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Title: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on May 03, 2014, 10:36:08 PM
I wonder if we should not have a thread all to itself, for daily, weekly, monthly or whatever checking in. Well lets see if there is any interest and if there is, then maybe Jack will make a thread just for checking in.

My thoughts on this is that often members read the forum and some post while others rarely if ever do, well I was thinking, yes I know that can be dangerous,  8) how about if all a member has to do is post a quick hello, or something like I am having a great life in the Philippines, or I hope to have a great life in the Philippine, or whatever, just so we all get to know who reads this forum and possibly what their interests in the Philippines might be about.

For those of you who do not know me, I have been married to my lovely wife for coming on 20 years now and we have traveled back and forth to the Philippine since getting married and in the recent years since I totally retired, we have been visiting yearly and spending 3 or 4 months a year in Cebu while also traveling around the Philippines visiting family and friends. My wife and I just got back to the US this week, so

so far it has been a great year, how about you? How is your life going?

Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Gray Wolf on May 03, 2014, 10:50:27 PM
I wonder if we should not have a thread all to itself, for daily, weekly, monthly or whatever checking in. Well lets see if there is any interest and if there is, then maybe Jack will make a thread just for checking in.


Here you go, Lee!  I made it a "sticky" so it will always be at the top of this page under this topic.  It's all yours Big Boy! 

Today is the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby!  The fastest 2 minutes in sports.  It's a holiday in Louisville, where we've been partying for 2 weeks.  I'll be away from the computer all day, so everyone behave!  Lee and Rufus are in charge while I'm away eating BBQ, burgoo and drinking ice cold beer.   Have fun, y'all!    :)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: meylou on May 04, 2014, 02:16:13 AM
We are fine, thanks for asking. 
Glad to you know you are now back in Florida. Hopefully it's not raining too much where you are. The Florida Panhandle got too much rain in a 24-hour period.

We are now following the NHL hockey playoff games, since we only really watch during playoffs.
Rooting for LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks. Crosstown rivalry game today. 

I also enjoy watching what fancy hats people wear during the Kentucky Derby. It's amusing. :)  I wonder if Jack and Gloria wear fun or fancy hats while partying during this time. :) :) ;)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: hitekcountry on May 04, 2014, 02:19:23 AM
Ok Lee Iíll jump in here and contribute. :)

As some of you may remember Iím interested in evaluating the Philippines as a place to retire to. Actually Iíve been retired for some time now living in San Jose Ca but I donít much care for big cities. I grew up a country boy. So Manila/ Makati is not a consideration and even a gated community/suburb would not be appealing to me at all.

Also because I now have Dual citizenship I can own land, limited to the same limitations of any Philippine citizen.

Iíve been sidetracked for over 4 months on a large project but now Iím done with that and now looking to plan my next trip to the Philippines. One or my relatives that we stayed with when we were in the Philippines will be here in CA in a few days. Iíll be talking to him about planning my trip.
   
Who knows I might even get the chance to have breakfast at IHOP with Art and Bud. 8)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on May 04, 2014, 02:44:43 AM
@ graywolf
In charge, please turn over the keys lol. Just kidding, I sure do not need the extra work/ :D

@ meyleu
 The weather here in Fort Lauderdale Florida is great but it does look like it might rain later today, hope your game goes well.

@ hitekcountry

Glad you jumped in, being a dual citizen will sure make it a lot easier for you to deal with any issues. I wish I was there to join you Art and Bud at IHOP, I guess I will have to settle for the ones in the US and we also love the Original House of Pancakes they have here, I love the Apple baby pancakes.
mmmmmm mummm good but lots of sugar.

Thanks to you all for jumping in, I hope others will jump in as well, so we can all get to know each other to enhance this community.

photo removed due to bad link
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on May 04, 2014, 03:06:22 AM
Just checking in to say Hi!
"Hi"! OMG, another IHOP fan!
::) ??? :o ;)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: mikbal on May 04, 2014, 04:48:29 AM
    Just getting ready this weekend here in San Antonio to watch the Spurs blow another playoff (hopefully not!).  My daughter is moving to Dallas this summer to start work on her Ph.D. at SMU and I have already warned her not to be seduced by those wicked Maverick fans. :)
    We head out for the Philippines Tuesday and will be visiting family in Angeles, as well as seeing the sites in Baguio and Manila.  We're looking forward to the trip but not to that long flight from LA to Seoul.  After that the flight from Seoul to the Philippines seems just like a short hop. 

Mike
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on May 04, 2014, 05:34:52 AM
Enjoy your trip Mike and be sure to fill us in when you have time.

As for the flights, I can relate. We take Delta to Atlanta and then KAL from Atlanta to Seoul and then to Cebu with a total travel time of around 30 hours including layovers and not including start time from our home and I am usually wiped out for a week after going and coming. :(

I love our time in the Philippines but I hate the travel back and forth. :(
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: BingColin on May 04, 2014, 07:13:09 AM
I have been with this forum from the very beginning with an interruption caused by a dispute with an ex moderator outside of the forum :( This caused a lot of my early posts to be marked as 'guest' giving me a lot lower post count. Jack brought me back in again but I am a bit cautious about posting now having had my fingers burnt.

My wife and I were married in the UK in 1988 and moved permanently to the Philippines in 2005. We spent one year in Manila and the rest of the time in Puerto Princesa Palawan.  We rented initially in the city centre but moved into our newly built house around 3 years ago. Problems with the contractors caused us to lose a lot of money so we are still making improvements. The latest, in progress now, is building a wall around the lot.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Shewmake on May 04, 2014, 07:25:50 AM
My two centavos- I am bone tired but the house is almost finished. Soon some well deserved rest and a few cold ones.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: hitekcountry on May 04, 2014, 08:54:24 AM
Colin

I was able to see some of what you posted of your house build, and some I missed. It was very interesting and informative and helpful in my understanding the differences in building from the US and Philippines.

No doubt it represented quite a bit of effort to post all you did on the net and I for one would like to thank you for that.

OH....also want to say ... Very Nice House!
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Gray Wolf on May 04, 2014, 08:59:33 AM
My two centavos- I am bone tired but the house is almost finished. Soon some well deserved rest and a few cold ones.

Won't be hard to find you!  Hahahaha!   :D :D :D :) :) :)

The house is looking good!  Keep us posted on the rest of the work!
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Travelling Bob on May 04, 2014, 09:17:50 AM
G-Day everyone I am in Banna now and end of week with be going to Palawan for about 4 days.

Bob
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: meylou on May 04, 2014, 11:47:27 AM
Enjoy your Palawan trip, Bob.  Maybe you'll run into Colin  :) .

Stephen, please let us know how your home construction is doing... you're almost at the end of the line - almost..  ;)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Travelling Bob on May 04, 2014, 04:37:27 PM

Enjoy your Palawan trip, Bob.  Maybe you'll run into Colin  :) .

thanks, I have been reading all about Palawan and am really looking forward to it. It sounds a great place.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: BingColin on May 04, 2014, 04:55:18 PM
Colin

I was able to see some of what you posted of your house build, and some I missed. It was very interesting and informative and helpful in my understanding the differences in building from the US and Philippines.

No doubt it represented quite a bit of effort to post all you did on the net and I for one would like to thank you for that.

OH....also want to say ... Very Nice House!

Thanks HT, hopefully as money becomes available it will continue to look nicer. An improvement I hope to make some day is to put a fountain in front maybe a solar powered one if I can find suitable pumps etc.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on May 04, 2014, 05:51:45 PM
@Stephen, (Shewmake) looking good, looks like it is going to be a very nice home.

@Colin, many of us who have been around for a while had gotten the benefit of many of your former posts whether they got lost in the software change or not, we enjoyed and appreciated them and yes it is a shame that newer members cannot get to enjoy some of them but life and especially digital life is not always totally fair, so we all just have to roll with the punches and move on.

Over the years I made thousands of posts on some forums I used to be on and thought that I had made many forum friends who I left behind when I left those forums because it would have been wrong of me to tell them what forums I had moved on to, so to this day I miss many of them but again that is life and I hope that I have learned from my mistakes, so hopefully I will never have to move on again. So Colin I hope you will post more often as I had found many of your posts insightful and the knowledge you have of the Philippines and life would be of great help to others.

Colin if you have time then I sure would enjoy some updates on things you do and things you have plans to do and I bet others would to. The fountain idea sounds neat, please post photos once you have plans or decide to tackle the job.

@Traveling Bob, I hope you enjoy your trip and hope you come back and keep us informed about it and about your time in the Philippines.

@everyone else, this can be a heck of a great thread for getting to know each other better, and another idea I like is what I learned from some members here and followed by putting in a signature with somethings about ourselves so others can gain more from our posts by knowing each of our situations. This can be easily accomplished by going to profile then down to Forum Profile and then typing something into the signature box. See photo below.


Hope to see more of you posting here and everywhere on the forums so we can all learn from each other and become a closer knit community.




Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: medic3500 on May 04, 2014, 07:27:18 PM
Daughter is coming in for a visit next week, am hoping to take a quick trip down your way Colin, maybe we can get together for coffee or a cold one. I'll let you know how the schedule pans out.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: starrt on May 04, 2014, 08:40:29 PM
Hi everyone,

My gf and I just decided last week that I will be going to be with her on June 7 for 3 weeks or so. I pay the little extra and fly PAL direct from Vancouver to Manila.
My plans are to start looking around QC and that area to find a place to set up my home business, with reliable, well, as reliable as possible, phone, internet, power and as it is said, in flood free areas.
We may be taking a weekend off and going to Palawan, or Bohol, or Cebu, or, or....the plans are in flux at the moment.
Our hope is that by either late this year or early next year I will have made all arrangements necessary to make my move there.

Thomas
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on May 04, 2014, 08:51:22 PM
Have a enjoyable trip Thomas (starrt) and I hope all your plans work out well for you both. Possibly you might wish to expand on what your home business might be so that others can learn from it. Also my opinion if you want reliable utilities is to try to get close to a call center area, as an example only, I know IT Park in Cebu City seems to have the best services and the least outages from what friends who live there tell me and where I get my LTE wifi service from, since I am a stones throw away as the bird flies.

If you happen to end up in Cebu or plan to be, from Feb to May of any year then please pm me and maybe the four (my wife and I) or more of us can all meet up. I am hoping that Art and his wonderful wife Jho will make it down our way next year as well.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: xtravolts on May 05, 2014, 06:40:21 AM
Just Checking IN.....  Lee, it was nice meeting you at the Lawn bowling and it was getting to be fun.  When are you going to return to the Philippines?  I was looking forward to getting better with the bowling but now I came across a chance to get more involved in my Greatest Love,  flying radio controlled aircraft, and it will interfere with my bowling.  The RC (radio control) club I joined only flies on Saturday and Sunday and usually from 2 pm to sunset.  Thus the conflict in time.  I may just give up the Sunday flying to be with you guys at the Irish Pub to bowl, but not yet.  Still would like to hang out with you guys at Bo's coffee in Ayala so when do you guys go there?  I don't know if I am following correct protocol with this post being addressed to Lee but also to everyone else in the forum???  I'm still new to posts, reply's, etc.  Michael (xtravolts)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: BudM on May 05, 2014, 07:15:12 AM
Just checking in.  All this talk about the IHOP but the chow down has apparently stalled with all the heat lately having an effect on transportation since someone can't get there himself as the little red puddle hopper doesn't go past the grocery store.  Others are quiet about it too so if it happens, guess it won't be for another few months.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: wjenkins2634 on May 05, 2014, 08:23:08 AM
Jump in there, I am in to say hello to everyone. I have been in the Philippines for 11 months now and man its hot but loving it. Farming in Cagayan Valley, Andrayan  Norte, Solana. Just finished harvesting one rice field and gathered 95 cabons. Corn is planted and just hope the rain and God are good to us.

Everyone take care and have a beautiful day.


Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on May 05, 2014, 10:10:24 AM
@ xtravolts (Michael) It was a pleasure meeting you and Rose and we look forward to seeing you both again when we get back late this year or early next year. We are usually in Cebu Feb to May but if a deal comes along towards the end of this year then we might jump on that.

Oh and as for format, I wanted this thread to be very informal with members just dropping in to say hi or fill us in on their lives, sort of like just chatting and getting to know each other, so your post was perfect and I hope you and others will keep the flow going.

Glad you found a club to fly with, hope you have lots of fun doing it. You got to do what makes you happy and the guys at the pub are just about always there on Sundays should you decide to visit them again.

@BudM, glad you checked in and it would be my hope that everyone drops into this thread once in a while to just to say hi and fill us in how their life is going and then of course it would be even better if they also post elsewhere on the forum asking and answering questions.

@wjenkins2634 good to hear from you and I am sure many of us would love to hear more about your farming  and your area of the Philippines. One thing I have found over the years, is that no matter how much any of us may know about our own part of the Philippines, there is always much to learn from others about other areas, so I hope you will post some more and fill us in.

Keep the post coming guys and gals, IMO it is great for us all to get to know each other better. (thumbsup all)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: BingColin on May 05, 2014, 10:29:03 AM

So Colin I hope you will post more often as I had found many of your posts insightful and the knowledge you have of the Philippines and life would be of great help to others.

Colin if you have time then I sure would enjoy some updates on things you do and things you have plans to do and I bet others would to. The fountain idea sounds neat, please post photos once you have plans or decide to tackle the job.


Lee, thanks for the nice comments, it makes the effort involved worthwhile  :)

I will attempt to make some posts on some of the things I have done here and maybe some plans but that could result in a very lengthy post  :)

I no longer post photos on the forum because that was one on the things that suffered when I got kicked out. I do post some photos on Flickr and have a web site that Jack allows me to link to. It does contain all the details of the house build up to the time we moved in, but needs updating with some later stuff. I have also started a section on it on my latest computer design that needs a lot of photos added. Although not strictly connected to living in the Philippines, it was designed to overcome problems I have had here with overheating.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on May 05, 2014, 10:37:58 AM
Colin, as long as Jack allows it, then please post the link so we all can enjoy the fruits of your labor and learn from them. Maybe start a new thread in the proper section and fill us in on what has been going on with your building and the longer the post, the better as far as I am concerned, then it just means more to read and try to absorb which is sure better than not knowing.

As for not posting photos here, let us all hope the forum never crashes again and if it should get back to the posting of the old days, then maybe it will even expand, well lets hope so, as this was always a great forum with lots of great people on it and I know that I sure do miss reading yours and many of the other members posts about their lives in the Philippines. I sure hope to be seeing more posts daily so I and others will then know how you all are getting on with your lives.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: paulgee on May 05, 2014, 02:28:43 PM
Well, it has been a fine and sunny weekend here in England. Not too warm but then this ain't the Philippines! From our 3rd floor apartment I can see our towns cricket ground and one of the first games of their season yesterday. On warm summer days last year a friend and I would walk over to their clubhouse and enjoy a few beers as we watched.

Shirley worked double shifts both days at the local hospital (enhanced weekend pay!) so I had some time to myself. Yes it is true, I just want her for her money as she just wants me for my body - isn't it usually the other way round guys?

I went out with a local cycling club yesterday morning, memorable for it's cake and coffee stops in the local Essex countryside. Waking up this morning my aching knees tell me I am not getting any younger, though some fellow riders are years older than me.

We are counting down now until October when we will return to the Philippines for a brief holiday. And also waiting for the bill for our baby nieces heart operation in Manila, which will dictate our spending money whilst there!
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: BingColin on May 05, 2014, 05:06:12 PM
Daughter is coming in for a visit next week, am hoping to take a quick trip down your way Colin, maybe we can get together for coffee or a cold one. I'll let you know how the schedule pans out.

Dan, sorry it took a while to get back to you but I have not been able to get on the computer much in the last few days. I am getting over Flu but still have had to do a bit of chasing around plus having long siestas in the afternoons. We would be very pleased to meet up with you if you do decide to come our way. This also applies to anyone elso visiting Puerto Princesa.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: BingColin on May 05, 2014, 07:47:05 PM
Colin, as long as Jack allows it, then please post the link so we all can enjoy the fruits of your labor and learn from them. Maybe start a new thread in the proper section and fill us in on what has been going on with your building and the longer the post, the better as far as I am concerned, then it just means more to read and try to absorb which is sure better than not knowing.

As for not posting photos here, let us all hope the forum never crashes again and if it should get back to the posting of the old days, then maybe it will even expand, well lets hope so, as this was always a great forum with lots of great people on it and I know that I sure do miss reading yours and many of the other members posts about their lives in the Philippines. I sure hope to be seeing more posts daily so I and others will then know how you all are getting on with your lives.


The reason Jack allows a link to my site is because it has no members and I do not run a forum so is not in competition with this forum. A certain person in the past did accuse me of trying to steal members but that was, and still is, not true. I state clearly at the beginning that it is just information for family and friends. It gives me a lot more freedom to display the information the way I want it. In the past I have put some information on the forum with a link to more details on my site. I have not touched my site for some time, so I need to get back to it, tidy it, update it etc. Here is the link as the site stands at the moment http://thephilippinejournal.wikifoundry.com/ (http://thephilippinejournal.wikifoundry.com/)

There were problems in the forum in the past, which I wonít go into, but it did cause a lot of the early members to drop out, however, it has improved a lot and is now one of the best forums on the subject. When I was removed, I was generally p****d with whole thing so arranged for someone to delete me and I removed all the links to the photos. Some (most?) of my early posts remain but are attributed to ĎGuestí and with no photos. To be honest, I am still wary of the power wielded by moderators etc, and the misuse by one member has made me reluctant to get too deeply involved, however, things have changed so I will reconsider.

Sorry for the long sermon, but I felt the need to explain how things stood with me and the forum.

I will follow Leeís suggestion and produce some post to explain how we live and what we do here. Perhaps there should be a new section entitled something like ĎHow we live hereí  :) and encourage others that live here permanently to make contributions. I think this would be of interest to members still thinking of moving here and saying Ďwhat will I do when I get thereí. Just swinging in a hammock drinking Red Horse served by a beautiful Filipina can get a little boring after a while   ;)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: starrt on May 05, 2014, 09:53:04 PM
Have a enjoyable trip Thomas (starrt) and I hope all your plans work out well for you both. Possibly you might wish to expand on what your home business might be so that others can learn from it. Also my opinion if you want reliable utilities is to try to get close to a call center area, as an example only, I know IT Park in Cebu City seems to have the best services and the least outages from what friends who live there tell me and where I get my LTE wifi service from, since I am a stones throw away as the bird flies.

If you happen to end up in Cebu or plan to be, from Feb to May of any year then please pm me and maybe the four (my wife and I) or more of us can all meet up. I am hoping that Art and his wonderful wife Jho will make it down our way next year as well.


Hi Lee, and everyone else,

I did post a question, with a short explanation, last year of what our future plans are.
I think that this thread is not the place to bring that up, so the link is here if anyone wants to see what it says.

http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?topic=48375.msg52084#msg52084 (http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?topic=48375.msg52084#msg52084)

I am not yet close to retirement, but both myself and my asawa are planning for me to move to the Philippines and work there for a few years until such time that we can both retire. At that time we will move out of the Manila area to somewhere else, someplace quieter, calmer, less populated, etc etc.

Thomas
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on May 05, 2014, 09:59:30 PM
Just checking in.  All this talk about the IHOP but the chow down has apparently stalled with all the heat lately having an effect on transportation since someone can't get there himself as the little red puddle hopper doesn't go past the grocery store.  Others are quiet about it too so if it happens, guess it won't be for another few months.
Hi Bud,
Just last week we met up with a member from another forum (I think he's on here too, but seldom posts) and with his 2 kids 4 yr old boy and 10 yr old daughter (nice kids, but you know how 4 yr olds are). We all got in "Little Red" and made it to the House of Pancakes at Nuvali, an IHOP it wasn't, but I still ordered myself a Big Country Breakfast and French Toast! It was good, but not great!
IHOP is still on my agenda though, but we'll make it there one of these days!  ::) ??? :o ;)   
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on May 05, 2014, 11:40:14 PM
Well, it has been a fine and sunny weekend here in England. Not too warm but then this ain't the Philippines! From our 3rd floor apartment I can see our towns cricket ground and one of the first games of their season yesterday. On warm summer days last year a friend and I would walk over to their clubhouse and enjoy a few beers as we watched.

Shirley worked double shifts both days at the local hospital (enhanced weekend pay!) so I had some time to myself. Yes it is true, I just want her for her money as she just wants me for my body - isn't it usually the other way round guys?

I went out with a local cycling club yesterday morning, memorable for it's cake and coffee stops in the local Essex countryside. Waking up this morning my aching knees tell me I am not getting any younger, though some fellow riders are years older than me.

We are counting down now until October when we will return to the Philippines for a brief holiday. And also waiting for the bill for our baby nieces heart operation in Manila, which will dictate our spending money whilst there!

Thanks for your posts Paulgee and others, it is great all you guys are kicking in thus letting us all know both that you are okay and a little about your lives.

It is great that Shirley is working, thus making money to support you in the style you are accustomed to lol, joke lang but I know a working wife can definitely add to the kitty to make life much easier and bring about retirement much quicker, so hoping your vacations and then retirement comes quickly for you both.

Cycling is great exercise to keep you young and alive, I wonder how you will be able to accomplish that when in the Philippines, maybe the area you move will be like Arts where you can ride, I know in my area of Cebu it would be very hard to do but I am told there are those that ride in some other areas of Cebu.

I hope Oct comes quickly for you, thus also bringing the end of the year closer for us, so we get close to our next trip over.

Sorry to hear of the nieces heart issues, our prayers will be with her for a quick recovery, please keep us informed.

Last year was a very bad year for us, my wife's sister needed a DNC and her brother got stabbed by the next door neighbor, so needless to say it cost us a small fortune in hospital and medical bills, which in turn made us stay home and eat rice a lot of the time we were in Cebu last year, fortunately this year we were in much better shape to run around with lots of friends, yet right at the end had we stayed even another week it would have meant rice only for the rest of the trip :( so I am glad my wife planned our return for when she did. Sp Paul I can understand what you may end up with but the child and in our case families life comes first as it should be IMO.

I guess that is one of the issues for some of us when we marry into a family but the upside sure does outweigh the bad, so I still feel I am very blessed to have my lovely wife and most of her family.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on May 06, 2014, 12:14:22 AM
The reason Jack allows a link to my site is because it has no members and I do not run a forum so is not in competition with this forum. A certain person in the past did accuse me of trying to steal members but that was, and still is, not true. I state clearly at the beginning that it is just information for family and friends. It gives me a lot more freedom to display the information the way I want it. In the past I have put some information on the forum with a link to more details on my site. I have not touched my site for some time, so I need to get back to it, tidy it, update it etc. Here is the link as the site stands at the moment [url]http://thephilippinejournal.wikifoundry.com/[/url] ([url]http://thephilippinejournal.wikifoundry.com/[/url])

There were problems in the forum in the past, which I wonít go into, but it did cause a lot of the early members to drop out, however, it has improved a lot and is now one of the best forums on the subject. When I was removed, I was generally p****d with whole thing so arranged for someone to delete me and I removed all the links to the photos. Some (most?) of my early posts remain but are attributed to ĎGuestí and with no photos. To be honest, I am still wary of the power wielded by moderators etc, and the misuse by one member has made me reluctant to get too deeply involved, however, things have changed so I will reconsider.

Sorry for the long sermon, but I felt the need to explain how things stood with me and the forum.

I will follow Leeís suggestion and produce some post to explain how we live and what we do here. Perhaps there should be a new section entitled something like ĎHow we live hereí  :) and encourage others that live here permanently to make contributions. I think this would be of interest to members still thinking of moving here and saying Ďwhat will I do when I get thereí. Just swinging in a hammock drinking Red Horse served by a beautiful Filipina can get a little boring after a while   ;)

First of all in reply to your other post, get well soon my friend, I regularly get the flu on most of our trips to the Philippines but thankfully this past trip neither of us got sick at all from colds or flu and my only issues were from my messed up immune system (Lupus) and the trip and upside down time zone (for me) knocking the heck out of my usually messed up body.

Thanks for the link Colin, I will check out your Blog. I understand (having been a mod and an admin on quite a few forums in the past as well as a member of quite a few) about the way some mods and owners feel about blogs sort of being stealing their members but I feel happy members will stay on a forum if they find another forum or blog a member supplies, while at the same time I can understand owners being hesitant to allow links to blogs or other forums, since I too had been blamed by a friend when I left one forum to go to another and then had the owner of a forum I later left continually harass and threaten me because HE felt I would steal his members, which I would never do and the fact that the forum I went to and became an admin on at a friend who owned its request and which finally failed due to lack of funds by the owner of that forum, should have been proof alone to the former forum owner that I would never do that but I doubt even that was good enough proof to him, so I can sort of relate to where you are coming from. Forums and those that run them can at times be hard to deal with and I too am a bit gun shy because often when I write on a forum it would bring about a flood of harassing emails from the owner of former forums I was on in the past because THEY felt I was trying to steal their members or to make other forums better to hurt their forum but I feel I am free to post where I wish to, just as members are free to post or not post where they wish to, so in the end it would be my hope that all forums and forum members could get along, just as I wish we all in this world could get along and it is not about trying to hurt anyone or any forum, it IMHO is ALL about trying to help those that read forums because others had helped me with their posts, so I want to give back and besides, in life I FEEL it is all about doing unto others as I wish them to do unto me.

So Colin, thank you for your input and thank you for writing that you will follow my suggestion, lets all in this world try to help each other because in the end I believe we can be happier with ourselves for the good we can do in this world and the good we can do for the Philippines and the people of the Philippines by telling readers like it is, so that happier and more knowledgeable people will visit or move to the Philippines and thus end up with better lives there, as well as making less waves while there.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on May 06, 2014, 12:20:31 AM
Hi Lee, and everyone else,

I did post a question, with a short explanation, last year of what our future plans are.
I think that this thread is not the place to bring that up, so the link is here if anyone wants to see what it says.

[url]http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?topic=48375.msg52084#msg52084[/url] ([url]http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?topic=48375.msg52084#msg52084[/url])

I am not yet close to retirement, but both myself and my asawa are planning for me to move to the Philippines and work there for a few years until such time that we can both retire. At that time we will move out of the Manila area to somewhere else, someplace quieter, calmer, less populated, etc etc.

Thomas

Thanks Thomas, I will go read it now.

Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: hitekcountry on May 06, 2014, 08:45:16 AM
Yes it is true, I just want her for her money as she just wants me for my body
:o :o
Paulgee------ Youíre truly an inspiration!  LOL!! :D :D
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on May 06, 2014, 09:35:46 AM
[url]http://thephilippinejournal.wikifoundry.com/[/url] ([url]http://thephilippinejournal.wikifoundry.com/[/url])

http://thephilippinejournal.wikifoundry.com/page/Construction (http://thephilippinejournal.wikifoundry.com/page/Construction)
All I can say is wow, wow and wow some more, that is one heck of a nice house and seems very very large as well. Good work but you already had to know that without me saying it. and another Wow for good measures.   8)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on May 06, 2014, 09:43:58 AM
Now some people might be wondering why I am posting more of late, the answer is that I started a new medication a few months ago and my head seems to be finally clearing up somewhat, so that my thinking process is starting to return quite a bit as there was a time for a while that I could not even figure out how or when it was time to eat, now that is really bad for me who loves to eat.  ;) I am still having a hard time writing and doing some things but I am probably around 60% better for the time being and hoping for more, not that I was ever good at writing in the first place but for a while there I could not get the cobwebs out of my head at all.  :(
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: drpeterb on May 06, 2014, 01:49:40 PM
Well, it has been a fine and sunny weekend here in England. Not too warm but then this ain't the Philippines! From our 3rd floor apartment I can see our towns cricket ground and one of the first games of their season yesterday. On warm summer days last year a friend and I would walk over to their clubhouse and enjoy a few beers as we watched.

Shirley worked double shifts both days at the local hospital (enhanced weekend pay!) so I had some time to myself. Yes it is true, I just want her for her money as she just wants me for my body - isn't it usually the other way round guys?

I went out with a local cycling club yesterday morning, memorable for it's cake and coffee stops in the local Essex countryside. Waking up this morning my aching knees tell me I am not getting any younger, though some fellow riders are years older than me.

We are counting down now until October when we will return to the Philippines for a brief holiday. And also waiting for the bill for our baby nieces heart operation in Manila, which will dictate our spending money whilst there!

Weather was no quite so good in Norfolk, UK.  However, good enough for a couple of BBQ's and to sort the garden out.  We are gradually packing too ahead of Elvie (wife) and Troy (son) moving to Cagayan Valley in 6 weeks and me (Peter) moving to a smaller house in UK.

On the subject of moving (please move thread if appropriate), anyone any experience (good or bad) of moving household effects?  We have an initial quote form a UK company as far as Manila, then they were getting a quote from local agents from Manila to Sta Ana.  Initial quote was fast and 2 weeks ago, but nothing from them for 2 weeks on local transport within Luzon!

We are looking forward to developing our house and new life in the Philippines, although I will remain a visitor for the next few years whilst I continue to work in UK. I have interests in sailing, so hopefully will start boat build this year if I am allowed a boat shed as part of the development!!  We have some farmland too.  Would love to be more adventurous than just growing rice, but we have little experience to date.

Great forum by the way, catch up on new posts most days. 

Best regards  Peter
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on May 06, 2014, 02:56:01 PM
Not trying to be a party pooper, but this "check in thread", once the OP is made just to say hello it is going every which way about all kinds of subjects mingled into one post! New topics should be started of new subjects and not wonder off or overlap into other unrelated subjects from the original post!
So far reading this "check in thread", I've read all about the weather, banking, employment, relationships, sports, computers, immigration, food, travel destinations, airlines, hobbies, home construction and etc! You get what I mean? It's all jumbled under this one "check in thread"! Is this the way one would like it to continue to be, even though it's on a roll? 
It would be nice after the initial said hello, one would start a new topic or link it to that continued associated thread of a specific topic to be presented and discussed among the members on here instead of using the "check in thread" to continue a back and forth lengthy dialog or conversations between members!       
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on May 06, 2014, 05:35:37 PM
@Peter, thanks for posting and filling us in on your future plans, hope they all work out well for you and your family and possibly you might wish to post questions and info related to your moving experiences in other threads/topics where they would fit, so others who may wish to do the same thing might be able to gain knowledge from them.

@Art, yes this is the direction I wanted this thread to go, loose with members just checking in with things/anything about their life and then it would be my hope that they would then also post in appropriate sections other info. While this would not be a normal format for a forum and while it may drive some members and especially Jack a bit crazy/upset, I and I am sure others would like to know how all the members are and especially those who rarely or never post. Since coming back to this forum I have been wondering where so many of the members of the past are and how their lives are now going.

If Jack or the mods feel some posts might be better in other sections of the forum then of course they can move them but my idea was to make it sort of a chat section where people told us a little about their lives and I sure do hope that more people will jump in and do that.

Should the time come that Jack feels this thread has gone too far astray, then he is welcome to close it but I hope it stays open at least until lots of members have had a chance to either post in it or read up on how others are doing.

Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: BingColin on May 06, 2014, 07:27:50 PM
[url]http://thephilippinejournal.wikifoundry.com/[/url] ([url]http://thephilippinejournal.wikifoundry.com/[/url])

[url]http://thephilippinejournal.wikifoundry.com/page/Construction[/url] ([url]http://thephilippinejournal.wikifoundry.com/page/Construction[/url])
All I can say is wow, wow and wow some more, that is one heck of a nice house and seems very very large as well. Good work but you already had to know that without me saying it. and another Wow for good measures.   8)


The house looks good on the outside but there is a lot more work needed to improve the interior. It looks big because it is very wide but only one room deep to give good airflow. During the cooler parts of the year we have all the windows open, now it is uncomfortably hot the windows are kept closed with aircon in selected rooms. Because of the high level of insulation our electricity bill has only increased by well under P2000
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Gray Wolf on May 07, 2014, 06:38:40 AM
Now some people might be wondering why I am posting more of late, the answer is that I started a new medication a few months ago ...

That explains a lot!     :o  :D :D :D :D :D :D :D   ;D ;D   :) :)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Gray Wolf on May 07, 2014, 06:40:34 AM
Not trying to be a party pooper, but this "check in thread", once the OP is made just to say hello it is going every which way about all kinds of subjects mingled into one post! New topics should be started of new subjects and not wonder off or overlap into other unrelated subjects from the original post!
So far reading this "check in thread", I've read all about the weather, banking, employment, relationships, sports, computers, immigration, food, travel destinations, airlines, hobbies, home construction and etc! You get what I mean? It's all jumbled under this one "check in thread"! Is this the way one would like it to continue to be, even though it's on a roll? 
It would be nice after the initial said hello, one would start a new topic or link it to that continued associated thread of a specific topic to be presented and discussed among the members on here instead of using the "check in thread" to continue a back and forth lengthy dialog or conversations between members!     

Thank You Art!  I agree and hope that our members can use their own judgement and search for an appropriate topic elsewhere on the forum for their extended conversations on "other" topics.   ;)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Gray Wolf on May 07, 2014, 07:00:34 AM

@Art, yes this is the direction I wanted this thread to go, loose with members just checking in with things/anything about their life and then it would be my hope that they would then also post in appropriate sections other info. While this would not be a normal format for a forum ... it may drive some members and especially Jack a bit crazy ...


You're correct in saying this is not a normal format for any forum, and you're also correct in saying it's driving Jack crazy.  I would appreciate it if everyone not jumble everything into one topic.  I don't have the time to move even more posts to their correct spot.  As it is I barely have the time to simply read the posts daily.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!   ;)  :)


 

Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: paulgee on May 08, 2014, 12:52:14 AM
Yes it is true, I just want her for her money as she just wants me for my body
:o :o
Paulgee------ Youíre truly an inspiration!  LOL!! :D :D

Not many Fiipinas are interested in taxidermy !!
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: paulgee on May 08, 2014, 01:42:25 AM
Now some people might be wondering why I am posting more of late, the answer is that I started a new medication a few months ago and my head seems to be finally clearing up somewhat, so that my thinking process is starting to return quite a bit as there was a time for a while that I could not even figure out how or when it was time to eat, now that is really bad for me who loves to eat.  ;) I am still having a hard time writing and doing some things but I am probably around 60% better for the time being and hoping for more, not that I was ever good at writing in the first place but for a while there I could not get the cobwebs out of my head at all.  :(

Glad your meds are sorted out Lee. I am sure the forum will be a grateful benificiary of your greater output. Looking forward to when you reach 100%  :)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Shewmake on May 10, 2014, 08:25:30 PM
Hey we got kitchen cabinets- the push to the finish is begun.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: wildbill on May 11, 2014, 09:07:30 AM
Looks very nice shoe make
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: meylou on May 11, 2014, 12:31:46 PM
Hi Stephen (shewmake),

Nice cabinets.  Can you maybe post more pictures of your new home and/or construction pictures but in a separate topic, like in Building in the Philippines forum? 

(Link added by Admin - http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?board=16.0 (http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?board=16.0))

That would be so great and much appreciated. Then we can ask questions about construction tips or where you bought your fixtures, etc.

Cheers and thanks again.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on May 11, 2014, 08:49:37 PM
@Shewmake, cabinets look nice, hope you keep us updated on your progress. Could you possibly start a new thread, possibly in the Building in the Philippines section, I think that is where it would fit 

(Link added by Admin - http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?board=16.0 (http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?board=16.0))

:-\ and please keep us updated in it, that way it would be easier to come back to and all members and readers might gain from it. 
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: bigrod on May 14, 2014, 11:51:50 PM
I will be getting back to the Philippines on Sat 17 May via Philippine Airlines.  Finally going home to General Trias, Cavite.  Have not been home since the morning of 2 Aug 2013.....was apprehended at Main BI office for fraudulent Visa stamps.....Bicutan BI detention center 108 days......deported 18 Nov 2013.....leaving San Francisco going back 15 May.  Will explain all later on here to hopefully help others from having the same problem I did.

Chuck
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on May 15, 2014, 12:15:38 AM
Wow Chuck, hope you got all your immigration problems worked out. Yes please post more when you have time so others can avoid the same issues.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: bigrod on May 15, 2014, 01:03:57 AM
Wow Chuck, hope you got all your immigration problems worked out. Yes please post more when you have time so others can avoid the same issues.

Lee have copy of removal order of lifting of my placement on blacklist, plus copies of the six(6) Official Receipts required to pay all fines and fees.  Per BI and my lawyer there should be no problem reentering the Philippines.  Still crossing my fingers and praying all goes well.  Also I did not personally make/or intentionally procur the fraudulent Visa stamps.  The lifting order was signed by Commissioner Mison on 25 Apr.

Chuck

Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on May 15, 2014, 01:23:05 AM
Good to know, I am sure things will be okay since the commiss signed the letter. let us know?
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Shewmake on May 15, 2014, 06:32:37 AM
Wish you the best of luck on your return Chuck. We are up the road from you in Silang Cavite.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: bigrod on May 15, 2014, 06:40:29 AM
Hopefully we can make contact upon my return.  Love going in the Tagaytay direction.  Some nice restaurants in your neck of the woods.

Chuck
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on May 15, 2014, 01:20:38 PM
Advance welcome back home Chuck!
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Travelguy on August 11, 2014, 01:12:58 AM
Hello to All,

I am new I was born in a small farming community in NE Saskatchewan, Canada, alot has changed sine then but I have lived and worked in Canada for over 60 years, wow a long time. In 2017, I am my to my new home, my new life in SE Asia , the Philippines.
I was married for 18 years have 2 married .daughters and 2 grandchildren. I am now again living single and no I do not have any filippine girl friends. I am coming for the weather, the culture and the people. My family can come and visit me here and I know they will.

Enough about me, HI :) HI :)  HI   :)

 I hope one day I can meet you  in person, shake hands and have coffee together.

This is my new dream lol  :) :) :)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on August 11, 2014, 01:20:57 AM
Hi Travelguy, if you happen to be in Cebu City any year from Feb to around the end of May, my wife and I, or just I would be happy to meet up with you for a chat and some coffee and a definite hand shake.  8)

Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on August 11, 2014, 02:14:44 AM
Welcome aboard travelguy,
I never heard of anyone working 60 yrs or is it you worked within those 60 yrs? That would put you at a young age of in your 80s or close to it! You must love doing what you do work wise or is it out of necessity? What made you to decide on the Philippines to make your stomping grounds? Have you visited any other countries before?
Anyway, good luck with your plans to come here for the weather, the culture and the people in 2017! 
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Travelguy on August 11, 2014, 05:53:02 AM
Hello to all of the followers,.

Lee I do plan on coming in January but not sure as of where yet.. If I am in Cebu in February I will buy coffee, lol.

 Art you are right, it only seems like I have been working 60 years, lol. I did start when I was 18 years old. In between 2 of my professions (2000- 2001)I lived in SE Asia for 1 year. What I learned from all of the culture and the people it changed my life and my way of thinking for ever. SE Asia will always have a piece of my heart. Bali I used Bali as my place of residence for that year. Since then I have been to Philippines on  3 or 4 different occasions. (Manila, Cebu, Bohol, Puerta Princessa & Davao). Besides the culture, and the people, I think Philippines has a very good hospitals , doctors and staff. I have check a few out including St Lukes. Plus all the Dentists & optical. I just go on on talking about all the opportunities for a person to reire in the Philippines.

In Canada if a person works and lives here for more than 20 years we can retire with full pension, in many places. I think Philippines is one of the better choices for me. I love culture, people, the many traditions and the weather, if you need a bath just stand outside when it raining with soap and a smile.

I am coming, lol. just need to find the place, that has the most smiles, how can a person live everywhere in the Philippines, lol.
I just do not  prefer to live in big cities. When I was in a small town in Indonesia, it had only 1,000,000 people and I was there for only 4 days and many of the local knew I was there, that white person with a smile. lol. :) :)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Gray Wolf on August 11, 2014, 06:56:01 AM
When I was in a small town in Indonesia, it had only 1,000,000 people and I was there for only 4 days and many of the local knew I was there, that white person with a smile. lol. :) :)

Only 1,000,000?    ???
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on August 11, 2014, 08:04:16 AM
Seems appropriate to use the "travelguy" as your username! I'd like to hear more of your past adventures in SE Asia, what you have seen and done and maybe some photos of your exploits to share! You sound like a very interesting kind of guy where as some people back in the U.S. never even left their hometown or backyard in their neck of the woods for that matter! I guess some us are just adventurers, born in a foreign country and or it's just in our blood puddle jumping or whatever! ??? :o ;)   
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: coleman2347 on August 11, 2014, 08:51:30 AM
Travelguy, welcome...its always great to see someone new to the forum...the more the merrier..I look forward to hearing about your travels, there are lots of members here that have a wealth of experience here and other countries..Im sure you will be a plus, again welcome...Lee
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Travelguy on August 11, 2014, 06:21:09 PM
Hello,

Good afternoon, Philippines, I just finished volunteering working in Casino for raising money for community groups, that iswhy I am still 1/2 awake, lol.

I  was in Indonesia the first time for only 30days in 1998, the second time for 6 months I arrived shortly before 9/11. The next time 2 months after the Sari club bombing..

The last time I arrived in Manila was the same weekend as the bombing of the mall in Makati

The population of Indonesia is just a little less than USA.

I am sorry  I do not speak Bhasa or Tagalog, I have much to learn.
 
In the past I always travel with locals it helps them ( $ ) and it helps me.

Thank you all for sharing and your kind  words.  :)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Gray Wolf on August 12, 2014, 02:59:32 AM

I was in Indonesia ...shortly before 9/11. The next time 2 months after the Sari club bombing..
The last time I arrived in Manila was the same weekend as the bombing of the mall in Makati


Do me a favor and stay away from northern Luzon, will ya?    :o  :D   :)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Travelguy on August 12, 2014, 02:09:18 PM
Gray Wolf,

It is only a few bad apples that is in the barrel, causing harm to others.
It is all those smiles in SE Asia that will keep it safe.

Locals Truly Care!  :) :)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: hycnth024 on August 15, 2014, 04:35:19 PM
Ahm, Hi? I'm new here so yeah, just been wanting to say Hi. XD
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Travelguy on August 15, 2014, 09:19:34 PM
Hycnth024, welcome to the group, where are you from and now living
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: coleman2347 on August 15, 2014, 11:30:07 PM
Ahm, Hi? I'm new here so yeah, just been wanting to say Hi. XD
Cool, so say something about your bad self, anybody that quotes Stephan Hawking cant be all bad
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: hycnth024 on August 16, 2014, 01:33:54 PM
@travelguy

Hi! I'm from the Philipines and still living in the Philippines.  :D :D
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Gray Wolf on August 16, 2014, 11:37:41 PM
Gray Wolf,

It is only a few bad apples that is in the barrel, causing harm to others.


Only a few bad apples, eh?   Current estimates are only 15-20% of all Muslims are "bad apples".  With a current worldwide population of just over 2 Billion Muslims that means that there are approximately 300-400 million "bad apples" just waiting to spoil your day. 
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Travelguy on August 17, 2014, 01:31:27 AM
Bad Apples, was my general words ,

 who said they were all Muslims,  not me, lol
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Gray Wolf on August 19, 2014, 06:52:54 AM
Bad Apples, was my general words ,

 who said they were all Muslims,  not me, lol

Who was responsible for the bombing of the World Trade Center, the club in Bali and the mall in Makati?  The Boy Scouts?   ::)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on August 20, 2014, 02:36:57 PM
Yes, Lipa, Batangas is a good starting point. A friend of ours has a 800 sq mtr lot there developed by the Ayala Corporation and just finished his house build of a 1 level bungalow style home for only P1 million (lot already paid in full) and has a bunch of fruit trees on his property he planted himself.
Actually his property is in a subdivision called Hacienda Sta Monica by AVIDA in Lipa, Batangas with huge lots meant for also agricultural planting of whatever the owner's fancy and has a nice clubhouse with a community swimming pool, tennis and basketball court surrounded by tall trees and lush landscaping! 
The below link is the subdivision where our friend bought his property developed by the Ayala Corporation aka AVIDA. AVIDA is a reputable developer! They built our Sta Rosa home in 1999 from a vacant empty lot and 15 years later, it turned out to be a well developed respectable residential community with about 600 homes in our gated subdivision and the surrounding areas has also developed nicely, especially Nuvali, our new huge neighboring subdivision development also owned and being developed by AVIDA! 

Hacienda Sta Monica Lipa, Batangas by AVIDA
http://tinyurl.com/lwl2wp5 (http://tinyurl.com/lwl2wp5)
 
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Travelguy on August 20, 2014, 02:58:30 PM
Art, what about lease, could a person get for less than 1M Pesso, like a 20 or 30 year lease. How many bedrooms do you know. If we not married to filipino.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on August 20, 2014, 03:49:49 PM
Don't know much about leasing, but just do a Google search about leasing property in the Philippines! Below is one example from Google! I always ask Google a lot of questions and they always provided the info! 

https://www.google.com/search?q=leasing+property+in+the+Philippines&gws_rd=ssl (https://www.google.com/search?q=leasing+property+in+the+Philippines&gws_rd=ssl)

BTW, when we used to live in Subic back in 1998, SBMA that they call it today were renovating all of their housing to lease out at P1 million for a 25 year lease! Just check out their website and see if they are still leasing their renovated homes on the base of SBMA.

https://www.google.com/search?q=SBMA+home+leases&gws_rd=ssl (https://www.google.com/search?q=SBMA+home+leases&gws_rd=ssl)

They also have newly constructed condos for rent or lease, but I'm sure those are more expensive!
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Gray Wolf on August 21, 2014, 12:05:21 AM
Art, what about lease, could a person get for less than 1M Pesso, like a 20 or 30 year lease. How many bedrooms do you know. If we not married to filipino.

It's Piso, not peso or pesso. 

How many bedrooms do you know?
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: MotŲrhead on September 24, 2014, 03:03:17 AM
I wonder if we should not have a thread all to itself, for daily, weekly, monthly or whatever checking in. Well lets see if there is any interest and if there is, then maybe Jack will make a thread just for checking in.

My thoughts on this is that often members read the forum and some post while others rarely if ever do, well I was thinking, yes I know that can be dangerous,  8) how about if all a member has to do is post a quick hello, or something like I am having a great life in the Philippines, or I hope to have a great life in the Philippine, or whatever, just so we all get to know who reads this forum and possibly what their interests in the Philippines might be about.

For those of you who do not know me, I have been married to my lovely wife for coming on 20 years now and we have traveled back and forth to the Philippine since getting married and in the recent years since I totally retired, we have been visiting yearly and spending 3 or 4 months a year in Cebu while also traveling around the Philippines visiting family and friends. My wife and I just got back to the US this week, so

so far it has been a great year, how about you? How is your life going?

Great idea for this topic Lee.

My wife was born in Bohol and moved with her family to Cebu at an early age. Her father is an engineer and her mother was a production manager for Vermedes (producers of dried fruits) in Cebu. Sad to say, her mother passed away three years ago -- hard to believe it's been that long...

Anyway, we are happy together and life goes on. How about other members?
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Post by: coleman2347 on September 24, 2014, 12:25:50 PM
Happiest I have ever been is here, of course I miss a few things from the States, But for the most part I love it here...Yesterday was my 67th birthday, damn I never thought I would see that...had a few friends over, broke into the Jim and Jack for celebrating ....
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Post by: Lee2 on September 24, 2014, 07:41:40 PM
Happiest I have ever been is here, of course I miss a few things from the States, But for the most part I love it here...Yesterday was my 67th birthday, damn I never thought I would see that...had a few friends over, broke into the Jim and Jack for celebrating ....

Happy birthday namesake. I turned 66 not long ago, so we are around the same time frame in life and I also never thought I would make it this long. Each day is a blessing and I am the happiest I have been too, with my wonderful wife, wherever we are.
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on September 24, 2014, 09:37:39 PM
Happiest I have ever been is here, of course I miss a few things from the States, But for the most part I love it here...Yesterday was my 67th birthday, damn I never thought I would see that...had a few friends over, broke into the Jim and Jack for celebrating ....
Happy belated Birthday Lee, (Lee's namesake)!
In 5 days I too will be 67!
No plans yet if I will be celebrating my birthday, since I haven't in years!
I'm just happy to be alive and still ticking/kicking!
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Post by: Lee2 on September 24, 2014, 09:52:21 PM
Happy belated Birthday Lee, (Lee's namesake)!
In 5 days I too will be 67!
No plans yet if I will be celebrating my birthday, since I haven't in years!
I'm just happy to be alive and still ticking/kicking!

Thank you, advance happy birthday to you Art. I know how you feel, I too am just happy that I am still on this earth after some of the episodes I have had in my life.

Life is great when we plan for our futures and even better when we are with the correct woman.
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Post by: BudM on September 24, 2014, 11:56:57 PM
Happy birthday you guys.
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Post by: Steve & Myrlita on September 25, 2014, 06:32:40 AM
Happy Birthday Lee (Coleman). May God Bless you with many more.....
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Post by: bigrod on September 25, 2014, 07:52:12 AM
Happy birthday to both of you guys.  Art thought I was older than you, but I will not be 67 til December.

Chuck
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Post by: coleman2347 on September 25, 2014, 08:40:07 AM
Thanks guys, I really appreciate it, it would seem its going to be and extended bday party, as several of my friends could not come the other night. Had duty etc...so I guess they will be over this weekend..red horse, snacks and a general good time..its funny, that as all of them are Filipino, well educated, speak English fluently, but still are amazed im as old as I am.....I suppose most of us are very fortunate to have grow up in our respective country's where we had the benefit of decent medical care....here it seems our age and the shape we are in when we get there is something of an amazement for them...
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Post by: blindman on September 25, 2014, 09:00:21 AM
Happiest I have ever been is here, of course I miss a few things from the States, But for the most part I love it here...Yesterday was my 67th birthday, damn I never thought I would see that...had a few friends over, broke into the Jim and Jack for celebrating ....
Happy Birthday, Lee and I wish you many more!
I'm "only"61.
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Post by: meylou on September 25, 2014, 11:38:39 AM
Happy Birthday, Lee. 
Many, many more to come and wish you the best.
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Post by: trev. on September 26, 2014, 12:43:48 AM
Happy birthday Lee and Coleman. Hope you both stay healthy and live a long life. Myself, i am 72 yrs.old and 100% healthy. Knock on wood. Almost every day i am ask by my filipino friends how old i am. Amusing to see the look of disbelief on there face when i tell them my age. Reach the point where i often say 62. or does not answer.  I  cycle with a group of bike riders from my town and i am stronger than most of them in the hills. I have never seen anyone over the age of 65 who is athletic here.
Age is just a number and should never control ones life style
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Post by: Gray Wolf on September 26, 2014, 12:45:54 AM
Happy Birthday Lee!   There's a party I wish I could attend!  If only I was 9,000 miles closer!   :D  Kick up your heels and let the good times roll, brod!  May you enjoy many, many more!   :)

Advance Happy Birthday to you too, brother Arturo!   Many more to come!   :)
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Post by: coleman2347 on September 26, 2014, 02:18:51 AM
Thanks Jack and the rest of the over the hill gang, I swear I will do the best to make you proud!!!
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Post by: hitekcountry on September 26, 2014, 02:55:24 AM
Happy birthday guys- Lee, Coleman, Art, you young guys are going to have to hurry up if youíre going to catch up to me, I turned the big 70 a month ago, I still canít believe Iím that old. ???
 
A few days after my birthday I decided to do something note able so I challenged myself to do a 70 k bike ride. It was a bit of an effort and there were times I questioned whether I would be able to continue when my legs were beginning to cramp up but I continued to push myself. I had made the determination I would complete the 70K or die trying. I did it. I completed actually 74K by the time I got home.

So to me itís less important how old you are and more a matter of what you can do and what you expect of yourself.

Trev.

Every time I go to a restaurant I ask for the senior discount and often they look at me like Iím scamming them ::) trying to get a discount Iím not entitled to. So when they question/challenge me on my age Iím happy to show them my driverís license. Yes it's fun to see their reactions. :D
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Post by: Lee2 on September 26, 2014, 06:10:23 AM
Happy birthday guys- Lee, Coleman, Art, you young guys are going to have to hurry up if youíre going to catch up to me, I turned the big 70 a month ago, I still canít believe Iím that old. ???
 
A few days after my birthday I decided to do something note able so I challenged myself to do a 70 k bike ride. It was a bit of an effort and there were times I questioned whether I would be able to continue when my legs were beginning to cramp up but I continued to push myself. I had made the determination I would complete the 70K or die trying. I did it. I completed actually 74K by the time I got home.

So to me itís less important how old you are and more a matter of what you can do and what you expect of yourself.

Trev.

Every time I go to a restaurant I ask for the senior discount and often they look at me like Iím scamming them ::) trying to get a discount Iím not entitled to. So when they question/challenge me on my age Iím happy to show them my driverís license. Yes it's fun to see their reactions. :D

Thank you, That bike ride is amazing, I probably could not make it around the block. :(

As for in the US, I often get asked for id since my hair is still mostly dark brown and they are always amazed that I am my age, and since I never tried in the Philippines, I guess I would have no idea what might happen but I did once have my wife ask the cashier at the supermarket if we could use the senior line, telling her back then I was 65 and she never asked for id. :(
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Post by: Frosty on December 14, 2014, 11:00:02 PM
Hi everyone
I'm just checking in.
Happy B-day to all of you.
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Post by: coleman2347 on December 15, 2014, 10:27:54 PM
Just got this computer open again, might have to put it down for a couple of days for maintaince but am working on a back up as I truly cant read malines laptop....
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Post by: cvgtpc1 on December 15, 2014, 10:39:10 PM
CTRL/+ key magnifies webpages.  What I do and really helps.
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Post by: Zak Sparrow on February 03, 2015, 12:38:42 AM
Hi everyone! Just another cold day in hell here.....we just finished up the John Beargrease sled dog race NE Minnesota....itz a pre qualification race for the Iditarod race in Alaska. Usually I'm already settled in somewhere in the phils for the winter. I
 needed some surgery done at the VA hospital so wasn't able to make it this year. Looks like my oldest son will make it back b4 me to see his family and relatives there.....
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on February 06, 2015, 12:00:20 AM
Just checking in to say hello to my favorite forum friends and members on here.
We finally made it to Northern California on our long vacation here in San Jose, Chucks old stomping grounds! It's a lot more crowed here now and the price of homes and rents have sky rocketed, but all in all it's a nice place to live! The weather here is still on the cool side of 60 deg F., which is comfortable for me. I just hope my hay fever allergies do not come back. All of the trees and flowers are in full bloom, meaning hay fever allergy season is coming soon.
I convinced my in-laws to get AT&T internet WiFi installed and it only took a day to install including a WiFi TV system with over 500 channels, including TFC. Pretty neat system without any cables to install. The installer only took a few hours to install the whole system, one modem and 5 receivers for the 5 TVs in their 5 bedroom townhouse. Lucky thing too, because my cellphone was on smarts postpaid roaming mode from the Philippines and it was cheap! I use Skype now to send text messages and or call anyone, anywhere free or for just pennies on the dollar. 
Well OK here for now! Take care all!
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Post by: cvgtpc1 on February 06, 2015, 12:56:59 AM
Who's covering the monthly bill after you leave?  LOL

Glad you're having fun!
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on February 06, 2015, 06:08:55 AM
They will. There are 4 in their family working.
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Post by: Lee2 on February 06, 2015, 06:18:53 AM
Good to know all is working out well for you while on vacation. Enjoy your stay.

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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on February 08, 2015, 03:43:46 PM
Good to know all is working out well for you while on vacation. Enjoy your stay.
Yes Lee, we are enjoying ourselves since we haven't been back here in N. California in 3 yrs. Things have changed quite a bit, it has gotten more crowed than ever with so many cars everywhere and the prices of homes has gone up in price everywhere dramatically, for example the 4 bedroom, 3 bath townhouse my in-laws are renting is around $2,300, but unfortunately they have to vacate it because the owner is selling it for $500,000 and my in-laws can not afford to buy it since they are now retired and just collecting their social security pensions and other members of their family are only earning enough to pitch in their share of their monthly expense, but not enough to buy the townhouse they are living in now, which they have to vacate by end of July and find another place to rent that's affordable near where their other members of their family works, commuting long distance is not an option even though gas prices has come down in N. California. Well we'll see what happens in the next couple of months while we're still here on vacation.
We're just fortunate we moved to the Philippines when I retired in 1997. It's so much of a hassle free life in the Philippines IMO and having a mortgage free home helps greatly and not having to work anymore is just the icing on the cake!
See ya all with an update of what's up in my next post about life in Northern California and or in the Philippines upon our return from vacation. 
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Post by: BudM on February 09, 2015, 12:03:37 AM
They can't afford to buy it for $500k now that they are retired and only drawing social security?  LoL.  I can see why they can't unless they were to have had a pile of money socked away.  I could not afford that place even if I was still working.  I could have gotten a second and third job to go along with my main one maybe to do so.
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on February 16, 2015, 06:54:15 AM
Just checking in just to say hello from the cool state of N. California, in the City of San Jose to be exact. I say cool, because it still has been around 56 to 63 Deg F. on the average, which is kind of nice really.
Just been busy taking care of all of our paperwork, like renewal of my U.S. passport/military I.D. cards and setting up our physical exams prior to returning there to the Philippines.
San Jose hasn't really changed much, except for it has gotten more crowed with all sorts of vehicles and more traffic. The prices of homes here are still outrageous! Sure we can afford to move back here, but we wouldn't be able to keep our home in the Philippines and maintain two residents. Anyway, life is less stressful and complicated in the Philippines and that's where we will probably stay for the long haul.
BTW, we did make it to our favorite fast food joint, "Jack in the Box" and had our fill of those two for 99 cents greasy regular small tacos, I ate half a dozen of them! We also bought half a dozen live Dunguness crabs for $6.99 a lb, bought 4 ea at our local Asian market and the price has gone up to $8.99 a lb just recently, which long ago back in 2008 they were only $4.99 a lb alive and kicking.
I also had my first taste in 3 years of a thick juicy USDA tender rib-eye steak, I was in heaven!
End of my story for now! Later until the next time I check in again!
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Post by: hitekcountry on February 16, 2015, 08:09:54 AM
Art

Since youíre in San Jose letís get together Iím sure thereís lots to talk about and Iíll even buy you and your wife breakfast at IHOP (or somewhere else) but youíll have to buy me a burger if and when I make it to Santa Rosa and yes Iíll want fries with that.

If you're interested, Send me a PM with where I can contact you.
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Post by: Lee2 on February 16, 2015, 08:55:08 AM
Good to hear you are eating well there in Calif Art. Don't feel bad about the weather, it was 53 when I woke up this morning and 67 just now when we got home from going out to dinner with friends. I can do without the 53 but the 67 is really enjoyable for me.
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Post by: bigrod on February 16, 2015, 09:09:15 AM
Art,

Did you get the ID card at the Reserve Center just outside of Moffit Fld.

Chuck
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on February 16, 2015, 09:09:48 AM
IHOP sounds good! Will that be a single or double whopper with your fries?
I'll PM you when I get all of my personal business done and have more time to kill.
We'll be here at least a couple of months or so as long my hay fever allergies does not act up since everything is in full bloom.
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on February 16, 2015, 09:17:54 AM
Art,

Did you get the ID card at the Reserve Center just outside of Moffit Fld.

Chuck
Yes we did Chuck on Friday the 13th of all days to do it on and it only took 15 minutes since not too many people were there waiting in line with scheduled appointments and or walk-ins, since they were at half staff due to President's Day the following Monday for a long weekend for government employees, which I think was the holiday.
We were 45 minutes early for our appointment, but the lady took us in early since no one else was around.
Pretty huge government building for an Army Reserve Command Headquarters.
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Post by: bigrod on February 16, 2015, 01:15:37 PM
Art,

I got mine there also when I was home.  Operation was pretty efficent, this fell under my area of personnel when I was active duty.  Sure has changed since 1988.  I was also impressed by the size of the building.

Chuck
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Post by: wildbill on February 16, 2015, 11:59:04 PM
wow very nice art..send some Jimmy Dean over..before you come back haha...enjoy that nice cool weather..
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Post by: BudM on February 17, 2015, 12:28:33 AM
Jimmy Dean what?  Jimmy Dean Sausage?  If Johnsonville will do you, they have links at S&R.  I think patties too.  In fact, I have seen Johnsonville in quite a few places.  But yeah, I wouldn't mind Jimmy Dean.  Maybe Art can ice up a jumbo balikbayan box, load it and send it to us.
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Post by: wildbill on February 17, 2015, 11:18:35 AM
Jimmy Dean what?  Jimmy Dean Sausage?  If Johnsonville will do you, they have links at S&R.  I think patties too.  In fact, I have seen Johnsonville in quite a few places.  But yeah, I wouldn't mind Jimmy Dean.  Maybe Art can ice up a jumbo balikbayan box, load it and send it to us.

yea,that would be a great idea.but I think Art is enjoying so much right now..no time for us...Johnsonvilles ..yes Ihave seen them.not yet purchased any....maybe when art come homes he will throw a big get togather party with lots of Barbeque


(edit to close broken quote)Diba
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on February 25, 2015, 08:37:04 AM
Just checking in again for an update. It's still cold here in San Jose, California.
It was 48 deg F. early this morning Tuesday, Feb 24! Oh my aching knee joints!
No, it's not from eating too many Dunguness crabs or rib-eye steaks, which are
both $6.99 a lb! Today for dinner we are having pork spare rib adobo at $2.99 a lb.
My father-in-law cooks up a killer of a pork spare rib adobo!  :)
 
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Post by: coleman2347 on February 25, 2015, 08:57:07 AM
Just go to a decent steak house and eat the largest tbone they have for me lol
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Post by: bigrod on February 25, 2015, 11:09:40 AM
Go to Original Joe's and have a Veal Parmesan for me. ;D
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Post by: Steve & Myrlita on February 25, 2015, 11:31:06 AM
Go to Original Joe's and have a Veal Parmesan for me. ;D
I miss veal!
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on February 25, 2015, 02:55:40 PM
Go to Original Joe's and have a Veal Parmesan for me. ;D
I miss veal!
The only Veal Parmesan French cuisine I ever had came in a microwavable Swanson's frozen TV dinner tray in a box. :o
I will though have that big T-bone steak Lee mentioned before returning to the Philippines! ;)
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Post by: bigrod on February 25, 2015, 06:04:38 PM
It is Italian Art.
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on February 26, 2015, 12:02:20 AM
Oh OK! It's one of those European cuisine in a frozen box.
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on March 08, 2015, 04:38:44 AM
Hi all! Just checking in from now warmer San Jose, Ca. It's around noon Saturday Mar 7, so the weather is now more to my liking, but it still gets around in the mid 50s and 60 deg F. in the early morning. I think my hay fever allergies is returning, because I'm beginning to get itchy and watery eyes and now constantly sneezing. If my hay fever allergy gets worse, it will be time to return to the Philippines as long I get my new U.S. passport back in about 2 weeks from today and get all of our physical exams done.
All of my paperwork for my SRRV is coming along fine, which consists mainly my physical exam. I already got my police clearance which only cost $16 by personal check in about week since the San Jose Police Department was under staffed and only certain hours and days that their department was open. As soon as we return, I'll need to do an NBI clearance and then take it to get certified at the Philippine Consulate or main BI office and then to the Makati PRA office to submit all of my documents to get my SRRV.
We did make it to Burger King and to our favorite Jack in the Box for their two small regular tacos for 99 cents and other eateries of course. 
OK here for now til my next update.
   
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Post by: BudM on March 08, 2015, 07:00:48 AM
I still don't understand why so people are talking all the time about the local police department having done their clearance and I was made to by local authorities to get mine from the FBI.  Other than the fact that I initiated my PRA app in the US, I don't know what it could be.  Sure, I did not then have to get one from the NBI after I got here for good but having to go through the FBI delayed my fly out for a full month and cost me a month hotel stay after my townhouse lease was up.

I better not say FBI anymore in this post.  That is three times and that means there is a good chance of it throwing a flag.

No knock on you Art.  More power to you and everyone who can do it.
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Post by: Lee2 on March 08, 2015, 07:15:02 AM
My friend did his in Cebu and was told he needed an FBI clearance, I am not sure anyone really knows what is needed.
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Post by: bigrod on March 08, 2015, 09:03:43 AM
Art.

Why don't you apply for 13a through the consulate in San Fran, think that would be cheaper since you are already there in USA.  All so it would be permanent 13a.
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on March 08, 2015, 10:06:47 AM
Just my preference Chuck so I won't have to deal with the BI folks, but with just the PRA Reps in Makati and plus the PRA has a few benefits that a 13a visa holders don't have, just in case I want to use it. Besides the bank security deposit is only $1,500 for retired US military members who served or were stationed in the Philippines for at least 2 yrs.

http://pra.gov.ph/main/srrv_program2/2?page=1 (http://pra.gov.ph/main/srrv_program2/2?page=1)
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on March 08, 2015, 10:19:21 AM
I still don't understand why so people are talking all the time about the local police department having done their clearance and I was made to by local authorities to get mine from the FBI.  Other than the fact that I initiated my PRA app in the US, I don't know what it could be.  Sure, I did not then have to get one from the NBI after I got here for good but having to go through the FBI delayed my fly out for a full month and cost me a month hotel stay after my townhouse lease was up.

I better not say FBI anymore in this post.  That is three times and that means there is a good chance of it throwing a flag.

No knock on you Art.  More power to you and everyone who can do it.
The PRA requirements I believe only mentioned police clearance and when I went to our local San Jose Police department, they only issue Visa Police Clearances without being finger printed. I even asked why and they said that is the minimum requirement for a Police Visa Clearance. Besides, a police clearance wasn't required if one has been in the Philippines for more than 30 days, but I got one anyway just in case, since it wasn't any hassles in getting one.  :o 
(See thumbnail attachment below to see the PRA SRRV requirements)
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Post by: bigrod on March 08, 2015, 12:14:39 PM
Art,

I was just looking at SRRV requirements on documents.  The police clearance has to be validated by the embassy/consulate.  If they follow the same rules as police clearances for 13a, the clearance will need an apostlle from the California Secretary of State before the consulate will stamp it. JMO. ::)
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Post by: BudM on March 08, 2015, 10:02:15 PM
Art,

I was just looking at SRRV requirements on documents.  The police clearance has to be validated by the embassy/consulate.  If they follow the same rules as police clearances for 13a, the clearance will need an apostlle from the California Secretary of State before the consulate will stamp it. JMO. ::)

I don't know about California but Florida required that too.  If I sent it through the mail for authentication.  Since I went to the Philippine Embassy in D.C. in person, I did not need to send them to the state.
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on June 07, 2015, 10:49:40 AM
We just got back home this morning 8am! Our PAL flight out of SFO was delayed 4hrs.
Good to be home after spending 4 months in San Jose, Ca.
After a few days rest, we'll be headed for the PRA office in Matkati to submit my SRRV application.
I did get a BB stamp in my new U.S. passport.
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Post by: BudM on June 07, 2015, 06:24:51 PM
Welcome back to sanity.
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Post by: Lee2 on June 07, 2015, 07:43:35 PM
Good to know you got home safe.
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Post by: bigrod on June 07, 2015, 07:45:43 PM
Welcome home.
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on June 07, 2015, 10:50:11 PM
Thanks for all the welcome back guys! Took a nap all afternoon, feel a lot better!
Yeah, it's good to be home!
The fast pace and expensive life in California just isn't for us anymore!
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Post by: paulgee on June 08, 2015, 03:20:11 AM
Welcome home Art, nice to know that you consider thw Philippines 'home' after the years you have spent retired here. It must mean you are happy, and at our age happiness is something we all need.
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on June 08, 2015, 08:44:41 AM
Welcome home Art, nice to know that you consider the Philippines 'home' after the years you have spent retired here. It must mean you are happy, and at our age happiness is something we all need.
Yes, after being retired here for 17 years now, I think you can say we are happy living here in the Philippines. Besides, my wife and I are both Filipino, which does make a big difference in the world.
At least we both had the taste of the hectic American lifestyle and we prefer the laid back retirement lifestyle here.
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Post by: BudM on June 08, 2015, 10:27:50 AM
Welcome home Art, nice to know that you consider the Philippines 'home' after the years you have spent retired here. It must mean you are happy, and at our age happiness is something we all need.
Yes, after being retired here for 17 years now, I think you can say we are happy living here in the Philippines. Besides, my wife and I are both Filipino, which does make a big difference in the world.
At least we both had the taste of the hectic American lifestyle and we prefer the laid back retirement lifestyle here.

What big difference are you talking about?  Here?  Easier for you than me?  Yeah, I will agree with that but it isn't the pits here for me like some other people think and view the Philippines.  It sure would open some doors for me though if I looked like you.  At least less dealing when buying some things.  Sure, I have been here a lot shorter time but I am totally happy with being here and have no desire to even take a two or three week vacation back there yet.
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Post by: Kurt on June 08, 2015, 02:44:02 PM
Just saying "Hi." I don't post very much but I read everything. I've been married to my wife from the Smiling Islands for over 30years and "in and out " of Paradise  very often. All take care and have a grand time.   
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Post by: Lee2 on June 08, 2015, 06:36:46 PM
Just saying "Hi." I don't post very much but I read everything. I've been married to my wife from the Smiling Islands for over 30years and "in and out " of Paradise  very often. All take care and have a grand time.

Welcome to the group Kurt, hope to see you posting more since you have all that experience, it is a shame not to share some of it to make the forum and life for others more interesting.
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on June 10, 2015, 09:04:44 PM
After taking a few days rest from our vacation in N. Calif we finally went to the Makati PRA office today around 10:30am to submit my EXPANDED SRRV application. Traffic was a little hectic, but we made it there OK. No, I didn't do any driving. we hired a driver with an HI-ACE van.
The nice lady, Ms Marie at the PRA office front desk took only 30 minutes to review all of my documents I gave her. It'll take 15 -20 working days to process before we return there to pick up my stamped passport and new SRRV I.D. card. The lady said that all of my documents were complete and well organized, didn't need an NBI Clearance if within 30 days from our arrival date and none of my documents didn't need to be notarized, just authenticated at the S.F. Philippine Consulate with a gold seal and red ribbon attached. It was a painless ordeal, we were out of there and back on the road by 11am and the traffic home was light. We stopped at King Bee Chinese Restaurant for lunch and after we got home I took a quick nap.     
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Post by: Steve & Myrlita on June 11, 2015, 01:04:24 AM
Congratulations Art. I'm glad it all went well for you. Good to see you guys back home safely.
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on June 11, 2015, 09:46:12 PM
Congratulations Art. I'm glad it all went well for you. Good to see you guys back home safely.
Don't congratulate me yet, because it's still in the works for at least 15-20 working days from today.
My fingers are crossed though, if that'll help any!  ::) ???
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Post by: Hestecrefter on June 12, 2015, 01:15:48 AM
Time for me to check in.  Awhile back I posted that I was going to spend April in the RP with my wife and son.  That turned out to be partly true.

My wife and I went  Our son stayed here.  My wife stayed in the Manila area for the next 2 months.  I went to Palawan and Cebu.  I had a wonderful trip.  It's decidedly more fun in the PI.

I noticed a few pages back on this thread a post by Travelguy, whom I note has not been active on the forum for about a year.  Shame that.  I wanted to ask him about this post:


In Canada if a person works and lives here for more than 20 years we can retire with full pension, in many places.

Although I have also spent some years living and working in the U.S. and Philippines, I have spent most of my life in Canada.  I am very curious about the 20-year "full pension" rule.  No wonder so many want to immigrate here.  But I wish someone would tell me where to sign up for my full pension.  I have more than 20 years of living and working in Canada.

Maybe Travelguy was speaking of Canadian politicians.  A few years in just about any political office will earn one a pension greater than many full-time employees or small business owners could ever to see as a yearly income while working. 
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Post by: mikbal on June 12, 2015, 01:17:01 PM
      This might be what he was referring to:

http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/oas/pension/index.shtml (http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/oas/pension/index.shtml)


Mike
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Post by: Lee2 on June 12, 2015, 10:47:13 PM
Time for me to check in.  Awhile back I posted that I was going to spend April in the RP with my wife and son.  That turned out to be partly true.

My wife and I went  Our son stayed here.  My wife stayed in the Manila area for the next 2 months.  I went to Palawan and Cebu.  I had a wonderful trip.  It's decidedly more fun in the PI.

So please tell us more about your vacation, did you like any place better than the other?
What did you think of Cebu, I ask because that is where we call home when we are there?
What did you think of Palawan, I ask because we may like to visit there someday?
Any items that stood out in your mind about this trip over that you can share?
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Post by: Hestecrefter on June 12, 2015, 11:20:37 PM
Yes, I am familiar with that one Mike.

The link you provided describes the Canadian old age security pension.  The maximum benefit in 2015 is the princely sum of $563.74.  The info on the site says: "A partial OAS pension is calculated at the rate of 1/40th of the full OAS pension for each complete year of residence in Canada after age 18."  So, 20 years of residence will get you half of $563.74.  And you cannot collect until age 65, soon increasing to age 67.  Not exactly my idea of retiring on a "full pension".  I am also aware that there is a "supplement" for those with low income.  The supplement will not be paid to anyone living outside Canada.

Then there is the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefit for those who have paid in.  The maximum amount this year os $1,065 per month.  That is available at age 65 to anyone who has paid in the max amount for about 39 years after age 18.  Not many achieve that.  To be allowed to pay in the max, you have to earn at least the max pensionable amount, set at $54,600 in 2015.  I went online today and looked at my statement of contributions.  I have earned at least max and paid in max for about 30 years so far, entitling me to a pension of about $880 a month at age 65.  So, if I got that, plus $563 from the OAS, I'd have a total of CAD1,443 per month, or about P50,000. If pressed, I suppose I could live on that in the Phils, not in Canada. 

So, I am going to keep looking for that elusive "full pension" after 20 years.  Probably a thing of myth, but I have heard of people in the U.S. armed forces who sign up at age 18 and earn a "full pension" after 20 years and can actually draw said pension once the 20 years have been served.  I think if that were true, everyone would sign up for military service. 

To my way of thinking, a "full pension" is one that pays about 70% of pre-retirement earnings.  I use that rule of thumb because many public service pensions in Canada work that way.  Typically, the formula is to take an average of salary paid in the last 5 years of service, then take 2% of that, then multiply by years of service to arrive at the pension amount.  For example, if one earned an average of $100,000/yr. in the last 5 years, then it's $100,000 x 2% = $2,000.  After 35 years of service (that is the usual number of years required to earn the maximum pension), one receives  $2,000 x 35 = $70,000.  In my case, I put in 22 years.  I get only 44%, not even close to the coveted "full pension". 

Canadian government pensions are generally indexed to inflation in Canada, but that's cold comfort if being received in the Phils. where, according to a trading economics website, the inflation rate averaged 8.78 percent from 1958 until 2015.  So I would not count on my Canadian pensions to sustain me there for long.  I guess that's why I have no plan to retire.

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Post by: Hestecrefter on June 12, 2015, 11:46:11 PM
Lee, you posted while I was writing, in part, in response to Mike.

I'll be happy to say a bit more about my trip shortly.  For the moment, I have to get on with a bit of work.  It's easy to get distracted by the site.  I have to show some discipline. 
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Post by: TonyandJelma on June 13, 2015, 09:22:54 AM
Just wanted to say hi to everyone again. I will be travelling to Manila/Palawan/Manila without my beautiful wife in August to look at a possible homesite for retirement. Anyone have any pointers or things to do in both locations while there? I will be in Manila Aug 5-7, Palawan (Roxas area) Aug 7-14, and back to Manila Aug 14-17. Booked a room at Tune Hotel in Asean City near the airport for the arrival and undecided about where to stay when I come back on the 14th. I have been to the RP twice so far but only to Butuan City area in Mindanao. Different in the province there than Manila from what I gather. Thanks in advance for any advice and pointers.
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Post by: wildbill on June 13, 2015, 08:40:03 PM
Art Job well done but I think you done lots of paperwork to get this done well im now alone here on the BB stamp now. I must be in last place now.  Steve congrats on becoming Admin now and thank you for the info on maxie care plan.
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Post by: Steve & Myrlita on June 13, 2015, 09:43:08 PM
Art Job well done but I think you done lots of paperwork to get this done well im now alone here on the BB stamp now. I must be in last place now.  Steve congrats on becoming Admin now and thank you for the info on Maxi Care plan.
My pleasure sir.
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on June 14, 2015, 05:11:37 AM
Art Job well done but I think you done lots of paperwork to get this done well im now alone here on the BB stamp now. I must be in last place now.
Yeah Bill, after using the Balikbayan Program for the past 17 years and now that I do not want having to leave the country every yr or once every 3 yrs after visa extensions, I've decided to apply for my permanent residence via the EXPANDED SRRV for ex-military/Vets.
Doing my physical exams and other paperwork in the U.S. was easier than I thought.
Now that I have submitted my SRRV application on Jun 10 at the PRA office in Makati, I just have to wait 15-20 working days for them to finish the process and then it's indefinite after I finally get my permanent resident visa and SRRV I.D. card, which only required a $1,400 application fee and a $1,500 bank security deposit and the annual report fee is only $10 a year, which is once every 3 years and my SRRV I.D. card renewal is every 5 years and what's good is that the SRRVisa is indefinite. Luckily my new U.S. passport is now good for another 10 years. 
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Post by: BudM on June 14, 2015, 11:52:03 PM
Why are you lucky that your U.S. just being renewed is good now for another 10 years.  Because you got an SRRV and you don't have to leave the country to go to the U.S. to renew your passport?  Well, I think when my U.S. passport expires, I will just fill out the application online for renewal and run over to the U.S. Embassy in Manila and finish processing for a renewal.  Which is what will probably happen as I believe it will expire way before I decide to take me a vacation over there in that place.  I would say if I ever do but I think sooner or later I will have to go there to take care of a few things.  Not my passport though.
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on June 15, 2015, 03:51:32 AM
Because Bud, my previous passport was only good for 5 years! So my new 10 yr U.S. passport is a good deal. My wife's U.S. passport will expire in 3 yrs, just the right time to go on vacation in the U.S. and she can renew hers while there. Do it here in the Philippines? Are you kidding? We stay away from Manila as much as possible. It was bad enough going to the PRA office in Makati last week and hiring a driver and vehicle is sort of expensive to some people, P2,500 (toll not included, but breakfast and lunch was for the driver) round trip just for the morning and early afternoon! I personally do not or never ever drive in Manila or any crowded city nearby within a 50 mile radius! Just too hectic and parking is hard to find.
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Post by: FMSINC on June 15, 2015, 05:58:11 AM
Art You do not have to go to Manila you can send it by Air 21 to them read the directions on the US Embassy website takes around 4 days to receive it back
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on June 15, 2015, 06:56:57 AM
Art You do not have to go to Manila you can send it by Air 21 to them read the directions on the US Embassy website takes around 4 days to receive it back
I knew that, just a little absent minded!  ::) :o
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Post by: bigrod on June 15, 2015, 08:54:38 AM
It is true you can send the application and old passport by Air21.  Then they will email you with payment instructions and you or a representative will have to go to the Embassy to make the payment.  You should receive your passport in 2-3 weeks(normally takes longer).  Read step 3 and 4 of the Embassy web site:

http://manila.usembassy.gov/service/passports/renewal.html (http://manila.usembassy.gov/service/passports/renewal.html)

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Post by: wildbill on June 15, 2015, 09:33:36 AM
Art.....good news indeed..I hope all this good info on the renwal of passports lands in the easy to find place because when I do need to renew mine I prob forget to.anyways very good to know..Bud I also don't have the desire to ever go back to the US.....period....besides not having very much family alive there its to costly and you might find this strange but I just don't like being on an Airplane full of Americans chatting away..after being here for 7 years it hurts my head....don't get me wrong  I love my country.but.....
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Post by: BudM on June 15, 2015, 07:21:36 PM
Hey WB, you can do all that with your passport at the Embassy as people have been saying but before you actually do, check their website for all the current procedures at the time you do.  Also, check to make sure they are processing them at that time.  Right now, to my knowledge as of a few days ago, there was a computer glitch with the passport processing system and for any US Embassy overseas, there is a hold temporary hold on processing until sometime after they get it straightened out.

Don't feel bad about what you said.  I love my country too but too many people are trying to bring it down both knowingly and unknowingly and also when I too get around too many Americans talking, my head begins to hurt really bad.
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Post by: wildbill on June 15, 2015, 08:27:50 PM
LOL ,Thanks Budman for the update on passports.....so dang right about some people Bringing down the US......I just don't wanna ever drive to maynila anymore..we take the Bus now and we sold the car to..now I wish we still had that car...shhh not really but  you kinda get wet traveling by Jeepney  and sidecar motor Bikes so I guess I will get another truck just to goto town.
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Post by: Lee2 on July 04, 2015, 11:32:31 PM
Sitting here in Florida at home in our condo waiting for the evening so I can watch all the fireworks, I sure wish I had all the money all those people spend on those fireworks, darn I sure would be rich, and I used to be one of them :( shooting some off but nowadays it is much more fun watching others do it.

Any fireworks where you all live?
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Post by: coleman2347 on July 05, 2015, 04:30:56 AM
Sitting here watching movies...ended up not doing anything for the 4th...Maline didnt get home till late trying to get some stuff done with the well...jonesing for a Hardees burger
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Post by: wildbill on July 05, 2015, 06:27:41 AM
Well the 4th is nothing here but I was thinking about all the Fire works too we did growing up and when I had a Family with kids and how we drove to Alabama just to buy the stuff for our parties at home.I have all those memories stuck in my head and now I live alone with my pinay wife and none of my kids even look for me anymore....now that's how you can tell your getting old and Forgotton.
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on July 05, 2015, 08:07:30 AM
The U.S. 4th of July here in the Philippines is just another day in the lives of us retirees living here, where everyday is a holiday far far away from the 'Human Rat Race"!  ;) 
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Post by: BudM on July 05, 2015, 08:23:49 AM
The U.S. 4th of July here in the Philippines is just another day in the lives of us retirees living here, where everyday is a holiday far far away from the 'Human Rat Race"!  ;)

Luckily here, no one is trying to do away with Christmas.
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Post by: Lee2 on July 05, 2015, 09:01:04 AM
Pretty neat here with a full panoramic view of fireworks in every direction we can see. Anyway the wife and I are just kicking back and relaxing out on the balcony enjoying retirement life. Hope you all are enjoying your lives too wherever you call home.
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Post by: Lee2 on July 05, 2015, 08:52:02 PM
Here is some of the fireworks in Fort Lauderdale 2015 in case anyone wishes to watch them. It starts to get better as it goes on.

https://youtu.be/4-ACB5Lh37E
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Post by: roger5396 on August 04, 2015, 09:53:19 AM
Hi everyone, I am moving there Aug 28 getting married sept 4 to a wonderfull lady I met in may and spent a month with. She is only 57 and I 80. Big difference. I just want to live the rest of my yrs there, I love the area and the people.I do want to get her a tourist visa so she can meet my relatives and also marry in the U S. hope this is not hard to get
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Post by: Lee2 on August 04, 2015, 11:19:50 AM
Hi everyone, I am moving there Aug 28 getting married sept 4 to a wonderfull lady I met in may and spent a month with. She is only 57 and I 80. Big difference. I just want to live the rest of my yrs there, I love the area and the people.I do want to get her a tourist visa so she can meet my relatives and also marry in the U S. hope this is not hard to get


Welcome to the forum, good luck with your relationship. If you wish to get answers about visas, then best to ask them in the Immigration Site section at the link below http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?board=111.0 (http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?board=111.0) and I am pretty sure members will give you the answers you need.
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Post by: hitekcountry on August 04, 2015, 12:26:32 PM
FYI

I was in the Philippines from July 2 to July 25.

There to visit friends and relatives. Went to see a house a friend had just built up in the San Esteban/ Santiago area (Julies home town) Looked at a few properties to consider for buying.

Met a first cousin that I had never met before.

Went to Subic for the first time.

Went to Tagaytay and a few other places. didn't make it to Baguio this time.

There are a number of interesting things I came across that will become subjects of posts when I get the time.
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on August 04, 2015, 12:39:28 PM
Roger,
Welcome from me too! We've been retired here going on 18 years now and still loving it here!
Besides, we have nothing back in N. California, except for my wife's immediate family, her mom, dad, brother, younger sister and her niece, we visit them once every 3 yrs. We were just there between 2 Feb and 5 Jun on vacation in San Jose, California, but we wouldn't want to retire there, just too expensive!
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on August 04, 2015, 12:49:49 PM
FYI

I was in the Philippines from July 2 to July 25.

There to visit friends and relatives. Went to see a house a friend had just built up in the San Esteban/ Santiago area (Julies home town) Looked at a few properties to consider for buying.

Met a first cousin that I had never met before.

Went to Subic for the first time.

Went to Tagaytay and a few other places. didn't make it to Baguio this time.

There are a number of interesting things I came across that will become subjects of posts when I get the time.
If you went to Tagaytay, you probably just went past where we live in Sta Rosa, Laguna near Nuvali!
PM me next time when you will be in our area. Sorry I didn't get with you when we were in San Jose, just too busy at the time and running short of time and money. Our vacation in San Jose was very costly running around doing all of the paperwork for my SRRVisa, let alone our daily expenses for 4 months and airfare coming and going.
Now that we are back home and finally got my SRRVisa, I now have lots of time on my hands! 
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Post by: hitekcountry on August 04, 2015, 01:40:06 PM
If you went to Tagaytay, you probably just went past where we live in Sta Rosa, Laguna near Nuvali! 

Oh yea. Turned off the freeway at the greenfield Pkwy exit. United Blvd to Laguna Blvd then left on to Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road. So Yea we went right past your house.

What I can say because Iíve seen it for myself is that the Santa Rosa area is one of the nicest looking areas you could hope to find in the Philippines.
 
Youíre clearly proud of the area as well you should be.
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Post by: Lee2 on November 05, 2015, 12:32:30 AM
I gave codefreeze a topic of their own here http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?topic=50654.0 (http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?topic=50654.0)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on November 18, 2015, 10:46:32 PM
The months are passing so fast as I age :( it will be February before long and we will be heading back to Cebu again for our yearly stay. For now we have been meeting up with a lot of people as well as friends from the Philippines, who now live in Florida. Anyone else feel like time is flying by as they get older? What is new in your lives?? For those who are not working, how do you fill your weeks?
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Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on November 18, 2015, 11:29:17 PM
Yeah Lee, we're both a year older now, but both of our lives here in the Philippines really hasn't changed much, except for our surroundings where we live, which made our lives a little bit more easier with the convenience of more shopping places, other business establishments and a bunch of eateries all over the place that have opened over the years and we no longer have to drive out of our way anymore for our shopping and other needs.
The only drawback is that everything is getting more expensive living in a nice suburban area with a more western modern style of living, but the traffic is getting worse especially during the holidays and weekends.  Well, that's the price one has to pay for progress and for a better comfortable retirement lifestyle.
At least now since my wife is a dual citizen and I finally obtained my permanent resident visa, we no longer have to leave the country to do anymore BB stamp runs and or visa extensions, we can just stay put in one place for awhile until the travel bug gets us in the mood again to travel whenever by land, sea and or air to wherever we feel like going to.
Life is still good in the Philippines after living here going on 18 yrs now!
It might be a long while before we plan another vacation to the U.S. in N. California, our last vacation back in February was just too expensive, but maybe after 3 yrs though we will return there just to visit my wife's family again.     
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Post by: Lee2 on December 12, 2015, 10:01:01 PM
Well it is almost Christmas, lights are up all over the place here and there is one house we pass on the way home that is fully decked out, boy is it beautiful, the guy has a donation box for those who stop by to help him pay his electric bill, I bet it is in the thousands of dollars a month.  :o The stores are pretty busy already and the post office is so busy that it is getting hard to find a parking space there.

Nila and I would love to be in the Philippines during this time of the year, one of these years, but the cost of the flights from here are outrageous in the holiday season and we also like to spend the holidays with our friends here too.

For Thanksgiving we have a fellow we met in Cebu one time like 7 or 8 years ago, he and his family drove down from Orlando to see us and we all went out for dinner, he and I had turkey and of course the girls and two boys had other meals, it was great making new/old friends.

Almost time for us to buy our tickets for Cebu, Nila will probably order them right after our credit card closes out at the end of this month, that way we have another month plus to pay for them and she is a better shopper than I am, she has much more patience to search all the flights.

The stock market has been a disaster this year, any of you who have 401k's might not wish to look at them, I sure hope what is happening to the stock market does not continue or get worse. :(

Well that is about it for now for us, Nila and I send you all the best for a very happy Merry Christmas, a great holiday season and for a fantastic 2016,
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Post by: Lee2 on December 12, 2015, 10:10:45 PM
Here are some photos Nila just sent me from her phone of the house.
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Post by: JamesC on December 23, 2015, 11:21:16 AM
My dad always told me that time goes faster every yr as you get older.  At 56, I know he was absolutely Correct!  It's like a blink of an eye that a yr goes by.  Yet, remember when a school day in elementary school seemed loooonnnggggg?  Same for football practice of just 2 hrs seemed like 10.  Now a day lasts like one second from back then.   Crazy!
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Hestecrefter on December 24, 2015, 03:30:30 AM
Yep, it's true that life is like a roll of toilet paper - it goes faster towards the end!
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Post by: cvgtpc1 on December 27, 2015, 01:56:37 AM
My dad always told me that time goes faster every yr as you get older.  At 56, I know he was absolutely Correct!  It's like a blink of an eye that a yr goes by.  Yet, remember when a school day in elementary school seemed loooonnnggggg?  Same for football practice of just 2 hrs seemed like 10.  Now a day lasts like one second from back then.   Crazy!

Have grandkids....that really speeds up time!  Them getting older really make you notice.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Lee2 on January 12, 2016, 09:55:52 PM
I will be heading back to Cebu next month, should any members wish to meet up for coffee or a meal, feel free to message me.

Boy the forum is quiet the last few days, is everyone okay?????  It seems that Colin came back and chased all the members away, just kidding Colin, hope you and your wife are doing okay now....
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Post by: virgil4616 on March 18, 2016, 10:49:13 AM
Sounds like fun to me. I need to get over in the right area of this forum and introduce myself.

Rick
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Post by: Lee2 on March 18, 2016, 10:57:08 AM
Sounds like fun to me. I need to get over in the right area of this forum and introduce myself.

Rick


Meet your neighbors is the right section, feel free to introduce yourself in a new topic in this section http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?board=35.0 (http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?board=35.0)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: LastUnicorn on March 29, 2016, 08:11:15 AM
checking in , Hi All I'm PAUL ( FEEL LIKE I'm At an AA meeting lol) justkidding , never been to one .. I live outside Banna my wife and I
on approx. 3 hectors .
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Post by: Lee2 on March 29, 2016, 08:16:48 AM
checking in , Hi All I'm PAUL ( FEEL LIKE I'm At an AA meeting lol) justkidding , never been to one .. I live outside Banna my wife and I
on approx. 3 hectors .
Welcome back Paul.... I never heard of Banna so I looked it up, hope I got the right one? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banna,_Ilocos_Norte
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Post by: LastUnicorn on March 29, 2016, 05:36:12 PM
You got it right . and thanks It's same here peaceful & quiet but still hard for me to believe
no foreigners have moved to this area. But that's life .. glad to be back 
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: midaut on September 15, 2016, 09:45:08 PM
Just checked in today, hello everyone, Iím a Filipino living in Indonesia for many years. Soon Iíll be retiring and will return to the Philippines. Planning now to start some business in my own country, but having lived overseas during most of my adult working life, I will need help, lots of it. Hope I can find good advice here, and contribute something here too.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Gray Wolf on September 16, 2016, 01:43:23 AM
Hoy midaut! Welcome to the group! If you have questions, most likely someone here will have answers. Maybe not all the answers, but at least enough to get you pointed in the right direction. What part of the PH are you planning to return to? Our members are scattered all over the islands  :)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: midaut on September 16, 2016, 08:21:59 AM
Hoy midaut! Welcome to the group! If you have questions, most likely someone here will have answers. Maybe not all the answers, but at least enough to get you pointed in the right direction. What part of the PH are you planning to return to? Our members are scattered all over the islands  :)

Thanks Gray Wolf, I'm planning to settle in Ilocos Norte.
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: Gray Wolf on September 17, 2016, 08:02:43 AM
Thanks Gray Wolf, I'm planning to settle in Ilocos Norte.

Excellent choice! I'm married to an Illocana. Great food, industrious people and beautiful natural sights. Maybe we'll run into each other some day at Pagudpud! :-)
Title: Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
Post by: midaut on September 17, 2016, 09:24:39 AM
Excellent choice! I'm married to an Illocana. Great food, industrious people and beautiful natural sights. Maybe we'll run into each other some day at Pagudpud! :-)

Glad to hear that, I'll be in touch, hopefully we can meet one day.