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CAteacher replied to the thread Shopping in Tagaytay for American food, TV, Internet on the Philippines forum on October 24, 2014:
kjcracin initially posted:
Hello, I have recently moved to Tagaytay. Does anyone know of a grocery store close that carries American food? Also the best internet Provider? The best Satellite/Cable TV provider? I currently have Cignal TV but the prepaid plan has limited programming. To get the best programming you have to have a post paid plan with a 2 year contract and I will only be living in this location for 6 months. I have Globe Tattoo for the internet which is very sporadic and limited most of the time. Thank you, Kelly Kelly
CAteacher replied 9 hours ago with:
You guys are making us want to move sooner and sooner! Keep it up! ;-)
CAteacher replied 10 hours ago with:
You guys are making us want to move sooner and sooner! Keep it! ;-)
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kjcracin posted ACR Card on the Philippines forum on October 24, 2014:
Does anyone know if you can apply for an ACR Card at one of the Extension offices? Thanks, Kelly
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Panglaodreamer replied to the thread Advice on Home Insurance on the Philippines forum on October 23, 2014:
Vinon initially posted:
I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on the value of buying home insurance. Whilst my house was built to a standard that has taken , hurricanes and earthquakes into consideration, nothing is immune from these natural disasters or indeed other factors such as fire/flood etc etc. If the house were severely damaged in such a scenario it would be financially crippling. I have done a little research on line but as always I find the best way to secure information is through forums such as this. Has anyone insured their property, if so could you give an idea of cost and reputable companies?
Panglaodreamer replied on October 23, 2014 with:
Try these people. http://www.malayan.com/products/packaged/homeprotectplus . I have a house in Panglao I wanted to insure so I E-Mailed them about it but never got a reply. You might have better luck. PM me if you hear anything. Thanks
chance2013 replied on October 23, 2014 with:
The insurance companies here are not regulated as they are in the west many just do not pay out. Your best bet is to research the best company in philippines
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strawn replied to the thread my son on the Philippines forum on October 22, 2014:
strawn initially posted:
I lived and worked out of the US for over 30 years and married a wonderful woman from Guyana. We retired in a small town in Texas. Our son is 18 and will graduate from HS next spring. He was born with a cleft palate, nicely repaired, but it's there. Also will probably be bald like me. Already he's having difficulty finding a date. Would I be wrong to point him the Philippines? Thanks
strawn replied on October 22, 2014 with:
CAteacher, I agree that would probably be best. But his mother and I would be there with him to apply the brakes. Later on, in his twenties he could go by himself and not have to drag his by then pushing 70 parents around.
CAteacher replied on October 22, 2014 with:
Straw, I like your idea of bring your sone to the Philippines for a little look-around. But perhaps that would be a better investment if you wait till he gets his vocation nailed and is twenty-something with enough maturity to found a family. Perhaps then he will have built self--esteem enough not to pick the first beautiful flower that comes within reach. There are fields of beauties, but we all know how deep beauty goes, don't we?
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Singlelooking replied to the thread Visiting Manila and Cebu on the Philippines forum on October 22, 2014:
Gerardsag initially posted:
Hi. I will finally be able to come to the Philippines for a month in early December. I wanted to know if anyone would be available to correspond by e-mail or had any recommendations as to where I could meet up with any ex-pats in either city. Also, I corresponded a couple of times with someone in Cebu whose last name I thought was Harmon. I can't find his e-mail address anywhere. Does anyone know him. Gerry
Singlelooking replied on October 22, 2014 with:
in Cebu you can go to Stake Out its an American bar rest. its by Robinsons mall (2 blocks) near Mango. there several American bars here. easy to meet up with expats there. owners name is mike,nice guy. Also look for a large man called Jim. been here over 30 years, very nice.
poochewer replied on October 22, 2014 with:
My advice is don't come to Philippines for one month. Come for 6 months or a year, cos u won't want to go home.
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sherwood replied to the thread banking on the Philippines forum on October 21, 2014:
dddraper initially posted:
I am arriving in Manila in about 1 week. I plan to stay 5 months. I will be carrying a large amount of USD with me (under the 10k limit). I am a bit nervious traveling with so much cash on me. Can I as a US citizen open a bank account and deposit my cash. Then use a Philippine debit card. Any tips will be helpful. Regards !!
sherwood replied on October 21, 2014 with:
I had no problem opening a joint account with my wife in BDO and BPI. I only had to show them my Passport. The account are in the name of my wife "or" my name, and not "and". Was not a problem. We actually open up these accounts before we were married and changed he name after we were married on the accounts.
kjcracin replied on October 21, 2014 with:
I have found the exchange rate at the Manila Airport (not other airports) to be competitive. I also transfer money to my wife's BDO account via Ria Money Transfer. The exchange rate is far better than Xoom, or Remitly and a set $5.00 transaction fee up to $2,999 transferred. Using my Credit Union Debit Card here is quite costly compared to other options. I believe you can open a bank account here also but may take an Attorney to jump through the Bank hoops. The Banks want an ACR Card from The BI but from what I read from another thread is not legally mandatory. (I say this without personal knowledge, just the information gained from that post). Good Luck.
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probertp replied to the thread Finding the ideal partner, age difference on the Philippines forum on October 21, 2014:
ACEPoolPlayer initially posted:
Someone posted a topic regarding finding a Filipina with or without children. Some people may want to find someone with children, but the majority of foreigners would prefer someone without younger dependent children (whether in the Philippines or anywhere else in the world). Majority of the people on this forum are between 50-70 years old. Not all, just the majority. Ideally you'd want to find someone over 30 or a little closer to your age. It's difficult to find someone over 30 without children. It's definitely possible but I'd say 90%-95% of women over 30 on websites have children. It's not impossible but it's probably a little easier to have a successful relationship if someone didn't have dependent children from a previous relationship. My guess is that when a foreigner finds a nice, honest Filipina without children of any age they jump on the opportunity. Filipinas can make great wives and mothers.
probertp replied on October 21, 2014 with:
"White" is seen as intelligent and rich. It is almost worshipped! Many take glutathione to be white, or want to. But you are correct in what you say. Filipinas with kids no longer trust filipino men. They see them as unfaithful and, to some, lazy drunks. Many of the women I met have been abused. Yes, you can be scammed. So take your time! I met my fiancee 3 times for total 12 weeks before I proposed. She and her family are wonderful. Take your time guys! If she always asks for money for clothes, jewelry, etc, watch out!
probertp replied on October 21, 2014 with:
"White" is seen as intelligent and rich. It is almost worshipped! Many take glutathione to be white, or want to. But you are correct in what you say. Filipinas with kids no longer trust filipino men. They see them as unfaithful and, to some, lazy drunks. Many of the women I met have been abused. Yes, you can be scammed. So take your time! I met my fiancee 3 times for total 12 weeks before I proposed. She and her family are wonderful. Take your time guys! If she always asks for money for clothes, jewelry, etc, watch out!
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chive69 replied to the thread Marriage ceremony and family presence on the Philippines forum on October 17, 2014:
chive69 initially posted:
Hello, this question is for locals, from the south especially. I have a girlfriend in Da Nang, and we love each other and have thoughts about marriage, but she said that in order to marry, my Mom, and at least other 2 members of my family, have to be present and participate in some aspects of the ceremony. However, my Mom's health is fragile (she could not take the twenty something hour trip to VN and deal with a different altitude and climate and food and jet lag without her health being affected) so she cannot attend. My girlfriend says that, because of that, her family will never let her marry me, and therefore, our fate is sealed...is that true? I there any way around it? We both want to stay in VN and I'm aware that marriage ceremony traditions vary among the different regions. Thanks for any
chive69 replied on October 17, 2014 with:
She is Buddhist and her family has reside in Da Nang (central Vietnam) for several generations
brslomo replied on October 17, 2014 with:
Is your wife Catholic, Bhuddist, Animist, or some other religion? I was married in Vietnam in 1970 during the war. My witness was a fellow soldier. I don't recall any complaints from her family. I know times have changed in Vietnam. But if anything, I would imagine that there is less emphasis on traditional requirements.
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