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  1. I would add Ive also learnt that everything I need to know, or wanted to know, or could learn about, has a You Tube video showing me what to do , how to do it etc. I think many have probably learnt that the role of the Church may have diminished as people have done without it.
  2. Ive learnt its easy to get by and do very little.. although I have contunued to walk 10kms every day. no one ever stopped or questioned me walking the streets of Makati. Ive found its easy to fall into a routine of doing same every day, and perhaps drinking more than i should. Ive learnt that I dont need the malls on my doorstep and whilst Ive saved a lot in past few months by not going to malls Ive lost lots on all my portfolio that will take a while to recover. Ive also learnt that whilst I enjoy living here, and have had a very long association with Philippines, and it certainly has its benefits for a single guy maybe its time ( when things move again) to try and split my time here and maybe somewhere in Europe. The way the govt treats its citizens like children, represses the press and an individuals freedom of speech, plus a few other less attractive traits of living here then maybe its time to review how long I stay here each and every year in the future. Great table making though Sr !
  3. Yes have to say HSBC Premier really works excellently well with sending and transferring money to self and to exchanging money when forex rates are good from one location to another.. I have Jersey, HK and Manila and its very seamless.....except once a year they each ask where your tax jurisdiction actually is.. then theres a bit of dancing to do.
  4. Always been like this give or take a few minor amendments to the rules.
  5. Its Siliman and is very well regarded. Very nice school, one of oldest in Philippines, near the ferry terminal in Dumaguete,
  6. Regardless of how they report , they are one of the most popular and far reaching media companies in the Philippines..... oh and dont forget that because of this situation 13,000 people are now out of work. not forgetting its being reported in mainstream media ( and no Facebook is NOT mainstream media ) internationally. 2 days after World Press Freedom Day...This country does things in ways that are totally beyond my limited foreigner comprehension.
  7. Yep, foreigner or local we both have to pay BI if the amount threshold is reached.
  8. Its a weird programme that is sometimes compulsive viewing....the producers find ways to make Americans look stupid and they do a great job of it by creating some weiord and wonderfully mismatched couples. sorry Americans, not my view at all, just the reaction I get in watching the programme. Most recently aside from Ed, and super controlling Liza theres a strange guy from Las Vegas who has "chatted " to someone he thinks is a Ukranian beauty. Has never actually spoken to her or seen her on cam either. Been to Ukraine now 4 times and she has failed to meet him 4 times. And yet he still believes shes his forever love. Incredible.
  9. Yes and some of us do... i have a few condos in and around Makati and all well rented. No law against it at all. Just have to pay the real estate taxes on time annually.
  10. I happened to watch this myself just a couple days ago. Saw another one yesterday with guy and a girl on a 30foot boat, much less fancy, but still happy to be off grid.
  11. Maybe there should be a local version of " Nightmare Tenants and Slum Landlords. ".. great UK show about tenants who dont pay, get taken to court and eventually bailiffs arrive to retake posession.... sadly in most cases the house owner is out many months and rents before this happens ans they are usually so pissed off that they sell the properties they owned anfd dreamed of renting out. All the shows are on You Tube.
  12. Maybe i only had a minor problem/outbreak ...but it worked where i lived ... which is on a high floor of an condo building. Anyways yes, were in Trying Times as they say, and arguing doesn't achieve anything. Peace and Happy Weekend..
  13. Worked fine for me....so much for it being worthless ??????
  14. Theres a product called Ant Chalk.... that was sold in Ace Hardware if anyone can recall that shop from the Good Old days.....chalk a few lines around where the ants would march up and down and they were never to be seen again......
  15. Im sure many of us also struggle to understand the validity of a police clearance from the country where one was born......for some maybe they have moved from their home country to Philippines with no stops in between. In my case, the last time I spent more than 14 consecutive days in UK was 1981... and yet I get a police clearance from UK, which thankfully doesnt show that I havent lived there for past 30 years.
  16. And i believe the Red Ribbon thing has now been replaced in all Philippines embasses.
  17. I received my SRRV without having completed the police clearance. I did mine through Makati office and was assisted by an agent. The instruction was that I needed to present the Police clearance within 6 months or a one year ( cant recall which ) of recieving the visa. Was a lot of hassle to get the UK police clearance apostilled, as Phil Embassy in london gave wrong information TWICE but eventually with help from a relative it was completed.
  18. Learnt long ago that my life is better without Facebook Instagram and Twitter....i jsut see all those addicted to all of these every day, watching how others live ( celebrities especially ) and am happy I dont belong to them. Mind one day I might need to get a totally vanilla fb account with no pics and no details whatsoever. If you try to contact Globe it easy to do on FB, but they have no other means of communication. Such is the market penetration of FB in Philippines the good folk of Globe assume EVERYONE has and uses it.
  19. Theres an English guy who built his house called Moonage Daydream on Tourist road in Bantayan. He advertises it on airbnb. He built it himself so he may know. There another house owned by a foreign national ( blue walls ) maybe two houses down. Hes been doing lots home repairs maintanaince , extensions, using a local crew. If you are in Bantayan he may know.. but the owner isnt always in Bantayan. Lots construction work ( was ) going on in Bantayan so if and when able to get there then would be easy to see companies and see the work they have done.
  20. Not a fan of Red horse at all, even though Ive ben a beer drinker all my life ( yeah started about aged 10-11 whenever Dad was on a business trip )...Red Horse definitely isnt for me. Been all over Philippines and some places theres no Red horse or Pale and only Eagle.. which is ok as an alternative. Litro of cold Pale at sunset ,relaxing watching the sea works nicely. But in lockdown my local ministop has Tiger Dark. Most Tiger beer is fairly weak and non de-script ( bit like Heineken is ) but Tiger Dark, which actually isnt dark is excellent. Was in Spain in a supermarket recently, looking in beer section for takeaways and they have a tasty beer there, called ...Manila. And San Miguel in Spain tests totally better than here, or maybe it was just the fact it was different. Only drinking SAn Mig pale can lead to a desire for new tastes , over time.
  21. Having first opened the packets made by DSWD and put a note in stating its from said politico. These people are venal, avaricious and scum and one truly hopes there is karma and that they are on the short sharp end of receiving it.
  22. Anything to do with China will somehow involve disgusting and unhygienic practices.. yes they may have nice big new buildings but they are generally facades that seems to represent wealth. Go to restaurants and see wealthy guys eating and drinking and smoking all at same time all shouting " FUYUAN!!" ( waitress ) at top of their voice.... watch them spit everywhere and smoke everywhere. See the squatting toilets in some restaurants where there are no doors, and people quite comfortable crapping side by side. See them crowd everywhere , fight in supermarkets, take dogs for a walk in supermarkets, walk around the streets in pajamas ( many supermarkets have a NO Pajamas sign at entrance ). Watch China plane rage and train rage where people fight about the seats they want, disregarding what maybe printed on boarding pass etc. Incredibly selfish boorish people. I could carry on and on about them, and my comments are made from having lived there for 8 years, few years in Shanghai and many more years in Beijing. And yet they arrogantly and vehemently state that the virus isnt a china virus....wrong fellas... you started the thing and now live with the fact the world dislikes you even more than it before.
  23. Maybe the wont be so quick to extend a warm welcome to the Chinese either...which was their largest inbound tourist market
  24. There may well be such a clause however my broking bank DBS auto deducts the US tax derived on dividends of US stocks and keeps telling me theres no way to get the tax returned as its auto applied on US stocks. Ive asked several times and yes I have completed the BEN-8form which I think is the correct form.
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