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  1. Thanks for your service to the US, and thanks for the advice. I understand your point about universities abroad that are frequently underrated in the US, and the US-centric view of the world by many people in HR departments. This valuable advice, and I appreciate it.
  2. Grandma (my mother-in-law) is the one of most down to earth, practical, unassuming, genuine, honest, and caring people I have ever met. I'd love to bring her over. However, she does not want to leave her home for more than a couple of days because she needs to feed her goats and cows. She knows she could get a niece, nephew, cousin or friend to do it while she was gone, but she loves her little farm, rarely ventures far from home. And far for her is 20 kilometers.
  3. Reminds me of a joke. An Englishman was out for a row in a boat on the Thames river. He somehow lost both oars and was adrift, slowly moving with the current. He saw another Englishman with two young English ladies in another rowboat about 50 meters off. The first one shouted "Can I borrow one of your oars for a short time?" The other replied "Them ain't 'hores, them's me daughters."
  4. Reedster

    Fat Maid

    Maybe if she had one more hobby (boom-boom), she'd not be your ex?
  5. Wow, thanks for a very thoughtful and enlightening answer, Intrepid!
  6. We are working on the saving part, but with twins heading to college in a couple years, it is hard to save for anything but that... I know I need to save as much as possible.
  7. Good point! I know once I finished college I never looked back and was on my own, with infrequent visits to my parents, and took off working in Hawaii, then soon Asia, and they stayed in the city of my birth.
  8. Definitely! We've already been once and are coming again soon.
  9. One of the reasons is to give my daughter a chance to bond with her maternal grandmother (the only living grandparent she has). Another is because my wife, although she is a great sport about it, misses her mother, brother, and extended family. Another is my view that with high tech and the Internet, the location one lives is getting less and less important. Financial is also an issue.
  10. I am a fairly new member of this group. I married a wonderful Filipina almost three years ago, and we have a daughter, who is almost two. I also have twins (boy and girl), almost sixteen, from a previous marriage. We all live together in one big happy (mostly) family. The twins love their tiny sister, and she has made our family life much richer. My wife is cheerful, kind, loving, and non-judgmental, which is the opposite of my ex, and which is such a great example for the older two. I am 57, and thinking about retirement five or ten years from now, with an eye on moving to Cebu. I have a whole lot of things to balance between now and then, such as getting the twins through college (if they choose that path), and beginning education for my two-year-old. I need advice from anyone with insight into the hidden issues I may be facing, so I can fully consider them. Here is a list of things I am trying to get my head around. Any additional issues and any comments on them would be greatly appreciate. My wife thinks it would be hard for the little one to grow up in the Philippines and then transition back to college and work in the US, should she choose that path I am worried that moving there would separate me irreparably from my older two. If I am a long plane flight away from them, I am concerned I would loose connection with them, and I would not "be there for them" if they needed some Dad time. Retirement scares me, I want to be able to fill my time with interesting things. Although I've visited the Philippines, I've never been in country for more than a couple of weeks at a time. Do things get a lot different long term? Both my parents have passed. I want my youngest to be able to spend time with her maternal grandmother (grandfather has passed). I think this is a very important factor, because she needs to understand her Filipino roots, and bask is some of the great Filipino love only her grandmother can provide. Education for my young daughter is important. I've piggybacked on another post to ask a couple questions on home schooling. Any advice on schooling (at-home or in-school) would be appreciated. Visits back home - how often do people go, and do you miss your home country. I am a big Soccer and American Football fan. I will want to follow the Seattle Sounders and the Seattle Seahawks teams, plus several college teams, including my Alma Mater, the University of Washington, and the University of Hawaii (my adopted home). I know the Internet will help with this. Should I consider a satellite dish, and would you recommend it or is cable sufficient? Are there things I would never think about until living there that I could easily plan for that are not even on my radar? Is living in the province (in this case Catmon Cebu) preferable or should I stick somewhat closer to a larger city (such a the greater Cebu City area)? What issues with Banking should I plan ahead for? What items are unexpectedly expensive? Are there any dangers that would be of concern once living there? Thanks in advance for any advice and comments you all may offer.
  11. Has anyone tried to use a US-approved home schooling program for their child? I have a two-year-old daughter, and we are considering home schooling here. If it works well, might move to Cebu and continue it. Thoughts anyone?
  12. What experience do people out in the provinces rate their Internet access? Any suggestions for planning? I am very computer dependent (probably a bad thing). Do Roku streaming devices work? How about Apple TV or Amazon Fire? Can you stream live games (such as US NFL or MSL leagues)? Just trying to get my head around what I am going to be in store for. Last fall I was in Cebu City and had no trouble steaming in a Hotel, but then from a hotel out in Danao streaming was impossible. It is hit and miss? Are satellite Internet providers available?
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