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Best Place to Retire

Best Place to Retire

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Best place to retire? I would pick the Philippines, of course. I took an early retirement from AT&T at the age of 57.  I've lived here for three years with my beautiful Filipina wife and enjoy a comfortable, fairly stress-free lifestyle. I'm enjoying my golden years as an old geezer in these treasure islands of the Pacific.  (more…)

Rice Consumption Decreasing in the Philippines

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Bet that's a headline you would never see, right? If you're married to a Filipina as I am or have a pinay girlfriend and Filipino relatives, you already know rice is the main staple of most diets and served three times daily in many households. If you don't have a rice cooker in your home in the Philippines, you're probably one of the few domiciles here that don't.  (more…)
Boracay is Named World’s Best Island

Boracay is Named World’s Best Island

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Congratulations to Boracay Island which has been named the world's best island destination for 2012 by Travel+Leisure magazine. The magazine polled its readers, and they gave Boracay, known for it's powdery white-sand beaches, a score of 93.10. Last year the island ranked No. 4 in the same survey. (See table below for the rest of the Top 10 Islands in the World.  (more…)
US Dollar to Philippine Peso Exchange Update: Peso Hits 4-Yr High

US Dollar to Philippine Peso Exchange Update: Peso Hits 4-Yr High

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Are you an American expat living in the Philippines that keeps a close eye on the US Dollar to Philippine Peso exchange rate? Maybe you're a Filipino  working overseas who sends money home to your family every month as my asawa used to do years ago.  If so, the recent report that the Philippine peso recently hit a four year high is not welcome news for you. I'm certainly not thrilled with it. After almost three years in the Philippines, the current rate of 1 USD to 41.68 PHP doesn't do much for the budget.  (more…)
The Classic Filipino Indo-Malay Look

The Classic Filipino Indo-Malay Look

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It is believed that the first group of immigrants to come by sea to the Philippines were the Indonesians about 5,000 years ago. They drove the existing Negrito tribe, which had arrived in the Philippines about 25,000 years ago, from their land. Indonesians had two dominant groups. One group was tall with light skin, large foreheads, high noses and thin lips. The other group of Indonesians were shorter, darker, with large noses and thick lips. (more…)