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About Balisidar

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  1. Lol. I'll admit it. Ex-Air Force here. I was stationed at Clark AFB from 1984-1991. Met my wonderful wife of 33 years there. I was an air traffic control radar technician. We left the Philippines 1 month before Mt. Pinatubo blew up. The Lord was watching out for us on that one.πŸ˜€
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    I'm with you Tommy. Add sisig and Bulalo to that list and the fresh seafood that is awesome. Philippine food is a little bland at times but the foods you mentioned are great. Also, believe it or not Philippine food is starting to trend here in the US. Many well known Filipino cooks are upscaling the recipes. And like people in here have said to Jerry921. Learn to cook. It's not only cheaper but healthier also. Jerry921, good luck whatever you decide.
  3. 45000 pesos is about 900 dollars a month. For a house with a view of and access to the water and a swimming pool? Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.πŸ˜€
  4. Hi P2 and welcome. I haven't read this whole thread yet so I'm not sure what others have said on this particular statement but here's my suggestion. If she gets her US citizenship (a wise choice for a number of various reasons) then have her immediately file for Philippines citizenship thereby making her a dual citizen. It's a win win since she won't have to pay Philippine taxes on income she may receive from US sources and she can still buy property in the Philippines. Now on to the rest of this thread...
  5. Yeah Tommy, I get you. That's why I'm trying to cut out things like wire transfers. I want to keep my money here in the US and just withdraw from the same bank account in the Philippines.
  6. Thanks Scott. In looking closer at PNB it's as you mentioned. There are only remittance centers here in the USA except in Los Angeles. And that branch isn't covered by the FDIC and requires a minimum deposit of $130,000. I'm now looking at Metrobank which has a branch in NY. I sent them a message asking if I could open an account there and withdraw from the branches in the Philippines. I would love to find a bank where the accounts are linked and you don't have to worry about 1) money transfers 2) Having an account locked due to having a foreign address. I've also seen that Charles Shwab, citibank, and HSBC also bank in the Philippines. Sorry that I'm all over the board here.πŸ˜‰πŸ˜€. My wife says I think too much.πŸ˜‚
  7. In addition to the Philippine National Bank this is another one I've been looking at doing banking with when I move to the Philippines. I don't think they have branches though at the places we're looking at living (Tagaytay, Lipa city or San Pablo). PNB does.
  8. Hi all, Has anyone had any experiences with the Philippine National Bank (PNB)? I see that they have branches here in Seattle and numerous branches in the Philippines. I'll probably talk to them in person but I want to see if anyone else has banked with them.
  9. I think he's still alive, just listed in critical condition. And the protesters were calling on the U.S. Embassy to protect him. But I agree with what everyone is saying about following the law and not getting involved with politics. Heck, I don't even talk about politics (or religion) with my wife's family...after they drink a couple of bottles of Ginebra you never know what might happen.
  10. Hi Michael and welcome to the forum. I'd suggest searching the forum for members who live in Santa Rosa. They're the ones who might be able to give you the leads you're looking for.
  11. Interesting though that Duterte is also talking about more online casinos with the Philippine Gambling and Amusement corp. Both of these are government owed so you would think that both are ripe for corruption. The PAGCO though is generating more revenue for the government. https://calvinayre.com/2019/07/25/business/philippine-duterte-wants-more-online-gambling-casinos/ consistent or not?😁
  12. I never carry my wallet in my back pocket. Front pocket always. I learned that many years ago...in the Philippines as a matter of fact.πŸ˜πŸ˜‚
  13. It was "Heart" that sang that song actually... Sorry. Couldn't resist.πŸ˜‰πŸ˜
  14. Hi Greg, welcome to the forum. Why don't you start a new thread and introduce yourself.πŸ˜€
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