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  1. Pete perhaps one would need a valid Medicare card to do this? I have heard that they do NOT issue these to Aussies who do not have an address in Australia... would that be correct? Any llink to some follow-up info appreciated.
  2. Jim would it be correct to assume that this free Medicare only applies to Australian citizens who are living permanently in Australia? Would that mean that Aussies living PERMANENTLY abroad would not be eligible for free medical treatment if they visited Australia on vacation?
  3. If you are in Cebu city or province, they have a local toll free hotline .... +6332-230-8888 They may be able to help with your inquiries... and you can also use your credit card to book and pay for your tickets through that hotline.... very friendly helpful staff and service.
  4. Yes we are hoping for that Luke. But I would NOT recommend to LinC members planning a trip from Cebu to Bangkok to go all the way from Cebu to the Middle East first. Tlhere are much shorter time/distance options... and Google is our friend, right?
  5. According to the news report, this direct service should be operating by July 1, if the Phils side can get it sorted... That is indeed good news. A direct flight could save Cebu travellers around 2 or 3 hours on the trip to BKK.
  6. Cebu Pacific used to offer direct flights to BKK from Cebu, but that service was cancelled about two years ago... and CP gave me a refund for my ticket. However, at the present time, you can get to BKK from Cebu without going through Manila. AirAsia for example offers a connecting service through Kuala Lumpur.... but that flight departs Mactan at 7am, a tad early for my liking.... .
  7. Agreed.... Clint Eastwood was (and is) one of Hollywood's greatest entertainment icons. Not only as as the rough and tough cop or go-it-alone cowboy in his early years... but he mellowed out and touched on some truly noteworthy and mature themes later in his career with some top notch efforts as both actor AND director. I would honestly say that I have enjoyed and appreciate almost all of his opus... EXCEPT for one of his pictures that did not work for me..."White Hunter, Black Heart". That movie was supposed to offer a glimpse into the life and doings of another iconic USA director, John Huston, during the planning and shooting of "The African Queen" movie, which starred Humphrey Bogart and Kathleen Hepburn. Call it typecast if you will, but somehow I could not see Clint playing the legendary John Huston. Just my two cents..... .
  8. Yes, 3:30am... thats a tad early in the morning to be driving to the local school to watch their annual show. Maybe the newspaper got it wrong again?
  9. Maybe online RADIO streaming Philippine news (in English) from Stateside, or Britain or Australia?
  10. Sorry guys.... what I meant to ask: Is there any online streaming RADIO news with Cebu and Philippines content, from any internet broadcaster?
  11. Hi fellow expats, Does anybody know if there is an online website for local CEBU news and commentary in English language? Or maybe broadcast from Manila? Oh... and maybe some of that awful Phils music for the missus when we are abroad ... LOL
  12. Thanks for the tip guys. I can't find the "THANKS" button on the new LinC format/software... I suppose it will pop up later.... but thats another topic. About your hotel tip for Perth... the Royal hotel room seems a tad small by your dimensions... and I believe there is no CR in the room... but a communal toilet down the hall. Now any senior with a prostate problem will tell you... this is not good... especially if one needs to take a leak two or three times a night. But about Perth.... is there anything worth seeing there? Touristy things for a jaded Baby Boomer? And good old fashioned Aussie pub food... maybe meat pies and peas? There has got to be an RSL Club in the city with schooner beers and a roast dinner with baked potatoes for a lost Cebuano Aussie... LOL...
  13. Aussies: Tips for visiting Perth W.A. Best flights from Cebu, budget hotels, things to do etc. Planning a few days visiting Perth WA, but it seems that most flights from Cebu (Mactan) have a long layover in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore? Any recommendations for airline connections? And any ideas for a few days in this city? Where to stay in a budget hotel, and what to do and see...? Thanks in advance mates.
  14. I can only share my own SRRV experience with you Sven. My SRRV application and approval was processed here in Cebu by a certain lady with the name of Mayen, who at the time was a manager with the Cebu Bank of Commerce. Several LinC members have had their SRRV handled by Mayen, and there have been several posts on this over the years, here on the LinC forum. The entire process was completed with me living here in Cebu. There was no embassy involved and no so-called "Red Ribbon" rule. Mayen advised me that the PRA required a police clearance (at the federal level) from my country of citizenship (Australia). The Australian Federal Police processed my request within a couple of weeks and sent the clearance document to me here in Cebu by courier. Mayen then took me to the local NBI office uptown at the western end of Escario Street, for local police clearance and finger printing. I made a payment of the US $1400 application fee and the time deposit to her and she processed my application. The only one time I visited the PRA office was for the "swearing in" ceremony AFTER my SRRV was approved. It is important to note that PRA rules, regulations AND fees do change from time to time.... and some LinC members may have had different experiences with their SRRV application and processing. Hope this helps..... .
  15. ... or your son.... LOL