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  1. Mike J

    Philippines Expat Merit Badges

    Cue the music: "Ain't no valley low enough Ain't no river wide enough To keep me from getting to you"
  2. Mike J

    RANT- What cheese's me off

    A very good point, I had not really considered it that way. Thanks for helping me see it in a different context.
  3. Mike J

    Brexit turmoil

    Maybe then the best two out of three?
  4. Mike J

    Philippines Expat Merit Badges

    Being a sponsor for a Philippine wedding. I have the badge with clusters.
  5. If you own a gold mine, her family will get the gold and you will get the shaft.
  6. Mike J

    Remembrance day

    If only it had been true.
  7. While I have heard the term "Commonwealth Country" I was ignorant of the term and your post peaked my interest. It appears the definition may have shifted over time? The second definition, if you accept it, would seem to cover the Philippines. In any case I learned something new today so thank you. Commonwealth of Nations. Formerly British Commonwealth. An association comprising the United Kingdom, its dependencies, and many former British colonies that are now sovereign states, including Canada, Australia, India, and many West Indian and African countries. Commonwealth countries - definition of Commonwealth countries by ... https://www.thefreedictionary.com/Commonwealth+countries commocommonwealth - Dictionary Definition : Vocabulary.com https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/commonwealthnwealth. A commonwealth refers to any group of people organized under a single government, particularly a republic. ... Nowadays, a commonwealth has come to mean any government in which all people involved have a say, or a loose formation of nations with a shared loyalty.
  8. The least hassle and the cheapest would be to claim the balikbayan privilege on each return to the Philippines. The privilege is good for a full 12 months and you could always convert to temporary visitor visa if you did/could not leave prior to the 12 month deadline. No fees, no annual report, etc. However, you might have a problem getting a Philippine driving license? Also some banks may require an ACR card to open a joint account. Were I in your shoes I would use the BB privilege and see how it works out for a few years and then decide if a visa would make life easier. FYI - I have a 13A but I have yet to return to the states in five years and no current plans to visit. Also I am not a big fan of air travel to maintain the BB privilege because I always seem to end up getting the flu when flying in a petri dish with wings. For me the best choice was the 13A.
  9. Using the market example - I would recommend to smile and say "My asawa said I should only spend xx peso for that so I guess I should find another vendor?" Make sure you smile, act friendly, and phrase it as a question. The price should drop to the expected level, if not just keep smiling, say thank you and walk away. There will always be people who consider you wealthy and will try to take financial advantage of you. For them it may be just considered good business! As you become known in the community you will almost certainly find yourself paying the same price as the locals in most cases. The second question is more complicated. It is important to avoid conflict and confrontation whenever you can but you need to do it in a manner that does not portray yourself as fearful or weak. As a suggestion you may want to google " Philippines smooth interpersonal relationships" and it can help with an understanding of how most Pinoys relate to each other in social settings. In terms of winning/losing an argument I would suggest you google "Philippine hiya concept". This will give you an idea of the potential for violence should an argument escalate. These are my opinion only of course and I do not want to give you the impression that this is a dangerous place to live. I have lived here five years now and absolutely love the Philippine people. I have found them to be a gracious, kind, warm, friendly, and outgoing people. That being said there are "bad apples" in every barrel so it is important to avoid conflict to the maximum extent possible. Perhaps your wife means you should avoid being "associated" with anyone in authority. By that I mean it is important that you not be perceived as "favoring" one politician over another. If that is her concern then I would tend to agree with her but that is different than a first introductory meeting. By introducing yourself to the captain would show that you respect his authority and are somewhat aware of how the Philippine system handles local problems. Also you would be meeting him, or her, prior to any potential issues that may arise in the future.
  10. You should be fine. Also be sure to not become involved in politics in any way. It is even best to not give an opinion if asked. It is also a good idea to introduce yourself to the barangay captain where you intend to live.
  11. Mike J

    Is Tipping 20% Too Much in the Philippines?

    Can't help but wonder if the represents you getting ready for the massage.
  12. Mike J

    The Long Wait Is Over!

    Congratulations - you earned it!
  13. Mike J

    Are You Rich?

    I took care of the "earning" and my wife now takes care of the "disposing".
  14. Where are you shopping??? We buy soft drinks by the case of 24 bottles. I don't recall the exact price last month but recall how low it was. I did the math and the price was right at 6 peso per bottle, about 145 peso per case. Seven Up and Orange were about the same price.