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  1. Wife and I are quarantine hotel as this is written. Several days prior to our scheduled flight, we checked out various Philippine Airlines recommended quarantine hotels. We chose one in Pasay in the Newport City area. I can see Villamor Airbase outside my window. We left San Francisco February 20. (Flight was rescheduled from original February 17 departure date) Ticket counter wanted to see our marriage certificate. All we have is a certified copy. Plus I had the 9a tourist visa from a few months ago when it was required. All in all, Philippine Airlines was no problem. We even brought two
    12 points
  2. Many may know my stories about lending, borrowing and gifting cash to the extended family, now it seems they are not speaking to Emma , not a word since January 4th after I said no to a loan of 100,000 peso , after asking what this loan was for I did not get the right reply, i was told it was a unexpected bill, then it was school fees . This is a family who has been showing off there new American kitchen that’s just been fitted there new extension on the house and there half way to building a water station too. As I said the money was not sent but I did send them all the best .
    11 points
  3. Loans are rarely paid back here. Whenever deciding to loan for a good reason, consider it a gift.
    11 points
  4. It's OK. They slipped a clause into the system. " Morente said the BI will launch the APIS as soon as technical issues are ironed out to ensure the successful implementation of the scheme." That should take a few years.
    10 points
  5. Exactly right, over 20+ years we have never loaned money only gifting cash and rarely that. Loans simply aren't worth the chance of hard feelings and worse.
    10 points
  6. We have been caught a few times but now, My wife makes anyone sign an agreement, It certainly makes any Borrower think about non Payment, We did have an occasion that we had to take it to the Barangay Captain, He told the Family Haad you either pay or I will have it reported as Estaffa ? You just have to be cruel to be kind for our own peace of mind, They fought back saying it was unlicensed Lending but the Captain said NO. it is a personal issue that you thought you could just ignore
    8 points
  7. Any decent electrician would have a live cable detector that he runs along the wall and follows the circuit until it stops. Taking into consideration that the circuit breaker doesn't keep tripping obviously. If it does then he should be disconecting the wiring at the switches and seeing if the circuit breaker stays on. If it does the short is after that point.
    7 points
  8. Well it looks like expats will get the jab here but it has not been stated how much it will cost. COVID knows no nationality: IATF to craft vaccination policy of foreigners in PH Published February 22, 2021, 6:27 PM by Genalyn Kabiling The government pandemic task force is expected to craft a policy on the vaccination of foreigners staying in the country against the new coronavirus disease. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, it is important to have a policy on the vaccination of all people in the country for protection
    6 points
  9. I'm not worried about the cost. I don't think that it would be an unreasonable amount. I'm just glad to hear that we're now included. Now let's hope that vaccines will start to arrive ASAP! Thanks Sonjack for finding this article!
    6 points
  10. It would be very expensive to have a centralized UPS to run all your household appliances including aircon units. Remember these will be run from the UPS battery which would need to be HUGE to cater for the power demand. And you would also need a HUGE pure sine wave inverter which would be very expensive, if such a beast exists! Your UPS should just cater for your essential equipment which you would want to use during a brownout. Computer, internet modem, perhaps a fan and a light or two. You certainly wouldn’t want to run any power hungry items from it. All the UPS’ I have seen for
    6 points
  11. Well, agreed on repayment HK blues, that you can really only go to the well once..
    6 points
  12. Very good advice as trying to get money back here will send you insane with all the excuses which come up.
    6 points
  13. I wonder if mistakes will be made with people who have a similar name to someone else. 26 February 2021 PRESS RELEASE IRR for advanced passenger information system okayed-BI The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the approval by the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the advanced passenger information system (APIS) which aims to strengthen the country’s border security. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed that Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra approved the APIS’ IRR in January, and that the same was already published in
    5 points
  14. Try 'Radio Garden.com'. (Available desktop and app'). It searches for, plays live, and saves for you, almost any radio station in the world, with no interruptions. I have found it to be simple to use, and with excellent quality sound.
    5 points
  15. I used to use an agent when living in Manila and Angeles years ago. Now though, the BI Field office (Dagupan) is around 10 miles from my house, and I just go along there in bro-in-law's trike. I pay what they ask for, and keep the receipt (no stickers at present of course ) Lovely friendly and helpful staff, and doesn't take up more than 2 hours of my day, including the journey there and back. Now waiting for the 13A.
    5 points
  16. Yep...that's why we had to run another line to the box, we upgraded the breaker for an A/C unit and I insisted they also upgraded the wiring to match.
    5 points
  17. Perhaps Gandang Smile your generalizing a little here. We all from time to time get the run around and attempted small rip offs which we remember, do we likewise remember the suttle little good experiences like..... Recently during heavy rain my front tyre was flat, walked over the road to the vulcanizer explained its a brand new tyre and I wish not drive it, even slowly. Told him just wait until rain eases and bring a jack over. OK....what happened he immediately came in the down pour, removed wheel, dragged about 200 meters to his shop, effected repair and refitted wheel. When I paid h
    5 points
  18. The for profit hospitals will be available for expat vaccination as long as the government does not interfere with their ability to procure and provide the service. I hope they will just let the system work as it should.
    5 points
  19. Well, had my first experience with someone here wanting to have me "lend" them some money. Quick story first. This lady who asked for the money was my brother in laws girlfriend. My brother in law passed away back in 2015 and left two little girls behind. So we decided to put away some money for their college fund or so they could start a business when they got of age. Not much money, I established a small 529 college fund for them. Well..somehow or other, gossipinas being what they are, the word got out to my brother in laws girlfriend about the college fund for the girls. So a
    5 points
  20. My rellies never fail to be amused when I ask THEM to lend me money. They also get the message in a friendly way ...and so far (in getting on for 10 years now) no problems.
    5 points
  21. Sounds to me like you have had a friday afternoon wiring job on your house. The Philippines is notorious for bad electrical fittings and I've had a couple of small shocks in a previous home by poorly wired fittings. Regardless of cost I'd recommend you get a proper electrician with the tools to check the installation. It's not right for some water ingress to just cut the power to upstairs lighting without triping a breaker. The water ingress and poorly installed wiring could lead to areas of your house becoming live which can kill you. An electrician worth his salt will have something
    5 points
  22. There should be a MAIN breaker that controls the whole breaker box... IF that breaker is open... everything would be OFF. Sometimes a tripped breaker looks like it's ON, just a tad below the ON position. When a breaker is tripped, you have to push it OFF and then back ON. With the problems you have had, not sure I would recommend doing it yourself though. If you do, be sure you turn EVERYTHING in the house OFF, reset the breaker, and then turn things on one a a time.... if the main breaker opens again... STOP and get an electrician before doing anything else.
    5 points
  23. I'll be honest, my experience of lending money is quite different. I have lent to family once and it was repaid exactly as agreed and one neighbour once and another countless times with no issue. As I've said many times, the first time there is an issue with repayment would be the last. I only lend small amounts to my neighbour, less than 5K, so that might be why I've been lucky. Anything above 10K would make me uncomfortable - anything less I could shrug off and lesson learned.
    5 points
  24. We told her if it wasn't paid back we would take it from the kids college fund.😉
    5 points
  25. Two stray kittens I bought home from the park have grown much larger than I expected.
    5 points
  26. Nope! At least not from me. Sorry.
    5 points
  27. I'm not sure if there is a tax on the number of outlets as such, but when we applied for an electricity supply we had to list out each outlet and pay a deposit based on that.
    4 points
  28. There should definitely be a receipt as they stopped issuing stickers in your passport last year, instead you carry the receipt arround with you which shows when your visa expires. My last 2 month extension with a new ACR cost me 5,647.50 Peso, a usual 2 month extension comes in at 1,830 Peso as my office gives the option of not paying the Express lane fee.
    4 points
  29. Far too much. My agent fee is P1500, pick up and deliver passport. Surly they give you receipts of what has been paid to the BI?
    4 points
  30. I think they will find it was the fault of the 4 dead people.
    4 points
  31. What HK describes is also standard here in Moalboal (filled hollow block, with vertical rebar every cell, and with horizonal rebar tied into the concrete posts). Even security walls are built that way. All the strength in a hollow block wall comes from the rebar and concrete. Interior walls also use rebar and are concrete filled.
    4 points
  32. Wiring, receptacles and circuit breakers should all be wired together for the same amperage. For example, if you change circuit breakers up from 20 to 30amps.... you should ensure the wiring AND receptacles match. Wiring reels might look identical.... but they should be clearly marked by gauge size and easily read... if they are not... I wouldn't use them. The gauge of the wiring needed is based on the distance of the wiring run and amperage rating of the circuit.
    4 points
  33. I'm having trouble coming to terms with the fact that just about every single respected authority in the world are giving positive feedback with regard to the Vaccines and you are unable to recognise these facts. Rather you trawl every obscure part of the internet to find the smallest amount of negativity you possibly can Can you not just give us the positive spin on your opinions rather than trying to belittle the statements of every legitimate authority on the subject
    4 points
  34. For what it's worth, Jim, our panel in the new construction has all 20 amp breakers for lighting - and outlets - circuits and 30 for air/con circuits. I really am not certain about laundry or refrigerator circuits.
    4 points
  35. We've decided to postpone our visit until June 2022. Our son starts summer vacation from school in June. Maybe the local government will pull their head out and start providing ccp virus vaccinations by then but I wouldn't bet on it. The Filipino people deserve better.
    4 points
  36. If the wiring is up to it yes, otherwise just more problems. The cables could burn through overheating caused by too much power going through them.
    4 points
  37. 4 points
  38. Thank you for the detailed information on the arrival requirements. It confirms my worse fears that the entry requirements for the Philippines remain too complicated at this time. Rather than returning in April, perhaps June might be a better month for us.
    4 points
  39. Yes...we wanted to upgrade wiring for an A/C and didn't want to chip the wall for obvious reasons. I wasn't too keen on the idea of conduit but once it was done we painted it and it's pretty much invisible. We did take care to ensure it was placed unobtrusively though i.e. right under an existing beam and then we chipped the wall 6" or so from the conduit down to the box rather than having the conduit running down the wall which is a little obtrusive.
    4 points
  40. I agree - if the cost is prohibitive then people will simply not get it thus defeating the principal of nobody is safe until everybody is safe.
    4 points
  41. The way I read it, all vaccines must be bought "through" government coordination at this time. LGU's and Businesses must get gov permission to talk to manufacturers. I wonder what the exact status would be of 13A holders. Technically we are "legal residents". Our city is buying some of the Astra jab and they are taking preregistration right now. I will try and register when they swing through here and report back
    4 points
  42. Unfortunately not with some of the electrics here in the Philippines. I'm shocked ( excuse the pun) in the standards here. There appears to be very little enforcement of qualifications to wire any installation here. It's very much a case of them looking at wiring like running water pipes with no understanding of the dangers.
    4 points
  43. Shakespeare wrote "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" but he did not mean to never lend money to people. For he also wrote: "If you repay me not on such a day, In such a place, such sum or sums as are Express'd in the condition, let the forfeit Be nominated for an equal pound Of your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken In what part of your body pleaseth me." So the point is: Just be sure you have adequate security.
    4 points
  44. No need for this post since late 2018! After hovering at 48+/- since December, rates jumped this past week. We exchanged at Villarica today for 48.62. Is this a reversal of the two year trend? Nobody knows, but I think the fact the U.S. interest rates jumped this past week had something to do with this uptick. 1 month chart 5 year chart
    4 points
  45. Whole house surge protector makes most sense to me and thnx for the info about them wearing down over time. I had no knowledge about that! UPS could also be a solution. But if I understand it right they are dimensioned on how many watts the gadgets need and it will fast get expensive if you will use one UPS to several aircons, a ref, a washingmachine, tv and computer. Having one UPS for each appliance is maybe more economical?? But then you will need alot of them! Do all electrical stuff need a gentle shutdown or is it mostly computers?? I can see there is benefit
    4 points
  46. Hey Tommy with your wealth of experience and answering this way the prospects look bleak indeed......
    4 points
  47. Not many of them have that, they don`t even have the screwdriver type to check if something is live. People here will often sell their tools after each job and hope the new boss buys new.
    4 points
  48. Yep, it probably will work when it dries. Sometimes when you get a short circuit it will weld a permanent short between the + and the -. If thats happens it will keep shorting till fixed. On the leakage...besides getting to the source causing the electrical problem, you want to seal the leak source to make sure you don't have mold growing between the walls... it may take a lot of water leaking to short the electric... but a smaller amount leaking through could create a pocket of moisture that you can't see, and over time... could cause mold.
    4 points
  49. I suggest locating all the junction boxes you - or he - can for that second floor circuit. Keep the power off and use a continuity tester (on any standard voltmeter) and check between wires in the boxes and outlets in the affected area. Look for water or moisture in any walls or on floors. Sorry that's not much help, but that's what I would be doing....
    4 points
  50. One possibility is the 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine donated by China will available free of charge for medical personnel, military, government employees, and the general public based on age. The initial shipment of 100,000 doses from Pfizer could be fee-based through private clinics and hospitals. Future shipments of vaccines more likely will be sourced through COVAC which operates something like a crowd funding agency. Wealthy nations contribute money or commit vaccine supplies. (Gates Foundations gave a substantial amount.) COVAC then charges countries based on their ability to purc
    3 points
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