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American Expat Motorcyclist Killed in Iloilo Jeepney Crash

I apologize to anyone who might be offended by the graphic picture shown courtesy of Panay News. While the American expat motorcyclist from Texas was struck by a jeepney, I don’t see any signs of the victim wearing a helmet.

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Desperately Dodging Dinagyang

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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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Ph Peso Sinks to 6-Year Low Vs. USD

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Good news for all of you American expats living in the Philippines: Ph Peso Sinks to 6-Year Low Vs. USD. Yes, dear readers, it’s time for another exchange rate rant

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No Exit Clearance Certificate Available at Iloilo Immigration Office

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I haven’t left the Philippines in almost five years. I do plan, however, to return to America this year, to visit my Father. I’ve heard different horror stories from other American expats in the Philippines who’ve related some of the difficulties in obtaining the Exit Clear Certificate, ECC.Bureau of Immigration entrance in Iloilo

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New Requirements for 13a Permanent Visa

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The 13a Permanent Resident Visa. In the opinion of Gary Wigle and myself, along with other American expats, this visa is the cheapest, most hassle-free visa a person who intends to retire and live in the Philippines can obtain. Of course, your spouse has to be Filipino in order to sponsor you for it, but once you have the 13a,  living in the Philippines becomes that much easier.  

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American Expats Tour Iloilo City

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As a follow-up to my last post, “Iloilo City: The Best Place to Live in the Philippines!,”  I decided to bring my asawa’s Sony Cyber Shot camera with me this past Monday as I made a trip to the KFC at Robinson’s. I was going to meet my American expat friend, Scott B and wanted some possible photos of preparations for the upcoming Dinagyang Festival.  Scott’s favorite new hang-out in “The City of Love” is the wharf area not far from the Bureau of Customs and Immigration Department. 

Welcome to Iloilo City

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American Expat in the Philippines 2012 Photo Highlights

I’m an American expat in the Philippines that is adjusting more and more every day to Filipino Time. So if this post regarding 2012 doesn’t get posted until sometime later in this month or even next, I’m really not too concerned. I don’t have to worry about  the commute to work on Interstate 55 between Auburn, Illinois and Springfield, Illinois where I worked at AT&T for almost 30 years. I’m not in a hurry anymore. Here’s a review of some of my favorite photos from our adventures in 2012.

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Continuing Problems with Smart Bro in Iloilo

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Internet broad ban service in the Philippines is a hit and miss proposition. If there’s not a brown out, power outage, then chances are the World Wide Web, invented by Al Gore, is not accessible from our unreliable Internet connection provided by Smart Bro.DSC

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Latest Update on Philippine Peso to US Dollar Exchange Rate Predictions

The Philippine Peso to US Dollars exchange rate. Most American expats living in the Philippines that I know follow the PHP to USD  conversion very closely. And despite a trend of strengthening that has led the peso to another four-year high last week, the local currency is expected to weaken throughout the rest of the year. It’s predicted to recover to less than 42 to $1 for the most part of 2013. If you’re an American that has retired to the Philippines on a fixed income, you might have some cause for concern.Collages

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