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    20,000$ US for soon to be expat

    It is hard to get a work permit for a job that many thousands of Filipinos think they can do. When you see how they weld you will be amazed and as a safety conscious American there is no way you would want to work alongside them. However, if you are qualified to teach it then you may find a position. Just my humble thoughts on that. Better to just budget yourself to 100K to 150K pesos a month for the 6 months and not worry about working. That will leave you with a couple thousand dollars left for emergencies.
  2. Google says: No link because it is from an ad, but now you have an idea of what to look for. EDIT: OOPS, the ad was dated today but I see they had on old special from 2014 quoted so back to square one
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    JGF new car

    JGF surely has a car. I have noticed the license plate. He cannot fool us, but it is not an Aston Martin
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    Where to find good head.

    Dang, now I gotta go to the head.
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    Jealousy

    I find that filipina women are sometimes insecure about losing their man and it is the man they do not trust. I also found that some filipina women secretly have 2 or 3 men at the same time and are possessive (jealous?) of all of them as they know they have a good thing going and don't want to screw it up. In addition, I found that some filipina women are afraid of other women talking to their man as they do not want the other woman to tell their man what she is really up to. Just my humble observations of a few filipina women. On the other hand, there are many great ones out there who are faithful, loyal, honest, loving . . . and yet still unreasonably jealous. When a filipina is not jealous I wonder what she is up to.
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    Stressed Beyond Belief by Online Shopping

    But I never give up You people here are so encouraging I actually start to believe it is me and not the system. And guess what. You can see by this screen shot that I actually GOT one out of my last 5 orders. 3 were refunded and one is questionable.
  7. This is a rant but it is also a question: Is it just me, or is everyone having problems with online shopping in Philippines. Online purchasing has actually gone downhill in Philippines. It used to be fair to OK to buy things online and have them shipped. Now it has been a disaster every effort for the last 4 or more attempts. OLX: I don't use them anymore. They used to be great but changed their way of doing business such that more and more scammers started selling on OLX Lazada: Despite my other rants about them, they still have things I want so I tried twice to make a purchase in November and December and both times the transaction was canceled after 3 days. Reason was: Shipper did not ship item on time, auto-cancel. Well of course they didn't. Its Philippines at Christmas. I expected to wait, not get the transaction canceled. But at least they refunded my money. AliExpress: So I tried to purchase the item on AliExpress. The deal went through. A couple of days later I get a message from the seller. "Please send US$35. Shipper say you in remote area and want more money" I argued for a bit about the shipper, DHL, having an office here and I could pick it up there but what they really wanted was another $35. I put in a dispute with AliExpress about accepting my money for the deal and then upping the price. They said the seller could do that so: transaction canceled but at least I got my money back. Shopee: As a last resort I tried this one. I had to send the payment through L'Huillier as they did not accept my credit card. Again: transaction canceled because shipper took too long to ship BUT this time they kept my money and put it in a Shopee Wallet. Guess what, its a beta function not available to all customers and I cannot use my money. Feck Me! What a nightmare. I have been shopping online for 15 years or more in one country or another and this is the worst I have ever seen it!
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    PLDT FIBRE ANYONE GOT ANYTHING TO SAY ON THIS .

    Many mention the download speeds but ping time and upload speeds are just as important when doing some internet tasks (like PVP games) so how are those two factors?
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    Thermal Massage Beds

    I hear where you are coming from. I used the machine you seem to be speaking of just once. It was in a massage spa which offered the service. I was severely disappointed when I found out that was all there was. Some spas use mechanical massage devices to get you "softened up" for the human therapist but this place was all just a mechanical massage table. I was not impressed due to the circumstances but there was nothing wrong with it. I only wish I could remember where the place was that offered that service. It may come to me later.
  10. That's a pretty cheap conversion rate: http://immigration.gov.ph/visa-requirements/non-immigrant-visa/temporary-visitor-visa/extension-of-authorized-stay-beyond-59-days
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    Stressed Beyond Belief by Online Shopping

    Well this topic just goes to show how everyone's experience will be different. I remember another Lazada topic where all the posters had bad things to say about it. But that is how they stay in business. If they have enough customers then they can do what they want. Some will be back and there are enough of those that they needn't worry about the ones they pissed off. This is Philippines. Its how it is.
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    Stressed Beyond Belief by Online Shopping

    I realize that part of my stress issue is being from a generation where the customer is always right. This is not the case now. If the customer has a complaint they just shuffle you around from one call center agent to another until the customer realizes you either do it their way or it does not get done. It does not matter that their way is complicated, frustrating, time-consuming an inefficient. It is what it is and if you want the product you will keep trying until it works, or give up and go away.
  13. If you are talking to that Englishman again. Tell him to ask Fat Reymond in Cebu how long he has to wait for his second 6 month extension. He has been known to allow people to do 2 in the same day. Just file for a 6 month extension then go back to the beginning of the process and get another, consecutive 6 month extension. (NOTE you cannot do that with a 2 month extension as the rules are specific on that one.) The 6 month one seems to be open to interpretation so for anyone who is making a 5 hour journey and definitely will not leave the country for 12 months it would be worth their while to talk to the big dude. It would be wise to buy him a coffee in the shop nearby and ask him discretely because there is no rule that says they have to give you a 6 month extension and no rule that says they cannot give 2. It's up to the "in charge" wherever you are getting your extension.
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    Choosing a location to live low budget

    I can refer you to a guy who is living in Pattaya, Thailand who is a good friend of mine. He lived in Dumaguete for 2 years before moving there. Better yet, here is a quote from a Facebook message he sent me with his opinion of the place compared to Dumaguete. His opinion is I should move there. We are both living off the same budget as you are proposing. I think you are falling for the "grass is greener on the other side of the fence" scenario. DISCLAIMER: This is just the opinion of one American, who lived in Dumaguete for 2 years and has now lived in Pattaya for two years and this is how he compares the two. Your mileage will vary.
  15. Yep. All the way up to the coco-lumber trusses in the roof. Hungry little devils. The fellow who built that house sold it before the roof was seriously damaged but I hear, from friends, that it's up for sale again . . . cheap.
  16. I believe the monthly pension can be from all sources, not just military pension and a lifetime retirement visa for a deposit of US$1,500 is about as good as it gets. Also, it says "officer" but NCOs count. Here is the link if you want to look into it https://pra.gov.ph/srrv/
  17. I have to disagree. For a lot of guys that turns into a nightmare. Some of the guys here are on 13a visas when they should be (IMHO) on the special visa for retired military. If you did any time in the military and you can get it recognized by the PRA then it is the cheapest and most secure way for a retiree to go. But perhaps @Jack Peterson could give us the pros and cons on that. Perhaps the PRA do not recognize the Brits and Aussies?
  18. Liloan, Cebu, 2011 I met a foreigner who was getting this treatment done to his house on a regular basis by a Philippine company. Not everyday practice but I have seen it done in the Philippines.
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    Less Discussion On Tipping

    What about outhouse tipping? Or cow tipping?
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    More Discussion On Tipping

    Some of the trike drivers I rode with have actually called me "kuripot" for not tipping. Others have given me money back when I tried to give 20 pesos instead of 10 because they say " its too much". Waitresses have given me money back on occasion for the same reason so I'd say it has to be each individual recipient who decides if the one tipping is a cheap bugger, a "mark", or just an average guy. More to the story: Has anyone else had this happen? On occasion, I would give a 1,000 peso note in dim light because it looks like a 100 to my old eyes. Some people give back the correct change from 1,000 and others stick it in their pocket real quick and figure its a tip. Note there is no "thank you for the tip" when that happens. They just figure I'm a blind old bat and they will take me for what they can get. I am sure some of the people making a living off the huge tips from some of the big spenders here figure the same.
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    Strange approach

    Solenoid? Cross the terminals with a screwdriver (while in neutral or park LOL) and see if it turns over.
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    Cebu full panel STD testing with quick results.

    Cebu full panel STD testing with quick results. That is the topic title, started in 2016. I have a feeling it is too late for quick results now.
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    Strange approach

    And I thought my beggar experience was bad. Coming out of a shop I was confronted by a beggar woman followed by a gaggle of children. She said "Merry Christmas" about 3 times with her hand out and then she said "200 pesos only" I had to laugh and I said "200 pesos would be a Merry christmas gift for me too". Whatever happened to the good old days when they only asked for 2 pesos?
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    Open my gate

    AHA When we put it all together we understand why they honk to get in the gate. There are few public CRs and the ones available did not have tissue so they are in a hurry to get to the CR and do not want to move from their seat for fear of an "accident". BEEP BEEP, Open the gate! Hurry, I gotta GO!
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