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ElevenSeries

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  1. Now, I'm already aware Foreigners cannot own land in the Philippines. An I'm already aware we can own Condos. So from here this is a 2 Part question. Can Foreigners own apartments or Houses? And If that answer is ,Yes. My next question is this. Would renting any of them out Via AirBnb or otherwise be considered working...As I know foreigners usually cannot work over there?
  2. Sounds like a good plan I'll be mimicking when I head out there as I'll be alone....Buy the beer, Save my own life, get the Hell outta there ASAP. The "Throw Away" wallet and cheap phone are also good ideas.
  3. I can have them shipped to me I would assume, since they already do that. Not sure if they'd give me a bunch in advance, but I already have a decent stockpile of the pills anyways. P&T. Check. On that as well, I'm not too far off from having my rating "protected" anyways. My PTSD has only gotten worse over the course of the last 10 years. to the point where I have a VA appointed Caregiver. According to https://www.visn21.va.gov/docs/VA_Manila_Benefits_Fact_Sheet.pdf Which you posted earlier, If I am reading it right, I should be able to recieve treatment and possibly Voc Rehab while in The Philippines which seems odd since that is a job technically. I'll have to ask my VA Rep about these further when I see him. As a sidenote...I dont take the My VA meds currently. I use Medical MArijuana in IL for the PTSD. Again, I am 100% aware That is Illegal in Philippines and That's not what I'm going there for.
  4. Thanks, As a Vet I'll be looking into USAA!
  5. So, Does the FMP let me then see a Therapist in the Philippines? Since I'm service connected for PTSD and see one here in the states, I assume that covers the meds I get also?
  6. 1. It's a 'Soft budget', while I plan to 'try' and stay within this budget for almost All my expenses. Minus Visa renewals. I can add more to this budget if I have too. Judging from what I've read and the weeks of research so far...I honestly shouldn't have too. Unless I plan to live like royalty...which I dont...more than happy with a sleeping bag and a foxhole...although that is NOT the plan. Might just give you an idea of what I'm comfortable with. While it does make me Hypervigilant...its not to the point where I'm deathly afraid of people. If I can make it in the inner city of Chicago, Packed Metal concerts, and packed Demolition Derbys ( my job )..I should be okay...I'll have my VA pills as a backup. Also, i think it will act as a form of Prolonged Exposure Therapy ( which helped my issues with confined spaces an being claustrophobic) VA docs literally made me ride an elevator up and down in the VA for the whole day. If it gets to be to much, just head back to my room and regroup. I'm also factoring in where I want to go also.. going to avoid Manilla if I can (for my initial trip) to help also. Looking into Cebu, PG, Subic Bay..etc...something not too far off the beaten path. Definitely dont plan on it...not there to cause problems for myself. Sounds good. I'll be looking into at least 1 credit union. Thanks for taking the time to give some solid advice. Its appreciated, an I'm still in the learning/ pre planning stages!
  7. Diving is Most Definitely on my list of things to do, even though I've never done it before. That WWII Wreck diving sounds hella fun! Sounds like it would be a good way to escape the PTSD also an keep me busy.
  8. Cure seems like a stretch...but I have had some small success with microdosing MDMA. Sadly, that is also Highly Illegal over there in the Phil's. An I think that doing what I can to not wind up dead or in jail over there is a solid base for a plan.
  9. Having never been there, but soon to be there, This is some pretty solid advice.
  10. I'm not really into partying So i think that will save me A lot in the long run. I did more than enough of that shit in the Army, Lol!
  11. Thanks guys I'll do my best to watch my language and tone. Awesonme, Good to know my Tattoo's shouldn't cause any issues.
  12. @Old55 Just noticed that Edit. Apologies for that. It's an Army/Infantry thing I picked up, Profanity has been ingrained into my natural way of talking. I don't mean it to be offensive. I should probably work on not talking that way anyways, I wouldn't want to blurt something out like that where a local might get pissed at me or think I was directing it towards them.
  13. It is a soft budget sir. I should be fine on what i'm living on so i can keep saving more in the bank. If not, I would CLEARLY be doing everything wrong. Thanks for that info...Good to know ahead of time...Preventative maintenance.
  14. Yeah, I could bring my VA prescribed pills I suppose, If i notice myself going downhill, But I should be fine as long as I am keeping busy. Yeah, 0 interest in breaking ANY laws there. Death or Life in a Filipino prison doesn't sounds too appealing.
  15. Sounds like a great location! Definitely not interested in in playing Captain Save-A-H** or Captain Save-A-Bar Girl. Just got out of a shitty relationship kind of similar here in the US. Not saying I won't fall for a chick..Sure as s*** wont be a bar girl..Not into that Party 24/7 stuff.
  16. Bahahahaha! Yeah, i'm not investing in shit. An I'm sure as hell not there to play games with people. Appreciate the advice.
  17. Yes. I'm worried about my PTSD also. Mainly cause it will be untreated there. Here in the US I am legally allowed to treat my PTSD with Medical Marijuana. Where as I've gathered will probably Get my Killed or Locked up over there. I can part ways with that though, Just have to make sure I stay busy, my Idle mind is a bad thing. I'm not a "Special Forces Delta Ranger Recon Sniper Operator" if that's what you mean...Lol. Just a Humble Paratrooper, Got deployed, lived through some shit, Did my time and got out. I'm definitely not there to start shit with the locals either. Like I said earlier, I'm going to a country I've never been to, With no one but myself, and unarmed (obviously). Im just there to enjoy life and not piss off anyone in the process. I appreciate the suggestion on location too, of the three which one would you recommend the most?
  18. First of All, There is no such thing as a "Perfectly Good Airplane"! Second, Thanks for the welcome and for the solid advice. It's greatly appreciated. Tattoos aren't anything near offensive or burn the village. Jump wings on my left forearm are a dead giveaway though. You are correct to assume I will not be frequenting the Dare i say it " Muslim " areas. I did that once, made it out by the skin of my teeth. I wont risk it a second time unarmed and without backup. but hey, if its my time then its my time. You are also correct to assume that it is my disability. For the visa renewal fees, that is factored in elsewhere. Remember, its a Soft Budget. As for a nest egg, not sure what one considers substantial, suppose its what one is comfortable with. mine would only be about 15k US. Im fine with that. im also pretty ignorant to the way everything works in the phils..but im a risk taker..lol. Unless everyone advises completely against that. Thanks for the info about the beaches not being a super public thing. probably a good thing. Not a huge fan of being super crowded by people. so i dont mind paying for the nicer things. ( Funny thing too given where I want to go LOL!) Does a US atm card do just fine? I Haven't looked into atms/banks/money exchanges yet really. from searching around it seems lots of people just carry cash on them..
  19. Yes, Ive seen that. One of the first things I checked on..I'll prolly be avoiding that area If I can. "NOT TODAY ISIS!"
  20. Hello everyone! Lets get right to it, Might as well call me an Expat-to-be... Im still in the states and hopefully in a few months i'll be in the phils enjoying the sun and lifestyle like everyone else. I'm 31, Former US Army Paratrooper, and Ive become stuck in this stale life I have and Im looking to start doing some traveling an possibly relocation. I've done ton and tons of research already about budgets, traps, scams, the people, they're concept of 'Time' , lifestyles...etc... From everything Ive gathered I should be more than fine with a soft budget of P70k for living expenses ( rent, phone, food, ). Im not too big on beer drinking so im safe there. Whiskey CAN be a vice if im in the mood. I enjoy Nature, being outdoors, Sports, swimming ( never been snorkeling tho), Animals, An i'd love to learn more about the people and the culture. Some specific questions I have for everyone are.. 1. Most obvious, Where would be a good Home base so to speak So I could experience everything im into. It would be great to explore other Islands or remote locations. 2. How safe is it for me to travel Solo? Part 2A, Being that Im 1. A Veteran and 2. I'm Covered in tattoos...Really, How safe will I be solo? I also have 1 military related tattoo that is super visable. From waht i've herd/read, It just makes me a target ( being a vet more than the tattoos). My PTSD makes me super hypervigilant and weary of people already. 3. Aside from Cebu and Manilla being on my list of places to explore, where else should I go given the interests i've listed? 4. Anything I should completely stay away from or avoid? Aside from the Illegal shit. I ain't gonna get Death Squaded. Lol. 5. Whats the most effective way to handle money out there... as far as how much to carry, storage, and accessing it from my US account? Im sure I'll have more questions, figured i'd get a good solid base going first. Thanks in advance.
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