A Return to Fantasy Island?

Alternate Paradise!       After traveling to Guam last month to set up homestead in what will become our “alternate paradise,” I will be traveling back to Samar next week to pick up a few things, namely some clothes, some personal items, and the Mrs. (being the most important obviously). We plan on spending some time […]

Living in the Philippines – Reasonings

Reasons Are Many… and Also Few!       First, I would like to thank my friend (and fellow blogger) John for the inspiration to write this post. Sometimes all it takes is a simple comment or a reminder by a reader, and the post-creating sparks begin to fly. And in this case, the sparks have […]

Death of a Rooster!

Gold? No, it’s Coffee!    After having some toast and coffee (Denny’s) and using their WiFi to accomplish a few searches for housing rentals, I got my bill. Maybe I have been living in the Philippines too long and forgot just how expensive it really is in the west (or in this case, the very […]

Philippines… Not a U.S. Concern!

  PH not a ‘country of concern,’ says US State Department Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 02 2017 08:06 PM The US State Department today clarified that the Philippines has not been marked by US authorities as a “country of concern,” which means Filipinos can continue their travels to and from the US, […]

Small City, Small Yard, I Need Another Island!

Small City. This morning I was awakened by my wife who had to remind me to get up and get ready to go to the airport. I looked at the clock and exclaimed “But it is only 5:30 and the plane don’t land until 6:45!” She then says, yes but you need your coffee to […]

Moving to the Philippines – What Should We Bring?

To Bring or Not To Bring? While visiting the many forums and facebook pages related to life and living in the Philippines, one bit of advice seems to be consistent. Well, in the majority anyway. It pertains to the shipping of certain personal effects to the Philippines. There is no shortage of advice providers when […]

Please, Don’t Listen to Me!

Anybody that has spent any length of time in the Philippines knows that while Filipinos can excel at many things, they can be really bad at others. Habitually bad! I haven’t really figured this out except that once Filipinos learn how to do something, there is no teaching that dog a new trick. In other […]

Fiesta Time!

Fiestas in the Philippines are held to celebrate a patron saint or to mark the passage of the seasons, depending on which part of the country you’re in. The Philippine fiesta is part and parcel of Filipino culture. This past week has marked the beginning of the SARAKIKI-HADANG FESTIVAL in Calbayog City where we live […]

Our First 30 Days in Samar

Posting this in retrospect, we have now been in the Philippines for just over 30 days. A few days ago, I asked my wife “when does retirement begin?” and she responded “I think at this rate, never!” I will explain…since being here, there has been no laying around in some beach side hammock spread between […]