No More “Permanent Residency” for me!

Immigration Benefit? After residing in the Philippines for almost 5 years, I have evaluated the benefit of holding permanent residency in the Philippines and in reality, there IS NO real benefit other than establishing a requirement of residency that may be required under certain circumstances such as financial institution requirements or maybe insurance requirements. It […]

Time to Leave Samar… Again!

We arrived back home on Christmas Eve, just this last 2017. It clearly wasn’t enough time to prepare for our annual family Christmas get-together. We did manage to have some close family over and cooked up a spaghetti dinner… what else? Here in the Philippines, spaghetti is a meal usually served on the more festive […]

Come to the Philippines. But Arrive Rude… You Lose Dude!

Immigration. A much heated topic of debate these days in the United States. Actually, for well over 40 years now. They just can’t seem to fix the problem of illegal immigration. I’m leaning heavily on the idea that they really don’t want to because there seems to be an entire industry that makes money on […]

Dentist Got Talent in Calbayog City – A Mango Moment!

The Singing Dentist! Yesterday, my wife asked me if I could take our nephew to town to our dentist. Seems he had rather bad toothache and a possible abscess. The plan was to take him to Dentista Ko, the dental clinic that my wife and I both use in Calbayog City. She is a very […]

Oh So Many Visitors On Christmas Day! – In the Philippines

If one didn’t know any better, you would think it was Halloween all over again… this time though, without the scary costumes. Christmas day in the Philippines is unlike Christmas day in the west, where children will wake up especially early and rush to the Christmas tree where Santa typically leaves their gifts during the […]

Superstitions in the Far East are “Life Dominating.”

Boo! Asians are superstitious people. Islanders even more so. When a people lives in isolation they can invent some strange mystical forces that act upon their daily lives. And for many centuries, travelers from far away lands would also visit, depositing their beliefs also. The Philippines has become a melting pot of local and foreign […]

Tropical Storm, Malfunctioning Computer, and a Return to…

Christmas Will Not Wait! The anticipation of returning to Samar for Christmas seemed intense the last few days before departing the island of Guam. We had our flight to Manila arranged with Cebu Pacific. Our bus tickets were waiting for us upon arrival. Our nephew purchased them about a week in advance to ensure we […]

Air Travel Changes to Samar (Philippines)

Route Changes! Effective December 1st, 2017, PAL Express will no longer provide air service for the Manila/Calbayog or the Manila/Catarman routes (and vise versa). Clark will be the updated point of departure and arrival to the CYP/CRM markets. Routes and schedules will change as follows: Remember, you can always fly Cebu Pacific from Manila to […]

Where Do You Want To Go?

Today, I was browsing my other blog site, Steemit.com, and discovered a new application built upon the Steemit platform. It is a travel digest application which allows Steemit content creators to upload their travel blogs and photos to a world map. The aim of this site is to connect travelers from all over the world and […]