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Sensational Soulful Boracay Sunsets

Because I wanted a break from the current coronavirus crisis crisscrossing the globe, I decided to post some pictures from our Boracay vacation in late February 2020. While President Duterte’s Press Secretary recently opined that the Philippines is on the “precipice of annihilation,” I decided to take a lighter tone in this article. Hence, today’s … 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

Retire to the Philippines on $999 Month


I retired to the Philippines in July 2009. Since August 2009, I’ve been writing about life in “paradise.” While a lot of the cost of living in the Philippines depends on your location and individual lifestyle, it’s possible to retire to the Philippines on $999 a month. Four Folks & Eight Pups Furthermore, we supported … Read more

Coast Guard in Iloilo & Guimaras DO NOT Enforce Wearing of Life Jackets

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UPDATED SEPT. 19, 2019


In fairness to the local Coast Guard, I felt the need to update this post. After the loss of 31 lives on capsized pump boats on August 3, 2019, the Coast Guard has been strictly implementing new safety regulations for pump boats.

Furthermore, I commend the Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority, MARINA, for sticking to their guns. Despite heavy opposition by Guimaras resort owners and pump boat operators, the safety regulations put in place by the MARINA are still being enforced.

However, I don’t know how long the regulations will remain. There’s already discussion about somehow modifying the tarpaulins that cover the pump boats. Instead of using common sense and umbrellas, there are people complaining about the tarpaulins being removed. These protesters claim that the sun beats down on them when riding the motorboats.

There is evidence that the tarpaulins were a major factor in the loss of lives on August 3. Many passengers were trapped underwater and underneath the tarps.

Well, there’s a solution to the blazing sun. Use an umbrella. Or, board one of the fast crafts that have covered passenger areas. Frankly, the mandate by the MARINA to modernize ALL wooden-hulled pump boats in the Philippines is being resisted. It seems that there is a concerted effort by some for Guimaras to remain in the Dark Ages and ignore all safety regulations for the sake of the Almighty Peso.

Therefore, things will probably go the way they did after nine people lost their lives in October 2015. That’s when theTawashcapsized on the Iloilo Strait. After two weeks, and complaints from Guimaras lawyers who had rumpled suits from wearing life jackets, the life jacket regulation was completely ignored. I hope I’m wrong.

What follows is my original post from October 2015.

The Coast Guard in Iloilo & Guimaras DOES NOT enforce the wearing of life jackets.

It is required by MARINA (Maritime Industry Authority)’s Memorandum Circular No. 08 Series of 2008 which states that “ALL passengers shall be required to wear life jackets from the time of departure and during the entire voyage…”

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Retiring in the Philippines 2019

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[click_to_tweet tweet=”Retiring to the Philippines 2019. I can still burn trash, pee outside, live pretty cheap and have a comfortable life. What’s not to like?” quote=”Retiring to the Philippines 2019. I can still burn trash, pee outside, live pretty cheap and have a comfortable life. What’s not to like?”]Ferdinand Marcos. Imelda’s 3,000 pairs of shoes. “Thrilla in Manila.” Seems like that’s about all I knew about the Philippines until I started writing to my future Filipina wife.  That was 20 years ago. Here’s a collection of rambling thoughts for those considering retiring in the Philippines 2019.

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Remarkable Risk Takers, Achievers & Positive People

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“Remarkable Risk Takers, Achievers & Positive People.” It takes a certain amount of moxy to leave your home country and move to the Philippines. First of all, you have to be a risk taker. Not many people want to leave the confines of what is familiar to them. Not willing to leave family and friends. Nothing wrong with that, of course.

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Stark Raving Mad Lunatics Move to the Philippines

Seems like the past ten years have gone by swiftly. I moved to a “paradise” called the Philippines almost a decade ago. My loving Filipina wife, who has patiently stuck with me for over 19 years, made a great sacrifice and moved with me. She had a comfortable life in the States. There were a few co-workers and friends who must have questioned my sanity. Therefore, I present today’s post, “Stark Raving Mad Lunatics Move to the Philippines.”

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