Before Paradise

My Thoughts…Before Paradise!

Life is Free! Well, Cheaper with Age Anyway! – is an article I published in February, 2012, on my real estate blog just after we travelled to the Philippines to check on the construction of our home there. Once we returned home to the U.S., I was immediately inspired to slow down. I wrote the […]

[Before Paradise] My Resignation!

This was my resignation posted on my Active Rain ( website for real estate professionals) Page! After a productive 12 years in real estate, I have made the difficult decision to retire again. During my short but fulfilling second career, I have enjoyed some really good times in real estate, and like many others, […]

[Before Paradise] Simply Bittersweet

I didn’t think I would have time to write these last few days as we have been on the move from our temporary rental, then to a local Tupelo hotel, and now we are at a hotel in Memphis where we are completely staged to leave this morning for the airport. It has been a long […]

Bureau of Animal Industry, Philippines – Beware of New Scam!

Recently I posted an update on the trouble I was having getting connected with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) in Metro Manila. It seems their published email address is no longer valid, has been changed, and a possible oversight by the BAI by not updating that address on their website may have led to […]

[Before Paradise] Ready…oh so ready for the Philippines!

A weekend of relief has arrived and it’s time to relax a little. Everything that needs to be done has been accomplished. We will head to the Buffalo River in Tennessee this weekend in retreat – to enjoy some canoe paddling and some nice scenery. Next week we will be back at finalizing the details […]

[Before Paradise] The Good, Bad, and the Philippines BAI

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[Before Paradise] A Legal Resident of the Philippines!

I just dozed off into my Saturday afternoon nap when there was a loud knock on the door. I looked out the window and saw a Post Office delivery truck parked in front of the house. The postman was at my door and holding a really large envelope – I knew it was my Permanent […]

Shipping Household Goods (HHG) to the Philippines

Keep in mind the date of the original posting of this article (June 2013). While it does indicate the complexities that are involved with shipping HHG to the Philippines, one should do updated research on requirements as they apply today. For example, rules as applied to Balikbayan shipping have since changed. Use this post only […]

[Before Paradise] Homeless, Unemployed, and Life is Good!

  After a week of deliberations, my wife has sold her business, lock, stock, and barrel. That’s a big relief as we really didn’t want to go through a time-consuming liquidation process selling everything off piece by piece. Teri has been in the custom clothing alterations business for over 18 years and has accumulated a […]