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 […]

Considering a Move to the Philippines? There is much to consider.

Ah, the simple life. Tropical living, sunshine and tropical breezes, low-cost of living, fine women, cheap beer… wait, STOP!  That sounds like something a travel magazine would throw at you and while much of it might be true, there are many other considerations that should be visited before making a decision to pack up and […]

Retired in Samar Site Technical Issues Fixed. Please support this blog!

Good News! It has been a while since this site’s Contact Page has been working correctly. It seems that when I installed an update to that page a long time ago, it came with a “bug” and has not worked since. Today I was determined to get it fixed and like the heading on this […]

“Out-of-Stock” Doesn’t Always Mean “Out-of-Stock!”

A Mango Moment Because we choose to live on an island and everything is imported (nothing manufactured), one thing that is very common is that ANYTHING on any given day can be out-of-stock (including customer service and the occasional thought process). The Omelet When we choose to eat out, like everybody, we have our favorite […]

Come to the Philippines. But Arrive Rude… You Lose Dude!

Immigration. A much heated topic of debate these days in the United States. Actually, for well over 40 years now. They just can’t seem to fix the problem of illegal immigration. I’m leaning heavily on the idea that they really don’t want to because there seems to be an entire industry that makes money on […]

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 […]

Superstitions in the Far East are “Life Dominating.”

Boo! Asians are superstitious people. Islanders even more so. When a people lives in isolation they can invent some strange mystical forces that act upon their daily lives. And for many centuries, travelers from far away lands would also visit, depositing their beliefs also. The Philippines has become a melting pot of local and foreign […]

What To Do? How Can One Stay Busy in the Philippines?

Enjoy Living But Stay Busy! If there is one thing I really enjoy about living in the tropics is the abundance of tropical flora. I don’t care much about the abundance of fauna, but I do enjoy observing some of the more strange creatures I come across. Today though, I was browsing through some of […]

The Philippines – Some Will Never Adapt.

Why the Philippines Might Not Be Right For You. An important part of making the decision to move to a foreign country is to weigh the pro’s and con’s. It is a different weighting system for most individuals. What one person sees as a good thing, somebody else might cringe at the thought. Over the […]