Another Day in Paradise

Permanent Residency in Philippines – Annual Reporting

The Annual Report Once again, it was time to report to our local BI office for my Annual Report requirement. As a “permanent resident” and an ACR-I Card holder (which states permanent), a holder of this status is required to physically report annually to their local BI office, during the first 8 weeks of the […]

The Awakening!

EYES WIDE OPEN I was abruptly awakened by the sound of drums, with an ever-increasing accompaniment of brass instruments. Before I knew it and within seconds, there was a 7 piece marching ensemble passing my bedroom window on their way down the street. Now I was sitting straight up in bed and I’m sure the […]

A Mango Moment!

Superstition or Stupidity! For the last 6 months, we have been involved with a construction project here at the property. I may have mentioned in another post previously that we purchased the lot that adjoins our property and have been busy expanding our slice of paradise. I have made a series of videos titled “Expanding […]

Getting Vocal with a Local!

Some Days, It’s Just Not That Easy! This morning I decided to just turn off the TV and shed all the negativity that is emanating in every direction from the U.S. election on almost every channel. So I head to town with my wife for a few hours just for a little chill time, taking […]

A Life’s Moment in the Philippines

Can It Get Any Worse? Just as sure as the day is long, there will always be some happening here in the Philippines that will become an affirmation – that you might be living in the country that “Ain’t Quite Right.” And whatever it is that happens, it will happen most times when you most […]

Spoon or Chopsticks?

Time to Learn a New Language? While reading some of the personal details about the new Philippines president, Duterte, I’ve learned about some of the reasons Duterte holds such a deep dislike for America. And the more I read, the more I learn. The way I understand it, Duterte holds grudges longer than most people […]

Foreigners are Jittery in the Philippines

Nervousness in the Air. I get asked the question all the time. Has President Duterte’s turn on America had a negative impact on retirement here. For the most part, no, it has not. Duterte, the strong-fisted ruler that came to power during the last national election in May of this year (2016), has made some […]

A Visit to the ER in the Philippines

Always Be Careful. When working around the house and the yard, I have learned to be especially careful to take things safe and slow. Simple injuries like burns, scrapes, cuts, and even severe contusions, can be cause for concern. While living in the Philippines, westerners can be exposed to many foreign bacteria that our immune […]

Leaving the Philippines on PAL – One Way!

If It Can Happen, It Will Happen. We purchased our One-Way tickets online through the Philippine Airlines website as we always do. I logged in with our Mabuhay Club number and booked two seats for a flight to Manila and then on to Guam. We’ve done it this way several times now for over three […]