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  1. Dear Fonts of All Knowledge I wanted to share my recent experience with you in case there are any members out there in the same situation. My wife is 30 years old and myself 55 next month. She is a wonderful loving and caring woman and I am truly happy with her. I have 4 older children from my first marriage and 5 Grand children and I had a vasectomy over 20 years ago. I recently decided that the right thing to do with my wife is to start a family so we did our research and just completed Phase 1 of the IVF treatment here in Abu Dhabi. For me it was needle in the testis to find live sperm and bingo they are still swimming up river! My wife was then tested and all good. Last week they took her eggs and another needle of my sperm and fertilised 11 eggs. This was 5 days ago and today I got a call from the clinic stating that they have 4 embryos developing and they will now do genetic testing and gender testing. On Monday we will get to choose which one of these embryos will be implanted into my wife when she returns to Abu Dhabi (flew back to Philippines last night) in November. None of the above has been cheap but the best money I have ever spent. I know my wife will be a wonderful mother. Now we will see how the impact goes but we have 4 chances. if it takes first time then we will freeze the rest and go again after the first one. Two is the target. First a boy and second the girl, one year later. All together this process will have cost us just over PHP 1m, hence the million Peso baby. My wife will give birth in Abu Dhabi where we have good medical cover, except IVF (locals get it free but not expats) and then we will see. Has anyone else gone through the same thing? I did consider a reversal but the IVF was greater odds. I now only have to wait and see and once pregnancy is confirmed I have the task of telling my 33, 30, 28 and 26 year old children back in England that they will have a brother!! Keep you updated. One very excited, fingers crossed, Paul.
  2. I am sat here very proud of myself as I have got all my Christmas Boxes shipped and on their way to the Philippines. 3 Jumbo boxes of gifts and 1 jumbo box of food. Should arrive early December. Have you sent yours and if so what did you send? I shall travel from Abu Dhabi on the 27th Dec to Manila and onwards to our house in Isabella. Will manage to do my ACR reporting on the way back through Manila on my exit. I am really excited to get home and see all the family in one place. We are planning a good time. Don't miss your local deadlines to shop and ship. Good luck. Paul
  3. Mine drives and very well. Both in Philippines and Abu Dhabi. Works well for us as I drive to the places sober and she drives home. Cant understand why you wouldn't want that! Don't forget Steve you won't be around forever so whats best for her should count too. Just my view.
  4. When I applied for my ACR Card (residence) I had to come back to work in Abu Dhabi before the crd was issued and when I went through immigration at NAIA they would not let me leave. Stated I needed to have an exemption letter from the head of immigration. This was a Friday evening so it meant a weekend in Manila followed by early morning trip to immigration on the Monday and a whole lot of waiting to get the letter and I travelled Monday night. My mistake for not checking but it was a great weekend! Paul
  5. He won't see any of his money and surely he should have made some checks before sending anything. Boots on the ground! In Sussex UK, an Ex-Police colleague of mine informed me that in that small county alone Singles looking for love had been conned out of UK Pounds 30m last year. 30 million!! So how big is the problem globally? Big enough to buy a plane ticket and a cheap hotel room and get your ass on the ground and find out face to face, get the gut feeling, grow the relationship and if they ask for money tell them to do one as they where surviving before you came along. Only part with the cash once you are either ready and have the trust required or you can afford to lose it without bitching. Many a UK pensioner is left with nothing whilst his online date (Most probably a Male from Ghana or Nairobi) is driving in a Range Rover funded by the pensioner. Just saying. If it sounds too good to be true it is too good to be true. By the way my ex-wife in the Uk (13 years married) was a great housekeeper. She kept the house! Paul
  6. Dear All I hope you are keeping well. I was wondering if anyone on the Forum had storm proofed their home in the Philippines. My Wife and I have a house in Aglipay, Quirino Province, North Luzon and last year there were a couple of Typhoons that passed over. We are quite lucky as protected from the worst of it by mountains either side but it made me think about how I would protect the house. We have walls on both sides of the house and these are tall enough to defect wind up and over the roof but I have thought about actually running straps or a net over the roof and anchoring to concrete foundations sunk into the ground by means of steel wire. I was wondering if anyone had done anything like this? I did some online research and see a few sites in the US that sell the same type of concept. I am not sure I could get a net big enough to go over the whole roof so I am considering buying some truck cargo ratchet straps, linking them together and then having 2 run across from back to front and the other two running side to side and connect these to steel cable which is attached to the concrete foundation blocks. Anyone got any thoughts or have done anything to keep their roof on. Look forward to hearing from you. Paul
  7. Tommy We are still on the grid but have the option to switch to the solar when we are using low amounts such as during the day if we are both out. Paul
  8. Dear Members (My childish streak loves using that term) I thought I would share with you my Solar Power System installation. The system is "Off Grid" so we can use it whenever we want during the day to save on Electricity costs and also it charges the batteries so we can switch it on whenever there is a Brown Out. I opted for this instead of a generator. The system can run the following for 4 hours if batteries fully charged: 1x 1.5hp AC 1 X fridge Freezer TV Internet system and CCTV 1 x Fan 5 internal lights 3 outside lights If we don't use all of the above the power will last longer. My wife is currently using this during the day to run a fan, CCTV and 1 x AC to keep the dogs cool and not paying for electric. It cost me PHP 200k and has the capacity to be added to in the future. 2 days installation time. I also got the designs for my car shade (turned garage into a bar) got to get your priorities right, a shed on the side of the house, for me to tinker and save the world, and the swimming pool. Be interested in anyones feedback on these areas. Paul
  9. Dear Members I am amazed how I have adapted to the hazards of the Philippines. I am not talking about Driving or Riding in Tandem executions but rather just walking around! You could hardly say the pavements (if you have any) are safe. When I first used to visit you could guarantee I would stub or break a toe on an uneven piece of concrete, rebar or something else sticking up out of the pavement (For Americans I am referring to the Sidewalk). I seem to have captured some of Charles Darwin's evolution by being able to now sense such hazards , day or night, even when drunk!! I have had two broken toes, Bruised ankle, Frozen elbow and damaged hand(from opening bottles with a spoon) but last time I was home (North Luzon) I survived with only a few Mosquito bites and ant bites on the ankles. Seems I am morphing, gradually, into a Filipino. Are you morphing too or have morphed? By the way I would value any tips on how to protect against the ants and mosquitos. I do use lotions but the ants especially seem to be able to hold their breath and bite my ankles and feet. What can I put on my feet or ankles, or on the ground, to keep this buggers (For Americans that means M@@@@@F@@@@@s) away. I won't wear socks or long trousers. I do that every day at work so won't do that when not at work! Look forward to your tips. Paul
  10. Dear Brothers and Sisters Has anyone else experienced that the number of dogs you own increases when in the Philippines? At great expense Php 450k I sent my 2 dogs from Abu Dhabi and the wife seems to have adopted at least 2 more. I have counted 5!! Anyone else experienced this? Paul
  11. Sonjack Thank you. Really appreciate your advice. I will make sure we are fully compliant. Paul
  12. Sonjack A very good point. We asked for all to be included. The emergency lights were already there but not the fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
  13. All Another excuse to fly my drone. This time over our house. I will let the video do the talking FA2CAD5F-F2F3-4E89-8ED9-8EA10FEFA671.MOV
  14. Dear All We completed the paperwork on our Student Accommodation houses. 3 Houses (12 bedrooms) and it gave me an excuse to fly my drone. Hope you won’t mind me sharing the video with you. 6A6DC5B9-A064-4D66-9F90-BA63E9C4A1FA.MOV
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