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  1. As part of the requirements there are a few pages listing first aid stuff and the ppe and someone has written the number 7 against the ppe which means apparently we have to buy 7 pairs of safety boots, hard hats etc. Im still trying to find out why 7! But given someone had 20 maybe 7 aint bad! From looking at videos of house construction Ive not seen anyone wearing safety boots or helmets so I wonder if they receive them and then sell them to someone else. But thanks for the advice its been good
  2. My wife and I are looking at building a small house in Dipolog City, we already purchased the land and now we are in the process of obtaining a building permit. In regard to the requirements of building the house are there stipulations as to how many workers you must employ? The house is about 130 sqm and we have been told that we are required to employ 7 workers and provide them with all the appropriate safety gear (helmets, work boots etc). I would have thought the workers would already have these things given they have worked at other sites? Also does anyone know the wages you pay these workers, are there set minimums. I did have a look at the Department of Labor and Employment and it talks about Non Agricultural employing more than 30 workers 316 peso that was 30 July 2018. So I suppose I am interested in the finer details about the requirement to employ a minimum number of workers, and what there rates would be etc. The cost quoted to us is 1,500,000 peso. Concreting and Masonry work 498,460 peso, Roofing and Trusses 270,000 peso carpentry works 193,050 to name a few costs which does not include labour. Looking at my Concreting and Masonry work at 498,460 which does not include labour, you need to add 30% or 149,538 taking it to 647,998 peso. When I compare the cost of what I have seen on OFW Simple House Structural 250,000 Congrats Sir Ricson Saudi Arabia, their cost to plate height (No roof but ready to build a roof) was only 250,000 for 118 sqm. This build was January 2020. So I understand materials and a slighty larger house will increase the cost but my cost is almost 2.6 times more. Can anyone confirm the requirements about minimum number of workers you must engage and where I can locate the minimum wages payable for the various classes of workers etc. Appreciate your help and or advice
  3. I think it will be quite some time before international flights resume. Philippines airlines was in the process of restarting a route to Perth Australia from March 2020 with discount fares from $600 which was great value, but Corona virus put an end to that! I think it will be 2021 before we see international flights resuming. They are only talking about domestic flights now and that will depend on the other states in Australia having very low or zero Corona virus cases
  4. The wife is looking at building a house in Dipolog, she already has the land and is now looking at building a house. Can anyone advise what it would cost to have a draftsman draw up a house plan even if its an hourly rate or day rate, and the cost of having water connected to a house and power connected to a house. I understand that different regions may charge different amounts but at least having some figures available would be handy. I would expect connection costs in Cebu would be higher than Dipolog, but I may be wrong there. Any help in obtaining some idea of costs for engaging a draftsman and having an idea of connection costs would be handy. The land is only about 5 minutes from the largest hospital in Dipolog and not far from the airport, so we are within the Dipolog city area. Not in the rural area. Thanks for your help
  5. How about you live up the hill ... is it Valencia and travel down for the pool and uni and bar. Its not that far. Valencia is not polluted or perhaps choose a place in between Valencia and Dumaguete. Maybe that is the way to go
  6. Where can you get 4% today, I would love to earn 4%. I remember 5 years ago I was trying to work my budget on 10% earnings when I retired. Now, I'm thinking its 2% or 3% if I'm lucky
  7. My girl (is that a song) favours Dumaguete! When I have visited I did not think the traffic was as bad as Mactan or Cebu City for that matter. Im looking forward to my next trip there, roll on December.
  8. I was responding to this post about the possibility a squatter or tenant can delay being evicted or even obtain land ownership albeit they are not the rightful owners, and linking it to an earlier post I made about my future in-laws who have been given their marching orders to vacate land they have lived on for over 30 years (paying rent) as have many other families all who have built homes on the land because the land owner wants to use the land for something else. I was concerned because I thought they may be forced off sooner rather than later. So I suppose i was being a little sarcastic with my post.
  9. So what you are saying there is a slim my chance my future in-laws maybe able to keep their land they have lived on for the last 30 odd years and paying rent on as so have many other families have. Provided they have the money that is!! What a great system!!!
  10. About 6 years ago my marriage had fallen apart, and I was flying into Thailand to meet two internet friends I had been talking to for some time, any way on the first night I met one, there was no fireworks but we had this great rapport resulting in us being really good friends. The other lady I met that trip became my gf, unfortunately the relationship faltered after 2 years, maybe there is something about not moving to the next stage of a relationship and just staying friends
  11. I must be very handsome, otherwise how could you explain my gf jealousy, after all we are not married yet!! I remember onetime when we were leaving a resort and my gf mentioned that i must of really liked the receptionist, I asked why she thought that and she just said she had a feeling I really liked the girl. I told her that I did not notice the lady, I could not describe her other than having black hair and dark eyes, so yes my girl can be jealous! I don't know why because in my eyes my girl is stunning, I have no interest in any other, although I will admit when walking in the mall I may look but try to not make it obvious because I get the impression my girl is watching me watching them :)
  12. Some interesting comments. I am yet to move to the Philippines to be with my girl, but I would like to think we will make some good friends, but its true I think that if you can count on your hand the number of true friends you have done well. And as for understanding women and making friends with your wife's friends, or girlfriends friends, there is that book about Women are from Mars and Men are from Venus?? So the chances of making a good friend there is slim, because you have to understand them first, not to mention learning the language! How many understand the language of their SO. I intend to learn the language when I am there. I think its important to have a life outside of just your own relationship, otherwise I think you may stifle each other. If you think about it, most of us were probably married before and spent a significant amount of time apart from our wife (1/3 of your life working), so to spend 2/3rds of you life with the wife or SO day in or day out may be detrimental to you unless you have planned it properly - like playing golf for example a couple of times a week to get you out of the house
  13. Now what was the post about again? By the way I hate snakes!!
  14. I think he was saying his house is 150 sqm and cost him 5 million peso, it's not clear if the building cost was 5million alone or if it also included the land as well. he does not mention how large the land was. But it does not matter he was only giving an example and he provided another example of a closed community where the minimum size blocks are 600 sqm, so who knows how large a home must be to build there. So lets not get nick picky about the minor stuff, the question here was where have you built? Are you living with the locals or are you in walled compound and why??
  15. In about 14 months I will be there, renting a house at first whilst I look for somewhere to buy and then build. I get the feeling you get better value if you build a house yourself instead of going through a package deal. From what I can gather what you get in a package deal is over priced considering you can buy land and build a house for less, but that's my opinion. But my question is, do you live in gated community or do you live amongst the locals? Previously I built a house in Thailand amongst the locals and have never felt threatened whilst staying there. Yet from what I've read on the posts a lot of people recommend living in a gate community as supposedly its safer! Perhaps bad news makes the papers more so than good, therefore all we read about is when the foreigner was stabbed, shot or killed. Good news stories don't sell as well. Nevertheless, what have you chosen to do? Are you living amongst the locals or are you holed up in your gated community, from which some accounts is not all that safe!
  16. Ynot

    Who gets what?

    This is part of what I wrote, and its interesting to see some of you would be willing to give your ex something if the relationship went south, provided she was not playing around which is good to know. I was not suggesting that you should share what you had accumulated prior to the relationship only what you had accumulated during the relationship. I'm assuming the ex was the love of your life at one stage and no one is suggesting you are paying her to be with you, it's about what would you do if the relationship ended other than moving on, would you make some provision for her particularly where you had managed to save something whilst together. If per chance the cupboards are empty because you are living hand to mouth each week, then there would nothing to give, and i would be clear she loved you for who you were and not what you had as you clearly did not have much.
  17. I recently did a post about "äre you really with the one you love" and in that post I asked the question about if the relationship came to end, would you see your way clear to give her / him something, similar to what you would do in your homeland. And by that I mean in Australia for example, if you have been living together as husband and wife (more than 12 months) albeit you may not be married, your ex partner has a right of claim against your assets, particularly those assets you have accumulated whilst you were together! Hardly anyone addressed the above issue, and I was just interested to see how many of you would actually give something to your ex partner. Maybe some of you would see providing for her whilst you were together and allowing her to share your life is reward enough! But I suspect a lot would not voluntarily pass on any assistance to their ex partner, no matter whose fault it was, whereas if you were back home you probably would have no choice and the courts would take that decision out of your hands if it went that far.
  18. I think John Legend sings this one but I just saw a lady called Jane Zhang sing this one and she does a great job. My GF loves the song so I had to watch it but it was painless :) to watch and listen
  19. Congratulations, I'm envious, hopefully I will take that step in 14 months time.
  20. Yeah 14 months when I retire I will be there with bells on! Ive known my girl for 3 years, and she has never asked for a cent and even now with her parents facing possible eviction she has not asked anything, its really me who is deciding what to do, What do I feel comfortable doing and has anybody else faced a similar situation and if so what did they do? Note, I have been to the Philippines 4 times and have met the parents 2 times both times in Dipolog. I did not like the idea of travelling 4 hours south towards Malaysia, probably safe but decided against going to the parents modest shack.
  21. I'm not a smart man, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say the most beautiful women come from where my girlfriend does - Mindanao
  22. My gf parents who I suppose you could call my future parent in-laws, live in Mindanao where they have been paying a "pepper corn" rent to occupy land where they have lived for the last 30 years as have a number of people. The future in-laws are happy there as you could imagine and have built themselves a home. Last year I helped out to have water connected to the house. Apparently they used to go somewhere with a bucket to collect it. Anyway, the nice landlord has decided he wants to use the land for something else and has notified everyone living there they are to vacate the land. The landlord has stopped accepting his monthly rent from the people affected. My understanding is this decision affects quite a few families who will eventually have to find alternative accommodation. My gf seems to think this could take a year or two before her parents are forced off the land. My dilemma is that I really do not have the money to help now, in 14 months time when I retire I will be able to help, but if they are forced off the land anytime soon my access to cash to help now is limited. Nevertheless I've told my gf to tell her parents to keep their eye out for any cheap land less than 100,000 peso. Apparently a friend was selling some land, they needed some money, the title was questionable for 20,000 peso! So my question is would you help at all if you could afford to?
  23. No, ended up divorced (not my fault though ) but still good friends
  24. Talking about a few beers in thailand whilst waiting on the embassy, I remember when I travelled with my wife to Bkk to visit the embassy, booked into a hotel in the Nana area. Had never been there before, but you could have knocked me over with a feather when we arrived at the hotel and you could see what was happening across the road. Needless to say, the next trip to Bkk to visit the embassy, we ended up in remote part of the city on a recommendation from a friend of hers, hours away from the embassy in an area where no one spoke english!!!
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