Coping with Life in the Philippines: The Road Less Traveled

Dealing with day to day life as a foreigner in the Philippines isn’t always easy.  In fact, at times it can be downright onerous if not infuriating.  Mindless bureaucracy, widespread corruption, lagging infrastructure and chronic inefficiency all combine into a virulent morass that tends to boggle the minds of First World visitors.  Add to that mix some very real cultural …

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, …