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  1. If they take the offer up of the house, I'll chuck in for the rent if I can stay, thanks.
  2. Yes we tried sorting out banks here before and when we came over a month ago. Their all the same, if you haven't had trouble expect it, Snowy hit the nail on the head, money laundering, elicit money, and any unusual transactions. I think we are over our banking hypo, that's all it is but you have to play their game. The documentation and proof of were the money came from for the transaction, even our pensions being transferred. Ours was a government pension and when I asked for a hard copy of their requirements, as the Australian Government would need it, their tune changed, no requirement on Government transactions, other transactions we needed proof. We've nothing to hide and have documentation on all our money and as an added bonus I asked "have they sorted out their problem of the missing money last year", that's the mongrel coming out in me. My advice, if the bank is giving you a hard time, ask for hard copies and name of employee requesting it, they will baulk but you know you get a new person each time you want to talk to some-one so it's a never ending merry-go-round. We use an legit currency converter for all our transactions now and any problems are sorted by them, but I do sympathize with any-one having bank trouble.
  3. E bikes are cheap to run,
  4. You might want to reconsider who to blame, I've just been around the block a couple of times with a money sender and it worked out, it was the security built into the account but between us and the co-operation with the bank, ( namely asking for a managers cheque, ),we have got the first large transfer into the wifes bank account, The real test comes tomorrow when we transfer another amount while we are in the PI's Banks want you to use their services, thats what I think of their exchange rates.
  5. We came in on Sunday, Balikbayan visa, no onward ticket, no stamp in passport, no health certificate. I was under the impression they stamped your passport for Balikbayan visa but no, the wife told them we were coming in on one, she only got a speil on the twelve months stay, piece of pi==, a lot better than the arrogant Australia boarder force.
  6. One of them tec savvy trolls have got the your number JGF.
  7. Well after a lot of Hassell with airlines and banks I've finally got the tickets booked for Sunday on PAL, I must be a good guy, no-one wants to let me go or take me on their planes. I'm a bit like JGF with his ticket, I've never peed on the passenger seat, I don't eat raw cabbage before boarding the plane to cause discomfort to other passengers when passing wind, it's my money and I'll bloody well take it out of Australia if I want, all these things were to no avail, I still had to kiss bum to make progress. Now all you knockers that rubbish the PI's with there backward ways, go back home for awhile and try to live in your countries automotive electronic world, where you can't talk to any-one just a recording, but save an airfare back you'll need it. From Sunday this is me.
  8. Here in Australia I'm having a hell of a time trying to get a large amount out of the bank to send to a transfer mob, been banking with them for 20 odd years, now rules about money laundering come into play. Yeah I can still do it, but in smaller amounts day by day, wan=ers all there doing is holding up our transfer to the PI's. They can kiss this when I finish my transfers.
  9. My advise, steer clear of her when she's packing things or anything associated with her doing anything for the PI's trip. They take on a different attitude and a no no, don't suggest anything or give advise, just agree because it doesn't matter, if something goes wrong, it will be your fault no matter what. Good luck and enjoy.
  10. Sorry us colonists do get things mixed up it’s a throwback to the Pommy heritage. What a BB visa is if one parter is of PI descent the other can get a pass for up-to 12 months free, plenty of reading on the subject. One condition is you have to be married and show your marriage certificate, these are the odds you’ll have to weigh up, married or single.
  11. Very unique that word, I’ve never heard a translation for the word Yank, a Yank is a yank, I’ve heard of a lot of derogatory explanations of the word but JFG would put me in the naughty corner if I wrote them, so we’re back to a plain old Yank, I hope that helped.
  12. Thanks Snowy, I'll be back over early next month, all I need now is for them to stuff up the Balikbayan pathway in.
  13. How do you get them to Tampo, mine would talk the leg of an iron pot when upset.
  14. One question: worldremitt wont let me transfer money out of an Australian bank account into a PI account as normal, for a transfer while I'm over there, security reasons. I've contacted the bank, and worldremitt and each says it's the other's doing, how did you get around it?
  15. We just came back we used Tic Insurance, but if your going back use Balikbayan pathway, why we didn't use that way we hope to be going back early next month and I've been told you can only use it once a year.
  16. Life in the PI's with a sickness is not as bad as some make out, there's plenty of hospitals around in the major towns, if you live in the provinces you know the risks, your choice. Personally, I found a subdivision , ( don't believe everything you read about subdivisions, ) not to far from a hospital. I bought an Ebike 3 seater, plenty of alarms, Haha, and they can get through traffic quicker than most forms of transport. You can have private hospital cover or chance that your sickness isn't long. At an age were you've retired and with a illness you might have another 10/20 quality years left so you might as well enjoy them years. No, personally I'm not worried about sickness over there, plenty of home nurses to choose from if needed, just set yourself up.
  17. I just returned from the PI's and had no trouble at the PI end, in or out, like Brett said a while back, it's Australia's bloody over reaction that's the problem, ( my words ) money Hungary, disorganized approach, over paper controlled system if you could call it that, that I have ever experienced. The PI end everything went smooth and the airport staff were only too happy to help, anyone going over, get your smile out of the bottom draw and take it with you, you'll need it, their pleased to see visitors again.
  18. Easy, they'll just use one of there fingers, nothings too hard for a PI.
  19. We're over here at the moment and we bought an E bike 50 K, I'm a bit unsteady on the pins and can't walk a big distance, I wouldn't be without it, 1 driver 2 backseat passengers, range of about 50/60 KM also has the advantage of making them ignorant PI,s walk around you instead of over you, haha. Well Michael you have an advantage over us Ozie's, our bloody knees stick out side the frame when were in the drivers seat, there built for Chinese and bloody little ones at that.
  20. He's lucky he got away with both ear's
  21. There is a lot of building going on around that area mainly subdivisions and is easily accessible to Manila, the Airport, plus the lower half of Luzon Island for touring. If you settle on that area there is plenty of foreigner's sprinkled through out and as far as thieving goes, get used to it and listen to what people tell you about prevention., Most of the area is a busy place and parts of the area you have quoted are flood pron, wet season is on your doorstep so be careful where you rent. Markets and malls are a plenty transport no worries, if your chasing night life, I'm married can't help there but be careful DON'T GO ALONE meet up with an expat that you feel you can trust not a girl you just met. A lot of houses in the subdivisions are owned by overseas worker and rent them out to pay the loan off, ask the forum for recommendation of a suitable deal before you agree. When you get into the area book into a motel for a week to sus the area out, use a bit of common sense and you'll be alright, good luck.
  22. Don't expect to be in and out in 30 min, half a day is realistic time and a fast lane bribe if you don't pay it, "come back in a couple of days sir," plus the place stinks of sweaty people, stick to the dog you know than the one you don't. And no I don't go shopping, she takes her son.
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