miles-high

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  1. If they are already using the BMW-provided diesel engines, probably much quieter than Toyota’s own but the engine location is such that it is still noisy… I guess you can saving about 20¢ per litter… If Honda decides to import the 2018 US version Odyssey with higher HP V6 gas, 10-speed AT (not CVT) and new independent suspension, 360° cam, collision avoidance sys, NAV, drive recorder, etc., etc., I would definitely get that…
  2. Unless you will be the driver, I would seriously consider buying a Toyota Alphard instead. You wouldn’t notice it if you are driving it in the US but in the Philippines where the road surfaces are yet to be desired, the use of the “rigid rear axle” such as the leaf-spring system on those Hi-Aces are very uncomfortable to ride in the back (it got some advantages if you were going off-road). I made a bad choice buying one of those when I first came to the Philippines and I had to sell it in less than a year. Please do yourself a favor and test drive both Hi-Ace (or Super Grandia) and Alphard, particularly as a backseat passenger — you will be glad you did. Of course, Alphards are more expensive but there is a reason. In Japan or elsewhere, there are options for those with rigid rear axles and rear independent suspension for Hi-Aces but they do not offer them in the Philippines. A similar vehicle with a better rear suspension is a Honda Odyssey but not as good as the Alphard as they use a torsion bar rear suspension… better than the leaf-spring though… but I would prefer Alphards 6-speed AT over those sluggish CVT's... If you drive long distance in the Philippines, as we did between NCR and Albay, NCR and Cebu, etc. I would really suggest you compare/test drive with different rear suspension systems...
  3. We were invited to the bridge of one of the large car ferries... All they had was a handheld Garmin GPS... That was 5 or 6 years ago...
  4. There are a few things you could do to get a new IP address: 1) Get a static IP from ISP 2) Disconnect your router for a few hours, days or weeks (depends on ISP) 3) Find out the router language, use CMD (or similar) to have it release the assigned IP 4) Change your network card (temporarily or permanently) to use a new MAC address so that ISP would assign a new IP 5) Likewise, use a new computer to use a new MAC address
  5. By smaller commercial jets, e.g., A320/B737 type... B787 would be much faster but not used around here...
  6. Each ring represents about 1 hour of flight time...
  7. ...unless she changed her petitioner, spouse or fiancé... Once she has a US green card, no need to show it... Although my wife carries her old passport with her but has never been asked to show the CFO sticker. Caveat: The above is true to the US residents only – I do not know if such is true to all other categories of Filipinos overseas...
  8. Yes, she had to with K-1... Her subsequent visits with green card, no...
  9. Hmmm, less than 60 flight minutes from Cebu, less than 100 flight minutes from Davao... http://santis-deli.com/store.html
  10. Probably the same procedures to follow... https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal-considerations/us-citizenship-laws-policies/citizenship-and-dual-nationality/dual-nationality.html
  11. My wife has been there 9 times (all short visits, less than a week) since she got her new passport in her married name. Her old passport has a CFO sticker but she has never been asked to show it – all she needs to show is her US green card. As to the travel tax exemption, again all she needs to do is to go to the travel tax desk, show her passport and green card, gets the certificate, free of charge, then give it to the airline agent…
  12. OK so you may be closer to St. Luke's Quezon City... Those two docs I mentioned above do have offices there at SLH Quezon City... FYI.
  13. If you are in NCR, perhaps you could consult one of two well-regarded cardiologists Drs. Chen or Ang at St. Luke’s BGC… Micardis/HCT, Lacipil, Metoprolol, etc. are readily available at St. Luke's pharmacy, don’t know the costs but the doc will tell you which would better substitute/cost less your current medication… P800 to 1,000 per consultation at St. Lukes’s…