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roddavis last won the day on November 17 2019

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  • Birthday 10/10/1955

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    Toledo City Cebu Philippines
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    Flying, fishing, boating, motorcycle trips

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  1. AZ...it was one of the options ($200/months for 2 years), but the Republicans voted that down so now not going to happen! That would have been nice.
  2. OMW, it will be cuz my 3 years up in Apr and have to make a BI run with wife/son and come back in Balikbayan!
  3. Another for the History Channel. The Spanish Flu didn't start in Spain. Heard it was started in Kansas by a farmer that got it somehow from deep soil. Then joined the military as a cook and contaminated a group of soldiers that went to England! Well if it did start in China. then it won't last long! HeHe!
  4. I don't know with all the research I did TT. I had on my tax return my PI address. The same with Soc Sec. Nothing said in the articles I read contradicted where you live. Just the requirements of being a US citizen or green card holder. I did find that the child needs to be under 17 and have a SSN. By using logic ( Gov. logical?) then you couldn't get your Soc Security benefits if you lived outside of the States. So I hope that isn't the case else we will all be missing some $dollars! If and when they send the funds will be by direct deposit by info from IRS/Soc Sec. If they don't have that info, then they will mail checks to the last known address, and you would have to wait about 4 months. The IRS is to send a letter to tell you how the money was sent, and where to call if you don't get it! And if you don't get the money at all, then you can claim the credit on your Tax return for 2020. So I hope you are not right TT. Not to argue with you, but I would really like to see the funds soon!
  5. If you have not heard for Americans, the money(stimulus checks/deposit) for the Corvid-19 problems has been approved by Congress. If you are retired and getting Soc. Security, you should see some money soon! $1200 for yourself and another $1200 for the wife if she has a SSN #. Also $500 per child under 17. I wanted to list it here to track when and if we receive it here in the Phils. It is estimated to be sent direct deposit around Apr 6. If the IRS has your bank info from 2018/2019 tax filings or from your SSA 1099 retirement, it should show in your bank acct then. I don't know about you, but an extra $2400 would do me fine. I would probably have to use most for BI for late visa extension here when the quarantine passes here in PI. There is still time to file an online 2019 tax form if you haven't filed yet! Its important that IRS see not only you, but wife and child are claimed. I don't think they will see wife/child just from your SSA1099 statement. I tried earlier to file online with TurboTax but if you are just getting Social Security benefits and nothing else, the program fails and you have to file a paper form( takes too much time/expense). Normally just getting SS, there is no need to file taxes statement, you don't make enough. Problem with the online and windows version is looking for an AGI that is not zero. If you just say you won a lottery for lets say $50, the is not an AGI that is not blank or zero, the program works and you still won't pay additional taxes. So important you get your taxes done like right now online or else you may not get all the amount due (for wife/child). Like I said, IRS will be sending it out in about 3 weeks! https://us.yahoo.com/finance/m/ec206692-1c6e-3743-864b-be999b7897dd/i’m-retired-and-claim-social.html
  6. Problem is once the government takes control(martial law, curfews....etc), when the problems quiet down, seem very reluctant to let go of the power...IMHO
  7. Hey JGF, do you have a reference on the 30 days to extend. I've been on the BI website but couldn't find a reference to the extensions. Thanks!
  8. During this Lockdown, I have been sitting too long in the chair!
  9. The other day had to do some grocery shopping. I was told I would need gloves and a mask to get into the mall. They lied....they were wearing clothes! Go figure.....
  10. What I tell all my buds looking for a mate here. If you ever hear 1 or both (I need........ or I want......) . Run. and run fast! or like I used on my Asawa before we got married and you finally see them face to face. When going to the mall I ask" Do you need something, like clothes ? How about do want some jewelry?" What I got in reply was I don't need that ! Ding went the bell in my head. We've been married 28 years now!
  11. Thats the one I had(hemorrhagic fever) last Apr 15th. Before the day I passed out, I noticed a red spot on my finger. Didn't look like a Mozzie bite. Well I was out for 2 weeks. Just had bits and pieces of memories. I'm usually a really mellow person. Asawa said I turned into the devil, cursing her out and trying to bite her fingers. I do remember waking up in the hospital fighting with the Dr. They had me tied down to the bed cuz kept pulling the IV's out. I thought I had been kidnapped! Then out again! Took 4 litres of blood during the bout. Then I woke up and was watching the news and heard today is Apr 30th. So I had lost 2 weeks and $8000.00! My Awawa. what a woman! Wouldn't leave my bedroom. and slept on the floor! Luckily she knew to call my sisters in the States to arrange finances. So Dengue of that type I guess you usually die from! I had great support!
  12. Security alert for Greens Hill, San Juan. Not sure whats going on,thought I would let you know..... United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Security Alert - U.S. Embassy Manila (March 2, 2020) Location: Virra Mall, Greenhills, San Juan City, Philippines Event: Ongoing Security Incident in Virra Mall, Greenhills, San Juan City, Philippines Actions to Take: Avoid the area. Monitor local media for updates. If you are in the area, notify friends and family of your safety. Assistance: · U.S. Embassy in the Philippines +63 (2) 5301-2000 · ACSInfoManila@state.gov · State Department – Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 · Philippines Country Information · Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates · Follow us on Twitter
  13. For those that want to register to vote, got this the other day from the US Embassy. United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: VOTING IN 2020 U.S. ELECTIONS December 26, 2019 Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for the House and Senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline. Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2020 U.S. elections: 1. Request Your Ballot: Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at FVAP.gov. You must complete a new FPCA after January 1, 2020 to ensure you receive a ballot for every federal election for which you are eligible throughout the 2020 election cycle. The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted. All FPCA forms that are correctly filled out and include a signature and date are accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories. You can use FVAP’s easy online assistant to walk you through the FPCA at FVAP.gov. The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state. We encourage you to select the option for receiving your ballot electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state) as this is the fastest way for you to get your ballot. Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. Return the FPCA to your election office per the instructions on the website. FVAP.gov will tell you if your state accepts the FPCA by email, mail, or fax. If you must mail your FPCA, please see below for mailing options. 2. Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online. 3. Return Your Completed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, then you can do so free of charge at the U.S. Embassy in Manila or the Consular Agency in Cebu. Place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address them to the relevant local election officials. You can also return your FPCA or ballot to your local election officials via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense. Researching the Candidates and Issues: Online Resources. Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain on-line. You can also read national and hometown newspapers on-line, or search the internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP's Voting Alerts (vote@fvap.gov) FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook (@DODFVAP), Twitter (@FVAP), and Instagram (@fvapgov). Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website, FVAP.gov. If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact U.S. Embassy Manila's Voting Assistance Officer at +63-2-5301-2000 ext. 2567, or at VoteMANILA@state.gov. Remember, your vote counts!
  14. One other thing that is great with a UPS for PC/Monitor and router, because the UPS is always plugged in and trickle charging the batteries while running the PC/Monitor/router thru its inverter. Here I've noticed power surges in the lights. Sometimes lower voltage then back to normal 220V. These power fluctuations are not good for any appliance especially a PC. Causes premature deterioration of the appliance(PC, TV/Monitor etc). If plugged into a UPS, the built in invertor smooths out the fluctuations nicely. The output of the UPS using the built in invertor will always stay at a proper voltage!
  15. Went there yesterday! It was crazy when I got there at 0830. Must have been over 50 people there, and to top it off, they said having internet connection problems. I heard about 3-4 hour delays. Most were doing the 13A reporting, me I was just extending my 9a. Here is a trick I use but don't tell the (gov office). but a wheelchair person is granted priority. I have the wife doing the walking and talking for me. We were in and out @45 mins. I was sitting near the guard and heard advising going to Mactan in the mall they have a satellite office and can do the reports/extensions there, BI in Guisano Island Mall. BTW my wheelchair is legit, I do have neuropathy in my feet
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