This Week in the Philippines 12.13.16: Trump, Duterte, BPO’s and Why It’s No Longer More Fun in the Philippines

  DONNIE AND RODDY:  Best Friends Forever For those who haven’t heard, President Duterte recently chatted with President-Elect Donald Trump.  The short phone call evidently pleased the Philippines hard-charging president, who now considers The Donald a “kaibigan” (friend). President Duterte reported that President-Elect Trump wished him victory in his war against illegal drugs, this support coming from a quite different …

This Week in the Philippines, November 11, 2016

THIS WEEK IN THE PHILPPINES November 10, 2016 It’s been a while since I’ve done a Livecast update on Philippines-centric news that could affect foreigners living, working or studying in the Philippines, so without any further ado, let’s get to it. Git ‘er done!!   TRAVEL WARNING The US embassy declared a kidnapping threat/ travel advisory for southern Cebu Island, …

This Week in the Philippines! News and Happenings that Can Effect Expat Life – October 13, 2016

Here are three more incidents taken from the local headlines that involve expatriate life in the Philippines.   Note that the “This Week in the Philippines” Livecast returns tomorrow morning (Friday) at 9 AM local time (that’s October 13th 9PM Eastern Standard Time).Three South Koreans Shot Dead in the Philippines Three South Korean nationals were murdered this week in Pampanga, …

Why Filipinos Do the Things They Do? Philippines Cultural Psychology

    Being strangers in a strange land, it is always advisable to have at least some understanding of the local cultural flow.  Most times, though, this is easier said than done.  Western culture – that many expats are accustomed to – is pretty straightforward: You’re born a squealing slimy mess, you’re raised by your family, you go to school, …

Buying and Selling in the Philippines – Part One: Selling

As with pretty much everything else in the Philippines, buying and selling here is….different.  In this first half of a two-part article on “Buying and Selling in the Philippines,” we’ll be concentrating on selling, leaving the vagaries of buying for later in the week.  Plane Tickets are Expensive!! I try to get back to the United States every year.  It’s …

Motorcycling in the Philippines: Our New Honda Click 125i

“I used to be indecisive, now I’m on not to sure….” That is one of my favorite quotes, and it goes a long way in explaining how my approach to motorbikes in the Philippines has changed over time. For those of you who have followed our channel for a while, you’ll probably know that when I first arrived here, I …