Air Travel Changes to Samar (Philippines)

Route Changes! Effective December 1st, 2017, PAL Express will no longer provide air service for the Manila/Calbayog or the Manila/Catarman routes (and vise versa). Clark will be the updated point of departure and arrival to the CYP/CRM markets. Routes and schedules will change as follows: Remember, you can always fly Cebu Pacific from Manila to […]

What To Do? How Can One Stay Busy in the Philippines?

Enjoy Living But Stay Busy! If there is one thing I really enjoy about living in the tropics is the abundance of tropical flora. I don’t care much about the abundance of fauna, but I do enjoy observing some of the more strange creatures I come across. Today though, I was browsing through some of […]

My Wife’s Name is “Karma” and I Can’t Lose Weight!

My Daily Mission I wake up most mornings with the same desire, complete with attached motivation – to curb my diet beginning that very day as I start down the road to shedding a few excess pounds. But just as my waking motivation controls the initial part of my day, there seems to be this […]

Retired in Samar – Receives Best Expat Blog 2017!

Relocating to another country is tough. There is not a better way to get the nitty-gritty of expatriation than reading other people’s experiences. That is what I do. I Blog. And through my blogging efforts, I have been selected as having the “Best Philippines Expat Blog – 2017” by the company MTC.  I am honored to […]

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 […]

“Fiesta” and “Siesta”…. Oh so closely related! [Includes Video]

It’s A Fiesta! It’s a tradition here in Guam, and in the Philippines, and in most majority Roman Catholic countries, at least where the Spaniards had an influence. Yep, the Spaniards get all the blame! Many years ago, Spain marked certain days to remember particular Catholic saints with celebrations. When Spanish missionaries first arrived in […]

Driving in the Philippines… Is It Really Safer Than Guam?

Driving on Guam Yesterday my wife and I were in the car heading to the gym and we both simultaneously came to the same conclusion about driver differences between the Philippines and Guam. The funny thing is that as we approached a late-model vehicle at a stop light, be both noticed the vehicle’s hatchback smashed […]

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 – […]

How Not To Begin Your Retirement!

Retirement is an Adventure I must admit, when I chose to retire and move to the Philippines, it was without fanfare of any sort. Well, my racquetball buddies did take me out to dinner and a few beers, but that was the extent of any and all formalities. When I finally landed in the Philippines […]