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  2. https://blog.ssa.gov/social-security-benefits-u-s-citizens-outside-the-united-states/ there is a SSA blog that might provide some insight to this situation. the staff in Manila is able to access ssa records, so they should be able to provide an update other than "it takes seven months".
  3. rrider

    Guide / Checklist for Moving to PI

    I'm just going to put all my stuff in storage here, buy a plane ticket and go.
  4. I believe it can be done one year in advance and online.
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  6. Following my post here, I received a PM from a well known Davao member offering assistance if needed. This is a terrific example of LinC friendship and very much appreciated especially as we have never met and only know him through the forum.
  7. trevorclap007

    Things That Make You Go Hmmmm

  8. Just out of curiosity, did you go to the SSA office in Manila (at the US Embassy), or did you use some other way to file for benefits? That shouldn't create a problem in getting benefits. I use the FPO address too, and I have used it from the beginning. Having the benefits sent to your US bank should have them treating it the same as they do any other stateside beneficiary. One thing having the FPO address WILL do, though, is that you can expect to get a proof-of-life form to fill out EVERY year. My dad was on SSA for over thirty years, and he never once got one of those forms in the mail, but then he lived in Utah, where the federal government trusts its citizens to report a death when it occurs.
  9. Kahuna

    Cats

  10. RogerDuMond

    Guide / Checklist for Moving to PI

    Make that 90 days. Most doctors in the US will write you a script for 90 days if they know you are leaving the country, that gives you plenty of time to see a doctor. I wouldn't count on a pharmacy refilling an international script from an empty bottle. Plus if it isn't generic, they won't know what it is, and they don't work from the PDR, they use the PPD (Philippine Pharmaceutical Directory). After the initial prescription, many pharmacies will refill without a new prescription. You don't want to get caught short with no options.
  11. Kahuna

    The Blob

    Interesting stuff..
  12. DeedleNuts

    The Blob

    AKA "Life" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-zoo-blob/paris-zoo-unveils-the-blob-an-organism-with-no-brain-but-720-sexes-idUSKBN1WV2AD But it also seems qualified for political office: Discuss, while we have time to do so.
  13. Kahuna

    Relationships

  14. Recently upgraded the hotend on my first 3D printer (the SX-4) to a nickel plated copper E3D Volcano + BondTech setup, with a 5051 part cooling fan and so on. It prints like the wind, relatively speaking, able to lay down plastic at 300mm/sec without any apparent issues. It's still a fact of life though, 3D printing is slow and sometimes fiddly. Anyway, 12 hours ago I kicked off a print that's supposed to complete in about 4 days. As of this morning, still going strong. We shall see, so much time for something to fail ... trying to stay optimistic. The first hour looked like this: I'd show what it looks like now but I'm out of UL quota - what sort of cheap outfit are we running here anyway?
  15. Rumors spread faster then wild fire here ! No chance of a tsunami as quake was inland some distance from the ocean. I evacuated too as it was easier then arguing with a crazed Filipina! All malls and most recent sized businesses were closed today for inspection in Digos. Many have damage.
  16. Ozepete

    Guide / Checklist for Moving to PI

    Geeeeez Bill, are you sure you're not a wannabe marriage celebrant? Those words are sweet enough to bring a tear to a glass eye!
  17. I doubt it will be ten days for a reply. If I recall correctly, the actual reply comes from a different email address of the individual in Manila who will answer your query. Just hope you made it clear. I’m always amazed how even simple requests can be misunderstood. I use the KISS method.
  18. Said the ocean dropped in some areas of Digos that is what triggered the panic. All 3 malls are closed due to the quake.
  19. Yeah, my US address is the FPO AP address. I do have another US address I use for some things but I have filed taxes using my FPO address and my bank has the FPO also just to keep from having issues when I use a credit card here and getting declined. Well, I emailed them like Jawny suggested. I'll see what happens. Their auto reply message said expect up to 10 days for them to contact me.
  20. Lordblacknail

    Guide / Checklist for Moving to PI

    softail, i have two words for you. Tamale Factory. nuff said.
  21. Already roughed in - final is installing toilet - will be bringing multicab and staying a week - can get to Inabanga / Tubigon very easy - planning a trip south anyway if needed- can't get it installed? Feck it - let them worry about it.- won't go back til it is I bought it cause I refuse to use the one downstairs at night and peeing in a tabo is not that sexy
  22. Some banks have programs that provide for emergency credit card limits above normal levels, usually at highest rates I understand the following is not available to everyone - was informed of it when discussed with bank my moving here. Reoccurring transactions out of country - until I got smart and opened Schwab account. Changed to a rather low limit single transaction and monthly cutoff and required verification - safeguard against identity theft - with provisions for much higher if needed - to be assessed at prevailing home improvement loan rates (took prearrangement allowing them to put lean against trust fund as collateral). BTW - the trust fund was funded by ex-wife and I, not a deceased relative. Don't need millions to do it.
  23. Jawny

    Guide / Checklist for Moving to PI

    You’re getting the best sort of advice LinC members can provide. In addition to checklists, you’re getting some lovely helpful comments about love, romance, why Filipina’s are so wonderful. You didn’t mention it, but your moving here is related to a romantic interest or the good fishing?
  24. You should check every piece of pipe/plumbing/fittings in the store before you pay. Just because the label states that something is 3/4 inch doesn't mean that it is so.One piece of pipe can hardly be driven into the correct size union let's say and yet try another pipe out of the same batch and it falls out on its own.Threaded couplings have to be taped about twice as much as you might think would be the norm in the states. Quality control in the PI plumbing world is sorely lacking as HS suggested.
  25. My nephew sent me viber saying the roads were packed with people leaving, he lives in Digos next to the national highway. Make sense now why, I didn't understand why they were packed
  26. Yep - we argue about that - "this pot is cheaper my love" it is and MAYBE half as thick - spent 2K on my Sous vide pot (heavy duty with glass lid -40% off) when she would have gotten a cheap thin Aluminum one - no lid 1.2K Just bought P2K for anti-skid strips and edging for stairs - a kid washes them every morning and of course they are glass smooth I've fallen once and she almost fell holding a baby - going back for All Saints Eve - first thing is installing strip / edges.
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