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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!
  15. Regarding discrimination... Should this forum continue to refer to Mr. DJT as President or Former President in the automatic edit? Is there a bias here?
  16. I see. No reason not to share it with the group... The company is called Dockside Solutions and has a website called Docksidemail. Reasonable prices, great service too.
  17. I have used a mail service and forwarder in Seattle for many years - great service and low prices... no state or city taxes and great service. If interested, I can give you their contact information...
  18. Just an adjunct... Today we have the air/con installer here to clean and check the units. I am most impressed by his team. They have a compressor and all other tools required to clean and service the units. And they clean up after their work... So far - after about a year - the Panasonic units have worked flawlessly. No complaints here...
  19. A lot of Darwin Award winners past and future out there.
  20. I don't remember when or where I read it, but the last time the idea of a law permitting divorce was promulgated a few years ago, Duterte went on record that he would not sign it, due in part to his daughter's opposition to it. Her position was that virtually any marriage could be healed and continue... Good luck to this potential legislation, but I think it is DOA...
  21. Hi Jim... My suggestion would be to have someone go inside the tank (if possible) or else you need a brush with a long enough handle to reach everywhere. Use a fairly strong solution of bleach with water. The product "Cleanup" would also work well or perhaps "Soft Scrub with bleach." It will then need to be rinsed thoroughly to get rid of any residual bleach. I assume the water is collected from roof runoff? If so, you might run it all out from time to time and periodically add some bleach - but I don't know how much would be recommended. Prevention is a bit of a hassle, but much easier than what you are facing with a major scrubbing... Good luck!
  22. You are correct. Did you really have to make a US$20k deposit? Mine was $10k two years ago. Mine is not military. Everyone here is referring to the $20k deposit... Has something changed or did I get a special deal? I will ask my local PRA office and bank about that and post the responses.
  23. Rod...condolences from L and I. It's just not fair. Take care of yourself now, be careful and stay healthy.
  24. Tanduay internally on an hourly basis... Just kidding... Perhaps antibiotic ointment (tri-biotic or other) applied directly and then covered with band-aid or other bandage? That would be my treatment.
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