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11 thoughts on “Sunday – 5 Jun 2011

  1. Hey UJ, thanks for another excellent link to Batangas with all the colorful beach resorts. Regarding “balisong”, it’s an exquisite handcrafted butterfly or fan blade knife from this province. Wikipedia has some photos of balisong. By the way, I tried to register but I get “User registration is currently not allowed” on a World Press page. Oh well…have a good one — Jake

    1. Sorry about that registering thing. Please try again, I think I’ve solved the problem.
      Glad you like the pictures of Batangas. I’m going to look up that Balisong to get a first hand look at one.

      1. Oh… I see the balisong. My brother use to have one like that. I know exactly what your talking about now.

  2. I think you can do it by internet or fax now. Just need to know routing number of bank. Check web site of were your retirement comes from and find out their requirements of changing banks.

  3. By the way did you ever hear back from tricare about your medical care. I was in the P.I. May 4 to 18, first couple of days, spent 2 days in hospital in Manila and Cavite. Had gall stones acting up, they wanted to operate on me but I said thanks, but no thanks just patch me up to get back to states. I spent a day and a half in one hospital that said they excepted tricare but yet would not let my wife leave unless I was with her and she paid the bills up front. She was there as long as I was. Now I am in the process of trying to collect from tricare all my expenses. Had to cut trip short because wife didn’t want to be hanging around hospital if I had to be operated on.

    1. I did hear back from them and they changed it to Tricare Standard for me. Now I wish I never would have changed it, because it looks like I’m never going to use it here and Tricare Standard does not offer as good of benefits as Tricare Prime when I did use it in Texas. I don’t think that the doctor I went to in Texas accepted Tricare Standard though. I may just change it back and just use Tricare Prime when we visit the US.
      From what I understand, in the Philippines, everyone has to pay upfront first and the insurance pays later. Only thing is that you will only get back what your insurance would pay for the procedure/visit. If what you paid exceeds that, you’ll never get it back.
      I also heard that, legally, they can not do this, but they are persistent and you have to be a strong willed individual to keep saying no. The armed guard by the front entrance is not in our favor either. Not that I’d expect to get shot or anything, but just the thought of it can alter your attitude.

  4. I would suggest you go and talk to Bank Manager at PNB. He is very helpful and will bend over backwards to help you. PNB has a branch in Los Angles CA. were you can electronic deposit your money and withdraw it in the Philippines. When I was building house there he helped us a lot. Plus when I munitioned to him I was looking to by a veh, he found the veh I was looking for, plus set up a loan even though we was not living there full time. Nice guy, plus if you want to do banking, he will see you personnel so you do not have to stand in line. He will answer all your questions.

    1. I just told Lita about that and that is definitely something we will check into. Thanks.
      That would mean changing my allotments too. Could be difficult from here. I might have to wait until we visit the US in Feb or Mar, but it sounds like it would work.

  5. Have you ever thought of haveing your check from the US direct deposited into your the Philippines I have acouple of friends that do it no problems.What i used to do was bring my check book from US and write a check and deposit in my PI acct.

    1. I was told that I could not have my check deposited straight to an account in the Philippines. I was also told that even if I could, I wouldn’t want to.

      1. I did this about eight times with no problems as have acouple of friends of mine,I used BPI bank and it usally took one month to clear.I guess you would want to make sure
        your bank was well organized,the first bank i used in subic was was very slow so i switched banks.

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