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No Need to Show Printed Plane Tickets in Philippine Airports


The Bureau of Immigration (BI) in the Philippines has lifted its rule that requires passengers in airports to present their printed plane tickets when leaving the country, the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced.NAIA

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No. 1 in Phl: BDO Jumps to 251 in Global Banking Rank

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BDO Unibank Inc. (BDO), the main banking arm of the SM Group, has improved its ranking in the world’s top 1,000 banks list, according to a report by UK-based banking and finance magazine The Banker per a recent article in philSTAR.com Business. BDO tellers

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Conversion of Foreign License to Philippine Driver’s License: My Asawa’s Experience, Part 2

Conversion of Foreign License to Philippine Driver's License: My Asawa's Experience is concluded today with this post. My wife had made the trip to the main Land Transportation Office in Iloilo, located in the Jaro District, to have her Illinois Driver's License changed to a Filipino license before her birthday in September. Iloilo Rescue in Guimaras

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Conversion of Foreign License to Philippine Driver’s License: My Asawa’s Experience

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Conversion of a foreign license to a Philippine Driver’s License. Something I don’t plan to do. My Illinois Driver’s License expired last year. My wife, who at the age of 40, obtained her first driver’s license while living in the States,  decided to have her Illinois license converted to a Philippines license before it expired next month on her birthday. The advantage of converting a foreign driver’s license before expiration? Don’t have to take any written or driving exams in the Philippines. That’s a huge plus in my books. 

Our Chevy Truck

(Our Chevy truck in Illinois not long after my wife got her first driver’s license. OK, OK, I was driving and a deer hit our Colorado on the way to work about 5:30 in the morning. Just a little “husband humor” for you guys out there.)

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The Return of Papa Duck (and Anne)

Papa Duck Anne and The Kano

Papa Duck has flown back to the Philippines for good. The American expat, who recently married his lovely Filipina girlfriend, Anne, has officially retired in this archipelago of 7,107 islands. He's said "adios"  to the rat race in America. Farewell to stress.   "Au revoir"  to the daily grind. Yes, he's now living the good life.

Papa Duck, Anne and The KanoFrom left to right, Papa Duck, Anne and The Kano

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Top Ten Banks in the Philippines


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.

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A Few Beers. One Babe. And Guimaras.

Beers.  A babe. And Guimaras.  The only element in abundance during my recent visit to the mango province with The Tom Cat a week ago last Friday was beer. And rain. A deluge that dogged us all day. But my American expat friend and I dodged our usual dives and headed for a posh hotel at the New Site in San Miguel, Zemkamps Chalet, after a lunch at our favorite eatery, Lisa's Talabahan.

The Tom Cat and LenLen at Lisa's Talabahan in GuimarasThe Tom Cat and LenLen at Lisa's Talabahan

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BDO Named Best Bank in the Philippines

BDO Unibank Inc., Banco De Oro,  has been named the Best Bank in the Philippines by FinanceAsia for the fourth consecutive year according to a report on PhilSTAR.com.  BDO is the main banking unit of the SM Group. 

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