Live in the Philippines – Live Without Sports!

No Baseball! No Football! Living in the Philippines does not come without certain challenges, especially if you are a sports fan and regardless of where you might hail from. For me, a life-long Chicago Cubs baseball fan, I was beside myself (literally) when the Cubs finally made it to the World Series (last fall 2016) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Duterte Confronts Obama

Taken from the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Written by: Gil Cabacungan 03:02 PM September 9th, 2016 President Rodrigo Duterte is going out of his way to clarify news media reports that he called United States President Barack Obama a “son of a whore.” In a speech before hundreds of Filipino community members at the grand ballroom of the Shangri-La […]

Cost of Living in the Philippines – Another Update!

How Much Does It Cost To Live In The Philippines! I was sitting here contemplating whether I even felt like putting out a post today. Then I happened upon a Yahoo News Article that painted a rather bleak picture to anyone in the western world aspiring to live or retire in the Philippines (P120k monthly […]

It’s Halloween Season…and time for a little fun!

Let The Scarries Begin! I asked my wife two years ago, just after we settled here, whether Halloween was a celebrated event here in the Philippines. Her usual response to these type questions is either “No” or “How do I know?” Given that she has spent the last 28 years of her life living in […]

Looking for a Hotel near NAIA – Manila?

Budget Hotel Near Airport As much as I’ve traveled here in the Philippines, I don’t know why it took me so long to find a permanent hotel site where I can stay with confidence and relative safety. Many times I will fly in and out of Manila and I have stayed at several of the […]

Our First 30 Days in Samar

Posting this in retrospect, we have now been in the Philippines for just over 30 days. A few days ago, I asked my wife “when does retirement begin?” and she responded “I think at this rate, never!” I will explain…since being here, there has been no laying around in some beach side hammock spread between […]