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 […]

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 […]

Live in the Philippines – Live Without Sports!

No Baseball! No Football! Living in the Philippines does not come without certain challenges, especially if you are a sports fan and regardless of where you might hail from. For me, a life-long Chicago Cubs baseball fan, I was beside myself (literally) when the Cubs finally made it to the World Series (last fall 2016) […]

Driving in the Philippines… Is It Really Safer Than Guam?

Driving on Guam Yesterday my wife and I were in the car heading to the gym and we both simultaneously came to the same conclusion about driver differences between the Philippines and Guam. The funny thing is that as we approached a late-model vehicle at a stop light, be both noticed the vehicle’s hatchback smashed […]

Discover Samar… Before Others Do. Too Late!

We’ve Come A Long Way Baby! I’ve probably talked at length about Calbayog City in the past, in person, in videos and on this blog. I’ve done my best to help promote it to visitors and tourists alike. Actually, someone from Manila contacted me once about a video I produced  [It’s Where We Live – […]

Getting Old?

Cause and Effect! We were all young once. Some of us still think we are. When my wife snarls at me and tells me to grow up, these days I take it as a compliment. Sometimes though I think she is just jealous but nevertheless, it is all about one’s frame of mind. This story below […]

Is Martial Law in the Philippines’ Future?

Communist guerrillas to step up offensives to resist martial law. POSTED BY: Retired in Samar (Philippine News Now), MAY 25, 2017 In seeking to resist martial law, the CPP/NPA may well be providing the pretext for Duterte to roll it out nationwide The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has today (Wednesday, May 24) called on […]

Bohol Becomes Terror Battleground

The Philippines Today Anyone with any interest with visiting or living in the Philippines is surely tuned into the risks to foreign visitors here. Recently, and although President Duterte has vowed to crush radical terrorism here, it seems that the terror threat may be actually growing. For the first time in many years, elements of terror […]

Permanent Residency in Philippines – Annual Reporting

The Annual Report Once again, it was time to report to our local BI office for my Annual Report requirement. As a “permanent resident” and an ACR-I Card holder (which states permanent), a holder of this status is required to physically report annually to their local BI office, during the first 8 weeks of the […]