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  1. Sounds nice, what was the fee?
  2. Welcome PT. I have read the above posts and would agree with everything written here. You ask about hidden costs. Medical care here is all pay as you go. So you would need have good insurance or funds rapidly available in case of medical emergency. Also many expats recommend that you rent, not buy, for a period of time when you make the move. This gives you time for both you and your wife to adjust to life here and determine what area best suits your needs. You did not mention in your post if you had visited the Philippines. If not, you really should try to find the time to visit and make each visit as long as possible. Is $2500 enough. Yes, you should be fine at that number. You may need to adjust your budget and expectations based on exchange rate and inflation rate here in the Philippines. Hidden costs. Medical as mentioned above. Expense for "start up costs" of living here. Things you will need to buy when you arrive permanently. For example all your basic food items, spices, condiments, etc. Additional hot weather clothing, possibly furniture if you rent/buy an unfurnished place. Entertainment equipment TV, radio, small appliances, etc. The only requirement for travel documents is your passports. In addition you will need an "ongoing ticket" that shows you have the ability and means to leave the Philippines. This can be a return ticket to the USA, or just a cheap on going flight that you can just throw away. When you arrive, have you marriage license available and ask for a Balikbayan stamp in your passports. This will allow you to stay for one year with no additional requirements. As mentioned by other posters it would be an excellent idea for your wife to attain USA citizenship, and reacquire here Philippine citizenship prior to the move. You can also apply for the 13A visa (married to a Philippine citizen) while in the USA. Your wife's reacquisition of citizenship and filing for 13A can both be done after your move, but they tend to be faster and easier if done in the USA. Final bit of advice. Not everyone who makes the move ends up liking life here. A rough estimate is that 50% of expats who move here leave within five years because they cannot adjust to the life and culture here. Have an exit plan, and try not to "burn bridges" when you leave the USA. If you have a house, consider renting it out instead of selling it for example. Keep reading the site my friend, much of the information you need is here somewhere in the archives! Wishing you lots of luck in your future.
  3. Mine has been okay today. I am not familiar with the term "bagdown". Explain?
  4. Promised the asawa that I would quite riding when I turned 70. That is less than a year away now. We also have a car but I much prefer my scooter. Easier to get around and not much problem to find parking.
  5. Sounds like the folks from Nigeria have moved on from "help me move this hidden money out of Nigeria" to providing non-existing jobs to OFWs for a fee. Does this mean I may not ever get that gold and diamonds that I was promised?
  6. Sounds like your traffic is much worse than around us. In the actual town it is slow and crowded. This is where the above incidents occurred. Once you leave town you can almost always do 50+ up to whatever the rider is comfortable with.
  7. On the other hand, there is a lot to be said about slow speeds. On my scooter in the past 4 years: Hit a dog that ran in front of me, stayed up. Laid the bike down during emergency braking when a pedestrian stepped right in front of me. He walking with his back to traffic and decided to cross the road without looking. Laid the bike down after hitting a dog. Side swiped by another bike who tried to pass while I was making a left turn, we both stayed up. Read ended by another bike, we both stayed up. I am thankful that in each case I was going fairly slow. All the above were either low speed or almost stopped at time of impact. Even the lay downs were limited to bruises. Actually had the sole of my shoe torn off one time and did not realize it till a pedestrian helped me to my feet after lifting the bike off my leg.
  8. There is also the possibility that the AC compressor has stopped working for some reason. Had this happen to my Chevrolet 71 pickup in the USA. It was an expensive fix even when buying a rebuilt, instead of new, compressor and exchanging the core of the old one that had seized. Or maybe a broken belt that drives the AC compressor? That would actually be nice as it would be a relatively cheap fix.
  9. It appears that both article agree that the problem is not with existing law, but rather that the current law is not being followed. Agree with @GeoffH when he writes that a foreigner is more likely to pay for damages even if they were not at fault. It does not always happen that way, but it a common complaint among expats. The new bill referred to in the Autoindutria article does look like could help remedy that bias if it should pass the senate, become law, and actually be applied in a uniform and fair manner.
  10. You can also order from Amazon for delivery to the Philippines but shipping and tariff charges can really increase the expense if you are buying a single relatively inexpensive item. Buying multiple items that are consolidated into a single shipment will make them more affordable on a per item basis.
  11. It just says visa conversion, so wouldn't your extension to a 9A visitor visa qualify and a "conversion"?
  12. Maybe we are close to being on the same point. My point was that the ability to survive and grow his business was sufficiently important to address the issue with the kids. This is often not the case where much of the culture revolves around the concept of SIR, Smooth Interpersonal Relationships. Had you not been there, or not said anything, do you honestly think the issue would have been addressed?
  13. They love to get you so far in that it becomes even more expensive to get back out. Instead of a win/win partnership, it becomes a parasitic relationship. Now I am all upset again. I guess I better pour back a cold one with lunch.
  14. Sounds like they want and need your business more than theirs.
  15. Those were the good old days my friend. Before I retired my company bought an extension module to use for Electronic Data Exchange (EDI). The price was $5000 which was quite a bargain really. It was only later that they told us the fee for "implementation and setting up our existing customers" would be $32,000. I told them I would write my own software and they told me I could not because there piece was proprietary. I then told them I did not need or want to use software, I could write the code myself. They then said and this quote is 100% accurate "Well, I guess we can't stop you. But why would you even want to try and write your own?" I told them "I can give you $32,000 reasons why." Damn I hated those guys, but at least the feeling was mutual. Several years later our customer base had grown and my original program was struggling with the volume. I gave them another chance, this time the "consultant and setup fees" would be $86,000 after being given a 20% discount! So I again wrote my own program and it was still being used when I retired seven years ago. I absolutely despise companies that think they have you over a barrel and charge you what basically amounts to legal extortion.
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