Relationships in the Philippines: My Sweetie, Michell

  Michell       A guy cannot talk about the Philippines without eventually talking about Filipinas- it’s just not possible.  On that note,  are a number of stereotypes that survive to this day concerning the woman of the Philippines. From mail order brides that were popular in the 80s and 90s to the working girls (or GRO’s – Guest Relations …

My New Philippines Digs in Dauin

 My New Digs in Dauin! Morning sunrise – time to get up. Front of house – facing ocean. My most profuse apologies for not updating the site in a while!  It actually wasn’t incipient laziness this time – I was actually a bit busy moving to a more rustic location away from the roosters and rampaging tricyles of the city! …

In a Philippines Prison

        Like death and taxes, it was only a matter of time before I found myself in a Philippine jail. I had spent about four hours at the land transportation office (LTO) waiting to get my Philippine drivers license when I wandered outside and noticed a squat and somewhat intimidating concrete structure directly across the road. I …

Money in the Philippines

Money Pimpin’ In the United States, I was lower middle class (or something along those lines).  Here in the Philippines, however, I am a Peso multi-millionaire!! Then again, its 45 pesos to the dollar right now…..   In ninety days, I have spent approximately $10, 500 USD.  Hoo-wah, big spender!   It seems like a lot, but it factors in the …

The Weather in the Philippines

The Weather A little island off of Sipalay, Negros – It’s HOT!!! As soon as I stepped off the 747 in Manila, I instantly felt the heat and humidity.  Although cliché, it literally was like stepping into a wall.  I had left Massachusetts when it was nearly freezing out, so the juxtaposition  to the tropical environment was a bit disorienting.  …

Nearly 90 days in the Philippines!

  Casaroro Falls – Valencia, Negros Oriental     OK, so it’s been nearly 90 days – yes NINETY DAYS – since your intrepid world traveler stepped off a 747 into the dizzying madness that is the Republic of the Philippines.  In that short time I have eaten the best meal of my life (fresh kinilaw), the worst food of …

Moving to the Philippines: 28 Days Later

  28 Days Later     Hail, loyal readers!   I just wanted to re-post a topic thread I started on a Philippines expat forum after I had been in the Republic for a grand total of 28 days.  Re-reading it two months later, all of the points still apply, especially the ones about the burning trash, the sun, and …

First night in Dumaguete, The Philippines

Okay, so I seem to be a bit behind in posting.  Just remember that I am on Filipino time, so why do today what I can put off til tomorrow?  Bahala na! Small city but VERY confusing for a noob. Dumaguete, or the Land of the Gentle People, is a small city on the south eastern coast of Negros Oriental.  …

It Begins! – Flight Over to the Philippines

My trip to the Philippines started on November 24, 2013 at 3 AM on a cold, blustery Sunday morning in Boston, Massachusetts.  Not surprisingly, I had not gotten much sleep.   The previous evening, some friends had treated my to a yummy, yummy dinner in Chinatown (and presented me with a super customized cake with a wonderfully realistic graphic of yours …

Welcome to My Philippines Blog!

Greetings family, friends, and prospective foreign traveler, and welcome to my blog.  On the following pages, I will attempt to chronicle my experiences in moving to the Philippines, a move of 12,000 miles which was undertaken in November of 2013.    Who I am:  I am a 47 year old American who arrived in Dumaguete City by way of Boston, Massachusetts.  …