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Tansyong, Best Thin-Crust Pizza in Guimaras

Tansyong, Best Thin-Crust Pizza in Guimaras

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After a good juicy burger, a tasty palate-pleasing pizza is #2 on my favorite foods list. Since retiring to the Philippines over nine years ago, I’ve been hard-pressed to find a good pizza on our island province of Guimaras. Until now: Tansyong, best thin-crust pizza in Guimaras, if not the best pizza overall on the whole island. (more…)
More Pics from our 1st Philippines Pool Party

More Pics from our 1st Philippines Pool Party

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I had more pictures from our new swimming hole that I didn't publish in my last post. So I've added more pics from our 1st Philippines Pool Party. Last weekend saw our Guimaras relatives frolicking in our new lagoon. Even Lola, my mother-in-law got into the act! Thankfully, Grandma, seen in the next shot,  did not wear a two-piece string bikini. (more…)
Our Filipino Workers Have Left the Building

Our Filipino Workers Have Left the Building

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Our Filipino workers have left the building after almost two years. Brother-in-law Joery led a crew that built a nipa hut on our property in November 2014.  In January 2015 Contractor Boy began work on our new home in the Philippines with a 22-man crew. We moved in the first of July 2015. (more…)
I Award the Barangay Queen Her Trophy at Local Barangay Fiesta

I Award the Barangay Queen Her Trophy at Local Barangay Fiesta

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Celebrity status in the Philippines is a phenomenon many foreigners will encounter in the archipelago. Some expats, like Tom Ramberg over in Gen San, is often the recipient of wolf whistles from appreciative Filipinas whenever he steps out in public.  I've been chased and screamed at by pretty pinays as I sat in the rear of a jeepney or tricycle in Guimaras, my island province home. Every time this event occurs I check my barn door to make sure it's closed. It always is so I can only assume that the young ladies were either stoned on shabu or flirtatious Filipinas from the local KTV bars. (more…)
Latest Ultrasound Reveals No More Kidney Stones

Latest Ultrasound Reveals No More Kidney Stones

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Since retiring to the Philippines over five years ago, I've had three major kidney stone attacks. The archipelago's tropical climate puts a person at greater risk for kidney stone formation due to the way  our bodies manage water in a tropical setting. Perspiration becomes the customary way of how the body excretes water in tropical climates. Urination may slightly decrease due to urine being stored longer in the urinary tract. I wasn't keeping myself hydrated enough before my attacks but now drink 2-3 liters of water daily. My latest ultrasound in the Philippines now reveals no more kidney stones and, as an added bonus, a healthy liver. I had been previously diagnosed with fatty liver disease back in July. (more…)
What’s Your Plan for Moving to the Philippines?

What’s Your Plan for Moving to the Philippines?

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Chances are if you're reading this article, there's a strong possibility you're considering retiring to the Philippines. What's your plan for moving to the Philippines? I hope you have one. Moving to this archipelago of 7,107 islands without a detailed strategy once your boots hit the ground is about as smart as tugging on Superman's cape. If you believe you can find a job in the Philippines, even though you might have a skill such as a carpenter or a plumber, I want whatever you're smoking. Moving here with unrealistic expectations and no guaranteed source of monthly income is a gargantuan mistake. Frankly,  you can save yourself a lot of grief and stay put. (more…)
Delivery Truck Hauls in New Mattress for my Pinay Princess: Part 2

Delivery Truck Hauls in New Mattress for my Pinay Princess: Part 2

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Of course I have embarrassed my Pinay Princess (again) and she has told me in no uncertain terms to let the matter drop. What's the "matter"? We're at Mandaue Foam shopping for a new mattress and wardrobe. Our sales associate had already quoted us a delivery truck charge of P150 pesos(3.48 US Dollars.) But now the cashier is telling us that the charge really should be P400 pesos (9.29 USD.)  I'm not pleased, and I'm getting ready to walk away from the deal. (more…)
Planning on Living in the Philippines?

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? (more…)
Want to Live Longer? Move to the Philippines

Want to Live Longer? Move to the Philippines

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OK, maybe you're thinking I've had a few too many San Miguels. Move to the Philippines and live longer? Have I discovered the Fountain of Youth in our backyard?  Well, no, but just like drinking three or four bottles of your favorite brew is good for your health (a Boston study of 38,000 men found that men who drink alcohol three or four times a week have a 32 percent lower risk of heart attack than men who drink less than once a week: Men's Health) a move to the Philippines might possibly enable you to live a longer life. How did I arrive at that conclusion? Well, please read on, O Faithful Reader. (more…)