What To Do? How Can One Stay Busy in the Philippines?

Enjoy Living But Stay Busy! If there is one thing I really enjoy about living in the tropics is the abundance of tropical flora. I don’t care much about the abundance of fauna, but I do enjoy observing some of the more strange creatures I come across. Today though, I was browsing through some of […]

My Wife’s Name is “Karma” and I Can’t Lose Weight!

My Daily Mission I wake up most mornings with the same desire, complete with attached motivation – to curb my diet beginning that very day as I start down the road to shedding a few excess pounds. But just as my waking motivation controls the initial part of my day, there seems to be this […]

Filipino – American Labor Relationships. Is It One-sided?

I see many requests for information in different online venues about working in the Philippines or building and owning businesses by foreigners who wish to live here. Sorry, no can do! In comparing the labor situation between our two countries, it’s obvious to me that the colonization of the Philippines by the U.S. has produced […]

Live in the Philippines with Cryptocurrency? What Does the Future Hold?

First, Think Income! I’ve talked about it in the past. Many times. Many other bloggers have concurred. If you want to live in the Philippines, you will need an income… and to be secure, you will need to bring that income from outside the Philippines. It’s true that some guys will head to the Philippines […]

Retired in Samar – Receives Best Expat Blog 2017!

Relocating to another country is tough. There is not a better way to get the nitty-gritty of expatriation than reading other people’s experiences. That is what I do. I Blog. And through my blogging efforts, I have been selected as having the “Best Philippines Expat Blog – 2017” by the company MTC.  I am honored to […]

Retired and Living in the Philippines – 5 Years!

The Blog. As the Retired in Samar blog approaches its 5-year anniversary (next month), I felt it would be a good time to publish an anniversary post. When I began this blog, it was with  the intent of documenting my journey, in addition to having something to do in my retirement years, and maybe earn […]

Getting to Grips with Noise in the Philippines

Cherish Your Sleep: Getting to Grips With Noisy Metro Manila Noise can be a major factor that affects people getting to sleep, and staying asleep. This is especially true in a city like Metro Manila where noise pollution is widespread and has become overwhelming over the years.  While it can be fun to stay in […]

“Fiesta” and “Siesta”…. Oh so closely related! [Includes Video]

It’s A Fiesta! It’s a tradition here in Guam, and in the Philippines, and in most majority Roman Catholic countries, at least where the Spaniards had an influence. Yep, the Spaniards get all the blame! Many years ago, Spain marked certain days to remember particular Catholic saints with celebrations. When Spanish missionaries first arrived in […]

A Sauna Room Story and Forthcoming Bootcamp Challenge.

In the Sauna Room. I was sitting in the gym sauna the other day, conversing with some local Guamanian guys, and in comes this young fellow who sat down among us. As we continued our usual sauna room banter, this young fellow just sat there taking it all in. Finally after several minutes he asks […]