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  1. So?!? No update? My wife wants an in-ground pool at the future Philippines house. I had a large pool that came with my house in Florida long ago. First year we were splashing in the pool every night. Second year maybe once or twice a week. Third year I only went out there to refresh the chemicals. I still like the idea of a pool, though.
  2. I think you're right. Living in Korea I find them to be very considerate. But it takes only one bad apple and the landlord lumps all of that nationality into the bad basket. Long ago when I lived in Germany I took over an apartment from another American woman. The landlord really didn't want to rent to me because I was an American, but I convinced them to give me a try. Three years later they were very sad that I had to leave. Truth be told, the woman who rented the apartment before me really was an "ugly American." I don't blame the landlords for feeling that way.
  3. We're looking in the Lipa area as well. But my wife wants a hobby farm, maybe a hectare, and we'll build from ground up. We've been looking on line as well, and I think everyone selling on line is looking for a rich American/European/Australian, so the prices are pretty jacked up. We've been working with a woman who we dealt with before on a real estate transaction, but I think she's in Cavite and doesn't stray much further south than Tagaytay, at least during COVID epidemic. If you're still looking for a real estate person I can pass you her name. We're putting everything on hold right no
  4. Excellent news. We plan to remain in the Philippines enough every year to qualify for no US income tax. Although I do plan to do some part time work as a US immigration attorney in the Philippines, which I think will force me to consult a tax specialist to sort out.
  5. May see you there. Retiring soon and also looking at Tagaytay and Lipa. Wife is leaning towards Lipa. Cheaper. Doing the on-line property search and have a few in mind. Wife is paranoid about COVID-19, so she's not traveling there any time soon. It's very COVID-safe here in Korea at the moment.
  6. If I opt for the retirement visa in the Philippines, will my retirement income from the US be subject to tax? If it is, is there another visa version that avoids this tax? I searched, but didn't find anything exactly on topic. Thanks! Max
  7. One year to retirement and this has to happen. Most of my retirement funds are in the market, so I'll probably end up delaying a tad bit until the market comes back. Pension is unaffected, so I have options. P.S., In the meantime, I've been dumping all my spare change into the market now that it's low, so I'll get a boost when it does return.
  8. There are definitely benefits to just hiring a driver. Last year I took my wife's family on a distant vacation from Manila to the provinces, ten total with my wife and I. Hired a driver with a late model Toyota 11 passenger van for five days, one price, which included a flat fee for the driver's food and lodging: $500 plus gas. He drove us around morning, afternoon and evening every day to all the sites we wanted to see. You couldn't touch that in the US or Europe! Unfortunately I don't know any drivers in the Cebu area.
  9. What do you mean by a container? The big, truck size container, the wood boxes that fit inside the truck size container, or something like the balakbayan boxes? We shipped dish-pack size balakbayan boxes all the time to my wife's family in the Philippines. We went through the little Philippines store in our neighborhood in Virginia suburbs of DC. About $90 shipping by volume, so you can cram in as much as you like as long as it fits in the box. If you're looking for the big shipping containers I'm sure the balakbayan companies can negotiate something.
  10. We're actually talking Immigration rather than Customs, right? So I'm wondering if there is some benefit to the Philippine government. Is there some kind of fee associated with the questioning? If this is a chronic issue with people missing their flights I imagine folks will be raising hell. I'm just wondering if my wife is going to face this when we go back to the Philippines next month.
  11. There are almost 1.5 billion Chinese nationals. There's no question they're going to spill over into neighboring nations for vacation, especially now that they have disposable cash.
  12. I'm not living in the Philippines at the moment, but when I've been an expat in other countries the expats always gravitated towards each other and formed great bonds. It's disturbing to hear that's not the case in the Philippines. I'm living in Korea now and us Western foreigners always bond quickly.
  13. I totally understand that and work hard to reassure my wife that there is no other and that I am truly faithful. Unfortunately, when my wife gets the idea that something nefarious is going on, she gets irrationally irate and begins accusing me with zero evidence. It's impossible to defend against accusations when there's no evidence of wrongdoing.
  14. You are correct. My wife DOES want me to be the head of household and make all the major decisions. She will not let me cook, she will not let me help wash dishes, she will not let me wash or iron my clothes. She believes in traditional roles. I do support that even though every now and then I would like to cook a meal, but even if I start cooking a meal she will inevitably edge me out of the kitchen and take over. Despite my wife's insane jealousy, I love her dearly. Can't think of anyone else who would put up with my peccadilloes, which is why I tolerate her outrageous jealousy. (So fa
  15. My wife will not even have her friends over to the house for fear that they will hook up with me.
  16. When we were in the States Xoom and Remitly were good options (search apps on your phone). Since we now live in Korea we are stuck with Western Union. Western Union is NOT the most cost effective solution by any means.
  17. I invested in a smoker. Himalayan (pink) salt for curing, plus smoking.
  18. LOL! I'm sure you're right. Last year I took my wife to a formal ball. During the event I took a photograph of the whole spread with everyone decked out in their regalia. My wife looked at the photo and zeroed in on a woman who was facing away from the camera and said that I took the photo because I was lusting after the woman. The fact that only the woman's backside was visible and that she was on the distant far left of the picture was irrelevant. To this day she rides my case about that photograph and the fact that I have no idea who the woman is and that I've never met her nor even l
  19. OK, maybe not all, but I seem to have known a few Filipinas who were bizarrely jealous and suspicious of everything. Number one among them is my wife, who is so jealous that she will not let me meet any of her Filipina friends for fear that we'll hook up. Just curious if that is sort of a constant among Filipino women.
  20. Yes, as a diver myself I understand the docile nature of sea snakes. And your point about not messing with them is exactly my point. If you step on one you are messing with them in a bad way!!! :-D
  21. Seven Commandos Beach near El Nido...
  22. Took the extended family to see El Mayon Volcano and the surrouning area.
  23. A short video about a near fatal footstep while wading in the water off one of the Palawan islands.
  24. Whereas I would say that being a gossip isn't in itself a showstopper trait in a female partner, being used and taken advantage of in the pre-marital phase should send the guy running. DNA tests are becoming quite inexpensive now, so finding out if he's the father of the child should be pretty easy. And if he's not the father, and she's been leading him on all along, he should head for the hills and leave this woman to her own demise. You're not going to sway him if he's blindly in love. That's why they coined the phrase, "blindly in love." Don't try to convince him she's bad for him, as
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