They were included in the site’s 10 best places to retire in Asia this month. It considered the cost of living, weather and medical care. “Since the 1800s ... Chiang Mai has been luring expats from the west with its low cost of living, great weather, rich history and distinct culture,” the site said. It added that Chiang Mai offers a mix of traditional Thailand alongside “mega malls, multinational grocery and department stores and other trappings of 21st-century living”. “The biggest advantage of retirement in Chiang Mai is the low cost of living and affordable health care. “A couple can live there comfortably on as little as US$1,200 per month, and you can see an English-speaking doctor for US$20. “The biggest downside can be air pollution during the annual burning season, mid-February through to mid-April, when farmers burn their fields.” Hua Hin “has good year-round weather and a large foreign community”, the … [Read more...] about Hua Hin and Chiang Mai in retirement top 10
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An OFW asks, 'Should I buy my health insurance now for my retirement in the Philippines 10 years from now?' Question: Hi Miss Rose! I wish to check your thoughts on this po. OFW po ako in Singapore. Maganda ang health insurance coverage namin dito pero gusto naming maghanda para sa aming retirement sa Pinas probably in 10 years. Naisip naming kumuha na kami ng insurance kahit na overseas pa. Kaya lang parang walang health insurance product sa Pinas na suitable sa OFW. Any suggestions po? Mag-iipon na lang po ba kami at bibili na lang ng health insurance paguwi namin sa Pinas? Ang downside po kasi e baka may pre-existing conditions na by that time. Looking forward to your inputs po. Thanks and God bless. Answer: Hi Resie. I’m glad to hear that you currently have a good health insurance coverage in Singapore. I also admire your proactive attitude about your retirement and a good retirement definitely includes your health matters taken care of. It is … [Read more...] about An OFW asks, ‘Should I buy my health insurance now for my retirement in the Philippines 10 years from now?’
TAIPEI - A generation ago, from mid-1995 into early 1996, China lobbed missiles in the waters around Taiwan as the self-governing island prepared to hold its first fully democratic presidential election. Washington forcefully intervened to support its ally, sending two aircraft carrier battle groups to patrol nearby. The carriers, then as now the spearhead of American power, intimidated Beijing. The vote went ahead. The missiles stopped. How China is replacing America as Asia's military titan Today, with tension again running high, Washington still backs Taiwan. Chinese President Xi Jinping on January 2 renewed Beijing's longstanding threat to use force if necessary to restore mainland control over the island. But the United States is now sending much more muted signals of support. On Sunday, American ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait. This was the seventh passage of U.S. warships through the narrow, strategically sensitive waterway since July. Each time, though, just two U.S. … [Read more...] about News China’s vast fleet is tipping the balance in the Pacific
What’s new for BPI in Makati and Aboitiz in Cebu? I was in Makati for a day to attend the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) annual stockholders meeting where media from the Visayas and Mindanao were invited. Actually, it was the first time for BPI to invite the Cebu and Davao media to their annual stockholders meeting and it was good for me to meet with our old friends, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and his brother Fernando where we talked about the old days when they went to Cebu with their motorcycles to ride with us. Unfortunately our good friend, Bobby Aboitiz who played host with them, passed away two years ago. As the top honchos of BPI pointed out, BPI for the 1st Quarter of 2019 posted a 7.6 percent increase in its net income, which stands at P6.72 billion and up to 10.5 percent versus the 4th Quarter of 2018. In their joint message to the BPI stockholders, chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and President and CEO Cezar Consing, noted, … [Read more...] about What’s new for BPI in Makati and Aboitiz in Cebu?
SINGAPORE: Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will be promoted to Deputy Prime Minister as part of the latest changes to the Cabinet, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) announced on Tuesday (Apr 23). Mr Heng will remain Finance Minister, said the press statement, and continue chairing the Future Economy Council and National Research Foundation. "He will be appointed Acting Prime Minister in the Prime Minister's absence," PMO said. Current deputy prime ministers Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam will relinquish the role. They will, however, remain in Cabinet as senior ministers, with Mr Teo continuing as Coordinating Minister for National Security.Mr Tharman will be re-designated as Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, and will continue to advise the Prime Minister on economic policies, PMO added. He has also been appointed deputy chairman of GIC. The Cabinet changes take effect on May 1. "NEXT GENERATION … [Read more...] about Heng Swee Keat to be promoted to DPM in Cabinet reshuffle