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  1. I submitted my 13A application at the beginning of May. Still in process. I understand that it’s taking much longer than usual due to the COVID situation at the Manila office.
  2. You’re right. I forgot to mention Gaisano. They also have a good selection of western goods.
  3. I think S&R have really gone down hill the last year or so. They seem to have become a huge sari-sari store! Shelves piled high with cheap snacks, cans of Spam and sardines. The bread section only had pan de sal!!! No Florida Natural orange juice for months! I think we will not be renewing our membership when it expires. I have found that SM supermarket and especially Rustans now stock a much bigger range of western goods than S&R.
  4. That’s a ridiculous shipping cost! The minimum shipping charge from the UK with Shipping Cart is around $18.99. I have shipped three items within that charge. Additional items are then charged for, but can go up as little a 60c per item for small things, generally just 2 or 3 dollars per smallish item, which is not too bad. Charges are by weight and volume. Charges from the UK are also in US dollars, not GBP.
  5. I use PayPal quite often and never get a OTP from them. It comes from my bank the card is linked to, not PayPal.
  6. Yes, they are. My registered Amazon delivery address is the Shipping Cart one. You can get all sorts of vitamins on Amazon UK.
  7. Sorry to hear that. I only use them for shipping from the UK. I use them a couple of times a month and find them reliable and speedy. Always getting the items within 14 days of dispatch, usually quicker than that.
  8. Worth checking out LBC Shipping Cart. https://www.shippingcart.com/ They ship from an address in California. Medicines are classed as prohibited items, but vitamins probably ok. You can check with them easily enough. They have an online shipping estimator. 2 lbs weight in a package 6”x 6” x 6” is around US$24. Takes around two weeks.
  9. Skype do UK numbers. Cost in the region of £30 per annum. Incoming calls to your number can be redirected to your skype app on your mobile phone.
  10. Worth getting checked out. If you are diabetic then blurred vision can be a symptom of Diabetic Retinopathy. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetic-retinopathy/symptoms-causes/syc-20371611
  11. I think you are right. That’s my thought also. And that is the sensible, pragmatic view. Trouble is we are not always dealing with people who are either sensible or pragmatic.
  12. Yes, I believe they have. But you would have thought that any clarification which details so many visa categories would include the 13A. Not doing so just adds another level of potential confusion in the minds of visa processing staff! And we all know who will be worse affected by any such misunderstanding!
  13. Interestingly it makes no mention of the 13A visa. But as the SRRV visa remains valid then I would guess the 13A remains valid also! I would hope there will be a clarification notice updating this clarification notice sometime soon!
  14. I do hear what you say. I did consider doing it when I was last in the UK. Having researched it, and realized that in my case it would require two visits (at least) to the Philippine Embassy in London, that would have entailed two long, and expensive, return rail journeys, plus two overnights in a hotel. That would be a minimum of four days faffing around just visiting the embassy. I would also have had to get the medical and police checks. The advantage, as you say, would be a permanent 13A from day one. As my local BI (which is less than 30 minutes from me) can accept 13A applications
  15. In my experience I found it easier to apply for the 13A whilst in the Philippines. If applying in Manila, make two files, one for the BI with all the original copies, and one for you for your records. If submitting it through a local BI office then make an extra one for them to keep. (photocopies are fine) The master file, with the originals, will be forwarded to Manila. Your file will be useful when you need to apply for the full 13A after a year, as the initial will be a one year probationary one. No medical or police checks from your home country are required. Most things ca
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