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      Hello. If you are a new member, and feel a bit apprehensive about posting in the "open" forums, or, just wish to get your "sea legs" prior to posting in the open forums, feel free to post anything you wish to talk about, in the Newbies Forum. No one will bother you, or give you any sort of grief. Everyone there is happy to help you get answers to your questions.


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  1. Good information and thanks for posting. The only negative I see is that it is so quite. I sleep better with the white noise of the fan than without it in the Philippines.
  2. If they have checks then they now have names and account numbers. When do they start the patron roundup and asset seizures?
  3. The AFP should establish a Muslim only regiment and give it the responsibility of defending the south/southwest of the country. Make it an elite force, even more so than the Scout Rangers, special training and allowances, unique uniforms and its own heraldic code (make that up if have to). Push it as really prestigious, where only the best of the best Muslims in the military can join its ranks. Give young Muslim men something other than terrorists/bandits/kidnappers/drug dealers to idolize; machismo overkill; something to beat their chests about since they can be the Country’s honorable defenders of the south from the foreign invaders. A lot of holes in this suggestion; but maybe a little more plausible than just nuking everyone
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  5. These maybe are not necessarily Filipino specific habits. You face the same frustrations with mainland Chinese tourists in these two instances. I think that sometimes behaviors/criticisms assigned specifically to Filipinos on these forums could be shared idiosyncrasies of rural Asians (or even some cosmopolitan Asians) in general.
  6. Good title for a movie?
  7. These silly requirements used to only apply to US persons due to FATCA but that is likely to change as more countries sign on to the Common Reporting Standards which are very similar to FATCA. "The Common Reporting Standard (CRS), developed in response to the G20 request and approved by the OECD Council on 15 July 2014, calls on jurisdictions to obtain information from their financial institutions and automatically exchange that information with other jurisdictions on an annual basis. It sets out the financial account information to be exchanged, the financial institutions required to report, the different types of accounts and taxpayers covered, as well as common due diligence procedures to be followed by financial institutions." "The Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information, developed by the OECD with G20 countries, represents the international consensus on automatic exchange of financial account information for tax purposes, on a reciprocal basis. Over 60 jurisdictions have committed to implementing the Standard and all financial centres have been called to match those commitments, as of July 2014." Our non-US friends will soon be able to experience the fun we have endured the last few years. The Philippines has not adopted the standards yet but probably will at some point. http://www.oecd.org/ctp/exchange-of-tax-information/standard-for-automatic-exchange-of-financial-account-information-for-tax-matters-9789264216525-en.htm
  8. Filing requirements are not related to employment but rather to income (i.e just because you haven't been working, doesn't mean you don't have reportable income). I am not going to jump to conclusions based on a few sentences posted. Maybe before you get into filing your taxes for the current and future years, you should look at what your obligations may have been in the past. You are not on the IRS's radar now, but once you start filing again, it may raise a red flag. I would start directly with the IRS guides available on-line rather than the third party opinions. Start with this one and work your way through it: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p54.pdf If you think you may have a problem based on what you read, then you should really talk to a qualified US tax advisor. There are solutions out there but tax is a topic where generalities only go so far as everyone's individual circumstances are different.
  9. Last time I checked he actually is the democratically elected president of the US, the largest economy in the world in terms of nominal GDP. There is nothing pretend about that. I find Trump annoying and he acts like a rich douche most of the time; however, he is now my new hero only because almost everyone in the establishment and “in-crowd” (whether it be politics, journalism, entertainment, education, banking, finance, you name it) really hates him - and I’m Punk Rock like that.
  10. I admit it - Anyone else google "proprietor's list "?
  11. These photos are like hardware p*orn.
  12. Depends. If the gate of your connecting flight is at the North Satellite Concourse (gates 501-510), you need to move really fast because there is a shuttle bus that has to take you there. It adds about 15-20 minutes. Otherwise, HK airport is extremely efficient and if ticketed straight thru, and not significantly delayed, you should be able to get to your connection within that time, no problem.
  13. Not addressed to me but my thoughts are similar for this reason: There may be some justification for parents to choose circumcision for medical reasons, and would consider that decision as preventive medicine. I personally could not find enough evidence to justify the procedure on my newborn son; purely my opinion as a parent, I am not a physician. Someone else may look at the risks/rewards and make a different decision. I may not agree with their assessment in that case, but would not consider it as a barbaric or abusive under those circumstances. However, if a parent has the procedure done purely for cultural or religious reasons, then that’s just retarded.
  14. "After the victim was killed, Villegas said Sta. Isabel called a certain “Ding” who agreed to receive the body in exchange for P30,000 and a golf set." How did that conversation go? Ding: "I'll do it for P40,000" Sta. Isabel: "I got P25,000" Ding: "I won't do it for less than P35,000 and a set of steak knives" Sta. Isabel: "Okay, P30,000 and I'll throw in some golf clubs" Ding: "deal"