Philippines Ranks as 5th Best Country in the World for Expats to Find Love

Philippines ranks as 5th best country for expats to find love. That’s according to a recent survey from InterNations which polled 14,000 expats living in 195 countries. So if you’re looking for love in all the wrong places, Cupid’s arrow might just hit you in the butt in the Philippines.

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The Search for the Best Burger in Iloilo City

I’m always on the search for the best burger in Iloilo City. I’ve tried some beef patties, or what was passing for beef, on our island province of Guimaras, but have always come away with more bun than actual meat. Pitstop in Guimaras, has one of the worst burgers (and pizzas) I have ever tasted so I have to take a motorized banca boat to travel to Panay Island for some real hamburger havens.

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New Terrace Project at our Home in the Philippines

Our workers recently completed a new terrace project at our home in the Philippines. My asawa had wanted the terrace, nearest the nipa hut my father-in-law lives in, to have a roof. She plans to have an array of plants and flowers underneath the new polycarbonate sheet roof we had delivered a few weeks ago.

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Desperately Dodging Dinagyang

After a recent trip to Bacolod, we arrived in Iloilo on our way back home to our home base,  the island province of Guimaras. We were desperately dodging Dinagyang , the annual Festival which recently plowed into Iloilo City with the force of the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900. There is absolutely no way we wanted to be in town when the event hit.

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Upcoming Return Visit to Cebu City, “The Queen City of the South”

A recent comment from Gezel, over in Bacolod, got me to thinking, something I’m not prone to do a lot of. I thought I would broadcast an upcoming return visit to Cebu City, “The Queen City of the South,” something my asawa and I have planned for months now.

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Our Worker is Shot to Death by His Brother

Our worker is shot to death by his younger brother in Guimaras, the island province in the Philippines we call home. I was stunned when my wife announced to me that: ” Melchor is dead!”

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Back in Bacolod, the City of Smiles

My asawa and I were back in Bacolod, the “City of Smiles,on a mini-vacation in the Philippines. Regular readers of Philippines Plus know that I excel in doing nothing but my spouse works from sunrise and sunset and deserved a break. I’m always on a perpetual one of course.

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Philippine Bureau of Immigration Removes 6 Month Passport Expiration Requirement

I was updating the visa section of my latest version of The Philippines Expat Advisor when I ran across this press release: Philippine Bureau of Immigration Removes 6 Month Passport Expiration Requirement

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Surprise Item at our Local Sari Sari: New 250 ML Pepsi Slim Can

I’m a crusty old expat that has lived in the Philippines for over six years. But I’m still like a kid at Christmas when I discover something new. Especially if it’s new and shiny. So when I discovered a surprise item at our local sari sari, a new 250 ml Pepsi Slim can, I was excited as a tick on a fat dog.

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Should You Start a Micro-financing Business in the Philippines?

It’s a new year. 2016. Maybe you’re an expat living in the Philippines considering ways to bring in some extra cash. Should you start a micro-financing business in the Philippines? 

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South Korea Has Most Expats in the Philippines

AFTER years of being the top source of tourists in the Philippines, South Korea has also become the nation with the most number of expatriates in the country, outnumbering those from the United States.

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Don’t Rely on Google Maps for Directions in Iloilo City

Don’t rely on Google Maps for directions in Iloilo City. We wasted an hour the other morning in Iloilo looking for a company that provided swimming pool equipment. My asawa and I were shopping in the big city and decided to look for Amici Water Systems Sales and Services, Iloilo. Our crew had begun digging our new swimming pool in the Philippines and Amici was listed as a place to purchase pool supplies.

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The Christening of Merry Joy in the Philippines

I was inside working on the 2016 updated, revised version of my book, “The Philippines Expat Advisor.” I heard my asawa talking to someone outside. I peeked from my man cave window and noticed it was one of our former workers, Melcher. He had some coconuts. Not surprised, he’s the nephew of the brothers that sold us our property and he’s a neighbor. My wife had sent some leftover Christmas fruit salad to his Mother via our nephew Sherwen the day before. After his visit, I was informed that we would be in attendance for the christening of Merry Joy in the Philippines the next afternoon.

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Philippine Tourism Reaches Milestone

Despite the extortion scheme where bullets were found inside the luggage of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, NAIA,  the Philippine tourism industry reached a milestone in 2015, as international visitor arrivals reached the 5-million mark for the first time on record.

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Big Shakedown in the Works for Guimaras?

Is there a big shakedown in the works for Guimaras province? One has to wonder. What with the recent ban on motorcycles on motorized banca boats plying the Guimaras to Iloilo route and the continuing life jacket controversy, these events have even got me scratching my fat kano head.

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