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Strict Lockdown Returns to Metro Manila

As a result of pleas from doctors and frontliners, a strict lockdown returns to Metro Manila. Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan will be under modified enhanced community quarantine, MECQ, from August 4 to 18. Strict Lockdown Returns to Metro Manila After discussions with the medical community, Duterte approved the MECQ’s return. Medical professionals believe … Read more

10 Best Places to Visit in the Philippines

“10 Best Places to Visit in the Philippines” consists of the results of over 30 websites that I scrutinized using four different search engines. The compilation of this Top Ten List looked at other websites and their choices for the best places to visit in the archipelago.  More weight was given for picks that finished first, second and third. Each destination listed was given at least one vote.  Only the Top Ten picks of each website were given consideration. The websites I covered were everything from CNN to USA Today along with international and local publications.

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The Retired Old Fart in the Philippines

old fart relaxing in boracay

Crusty Old Expat. The Retired Old Fart in the Philippines. Both of those monikers, and others, apply to me. Regular readers of Philippines Plus might have noticed that comments have been closed for recent posts. I have a shot of myself relaxing in Boracay at the end of each post stating that.

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Manila’s Last Honest Cab Driver?

honest manila cab driver

During a recent trip to Pasay City, my asawa and I might have discovered Manila’s last honest cab driver. At the Stone House Hotel, our base of operations, we used taxis to travel to nearby Mall of Asia, MOA. Not one single driver would go on meter, aside from one honest soul on our last trip to MOA.

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Cozy & Comfortable: Stone House Hotel Pasay

stone house hotel pasay

We recently made a trip to Metro Manila. We stayed for five nights at the cozy and comfortable Stone House Hotel Pasay. Only three kilometers from the SM Mall of Asia, Stone House, doesn’t offer five-star accommodations. But it does give the budget-conscious traveler great budget options for staying in Manila.

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The Dimple Star Road Trip from Hell: Guimaras to Manila

dimple star guimaras to manila

It took a few days, dear readers, but I’ve finally recovered from a recent trek to Metro Manila. “The Dimple Star Road Trip from Hell: Guimaras to Manila” beat the living snot out of this crusty old expat. By the beard of Zeus! Why would an American expat living in the Philippines subject himself to such torture in the first place?

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Severe Water Rationing in the Philippines: Our New Well Runs Dry

our new well in the philippines

Our new well in the Philippines runs dry. We have eight visitors from Manila staying at our new home in the Philippines for Holy Week along with four other local relatives from Guimaras, our island province home. That brings a total of 18 people putting a strain on our existing water shortage on the island and has resulted in some severe water rationing.

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