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  1. A good number of the condos offered on Airbnb (not only in Makati obviously) are cockroach infested. You want to contact the owner in advance to be doubly sure it isn't the case, and let him or her know that you have no intention of completing your stay (i.e. you'd cancel for a refund) if the unit is full of cockroaches. It's trendy to 'buy a condo and rent it on Airbnb' these days and many owners are far from being professional hosts. Fumigation is expensive so they just don't do it. The guest reviews are often not reflecting the problem (people just accept that cockroaches are an integral part of the unit).
  2. Haha, for the record I'm not airbnb hosting anywhere :) Regarding the meter, just now in Manila I had a taxi driver refusing to turn on the meter from the airport to Cubao. Which, admittedly, is a nasty ride traffic wise. We started haggling and agreed on a certain price which I thought was fair enough although it did (so I believed) include a not too small tip. Traffic was so bad that it would have paid off for him to go for the the meter option. In fact, I decided to give him 50p extra on top of the haggled price. The ride took us 2 full hours, Waze estimated 1 hour. Never trust Waze :) The taxi driver was friendly enough although was kind of on edge due to the endless traffic. As for Grab, it would have cost more (both the Car and Taxi options) anyway, and they don't have a magical way around the traffic. You can always try Angkas if you have very small luggage and are a bit suicidal.
  3. There is Grab in Cebu but it's mostly a waste of time and money (long waits and more expensive). Not as bad as in Manila but still doesn't pay off in most cases. At the airport specifically there is a well arranged white taxi stand. Just go there and take a taxi, they'll be a bunch of them lining up. The conductor will give you a slip with the taxi registration plate number. Fee from the airport to Cebu City should be less than 300p with a meter. What you don't want to use is the so called 'Airport Taxis' since those are much more expensive. Just use the white taxis as described above. There are 2 queues, one for the white taxis and one for the 'airport taxis'.
  4. Yes I have done it twice this year, you can pass immigration on the 20th at any hour. My flight was actually scheduled for after my visa expires (1:30AM), but I passed through at about 11PM (one hour before my visa expires). One thing to consider though, is that if your flight is significantly delayed, you will not be able to get to immigration on time since you need to check into the flight first. I don't know what's immigration's stance on this type of "it's not my fault" situation.
  5. Same problems here in IT park, Sky was disconnecting often in the past few days and is still experiencing slow connections (although the latter is pretty common). Strange to hear there's a similar problem with other providers. On a side note water pressure also low these days due to all kind of repairs and floods as reported on the MCWD facebook page. Hopefully they got on top of things soon :)
  6. You can try to look into Gerochi (Makati), they're reputable and I personally visited them (Dr. Tan) and felt very comfortable there, she was also honest and didn't try to do the money grab tricks many other dentists do. Although I actually only did a very minor procedure with her, so do ask around more. Prices for Gerochi are on par with other so called high end clinics. I find root canals to be insanely expensive in the Philippines and you may want to travel to Vietnam for that. Even with flight costs and visa you're still saving a ton.
  7. Just to update on this as I just extended at BI Makati. The ACR belonging to my previous passport was no problem, as many of you suggested. I didn't need to re-do my ACR as it is still within the validity period. I asked both on Facebook and at BI Makati and both said that it is not possible to apply for ACR in one branch and pick it up in another. It must be done in the same branch. ACR can take 2-3 weeks to arrive. The good news is that according to them there's no rush to pick it up. If you're traveling (within the country), you can come back and pick your ACR up a couple of months later all the same. Supposedly you want it with you when you leave the country at the very least, but personally they never asked me to present it at the airport. Then again, it's probably not the best idea to leave it at the BI office forever. Just pick it up when you're back in the city.
  8. You can only exchange at the rate they offer at the moment of the exchange. You can keep your money there in the borderless account for an extended period but I wouldn't recommend it. It's not a bank, don't trust them blindly. Use them for what they're good for and nothing more. By the way, if you convert your pesos back to USD it's another 1% fee. So if anyone considers a lot of back and forth.. it's not going to be cheap.
  9. Transfer your origin currency into the borderless account and there convert to pesos, and then send the pesos (or just use them directly with the TW debit card). By the way, the source currency determines how much fee you will pay when converting to pesos, and USD isn't the most favorable - if you transfer in Euros or GBP, you pay less fee (0.5%) when converting to pesos. For USD it's 0.75%. So if you do happen to have EUR or GBP, transfer them in instead of the USD.
  10. Yes, if you do that then conversion seems immediate so they can't play around with the timing of the exchange rate. You can also use the funds with their debit card (if you have it). You can then make a transfer at any later time for a fixed fee. It actually all ends up cheaper than doing their 'classic' transfer.
  11. I've had instances when the money arrived in 2 hours and then again instances when it took a few days. I think it goes faster if the account you are sending to is yours (not sending to someone else).
  12. My "old passport ACR" is due to expire in March 2019. I entered the country again just recently (with my new passport), after a few months in Europe. So I hope to extend once (for 2 months) in December without a new ACR, then for the next extension, I would already need a new ACR anyway. That's interesting because I had the same situation at the beginning of this year with a previous ACR, and at BI they told me "sir you want to extend for 2 months but your ACR is valid only for one month more, so you already need a new ACR". Exactly the opposite than what you experienced :)
  13. Thanks sonjack for asking there! And thanks everyone for the answers. This sounds encouraging, so hopefully I won't need a new ACR for the upcoming extension. For the extension following that, I'm still curious if they can send an ACR to a different BI office than the one you extend your stay in, and how long it takes to receive it these days. Since it kind of restricts your travel if you have to pick it up from the same office and it takes roughly 3 weeks to arrive (that's the length of time it took last time I did it). I'll try ask them about it once I go there and report here :)
  14. Thanks sonjack, please update if you managed to ask them. Otherwise if no one is experienced in the situation then yeah I'll have to go there and inquire..
  15. I see a topic about 'new passport' but it's about entry stamps rather than the specific ACR thing :(
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