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    Have's and Have-not's in Philippines

    Sorry JJ, can’t go political. Hope your trip went well. Looking forward to your insightful post.
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    Getting to know everyone

    My goodness Jake, you’re at it again. Is this your sparring partner? :)
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    Getting to know everyone

    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.
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    Have's and Have-not's in Philippines

    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.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    You might want to recheck that information. My wife has paid every year. I believe she pays as self employed.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    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?
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    Have's and Have-not's in Philippines

    To thaw the food of course!
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    Seems to me to be getting a lot of discussion which is directly related to repatriation. Why lock?
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    Yes Kevin, I referred to this type of educational fraud earlier. In so many instances teachers are pushing a political agenda in the US.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    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.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    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.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    Thanks, I’ll try to be more precise in the future.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    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.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    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.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    It has certainly been informative for me as a move to PI. is imminent. I have children so their education is important.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    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?
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    Finding your wife or girlfriend.

    All I have to do is strike up a conversation with a pretty Filipina and my wife instantly appears.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    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.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    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.
  20. On 1/22/2019 at 11:03 PM, Dave Hounddriver said: There are US tourists who come to the Philippines and overstay. The legal tourists from the USA would not like it if the Philippines responded with a total ban on US tourist visa because there are some who overstay. Seems to be racial profiling and I would not be surprised if Duterte decided to play tit for tat. Dave, I don’t think we’re talking a few who overstay. It’s almost half. However, I would not be at all surprised if the PI. responded in kind.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    I thank you for responding and explaining in more detail your thoughts. I too have long time PI. experience. My young wife and I have been married for almost 18 years and have 2 wonderful children. I am 75 and she is 41. I maintain a home and operate a farm year round in the PI. I have spent 3 to 4 months a year there for the last 10 years since I’ve had the farm. Now that we have exchanged credentials I think it’s fair to say we both have standing on this issue. Clermont, while we’re writing about the same place I’m amazed that we see it so differently. I’ve already expressed my thoughts so no need to reiterate. I think on this one We will just have to agree to disagree.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    Mark thanks for sharing your story with us and I wish the best for you and your family as you adjust to and introduce your family to a new life here.
  23. I have learned a great deal about patience over these last 20 years and I received most of my learning in the PI. After a few visits I learned that patience was absolutely necessary for a good stay in the PI. How has your patience been affected by your time in the PI.? I know we all have some good patience stories.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    Early in this thread I said I would not opine but instead simply read the comments and opinions of those more directly involved in this issue. However since the conversation has migrated into a morality discussion I feel as though my input is appropriate. First, I have never heard of the PI. being referred to as an "immoral sex haven". Are there sex workers? Of course there are, but there are sex workers in every country. I would bet there are even sex workers in your home country. This sounds more like "titty bar" chatter than a brand that is somehow attached to the PI. Second, are there very poor people in the PI. Who are sexually exploited by foreigners and locals? Yes, but I would submit these numbers are low precisely BECAUSE of HIGH morality. Poor does not equal immoral. I believe sex work is a choice made freely by MOST involved. Being poor and taking care of the family in most cases is simply rationalizing their choice of life style. Once again I know of many poor ladies who toiled as helpers, ofws or at whatever work was available and never even considered the sex trade. The morality question in my mind goes to those who visit the PI. With the intent to exploit the poor and vulnerable. Thirdly, I want to address your final comment. I know a large number of Phil-am relationships with big age gaps that are very successful over many years. For you to suggest that the thousands of ladies in relationships with older partners are secretly harboring bad intentions and immoral thoughts is absolutely absurd. It's clear to me that you and I see an entirely different PI. While we may disagree, I'm happy to read your thoughts and I sincerely hope that in time you will get to see the PI. I'm familiar with so you can see and appreciate ALL it has to offer. Respectfully, Mike
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    Do you ever think that they may be #1?
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