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  1. But remember, whatever the correct number is, that number would be MUCH higher if we had not temporarily brought the world to a standstill. Even US President President claims that we saved millions of lives by shutting things down. And also I think we tend to forget that it's not the case that if you're not one of the relatively few that die, then you're "fine". There have been a lot of people who've almost died, but have survived after being very, very sick. And many are left with lifelong complications. And they're not all old people either.
  2. When we filed our taxes for 2018 (we haven't filed 2019 yet), we owed some money, so I provided our bank information for the IRS to direct DEBIT it from our our account...which they quite happily did. We all know they (supposedly) will use the direct DEPOSIT info from your tax forms to put the stimulus check in your bank account, but I had never actually seen in writing anywhere that they would use the direct DEBIT info from your tax forms. I certainly assumed they would, but from what I read yesterday that is not the case. So I'm kinda stuck for now. When either me or my wife log in
  3. We regularly send loads from the U.S. directly to phones in the Philippines using Xoom.com (which is part of PayPal). I believe there is a $1.99 transaction fee, and I'm sure they make a little profit on the exchange rate. But it has always worked, and the load normally shows up almost instantly on the phone. Don't know if Xoom is available outside the US?
  4. And everything I've read, other than the PRA website of course, seems to indicate that the $1500 SRRV is available to not just military retirees, but also to military veterans (non-retired).
  5. When we make our move later this year I'll leave my suit and tie (and all the fixings) back here in the states with my son. That way I won't have to haul it back and forth with me if/when I have to come back for a funeral, etc. When we get to the Philippines, I'll just buy a barong. I'll avoid dress-up occasions as best I can, but I'm sure I'll eventually get tagged for one. When that happens, I'd much rather face it in a barong than an amerikana suit and tie. They look a hell of a lot more cooler and comfortable.
  6. Somewhere awhile back I read somewhere or heard someone say that the Philippines has three seasons: Summer, Summerer, and Summerest. I believe it!
  7. When a Filipino becomes an American citizen do they still lose their Filipino citizenship and have to apply to reacquire it? I thought now they automatically retained the Filipino citizenship with no action necessary? I assumed the reacquiring process was just meant for Filipinos who became citizens of a foreign country before the Philippines law was passed several years ago allowing dual citizenship.
  8. The main thing with antibiotics is that if you do start a course of antibiotics, you need to continue it til the end, even if you feel like you're cured before then. Otherwise you may leave behind a few stray bacteria, which are most likely to be the strongest, most drug-reisistant.
  9. It's true that the Philippines now recognizes divorces abroad from foreign spouses, but apparently there’s more to it than just submitting a copy of the divorce with your dual citizenship application and other paperwork. You still have to go through some court proceedings in the Philippines to get the divorce officially recognized. https://deborjalaw.com/recognition-of-foreign-divorce/ As part of my wife’s dual citizenship application we had to submit copies of her current US passport and most recent Philippine passport. If there’s any evidence in either of those that she might have
  10. This past Christmas I finally bought my wife a proper tabo, after 30 something years of using Burger King cups and such. I did it sort of as a joke gift. She seemed more delighted with the tabo than with the new iphone she also got. Most larger Asian supermarkets have a housewares section. You can usually find a selection of tabos for $2 or $3.
  11. I'm quite sure that's at Las Casas Filipinas del Acuzar in Bataan, sort of a resort/museum. I've never been there, I just remember reading about it awhile back. https://www.lascasasfilipinas.com/
  12. I'm still in the States, but planning a move to the Philippines in a few months. I installed ExpressVPN several days ago, and have been using it to make sure I understand how to use a VPN and see what issues I might run into. I've tried Netflix several times with different US server locations, and so far every time I start loading a show to watch I get the message from Netflix "You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again." I just now tried Amazon Prime Video with the VPN and got the same message you did, "This title isn't available in y
  13. May I ask approx how much that would cost? We're just starting to explore our options for getting our stuff to the Philippines.
  14. Yes, I was sad to hear that. I've been a Moody Blues fan since high school in the 70's, and have seen them in concert several times. This one hit me harder than most celebrity deaths I read about. It felt like somebody I knew.
  15. Let me try to get this thread back on topic. I'd hate to see it get closed, it's an important subject with potentially some really big financial implications. Here's my understanding and summary of a few of the facts being discussed. - Basically Part A is hospitalization insurance. Most all Americans who turn 65 get this free, there are no premiums. - Part B is medical insurance (think doctor's visits, lab tests, etc), things that happen while you're not hospitalized. - Part B is optional. You have to apply for it if you want it. I don't think you have to opt out when you t
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