LIVECAST: Balikbayan Box Update and How Things Have Gotten Better and/or Worse for Foreigners in the Philippines

Here’s a transcript of the Livecast that I did this past week on recent goings on in the Philippines.  I’ll be touching on recent balikbayan box shipping changes, Phil Health updates, two foreigners injured during a firefight between the NPA and local police, how life has gotten better/worse for foreigners in the Philippines, and a Scottish national living here who …

LIVECAST 8.30.17: Working Remotely in the Philippines and Justice for Kian

Today is Wednesday, August 30th, 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 regularly attempt to address issues that could affect foreigners living, studying working, retiring or doing basically …

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 …

The Philippine Dreams Gear List

I occasionally get inquiries into what I use for video and photography equipment.  Instead of fielding each question individually, I am just going to collect all the answers in one location.  That is, right here. Note that the provided Amazon links are affiliate links, and if you purchase an item through one, I get a small commission – it doesn’t …

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 …

Cooling Your Philippines Home – Artificial Shade and Polystyrene Insulation

Staying cool in the Philippines can be a bit of a challenge.  First off, it’s the tropics, and unless you’ve actually experienced that level of heat and humidity here, adjusting to it can be a bit of an ordeal.  Secondly, the way they build homes (and apartments) in the Philippines actually makes the heat even more intolerable. It’s April 8, …

Philippines (Mis)Adventure: Top Box Rack Kawasaki Rouser 200NS

  Pretty but not Practical – Story of My Life…. I’ve had the Rouser 200NS for about three months now.  To date, I am loving the bike (excellent engine power, bright HID headlight, sexxay ass looks and super-sticky brakes) but its been a bit difficult to fully appreciate as without some sort of storage, it’s not that practical.  A top …

So You Wanna be a Philippines Expat You Tube Millionaire?…. Pt 2 of 2

Did you miss out on Part 1 on becoming an Philippines Expat You Tube millionaire?  No worries – just click HERE to check it out.   OK, I might be just the slightest bit late in the delivery, as promised, here is the final installment of “So You Want to be a Philippines Expat You Tube Millionaire?…. Before we start, though, …

So You Wanna Be A Philippines Expat YouTube Millionaire?…., Pt 1 of 2

  Becoming an Expat You Tube Millionaire Part 1 How and Why  I like the title of this blog entry – it kind of reminds me of the “How to Live Like a King in the Philippines for only $1,000 Dollars a Month!” blurbs I sometimes see on some Philippine expat channels – a catchy phrase, but one that’s more …