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Tommy T.

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  1. Hi Geof: Actually, there is an annual renewal fee which - as of this year - was P18,000 if I remember correctly. It ends up being a similar cost to renewing the tourist visa, but the other benefits make it well worth while in my opinion. It is not an extension, exactly, just renewal... I forgot to mention that an SRRV holder has unlimited departure and arrival privileges.. in other words, the holder can travel out of and into the country without restrictions..
  2. Many of you guys seem to be having a lot of hassles with transferring US dollars to the Philippines and then spending it here in pesos... Perhaps I am just very simple or ignorant - I have been accused of both: I have two accounts at PNB (Philippines National Bank). One is a dollar account and one is a peso debit savings account. It is so easy to do a wire transfer from my Schwab account into the PNB dollar account. Sure...there is a fee, but it is not exorbitant - maybe $25 for a $20,000 transfer. And it only takes a couple of days, depending on weekends or holidays... Then I visit the bank, take out some pesos that have been converted from dollars - in cash. The rest I have converted to pesos and deposit in my peso debit account - which is also a savings account. It is very simple and straightforward. I use the debit card to pay a number of accounts, including Signal (for TV), PLDT and some others that come up. It could not be simpler - except the web pages can be confusing and weird at times. It took a while to figure out how to do this, but it was worth the hassle. Now, most transactions are very simple and the debit card works in a lot of situations.... Good luck as you all muddle through the Philippine bureaucracy... Try different banks, perhaps?
  3. Same sentiments here, Dave. Take care and recover quickly and completely. I go for my first booster next week.
  4. Hi Clermont.... Thanks for the inquiry. Been very busy with a new small land acquisition and development. I have learned to be on-site almost all time of each working day. Plus there is the ongoing landscaping as we endeavor to make our small property look and feel like a park and not just a house lot. We continue to mess with our veggie garden; the most thriving veggie is the square (wing) beans....want any? There are so many that we give many away to neighbours and friends. Otherwise, just trying to cope with ongoing virus caution and improving my style baking cookies and brownies.... Trying to keep life simple and rewarding. And there are constant fixes and alterations to the house - fixing leaks, cracks. And training a headstrong but sometimes obedient "guard" dog.
  5. Lots of great advice here, Steve. I add my opinion that it would be best to do boots on the ground to take a look and also check the - often dubious - paperwork involved... If it sounds too good to be true.....and all that. Good luck with this venture and I hope it works out for you.
  6. I wish to add our sympathies and best wishes to you from L and me. I did not know Rod really at all, except from exchanging a few posts. And - as most have already said - do NOT blame yourself! This virus is a nasty piece of work and even with the best care (which your Dad was unfortunately denied) things don't always work out well. Please thrive on the memories of your parents and carry on!
  7. If you read my house build info, you will see what I did: 1. Fairly high cement fence with pointed angle steel. Not a lot of deterrent, but maybe it keeps the more honest out? 2. CCTV system. It it obvious and everyone knows about it. It was also not really expensive. 3. Burglar alarm system. It works a bit too well because marauding cats sometimes set off the motion detectors. 4. Motion detector lights. These seem to be relatively unknown in this area and may deter miscreants because of their fear of lights showing them. 5. Big K-9 dog. He is super fast and I would never want him to be pissed off at me or see me as an enemy. His "play" bites are nasty! CCTV and alarm are both accessible with cell phone. We make it a point to now and then trigger the alarm when people are around so they notice it. Otherwise, it is actually a peaceful and safe neighbourhood. We feel safe and secure. I am the only foreigner in the area and everyone knows that and about me. All of the above is just cheap and simple insurance to add to the paid insurance we already carry. That, and, the K-9 is very loyal and loving to us... couldn't be without one like him! Edit: I forgot to mention that our location is simply open land with no gated community. It still feels safe to me, but a bit less safe to L who tends to be a little paranoid at times... No steel bars on windows (they are heavy and would make an awful sound if broken), simple, but secure locks on doors.
  8. L bought a calimansi plant from a guy for P150. She does not know the name of the type of plant, but knows that it is a grafted hybrid. I picked three fruits from it today already. It is maybe .3 meters tall and .3 meters in diameter. It is also looking very healthy and is thriving in our heavy, orchard soil...
  9. Let me know when they are ready, Rod. I will bring the beer!
  10. I found Old El Paso refried beans online with Lazada. Also, L has found them at Gasaino in Davao city. I am not sure if mine qualifies as "good," but I do make some mean Tex-Mex 'rittos here... Stop by for a couple of them and a "cold one" or two...!
  11. "Tom" atillo salsa, Old? Hahahaha!!! Thanks for the thought and I will have to try this! At least the "cold one" part of the equation is much easier now than before...
  12. The Herdez salsa is hard to find here in Davao. the rest is mostly available. I love Mexican dishes! Thanks for the recipe!
  13. Good! I know I will now sleep better tonight knowing that... especially after a few shots of Tanduay!
  14. Thanks for the reminder and info, Mike. However I don't think you quite answered my question...or maybe I need another cuppa Jo to finish waking up? Does this mean the forum automatic edit should now refer to "Former Pres....etc.?" Just curious. Don't worry, Clermont... I have already been recalled!
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