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  1. On 4/29/2020 at 10:53 AM, graham59 said:

    Yes, though I was only a little kid, I can remember very well our life and surrounding there...and the journeys there and back. (My family actually lived in Johor, on the mainland. but us 3 kids attended school in Singapore...on dad's Royal Navy base). 

    I don't think there was a single skyscraper in Singapore then. All very pleasant and colonial, but with the poorer folk living in the usual shacks as seen everywhere in SE Asia.  'Changhi' was an RAF base in those days too...not an international airport.  I remember us going there to watch some inter-services sports. 

    There was also an abundance of wildlife there.... the 'jungle' coming right up to our house, and there being still a lot of jungle type terrain even in Singapore then.  Still Tigers on the mainland !

    More anecdotes please. Seems like a different world, a lost one.

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  2. On 13/11/2016 at 2:16 PM, Dave Hounddriver said:

    A fellow on another forum reported that he was back in the USA permanently and tried very hard to get his SRRV deposit back.  He said they threw up so many hurdles that it is impossible for him or his eventual heirs to get that money back.

    I'd say:  Maybe you can get it back but don't depend on it.

    Transferring 50k rather than 10k will allow you to buy a condo. Simply sell it if you decide to leave. 

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  3. On 14/11/2016 at 9:18 PM, Gator said:

    Triple like - very eloquently stated W and M!

    Back to the topic at hand - I recently shifted my work into the oil field services sector. Just in the last few days I've seen huge increases in capital investment, labor (can't hire qualified people fast enough) and material. So you may want to look into energy stocks (specifically those in the oil field services sector) as well - I know I will.

    "Drill Baby Drill!" - Companies like Halliburton, Encana, and Murphy have all just placed extremely large orders for peripheral supplies relating to fracking - in fact Halliburton just secured contracts for nearly a 1 billion tons of frack sand - that tells me these guys are anticipating deregulation and a surge in demand (price of oil actually means little - it's all about demand).

    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. On 11/2/2016 at 9:24 AM, Jollygoodfellow said:

    I dont think they will be comming to get you but best to sort it out quickly. 

    Fine for Overstaying – (additional) Php 500.00 per month
    Motion for Reconsideration for Overstaying – (additional) Php 500.00 + Php 10.00 (LRF)
    Re-issuance of ACR for (2nd entry of every entry after 59 days) – Php 250 [for minors: Php 150]
    Application fee is only Php 300.00 for overstaying

    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. 15 hours ago, mogo51 said:

    I tend to  agree with this thought and I think it is very positive for Us/Philippine relations.  

    I have said previously that Philippine's following an independent foreign policy is not a bad thing.  Maintaining solid relations with US is beneficial for both countries.  I doubt you will see Trump lecturing D30 and others on how to behave or what to say - that is a good thing.


    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. 

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  6. 1 hour ago, MartyC said:

    their home, from encyclopedias and bookshelves full of books to a computer and science kits. In order to unschool properly parents need to equip their home with learning tools.”                        


    1 hour ago, MartyC said:

    Unschooling is defined less by what its practitioners do and more by what they do not bring into their children’s educational environment. An unschooling parent does not impose a schedule or curriculum onto her child. Rather, she supports the child’s natural drive and hunger to learn with appropriate educational materials, tools, and activities. According to Jennifer James, Director of the National African-American Homeschoolers Alliance (NAAHA), “Families who are considering unschooling should ask themselves if they have enough learning aids in their home, from encyclopedias and bookshelves full of books to a computer and science kits. In order to unschool properly parents need to equip their home with learning tools.”                                    --------      Homeschooling or "unschooling"may be the way to go for some parents ,but I am moving to the Phils for retirement and hopefully ,a less stressful life. Turning my home into a library/lab and becoming a full time tutor is not what I have in mind, I struggle with her 5th grade algebra lol .not to mention the expense of updating learning material and equipment. I prefer to pay someone else to provide the " learning tools" . To each his own . 

    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. 20 minutes ago, Old55 said:

    The ability to read write and think critically has value. 

    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. On 07/11/2016 at 10:26 PM, sonjack2847 said:

    I had a trip to Dalaguete planned for next week. I have cancelled it as there was a terrorist warning for that area.As Nephi writes how many warnings do people need.

    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.

  9. On 07/11/2016 at 1:07 PM, MartyC said:

    Thank you all for your helpful feedback. It really is difficult to choose a school without being there . My wife thinks Sacred heart -Ateneo de Cebu in Mandaue may be a good place to start (thanks for the tip Old55 ) and she has an aunt and cousin nearby . I hear so much negative info about public schools but will see for ourselves once we get established there. Our daughter is a straight A 5th grader now  and I am still amazed at how  fast and far she has came from speaking very little English arriving here as a first grader to being in the top 5 students of all her subjects.  I am afraid public school there may be too much for her at first having forgotten nearly all of her native Cebuano language ,but I could be wrong. Thanks again

    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.

  10. 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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  11. The payment system is incredibly stupid. They haven't figure out a way to take credit card payments even though the IRS can be paid via credit card. Apparently they're afraid of all those fraudsters using stolen credit cards to pay for passport renewals. :huh: Furthermore, for some bizarre reason, if you make your payment at the Cebu consulate it takes "much longer." God knows why.

  12. 3 hours ago, Gator said:

    To update some of my security clearances I have had to do it in other countries.  Typically you'll need to schedule an appointment at the US embassy to go in and get fingerprinted. Obviously there's a fee for it. Depending on the backlog it usually takes a about 2-4 weeks to get the clearance.  

    FBI channeler told me I could print out the fingerprints card and get it done at a local police station. 

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    on the surface that Duterte's war on drugs is being fought on the street level and yet nothing regarding syndicates. The term drug lord is very loosly used in the Philippines IMO. The real ones are out of reach.

    Ironically, that's the effective way to control drugs.  You have to go after the small time users and pushers not the kingpins. I've been saying this for years. 

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  14. 11 hours ago, robert k said:

    Well Jack, I did see an article that said Filipinos could fish the waters around the disputed islands again so maybe some good has come of it.

    And there's the bone that the Philippines was hoping for. Also helps to save a bit of face. 

    China's ownership of the area becomes more solidified, they get a backer in Asia, who might support them in further claims against Vietnam (maybe the Philippines can wrangle another small concession?), and makes it significantly tougher for the US to challenge them militarily.

    The Philippines gets a small stake in the area and escapes getting used as cannon fodder by the US to confront China, and gains maybe the biggest, most important nation in the world (definitely in Asia) as its ally.. They lose the small chance there was of getting ownership.

    The US gets egg in its face and loses its prospective base for challenging China. I actually think that the US was never going to back up their claim anyway. In which case it just saved the US from wasting more money on military bases and joint training. 

    A win/win/lose or maybe even a win/win/win.

    I have an alternative theory that the US knew Duterte was leaning this way all along and that's why they were so vociferous in the election campaign and afterwards. They already were working on keeping him from becoming president or getting rid of him. Do we really think the US cares about "human rights" when it comes to their allied nations? But it's doubtful because some of the Filipino elite who backed DU30, like Fidel Ramos, have apparently been taken by surprise. Unlikely that the US would know more about the future pivot than Filipino insiders.

    It would be staggeringly stupid if the US has lost an ally at least in part because they tried to interfere in its domestic policies which have no impact on the US whatsoever. Especially when the policy is overwhelming supported by Filipinos and when the US's qualifications for taking the moral high ground are highly dubious to say the least. But some say the leaders in the West have become so fanatically devoted to their new "religion" that there's a chance this is what actually happened. 

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  15. 25 minutes ago, robert k said:

    I personally would have pucker factor invading if I knew every fourth person 25 million total was armed with a modern assault rifle. I might have more people in total but delivering more than 50k a day would be a logistical nightmare. Even if Filipinos didn't care if you invaded, I have noticed that many Filipinos like to get even and China is not all that popular. 

    Sure, if China was actually planning to invade the Philippines as the US did Iraq. Is that the threat that's now being pushed as the reason for remaining a close US military ally? I think it's totally ridiculous. China will not invade and colonize the Philippines unless the US sets up base in PI and challenges China over the disputed territories. This is very different from WW2 (and even then it's likely that Japan would have bypassed the Philippines if it had not been for US bases on the islands, at least for the short-run). But if there is an all out war, the Philippines gets nuked or closed to nuked anyway. If it comes to the point where the Philippines has to rely on guerilla fighting a Chinese occupation, they've already lost.

    As pathetic as it sounds, giving up the islands is probably the best option.

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  16. 3 hours ago, robert k said:

    The Philippines doesn't need assault rifles as aid. The Philippines has a company producing a piston gas system (not direct impingement) variant of the US M-4 rifle that is arguably superior. In my opinion military aid should be something they can't make for themselves! Filipinos could have jobs making those rifles.

    Even if Filipinos were unable to produce their own rifles, what good would 25M rifles do? An assault rifle for every 4th Filipino...is that the plan to defeat China in the Scarborough Shoal? They can get to the scene of the conflict on the donated refurbished C-130. Sounds like a racket. 


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  17. 1 hour ago, Dave Hounddriver said:

    not spending a fortune

    Looks like a budget prison to me. 

    The new rehab centers will be expensive but obviously the current number of drug users and prisoners is a result of drug policy during the past 20 years, not the last 3 months. As far as I know Malaysia and Indonesia have a significantly smaller drug problem than the Philippines and Thailand. Singapore is not comparable. 

    I think you either legalize drugs or destroy it ruthlessly. A moderate policy only leads to massive costs in drug enforcement agencies and prisons, runaway crime, and prevents addicts from being treating (though I'm skeptical about how effective treatment really is).


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  18. 2 hours ago, robert k said:

    The thing is buying a "new" 2015 is the mark up in the Philippines is not that much, tax is high. The 2015 which has basically depreciated while sitting on the lot is going to go to some poor sucker who needs to save 10k php over the price of this or next years model. As soon as 2017 models hit the lot I would buy a 2016 model, not a 2015 model that has been sitting there since 2014, if you see what I mean?

    DMAX LS, 4x4, AT:

    2016: 1.480M

    2017: 1.570M

    The 2015 is listed at 1.537. How could it be more than the 2016? I'm guessing that listing is a mistake.

    So like you said the difference in price between the "new" old one and the new one is not that big. Maybe the 2016 will drop another 100k in January or February.

    I see your point but don't you think the dealer keeps the 2015 indoors or in a covered area and does regular maintenance? 

    Anyway, I think you might be right about the 2016 rather than 2015. Probably hard to find a 2015 "new" one anyway.

  19. 3 hours ago, earthdome said:

    That isn't as much of an issue in the Philippines. Cars seem to hold their resale value much better than in the west. With the reports of poor maintenance, flooded vehicles, etc. buying used is riskier in the Philippines unless of course you are a good mechanic or know one you can trust to inspect the car. Because of this I likely will buy new when we return to the Philippines.

    Did you look at the numbers I posted? A 20% per year decrease in value for the first 3 years seems accurate  and identical to what you see in the US.  

    Also, if as you say it's riskier to buy used in the Philippines than we'd expect the decrease in resale value to be even greater . 

    So neither data nor theory support  that the value of cars are retained better here than in the US.  I don't know about other countries. Why do you say the opposite? 

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