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  1. To retiree in the Philippines: The conclusion must be : You have to have a very good health or a lot of money. Because if you are more than 60 it will be more and more difficult and more and more expensive to get a proper health insurance. Do you agree? Merry Christmas everybody
  2. So if you're like me you sometimes have to send some funding overseas to friends or family. I've done it many ways, but in the recent past my service of choice, RemitHome, was consumed by transfast. The new outfit seemed not as good, but the rate was fine and they had no obvious issues so I let inertia rule and continued to use them. Until yesterday. Raise your hand if you know what a phishing scam looks like. I went to log in yesterday, and a page that said "we have sent you an email" opened, and I couldn't access the site. The email asked me to click a magic link and then the resulting page started off by asking for my login creds and then bank and credit card info. Does this sound at all familiar? This is precisely what a phishing scam would look like. But they are doing it to their own customers. Is it legit? I believe so. Is it a sign they don't take security seriously? In my opinion, absolutely yes. I'll never use them again, and I'd urge anyone here who uses them to consider their options.
  3. The dream awaits...the rush to a tropical island for love and life. You come to this forum for information and there is much here both good and bad. As someone who has lived here for many years I wanted to offer 1 piece of economic advice. It might not be what you want to hear, it is a sort of warning, but important to know. If you are packing all your bags and getting on the plane and plan to live here without either a pension or plenty of money in the bank you maybe in trouble. I say this because I have run into expats who have run out of money and are desperate. They are guys who have no pension to support them, no business to bring any money in or waiting for a miracle. If you do not have a job here already, have a real business you can do, or have a rich Uncle you can call, you might want to keep one foot in your home country until you have built up something here. It is just my advice.
  4. Hey, If this is in the wrong section, sorry.. please let me know. My name is Ross and I lived in Cebu for a few years. My wife (Sheila, Filipina) and I return a few times a year to see family, friends etc. We live in Australia (back 3 years), and I work for myself. I am 37 and have owned a bunch if IT businesses from internet cafes, web and software development businesses etc. I also help businesses run web based marketing campaigns.. pretty standard boring stuff. But, Ive been thinking for the past couple of years I can definitely use these skills to set something up with someone in cebu. Joint Venture... To what I am not 100% sure, maybe something tourism related. I had a friend a few months back who I was finding customers for in Australia who he was going to tour around Cebu. But he has left now and returned back to the US. If anyone else has been toying with some sort of similar idea(s), or would like to talk to me about it please let me know. Thanks Ross
  5. A collection of tips for living in The Philippines from Reddit. If you're a Globe postpaid subscriber and have been paying upwards of 2500 on your monthly bill for the past year or more, you've probably been upgraded to Globe Blue. You can call customer service to confirm. Once verified, you can start using 199 (instead of their usual CSR number) for any customer service concerns. This is a streamlined version of their IVR. Just two steps and you're routed straight to a Platinum CSR. Buy your rice in a neighbouring canderia before going to your fast food place of choice. Beer before whisky, very Risky. Whisky before Beer, never Fear. When you call the PLDT hotline 171, don't waste time navigating the IVR menu in the hopes of talking to a customer service agent. Go directly to "Billing Concerns" by pressing 2 at the first prompt, then ask to be transferred to an agent (landline or DSL). Once you get an agent, ask to be escalated to a supervisor since the agent can't do jack shit anyway. Ask the locals how to go to places and how much is the fare, don't ask the tricycle drivers as most likely they would give you tourist price. When you pay minimum fare in jeepney rides, always pay 7.00 (or is it 7.50) exact. Fare will most likely be charged as 8.00 if you hand 20 pesos or 10 pesos. Saves you 14%+ on your travel costs. ... and my favourite: If you drop your phone in water, put it in a bag of uncooked rice for a few hours. The rice will attract Asians who will fix your phone for you.
  6. How much do the Filipinos need to get those requirements to find a job? They need Medical clearance NBI clearance Barangay clearance Letter from the Mayor and what else? Are they all standard or differ province by province? Do they differ by job? Do the costs differ? How much is enough to give them to cover those "requirements" costs?
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