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  1. Get out of the dealerships and check the cycle shops, you may be surprised on what you find.
  2. Hmmm. I have been able to find Shoei helmets here and then there is always Lazada if you already know the size you need.
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    For those that say the food is bland you must not be using the sow-sow on the table! There usually is soy sauce, spiced vinegar, calamansi and spicy bird's eye chilis supplied to season the food to your liking. Remember this isn't hoit cusine and you can adjust the seasoning to your liking without insulting the chef!
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    And don't forget the English that forget where they are!
  5. Here is a new proposal from the BI for Visas On Arrival. https://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/national/bi-recommends-non-extendable-30-day-visas-upon-arrival/ar-AAGlrj3?ocid=spartandhp "The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has recommended to the Department of Justice (DOJ) a non-extendable 30-day validity for visas issued to foreign nationals upon their arrival in the Philippines. Bureau spokesperson Dana Sandoval said the BI has submitted its position to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra after its operations team reviewed "possible weak points" of the visa upon arrival (VUA) policy. "The management recommended to the DOJ that recipients be given a maximum of 30 days, with no extensions, as well as base allowed stay on itinerary presented," Sandoval said in a message. Deputy spokesman Melvin Mabulac said the BI submitted its recommendation to the DOJ last week. In the current policy, VUA recipients may stay in the country for 30 days and are allowed to apply for an extension of up to six months, Mabulac said. Asked for comment, Justice Undersecretary and department spokesman Markk Perete said the DOJ sees the shortening of the visa's validity period as a measure to prevent possible abuse, adding that it was a proposal that had been raised by the DOJ. "What we are interested in are the other measures proposed by the BI intended to further prevent any abuse of the VUA," Perete said. "We will review and evaluate the recommendation ASAP." The bureau started its review of the policy even before Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. raised a need to end the policy amid concerns on the influx of Chinese nationals into the country, Perete said earlier this month. He said "the entire mechanism and processes" behind the policy. For Chinese nationals, the visa upon arrival privilege was issued by former Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II in 2017, prompting the BI to issue "landing visas," which allow a traveler to receive their visa at the airport of destination. The BI program was reportedly opened to Chinese nationals who are members of tour groups organized by tour operators accredited by the tourism department, businessmen endorsed by local and foreign chambers of commerce and other government agencies, and athletes and delegates to conventions and exhibitions. — RSJ, GMA News"
  6. Welcome to the forum P2! I agree with what the others have already said but will add a couple of items. Housing and electricity will be your main costs in addition to food. Cebu has some of the highest electricity rates in the country so depending on how much you run your aircon your bill could be high. A buddy of mine here on Panay who owns (lol, his wife owns) a good sized 3 BR house with split-type inverter aircons has had recurring electricity bills of $240/mo. He is in the process of replacing his security lights with solar led types to hopefully reduce that figure. He does run his aircon pretty much 24/7 btw. By all means get your wife's US citizenship and then reacquire her Philippines citizenship before you come. Also before you relocate here apply for and get a Philippine 13A visa while in the US (after she gets her Filipino Citizen back, that is). That should take care of any visa issues you could encounter. Set up at least 3 methods of getting access to your money while in the Philippines. Pre-setup bank wiring procedures, credit and debit cards and money transfer accounts such as Western Union, Remitly, etc. DO NOT tell banks and credit card issuers that you are moving to the Philippines! Just tell them you will be traveling in SE Asia for an extended period of time. Set up mail forwarding procedures. Some people use family members others use mail forwarding companies and some use both. Again, Wecome!
  7. I also have noticed their data service has been slower of late. Even when my phone shows that I am connected with 4G sometimes webpages fail to load. It is also becoming more and more frequent.
  8. Yes, no problem. Just be aware that she will have not have access to the USA catalog of movies, just the ones available in the Philippines catalog without using a VPN.
  9. Locked away Tommy? Not really as Mother Nature has been perpetually recycling carbon through the millennia or we would not be here as we are all carbon-based. An interesting read: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/methane-cow.htm "Cows emit a massive amount of methane through belching, with a lesser amount through flatulence. Statistics vary regarding how much methane the average dairy cow expels. Some experts say 100 liters to 200 liters a day (or about 26 gallons to about 53 gallons), while others say it's up to 500 liters (about 132 gallons) a day. In any case, that's a lot of methane, an amount comparable to the pollution produced by a car in a day." So, 1 cow=1 car in methane emissions. And I think that would apply to all ruminants, ie., goats, sheep, buffalo, etc.
  10. These are monthly figures Steve and due each month.
  11. If you are asking if the baby can 'anchor' you in the Philippines whether you are a legal or illegal immigrant the answer is no. You must still get and renew your visas when due or potentially suffer deportation.
  12. I consider Benny Hill more British vaudeville, slapstick humour; the early days. Monty Hill established, defined and refined British nonsensical humour as known today in my opinion. Both great entertainment!
  13. Is that where Monty Python go the idea for their "Silly Walks" skits?
  14. Here is an interesting read on seat density trends in the airline industry. Specifically mentions Cebu Pacific. Seems seating comfort is just going to get worse. https://www.msn.com/en-ph/travel/news/think-legroom-on-planes-is-bad-now-its-about-to-get-much-worse/ar-AAEUugj?ocid=spartandhp
  15. I have never flown KE but have heard the experience is worth it. Absolutely try the Bibimbap on the flight, it is their signature dish! If one of your flights is on a 747 be sure to take photos of it as KE is one of a few airlines still flying the passenger 747, the last of an era. Transiting through Inchon is the shining star of KE, it is considered one of the best airports in the world and I know people who choose their flights to make sure they go through it. I have heard lately that economy service on serval airlines has degraded in the last couple of years. EVA Air used to be great as I understand but their service now suffers. Same with several of the Chinese carriers. Seems they are starting to use the American model for economy service, not a good thing for long distance traveling. I loved flying ANA when I made my first trip here 5 years ago even though everything is a blur coming out and going back. Food and the entertainment was good I do remember but I was so wiped from not being able to sleep in either direction that I don't remember much else!
  16. By the gallon??? I've only purchased it by the pound (LB) or kilo. How much does a gallon of propane weigh?
  17. Sweet! My first new car was the 1979 Ford Mustang Turbo in grey. Lots of fun, could get rubber shifting through all 4 gears and I redlined it in 4th (like you) and reached the 120 mph. Burned the clutch up within 20,000 miles. Had a tendency to flex though when changing lanes too quickly. I had the right front tire raise off the pavement one time.Not all dealerships knew how to reinstall the turbo piping though, not done correctly and you got no boost(found that out having the clutch replaced). Sold it when I got a company car (field rep) and didn't want it to just sit.
  18. Amazon shipping to the Philippines and maybe to Oz isn't that bad, though there are a couple of tricks you need to know of. First, change your Amazon delivery address to where you want your package to go. Do this first as this brings the Sellers that ship to that country to the top of the list when searching. Now do your search for your item(s). Choose items sold and fulfilled by Amazon. Shipping charges from Amazon are typically one half to one third of what the individual sellers charge, and Amazon gets it right(i.e., putting a phone number for delivery on the label). For the Philippines keep your total purchase and shipping costs under $200 or you will incur a Customs charge! I don't know if/what the threshold is for Australia. I have had items shipped to the Philippines by Amazon with Standard shipping take less than a week to arrive. I have one item, a blood pressure cuff, that I ordered from Amazon where the total charge, cost + shipping, was less than what I could get the item off Lazada for. And I will get it in the same amount of time. Plus Amazon has excellent tracking of packages.
  19. Actually I think it is more recent than that, maybe within the last year.
  20. Thanks for listing the benefits so concisely Tommy, it will help me in making my decision as some I keep forgetting about. Yes, the annual cost is about the same but the application fee and the deposit is the sticky point for me. Payback for the application fee of $1500 is at least 3 trips out of the country (including lodging, meals, etc. if I travel nearby, including an onward ticket), so about 12 years. The deposit on the other hand is the main issue. I have looked into what is an approved usage and it is quite limited, limited to an approved condo and specific language must be included in the deed on any purchase or lease. I have also read that if/when you quit the program it can take a year to get your deposit back.
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