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  • Flight to Bangkok with Manila Layover Good Idea?

    I'm flying to Bangkok and found some tickets on PAL with some options. Arriving around 2:30pm...

    1) 4 hr layover in Manila until the connecting flight.

    2) An overnight layover in Manila flying out @ 10am

    3) Take a different route altogether (China airlines-would cost me about $300 more)

    Just wondering if it would be a good idea to stay the night? Or Maybe to avoid this route all together. I've read some not so great reviews about NAIA and Manila. (No offense-keep reading and I think my concern is justified)

    Things to Keep in Mind while answering this question:

    1.) I'm traveling with 3 kids ages... 6 yrs, 3 yrs, 4 months

    2.) We'll be coming off of an 11 hr. flight-

    3.) I'm Thai-American and have been to Thailand several times so I don't think Manila will be a huge cultural shock to me, but my main concern is the comfort and safety of my children.

    I thought breaking up the trip might be nice. But not if it would be more stress than what is worth. Since I've also heard not so great things about PAL, I'm willing to pay more to take a different route/ carrier altogether. Since I've never seen or been to the Philippines I thought it would be kinda nice to have a quick look. Like Mall of Asia and just stay somewhere near the airport so we don't miss our flight due to traffic... or extensive body searching. ^_^

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

    9 AnswersPhilippines10 years ago
  • Moving to Hawaii on Monday... Any last minute items I should bring?

    My family and I are moving out to Hawaii (Oahu) on Monday. It's a military move so all our stuff is already on it's way over there.

    I was just wondering if there's anything that I should get ( that would fit in a suitcase) or do before flying out? We're going to be there for 4 years.

    Oh and we have a 4 yr old and a 1 yr old with us too incase it would apply...

    Thanks!

    3 AnswersHonolulu1 decade ago
  • Realistic Traffic Times for Oahu Please ?

    I just wanted to know the best and worst case traffic time scenarios for a couple of locations. Just trying to narrow down where we should live, and wanted to factor in Traffic.

    Unfortunately we're unsure of what work hours will be... Army medical so it could be anything. 1st year will be at Tripler then probably 3 years at Schofield.

    We want to stay at 1 place for all 4 yrs, but we're unsure of what area we should pick.

    Advice from people who know or who currently makes these comutes would be greatly appreciated. I understand traffic can get bad, please don't respond with that, I'm looking for actual approximate time /minutes. Thanks!

    1. Ko'Olina --- Tripler

    2. Ko'Oina --- Schofield

    3. Ala Moana Beach area --- Tripler

    4. Ala Moana Beach area -- Schofield

    5 AnswersHonolulu1 decade ago
  • Why are the houses for rent around the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific less expensive?

    I've been doing searches for rentals around Ala Moana and I've noticed that houses around The National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific are all fairly new and very reasonably priced. I think a 3 bedroom for $2100 is pretty cheap compared to the $3000+ just a few blocks down.

    So my Question is Why is that?

    Is there something going on in that area that I'm not aware of because I'm from the Mainland?

    Is it known to be Haunted or something? Or maybe just an inauspicious location?

    Or is it absolutely fine and that's just the going rate for that area?

    We're going to be moving there and I didn't want to make the mistake of choosing the wrong area / location to be in. Especially if it's haunted, I really don't want ghosts or spirits trying to talk to me - and not be able to do anything because we're stuck in a lease.

    Thank you!

    1 AnswerHonolulu1 decade ago
  • Why are the houses for rent around the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific less expensive?

    I've been doing searches for rentals around Ala Moana and I've noticed that houses around The National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific are all fairly new and very reasonably priced. I think a 3 bedroom for $2100 is pretty cheap compared to the $3000+ just a few blocks down.

    So my Question is Why is that?

    Is there something going on in that area that I'm not aware of because I'm from the Mainland?

    Is it known to be Haunted or something? Or maybe just an inauspicious location?

    Or is it absolutely fine and that's just the going rate for that area?

    We're going to be moving there and I didn't want to make the mistake of choosing the wrong area / location to be in. Especially if it's haunted, I really don't want ghosts or spirits trying to talk to me - and not be able to do anything because we're stuck in a lease.

    Thank you!

    4 AnswersRenting & Real Estate1 decade ago
  • Move to Oahu,Hawaii? (PCS)?

    My husband gets to pick his choice of duty stations and we're seriously considering Hawaii. It would be at least a 4yr commitment for us.

    How much do we need to budget to live pretty comfortably?

    How much is the average monthly utilities?

    Is it really kid friendly?

    We only have 1 car, a Prius but we're thinking about buying a scooter. Is it best to purchase it in Hawaii or from the mainland and get it shipped in?

    About Us:

    I'm asian (Thai) and my husband is white so our kids are mixed. We've both been to Oahu before to work at Tripler but it was only for 2 weeks. Everyone thought I was local and my husband said he never felt discriminated against. We both liked the way Hawaii felt. My husband by nature is relaxed and doesn't like stress. I never felt like I "didn't fit in" on the mainland until I went to hawaii and saw what it was like to actually fit in. It's silly but I couldn't believe the feeling I had when I turned on the TV and saw asians on commercials. I spent most of my life in Denver CO.

    We are a family of 4, by the time we would go my son would be 4 and my daughter 1.

    We want to live/rent in one of the new high-rise condos. Like the Ko'olani, or Capitol Place. So we're budgeting $2500 for rent. We don't want to move at all while we're there. We've moved 4 times in the last 4 years.

    We want to get by with just one car, we have a Prius, but we're considering buying a scooter or maybe even a motorcycle.

    Based on pay charts we'll be making around 5K-6K, with BAH and all the extras added in. I'm currently a stay at home mom and we're trying to budget with one income, but I do have an LPN license that I can fall back on if necessary.

    We do understand that it's expensive so only constructive answers please. No "buy a lottery ticket" or general "a lot of money" answers please. Thanks

    7 AnswersHonolulu1 decade ago
  • Can you have a foreclosure and still get commissioned?

    My husband is in a program that will give him a commission upon completion. Since we had to move we're having a hard time selling our old house and now we're looking at a possibility of foreclosing on it. It's not in the process yet but we can't keep paying both the mortgage and our current rent anymore. With the market being this bad we can't even sell without forking over at least $20,000 just to close. Will it effect his commission if we decide to let it foreclose? How?

    2 AnswersMilitary1 decade ago
  • Should I foreclose on my income restricted condo?

    So I purchased an income restricted property in 2006.(It means you have to make under a certain amount to buy in this case $47K for family of 1 or $51K for family of 3)

    We moved about 6 months ago because my husband received military orders and we had to relocate for school. We now have no intentions of going back. The house has been on the market since and we finally have an offer from someone that qualifies to buy.(remember income restriction) But unless we bring over $22K in cash to pay the difference we can't close. (we don't have $22K, we would have to go in debt via credit cards and don't really like that idea.)

    On top of that we are competing with new builds in the same neighborhood that are going for $170,000. And the city offering $40K back on certain properties to keep the value up. (Example $130K property +$40K back = buyer paying $90K leaving property value @ $130K.

    In order for us to break even we have to sell for $185,000.(the offer was for $170,000 which after commission and paying the difference leaves us at negative $22K.

    I don't want to hear about us being irresponsible if we walk away. We had a fixed rate mortgage and have not missed a payment so far. The property was within our means at the time but is no longer since we relocated and have had to float rent along with other household expenses in addition to the mortgage. We've spent about $10K keeping the house on the market, and we're out of funds.

    I guess I just want to know what the consequences are of a foreclosure? Can they come after us for anything? Would it be a situation where we would have to pay even more than 20K out of pocket? Does anyone have any other suggestions of options? And also if you think we should just foreclose.

    Oh yeah a little more about us:

    Because of the income restrictions there are rules against renting the property out.

    We have no intentions of buying for a very long time. After this experience we decided not to buy anything unless we can pay it in full out-right.

    We are currently renting and will be relocating in less than a year. Then possibly relocating again a year after that. (not by choice but by military orders)

    We are a single income family. We have a toddler and an infant, it wouldn't make sense for me to return to work because we would have to pay for child care. And most importantly my #1 priority is to take care of my kids right now, I didn't have kids to let someone else raise them. If they were school age it would be different because I could work while they were in school. So please don't question my work ethics. I grew up in a household where both of my parents worked 2 jobs and the end result was not good. I'm not willing to trade my kids to finance a place I no longer live in or even care for. You can call it a priority in family ethics.

    2 AnswersRenting & Real Estate1 decade ago