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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    Today's class toll......

    19 scheduled
    May I ask how long a class is? 19 classes in one day? I'm not a teacher but that seems a lot.

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    @bld - 1 OFW in 10 Filipinos sounds about right. Everyone I know has a relative working abroad, either as a foreign worker or immigrant/ immigrant turned citizen.

    @topper - don't eat too much lechon, it's not good for your heart! Lol. (Yeah, but it's good for your mouth & belly). If you can afford it & you plan to be WFH in the foreseeable future, then buy a generator. Electricity supply is more sketchy in tje provinces. I've experienced brownouts when I visited my friend in Panay island. Electricity iwas supplied by a cooperative, and it was not producing enough. They were constructing wind turbines at the time, so hopefully they have more power now.

    Btw, how goes the apartment hunting? If you can, choose a place where the neighbors have a wired PLDT connection. It means the infrastructure is there already, and you can get connected too (hopefully fiber optic).

    Btw, face masks & face shields are now required in supermarkets, banks, other buildings. I've ordered mine from Lazada but you can buy the shields from sidewalk vendors. I don't know how strict it will be in your hood, but the rules were enforced in my area. I've been to a bank & supermarket recently, and no mask, no face shield = no entry. The face shield is required only upon entering the building - I took mine off after my transaction (but still wore the mask). Re: quarantine pass, I always carry it with me, as well as ID. They're required. (shrugs)

    And on my recent trip, I took these pics. Get yourself some of these when the liquor ban ends. Drink them plain or mix with juice/ soda, they get the job done. Cheers!

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    Edit: 1 USD ~ 50 pesos
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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    May I ask how long a class is? 19 classes in one day? I'm not a teacher but that seems a lot.
    You can ask me anything, PH.

    Classes for me are 25 minutes. Last night I had classes from 10 am to midnight, but not every "slot" was booked, I was able to take a nice nap and have a lunch and dinner break. From Friday til this evening I've taught 45 classes or put in about 23 hours of work. Tomorrow I've 10 classes currently scheduled and from there it's 6-8 classes a day until the weekend after next as my company is closed for Song Kran. Basically outside of the weekend, I only work for 2-3 hours in the evenings.

    On a side note, the wifi thingy I got had a 10GB prepaid "load" on it. Those 45 classes consumed about 5.7GB or about 122GB/class.

    I only had connection issues with 3-4 classes and apparently when you purchase more download you get faster speeds.

    Katie, what I want to get is a decent UPS rather than a generator. I don't have a need to power anything other than my computer and the modem.

    We were able to get our rent lowered by the landlord, so since my wife is comfortable in this area and she's gotten to know the neighbors she's happy here. We're going to stay for a bit here, even though this house is far too much for the two of us. Our plan was to have a house big enough to host the family when they visited for the planned family reunion in October, but Mr. Covid came. I've told the owner we only want to do upkeep on the house to keep it dry on the inside, and that if the outside of the house falls apart, well, that's on her and she understands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    Classes for me are 25 minutes.
    Thank you. Sounds like a good amount of work, spaced out the rest of the week. Are the majority of your participants students or professionals, to have the week-end free or have the self-discipline to do some educational program on a Sat or Sun.

    Whatever it is it seems to suit you - well done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    Last night I had classes from 10 am to midnight,
    Is that a sustainable load or is it particularly busy or (or the times spaced out right now)

    At least the dollars are coming in.

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    @topper - good to know that you were able to come to an agreement with your landlady. Re: internet & electricity supply, I wish you all the best with that, as it can get very variable.

    Re: housing, it may be too early to ask, but have you looked into newly developed subdivisions or house resales? Since I think your plan is to stay permanently in PI, it will be good to think of these things as well - in the long run. Your wife is a citizen, so she can own real property. In the title/ deed, it will be in her name but shown as married to you. (E.g. Maria Cruz, Filipino citizen, married to Topper Smith, USA citizen). I don't know if you desire to live in a farm/ suburb/ city setup, so you'll have to decide. Prices in the provinces are also cheaper than in the city. Exanple: my mom's neighbor - he's originally from Davao, and he recently bought property (farmland in Davao) which costs P50k for 100 sqm, so it's just 500 pesos per sqm. In my hometown, recently it's 7k per sqm (more so if in Metro Manila).

    There's a young UK couple, Coshan Uncharted on YT, who recently bought a 2-storey apartment (rowhouse) in a new subdivision in Iloilo city. The reason they were able to buy that (even if both were foreigners) is that the house/land is on condominium title. It's classified as a low-rise condominium. As you probably know, there are restrictions re: foreigners owning real property in PI (and the rest of SE Asia). Foreigners cannot own land (unless via a corporation or special circumstances), but they can own condominium units. Of the total condominium dev't, foreigners can only own 40%. Unfortunately, due to covid they can't visit their property now, but from their update vid they hope to visit next year if/when the country opens up to tourists.

    More on PI property ownership here:

    Land Ownership and Property Acquisition in the Philippines

    Best wishes to you & your wife, and let's hope PI is able to get the numbers down & opens up to tourism soon. Remember if things don't go as planned, just think: it's more fun in the Philippines! Cheers!

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    ^ Thanks again so much Katie!

    I figure it's time for an update if anyone is still interested.....

    Bacolod is back under quarantine. There's no public transportation, but you can hire point to point drivers. Restaurants are closed again for dining in, curfew is from 10 - 4 and alcohol can only be sold between some point in the morning and 6 pm for in home consumption only.

    Yesterday, Bacolod recorded only 58 new cases of covid, down from triple digits so I don't think the quarantine thing is going away soon.

    We have to have a quarantine pass to go out if you're not working, my wife can go out of the house on Tues, Thurs and Saturday to go shopping but as there's no public transport, we're basically back to shopping at our shitty little Savemore.

    As I'm working past the curfew, I get to see the late night checkpoints in action. It's usually a couple of soldiers playing on their phones as we blast past in my driver's car. They pretend to check, we pretend to go along with the rules.

    Right now there is supposedly almost 1500 active cases of covid here in my little city. People are starting to question the government's numbers, needless to say.

    The working online thing is going well, no complaints on that front. I've got as much work as I can handle.

    Lastly, my chuckle has been looking at the citiy's PIO page. There are more task forces/action committees/councils than I can count. I'm guessing there is a task force whose assignment is to keep track of the task forces and what they're responsible for.

    We looked at a house in the 'hood here that has a fiber optic internet connection to rent with an option to buy, but I think they think their little house is made of gold.

    Ah well......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    It's usually a couple of soldiers playing on their phones as we blast past in my driver's car.
    You have a car and driver now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    You have a car and driver now?

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    AO, I have a taxi driver that I pay a touch extra for to pick me up every night, I go to my cube by trike in the morning.

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    ^you're living the high life, topper! Trike service in the morning and private taxi in the evening! (but good onya for supporting the local economy - if they're your regular drivers, I'm sure they appreciate the income.)

    Keep your eyes & ears open for house/ land resale. Farmland in the boondocks is cheaper, but then it may not have a road/ right of way, electricity, water connection (to the municipal water system) and of course, internet! So maybe a subdivision lot is the way to go. (subdivision = mooban or gated community, for non-PI folks)

    I think I've read somewhere that the lockdown in Bacolod is for three weeks and will last until the end of the month. Good luck, hang in there!

    Btw, the president has declared that PI will be under a state of calamity until Sept 2021 (but may be extended or lifted, depending on circumstances). Whether this means no foreign tourist arrivals until it's lifted = no one knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Keep your eyes & ears open for house/ land resale.
    Agreed. We're basically keeping our ears open to find a place that we can assume cheaply.

    You're right about the lockdown, it's only til the end of the month, but the mayor is pumping up the need to keep up the quarantine if necessary. My guess...the end of October.

    If nothing else, it gives me an excuse to work tons of hours. It's not like I can head out of the city to hit the beach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    The English language capabilities are one of the main draw-cards for Filipino/a nurses. You just have to feel sorry for the country that made them and now needs them. Of course there is the financial imperative
    Agreed, I feel for the PI nurses. They can stay there and make on average 150k Pesos or about 3100 usd per year or after a few years experience come to the USA and average about 74k usd per year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishlocker View Post
    Agreed, I feel for the PI nurses. They can stay there and make on average 150k Pesos or about 3100 usd per year or after a few years experience come to the USA and average about 74k usd per year.
    Except that you spectacularly missed the point, well done.

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    On the contrary. I got the point and poked you with it. Hook line and sinker.

    Go fish

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    Ummmm . . . ok.

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