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nor cal mike

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  1. I believe strongly in the power of persuasion. If unsuccessful, I believe in the persuasion of power. it’s amazing what a few hundred pesos can get done. only because he’s a foreigner. Would not suggest with a local.
  2. Often referred to as “mindless T.V.”
  3. Yes, she would be the only wise one in office.
  4. Steve, sounds like some salesmanship might be in order. Maybe touting the quality of your plan as opposed to the extra travel time of the other.
  5. Jack you’ve touched on something that’s often a topic of conversation in our home. We constantly have an abundance of leftovers in the refrigerator. When I open the refrigerator it looks like a Tupperware distributor. The refrigerator is always jammed full of leftovers. You would think we could estimate the amount to cook but my wife always wants to make sure there’s enough. I thought that’s easy to resolve, get a larger refrigerator. The only thing that did was create a need for more Tupperware. Until today all I’ve learned is to eat the food in front. However, Bob has provided the answer, a smaller refrigerator. Thank you Sir
  6. Sorry JJ, can’t go political. Hope your trip went well. Looking forward to your insightful post.
  7. My goodness Jake, you’re at it again. Is this your sparring partner? :)
  8. Hello Tariq and welcome to the forum. I hope you find the forum informative and that you will add your 2 cents to our discussions.
  9. JJ, I’m not familiar with Victorian period “manifest destiny”. My memory is that “manifest destiny” is a 19th century belief held by the United States that its settlers were destined to expand across North America. This was a bitterly contested concept at the time with many prominent Americans such as Abraham Lincoln rejecting it. This is the first time I’ve ever heard or read that it had anything to do with the color of one’s skin. I would like to learn more about Victorian period manifest destiny and would also like to learn more of any reference to skin color. I should have been more precise. When I referred to “Victorian period manifest destiny” I was referring to the term being used to describe a policy that was part of Victorian England. I am not aware of any such policy, but always ready to learn.
  10. You might want to recheck that information. My wife has paid every year. I believe she pays as self employed.
  11. Great information, thank you. My situation is similar to yours in that we have 2 children and my wife will be 57 when the oldest turns 18. Do you happen to know if that 5 years has to be immediately preceding the claim? My wife has been here 18 years but will be living in PI when the time comes for her to file for benefits. I’m wondering if she will have to come back here for 5 years before she qualifies?
  12. Seems to me to be getting a lot of discussion which is directly related to repatriation. Why lock?
  13. Yes Kevin, I referred to this type of educational fraud earlier. In so many instances teachers are pushing a political agenda in the US.
  14. I’m not sure that it’s a million miles better in the US. Yes, maybe when You and I attended school but I don’t think so any more. As far as opportunities after graduation are concerned children of expats have the opportunity to work in the expats home country. As I said before a great number of jobs in the US are being taken by immigrants or remaining infilled. The reason is that the US education system is not sufficiently educating our children to fill these jobs.
  15. Mark, while we have no agreement, thanks to you we are certainly having a healthy discussion on a very important issue. Like others have said there is no one fits all answer. I doubt that many will change their thinking but we certainly have served up plenty of food for thought. Thanks to all who have participated especially those who think differently than I. Many lessons to be learned from those with differing views.
  16. Thanks, I’ll try to be more precise in the future.
  17. Well said!! I’m happy to see someone tell it like it is. I too see way to much politics and political persuasions in the schools here and very little real education.
  18. I don’t think I can agree that education should not be up for debate. An important part of the “moving decision” has to do with education. For me this discussion has been and continues to be very informative. I think as others have said the quality of the schools vary greatly depending on location and affordability, but for the moment I want to shed a different light on schools in the US. Since US schools are used to compare I would like to raise a couple of points. In the US we are currently using a system called “common core” which is not real popular with many parents. However the problem I see here is the amount of political reference brought into the classroom. What I see taking place is indoctrination instead of education. If you look at our institutions of higher learning you see ongoing civil unrest and political violence. Crime in our colleges has reached a point where it is now one of the considerations of parents when selecting a school. Statistics show that education in the k-12 grades is on the decline. Many colleges have lowered their requirements for admission because high school graduates are not college ready. As a consequence many of the bright young people working in the US are immigrants who were educated in “third world countries”. We simply are not educating enough students to fill the jobs available. While I can’t speak of other countries and yes I am sad to say it but I think we can no longer assume that because it’s “American made” it is automatically better.
  19. It has certainly been informative for me as a move to PI. is imminent. I have children so their education is important.
  20. 30 minutes ago, Tukaram (Tim) said: I have been in the PIs 6 years and am quite happy...but... if I had kids, I would take them to the US to raise them. The schools here are atrocious, and the job opportunities are worse. A third world country is ok for my retirement but a hell of a place to raise a kid. Good thing for me that will not be an issue (pun intended). I cannot have any more kids, thank science. Tim are you referring to public schools or both public and private?
  21. All I have to do is strike up a conversation with a pretty Filipina and my wife instantly appears.
  22. I’m happy to see that others think the same as I. This will be by far the biggest change ever in our lives and of course I have concerns. Thanks to you and sonjack for sharing your thinking.
  23. Interesting that you think life will be better for your children in the PI. I think the same for my boys. Sometimes when I mention this to my friends I get that “you gotta be kidding” response. Our schools are headed in a direction I’m not comfortable with. I have my son attend school when we are in the PI. and I’m satisfied with the level and quality of learning. I will be making the permanent move within the next year. Hopefully I’m making the right move, but if not, I of course will do what’s best for my boys even if that means returning to the US. I think even in that case I will always visit and consider the PI. my adopted home.
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