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  1. 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?
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. Somewhere awhile back I read somewhere or heard someone say that the Philippines has three seasons: Summer, Summerer, and Summerest. I believe it!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 been married previously (e.g. different last name) that will raise questions. It didn’t stop my wife’s dual citizenship from being approved, but the dual citizenship certificate does also list her former married name as one of the names she’s known by (AKA). Getting a Philippine passport with her current married name may be more problematic though. As part of the passport application we had to submit our US marriage certificate, as well as a Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) from the Philippines. Since you said your wife’s first marriage took place in the Philippines, that will probably show up.
  8. 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.
  9. 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/
  10. 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 your location." So, I don't think they know that you're in the Philippines, or necessarily even know that you're not in the US. But they are detecting that you're trying to access their service via a VPN, and are blocking it just based on that. It's kind of worrisome if sites like Netflix and Amazon are getting better at detecting and blocking connections from VPNs. Because if they can do it, so can other more important sites, banks for example.
  11. May I ask approx how much that would cost? We're just starting to explore our options for getting our stuff to the Philippines.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 turn 65. If you never apply, you never get it and they never charge you premiums. If you do enroll in Part B, you can un-enroll later. - The current Part B monthly premium for most new enrollees is $121.80 (not $200+). - There is a SIGNIFICANT lifetime penalty for not enrolling in Part B when you're first eligible or for un-enrolling, basically 10% per year of not being enrolled when eligible. For example, if you're 70 years old this year and decided to sign up for Part B, your premiums would be approx $180/month instead of $120/month. The penalty applies every month for the rest of your life. - I've never seen anything that indicates that the clock stops on the Part B premium penalty accumulating just because you're living outside the US. So I think if you're settled in the Philippines and have no intention of ever returning to the states (or Guam) to live or to have medical treatment, you may be OK without Part B. But if you're just testing the waters or want to leave your options open, you may want get out the calculator and do a little figuring before you decide to drop or delay enrolling in Part B.
  14. Yep...I got the same email today. It starts Aug 1 and will not be optional. Here's a quote from the email: If you do not have a text-enabled cell phone or you do not wish to provide your cell phone number, you will not be able to access your my Social Security account.
  15. We live in the US and I have most of our on-line banking, credit card, PayPal accounts, etc. set up for "two-factor authentication". This means when I log into one of the on-line accounts, I have to give a username and password as normal. But then there's another step. The website will send a text to my mobile phone with a 6-digit code that I then have to enter into the website to proceed any further. This works great here in the US and (I think) greatly reduces the chances of getting the accounts hacked. We're going to be visiting the Philippines for a couple weeks real soon, and I was wondering how well the two-factor authentication will work there. My T-Mobile phone plan allows free international texting, so hopefully if I do need to get into one of the accounts, the text would arrive and arrive fairly quickly. One option would be for me to temporarily disable the two-factor thing for the time we're there. The I'd just need my username/password. I'd rather not do that if I don't have to. And actually I hope I don't need to access any of my accounts at all during the time we're there, but you never know... Does anyone have any experience with any of this kind of thing?
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