“Free Super-Fast Internet Coming to Philippines.” What have you been smoking, dude? Is this more “fake news” being perpetrated by Facebook?
This companion guide to my first book about the Philippines, “The Philippines Expat Advisor,” is an eclectic mix of stories, tips and general advice for expats and future expats that I’ve written over the past eight years as it relates to the Philippines. It covers a wide range of diverse topics from “Sexpats, … Read moreAmerican Expat in the Philippines: Companion Guide to The Ph Expat Advisor
Years ago when I worked for AT&T back in Central Illinois, I would kick start my mornings with an icy cold can of Diet Coke. There was a drive-up coffee shop on Sixth Street in Springfield only a few blocks from my work. But I didn’t want to miss out on my free parking spot on the street. There were no parking meters five blocks from my job, so I never stopped for a cup of “Joe.” I wasn’t about to pay 30 bucks a month for a parking spot on a lot. Plus, a coffee would have cost me about two or three bucks back then, too lavish for my tight-fisted ways.
“How to Find Your Dream Woman in the Philippines.” “Why would a guy travel thousands of miles to find a partner for life?” “Aren’t there plenty of single women you can date around here?” “Is it true? I heard you have a ‘mail order’ bride.” These are some of the questions I faced when I became engaged to my own “woman of my dreams” over 17 years ago.
“Would Jesus Ride Jeepneys in the Philippines?” You can tell a guy has way too much time on his hands when he starts asking himself questions like this. However, unproductive mitts are the devil’s sweatshop. Better to keep the ol’ noggin’ working at my advanced age.
Graphic Source: The Southeast Asia Subregion of the Catholic Biblical Federation
When my lovely asawa and I retired to the Philippines over eight years ago, I had a secret weapon. A very useful tool: the Lonely Planet Filipino Phrasebook. After deciding to move to the Philippines I purchased a Filipino phrasebook from Amazon to assist me in learning the language. During my free time I would scour the handy guide and memorize different words and phrases.
“Diagnosis Still Unknown: Iloilo Statlab Results.” A previous post dealt with my asawa’s recent visit to our local emergency room in Guimaras. The provincial hospital on our island province is ill-equipped to handle major medical emergencies. It doesn’t even possess a working ultrasound machine.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 was a somber day for many Filipinos. Philippine Sen. Cynthia Villar had just called for a ban on unlimited rice servings, “unli-rice,” in restaurants across the archipelago! I was shocked, stunned and staggered! Had all the politicians in the world gone mad? Potential rice riots in the Philippines now became a distinct possibility.
It was around 8:00 pm on a weeknight. Despite numerous power outages from our “service” provider, Guimelco, we miraculously had electricity that evening as I flipped the remote to Channel 2, ABS CBN. It was time for my asawa’s favorite program, ”FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.” As I steeled myself for a block of 10 minutes of commercials for Tide Detergent, multiple pain relievers from Unilever, and the same tired Selena Gomez Pantene ad, a new advertisement brightened our screen. The search for Kentucky Fried’s first Filipino Colonel was underway!
“In Spite of Travel Warnings, is it Still Safe to Move to the Philippines? “ Thirty-seven people were killed in a Manila casino this past Friday. A lone masked gunman walked straight into the building, past a lone security guard who panicked when she saw the suspect’s assault rifle. The victims are thought to have died of smoke inhalation. None of them appear to have been shot.