My First Year in the Philippines!!!!

      Hard to believe it, but tomorrow will mark my one year anniversary the Philippines.  Today is November 25th, and it just happens to be Dumaguete’s Fiesta, so the city is mobbed with people taking part in the festivities all around town.  It’s funny – I know I talk about “misadventures” a lot, but my time in the …

Housing in the Philippines – E-Book Excerpt

  Howdy, ya’all.  What follows is an excerpt from our upcoming e-book which should be done around January or so.  I am working on it with two other expats who have been here much longer than I have, so it should be pretty good.  And since Michell and I are house hunting, I thought it would be appropriate to post …

City or Province: Where You Going to Live in the Philippines?

  First off, it seems as if our “My Own Personal Philppine Dream” has been well received.  That’s cool, because some uncomfortable work went into it.  I actually shot the “snow” part a few years back after a particularly rough snowstorm – that was uncomfortable enough, but the piece we shot this past weekend down at Koo-Koo’s Nest in Siaton …

Our Philippines October 2014 Budget

A frequently asked question we get is “How much does it cost to retire or live in the Philippines?”  A lot of these questions come from guys at or nearing retirement (or in possession of a pension and/or retirement) who are seeking a change and trying to research accordingly.  In order to answer these questions, we have been keeping a …

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in the Philippines, Part 2

  In the first part of this groundbreaking (yawn….) two-part series, I talked about my visit to Flip Flops restobar and the epiphany I had regarding old age and partying (living life) like it’s 1999.  Like I said in that post, one of the things I really enjoy about living in the Philippines is the opportunity to learn things about …

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in the Philippines, Part 1

  One of the great things about living in the Philippines is the opportunity to learn (or unlearn) things about yourself.  Since I have been here, I have had a few epiphanies along the way – things that were actually quite obvious to any casual observer, but central to things that I couldn’t clearly see due to fracturing and imperfections …

Philippines Halloween Get Together at Ron and Lucy’s

Check out the videos over at our You Tube channel:   Howdy all. Halloween here in the Philippines is a bit different than in the United States.  There, it’s all about dressing up like zombies, hobos, and Hello Kitty and strong arming loads of sugary comestibles off of you neighbors.  Here, they really don’t do all that.  Instead, it’s All …