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  1. Have been using the BPI app since my wife got an account in March. Really like it. Can use it while back in Australia to transfer money to her family in a heartbeat. Also got some investments in Phils that pay into it, so it's a win win for us. Only downside is I cannot get an account in my name. Anyone else succeeded to get a bank a/c when only a tourists a few times per year??
  2. Thanks OnMyWay ..... how long does the direct service take?
  3. About to come back to Phils for our yearly visit (even tho it's been two years) and will be spending 13 days in Southern Leyte for the fiesta, wife's school reunion and generally being bled dry by the family . All good so far, but we have about 5 days at the end of the trip and wife suggested we go to Baguio.... how do we get there from Manila, bus, plane, car/driver? Also once there, good places to stay ....I sorta really want to be seaside if possible and Baguio seems a little inland for my liking ... any suggestion of somewhere nearby Baguio we can lay our hat for a few days while exploring the region would be helpful from those that have trodden before us. Or even if someone wants to suggest somewhere separate to Baguio, more than happy to hear about it. Have been to Angeles (as a single) and Subic (with GF now wife) previously, but not much further.
  4. This is my fourth revision on the left side, been there done that you could say. This is the last sibling, I said to the wife oh well maybe one of the older kids will soon be my next wedding opportuntiy (currently aged15-18) she said better not be they have study to do (four of the kids in the last six months have all started realising what the opposite sex is all about all at once) LOL
  5. I'm in the same boat steve, my wife is going home for her younger sister's wedding in November for two weeks, let me know how your bank account goes, Mae has promised me she has more than enough budget for this trip and wont be taking home pasalobog as this came up earlier than expected.
  6. Haha thanks for the support you two! Defintely would have been advantageous to be there when this all occured Jack, but there was a rush on as Mae's youngest sister is getting married next month so they wanted it all done and dusted before that, so the few extra $100 we didnt account for was well worth it looking at the final pics. Annoying thing is I've been in and out of hosipital the last 12 weeks having a hip taken out and replaced 9 weeks later and wont be able to go back for it, Mrs is going alone. Was looking forward to attending my first filipino wedding ... and so has it the groom's family are the local district caterers, can imagine the food now!
  7. All good info, thanks. Update, for now we have decided not to go with the whirlygigs, reason being the ceiling install from the pictures we received didnt leave too much roof cavitiy space, so decided to leave the whirlygigs off for the time being. Hopefully the ceiling alone (plus insulation) has decreased some of the heat .... plus as if I didn't expect it, we ran out of budget. But somehow the initial budget quote blew out to include an entire inside paint job and new floor coverings, luckily this pissed off the mrs and for now she has said "no more money, I'm sick of their demands always". Can someone advise how long will last before she sends more money across?!
  8. Also make sure you have good quality documentation of your time together, photos in front of landmarks, photos with other members of family, receipts for hotel stays, flights, bus fares etc. Wont hurt to start keeping a brief diary of small events to include in your application.
  9. Hi RBM, I am also wondering if it would make a difference, mainly due to the humidity maybe not as much as here, but for $100 I reckon it is worth a try especially now that the ceiling is being put in. The styrofor is a in ceiling insulation?
  10. Labour cost is fantastic in phils - the ceiling install including materials and a few other odd jobs is going to be less then P40K. We could get it done cheaper by using the local barangay labourers, but the quality will be down and the job might takes weeks or months and possibly never be 100% completed. The outside skilled workers should be done in a week or less apparently.
  11. I must be losing it, didn't even think to look for a price guide ... and now that I have, couldn't find it! Mind passing me a link please. I didn't think wind was needed for the non-powered whirligigs. Cant recall seeing mine on the house in AU never rotating, thought the heat from inside the roof made it rotate.
  12. How much were the solar extractors JDDavao? Half looked at them, but think the whirligigs should be good enough.
  13. Not too sure if you'll get all the info in a good concise format, but this link might be a start. Clicking on the read more in the link gives processing estimates. http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1?SRCHIntent=9811e37b-9ad0-415e-88bc-38b1225b94bf&SRCHQ6=b1d61254-6172-47ac-baaf-f6538fe4597b&SRCHQ7=83113d61-f52c-4d37-8f08-b1dc18a27289&mode=search&sheader=pnlPopularIntent:The+visa+type+I+want+is:Permanent+resident+(PR)~Q6:The+type+of+visa+I+want+is:Partner+or+spouse~Q7:When+they+apply+the+applicant+will+be:Outside+Australia Have fun processing all that info .
  14. They're are definitely difference in any relationship and adding a cultural difference only exasperates this - don't give up Snowy79, unless of course you decide this is best for you. I said for many years I was not cut out for long term love .... after changing some of my expectations of want I want from a partner (and of myself as well) I am happy. Don't forget, she is still a woman and they are great at annoying men (no offence intended towards the females board members, sure the feeling is mutual . )
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