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 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 …

Our June 2016 Philippines Expat Living Expenses

  Life is cheap in the Philippines. As some may have noticed by now, that is meant in both a (unfortunately) literal and figurative sense.  We’ll save the literal part of it for a future blog post and stick to the figurative for the time being. A few folks asked us if we could post up more monthly living expenses …

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 …

Wedding Plans, Clomid, Money Exchange and Computer Gaming in the Philippines

Life for a foreign expat in the Philippines is pretty good and most days it truly is “sunny skies and pretty Pinays.” Yes, there are moments when the unrelenting heat, plumes of burning trash and columns of diesel fumes get too be a bit much, but overall, life in the Philippines is pretty durn good.   Wedding PlansAfter knowing Michell for …

My Life in the Philippines – Continuing House Hunt

My Life in the Philippines, February 9, 2016 So, it’s 7 PM here in the Philippines, and I am kicking back on the futon in our little office writing this entry up.  Cuz somewhere along the line, someone mentioned that the whole idea of a blog is actually writing up blog entries. I sometimes forget that. Michell is visting her …

Personal Update 1.11.16 Bandannas, Sexy Bikes and One Lady’s Birthday

  Bandanna-Rama Drama Someone left a comment on a recent video stating I should lose the bandanna, going on to offhandedly note that I looked like an old guy trying to look young.  I responded to his comment by saying that I had had it on as a cushioning under my helmet (the helmet leaves temporary red spots on my dome if I …