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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.
    "I was a good student. I comprehend very well, OK, better than I think almost anybody," - President Trump comparing his legal knowledge to a Federal judge.

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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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