Discover Samar… Before Others Do. Too Late!

We’ve Come A Long Way Baby! I’ve probably talked at length about Calbayog City in the past, in person, in videos and on this blog. I’ve done my best to help promote it to visitors and tourists alike. Actually, someone from Manila contacted me once about a video I produced  [It’s Where We Live – […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bohol Becomes Terror Battleground

The Philippines Today Anyone with any interest with visiting or living in the Philippines is surely tuned into the risks to foreign visitors here. Recently, and although President Duterte has vowed to crush radical terrorism here, it seems that the terror threat may be actually growing. For the first time in many years, elements of terror […]

A Mango Moment!

Superstition or Stupidity! For the last 6 months, we have been involved with a construction project here at the property. I may have mentioned in another post previously that we purchased the lot that adjoins our property and have been busy expanding our slice of paradise. I have made a series of videos titled “Expanding […]

Internet, Female Snails, and Eggs!

Bad Internet The last two weeks have been very trying when it comes to accessing the internet. Usually, I have no problem with gaining access to the internet other than some problems with speed (slow as snails). But recently, access has been really spotty and when I do get connected with a decent signal, the […]

Sunset in Samar

Another Samar Sunset! Many times I will receive requests for information on what there is to do in the Philippines during retirement. The simple response is – “Anything you want to do.” Without having any knowledge of anyone’s particular interests, I usually have to remind them that life here can be varied, depending on your […]

The Philippines and a List of Expectations

One thing that comes to mind with almost all expats before coming to the Philippines to settle is to live the easy life. I have written about the so-called “Easy Life” previously and got some mixed reviews, mostly from those who have not been around the islands long or have only visited here. To qualify both […]

Philippines Postal Service

 Another Mango Moment!   Today we took a ride into town for our first visit to the Calbayog City  Post Office. Up until now, we have had  literally no reason to mail  anything. Today however, I  needed to send an old-fashioned written  and signed letter.  As we entered the Calbayog Post Office building, all  I could […]