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  1. Snowy79

    Gift Tax?

    Scrooge probably wouldn't suggest buying them something instead. I'm sure you've lived here long enough to have tales of people coming into money and the usual reprobates coming out of the woodwork wanting their share. I've had partners pressurised by friends and family to try and borrow money thinking they has access to my finances. She lost friends over it with the usual accusations of " she thinks she's something now she has a wealthy boyfriend." When in reality they never changed and I'm not wealthy.
  2. My thoughts are with you an L. Sounds like he left a fine legacy behind.
  3. Snowy79

    Gift Tax?

    I doubt very much if the Government would have a clue that you gifted them the money. The vast majority of locals have probably never heard of the tax either. That aside maybe it would be easier to buy them something they need. If you gift 300k the jungle drums will soon let all friends and family know they have money and the begging bowls will come out. Money will be handed out never to be seen again or friendships lost if they don't share it. Sometimes a well meaning act of kindness can bring grief for the receiver.
  4. What's the exchange rate these days for nurses to the vaccine? Asking for friend.
  5. As we used to say about our overweight friends " More Chins than a Chinese phone book."
  6. It's OK. They slipped a clause into the system. " Morente said the BI will launch the APIS as soon as technical issues are ironed out to ensure the successful implementation of the scheme." That should take a few years.
  7. There should definitely be a receipt as they stopped issuing stickers in your passport last year, instead you carry the receipt arround with you which shows when your visa expires. My last 2 month extension with a new ACR cost me 5,647.50 Peso, a usual 2 month extension comes in at 1,830 Peso as my office gives the option of not paying the Express lane fee.
  8. I think they will find it was the fault of the 4 dead people.
  9. I have two friends with different experiences of extending beyond the 36 months. The first his 36 months was up and he got a travel agent to get him a 6 month extension bringing it up to 42 months. It only cost him an additional 500 peso on top but he was informed it was a one off. The other explained to immigration his 36 months was up and he couldn't get home. He was told no worries just extend as normal, there's a pandemic on. Two different locations and both satellite offices. A third one was overdue ten months on visas and had to get an attorney and use the main Immigration in Manila
  10. 15 amps should be prefectly fine for a lighting circuit. It's all down to the load and the quality of the wiring. In most modern houses LED lighting is normal which draws less power and is by far more efficient and last longer than standard bulbs. I wouldn't trust the wiring for a lighting circuit here above 15 amps, maybe in a major city where there are qualified electricians and access to quality materials but realistically if you have that many lights you will be seen from space. You can have two reals of wiring both looking identical but if you run 30 amps through both one will heat
  11. You said no breakers tripped that's why I figured they hadn't earthed it properly. It should have the earth spike but also bonded back to the circuit breakers so they sense the large current drop and trip instantly. If not bonded and it shorts to earth sometimes the breakers don't trip. That's why if say a microwave isn't earthed and the body comes live when you touch it the power earths through you and the breakers won't trip, leaving you break dancing. If it was bonded the second it shorted to the body of the microwave the circuit breaker would trip.
  12. I can't see it taking off as a local trained nurse qualification means very little in the UK, plus many nurses have been furloughed as they have closed lots of standard wards and cut back on routine operations etc. The unions would be up in arms.
  13. It might actually work out cheaper and safer in the long run to have an electrician disconnect the wiring at the breakers for the lighting and just run a new decent quality ring mains for the lighting. It's not been unheard of for them just to take a feed from a plug point to feed the lighting here instead of having it's own dedicated circuit. My rental in Puerto Galera being a prime example. I offered to update the lighting for my landlord as his was from the 60s. I tripped the breaker for the lighting and fortunately tested for power at the light to ensure I had the correct breaker and it
  14. From experience if you are in a building where the socket have 3 holes for the plugs they tend to have been wired by qualified electricians who have grounded the electrics. I have a Panasonic tough book which is pretty much bombproof but has a lot of metal on the frame. Every hotel I've been in where only two holes are on the sockets I get an uncomfortable tingling off the frame. The same in houses. My rental in Puerto Galera was very bad. My friend gave me his two ring electrical cooker to look at as he said he was receiving shocks from it. It tested out OK with meters but ag
  15. Unfortunately not with some of the electrics here in the Philippines. I'm shocked ( excuse the pun) in the standards here. There appears to be very little enforcement of qualifications to wire any installation here. It's very much a case of them looking at wiring like running water pipes with no understanding of the dangers.
  16. This is one tool but there are multiple tools that do the same thing. It detects wires buried behind walls, in floors etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJGqh-XJVpk
  17. Our Embassy is basically here to do trade deals with the Philippines and provides very little support to ex pats. That's one thing I'll say about America is they look after their citizens abroad. Especially ex military.
  18. I could do with it for my monkey problem also. I got home from a jog in the morning to find one had broken in through an upstairs window and trashed my kitchen. It even opened two packets of instant soup powder on top of my laptop, bit through some BBQ marinade and spread it everywhere and emptied my cupboards and bin. I've lay on the sofa and watched one jumping up at my balcony door handles and pulling them to open the door. They have little fear.
  19. When I was lookng at my retirement visa last year it was in Dollars. I was getting 1.16 Dollars to the Pound Sterling. Today it's 1.41 Dollars to the Pound Sterling. That's a serious drop in value. The Dollar has also crashed against the Euro. Peso wise the same time last year I was getting 59.72 Peso to the Pound, today it's at 68.60.
  20. Sounds to me like you have had a friday afternoon wiring job on your house. The Philippines is notorious for bad electrical fittings and I've had a couple of small shocks in a previous home by poorly wired fittings. Regardless of cost I'd recommend you get a proper electrician with the tools to check the installation. It's not right for some water ingress to just cut the power to upstairs lighting without triping a breaker. The water ingress and poorly installed wiring could lead to areas of your house becoming live which can kill you. An electrician worth his salt will have something
  21. They cut a bit of wiring from the lighting circuit I think.
  22. Any decent electrician would have a live cable detector that he runs along the wall and follows the circuit until it stops. Taking into consideration that the circuit breaker doesn't keep tripping obviously. If it does then he should be disconecting the wiring at the switches and seeing if the circuit breaker stays on. If it does the short is after that point.
  23. I'm going out to buy some wind chimes to get my own back on the videoke crowd.
  24. My guess is everyone on the plane will be vaccinated so even if in the minute possibility they suffer from symptoms the receiving countries health service will not be burdened by them, and no doubt there will still be a need to be tested prior to boarding to ensure you're not a carrier. There's already a cheap 15 minute test that they are trying to approve for use.
  25. Five years down the line and having assessed my priorities I can say that for me it is the cost of living 100% followed by quality of life. I'll admit I have had to move 3 times to maintain a fine balance between quality of life and cost though. A good reason why no one should travel half way around the World and set roots in one location for one person until they've experienced life here. Initially the lure of sunshine, pretty women and friendliness of the locals was a major attraction but time and experience has blown a few of my priorities out of the water. I came to realise I li
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