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Top Ten Banks in the Philippines

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What are the Top Ten banks in the Philippines? Although BDO, Banco De Oro, was ranked the best bank in the PHL for the fourth straight year, there are other good financial institutions which will suit the need of most expats. Let’s take a look at some of the top establishments.

RCBC(Photo Source: RCBC website)

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Saving Snacks for Fernando Poe Jr.

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Lolo, grandpa, my father-in-law is saving snacks for Fernando Poe, Jr. There’s only one problem with that.  Fernando, the Philippines’ greatest action hero,  is dead. FPJ passed away on  December 14, 2004. But that doesn’t dissuade poor Lolo, afflicted with Alzheimer’s,  from saving all his munchies for Da King.  My wife’s elderly father, 80, has been  stashing snacks into the Comfort Room, CR, so Fernando can enjoy a  tasty tidbit after taking a pee. FPJ

(Filipino Action King Fernando Poe Jr.    Photo Source: ph.omg.yahoo.com)

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Building a House in the Philippines, Part 1: The Plans

First of all, sorry for being such a stranger to all in recent months, but since our move here December 12 2012, we have been pretty busy building our dream retirement home here in Paranaque (suburb of Manila).

Starting from Scratch

(Photo courtesy of Scott H)

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ILECO’s Substandard Service in Savannah Subdivison, Iloilo

ILECO's substandard service in Savannah Subdivison, Iloilo, where we reside, is an ongoing problem that is increasingly worsening. I long for the days when I complained about 44 brownouts we experienced from late October 2011 through late June 2012 in a post titled Iloilo's bothersome brownouts.ILECO

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Palawan Beats Boracay as “World’s Best Island”

Palawan led the Top Ten Islands list as determined by  Travel + Leisure Magazine’sWorld’s Best Awards.”  Boracay made it to the Top Ten for the third year in a row but the famous Philippine resort lost its top spot to Palawan, which was not even in the 2012 list, according to a report in GMA News Online.
1-Palawan BeachPhoto Source: Tourism Dept. of Philippines

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New Requirements for 13a Permanent Visa

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The 13a Permanent Resident Visa. In the opinion of Gary Wigle and myself, along with other American expats, this visa is the cheapest, most hassle-free visa a person who intends to retire and live in the Philippines can obtain. Of course, your spouse has to be Filipino in order to sponsor you for it, but once you have the 13a,  living in the Philippines becomes that much easier.  

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Our Filipino Fashion Model

Our 14-year-old nephew, Sharwen, seen in the lead photo, is headed for a career as a fashion model,  a sort of Filipino “Farina” from “Our Gang.”  Thanks to some late night shenanigans from his cousins, April and Michelle (also seen in the picture), our nephew has been subjected to hair styling sessions which he seemed to be a willing participant in. 

 

Filipino nephew Sharwen the Filipino Farina

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Saving Money at the Wet Market in Iloilo City

Occasionally I get off my rotund rump, and go with my asawa to our local wet market in Iloilo.  The walk is close to a 90-minute round trip.  I make the effort to go with my spouse on Sunday mornings and actually carry on a conversation with her. It’s some quality time for us. (Photo source: funny411.com) … Read moreSaving Money at the Wet Market in Iloilo City

The Return of the Dog Crap Wars of Iloilo!

Dog crap is back. Our subdivision in Iloilo, Savannah, has regulations that require all pet owners to have their dogs on a leash whenever their canine leaves their yard. But like many ordinances in the Philippines, they are not enforced. Therefore, neighbors that are too lazy to walk their dogs with a leash let them roam free.

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