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  1. Often there are quick-fix substitutes for our favourite dressings. Seafood sauce, also called Marie Rose sauce can easily be created from Heinz Tomato Ketchup and Heinz Salad Cream. Approx 50% mix of each. Not easy to get salad cream over here though, but Rustans sell a Waitrose branded one, which is just as good. Delicious with prawns in a prawn sandwich (or on a baked potato), traditional prawn cocktail or chilled avocado and prawns.
  2. We use BDO. All our regular monthly payments are made online with them. They seem to be one of the best when it comes to online convenience. I too have an aversion to waiting in line to pay bills!
  3. https://ph.news.yahoo.com/worth-risk-malaca-ang-now-061049674.html The Philippines has lifted its ban on non-essential travel, allowing Filipinos to travel outside the country, Malacañang Palace announced today. “All restrictions on outbound travel among Filipinos has been lifted,” Palace Spokesman Harry Roque said in English and Filipino in today’s virtual presser. However, there are certain conditions that travelers need to fulfill, including presenting confirmed round-trip tickets from those possessing tourist visas. Passengers will also need to purchase travel and health insurance to cover the possible cancellation of flights and accommodations in case they are stranded in another country. Roque added that travelers should ensure that their destination does not ban the entry of Filipinos. Travelers should also comply with health guidelines such as mandatory swab testing and undergoing 14-day quarantine upon their return to the country. Roque — who was recently seen doing some traveling himself, believed by many Filipinos to be non-essential — said that further guidelines on non-essential outbound travel will be released shortly by the Department of Tourism and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases. The Duterte government has issued a restriction on traveling outside the country since March 19. With the exception of overseas Filipino workers and uniformed personnel conducting official businesses, no Filipino tourists were previously allowed to fly out of the country at any time.
  4. We have both ceiling fans, (Westinghouse and Hunter) and floor stand fans. The stand fans are much better at providing a cooling breeze, whereas the ceiling fans just seem to stir up the air rather than providing a noticeable cooling effect. Both the Westinghouse and Hunter fans are five blade, 52 inch. The Westinghouse ones seem far superior to the Hunter ones, with a higher speed on high. In our lounge we have two Hunters, and one of them has slowed up noticeably over the last few months. The quality just doesn’t seem as good as the Westinghouse ones.
  5. A good tip for improving a poor red wine is to remove about a shots worth (in the UK we call that 1/6th of Gill) from the bottle and replace it with the same amount of a cheap brandy. Improves it no end.
  6. I was refused entry to Robinson department store here in CDO last week due to me being over 60. This is the first time I have been asked my age upon entering anywhere. I could enter the mall, just not the department store. Perhaps it’s just a Robinson’s thing? All this, including Barangay exit passes, was supposed to have been relaxed at the end of last month with the downgrade of GCQ to MGCG, but seems to have been re-instated again.
  7. An alternative to FB Buy and Sell is a very popular local (to Cagayan de Oro) FB Barter section called CDO Barter Community. Probably similar ones nationwide. Among many interesting items I have seen offered include a 1953 Mercedes and a house and farm lot It is perhaps a sign of the times that many items requested for barter include food and grocery items. Cash transactions are not allowed.
  8. My wife has about 3 hectares of rice paddy. Finding laborers used to be quite easy, but not in the last couple of years. The days of planting individual seedlings are long gone, certainly around here. Now the method is ‘broadcast’ seeding where the seeds are just spread by hand. Very wasteful and not very efficient, but certainly cheaper. We changed to hybrid seeds a couple of years ago, which ideally should be raised in a nursery bed and after a couple of weeks transplanted individually into the prepared rice paddy. Ideally these seedlings should be planted, one to a 30cm square area. But the labor cost required to do that completely negated the increased yield. At harvest time labor is easier to find as they get a percentage of the harvest, which is not bad money for them. But at other times, labor is very difficult to find. Generally the system is very antiquated and as a consequence is very inefficient. There are mechanical transplanters and combine harvester available, but these are very expensive and generally way beyond the aspirations of typical farmers here. Until the DOA step in and organize some sort of system to mechanize the process, like Thailand for example, which has a very efficient agricultural system, then things are unlikely to change.
  9. GeoffH gives good advice. Whenever I return to the Phil’s from the UK I have three months supply of quite a few medicines. (In the UK our medicines are free, and we can get up to three months worth at any one time). I just keep a few days supply (in one of those containers marked Sun to Sat, with compartments for daily dosage) in my carry-on bag, the rest I put in my checked in luggage. I also carry a letter from my GP detailing the meds. The one exception to checking in your meds is insulin. That needs to be kept cool so it would be best to take that in a cooler bag in the cabin. Airports are well experienced with insulin so anyone carrying it shouldn’t have a problem. I have never had an issue with carrying meds in 10 years of regular travel to the Philippines.
  10. Hi Terry If your questions are regarding getting married in the Philippines, this is my experience getting married here last year. I would say that if you are waiting for your future wife’s annulment, it is quite a long winded, and expensive, process which can take years. Getting married here is quite straightforward once you know what’s expected, it just takes time to arrange and jump through the many hoops! If you have been married before you will need an original (not photocopy) of your divorce decree. If you were divorced in the UK then you can get that from the County Court where you got divorced. Cost £10. I also got a copy of my birth certificate at the same time which I included with the marriage application. Not sure if the birth certificate was strictly necessary, but it’s always better to have these documents. If you don’t have it, Soddes law dictates some official will want it! And getting one to the Philippines would be a right PITA! You will also need photocopies of your UK passport. You will then need to go online at the British Embassy website in Manila and fill out an ‘Affidavit of Marital Status’ and make an appointment with them in Manila to swear the Affidavit. You will also need to take your Decree Absolute with you. Cost peso equivalent of £50 payable at the embassy. You will be issued the Certificate immediately. Your fiancé will require an official copy of her birth certificate and eventually her proof of annulment, or possibly even a certificate of no marriage (Cenomar). Both birth certificate and Cenomar are obtainable online from the PSA. (Philippine Stastics Authority) You and your fiancé will have to attend a Pre- Marriage Orientation session at your fiancés local town hall. Once completed you will get a Certificate of Compliance. You will need that before you can get your marriage license. That session can last around 4 hours, if it is a communal session, but in our case was just a 20 minute chat with a town hall official. Your fiancé will also require to obtain a Community Tax Certificate, also from her local town hall, before they will issue the marriage license. That shows she doesn’t owe any local taxes to the town hall. Then you just fill out the marriage certificate application form at your fiancés local town hall and present the various forms which they will keep. So it’s best to keep lots of copies of everything. The town hall will then issue the Marriage Licence, usually within 10 days, and you are good to go! One unexpected hurdle we encountered with the Affidavit issued by the British Embassy was with the disclaimer they print on the bottom of the Affidavit. Basically saying that they cannot guarantee the veracity of the content. We had planned on a local judge to perform the wedding but that disclaimer meant, to them, that the Affidavit, and therefor the Marriage Licence, was worthless. This was also confirmed by the senior judge at the family court and they could not conduct the ceremony. Our wedding was then conducted by the City Mayor. If you are having a church wedding then that problem shouldn’t arise. Only in the Philippines! I would plan on being in the Philippines about a month before the wedding to complete all this BS! Things always take longer than you anticipate. As for a visa, this can all be done on the standard tourist visa, or just the normal extension of stay you will get following your initial entry stamp. I would think as you will be waiting for an annulment you will be very experienced in the extension of stay process by the time you get around to your marriage. You don’t need any bank statements, medical check or police clearance from the UK. Once you are married, there are several options available to you regarding staying in the country. The usual one is to get a 13A permanent residence visa based on your marriage. Another option is to leave the country with your wife and when you return, TOGETHER, you get a one year Balikbayan stamp. Leaving with your wife is not mandatory, but returning with her is! Or you can continue doing the regular tourist extensions, or get what is known as an SRRV visa, which is quite costly and probably not appropriate. Plenty of advice here if you use the search function. I believe, once you are married and on a permanent resident status, such as 13A, then you can work, so advising on your wife’s business would be legal. But best seek professional advice first. Whether technically you could offer advice prior to that, I am not so sure. That might be construed as working, even if you are only in an advisory capacity. Others here might know the answer to that.
  11. I was thinking the OP is a reincarnation of Dr Barrie J Dent, who asked similar questions on multiple threads, and disappeared without acknowledging any of the very helpful answers?
  12. I am at all not surprised. I took my 13A application into my local BI office last week and a quarter of the staff were not wearing masks. Also, many of the public attending the office had their mask under their chin, or when talking through the small window at the counter had lowered their mask to talk to the immigration officer!
  13. I have found Mercury Drugstore very helpful at obtaining particular medicines not normally stocked. Other pharmacies simply shrugged their collective shoulders, ‘sorry sir-not available’! I am sure there is a Mercury in Iloilo.
  14. Is it the waterfall or the beautiful frolicking girls that will have to wait until after your hip surgery?
  15. I have never come across the slanted pin type over here either, and the larger three pin plug from the UK also, so the type of outlet you have selected should cover all your needs. But we have several appliances from the UK which have the molded fitted plug so not easy to change to Philippine local ones.
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