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, …

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 …

It’s a Dog’s Life in the Philippines – the Philippine Askal

Askal – A conjunction of the Tagalog asong kalye – ‘street dog.’  These tough little mutts are ubiquitous across the Philippines.  Somewhat feral, askals survive on edible garbage, geckos, food scraps, semi-feral cats and whatever else they can get their muzzles around.  Askals frequently serve as four-legged alarm systems and door bells in residential neighborhoods and are often treated rather …