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  1. Well, it happened, an accident in PI. Well it was me vs a wall when I misjudged the turning circle of our relatively new car. I scraped the RHS front bumper and the black plastic beneath it. There was originally a dent but I popped that out easily enough. No big deal, we're insured. Why am I posting this minorly embarrassing incident? I just want to share the positive experience (no sarcasm) of the repair process. Saturday June 25: Accident Tuesday June 28: Talk to Toyota Dumaguete (our insurance is through them), they take photos, send off an authorisation, we wait for approval. Friday July 01 : Approval for repair comes through from the insurer. Price to fix, 37,000PHP covered by insurance. Our deductable (excess), 3000PHP - very pleasant surprise which we paid at the time. We wait for parts. Monday July 11: We get a call that the parts have arrived. Tuesday July 12: We drop the car off, the insurance rep says the car will be ready by Sat 16 July. Thursday July 14 AM: Phone call to say the car will be ready in the PM. Thursday July 14 PM: We pick the car up. I have to say, I've had far more issues dealing with insurance claims in Australia - and no, for the smart arses, there weren't many of them . I just wanted to highlight this positive experience.
    17 points
  2. Recently I requested information on purchasing a hard, or impossible here to obtain a semi rare book. Nice replies from nice forum members including two members whom offered to buy this book on Amazon and bring out from the States, send to my place here in Bacolod. Flattering and appreciated. The timing of Dan (old55) was perfect, and right on Q he arrived Cebu and advised the book was on its way to me. I repeatedly requested his banking details to pay costs of purchase, LBC fare to us here, totally ignored my requests and kept repeating happy reading Bruce.... Such spirit and kindness lifted me and touched me dearly, after living here continuously since pandemic and experiencing this act was just simply amazing.... Thanks Dan and also onemore 52................
    14 points
  3. Sorry I haven't been very active the last few weeks, my heart has been giving me problems. But I was discharged from hospital in CDO yesterday and I'm feeling a lot better I'm not allowed to fly for a month but assuming the follow up checks come back ok I'm going to fly to aussie where I can get the care needed to fix the issue (not just medicate around it) without splashing out close to a million peso. If I have to I will but I'd rather not if I can get it done there. Oh and before someone trots out the 'you should have had health insurance' I actually had it this trip but because this is a pre-existing condition (that suddenly became worse) it's not covered. Hope everyone else is going good (too many posts to read back and catch up)
    11 points
  4. Perhaps just do it like the Chinese. Find a sandbar that only shows up at very low tide and start filling it with rocks, then claim it as your own island and level it off.
    10 points
  5. One bad egg shouldn't spoil the entire experience here. There's over 7,000 islands to choose from; well that's not quite true habitability-wise, but you get my point. Couple of things I never talk to the locals about: Politics, religion and the varying service levels etc here. Well, with the exception of a couple of close Filipino friends (yes, they do exist), and The Minister for Finance and War of course (my wife). Why did the doctor resort to poor behaviour? The quickest way to get a Filipino's back up is to accuse them of something, regardless of whether they did it or not, or raise your voice at them. It's a cultural thing. Actually, raising your voice will won't help your cause with most nationalities, not that I'm saying that's what happened. I guess what I'm trying to say is there's just some things you just have to accept here to make life enjoyable, if they're beyond your personal limits, that's fine and now you know. At least you gave it a shot.
    10 points
  6. This is true Scooter, but as mentioned, the problem becomes finding a bank that will lend to you (even if you are married in some cases). The banks just don't trust that you are not going to get tired of it here and leave. These are the exact words I was told by 2 bank managers (Metro and BDO), the other banks just declined us. It made no difference about my resources or credit history. Also a big issue with the banks for some of us is age. If you're in your 60's or more, the banks will "probably" not lend to you unless you put a huge amount down, and then that defeats the purpose of getting the loan (at least for me). If you are a foreigner married to a Filipino, and your wife is employed with a decent job, you stand a chance of finding a bank to work with you. But that's assuming the age issue is not a problem with them. I'm truly sorry my friend for being so negative because I really want you to succeed with your dreams and desires. But here in the PI you must be armed with knowledge and truth (and patience). Otherwise, I can assure you you will be taken advantage of by some one and loose everything. Note: The owner of the property you viewed wanted to sell it to you immediately..,,,,,,,,,,,, when it isn't even legal for them to do it. One last note.... once you have handed your money over to someone, the chances are very good it's gone forever. They are not real fond of returning it. Again, I say this from experience. These are just my thoughts and opinions my friend. There might be some who completely disagree with me, and I really hope they are the ones who are right here. Bottom line, "Baby Steps" my friend. I am here because I love and adore my wife and children......otherwise, I might rethink my living here full time. Again, just my personal thoughts. Take to heart what you have read from everyone. Most all the folks here want you to succeed and be happy. Good Luck and keep us posted. john
    9 points
  7. Seriously don't take anything as an offence here, most people are extremely helpful and talk from experience, either their own or close friends. What may come over as improper advice may have a ring of truth to it. I spent over 24yrs in the military and many of those years I was put in a position to mentor the younger guys. If I tried to advise 20 of them using experience, 19 of them knew better and were going to prove me wrong. Eighteen ended up failing and one worked bloody hard to make it work. As for people wanting to make things happen, pretty much everyone that is prepared to up sticks and travel half way around the World to start again isn't the type of person who doesn't take risks. Back to the buiding scenario the legal ownership will be your biggest hurdle followed by the designation of the land and the future town plans. If it's not fully titled don't touch it, tax declared pretty much means it can be taken by the govenment any time they wish and if the town planners decide the new road, hospital, sewage treatment plant is going on your land then that is what's going to happen. If it's not Alien and Disposable will you get permission to build a house on it, how many people are on the title deeds an how many not on them but will soon appear before the ink is dry on the sale? Then as you can't own land here whose name will be on the deeds and how well do you know that person? Without prying into your personnel life look in on it as an outsider and think how you would advise that person. I see a fair few fall in love online with the one. Visit for a few weeks and decide they've met a cross between a saint and a Victoria Secret model who just happens to love a guy many years older than them that they've nothing in common with and if he was being honest with himself wouldn't get a second look in the West. They've worked hard all their life to build up a nest egg and come here, throw it at a house, land and business which is in the saint's name who so many times just happens to have a kid and has never held a job down or graduated from school. A few years down the line he gets kicked to the kerb, she has everything and her young Filipino partner moves in. He has zero legal comeback and is out on his butt with a seriously dented nest egg, a lot older and wiser but too poor now to give the real one the quality of life he had planned when he meets her. Just go into any bar here in the Philippines and you'll meet them sitting on the corner of the bar enjoying happy hour. Good luck but tread wisely.
    9 points
  8. Each to his own. Not having a landlord and living in our own house definitely makes a difference. As far as the Filipino tendencies on criticism, I've grown used to just keeping my mouth shut. My wife says everything that needs to be said.😂😂 I won't be going back to the high priced hell that is the USA anytime soon.😄 But best of luck to you.✌✌
    9 points
  9. The good thing about Filipinos is if you forget what you did last week just ask a local, they'll know. Sometimes they'll even know what you've done before you do it.
    8 points
  10. Pag-Ibig helps to finance low cost housing. In the subdivision I lived, about 90% of the units were financed with Pag-Ibig. My lady and I originally looked into it but I decided to pay cash. First, the buyers using Pag-Ibig moved in about a year after we did. Those of us who paid cash enjoyed a year or so when we had the subdivision to ourselves and it was wonderful. I was told that the other buyers could not move in until Pag-Ibig had paid the developer and the wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly. Second, the units come as concrete shells. I had mine totally upgraded to livable standards. The Pag-Ibig financed neighbors told us they were not allowed to make alterations to their units until they had paid off their Pag-Ibig loans. This could have been BS but everyone we talked to told the same story. Third, they were not allowed to sell their units until the Pag-Ibig loans were paid off. This seemed strange to me. They would walk away and let Pag-Ibig repossess and sell for a profit rather than sell the unit, pay off the load, and keep the profit. The units were easily sold. I sold mine for more than I paid for it after 5 years. In fact there was a time when I tried to buy one of those repo'd units. Turns out they were asking more than the original price and would only sell them in bulk. Some big shot Filipino bought up all the repos at once. I smelled corruption but not my problem. And that was my experience with Pag-Ibig. In short, I would avoid them like the plague unless I was trying to help a "non-wife" get set up as a favor to her and did not want to be on the hook for the payments. (Meaning I would not sign anything)
    8 points
  11. I agree. He deserves a metal for it!
    8 points
  12. And therein lies the basic issue here with such problems with neighbours - the victim is made out to be the offender.
    8 points
  13. How long time have you totally spent in the Philippines? Most of my expat friends since 2011 had left the country long before 2019, so what seems like paradise now might not be so in a few years time, and you also will move on. When you got a good grip of daily life, and frustrations, it's not for everyone. Renting 1 year is safer than signing a lease for many years. The safety, danger and legality of a leasehold of land for foreigners, only a good attorney of law can give you the true answers. Don't invest more than you can afford to walk away from, without regrets. Golden rule: stay in country 3-5 years before spending big amount on anything. Getting a loan ? Have you got a bank account yet? Have you asked bank manager if a unmarried foreigner on tourist visa can get a loan? I doubt it. There are good and bad Agents, be careful, many are not licensed and even if they are, their knowledge are often lacking. They mostly work alone, not for a company with a office. Not comparable with what we used to back home. You find them on facebook and different websites for renting and buying properties. "You want to buy and build on" ... the fact that you don't know we foreigners can't buy land, tells me you need more time and experience in the country, and read all you can in this forum, first. Talk with a good attorney before anything else. Leasing land also comes with possible future danger. Ask a attorney. Example, extended family later claim the land actually was owned by them, and not the person you delt with. Was a story like this many years ago. Conclusion, stay 3-5 years in country. Talk with bank manager. Talk with attorney. If you must buy, buy a condo and be prepared that it often takes years to sell the condo later. Welcome to the forum.
    8 points
  14. We went to Aqua Planet in Clark yesterday, and thought it was well worth the money. It is expensive at p980 a head for over 48 inches, and p780 for under 48 inches, but it is really well planned and kept up nicely. I think they spent a lot of money sprucing it up during the lockdown. The food is expensive too, and they don't allow outside food. I only had pork BBQ, but it was good, cooked on an outdoor grill. My wife bought chicken and fries for the kids, and they liked it. All in, I spend 1700 on food for 6 of us. Why did we like it? -- Disneyland-like cleanliness. Trash cans all over. -- Wide well kept paths like Disneyland -- Cleanup crews just waiting for a table to clean, etc. -- Lifeguards all over the place, even in spots you wouldn't expect. -- All crews were very friendly and polite -- All water was super clean. No murky water anywhere. -- All the equipment was well maintained and every "ride" was working. -- Huge wave pools and also a kiddie wave pool -- The "lazy" river was not so lazy. They have some huge pumps making a strong current. -- On a weekday, almost no lines. -- Lots and lots and lots of high quality tables with umbrellas for free. What we didn't like: -- The hours are a bit short. 10-4 on weekdays. 10-5 on weekends. -- Cheapest open cabana is p3500, up p15000 for the best air con unit! The place is so big, it would be hard to tie yourself down to one cabana. We moved around 3 times and always found a good free table. -- No exceptions on the height and weight requirements. Not really an issue but my 47 inch 6 year old thought otherwise. Last month at Jpark in Cebu they had the same limit but let her slide. However, the slides at Jpark are simple compared to Aqua Planet. If you are over 120 kgs you can't ride most of the slides. One had 90 kg limit and I could not ride it. We went to Jpark Mactan last month and it is top notch, but for the actual water park facilities, I'm sure Aqua Planet is the hands down winner in the Philippines. Double Wave Pool This gives you an idea of how spacious the pathways are. The dark tables and chairs with green umbrellas are free, and appear to be new, and high quality. They have hundreds of them. Giant double wave pool with giant screen over it. Unlike many wave pools that are cheap and only run every 30 minutes or an hour, this one is almost constant. My guess is 10 minutes on, then 5 minutes break, over and over. VID20220804121015.mp4 Katy squirting the lazy river folks! In the background, the cement area is the wave maker for the river. VID20220804153952.mp4 Even this old dude did some slides. I had to ignore that instructions that said I shouldn't ride with a bad hip! I'm a big fan of rollercoasters, and some of these slides give you that same thrill and maybe even more of a sense of danger. The Tornado is intense! Hard to get any pics or video, but here is a small video I found.
    7 points
  15. I will admit to being suprised too. Couple years back two ladies both of whom I knew both separately asked for money. As neither had never asked before, I was fine giving them something ( maybe P2k each ) assuming it would never be seen again. One lady paid back when she said she would, and the other lady, who had been to my condo but didn't really know my full name name wrote a letter, with the money enclosed and asked security to ensure it got to me. She described me to a guard who consulted with reception staff and they figured it was me... I came back from a lengthy overseas trip and there was a nice letter with the money enclosed. She could have just put it in the " too difficult to do " column but no , she made the effrot. I cant recall why there wasnt a phone message but guess lost phone or something.
    7 points
  16. A neighbor posted this in our FB group. Quick guide to buying wine at Puregold at Harbor Point: Pick out your wine. Wait while a guy is called over to register the commission on the sale and write out a piece of paper with the sales details. Walk over to the main cashier and give her the piece of paper, and pay. (You're not allowed to bring the wine to the main cashier.) Wait while a guy is called to go fetch your wine from the wine area and bring it back to the main cashier after payment. (You're not allowed to get it yourself.) Cashier verifies that wine that was fetched matches wine that was paid for. Verify again upon exit that you did in fact pay for the wine. After this easy six-step process, enjoy your wine.
    7 points
  17. We just left PH but have no desire to trash it just to trash it. I had a mild disagreement with my physician landlord and she immediately defaulted to fascist behavior. She knows people she can have be blacklisted. She had no intension of follow thru and she was a good doctor. That’s when I knew I could never live in a place you could not say what you are thinking. The people are utterly flawed at handling criticism. Lots of both passivity and totalitarian tendencies. The real reason I left was children's education though. Now I am home enjoying U.S cultural flaws, surrounded by woman that dress like angry lesbians and paying $35 + tip for a haircut. God has a sense of humor.
    7 points
  18. There are some exceptions. Like the time we went to look at Christmas lights in Pampanga. I was parked in a dark area, and when we left, backing up, I didn't notice that someone had moved a giant concrete power pole right in back of me. If I would have caught them moving the pole, there would have been hell to pay!
    7 points
  19. I really dont know why for 2 nights of a year that it is such a big deal. Problem is people become focused on what their complaining about rather than just let it be and go with the flow. Not like its for 2 months or something. If you want to loan my truck for a couple of days just let me know.
    7 points
  20. Bit of a spin off from what are the cost of ECC these days. Today arrived at the Jcenter mall around 10.30. First thing to do was find the photo place I used last time for the photos needed for ECC. Unfortunately gone so asked immigration where and they pointed to shop across from them. Yes they do photos but to busy so gave directions to an internet cafe. Went there and they took me out of the shop up against a white wall and used a cell phone but anyway before long we left with photos. Incidentally Immigration has moved around the corner, same floor. Smaller office, no air-conditioning, less seats and seats out in the mall hall way including the first desk to get the forms you need. No place to fill the form out or lean on. Complete mess and difficult. Anyway finally filled out form, GF did I should say while I fanned her. I had a copy of my last visa receipt and everything need or so l thought, she went to first window which sent her to ECC window. There they said we need the receipt for ARC, why I dont know as you would think its all on file in a computer but I forgot it so immigration woman handed a little piece of paper and the woman said to see so and so at the ARC office which is across from old immigration. So we go there and I dont know what went on as l stayed outside. GF came back and headed to ECC window again so did not need receipt. Then its wait for name to be called to make payment. During that time a security guard asked her what she was waiting for and she told him. Only said should not be long. Finally called to pay, cashier says no more express lane and you have to come back in 3 days. Just after that security approaches again and says, mam are you from out of town or dont want to come back in 3 days, she told him from city but does not want to come back and why no express. He says no more or something. He then tells her if you want express he will talk to ECC window, she asks me and I said yes. So guard talks and Im just sitting back watching. Finally done but then GF says we can come back in about an hour and I asked what was going on. She said she paid the cashier for certificate and then at ECC window had to pay express. I asked how much, she said P1000 and I said thats high I think. Anyway at first the immigration woman said come back in 3 days until she realised money was in side my passport and thats when it become 1 hour. So after we got out of immigration to wait the hour I asked the full story which is above so I said its corruption. By now Im starving but needed cash so lined up at an ATM but turns out every ATM was down so by now I have had enough. 20 minutes later they came back on so had lunch and went back to immigration and my clearance was ready. After getting home I looked at receipt and paperwork and notice the only receipt I had was 500 express lane fee? I said why did we get this and no certificate receipt? She does not know and I asked what the story was again. Turns out she paid 500 to official cashier and then P1500 to ECC window. No other receipt so that 1500 must have gone into the donation box and i'm sure only one window is authorised to take money. So seems some immigration staff are onto a new scheme. RANT My photo was attached to the certificate with one staple. Backward, outdated, messed up, corrupt Philippines immigration office. Who decided on a smaller office should be fired for a start.
    6 points
  21. So as some of you know, the MfFaW and I moved to her home town in the deepest, darkest province just on 2 weeks ago - Guilhulngnan to be more specific, 3 hours drive north of Dumaguete, 1 hour south of San Carlos in Negros Occidental. Anyway, we started using Fil Products here about 2 years ago and it hadn't skipped a beat... Of course until we move in. Constant disconnects for anywhere between 1-2 seconds up to a couple of hours, lot of packet loss, basically a poor connection all around. Being the nerd I am, I did all the usual testing to check the line quality and the like and constant monitoring with a light weight Chrome plug-in as well as a separate connection logging utility I like to use for more detailed historical data. Why go to all this trouble? I wanted to avoid the usual inevitable "you're doing something wrong" dribble that comes out of IT support types' mouths the world over and present them with evidence. The plug-in: The connection log that comes with the plug-in: The connection utility I use - Star Trinity. As you can see, it has tabs for uptime, both raw and processed data as well as an export capability: So we called Fil-Products tech support and they stated they'd be out to our place to check out our issue soon and they suspected it may be the router/modem. A week goes by and I suggested to the wife that we give them another call; before we called, they showed up, 3 of them. They replaced the old modem/router, remounted it so we can run Cat 5 cable to both our main TV and my gaming laptop and gave us a couple of ethernet cables to boot. Configured and out in about 20 mins. Other than the week's delay, very happy with the service, this despite their less than flattering Facebook reviews. The main complaint on there is they don't answer the phone. The only time they didn't answer when we called was between midday and 1pm... Private company, not under the no noon break rule that government agencies are allegedly working under. Anyway, just wanted to highlight some good customer service.
    6 points
  22. Welcome aboard Crispy. I did not read all 7 pages of comments, many were excellent advice from veteran expats. If I had to do it all over again, I would first and foremost determine if the "papers are clean". Even in a new and well establish western style sub division, you probably need to hire a lawyer. There are many disputes, especially among family members, each claiming they have the titles to a property/house that they are trying to sell to you. Another consideration is researching the historical flood, landslide and earthquake incidence of the general area you may be residing. And speaking of history, go around in a tricycle and get a feel for the area, especially your future neighbors at night when you're trying to sleep. You may soon find out that you're sandwiched between neighbors competing with their 5K watt speaker system. How about a gaggle of roosters singing My Way at zero dark thirty? It's the little things that count. Respectfully Jake
    6 points
  23. She will also cut your grass with a pair of scissors and sweep your yard with a twig broom. These things will happen until you are committed to her. Then it will be "Honey this is so much work for me, we need a maid, maybe a relative of mine that needs a job. (I say that this kind of thing is common so expect it, but of course your gf is different so it may never happen.)
    6 points
  24. Best advice you"ll ever get...Get a pen and paper and write this down, I'll wait..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...FIND AN ORPHAN Your Welcome
    6 points
  25. Well I ran a business dealing in Airbnb for over 2 years and l doubt if just friends or relative's are making reviews. For a start not just anyone can write a review. And then you can choose from those with superhost status meaning they have a lot of experience and are doing the right thing by their guests. Honestly with all the choices of accommodation a little home work in most cases is all you need.
    6 points
  26. Many Americans say they "own" businesses, houses, and property in the Philippines... but in reality they just "paid for" the business, house, or property in the Philippines... but if you scratch the surface... their names aren't listed on any legal document of ownership.
    6 points
  27. A year or so back I said to the same Dan, if your comming here I am in need of a few things which he said sure. I asked him to get 20 cases of high end whisky, 4 imported motorcycles, a small speed boat and several other things and l will pay him for it. Everything came including the helicopter but when I asked what I owe I never got an answer. That's life, I tried to pay back and on my last case of whisky.
    6 points
  28. On the subject of positive stories thought Id share one , as we all often have so many negative stories and experiences In a recent pop up shop sale in Makati bought a couple pairs of Merrell walking shoes.. I walk regularly in the mornings, and after just a few weeks the soles on one pair literally cracked. Shoe repair places said they couldnt repair and that the shoes were "expired". Went to a Merrell retailer in Makati and showed them the shoes . They asked if I had the receipt. Showed it to them. The OIC took some pics and later sent me sms saying I could get a credit for the value of the receipt. Was pleasantly suprised , having expected to hear " Its our policy not to accept returns" etc as often happens in these parts. .
    6 points
  29. I know many have been. Just sharing some pics. I like this mall a lot. They have everything including a store for Old55 As I was approaching from the side, I thought I could take a leak here. Heck of a staircase! There is huge outdoor area where you can rent bicycles, scooters, etc. View of the new bridge from there and the nu NuStar mall / hotel. Nice legs! Still working on the tower. Not sure if it is open. This dentist must cost a lot, considering the size of their LED screens!
    6 points
  30. We started building our new house two months ago. The price of supplies keeps climbing. The dollar goes up then cement, o well its keeping 10 people working. The 10000 gallon septic tank and road we had to cut are almost done. Next the house.
    6 points
  31. 6 points
  32. I hear you loud and clear. I read the news each day and I can't help but feel like the USA where I spent the first 63 years of my life is gone forever. Things were getting strange when I moved here nine years ago but it sounds like things are far worse now.
    6 points
  33. I'm in Cebu now. Am starting to think seriously to live here half the year. The US is become a steaming pile.
    6 points
  34. Many went under and slow recovery. Not the same here any more or at least in my area. Fully stocked but prices are high Cheaper, is increasing slightly and some thought that they could put prices up when the borders opened but still many vacant. If I compared our lobby now and a few years ago, ghost town comes to mind most of the time. We used to have many short term staying but dont see many now. Pre covid I was paying 20k and now 12k, same building and better condo. No restrictions now except meant to be social distancing but no one bothers. Again not the same as it once was. No insurance needed now. Two shots and a booster or no entry. Mask yes as of this time. Fill in One Health Pass app with proof of vax etc. BI Facebook page has info, nothin changed since 30th May I believe.
    6 points
  35. Have you seen the Three Islands Rule yet? Your in-laws live on an island. You should live on another island. There should be a third island between those two.
    5 points
  36. There is a big difference between visiting the province and living in the province. To live there you're going to have rent or buy or build a house. Not just a low cost simple wooden house unless you want to be injured or die when a typhoon or other natural calamity strikes. Then there's the lack of services in the provinces, brown outs and water outages. Internet service can be terrible and as for hospitals...anyway, you may not have the same fondness if you experience living in the province. There's good things and bad things. Now then... Young province girl will be all about family. There's an expat saying, live in province atleast two islands away from her family or the idyllic girl to have is an orphan. Joking aside, living with your girl near her family will impact your finances to some degree. I don't mean that they maliciously target your wallet, but in many cases the poverty here in the Philippines means that you'll probably want your girlfriend to be happy and she will want to help her family if needed. There are ways to reduce the risk of costs due to family, but it's likely harder if they live close. The young province girl is unlikely to be a professional on a high salary, more likely she will have no income. That's were you will come in as source of emotion and financial security. After all she's bringing the best years (most attractive) years of her life to the party... So even now, with the pure of heart kind of girl, you'll be getting the jist of what's expected. There's another type of girl that's spent way too long working the bars that would try to manipulate you (and other guys, probably at the same time) to simply relieve of your hard earned finances. To the point, can it be real. Yes, it definitely can be real but what are your expections of "real" and how much time and financial commitment can you give? The choice is yours, buy or rent...
    5 points
  37. If you and your GF set and agree to specific exact expectations on transfer of wealth to her or her family it will reduce much of the gamesmanship. if the requests lies or tempo occur later in the relationship you may have to walk away.
    5 points
  38. In the beginning it is mostly so, time is the test, having said that it could be for real but the odds.........
    5 points
  39. @Jollygoodfellow be interesting to see what happens when I go to get my ECC this morning
    5 points
  40. My theory is that this is the end result of a tampo incident, she got into an argument with her bf or husband in whatever vehicle they were riding in and she decided to get out and walk down the middle of the street just to spite him.
    5 points
  41. I've come to expect ways to bypass the system here. I was given a contact who likes foreigners for my annual vehicle registration, she would have everything done in under an hour and when she noticed my motorcycle had temporary plates she sorted it in under 30 mins, I'd been waiting three years on them, a couple of phone calls and a piece of paper then she sent me to a place that makes the plates, in and out in 5 mins and when I returned my vehicle documents had the new registration number.
    5 points
  42. The lovely people from Globe called me yesterday and told me that my monthly subscription would REDUCE ( yes shock horror, a reduction in these inflationary times ! ) by P 600 a month. I suspect its because Im approaching the 5 year anniversary of signing up with them for home wifi but its a 33% reduction. Not to be sneezed at. The only issue is the sweet call centre girl telling me all this was reading from a script and was confused when I told her I was enjoying lunch with friends and could she speed up what she was saying so I could conclude the call pronto.
    5 points
  43. Unless your wife is the owner, then you are a silent sponsor.
    5 points
  44. He probably wrote the estimate based on what it would have cost him to get it repaired under the "Mate's Rates" system!
    5 points
  45. Everyone pays their money and makes their choice. Buying condo in your own name is probably the smartest thing to do, but not without risk and disadvantages either. I was renting a brand new 2 bedroom house in Bohol for 8k/month and a expat I knew bought a 3 million peso luxury condo perched on the side of hill looking out over towards Tagbilarin. But he was also paying 6k/month condo services fees, plus is electric was charged at a higher rate...dont know what happened to him or the condo after the 2013 earthquake. Renting can be a low risk strategy, but the money that you spend is dead money and rents nearly always go up, plus their is sometimes higher electricity rates... Building your own house is another strategy, but as most foreigners know, they'll never own it and won't benefit able to recoup the costs. But alternatively, the cost of building say of a 1.5 million house can be offset by approximately 5 years rent. So if you think that the risk of your relationship with your partner won't last 5 years or more, then it might not be possible worth it... Anyway, that's my two pennies worth
    5 points
  46. I think when you run your car into a wall, that is intentional, not an accident.
    5 points
  47. This is great advice and can't be emphasised enough. We renovated our place while I was still in Australia and The Minister for Finance and War (wife) was working in another city. Her brother, while his heart is in the right place, didn't really have the knowledge to supervise and QC properly. 7 years on we now find ourselves in the position of basically gutting the renovation and starting again mainly due to poor quality materials and workmanship. We added a floor and we basically have to redo all the internals. The roof and external walls are fine thankfully. We're moving up there to keep an eye on it all. Welcome to the forum Scooter
    5 points
  48. September last year. One owner died maybe a year before that. Larry was his name if I recall. just to add, there is a new bar in Mango which opened about 2 months ago, sports bar type I think. I have not been to Mango for a long time. The Howling Dogs which as Dave said is in the old El gecko now. Some years back the owner Billie lost it to his wife amongst other things. Later she had to sell it. He worked as a Manager somewhere to survive I believe but now owns Billie Bar and I think has a co owner. Other places like Bamboosers survived. Bar in Ramos expanded but they all did it hard because at times were allowed to open only to be shut again or shorter hours and less capacity in Venus etc. You will still find expats in The social plus Park social and other places throughout the city but not the same numbers as a few years ago. Also not just covid had an effect on the city. The typhoon last December caused a lot of damage and loss of jobs. Anyway I said this somewhere else, if you have money its a good time to buy up closed business if you wanted one as will be cheap and the future can only get better (Maybe) To add to that I do see some progess in moving forward with people opening new business. Here in the IT park the number of people working here is small compared to before, most work from home now so for me its not the same here anymore. The atmosphere of many people about, bars and restaurant's that were busy but now most come here for Sugbo Mercado. Pipeline does OK since rebuilt after the typhoon, Park Social not as busy. Places like The Pyramid closed, Shaka , moooncafe and several others. The mall in the Park to me has not recovered much as still pretty much empty.
    5 points
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