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  1. We've used the Dapitan to Oslob ferry a couple of times, one time slot is a modern RoRo ferry at 14 knots and the other time slot (which doesn't go onto Cebu) is an old LCT (landing craft type) which is noisy, does 8 knots and there are no seats just rather tired basic vinyl bunks for the 8 hour trip. We use the Mukas to Ozamis ferries a lot, these are older and there seem to be 3 of them needed due to the large number of vehicles making the crossing. These older vessels often have only 2 operating, sometimes only 1 which makes for a wait of 4 or 5 hours to board a ferry for a 30 minute trip. These do have seats upstairs but we mostly stay in the car, not worth the many stairs up 3 decks for such a short trip. Planning a plane trip from a ferry without allowing for delays here is... risky. Because ferries here vary in type, size and delays experienced and your experience will vary, not only from route to route but from there be day to the next. eg 4 weeks ago “Mukas port to Ozamis port 4 hours and 45 minutes and then 2 weeks the same trip took 1 hour and 30 minutes. My suggestion is to research what vessel you will most likely travel on and use that to inform your choice and allow plenty of spare time in your itinerary.
  2. For small purchases I use GCash, for middle size online purchases (plane tickets, hotel bookings etc) I use my Aussie debit or credit cards via a booking website (sky scanner, booking.com, Agoda etc). I don't make many large purchases but we paid for the Innova by transferring 50,000 peso per day from SWMBO local bank until we had paid the total.
  3. I met a filipina through a dating site about 6 years ago (I forget which one) but after a short time it became apparent that she wasn't the one for me. However by then I'd made freinds with a few of the older family members and one of them suggested her partners niece (she's the only one I'd recommend for you Geoffrey). We stayed friends for a few months but eventually got together as a couple about 5 years ago and we're still together. Not married because I'm divorced and SWMBO is strongly Catholic (so understandably wants a Catholic marriage ceremony) and I can't get married in a Catholic church without a church annulment (or my ex-wife passing on which would make me a widower in the churches view). And getting an annulment for me would be arguably more difficult than it would be to get one for a catholic in the Philippines because it would probably have to be done in Australia. Just all too hard *shrug*
  4. That'd want to be a very stretchy dress if it's going to start at Pea's size and end up at Reekay's size
  5. The family here (at the family bondings, birthdays etc) always use disposable plates (mostly paper ones) and throw away plastic one hand clear food gloves. Thats probably the influence of the educated teachers/nurses etc in the family as I don't see it a lot elsewhere.
  6. The SRRV does have some advantages over a tourist visa; 1) you don't have to leave the country after 3 years (cost of flights out and back) 2) you don't have to do regular extgensions (which cost pesos) 3) you can legally convert your foreign drivers license and drive here past 3 months (foreign tourists are only allowed to drive for 3 months... yes many get away with it but that doesn't make it legal) 4) you can open a local bank account (yes some people on tourist visas have opened them but it's getting harder and harder to do so) 5) you can join philhealth there might be others but that's all I can think of now.
  7. I've travelled to the Philippines 8 times during the last five years, I've been asked for an exit ticket twice (and both times were when I didn't have a return ticket with the same airline).
  8. I can use POLI with Bendigo Bank but not with ANZ or HSBC, the restriction isn't World Remit it's the banks doing it.
  9. Middle of the day, 100 Mb fibre plan in Cagayan De Oro with Parasat. It's been fairly reliable the last couple of months and I haven't seen the speed dip under 50MBps which is plenty for us.
  10. We were quoted 18,000 per year for the Wigo 4 years ago... perhaps I should have said 'slightly ahead' :)
  11. We've got 'real car insurance' on the Innova (which was bought new 4 years ago) but we've not got it on the Wigo (which we bought second hand 3 years ago). SWMBO had an accident in the Wigo a while back (it was damaged along the side by a truck creasing the front guard, both doors and the rear corner)... in Aussie it'd have been almost an economic write off but here labor is cheap and it was repaired by a family member (who repairs taxis for a company) for around 70,000 peso. Considering the cost of insurance I'm still well ahead.
  12. I use a VPN, set the VPN to Melbourne and don't tell the bank where I am, then the bank sees my IP address as being in Australia.
  13. I accidently clicked rate this thread (which I never do) and it's stuck on 1* that is not my opinion, this is a useful thread... Sorry guys.
  14. Is it the same price for 2 separate 3 month extensions as it is for 1 6 month extension? Might have to look at those photos I posted a while ago and do some adding up 😆
  15. I have no doubt that’s true but the Aussie McDonalds burger meat tastes more like ‘ground beef’ is a fair part of the patty mix. Here the burger meat is much blander…
  16. I will definitely mention the issues at the 1 month service, I’m not going to be riding outside of the subdivision until the registration is processed which will be after that anyway (maybe 6 to 8 weeks for that?).
  17. A short update, the bike is fun to ride and seems well suited to local traffic and I am happy with the design. The dealer seems to have skimped a bit on the assembly/pre-delivery (unlike the Honda dealer a few years back), SWMBO told me they only assembled it the morning we picked it up so a rush job maybe. The rear brake light (foot lever) wasn’t working… that was adjusted when I pointed it out at the shop. The headlight was pointing up in the air, we adjusted that at the house today. The clutch lever/left switch block were at a different angle to the right brake lever/switch block by about 20 degrees so we adjusted that here too. Life is more fun in the Philippines 🤣
  18. Stay hydrated and check your O2 level with one of those finger oximeters each day if you can. Most people are fine but your oxygen level can drop well before you feel short of breath. If the pulse oximeter starts beeping go to a Doctor / Hospital you might need supplemental oxygen. You can buy them at Watsons. Wishing you a quick recovery.
  19. During the Covid pandemic when I was stuck in Aussie I loaned my old Honda wave underbone motorbike to SWMBO brother so he could get to his new job. I’m totally aware what ‘loan’ means here and I wasn’t expecting it back. My plan when I came back was to buy a motorbike with gears and I’d been researching what to get without spending a big amount that would be reliable but still have gears, clutch etc. I had a few ideas and I was ready to go shopping but strangely SWMBO was quite ‘no not yet Geoffrey’ (which isn’t like her) so in the interests of maintaining domestic harmony I had just about decided to put it off for a while. Then last night, after dinner at the mall… SWMBO gives me a gift box… with a key in it. It turns out she had been planning all along, since we ‘loaned’ the Honda to her brother to buy me a motorbike. Which is a really big amount from her budget… so I am very happy and grateful 😊 Today we picked it up and I rode it back the 30kms from CDO to the house (and It was a lot more fun and comfortable for me than riding a scooter) 😁
  20. Just did my first extension and the office had information sheets (very large ones) fastened to the counters. It was very quick, there was only one other person inside the office so I was in and out in about 20 minutes. FYI the photos of the extension information are below for inital extension, 30 & 59 day extensions, 6 month extension and over 6 months extension. Click on the individual photo for a better image and my apology for the angles I didn't want to be too obvious.
  21. I neglected to point out that the .txt file I use is a shared Dropbox file... not sure about 'encypted'? I thought all Dropbox files were stored that way and we didn't need to seperately encrypt them? Also if I'm accessing a web site that is in any way important or that might need a payment then the VPN is on.
  22. A nipa hut is not insect proof… that’s a step too far for me ( those nipa styled houses are NOT nipa huts ).
  23. We had malunga soup as a side dish with lunch today… the broth is fine but not fond of the leaves.
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