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 […]

Beaches and Bowling Balls!

Staying Busy! I get a lot of questions about what life on Guam is like. The simplest way to describe Guam is like this: It is Guamanian (Chamorro), Philippines and America, all rolled into one fun package. Mostly though it is Asian, it is singularly cultural, and the dollar is king. There are NO race relations […]

Retired in Samar MIA – From YouTube

Gone But Not Forgotten! It seems like it has been forever. And with the reminders I get almost daily from my viewers, it has been way too long. March 10th (last Spring) was the last time I posted a video. At that time, I was working on a series of videos documenting our house expansion […]

The Philippines – Some Will Never Adapt.

Why the Philippines Might Not Be Right For You. An important part of making the decision to move to a foreign country is to weigh the pro’s and con’s. It is a different weighting system for most individuals. What one person sees as a good thing, somebody else might cringe at the thought. Over the […]

Live in the Philippines – Live Without Sports!

No Baseball! No Football! Living in the Philippines does not come without certain challenges, especially if you are a sports fan and regardless of where you might hail from. For me, a life-long Chicago Cubs baseball fan, I was beside myself (literally) when the Cubs finally made it to the World Series (last fall 2016) […]

Living in the Philippines – A Healthy-Unhealthy Lifestyle.

A Healthy Experiment? When we moved to the Philippines from North Mississippi in 2013, my biggest shock was food, or lack of choices thereof. Although I can eat just about anything, the absence of my most favorite foods was a shock to my system. The loss of eating processed foods everyday, not to mention the […]