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 […]

A Return to Fantasy Island?

Alternate Paradise!       After traveling to Guam last month to set up homestead in what will become our “alternate paradise,” I will be traveling back to Samar next week to pick up a few things, namely some clothes, some personal items, and the Mrs. (being the most important obviously). We plan on spending some time […]

Living on the Ring of Fire – Earthquakes in the Philippines

Living with Disaster in the Philippines I have publicly joked from time to time about why I moved to a country that is exposed to so many natural disasters that include tropical storms and super typhoons, monsoon rains and flooding, mudslides and landslides, tsunamis, and earthquakes. It is also a country that is home to […]

Immigration News and Update

You report, or we deport! Bureau of Immigration lays down law to foreigners Posted By: M G Martin January 31, 2017 THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has warned that foreigners who fail to report for annual registration will be deported from the Philippines. The strict policy comes as the BI confirmed that the application deadline […]

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 […]

Small City, Small Yard, I Need Another Island!

Small City. This morning I was awakened by my wife who had to remind me to get up and get ready to go to the airport. I looked at the clock and exclaimed “But it is only 5:30 and the plane don’t land until 6:45!” She then says, yes but you need your coffee to […]

Philippines Bureau of Immigration – Dress Code Requirements

Should You Dress Up For Your Bureau of Immigration (BI) Visit? Everybody has probably heard the horror stories of folks traveling all the way into Manila to the BI in Intramuros only to be sent home because of what they were wearing as inappropriate attire. Even recently, I have heard discussions about and read comments […]

Foreigners Warned About Elections

Foreigners Warned not to Meddle in Elections By Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 14, 2013 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – Foreigners were warned yesterday against interfering in the campaign for local and national posts in the May elections. In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said they will investigate complaints against foreigners […]

Philippine Peso – From Best to Worst Performer in Asia

MANILA, Philippines As Benigno Aquino closes out a presidency that delivered the Philippines four Standard & Poor’s rating upgrades, investors are turning to the country’s dollar debt to shelter from peso losses. The nation’s U.S. currency bonds are rising almost twice as fast as local notes, pushing the yield on the securities due 2024 down 52 […]