Airlines & Luggage Info Reply

 

AIR LINES & LUGGAGE FEES

These figures were accurate as of July 2014. It should help approximate expenses for the most part of your visit with us.

Airlines have “in season” and “off season” schedules that affect their air fares. June and December seem to be the highest fares for the Philippines due to classes being out in the USA. It’s vacation time. December is Christmas of course.

“Non-stop” service affect air fares. One such airline is Philippine Airlines which seem to be a little bit more expensive than most. Non-stop flight means ease for a lot of travelers and it’s worth paying the few extra dollars.

An FYI here: Philippine Airline is almost always packed. It is the chosen airline for a lot of Filipino returnees- the old and infirm, young families with kids, along with the regular tourists. The seating also leaves a little to be desired for just a few more inches of leg room.

Approximate Fares to Manila: More…

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The Dolphin Room- Aptly Named for Dolphin Sighting, High Class Back Pack Divers 3


The Dolphin Room rate check here

What’s back pack divers and dolphins have in common?

Plenty really.

The Dolphin Room is our modest priced accommodation available now. If you’re on a “back pack diver” budget but want all the comforts of a Western- style hotel room, this one’s for you.
This room is a bit smaller at 13 feet by 14 feet as compared to our Coach Room, but it has a large closet in it for all your diver luggages.

For a single person you will not want for material comforts in this room. It has all the amenities you want like hot water in a large shower room, Queen size imported mattress with ultra luxe cotton beddings. 

Who says ‘thrift’ and ‘bargain’ is synonymous with ‘poor?’ Definitely you are not. Feel like a King and sleep well- wake up around 5:00 am, open your drapery and look out the ocean.

Do you see “it?” Yeah- there are dolphin pods that come along this bay and get THIS up- close!

The Dolphin Room. You are richly deserving of all those extra pamperings we offer at the Resort, and your plushy accommodation at The Dolphin Room is not a King’s ransom but a bonus.

Hey, what else could you want? Please do tell us, we will get to it!

The Coach Room- Super Bargain Western-style Accommodation @The Palms Mindoro Reply

The Coach Room
How much- The Coach Room rate here

Continental Breakfast included daily for 2

So called because at the time I was putting away the keys I had it threaded on a Coach purse keychain. That pink leatherette label is easy mark even in the dark.
So there you have it! 😉 No great secret.

But also that it is the kind of quality that the name evoked is the reason why I stayed with the name “Coach”. It denotes quality craftsmanship, high quality materials, REASONABLY PRICED! For the money you pay.

And to add- “Coach” is a noun which denotes ‘leader’, ‘teacher/ instructor’, guide.. ok feeble attempt. I’ll stay with the first explanation.

When I go on vacation, ‘shopping’ is my favourite activity and the ‘purses’ department is where I pay homage to first. Ok, laugh.

And Coach is almost always what I take home!

‘Almost always’ because I also have a ‘love’ for utilitarian-designed leather Italian purses.

So now you know my mindset. Hey, Woman is who makes Executive decisions around here, and it counts what’s important!

Now you know…

The Palms Resort Mindoro Luxe Suite Now Open for Reservation Reply


How much- The Palms Luxury Room rate here
Shown is our signature The Palms Luxe Suite in our newly completed 3-bedroom Duplex. It is our main entry into the luxury Western- style accommodation here in the island.

We are very proud of the fact that this is the first of its kind luxury accommodation in all of Occidental Mindoro. It is highly affordable at our low offering of $109.99 or P4500 Philippine Pesos.

The first week of this duplex being available we had a full house.

We had a “show and tell” for the Vice Governor of Occidental Mindoro and his party. We heard lots of “ohhs” and “ahhs” from the ladies especially. The bathroom was the main attention- getter. It does feature a whirlpool jacuzzi, a rain style massager shower with room big enough for two.

One other feature of this luxury suite is a sun deck facing the beach. It is excellent venue for a cozy intimate party for up to ten people.

The Palms Luxe is ample room for the Executive who needs accommodation for an extended stay and for making the Resort his home base away from HQ. We can add office furniture upon request.  Please make this request as soon as possible during the Reservation process.

Contact us here for Reservations.

The Palms Clubhouse Food and Drink Menu Reply


Palms Club Restaurant
 

Breakfast-   served 24 / 7

Imported Cafe Americano- Fresh Brewed

1. Jose French Vanilla Flavored Coffee- P150

2. Yuban or Folgers Medium/ Dark Roast- P150

3. Decaf Brewed- P150

4. Domestic Organic Hot Coco(a)- P150

5. Tea- Green, Black

Breakfast Combos: Brewed Coffee + any 2 items- P300

        2 eggs any style
        3 slices bacon
        2 links (Longanisa)
        3 slices French Toast
        Breakfast Hash Browns
        Cold Cereal Bowl- please ask server what’s available
        Hot Oatmeal Bowl
        Fruit cocktail bowl
        3- stack Pancakes
        Pan de Sal French Toast

***Topping/ sauce/ syrup: fresh mangos in season, fresh ripe papaya, shredded young coconuts in caramelized (bukayo) sauce

 

American Sandwiches + French Fries and Iced Tea- served 24/7 

1.  Single Hamburger- P300                                                                                                           US ground beef, dressing, tomatoes, lettuce

**Add Cheese- P15

**Add Bacon- P30

2.  Double Hamburger= 1/2 lb- P400                                                                                       Dressing, tomatoes, lettuce, American Cheese

3.  Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich- P150

4.  Turkey Sandwich- P300

5.  Club Sandwich- P300

Filipino Selection~~
Available for Lunch and Dinner, 
all Favorites of Ours! 

        1. Pancit Bihon- P
          Ground pork, potatoes, celery, seasonings, rolled in paper-thin pastry wrapper then deep fried. Excellent appetizer too
        2. Pansit Canton- P
          Egg noodle pasta sauteed in shrimps, pork and veges. A little heavier version of the above. Thoroughly satisfying meal all by itself Sinigang- P                                                                                  Pork or Shrimps Stew- in sour Tamarind base soup with lots of green veges. Recommended
        3. Chicken Tinola-                                                                    Chicken stew with sauteed ginger as its soup base. Garnished with sage or green pepper leaves. Got cold?
        4.  Adobo: Pork or Chicken- P
          Served over rice.
        5. Pansit Bihon- P
          White rice vermicelli sauteed with shrimps, chicken strips, snow peas, onions, garlic 
        6. Adobo: Pork or Chicken- P
          Cooked in soy sauce with lots of garlic. If desired, the addition of curry and/or coconut milk as seasoning accentuates this dish and is an excellent topping for white rice. Recommended
        7. Fried Rice Shanghai (Chinese) Style- P
          Shrimps for flavor, eggs, peas, carrots, green onion topping

Non- Alcohol Drinks~~ 

        1. Iced Lipton  Tea- regular or lemon
        2. Raspberry Flavored Iced Tea
        3. Coke
        4. Lemonade- made with fresh kalamansi

                               e. Coffee Caramel Frappuccino, blended frozen-
Excellent after dinner dessert drink!

Imported Liquors and Spirits~~ 
We will bring your Full Bar Menu.

Grand Marnier

Cointreau

Bailey’s

Tequila- Jose Cuervo Gold, Don Julio, US Kirkland

Vodka-   Ciroc, Smirnoff, Stolichnaya, US Kirkland

Scotch Whiskey- Johnny Walker

Palms Club Restaurant

Welcome!

Dinner:

USDA BEEF~~
USDA Steaks are a rarity in this country. We buy up when available. Enjoy!

1.  B-52  1/3 lb. All- American Hamburger + San Mig of your choice- P             French Fries. Cole slaw.

 2.  Classic American Rib Eye Steak & Potatoes- P2299
Grilled seasoned Rib Eye Steak. Served w/ baked or mashed potato. Vegetables. Digestif of Sliver of Chocolate in Hot Midori. You’ve never had this concoction before!

SEAFOOD ~~

1. Blackened Pink Salmon 8oz- P                                                                       Norwegian Pink Salmon w/ LA Blackened Seasoning. Served on a bed of in-season delicate sweet-sour fruit puree. Delicious! Light and appeti-ZING! Mixed vegetables.

**Spicy but not pepper hot.

2. Swordfish Steak, as available-  P                                                                            Very lightly breaded and browned in butter. Or charcoal grilled naked (no breading).     Rice pilaf, veges.

3. Breaded Fish Fry Platter- as available-  P                                                             Fillets of White Fish lightly breaded and fried. Served w/ French Fries or Sweet Potato Fries. Coleslaw.  Garnish w/ **Atsara.

4. Yellow Fin Tuna Grill- P
Italian sauce baste. Grilled skewered sweet onions, tomatoes.
Choice of seasoned french fries, or Coconut-creamed Sticky Rice.
*subject to availability

 

FOWL & PORK

5. Fried Chicken- Whole- P
Good for two people. Shanghai Rice, sweet corn if available,
Sautéed mixed vegetables.

6. Fried Chicken- Half- P
Shanghai Rice, sweet corn if available, sautéed mixed vegetables.

7. Baked Turkey- P
USA Butterball turkey. Yes we are lucky to find a supplier! Baked, w/ all the regular Thanksgiving trimmings!

8. Grilled Pork Ribs- P
Tangy sauce, parboiled for tenderness. Scalloped potatoes, Greens and or Mixed vegetables.

9. Pork Chili Verde- taste Mexico in the Orient! P
Slightly pepper-hot but not too hot, just right. Served w/ refried beans w/ cheese, corn or flour tortillas

10. Chicken Pasta in Mushroom Sauce- P
A Resort Favorite!

 

Adventurous Opportunities: Retire with Us and Up-Scale Your Bottomline Reply

To All My Friends– YOU ARE ALL INVITED!

I am soon to depart for the PI, my little island I am missing so much right now.

June is coming and it is start of that Equatorial weather we call MONSOON. The rains have started altho still last only about 30 minutes in the afternoon.
I am sad to leave my kiddos. I am sad to leave all of you and my interactions with you I will miss. I am sad to once again leave USA, but some things must be done. At some point somebody’s got to do it. 😉

The spirit in which I built the Resort is so that I have a place to offer my friends when they are so inclined to travel this part of the world. If and when they decide to drop by I have a place ready that I am proud to entertain you in. Living in this environment I never get tired of the wonders it showcases for us daily. There isn’t one panoramic view of the water and the sky every morning I open the doors. There is always a surprise. It is a once in a lifetime experience you ‘must’ have. This very weather I’m talking about- the monsoon, IF you are about getting close to Nature and the beauty of God’s creation I suggest you come visit us at this time. I want to share with you that ‘wonder’. Nature this up-close is just awesome!

“Up-Scale” Your Bottom Line

Consider retiring with us in the Philippines. I will help facilitate all including the legal aspects of migration. If you’ve been to my website you now know that medical concerns like doctor expertise are not a problem anymore. More and more, Physicians and surgeons are trained in the US and they shuttle here and there with ease. Hospitals for their part have medical exchanges between the two countries to facilitate treatment by a US physician. The “expertise” issue is not an issue anymore. Cost-wise it is simply a better deal for you.

Email me for any questions you may have about staying/ visiting the Philippine Islands long term. We have legal counsel to help facilitate all these for you. Living in PI nowadays is so positive overall for your bottom-line it merits at least looking into.

As for us, that is our bottom-line; live above. And it is all so doable!
The Living expense is very very minimal compared to the EU or even the US. The Life style is back to basics laid back simplicity. The environment is natural green and unspoiled.
After all your hard working days– YOU deserve all these!

Contact me here.

pt2 Retirement and Healthcare: Comparative Emergency Room bill USA v. Philippines 2

This is an actual ER bill from San Antonio Hospital, California, USA

 
See pt1 comparison here for Philippines

Lately I’ve posted some information about Health Care to help those of you who might be considering retirement to a tropical environment like the Philippines but medical considerations had dampen your enthusiasm. With the possibility of healthcare in the US going from “bad” to “grim” there are options open to you.

The term “Medical Tourism” had been around a while now. It had opened up some people’s eyes to the benefits of this ‘other’ kind of tourism, but this informational blog’s aim goes a little deeper than ‘medical tourism’. The information given here is to SEDUCE YOU to consider RETIREMENT and LIVING in the Philippines 😉 And why not?

The advances in information technology had helped contract the world. Even time zones are ‘no matter’ anymore with the term 24/7. Skype puts families from different times zones to ‘real time’.

Whether we are disciples of change and embrace it as readily, or we are dinosaurs (am speaking for myself!) who relinquish grip only tentatively after some convincing, the fact is this rapid change is to our advantage as far as medicine is concerned.

There is an under-current of Philippine life that does not get press- that there is a “great life” to be had in the island. What gets press fair or not- is the bad.

One of those negatives is the thought that the Philippines is so backwards still, especially in medicine. Not so anymore. If the Filipino MDs were to be asked, in the case of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Philippine ex-president, these Filipino Docs will tell you that anything foreign doctors can do, they can do. That is believable considering that most of these MDs studied abroad, got their Doctorates, or got US-certified in their respective fields here in the US and EU. These elite Docs travel back and forth as if the world really did shrink to a manageable few hours distance. Philippine hospitals routinely do an exchange fellowship with American medical service providers. There is no problem with calling in reinforcements from outside should circumstances or personal preferences warrant.

That was one of the points in the Arroyo case whereby the ex-president seeking medical treatment abroad was denied travel on grounds that she may just want to flee prosecution from her pillaging of the public treasury and nepotic reign. She was told she need not travel to get the care she needed. Filipino Docs are more than up to the challenge, but should it be necessary, the hospital would fly one in for her.

Now for us non-ex-presidents, that is a comfort to know. What she can afford, You and I using Dollars or Euros, can well afford.

*Compare-
In this part of the post one can see what the numbers really tell using an excellent comparative tool- another ER bill this time from San Antonio Hospital in Upland, California. Here is the first bill from St. Luke’s Medical Hospital in the Philippines. The medical reasons for these two ER visits are EXACTLY the same.
Yes, too bad yours truly had to go through it to have these comparative tools so let’s take the good with the bad, shan’t we?

Below is the ER bill from the San Antonio Hospital here in California. You’ll see they hardly did any tests. They pulled out the old records and used data from those. In a way, thank goodness or I would have had to pay that too out of pocket. (Have I mentioned that we dropped our medical insurance coverage carry-over from my hubby’s company retirement that he earned working for 32 years? And that it was excellent coverage compared to most? Yes I have. Okie..)

June 24, 2012
San Antonio Hospital, Upland, California:

LEV 4, DET HIST. EXAM.MOD—- $401.00
Lead EKG, Interpretation————- 44.00
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TOTAL CHARGES—————— $445.00

Compare the above charges to the St. Luke’s which had more detailed exams, at $159.36 minus the 2 X-rays which were unrelated to my original complaint but was done simply because I was already there.

The “Over-55 discount” calculated out to be 16%. As previously stated in the St. Luke’s bill, as soon as the patient is over 55 he/she need not ask for the discount. It is automatically deducted from your bill.
Makes being ‘over…’ not bad at all! Hey, cheer, it’s just numbers!

Post script: DID YOU ENJOY THE LITTLE STORY ABOUT THE PI EX-PRESIDENT? 😉

pt.1 Retirement and Health Care: Comparative Emergency Room bill USA v. Philippines 5

Healthcare comparison- USA to Philippines. USA has excellent healthcare if only it stays that way AND is affordable. No more. The Philippines is emerging out of its shell in technology and medicine. Good thing as the Philippines becomes a haven for American and European tourists who then fall in love with the environment and decide to stay. One of the most important decisions these foreigners have to factor in is quality healthcare that’s affordable. In my personal experiences, Philippine medical is not bad at all.
Saint Luke Hospital is one I like very much. It is much cleaner than the one I had in California- I’m sorry to say that. Attention is immediate, at times in California you had to wait. Take notice of the amount for lab work: minimal USA= $445.00 + monthly. Comprehensive tests and lab work Philippines= $159.00 no monthly premium, no deductibles.
For exactly the same health problem in these two bills there just is no reason to pay so much! More…