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Only Foreigners with Long Term Visas Allowed Back in Philippines

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I’ve resided in the Philippines for over 11 years. As a result, I consider myself a seasoned American expat in this archipelago. However, recent news reports that only foreigners with long-term visas could return to the Philippines was somewhat confusing. Only Foreigners with Long Term Visas Allowed Back in Philippines Why? Because foreigners with Filipino … Read more

American Living in Philippines Marks 11-Yr Milestone

I’m a foreigner. A stranger in a strange land. I’ve resided in “paradise” since 2009. Been married to a lovely Filipina for over 20 years. Hence, today’s post, “American Living in Philippines Marks 11-Yr Milestone.” Metallica Musings As my Jango internet radio plays a Metallica classic, “Enter Sandman,” I reminisce over the past 11 years. … Read more

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 in the wee hours of the morning, for instance. Guimaras’ Biggest Party Canceled Another tradition, however, is falling by the wayside in Guimaras, the island province we call home. The … Read more

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 across the planet.  I’m not going to give you the latest information on COVID-19. You’ll get the latest updates from reliable news organizations and not Facebook.  Today’s post simply deals … Read more

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 removed. Several doctors recommended the surgery, as did my wife. My asawa isn’t a physician. However, doctors at two different ER rooms convinced her that I did need to have … Read more

Best TV Satellite System Philippines

UPDATED 02-12-2020

First of all, why doesn’t the Cignal Care Live Chat option work? It used to. Consequently, I tried calling the two toll-free numbers listed on their website. Neither of those worked either. Therefore, I tried a new gambit. Instead of indicating I was a Cignal subscriber, I entered “No.” Checking the “Yes” box on four previous attempts got me nowhere.

I finally reached a service representative using this strategy.

I was questioning why my on-screen EPG, Electronic Program Guide, wasn’t showing any program names for two of my favorite channels, History and TLC. The EPG now only indicates “TLC” and “HISTORY.”

After several minutes the service representive informed me that they, Cignal, have no control over the EPG. The information on it is cared for by their “content provider.”

I questioned why no one from Cignal was contacting their content provider; a reasonable inquiry, in my opinion. However, I figured I would just get a reply repeating the content provider was responsible so I ended the chat.

While many channels on the Cignal program guide do not show the name of the individual programs, there are some channels like TLC and History which I like to check and program for future viewing with my remote. While I have to go to the EPG and click on the channel to see what’s on, I can’t program the remote to watch the show later since no program name is listed.

I tried finding a program guide for TLC Asia online but couldn’t find one yet. I haven’t checked for the History channel yet. Hopefully, a magic fairy will sprinkle some pixie dust and make the program names for History and TLC reappear again.


Another recent post that dealt with my favorite television programs got me to thinking. And that’s not something I often do. “Best TV Satellite System Philippines”: the unfiltered opinion of an American expat in the Philippines. First of all, numerous national and regional cable tv options are available throughout the Philippines. This article will focus on satellite systems available in this land of 7, 500 islands.

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2nd Gall Bladder Attack Downs American Expat in Philippines

Another gall bladder assault slams the old geezer. Hence, today’s post “2nd Gall Bladder Attack Downs American Expat in Philippines.” Furthermore, this recent bout triggered a visit to our local emergency room in Guimaras, the island province we call home. 2nd Gall Bladder Attack Downs American Expat in Philippines This American Expat in the Philippines … Read more

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