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 […]

OMG, I’ve Been Taken Aback!

Someone is in the Attack Mode! Today, I was taken aback by some harsh comments that were directed at me in a Facebook forum that I visit regularly here in the Philippines. Most days when I visit this forum, I witness good information, stories, great guidance and good advice. In this forum, I rarely comment […]

Video – Ciriaco Hotel & Resort, Calbayog City, Samar, Philippines

Occasionally, my wife and I will head to town early in the day to take care of some business or do pick up supplies and we always make a stop that includes coffee and breakfast and Wi-Fi fix at a local coffee shop, Isla Cafe in Calbayog City. Upon arriving this day, we were told that […]

[Before Paradise] The Good, Bad, and the Philippines BAI

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Shipping Household Goods (HHG) to the Philippines

I recently posted an article about Balikbayan Shipping and another article on some recently uncovered insights into balikbayan shipping discoveries and future expectations. While you can ship just about anything that will fit into a balikbayan box, shipping larger items must be left to a major carrier or international shipping company such as American, Allied, […]

[Before Paradise] Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to work I go…

If you haven’t been following closely, we have an accepted offer on the house but it is contingent upon a satisfactory home inspection. The inspector was here last Thursday, and the report was received on Saturday morning. Aside from the normal nit-picky stuff a home inspector normally finds, there were just a few

[Before Paradise] I Might As Well Be a Blind Monkey!

I’m a “Meanderthal Man” (more meandering than packing) when it comes to packing. Yesterday I packed 1 box. ONE pitiful box! If I haven’t mentioned this before, when the de-cluttering begins, things that you haven’t seen for a millennium magically appear. It’s gotta be the “First Law of Clutter” – the one where clutter tends […]

OMG! – The Philippines?

As I evolve as a U.S. citizen into a full time pursuer of the easy life, I am occasionally asked by my friends (with a look of puzzlement and fear) “why the Philippines?” Even some people that know I am married to a Filipina still ask that question. Some people just can’t understand why I […]