Oh So Many Visitors On Christmas Day! – In the Philippines

If one didn’t know any better, you would think it was Halloween all over again… this time though, without the scary costumes. Christmas day in the Philippines is unlike Christmas day in the west, where children will wake up especially early and rush to the Christmas tree where Santa typically leaves their gifts during the […]

Life in the Philippines – It’s All a Big Misunderstanding!

Things That Even Filipinos Misunderstand There are many things that we as foreigners misunderstand about Filipino culture and way of life in the Philippines. Some of us figure it out and go with the flow, and some foreigners never come to grips with all the confusion. Then there many things that even Filipinos themselves misunderstand, […]

Live in the Philippines…And All The True Advice!

Bad Advice – Can Be Worse Than No Advice At All! I seem to have this penchant for confronting people online – especially when I  suspect know they are providing erroneous advice to folks whom are looking  for  information. Rarely do I provide advice on issues I know little about, and  when I  do, at a […]

Culture Shift Ahead …Be Nice!

Have you ever jumped into a bathtub full of water before you check the temperature with your big toe? Most people wouldn’t but there will always be a select few that will. Would you ever consider just upping and moving to a different country without first investigating the customs and it’s culture? Believe it or […]

Quiet Please! I’m Living in the Philippines

Time for More Quiet! From time to time, life in the Philippines can be peaceful and rather quiet. Many times though it can be annoyingly noisy. When so many people are accustomed to live in such cramped conditions, they grow up with an adaptation of living like noisy sardines in a can. These days though, […]

[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 pick up truck parked in front of the house. The postman was at my door and holding a really large envelope – I knew it was my […]