In the Philippines

Living on the Ring of Fire – Earthquakes in the Philippines

Living with Disaster in the Philippines I have publicly joked from time to time about why I moved to a country that is exposed to so many natural disasters that include tropical storms and super typhoons, monsoon rains and flooding, mudslides and landslides, tsunamis, and earthquakes. It is also a country that is home to […]

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 […]

Immigration News and Update

You report, or we deport! Bureau of Immigration lays down law to foreigners Posted By: M G Martin January 31, 2017 THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has warned that foreigners who fail to report for annual registration will be deported from the Philippines. The strict policy comes as the BI confirmed that the application deadline […]

Philippines… Not a U.S. Concern!

  PH not a ‘country of concern,’ says US State Department Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 02 2017 08:06 PM The US State Department today clarified that the Philippines has not been marked by US authorities as a “country of concern,” which means Filipinos can continue their travels to and from the US, […]

Live in The Philippines…Is It Safe?

Ever Play a Game of Chess? I read an interesting “Opinion” that was published in the PhilStar Global online publication. It is probably the most responsible perspective published on Rodrigo Duterte since his most recent announcement that he will “separate relations” between the Philippines and the U.S. Instead of providing a link, I have chosen […]

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 […]

Duterte Confronts Obama

Taken from the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Written by: Gil Cabacungan 03:02 PM September 9th, 2016 President Rodrigo Duterte is going out of his way to clarify news media reports that he called United States President Barack Obama a “son of a whore.” In a speech before hundreds of Filipino community members at the grand ballroom of the Shangri-La […]