The Crusty Old Expat and his lovely asawa have been dining every Friday night at the hotspot for Guimaras expats: Oliva’s Kitchen. On our tiny island province of about 163,000 residents, Oliva’s Kitchen is the best restaurant on the island. Here’s why:
PhilHealth is the national health insurance plan of the Philippines. My wife, a Filipino citizen, first enrolled in the program in 2012, three years after we had retired to the Philippines. The cost at that time was 1,200 pesos, approximately 24 US dollars, a year. As her legally recognized spouse, I was also included in the coverage at no additional cost as a dependent.
Traveling to the Philippines? Here’s the Center for Disease Control, CDC’s, recommended vaccines for traveling to the Philippines.
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A serious topic for today’s post: “Expat Healthcare in the Philippines: Are YOU Prepared?” Do you think that if you move to the Philippines and become ill that the Philippine government will help you out? You’re not in Kansas anymore, Pilgrim. YOU NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR ANY CONTINGENCY BEFORE MOVING TO THE PHILIPPINES. There’s no safety net for foreigners in “paradise”.
Over 300,000 Filipino illegals in U.S. fear deportation. President Rodrigo Duterte said he will “not lift a finger” to help the lawbreakers out. (Photo Source: Asian Correspondent)
“The Kano,” aka, “The Anti-Social Blogger”, has actually been quaffing a beer or two with fellow foreigners lately. Our stomping grounds? A new expat hangout, Guimaras Mountain Resort. Located on the Guimaras Circumferential Rd in Buenavista, Guimaras, Philippines, the new haunt suits this American expat just fine.
My friends in the United States recently finished celebrating Labor Day. I used to look forward to the three day holiday when I worked at AT&T. Now, I enjoy unlimited 3-day weekends in the Philippines. In fact, every day is now a holiday for this crusty old American expat.
We kicked off the Chinese New Year with a celebration at the Mango Terrace in Guimaras. The Mango Terrace Pension Hotel, the former Shirven Hotel, is under new ownership and management. The establishment featured an all-you-can-eat buffet at 400 pesos a head, 8.50 U.S. Dollars, this past Monday evening to ring in the Year of the Monkey.
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.