Retired and Living in the Philippines – 5 Years!

The Blog. As the Retired in Samar blog approaches its 5-year anniversary (next month), I felt it would be a good time to publish an anniversary post. When I began this blog, it was with  the intent of documenting my journey, in addition to having something to do in my retirement years, and maybe earn […]

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) […]

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 – […]

Here Comes a Real Game Changer!

Blogging For a Living? I Think Not! I first began my venture into the blogging arena back during the summer of 2009 when I was working in real estate. My blogging back then helped promote me, my brokerage, and the services we offered. My reputation online helped lead to our credibility as knowledgeable professionals. It […]

Paying it Back!

Lost! Yesterday, my wife and I took a drive around Guam’s southern half. We drove down the west coast and returned back north via the east coast. While stopping off at an overlook to take a few photos, there was a vehicle stopped in a “Y” intersection at the stop sign, impeding local traffic. I kept […]

Busted Again!

Good Luck, Bad Luck? If you did not read my previous post – “Busted in Guam“, now is a good time. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Just as every day has two halves, this day was no different. That morning was like having a near miss of sorts, and the afternoon… well, it went something like […]

Not So Crowded Skies Over the Philippines

An Airborne Mango Moment   I must say, between Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, CP is much more punctual. During my return from Manila to Samar, my first flight of the day was from Manila to Cebu on the Airbus 320 (about 1h10m) and the only problem I encountered was that the seats do not […]

My Bucket List is Minus One!

One Down, More to Go!       According to the Urban Dictionary, a “Bucket List”  is a list of things to be done before one dies, and is derived from the term Kicked the Bucket. We all have this propensity to look back on our lives and say “I wish I would have done this […]

Living in the Philippines – Reasonings

Reasons Are Many… and Also Few!       First, I would like to thank my friend (and fellow blogger) John for the inspiration to write this post. Sometimes all it takes is a simple comment or a reminder by a reader, and the post-creating sparks begin to fly. And in this case, the sparks have […]