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 […]

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 […]

Pokemon Go in the Philippines, Nope!

I Shall Return! Okay, I should have made that proclamation before I left, but I really didn’t go anywhere. Maybe my readers think I have been all wrapped up playing Pokemon Go here in the Philippines. Nope!  (Rumor has it that servers here in the Philippines have been all but shut-down because of the Pokemon […]

I’ve Been Scammed! – Life in the Philippines

I Dropped My Guard! Just when you finish bragging on the honest and friendly people who surround you in your everyday life, someone finds a way to get your money! I’m not blaming anyone in my inner circles, nor am I blaming anybody from my area or my city. I don’t know who did it, […]