I Need Another Driver’s License!

My First Guam Mango Moment (Guam has Mangos Too!) Last week when I was shopping for a car, I stopped in at a Nisson dealer to look at a used Nisson Rogue (crossover SUV) that they had there on the lot. I would be willing to put some money down if they were willing to […]

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 […]

Fiesta Time in the Philippines – Again!

Retired in The Philippines? Guilty! That I am – I’m tired and now I’m re-tired!  I’ve been so busy lately that I have had little time to set down and write anything. When I seem to get a lot on my plate, I have to take a break from all the slow-paced enjoyment of life […]

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 […]

Lost Treasure Found in Samar?

Almost a Mango Moment Yesterday our nephew joined us for dinner. He must have smelled the BBQ ribs from across the village and he made his presence known. He loves his Tita’s BBQ ribs and chicken!  While here, he shared some pictures on his new cell phone of an old knife that his friend’s father […]

Life in the Philippines – It’s All a Big Misunderstanding!

Things That Even Filipinos Misunderstand There are many things that we as foreigners misunderstand about Filipino culture and way of life in the Philippines. Some of us figure it out and go with the flow, and some foreigners never come to grips with all the confusion. Then there many things that even Filipinos themselves misunderstand, […]

Philippine Retirement Authority and the SRRV

Retire in the Philippines With SRRV. I just came across this information about the retirement system that the Philippines government has in place for immigrant retirees, published by the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA). The link provided below will take you to the PRA site that lists all the available options that pertain to the Special […]

“Out of Stock” or a “Nose Bleed”

Sweet Mango Moment I’m not sure how most Filipinos in the Philippines respond to questions in English, but here in Western Samar it seems it is easier to not respond at all or risk a “nose bleed.” The nose bleed is a metaphor for having to “think” too hard about answering a question in English […]

Live in the Philippines…And All The True Advice!

Bad Advice – Can Be Worse Than No Advice At All! I seem to have this penchant for confronting people online – especially when I  suspect know they are providing erroneous advice to folks whom are looking  for  information. Rarely do I provide advice on issues I know little about, and  when I  do, at a […]