend the weekend at my sister's apartment. Party, party party! I didn't care about the weather and I would make the 2 hour ride rain or shine! During school days, I rode the bike to school everyday. There were no helmet laws at the time so I usually didn't wear mine when going to school, about a one mile ride. I usually rode it hard, but considered myself a somewhat careful rider too. One afternoon after school let out, I was leaving to go home. One block from the school there was a small traffic light intersection. As I approached, the light was red and a van was waiting in the left lane to go straight. I was slowing down in the right lane, and as I got near the van, the light turned green, so I started to accelerate. As I passed the van, boom, there was a car sideways in front of me. I never even had a chance to touch the brakes, slamming into the passenger door of the car. An idiot going the other direction decided that he was in such a big hurry that when the light turned green, he accelerated hard to turn left in front of the van waiting at the light. He could not see me and I could not see him, due to the van. Lucky for me, the fact that I did not hit the brakes saved me. I launched upward, flying over his car, rolling over in the air, and doing a perfect landing on my neck and shoulders, where my momentum rolled me up and and on my feet! No helmet! Someone was watching over me that day! There were probably several witnesses standing on the corners and they could not believe I was not badly hurt. Other than a few scrapes, my only injury was from my right thigh hitting the handlebar when I launched. I had a dent in that thigh muscle for years. The bike was totaled. And that was my last bike!
  31. 3 points
    you must not have had your emergency flashers on...…………..
  32. 3 points
    I was lucky, the nice lady at the desk ask me about a visa I said I'm on Balikbayan privileges for 12 months, here is my passport and British driving licence and gave her a nice smile. 40 minutes later I walked out with my British licence converted to a Filipino licence. Cost about 800 Pesos.
  33. 3 points
    I would think that the contents of the doc would be irrelevant, a notary is only verifying the fact that one signed it in their presence and that the name is correct. 🤷‍♂️
  34. 3 points
    It just another jobs program for the poor...……..now the guy who sits at the bakery taking 5 pesos from all the house wife's playing the numbers will just get a bump in business lololol
  35. 3 points
    I was speaking of Poloniex. I believe the claimed repayment was the issue of a "chip" that if bitcoin ever grew it's way out of the loss, you would get your value back, but didn't include the years of earnings you would have made from your bitcoin in the exchange. This is a place to start to learn about bitcoin hackings. https://coinsutra.com/biggest-bitcoin-hacks/ The exchange lost 12.5%!
  36. 3 points
    My wife and I went to Carcar (2 hour trip) to do our driver license renewal. Got there just as they were opening at 8:00. Took about 2 1/2 hours for us to jump thru the hoops, stand in line, etc. At the end of all that we each get our receipt and are told that we had to go to the new Seaside Mall in Cebu City to get the actual license. So now we are looking at an additional 3 hour trip next week to get the *&% license. Fee was 727.63 which included the late fee of 75 peso because our licenses expired in May. I fully expect to pay additional fees when we go get the actual license. There was an additional fee of 750 peso each of us for the urine drug test and the physical exam. The doctor was amazing! She sat there, never examined me, did not ask me a single question, nor even looked at my medical questionnaire. And yet she still knew my blood pressure, vision was perfect, everything is A OK! What a relief to know that I am in such good health. So probably a good idea to have 2000 peso in your pocket when you go to renew, just to be safe.
  37. 3 points
    Love your sense of humor. My GF just asked me what I was laughing about when I read your post.
  38. 3 points
    I was told by gf that the going rate for a Philippines drivers liscence is 5t , I have driven in davao , I think that being a biker here in the UK helps , I'm always on the look out for idiots in cars I've seen more fatal accidents in mindanao than I have seen in 40 years of driving in the UK , last one was a truck who's brakes failed going down a hill, he managed to send 6 or 7 to an early grave When we went to siargo , gf wanted her cousin to drive , he treated the roads like a race track , dont worry he said , I am an excellent driver , he was over taking on bends and blasting through towns at 70 mph , I was told not to complain as it will hurt his feelings He obviously thought that driving fast impressed people , it seems to impress the philipinos When we go on a journey with her parents , it always starts off with a prayer, her mama being a pastor
  39. 3 points
    With something stuck to them? I like your idea! Believe me... I really hope that would work. As it is, I have really little to no trust in the legal system here. Partially from what I read and hear and bit from my own experience so far... Might (and money) makes right, it appears? Meanwhile, you and I and the rest of us all have to be vigilant for the next doctor, lawyer, merchant or chief who decides to play tag with his car so he(or she) can get that ahead of us by that bare millisecond that seems so important... Sorry, Robert, but this whole subject strikes a nerve with me. I am much cooler about driving, but I still need a hit of Tanduay or a beer when I am done driving somewhere!
  40. 3 points
    Robert... I have seen that sort of action countless times. Lately, CTTMO seems to do emphasis busts of drivers doing exactly that sort of thing at a few intersections here - going straight and cutting into traffic again from turn lanes, turning left or right from across the road in exactly the wrong lane - that cheers my heart. But, sadly, that behaviour is not limited to Philippines, just more common and blatant here. Constant patrols and enforcement would settle things down a lot, I believe, if they were enacted. I think also that even the sporadic enforcement is working a bit... By the way, I think you are lucky he wasn't a senator or barangay captain... Have you noticed that all taxis (at least here in Davao) now have CCTV cameras and monitors with memory? Many regular drivers are getting them too. I can only think it is to provide evidence for when there is a crash? Maybe those will slow down the taxi drivers, at least? (yes...I know... I said MAYBE). Please forgive the aside: On hwy 520 in Seattle, there is a bottleneck at a bridge. People tried to sneak in using the right HOV lane and make like they just were entering traffic from the entrance ramp that happened to be right there. State Patrol routinely busted people for that and, I don't remember the fine, but is was enough that you didn't want to get caught. Back on topic... I am not criticizing you, but I would advise you, Robert, to consider being a bit more cautious and just let the cheaters go, at least a little bit, even though it goes against your grain. A horn honk would not seem out of order, just not a long irritated blast. I see many incidents of road rage here and in USA. People are getting killed or seriously hurt from road rage. Tempers seem to run hot with many drivers here... So what's their hurry? Why does a five second faster trip make a difference? Two days ago I was driving in the middle of three lanes when a jeepney started to pull out from the right lane right in front of me. I veered left and blasted the horn to warn him that I was there... He would have hit me if I had not evaded. So I kept along my way, right at the 40 kph speed limit and he came roaring up past me in the left lane then - very close to me - passed me, then did a couple of hard cuts to the right in front of me... So he won! He got in front of me and showed me he was The Man and could and would do what he wants.Fortunately he turned soon the opposite way from my direction. I had a guy in the left turning lane next to me at a stop light. When the light changed, I gunned it, just because I was in a bad mood and I sensed that he was one of those cheaters. The guy in the left gunned it too, but probably did not expect me to not be another slow sheep? Boy, was he pissed when he had to cut in behind me. In retrospect, it was a really stupid thing for me to do and I won't repeat. I thought about road rage then and always will.
  41. 3 points
    You're not bad people, just bad drivers.
  42. 3 points
    I agree. I never used to buy travel insurance but now I do, mainly due to my family of 5. What if one person gets the flu and can't board the flight home? On a cheapie ticket, you might have to buy everyone a one way ticket home, or, pay a $100 per head change fee. Also, most policies cover flying you home for treatment of major things, when possible, so you can get treatment at home.
  43. 3 points
    Here is another fun SUV I owned. 1987 Chevy S-10 Blazer. I have a lot of good memories from this one. Long road trips and ski trips. It was underpowered and the tranny did not match well with the power, but I kept it for 3 years. I sold it because I was broke and decided to get my act together financially. I bought a 15 years old VW Rabbit from my sis and BIL for $100 and drove it for a year. It was rusting away and literally held together with duct tape! This was a trip with my buddies down to Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. One friend's family had a house in Ensenada but it was fun to camp on the beach for a few nights. The first two pictures are on the sand spit we are camping on, which forms a little bay.
  44. 3 points
    I visited my neighbour with the brand new Mustang GT this morning. What a beauty! I hope to coax him into taking me for a ride some time. If the specs I read online are correct, this puppy puts out about 460 hp from a normally aspirated 5.0 liter engine! (That's only 305 cubic inches!) Wow! He calls it his dream car and seems a bit intimidated by it. So far he has only driven it home from the dealership. Judging by the license plate holder, he bought it through the local Ford dealership but originally from a Ford dealership in Global City - so they are being imported for sale. I will post more info about it later if anyone is interested.
  45. 3 points
  46. 3 points
    Yes, the article Jim refers to says the 3 incidents that started all the gossip are real enough, but there have been no such incidents since then and they are discouraging Fake gossip which inflames the situation. That makes sense as it hinders the investigation and may incite copy-cats.
  47. 3 points
    Great photo! And, unless a trick of the lense, the curvature of the earth can clearly be seen at that altitude.
  48. 3 points
    A magnificent airplane! Although some may think it was grounded for safety issues, the real reason for the failure of the Concorde was the high cost of fuel. “Why was Concorde retired? Despite its innovations, the Concorde wasn’t a monument to efficiency. The Concorde was designed well before the oil-price shock of the 1970's, so even though it was a masterpiece in engineering, it was effectively a fuel to speed converter. Its high energy consumption simply made it unprofitable in an era of high fuel prices.” https://interestingengineering.com/concorde-the-real-reason-why-the-supersonic-passenger-jet-failed
  49. 3 points
    "Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife." Seems like men discovered the secret of how to live with the "short angry one" thousands of year ago?
  50. 3 points
    Steve, you start out at the Bureau of Immigration (BI). The first 13a you get is a 1 year probationary. Then you get a 5 year. Once you get it you just have to go in once a year to file an annual report and pay a fee (about p300), and keep your ACR card current. The only big fee is the application, and that was only p11,000 (including the first ACR card). It is a very inexpensive option. I keep seeing people online ask “is it worth the hassle?” There is no hassle – so freaking easy! The immigration website has all the information and forms you need. Here is the link (current as of July 2016, no guarantees) http://www.immigration.gov.ph/visa-requirements/immigrant-visa/non-quota-visa/conversion-to-non-quota-immigrant-visa-by-marriage Even on their page they say the fees are subject to change without notice. So, I will give you the prices we paid – your fees may vary. The paperwork is pretty simple. The hardest part is getting the NBI clearance. NBI is not really hard, just a very crowded place. I was going to complain about the service – I had 2 people telling me 3 different things (one guy was inconsistent ha ha), but really the service was quite good. It was a confusing place. There were over 100 people sitting in line and I got walked to the front of each of the 4 windows. I really cannot complain. There is a basic NBI request form you have to fill out. You can do it there, or print it from their website and fill it out before. Does not really matter. Actually you can do most of it online, and I tried. The problem was when it came time to pay, there was no option for 13a or immigrant visa. So I had it all filled out online but could not pay. The fees range from p100 – p400 but I did not have an option to select. (my fee was like p125, once I got there) Hopefully they improve their website. The online option is quite new. But since you still would have to go there to get fingerprinted I just don’t think online will be much help anyway. When you tell them you are there for an immigration clearance there is another form and fingerprints. You also have to provide a 2×2 picture to attach to the fingerprint card (actual ink, you may want to bring some wet wipes). Then there are 4 windows/lines. You turn in the form at one, you get electronic fingerprints and an electronic photo at another, you pay at one, and pick up your clearance at one. You may get it the same day – you may be told to come back in a month, if there is a “hit” on your name they have to research further. The day I was there every single person I saw got a “hit”, including me. So I went back a month later and picked up my form. Overall a hectic, crowded, place but not too bad. Very similar to NSO – on a bad day. Here is a list of required documents, taken from their website: 1. Joint letter request addressed to the Commissioner from the applicant and the petitioning Filipino spouse; 2. Duly accomplished CGAF(BI Form CGAF-001-Rev 2); 3. Marriage Certificate or Marriage Contract; 4. Birth Certificate or certified true copy of BI-issued Identification Certificate as Filipino citizen of the Filipino spouse; 5. Photocopy of passport bio-page and latest admission with valid authorized stay; 6. Valid National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, if application is filed six (6) months or more from the date of first arrival in the Philippines; 7. BI Clearance Certificate; and 8. Original or certified true copy of Bureau of Quarantine Medical Clearance, if applicant is a national of any of the countries listed under Annex “A” of Immigration Operations Order No. SBM-14-059-A who arrived in the Philippines on or after June 2014 1. The joint letter I will get back to in a minute. 2. The form is online and is a standard 2 or 3 page immigration form. If you ever filled out a tourist visa extension, you can handle it. 3. When we got married we got numerous NSO copies of our marriage license, so that was easy (extra copies in the safe). 4. NSO birth certificate for her should be easy, since you should have needed it to get married. 5. Standard copies of passport that immigration always wants. The bio page, your last entry, and your current extension, BB stamp, whatever is authorizing your stay. 6. NBI clearance, we already talked about. If you have been in the PIs less than 6 months you need police clearance from your home country. I have no idea where we would get that, but I have been here 3 years so not a problem. They seem to be confused when you tell them that in the US we don’t get police clearances for jobs and stuff. Others might do a background check on you – but we are not required to get police or barangay clearances. Just different ways of doing things. 7. BI clearance. Standard letter they put with your extension receipt. They will get you a new one, I brought my current one and they did not want it. 8. Confusing but I looked up Annex A and it does not apply to the US. So not an issue. Ok back to the letter. One of the more discussed things online and numerous different versions of sample letters floating around. I include the one I used. On the immigration website it says all forms have to be certified (like NSO copies) and all sworn statements or affidavits must be notarized. So every sample of the request letter I have seen was notarized. Every expat page I have read says it has to be notarized. When I asked at our local office they said it does not have to be notarized, but since it is called a “joint” letter of request it has to be signed by both of us. That is much easier. I would rather sign it myself than tack down a notary. In the US everyone, and their dog, is a notary. Here the only notaries I have found are attorneys. That was one hassle I would happily skip. So, for us, no notary. Your office may be different. I made a letter based on online samples. When we took in our paperwork it was refused. The clerk made some changes on it and told us to rewrite it. One glaring mistake was that they changed Directors in Manila (although their website has not been updated). They gave back the copy of her passport, they did not want it. I included it because it was on so many of the sample letters I saw. Here is the letter we turned in, after his corrections: Sir (current commissioner name), Commissioner Bureau of Immigration Manila May I respectfully request a non-quota immigrant visa under Section 13, paragraph A of the Philippine Immigration Act as amended, in favor of my foreign spouse, (foreigner’s name) , a (foreigner’s country) national. I am (Filipina’s name), a Philippine citizen. We were married in (location) on (date). I am enclosing copies of the following documents to prove my above-cited information: My NSO-issued Birth Certificate Photocopy of my passport Our NSO-issued Marriage Contract His National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance Photocopy of the pertinent pages of his passport: A. bio-page B. page/s showing: 1. His immigration admission and it’s extensions. 2. BI Clearance Certificate Very truly yours, __(Filipina Spouse Name) _ __(Foreigner Spouse Name) Petitioner/Filipino Spouse Husband/Applicant __(address) __ __(address) __ Address Address What we also had to do was get another copy of my passport pages and 2 more 2×2 pictures, for my ACR card application (I always have 5 or 6 2x2s in my passport wallet). Put all the forms in 2 folders. One for the 13a, one for the ACR. This I did not see anything about online. We had to go to a net cafe to print the new letter so we just dropped by the school supply section of the grocery store for 2 manila folders. We went to immigration in the morning and they made the changes on our letter. We went to a net cafe to get it done, went to lunch, and back to immigration that same afternoon. Turned in the paperwork, paid our fees, and were told to come back in 2 weeks for a hearing. The fees were p11,000 total. That was the published application fee of p8,620 and the ACR fee. The ACR fee is listed as 50 US dollars. So I suppose it fluctuates with the exchange rate. It was total eleven thousand and some change. I have read online about much more expensive fees, but I guess our Iloilo office is honest. I have always been pleased with the service at our Iloilo immigration office. very fast and friendly service. I don’t think they have ever overcharged me for anything. We went to the hearing yesterday. Even simpler than the paperwork. We went to immigration and they took us upstairs to the bosses office (I don’t know the job title of the local boss, sorry). He looked over the paperwork, asked us a few questions, and signed off on it. I have been here 3 years, have some monthly money, we built a house, we have been married 2 years, no problem. Back downstairs for fingerprints, for the ACR card. We were done in time for brunch. The only concern now is how long will it take for the visa to come in? They said they will contact us when it is ready. I assume 2 or 3 months – and they would not say. That is not really a problem, though. It comes in when it comes in. Everyone was very polite and very friendly, as they are always are in the Iloilo office. Have I mentioned how pleased I am with our office? Overall a very simple and painless process. We are lucky and our local office will process the 13a (even though the immigration website says they do not). It did take us 3 trips to immigration so if you have to travel for it… yeah, it will be a bummer.
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