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  1. Brett,

    I read through the requirements for the Expanded Curtesy SRRV and they finally changed it to say "Certificate by the Concerned Organization/Agency pertaining to his Achievement".  It used to specifically require a DD214 form which is the US discharge papers and that was the sticky point as many workers follow the printed guidelines verbatim.

    Yes you can complete you SRRV while under a Tourist Visa.  If the PRA thinks you will need to extend it they will charge you for it and take care of it during the processing as they will have your passport.

    As a non-military single person I have not decided if the SRRV is cost effective for me yet.  Th annual cost for a Tourist Visa runs about $360 as it stands now so I would be out the application fee of $1500 and not be able to touch the deposit.  

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  2. 22 hours ago, BrettGC said:

    This is one of the reason's I'm still considering the heavily discounted ex-military retirement visa (2kUSD vs 10K).  Haven't done all the sums yet or know anyone that's been through it so can't say it'll be any less complicated, at least at the initial application stage. but barring the spouse visa it does seem a little bit less "up in the air" than the tourist version.   Many pros and cons to consider. 

    It's more fun in The Philippines?

    Get some hard facts regarding this at the PRA.  At least 1 Aussie has stated he has not been able to get it as he said 1 of the requirements is a copy of your DD214, a US Military Discharge form.

  3. 18 hours ago, Tommy T. said:

    Thanks, Ice! Yet another speaker selection to research. I will be busy now looking all these up. These sound really good - especially for that price. I think they are cheaper than the disappointing Bose I have.

    Some audiophiles consider BOSE stands for Buy Other Sound Equipment! :hystery:

    I had Cerwin Vega's and Definitive Technologies (DefTech) hooked to a Yamaha receiver/amp before I moved here, all given away.

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  4. 14 minutes ago, Mike J said:

    Undersea cables into the Philippines.  



    Quite interesting though it also causes the question 'why' for some of the loci.  For instance the majority of the undersea lines seem to surface at Batangas on Luzon yet distribution to the majority of the islands goes out of Cavite and the NDTN goes through Lucerna with no direct connection to an overseas cable.

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  5. It will be interesting to see how this new telecom starts operation as I seem to remember that it initially was supposed to start out in Mindanao and spread from there.  

    Laying new undersea lines between the islands in addition to additional and higher capacity trunk lines to the rest of the world is greatly needed, especially if the Philippines wish to expand their IT business.  I seem to remember there are currently 2 undersea trunk lines, 1 to Asia and 1 to the US and both originate in Manila.  https://dict.gov.ph/dict-to-pilot-test-fiber-backbone/

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  6. 4 hours ago, Greg41 said:

    Balisidar, thank you again for your warm welcome. 

    I’m new here and I really don’t know where to post an introduction.  I’ve recently become a widower and I no longer wish to stay here in England. I’m interested in the Philippines, since I’ve often heard so many good things about how the Philippines is a great place for expats.  I’m looking forward to learning more about each of your expat experiences in the Philippines by reading this forum.  There’s so much research that I need to do before I can make the move.

    Welcome Greg!  Definitely come for a visit or two and travel around before you make a commitment, there is much to see and people and places are different!  And don't just visit the touristy places as you may just find a hidden gem that fits you to a tee! :cheersty:

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  7. 31 minutes ago, Connman said:

    Looking at retiring in the Philippines around Cebu. Being from Wisconsin how actual hot is it? We have days in the 90's with extreme humidity here. Would that be similar or will I be overwhelmed... Thank you so much for such a great site!


    If you stay out of Cebu City which can be 5-10F hotter than the surrounding countryside because of all of the concrete you should be fine.  I am in the Western Visayas but on the coast and the hottest I have seen is 92F.  The humidity is more of an issue as it seems to be high continually.  The use of fans is the key, I always keep one running and usually have one pointed at me when at home.  I have not used my aircon this summer as I get a great breeze through my apartment most of the time and since I live on the second floor I sleep with my windows open (not recommended in many areas).  I am originally from Minnesota and Nebraska and I agree it gets hotter there with similar humidity however it cooled down more there in the evenings, coolest I have seen here has been 78F so far.  Hope this helps and welcome to the Forum!

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  8. 22 hours ago, Dave Hounddriver said:

    Nice advertisement but ..  no discrimination?  I heard that foreigners can only buy the expensive houses while locals can buy the cheap ones.  Is that not discrimination?

     . .  . foreigners can own any type of properties with the exception of: Properties valued less than RM1 million. . . 

    (Google it for the link if you like)

    Found the same thing, even stated a USD minimum amount of $260,000.  There was a maximum of $520,000 also stated without approval of an agency.

    There were a couple of other restrictions mentioned also, one of which was no agricultural land.


  9. 7 hours ago, Mark Berkowitz said:

    I just realized that I have somehow adopted another Filipino custom - i.e., never paying a bill until the day that it's actually due.

    Back in my pre-Philippines life, I would pay my electric, internet, and other bills 2 weeks before the due date... but now, I actually wait until the day that the bill is due.

    Why or how has this happened?... I have the money right now to pay all of my bills, so what is wrong with me?

    Have I actually become a kuripot? :laugh:


    Do you now pay in person instead of mailing in? :laugh:

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  10. 3 hours ago, bastonjock said:

    Ive seen a you tuber who lives on 600 us a month

    I think that is core costs only.  They don't like to post all their costs.  

    With rent I really have to watch my spending to keep my budget under $1000 a month here in the Philippines.

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  11. On 6/26/2019 at 11:14 PM, Tommy T. said:

    Is it just my perception, more press coverage or true that there seems to be more violence here in the Philippines? I know there is more big violence in USA with all the mass shootings in the past several years... And how about violence to foreigners here? Do have any feel for that?


    That sentence is a bit disturbing...

    I would say there is as much as that kind of violence in the US or more, you just don't hear about it.  The US media is more focused on national news and sensationalism and don't necessarily want to alarm the general populace.

    Just my opinion. :thumbsup:

  12. 4 minutes ago, Tommy T. said:

    Hi Mike J. I am not so sure cornstarch would work - doesn't it need to be heated to dissolve? Good idea though...

    No, cornstarch needs heat to thicken, just like flour.  But cornstarch has a more neutral taste.

    In essence you are adding something to absorb the excess water, both will do that.

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  13. 16 hours ago, jimeve said:

    What if she leaves the Philippines on her British passport? My wife tried that and she was told to use her Filipino passport  or pay a overstaying fine. 

    Nice to have a choice, eh?  In any country a citizen has more benefits over a non-citizen.

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  14. 3 hours ago, Mark Berkowitz said:

    I'm not just talling about the USA, since I used to take the family to eat at a German-owned restaurant in Batangas, where I would speak to the owner in German (since I studied Deutsch for a few years).

    During one of our conversations, he told us that he brought his Pinay wife (years ago) back to Munich, where he worked as an engineer for BMW, and his family grew by having children with his wife.

    The funny thing is that he gave up his work at BMW and moved back to the Phils to open a restaurant, but his Pinay wife and their Filipino-German children chose to remain in Germany.

    Know of a similar situation.  Wife in Germany has first crack at his pension and sends him an allowance. :hystery:

    The kids I can understand, taking them away from their friends is very hard to do and same if mama has already decided to stay.  Plus the benefits of a German education and connections made compared to one in the Philippines is hard to beat.:thumbsup:

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  15. 17 hours ago, hk blues said:

    Lack of pride in their property  and surroundings.  A quick look at many of the properties here and you will see disrepair, lack of maintenance and general apathy towards their property and surroundings.  

    Their cars are well-maintained and always clean, though!  :whistling:

    I saw it also in the US.  There were times I went out to appraise a property and the car in the garage was worth more that the house!

  16. On 6/18/2019 at 3:50 PM, Jollygoodfellow said:

    Getting back to the picture. I dont see how anyone could decide if one was rich or poor. Depends where they are going as to what they would wear. If your rich and going to the beach do you wear a suit and tie?

    Anyway the girl on the left is going to work on Mango and the other has a call center job? Which one is rich? 

    They both are.  The one on the left is going to work in a strip club in New York City (Note the New York Lottery sign in background) while the one on the right is Daddy's little rich girl in Beverly Hills, CA! :shades:

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