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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Brown and Mild down south was called a Boiler Maker
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. You can but you are using your potential income bandwidth.
  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. Dear Fonts of All Knowledge I was wondering if any members had looked at investing in Internet Towers. I have half a hectare of land in the Province behind our house and I have been requested to have an Internet tower on it. This tower would give 200mbs of internet stream and the company would sell packages of 3mbps, 5mbps and 10mbps from Php 899 per month to 1,500 a month. We would get 60% of the monthly subscribers (maximum 75). My rough calculation is around Php 29,000 per month. I am just waiting for the paperwork and then will give a further update. Anyone else been approached? Be interested to find out. Paul
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. PaulB


    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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. I just had electric gates fitted in my house. Cost me Php 64,500. We have remotes to open them, sensors so they don't cut the dogs in half and can move 2.5 tonnes. My gate isn't that heavy. I also have the ability to open them via SMS so if a family member comes I can open from Abu Dhabi if I want. Not that I willl!!! LOL Took 2 days to install. Paul
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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