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  1. There were only 9 states that sent ballots to all registered voters (Vermont, Nevada, California, New Jersey, Colorado, Hawaii, Utah, Washington, Oregon). Interestingly, none of those appear on the chart you posted, and none of them are part of the on-going election fraud complaints. So I really don't think that was a factor in the election results.
  2. I don't know how far Briton and the other countries are along, but I think it will be several more months in the US before someone can just pop in and get a dose (or two?) of a COVID vaccine. They've still got large-scale testing to do, then they have to ramp up production, and start distribution. And then they'll prioritize who gets them first: health care workers, first responders, nursing home residents, teachers, etc. It's gonna be awhile.
  3. Thank you for the detailed information Dave! If we can ever get over there, we will probably be going through the same process in Angeles. So, do you anticipate being able to complete the entire process in Angeles, without any trips to Manila?
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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?
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. Somewhere awhile back I read somewhere or heard someone say that the Philippines has three seasons: Summer, Summerer, and Summerest. I believe it!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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/
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