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smokey

just exactly what is the matter, with all you ex-military people? You clearly have a problem with working in the private sector. And yet you find the socialised medicine, very convenient.

 

 

your right of course not many can get into the ice cream wars... for me the music played by the ice cream trucks put me to sleep, did you get a masters in soft serve or are you self made

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in that case i seriously suggest that you do not invest in anything .

well as to me when and if you find your self burdened with to many big screen TV or to many cars ,, or bikes dont suffer alone just drop them off at my house and i will take them without charging you

your heart is in the right place but your body might not like it... riding a jeep is low cost but riding a jeep in traffic for hours is to me like smoking a carton a day...

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your right of course not many can get into the ice cream wars... for me the music played by the ice cream trucks put me to sleep, did you get a masters in soft serve or are you self made

 

Want a laugh?

Look at the soft serve in front of the department store at SM in SM City and you will see that it says "Always fresh, never frozen".

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The only way I can see you living on that kind of money is to squat on the beach and fish for a good part of your food. Thought about that myself but the wife is abhorred by the idea. Still part of it is luck whether you can get along with your neighbors. Will they get jealous that you have such a huge income and they have nothing? They can cause you any number of problems or even rob you.

 

After a few years here we lucked into renting a building form someone she knew and now have an internet cafe that is doing well and make a little on bed spacers.

 

In the city I cant see it working unless you can live on fishpaste and rice like the natives. Cant see any westerner doing that though. The smell alone makes me ill, you have to grow up with the stuff.

 

The other big issue is she past 50? If not their is a good chance of children and no way in hell can I see you living on that then.

 

When I first came here we lived on US$ 900 a month it was hell with a wife and 2 kids later it was increased to US$1500 that was adequate if we were careful. The internet cafe has made a difference, not perpetually broke now. But if we lost the $1500 a month outside income I don't think we would survive yet.

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The only way I can see you living on that kind of money is to squat on the beach and fish for a good part of your food. Thought about that myself but the wife is abhorred by the idea. Still part of it is luck whether you can get along with your neighbors. Will they get jealous that you have such a huge income and they have nothing? They can cause you any number of problems or even rob you.

 

After a few years here we lucked into renting a building form someone she knew and now have an internet cafe that is doing well and make a little on bed spacers.

 

In the city I cant see it working unless you can live on fishpaste and rice like the natives. Cant see any westerner doing that though. The smell alone makes me ill, you have to grow up with the stuff.

 

The other big issue is she past 50? If not their is a good chance of children and no way in hell can I see you living on that then.

 

When I first came here we lived on US$ 900 a month it was hell with a wife and 2 kids later it was increased to US$1500 that was adequate if we were careful. The internet cafe has made a difference, not perpetually broke now. But if we lost the $1500 a month outside income I don't think we would survive yet.

 

 

 

finally a guy who is speaking from reality and not something he read back in 70

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just exactly what is the matter, with all you ex-military people? You clearly have a problem with working in the private sector. And yet you find the socialised medicine, very convenient.

I don't see how you jumped to the incorrect conclusion that I, as well as all ex-military people, have a problem with working in the private sector. Having done so for more than 40 years, making a fine career at Hewlett-Packard and a couple of software companies, I cannot see a problem.

 

As for "socialized medicine", if the gov wants to provide me with healthcare for having put my life on the line in the service of my country, who am I to question their judgment or rudely refuse a valuable benefit?

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Wayne, you CAN live here on $500/month, better than you could in the US or in Europe. That said, you would not live the high life. You can get a house in the provinces for your $50K, maybe even a little left over. This is important, since you cannot afford to pay rent (which can only go up). This statement is conditioned on USDPHP staying above 40.

 

If you are absolutely certain about your fiancée, get married quickly. This will avoid the expense of visa renewals. If you are a military veteran and served in any armed conflict, you can get excellent (free) medical care at, and medications from, the VA in Manila. In case you are unfit to travel (at the VA's expense), they have a contract with Cebu Doctors' Hospital.

 

DO NOT INVEST ANY OF YOUR MONEY HERE (other than buying your principal residence). Based on your experience in the US, you might be able to work in your own business that does not require a capital outlay, such as doing it on contract. Once you are married and have 13-A visa status (probationary or permanent), you can work legally.

 

You might do some research on living in Cambodia. It is much cheaper than the Philippines. Even cheaper are Laos and Myanmar but I do not recommend either. Cambodia, around Sihanoukville is quite civilized, nice beaches, well supplied. Just stay away from the casinos. The added advantage is that they use the US$ everywhere, so you do not have a currency exposure to the Riel like you would here to the Peso.

 

No you can't get free medical care from the VA in Manila--UNLESS you have a VA rated disability, and then you are treated ONLY for the service connected issues.

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No you can't get free medical care from the VA in Manila--UNLESS you have a VA rated disability, and then you are treated ONLY for the service connected issues.

Technically correct, however, the devil is in the details. An executive order signed by the POTUS (Obama) directs the VA not to deny (with or without cause!) any disability claim of a veteran who served in any armed conflict. Thus, many qualifying veterans claim PTSD (cannot sleep, waking up with nightmares, get headaches, etc.) which the VA cannot deny. The veteran does not have to have combat experience, could have been a supply sergeant stateside.

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Technically correct, however, the devil is in the details. An executive order signed by the POTUS (Obama) directs the VA not to deny (with or without cause!) any disability claim of a veteran who served in any armed conflict. Thus, many qualifying veterans claim PTSD (cannot sleep, waking up with nightmares, get headaches, etc.) which the VA cannot deny. The veteran does not have to have combat experience, could have been a supply sergeant stateside.

 

I have tried them in the past and was informed that the Manila VA was set up exclusively for Filipinos who served in the US armed forces and retirees only and to receive regular VA services, I would have to go to a stateside VA Hospital.

I served during the Vietnam era, so the armed conflict rule deosn't seem to apply here for me.

If they don't want to serve me, I really don't want them to anyway.

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Wayne it can be done living on $500 a month for my wife and I have been there and done that. The one thing you have going for you is that you have to money to buy a codo/townhouse which you can find for just over P1M. Going through my documents I found what our basic cost were;

Power P1800

Food P6000

Internet P1000

Cable 800

Water P300

If you do get married you can get around the visa fees. You and your wife can do a short trip to HK and back and as long as she is with you and you have your documents you can get a 1 year balikbayan stamp.

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I have tried them in the past and was informed that the Manila VA was set up exclusively for Filipinos who served in the US armed forces and retirees only and to receive regular VA services, I would have to go to a stateside VA Hospital.

I served during the Vietnam era, so the armed conflict rule deosn't seem to apply here for me.

If they don't want to serve me, I really don't want them to anyway.

They serve lots of American vets there. I know, I have been there enough. If you have served (active duty) during the Vietnam war, your disability claim CANNOT be turned down. Once approved, they will call you in for a determination of the extent (percentage) of your disability, which will determine how much money the VA will pay you every month. They will provide you free healthcare and drugs if needed, as well as all travel (transportation, meals, lodging) if you need to go there.

 

I met an American vet who is getting $960/month from the VA, plus all kinds of psychoactive drugs. He did not look disabled at all, he was dancing the night away with a girl about a third of his age. I told him that he did not look disabled to me. He said "I lie well." This is our tax dollars at work. I don't use the VA services in Manila (I am out of the country more than in it), but get my prescriptions filled from the VA in the US.

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If you do get married you can get around the visa fees. You and your wife can do a short trip to HK and back and as long as she is with you and you have your documents you can get a 1 year balikbayan stamp.

 

Is the marriage certificate the only document required?

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They serve lots of American vets there. I know, I have been there enough. If you have served (active duty) during the Vietnam war, your disability claim CANNOT be turned down. Once approved, they will call you in for a determination of the extent (percentage) of your disability, which will determine how much money the VA will pay you every month. They will provide you free healthcare and drugs if needed, as well as all travel (transportation, meals, lodging) if you need to go there.

 

I met an American vet who is getting $960/month from the VA, plus all kinds of psychoactive drugs. He did not look disabled at all, he was dancing the night away with a girl about a third of his age. I told him that he did not look disabled to me. He said "I lie well." This is our tax dollars at work. I don't use the VA services in Manila (I am out of the country more than in it), but get my prescriptions filled from the VA in the US.

 

 

 

well lets not start a rumor that all one has to do is say ... HEY i was in viet nam and now i live in philippines money is tight how much are you going to give me..? maybe i am missing something but a few threads have been started claiming its very easy to get money from the va i belong to some vet groups and they tell a very different story , sure you can apply that is your legal right but to find out if your disabled and how much you will get can take anywhere from 8 months to 15 years... and not everyone who applies is giving anything

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