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, 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, …

Life and Death in the Philippines

Driving down the boulevard the other afternoon, I noticed yet again the number of unsolicited smiles sent my way.  From the folks in our neighborhood to strangers out on the street, that big Filipino smile is something to behold – a blazing ray of sunshine that seems to light up their whole face.  At one point, I passed two women …

Island’s in the Sun – Harsh Realities of Life in the Third World

NOTE:  This is intended for those who have not actually been to the Philippines but are dreaming of doing so…   Well, seeing as how I haven’t done a blog entry in like FOREVER, I figure it’s time to toss one out. I actually started this particular post while I was back in the US.  It basically has to do …

French Expatriate and Family Murdered in Palawan – Possible Environmental Activism Motive

Sometimes life in the Philippines isn’t all sandy beaches and ice-rimmed margaritas. Sometimes life in the Philippines is deadly. Following up on the death of Phil Prins in Dumaguete just a month past December comes the news of another foreigner being killed in the Philippines, this time under quite disturbing circumstances. The murders occurred on January 26, 2016, claiming the …