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  1. fototek1

    2 weeks and counting

    Most businesses in the Philippines are cash only. It is best to bring newish $100 bills and exchange for Peso's. I recommend coming up with a plan of places to go and things to do. Most people do not like being in Manila. Luzon is a big island and it takes a lot of time to travel from one end to another. Good luck and enjoy your trip!
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    We are talking about moving to the Philippines

    Check out NATIONAL TROPHY INFANTRY TEAM MATCH USAMU videos. The last time I shot in the US national championships my team beat the USAMU. This match was one of the quickest, most fun long range matches I ever shot. 6 man team, 384 rounds, open sites, 50 seconds at each yard line from 600 yards, 500 yards and 300 Yards.....If you had ammo left after 300 yard line you lost :)
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    We are talking about moving to the Philippines

    Hello all, It's been almost 2 years since I started this post and I thought I would provide an update. After getting laid off I found a new job that I really liked, then I got called back to my telecom job. I couldn't decide what to do, so I worked both jobs for 6 months. It was a tough decision, but I quit the job in telecom to take a chance on the start up I enjoyed working at. The 14 room Motel I talked about is now a 21 room motel (set to open in January) pictures attached. We are on track for 2021 retirement unless the hotel can really perform. Mentally I am ready to retire next year.
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    How did you decide to move to the Philippines

    Thanks everyone. I am trying to stick to our plan of retiring in 2021 but it is difficult. I was away for work (my wife came for vacation because its a rich people tourist area)7/11 to 7/13 with what I thought was an impossible deadline. I worked 18 hour days (while my wife and dog vacationed) and actually met the deadline.....Anyway I am back at that location Tuesday for another crazy deadline..........If only I could be a lottery jackpot winner. At least I was able to enjoy a nice Glenfiddich for the first time in 5 months due to latent TB treatment.
  5. What made you decide to move to the Philippines? How old were you? How long have you lived there? Do you have any regrets? I know some of you will say you regret not retiring earlier and that is why I want to know as much as possible about your situation. I am 48 and trying to decide if its time to try out early retirement. I have worked more hours than the average 60 year old and its catching up with me. Financially I am above average (for a 50 year old). Not rich by any means but I own a house (no mortgage) and have no debt and also have a decent 401k. The nice thing is my wife is from an above average filipino family and they want her to move home so they offer incentive..... We both want to retire and spend part of the year in the US and part in the Philippines and we don't want to depend on anyone else. I am not sure we have enough money to do that yet but we are considering taking a chance. We are confident that if our current investments preform as expected we can retire in 4 years. We all know things don't always turn out as expected.....
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    Good name for a motel

    Mahogany Motel "where you can get some hardwood"
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    Good name for a motel

    Minuteman Motel
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    Good name for a motel

    I know there is a lot of comedy on this site.....but how about a few unoffensive names (to filipino's) for a motel that rents rooms by the block of time. If we use the name you suggest we will give you some free rentals :)
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    They do not give TB immunization in the US anymore. They stopped doing that here in the 60's
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    The area is yet to be determined. We own 2 businesses in Bulacan and my wife's family is there. I personally like Cebu as I have friends there and it was the first place I visited in the Philippines. We have seen a bit of the country, Palawan, Bohol, Most of Cebu, alot of Luzon, Samar, Lagazpi, Bicol. If I were to have to choose Luzon I would like Baguio, Sagada, Tagaytay, Bataan (wifes family owns property and business' here) or Batangas. BTW I was born early 70's how about each of you?
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    Long story short....Last November I got sick while in Bulacan and spent some time in the hospital. After a bunch of testing (back in the US) I was diagnosed with Latent TB. It is a long story if I give all the details. Basically, at some point, some time in my life, I was exposed to someone with TB (likely in the Philippines). Treatment for Latent TB is optional in the US and I opted to complete the treatment while I am healthy. Just finished today. Have you ever been tested or treated for TB in the Philippines? I have been to the Philippines many times and we (wife is filipina) plan on retiring in 3 years and spending half the year there. I have been lurking and reading this forum for years :) now its time to start asking questions and preparing.
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    Grounding of electric appliances

    This gives a thorough explanation of the way the power system is wired. If you are only worried about the fridge, you can take the dangling ground wire and connect it to a copper ground rod. It is likely your neutral does not have a good contact to ground and is floating.
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    We are talking about moving to the Philippines

    Oh, I know that as well. My wife was hard to train...I guess I need 2 bathrooms . Actually that is on the want list not need.
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    We are talking about moving to the Philippines

    Hilarious!!!! Its funny, the first month I spent in the Philippines those things bothered me....Now when I visit I enjoy them, Thank god I have not been exposed to the Bakla Lovemaking
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    We are talking about moving to the Philippines

    I will be on a Balikbayan status or 13A. We will also have travel costs figured in to travel back to the US once a year. We really want to keep the house here in the US and may have a family member move in just to pay the taxes and insurance . If need be it can be sold and then we have another $400k