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 […]

My Relationship is Over!

Getting Around – It Was Easy Then    There was a time when I really enjoyed riding motorcycles here in the Philippines. Actually, I still do. It is the easiest and quickest way to get around… when it is not raining. Though it is not necessarily the safest. There is nary a day goes by […]

Not So Crowded Skies Over the Philippines

An Airborne Mango Moment   I must say, between Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, CP is much more punctual. During my return from Manila to Samar, my first flight of the day was from Manila to Cebu on the Airbus 320 (about 1h10m) and the only problem I encountered was that the seats do not […]

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 […]

My Return to Guam

The Departure.   The decision to leave directly from Manila posed somewhat of a challenge. I had a back-pack full of clothes, a laptop, and a simple Samsung phone that would soon become worthless once in the air. That is all I had. Never before have I ever travelled in one direction with so little. […]

Leaving the Philippines

The Decision to Leave the Philippines    March 16, 2017 – I traveled to Manila with my niece and we met up with another niece, her cousin, who lives and works in Manila. The purpose of the trip was to investigate 4 different Flight Attendant schools in the Metro Manila area for the younger niece. Over […]

I’ve Got Something to Tell You!

Retreat! It’s what one does when the going gets overly tough, or the outlook in a given situation becomes bleak or filled with uncertainty. In General George Armstrong Custer’s case (famous American Calvary commander), an early retreat prior to the Battle of Little Bighorn, which cost him his life, would have had a significant impact […]

New Haircut in the Philippines

Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Barber Gone… ? Back in my home country, the U.S., it seemed like I was in a constant search for a decent barber, or just on who could remember me after a half-dozen visits and how I liked my hair to be cut. From barber shops to hair salons […]

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 […]