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  1. Like previous posters, I was told that my existing ACR-i card remained valid when I renewed my passport. Your unique SSRN number on the card remains the same on subsequent card renewals and your passport details are not recorded on the card anyway. Ken
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    Anyone on Globe Anti-Bill Shock plan?

    I am on a Globe 10mbps plan with a 100gb monthly download limit. It costs 1299php/month. Once you get to 100gb it just throttles the download speed but there is no additional cost. Ken
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    USN-USMC Anniversary (243 years)

    Thanks for posting Jake. It was always a head turner at airshows. Not only the sound but the vibration of it reverberating around the airfield. Sadly no longer flying , its last flight was in October 2015 after Airbus, who I believe held the airworthiness approvals for the type, withdrew support for the aircraft. If you like a darned good read I can thoroughly recommend 'Vulcan 607' by Rowland White about the attack on the runway at Port Stanley during the Falklands war. Codenamed 'Operation Black Buck'. Ken
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    Dapitan : Recommendations ?

    I cannot help with either places as I have no experience of them but I have found Methersgate's post that RBM referred to regarding a hotel recommendation.
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    Sky Sports

    Jollygoodfellow removed the link I provided. I have been using this company for about three years and have had no instances of them spamming. Tom are you sure this is the same company you accuse of spamming? I have no connection with this company other than a 100% satisfied customer. They have a 24/7 customer service facility to answer any queries and I have found them to be a very professional outfit. Should anyone require their contact info please PM me. I will be very happy to provide it. Ken
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    Sky Sports

    Yes. You can get Sky Sports here. I use a subscription service called expatTV. It has a 7 day catch up facility so you can watch any programmes broadcast over the last week. It is basically all the UK Freeview channels, plus History channels, Animal Planet, Discovery, Nat Geo channels etc. Plus a host of movie channels including Sky, a bunch of Sports channels from Sky and BT plus others. You do need a fairly fast broadband connection of around 5 mbps. I pay €33 euros a month. Link: Ken
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    3 days to go

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    Health Costs - the big ones...

    Thanks for the link Tom. A summary quote from the link states: 'The passenger details contained in your travel document will be transmitted to the Home Office. This information will then be processed by our systems to improve migration controls and security'. I don't think the NHS system in the UK is linked in any way to the Border Force data on people leaving and arriving in the country so I believe my original post is still correct. The NHS would not know if you are an expat, unless you registered as such with the UK tax authority, HMRC by completing form P85. As that data IS linked to National Insurance records, then the NHS would probably know. If of course they actually cared to check! That is probably the way they can get you! Ken
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    Health Costs - the big ones...

    You don't clear immigration when exiting the UK, only on arrival. Unless a record is kept of airline passenger departures I don't think they would know how long you spent in the UK.
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    Health Costs - the big ones...

    I still have a correspondence address in the UK that I use, which is also the same one that my UK doctor has. Every time I go back to the UK I get regular check-ups, various screening programmes etc. I have just had a cataract op and due another one on my other eye next spring when I next go back. And I return to phils with a three month supply of all my meds including insulin which is a great saving. I have never had an issue despite spending more time here than the UK since retiring. I spent over 40 years paying into the NHS so feel absolutely entitled despite the efforts of successive governments to try and deprive me of what I have paid dearly for over the years. All patient records are computerised nowadays so should I ever need hospitalisation there I already have a current record so cannot foresee any issues at all It does mean traveling to the UK at least once a year to avail myself of these services but I think its certainly worth it. See all the family, send balikbayan boxes and enjoy a different climate again. The nett cost is very reasonable and could potentially save tens of thousands of pounds in medical costs. Ken
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    PLDT Fibr - New Modem

    Thats interesting that PLDT have a new modem. I will enquire if I can exchange my old one which only has one usable LAN port. We have had fibr here for about 18 months and speed and service can be very variable. To the extent that we also have Globe fibr as a back-up as we need reliable fast internet for business. Fortunately they have never been 'down' at the same time. I am looking forward to the new providers that Duterte has been espousing for about a year now. I hope they get approval to start new internet services. That could only be good for the country and a much needed kick up the arse for the useless incumbents! One can live in hope I suppose! 😀
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    Charging Emergency Lights

    In answer to Jacks original query about running the batteries flat before re-charging. I think you will find that those emergency lamps have sealed lead acid batteries. They don't like being discharged to below around 70% of their capacity, certainly on a regular basis, otherwise it will shorten their life. To add to the longevity issue, those units in all probability have cheaply constructed batteries and simple (ie cheap) built in chargers which don't optimise the charging regime to give the best lifespan. We have several of the Omni LED ones as shown in post 5. I just keep them plugged in 24/7 but have one lamp switched off as a default setting which halves the discharge rate. That generally provides more than enough background illumination and we turn on the second lamp if required. If there is a brown out during daylight hours then I turn them all off. That serves two purposes, firstly it prolongs the general lifespan of the battery and second it ensures there is enough battery charge should the brownout continue beyond nightfall. It may seem a bit of an effort, but whats the point of having them if you have run them flat during daylight hours. They have so far lasted us well for over four years now and still have good battery life. Ken
  13. Welcome to the forum. Good luck with your build project. Ken
  14. If you buy land in your girl friends name then the obvious protection I would think is to get a long lease for 25 or 30 years from your gf. That way at least you have control over the land for the duration of the lease. That option is not available to you if you are married to her. Ken
  15. My understanding is that husband and wife are considered as a single entity so therefore a wife cannot lease the property to her husband. Welcome to the forum 10Pints and good luck with your move. Ken