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Dave Hounddriver

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  1. 4 hours ago, stevewool said:

    you think you are giving everything

    If you think you are giving everything now, wait until the divorce lawyer gets involved.  Find a way for her to get what she wants.  Happy wife = happy life.  Not saying be a doormat, just find a way for her to get it  . . like pay for lessons out of her share of the family budget.

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  2. Here is a very interesting report listing countries by their average IQ level


    It is very interesting to me, because most of Southeast Asia scores higher for average IQ than the countries we expats come from.  I guess we are not so smart after all.

    However, with most of South East Asia scoring very high, the Philippines looks to be the lowest on the list.  How can that be?


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  3. 2 hours ago, usa32 said:

    if you could turn back the clock and were in my situation, what would you do?

    I did what you suggest when I was 52.  I had half your money.  It went faster than expected.  But I enjoyed every minute of it.  If you live long enough you will be on a smaller budget than those around you.  But while you have your health and some money is a good time to enjoy life.  Some enjoy life by partying it up in the Philippines.  Others enjoy life by working until they are in the grave.  I don't understand those latter types but I know some.  Up to you what you enjoy doing.

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  4. 15 hours ago, Jack Peterson said:

    Plenty of Old Baloney on this site just now

    That is because people "like" baloney :hystery:

    EDIT:  Betting I get a lot of "likes" for this one LOL

  5. 58 minutes ago, BC57 said:

    I lived is Southern California my whole life so it's not a big deal for me at all.

    I felt similar when a large quake hit Cebu in 2013.  Then I thought:  Hold on here.  All those people are running outside of this 10 storey building . .  which was built in Philippines by Filipinos . .  and I joined them outside.

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  6. 2 hours ago, Hobbit112 said:

    Which airline and destination in China?  Would like to know for future reference.

    I booked it through Skyscanner.  I just searched for cheapest flight out of the Philippines in November.  Turned out to be on Cebu Pacific from Clark to Guangzhou at the end of November.  I was quite happy with that as it falls within my free 30 days.  That is not a legal requirement but it tends to stop the Immigration officer from pestering me, or such I have found in the past.

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  7. 1 hour ago, Mike J said:

    Let's try to put some actual facts into play in this discussion about dual citizenship.  

    Question - Does the Philippines REQUIRE you to renounce citizenship from your previous country?

    Answer - NO, they do not not.

    Well the law says you must make this pledge:


    "I, ______________________________________, solemnly swear that I renounce absolutely and forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, and particularly to the ____________________. of which at this time I am a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Philippines and that I will obey the laws, legal orders and decrees promulgated by the duly constituted authorities of the Commonwealth of the Philippines; [and I hereby declare that I recognize and accept the supreme authority of the United States of America in the Philippines and will maintain true faith and allegiance thereto; and that I impose this obligation upon myself voluntarily without mental reservation or purpose of evasion.

    "So help me God."


    Click here is the link to the law.

    So yes, the Philippines requires you to renounce, but do they enforce it if you change your mind and "un-renounce"?  Would anyone take your newly aquired Philippine Citizenship away if you "un-renounced"?

    I doubt that they would do that.

  8. 11 hours ago, Clermont said:

    Now I know a fare bit about the PI hospital system and you wouldn't even have made it to a hospital, so before you go over full time, it might be wise to check the ticker out.

    It is good to hear that you pulled through with a good attitude.  Definitely good advice here.  Best wishes for a healthy future.

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  9. 22 minutes ago, RBM said:

    BI FORM 2014-08-004 

    I cannot see your link to the form in your post but this link is very close to what you will need


    The problem I have personally had with printing forms off the Internet is that the BI insist that you use the exact form they have in stock and are using on that day.  Unless you are extremely lucky they will insist you do it over on their stock.  Such is my experience.  As always, your mileage may vary.

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  10. 54 minutes ago, Tommy T. said:

    I don't necessarily believe this... I guess we just see what happens?

    Sure.  You put dollar bills in your pocket and I'll put gold in mine.  Lets check a year from now and see who's pocket is worth more.  Remind me in one year and we will do a check.  I bet 50 likes (placed randomly on your posts) that my gold will be worth more in one year than it is now.  Are we on?

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  11. 2 hours ago, Tommy T. said:

    just don't understand the need to stockpile gold

    Try to leave the Philippines with more than US$10,000 in cash.  Didn't work for you?  Try to leave the Philippines with more than US$10,000 worth of gold made into jewelry.  No problem.

    EDIT:  Plus, add in the fact that savvy investors know that gold will go up in value faster than dollar bills.

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  12. 11 minutes ago, sonjack2847 said:

    I think it was the Pneumonia I had

    I just had my flu shot.  Local doctors here are recommending getting it before Oct 31.  The pharmacist told me the flu shot is good for a year but the pneumonia shot is good for many years .  I need to get me one of those pneumonia shots but he told me not to get both at the same time.

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  13. 20 hours ago, Gary D said:

    finger up the bum is far more accurate. 

    My father had an annual test (Canada - circa 1970s and 80s) with the finger in the bum for decades.  When he was found to have prostate cancer it had progressed to the point where it was in his lymph nodes. His new doctor said it had probably been growing for 10 years. He died 3 years later.  Before he died he asked his old doctor how he could have stuck his finger up his ass for 10 years without noticing he had prostate cancer.  The doctor said:  "We're not Gods".  So I strongly disagree with your statement and I prefer a PSA test.

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  14. In the past I bought some "gold nugget jewelry" in the Yukon.  The plan was to have it for an investment which travelled with me wherever I went and was a hedge against inflation.  You can easily sell it to a gold trader who would just melt it down.  That may have been what the person who stole it from me did.  Or maybe she/he just took it to a pawn shop.  Very unsecure investment.  Easily walks off.

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