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  1. A couple of my mates from Australia have used https://www.covermore.com.au/?fbclid=IwAR0wpZVuDiuCB1UGk4UlEYT5BEIEcX741tML8tPpixXFtY5-14eZKqBqfIo not sure if its relevant to yanks but it may help you out. Just follow the links to the covid coverage. I'm guessing you know how to navigate around a website.
  2. They'll just hold it for you mate, as long as you have your extension receipt you should be good.
  3. Living carefree in Subic, according to Bob’s calculation, costs about one-third of living modestly in Seattle. His monthly budget is $2,000 for rent, utilities, car payment, and insurance. “A beer costs a dollar and a meal is $2 if you go to the beach outside of the Subic Bay zone. Even inside, it’s very affordable. It’s $20 to $30 for a nice meal for two,” he says. “I was single for the first year I lived here, so I hung out with friends in bars, and played baseball No baseball fields here. Some in Clark. on the weekends. Now I have a girlfriend and we’re planning to marry and buy a house. We look forward to exploring more of the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia. Living here, there’s plenty of money left over to travel in comfort.” Since the Freeport was established in 1992, it has been home to international companies as well as those looking for a comfortable place to retire. It was Fed Ex’s Asian base for a while, and still hosts international shipping companies as it works toward becoming the primary hub for new technology in the Philippines. Almost all foreign workers live in the Zone, their kids go to schools there, and health and medical care is provided by the hospital at the port. Baypointe is the only hospital in the freeport. They were restricted by the government from doing any actual surgeries, etc., for a few years. Improving now. Best to go to Medical City Clark for anything important. Like other countries in Southeast Asia, buying everyday household or personal products is much more affordable. That’s unless you insist on imported brands, which can cost as much or more than in the U.S. This goes for vehicles as well, though insurance and registration fees are dirt-cheap. While shopping and dining in adjacent Olongapo City and nearby Balon Baloy Beach There is no shopping at Baloy Beach. may not be as polished as in the Freeport, they make up for that with local character. Olongapo is home to two large fresh markets offering everything from seafood to seasonal fruits, while the restaurants and beach bars in Balon provide spectacular views with bargain street food and drinks just a few minutes’ drive from the Freeport. I think he is actually referring to Bario Barretto. Ron Mauldin, at 73, has lived in the Philippines three different times over the past 15 years. Married to Jenny, his Filipino wife, he counts her as his number one reason for coming back to live in the country time and again. “We tried living in a couple of other places: Mexico, Thailand, and the Azores Islands of Portugal. In those places we were both foreigners, which didn’t make the settling process any easier. This time I think we’re back for good. I’ve invested a bit more this time, buying both a house in the zone and a small farm outside.” Ron hopes to build a tropical plant export business with the help of his wife’s family. At 73, he’s fighting fit and energized to get hands-on. Never heard if him. Good luck! Ron has had multiple experiences getting medical attention in Subic’s local hospitals. “If Jenny or I faced major surgery, we’d probably go either to Thailand or back to the U.S.” But for routine procedures, he says that the service and care he experienced was above average. And it’s super-affordable: “I had a couple of minor surgeries, for which I would get a suite room at the hospital for about $20 a day. My entire cataract surgery cost 1,200 pesos ($140),” Ron explains. Complete BS. Practical, affordable, and luxurious; put Subic Bay on your shortlist now. PRACTICAL DETAILS The greater Subic Bay area lies within a former U.S. military base, which is fenced and patrolled by private security. According to statistics provided by Henry Empano Never heard of him of The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, driving within the Freeport zone is the safest in the country. Likewise, the zone provides award-winning fire, 911 service, and hospital care. BS Though there are a number of residential areas within Subic Bay, the majority of the 6,000 residents live in the Kalayaan or Binictican areas. There are 500-600 households, I believe. 6000 residents would mean 10 people per household. No way. Subic Bay is best served by the international airports in either Manila or in Angeles City, both of which are a couple of hours from Subic by bus, or a bit less via private taxi. (The zone does have an international airport at Olangapo, The old Navy airport is in the Freeport, not Olangapo or Olongapo, and has no scheduled flights. The Dubai flights were just to bring OFWs home during Covid. There is no outbound. but it currently serves only the Philippine Airlines route to Dubai.) For anyone staying in the Freeport zone, it’s cheapest to rent a car in the city of arrival. However, if you don’t want your introduction to Filipino driving practices to be in a big city (that’s understandable), you can rent in the Subic area, for a little more. Pretty much as most of us today thought with regards to the article then. Thanks for confirming Don.
  4. Sponsored article? Admittedly I haven't been anywhere near the area for about 5 years and never lived there, but all of the above does sound a little bit too good to be true and makes entertaining reading
  5. I don't think anyone is really sure who's behind it all, rather it's an amalgam of shite. Granted they did a great job whilst they were still relevant, but those times are over.
  6. IATF grasping at straws to maintain their positions and power as things wind down? Who removes their power? The president by decree? Congress? Someone is going to have to bite the bullet at some point. It's going to be interesting.
  7. All good mate. Sounds like not much changed between your time in and mine with regards to GI piss runs. Only difference for us was Bourbon and Beefsteak was 24 hours by the late 80's and the strip clubs were selling real beer
  8. Cebu Pacific flies 4 times a week. Ferries are daily but you have to change ferry at some point and it's more expensive than the flight by the time you do that.
  9. Army medics are mainly being used in these cases. Both my parents had it in the last couple of weeks, dad ended up in hospital with lung issues but mum suffered mild head cold symptoms only, dad was discharged after a week and is doing fine now. Both in their late 70's. My brother (46), who's fit and healthy as well as triple vaccinated was laid up for about 5 days and he said it reminded him of when he had influenza (the real flu, not a cold) a few years back i.e. he felt like a bag of shite and death warmed up and found it hard to get out of bed, but not worth going to hospital. All are triple vaccinated, mum and my brother tested positive on RT and PCR, dad PCR only. I think the idea of efficacy has gone out the window....
  10. Anyone used Grab Food or Food Panda? I have a theory that those orders are prioritised in any given outlet to the point where I reckon, if you ordered you meal with say Food Panda, and waited just outside the store, you'd receive it much faster. This is based on deliveries vs waiting in any given resto in the area and watching the delivery guys come in and out so quickly if we're in-store.
  11. Happy it worked out mate
  12. Maybe that's where all the westerners went to? NPA got them. Not sure about in the past, but it's quiet now, I like it
  13. AM (Angry Midget - wife) already owned a house and land about 2 hours north of Dumaguete when we first met. It's her place but Momma and bro both live there, with extended family living in the surrounding houses. Over the years we've renovated it to the a point that a westerner would be comfortable there. It's a quiet, scenic area that I love, and since visiting up there this time around, now I've moved here permanently, I've yet to see another western face whereas pre-pandemic, there were a couple around town that I'd have a chat to. It's basically our fall-back plan. As much as I enjoy spending time with her family, I've never spent more than a week with them but the times we have visited they've been more than welcoming and are good, hard-working people that never ask anything of us, but long-term, who can say. I'm happy with the 2 hour/2 island rule for now
  14. Much the same case in Australia - the schools are used as polling places, even during the height of COVID though we were still having state and local government elections that had no impact on student attendance after they'd returned to face-to-face learning i.e. Most COVID restrictions still in place but schools were open. I think that whilst PI has handled the pandemic pretty well, that's where they've had a massive fail: Not getting the kids back to school. Most developed nations made schooling a priority when most other restrictions were still in place.
  15. Because they haven't been disadvantaged enough during COVID.... Idiots.
  16. We got lucky and found ours in FB market place. You just have to set up the filters and then search.
  17. He's a Japanese Spitz, his full outer coat hasn't come in yet. TBH, we'd be quite happy if it didn't, less grooming
  18. Glad you're enjoying them mate. Puppy's name is Nugget - He's a little bum nugget (shite) Don't get me wrong, I actually love it here; admittedly it's only been since January this year but so far all is well.
  19. Just my observations and impressions continuing on from part 1: · Filipino electricians are odd; you have to go to multiple places in a room to turn on all the fixed lights in a room. In one case at our current rental, you have to go to the living room to turn on one of the kitchen lights. · Why use wall fans? Ceiling fans cover more of the room.. But then again, the living room fan switch would probably be in the toilet. · Tiny onions and potatoes annoy me. I’ve finally convinced her to by the “big” ones. · BI staff in Dumaguete are genuinely helpful. · Our puppy is a loveable idiot (12 weeks old, we’ve had him since 5 weeks). · The entire bathroom is a wet area as opposed to just the shower/bath. Suits me fine, less glass to clean when there's no shower screen. · We found some 3 ply toilet paper!! · Manually flushing toilets are interesting, especially if you use the above 3 ply toilet paper and actually try to flush. · Dipper/bucket showers are faster than the showers we’re used to. · In the home, Filipinos cook in such a way that by the time all the dishes are ready they’re cold. · Bitter melon (mapait nga melon) was created to punish evil doers. I’ve tried a lot of food in my life, but this one is evil. · After our trip to Guihulngan (3 hour drive each way), I’ve come to the conclusion that all Ceres Liner bus drivers should be taken out of the gene pool with extreme prejudice. · Unlike Australia, foodstuffs labelled as hot/spicy in the supermarket actually have a bit of a bite to them; I like it. There’ll probably be a part 3.
  20. Feeling that pain, we're stilll having problems finding someone to redo all the eaves on the place in Guilhulngan after Odette.
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