Hi all, Well, the time is fast approaching when I will be relocating to Dumaguete (end of January). My lovely gal has already moved there and rented a small apartment for us to use as a base for finding a larger more permanent rental. I have a couple things I'd like input on. BTW, meeting the ex-pat group for drinks last August helped me decide that Dumaguete is the right place. Thanks for that. I am seriously considering getting a Special Retirement Visa (SRV). Apparently, as a foreigner I need only deposit a chunk of money into one of several Ph banks and pass a physical exam to qualify. The stated benefits are appealing: permanent residency with unlimited multiple entry, to bring up to $7000 of household goods duty free and the availability of work and schooling permits. After 30 days the money can be withdrawn but only for investment purposes: buy a condo, build a house (but still can't own the land), buy stocks or open a business. Anyway, does anyone have any experience with the SRV or have any comments on the reality of it compared with the promises of it? One other thing. The visa process happens in Manila. I have never been in Manila except inside the airport. I have heard stories about bandits stopping taxis leaving the airport at gunpoint. Is this what you meant when you said "for the safety of passengers"? If this is a serious concern, can anyone suggest what sort of precautions might be taken to minimize the risk? Needing to get downtown for the visa stuff doesn't allow me to take the "safer" shuttle. Am I being paranoid? I am looking forward to seeing you all again. Salamat, I will be surprised if anyone remembers me (well, maybe Dane as we talked at length) but it was at a nice bar owned by a music-loving rock-n-roller with a large outdoor area. A fine Filipino musician sat at the table with us and played his guitar. Can't remember the name of the place.