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 […]

The Awakening!

EYES WIDE OPEN I was abruptly awakened by the sound of drums, with an ever-increasing accompaniment of brass instruments. Before I knew it and within seconds, there was a 7 piece marching ensemble passing my bedroom window on their way down the street. Now I was sitting straight up in bed and I’m sure the […]

A Life’s Moment in the Philippines

Can It Get Any Worse? Just as sure as the day is long, there will always be some happening here in the Philippines that will become an affirmation – that you might be living in the country that “Ain’t Quite Right.” And whatever it is that happens, it will happen most times when you most […]

Foreigners are Jittery in the Philippines

Nervousness in the Air. I get asked the question all the time. Has President Duterte’s turn on America had a negative impact on retirement here. For the most part, no, it has not. Duterte, the strong-fisted ruler that came to power during the last national election in May of this year (2016), has made some […]