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  1. Does he have a mobile plan to test via hotspot on his cell?
  2. Seems unlikely to me. My PLDT fibr is hooked up to Astrill VPN half the day with no issues. Even if they did block the VPN server with Astrill you add a private server anywhere you want for $5. It seems more likely it's a configuration problem. He only has the choice of a single server in US?
  3. I have the certified birth cert and voters ID but requirements say they must match name in box 1a which is her married name, I don't have any official IDs in that name.
  4. OK she doesn't have a passport and they are really backed up in Cebu so that's not an option. I believe her appointment is in June but I don't know when she will actually receive it. I have her voter ID which is listed as acceptable however it has her maiden name so I am unsure if it will be accepted. Most of her IDs have been changed to her married name but unfortunately those are the ones that aren't acceptable. So grateful for the replies! Even though I read the instructions multiple times you guys filled in the gaps: I didn't know about the automatic 2-month extension and Turbotax didn't give me a headsup on that. I didn't know the consulate didn't authenticate documents as it is what's recommended in the instructions. I knew I had to send the W7/1040 to Austin but I thought I also had to send the 1040 and payment to the usual filing spot as well, I already made 2 copies so your reply saved me ~$30 in shipping! Current plan based on your advice is: 1) send payment before April 18, even though I may not need to, I don't make estimated payments so the juice will be running if I don't 2) file for extension til September because the automatic won't be enough 3) file W7/1040 once we have her passport, using an authenticated copy if we have plans to travel, otherwise sending the original Thanks again!
  5. I understand I need to paper file my US taxes because I am newly married and my wife doesn't have a TIN/SS#. Has anyone done this recently? I was planning to go the consulate and get them to certify a copy of one of her IDs, is this the easiest way? Also what's the best way to send documents to the US from Cebu in the 3-week window I have left?
  6. I never bought them in Europe I just freeloaded, strange it's that much of a difference.
  7. Unlike Keurig which makes a mediocre cup of coffee at best, this espresso is actually pretty damn good. It was common when I lived in EU to see one of these in front of a regular espresso machine that wasn't often used. The pods are .60/P30 so I find it suspicious they are half the price here. Also they are usually only sold in 10s, never heard of a 25 pack. If it works out for the OP I will definitely be getting my machine shipped over.
  8. That price seems to good to be true, less than half what they cost in US or EU. Just be careful if you're not using COD.
  9. Have you contacted the Makati store regarding shipping? They have added a 'shop now' button to there Facebook page so maybe online ordering is available sometime this decade: https://www.facebook.com/NespressoMakati/
  10. Anytime is located close as well though and brand new. Best option for short term is probably whichever is cheaper.
  11. You can walk to Anytime from there, not sure if they offer a single month rate depending on how long you are in town.
  12. Super disappointing, it's the third name for that club. They just slapped up some Arnold posters and red and yellow paint. The Gold's Mandaue is solid.
  13. Yeah Fitness First is closed and the Gold's that is there now is terrible.
  14. I workout at the Waterfront, its adequate but maintenance sucks and the vital areas are pretty small and get crowded. Day passes are 400-500P at most of the decent gyms which adds up pretty quick. If you can, maybe try to book an Airbnb or hotel with a gym. To answer your question, the best three gyms are probably Gold's @ J Centre, Fitness Nation and Anytime fitness (multiple) in no particular order.
  15. Thanks for the info. It was no problem getting a multi-cab from Poro to Mangodlong resort area. I think they were charging P150 a head but maybe more if you didn't want to wait til full. Trip was 35 minutes in good weather and the road work seems to be largely complete, definitely some rough patches though. We ended up getting referred to a local tour guide named Benny who seemed to be a local celebrity. He charged P1500+lunch to take us around the whole day and drop us at the resort. I am sure you could get cheaper but this guy was nice and trustworthy, took care of our belongings as if they were his own. I have the number if anybody wants. We took a chance going from Cebu City Pier 1 to Poro versus Danao to Consuela and it turned out to be the right move. The resorts all said not to do it but since it takes about an hour to get to Danao and you can't but a ticket ahead of time the 35 minutes from Poro to Pacijan is better option if you live in Cebu City. I will write-up a trip report when I get a chance..thanks again.