This is going to be all over the place. Sorry in advance.
I'm 41, my husband is 44 and my step daughter is 23. I have been married to my husband for 6 years, together for 14. I have no biological children but love my step daughter as my own.
In 2014 I was struck by a semi truck and was awarded a huge amount of money as a result. I put my stepdaughter through college because I wanted to do so. I wasnt asked. I also bought her her first vehicle. I feel incredibly grateful to be able to do this for her, as her mother is a piece of work and hasnt had much to do with her since she was 8; and my husband doesnt have much money either. She has always been incredibly appreciative of me and everything I have done for her and thanks me on a weekly basis, at least. Despite me telling her she doesnt have to.
Well, back 2 years ago she went on a trip to the Philippines with her college class. While she was there she met a guy and fell head over heels. After the trip was up, she kept in very close contact with him. For the past 2 years they have had a LDR and it seems to work for them. Flash forward to 2 nights ago, her father and I overheard him saying that he wants her to marry him and bring him back to America with her. That's not where my issue is. My issue is with the fact that I walked into my kitchen several minutes later (where she was face timing him) and heard a womans voice saying "Did she fall for it? Is she going to pay for us?" My stepdaughter was oblivious to it, as she was making herself food and not really paying attention. I walk off.
That night she comes into the livingroom and asks for quite a bit of money (over $30k) to fly to the Philippines and fly this guy back. As she is talking about it she mentions that they are going to get married and soon thereafter they will fly out his family. I explained to her that it's not that simple. That there are legalities. She tried arguing that they already had it figured out. She then goes to say "He will stay here with us until we find a home." Not okay with me. So I said no and my husband stayed silent. She has been sulking for 2 days and wont speak to me. AITA?
ETA: I feel like an AH because I have more than enough money to pay for this and she never asks me for anything. If I do this she would surely be happy but the whole thing sits real heavy in my gut because after hearing the comment "Did she fall for it?" And then hearing that she intends to house him at our home.. Also left out that I did tell... keep reading on reddit ➡
I have biked around my neighborhood so many times and never found a single bookstore. There's not even a library here except in schools, and when there's a library it's treated like a place to babble with your friends. If you see someone say, "I like reading books" it's mostly girls who are obsessed with Wattpad. It's alright, a book is a book regarding the story, but I just want people to read. Most of us are addicted to a game called Mobile Legends, so they have no time to read. Maybe it's just because I have been an avid reader my whole life, but maybe I'm just salty that I couldn't find a bookstore or library.
Hey guys, I was just wondering if you've heard of the coffee from the Philippines. Our coffee industry may not be as big or as strong yet as Vietnam's or Indonesia's, but I believe our coffee needs to be more well-known.
We grow all four variants of coffee beans--Arabica, Robusta, Liberica, and Excelsa. Various provinces from the largest island of Luzon in the north down to the mountainous regions of Mindanao in the south have coffee plantations. Here's an article that discusses each major coffee-producing province.
The Philippine Coffee Board has also expounded on the regions and the history of coffee in the country.
In case you've never encountered any of our beans being sold where you are, here's a list of groups that ship worldwide.
Kape, a Tagalog word which literally means coffee, is based in Vancouver and supports indigenous coffee growers that they also feature on their site. They offer coffee from Atok in Benguet and Davao del Sur. At least two of the beans have been awarded for their quality, with one of them winning the bronze medal at the Golden Bean North America 2019.
The Philippine Coffee Company has existed since 2006 and ships to the US and elsewhere. You can order Liberica beans from them, among others, which doesn't seem to be the case for either Kape or Kalsada.
Kalsada ships in select countries and only offers variants of Arabica. I think I read an article before that said it's been present in the Seattle scene.
The Good Cup Coffee was mentioned by others here a couple times, though upon a cursory look at what they offer I haven't seen a lot of local beans on their site.
Viverra Coffee is based in Geneva and offers barako coffee (from Batangas) and coffee from Sagada and Benguet. One article says their Facebook page is worth checking out. In fact, I think they might have more info on the beans there compared to what they have on their site.
Coffee for Peace has been doing some really good work fo
Does anyone here ever withdrew from their eToro account? How should I file taxes in the BIR? What form will I use? What is the procedure? Should I file before or after I withdraw the funds?
Do I need to file taxes in the US as well? What happens if I don't file FORM W-8BEN and just withdraw?
Sorry for all the questions but first time investor and I just want to be sure.
Not by way of Auxilliar programs, since that is only short term. I need something long term that can pave the way for me to be a resident.
I just want to leave the sinking ship that is the Philippines. It was a beautiful country that was destroyed by decades (still ongoing) of corruption, incompetence and lack of discipline. The political system is unsalvageable, in my opinion. And it rots the country from the inside out. Politicians from hell and poor uneducated voters feed the never ending cycle of whatever the heck this is. I need to get out. I cannot picture myself growing old here, I need to lay out a plan to start fresh in another country.
If not Spain, I think New Zealand is also a great country. Somewhere that has better governance and better citizens. I like to think of myself as compliant and disciplined. That it's not just me in the world. In the Philippines, it's hard to be like that because 9 out of 10 citizens ignore even the most basic of rules. It's just so deeply ingrained in the filipino culture. I do not want to live with that for the rest of my life.