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  1. It was "Heart" that sang that song actually... Sorry. Couldn't resist.πŸ˜‰πŸ˜
  2. Hi Greg, welcome to the forum. Why don't you start a new thread and introduce yourself.πŸ˜€
  3. So.. There's a bit of a language barrier so the embassy pretty much blew her off sounds like. If she goes there to talk to them again she might want to take along a translator so there's no confusion. Writing a letter to Duterte, sounds to me like they loaded up on sarcasm. Sounds like he's not listed on the birth certificate so a court ordered DNA report is her only option. Not sure how the Australian government would handle that. If she has no other paperwork or proof it's just a "he said, she said". Sad..but unless she gets help from the embassy, he starts supporting again or she comes up with some viable paperwork doesn't seem like much more can be done.
  4. Not to hijack the subject but Geoff don't they have mail service companies in Australia? They will send you your mail either as an email (cheapest) or forward your mail to you. Back to the subject, I don't anticipate any problems in transitioning to the Philippines because I had already lived there for several years and have returned often. I've made valuable contacts with a couple of lawyers in such matters as real estate. Any problems will no doubt be caused by the U.S. government and will be related to processing my retirement paperwork but I hope to mitigate that by having all the paperwork the lazy suckers at OPM require.πŸ˜‚
  5. I'm sure my Aussie friends could provide more insight as to their specific laws but here's some general things. Paperwork...is the dad's name on the young man's birth certificate or can it be proved he's the father? Can the woman proved that he supported her and lived with her? No sure what the Philippines considers to be common law marriage or if Australia has such a law. Australian embassy might be a good place to start. Another thing is she sought you out after 20 years to ask for money for a business. Word of advice. No way, jose! First post ever in two years of membership? Then welcome to the forum.πŸ˜€
  6. Nothing dramatic for me either. Been married to the same Filipina lady for 33 years. I'm a planner and I think really long term so retiring to the Philippines has always been our plan. I'm a member of a couple of expat forums but this is probably the best one. Raised three kids and have two grandkids but it's almost time for this tired guy and his wife to move on. About a year left to go.😁
  7. There are a few reasons and remember...Filipinos have long memories. One. They snubbed Imelda Marcos who was first lady at the time. It was unintentional but there you go. Another one was John Lennon's comments about the Beatles being " More popular than Jesus Christ" Remember that Catholicism then and now plays a huge part in their lives and it's not just the Beatles that have had songs banned from playing in the Philippines. Another song is "Only the good die young" by Billie Joel due to his comments about her Catholic religion.
  8. Good for this guy for shaming this girl and hopefully getting some of his money back. It still befuddles me though how people can get taken in by these scams. I mean she was stringing him along for what? 5 years and from what I was hearing they hadn't even met in person? I'm from another time I guess. No way would I trust or fall in love with someone I had never met in person. Even if I did meet them in person I'd still do my homework on them including a background check. Do your due diligence and it's pretty hard to get taken like this. It's not like this guy was senile or anything...he seemed relatively intelligent. Blows my mind...
  9. I'm not sure about the Mindanao area but check with your hotel. They may be able to hook you up with someone. Or when you get there you could check with the local fisherman. Be advised though that if you want to keep the fish you have to pay extra for them (most times) unless you make a deal beforehand.
  10. Yeah, but what have we done for them lately? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜
  11. Don't you also put a little suet in the pan, heat it up first and then pour in the batter for Yorkshire pudding?
  12. Interesting topic but I think the planet is doomed. By then we might have figured out how to get to another planet and start ruining it, unless we've learned our lesson. I like this quote from "The Matrix". "I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure."
  13. So I guess the question is Steve, now that your retired when will you move to the Philippines. Congrats on the retirement!!πŸ˜€
  14. I learned a long time ago Steve that you can't save everyone. Not even your own kids sometimes as hard as we try. And if the husband isn't working and trying to help his family it's his problem. You would just be enabling them. Me and my wife have learned this hard lesson a long time ago. Still hurts though. Here is a link I found for foreclosure laws in the Philippines. https://www.foreclosurephilippines.com/procedure-for-judicial-foreclosure-of-real-estate-mortgage-rule-68-rules-of-court/ 😒😒
  15. I've always liked cockatiels. Had a pair for several years. They're very friendly, affectionate and intelligent. Spend some time and bond with them. They love being scratched on the back of their head and near their beak.πŸ˜€
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