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  1. earthdome

    Transfer US Social Security to Philippines?

    That income is from outside the Philippines. So you do not have to pay anything. I expect that it is very rare for an expat retiree in the Philippines to have to pay any income taxes to the Philippines unless they have a local business.
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    20,000$ US for soon to be expat

    What area's of Luzon are you referring to?
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    2 weeks and counting

    They were when I arrived around that time at NAIA Terminal 3. And they had very competitive rates.
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    Building a Garden

    Running water like a fountain, especially if there is a bit of spray or mist, can really help it feel a bit cooler. Can't wait to see the finished garden.
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    Home schooling

    I am interested in this topic but at this time have nothing to contribute regarding home schooling in the Philippines.
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    Very sick wife

    The Brgy Captain is the best place to start for small local disputes. In the best case they act like an impartial arbitrator In the worst case they are related to your wife's family.This case is well beyond what a Brgy Captain should be involved with. I agree that it is best to keep your distance and use the Computer Crime Division of the NBI.
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    Very sick wife

    Bigmac, Sorry to hear that your wife and her family were scamming you regarding her illness. I am curious about the US Spouse Visa. Did you file the paperwork with USCIS or was your wife handling everything? I wonder if perhaps that was also a way to scam money from you.
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    Newbie question

    Make sure your phone is unlocked. Many phones you buy as part of a plan from a US cell phone carrier are locked and can not be used on a different cell phone service unless they get unlocked. The lock isn't a key, it is a special code you have to type in to your phone specific for your phone. Your cell phone company should have info about how to do this. My last visit I got a Globe SIMM and mostly used the phone for text and data. The data was used a great deal for google maps and using Grab taxi's. 50 peso's load for 3 days of data up to 2GB I think.
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    Help me with Netflix ?

    You can buy and configure your own wifi router then just plug it in to the one your ISP provides. Then if you change ISP's you don't have to reconfigure all your devices. Just plug your router into the new ISP's router. This also allows you to have a nice router which you can configure with a VPN.
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    Help me with Netflix ?

    There are home wifi routers which can be configured with a VPN, but in that case all the traffic using that for wifi will use the VPN.
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    Availability of Gabapentin, Voltarin Gel

    You can bring up to a 3 months supply of prescription meds with you. So I would recommend speaking with your doctor/pharmacy before you leave to ensure you can obtain a 3 month supply to take with you. This is especially nice to do if your health insurance will pay most or all of the cost of the meds.
  12. Something similar can happen in the US. My wife needed to convert from a 2 year green card she got on arrival to a 10 year green card. The earliest you can apply is 3 months before the 2 year expires. We applied 3 months before and received a letter after her green card expired saying her case had not been reviewed yet and this letter granted her an additional year. Then it started getting close to the end of her 3rd year in the US and no 10 year green card yet. So I called and found out they were 15 months behind processing green card extensions. So we just had to wait. In total took almost 18 months. So technically my wife was an "illegal" since her 10 year green card didn't arrive until almost 6 months after the letter extending it another year expired.
  13. That is why I buy some of my meds online from the great white north.
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    Newtown Plaza Hotel - Baguio

    We lived a block away from Newtown and watched the construction of the business complex and hotel. The condo's were still under construction when we left. We considered purchasing one of the condo's. We loved to eat at Rasa Pura and toured the hotel when it first opened. We wanted to stay there when we returned last fall but we were going to have family with us so an AirBnB worked out better for us.
  15. Yeah, Baguio checked off most of the boxes on my list of what I was looking for in a place to live in the Philippines 7 years ago, and I lived there over 2 years. With the growth and increased traffic since then I am now open to exploring other options. I would still like to live in a more moderate climate at elevation and have access to quality medical care plus the amenities of a medium sized city.
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