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  1. I have spent some time in Laoag Nice place one department store downtown and a smaller mall on the south side across the river If you like simple living Laoag is fine If you are a person who needs a variety of restaurants and shopping you might get bored in a small city like Laoag
  2. I agree 100% Terminal 3 has been a breeze in the last few years -years ago the old terminal 1 with all the international flights was the real deal
  3. Every time I leave the door of terminal 3 at the manila airport I think about the mayor from mindanao gunned down along with his wife, niece and young daughter all killed l by a submachinegun from the back of a motorcycle in December of 2013 Pretty sad
  4. Most often there when a drug dealer gets shot "he was struggling for the officer's weapon"
  5. I read one time that about 95% of travel visas get turned down for filipinos and about the same percentage 95% get approved for fiance and spousal visas. I know an older lady in the philippines owns multiple properties, Is an upper level manager in a pinoy company - well established family has applied 4 times for a travel visa to visit family and friends here in the USA and has been turned down each time.
  6. I usually stay at the oyster plaza hotel when I first land in manila - They will come fetch you in their van for free. Usually you can book it on Agoda for a low price. Went to the American Cemetery a few years ago beautiful awe inspiring site. My father was in the Philippines in WW2 and had several buddies buried there. only been to the north end of Bataan.
  7. Teaching Driver education for over 30 years taught me to be more patient
  8. i see this at St Lukes in the Manila area- A really top flight kind of hospital operation they will give you a estimate on how much procedures cost https://www.stlukes.com.ph/international-patients/the-medical-cost-estimate
  9. I will have to make the same adjustment lived around guns and hunting my whole life. In my family Dads pass their guns down to their sons. I guess I will be giving a pile of them to my son soon.
  10. I would agree La Union is nice - San Fernando is an ok small city, nice market, nice night market on the weekends San Juan is nice too Been getting a little more pricey in the last years - Lots of surfers Don't recall as well about the internet.
  11. I really like the Iba/Botolan area just west from you in Zambales. good highway down to Subic/Olangapo I have often stayed at the Rama Beach resort. You might give it a look. When I get moved to the phils I am considering it for my long term settling down spot.
  12. I have been with my pinay wife as fiance and wife for several years now. Having heard the experiences of others I told her we will not financially aid anyone but her mother. They know we have helped her. the others? zip nada nothing and blame it on me. But in realty she is unhappy with relatives who have asked her and when my stance on giving was known the requests pretty much went away. Now would I help a close family member if there is a genuine need - probably yes but it will be my giving not their asking.
  13. I agree with your concern - She feels a real need to go back to be with her mother as an only child. This is a filipina family is important
  14. I am planning to retire to the Philippines with my filipina wife in July 2019 on a fiance visa. We married shortly after she arrived. She has been here 6 months and has not yet gotten a green card. Her mother has cancer and she is the only child and wants to return to watch over her care. When we arrive in the Philippines together will we be able to avail a Balikbayan Visa? I read its good for one year. Anyone have any experience with this? Appreciate any help or advice you can give me. Thanks in advance!
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