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10 Best Free Android Apps in the Philippines

As regular readers of Philippines Plus already know, this site’s main contributor, The Crusty Old Expat, is retired. Over eight years ago I moved to the Philippines with my lovely Filipina wife of over 18 years. Although I’ve maintained this website for almost eight years, I still have plenty of free time on my hands. My spouse, niece, nephew and live-in-domestic helper do the bulk of the chores here. Thus, I had time to check out this article from Vines by Price.price.com: 10 Best Free Android Apps in the Philippines.”

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Iloilo Bureau of Immigration Refuses to Extend Foreigners’ Tourist Visas

I’m troubled when I hear of expats in the Philippines having trouble at our local Immigration Office in Iloilo. Today’s post, “ Iloilo Bureau of Immigration Refuses to Extend Foreigners’ Tourist Visas” addresses this issue. 

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Late Night Karaoke Ban Looming in the Philippines

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Will a new bill being discussed in the Philippines House of Representatives finally end late night karaoke sessions in the Philippines? Anyone that have lived in the archipelago has been exposed to extreme noise pollution coming from local fiestas, birthday parties, loudspeakers, karaoke bars, etc. It’s a law that’s been long overdue in the Philippines. 

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Just another Day in Paradise

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It’s tough living in utopia. I don’t have a job where bosses bark out orders and raise my blood pressure. There’s no commute to work on I-55 where road rage incidents are more prolific than political speeches on Oscars night.  Yep, I’ve been on “cloud nine” for over eight years now. Now, it’s just another day in “paradise.”

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New Philippines Domestic Helper Hired!

Run naked through the streets and shout it from the housetops! “New Philippines Domestic Helper Hired!” OK, you might want to skip that running naked part. Nevertheless, dear readers, The Crusty Old Expat is as happy as a turd in a toilet bowl. Moreover, my friends, that is about as a happy as a turd can get, though I haven’t spoken to any turds recently. “Poop-heads?” Well, that’s a different story.

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Despite Increased Risk, Sister-in-Law Stays in Kuwait

The Crusty Old Expat was saddened to hear of the torture and death of a Filipina, a domestic helper in Kuwait, who was from Sara, Iloilo. Sitting upright in a freezer, with arms crossed was the lifeless body of Joanna Daniela Demafelis, 29. Her body bore torture marks and signs of strangulation. For more than a year, the ill-fated Pinay’s body had been in that freezer. However, despite the increased risk, my sister-in-law Marjorie, also a domestic helper has opted to stay in Kuwait.

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Sister-in-law banned from Working in Kuwait?

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Sister-in-law banned from working in Kuwait? That’s the question swirling around our household recently. My wife’s younger sister Marjorie (seen on the left) has been working as a domestic helper in Kuwait for over six years. Philippine President Duterte has called for a temporary ban on Overseas Filipino Workers, OFWs, to Kuwait.

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Globe’s Gas-up Gambit with Philippines Shell Stations

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Globe Telecom in the Philippines has recently teamed up with Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. Globe, perhaps in an effort to stave off upcoming competition from China, is building cell sites on 14 Shell service stations throughout the Philippines.  Will Globe’s gas-up gambit with Philippines Shell stations fuel the telecom’s efforts to battle telecom rivals from China?

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Trike Driver Could Get 8 Years in Jail for Using Chainsaw

Sometimes it boggles even my thick, fat kano skull. Though my Filipina wife and I moved to the Philippines over eight years ago, some news still astonishes me. Take it from the crusty old expat, I’ve seen a lot, I’ve heard a lot, I’ve experienced a lot. But the following news report: “Trike Driver Could Get 8 Years in Jail for Using Chainsaw” completely baffles me.

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