Phones in the Philippines

Phones in the Philippines   Using a phone in the Philippines is easy and cheap. Nearly all cellular communication is through text, not voice. Unlocked, dual band SIM phones will work fine here. Turn of your cellular data when you arrive!   In addition to lechon baboy and videoake, Filipinos truly love their cell phones.  Even in a country dealing …

Weekly Photo Montage 1.27.15

Hiyas, all, and welcome to our first weekly photo montage.  I have been trying to take more photos of my time in the Philippines, so this gives us a good chance to increase the number of photos that we take and also an opportunity to give some background on each photo.  I am actually getting a nice point and shoot …

Filipino Society – Taking a Look at Amor Propio

OK, I’ll be the first to admit that no one likes their culture being examined too closely – especially when it is being done by a pretty clueless outsider.   Americans in particular, get a little peeved when foreigners comment on things that are going on within American society.  But, if we are going to come to a better understanding of …

Our December 2014 Philippines Expenses

Being an “economic refugee” from the United States, I take pains every month to track our expenses over the course of the last 30 days.  We’ve been doing this since July, and at this point we are averaging about $1,200 USD a month on all of our accumulated expenses.  Keep in mind that this is for two people, and we …

Electricity in the Philippines, Part 2 – Generators, AVR’s and Savings

Ok, so after discussing some of the things you can proactively put into place in order to deal with power irregularities in teh Philippines, let’s take a look at some other factors.   National Power Supply The Philippines makes use of traditional power production (fossil fuel-powered stations) and also relies on geothermal and hydroelectric plants.  With the population of the …

Electricity in the Philippines, Part 1 – Brownouts….

  First off, I hope that everyone had a pleasant time over the holidays, eating good food, getting lots of rest and spending time with those you love.  Michell and I had a pretty uneventful holiday break.  She had taken a week off for Christmas, but the weather was not cooperative and we were not able to make any of …