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tlallen59 replied to the thread Pleaseee give me the good Oil on the Philippines forum on April 22, 2014:
thedrover initially posted:
G’day from Aussie I’m at the ripe old age of full pension retirement on 8-May… I will be coming to live in Phil/Davao at the end of June & staying on the allowed 6 mt Visa - to start with. It’s my 1st time going OS & I must admit I have the fn jitters a bit:( I’m an Ex-builder, now designing new technology & I would be most obliged if any of you blokes (or ladies) could help me out with a few tips so I can at least start the ball rolling before I come… My bucket list for any suggestions is as below: 1 Love to keep in contact with English speaking people, especially in the Davao area. 2. The type of Health Insurance policy I should get covered with without bustin the pocket – and name of Insurer 3. What are my permanent Visa options after 6mts on returning to Phil 4. Best way to draw on my Pension from my Australian ANZ Bank card without being slugged big withdrawal fees 5. I love me spuds (Potatoes) & not big on rice… lol Can I buy decent spuds there, or am I allowed by customs to bring a couple on spuds into Phil to plant myself 6. In addition to my airfare paid here in Aussie… how much am I likely to be slugged extra & what for, upon arrival by the corrupt Custom/Govt officials? Ummmm that’s it for the mo! Thanks Paul
tlallen59 replied on April 22, 2014 with:
Bob is a good guy, I highly recommend reading his stuff it's very informative.
joyrav4s replied on April 22, 2014 with:
Hi Paul. There is an American expat named Bob, who has been living in Davao for awhile. You can check out his blog sites on: liveinthephilippines.com, mindanaobob.com, or even his facebook site-live in the philippines. Good luck and ingat (be careful.)
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CAteacher replied to the thread Drama Drama Drama!! on the Philippines forum on April 22, 2014:
altkunst initially posted:
I met a lovely woman about two years ago and, after carefully considering her personality and temperament, I decided to make her a permanent part of my life in Manila and we moved intogether. Lately, I sense her family is putting immense pressure on her to get married. She is having increasingly frequent emotional meltdowns, which irritate me greatly. Moody, irritable, silent. I have been very generous with her and her family. But it never seems to be enough. Is there any possibility she will eventually come around to my way of thinking and get logical? I know this is probably a rhetorical question, but my relationship hangs in the balance. I suffered this drama queen syndrome with two previous wives, I can do it with another. Thoughts and similar experience appreciated.
CAteacher replied on April 22, 2014 with:
Philippine families live in an interdependently family culture. They take care of one another in good times and in bad. What other's think can have big reprocussions. So they live more circumspectly and greater respect is shown.
khamis replied on April 22, 2014 with:
Family pressures.........major issues. Between family pressures and friend pressures, you have to marry her or let her go. Its a quota she has to fill. For filippina's, its better to have married a man (and he leaves you) than to not marry (and just live with a guy). They are looked down upon more for living with a good man, rather than marrying a worthless piece of crap. Due to family values, they don't have the balls to tell their family/friends to stay out of their personal life (unlike us Americans)
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brslomo replied to the thread U.S. ANNOUNCES ‘NO VISA’ POLICY FOR FILIPINOS - What do you think of this? on the Philippines forum on April 22, 2014:
adiestree initially posted:
Washington, D.C. - The State Department today announced a life-changing new policy for Filipinos. Visas will no longer be required to travel to the United States. The policy to take the Philippines off the list of countries that are required to obtain visas for travel to the U.S. is effective immediately. The new policy comes on the heels of a recent survey showing that an overwhelming majority of Filipinos have a favorable view of the United States. The Philippines ranked first in a global survey on the image of the United States worldwide, beating even the U.S. itself when it comes to a favorable view on the American people. According to the 2013 Global Attitudes Project of the Pew Research Center in Washington DC, the Philippines got an 85 percent score, the highest, when people were asked “Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of the US?” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the State Department made this monumental decision as a way to reward the Filipinos for making the U.S. really look good in the survey. With this new policy, the U.S. is now added to the list of 25 countries which do not require travel visas for Filipinos. These countries include most of the Philippines’ Southeast Asian neighbors as well as some countries in Latin America including Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru and Bolivia. The “no visa” policy comes just in time for the visit to the Philippines later this month by U.S. President Barack Obama. UPDATE: Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Manila asked that Filipinos refrain from calling the consular office to avoid its phone system from crashing. Instead, people are being asked to download and complete the biographical form and submit it to the embassy, along with four 2×2 colored ‘selfie’ photos at least one week before they depart for the U.S. The biographical form will be filed by the embassy for reference just in case Filipinos overstay in the U.S. The no-visa policy for Filipinos is good for 60 days stay in all states except Alaska.
brslomo replied on April 22, 2014 with:
After I read the language used by the OP in her first post and in subsequent posts in this thread, I took a look at her posting history. My guess is that she is the Pinay wife of a bloody farang. So she gets a pass I guess. She apparently saw the article on Adobo Chronicle and because of her naivete, she took it for true. But when I saw it, the first thing I did was to google to see if anyone else had reported anything about it. I guess I didn't put the magic combination of words into GOOGLE since I didn't come up with the AC reference the first time. But eventually I did and figured out what I suspected, which is that it was a hoax. I'm just glad that I didn't chat with my gf before that. BRS
thedrover replied on April 22, 2014 with:
What are you smoking this morning mate? lol I've got a return ticket already to fly back to Aussie just prior to 6mts Any solid tips for me bloke?
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MrsP replied to the thread dangerous or safe in the Philippines? on the Philippines forum on April 22, 2014:
ACEPoolPlayer initially posted:
If you are the paranoid type of person or the boastful type of person the Philippines is not for you. If you are adventurous, you like taking some risks with the possibility of great rewards life in the Philippines could be great. You need to be street smart as a foreigner to survive happily in the Philippines. If you are not street smart it will be on the job training that "could" cost you harm or a lot of money. There is danger everywhere, but the naïve are always a lot more at risk. You can walk or drive down the wrong street in any big town or city in the world and get in trouble. Would I walk in Luneta Park in Manila at midnight? Probably not. Would I walk in Central Park in NYC? Definitely not!!!
MrsP replied on April 22, 2014 with:
Very true tlallen... Being Scottish my natural couloir is blue!!! So iv pretty much no chance of getting a tan even here!!
tlallen59 replied on April 22, 2014 with:
MrsP, hard to get a tan in the home land. Every time it got warm enough to take off your shirt the midges would eat you alive!
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joyrav4s replied to the thread permanent resident on the Philippines forum on April 22, 2014:
mrlucky initially posted:
If I get a plane ticket to the Philippines and a 29 day visa from America and I marry a Philippine girl when I get there will I still have to pay the 10,000 American dollars to the Philippine bank to be able to be a permanent resident of the Philippines?
joyrav4s replied on April 22, 2014 with:
Yes. A spouse can avail this status with a condition. But I don't believe Mr. Lucky, you're married yet, correct? This is from the Bureau of Immigration also: 4. Can a foreigner spouse or child of a Balikbayan avail this privilege when traveling to the Philippines alone? A foreign national spouse and/or child of a Balikbayan may only be given the said privilege if he/she is traveling with his/her Balikbayan spouse or parent.
mrlucky replied on April 22, 2014 with:
Wow, it looks like that option is out. Why does this have to be so complicated? I just need a way for me to get to the Philippines from California have a little time to get married over there and then find a place where we can live and then figure a way so that I can stay in the Philippines without all the hassles of leaving the country and then coming back. I just want to retire there and live happily ever after. Like in the movies. Lol
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thedrover posted UPDATE on Pleaseee give me the Good Oil on the Philippines forum on April 22, 2014:
G’day from Aussie I’m at the ripe old age of full pension retirement on 8-May… I will be coming to live in Phil/Davao at the end of June & staying on the allowed 6 mt Visa - to start with. It’s my 1st time going OS & I must admit I have the fn jitters a bit:( I’m an Ex-builder, now designing new technology & I would be most obliged if any of you blokes (or ladies) could help me out with a few tips so I can at least start the ball rolling before I come… My bucket list for any suggestions is as below: 1 Love to keep in contact with English speaking people, especially in the Davao area. 2. The type of Health Insurance policy I should get covered with without bustin the pocket – and name of Insurer 3. What are my permanent Visa options after 6mts on returning to Phil 4. Best way to draw on my Pension from my Australian ANZ Bank card without being slugged big withdrawal fees 5. I love me spuds (Potatoes) & not big on rice… lol Can I buy decent spuds there, or am I allowed by customs to bring a couple on spuds into Phil to plant myself 6. In addition to my airfare paid here in Aussie… how much am I likely to be slugged extra & what for, upon arrival by the corrupt Custom/Govt officials? 7. Any tips on how to get mail/packages into Phil safely - without it being stolen by Postal or Custom Officials? Ummmm that’s it for the mo! Thanks Paul
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standupguy replied to the thread Fiance' Visa on the Philippines forum on April 22, 2014:
gworsham initially posted:
The Group here has already helped me on this question but this is an added twist. It is understood that about 80% of tourist visa's for Filipino females get turned down. I am a US citizen living in the USA and have a Filipino girlfriend. We have not met in person and would like to get to know each other better. If possible, we would like to obtain a Fiance' Visa for her to visit me and stay a maximum period of time. I am available for traveling to the Philippines and participate in the interview process. We will spend about 2 weeks together prior to the interview. There is a concern based on reading about obtaining a Fiancé' visa which is as follows: In general, the foreign-citizen fiancé(e) and U.S. citizen sponsor must have met in person within the past two years. The initial application ask the question about if we have met. Based on completing the application the answer is no. Based on when the interview happens, the answer will be yes. Does anyone have any insight on handling that situation? I am guessing that that I have to answer what is true now for the application. Any help will be appreciated.
standupguy replied on April 22, 2014 with:
In your courtship, you should be able to determine whether she truly loves you and is not just pretending to. It could be she might cheat on you if you live apart for a while. In my neighborhood, there was a Filipina married for a month to a man from Texas, but when he went back home, she was cheating on him right away (more common in Ph. for both men and women to cheat on each other). All the local women were buzzing with the gossip. His wife's Facebook photos spilled beans, so he found out. She tried to hit on me and discovered that wouldn't work. Our neighbor across from us cheats on her Japanese husband when he is not there with her. Gossip buzzing there too.. My wife and I are 24 years of age apart and we unconditionally trust and love each other. Ours is not a transactional relationship or marriage of convenience. The older foreigner with the younger Filipina is common everywhere in the Ph.as the Filipino culture has a different attitude about the age difference. Many things about the Pinoy culture appeal to me and their family friendly lifestyle is one of them.
brslomo replied on April 22, 2014 with:
I hope this is not considered as a hijack of this topic because I believe it is relevant. I have a question. Someone said that 80% of fiance visas get turned down. May I ask why? The reason I ask is that (and I'm sure this is or was true fro some of you) I am significantly older than my Pinay fiance. I've known her now for four years. I've visited her twice. I'm waiting until I retire for us to be together. I may bring her here, not sure about that yet. But if I do it will only be long enough to help me in preparing my house for sale. And then at the same time I will then make a determination about whether I think she will be true to me for the long haul before deciding whether or not to stay here or go back to Phils. I do think that such a winter/spring relationship has a better chance of surviving in the Phils than here because I think that, here, there will be a lot of inputs (for her) that she is being used, could have done or could do better, etc. Whereas I think that in Phils a lot more people will be accepting of it. I'd like y'all's input into these ideas as well. Thanks. BRS
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standupguy replied to the thread Philippine Airlines on the Philippines forum on April 22, 2014:
ACEPoolPlayer initially posted:
Standupguy, In the future if you or anyone else has problems with Philippines Airlines or for that matter any official in the Philippines use an important person's name. Lucio Tan is the owner of PAL. Next time say "my wife or my friend is a cousin to Lucio Tan. Then ask the guy his name. You can even say he was on of the ninongs (sponsors) at my wedding. Believe me, his attitude will change fast. You may even get an upgrade. Using someone's name works very well in the Philippines. Average people are scared of rich people because in the Philippines money talks. I had an old picture standing next to Mayor Alfredo Lim (Mayor of Manila) at some function. I kept it in my wallet, whenever I had a problem with authorities I'd accidently show off the picture. It worked every time. Who would want to take a chance that you actually personally know one of these people and risk losing their job. Life in the Philippines.
standupguy replied on April 22, 2014 with:
that's funny ACEPoolPlayer, my wife and are are lol!
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standupguy replied to the thread provinces on the Philippines forum on April 22, 2014:
builder initially posted:
are the provinces best place to live for expat medical? rent? finding a good woman?
standupguy replied on April 22, 2014 with:
well there you go. I thought so. I understand what your are saying...as I have an old Kiwi bud. When someone calls you mate in Canada, sometimes it is meant sarcastically. thanks for the compliment Bud.
poochewer replied on April 22, 2014 with:
Well 2 people are rarely equal .maybe one of us is more superior than the other. I'm an Aussie, and I don't know whether u know it or not, but when an Aussie calls u "mate" it is truly a nice complement , and that's what I meant by it. But ask any other aussie.Don't take my word for it.
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cotswoldtony replied to the thread Extreme big game sea fishing on the Philippines forum on April 22, 2014:
cotswoldtony initially posted:
Hi all, I am new to this forum hoping to spend quality time in the Philippines soon....I have a passion for extreme big game sea fishing when I travel to new places....yellow fin tuna in Phil is big business but I have not yet researched the big game fishing available there so any comments would be appreciated...if not good there it's not far to Phuket where I would like to go fishing for the fasted fish in the world (sail fish) that i have not caught yet...are any of you guys into big game fishing ?...if so I would like to hear from you...regards Tony
cotswoldtony replied on April 22, 2014 with:
Thank you for your reply it's always nice to hear from other guys that like sea fishing ...well after a little on-line research it seems the island of Siargao is popular for big game fishing and Sailfish Bay Surf & Big Game Fishing Lodge has really good reviews/sensible rates....it would be nice to meet up with anyone interested in big game fishing...regards Tony
tlallen59 replied on April 21, 2014 with:
I have never gone big game fishing there only for small stuff but the biggest tuna I have ever seen was in the market in Gingoog City. The eye was for sale and it was as big as a baseball. Also the bottom half was there for sale and was standing on the floor, it was massive!
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