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 …

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 …

Why Foreigners Love Dumaguete, Pt 1 of 2

Dumaguete is a groovy little city, and one that has pretty much stolen my heart.  That probably comes as no surprise considering that “Dumaguete” comes from the Cebuano term dagit – to snatch, eventually evolving into dumaguet – to swoop or take away.  And since I’ve been feeling pretty low for the past month (and it’s yet another dreary, rainy …

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 …