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  1. Take one with you. They're portable.
  2. My wife and I don't see much of that because they don't make the connection of us being a couple.
  3. Almost without exception all of the old US women that I saw there seemed to be very pissed off about someting, not sure what
  4. Agreed, and if not for that I'm pretty sure the PI would rank much lower than 19. Of course you'd still have the ones that retire there for the great food
  5. So Tully, then if the answer is education and throwing money at the problem then we can expect Chicago, Detroit, LA, and on and on to be a shining example of that strategy exactly when?
  6. I can't sat that he deserved to die but I will say that he was a victim of his own stupidity and if his girlfriend was aware of where they were going, then she's just as stupid as he was. In that case I don't feel very sorry for either of them. BUT!!! None of that excuses or diminishes the barbarism of the muzzy scum that hacked his head off.
  7. Like I've said before, it's all good until it's not.
  8. Seems every time we look at a muzzy cross way the libs claim it's a great recruiting tool for isis. Well libs, Tully in particular, what do you suppose these animals cutting off some old man's head does for "islamaphobia" recruiting?
  9. That's a rhetorical question, right?
  10. I ain't buying that. As far as I'm concerned my "fair share" is the same as everyone else pays. As for taking money out of their pockets that's BS too. I remember in the ferry terminal in Bohol there was a big info screen with news tidbits and they were crowing about how much BI had collected in visa fees the previous year. I can't remember the amount, but it was HUGE. How much money do you suppose foreigners pump into local economies? And it's not like they don't lay awake at night trying to figure more ways to wring money out of the rich poreigners http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/587120/news/nation/lawmaker-backs-phl-visa-for-americans-says-move-to-generate-p6b-annual-income Lawmaker backs PHL visa for Americans, says move to generate P6B annual income Published November 1, 2016 3:46pm By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News Requiring Americans traveling to the Philippines to first secure a visa could easily generate US$125 million or P6 billion in extra annual revenue, a lawmaker backing the proposal said Tuesday. In a statement, Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s idea to require Americans to obtain a Philippine visa. “There is nothing anti-American about seeking parity in travel stipulations. This is all about equality in treatment. Our people-to-people, business-to-business as well as government-to-government relations with the US remain sound,” Pimentel said. At present, Filipinos traveling to America, regardless of purpose, have to apply for a US visa, pay a $160 to $265 non-refundable application fee, and show up for a personal interview with a US vice consul, who may or may not issue a visa. In contrast, Americans traveling to Manila enjoy visa-free entry into the Philippines for stays less than 30 days. Pimentel said requiring visitors from the US to secure a visa with an application fee of $160 each would generate P6 billion in annual income. What they left out here with US tourist visas is that they don't make people trot down to the BI office every 2 months and cough up money and pay for some BS non existent "express lane" fee.
  11. That's pretty interesting. We tried to find out in advance what PhilHealth would pay for my wife's tonsillectomy and nobody knew anything. Not the people at PhilHealth we asked, not the hospital, not the doctor. It was a mystery to all. I guess none of them knew about the list you posted. In the end they paid about 18k which amounted to around 20% of the bill.
  12. Never fear TS. While true some honeymoons in the PI are short lived, mine is 3 years and counting
  13. I haven't been able to find anything so far about time frame for onward ticket, just the general "you have to have one". https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/philippines.html Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements U.S. citizens may enter the Philippines for purposes of tourism without a visa if they present: a valid U.S. passport and a return ticket to the United States or an onward ticket to another country. What if you get a 59 day visa from the PI embassy in your country before you leave? I think if there is a problem it will be with the airline for your entry flight. I believe those that say they were denied boarding but I never was. When I moved over from the US I got a r/t ticket with a 7 month out return date. Next I bought a o/w ticket from the US and a o/w throw away Clark-Hong Kong 6 months out. Subsequent trips were with my wife, so balakbayan privileges were given.
  14. The throw aways I used to buy were Clark to Hong Kong. I just checked and on select days the fare is 1899p. There may be cheaper I don't know. I've heard guys say you had to have a onward ticket within 30 days but I always got one as far out as possible for potential multi use and was never hassled. You can get a 6 month tourist visa, so the 30 day onward ticket would seem a little silly to me. '
  15. Sounds right. I'm assuming your wife got a new passport when you got married, does she travel with both and has she been asked for the old one? My wife has not traveled with her new one yet. I did not know that they had stopped collecting exemption fees until I posted the info above. I know she paid it in Dec 2015 when we went to Thailand but when she traveled alone last Mar and Sep she tells me she did not pay it.