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“WARNING! 11 DUMB MISTAKES FOREIGNERS MAKE BEFORE MOVING TO THE PHILIPPINES”

First, let’s imagine we’re in a post-coronavirus world. Everyone is taking a vaccine developed from China or Russia. All lockdowns and quarantines have ended. COVID-19 is no longer a threat. Even in the Philippines.  Hence, visitors and future expats are once again considering moving to “paradise.” However, today’s post, “WARNING! 11 DUMB MISTAKES FOREIGNERS MAKE … 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

Alleged Dumaguete City Cybersex Den Run by Norwegian National Busted

Above all, a 42-year-old Norwegian, Ronny Bratlistuen, has a problem. Moreover, his 22-year-old Filipina partner, Jessebelle Cometa, does too; both arrested for alleged human trafficking. On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, the dirty duo received a visit by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of Negros Oriental. Shut down was their alleged cybersex den at … Read more

Announcing Captain Tom’s Triumphant Philippines’ Return

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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. While I’ve opined on this topic earlier, please bear with me. I don’t get out of the house much now (not that I bore any resemblance to a social butterfly … Read more

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. The Kuwaiti arrived in the Philippines on June 12, 2012. Almansour has never renewed his tourist visa. Therefore, he has been staying in the Philippines illegally for over seven years. … Read more

Should YOU Move to the Philippines?

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Updated 01-21-2020 I’m an American expat from Central Illinois who retired from telecommunications giant AT&T after nearly 30 years. I’ve been married to a lovely Filipina for over 20 years ago. We sold our home in Central Illinois in less than 30 days and moved to the Philippines in 2009. My wife spent nine years … Read more

BI Commissioner Warns Foreigners

The present Commissioner of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration is Jaime Morente. Commissioner Morente formerly handled various positions in the Philippine National Police and in the Philippine Constabulary. He’s a tough guy with a stern warning for expatriates which brings about today’s post: “BI Commissioner Warns Foreigners.” President Duterte’s annual State of the Nation Address … Read more

Save Money at Iloilo’s Surprising Super Market

Because we’ve been unhappy with the lack of adequate parking at Guimaras’ New Site Market, we’re purchasing more of our vegetables in nearby Iloilo City. Ukay-ukay stalls selling used clothing crowd out the parking spaces at our island province’s former premier market. The sale of used clothing  in the Philippines is supposed to be prohibited. However, this particular regulation doesn’t seem to apply to Guimaras.

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