Livecast 8.25.17 – Avian Flu and Another Bloody Week in the Drug War….

[Don’t want to read the article?  Watch the video instead.] Today is Friday, August 25, 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 they call it the present! Welcome to the Philippine Dreams weekly Livecast, where I make at least a half-hearted attempt …

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 …

Livecast 8.2.17: Murdered Foreigners, NPA Ambushes and New BB Box Rules, 1 of 2

Well, I finally did another Livecast.  I haven’t done one since visiting the US in April, so it’s been a while.  No to worry, though – jumping back into the live-with-no-safety-net pilot’s seat was pretty much like jumping back on a bicycle after a long layoff.  Considering the quality of the show, however, maybe I should think about installing training …

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, …