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  1. The philipine supreme court has just aproved new legislation, that can mean the arrest of a foreigner and prevention of flight if someone acuses you of a crime yoi can be arrested if you are a mere suspect If i could paste the link i would Its on a site called.www.abogado.com.ph
  2. SITUATIONAL AWARENESS. you either have it or you dont and if you dont have it in the fils , then you may want to keep your head very very low and not cause any problems with the locals and in doing business in general. i wrote this post after reading about the young man" Notright" who felt he was robbed and wronged on his way to see the whale sharks, i missed it and im happy i did. wherever he is right now i do hope he has managed to keep his head on his shoulders, though it doesnt appear that is his main concern. his rights seem to out way his appreciation for breathing and he obviously is devoid of any SITUATIONAL AWARENESS. I have seen this kind of behavior . its not as rare as one might imagine no matter what country you live in , but to behave this way in the fils is more along the lines of suicidal imo . SITUATIONAL AWARENESS is an instinct imo and not so easily learned until youve been dragged off and throttled or at least hopefully you learned it if you survived. SITUATIONAL AWARENESS IS PARAMOUNT TO SURVIVAL.. ANYWHERE.
  3. US Expats (if you haven't already done so) should consider enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) What is STEP? The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate Benefits of Enrolling in STEP The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans. Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency. Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency. https://step.state.gov/
  4. Looking for ideas of places to recce (visit first) for potential places to settle? Near davao due to it being near gfs family. personal preferences if possible = 15 mins plus away from busy city life but close enough to travel in to get basic amenities. Safe, good scenery, affordable and good internet connection? Would consider suggestions outwith of Davao City but will base the search closer to gf family first. TIA 😀
  5. Further to suggestions that 35 would be too early to retire in Philippines in regards to the boredom regard. Are there any opportunities, small business wise or charity outlays that may be viable to counteract this? TIA
  6. There was an interesting statistic about swiss expats in the world. In far east asia, south asia and south east asia region the Philippines have 711 swiss expats. On the first view that looks not like a great number, but for the mentioned area it is the second highest number after Thailand. Even in China or India are less swiss expats. Did not found an online version of the news. Found that in the newspaper several days ago.
  7. I've been to Palawan and considering retiring there. We have any forum members in Palawan?
  8. Depnding on due diligence, research and previous personal trips, etc., many things still catch us off guard when we retire here. What would you consider a few of your personal misconceptions that you had to revise your thinking on after retireing here ? I personally underestimated the time and effort it takes to get from point A to point B. I also underestimated how quickly my wife learned to spend all my income on apparently rational expenses.
  9. I just noticed that you can use your fast internet connection :) to pay your electric bill online with smart pinoy, https://store.smartpinoy.com/site/billspayment, Meraclo, Davao Light and Visayan elec. There are other bill pay options for PLDT and water etc. Payment is done through paypal. This can be paid from anywhere in the world if you have the details.
  10. Sometimes things happen which make you think about things, Old, alone and in the Philippines. Let me say why I was thinking about this and hope not to bore you all as it's more to do with my thoughts at this moment. Anyway what started this is last night my 83 year old mum phoned about something but also her news was that she had a bad fall. She was hanging out washing on an extremely hot and windy day and her hat blew off which for whatever reason made her lose her balance and she went down flat on to her back on to the concrete knocking her head hard. She was lucky as her skin is so thin just a touch of a finger causes a bruise and and her skin is so thin it just rips but in this case she escaped mostly with bruises and a huge bump on her head. If she had of passed out I think the heat would have ended her. Now in Aus they have a medical alert system and my mother wears an emergence button thing around her neck, it sends an alert to a monitored place that will immediately call or a machine connected to her landline will allow for someone to speak without the phone to try to see if she can talk back and if not they call appointed phone numbers such as my sister or brother, if they do not pick up then an ambulance and police are dispatched. So trying not to drag this out but because she was dazed and perhaps her age she forgot that she had the button to press and eventually managed to get up and go inside to call my sister who took her to hospital. She is OK. Now in the Philippines most expats will think that their wife or partner will be there forever in their old age which I hope would be the case but if that person found themselves without anyone, old and vulnerable then what happens? I will go back to a former friend and mine and a dispute one day which I think might have been in the moderators private forum but not sure but the situation was that an American who was living in Cebu had ran out of money, his power was disconnected and things were obviously getting bad. The reason it got to that point is this guy went out every night and took home a lady from the bars; I guess to watch TV but in the end he was broke. My comment about this situation got me blasted as what I said was, "well he will have to go back to the states". To me that seemed logical but a couple of others did not think my point of view was right and said to me, "You heartless bastard! " I don't think so but what if this was you, you're now old and broke, your wife died before you and her family wants no more to do with you. In your home country there's no one left to help you out so what are you going to do? Many live month to month on pensions and no one plans for a life changing event that could lead to being alone and desperate or even in a situation your health is so bad you have no hope of even getting another person's attention to your plight. Has anyone ever thought about this and what could be done to minimise the risk of ending up alone and in dire straits?
  11. Just an offshoot of another topic where I stated that I would like to ask the reason why anyone decided to move to the Philippines. If you intend to do so one day please add your reasons. Lets hear some real life expat stories of how you ended up an expat.
  12. As some of you know, I had to make a quick trip to the US.This was unexpected but I was more surprized that we made the news in Asia. A pat on the back for all. :cheersty: :999: :AddEmoticons04230:
  13. Drinking, bragging and plain foolishness gets you in trouble. US man arrested in Philippines for carrying gun DIPOLOG CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 4, 2013) – Philippine authorities detained an American citizen for possessing an unlicensed pistol in the southern province of Zamboanga del Norte, officials said Thursday. Officials said policemen arrested Jeffrey Roy Bradley, 57, while drinking with his Filipino friends in downtown Sindangan following a tip off from a civilian that the foreigner had a pistol under his shirt. Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman, said Bradley even bragged his .45 caliber pistol to his friends while drinking at the MPL Plaza. He said police also seized from Bradley one pistol magazine and seven bullets. “The policemen approached the foreigner and frisked him and he yielded a .45-caliber pistol with a defaced serial number, and one magazine loaded with seven rounds of ammunition,” Huesca said. “He failed to present proper documents to possess and carry the firearm, hence, he was arrested.” He said Bradley is temporarily residing in the village of Goleo in the town of Sindangan and now detained in the municipal police station while awaiting charges. Police did not say where Bradley got his weapon or why was he carrying the gun. No other details were made available by the police about Bradley or whether his stay in the country is legal or not. The US Embassy has not release any statement about Bradley’s arrest. (Mindanao Examiner) http://www.mindanaoexaminer.com/news.php?news_id=20130904102251
  14. For expats in the Philippines the 2015 annual report is due between now and 1st of March. Read the guidelines and then do it online then print your confirmation number. Guidelines http://immigration.gov.ph/images/OPERATIONSORDER/Dec2014/OOSBM%202014-063.pdf Online application, http://vua.immigration.gov.ph/Home.aspx
  15. Well here goes Guys n Dolls. My first opening Topic. I have always found it fairly easy to communicate with other Nationalities wherever I have travelled. The Philippines has been no exception. What I dont understand is when we are all in the same boat why some people find it hard to converse. On one occasion I spent a week with a family in Germany and the head of the household Hans could not speak a word of English and I could not speak a word of German. Yet we got on fine together, went for walks, beers and being introduced to other non English speaking people. It was one of the best holidays I have had! Has any one experienced problems here in Philippines communicating either with the locals or other Expats while living here?
  16. Howdy Just abit of questionnaire for those living in the Philippines or intending too. As you can see by the questions it relates to interviews. Your answers can be viewed by all. :cheersty: Thought I better add, the type of questions that would be asked in interviews would be only about expat life and nothing too personal. This just to gauge if anyone would be interested in participating. This is not for the forum.
  17. I wonder how this will affect those expats living there. Will rent and prices increase? Its been said many times the Philippines intends to grant the US more access and shared facilities at Subic Bay so I guess this will become a very busy area. Philippines to move air force, navy camps for faster access to disputed South China Sea areas MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines plans to relocate major air force and navy camps to a former U.S. naval base northwest of Manila to gain faster access to waters being contested by China in the South China Sea, according to the country’s defense chief and a confidential government report. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Sunday that as soon as relocation funds are available the government plans to transfer air force and naval forces and their fleets of aircraft and warships to Subic Bay, which has become a busy free port since the 1992 departure of the U.S. Navy.“It’s for the protection of our West Philippine Sea,” Gazmin said from South Korea, where he was on a visit, using the name adopted by the Philippine government for the disputed South China Sea. “We’re looking now for the funding,” he said. Subic Bay is a natural deep harbor that can accommodate two large warships acquired recently by the Philippines from the United States, a defense treaty ally, he said, especially compared to shallower harbor at the naval fleet base at Sangley Point in Cavite province, south of Manila. The first U.S. Coast Guard cutter was relaunched as the Philippines’ largest warship in 2011. President Benigno Aquino III will lead ceremonies on Aug. 6 to welcome the second ship at Subic, the Philippine navy said. A confidential defense department document obtained by The Associated Press says Subic’s location will cut reaction time by fighter aircraft to contested South China Sea areas by more than three minutes compared with flying from Clark airfield, also north of Manila, where some air force planes are based. “It will provide the armed forces of the Philippines strategic location, direct and shorter access to support West Philippine Sea theater of operations,” the document said. The report said the cost of repairs and improvements for an air force base in Subic would be at least 5.1 billion pesos ($119 million). It said that compares with an estimated 11 billion pesos ($256 million) that it would cost to build a new air force base, because the vast Subic complex about 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Manila already has a world-class runway and aviation facilities. Relocating about 250 air force officers and men to Subic, along with “increased rotational presence of foreign visiting forces” would bolster business and trade at the port, the military document said. Subic’s international airport has been underutilized since U.S. courier giant FedEx transferred its lucrative regional hub from Subic to China in 2009, officials said. The Philippines plans to grant visiting U.S. forces, ships and aircraft temporary access to more of its military camps to allow for a larger number of joint military exercises than are currently staged each year. A larger U.S. presence could be used for disaster response and serve as a deterrent to what Philippine officials say have been recent aggressive intrusions by China into its territorials waters. The Philippines has backed Washington’s efforts to reassert its military presence in Asia as a counterweight to China’s rise. While it has taken diplomatic steps to deal with China’s sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea, the Philippines has struggled to upgrade its military, one of Asia’s weakest. Philippine vessels backed off from the disputed Scarborough Shoal last year after weeks of a tense standoff with Chinese surveillance ship, a move that gave China effective control over the vast fishing ground off the country’s northwest. Many fear the territorial conflicts in the South China Sea, which also involve Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan, could set off a serious conflict that could threaten Asia’s growing economies. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/philippines-to-move-air-force-navy-camps-for-faster-access-to-disputed-south-china-sea-areas/2013/07/28/d68eed8a-f750-11e2-81fa-8e83b3864c36_story.html
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