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davewe last won the day on September 29 2016

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  1. No no no. I'm not talking about Filipinos. I'm talking about other expats (usually younger).
  2. davewe

    KEV (sonjack) missing!

    Boy am I gonna hear about this :)
  3. I'm 65 and can state categorically that there's never been anyone I ever dated or married that was considered socially acceptable by everyone I knew. I've been married 3 times (not proud of it - just stating the truth) and my father never attended any of the weddings. I'm not sure if the women were socially unacceptable to him or if I was - probably both. I lived with my younger Filipina wife in the United States so can speak to this with experience. Yes, I would estimate that 10% of my friends, relatives, co-workers and neighbors were shocked and appalled. But 90% were very cool with the two of us and happy for me. Like many Americans I lived in a neighborhood for years and knew few of my neighbors - until Janet arrived - then everyone got to know us! My general base of friends increased dramatically. We became the cool couple; definitely Janet's influence; I hadn't changed. But here's what I really wanted to say. We now live in the Philippines and I am shocked that a certain percentage of guys who live here strongly disapprove of the age gap relationships. While I expected this reaction when we lived in the US, I am surprised and sometimes humored by those Westerners who are bothered by it here. So Fred - in general I would have to disagree with you. Others' opinions not only shouldn't matter - they can't matter. Life is awfully dull otherwise.
  4. davewe

    The weather, shoul i be worried

    This is the best reason to come ,multiple times to multiple places. While all of the Philippines is hot it's not all the same. I live in Valencia near Dumaguete, yet the 1 or 2 degree difference makes it nice for us. Ultimately no one can tell you what's too hot or just right for you; you have to know yourself well enough to know how you respond to the heat, humidity and equatorial sun.
  5. davewe

    The weather, shoul i be worried

    Steve - I was always under the impression that you have been to the Philippines on multiple occasions. If so you ought to know how you tolerate the heat and humidity. But certainly one strategy is to come here for a longer period of time than a vacation and see how you tolerate it. Personally I lived in a climate (Northwest US) that was not too hot but I like the heat. That said I do have an air-conditioned house and car so I can pick and choose how hot I want to get.
  6. I have been asked a couple times by the airlines for a forward ticket and more often have not been asked. But because I do not want to get stuck and unable to fly I generally buy one of those $12 "rental tickets" just in case.
  7. When your wife comes through immigration she will declare herself as a Balikbayan (you too) and get the stamp. That really will get her and you a hell of a lot. Whether or not she is a dual citizen she can get a bank account as a Balikbayan. My wife initially would carry around her Philippines passport (expired and in her maiden name). I don't recall anyone ever needing it. OTOH she brought her birth certificate with her and that was useful. For picture ID we got her a Phil health card pretty quickly, which is a government ID. Eventually she added a postal ID card, again considered a govt. ID. No drivers license or permit. While she did re-obtain her Philippines citizenship, we've had no reason yet to get her a Philippines passport. She has bought property and gone through the arduous getting the title transferred process. Follow some basic rules and your wife will have no problem getting a bank account or two or just about anything else you need. And as her husband you'll have lots of benefits as well.
  8. My wife is now a dual citizen but when we moved here she was a Balikbayan (only a US citizen). Not only was she able to open accounts at multiple banks (including a dollar account) but I am on all those accounts based solely on my having the BB stamp. Of course as always your mileage might vary.
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    Whenever this subject comes up (questions or complaints about Internet in the Philippines) I try to stay out of it. It ruins my credibility cause I can't make the universal statement that the infrastructure sucks here. But since Kevin called me out I will say that I have had PLDT fibre for 10 months and we've been very happy with it. Not that I test it all day long but the speed is quite consistent. This said our needs are modest; it's only the 2 of us, our house isn't big. we're not gamers, and we finally have our porn downloading addiction under control :)
  10. I am "going home" for a couple of weeks in June and have to say I am not looking forward to it. The country has changed and I have changed. The idea of "home" is a powerful one. I don't think you will ever adjust to a place as long as you think of another place as home. So I am returning to my country of origin for a couple weeks, but this is now home.
  11. Speaking of substandard plywood I bought a couple sheets of marine to make a bench top and a few simple woodworking jigs. Not only is the plywood nowhere near flat but it moves with the humidity. I asked a couple of Filipino guitar maker friends and they said it's just inferior ply and that they use MDF.
  12. Yep, payment was at City Hall. There is no question that we have gone from seeing no parking tickets issued to seeing them issued with regularity. The place where I was illegally parked often has a LTO guy hanging close by since it has been a common place for people to park. The truth is that while it is a PITA, ever since I got my ticket when I go to my bank I park elsewhere, which usually means a block or 2 walk - but that is no worse than what I would expect in the downtown area of my home country.
  13. davewe

    The right fit

    Extra large here is not the same as XL in the US. In point of fact Western sizing has changed over the years. My father was maybe 40-50 pounds overweight and back when I was a kid he had to go to the big and tall shops. Now a 38 inch waist is pretty much considered normal. So no, you will be waisting (pun intended) a lot of your time shopping for clothes to fit you in the Philippines. An XL shirt will not be what you think of as XL. The same is true in reverse in the US. My wife is a slender Pinay. A size small in the US did not fit her. She had to hope to find an XS or shop at stores that catered to teens (and they are getting bigger too). It took her a while to figure out that sizing in the US is at least one size different than in the Philippines. If you don't want to overpack my suggestion would be to wash clothes or pay someone to wash. That's a lot cheaper and easier to find than trying to find size 38 waisted stuff here. And bring your t-shirts and light shorts. Unless you're the rare individual that loves heat (and actually I do) you will not be wanting to break out the button down shirts and long pants here. I have a wedding to attend in a week and it will be the first time I will be wearing pants and a real shirt since I moved here 8 months ago - and I'm not looking forward to it!
  14. davewe

    Citizenship or Not

    My wife just completed the requisition of her Philippines citizenship. It was not that big a problem unless you consider going to Manila a pain.
  15. davewe

    First Parking Ticket

    Wife and I are driving to the bank the other day. For whatever reason I remarked that I had never seen anyone (Filipino or foreigner) receive a parking ticket here in Dumaguete. Back where I lived in the US you could go downtown and see ticket after ticket on windows, but not here. Parked next to the bank in a small area clearly marked no parking. I've been parking there (as do many others) every since we opened the bank account. Well you guessed it - we came out and there was a ticket on the window. As Janet read it I asked "how much." There was nowhere on the ticket it said the fine, just a notice in small print to handle it within 7 days at City Hall. I mentioned it on FB, I thought humorously. I was amazed at the comments about the authorities going after foreigners and wondering what percentage the police get. Monday I went to City Hall to take care of it. Found the desk for the tickets. Within 5 minutes I was done. Cost: 300P. I figure back in Portland that's the amount I would put in the meter just for the privilege of parking there.