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In Spite of Travel Warnings, is it Still Safe to Move to the Philippines?

In Spite of Travel Warnings, is it Still Safe to Move to the Philippines?

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“In Spite of Travel Warnings, is it Still Safe to Move to the Philippines? “ Thirty-seven people were killed in a Manila casino this past Friday. A lone masked gunman walked straight into the building, past a lone security guard who panicked when she saw the suspect's assault rifle. The victims are thought to have died of smoke inhalation. None of them appear to have been shot. (more…)
A Kapre Lives in Old Mango Tree in my Asawa’s Elementary School Yard in Guimaras

A Kapre Lives in Old Mango Tree in my Asawa’s Elementary School Yard in Guimaras

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A  Kapre lives in an old mango tree in my asawa's elementary school in Guimaras, the island province of the Philippines we call home. According to Wikipedia, a Kapre is a Philippine mythical creature that could be characterized as a tree demon. It is described as being a tall (7 to 9 ft), dark, muscular creature. Kapres are normally described as having a strong smell that would attract human attention. After a sweaty day in the archipelago, I sometimes have a strong smell that repels human attention. (more…)
“Do You Speak English?”

“Do You Speak English?”

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It's  fiesta time at our sleepy barangay on the island province of Guimaras. When I first heard my asawa mention that it was time for their annual celebration, I scratched my head (not my butt this time) and wondered out loud: "Why was an Asian country celebrating what I thought was a Mexican tradition?" (more…)
I Award the Barangay Queen Her Trophy at Local Barangay Fiesta

I Award the Barangay Queen Her Trophy at Local Barangay Fiesta

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Celebrity status in the Philippines is a phenomenon many foreigners will encounter in the archipelago. Some expats, like Tom Ramberg over in Gen San, is often the recipient of wolf whistles from appreciative Filipinas whenever he steps out in public.  I've been chased and screamed at by pretty pinays as I sat in the rear of a jeepney or tricycle in Guimaras, my island province home. Every time this event occurs I check my barn door to make sure it's closed. It always is so I can only assume that the young ladies were either stoned on shabu or flirtatious Filipinas from the local KTV bars. (more…)
Ford Ranger XLT 4×2 Automatic: Our New Truck in the Philippines

Ford Ranger XLT 4×2 Automatic: Our New Truck in the Philippines

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The Ford Ranger XLT 4x2 Automatic is our new truck in the Philippines. After not owning, or driving, our own vehicle since moving to the Philippines over five years ago we have finally purchased our own personal transportation. WHAT??? But wait a minute. Regular readers of Philippines Plus must be scratching their heads (or their butts, if you prefer), wondering why in the world we bought the Ford.  Didn't I publish a post a few weeks ago regarding an initial unpleasant visit to the local dealership in Iloilo? (more…)
Most Affordable Places to Retire in the World: Dumaguete, Philippines

Most Affordable Places to Retire in the World: Dumaguete, Philippines

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U.S. News and World Report states that Dumaguete, located in Negros Oriental province, is one of the most affordable places to retire in the world. After Nha Trang, Vietnam, where an expat can live on $650 a month, and Chiang Rai, Thailand, $750 a month,  and Ipoh, Malaysia, $897, Dumaguete, with a monthly projected budget of $1,000 a month, comes in at number four.  (more…)
Do You Want to Build the Best Nipa Hut in the Philippines?

Do You Want to Build the Best Nipa Hut in the Philippines?

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Do you want to build the best nipa hut in the Philippines or do you want to build one half-assed? The Bahay Kubo, Balay, or Nipa Hut, is a type of stilt house common to most of the Filipino rural culture. If you desire to manufacture a quality hut, you need a quality crew. Take a gander at our brother-in-law Joery in this photo. He's preparing to put a concrete finish on the CR, Comfort Room, walls. He always does quality work.   (more…)