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Massive Internet Problems in the Philippines

Massive internet problems in the Philippines are not a new issue. Since moving to the Philippines over 11 years, I’ve experienced crippling, frustrating slow internet speeds. We’ve been using Globe for the past several years now. Check out the miserable results from Ookla. Massive internet problems in the Philippines The acronym Mbps stands for “megabits per second.” … Read more

Should Foreigners live in the Philippines?

While the current coronavirus crisis continues, the longest lockdowns on earth still exist in the Philippines. Moreover, a new “anti-terrorism” bill recently signed by President Duterte is causing concern among nuns and beauty queens. Because of the new law, suspects can go to jail without a warrant of arrest for up to 24 days. Nevertheless, … Read more

What is the Proper Abbreviation for the Philippines?

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Seems like the Philippines, like other governments across the planet, love acronyms. Since retiring to the Philippines almost 11 years ago, I’ve encountered an abundance of abbreviations. Because I read about a dozen Filipino online newspapers a day, I’ve had to “Google” frequently to see what the acronyms stood for. “RP,” “Republic of the Philippines” … Read more

S&R Philippines Best Membership Shopping

We were excited as a turd in a toilet bowl when the S&R store in nearby Iloilo City opened up several years ago. S&R is a membership-shopping club. It’s modeled after the warehouse membership shopping chains introduced in the United States. While I had joined Sam’s Club back in the States at one time, we’ve … Read more

Cheapest Balikbayan Box & Best Balikbayan Box Size

What is the cheapest Balikbayan box and best Balikbayan box size that will suit your needs? A Balikbayan box is a corrugated box containing items sent by Overseas Filipino Workers, OFWs, (known as “Balikbayans.”) Shipped by sea, also, from Filipinos that have immigrated to other countries by freight forwarding companies. Also, brought by Filipinos returning … Read more

COVID-19 Has Created “Unreasonable Fear”… Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia

Finally, a voice of reason in the Philippines. Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia, much like John the Baptist, is crying out in the wilderness. While Gov. Garcia is not calling for the repentance of sins, she is calling for an end to the COVID-19 mass hysteria. Consequently, today’s post, “COVID-19 Has Created ‘Unreasonable Fear’– Cebu Gov. … Read more

Should Lori Loughlin have Attempted to Bribe College Officials in Philippines?

Because I have too much time on my hands, I read the entertainment news along with local news reports from the Philippines. I ran across a trending article this morning. Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have plead guilty to conspiracy charges in an alleged nationwide college entrance exam cheating scandal. Consequently, I have to wonder … Read more

Surviving Philippines’ COVID-19 Lockdowns


Because of the coronavirus and the ensuing quarantines around the planet, the country I now call home presents unique challenges. “Surviving Philippines’ COVID-19 Lockdowns” is today’s opinion piece, ladies and germs. Surviving Philippines’ COVID-19 Lockdowns Above all, surviving Philippines’ COVID-19 lockdowns are much harder if you don’t have a job. My sister-in-law, Alida, knows this. … Read more

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