Beaches and Bowling Balls!

Staying Busy! I get a lot of questions about what life on Guam is like. The simplest way to describe Guam is like this: It is Guamanian (Chamorro), Philippines and America, all rolled into one fun package. Mostly though it is Asian, it is singularly cultural, and the dollar is king. There are NO race relations […]

Philippine Peso – From Best to Worst Performer in Asia

MANILA, Philippines As Benigno Aquino closes out a presidency that delivered the Philippines four Standard & Poor’s rating upgrades, investors are turning to the country’s dollar debt to shelter from peso losses. The nation’s U.S. currency bonds are rising almost twice as fast as local notes, pushing the yield on the securities due 2024 down 52 […]

OMG, I’ve Been Taken Aback!

Someone is in the Attack Mode! Today, I was taken aback by some harsh comments that were directed at me in a Facebook forum that I visit regularly here in the Philippines. Most days when I visit this forum, I witness good information, stories, great guidance and good advice. In this forum, I rarely comment […]

I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Out!

A Rabbit Hole! It’s what I fell into. My absence from writing about the retired life in the Philippines has been sidetracked, not by an over abundance of enjoying the retired life in paradise, but by Bitcoin! Yes, Bitcoin and all that it entails…it’s virtual currency or digital money that can be spent in a growing […]

Demolition of a Bahay

Just about the time we’ve grown accustomed to enjoying the features of our new home, we have come to the realization that, and in the name of progress, we must now destroy part of that which has been built. After many months of deliberations about buying a car, we finally bit the bullet and bought […]

And the Blog Award Goes to……

Well, not me, I’m sure. Some time ago I apologized to my readers for my inactivity on the blog, mainly as a result of my inability to connect to the internet. It had become such an inconvenience to drive into town to an internet cafe and stand and wait in line for a computer…at the […]

Comparing Cultures – I Choose The Philippines

Comparing Cultures. Sitting here inside information central, and with the television news always on behind me, it’s not hard to stay informed – in just about anything. As I scan the web with Google and Bing, from facebook to news sites, one thing seems to permeate the headlines with more consistency everyday. Well…okay, two. The […]

Consumer Boom Fuels Philippines Growth

Consumer Boom Fuels Philippine Growth As Neighbors Get Export Lag By Karl Lester M. Yap February 1, 2013, 6:27pm The Philippines is poised to join the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies this year and next as Filipinos buying goods from dresses to condominiums cushion a faltering in exports that’s hurt the rest of the region. The […]

Philippines Takes Top Spot in Business English

I can attest that in my most recent line of work, I received a lot of orders which originated from call centers in India, and many times, had a hard time understanding things. Although this is not exactly New news, it’s recently making headlines again, so I thought I would provide some information on the […]