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  1. 7 hours ago, Balisidar said:

    Philippine food is a little bland at times but the foods you mentioned are great. 

    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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  2. 16 hours ago, Tommy T. said:

    Except Jeepneys, tricycles, taxis, Toyota Fortuners, motorcycles or drunks... the rest of us drive on the right... mostly...:hystery: But sometimes on the sidewalks too...

    And don't forget the English that forget where they are!:hystery:

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  3. Here is a new proposal from the BI for Visas On Arrival.



    "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"


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  4. 6 minutes ago, Tatoosh said:

    Just wondering if Netflix is going to get tiffed when we are both logged in at the same time, me: Washington State USA,  her: Cebu Philippines.

    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.

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  5. 17 minutes ago, Tommy T. said:

    My point is that "civilization" is possibly (or likely) worsening the whole equation - all the billions of tons of carbon that has been locked inside the earth for millennia since the dinosaurs and now we are releasing it into the atmosphere.

    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.

  6. 51 minutes ago, scott h said:

    the rest I will just round up to the nearest 500 pesos

    city water 500. drinking water 500, electricity 8-12000, cable tv 500, internet and land line 2000, cooking gas I really don't have a clue but its not that much.

    I think in dollars and you think in kilos, pounds or what ever :whistling: so ill let you do the conversion lol


    These are monthly figures Steve and due each month.

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  7. 4 hours ago, Ryan schroth said:

    anchor baby law

    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.

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  8. 14 hours ago, Arizona Kid said:

    Not that familiar with Monty but loved the Benny Hill show.:dance: 

    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. :thumbsup: 

    Both great entertainment!

  9. 13 hours ago, stevewool said:

    I will try Jack but I am sure you could do better.

    In the good old days of Pounds shillings and pence , you could buy plenty as a kid for a half a penny and if 12 pennies that would be a Bob or a shilling , I think I still have a shinny sixpence somewhere still and a dirty Thrupenny bit, and if you had a pocket full of pennies you did walk funny, all that weight you was carrying .

    Is that where Monty Python go the idea for their "Silly Walks" skits? :popcorn:

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  10. 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. :laugh:  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!


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  11. 48 minutes ago, bastonjock said:

    we pay a set amount every year for road tax depending on your vehicles emissions , we get heavily taxed on fuel in the UK , at the moment gasoline is about $7.50 a gallon . Lpg was started at the fuel pumps to try and encourage drivers to use a different fuel , it has a reduced tax levie on it ,lpg is about $4.00 a gallon , if you but it from some places as fuel only it can drop to about $3.00 a gallon

    By the gallon???  I've only purchased it by the pound (LB) or kilo.  How much does a gallon of propane weigh?

  12. 2 hours ago, Beetlejuice said:

    My favorite car was my very first brand new car – a 1980 Ford-Mercury RS Turbo.


    The young girls (not too young, since I wasn’t in the Philippines :laugh:) loved to take rides in my new car.

    I also loved to go as fast as possible (without getting stopped by the police), sometimes up to 120 mph.  The downside was that I wrecked the car 3 times in less than a year.  Fortunately, no one was ever injured.  :smile:

    After the 3rd and final repair, I voluntarily gave it back to the Ford motor credit company and I drove an old clunker again. :sad:


    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.:laugh:  Had a tendency to flex though when changing lanes too quickly.  I had the right front tire raise off the pavement one time.:shock_40_anim_gif: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.

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  13. 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.

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  14. 5 hours ago, BrettGC said:

    Yeah, it was only relatively recently for PI, around 5 - 6 years ago, they announced it.  They only updated the website at the beginning of '17 I think, so as usual things take time to filter through.  

    It was actually a member here, JJReyes, that made us all aware of it when it was announced.  At the time, he used to do a lot of liaison between PI authorities like BI, PRA etc and the US I believe.  I should qualify my initial remark by saying that the consulate in Brisbane was completely unaware until they made inquiries themselves.    

    Much like you, the other SRRV options aren't really a consideration given the cost benefits, or lack thereof.  Yeah you can invest the deposit in property, or used to be able to, but for me that's a bit of a waste as we already own a lot and house about 2 hours North of Dumaguete.  I guess an AirBnB investment could be an option?  I didn't look too closely at the requirements on that front as they didn't/don't really apply to me and may not still be allowed. 

    Actually I think it is more recent than that, maybe within the last year.

  15. 12 hours ago, Tommy T. said:

    Hobbit, I can offer my reasoning to do this and why it seemed like a good thing...

    Aside from the application fee, the annual cost is about the same either way. You could (and I plan to) use the deposit for another investment after you have received your srrv, such as toward leasing your condo or apartment or home. They gave me papers to apply but I haven't looked them over yet.

    One benefit I like is that I don't have to go to BI any more and only go once annually to PRA and pay the fee.

    Another is that, it is lifetime so long as I continue to ante up the annual fee. No more applications.

    Thirdly, I don't have to leave the country if I stay up to the tourist visa limit of 36 months.

    One more, whenever I depart the country, I no longer need to obtain clearance.

     I don't need to buy an onward ticket to prove that I have a departure plan so returning from another country is very easy now.

    Lastly, I think, now that I have this visa, I could finally get the Philippine driver's license.

    There are actually a few additional benefits regarding work visas but I don't know anything about those.

    So the long and short is that it's not for everyone, but for some - like me - it seems like a good solution to long term staying here.

    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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