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Announcing Captain Tom’s Triumphant Philippines’ Return

Because of the coronavirus quarantine, I’m enjoying the upbeat benefits of the current lockdown. Our province’s ban on mass meetings such as fiestas, for instance….

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Philippine Bureau of Immigration Relaxes Visa Rules during COVID-19 Crisis

Because of enhanced quarantines (lockdowns) throughout the Philippines, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration relaxes visa rules during the COVID-19 crisis. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente made…

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Overstaying Kuwaiti Trouble Maker Arrested in Mindanao

Arrested on March 17, 2020 by Immigration agents was 50-year-old Kuwaiti Faisal Abdullah Almansour. The Kuwaiti scofflaw had been living in Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental….

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Sensational Soulful Boracay Sunsets

Because I wanted a break from the current coronavirus crisis crisscrossing the globe, I decided to post some pictures from our Boracay vacation in late…

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Board Games Break the Boredom in the Philippines

During the current worldwide COVID-19 crisis, more and more families are getting together playing board games. Board games break the boredom in the Philippines and…

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How Will the COVID-19 Challenge Impact Future Retirees to Philippines?

I’ve lived in the Philippines since 2009. While there are other foreigners who have resided in this archipelago longer, I’ve been writing and researching about…

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American Expat’s Positive COVID-19 Benefits

As a result of the COVID-19 lockdown across the Philippines, there have been some positive developments. There are no more loud fiestas with music blaring…

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How Would Barney Fife Handle the COVID-19 Crisis?

Above all, I have too much on my time if I’m wondering how Barney Fife would handle the COVID-19 crisis. Barney Fife, of course, was…

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American Expat’s Rundown on Philippines COVID-19 Crisis

Unless you’re in an Amish community without television, radio or the World Wide Web, you’re probably aware of the current COVID-19 calamity that is sweeping…

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Boracay’s Bombastic Bugle Call for Tourists

Boracay’s tourism is hurting due to the COVID-19 mass hysteria fueled in part by news organizations desperate for higher ratings. My Filipina wife and I…

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Boracay Travel Requirements & Fees @ Caticlan Jetty Port

After a six-hour Ceres bus ride from Iloilo City we arrived in Caticlan, the gateway to Boracay, around 1:15 pm last Friday afternoon, February 28,…

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Quickest Land Travel from Iloilo City to Boracay

Because I wanted to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in a special place, my loving wife agreed to return to Boracay. We had been to…

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American Expat’s Successful Gall Bladder Surgery in Philippines

My gall bladder is gone. Because I had suffered two painful gall bladder attacks within a space of one month, I had my gall bladder…

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A BIG THANKS to Guimaras PIA Jaypee, Provincial Engineer Lolit, & Provincial Road Crew

UPDATED 02-23-2020 Here’s a look at the new concrete road near our home in Guimaras. The road improvements extend to the main entrance on a…

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