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  1. It's with greatful thanks to all those people who prayed for my friend Louie who is now back home with his wife and young son. Louie spent over 50 days in hospital mostly on a ventilator before he was free from the Covid virus. To God be the Glory Amen
    21 points
  2. So...I'm baaack...but it had its moments getting here. Wanted to provide one person's trip experience engaging the COVID entry rules as of the Jan 22 guidance, to wit: the part that Philippine citizens can once again enter with their spouses and dependent children. Near as I can tell, I may one of the first few to pull it off, and, as I'll explain later, might be the very first to enter via Clark. Along the way, some lessons learned dancing around the various COVID restrictions in various touch points and reconciling them with immigration and travel rules. First...wanna mention that my
    19 points
  3. When i met my future wife and had the holiday romance , a few pictures taken of us both plus lots taken of her by myself , I had one picture on my mobile phone as a screen saver which I thought was a very nice one , anyway Emma saw it and straight away went quite on me and I had no idea why as I said the picture is lovely . A few hours later I found out the reason why she was a little upset , while the photo was fine on my mobile phone my service provider was written right across her forehead VIRGIN, that’s what she did not like , it took me awhile showing her virgin trains , virgin pla
    18 points
  4. One morning after my wife and I first started living together I kissed her at the door and said "see you later alligator" as I set off for work. When I came home she was upstairs in the bedroom and the door was locked, I had no clue what I had done. Finally she let me in around bedtime but I couldn't get anything out of her so I tried to get some sleep for work the next day, of course just as I'm about to drift off she starts crying, I plead with her to tell me what I did, finally she looks at me and says "you call me alligator" needless to say I didn't get any sleep because she couldn't be co
    18 points
  5. Any time, just let me know ahead of time, so I can get a truck to deliver enough beer, hopefully I have set aside enough peso for this.
    18 points
  6. It seems like those of us who are seniors have been spending virtually all of time at home for months now. I am spending more time working in the yard, reading, and working on my painting. The yard is improving especially with the recent rains, and folks say my painting is improving. This is my latest series of still life featuring flowers.
    16 points
  7. Why go from your country? I love travelling to many places, and I have spent time in many countries, but to me, "there's no place like home." My stay in the Philippines taught me many things. - I don't like being a foreigner. - I don't like living in a place where time stands still. - I don't like matching wits with people who are perpetually thinking like 15 years olds. - I don't like living in a quasi-dictatorship. - I miss speaking my native tongue and having people understand my sarcasm and jokes. - I miss eating out at American restaurants, where th
    16 points
  8. Average mental age here is about 15. I fit in well .
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  9. Hello Everyone. Whilst I have been stuck in Abu Dhabi with the wife, due to COVID, we have been constructive in getting our pool built. I am so looking forward to getting HOME to have a few cold San Migs whilst floating in the pool. I hope you are all keeping safe and well and getting yourselves vaccinated. Stay Safe and Well. Paul
    15 points
  10. I didn't want to step on Yeochief's topic but I thought it was a great idea. So in my area of Tuy, Batangas here's our monthly budget. We bought our house in middle of November 2020. So this is our averages through Mar 1st from my budget spreadsheet. Water: 200p (water is potable but we boil for consumption) Electric: 1700p. We mostly run fans and only use our A/C at night if it's pretty hot. I wanted to make sure we are acclimated to the climate. Internet: 4999p Globe fiber 500 mbps. Converge and PLDT not in our area. LP gas for cooking: maybe 100p A month F
    15 points
  11. Olivia and I bought a house in Malolos. Moved in on 1 October 2020. It is only 119 sqm, but it is big enough for us, new home. 3 bedroom, 3 CRs. PLDT 2.4 G fiber internet. Got hooked up with Armed Forces Network, get 9 channels, American news, sports, TV shows, it only cost me the for the box and setup, have to renew each year, but it is free. One of the bedrooms is my man cave. About 20 minute walk to Vista Mall, 5 minute walk to get a hair cut, still exploring what is near the house. Got the house furnished, minor updates to the house. It is in a sub-division, McArthur Village.
    15 points
  12. Life can be great being married to a Filipina, yes there is the ups and downs , but ain’t that every marriage, but when it comes down to love , in my eyes you will not find no one that will show and give you so much love as they would do. I am treated like a king , I am well fed, my cloths are washed and ironed and it’s my birthday Presents , lots of food and well sort of balloon things I am told hanging from the wall, I was told she forgot to buy them so she used these.
    15 points
  13. Was explaining to my wife, I thought it would be selfish of me, knowing I had a terminal illness and kept trying to get treated. I also do not want to extend the misery and drain resources for my wife. One of my wife's cousin died of cancer 20 years ago here in the PI, still paying. One fact for sure, we will all die.
    15 points
  14. Well it is not all bad. This morning I went to the market to buy my morning paper and halfway there I realized I forgot to put in my teeth!!! No worries,,,,,,,,,,,,a face mask now protects my vanity
    15 points
  15. I'd be very wary of retiring at 45 on such a small budget. Sure it could get you through a good few years living a restricted life but the Philippines has a habit of hitting you with unforeseen challenges. You may start off with good intentions then you find a partner and before you know it there's a rug rat or two and an extended family all chewing at your finances. Your 20yr plan soon turns into a 10yr plan if you're lucky, by which time your home country has pretty much moved on and you've lost all your welfare benefits and probably a lot of your pension. You could end up 55yrs w
    15 points
  16. I have no problem with people complaining about the way of life here, sometimes a little constructive criticism can work wonders. What I do have a problem is when people who have been here many years dig up the same topic again and again. We have a 12 hour brown out on the 6th of June and the same people are complaining. If you are that bothered by no power( to improve the system) Get a back up power source. Remember you came here because you didn`t want to be there don`t try to make here like there.
    14 points
  17. I'm fortunate in that I suffer cabin fever. I wake by 5am most mornings and can't lay in bed. If I'm too stiff to train in the morning I still walk a good 5km up the beach just to tick over then I train late in the afternoon. I'm certainly reaping the rewards as my knees are the best they've been in years. From thinking I'd need them replaced to now I hardly feel them when training. My partner has also had a massive improvement. When I met her she suffered from a stomach ulcer and asthma. Her diet was definitely to blame, dried fish, pork fat, plenty of salt and almost no vegetables.
    14 points
  18. I guess the employee decided they'd had enough and decided to throw in the towel!
    13 points
  19. For certain types of individuals, complaining about things is part of who and what they are. For whatever their reason, they feel better when voicing their dissatisfactions openly to any willingly receptive audience. That's a normal trait, but the level and degree to which they voice their disapprovals run the range. I think a lot of it is culturally learned behaviour. Here in the PI people are not openly rewarded for and encouraged to complain and whine incessantly about things beyond their control. They take action when possible to improve what they can and stoically accept what th
    13 points
  20. Having lived in a house and 3 condos for me condos win every time. Again it's down to location. One condo was in Manila, shoe box size and no natural light but deadly quiet and great for restaurants etc if you are into that thing. Rental at 19k per month Next was a house which was huge and had an acre or two of gardens which were maintained by a caretaker. Way too big for what I needed but very cheap rent at 15k per month but you could only sit outside in the early morning and as the sun went down and at night due to the heat. Great if you like basura burning nearby and videoke, cockerel
    13 points
  21. My gf often would say things about her mum like she is old and needs looking after etc. She could never remember her age but still old. Anyway the other day was her mother's birthday and she turned 58. One year younger than me. I guess I need looking after
    13 points
  22. Hello, Just a post to say that my husband and I got our first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Cebu province today. Our neighbor this past saturday, told us that the health center said that we could get the vaccine on monday at the local health center I was rather dubious, but excited. I guess that every monday and tuesday the Department of Health would be administering vaccines for as long as stocks last. We were the first ones to arrive this morning at the health center, and we chatted with some local staff waiting to start their shift. I guess that they were offering Sinovac to 60 a
    13 points
  23. Thanks to all for your thoughts and wishes from L and me. We appreciate the emotional support. Just to make the statement: the doctor(s) listed the official cause of death as covid. (As we all know, that may or may not be the real case. L is well aware about the deal with hospitals calling everything covid in order to pad their government funding.) He tested positive twice (one the fast result and one the "normal" or slow result). He was not feeling well for many weeks before finally being checked into the hospital a few days ago. L's sister, who was with him always in the past
    13 points
  24. Five years down the line and having assessed my priorities I can say that for me it is the cost of living 100% followed by quality of life. I'll admit I have had to move 3 times to maintain a fine balance between quality of life and cost though. A good reason why no one should travel half way around the World and set roots in one location for one person until they've experienced life here. Initially the lure of sunshine, pretty women and friendliness of the locals was a major attraction but time and experience has blown a few of my priorities out of the water. I came to realise I li
    13 points
  25. At a different time and a different world, the Filipinos were very friendly and grateful after they were liberated from Japanese occupation. The greeting "Hey Joe" was a term of endearment for the weary US soldiers passing through their village. I must admit that I don't know the current culture or the general street atmosphere, since I haven't been back to PI since 1997. However, there will always be that 10% of bad apples among any group of nationalities. Personally, I am very grateful that I was able to immigrate to US at age 6. There, I learn about respect and work ethics and no
    13 points
  26. This one made me clean my keyboard of another beer wasted:
    13 points
  27. Arrived in Manila at 0400 3 August 2020. Started out in Meridian, Mississippi and drove to Jackson, Mississippi and flew to San Francisco on American Airlines. Stayed in a room in San Fran for a few days to get rested up for a 14 hour flight from San Fran to Manila. Took less than 1 and a half at Manila airport with the processing of paper work and the COVID-19 test ($188.00 US). Cashed in some money for Pesos at the airport, 48.40. Now wait 48 to 96 hours for the results. As of right now we have a driver picking us up and taking us to Bulacan. No cancelations on the flights, I think th
    13 points
  28. The contractor is putting the finishing touches on our house on Biliran Island which is attached to northern Leyte by a single bridge. Just a little stone work, the driveway and landscaping left to do. The house is 165 sq m 2 story with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and cost P5.5 million to build. The house is on a 1,700 sq. m lot which costs approximately P1.5 million a few years ago. P100K won't buy much, my workshop will end up costing me almost P500K by the time it's finished.
    12 points
  29. Myself and my wife had our Covid Vaccines today( pre registered last week ) . Many blood pressure tests before and after the Vaccination ! Lots of questions about my health such as am i on medications,and have I had any operations etc. In all 10 different stations to go to but all over in just 90 mins ! Total cost zero !
    12 points
  30. I geuss that makes Mindanao the Philippines Mexico... interesting place with some big cities but not everywhere is safe for westeners
    12 points
  31. Okay... so the world is going to hell in a hand basket...agreed? But we won't be hungry here... The first volunteer tomato and squash... Our garden is growing veggies for us. Too soon for real photos, but beans, radishes, cucumbers and tomatoes are sprouting and growing. Our spring onions and garlic chives are thriving. I finally received some grass (not THAT kind) seeds and planted them yesterday in some walk-way areas... Several corn plants have flowers and corn silk on some ears - in spite of hungry goat munching... This is the herb garden plot - still u
    12 points
  32. Interesting commentaries. I have been happily married for 49 years to the same person. She is my first love and that love has blossomed over the years. We celebrate our 50th anniversary this coming September. On the subject of marriage and relationships, let me plead the 5th (US Constitution right against self-incrimination).
    12 points
  33. Wow, a couple weeks after my 2nd shot, I developed this severe aliment that affects my motor skills. I can't do the dishes, vacuum the house or take out the trash. I'm dying here. Pray for me, OK?
    12 points
  34. 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
  35. My gardener found a dead monkey in back of our house yesterday. Now this. Cat is missing.
    12 points
  36. Loans are rarely paid back here. Whenever deciding to loan for a good reason, consider it a gift.
    12 points
  37. I live Moalboal about two to three hours from the closest "real" hospital. If I have a heart attack my plan is to die. I do have a credit card with a very large credit limit in case of accidents/illness where I have good chance of coming home healthy. If it is cancer or something similar that appears to be terminal I don't think I would choose to be treated. Doing so would only extend the misery and drain resources that my wife would need for her future.
    12 points
  38. We bought it from Advanced Property Development and Management Holdings Inc. The remaining balance we financed through them for 5 years. So the wife will get the title after that 5 years. Advanced Property bought up several lots in McArthur Village and are building homes just like ours. We have added air con, water tank, stove with an oven, washing machine, shelfing throughout the house, couch with recliner, 2 love seat with recliner (one in my man cave), table with chairs, 2 50 inch TVs (one in my man cave), king size bed with frame, two door refrigerator and a few other items.
    12 points
  39. OMG!!!!!!!! That means I might have to talk to my wife again
    12 points
  40. Congress is debating whether to use USAF or USN rank-uniform for our future military branch. Majority say to follow Star Trek's command structure and I agree, of course. At this time I would like to propose my own ideas: Rank 7 of 9 (chief) Rank 9 of 9 (Master chief)
    12 points
  41. Digos City is inside the 'orange travel advice area'... only just but it's not the area I'd suggest for a first Philippines visit (and I say that as someone who's got a GF and house in that same orange area - albeit in a larger city). I'd suggest offering to send enough money for a ferry ticket and food and accommodation and have them come to Cebu. But if you are set on going there I'd book a room in a western style hotel in the city and have them visit you. It's almost impossible to answer 'what culture shock' because we don't know the living situation of your GF or your experi
    12 points
  42. Problem with the 13a visa though is the cost of a WIFE!!!!!
    12 points
  43. So what has life been like for both my wife and myself, living on a tiny 8-hector private island on the outer-edge of of a mangrove forest? In a nutshell, not boring and amazingly roomy. We are literally the last (only) electric-meter of the last power pole in the line. There is no water-well or freshwater source on the island. But we have adapted to any hardship (been a few) and have come to love living this (not so boring) lifestyle. So how did we come from life living between a 2-story rental in Surigao City proper and our little 6-hector coconut farm, to living tiny island life? W
    11 points
  44. I put some weight on when I first arrived here after tearing a few ligaments supporting my right knee. An MRI scan also highlighted general wear and tear after 24 years in the forces. I'm one of those that just has to look at weights and I build muscle. I got to 110kg at 5ft 8 which is technically obese but I was pretty much muscle as all I could do was gym work. I do a lot of distance swimming but could swim all day and it doesn't tire me out or affect my weight. I started gentle jogs up a steep hill where I used to live as going up never hurt my knees and I'd walk down very slowly.
    11 points
  45. Could be worse. Could still be with one from back home. .
    11 points
  46. 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
  47. Many have told stories of bad products and services around the Philippines including myself. However, sometimes we get lucky and find a good one. This time I want to share another good service experience we have had. https://teko.ph/ They are a service company who do installs, service, repair, and cleaning of most all appliances. We had a bad experience with a local guy to clean a aircon and thought we would save a little using and helping out a local guy. While cleaning he damaged and was unable to repair our unit. With Teko you book very easy on line any time and pick the service yo
    11 points
  48. Door to door caroling has just been banned here in the Metro! That alone is worth the hassle of wearing a mask
    11 points
  49. OnMyWay had passed me a URL for an apparent part of the Forum where he had logged contact info for a recommended van service in the Subic area. Unfortunately, when I used it, the system gave me a big shrug. So...thought I'd insert the following here in the hopes it helps someone down the road (pun intended). My wife and I just spent a week in the general Subic area scouting around to see if we wanted to live there and doing some representative house hunting. OnMyWay had steered me to a guy named Dex, and I contacted him to arrange for a few days of driving us around - kind of combinati
    11 points
  50. We moved in on 1 October 2020. Still some work on our part. Making some improvements to fit our tastes. I'm not a picture person, some may be fuzzy, took them with my lap top. Man cave, watching Monday night football. Man cave, filing cabinet and DVDs. Man cave, blinds. Spare bed room. Master bedroom. Master bedroom, Chester draws and closet. Master CR. Balcony. Coming down stairs, living room/dining room. Living room/dinning room. Dinning room/kitchen. Living room. Dinning room/kitchen. Kitchen. Kitchen.
    11 points
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