Get Ready to Register Your SIM Cards. SOON!

If you live in the Philippines, get ready for…  … Less Freedom and More Paperworks! In many countries around the world, telecommunications consumers can buy prepaid SIM from retail marketers without having to present any form of identification and with little or no paperwork. Personally, I have always thought this was a great freedom… pay […]

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 […]

The Best Attractions in Manila

Come to Manila Manila may be one of the more easily misunderstood capitals in the world. Some might learn that it’s in close proximity to the gorgeous island getaways of the Philippines, and be surprised to learn that it’s a big city. Others might be aware of its reputation for casino resorts and be surprised […]

Considering a Move to the Philippines? There is so 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 […]

“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 […]

The Abstract of Time (nothing to do with Filipino Time!).

A Philosophical Concept of Abstract of Time. Have you ever felt the connection between aging and the speed of time? If you have passed the half-century benchmark of living, you absolutely have. Did you know there is actual evidence related to the general impressions of the speed of time, including theories of the purported subjective […]

Would Multi-Culturalism Survive Asia? I doubt it.

Reflections and Realizations. Have you ever just sat back and reflected on things? Your car, your house, your job? Your past? Or how about something greater?… your life, your family, maybe even your country? Sure you have – everybody does it from time to time. It is a natural thing to do. Reflection is a process of […]

Living in Some Places Can Cost You an Arm and a Leg.

But if you are a grasshopper and choose to live around cats, it will only cost you a leg! We have been cat owners most of our lives. We have taken in 13 cats over the last 28 years and gave each one of them a good home. Here in the Philippines, we brought one […]

No More “Permanent Residency” for me!

Immigration Benefit? After residing in the Philippines for almost 5 years, I have evaluated the benefit of holding permanent residency in the Philippines and in reality, there IS NO real benefit other than establishing a requirement of residency that may be required under certain circumstances such as financial institution requirements or maybe insurance requirements. It […]