I have two wills, within each acknowledging the other will, basically saying what I own in Australia remains to my kids in Australia and what I own in the Philippines belongs to my partner (all individuals are named not just their status). The will in Australia was prepared by the same legal firm which has an office in Manila and which prepared my Filipino will.
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I like AUB, Asia United Bank, across the street from the check inn on Locsin Ave. I really hate to tell people about this bank because I am afraid they will end up with too many customers. As it is now, when I go in there, I am the only one there, and therefor the first in line. They have two ATM's in town, one out side the bank, and the other next to the Red Ribbon bakery, inside Lee Plaza. I think they still have a few Safe Deposit boxes left, but i'm not sure. I have both a dollar account and a piso account. I send the money over as dollars, and when I need pisos I sell my dollars to the bank for usually about 5 centavos less than spot. They just transfer the money from my dollar account to my piso account and I never have to touch a thing except sign the paper authorizing the transfer. The managers name is Shellane, a very nice and helpful lady. Oh yes, and they have parking spots for 4 vehicles, or 5 or 6 motor cycles. The guard will come out and move the sign so you can park. Every one in the bank is very friendly and eager to help.
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Given this really Hot Weather, as one would expect my Electric Bill is Quite high due to the A/C"s running more than usual. So After coming back from my break on Siquijor I was not well for some time, In all, I missed on 3 Outings I would have gone to in that time and at a conservative count saved some 1.700 peso which more than covered the Extra I needed to pay for Electric. Just goes to show that even given the cheapness ( At times of Living here and Socializing) We can if needed tighten out belts a little and stopping Home a couple of Days can save us some cash.
Maybe not a Topic for everyone to join in but just my thoughts on how to cope sometimes when we are on a fixed Income.
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PARIS, France - France has drawn up a blacklist of 17 countries, including the Philippines, that do not help investigate foreign aid fraud, banning the use of their banks to help distribute development funds, officials said Monday, May 27 (Tuesday in Manila).
Aides to development minister Pascal Canfin were unable to say how much French foreign aid currently transits via banks in the countries featured on the new blacklist.
The blacklist expands on an already-established register of 8 "non-cooperative states and territories" that already includes Botswana, Brunei, Nauru, Guatemala and the Philippines.
It adds Switzerland, Lebanon, Panama, Costa Rica, the United Arab Emirates, Dominica, Liberia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vanuatu. PH included in French aid blacklist
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