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    Scrub it... or it won't be clean.

    This is funny. Like you can take the girl out of the jungle but you can't take the jungle out of the girl. My wife is as educated as most but she still likes to wash her own clothes by hand and I let her. I bought a nice new washing machine and dryer long time ago but I'm the only one who uses it. I had to put up a clothes line for her in the back so she could hang her wet clothes while mine get dried in an hour or less. Funny also is that my neighbors can afford a nice new car but will do their laundry the old fashion way. I know, its none of my business, just curious.
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    affordable apartments in cities

    You should know that prices range from very very cheap to very very expensive. since you don't plan to be here till sometime in 2020, then you have a lot of time to decide on location. Once you are here and start checking things out you will soon find out how fast money just seems to slip away. Like going from one island to another you cannot just hop in a car and go. You will need to fly to most places. If you want to feel like you're in da Bronx just stay in Manila. There is Tondo and then there is Makati.
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    20,000$ US for soon to be expat

    Good to know that you are "street wise". It really helps in survival anywhere. Knowing how to take care of your money and possessions and who you can trust. Remember the song, " smiling faces show no traces etc. etc..."
  4. I ask because I haven't seen any comments pro or con for this place. We stayed there a few years ago and it was great. Its on Samal Island off the coast of Davao. Its not cheap but well worth the money. We plan on going again during school vacation this year. Check it out on Trip Advisor. Don't take my word for it. Read the reviews and compare with others. Good Luck and hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
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    All you can eat buffet.

    Vikings is also my choice. We go when its one of our birthdays. This way one eats free. The food is better than other " all you can eat buffets". At least for us.
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    Gullible!

    Yes, him and Andrea Bocelli. Volare, "prego"
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    20,000$ US for soon to be expat

    Not really. Maybe safer than some but not really a safe place to live. You just don't read about the crime in local newspapers but its there (here). One of my best friends here is a retired PNP. but taxi drivers are a source of crime reportings..
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    Help me with Netflix ?

    Yes, I do not know anyone who has Netflix here in the Philippines.; I assume it is legal. I just do not like to use a credit card online here. Is it safe? I also heard that there are other web sights that offer movies online. Any suggestions? I have heard of some but I do not know anyone who has access to any or how to download and if it is legal. Some websights are suggesting VPN for privacy protection but I already have anti virus and protection. Never had any problems. So,why would I need VPN and pay a monthly fee for it? Thank You and will consider any help.
  9. Ok, here is what I did. You decide what's best for you. When I decided that I was going to live here off and on, I opened up a joint account here with my wife. I arranged to have money transferred from my bank in the states to my joint bank account here. I get charged $4 for each transfer. The money is sent in US dollars and received in Pesos. My bank here does not charge me for anything. I have it deposited to my checking account and withdraw what I need when I need it. Very simple. I use BPI for this but I, we also have an account with BDO. Both banks are very professional but the BPI bank branch that I use knows how to do the transaction. The first time, it took a while because the girl had to inquire how to do it. Now she, they know.
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    Gullible!

    I do not lend money to anyone here or in the states. My mother in law here thinks I am rich. I tell her, " if I was rich I would be living in the Marco Polo Hotel instead of here and have a chauffeur driven car" Oh, and a funny thing about MIL. We have a nice Daikin A/C that I keep at 26 degrees C. She bundles up when she comes here and sleeps like in a cocoon at night. She says I am cold blooded. Well, maybe but I don't like heat and humidity inside the house. Other than that, she is very nice and takes my side in any small disagreements I have with my wife. She speaks very good English unlike father in law who seems to mumble when he speaks. He loves my music and commented last time he was here about how he remembers an old Italian song by Dean Martin in Italian that I was playing. Wife has downloaded a ton of music for him. He loves CW and 60's music as well as Spanish and Italian songs.
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    Foreigner living on the streets

    Yesterday, I saw a man who wasn't there. I saw him there again today. I wish that he would go away.
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    Help me with Netflix ?

    Been there done that, yesterday. Thanks to AZ Kid and you for all the helpful information. I do enjoy Al Jazzera. It is my favorite here. I especially like the Arab version of the Crusades and no commercials.
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    Help me with Netflix ?

    No
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    Help me with Netflix ?

    I've heard of Pirate Bay and RARBG but I don't know how to download the Utorrent. I'll try
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    Help me with Netflix ?

    Thanks to Gentleman Jack and others who have helped with this concern of mine. It looks like I'm stuck here. Nothing worth watching on tv anymore. CNN has commercial breaks every 10 minutes and they are the same ones over and over. I'm not fond of basketball. So, that leaves PGA, LPGA and tennis. I still have my music and Expat community here. It's a good thing that I have a loving wife to play with.
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    Help me with Netflix ?

    How do you watch a movie that you choose from Netflix?
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    Help me with Netflix ?

    I always download what I want to watch, then put it on a usb so I can watch it on my tv. That's what I want. To find a web sight that I can choose movies from and download what I want to see and put it on a flash drive.
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    Help me with Netflix ?

    Thanks
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    Help me with Netflix ?

    Dunno how smart my tv is but I'll try to search. Thanks
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    Help me with Netflix ?

    I get books from Amazon. I wonder if movies are available to download to my computer then to flashdrive.
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    Help me with Netflix ?

    Another question. Do the movies downloaded have to be played on my computer or can I download to a flash drive and play on my TV? Anything else available besides Netflix?
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    Cups, mugs, and bottles up!

    Just what exactly is "it"? Your wife, the marriage or life? Either way, lucky dog, or should I say "Lucky Monkey"?
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    Cups, mugs, and bottles up!

    Congratulations. I too am one of the "Lucky Ones". As I've probably mentioned before, she ( present wife) was not looking but I was. So, I had to "court her". My late wife was also am angel and perfect wife. I always like to mention my late wife because she straightend me out. I was heading into darkness in my youth. Present wife is like finding a "diamond in the rough".
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    Newbie question

    I hope that your friend in Cebu is an honest person. Good to have someone that you can trust to help you decide where to live and how to manage your income. Your income is probably enough to live on. I carried a small calculator with me to convert Pesos to US dollars every time I went out. Just to make sure that I didn't pay too much for something. Money management will be a big factor in the Philippines. Good Luck
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    Free McD Breakfast For Chevy Owners

    Nothing wrong with Mickey Ds but I prefer having it my way at BK. Driving a Chevy is a hard price to pay for a freebie. ( smile )
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