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Joey G

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  1. Barrio Fiesta time coming up in a few weeks and the word is that they will suspend the sale of liquor and/or beer (??) a few days before until it ends. Anybody heard of this before where you're at? This is Eastern Samar.
  2. Agree... taking the 10 year free credit monitoring is the best deal... here's why... the $125 is am estimate based on how many people take the cash option... so many are taking it... the payout will be significantly less... probably closer to $10... if even.
  3. Your problem isn't Equifax... what the SSA did was to ensure you are who say you are online. When they compare the information you provided when you first tried to sign up was to check with one of the major credit reporting companies (Equifax is one of them) to verify the information you provided. Once you try to apply and the information you provided doesn't match what the credit companies have on file... they will not approve opening a MYSocialSecurity account online. This is totally for your protection. Contacting Equifax won't help... once the SSA gets a "wrong answer" and can't verify the information from someone applying online, they completely shutdown any online application from being processed regardless of what, in this case Equifax, might change. Suggest you try this: Philippines Federal Benefits Unit United States Embassy 1201 Roxas Boulevard Ermita, Manila 0930 Philippines Phone: 632-301-2000 Fax: 632-708-9714 or 632-708-9723 Email: FBU.Manila@ssa.gov
  4. There is rabies vaccine... usually for people who are high risk to getting it... it's 3 a dose procedure... over 28 days... not sure if available in PI.
  5. 10 years is a long time... I'd say try and maximize your options. Think about it... realistically you will have negative cash flow... you would be better off investing whatever your downpayment is in the US.... and then buying there IF you are still ready to make the move. So unless you got money to burn... don't do it. I am positive more people have lost $$ with this idea than made $$. One caveat... sometimes owning something is worth the cost... and if thats more important than $$... then follow your heart, and leave your wallet open.
  6. Question... and just curious... I wonder if the the definition of "foreigners" in this context include Balikbayans who are now citizens of another country (in other words NOT dual citizens)? Thinking about Balikbayan's who might donate to political elections indirectly, or even just post opinions on social media. And yes, I totally get the right answer includes... "at your own risk" regardless of interpretation.
  7. thanks... sounds possible and confirms my belief there is no good reason for me to get involved... Thanks for feedback!
  8. Does anyone have experience sending money electronically (i.e. Western Union, Moneygram) FROM the PI TO the USA? A friend of ours (in the USA) asked if we would mind bringing back $3,000 with us to the USA from the PI when we return later this year. My response was, why not have the person who owes you the money send it back to you via Moneygram? Good friend... but our response was "nope, not running around with your money in cash" when it's possible to transfer it electronically easier and safer without us. Nothing nefarious on the origin of the money... they (living in the USA) sold their home in the PI to their sister (living in the PI). And yeah, the fact they get anything back is pretty amazing in my view.
  9. but this was about life insurance not health insurance :)
  10. lot's of good sage advice here. one thing I learned after retiring was that it was not as I thought it would be... it's been good (actually better than expected), but also different than expected. I'm guessing the same would be if we retire full time in the PI.... different than we expect... but the open question is... will it still be as good or better than expected... that seems like a bigger risk than the financial part. with respect to the financial part... living by a budget for 20 years makes forecasting a lot easier... separating "wants" from "needs" is key.
  11. Heck, I assumed every country already did this, but I guess not (??)
  12. Love the spreadsheet, and data looks more than legit... now pay yourself minimum wage for the time it took/spent ... I'm betting that it doubles the cost...or more... you think ????
  13. PAL won't fly chow-chows.... check their website... so it's gonna be a ferry... check Pets 2 Go... but still risky for that breed I'd say.
  14. We applied and got tentative approval within a few weeks. $100 each. Depending where and when you land (in the US) it could save you some time and hassles. Plus you get the benefit of TSA Pre any time you fly (using a Known Traveler Number/KTA to add to your reservation) comes with it.... but, not all airlines participate... so there is never guaranteed you'll get TSA Pre. Our "interview" for final approval for GE and getting a card is 16 April... will report back on how that goes. https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry
  15. Dude... thats an excellent program... and if performed in the backyard outside after 9 in the morning, I'd say anyone doing this would be in better shape than 90% of the 1st worlds population. Throw in a 1-2 mile run after... and you could chill and drink all day
  16. So the 4 people hanging off the back and the person on the handle bars will have to make sure they don't block the view ?
  17. How much did he lose... maybe it was worth it ???? But seriously... did he tell her it was his last night? Did he think he getting lucky on the way out? I'd leave it be, and chalk it up to a lesson learned.
  18. so if one is dual citizen... does the PI still require they pay income tax on any income earned in the US?
  19. Google "VPN on Samsung Smart TV"... there's one that give some decent instructions.... curious here of it works out.
  20. I did just that... first thing (actually first 4 things) that popped up was "International Development Program"... but yeah, a little further down the International Driver Permit info showed up :) Good info... so for a USA person... $20 and some pic's (send it to AAA) will get you an IDP to drive whatever your current USA license says in like 116 other countries. Good for one year. Funny part was... if one comes to the USA... it depends on the state (states issue licenses here)... so reciprocity can be complicated. OK... got that box checked... now I wonder how auto insurance works... in the USA most every state requires some liability coverage, with a stiff penalty if you let lapse.... does the PI have a similar law?
  21. To ride a motorcycle (over 50cc) in the US you need an additional class added to your drivers license (i.e. Class M). Does the PI have a similar requirement?
  22. If you have a fiancé visa and a one way ticket to the U.S.... I doubt Philippine Immigration is going to ask who bought the ticket... or why she's leaving the country. A young Filipina going to Cambodia (obviously not on a fiancé visa I assume)... yeah, I could see some questions on that one... I'd actually be surprised if she didn't get questions at Cambodian side as well.
  23. "To tell the truth a Brit that l was managing his condo through Airbnb refuses to pay me with no grounds. " So you were managing and getting paid as to mange this condo. The "Brit" is on a tourist visa. And he wasn't paying you? So you must have immigration status to work in the Philippines (??) right, and you file income tax there as well? And this dude owns a condo, but he is on a tourist visa, and also makes money there as well renting the condo? And wouldn't that be a violation of his immigration status? I'd think the "assault" may be a minor issue for him compared to what he told immigration when he entered.
  24. Leaving the country BEFORE you get a green card will cause problems. I don't know why immigration at the airport in the Philippines would care much on the way out, because the hoops the Phil govt will put you through to get to that point is where they would get involved. But if one thought that an "age difference" at the airport would be an issue, then go through separately... it's not like they would know who you are unless you broadcasted it. Last point... getting through the US side of interview in Philippines may be the place she'll really get some questions about the age difference... not that it's impossible... people do it... but they will ask. Good luck !
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