In a Philippines Prison

        Like death and taxes, it was only a matter of time before I found myself in a Philippine jail. I had spent about four hours at the land transportation office (LTO) waiting to get my Philippine drivers license when I wandered outside and noticed a squat and somewhat intimidating concrete structure directly across the road. I …

Money in the Philippines

Money Pimpin’ In the United States, I was lower middle class (or something along those lines).  Here in the Philippines, however, I am a Peso multi-millionaire!! Then again, its 45 pesos to the dollar right now…..   In ninety days, I have spent approximately $10, 500 USD.  Hoo-wah, big spender!   It seems like a lot, but it factors in the …

The Weather in the Philippines

The Weather A little island off of Sipalay, Negros – It’s HOT!!! As soon as I stepped off the 747 in Manila, I instantly felt the heat and humidity.  Although cliché, it literally was like stepping into a wall.  I had left Massachusetts when it was nearly freezing out, so the juxtaposition  to the tropical environment was a bit disorienting.  …

Nearly 90 days in the Philippines!

  Casaroro Falls – Valencia, Negros Oriental     OK, so it’s been nearly 90 days – yes NINETY DAYS – since your intrepid world traveler stepped off a 747 into the dizzying madness that is the Republic of the Philippines.  In that short time I have eaten the best meal of my life (fresh kinilaw), the worst food of …

Moving to the Philippines: 28 Days Later

  28 Days Later     Hail, loyal readers!   I just wanted to re-post a topic thread I started on a Philippines expat forum after I had been in the Republic for a grand total of 28 days.  Re-reading it two months later, all of the points still apply, especially the ones about the burning trash, the sun, and …

First night in Dumaguete, The Philippines

Okay, so I seem to be a bit behind in posting.  Just remember that I am on Filipino time, so why do today what I can put off til tomorrow?  Bahala na! Small city but VERY confusing for a noob. Dumaguete, or the Land of the Gentle People, is a small city on the south eastern coast of Negros Oriental.  …

Welcome to My Philippines Blog!

Greetings family, friends, and prospective foreign traveler, and welcome to my blog.  On the following pages, I will attempt to chronicle my experiences in moving to the Philippines, a move of 12,000 miles which was undertaken in November of 2013.    Who I am:  I am a 47 year old American who arrived in Dumaguete City by way of Boston, Massachusetts.  …