A Spur of the Moment Detour equals Another Day in Paradise.

A Beach Walk Turns Into…. Because we live less than a mile from Guam’s most famous tourist beach area, Tumon Bay, I suggested to the wife that we head down for an evening stroll along the beach and catch the sunset. This is the place where we usually do our snorkeling together. As we walked […]

My Own Personal Golf Driving Range in the Philippines!

A Genuine Mango Moment! As many of my readers already know, we shipped most of our personal belongings to the Philippines when we retired. Golf clubs included. Because we live on the island of Samar, and the closest golf course to us would be in Tacloban, Leyte, some 3 1/2 hours away, I have not […]

Facebook White Page of Death

Facebook White Page of Death (WPOD) It’s my latest ailment…and it comes complete with withdrawals! I believe it was sometime on October 3rd, I attempted to log on to Facebook and all I received for my query was a “white screen.”  Not totally white, but with the browser header and toolbar showing. There was absolutely […]

Rainy Days and Mondays in the Philippines

I remember growing up, rainy days and Monday’s would always get me down – so much so that Paul Williams wrote a song that the Carpenters performed and it went to No. 2 on the Billboard hot 100 chart and became their 4th No. 1 song on the Adult Contemporary singles chart.  It eventually went […]

A Trip to Biri Island, Samar

Time for Biri Island Being Retired in Samar, anyone would think that after living here for over two years, we would have already visited the beautiful rock formations at Biri Island. So when my friend and his visiting father dropped in on us for a visit at our house where we live just west of […]

Expatriation…It Just Made Sense

A born and raised red-blooded American I am, and as most Americans, I grew up loving my country, and I still do. The eldest of 6 siblings, I grew up first, and was undoubtedly the designated test-bed child. In larger families, the first-born is usually and specifically designed for the initial research, development, testing and […]

Retire Early in the Philippines? – You Will Need a Plan

A facebook friend of mine recently posted his thoughts about how “most people believe  they need to be rich to retire young.” He went on to say “They don’t. Many people have  retired in their 40’s or 50’s without being rich; but neither were they poor. The net worth  you are going to need will […]

Our Aftermath of Haiyan (Yolanda)

  Some typhoons come and some typhoons go, but it was Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that menaced the Philippines early in November. By now the world has seen what a horrific storm this was and is witness to the devastation that Haiyan wreaked across the Eastern Visayas. The destruction to southern Samar and especially to Dry […]

Mission Accomplished!

  Remember when you were a young child and Christmas was so anticipated that it just never seemed to come fast enough? Well, in the case of the “future” expatriate, it’s like waiting for that special day only now the clock never seems to move or nothing ever seems to get accomplished.  I can remember […]