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  1. Hi All, hope all is well, Got a recent nice birthday greeting email, from Kuya John, and I thought I'd stop by and post some pics of my orchids (mostly vandas) blooming right now. It has been six years now that I've been living out here here in Cebu, and I'd just like to say hi again after a long hiatus, and I hope to be less lazy and post once in a while. I hope that you enjoy seeing these orchids in bloom right now in my front yard..
  2. Thanks everyone who responded for your personal experience or knowledge about this issue. All input is appreciated. What prompted this question was that my husband had stopped in at the Cebu Immigration office this past monday my behalf because I wasn't there, just to inquire about it. He was told that acquiring the stamp transfer was free, but it could only be accomplished through Manila. He was rather disgusted and worried about the hassle of going to Manila for this. Having found this travel agency that handles the work/ paperwork for 6000P, I'm relieved to be doing it, just in case down the line it could be an issue for me.
  3. I just spoke with a travel agent in Cebu that said that the whole application and transfer process could be prepared by them and handled by proxy for 6oooP and would take a week and a half turnaround. I suppose if I wanted to avoid doing it myself, that could be an option in getting the actual stamp. I tend to agree with you Jack. I just spoke with a travel agent in Cebu that would do the application procedure/paperwork for 6000P and the turnaround time would be 1 1/2 to two weeks. That would be a decent option compared to the travel there I think.
  4. Thanks for the info Jack, and all so far. Jack--when you say that the passport can be forwarded on from the Cebu Immigration office if time is not a factor? I'm not in a big hurry, and I'd rather go to Manila for a vacation outing another time, than to spend my time at the Immigration there. I think that there are travel agents in Cebu that do that type of procedure by proxy for a fee, but if it's not truly necessary, I'd rather just carry my ARC and old passport. Did your lawyer feel that it was mandatory to have the stamp re-stated on your new passport?
  5. Hi Scott, Thanks for your info. When you went to pay your annual ARC tax in January, did they ask you about about your missing stamp when you submitted to them your new passport?
  6. Hi folks, I';m hoping that any American permanent residents out there with experience in this matter can help me. I just received my renewed US passport good for ten years. I'm interested in knowing how to get my permanent resident stamp from my old passport re-instated on my new passport. Is this something that I can do at the Cebu Philippine Immigration office, or will I have to go to Manila to do this? Any input from readers who have done this or have information would be much appreciated. Thanks, Queenie
  7. Hi Mike, There is a similar private owned hospital in Consolacion, Cebu.The style that they manage though, is to have a nursing staff available all the time, but all doctors, including in the emergency room ones (except maybe one) are on call and under contract. They appear at odd times and are often not available because they have their own office and contracts in other hospitals in Cebu City. They probably started out with similar hopes as this one, but this one is actually more expensive and serves less. My husband stayed there during his past motorcycle accident, and we would not use them again. Maybe this one will be different, but budgets for running a small private hospital must be high. When the new director of Cebu Doctors' Hospital in Cebu City spoke to the public this year, he pledged a new branch of Cebu Doctors' Hospital in Bogo City here in the north within the next five years. High hopes maybe, but we'd welcome it if it pans out for people like us in this area.
  8. Hi Dave, I don't often see any bugs in my flour. One time a small bag of local whole wheat flour that had a lot. If there were they'd probably be just little black seedlike dots. You'd see them I'm sure. They wouldn"t hurt you I'll bet, but who needs them! You know like when you rinse rice grain out before you cook it in case there were some little bugs in the rice. Seeing as you only use your flour sometimes, you might want to keep it in a ziplock bag in the freezer or ref. Any grains and nuts can go rancid/sour in this tropical heat or even lose some nutrients or flavor. Sorry to go off topic a bit PurpleHaze.
  9. Oh yeah Clermont--I read recently about a weevil infestation in some sacks of rice stored in a warehouse in Luzon. Any grains like flour can get pests of some sort I guess. We always keep our flour in the freezer so it doesn't have the possibility of going rancid or getting buggy. Rice we store in those plastic cracker boxes with the tight fitting lid. One thing that happens for me-- I buy some spaghetti, and it looks fine but after a short while if I don''t use it it can get buggy. I wonder if the bugs were already there in packaging?!
  10. OMW, I've purchased what was a nice quality five pound bag at Healthy Options in Cebu before, and I don't remember it being super expensive. A bag that size goes pretty far in my experience, depending on what you're making with it.
  11. Here's an unexpected sight from this morning. While I was sitting on the bamboo bench in the garden early this morning, I happened to look up into the palm canopy to see a little bat just hanging there, appearing to be asleep. Maybe the rainstorm last night sent him there, and he didn't make his way away until it started to get dark early tonight. So many bigger and scarier Indiana Jones type creatures that one sees here, you could almost get immune to being startled (sometimes) after a while. This little guy was cute though. I've seen bats flying around certain trees at night on a full moon especially, but so far this is the first I've ever seen hanging so close by during the day!
  12. Thanks for the warning Rod! Luckily it seems that on it's current track it might not even make landfall here after all. So far so good, but not the best claim to fame for me! Rey in latin means king so is it presently called King Kong?
  13. Clermont, I think that I remember that as an expat you're only supposed to carry around with you your Alien Certificate of Registration Identity card (ACR-I Card) I guess the chip inside has the information that the government requires. I don't always carry mine though, because I imagine there would be hell to pay to get it replaced if I lost it.
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