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  1. Someone commented that McD gives a discount all over the world, so I tried to look that fact up. Inside the USA: " Discount Restrictions: Not all restaurants participate in this discount offer. Some seniors report that discounts are available to dine-in (as opposed to drive-through) customers only." I could not find about other countries. Anyone know? The discount, by law, in the Philippines is required. In the USA there is no such requirement. Even the age someone becomes a Senior varies from 50 to 65 years old depending on who you are dealing with.
  2. The shoulder as Scott says is the traditional cut to use. Specifically, the upper part of the shoulder from the front leg and may contain the blade bone. In the USA they call it Boston butt or pork butt. You can use any part you like though. I used tenderloins last night to make pulled pork. Less fat. Some folks like more fat because a lot of the taste comes from there. Your choice! Some will claim that you need the fat to get the meat tender. Not in my experience; if you cook pork a long time on low heat it will get tender. History of the name and cut (from Wikipedia) In pre-revolutionary New England and into the American Revolutionary War, some pork cuts (not those highly valued, or "high on the hog", like loin and ham) were packed into casks or barrels (also known as "butts") for storage and shipment.[2] The way the hog shoulder was cut in the Boston area became known in other regions as "Boston butt". In the UK it is known as "pork hand and spring", or simply "pork hand".
  3. "On May 13, 2010, Pacquiao was officially proclaimed congressman of the lone district of Sarangani." On second term as a congressman. Ran unopposed for second term. Guess that lack of education doesn't hold him back any.
  4. I will save your life by taking all I can to the USA then.
  5. Getting ready to go back to the USA we are going to carry some foods with us. Mostly dried fish, canned goods, dried fruit and cooked packaged bread items. Looks like you are not cleared to carry any noodle type products if the spice packet, like in ramen, has a meat content. Fish is okay. Q: Has anyone had trouble at customs carrying items in? I looked here for my homework: US Customs and Border Protection
  6. I wish we were living there to get that "cheap rent ahead" benefit. We leave Wednesday for USA. Likely will have to stay there for a couple years. People here on Cebu Island are supposed to "fix" this for us while we are gone. Chance of that happening? Really? 20%, no 50-50 because I am an optimist. LOL Really, the ones we will count on to do the leg work are not very skilled at these things. They have already proven that. They are WILLING but just failing on the ABLE part due to their ignorance. (Ignorance is not meant offensively, just as an observation. They have not had the opportunity of exposure to these matters.) Also, the Filipino non-conflict attitude, especially with power figures, to deal with things makes it more challenging. Right now the place sits empty and I think that we should find a family member or relative to move in and watch over the place. At least someone would benefit and we would know if anything is going on with the property or nearby. This is only one property issue. I have another.... even more complicated, but no money at risk, SO FAR. To solve it requires the agreement of 7 households, roughly 60 persons, maybe more. There are claims of debt against the property for the final expenses of the deceased owner. What fun we will have now. We are talking a straight up soap opera on this one. Jealousy and the crab mentality will make it fun IF IT IS EVER DEALT WITH. So far there was a meeting of the heads of the households and one with my lawyer. Now, everyone is frozen in place. No next step means we will never see the end. Bottom line. EVERYONE looking to get involved with property; go in with your eyes open and do not be surprised when things are not as they appeared or when you cannot get folks to cooperate on a successful outcome. This applies even if all will benefit, if it appears that one will benefit more than the others. OH WELL. I have learned a lot about the Philippines and the function of the Baranguay Hall, in Guadalupe, Cebu City anyway. The hall has a meeting place where the meeting is recorded and kept for future reference regarding discussions and agreements made. They also take all claims of dept and neighborly disputes there and try to resolve them at that level. Very nice! They really liked a foreigner coming to visit also.
  7. This is from an article in March 2016: According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), most parts of the country will experience lesser or no rain at all in the coming months due to the strong El Niño that continues to persist. READ STORY HERE Edit: The video says that it is expected to weaken through March, April, May. That doesn't look to be true so far. What we have here in Cebu City, Guadalupe is water flowing only half of the day. It seems less every day also. We are having to carry water from our lower faucets to other areas, even on same ground floor. AND with a house full of people you have to get a bath while the water is there so you can top everything off for cooking and toilet use. It is quite a management dilemma. i showered last night with just 4 scoops of water. Gees... Have to shower together to save water today.There is a bright side to everything. We are having inconsistent power outages. For that we have a generator wired direct into the electric panel for essential circuits. When at CDO they were having scheduled power outages lasting 4-5 hours at a time. That was back in March. SO, are others having water cutoff along with brown outs? Location?
  8. San Antonio, TX river walk gives locals a discount too for the boat ride. One difference there is that the local can buy all the tickets at that lower rate. Doesn't matter who uses them. So find a local to buy them for you and save $2 each. LOL There are many examples in the USA of treating outsiders differently and favoring locals. Florida tries it but has the sorriest resident discounts I've ever seen for the theme parks there. Edit: The whale shark issue is by law that they charge the higher rate. I still have not found out if that is foreigners or everyone that is not living in the LOCAL area. Does anyone know that one? I sent them an email, but got no reply. Sonja, did you go there with Filipinos that were charged less like your Twin Lakes receipt shows?
  9. First, clarification for Jack P. This is no investment, except for the one attempting to make my lady happy. robert k has a very good perspective on this one. Let's talk about this situation, add in IGNORANCE and lack of MONEY and see what happens. These are the culprits in my particular case. (NOTE: There is family involved and my wife wanted to help the person in need by buying this property or we would have never touched it. So, please, no counseling that I "should have known better", because I did. I predicted that we would end up where we are now. LOL Man, I hate being right.) We FINALLY got the alleged owner of a property to the lawyer's office here in Cebu City to make everything legal about us buying this property back in 2013. We had "deed transfer" papers and the general population involved said we were done. Those papers had no official seal or clearance indicated by the title taxing authority or the land ownership tracking office (whatever name it officially has). I said all along we need to make this legal, make sure the taxes are straight and get clear title. I was fighting everyone (couple of exceptions that had no influence) to get this done. Gee, how to even explain this??? Back to the beginning I suppose, where there is actually title. Real, titled owner, died in 1985. We paid for 1/7th of his property because of 7 siblings to inherit his land. Of those 7, 2 are passed and their 1/7th portions are owned by their children. Let's say they have 6 children between them. NOW: In order to get this title clear there are currently 11 people we have to track down and get signatures from. There must be a survey paid for AND the inheritance taxes involved must be cleared for all 7 sections. I look forward to the adventure... No waiting is advised because as you may have guessed the 5 original siblings still alive are getting pretty old. If another dies how many more personalities are involved? I think we are lucky to only need 11 after 30 years. . WAIT! A couple of the other 1/7th sections MAY HAVE BEEN SOLD in the same fashion as what they THOUGHT they sold the property to us with this "deed transfer" paperwork that has no official anything involved. The same gentleman prepares all these documents for the area; makes me wonder how many more properties in this provintial area are confuded thus. So, do we have to find those buyers? Legally, no. But in reality it will probably have to happen because the one who thought they SOLD the property will likely not pay. Will they all sign and have money for the inheritance tax to get their section of the property in clear title? The good news is that the general property taxes ARE PAID through 2015, YEAH. That pleasantly surprised me. It appears so far that all involved are wanting to get it done. There may even be more wanting to sell, so we may end up buying other adjoining properties to add to our 1/7th. ONLY after this is all settled of course. Who knows what the future brings? I am not a lawyer or a real estate agent. That means don't use the information here as advice. I am just relaying what I understand from my little air conditioned room in Cebu City. I look forward to your comments, advice and jokes on this situation. Maybe even some legal name clarifications of the correct offices to handle these matters, etc. HaHaHa Plenty of room for comments..... Picture attached shows the water 300 feet from the front door of our US$4000 house if everything works out, $5000 probably. 80 square meters property, 1 bed, 1 bath, Filipino style (block and wood with a gravel floor, carry in the water with plumbing out) but survived the typhoon. There are rumors that I am buying all the properties there and opening a resort. LOL
  10. You, US Citizen or permanent resident, going through customs and entry with a Filipina are two totally different things. First, she must go through the foreigner entry line. It could be quite long and slow just for the passport check. That will depend if any other flights are landing at the same time. JFK will likely be a yes. They do NOT pass non-residents as quickly as residents. If you are traveling together go through the same non-resident line with her. Step to the counter together so they know you are a couple. Second, the paperwork gets processed by the border entry personnel. We went through Houston, Texas. It was over 2 hours waiting. Then they cleared us. No interview, questions or anything. Total time with immigration 3 hours. Flight layover was 2+ hours, so MISSED connecting flight. Finally, customs. Walked right through. They did not even look twice at us. Flight we missed was last of the day. American Airlines gave us discounted hotel accommodation with complimentary shuttle, and re-booked on the morning flight of our choice, even though it was not their fault. Thanks to them for making our first night in the USA like a cheap honeymoon. HaHaHa Best of luck to you and all that follow. Greg
  11. Don't jump Richie. I believe you are correct about the mother as joint sponsor if they filed a joint tax return. A really good place to ask questions about your situation is www.worldtheworldoffilipinas.com. You should get quick and accurate answers there. Ref: Richie said, " Most airlines do not allow you to fly after 7 months but if the doctor says it is ok then some women still do. It is not like the airline will ask for proof or anything." If wife is looking real pregnant they may ask for a letter from a doctor clearing travel or deny boarding. It depends on the airline and who feels powerful that day. Best check ahead when you get to that point. BEST OF LUCK.
  12. If you have no account with them yet get a link from a current user. It will give you a FREE transfer. Free is Good! [emoji12] Edit: Look at your overall cost and real exchange rate realized. Your $8 method sounds better if you are getting the xe.com mid market rate, or close to it, and transferring over $1000. The one time free is good, but maybe not worth setting up an account just for that. ? Every situation is different.
  13. I used the HSBC outside Ayala Mall in Cebu City. It is to the east side I believe. 40,000 / withdrawal in 2013. Have not been there lately but think it is the same.Edit: Yes, to the east of Ayala.
  14. My wife kept saying everything here in the Philippines is "so small". We were in the USA for just 2 years, but traveled a LOT being full-time RVers. She saw a lot of places and comparatively most were bigger in the USA. She was just so amazed by the stark difference she repeated it for the first week back. Her comment was directed at most everything, but the ones I remember now are the roads and the grocery store. I told her it is all just the same size as when she left; just her exposer to the world was bigger.
  15. 2:52 mag 3.8 I felt it also. It was quick but noted because I was leaning against the wall reading. Ground floor, also Guadalupe, Cebu City. It was 8 km west of Carmen which is about 40 km north of Cebu City. Depth was only 7 km. Makes it easier to feel ! ? EDIT: Philippines had 210 earth moving events in February. Earthquake registering 4.0 or higher = 23 WOW!
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