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Philippine Super Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby): Getting Ready Is Key

Philippine Super Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby): Getting Ready Is Key

FEATURED, THE ROOSTER CROWS AT 4AM!
Terror-stricken denizens throughout the central Philippines, from Eastern Samar to Cebu City to our own island province of Guimaras, emptied the shelves of local grocery and sari sari stores Super Typhoon Hagupit (called "Ruby" in the Philippines,) rapidly approached the island country, renewing terrible memories of complete devastation created by Super Typhoon Haiyan  (Yolanda) a year ago. Philippine Super Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby): getting ready is key. (more…)
How BDO Screwed Up Our Dollar Account in the Philippines

How BDO Screwed Up Our Dollar Account in the Philippines

THE ROOSTER CROWS AT 4AM!
My asawa and I have had a peso savings account with BDO, Banco de Oro, for a couple of years. We established it when my ATM debit card from our bank in the United States expired. At the time we needed to open an account so my sister-in-law from Kuwait, Marjorie, an OFW, Overseas Filipino Worker, could easily send remittances to us. We care for her two children, Shaina and Sherwin. Here's the story of how BDO screwed up our dollar account in the Philippines. (more…)

American Expat Papa Duck’s Wife Anne Held by Macau Police

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Readers, an extremely distressing incident involving two of our best friends, American expat Papa Duck, and his wife Anne, occurred recently. Papa D's lovely Filipina asawa was held by Macau police and had to appear before a judge. This event troubled my wife and I tremendously. Papa Duck has graciously allowed me to publish this story as a warning to other foreigners that might be planning to visit this Chinese-controlled territory.  (more…)
Conversion of Foreign License to Philippine Driver’s License: My Asawa’s Experience, Part 2

Conversion of Foreign License to Philippine Driver’s License: My Asawa’s Experience, Part 2

FEATURED, LIZARD POOP! ADVENTURES IN ILOILO
Conversion of Foreign License to Philippine Driver's License: My Asawa's Experience is concluded today with this post. My wife had made the trip to the main Land Transportation Office in Iloilo, located in the Jaro District, to have her Illinois Driver's License changed to a Filipino license before her birthday in September.  (more…)
Doomsday Preppers and Bug-Out Bags in the Philippines

Doomsday Preppers and Bug-Out Bags in the Philippines

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We're just now getting "Doomsday Preppers" in the Philippines from the National Geographic Channel. The show explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies, preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. I watched the first episode the other night. I found it quite entertaining and even humorous at times. Photo Source: tokyomango.com (more…)
Return to Paradise, Part One

Return to Paradise, Part One

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(Here's part one of a guest post from Randy who's sharing his recent adventure to the Philippines. Thanks, Randy!  Great story and photos. ---Dave.) Our trip from Tupelo, MS. began early enough at 0200 with a 1.5 hour drive to Memphis International Airport. We boarded an American Airlines flight at 0600 bound for Chicago where we connected to Asiana Airlines for the long two legged trip to Manila, via Seoul, Korea. (more…)
It’s Not What You Know; It’s Who Your Asawa Knows

It’s Not What You Know; It’s Who Your Asawa Knows

Cool Guest Authors, FEATURED, Scott H.
First of all, I really don’t know what all the complaints about NAIA (Manila’s Airport) are about. Until you have flown into the international airport in L’viv, Ukraine, you really don’t know what crude is! The comfort room is actually across the street and has not been cleaned since the Soviets left and Olga the security screener is not nearly as cute as the nice Pinays at NAIA. (more…)
Healthcare Costs in the Philippines. We Finally Enroll in PhilHealth.

Healthcare Costs in the Philippines. We Finally Enroll in PhilHealth.

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Our healthcare costs have approached a little over 1100 US Dollar since moving to the Philippines in July 2009. Not a substantial amount considering those expenses have included a couple of emergency room visits, one of which was for a kidney stone attack I suffered in February 2010. This past Wednesday  my asawa and I were enrolled in the Philippine government-sponsored health insurance program, PhilHealth,  available to Filipinos and their dependents (foreign spouses included.)  (Photo by ChickaBabes.com © All Rights Reserved from Flickr.) (more…)