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  1. For those of you with USAA, you might want to shop around for insurance. I did last month and easily found much better coverage for less money on my home and three vehicles. Plus, I now have an agent I know personally instead of someone in a call center. Sadly, USAA doesn't seem to be the great deal they once were insurance wise, but it's awesome if they'll finance a new car for you in P.I.
  2. While visiting friends near Calamba I was impressed with their neighborhood. It had killer views and some nice community amenities also. They told me there was a new, empty home for sale down the street, so we went to look at it. I liked the design of the home, very modern with a tile exterior, but it was about $200k U.S. a little rich for me for a second home in P.I. Still, I took a look. The first thing I noticed besides the odd rooms and chopped up floor plan were the termite riddled kitchen cabinets. Total Swiss cheese. Then, while upstairs enjoying the million dollar view from the rooftop patio, I leaned over to look down and displaced an exterior tile which, on it's way down, knocked off several other tiles before crashing onto the front entryway. Thankfully, nobody was standing there. The guy showing me the house got a little excited but I explained to him that merely touching the top of the wall had dislodge the tile, then showed him where the 12" tiles were only attached with a couple quarter sized globs of adhesive, which was obviously unsafe and that he shouldn't be letting anyone stand anywhere near the house. He just looked at me like I was crazy and, no doubt, replaced the tiles as before and eventually sold the place to some unsuspecting buyer. Anyway, what I'm getting at is that on one hand, if you buy a place off plan you don't know what you'll be getting. On the other hand, if you buy a place ready built, you might still not know what you're getting since, even with an inspection, there's so much you can't tell about a place. Makes me believe buying a condo or other property pre built is just as good a choice as any other home buying option, especially if you get the better pre built price and buy from one of the more highly considered builders.
  3. Unfortunately, it looks like a brand new fifty year old building. That said, I've bought several homes (4 were new) and have always had to correct/upgrade things to my standards. What really stands out to me are the exterior issues. Looking at pics #7 -9, you see the improperly installed/sized AC cages. Also, looking across the way, you see a neighboring Lanai with its concrete deck flaking away. Then another, which looks like it has had several rebars torched off. Even cleaned up and painted, eventually they'll lead to running rust and subsequent failure of the concrete as they rust, expand and cause spalling of the concrete deck. This would be my priority for repair. Hopefully you'll also have a homeowners association to seek correction to these issues common to all owners. To be fair, I've seen worse. A relative bought a studio in Manila, which ended up having a massive beam running through the middle of it. Every time you cross the room you have to duck. Best of luck sorting it out, which I'm sure you will.
  4. As they say in Fort Worth: "Life's too short to live in Oak (Dallas) Cliff."
  5. As in ROll on ROll off. Edit: duh, I see they define it in the article...
  6. When you say "I see it as being cheated" and "they are on my no fly list" you imply KAL is a horrible airline. It's not rocket science to shop around for the best price and terms. Yes, it takes a little effort but not all that much if you have online access. Also, I may be lucky but I never have issues buying my tickets directly from airlines. My most recent purchase from EVA was actually cheaper than some travel sites. I'm not saying Airline policies in general couldn't use some improvement but it also helps to learn to play the game.
  7. This^ Looking at fares for next month, you can return home on current ticket, then return for less than $550. ATL to ORD is $44, then ORD to CEB for as low as $388-$500 dependent on dates. Nice time of year for a visit back home. Edit: add on other $50 to fly direct BHM > ORD.
  8. I've always had good luck with Zojirushi products for rice cooker, hot water pot, griddle etc.Also, get yourself some good knives.
  9. Royal Enfield is owned by The Eicher Group.
  10. I visited the small Royal Enfield shop in Cebu last Winter. They had 4-5 bikes on the floor, some were approx 2012 models but still new dealer stock. Edit: Of course, no markdowns avail for the older models..
  11. Depends on a lot of variables. Doesn't matter whether you're a Nurse or Doctor your retirement pay depends on rank and years served. Your pay while on active duty also counts the same however, specialty pays also factor in, especially for Doctors. I once heard of a Doctor who was the highest paid service member in the Navy as only an O-5 but held needed specialties. I'm not sure it still continues but medical types received continuation pay annually dependent on specialty, which are bonuses to stick around and can be substantial. I think if the person wants to join they should join now as an RN and go from there. There will be many opportunities to grow professionally while serving. One last thing. Military retirement is changing also and it's probably better to join now and get grandfathered under the current system. As for current pay, best you can do is Google up Military pay grade charts, which will give you base pay only. In addition to that you'd have to add a bevy of allowances and bonuses if they applied. Best option is to talk to a recruiter.
  12. For what it's worth I've had good experiences using Tripadvisor for condos too.
  13. Just about. I always shake my head when I see those "American Owned" banners on motels.
  14. What a nice tribute. Life on Earth will always be one of my favorite tv series.