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  1. As basically noted above, Boots on the Ground.....only then will you know. Also, you did not say if your wife is Filipina or not. That will determine how you and rest of family enter and remain in the Philippines, which if no Filipina wife, certainly won't make life easier, but then again if goes back to normal post pandemic, the immigration rules are certainly more friendly than Thailand, but medical and more modern everything in Thailand. In the end, "you don't know what you don't know" and probably going to take good amount of time in country to figure out if works for you all, but if not, at least you have options. Good luck.
  2. Whatever it takes! lol I put in quotes because I know much of it is not, but if the Asawa is happy and we can save significant $ And travel post pandemic mess as opposed to here, I'll be happy. Then again, might be a case of "careful what ya wish for.".....gonna find out!
  3. Always loved Rota , Spain and Portugal when there mutiple times, But that was a loooong time ago....where I met first wife, a New York Italian of all people . Anyway, welcome and hope it all works out great for you wherever you land. Seems Filipinas adjust well about anywhere they go, but we too are planning move back to "paradise" end of the year, though plan to live island or several provinces away from family drama and $ emergencies and those unannounced long stay visits., if possible.
  4. Well, I guess being over the AGI threshold isn't necessarily a "bad" thing in the long run. The years I worked in Iraq and A'stan are the only times I've paid what I'd consider a real butt load of Fed income tax, but heck, I had a enough fun doing it I guess.
  5. As you noted DaveB, the rules and circumstances continually change. My Asawa and son just returned From PI to here in NW Washington and were lucky entering PI in Dec to do the one test only entering and only 1 day in hotel, as our 6 y.o. would lose his freaking mind if "jailed" for 6 days or more....he was bouncing off City Garden walls after just one day. Sure hope that things ease up by this Fall as we plan our escape back to the Philippines and hopefully Dumaguete when all said and done, as just can't see us hotel confined with the kiddo for any length of time. We've started the give away and selling things off. As a side, Asiana changed their rules too while they were in PI, such that they had to get a test to transit ICN on way back due to 13 hr layover; 6 hrs was the cut off regardless of staying in airport or not. At least that test was easy for them to obtain and much better organized than at the airport even though Asawa pre-paid. Closing, will just say things Here do seem to "magically" be getting better on numbers since Jan 20th....imagine that....looking forward to leaving finally.
  6. Well.....Think I already found the answer at the elder law site. Your parent must be a citizen or resident of the United States or a resident of Canada or Mexico.
  7. I see OnMyWay's posts on ITN for spouse, but wanted to see if anyone here has experience with parents (Lola and Lolo) living with them and providing 100% of their support, AND listing them as dependents on income tax return as well as obtaining a needed US ITN for such? This would include them living in your/spouse's home in RP while you are going back and forth between two homes. Any input is greatly appreciated.
  8. Just quick follow up, more so because it emphasizes the need for expats to have a good medical emergency fund if gonna land in the PI long term, or maybe even short term. We got mom all fixed up for now, but certainly not cheap out of pocket and more than I would have paid out of pocket here in US with our insurance....$2K for the angiogram and about $8K for the angioplasty and stints and probably another $1K for all the hospital stays/expenses. Luckily we were able to get the $ transferred quickly and get it all done, as they guy with same symptoms and diagnosis as her at same time, same place, died before could get his. Her procedure ended up being done by a cardio group on Greenhills there in NCR vice Caloocan as I'd thought....luckily good doc in the later Did send her to the group in Greenhills. Now wife and son are back there as well visiting Lola for Xmas and New Yrs. Thanks to all for the suggestions/guidance earlier....looking forward to getting there next Summer.
  9. Will add one more thing....City Garden Hotel in Makati was Great to deal with and took good care of 'em while there for 24 hours. Good room service and they brought them extra bottled water at no charge.
  10. Don't have it handy, but there was a BI announcement on it, which confirmed. Son and mom landed Sat night, No problems entering since she had all over he ducks (paperwork) in a row, esp birth certificate, marriage cert for us and a notarized letter from me allowing international travel for them without me (only in case someone asked relative to custody kidnappings). The biggest hold up was the Covid testing as their flight was last of about 4 in a row and long lines. Even though pre-registered with Red Cross system with bar code, they still got routed to the local lab process at MNL since did not pre-pay....Nothing's easy in the PI ! Anyway, 2 hrs wait to test, onward to Makati hotel and results came 24 hours later (Negative thankfully) and they departed hotel at 0200 onward to family home in Caloocan. As a side, we used Asiana vice EVA out of Seattle as EVA required a negative Covid test Here in US ($250 eadch! if private) within 3 days travel date to transit thru Taipei. THEN Asiana announced same, But with 2 days testing, starting 20/21DEC to transit ICN; so, they have list of facilities to test before they fly out next month.....dang 13 hr layover in ICN on return.
  11. I haven't worked in Thailand since the early 90's (didn't live there), but if i had that chance again, I'd be All Over It! Loved it then and from my friends who worked there later, it's certainly more modern than Philippines in lot of places. The Narc cops and embassy folks handled interpreter duties for us; so, getting around and working within the country was pretty easy as a result, at least back then. Had bud assigned to the office down in Songkla, married a Thai, and he Had to learn Thai on the ground as there was very little English spoken, but the former Atlanta cop became quite fluent, mostly due to his wife schooling him. Anyway, hope it works out for you and you keep rest of us posted on the outcome. I'm looking forward to visiting Thailand again probably early 2022.
  12. Well, it's all worked out, for most part, since Phil. Govt removed the 9a requirement just in time for Xmas. Passport arrives this week and they fly out Friday via ICN. Used to be when paid for "Expedite Service" on passport, ya got it back in about 10 days. Now it's 4-6 weeks in age of Covid, etc. Son's will arrive at about 5 week mark since figure Thanksgiving short week slowed it down. Hopefully all goes smoothly once they land in MNL, get tested and quarantine.
  13. Thanks for running the gauntlet and sharing all your info and experiences for rest of us Dave. Can't wait to follow you before too long....sure hope before next June. Cray Cray world we are living in these days and no telling what's next. Just glad we have avoided election related violence and mayhem here....So far...but looking forward to departing for a long time or permanently.
  14. Thanks Graham. To add "insult to injury", Murphy's Law struck... we did not initially realize son's US passport literally expired just few weeks before all this hit the fan...5 yr passport only for kiddos. Anyway, new passport is ordered, then we'll get the 9a for now if wife still goes over, and either way, get his dual citizenship. Lola's treatment at least is proceeding and she now definitely needs angioplasty. At this point, looking forward to getting the whole family move done mid 2021. Thanks again.
  15. Thanks Dan and Don. After further discussion here at the casa, a calmer cabernet induced mind and scouring sites and forums on line and since too many moving parts on short notice, she may now go the 6-8 weeks with kiddo (it's kindergarten right now anyway), then come back and we'll get naturalization completed and dual citizenship accomplished, then make the more long term move if another world catastrophe, pandemic, asteroid strike(!), etc doesn't occur. After 2020?....ANYTHING is possible. Now I gotta go get some more ammo this weekend before Tuesday and the ensuing chaos! Have a good night....or day in PI for you Don.
  16. Dan, looks like if she applies for a Re-Entry Permit, she can go out of the country for up to 2 yrs and return without issue. By then, we should know what we are going to do absent more curve balls thrown our way. Learning as we go and scouring government sites on internet all weekend along with grabbing some DHL type boxes. Thanks for all your help/feedback. Owe ya a few beers!
  17. All, I will research, but wanted ask group of any knowledge in the current Covid situation regarding travel to PI by a child (age 6 in this case) who is born in US, but mom is still Filipino Citizen with Green Card here. He's US citizen, but qualifies for dual citizenship in PI. He'll need travel to PI soon with my wife so she can deal with MIL's medical situation in person. We'll be calling Phil Consulate on Monday, but thought I'd ask now in case someone else has done this recently or knows someone who has. Thanks!
  18. I'm gonna miss This. Literally our back yard past weekend while I was working back there. Came about 5 feet from me; so, I backed off since he's rutting. Then he left and a slightly younger buck showed up, leaner and beautiful. Figured I'd see a fight later, but instead the older one returned and was pursuing a female in the yard, who as playing hard to get!
  19. All, We are scrambling to ID a Good cardiologist or cardi group in NCR region for my MIL. She spent a week at private hospital in Caloocan after BP hit 190 on high end number, passing out and vomiting, but no heart attack amazingly. Took some time, but they got her BP down and her anxiety down which make it worse of course. Been on statins for while now, but clearly heart disease/blockage and we are setting up angiogram at same hospital(?) and hopefully angioplasty vice going by-pass route If called for. Anyway, wanted see if anyone on forum has experience in cardiology care for self of family member in NCR area that you would recommend?....we of course are footing bill and simply want best outcome for mom regardless of cost in long run. As a side, likely my Asawa will go ahead very soon with kid and move back to PI, while I'll follow in Spring after getting house projects all finished and rented out or sold. Thanks in advance!
  20. Yup and got the high ground in 3 directions, very gentle slope up the other side. I've thought about that moreso since the riots and nonsense started. Also added the 5.56 long gun I previously mentioned. As for the Gorge, we camped there just before our fires started and as Old55 said, it's damn windy over there....hence your windsurfing exploits, but dry as a bone and gorgeous in it's own way. Great concert venue Gorge at George amphitheater as well. All this makes me wonder why I'd think of leaving?!....might be the $$$ and 2 prior divorces.
  21. Yep, Tom Bodette. And yep, "Rainier, the beer from here." Think I'd prefer a PBR from what I remember, but they do have great commercials. Now, we have so many micro brews, can't keep up. Don, Another reason to consider WA...Fantastic local micro brews and now incredible wines from east of the cascades. Former apple orchards are now vineyards. Numerous clear alpine lakes here where you can see to the bottom. For cheaper housing, and exceptional lake areas, rivers, etc Spokane is also nice, over on Idaho border...hot dry summers, cold winters. Lot of Californians moving to Idaho as well. I used to do some work over in Northern Idaho, where ton of LAPD and LASO guys retired to over the years...even Mark Furman of OJ murder case fame.
  22. Small world! My first home here was Redmond 1992...got 1800sq ft house on Education Hill for 154K if can believe that! Same probably $600K minimum now and Redmond not the horse town it was then with MSoft just taking off. Then moved to the orig No offense to Californians, but the Libs who moved up here in late 80's into 90's in first wave to "escape" costs, buy house and for cash and rid selves of Calif taxes unfortunately elected same type leadership up here as down there and Seattle metro has never been same...Komo News documentary "Seattle is Dying" avail online says it all. All things change and time came to move on as you note. As for weather, seems every year is different. When I stepped off plane here in May '92, ironically coming from Philippines, it was crystal blue skies, Mt Rainier looked majestic and breathtaking and it was a drought yr so never rained till Halloween except Maybe couple times. The next yr summer lasted all of 6 weeks. As the song goes, "I've seen fire and I've seen rain. I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end." This year it's the fire smoke smothering the whole west coast the past week or more. And Yes!...You are welcome anytime to come visit. No telling when or if we'll make the move to the RP as we had planned. Covid and few other things will determine that. Look forward to meeting you all and like the motel ad, "We'll leave the light on for ya!"
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