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@  kantutero : (24 August 2016 - 01:14 AM)

The sun is coming out now in Coron (Palawan); they said weather has been so bad last four days no dive boats going out. Looks like I brought the sun from Thailand (:

@  kantutero : (24 August 2016 - 01:13 AM)

G: neither of my GFs has passport.
The one place that was crowded was the airport; the immigration lines to depart were as bad as I've ever seen at the Cobra Swamp.

@  Lost Tourist : (23 August 2016 - 11:28 PM)

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@  hugebear : (23 August 2016 - 01:23 PM)

I stopped at Teguila Reef and they didn't have the steak or bacon and eggs breakfast......The place was empty....

@  hugebear : (23 August 2016 - 01:19 PM)

Yes I just got back from Thailand and both Bangkok and Pattaya seemed empty prices on hotels and pussy were very cheap..

@  veveron : (23 August 2016 - 12:49 PM)

It was pretty empty in AC too, hear it still is.

@  SimonAngeles : (23 August 2016 - 12:38 PM)

you could try property24 or at least have a look there to see local agaents

@  keyboardsmasher : (23 August 2016 - 10:39 AM)

whats the best place to advertise or otherwise sell a big house in cebu?

@  Evilfriar : (23 August 2016 - 09:33 AM)

Good to know Kantutero, wheels up for me in 7 weeks.

@  grahamuk : (23 August 2016 - 09:15 AM)

So why didn't you stay there ?

@  kantutero : (23 August 2016 - 02:10 AM)

After four days in Thailand with no rain and sunny skies, arrived in Manila to rain and cloudy skies. If you want beach weather, go to Pattaya (it is SUPER empty of mongers right now and a total buyers market)

@  lazybugger : (22 August 2016 - 12:32 PM)

Yeah "Balls" channel was great, not only for the current fights but they had UFC on a nightly basis almost

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It was a classic. Such a war. I honestly didnt know who would win until the bell rang and then it was def Mac on points

@  mi tasol : (22 August 2016 - 11:20 AM)

@ccrider..Yep..KO 13 seconds into the fight...apparently 3rd quickest ko in ufc history..it was a huge hit...

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heres an update on scully. lets pray he never gets out
https://au.news.yaho...a-resort/#page1

@  ccrider : (22 August 2016 - 09:46 AM)

I was watching a streaming feed....it froze up for about 20 seconds just as the heavyweight fight began....missed the KO. dammit

@  ewe52 : (22 August 2016 - 08:42 AM)

Every maincard fight on ufc 202 ended in a Ko expect Connor and Nate. Wtf

@  Subic Jeff : (22 August 2016 - 08:13 AM)

Great fight yesterday. Kudos to McGregor and Diaz for such a great fight.

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I miss the Balls Channel, getting the PPV free Sunday Mornings was great.



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#26 OFFLINE   TheCatFish

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 06:32 AM

Citibank waves all of my international fees and ATM fees if I use citi branch. You need a special account and it works great. I even have a letter stating my fees are waved. Been with Citibank for over 12yrs and it works great.  When in Thailand use AON bank because of know ATM fees.

 

I plan to use CitiBank as well.  I have done some research and it seems to be one of 2 possible banks that could work for me.  




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Posted 29 August 2013 - 03:08 AM

So you use xoom.com to transfer to a local PI bank account in your name mate?


No I just transfer it to myself and go to BDO in SM mall with 2 pieces of picture ID (Passport, drivers license, I-Card, etc...) and pick up the cash. I can then watch the exchange rate and exchange as little or as much as I want when it is favorable.

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 07:06 AM

I plan to use CitiBank as well.  I have done some research and it seems to be one of 2 possible banks that could work for me.  

 

You need to have a GOLD account before Citi will wave the fees.  If you are from the States make sure everything is in writing and never go below the gold card limit.



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 08:07 AM

Do you need a ACR card to open your account?

Every bank seems different.  At first i opened an account at BDO - from online recommendations.  Every branch I asked had different rules for opening accounts.  That should have been a clue... they all said I had to have an ACR - then they said I had to open a joint account with a local (used my girlfriend).  I was not happy with their service and attitudes.  I talked to some expats and they all said BDO sucks - go with BPI.

 

So I went to BPI and all they asked for was my passport, and p5,000 for an opening balance.  I opened a dollar account and a peso account so I can XOOM or WU myself money in dollars to avoid the horrid exchange rates from XOOM or WU.  Then x-fer between accounts when the rate looks good.  Only thing I don't like is the dollar account can't have an ATM.  But I really only plan to hold a little money there and x-fer it to the peso account as needed.  My real account is USAA and my money will stay in the US!



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 08:22 PM

You don't need to change anything. Just open yourself a PI bank account as a start. I use metrobank

 

How do you get money into a PI bank account, is there not charges when you transfer money from your home country



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 09:20 PM

You don't need to change anything. Just open yourself a PI bank account as a start. I use metrobank

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Do you need a ACR card to open your account?

 

If you deposit a substancial amount (200kp min), you only need a passport. When i opened this Metrobank acc they just asked for a Bgy clearance to verify my adress but an electric bill would have been sufficient.

Citibank waves all of my international fees and ATM fees if I use citi branch. You need a special account and it works great. I even have a letter stating my fees are waved. Been with Citibank for over 12yrs and it works great.  When in Thailand use AON bank because of know ATM fees.

My gf (nr77 :WinkGrin1: ) have used Landbank last 6 years. No fees wherever she go in Phils but in some pesky small cities thers a max 4000p withdrawal each try.

 

Hampshire1, on 03 Sept 2013 - 10:22 PM, said:

How do you get money into a PI bank account, is there not charges when you transfer money from your home country

 

Ordinary bank to bank online transaction. Cost me 900p each. I transfer my pension every month i'm in Phils.



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 09:41 PM

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All of these possibilities are OK, but don't forget that even if your bank of choice doesn't charge an ATM fee, the ATM you actually use will, if it's not a specified one or a branch. Also they almost all charge a bank fee, or foreign transaction fee.

I'm speaking from the perspective being a citizen of the USA, but if you get a Charles Schwab investor checking account they will never charge an ATM fee, they never charge a bank or transaction fee, they always reimburse for any ATM fees (there is no limit), at any bank or Credit Union, anywhere in the world. There is no account fee, there is no minimum fee. You can add your current Us bank as an external account and easily transfer money online. It is the ultimate world wide mongering card. As a bonus you get better exchange rates than you do at the currency exchange businesses. They pay what you see posted at www.visa.com, since they carry the Visa logo.

To check current exchange rates go to www.visa.com, select your country, then go to the search bar and enter "currency", a currency converter option will pop up, click on the pop up and then enter zero for bank fee, and put in your country of choice.
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#33 ONLINE   Chris in Makati

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 01:26 AM

How do you get money into a PI bank account, is there not charges when you transfer money from your home country

 

Depending on which banks you use there may or may not be charges involved. If there is, they're usually a fixed amount ranging from around US$10 to $25. To make it cost effective you need to send a large enough amount that the charges are small in relation to the amount sent.



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 04:38 PM

Metrobank in US charges $7 per remittance to Piso account in PI and gives good forex rate, about .25 off the listed rate online.  I think BPI and PNB are similar (have offices in US for remittances). 


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 01:09 AM

How do you get money into a PI bank account, is there not charges when you transfer money from your home country

 

It depends on if it is a dollar account or a peso account.  You can use XOOM or Western union for either account type but the charges are different.  Currently XOOM is $4.99 to x-fer dollars into a peso account - but the exchange rate sucks!  Western Union offers a no fee x-fer if done online direct to a bank.  They make money on the exchange fee but give a better rate than XOOM.  Western Union dollars to a dollar account is $7.99 because they make no exchange fee.

 

You can call your bank and do a wire transfer but I have never tried it because the time difference makes it weird to call the US and I just have been to lazy to look into it.  I don't know what the fees would be for my bank.

 

I just set up a dollar & peso account at BPI and will write a check from my American bank and deposit it in my dollar account here.  I can watch the exchange rates and withdraw my dollars and convert to pesos when I get a better rate.  Takes some planning (check takes 21 days to clear) but as I am retired here I got nothing but time!






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