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Cgu

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  1. ASk at the golf courses - they have different grass type for different purpose. Never get seeds...always grass mats..seeds will not work.
  2. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/26/home-secretary-amber-rudd-whatsapp-gives-terrorists-place-hide/ Traditional Telcos must always provide access to the government - they can just pull your phone records and txt messages - the OTT like whatsapp, facetime etc. do not have to follow regulation...what shall it be at the end..privacy prevails? I actually also appeal on fairness between market players...telco are putting up a lot of money just to provide this kind of access to the government....OTTs do not have to put any such safeguards in place..
  3. I see this here often as well - just the other way around - nothing wrong with it - equality for women and men
  4. No, I am not sure, but I think there might be a good chance that you get same quality which you are used to - of course evacuation would mean that something very serious happens. My current insurance would evacuate me straight away - no questions asked - even if not needed. As soon as I would be able travel they would evacuate me. They want to have control over the costs and here in the Philippines they would not have it.
  5. I would never retire or settle down here w/o a health care including evacuation (in case you need a more serious care and you have to go to a "better" hospital in HK or Singapore). Most people say it is cheap to live here, but you need to also take health care into account. I would set aside around 15-20k/month and add it to my monthly living costs (and hope I would never use it). Especially older people need to look at this closely (some might even have chronic illness, which will really eat into your budget w/o health care or make your live miserable). You will do the same if you own a house here and get an house insurance to cover at least the basic events (like fire, flooding) - so it is only reasonable that you have a good health insurance for you!
  6. Its strange (and funny) I see these comments quite often here. Yes, I am visiting now and I consider myself as a visitor, but when I worked in Manila it never felt this way nor ever came this term to my mind. Even all my expats friends (and retirees there) had never this feeling nor was it ever mentioned that we were visitors. We were living there (Manila) and it felt like you are in other countries - you may be a foreigner or immigrant (called whatever you like), but not visitor! You were always treated as one of them - in and out the office. I paid my taxses and I had all the rights and duties of the Fiilippinos (except not allowed to vote). Maybe Manila is in this respect different than Cebu or remote cities, villages) or maybe it is just the "visitors" themselves that make it different.
  7. Nahh, this is more complex. Duterte let Lim go and never followed up. The whole things is actually fascinating (and disturbing at the same time). It is actually worse then the Mafia in Sicily or maybe just more twisted - everybody knows, but nobody sees or hears anything. One clan backs the other, fights another, bit at end most of these guys are untouchable, except if one screws up - like in the Mafia:) (maybe some deaths in between). Duterte does not touch Lim, as the King's would back up the Lim's and the King's are not to be touched by Duterte (and so on). I sometimes get invited at gathering where some "old" Cebuano families are present and is really fascinating to listen to the "real" story("not the medias light version) and as well the whole history.
  8. It is directed to Americans. Spain is actually very nice an cheap. The Philippines can nearly only be taken into account for men - I have only encountered one woman retiring here (and she left after a few years - for her good reasons). So retiring in a country is very subjective and depends what you want to do, so will be accordingly your costs, but for my observations I made, the Philippines will not be a cheap country to retire. The most "retirees" I saw start a new family here and that at an age when you should "retire" and "relax". This of course adds lot of costs, as you have to support not only you, but your new wife (and maybe your new kids). I have only seen a few "real" retirees here, who do not come and get married, but really retires (actually I know only one - and he really lives like a king in is own private nice beach villa). To compare retiring in other countries (I can only speak about Europa's retirement places Spain and Italy), i.e Spain will do as a couple given them nearly the double income (as both get retirement income) and the most live like kings - either in Mallorca (costly) or in other area of Spain (dirt cheap)
  9. Of course this is the truth...
  10. Totally agree - it is about enforcing the law (and of course - police should know). But as long as you have "traffic enforcers" - just think for a moment about the term "traffic enforcers" - no law will be enforced. I noticed that before lunch and merienda these enforces show up with their fine booklet to get some money out of the drivers....and thinking about that one of the highest fine is to drive a bike without helmet (2000p). Bike drivers I find the most stupid - specially driving with their small kids and without helmet
  11. Enough time:) Interesting though there are some winery at sea level (similar to Mactan which is on corals): http://www.wine-searcher.com/regions-tahiti https://blog.tahiti.com/2012/07/20/vin-de-tahiti-french-polynesias-only-wine-label/ http://www.vindetahiti.com/
  12. Yes, they are closing it down again...maybe one of the 48hours stints before..Now, they are closing it down again. The sign says that the bridge will be closed (good for the habal habal, as they have already provided a temporary passage for the passengers, so they will be dropped off there and passenger cross the bridge by foot and on the other side have to pay another ride...). Coastal Road: We always refer it to coastal road (as do the locals here, Checked google and it is called coastal road as well....)
  13. Yes, they are closing it down again...maybe one of the 48hours stints before..Now, they are closing it down again. The sign says that the bridge will be closed (good for the habal habal, as they have already provided a temporary passage for the passengers, so they will be dropped off there and passenger cross the bridge by foot and on the other side have to pay another ride...). Coastal Road: We always refer it to coastal road (as do the locals here, Checked google and it is called coastal road as well....)
  14. True ... but nearly a factor 10! why not in the first place. At the same time the opposite might be true...just do less and it seems to be fixed. It does not sum up, but little does here. Roadwork (or patchwork) seem to go on forever. Another bridge will be fixed in Liloan starting today (do not know how long it will be going), this will affect the whole coastal road, so trucks and other commuters will go through the normal highway putting even more load on Mandaue. I am pretty sure the same could done there.....if money wants it.