We had a 60-inch big screen Sony television back in the States. Using a balikbayan box we shipped over a 25-inch Panasonic TV. The old school Panasonic was given to me as a service anniversary gift from AT&T, my former employer. It took almost seven years of living in the Philippines, but we now have a great big screen TV value: TCL 65″ UHD. It’s my dream TV.
What would I have done differently after 6 yrs. in the Philippines?
The Alien Registration Program (ARP) from the BI, Bureau of Immigration, a new procedure issued from the high command, Commissioner Mison, was introduced back in September. It begs the question: “Do YOU have to register?” Of course, if you’re an illegal alien in the Philippines, much like illegals back in the States who are now called “undocumented immigrants” and have been given amnesty by President Obama, you probably don’t give a damn. You can skip this post.
I’ve lived in the Philippines for nearly five years. I’ve dutifully made my annual report to my local Bureau of Immigration Office in Iloilo City as required by law.
First of all, I really don’t know what all the complaints about NAIA (Manila’s Airport) are about. Until you have flown into the international airport in L’viv, Ukraine, you really don’t know what crude is! The comfort room is actually across the street and has not been cleaned since the Soviets left and Olga the security screener is not nearly as cute as the nice Pinays at NAIA.
The Philippine Bureau of Immigration website, in a March 13, 2012 article, states that more than 65,000 foreigners reported in person to the BI last January and February in compliance with a law requiring them to make their annual report to the agency.
The following is a guest post submitted by Geoff, who has an interesting story to tell about understanding the Filipina mindset. Check out his story. He has some valuable lessons to share. Many thanks to Geoff for sharing his wisdom. Here's the post:
My asawa and I have some great new friends. Fergus and his lovely and talented wife, Rose, who reside in Iloilo province. We recently met them and enjoyed some good company, good food (all prepared by Rose), and some interesting conversation. I might also mention I also enjoyed quite a few bottles of San Miguel Pale Pilsen? "How many did you have?", my asawa asked. Good question.
My last post dealt with a personal list of my "Top Ten Tips" on moving to the Philippines and advice on what to do once you arrive. I covered the first five points previously. Here's my take on the next five tips. Remember, if you have any tips of your own, please feel free to drop a comment.