Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Americans receiving government pensions may have those pensions direct deposited to their Philippine bank accounts.  Participating banks include the following followed by the fees each charges per direct deposit to a U.S. dollar account in the Philippines.  These fees were correct as of June 2007.  If anyone has a correction or update please leave a comment below. Allied Banking Corporation – $3.00 Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) – $3.00 Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) – $5.00 Land Bank of the Philippines – $5.00 Maybank – $3.00 Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) – $3.00 China Bank – $3.00 RCBC – $3.00 to $5.00 Banco de Oro – Unknown Bank of Commerce (BOC) &#…

Credit card and postal service theft and fraud in the Philippines.  I’ve had very good luck with postal service in Iloilo City and now in Tigbauan, Iloilo.  When I was corresponding with my wife to be using the Lucena City post office, much of what I sent her disappeared.  Here’s a nightmare account of a foreigner who had his overseas bank mail sent to him through the Philippine Postal Service.  I know others who have had no PhilPost problems but I continue to get my mail from the U.S. (including renewal credit cards, ATM cards, financial statements and so forth) via FedEx which I feel is more secure.  I use www.usabox.com.  See my post on that excellent service.   Here’s the story. “I had a credit card sent to me through the mail that I never received. Plus I had some other mail come up missing. The people that got my credit card were able to activate …

Recommended Apple Macintosh computer repair center in the Philippines. My wife and I both have fairly aged Macintosh laptop computer.  Carol’s is a G3 iBook and mine a G4 PowerBook of about the same vintage.  Carol’s iMac display started to go out.  The display would only work if the laptop was almost closed.  We thought we were going to have to buy a new laptop but were not anxious to do so as…

This is a eye-opening, real-life account of the stabbing of a foreigner’s driver and his wife in Manila.  The foreigner-employer happens to write one of the best expat blogs about the Philippines.  In this post he describes the attack and subsequent events and misadventures; medical care at Makati Medical Center and attempts to get the police interested in investigating the crime.  While you’re at the “Torn and Frayed” blog, look over the blog archives.  It’s a favorite of mine. http://tornandfrayed.typepad.com/tornandfrayed/2008/10/stabbing-in-taguig.html

RETIRE IN THE PHILIPPINES. Philippine government makes it quite easy to live permanently in the country. It has fewer restrictions than I have seen reported by other Southeast Asian countries.  I have seen several complaints about Thailand. There are basically four ways that the foreigner can live in the Philippines: VISITOR VISA .  The foreigner can arrive on a visitor visa.  On arrival you’ll be granted a 21 day visa.  Be sure you have …

This was my response to a post from an American who claimed that Philippine women are “better” than American Women:  Let me offer my perspective.  Please feel free to disagree! I’ve only been married to one American woman and one Filipina but, like everyone else, have…

Tropical Paradise? This is addressed to those who have not been to the Philippines but are looking for an affordable tropical retirement location. It is not applicable to those who want to vacation at one of the many beautiful Philippine resorts for a few days or weeks. The Philippines is not a budget version of Hawaii or Key West or Mallorca. It is an impoverished developing nation with about the same land area as the State of Arizona, but with more than 90 million residents. In cities, poverty, pollution and environmental degradation are everywhere. Open sewers and the smell of sewerage are frequent companions. Trash is strewn everywhere. There are hardly any parks. Power blackouts are frequent. The creatures of the land and sea have mostly been devoured by a hungry population. Vehicles belch black diesel fumes along main roads. Mangy dogs wander the streets. The raucous beat of karaoke shatters the night and ever-present roosters wake you at four…