Bohol Becomes Terror Battleground

The Philippines Today Anyone with any interest with visiting or living in the Philippines is surely tuned into the risks to foreign visitors here. Recently, and although President Duterte has vowed to crush radical terrorism here, it seems that the terror threat may be actually growing. For the first time in many years, elements of terror […]

My Return to Guam

The Departure.   The decision to leave directly from Manila posed somewhat of a challenge. I had a back-pack full of clothes, a laptop, and a simple Samsung phone that would soon become worthless once in the air. That is all I had. Never before have I ever travelled in one direction with so little. […]

Leaving the Philippines

The Decision to Leave the Philippines    March 16, 2017 – I traveled to Manila with my niece and we met up with another niece, her cousin, who lives and works in Manila. The purpose of the trip was to investigate 4 different Flight Attendant schools in the Metro Manila area for the younger niece. Over […]

I’ve Got Something to Tell You!

Retreat! It’s what one does when the going gets overly tough, or the outlook in a given situation becomes bleak or filled with uncertainty. In General George Armstrong Custer’s case (famous American Calvary commander), an early retreat prior to the Battle of Little Bighorn, which cost him his life, would have had a significant impact […]

New Haircut in the Philippines

Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Barber Gone… ? Back in my home country, the U.S., it seemed like I was in a constant search for a decent barber, or just on who could remember me after a half-dozen visits and how I liked my hair to be cut. From barber shops to hair salons […]

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 […]

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 […]