Sunset watching is one of our favorite and enjoyable things to do in the on Boracay island, Tablas Island & the Philippines. It's our opinion that Sailing is the BEST way to enjoy these spectacular sunsets in the Philippines.
This is one of the best low-carb Keto Pizzas with a Keto crust. It's made with flaxseed and it even tastes AWESOME the next day… like every pizza should. MACROS 59% fat, 25% carb, 16% protein.
How do I drive I Drive in Manila Traffic?
Let me first say that Manila traffic is awful in my opinion. I say this because to drive 3 miles (5 kilometers) often takes 30 minutes on an average day.
If you’ve been looking for what is definitively the best keto bread recipe on the internet, then you’ve come to the right place. How do I know it’s the best? Well, I’ve tried numerous keto bread recipe there is over the past few months and decided that nothing was good enough. There’s a couple that are good, but I wanted perfection! The best part about this recipe is that it’s simple, and once you have it down you can replicate this keto friendly bread any time you want. I’ve been making a low carb loaf every sunday for the past few weeks and would recommend that to anyone. It’s so nice to have a loaf of bread at your disposal when you’re on a low carb diet. It almost feels like cheating. Check out this recipe and start making the best keto bread you’ve ever tried today!
You don't need to go far to find a basketball court in the Philippines. Everywhere you look you will see one, such as this makeshift basketball court in the Romblon region in the center part of the country. Tonight, Rose, our daughter and I enjoyed courtside seats... and we Loved it! Here's why?
NOTE: When I asked my wife what the most common sports are in the Philippines, she told me, 'Boxing, Basketball, and Beauty Pageants'.
I didn't think a Beauty Pageant was a sport, but she told me how competitive the girls are and how much they workout, that locals consider beauty pageants a sport. Hmmm? Nevertheless, let's get back to Filipino Basketball.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
We live near the basketball court, so we can hear the kids at 6am practicing their shooting and 1-on-1 ball handling skills. They are excited to play in these games because it allows them to be challenged by other barangays, and they have an opportunity to win a trophy and other prizes. (6am B-ball doesn't bother us because we are up at the crack of dawn).
This weekend, our Barangay (Filipino Village) in Hinaguman is having their annual fiesta. Before the fiesta (festival) begins, the barangay sponsors a basketball tournament with the local kids and adult teams. When I attended my first game a few years ago, I didn't expect much. But these kids are awesome! Ball handling, plays down the court, vision down the court & passing, shooting and rebounding. It's very physical and the maturity level is beyond what I could ever have imagined. (Oh, did I imagine that some of these kids are playing barefoot or in rubber slippers?)
Because I know the benefits of playing sports, I enjoy the excitement and commitment of these young players. With this in mind, I want to help them and future players benefit from getting involved in this type of activity. Therefore, Rose & I decided that we want to help these young athletes. What this means is that we decided that we are going to create a fund to finance uniforms and equipment for these young players that play in these tournaments.
Can you imagine how this will make a barefoot kid feel when they get a uniform, or a pair of shoes? It's going to be an emotional moment and a proud moment for, not on the player, but also the family. Strive for greatness. Strive to be beyond what you think you can be.
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How Expensive will my Plumber be when my Pipes break at my house on a Friday afternoon?
I wish it had only been a pipe. Instead it was a deep well pump & a pressure pump... and pipes.
At 3pm on a Friday, Rose and I are away from the house to pick up our daughter from school when we get a text message:
It translates to 'Water pipes broken. Pumps broken. No water.'
Rose looks at me and asks, 'What should we do?'
'Since you are the contractor for our house, who do you suggest?'
Minutes later she is calling people. No answer. So she starts texting a distress signal (It's wise to send a text message here, because nobody has voicemail on their phones).
That evening after dinner, we still haven't heard back from anyone so we begin contemplating where we are going to wash our dishes. Option are:
While doing the dishes, we get a call from the best plumber in the populated area. He tells us he can make it on Saturday. Whew, this is good news! (but in my mind, I am wondering how expensive it is going to be because it will be 'Weekend Rates').
Saturday comes and goes. It's not fixed. Ugh!#%@. So we wash our dishes and bathe in the driveway using our neighbor's hose. Sometimes you do what you need to do. Fortunately, I have a great family with a sense of humor, so the bathing goes off well... even with the live in staff present - our nanny and housekeeper.
The plumbers arrive bright and early. Rose and I are still asleep.
'Sir? Ma'm? Breakfast is ready,' and Rose & I get out of bed. 'The plumbers are here.'
Rose & I meet with the mud covered plumbers.
'Ma'm, we need supplies. I am going to send 1 person to get more pipe and supplies. Is this agreeable with you?' (My gosh, our plumber is so polite).
One of the plumbers drives off to get supplies while the other 2 labor away.
Two people come back carrying supplies (20 foot long pipes and additional supplies) on the back of a motorcycle. (By the way... doing this on a motorcycle is normal here). I do admire the work ethic of our plumbers.
'We should be done later today. Then you can bathe in your own home. Is tonight acceptable to you?'
Of course we agree (because we don't want to wash in the driveway again using the cold hose water).
'Since this is agreeable to you, can I ask you a favor? Can you feed us some lunch? we don't have any food with us'.
Immediately we provide lunch, drinks and coffee (it's beginning to rain and they are working outside).
'Ma'm, can I speak to you? We completed the work. You have water again'. And he hands Rose a hand written invoice.
'Are you serious? This is expensive!' Rose complains. 'For 2 days and materials, you are charging me this amount? This is rediculous!'
Rose shows me the invoice.
'Pay the men. They earned it'.
Rose reluctantly pays the men, and stomps her feet as she returns to the house. The plumbers ride away on their motorcycles in the dark. Rose looks at me, 'Hurray, we can take a shower! Do you want to join me?'
I smile as she runs off to the shower with our daughter. 'Yippee!'
So, What is the Cost of a Plumber working on the Weekend in the Philippines? Let me say this was an eye opening experience. The plumbers arrived on a Saturday morning and worked all weekend. Even into the darkness of the night and mosquitos. When I saw the invoice, I was shocked. I was shocked because it was a fair price and very affordable. I didn't have to break the bank, and I will happily recommend these men to others in need of a plumber. Great work, Great service and a Great price.
I am so thankful that I chose to move here 12 years ago. Island Life is Awesome!
And so are the people who live here on this little island in the Philippines.
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An estimated 5.4 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to increase exponentially as baby boomer generation enters their golden years. I became concerned with this when my grandmother had this, then my father fell victim of it. My concern led to research, and I want to share what I discovered.
Today’s senior citizens living in the United States are generally referred to as the “Baby Boomers.” They were born after WWII starting around 1946 through the first years of the 1960s.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2013 came to the conclusion that Baby Boomers are sicker than their parents’ generation, in spite of advances in medicine and longer life spans. “Despite their longer life expectancy over previous generations, U.S. baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, more disability and lower self-rated health than members of the previous generation at the same age,” wrote the study’s authors, led by Dr. Dana E. King, professor and chair of family medicine at West Virginia University in Morgantown. 
Alzheimer’s Disease is a Modern Epidemic Plaguing SeniorsAlzheimer’s Disease is increasing at an alarming rate among the elderly population in the United States today. The statistics are staggering. According to the Alzheimer’s Association :
There are no Drugs that Cure Alzheimer’s DiseaseThe official statement from the medical establishment is: “Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s.” 
Pharmaceutical companies desperately want to develop an Alzheimer’s drug, since the market is so huge. Attempts to develop a drug have been a huge failure so far, however.
Melissa Healy of the LA Times reported on the most recent failures of Big Pharma to develop Alzheimer’s drugs earlier in 2014:
Two biological therapies designed to improve the clearance of sticky plaques from the brains of those with Alzheimer’s disease have failed to slow the steady loss of cognitive function in patients with mild to moderate forms of the degenerative disorder.
In late clinical-trial findings published [recently] in the New England Journal of Medicine, the monoclonal antibodies known as solanezumab and bapineuzumab were shown ineffective at changing the downward cognitive trajectory of Alzheimer’s patients. 
These recent failures follow a long list of drug failures in the pharmaceutical industry’s attempt to develop drugs to treat Alzheimer’s Disease. Drug companies Pfizer and Medivation abandoned their Alzheimer’s drug dimebon in January 2012, because the drug not only did not help patients in trials, but it made patients worse. The expensive drug had already reached phase III trials. 
'Old People' are a Huge Market for Pharmaceutical Drugs
Today’s senior citizens living in managed care facilities are taking an average of over 30 different prescription drugs! The pharmaceutical industry has good reason to target seniors, as they represent the most lucrative market for pharmaceutical drugs in the history of mankind. In the history of drug marketing, the single most successful drug to ever hit the market was a drug targeted at seniors: Lipitor, the statin drug designed to lower cholesterol levels.
Today, about one out of every four Americans over the age of 55 is taking a statin drug (Statins Fry Your Brain and Scramble Your Memory Like an Egg). So this age group is a very lucrative market for the pharmaceutical companies, who would desperately like to have an Alzheimer’s drug or vaccine be approved for sale.
Are Pharmaceutical Drugs a Leading Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease?A recent study just published in the British Medical Journal reports that taking benzodiazepines, common drugs prescribed for anti-anxiety and insomnia, are associated with a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Common benzodiazepines include: Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), Xanax (alprazolam) and Klonopin (clonazepam). The authors of the study reported in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that the use of benzodiazepines for three months or more was associated with a 51% increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. 
In an accompanying commentary written by Zosia Kmietowicz, it was pointed out that in 2012 the American Geriatrics Society had updated its list of inappropriate drugs for older people to include benzodiazepines, precisely because of their unwanted cognitive side effects. Yet almost half of the elderly population continues to be prescribed these dangerous medications, and are continuing to take them. 
In another article appearing with the BMJ study, Michael McCarthy discusses another study just published in JAMA Internal Medicine. This study shows that more than half of patients with advanced dementia in US nursing homes are prescribed medicines of questionable benefit. 
In 2011, Dr. Stephanie Seneff published research looking at the effects of a low-fat diet and statin drugs in relation to Alzheimer’s Disease. This research noticed a strong correlation between insulin resistance in the brain and early Alzheimer’s Disease.
The study’s main conclusions regarding the early causes of Alzheimer’s Disease centered around the transport of cholesterol from the blood stream to the brain. The research stated that there is mounting evidence which suggests that a defect in cholesterol metabolism in the brain may play an important role in Alzheimer’s Disease. A nice summary of the brain’s dependency on cholesterol is given:
The brain represents only 2% of the body’s total mass, but contains 25% of the total cholesterol. Cholesterol is required everywhere in the brain as an antioxidant, an electrical insulator (in order to prevent ion leakage), as a structural scaffold for the neural network, and a functional component of all membranes. Cholesterol is also utilized in the wrapping and synaptic delivery of the neurotransmitters. It also plays an important role in the formation and functioning of synapses in the brain. 
They point to several studies showing that there is a lack of cholesterol in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients which is so vital for several functions, and also note that other studies show this cholesterol deficiency in dementia and Parkinson’s disease as well. In contrast, high cholesterol levels are positively correlated with longevity in people over 85 years old, and in some cases has been shown to be associated with better memory function and reduced dementia. 
In 2012, another study looked at the effects of statin cholesterol-lowering drugs on Alzheimer’s patients. The patients in the study had their statin medication stopped for six weeks, and then restarted. The results showed that during the six weeks when their statins were stopped, the basic brain function of the individuals improved. When the drugs were restarted, brain function got worse again. 
So if statin cholesterol-lowering drugs are part of the problem in causing Alzheimer’s Disease, should we really depend upon pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs to cure Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s Disease is a Type 3 DiabetesAs Dr. Stephanie Seneff noted in her work (referenced above), there is a strong correlation between insulin resistance in the brain and Alzheimer’s. This observation corresponds with what other studies have discovered about Alzheimer’s Disease and insulin resistance. As early as 2008 researchers were beginning to classify Alzheimer’s Disease as a “type 3” diabetes. 
Similar research was published in 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital by Suzanne de la Monte, M.D. Dr. Monte found a link between brain insulin resistance and two other key mediators of neuronal injury that help Alzheimer’s Disease to progress, lending further evidence that Alzheimer’s is a type 3 diabetes. 
Type 3 diabetes, much like type 2 diabetes, can be controlled by lifestyle and diet. The primary cause of type 2 and type 3 diabetes today is a diet too high in refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates are what have primarily replaced healthy saturated fats in modern times, after saturated fats were wrongly condemned as unhealthy in the 1970s.
Here in 2014 researchers are recommending that diabetes management begin with restricting carbohydrates through diet, rather than drugs.  Diabetes drugs have a terrible track record in the U.S., with some being pulled off the market due to serious side effects.  A recent study published by JAMA concluded that insulin may do more harm than good in treating type 2 diabetes, and even potentially accelerate death. 
For some people, coconut oil has proven to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and may have even prevented it (or reversed Alzheimer's Disease).
One of those people is Steve Newport, whose Alzheimer’s has slowed considerably. Some of his symptoms even reversed, thanks to the unlikely treatment prescribed by his wife, Dr. Mary Newport, a physician who runs a neonatology ward at a Tampa, Fla., hospital (see video below).
You will see that Alzheimer's is considered Type 3 Diabetes. So keep in mind: 'Does what you eat affect Alzheimer's ~ your health'.
Why Does Coconut Oil Work in Treating Alzheimer’s?The first thing we should make clear is that not everyone who tries coconut oil with dementia or Alzheimer’s sees the same results.
However, if we look at Alzheimer’s Disease as a “type 3″ diabetes and as an insulin resistance problem, coconut oil makes a lot of sense, as does a ketogenic high-fat diet. Coconut oil is known as a rich source of ketone energy, supplying an alternate form of energy to the brain. In fact, pharmaceutical companies are currently trying to develop drugs that mimic the same “ketonic” effect that can be achieved via a high-fat diet in order to treat Alzheimer’s. 
Also, if the brain is being starved of cholesterol, coconut oil might provide benefits by increasing HDL cholesterol levels. A study appearing in the American Journal of Cardiology in February 2011 showed that the higher men’s HDL cholesterol levels, the longer they lived and the more likely it was that they would reach the age of 85. 
Today, the ketogenic diet principles of a high-fat low-carb diet are becoming popular once again. The ketogenic principles can be seen in recent diet fads, such as the Atkins Diet and the Paleo Diet. Since the original name was the ketogenic diet, and because some of the fad diets do differ on some points, I will continue to use the term ketogenic diet.
(NOTE: Pili Nuts are known as a Ketogenic Diet and Paleo Diet Superfood)
With the rise of diabetes, and recognizing that many modern diseases can be linked to an overconsumption of refined carbohydrates, particularly in the form of refined sugars, the ketogenic diet is being used and studied with diseases linked to insulin resistance, and this includes Alzheimer’s.
Here is an excellent video with a round table discussion with 5 medical doctors and two nutritionists discussing the low-carb high-fat diet and coconut oil in relation to treating Alzheimer’s Disease, and the absurdity of current Alzheimer’s expenditures in the health care system that threatens to bankrupt our country. One of the doctors has worked in nursing homes for over 35 years. 
My Personal Conclusion:
I watched this and told my wife that it couldn’t hurt to try. Especially when we have thousands of coconuts growing on our farm amongst our Pili Nut trees (Pili Nuts is a known a low carb/high protein that many people eat when on a Diet for Diabetics).
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1. The Status of Baby Boomers’ Health in the United States, Dana E. King, MD, MS; Eric Matheson, MD, MS; Svetlana Chirina, MPH; Anoop Shankar, MD, PhD, MPH; Jordan Broman-Fulks – JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(5):385-386
2. Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures, alz.org
3. DEATHS FROM ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE MAY BE VASTLY UNDERREPORTED,ABC7Chicago.com.
4. Treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, alz.org
5. Two proposed Alzheimer’s drugs show disappointing results, LA Times, January 22, 2014
6. Pfizer, Medivation Pull Plug on Alzheimer’s Drug Dimebon, ABC News, January 17, 2012
7. Obama Spending Your Tax Dollars to Develop an Alzheimer’s Vaccine in Colombia,Health Impact News; Major step toward an Alzheimer’s vaccine, ScienceDaily
9. What do Keto Diet, Paleo Diet, Super Food & Pili Nuts have in Common?, Like Winning the Lottery, January 2018.
10. Benzodiazepine use and risk of Alzheimer’s disease: case-control study, British Medical Journal, August 2014
11. Benzodiazepines may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, study finds, Zosia Kmietowicz, British Medical Journal, September 2014
12. Half of US patients with advanced dementia are prescribed drugs of questionable benefit, study finds, Michael McCarthy, British Medical Journal, September 2014
13. The Clue to Why Low Fat Diet and Statins may Cause Alzheimer’s, MIT.edu
14. Relation between high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and survival to age 85 years in men (from the VA normative aging study), Rahilly-Tierney, Spiro A , Vokonas P, Gaziano JM. – The American Journal of Cardiology 2011 Apr 15;107(8):1173-7.
15. The Effect of HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors on Cognition in Patients With Alzheimer’s Dementia: AProspective Withdrawal and Rechallenge Pilot Study, Kalpana P. Padala, MD, MS1,2; Prasad R. Padala, MD, MS; Dennis P. McNeilly, PsyD; Jenenne A. Geske, PhD; Dennis H. Sullivan, MD; and Jane F. Potter, MD – The American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy October 2012 Volume 10 Number 5 (.pdf here)
16. Alzheimer’s Disease Is Type 3 Diabetes–Evidence Reviewed, Suzanne M. de la Monte, M.D., M.P.H. and Jack R. Wands, M.D. – Journal Diabetes Science and Technology. Nov 2008; 2(6): 1101–1113
17. Rhode Island Hospital Study Finds Link Between Brain Insulin Resistance and Neuronal Stress in Worsening Alzheimer’s Disease, Rhodeislandhospital.org
18. Dietary Carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management. Critical review and evidence base, Richard David Feinman, PhD, et. Al. – Nutrition. June 2014
19. See: Dangerous Diabetes Drug Still on Market Despite Whistleblower Efforts atMercola.com and Is FDA About to Greenlight a Drug Banned in Other Countries? at Alliance for Natural Health.
20. Effect of Patients’ Risks and Preferences on Health Gains With Plasma Glucose Level Lowering in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Vijan S, Sussman JB, Yudkin JS, Hayward RA. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2014 Jun 30
21. U.S. study looks into the benefits of coconut oil on patients with Alzheimer’s – CTV News
22. Study: Coconut Oil Could Prevent Neurodegeneration in Diseases like Alzheimer’s –Health Impact News
23. Relation between high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and survival to age 85 years in men (from the VA normative aging study). Rahilly-Tierney CR, Spiro A 3rd, Vokonas P, Gaziano JM. American Journal Cardiology. 2011 Apr 15;107(8)
24. Epilepsy cured when parents stop all meds and use high fat diet only – Health Impact News
25. Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease – Patty W Siri-Tarino, Qi Sun, Frank B Hu, and Ronald M Krauss – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, November 25, 2009 (Full .pdf)
26. Dietary fats and health: dietary recommendations in the context of scientific evidence. – Lawrence GD. – Advanced Nutrition 2013 May 1;4(3):294-302.
27. Association of Dietary, Circulating, and Supplement Fatty Acids With Coronary Risk: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Rajiv Chowdhury, MD, et. Al. – Annals of Internal Medicine – 18 March 2014, Vol 160, No. 6
28. Time Magazine: We Were Wrong About Saturated Fats, Health Impact News
29. 5 Medical Doctors with Gary Taubes and Robb Wolf Discuss Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease, Health Impact News
THE KETO DIET
THE KETOGENIC DIET - ALSO KNOWN AS A LOW CARB HIGH FAT IS A HIGH-FAT, MODERATE-PROTEIN, LOW-CARBOHYDRATE DIET THAT TURNS THE BODY INTO A FAT-BURNING MACHINE. IT HAS MANY BENEFITS SUCH AS WEIGHT LOSS, HEALTH AND PHYSICAL & MENTAL PERFORMANCE. (Consult your physician for details and to see if this is right for you).
On a ketogenic diet your entire body switches its fuel supply to run almost entirely on fat rather than carbohydrates. Insulin levels become very low and fat burning increases dramatically. It becomes easy to access your fat stores to burn them off.
Your carb sources should primarily come from vegetables, pili nuts and diary. All Carbohydrates higher in carb grams must be eliminated from your daily meal consumption to reach “Ketosis”.
WHAT IS KETOSIS
The “keto” in the word ketosis comes from the fact that it makes the body produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”. This is an alternative fuel for the body, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply.
Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs (that are broken down into blood sugar) and only moderate amounts of protein (excess protein can be converted to blood sugar).
Ketones are produced in the liver, from fat. They are then consumed as fuel in the body, including by the brain. This is important as the brain is a hungry organ that consumes lots of energy every day and it can’t run on fat directly. It can only run on glucose or ketones (the brain absorbs ketones easily).
It’s a common misconception that the brain needs carbs. The truth is that the brain happily burns carbs when you eat them. But if you don’t eat too many carbs, the brain is happy to burn ketones instead.
This is an absolutely necessary function for basic survival. As the body can only store carbs for a day or two, the brain would quickly shut down after a couple of days without food. Alternatively it would quickly have to convert our muscle protein into glucose – a very inefficient process – just to keep the brain going. That would make us waste away quickly. It would also ensure that the human race could hardly have survived all those millennia before we had 24-7 food availability.
Fortunately our bodies have evolved to be smarter than that. Normally we have fat stores that last so that we can survive for many weeks (if not months) without food. Ketosis is how the body makes sure that the brain can run on those fat stores too.
Bottom line: We do not need to eat any carbs at all. The brain can happily run on fat.
Many people even feel more energized and focused when the brain gets to run on ketones, made from fat. And it certainly speeds up fat loss, if you’re trying to lose weight.
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BENEFITS OF THE KETO DIET
There are many benefits of ketosis. The most common ones:
WHAT DO I EAT TO REACH KETOSIS?
The most important thing to reach ketosis is to keep your carbohydrates limited, coming mostly from vegetables, low carb pili nuts, and some dairy. It is highly recommended to keep your carb intake below 20g per day.
Your nutrient intake (macros) should be more or less around 70% fats, 25% protein, and 5% carbohydrate. The more fat the easier it is to reach and stay in ketosis.
This means you’ll need to completely avoid sweet sugary foods, plus starchy foods like bread, pasta, rice and potatoes
A serving of Pili Nuts is the perfect snack if you’re feeling hungry during the day.
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RETIRE IN THE PHILIPPINES. The Philippine government makes it quite easy to live permanently in the country. It has fewer restrictions than we have seen reported by other Southeast Asian countries. We have seen several complaints about the hassle retirees get in Thailand. There are basically four ways that the foreigner can live in the Philippines. Let’s start with the Special Resident Retirement Visa.
SPECIAL RESIDENT RETIREE VISA (SRRV). This is a top option if
SRRV holders are exempt from ACR, I-card, exit clearance and re-entry permit requirements. You get a special photo ID card and a pretty PRA visa with tropical island motif is inserted into your passport.
There are several other categories of SRRV visa for those who are younger or do not have a pension. Please see the table below.
Are SRRV holders exempt from the Bureau of Immigration Exit Clearance Certificate requirement. The answer seems to be yes, another advantage of the SRRV. See an update at http://myphilippinelife.com/exit-clearance-certificate-ecc-required-for-srrv-holders/
In reading this keep in mind that it applies to what the PRA now calls the “SRRV Classic”. While most new SRRV visas are now the newer “Smile SRRV”, the SRRV “Classic” is really the best bet for retirees with a pension. The Smile SRRV which requires a $20,000 deposit seems more geared to younger and more more business-oriented Chinese and Korean applicants rather than retirees. More information at the Philippine Retirement Authority website. Also check http://www.philippine-embassy.de/bln/images/ConsularSection/VisaServices/pdf/special.resident.retirees.visa.srrv.info.pdf which is seems to be the SRRV FAQ which used to be on the PRA website but seems to have disappeared.
For those interested in the pension-based SRRV visa, here are a few things I’ve learned.
The pension-based SRRV allows a foreigner at least 50 years old who has a monthly pension of $1,000 or more to have permanent residence visa in the Philippines in exchange for keeping a $10,000 deposit in a Philippine bank, a $1400 application fee and a $360 annual fee. It is an excellent option for a foreigner not married to a Philippine citizen. One can argue about whether it’s a good option for those married to a Philippine citizen. I got a 13a in the Philippines, a relatively simple process.
If you live in the Manila area and are married to a Filipino, then 13a route is a wise option. Some provincial Bureau of Immigration (BI) offices will handle your application without any trips to Manila, but from what I’ve learned, the “fees” can run P40,000 to P150,000 for the probationary 13a with more when one applies to have the probationary status lifted. The 13a visa does require an annual report at a BI office (where you will confirm your address and pay a small fee - about P500).
Here’s a few SRRV facts:
NOTE: The only real glitch to an application can be with pension documentation. Most suggest to send a benefit statement to the PRA and they responded by email saying it is acceptable to them. The PRA management seems very anxious to provide good service but they sometimes have difficulties making it happen quickly. So follow up and be patient.
OTHER PHILIPPINE VISA OPTIONS FOR THE FOREIGN RETIREE VISITOR VISA. The foreigner can arrive on a visitor visa. On arrival you’ll be granted a 21 day visa. Be sure you have an ongoing ticket out of the Philippines to show immigration officials if they ask for it. The visitor visa can be renewed for another 38 days at an immigration office. Further 59 day extensions can extend your stay up up to sixteen months. After that, you’ll have to leave the Philippines and return to begin the cycle over again. This approach is followed by many long-term expats, although the visitor visa is not intended to allow permanent residency in the Philippines. This alternative involves multiple visits to the Bureau of Immigration and payment of fees. Some travel agents will take care of visa extensions for a fee.
BALIKBAYAN VISA. The foreign spouse and minor children of a Philippine citizen qualify for a special one year balikbayan visa — really just a stamp in your passport. There are no fees or paperwork. On arrival in the Philippines, tgive your Philippine spouse your passport and a copy of your marriage certificate and let her request the balikayan visa from the immigration officer on your behalf. The granting of the balikbayan privilege is discretionary with the immigration officer.
No visits to the immigration office or payment of fees is required, but you must leave the Philippines before the end of your one year stay. Then you may return to the Philippines more or less immediately and request another balikbayan stamp good for another year. Your spouse must be with you when you return, otherwise you’ll be given a 21 day tourist visa. Please note that the only documentation you’ll receive as proof of your balikbayan status is a small arrival stamp in your passport with a smaller stamp saying “balikbayan 1 year” or sometimes the regular arrival stamp with “BB” (for balikbayan) hand-written on it.
The balikbayan privilege is a great option for expats married to a Philippine citizen. It’s totally free of charges and totally free of visits to immigration offices. The only hitch is that that each year you have to pay for a round trip out of the Philippines for both you and your spouse. This can be a very enjoyable requirement as long as your health is good enough to allow for such travel. There are many pleasant and economical options. Watch for special offers from the airlines.
TIP: Rather than leaving the Philippines at the end of the year, the foreigner can report to an immigration office and request that the balikbayan status be converted to a section 9a visitor visa. Then you’ll be required to make regular visits to the immigration office and pay fees, just as you would as a regular visitor. Not every immigration office may be familiar with this procedure so be sure to allow enough time to resolve any snafus.
SECTION 13a or 13g PERMANENT RESIDENT VISA. If you’re married to a Philippine citizen or former citizen, you qualify for permanent residency in the Philippines. This is similar to the “green card” status of foreigners living in the US, but retaining their foreign citizenship. With this visa you can stay in the Philippines as long as you want. My advice to to apply for permanent residency at the Philippine embassy or consulate in your home country before you arrive in the Philippines. The process in your home country is quite fast and simple and the permanent resident visa you receive really is permanent. You’ll need to stop in Manila for further processing, but that can be done in one day.
If you apply in the Philippines, you’ll likely need at least three trips to Manila. Of course you can combine your trips to the BI office with other business or pleasure in Manila. If you live near an airport with good connections to Manila (as we do in Iloilo) you can fly to Manila and return the same day.
On the first visit, you’ll submit your application. That trip may be made at your convenience. Each of these visits may include multiple steps, going from window to window and so forth, so get to the BI office early in the morning. That way, you may be able to accomplish more steps and avoid additional trips or overnight stays in Manila. The second visit will be when you’re summoned for an interview with an immigration attorney. The date of that visit will be fixed by the BI. The third visit is to receive your visa. If anything goes wrong, such as communications problems, not paying attention and being organized, more than three visits to BI are a definite possibility.
If you live deep in the provinces, this can involve considerable inconvenience and expense. If you apply in the Philippines you’ll only receive a probationary visa good for one year. At the end of the year you have to reapply to make your visa permanent — more trips to Manila. The Philippine Bureau of Immigration seems to really be making an effort to make the process of obtaining a visa more painless and less subject to requests for “additional payments”. A friend recently went through the entire process (including five visit to BI) and said that he was not asked for, nor did he pay any “gratuities”. Dressing neatly and being polite is recommended (you must wear closed toe shoes - sandals). The BI has greatly improved their website at: http://immigration.gov.ph/ Check it for the latest updates.
Article by Greg Pasden. American Expat, Best Selling Author of 'Like Winning the Lottery'. All rights reserved.
'What's the temperature like at your house? Do you have the furnace on? Don't you miss shoveling the snow, or building a snow man?'
These are frequent questions that people ask me from my home town. Then I laugh when they ask me, 'When are you coming back here?'
Since I get asked these questions so frequently, let me explain my answers to these questions.
1. What's the temperature like at our house?
Before I go into my answer, look at the pictures above for the temperatures from our home in the Philippines, and Ohio. With not more than a 5C change in 1 day, the temperatures are very consistent Maybe the max range of temperatures is between 18C (65F) and 32C (89F) on Tablas Island, Philippines. But when I compare them to -17C (-3F) to 35C (95F)... that is extreme in my opinion. Sub-freezing cold to Damn it's HOT. Whew! I don't miss the extreme cold for an instant. (By the way, we didn't have any rain here. Only a nice tropical breeze).
2. Do we have the furnace turned on in our house in the Philippines?
This makes me laugh. Why? Because every home in the USA has a furnace in the home. But in the Philippines, we don't even have a furnace because it never gets cold here :-D
3. Do I miss shoveling snow or building a snowman?
A few years ago, I took my wife and daughter from the Philippines to the USA for 2 weeks. While we were there, several inches of fresh snow fell. Enough to cover the driveway and the yard. The girls were super excited and they ran out the front door onto the porch. Within seconds, they rand back into the house and closed the door. 'Snow hurts!' My sister then helped. She brought out some cold weather clothing, coats, gloves, hats, scarves, and boots. 'If you put these on, then you can play in the snow and you won't feel the pain from the cold'.
Then Rose asks, 'If I put on that much clothing, then I am going to look like a puffy marshmallow man. How are we supposed to be able to move, much less walk, if we are dressed in all those layers of clothes?'
Everyone got a laugh at Rose's observation. Regardless, my girls still dressed in the gear and plodded into the frozen weather.
Their first instinct was to lay in the snow. Then they threw the snow at each other. Then they tasted the snow.
After this initial reaction they asked me to teach them to build a snowman. I showed them how to make the first snowball, and I let them do the rest. At least that's what I expected. But after the second snowball, they were to cold to continue with the snowman's head.
So inside my sister's house we went and we undressed from our winter gear.
'I'm still cold. My fingers hurt. When does the pain go away?' my daughter asked.
I smiled and let her know that it would take about 20-30 minutes before she would warm up again.
'Twenty to thirty minutes of fingers, toes and face pain to build a snowman? Dad, it's not worth it. Next year, let's stay home and we can go tot he beach and make a snowman out sand'.
So I think the answer to this question is obvious. When you have the sea, the sand and sunshine, you won't miss making a snowman because we can build a sandman.
Stay Warm! Better yet... come visit us in Paradise. I don't think you'll regret it.
Please share with your friends who are fans of warmer weather.
This article is written by Greg Pasden. American Expat and International Best Selling author of 'Like Winning the Lottery'. Get your copy today.
Happy New Year 2018 from the Philippines!
New Years Eve was fun and memorable, but what we do on New Year's Day is just as important.
Obviously, we slept in today after a night of celebrating. But after waking up we began visiting nearby friends. Our first stop was the local fishing village to thank our friends their for providing us with delicious, fresh fish.
On the way home, we passed the local police and greeted them warmly and thanked them for their service.
Before walking up our driveway, I was waved over to the home of our Barangay Captain's home - a barangay Captain is like a chieftain of multiple villages and is a very wise and important person. His family welcomed us into their home, and we shared a meal, drinks and cheerful conversation. We really have a great Barangay Captain in Hinagoman, and we are glad to call him and his family our friends.
Before leaving their home, we promise that Rose and I will visit them again tomorrow to discuss sponsoring contests in the January fiesta - Bakla Boxing and a comical beauty pageant. By the way - if you are interested in being a judge in our barangay (village) beauty contest, send us a message and we are sure we can get you a seat on the panel).
New Year Resolutions
Getting home, Rose continues to practice her guitar skills. Learning to play the guitar is one of her 2018 New Year resolutions. I on the other hand spend time in the gym. Getting a minimum 300 repetitions per workout (and working out 5 times per week) is one of my New Year resolutions.
Here in the Philippines, Family comes 1st.
Rose's parents are visiting us from the jungles of Leyte. Spending quality time with them is paramount because we rarely get a chance to spend time visiting with them. This evening we are bonding with rum & coke to help enhance our vocal aspirations. No matter how much rum & coke I drink... I still sound like a quacking duck. Rose, April and my in-laws sound awesome! I don't know what is in their DNA, but they can really sing with spirit, emotion and heart. Luckily I only had to quack through one Barry Manilow song before they took the mic from me. From then on, I got to enjoy a concert with songs from the 80s & 90s. A perfect way to enjoy the end of an evening of the birth of a New Year.
What did I learn from today?
Happy New Year to all of our family, friends and followers. We wish you Happiness, Health, Good Fortune, and continued success in all you do.
Happy New Year!
Greg, Rose & April
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This article is written by Greg Pasden. American Expat in the Philippines and International Best Selling Author of 'Like Winning The Lottery'
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