1,200 Police Officers Fired in Canloocan, Friction with the Commission of Human Rights and Intimations of National Martial Law

  Today is Wednesday, September 20, 2017, the first day of the rest of our lives…  Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the present! Welcome to the Philippine Dreams weekly Livecast, where I regularly attempt to address issues that could affect foreigners living, studying working, retiring or doing basically …

Life in the Philippines on a Comparative Basis – Part 2: The Bad

ON THE OTHER HAND… In the first part of Life in the Philippines on a Comparative Basis, the writer noted a good number of things that he enjoyed about living in the Philippines. In this second part, he will talk about some of the aspects of life here that he isn’t so thrilled about.  Again, minimal editing has been done …

Why Foreigners Love Dumagute, Pt 2 of 2

In our first installment of this groundbreaking two-part series on why foreigners love Dumaguete, we looked at expatriate camaraderie, ideal city size, good food, pleasant weather and – most importantly – the people of Dumaguete City.  Now, since we’re all here, let’s take a look at the ‘Final Five’ reasons why the City of Gentle of People really rocks.  (I …

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, …