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  1. The whole thing is bizarre. My workers are afraid to go out cause of CV. Guess the scaremongering has worked beautifully.
  2. Transferring 50k rather than 10k will allow you to buy a condo. Simply sell it if you decide to leave.
  3. There's nothing good about this. I was supporting Clinton because I believe slowing (actually reversing) the economy is by far the best option for the US and the world. Also, a nuclear war with Russia would have paradoxically been a good thing.
  4. If you do end up overstaying, can a travel agency work out all these fines when they extend your visa or do you have to visit the immigration office in person?
  5. In the 80s the US was helping Colombian paramilitaries wipe out narco-traffickers and a generation later its heaping moral condemnation on another regime for doing the same thing. Must be bewildering.
  6. The explanation you posted is very poor. The idea behind unschooling is to let the kids do whatever they wants rather than forcing them to sit in class 8 hours a day for 12 years cramming their head with useless knowledge. Practitioners pretend to homeschool their kids because of state demands but in reality unschoolers do virtually nothing. There is quite a lot of data showing that the effect of education on grade-age children is almost nil. But if you were to homeschool rather than unschool, the idea that you need elaborate learning tools, etc. is ridiculous. That's another topic. However, I'm not suggesting you do do either(unschooling or homeschooling). I'm only saying that spending money on expensive schools is a waste. And if you spend money on an English school it will prevent your child from learning language, which is the one skill best learned in childhood. Your child would be far better off if you take that extra 5k/year and put it in the stock market and turn it over to her when she reached 18 or whatever. Don't waste your money on schools that teach nothing. Do put your child in an environment where she can effortlessly pick up an extra language.
  7. Reading and writing are a foregone conclusion that anybody with a bit of curiosity and exposure to modern materials will learn on their own easily and quickly. Schools have a negative effect, if any, on critical thinking. I suggest you research the "Unschooling" movement.
  8. Fantastic map. Would love to get one of those. It's amazing how a map can change your perception of history and politics.
  9. I was in Moalboal a couple weeks ago. The place was packed with tourists of the backpacker variety. The locals told me that tourism was booming this year. We'll see how long that lasts.
  10. Virtually everything taught in schools is worthless. Schooling has virtually zero effect on your child's future so you should not worry about it too much. Also, about the only thing worth teaching children is language which they almost entirely learn from peers so you are doing your child a big disservice by enrolling her in an English school. Go for the local school, save your money, and she'll be fluent in a new language after a year. A skill she'll carry with her for life. The rest is garbage.
  11. Per Withdrawal HSBC: 40k BPI: 20k Rest of banks (as far as I know): 10k All charge PHP 200 per withdrawal. * I suspect Citibank has a limit similar to HSBC because in other countries it does, but I have not tried it yet.
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