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  1. In Em's defense (defence for you Brits), Brits do speak funny. BTW, I am from NEW ENGLAND so I have a bit of a mix. As long as the ladies are peng, what does it matter how she pronounces Enamel She is still great to look at.
  2. I eat Durian and Balut but I can't drink Red Horse. I swear hazardous waste is an ingredient in that beer
  3. I think we have the political situation all set. My Father in-law owns a motels and many other businesses in the area and is good friends with the Mayor. Not the best picture but this is the motel. We will be finishing the area above the office next year for our own use. Right now we are staying in one of the rooms.
  4. Warning, THIS IS A RANT ABOUT MY FRUSTRATION. I am getting so annoyed at the poor quality of work done here and the TF (Talent Fee or Wage). I designed and built our home in the US and spent the extra time and money to do things the right way to help with future maintenance. Its been 20 years since I finished building and all is good. My wife and I are currently here in the Philippines for 3 weeks and she decided it would be good for me to spend a week doing maintenance at her/our Motel so I get a taste of retirement. It was probably a bad idea on her part as now I want nothing to do with this place. The motel is new construction and a nice place but some things need fixing. I do not have my own tools and trying to work with what I have here is making things worse. I am sometimes labeled as a perfectionist. The materials I have access to at the hardware stores are limited, quality is poor and prices are expensive. It has taken me a week to do what would have taken me a day in the US and I am not happy with the quality of the work I have done due to the limited supplies and tools. So now on to the TF rant. Our staff called in an electrician because the light on our sign was out. The lazy bastard showed up spent some time out there and cut off the connector on the light and said "this is your problem you need one of these" P600. He didn't fix the problem he just said this is your problem. So this is a task on my wife's list. Long story short, the connector wasn't bad, it was the connection feeding the connector but now I needed to buy a new connector because he cut the old one. It's fixed but WTF. I am an Electrical engineer and the way they do electrical work here makes me cringe. Half of our hotel is done well and half not so much. The fire Marshall came yesterday and said we need to install a fire alarm system with pull handles and bells. Long story shortened, we had to get the wired in version because we need heat/smoke detectors. Now I am trying to figure out how to get the wires run so it looks ok. The building is finished and looks really good. I am worried someone is going to do hack work when I am not here and I have decided I am not doing the work because it is to frustrating for me......first TF price is P30,000 estimate for 14 rooms and "maybe" more.....Its only a 2 story building and made of brick, its not going to burn! waste of money. Thanks for listening I will stop complaining for a few minutes and go drink a beer.
  5. My wife is from a wealthy family in Philippines and never had to do household tasks and enjoys life In the Philippines. Her family has been running her/our business in Philippines but had said she needs to come back and run next year. On the US side, I enjoy convenience of life here. I designed and built our home and have close family ties. Long story short is the life split between two countries is a compromise for financial, family and many other reasons. I really want her to take US citizenship but it's best to be fully informed
  6. AZ Kid, I would like to have the contact information for your tax person. Thanks,
  7. There are nice 70 sq meter 2 bedroom units, fully furnished and available in Club Ultima for 5 million. 10 years ago I looked at buying the penthouse that had a 270 degree view for 4 million, unfinished. It was 3 or 4 bedrooms and huge. Wish I bought it then.
  8. My wife is a Filipino citizen with a US Green Card currently living with me in the US for the past 9 years. She is content to live in the US but does not like that we can not afford house help here. We do both have good jobs and money saved. She (We) also owns a business in the Philippines that is doing well. For a few years we have been talking about retiring (I am almost 50 she is almost 40) and spending time split between the 2 countries. She would spend 6-7 months in the Philippines and I would spend 5 months in the Philippines. She does not want to have to pay taxes in the US (as we currently do)on the business in the Philippines when we retire so she is considering giving up her Green card and applying for a US tourist visa. Things get very complicated from here as she would be giving up her right to Social Security in the US which would provide a nice chunk of money when I die before her. We did see that she could apply for citizenship after I die and be eligible to receive this. She does not want US citizenship because during the process she would have to give up the business in the Philippines. We are looking for a way around this as well which may be as simple as forming a corporation in the Philippines and/or the US and transferring the business to the corporation. What are your thoughts on this madness? I do not think I can live in the Philippines year round or else we would be all set to retire. It's expensive to keep a residence in the US and I am not sure if we will have enough business income from the Philippines to maintain residence in both countries.
  9. I think Tommy is inviting us all for dinner. BYOB is good with me
  10. Thank you sir. Your information is perfect. I would be shipping from Boston to Manila and have delivered to Bulacan or Bataan. 20' would work but it will be heavy since the big pieces all have cast iron tops. I am still in the planning process but suspect a year and a half away from retirement. My company ships product worldwide from Boston. Maybe when i retire i can convince them to ship a container as a retirement gift To bad my wife doesn't still have OFW status. There are great perks for OFW returning to Philippines.
  11. Have any of you shipped a container from the US in the past 3-4 years. Where did you ship it from and to? How big was it? What was in it? How much did it cost? I am thinking about shipping all of my woodworking tools and mechanic type tools in the next year or 2.
  12. We did think about the Balikbayan box and it would still be an option as I have not paid the extra bag fees yet. We have never heard of the carrier from the place near us and the large box is $120. I think we need 2 boxes.
  13. All flights are booked. We are traveling separately, and if all goes well, will arrive in Manila around the same time albeit in 2 different terminals. This actually works out better for my work trip as I get an extra half day. We usually have family members pick us up and will have to figure out the logistics. We have both traveled to the Philippines alone many times so its not that big a deal (to me). Its a serious inconvenience since I have to drag a huge suitcase filled with gifts for people in the Philippines along to Italy. Then I have to try to fit the luggage in the rental and pay a shit ton of extra bag fees. I thought the US airlines were bad with Bag fees.....Tap Air Portugal, Altilia, and Qatar air are going to charge me about $400 to drag that bag to Italy and then on to Philippines.
  14. Yes, you are correct Dave. There is so much more info than i posted. I did talk to Korean air and they will charge a $400 fee to cancel my outgoing flight but I will bill that to my company. My real question is. Do I tell my wife she has to meet me in Manila and I will go from Italy? She seems ok with it today......We have been married 8 years I hate long trips in a plane!
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