In the Philippines

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 […]

U.S. Embassy Warning – Davao Bombing

I just received this notice courtesy of the U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Davao Bombing September 3, 2016 THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR […]

A Retired in Samar Merger

A Merger of Information. It took me a while to get it accomplished, but I seem to have it all set up and running. Finding the right plugin that would allow me to post my YouTube channel as a gallery on the Retired in Samar blog site took me some time to find, and when […]

A Call-Out to Filipinos Overseas!

PHILIPPINE-AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP DAY! It’s only been a couple of days since the 4th of July (Philippine-American Friendship Day) and I have been seeing this post make its way around facebook and some online Filipino and expat forums. I thought it would be nice to share. Obviously written by a Filipino patriot but the actual author’s […]

Celebrating the Holidays, Both of Them!

Let’s Party! Just over a week ago, a local expat (Aussie) and friend who lives here in Calbayog asked if anyone knew whether the Americans where planning anything for the 4th of July holiday. No sooner than the day after he suggested it, it was quickly determined that any get together should be located in […]