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  1. Howard

    Buying a motorcycle.

    I didn't have a PI license when I bought mine and I bought it at a dealership. They wanted a copy of my passport and I honestly don't remember if the wanted to see my license from the US.
  2. Howard

    Buying a motorcycle.

    You can buy a motorcycle and put it in your name no problem. As far as a license you can use your Aussie license for 90 days. I would just make sure that you have a MC code on your Aussie license.
  3. Howard

    Pear shaped ham

    The couple of times we got them they were not frozen. I think they are precooked and they are presliced too. We don't have an oven so one time I wrapped it in aluminum foil and heated it up on the grill so it was hot. We usually have some left over so the wife fries it up with some eggs. Very good ham in my opinion.
  4. Howard

    Pear shaped ham

    Never had that one but the Fiesta ham is very good from Pure foods.
  5. I'm not at that age yet JGF, but I have a few expat friends that have the senior card and get the discounts. They are my favorite people to go to restaurants with!
  6. First I heard of this Dave, I thought the President cracked down on Taxi's overcharging a couple years back and created a hotline to report abusers. I won't be paying it! I see a lot of buses and jeeps in my future!
  7. Howard

    Philippines Expat Merit Badges

    Getting Hey Joe'd and then asked what's your name? Joe of course, my name is Joe!
  8. Howard

    Philippines Expat Merit Badges

    OMG, I forgot that one as I haven't heard it in a while, I don't know why? I used to always say while pointing "that way" and just kept walking! It used to drive me nuts too.
  9. Howard

    Philippines Expat Merit Badges

    No Balut here either. I've ridden a motorcycle on EDSA many times so I guess that deserves a Merit badge with an oak leaf cluster! 3. Riding on the LRT or MRT and surviving. I've done this many times too. 4. Living in a hut in the province with no toilet, refrigerator, AC or running water for 2 weeks. Been there, done that! 5. rode out a typhoon. Keep em coming!
  10. Howard

    Philippine Medical Tourism

    Interestingly I just ran across this story today: https://www.philstar.com/business/2018/10/23/1862499/survey-forecasts-131-medical-inflation-philippines-2018
  11. Howard

    Puerto Princesa Palawan

    Yes, all safe now.
  12. We owned a couple properties in the Antipolo area with only rights. Some of the nice things about it are you can buy and sell the property by just going to a local notary and have them produce a document that the new owner and seller can sign and it's a done deal. There is also no property taxes to pay if you only have the rights. The bad things are like someone else said, if the government wants to take the lot for road widening or something like that, they will. It happened to some friends in the Cogeo village who lost their roadside restaurant and house. The other is if you want to build something nice you should be hesitant. We have since sold those properties without a problem.
  13. Howard

    Which TV?

    We have the Sony Bravia smart TV. It's got a great picture but the sound is crap so I hooked it up to the Bose speaker. it's great that way but it's a bit of a PITA having to use the Bose remote to raise the volume when you first turn everything on. I also think the Wifi adapter in it is not the best because if I'm watching a streaming basketball game it will be guaranteed to pixelate or freeze up sometime during the game, but if I watch the game on my iPhone and cast it to the TV there is never a problem.
  14. That's nice speed! What do you pay a month for that? I noticed a guy from PLDT on my street last week running fiber and I was curious.
  15. Howard

    Filipino Cigarettes

    Yes Seth that’s what I have switched to recently but the soft pack yellows with the orange tax stamp are getting hard to find. These are the imported ones from Turkey and they are great!