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nor cal mike

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  1. That attitude in the Philippines could render the same results as it did for Marie Antoinette.
  2. An awful lot of good advice here and I will add my .02 cents. ”an ounce of prevention “ comes to mind.
  3. If you’re a poker player this also puts new slant on the term “dead mans hand”:)
  4. “It’s more fun in the Philippines”
  5. Don’t think I can offer any water, drilling or piggery advice but I want to join others in saying I have enjoyed many of bj’s post and will welcome him back if he so decides.
  6. Some good information from JJ. and others. I found some very good financial news by googling “ Philippine national debt”. There are a number of excellent articles outlining current conditions and future economic outlooks for the PI. I might add it’s quite an eye opener.
  7. Speaking of a 3 story house, I remember hearing that you know you’re getting old when your sweetheart says, “honey let’s go upstairs and make love “ and your reply is, ”can’t do both “ :)
  8. 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.
  9. Often referred to as “mindless T.V.”
  10. Yes, she would be the only wise one in office.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. Sorry JJ, can’t go political. Hope your trip went well. Looking forward to your insightful post.
  14. My goodness Jake, you’re at it again. Is this your sparring partner? :)
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. You might want to recheck that information. My wife has paid every year. I believe she pays as self employed.
  18. 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?
  19. Seems to me to be getting a lot of discussion which is directly related to repatriation. Why lock?
  20. Yes Kevin, I referred to this type of educational fraud earlier. In so many instances teachers are pushing a political agenda in the US.
  21. 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.
  22. 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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