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nonievales replied to the thread Trust in the Philippines on the Philippines forum on July 28, 2015:
ISLNDR2K initially posted:
I thought I'd shared this. I have pointed this link before for others. The article covers what I have seen in this forum many times. An excerpt from the article " Seriously, if you fear Filipinos so much, why move here? I meet expats here all the time, just casually,maybe I see them in the mall or at a coffee shop. They will invariably come up to me and strike up a conversation. Probably 60% of the time I will suddenly hear them talk about being ripped off, or not being able to trust Filipinos."
nonievales replied on July 28, 2015 with:
When I first arrived here after having lived most of my life in the States (45 years to be exact), I was just like most expats. I noticed everything that didn’t conform to the way I was accustomed to. I noticed the way people drove, the unsanitary habits and on and on and on. But, after a while, I began to also realize that I have become a foreigner in the country I was born in. I have been to many other countries. I have traveled throughout Canada and a dozen countries in Europe and the Caribbean. I have been to other Asian countries and they all have their unique ways of doing things. Best example is south of the border. For some people who have not traveled to Mexico beyond the tourist areas, it may surprise you to know that life there is not like America or some other first world countries. Mindanaobob is right, if your feel uncomfortable, if you feel always threatened, if you feel mistrust at every turn here, it is time to go back and live your life out of all the stress. I have lived here now continuously for over 5 years and off and on prior, going back to 2006. I have experienced being ripped off for this and that, but I also found warm people, loving people, loyal people who would protect me and my family from any threat. I have not had a vehicle stolen from me here. However, a total of 4 vehicles had been stolen from me in the states, one in the parking lot of a mall, one from my ex-in-laws driveway and two out my own driveway and I lived in an upscale neighborhood. Two of those were less than 6 months old. I still have the tendency to react negatively to many things around me, but I have also learned to keep it to myself and forget about it soon after. I have been happier since. I think I am staying…
CAteacher replied on July 28, 2015 with:
That was sure a refreshing read. Thanks for posting it. However, the author seems to imply that there is the same level of dishonesty in the Philippines as in the U.S. and, as one who has spent more than a week in Manila, I'd have to take exception to that generalization - as I am certain many other members will too. That said, let me circle back to my opening sentence. It was a refreshing read, and I agree that we spend far too much time here bad mouthing the Philippine culture and people.
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jwg3232 replied to the thread Contined Service to Community on the Philippines forum:
jwg3232 initially posted:
Folks, I have a few years before I can officially retire and make the trip abroad. But I will be young enough to still want to serve a community. I am or will be a retired Firefighter and EMT and teacher to both, i am looking to see if there is a need for my services. I am very thankful to all the advise you all have posted and greatful for this awesome site... Thanks for the future advice. Jon
jwg3232 replied on July 28, 2015 with:
Fantastic thank you all very much for your advise and information... Stay Safe. Jon
ISLNDR2K replied on July 28, 2015 with:
@jwg3232. When I read this article about the Foreign National Keeper Program - I remembered your request to volunteer. This is not exactly a firefighter position, but it might lead you to one. Below is the information. Robert Von Hahnke is a retired US police officer, Robert was recently named Coordinator of the Region XI Keeper Program.
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rcampsr replied to the thread Building a house. Air conditioner help on the Philippines forum on July 28, 2015:
shoppersplace initially posted:
Hello. My name is Marc. I live in the U.S. and my girlfriend is building a house in Davao. I am trying to help her decide on the size of an air conditioner for a 14 by 12 foot room. It maybe even 20 feet long, sometimes it is hard to understand her. In America we go by BTU's, a 10000 btu would be ok for this size room, maybe even an 8000. But in the Philippines I noticed they never heard of btu's and I think they measure the size in kilowatts maybe? Anyway, any help will be appreciated.
rcampsr replied on July 28, 2015 with:
I used a 1hp unit here which is equivalent to less than .25 ton in the USA. it ate electric like crazy until I replaced it with a 2.5 hp split inverter unit. I saved 3k on the electric bill the first month of use. The 1 hp was not big enough to overcome the daily thermal heating of the room. The 2.5 seemed overkill at the time, but turned out to be better at controlling the heat buildup in the room. Make sure it is an inverter type of unit. They use a lot less power than a non-inverter unit because it converts the power to 12 or 24 volts for the unit and the compressor runs on 220v, thus saving the power of running the fans and controls. Hope this helps, RAC
rappleby replied on July 24, 2015 with:
I have renovated a house in Cebu with VECO as the power provider. I have 2 .5hp in each bedroom which are both 10 x 12. they are perfect size. If the aircon is too big then the compressor engages on and off too often. if too small then it is always on. I also have a 1.5 HP for the living room, dining room, and kitchen and that works fine except for one problem. My friends a VECO are only sending me 190 Volts from my transformer so the 1.5 never works!!!!!. it looks good but i can operate it. I can only use 1 .5 at a time. Been after VECO for over a month asking for help to no avail. So make sure you are getting enough from the supplier.
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TravelingFirefighter replied to the thread Flat or hotel in Cebu on the Philippines forum on July 28, 2015:
BrianHuntley initially posted:
Hi I am going to retire to the Philippines in mid-August and not sure where I want to retire to. Cebu looks great as does Dumaguete or Mactan Island. Until I see the cities I have no idea where I would like to settle in the city or region. My plans are to rent something in Cebu for like a month starting mid-August and look around the area to see what place will suit me best for the long term rental. Would anyone happen to have the same (a reasonably priced hotel or apartment) in Cebu until I get orientated? Any advise you can give would be deeply appreciated. Sincerely Brian
TravelingFirefighter replied on July 28, 2015 with:
Hi Brian, The previous poster gave you some good advice. May I offer you mine after visiting the Phils and Cebu for the very first time a few months ago? I, too, couldn't decide where to stay for a month or so. I'm SLIGHTLY high maintenance, but certainly not rich. I didn't want to risk staying in an inadequate place so I did consider the Marriot, even though it was much more than I wanted to spend. I ended up staying at the Quest hotel, about 2 minute walk to the Marriot and Ayala. I was slightly hesitant to book there because it only rated 3 stars (I look for 4 stars) but this is no 3 star hotel!! I found it extremely comfortable, very close to Ayala, AND HALF PRICE OF MARRIOT. The service I received was 5 star there. "Yes sir, How was your day sir, thank you sir" from everyone in the hotel. I was extremely impressed to say the least. My suggestion: You WON'T be unsafe or uncomfortable there. Move to the marriot after a few days if you wish but I bet you won't. Save 1/2 price and be on virtually the same block. I REALLY liked the Quest hotel. Cebu, however, not so much. I did, however, travel alone and 1st time to the Phils so I had no contacts there. Met many ladies, most of them flakes though. Feel free to email me at: if you wish to chat. P.S. I left after 1 week and went to Bohol. I enjoyed it there much more. Felt safer and slower there. Might go back again in January
dddraper replied on July 28, 2015 with:
check out the Hill Top Hotel. It is quiet, maybe $30/night. Located above the Marco Polo which is probably the niceest place in town. The Hill Top has a small pool, probably a 2 star hotel. But very reasonably priced.
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CAteacher replied to the thread workers wanted on the Philippines forum on July 28, 2015:
deejay1952 initially posted:
I'm finding it difficult to hire a carpenter, plumber and electrician. Will pay above the average. A weeks work in the Lipa city area if anyone knows someone who is interested? email
CAteacher replied on July 28, 2015 with:
As Moderator, let me request that responses to this inquiry be done to the gentleman's yahoo account or by PM. Posting a reply would amount to advertising which is prohibited. Thanks for your cooperation.
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standupguy replied to the thread Visa when married to a Filipno on the Philippines forum on July 27, 2015:
BrianHuntley initially posted:
I am an Australian married to a Filipino. If I want to live in the Philippines for say a year or two what are my visa options? Any short advise would be appreciated :)
standupguy replied on July 27, 2015 with:
Oi! Brian Huntley - you still have your libido (if you are fortunate) when you get older. Aged, yes, but polished with life experience. It's not called "dirty", since its the hard wired brain od the male is all. I'm lucky to have my sexy wife to feel the same way I did back a couple decades ago, eh! Love is wonderful. SUG
BrianHuntley replied on July 26, 2015 with:
"He is not afflicted with any dangerous, contagious or loathsome disease". Is being a dirty old man a loathsome disease in the Philippines LOL Sorry, I couldn't help myself LOL
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lmilburn posted Schools on the Philippines forum on July 26, 2015:
We are thinking of moving to Manila for my husband's work in the next 6 months. We have 2 children, ages 7 and 10 that we will be needing schools for. Does anyone have any information on international schools to give us? Good ones, cost etc.? Thank you in advance!
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brslomo replied to the thread leave so we can enter together. on the Philippines forum on July 26, 2015:
hvacjack initially posted:
If I marry a filapina would she be able to leave the philippines so we can enter the country together so I can get a balikbayan visa?
brslomo replied on July 26, 2015 with:
The other issue is that in order for her to leave, there may be issues about her getting into whatever country you want her to go to. For instance in order to her to come to the U.S., she will need a visa. As far as I am aware, the only countries which will welcome her without a visa are the other nine ASEAN countries.
TitoMike replied on July 26, 2015 with:
@hvacjack More than likely she would be able to leave, however she won't qualify for Balikbayan status unless she's been gone a year or more. See the following reference.
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TitoMike replied to the thread im a Filipino by birth? on the Philippines forum:
jr2714 initially posted:
My mom, a Filipina, met my Airforce father, stationed at Clark in 1969. They married and moved to the states. I was born in Ohio in 1970. My mother did not get her U.S.citizenship until 1973. Am I a natural born fFilipino? Can I just report a foreign birth, take an oath and get my passport? My mom is now a dual citizen and they are moving back to the PI. Wooohoooo!! I want to do the same except right now...Any idea if im on the right track?
TitoMike replied on July 22, 2015 with:
@jr2714 To clarify my previous comment. You are a "natural born" Philippine citizen. Once you do what's necessary to become recognized as a citizen, you may subsequently find a need to be considered "natural born". You may then need legal help to unwind the convoluted promulgations that establish how "natural" you are.
chance2013 replied on July 21, 2015 with:
There you go i was totaly wrong thats qhat this site is for to get correct information. My information seems was totaly wrong for which i apologies.
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Stefan88888888 posted Corporation - foreigner owned on the Philippines forum on July 21, 2015:
I know that foreigner can own up to 40% of Philippines corporation. Can foreigner serve as president of a domestic Philippine corporation?
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