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 …

The Three Biggest Dangers to Foreigners in the Philippines

      Living in a foreign land can be a wondrous and liberating experience.  Traveling thousands of miles across the globe and tasting what life has to offer with all the five senses is truly one of the greatest natural highs there is.  Even so, in being so far from the conventions of our home nation and thoroughly immersed …

Dangers of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Foreigners in the Philippines

NOTE:  This chapter is heading into our book.  If you’ve got anything to add, PLEASE leave a comment – if it’s appropriate, I will include it in the next edition.   If you happen to be to be an alcoholic or drug addict, you just might find the Philippines to be both your personal little Heaven AND private little Hell …

Giving Your Filipina an Allowance

  One things that a good number of people who have never been to the Philippines don’t realize is that a large number of the foreigners living here are paying their Filipina significant other a monthly allowance.  The purpose of this blog article is not to question to rightness or wrongness of this practice or to assert moral entrepreneurship on other …