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PaulB last won the day on January 10 2020

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  1. Thank you. Will get the Wife to send an email across to BI and see what happens. I am happy to follow any requirements just the hardest one, getting there, seems out of reach at the moment.
  2. Dearest Fonts of all knowledge. Firstly I hope you are all well. Well my ACR Card (13a Permanent Residence) expires in September 2021 and I have booked several trips, from the UAE, to Philippines in order to renew it but each time a flight ban from the UAE scuppers my plans. At present I have another trip booked in August but am still not hopeful it will happen. I just wanted to ask if anyone else had faced a similar issue and if so what happened? If I can't renew in time will they extend due to COVID? Can I do by Power of Attorney as I am unable to attend in person? If it does expire and I do return in the future will I need to reapply and do the full process again? I have not been able to report to BI this year either, for the same reasons, but they have said any fines re waived due to COVID. I look forward to hearing any ideas or information. Please stay safe and well and I know I would rather be in the Philippines now then stuck here in the UAE. Paul
  3. Members We thought during this dark time it would be nice to look forward to something so had our pool and bar finished. Now just need to get to the Philippines to use it. Flights and quarantine hotel booked for August so lets see what happens. Need to come back to renew my 13a ACR card as expires in September and need to do in person. Stay Safe.
  4. Hello Everyone. Whilst I have been stuck in Abu Dhabi with the wife, due to COVID, we have been constructive in getting our pool built. I am so looking forward to getting HOME to have a few cold San Migs whilst floating in the pool. I hope you are all keeping safe and well and getting yourselves vaccinated. Stay Safe and Well. Paul
  5. They will make you quarantine until they have the vaccine I am sure. Will take time for people to get a vaccine passport. I hope soon as need to travel to Philippines in Jan or Feb to report to immigration.
  6. I have had the Sinopharm (Chinese) vaccine here in Abu Dhabi as a front line worker. No side effects and those who have had it don't need to quarantine when traveling. I hope everyone will get a vaccine of sorts soon so life can go back to something like normal. Stay Safe. Paul
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Brown and Mild down south was called a Boiler Maker
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
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