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graham59 last won the day on May 8

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    Dagupan, Pangasinan, Philippines
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    Motor sport, cars, car mechanics, natural history, fish-keeping, breeding cage birds. Online car racing on my Xbox.

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  1. Too depressing to look at... at a guess, so I won't. ...but thanks anyway.
  2. Exactly I had anticipated...and of course with worse to come. Now I'm no international finance expert, but if you close a country down and put most of its inhabitants out of work for several months. No rocket science involved.
  3. That is certainly my understanding of the situation... and I am one of those hoping to apply for a 13A in the near future. Not sure about Balikbayan 'run' at present. I decided just to stay here on tourist renewals this time (after two previous Balikbayan runs). Certainly foreigners married to a local are permitted to enter the country, but not sure about how the Mrs would go on actually trying to LEAVE with me. Then there is the (I would anticipate) massively increased travel cost now.
  4. How to piss away 15 billion pesos plus, of poor people's pera ?
  5. Same for UK citizens....from my experience. Just borrow the money first, THEN go overseas. Always better when they need you more than you need them.
  6. We have a winner.
  7. Plenty of nice genuine girls on the dating sites, even now (I met my wife through one..'DateInAsia'...DIA). You just need to become an expert at sifting out the scammers and 'ladyboys'. NEVER send one peso. A nice girl would probably be too proud to ask anyway. Also make sure pics are gen'. Facebook is a good place to look around too, as previously mentioned. .
  8. I don't think it will be a cheap relaxing vacation, that's for sure...if you need to ask about the 'culture shock'. lol Usually not much do in a provincial village...if that's where the home is, but you'll be welcomed with open arms into the male relatives' heavy drinking sessions each evening. Anyway, stick around, ask us some more questions , and if you have them to share...suggest you post some pics of your proposed accommodation.
  9. Well, my nearest beach is 7 miles away, but quite a nice one, and fine for swimming. (Pics taken by me, looking to the north and the south) .
  10. Utter nonsense. Stop pontificating about something that you clearly have no knowledge of.
  11. Good luck. I'm sure you'll be fine, especially as you have your asawa to help smoooth the way.
  12. Last time I had 'Tapsilog' in my favourite little eating place in Malate, Manila, it was 50 pesos. The coffee was another 10 pesos (2 or 3 years ago). I've been visiting and/or living here for 30 years now...and 'living cheap' has yet to become a bore, In fact I find it a lot more interesting and enjoyable. Also fits in well with how the majority of the population have to live...and still manage to smile a lot. O.P: Anything between 20.000 and 50,000 pesos per month (guaranteed income), you'll have a roof over your head, female company, and won't starve or die of thirst.
  13. Good point. Have to say, vast majority of what I buy comes from my local bakery just up the road, and is normally very fresh of course.
  14. They get the money any way they can. Do you think the foreigners pay up front ? As I said ...totally different situation to being a returned home Brit. I don't need google, I have a sister and brother-in-law, both in NHS management positions.
  15. NON-residents...meaning in reality, NON-British NON-residents , and likely through insurance payouts. Very different situation.
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