Ok, so we all try to figure out the workings of phils, the immigration fees, etc. BUT, let's put it in perspective..... Would I rather be back in Houston, Texas, dealing with the US politics, dealing with the oil spill in the Gulf, dealing with the economy, the crime, and everything else there......or would I rather be here? DUH! (Homer Simpson) At least here we can use "fixers" to get some things done. I just got my drivers license for 2500 pesos. No physical, no drug test, no written test, no driving test, no standing in any line. You gotta love this system.