Web Analytics

Beer Garden Birthday Bash

Guimaras. Sweet mangoes. Bewitching beaches. Pretty Pinays. Massive amounts of Red Horse. The perfect formula for a Sunday afternoon beer garden birthday bash in Guimaras. Retirement in paradise.  It’s  a tough job. But somebody has to do it.

The Three Amigoes and their Red Horse

Read more

Robinsons Recycling Bag Flaunts Hitler Images

Only in the Philippines would one find a recycling bag, whose stated goal on the tote is to “…save the Marvels of the Earth,” decorated with images of Adolf Hitler in close proximity to  Filipino national hero José Rizal. Thanks to my American expat friend, Tom, living in nearby Guimaras who alerted me to this.  Since my asawa and I had to visit our local Robinsons in Iloilo City, I decided to check out this story personally.

Read more

Wanted: More Jobs. More Investors in the Philippines

It’s called a “fairy tale economic revival” by some. Others, like  Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper,  sees the Philippine economy as “an emerging Asian tiger.”  While the Philippines has the strongest economic growth in Southeast Asia and one of the world’s best-performing stock markets, its shortcomings are being laid bare. Stubborn problems have already started to undermine its economic renaissance.Philippines.

Read more

Better Quality of Life in Iloilo

Ilonggos enjoy a better quality of life, at least in two targeted areas,  compared to other provinces in Western Visayas, the region of the Philippines my asawa and I reside.  That’s according to a 2009 Human Development Index study recently released by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) published in  the Sun Star Iloilo.Chinese New Year at The Atrium in Iloilo City

Read more

American Expat Tour in Iloilo City

Another American expat tour in Iloilo City. This time with a special guest. My asawa. The Sainted Patient Wife. After accompanying me to the Bureau of Immigration, my long suffering spouse decided to submit to another trial of patience and join my friend Scott B and I as we made another trip to the wharf in “The City of Love.” As I noted in my previous post,  she must be extremely bored.Police in Iloilo City

Read more

The Asawa Joins Me for Visit to the Iloilo Immigration Office

My asawa must have been bored. She volunteered to go with me to the Immigration Bureau Office in Iloilo City. I had to make my annual report as a foreigner. Breezy warm day. Temperature 28° C  (82.4 F) and 89% humidity. Arrived around 10 am. The place was crammed with people, the majority of them Filipino. Fortunately the air con was working. Only two people waiting in the facility last year at this time. I knew we were in for a long wait.Bureau of Immigration in Iloilo

Read more

Our 5 Year Philippines Retirement Plan Nears Completion

My asawa and I moved to the Philippines in July 2009. We had an unwritten five year plan before moving to “paradise.” We’re approaching the final phase of our retirement manifesto. In about one year from now, February 2014, every thing kicks into high gear. Our income will more than double. We’ll be buying property for our dream home in the Philippines then and in late 2014 we plan to move into our new residence in Iloilo City (the new house could look similar to the home depicted below.)

camella homes iloilo savannah iloilo savannah glades iloilo vista land crown homes pavia oton san miguel iloilo philippines crown asia althea ruby house 

Read more

Iloilo City’s Record Low Brownout

Brownouts in the Philippines. As common as empty bottles of Red Horse littering the landscape after a fiesta. I’ve complained about power outages before on this website. Did a post last June about this frustrating problem.  Had twice as many power failures in our Savannah Subdivision as opposed to the time we lived in nearby Guimaras. But last month, January 2013, was a record low amount of actual down time for us. Only three outages that lasted a total of seven minutes. I was shocked. Last January we had three incidents but they totaled over 14 hours. One was over 12 hours long. 

Electric meters in Guimaras

Read more

error: Content is protected !!