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The SM Mall of Asia Expat Experience

sm mall of asia

I’ve been writing a blog for almost seven years now. Over in Guimaras, the island province we call home, there is nothing that even remotely resembles a large super mall. We do have the Chavez Building. You could call that place a  strip mall if you’ve consumed too many bottles of Red Horse.

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Cozy & Comfortable: Stone House Hotel Pasay

stone house hotel pasay

We recently made a trip to Metro Manila. We stayed for five nights at the cozy and comfortable Stone House Hotel Pasay. Only three kilometers from the SM Mall of Asia, Stone House, doesn’t offer five-star accommodations. But it does give the budget-conscious traveler great budget options for staying in Manila.

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Ph Peso Sinks to 6-Year Low Vs. USD

peso

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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Our Property in the Philippines: The YouTube Video

walking down the path to our new home in the philippines

You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop: Our Property in the Philippines: The YouTube Video.

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Walk on the Wild Side, Philippines: Of Mushrooms, Head Lice & Cute Chicks

mushrooms in guimaras

“Walk on the Wild Side, Philippines: Head Lice & Cute Chicks” is the third installment of what will become a regular feature on Philippines Plus. In an effort to reduce my gut and not go beyond a size 36 waist size, my asawa (who doesn’t need to lose an ounce) and I having been taking strolls outside the property of our new home in the Philippines.

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Expat Success Story in Guimaras, the Philippines: Paul & Janeth Toplis

a closer look at banana trees in guimaras

Gather around the campfire, boys and girls, as I tell the tale of an Expat Success Story in Guimaras, the Philippines: Paul and Janeth Toplis. It’s the remarkable report of a bloke from a small island in the U.K. who recently celebrated 25 years of wedded bliss with his Filipina sweetheart. That in itself is an impressive achievement.

my lovely asawa in Guimaras

That’s my own lovely asawa in the photo above posing alongside some banana trees on the 13-hectare estate. Paul’s better half, Janeth, was in nearby Iloilo City shopping.  Paul, who did not really care to be in the picture, and I, are both fortunate to have attractive wives that are extremely better looking than either one of us.

Frankly, pictures of Paul or yours truly are not going to drive more visitors to this website.

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God Bless the I.R.S.

making the move back to guimaras

It’s probably a post title you’ve never seen before, “God Bless the I.R.S.,” at least not on this website,  but I have to give credit where credit is due. And when it means more pesos in my pocket, well, I’m even more motivated to toss out some accolades. making the move back to guimaras

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Cebu City: The Queen City of the South

rodeo grill in cebu city

Cebu City: The Queen City of the South. My lovely asawa and I recently returned from a short vacation to do some shopping and to relax in the famed “Second City” of the Philippines, the oldest city in the archipelago. While I haven’t done anything to earn a sabbatical, my spouse has. My wife has been dealing with the construction of our new home in the Philippines for almost six months now, and needed a break, even though she would never admit to that. 

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