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  1. I feel your pain. I was trying to sail from Caticlan to Batangas a few months back and it was a nightmare. No tickets sold online and no one answering the phones. I had to take a 10 min boat ride off Boracay to the jetty port to get a ticket only to be told they don't sell in advance at the port and to come back at midnight for the 1am sailing. I offered to pay excess but the woman refused. I then asked if the trip was confirmed as some cancelled due to covid and she couldn't say. The last boat off Boracay at the time was 7pm so I was going to be waiting 5hrs to start with. I took the 6:30pm boat hoping to find out if the ferry was sailing in time to catch the last boat onto Boracay but yet again she never knew if the trip was on. I said surely she knows if the boat had departed Batangas as it's an 11hr sailing and it will be over halfway here but no answer. I then noticed a Fast Cat to Bulalacao at Midnight so thought I could get that then have a road trip to Puerto Galera but yet again they never knew if the boat was sailing. Midnight came and no sign of the Fast Cat or news on the boat to Batangas. No one would tell me any updates until I spotted a worker in orange overalls carrying a note pad. He told me the boat was docked but I couldn't see it due to the buildings. I went to the ticket office again but they refused to sell me a ticket as the boat wasn't in. I ended up runnig down the beach to look over at the port and sure enough no boat to Batangas. I was getting well pissed off at this stage as there was no sign of any boats and I couldn't even get back to Boracay until the 5am sailing. I thought my luck was in when a guy approached and told me the Fast Cat was just docking, 30 mins late but will board quickly, he had a car ticket for the Fast Cat and could drop me off in Calipan for 2k peso. Happy days as there was me and my partner. I tried once more for the 1am Batangas boat but no sign so gave the guy 2k and we jumped in his car. The Fast Cat ended up boarding at 5am.
  2. A friend in a similar position needed a notarized letter explaining why he overstayed then he got hit with the usual 500 peso fine, 500 peso Express lane an usual visa fees.
  3. Is this an overstay on your initial entry or at the 36 month point? At the 36 month you will need a motion of consideration to extend, mine cost just short of 20k peso and I still had two weeks left. If at the initial entry you will need a notarised letter explaining why you overstayed which costs about 500 peso then your 500 peso fine and extension fees with express lane.
  4. It'll take a couple of days to get the results of your medical. I got mine done which included bloods, urine and xray same day, stool sample a couple of days and the general medical by a doctor the same day. I got mine on Boracay for under 2k all in. Everything done on the Friday and picked the completed paperwork up on the Monday afternoon. No queue, just walked in and out within the hour.
  5. Forget the Underwater River trip. 2hrs to the river then about 5hrs to El Nido.
  6. Slowly we are seeing improvements which is a good thing, a long way to go but hopefully the culture is changing.
  7. Last time I was there the boats were running. If making a holiday of it you could fly to Puerto Princessa, take a van to the Underground River then head up to El Nido. The River is well worth a visit. From El Nido take the boat then fly back from Coron to Manila.
  8. That's Yorkshire men. There's a rumour copper wire was invented by two Yorkshire men fighting over a penny.
  9. I don't think there's any hard and fast rules with getting past immigration once you have the visa, it pretty much depends on who is on duty that day. I took my then partner to Cambodia, she was 29yrs old but looked about 16yrs old, cute and very pretty. I was 54yrs old and looked like I had a paper round in the Himalayas, it was her first time out of country. I skipped through immigration and she was asked who she was travelling with and how long we had known each other then she was also let through. My mate was doing the same trip a few weeks later and is partner also had never been out of the country, being polite she hadn't aged well and looked a similar age as my friend. They got the third degree, pulled out of the queue and took into seperate rooms and their phones gone through to confirm the relationship, took a good hour if I remember correctly before they were both allowed to board.
  10. I have an apartment within a resort on Boracay, they are strict on some things and not strict on others. I'm allowed guests as long as I message the manager and warn the security off, it's usually along the lines of I'd like two guests to visit, get clearance and 8 turn up. I can carry out repairs as long as I put a work order in probably so they know I'm not doing anything dodgy with the electrics and they let me park my motorcycle with the staff parking, if I as much as leave it at the bottom of my apartment for one minute security turn up and ask me to move it then they leave there's in the same spot. They accept parcels for me with no issues. All in I'm happy as the security don't allow people in and out unless known.
  11. Some great walking on Boracay but all outdoors. The main beach although 4km long only has about 2km shaded by palm trees then there's Mount Luho which has some sheltered spots plus a nice breeze usually. I run a circuit around it sometimes which takes in the hill plus just over 1km of the main beach, total distance just under 7km. Finally there's the walk to the Keyhole at Newcoast, about 5km from the gate to the keyhole and back. The return is pretty much uphill all the way but very open to the sun.
  12. I honestly wouldn't recommend Puerto Galera as a family destination. The area is pretty much split into two destinations, Sabang and White Beach. Sabang is diving and sexpats with lots of hunter girls prowling around and a few girlie bars, it's pretty dirty and seedy. White beach is where the Filipinos hoilday. An average beach at best with lots of hawkers and low quality eating establishments, night time entertainment is lady boys in the bars miming to extremely loud Glori Gaynor and Mariah Carey, made worse by the bars being open fronted and next to each other so they all try to out compete by being louder. It's also the brownout capital of the Philippines. The Filipinos love it as they can get ten to a room and cook their own food but it's an aquired taste. I think there's better destinations along the Batangas coast.
  13. No they were made illegal before covid kicked off. I never minded them even though I was in two that broke down, one with an engine fire but I'm a very strong swimmer. They were initially replaced by fibreglass boats that bobbed like a cork, you got crammed inside then they locked the door, next to zero chance of getting out if they capsised.
  14. I've done a few 12hr ferry sailings with no issues and a few 2hr ones that were scary to say the least. Having lived on Orriental Mindoro the usual escape route is a 30km ferry ride, initially it was bankas which were banned for safety reasons then fibreglass coffins which I hated and now reasonable fastcraft and roro ferries. A good few times of the year all crossings by boat are banned, sometimes with little notice and you can get stranded, not good if you have a flight to catch or wanting to get to a decent hospital.
  15. I only went to Siem Reap but it looked like the town planners had designed the infrastructure for 20yrs in the future allowing for growth. Wifi was excellent and everything was well organised. If they say they will arrive at a set time they turn up 5 minutes before. If you ask for something and they don't have it they will admit to not having it but arrange with you there to get what you want with an accurate time frame. Waitresses knew what was on the menu and asked if you want a drink as soon as you sat down and started browsing the menu. The selection of food was excellent and good value. They also knew how to give directions. The only downside was their English was like a bad Chinese movie and at times hard to understand.
  16. To be fair sometimes once you've been here a while you adapt or tailor your expectations a bit, maybe even move around and change the scenery and circle of friends but one thing that did reopen my eyes was taking a short break to Cambodia, it makes you realise that the Philippines is a bit backward in certain areas which if it's one of your priorities could be a deal changer. All the best back in Thailand.
  17. All the best on yur next location, what was your downsides of the Philippines? Not all areas are the same. It took me 3 moves to be happy.
  18. In the UK its pretty much the charities doing the Government's bidding. I've lost a few mates to PTSD and most you never see coming. Sadly once the war is over you are kicked to the wayside and if it wasn't for your comrades I'm sure it would be worse.
  19. I'm now on call number 12 where I've had to explain every issue I am having and who I dealt with and have been assured they will look into it and get right back to me. By getting right back to me I think they mean a different person will call me back and ask me what are the issues I'm having, who I have spoken to and someone will get back to me. I can feel a flight to Manila coming on. I even got the managers number but it goes straight to voice mail and surprise, surprise she doesn't return the call. Do not touch the HSBC with a barge pole. Attached is the circular from the BSP apparently which they say all banks should be following. NON RESIDENT MATRIX.pdf
  20. I'm off to open a BDO account.
  21. I received another call from them today about 4:30pm to inform me it's because I'm not a resident. I pointed out this was meant to have been sorted in April when I sent my passport with SRRV sticker, copy of my SRRV card and a letter from my Barangay Capt saying I'd lived there over 5yrs. I also explained that I made lots of calls last week over the same issue and again was confirmed twice that my residency had been up dated to which she replied "but that was your savings account." I asked her to explain how I can be a resident for savings but not for a current account that is set up in the same bank at the same time using the same paperwork? A few seconds of silence followed by we will update all your accounts and the current transaction has now gone through. Just checked my account and guess what.
  22. You'd be very lucky to get a condo even in a bad area of Manila for 1.2m and certainly not near any good school or university but it's better than a sick caribou I suppose. .
  23. Surprise, surprise. Today I received yet another email informing me they need further information before accepting an inward transaction to my account. Starting to get seriously pissed off with them especially after all the phone calls and messages. It wouldn't be so bad but the last phone call about one week ago ended with me asking twice for them to confirm 100% I am now a full time resident and will have no more issues. I even explained I was assured also in April I'd have no issues and want confirmation and not just a " Yes Sir." No it's OK Sir we have fully updated your records and can guarantee all restrictions have been lifted.
  24. It's sad that things are being manipulated for the benefits of the few. Without getting political it amazes me that suddenly the Ukraine is suddenly the food basket of the World and the war is hitting everyone. They can ship hundreds of tanks, thousands of missiles and every politician and celebrity under the sun into the Ukraine yet they can't get food out! They're also allowing oil and gas to flow at 3/4 of the rate through the country to Europe. Other nations are ignoring the embargos and still buying it and profits for the oil and gas industry are at record levels. It's almost as if they're recouping their loses due to covid.
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