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  1. And i thought it was only me who did that back in my married days. Single now and not a party in sight thank goodness !
  2. Semantics I guess.. i just consider it a bill payment...theres an option to pay for 3 years.. so definitely using that theres 2 years on " no reporting"..... :)
  3. Definately no reporting to do with SRRV. And yes theres an annual cost of US360. Im not married... happily single these days ...lol
  4. I had my police clearance done in UK. Had a family member take it to Phil embassy for red ribboned purpose. Embassy says take it to Foreign and Commonwelth office for "aposstling". foreign and Commonwelath gives an exasperated sigh and says weve told the Philippines Embassy 100 times that we dont do that and havent done that for past 4 years . Theres now a government site to go to get UK goverment documents certified ( 30 pounds ) then back to Phils Embassy for red ribboning. Long slow process. ! NBI clearance ( as I understand ) can only be done if you have been in country for 6 months or longer. If less than that need police clearance.
  5. If you look at whats happened in Thailand they have gone past the part fo Immigration officers asking " who do you come here so ofter " to actually trying to discourage the ones that come frequently to the country. It cant be a coincidence that iys starting to happen here too. Hence the SRRV visa gets recommended as once done, anyone can come and go as easy and often as you please and no annual reporting and no throwaway ticket required. I had been asked a couple times last years about why I visit so often, and so bit the bullet and got the visa ( not without a lot of work to get the UK police clearance red ribboned ) and to great pleasure when the gate agent in HK recently said " and how long will you be staying in Manila, do you have an onward ticket ? ".. " No Sir i have the retirement visa and card ".... ") Now I find I have one spare throwaway ticket to KK, to literally throwaway lol
  6. moved into a new condo recently.. ayala land premier.. ( good title, quality not that great ).. contacted Globe and they installed within a day or so.... P1800 a month, and worked seamlessly for past 5 months.
  7. I can tell you something about this. I also used to lvie in China. I obtained by No Criminal record from UK and had a medical done in China. Went to see SRRV people.... no sir the Police clearance must be stamped and " red ribboned " by the Philippines embassy in London. And the medical... sir easier to get it done in one of our own accredited doctors. So if u want to waste a trip to your home country just to get a stamp on a certificate , thats what you have to do. And the condo you have sir, cannot be used in lieu of the deposit... And the US$ 20,000 that you have in BPI already cant be used, has to be a remittance made from outside the country into one of our nominated banks. I will just keep doing the visa extensions....
  8. Once I passed immigration and waitied in lounge for a CX flight ot HK. But.. sorry sir all flights cancelled , please go home and return tomorrow. So we were escorted past immigration and passengers all went home. So what was interesting was that officially we had exited Philippines but hadnt left the country. The next day of course it was madness trying to explain that to an immigration guy but a Cathay lady magically appeared and showed him the passenger manifest that showed I had left but hadn't -- if you know what i mean
  9. I arrived in PAL terminal the other day. Asked if I could get the 59 visa, and the lady superviro said " do u have 203 hours to wait " ? I replied that it used to be no more than 15 minutes previously. She stated it was now 2.3 hours and said if i was staying in Makati I should just do it there rather in airport. Seems they arent interested to process in that terminal any more
  10. I went to the Makati LTO with the pice of paper and they saif it would take maybe 2 or 3 hours until it was my turn. Stated that Seniors get priority One according to their info on te glass counter.. they looked at me, asked if Im senior ( I am ) and had the shiny licence in my hands 15 minutes later. Love how seniors get priority here !
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