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“13 WARNINGS FOR FUTURE EXPATS TO THE PHILIPPINES”

“13 WARNINGS FOR FUTURE EXPATS TO THE PHILIPPINES” What You Should Know Before Moving to the Philippines “13 WARNINGS FOR FUTURE EXPATS TO THE PHILIPPINES” is an ominous title for a post. Because I’ve always felt it best to give you, the reader, an unfiltered look at life in “paradise,” today’s post is no exception … Read more

My ACR Card Renewal in the Philippines

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I’ve had my 13a Permanent Visa for almost five years. While the visa itself is permanent, it was time for my ACR card renewal in the Philippines. With a 13a Immigrant Visa your Alien Certificate Registration, or I-Card, is good for five years. My current card expires at the end of May.

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The Asawa Joins Me for Visit to the Iloilo Immigration Office

My asawa must have been bored. She volunteered to go with me to the Immigration Bureau Office in Iloilo City. I had to make my annual report as a foreigner. Breezy warm day. Temperature 28° C  (82.4 F) and 89% humidity. Arrived around 10 am. The place was crammed with people, the majority of them Filipino. Fortunately the air con was working. Only two people waiting in the facility last year at this time. I knew we were in for a long wait.Bureau of Immigration in Iloilo

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Planning on Living in the Philippines?

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Do you have an action plan on moving and living in the Philippines? I'm not talking about dreamy-eyed discussions with your spouse in which you both agree that you would love retiring to the Philippines and frolic on a white sandy beach resort with a cold bottle of San Miguel Pale Pilsen in one hand and a sweet mango from Guimaras in the other. Going on a vacation and landing at the Manila airport and escaping the boredom and daily stress of your job back home can be a fantastic experience. But actually moving here? Again I ask.   DO YOU HAVE A PLAN? DSC

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Is the State Department Full of Crap?

Are you traveling to the Philippines soon? Planning to move or retire to the Philippines? Or maybe you are already an American expat already living in this archipelago of 7, 107 islands. Do you ever read or pay attention to the stuff the U.S. State Department issues concerning traveling in the PH? When I want to get a good laugh, I occasionally check it out. OK, OK, I know the information they distribute is supposed to help American citizens, but let's have a reality check today on one portion of their advice. DSC

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Mel-O-Cream Donuts Comes to the Philippines

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I had arrived home after spending the day at The Moon Cafe in Iloilo City with my new American expat friends, Paul from Iloilo and Jeff, "The Crazy Cano" along with Brother Tom. My asawa handed me a notice from our post office in Jordan, Guimaras, dated July 1 2011 informing me of a  package there that I needed to pick up. Hmmmm, day the notice was delivered to us was July 12.Mel o cream

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With Permanent Visa in Hand, It’s Back to Paradise

Been in Manila close to a month by the time The Sainted Patient Wife and I return next Sunday to the white sandy beaches found in beautiful Guimaras, a rural province in Western Visayas in the Philippines where we reside at a place I affectionately refer to as "The Compound." I'm anxious to return home and just have one more visit to the Bureau of Immigration in Intramuros, Manila, this coming Monday to pick up my new Alien Certificate Registration card which will reflect my newly acquired Permament Resident status in the Philippines that was implemented this past Friday during our third visit to the Immigration Office. (Photo from Flickr, it's not from Guimaras, but who cares?)Paradise on the beach

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Emily and the “Confused” Manila Taxi Driver

My sister-in-law Emily may barely reach five feet tall if she stands on six barrels full of monkeys, but she is one feisty Filipina you do not want to mess with. This proud Pinay is the undisputed boss of her family of eight children which range in ages from three to seventeen. The Sainted Patient Wife and I are staying at Emily and  Joe’s place (her husband) in the Celina Homes section of  Queensland Subdivision of Caloocan City in Metro Manila while I wait for the completion of my 13(a) Permanent Visa.  Now when I say “subdivision,” just dismiss any images of modern and affluent subdivisions  that are common back in the States. We’re talking adjoining homes with narrow pathways for a road, no streetlights, no manicured lawns, garbage in  the streets, barking dogs, crowing roosters and occasional gunfire. This ain’t a “Leave it to Beaver” vision of suburbia by any stretch of the imagination.  (Photo from Flickr.)taxi

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