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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. My wife needs to renew her philippine passport. Can you still walk in to DFA in Cebu especially if you are "ofw" or only option is to schedule appointment online ? Is the processing time 9 working days or something else ? If someone has experince of this would be good to know.
  2. Just to share my experience if helpfull to someone. I have used Globe 4G LTE pocket wifi for sometime and so far very satisfied. It has been fast and reliable. Only downside if you like to watch movies or upload videos and watch youtube it's too expensive because 8GB data cost 1000 pesos but otherways no complains.
  3. I run aircon in dry mode in downstairs or loft. That way temperature is more than comfortable. Anynow to save electricity and money is dehumidifier usefull or no extra value to aircon ? Any experience ? Thanks.
  4. If you are possibly interested to rent (or buy) and want to see the apartment you are welcome to visit us in June when I'm there with my family. Just send me pm to agree. I have met just a few forum members so it's nice to meet also.
  5. A RIDE on the proposed monorail transit system (MRT) in Cebu will cost almost the same as the fare of a public utility jeepney. According to the Philtram Transportation Consortium Inc. (PTCI), the proposed fare is only P10 for every ride anywhere in the 14 stations that will be set up in Metro Cebu areas. “Unlike an LRT where they just focus on conventional ride and go (for a) fare matrix, the DRT Monorail has a 101 creative ways to make money without the need of LGU or National Government subsidy,” according to a press release from Philtram. PTCI recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the local governments of Cebu City and Mandaue City for the project. Both cities are hoping that the MRT, which Philtram called the Dualmode Mono-Rail Tourtransit (DRT), will ease traffic congestion in Metro Cebu. Philtram president Arnold Ray Alagar said the MRT will not only be a traffic solution but also a platform for urban development. “One good thing about DRT Monorail or the Dualmode mono-Rail Tourtransit, unlike LRT (light railway system), is that the system is not just exclusively designed to earn revenue purely from mass transit. That means, Philtram can design the monorail to operate as a tourist loop and commuter line at the same time,” said the press statement. One of the features of this transportation system is the VIP premium where a seat is reserved so people with cars will not have to use their vehicle, which will only add to the traffic congestion. “And being a VIP will also make him a stockholder to Philtram because Philtram will go public after three DRT monorail projects in the next five years,” according to Philtram. Parking app PTCI’s chief technology architect is also planning to build smart stations and smart parking hubs, which will allow commuters with cars to reserve parking online using their smart phones. With this smart parking app, car owners can park their vehicle near the smart DRT monorail stations so they can just park this during peak hours and patronize the MRT. The Philtram, in coordination with CRRC Nanjing Puzhen, PBTS and China Railway Engineering Consulting Group, will conduct a feasibility study starting next month. It is expected to last for six months. The study will cost US$2-million that will be funded by the One Belt One Road. Based on the MOU, Philtram will analyze the present and future distribution of passengers, possible fares, preliminary design and related cost estimates, among many others. Jose Guardo Jr., founder and chief operating officer of Philtram, said PTCI will use Bombardier Innovia 300 Monorail manufactured by Bombardier CRRC Nanjing Puzhen JV. Bombardier Innovia train can transport 48,000 passengers per hour, or 1,200 persons per trip. Guardo said that every 90 seconds the train will be available. The MRT will have a terminal hub, which will be located at the foot of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge, and 14 stations from Mandaue to Cebu City. Once operational, the DRT will pass United Nations Ave., D.M. Cortes Street, A. Soriano Ave., going to the South Road Properties in Cebu City. “The DRT Monorail is also designed to go to Mandaue City, Consolacion in the north and SRP to Talisay and Minglanilla in the south,” said Alagar. PTCI targets to make the DRT operational by 2020.Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2017/05/28/p10-mrts-proposed-fare-cebu-544322
  6. I have used aliexpress and no problems.
  7. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/898913/duterte-declares-martial-law-in-mindanao MOSCOW – President Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao as of 10 p.m. Manila time following the clashes in Marawi City, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in Moscow. The declaration is good for 60 days, said Abella. Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/898913/duterte-declares-martial-law-in-mindanao#ixzz4huueOGIu Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook
  8. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/live/2017/may/22/manchester-arena-ariana-grande-concert-explosion-england Police says attacker died after detonating ‘improvised explosive device’ Further 59 people have been injured What we know so far Full report: Deadly attack at Manchester Arena City mobilises to help survivors with offers of rooms and free rides Key updates from the most recent police press conference: The death toll has risen to 22. Among the dead are children. A further 59 people are injured and receiving treatment in eight hospitals across Greater Manchester. Police believe the attack was carried out by one man, and are investigating if he was part of a wider network. The man died at the scene after detonating an explosive device – a suicide bomber. Police: full statement Chief constable Ian Hopkins confirms that 22 people have died and a further 59 have been injured. This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see. Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives. Our thoughts are with those 22 victims that we now know have died, the 59 people who have been injured and their loved ones. We continue to do all we can to support them. They are being treated at eight hospitals across Greater Manchester. This is a fast-moving investigation and we have significant resources deployed to both the investigation and the visible patrols that people will see across Greater Manchester as they wake up to news of the events last night. This will include armed officers as people would expect. More than 400 officers have been involved in the operation during the night. To remind you, we were called at 10.33pm to reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert. More than 250 calls came in and emergency services were very quickly on scene. Emergency numbers have been established for anyone who is concerned for loved ones who may not have returned home: 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900. We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe that while the attack last night was conducted by one man, the priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network. The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena. We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device, which he detonated, causing this atrocity. We would ask people not to speculate on his details or to share names. There is a complex and wide-ranging investigation under way. Our priority is to work with the national counter-terrorist policing network and UK intelligence services to establish more details about the individual who carried out this attack.
  9. A little boy goes to his dad and asks, "What is politics?" Dad says, "Well son, let me try to explain it this way: I’m the breadwinner of the family, so let’s call me capitalism. Your Mom, she’s the administrator of the money, so we’ll call her the Government. We’re here to take care of your needs, so we’ll call you the people. The nanny, we’ll consider her the Working Class. And your baby brother, we’ll call him the Future. Now, think about that and see if that makes sense," So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what dad had said. Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him. He finds that the baby has severely soiled his diaper. So the little boy goes to his parents’ room and finds his mother sound asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny’s room. Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the nanny. He gives up and goes back to bed. The next morning, the little boy says to his father, "Dad, I think I Understand the concept of politics now." The father says, "Good son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about." The little boy replies, "Well, while Capitalism is screwing the Working Class, the Government is sound asleep, the People are being ignored and the Future is in deep shit."
  10. It's good and central location in uptown Cebu City. It's a nice loft type unit with a great view to the sea and mountains. Sure it's somehow renters market in Cebu especially when you rent out remotely. Anyhow if want ROI should ask much higher rent but it was purchased as a holiday home not investment. I'm happy to earn some money for owning expenses and find tenant who treat the apartment with respect and don't trash it and pays monthly dues and utilities on time. Can pay higher rent if feels that what is asked is too low .
  11. That is Fuente Tower 3 loft type condo. Rent is very reasonable because I'm just looking for to get some money by leasing for upkeeping, taxes and monthly dues. If want ROI should ask much higher rent but it was purchased as a holiday home not investment. Our original plan was to spend much more time in the Philippines than is now possible so have considered selling also but maybe just lease to cover expenses of owning. It's still for rent so if someone interested just send me pm. Can lease now until June 2017 or later for minimum 6 months.
  12. RENTED, Possibly available for lease again July 2017
  13. If you possibly want to lease the apartment please send me pm if you want to know more and/or agree about viewing. Can always negotiate and if you want to make shorter contract that will end in end of May or June 2017 that is ok. Selling price of similar unit as bare these days would be like ~80k/sqm. Zonal value for real estate in barangay sta. Cruz in 2017 is informed to be ~P80k/sqm. So rent is quite reasonable.
  14. There is no storage locker but there is 24/7 reception and security.
  15. I think P2.8M is reasonable selling price. P12.5k is really cheap rental price from this kind of aparment in this location. Ramos Tower has also condotel units so you can also book hotel room for a short time to find out if you like the building and surroundings before rent.