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John Chamberlain

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  1. I am sorry to hear of your loss, we have family near by with dogs that keep most things safe but theft is a risk without any doubt & also there is an air born infection that Pigs & chickens can pick up, it killed all the chickens a couple of years ago which makes me think I need to do a lot more research, it would be a very costly disaster to build a good sized set up with 10 breeding females only to have them all die !!
  2. Many thanks for the information, you sound like a man who has perfected the art of smoking bacon !! I have a lot of learning to do and I am going to research it on the net, my 1st thoughts were combating the hot climate with some sort of cold store/ fridge, I don't expect to be starting this until I move over to Ph for good which will be next year but I have a steep learning curve !! My brother in law in Ph has a mechanical engineering, welding shop there, so I will ask him to put a smoker together, he a wiz at that sort of stuff haha. I can't wait to see all the family there when we holiday for 5 weeks in April
  3. Good luck with your building & your new life in Ph, we want to build an extension to our house in Ph & a garage, I am not looking forward to it but it will be great when its finished. I enclose a pic of our house, the extension is going on the back.
  4. I have a Philippino wife who I met in the UK, so when over in Ph we always go to where my wife used to live and see family, so we are committed to living in Isabela which is an agricultural rural province. I have always lived in the country so it suits me but as others have said, there are very few bars, hotels or restaurants, Cagayan City which is a 40 minute drive from us has most of that sort of thing plus shopping malls & super markets, so we are not isolated but very few expats about and most entertainment is at our home or some one else's and family play an important part of our social life. When we live in Ph on a more permanent basis I am going to make sure I have the best internet connection available as well as Sat TV so I don't get bored ! I think it is important to remember that if you want to meet a girlfriend/wife you are very likely to find she will want to live near to family but as others have said its up to you, there are so many great places what ever you want.
  5. I have lived in the country most of my life, a farm manager for a time, there was a large Pig farm not far away & yes Pig production is a very very smelly job even if you keep them as clean as possible, we live a 30 minute drive from the farm but some of the family need to be consulted as it would directly affect where they live only 50 metres away & we don't want to upset anyone.
  6. Yes we have plenty of room that's away from where we live and the ideal location will be at the back of our rice mill, then the waste from the mill can be used as bedding for the pigs, which will then produce great fertilizer for our rice & corn growing. Well that's the plan I think, its just a matter of what we do 1st as we have a number of projects linked to the farm & it all costs money to begin with so we will take our time ( hopefully using profits to finance the next project), we are not looking to make a fortune, just to build things up over time .
  7. I always get 2kgs of home cured bacon to take with me when we are on holiday in Ph, when we come to live next year I will have to re-think things, it may be a good excuse to build a place to breed pigs at our farm and see if we can cure our own bacon !!
  8. We have been talking about Solar with a battery system, I have solar in the UK & its great, I think it would do even better in Ph with electric being so expensive & even our water has to be pumped by electric, the mains water is very poor quality as well as being expensive.
  9. Sounds good to me Paul, we will be there from 1st April to the 4th May but hopefully next year we move there next year& retire, many thanks for your reply.
  10. Hi PaulB, I have a house in Isabela near San Mariano, we also do a bit of hobby farming among other things, I still live in the UK but hope to stay in Ph next year, at the moment we have a 5 week holiday every year to visit family & check the farm, this year we will be there for the month of April. I would love to meet up for a beer one day, While we are here in April I am getting a new van, so transport is no problem.
  11. I have never know weather my vote to leave was the right way to go but when you see the EU with so many countries who's economy is either bust or nearly bust, why would you want to stay? There only seems to be Germany who has a strong economy & even they are suffering, I still think to get out is the way forward but I wish the politicians would get on with it, everyone is fed up.
  12. Yes I will need a reliable contractor & I expect family in Ph will know just who to use, they great people & know the high standards their sister expects ( she is my wife) , both her brothers a very business like so we should be ok I hope!!
  13. I am sure like me you play it as safe as you can & that's all any of us can do, your guy sounds like a very good deal that suits you, so all the best for a great result. We have quite a few projects for the future & the more complex ones we will only start when we retire here, which should be next year, we need to extend the house & put a decent sized patio with a swimming pool at the rear of the place which would be great for BBQ's, party's and R&R .
  14. Hi hk blues, Yes I understand that when building or other things that involve a cost like parts for a car you have to buy them up front, we painted the house last year & had to provide the materials but we did not pay for the labour until the job was completed, it may not always be possible but it does save having problems if you can, our other safety belt is to try to use family members where ever possible.
  15. Your health is so important & we so often take it for granted & us Expats should remember that to be ill in the Philippines is likely to get you skint very quickly & then its a flight back to the UK !!
  16. I won't pay in advance in the UK, there is no chance of doing it in the Philippines & my wife would kill me if I did hahaha
  17. I think your right Old55, a bit of common sense& you can avoid most of this, when I was eating at a cheap street dinner I had a young boy beg for money, I felt sorry but I know if they collect any money it is taken of them later by the guy in charge, so I said I wont give you money but you can choose any thing on the menu & have a good meal which I will pay for, he was delighted & had a good feed .
  18. If its too good to be true be ware, its never going to be true!!
  19. Hi boyee, The security aspect I think depends on a number of things, Location can be very important, we live out in the country which is not totally risk free but if you behave your self its low risk and a great Philippine family who are well know in the area is also a massive help. We also always travel as a group of 4-6 people minimum,partly due to the total lack of road side help if you break down, we always have a family member who is a driver as well as being a good mechanic. There is no doubt that having a white face you are automatically classed as rich ( even a millionaire ), I wish hahaha but that's their belief of westerners, even within our family. I notice people say having a 4x4 can be a bit of a risk ( you are the millionaire) well travelling in a group with a Philippino drive helps to combat this, I think its a matter of just taking a few sensible precautions & you are safer than where we are in the UK!! I have been going there for a holiday to see family for some years & I never worry about my security, we just make sure we are user friendly & alert, as they say prevention is better than a cure. We all live in different areas & you have to cut your cloth accordingly & having a great family makes the job so much better.
  20. There is no doubt in my mind that if you keep your head down & have a good Philippino family round you, you may be safer than if you were in the UK but if you upset people enough you can be killed like a chicken ( a saying my Philippino wife uses). So respect people & take care.
  21. Quite right, in the UK there are so many scammers, pick pockets, in fact the full spectrum, so just take care where ever you are !!
  22. I met my wife in the UK & she has battled hard to get to the UK and make a good life, she refuses to get into debt, she also has a great business head on her & knows her family members very well, so I am protected, we do lend money to family & of course we pay any medical expenses when needed but we know for shore that its all genuine, without this inside information " Its a mine field" take care & best wishes to all.
  23. Its terrible & there seem to be no limits to how low some will sink, the scammers of course treat it as a profession & are therefore very professional, thank goodness my wife's brothers & sisters are good genuine people
  24. Many thanks, I have a brother in law who trained in electronics so I hope he will be able to help me, I am useless with tech type stuff
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