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Nephi last won the day on March 23 2017

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  1. I use to go back on trips. Entered in either San Francisco or LA. Never a problem at all. Like you though I will not be going back again.
  2. That really is true. These bad eggs give us all a bad name and even more reason for us to be careful what we do and who we spend time with.
  3. That's a new one on me but if ICE was the agency doing this I would be comfortable with it if I were traveling at that time. Sounds to me they may have had info on child trafficking maybe? But at least they were doing their job and was probably a short term search. I have been here in the islands for 15 years now so looks like I'm missing all the fun.
  4. Guess it does happen. Wonder too who pays for the flight. Either way these people are gone and will likely remain on the arrival blacklist.
  5. Very true and if here or in any other country, one can not renew their passport being that far behind in child support and alimony as well. I think, if not mistaken, If a person is that far behind and tries to renew "inside" the embassy they will be arrested and sent home to face the charges.
  6. In your post you said you knew this individual. That brings to mind that we should be very careful who we befriend or have business dealings with. All these people from other countries are not all nice guys and often times there are unsavory reasons they are here. Considering how laws are enforced here it would be very unfortunate to be with the wrong person and found guilty by association. Darned scary!
  7. Exactly right. If not mistaken, we, Americans, are the largest foreign nationality to visit here each year. 72 out that many is not bad at all but still is too bad there are a few bad eggs. It should be noted here that our country does not control who leaves the US for travel nor do they have the right under the law to do so. Freedom of movement is guaranteed in the United States constitution and includes the freedom to leave if we choose to. On that same line, the US government has no right to know or even ask where we are going etc. We also have a right to privacy. Our laws and freedoms are good but at times there are those that will take advantage of a good thing.
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  9. Thank you for getting the right information for the OP with the link you provided. I assume you're still in the States in that you did the online application. I was already living here in the Phills when I took my early pull at 62. I just emailed SS at the embassy in Manila. They called me back within an hour and took the info over the phone. I then opened a US dollar Social Security account at an approved Philippine bank. My first deposit was there right on time. I must commend the gals working at SS in the embassy. They really know their stuff and are extremely kind and helpful. Even just the other day I had a question on SS and they got right back to me Great people
  10. I'm going to guess here. You can usually take an early pull on your SS starting at 62yrs old. Until you turn 65, SS will deduct one dollar for every two dollars you earn or get from any source. That would be my guess as to why the penalty. Best thing to do for accurate information is to contact Social Security directly. If already here in the Philippines contact SS at the embassy at This Link.
  11. Yep, that's me from the other site as a moderator. Am enjoying exchanging PM's there and hope you have a good time in Angeles and Subic.. I still like the Swag in Manila. Rooms are way different than they use to be and the rest of the place looks like a 5 star hotel. Angeles Swag? I agree it's junk. Different owner and it really shows. Gene
  12. Great post Mike. The only time we fail is if or when we quit trying in life. I too feel that living here helps us to feel better and in turn live longer in most cases. The very fact that there is far less stress. Driving is another issue though. It really is a fool's game anywhere in country. Weather on a single motor, car, or anything else; it's the one you don't see that will get you. Riding a motor is the most dangerous form of transportation anywhere in the world. However, adding a side-car eliminates the need for balance and if "running lights" are added will increase visibility of your unit especially at night. I drove buses and 18 wheelers for years but like you, I realize that at 65yrs old my see, recognise, and react time is slowing down even if it doesn't seem so. I find that increasing my following distance at any given speed and remembering to keep the eyes moving as well as checking mirrors is the best thing. Our changing and declining health as we age is something that we are expected to pass through and experience. It too is a great teacher and refiner. Remember, the knowledge and things learned here, we take with us.
  13. Good Morning Queenie, I think all of us have good and bad days. That starts just about the moment we are born and continues through life. For better or worse, this is life and is what we have to deal with. Naturally for most of us (me included) there are far more days behind us than there are ahead. That's the way it's supposed to be isn't it? All are born and all must die. Our birth is an automatic death sentence. What's important is what we do with the time that we are allotted. Decisions we make shape our lives for good or bad and we must live with those decisions. I moved here to the islands in 2003 to get married. Problem was that the company I had worked for went under and so went the retirement. I arrived at the Manila Airport with only $700us dollars to my name. That's all, that it. My wife worked and continues to work a full time job. But for the first ten years or so we lived on just under $2us dollars (2) as that is all my wife earned at that time. Rough and difficult time to be sure considering we had no aircon and she was already raising a niece and nephew at the time. But we stuck with it; laughed and cried together and made the best of things until my other retirement from the US kicked in. Today we still have to be careful as we are now raising our four children. But it is the difficult times that we remember most. Not as difficult but as a time that brought us together and help us to build our marriage. They are times filled with good memories of times shared and places we went. We are only here on earth for a season. What's important is to look forward to each day as we age. Regret in coming here? No, no way. It has been the best part of my life and I would not change it. Like many others, I'll die here and that's okay. In the end we all die. It makes no difference where we die; but rather how we live and love and how we help and serve others along the way. “No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. … All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable. … It is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire.” —Orson F. Whitney
  14. I have a feeling that the future or end of the world is a lot more difficult to predict than those people think. Granted, we are in the last days but this could or is likely to continue for much, much longer. Most important thing is to do good and enjoy life - today for we can not prevent the inevitable end whenever it comes. Life is meant to be enjoyed and not just endured.
  15. Amen... Reading these posts it makes one wonder why there is no one to help all these people. We all moved here for a "better" life to to enjoy our retirement and in the process get a daily view and reminder of how the other half must exist. Sad failure for mankind when Christ's final injunction to us was to "Love one another AS I HAVE LOVED YOU." What happened? Will it ever change?
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