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  • Birthday 12/18/1964

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    Running, drinking, travel

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  1. Welcome onboard! Boots on the ground is the best and safest way to find the "Right" Filipina lady. Online is brought with danger. Face to face you can get a sense for their true motives. Best of luck. I am the happiest I have ever been and ever since I met and married my wife I have had a life plan to work towards with her. Before her I just drifted into the future with no plan. Paul
  2. Dear members Some of you may remember I posted about my wife being in hospital with our baby at 18 weeks. Unfortunately yesterday she was born prematurely at 25 weeks but too early for her to survive. I am stuck in Abu Dhabi and wife back in the Philippines. My heart is broken. I did get a chance to see our Millie Anne, through Skype, before she was taken away and she would have been a beautiful little girl. I can't fault the care given to my wife throughout this time from the healthcare providers in our Province and City. They have become friends and showed so much care and compassion and did all they could to save Millie but it was not meant to be. Another Angel in heaven to look over us all. Millie was buried last night in the grounds of our house and I look forward to sitting and talking to her when I can get back there. Folks please value the people in your life. Stay Safe and lets get out of this dark time. Paul
  3. Dear Fellow Members I hope people will not see this post negatively. I have worked hard to achieve this and being separated from my wife is a sacrifice I make to achieve it. My advice to all members who are working still is to use every day to add to your goals for when you retire so you are ready, they are ready and you have provided the comforts and developed your income to be able to concentrate on adapting to the pace of life and not spend your time trying to make the Philippines like your home country because if thats what you want then don't stay. Just a few updates on New Projects. Since we sold our resto, Water station and Mall Concession we have branched out into property and our house improvements. We are building a pool room outside with dirty kitchen and gym (pictures below) and have started to install an internet mast that will provide internet to 60 local people (business of course). I have also been very lucky to buy another 5 bed house to add to our rental portfolio. All pics below. Not all rosey as the rental portfolio does not return what I would expect but we have 17 rooms now so we get a not bad income. I am lucky that we have no mortgage on the properties or it would not be worth it. I am very happy with the internet supply and may also add to the other properties. I still need to work for a couple more years to finish all the things we want but it is not so bad when having a bad day at work to think about what it is providing for our future and trust me working for an airline during this challenging time is stressful. All my plans will hopefully, with my Police medical pension, give a decent income to enjoy life. Oh and our baby is now 17 weeks in my wife's belly and due in August so can't wait to be a 55 year old Dad!! 2bb2f337-2444-460f-ae67-629a3c5ac643 2.MP4 Paul
  4. Brown and Mild down south was called a Boiler Maker
  5. Dear Fonts of All Knowledge My ACR (Permanent Resident) will need renewing next year (2021) and my passport (UK) renewing in 2022. I just wondered if you renew your ACR Card and then renew your passport do you need to inform immigration and again get a new ACR card or are they not linked? I don't believe it is possible to renew both at the same time. Any advice or guidance appreciated. I did have a look in the threads on the site but couldn't find anything exactly relating. Sorry. Paul
  6. I bought a pair of Dr Martin shoes when in Manila, Robinson's Place, Malate, last month. Cheaper then UK and Abu Dhabi and pucker! I am reliving my teen years! I am sure they will be the last pair of work shoes I will have to buy. My only issue is I can't think when I will be able to wear them when I retire to the Philippines! Paul
  7. Jake It would be a pleasure to share what I know, I use a Parrot Bebop 2 Drone which has the option for first person view through a pair of goggles. I don’t use that feature at the moment as I like to see the Drone itself. The Bebop 2 is very durable with a good camera and stability and very easy to fly. You can use your mobile, iPad or tablet or the controller it comes with. I bought mine in Abu Dhabi and took in ,my suitcase to Philippines. I am still learning myself but really enjoy seeing a different perspective on locations and making the videos after. Great for exploring your area. One really cool feature is you can pre-program a flight using a GPS map so you just take off and the drone does the rest. You can also program it to follow you if you are cycling or running. I haven’t tried that yet. Keep you updated. Paul
  8. I have now managed to edit the videos using the software in the Drone package. I must say I am pleased with the outcome. IMG_1155.MP4 IMG_1157.MP4 IMG_1156.MP4
  9. On My Way The flower place is called Nagtipunan and the river is the same place in Quirino Province. Both lovely. I look forward to more exploring in May. Paul
  10. Dearest Members I thought I would share some of the Drone Videos I took when on my last trip to my home in Philippines. I had a day of driving around my area and found some stunning locations. I feel very lucky to have such beauty so close by. Hope they don't bore you. 29e3ce65-feb3-438a-b9ca-1c9519d9441a.MP4 3624d129-a8f3-43a8-8ce9-2a5563d1fb94.MP4 63a9f345-348e-4639-92e2-0059fe84245e.MP4 2c95f67e-9735-451b-bee5-79d9c4ff74e5.MP4 77d859b8-3ec7-4c8a-8811-f84f37d9a3cd.MP4 77a5f685-28b6-4ce6-9d90-dd6f48428b00.MP4 3ca3be64-b714-48d9-b698-4ecda81d14f2.MP4
  11. Intrepid 3 more years and i will be ready. Using the 3 years to invest in Property in UK and Philippines to top up income once I do jump. Also trying to sort something to keep me busy when I do stop. I have worked since I was 16 so need to keep the grey matter occupied. I am counting down, 35 months to go! Paul
  12. Dear Members Well I retuned to Abu Dhabi this morning after a wonderful 2 weeks at home in the Philippines. High points where: Delayed Christmas but had it on the 29th Dec New Year Parties Heard and saw Babies Heartbeat Visited local beauty spots Using my gym Going for a run every other day (8km) and not being kidnapped! Please see below some of the highlights. Cant wait until May when I return again! Paul
  13. PaulB

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    In the Province it is always good to consider road clearance for minor floods etc. I opted for the Chevy Trailblazer as it can get through most things the Provinces throw at it. Paul
  14. All Just an update to my earlier post regarding iVF treatment. It was confirmed today that we have a little girl due in July/Aug 2020. Well worth the expense!! Paul
  15. Tommy My wife and I are in Abu Dhabi but she will return 2nd Dec and I will get her to let me know the make and update you. Paul
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