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  1. The problem with Canada's approach is they are changing the rules for people who have already done their financial planning for the rest of their life. When I retired there was a set of rules in place that I counted on to balance my budget to spend the rest of my life in the Philippines. The Canadian government's constant tinkering with their rules now makes it impossible for me to plan a retirement that will keep me funded for the rest of my life in the Philippines. I shall have to either return to Canada and suck the government tit, or skirt around the rules and try to pull a fast one or live here at below poverty levels. I did not figure on the rule changes when I retired. I thought that our government would grandfather in those who had already retired. Not in my case. All of my Canadian buddies who are still working past age 70 because the "cannot afford to retire" are thrilled that I may have to return home. People hate to see someone beat the system and live the dream. Crab mentality exists in Canada.
  2. @Jollygoodfellow Can't we lock threads that were started more than 4 girlfriends ago?
  3. Ah it was a sweet highway by then. The difference from '79 to '97 was quite extreme. '79 was the year of "stories you would not believe if you were not there" (like freezing raid that shut the highway for 3 full days . . which I had to spend at the hot springs as we could not move.) Ahh the good old days.
  4. I just found out, due to a visit from my mother, that Dumaguete is definitely NOT disability friendly. There are no taxis and PWD have a heck of a time getting into a tricycle or any of the other modes of public transportation. So unless the PWD is rich enough to have private car and driver its a NO from me.
  5. I only know a few facts on this one but it intrigues me. A foreigner owned a resort on the beach near me by putting it under a corporation. He was married to a Filipina but did not want to take the chance that the relationship would go tits up and he would lose his resort. I just found out that he died of unknown causes last year and his widow wife know owns the corporation that owns the resort. Details are hard to obtain. But when people try to keep things secret in such circumstances I tend to think there is a reason for the secrecy.
  6. Canada set to begin collecting data on travellers leaving country Ottawa will soon start collecting data on every person leaving Canada by land and air in a bid to identify and track anyone from potential terrorists to snowbirds who lie about their residency to claim government benefits. The new measures, expected to take effect later this year, aim to strengthen border security, enforce residency requirements for permanent residents . . . . (lots more at link)
  7. I have heard of no one having any problems getting it in Dumaguete. They just have problems getting through line ups and bureaucracy and waiting games.
  8. When I got my Philippine license (most recent renewal and on a tourist visa) it took 16 months to get it (no I am not exaggerating in the slightest). So that pretty much proved I was here for a year
  9. Been there. Done that. Could have been your driver. Small world. But that road was a piece of cake compared to portions of the Alaska Highway around Liard River during that same time frame.
  10. I am not following the topic. So forgive me if this has been asked and answered. But does anyone know how they handled the same problem during WW2 when Ireland was neutral and the Axis infiltrators could go there and then sneak into England? It seems they solved the problem then so why re-invent the wheel. Just do whatever they did back then.
  11. Hmm. I'll put myself in the criminal's shoe for a minute. I am using stolen plates so I can do something illegal, perhaps a drug deal or an assassination. So if I get caught I will no longer get shot and killed for that, I will just be fined50K pesos. Yeah, I can "live" with that.
  12. 10 years ago, when I was naive and new to the Philippines. I looked for such a thing as a mortgage broker. I found loads of them. They were "touts" for private lenders who had no problem lending private money as mortgages for real property. The problem with all of them was the high-interest rate they wanted on mortgages. I found private mortgages for as low as 2% and as high as 5%. These interest rates are monthly rates and compounded monthly. Incredible as it sounds, some locals were mortgaging their property at these rates. The lenders were more interested in foreclosing on people who could not pay than getting a high rate of return, but they won either way.
  13. Google says there are a couple. But knowing how the Filipinos take liberties with the meaning of English words I would be reluctant to presume they are anything close to what the op is looking for.
  14. When they first started it, in Cebu, they had the messy ink with nothing to clean up with and the took prints from all fingers before I ever got an ECC and I got many of them (at the old Mactan office). Since I started getting them at the new at the J Mall office they just tell me to put my thumb on the little electronic doo dad so I assume it is an electronic fingerprint? They do the same to get a driver's license at Robinsons. But maybe I just look like the criminal type.
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