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  1. My favourite is Prince Luke down at the back of USJR in Colon. The owner is like an auto parts catalogue, really amazing memory.
  2. I agree 100%, this is one of the most important things anyone living here in the Philippines has to decide. I had not heard it vocalized in quite such an effective way before, thank you Dave.
  3. I agree that most of this is publicity nonsense, it just makes me a little thoughtful though when i see what are pretty obviously underage girls in any of these places. I mean seriously, don't the owners think about the world of crap they are likely to bring down on themselves.
  4. Hmmm, not so sure but i paid (i think) P300 a piece for mango trees about 6 feet high.
  5. The Dept of Ag keeps a place on M Velez near Capital. Has loads of big trees and such for sale. Entrance is nearly opposite the MetroBank.
  6. There is a guy just off the SRP that either makes or imports good quality fibre glass boats. You can see the boats in his yard as you leave town just entering Talisay, on the left. I got to see one of his boats and they are pretty nice.
  7. Ate there last week, the place is still my favourite resto in Cebu. Food is great, always interesting, such a wide selection and the prices are decent. Not sure about everyone else but IMO you should all go and make up your own mind, i love the place.
  8. I went completely the other way. After burning out 4 laptops in 18 months i got a big desktop and haven't had any problems (that i couldn't recover from) since. Problem with the laptops was, as soon as one component died, the whole laptop was a throw away. If the video died in my desktop, i replace the video card or the monitor, way blima, life goes on. Also with a desktop there is a lot more air circulation and less heat problems than laptops, that helps a lot IME. 100% agree, this is the reason i will never buy apple. They make it impossible to step outside the Apple community once you bu
  9. I hate bread machines, i tried two and they both produced a very inferior loaf. I make all my own bread by hand, it is honest UK bread, only 4 ingredients, flour, yeast, salt and water. Main thing to make the bread really good and easy is to take your time, mix the ingredients first and then let the dough rise overnight and punch it back and rise it again for a few hours. Make the whole 'knead it till ya sweat' thing, not required at all. The bread tastes frikkin delicious and it costs me under P30 for a 2lb loaf. I buy the strong white bread flour and brown flour that i combine 50 / 50 in 2
  10. Sad to say, probably not. In a recent case we were involved in, one of the witnesses was obviously lying, even the judge took the time to explain how its wrong to lie and he could get into trouble, etc. etc. This continued until the judge excused the witness and we were called into his chambers. He warned that he would 'get upset' if the prosecution brought any more 'low value witnesses' and that the defence was 'giving him a bad impression'. I suggested that we should investigate a charge of perjury, the judge replied 'Bill, its ok, everyone in this court lies, its up to me to figure out whi
  11. Mactan IMO is hot boring and the beaches are either mud or contrived and expensive. Cebu is too busy and dirty for me so i suggest heading out of the city into the mountains, try Balamban, Carcar, etc...
  12. 1. NO! Unless you meet the right girl you WILL get screwed (and not in a good way!) 2. YES, Move away, far far away... 3. CROSS THEM OFF! 4. NO! Communication is the basis of every relationship, what the hell do you think they see in you if they don't even understand what you are saying, move on. 5. I think your gut is dead on the money. Seriously though, i'm sorry if my answers seem harsh, but they are honest. My suggestion is, GET OFF THE COMPUTER! Most of the girls who you meet online, not all its true, but most, are on there to try to hook a fish. Come here, have a holiday, meet lots
  13. Main thing that i have learned with online businesses is that they are just that, a business. If you do something that you already know about and understand and there is a real business case (read business plan!) for the product or service, it may work. The days of "put it up and they will come" are long gone, think about what you know, make a plan, figure out a cost and income projection, etc. etc. Very boring i know but TANSTAAFL (There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch) these days... The internet just gets around the geography issue, its just a means to get to a customer, it doesn't take
  14. I will be leaving for Hong Kong next week and want to know if anyone has gotten their ECC at Cebu airport recently, as they leave the country, and if so, how long it took to process the thing. I just want to make sure i leave enough time before the flight. Thanks, Bill
  15. The other thing i understand that is gone is the idea that if you have already lived with your wife in a foreign country for 4 years she is fast tracked through the process of becoming a UK citizen. There is now a 5 year probationary period i think.
  16. If you like an offshore option, i have dealt with Citibank in Singapore for several years now. Really professional, zero taxes, rates are ok. Highly recommended... Bill https://www.ipb.citibank.com.sg/
  17. About 3 years ago I got NBI clearance in Cebu, i walked into the NBI offices and after a hot and ugly day i walked out with the clearance. The medical clearance is pretty fast once you get all the requirements done.
  18. |I use MetroBank also, i would highly recommend them, they have been really accommodating for me. Also, Metrobank is one of only 3 or 4 Philippine banks that use the international banking standards as their rules and as such they have a favourable relationship with the wire transfer services and such. My experience is that they are some of the fastest for getting money into the country. Just FYI, I wire transfer from Singapore and the $ is there the next day. I keep a US $ account and a peso account, it allows me to transfer directly in US$ and them take the $ out to shop around for the best
  19. Sorry to say Mike, IME HSBC is terrible in the Phil's and is also in the process of closing all its branches here. I banked with HSBC fro 15 years in Canada and Hong Kong, when i moved here they just said "we are a different bank sir, sorry"
  20. Once you get to Carcar, get out of Carcar town too, its lovely up in the mountains ;-)
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