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  1. In comparing life in the 60's, 70's 80's there are also a lot of factors that come into play. There were few things to spend money on in the 60's. TV was new..and in very few areas so you didn't have to buy one. This also eliminated 90% of advertising which ment that what you didn't know existed, you didn't miss or want. Most of the country did not have electricity so, no appliances to buy few knew what aircond was and no one missed it. There was a much higher percentage of people that would be considered middle class. In the 70's areas that had power started being pressured to buy TV's an
  2. Can you provide a rental price range for the house you speak of inside the freeport area??? Is the rent all inclusive of utilities (water & electric) or is this seperate billing? Are the homes still airconditioned as they were back under US control? Have started reconsidering the posibility of returning again with all the crap going on here in United Socialist States of America.
  3. I still think that countries should look at matching their visa requirements (restrictions) with the country applying those restrictions on them. I wonder what the visa requirements would be in the PI if their policy was applied to them for say their visits to the USA or any other country. It seems to me a tit for tat policy would work best. That also goes for investment policy, business ownership, land ownership and other issues. I have a feeling different decisions would be made when travel and living conditions, inability to send children to foreign countries for school and other benefits
  4. Don't know how they handle things now, but years ago I received a total of 3 DUI's in a matter of 18 months, #3 came within 50 days of #2 and I had not even gone to court yet for #2. I lost my license for 3 years and had to file SR22 for first two years after getting license back. Also a few thousand in fines, can't remember exactly how much but either 2 or 3 grand. Plus the atty fees for handling the two of them at the same time was a few grand.But my point......I had a TS-crypto clearance at the time and nothing was ever said about the DUI's. A number of years later after not working for th
  5. Better for him to lose face than for me to lose camera!!!!!!! What really made me angry was the fact that I would have painted the house and not even charged him for the labor...Don't know why he was so determined for his people to paint it and not me.
  6. I was in Angeles City when Mt. Pinatubo blew it's top. Things were hectic for sure. I moved up to La Union and when I loaded up my food supply, I realized I had stockpiled enough canned goods to last 6 months, also The freezer had held until I could get power to it, so did not lose any of the 200-300lbs of meat and fish I had in there. I successfully moved it all to La Union. Cash was another problem since the Banks on the base were gone. I had an average of only about a thousand dollars in the local banks but it was enough for me to start a check deposit system from my stateside bank to my lo
  7. You can actually get 6 reports as you can get one in both your name and your spouse's name. I do it every other month with one of them.
  8. I don't know what the situation is now or what it is in Cebu. But when I was living in AC back in the late 80's I had a situation come up where the base housing required an inspection of my house for me to have it as "approved housing". One of the things they wanted was the interior painted. I told the owner to just provide the paint and I would provide the painting, as I did not want strangers (workers) inside my house as I could not spend all my time watching them like a hawk in every room of the house. He argued, argued, would not give me the paint and I finely agreed for his workers to pai
  9. Just more info on those free credit reports. You are authorized 1 per year from all three reporting agencies. Plus, your spouse is also authorized 1 per year from each of the 3 agencies. so that is 6 per year for a married couple. That means you can actually get a report every other month from one of them. Normally any problems will show up on all three reporting agencies, so you can keep even a much tighter view of your credit line. I too went debt free 2.5 years ago. I did however keep two cards active . One I use for 90% of my purchases, the other just once in awhile. I pay it off complete
  10. Check the RAO office in AC. Jim Boyd has contacts for just about everything and anything an American might run into while living in the PI. I don't have the web address memorized, but you can google "Angeles city - mozcom" and you can find them.
  11. I have mentioned it before in other threads as to my situation and logic. After leaving the philippines in 1993 after a major medical issue nearly killed me, I returned to the states for medical treatment. After a year in the hospital and going through all my savings and adding about 25K in debt, I started work again in a new field. I spent 3 years getting out of debt, 3 years paying off an acre of land, 2 years building a house while supportinga family of four. All the while, I planned on retiring back in the RP if I could keep the medical issues under control. I followed the forums for a few
  12. There are a lot of things thatl I now just speak/vote with my money. All the yapping about KFC....for me, it would happen twice...The first time, I hope is a one time incident, but afterthe 2nd time, I just would not go back. That is pretty much how I deal with aggervation anymore. It actually works pretty well. They don't have to deal with trying to please me and I can spend my money somewhere they are happy to please me. Makes three people happy. An example along the lines of the big cart/basket thing. There are a number of stores here in USA now that have self checkout which I refulse to us
  13. Well I originally went to the RP because the Navy said so. I was in heaven....loved the night life and the women. I applied for a school after my tour and got it. After the school I convienced a guy with orders to the RP that he would hate it and that he would enjoy my orders much better (Northwestcape Au). He bit and I called the Bupers and got our orders swapped. So back again. Loved going into the countryside like stepping back in time as far as lifestyle was concerned. Mainly nipa huts and banka boats and the like. I had always had this fantasy as a kid of living on a South Pacific Island
  14. For me when I was there, we had live in maids. With wife #1, I think there was such fear of her they would never consider doing anything wrong. The two were from her home town in Bataan. Never had a problem. That was also living in Cavite in the 60's and early 70's. With wife #2, no problems in San Antonio,Zambales with help, but when we moved to Angeles city in 73 or 74, I forget, had one inside job where we were out for the day and came back to a broken into house. The maid had said she had gone to the store, yea right. The only thing missing was some very valuable cameras. She was fired th
  15. I am sure the areas are nothing like I remember them but I used to travel and spend a lot of time alll through the Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas areas back in the 60's when not much was there but farm land and forest. I lived in Cavite City. We went to Tagaytay often. There were only a couple hotels there. I was up there when Taal Valcano blue up in 65 and then a few others through 68. In the area when the earth quake hit Manila and dropped Ruby towers. In Batangas, we used to go fishing out of Nagsugbu (sp) and go out to Fortune island for some great fishing. Have also been all through Laguna
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