You’re NOT in Kansas Anymore, Toto! Brian Purrone, Jr.

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A warm welcome to Brian Purrone Jr., a new guest contributor to Philippines Plus. Brian is  43 years old and works as an industrial millwright in the very cold and wet Oregon. He started to travel to the Philippines in 2013 and has visited twice. On his last trip he met his   beautiful fiancée Joycel  who just recently landed here on a K-1 Visa! Congratulations, Brian and Joyce! Thanks to Brian for the following article and he promises to share some of his stories regarding the K-1 Visa process. Please leave a comment and welcome Brian to the fold.

Brian and Joyce

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Building a House in the Philippines, Part 1: The Plans

First of all, sorry for being such a stranger to all in recent months, but since our move here December 12 2012, we have been pretty busy building our dream retirement home here in Paranaque (suburb of Manila).

Starting from Scratch

(Photo courtesy of Scott H)

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Filipino Time—Unplugged!

I recently read a post on another blog describing a “Filipino Timed” event. This newcomer to the Philippines described how untimely his engagement party went down and his take on how Filipino time affects the daily lives of nearly everybody that lives in the Archipelago. He learned quickly that Filipino Time affects nearly everything during one’s daily routine. What really needs to be understood is that there are many underlying problems to why this is, which is better understood as “Filipino Timing.”filipino time button ptsj

Photo Source: Zazzle.com

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Living in the Domain of the Golden Dragon

Birthday Party at Beach

As Dave usually writes about enjoying an iced cold Pale Pilsen with friends while relaxing on the second floor atop the UR Zone in Iloilo City, I sit and stare out my window here in Tupelo, Mississippi. And while him and his friends savor the taste of the best beer in all of Asia, I still long for the day I can return to the easy life in the Philippines.Birthday Party at Beach

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Return to Paradise, Part Three

peanut store

Food, family and good times. One thing I should mention is eating while in the Philippines. When around family it seems eating is never done. I recall how in the mornings, we would enjoy our coffee (Nescafe 3-in-1) with freshly baked pandesal purchased from a rolling store (usually a honking bicycle with a big box on the back.)peanut store

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Return to Paradise, Part One

Air Mall at Domestic Terminal Manila

(Here's part one of a guest post from Randy who's sharing his recent adventure to the Philippines. Thanks, Randy!  Great story and photos. —Dave.)

Our trip from Tupelo, MS. began early enough at 0200 with a 1.5 hour drive to Memphis International Airport. We boarded an American Airlines flight at 0600 bound for Chicago where we connected to Asiana Airlines for the long two legged trip to Manila, via Seoul, Korea.Air Mall at Domestic Terminal Manila

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NEVER Refuse Food From A Filipino!


Usually I like to keep my ramblings upbeat and extol the virtues of life as I know it in the Philippines, however in keeping with the policies of our illustrious host, Dave DeWall, aka, "The Kano".  I find I must offer this little tidbit about the differences of our adoptive country to any who are planning to live in the Philippines and especially those who have yet to meet the in laws or future in laws.Desktop

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